Rocky relates a story about Ardys Kellerman
Great story about Ardys – she had come east from Texas to do some IBA events, I ran into her at a rally in Vermont, hosted by Yankee Beemers. She was talking to me and made the comment that all the miles she had ridden were on stock seats…. But boy she said she would like to try one of mine… So I said the next time your close by in Cali stop by and we will make you one on the house …. 5 days later she was in Ojai 7:00 am sharp, said she would have gotten here quicker but had to stop and take care of some personal biz first in Texas! Love her memory!!
(Ardys was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 81, in Leeds, Alabama 2013 – she is missed)
At the BMW MOA rally in Minnesota, I left to ride back to New England then all the way back to Cali. Problem though, was that the last day of the rally my personal hand made to perfection saddle for my R12GSLC was bought by a guy that would not give up trying to buy it….. I made a seat quick before we packed up but the foam was not the right density for me……..I planed to hit some dealers along the way and had a Ergo to show them, but first day my butt was killing me, I knew I had to think fast. At the hotel the first night I took the cover off of the Ergo, it was my “big boy Ergo” too thick for my tall GS, so I cut and reshaped it to fit me :))))
I knew my Ergo-Contour was a great idea but had No idea How Good, it didn’t just make the next 4400 miles doAble they were COMFY !!!!!
“Ride all day smile all the way”
Custom seats now available for the Honda GL1800. Call for pricing.
Tiffany Coates Showing Her “Places Traveled” Painted On Her Top CaseThe world’s foremost female bike adventurer, Tiffany Coates and her bike Thelma came in to BMS yesterday for Thelma’s second BMS custom seat. Tiffany is testing a new “top secret” material we will be launching for adventure touring bikes later this year.
Tiffany and Thelma have covered many countries and nearly 200,000 miles. Her website http://www.tiffanystravels.co.uk/ documents the story behind it all from Asia, Australia, Africa, the Americas, Timbuctoo, Outer Mongolia and even Everest Base Camp as well as her latest trans-continental jaunt – on The Trail to Tibet.
Welcome to Hyder, Alaska. Pictures from Rocky’s tour up North.
Check out these pictures with Hollywood stuntman Jeff Jensen and Rocky at the Tiburon Film Festival!
Bill Mayer Saddles is “Ayres Approved”!
Bill Mayer Saddles is honored to have received the coveted Ayres Approved designation
Ron Ayres, owner of the world-class adventure motorcycle tour company Ayres Adventures, has created “Ayres Approved” for motorcycle products he has found to meet or exceed his and his clients demanding needs. Ayres Approved companies are companies and products that are personally endorsed by Ron himself. For those of you that don’t know Ron Ayres you are missing out. He is an official travel partner of BMW Motorrad, Author, Iron Butt Rockstar, Adventure Guru and all around great guy. Check out his incredible tours at AyresAdventures.com
Make sure and visit and “like” his Ayres Approved Facebook page.
What is Ayres Approved?
“Welcome to ‘Ayres Approved’ – my personal collection of truly outstanding motorcycle products and services.
There’s no complex rating system used to calculate the list. No crowdsourced recommendations. I handpick all the partners. Most are long-time friends. Others are new relationships. But all have earned my respect, and my ‘Ayres Approved’ endorsement.
Whether I’m riding across town or around the globe, these are the products and services I’ve come to trust. Period.
I’ll be introducing you to five new partners every other month. It’s my own little road map for riders that love motorcycles as much as I do.”
– Ron Ayres
Jerry Barbanell is checking off one more thing from his bucket list. He’s going huge Sunday. 1,000 miles in 24 hours then following it up with 500 miles in under 36 hours. True “Iron butting”. Epic!
I am going on an Iron Butt (http://ironbutt.org/) ride starting at 3am this Sunday with my long time friend Kirby Nellis. An Iron Butt, Saddlesore 1000 ride is 1000 miles in under 24 hours, minimum. If you would like to follow our progress then all you have to do is click on these links to my Spot Tracker (Satellite Locator). It will show our progress in 10 minute increments. Sunday we will be doing a little short of 1100 miles and Monday we will be doing an additional 500 to Parker, AZ. to qualify for a Bun Burner 1500, which is 1500 miles in under 36 hours. In the event of bad weather on Sunday we will delay the start for 24 hours.
The route is a as follows: 1st leg (approx. 18 hours)= San Clemente to Ludlow (gas stop), Ludlow-Needles-Seachlight-Las Vegas, NV (gas stop), Las Vegas-Cedar City, UT (gas stop), Cedar City, UT-Ely, NV (gas stop), Ely, NV-Tonopah, NV (gas stop), Tonopah, NV- Pahrump, NV (gas and motel stop). 2nd leg= Pahrump, NV-Death Valley-Devore, CA (gas stop), Devore, CA- Quartzite, AZ (gas stop), Quartzite, AZ- Parker, AZ.
I’d be interested in your opinion on which tracking site below you prefer. You can change the maps from, street to satellite to terrain, etc. Zoom in and out. Click on the markers for more information.
My Spotwalla link:
Commencing on the 13th April 2012, we, Peter Foulkes and Jon Brookbanks, will embark on a 9 month round-the-world motorcycle adventure in order to raise money for Cancer Research.
After researching rider reviews, Peter contacted BMS about building two seats for he and his partner Jon Brookbanks. Their cause is dear to my heart and I decided to help sponsor with two custom saddles. This kind of distance ride is ideal for our ENDURA line and we installed a super tough, non slip, marine grade vinyl. Follow Peter and Jon on their ride via their website and posts. Support their cause and live vicariously thru these two adventurers! Photo’s of the build process and video are at the bottom of this post.
Heading East, the first part of the journey will take us through Europe, Russia, and Mongolia, following a similar route to that taken by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in the Long Way Round. Depending on road conditions and circumstances at the time, we will then make a decision as to whether we tackle the Road of Bones through Siberia to reach Magadan, or cross into South Korea, where we will ship the bikes to Anchorage and begin the second part of our journey from Alaska to Argentina. The final destination being Ushuaia, commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world.
Want some inspiration? Check out Dale and Sandy pictures as they ride their 8th crossing of the Andes on BMS Saddles.
Dale and Sandy sent this note with their link, “I am very proud of the senic pictures of our 8th crossing of the Andes, into Argentina. Also pictures of a new friend that rode for 23 days, with a broken back to get out of the Amazon Basin, in order to have surgery on his broken back……“
For more pictures see their website:
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Headed to Ecuador? Check out my friend Ricardo Rocco Paz! His company Escuela de Motos teaches motorcycle safety and riding adventure in Ecuador.
He also has a proposal in with the United Nations to promote and study motorcycle safety. His motorcycle safety proposal is available for review here.
WOW! If you have not read “One More Day Everywhere – Crossing 50 Borders on the Road to Global Understanding” it should be on your To-Read list. Gregg, aka The Striking Viking. This book is an adventure in culture and the beauty of human spirit.
We are proud that Glenn chooses BMS for his custom saddles.
Check him out at www.strikingviking.net
Email from Ron Ayres
From : “Ron Ayres”
Reply-To : “Ron Ayres” firstname.lastname@example.org
To : “Rocky Mayer” email@example.com
Subject : The Seat (R1150GS)
Date : Thu, 24 Jan 2002 07:40:33 -0600
After riding to Stockton, Alabama for the “last ride-in of the year” at the Stagecoach (650 miles each way) and after just returning from the White Stag in Beatty, Nevada (1,650+ miles each way) I can honestly say that the new seat works great. I didn’t experience any discomfort on the 800+ mile “leisurely” rides to and from Beatty.
I’ll provide another evaluation after I’ve got 40-50K on the saddle.
See you in Hyder.
Just thought I’d drop you a line and tell you how much I like my new saddle. When I left your shop, the seat felt fine, but it wasn’t until I’d ridden the first 800 mile day that I really appreciated it.
The last day of the MOA rally (Sat) I found out I had to be in Dallas for a meeting Tuesday afternoon. I also had to go back through the national parks in southeastern Utah to take pictures for a story I was witing. Without consulting a map, I estimated about a 2000 mile trip. I got up Sunday morning and made it down to Gerlach, NV and on to the “Loneliest Road in America”, then spent the night in Ely.
That night I consulted the map and found I had an additional 1700 miles to cover. Plan B was then to get to Albuquerque, NM and catch a plane. That would leave me with a doable 900 to 1000 mile ride. Well, when I got to Albuquerque at 10 or 11 I felt fine and decided to go on to Amarillo and catch a plane from there. Of course when I got to Amarillo I said, “What the hell” and went on to Dallas. After 1700 miles and 32 hours I was a whipped pup, but neither my back nor butt was in pain. In fact, without your seat a ride like that would have been impossible. I have ridden my R1150GS 900 miles with the stock seat, but my yee-ha was sore for days. Your seat was not only comfortable, but isolated my body from much of the engine and road vibration.