To bring closure to this topic, I completed the purchase of the 2013 BMW F700GS yesterday morning.
It was a 250 mile trip from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon where I was a volunteer to Sedona, AZ, where the seller resided. I stopped 15 miles short at a forest campground to rest up overnight. In the morning I picked up a rented U-Haul 5’x9’ trailer w/ramp, strapped my KLX250S to one side, and onward to the seller’s custom home in one of the most beautiful desert settings on Earth. I guess owning your own vineyard pays well.
Nice guy, good test ride—I definitely might fall in love with this bike—a handshake and I was off again, this time another 300 miles to just north of Yuma, AZ (actually in California, just over the Colorado River border). No drama as I towed something for the first time in my life. Thank goodness!
Rest area off the Interstate 10 west of Phoenix, Arizona
It was around 95F passing through the Sonoran Desert. Quite a change after 20-something lows up on North Rim. Not to mention dropping from 8300’ to near sea level in a day. I sweat a lot, drank lots of fluids. Made it by late afternoon, slept well, and turned in the one-way rental trailer this morning. What a relief that the hard parts are over!
All that’s left is a 400 mile round trip to the nearest DMV in Nevada for registration. No hurry, I can do it next week. I have the seller’s registration & plate since California doesn’t require the latter to be turned in (his main home & vineyards are in CA, thus the CA plate) . I probably won’t get hassled at the internal border control station on my way to Laughlin, NV. I do have the signed-off title and bill of sale, too.
I think I will take a little ride early tomorrow when it’s cool. I was too busy all morning with the trailer return & shopping &etc. and now it’s way too burning hot, alas. Can’t wait!