Welcome to my personal site dedicated to motorcycling and traveling.
I first started motorcycling in 1991 upon graduating from college. Like many
people, since I was a little boy I have always been fascinated by anything
that had to do with transportation: planes, helicopters, bicycles, cars, and
My first memories of seeing "cool" motorcycles were
the BMW police bikes in use in Europe. Ever since then I lusted for the
freedom and experiences that motorcycling can uniquely bring. Prohibited by
concerned parents from owning a motorcycle (Dad is an eye surgeon), I waited
until free of college to make my move. Since then I've owned a variety of
bikes (current bikes are a '91 R100GS PD, '01 Honda XR400R, Honda '01 XR100, '98 F650ST, '01 F650GS
Dakar (TT39 specification w/WP USD suspension), and a '01 F650GS Touratech Schalber Rallye).
I've been fortunate enough in my life to have traveled to most
foreign lands by plane but now prefer to make most of my trips by motorcycle.
So a few years ago I decided to start learning how to ride off-road by going
to BMW's enduro school in Hechlingen. This was lots of fun and has definitely
improved my overall riding skills as well as brought much more enjoyment
through my active participation in dual-sport rides.
Currently, I'm training with
Jimmy Lewis for the '05
Dakar Rallye and other rallies such as
Morocco, Dubai, and Tunisia. Most of
the modification come from Touratech in Germany but I'm also designing and
fabricating some parts which are not yet available. The basis for durability
will be BMW's F650RR and R900RR desert rally bikes. Just about the only
serious modification that we won't be making is taking off the fuel-injection
system for racing carbs and different cams/valves.
I love my new bike! So far I've taken the F650GS Dakar on a
2800 mile shakedown through Baja California.(and since then on some rides
through the S. California and Las Vegas deserts) Details of modifications, damage
resulting from various spills, and overall comments (including a trip report)
are part of this site. As time goes on I'll be adding to this site with
detailed photos of modifications made, comments, and general stuff regarding
my motorcycling activities.
After the rallies are over, if my schedule still permits,
I'm planning to do a 3 year round-the-world trip with the BMW F650 TT39 bike.
Right now I'm pretty lucky that I have the time and ability to
concentrate on these activities. In general, once we put modifications in
place I generally take the bike out right away (same day) to test it at a
local enduro park. It's been fun to talk to the various people in the industry
to gain new contacts and knowledge as to how to set up the bike properly - and
I hope to share this knowledge with the rest of the motorcycling community
through this web site. I don't plan to change this opening letter but the site
itself will change so keep tuning in.
Since March of 2001, I was trying to get BMW to listen to
customer issues and made many recommendations to improve their business. You
can read for yourselves what this was all about on the links titled
BMW-problems. BMW rejected my proposal and offer to assist them (which is
fine) but still hasn't changed in any way their insular and somewhat arrogant
way of doing business with their dealers and customers (which is not fine). I
continue my efforts therefore as a motorcycle consumer advocate - contact me
with your stories and experiences good or bad as these need to be part of the
public record IMO for BMW to start to change.
Feel free to drop me a line anytime for exchange of
information, ideas, or just to chat.
Regards and happy trails.
David H. Park
PS - many thanks to CalBMW Triumph of Mountain View
and Touratech of Germany who are
working with me on all of the modifications and a big thanks to
for training me for rallye racing! Please see my Dakar
Rallye pages as well as visit my sponsors.