I have managed to find the BMW Motorrad people, get Blondy in for some work, and more or less navigate through the city. I have griped about Garmin before, but I must say that today Mr. Garmin did his job in getting Blondy and I back from the dealership.
Heideneau rear: from Victoria to Panama and still has life, I hope...
I was not having much luck with Garmin for the past few days, and landed in Panama city by flying on the seat of my pants, which I think is a pilot's term, but I will steal it. Somewhere south of Guatemala, the Mexico chip set ran out, and I have been running on very basic satelitte input into Garmin. I installed the South America chip set last night,and lo and behold, I now have streets for Panama City. Believe me,that is a real advantage, considering the amount of one way streets, new construction, and byways that they have going here.
I have also confirmed that I will be loading Blondy onboard the Steel Rat next Saturday, November 17th, so that we can get to Colombia. For those of you who missed Social Studies class, the Pan American highway does not go all the way through the isthmus of Panama, and there is about 80 to 100 kilometers of bog, swamp, and other stuff to keep the two countries separated. I talked to a Panamaniam the other day who was glad of it, as there does not seem to be much love lost between the Panamanians and the Colombians.
My experience with the BMW Motorrad people is worth noting, as I could not seem to find anything very current on ADV rider, or the HUBB site either. Even getting an accurate location for them was a bit of a challenge, and I had the telephone book in front of me. With some sleuthing, I managed to get what I thought was a location and headed that way with Blondy a day or so ago. I got within spitting distance, and ended up getting a cab to follow right to the place. It is all about high end BMW vehicles, and although they sell BMW bikes there, it is clearly an auto sales center first and foremost, and of course only the wealthy Panamanians frequent the multi-story building.
While I was waiting, I took particular notice of a Beemer 650. It was tricked out, and I don't know that I have seen one of these in Canada. Dual Exhaust, 2013 switches and a changed position for the rear shock adjustment. It was priced at $12,500.00 so it definitely was a BMW....
A New Pirelli M90 ...new for Blondy and me.
Shiny new brake pads..
A brake bleed for good stoppin'