Monday the 1st of August was finally the day my rebuilt BMW R80GS “Finnduro” aka Basic replica of sorts got on the road for the first proper outing. What a soothing experience it is to ride with an airhead boxer humming and growling beneath you! The first ride theme was set already moths ago: ride and find wild flowers to bring on to my sister’s grave. Forever in my heart, sis.
I spent five days riding in the North-West region of Russian Karelia with likeminded adveture riders, scouting some historic WW2 sites along the then famous Rukajärventie service road.
Husky 701 Enduro was a perfect companion, with added 5 litres of fuel in a rear bag, with really good 2 x 15 litres enduro rear side bags from www.xcountry.pl and a small tank bag & rucksack with water bladder and rain covers.
Boxer got some new legs installed. They’re Marzocchi USD45 out of a Husqvarna TE, fitted and shortened stroke, with the Husky front wheel and triples, too. It’s only missing top outer steering bearing race still, but otherwise it’s starting to get close to test ride. Hmm, probably need the front brake lever and fluids as well!
I got the new Fujifilm X70 a few days ago, and have been shooting with it constantly. It’s like the 3/4 squeezed down X100S, with 28mm (film) fixed lens, and tilting backscreen instead of OVF/EVF, but still getting the same sensor and processor (and image quality) as with X100S. I was worried I’d sorely miss the electronic viewfinder (EVF) from X100S, but in all honesty, I have enjoyed the benefits of 28mm focal lenght and smaller size so much that the lack of EVF has not come into being an irritation at all. In fact, the tilting screen has been a big plus for angled shots on waistline. Also, the 28mm f2.8 lens has proven to be of outstanding quality, right from the full f2.8. The X70 has hit the spot in my heart, and I wonder what’s going to happen with my X100S now. I guess more of my typical shots benefit from 28mm focal lenght, so that’s the biggest single plus for me, and retaining that b e a u t i f u l X-series filmlike image tone, quality and emotion.
More here from Fuji: http://fujifilm-x.com/en/cameras/x70/