The design of the Super Tenere powerhouse leaves the engine / sump / oil filter exposed to damage from road debris and stones and rocks if riding off road. The stock protection – aka Skid Plate – is a basic plastic piece which would not afford any decent level of protection. Hence the Skid Plate as engine Protection is a must have for this bike. For that matter, any bike that is liable to go off-roading.
While on one of my Grand Tour of Georgia 2017 rides I happened to pass this quaint little store in an old cottage. It was hard not to miss it. Standing right here on a nearly blind corner in the road. I decided to stop here on the way back. And I did.
The cottage and store is in a tiny – blink and you miss it – town of Garland, GA. Close to the more popular towns of Dahlonega and Cleveland.
Bessie Mae’s is full of an eclectic selection of items for sale in every nook and cranny. The building in itself must have many stories tied to it. Built in 1892. Updated probably but seems to retain that olde world charm.
A store, a location that will be visited again, at leisure.
Whenever the bike is parked up in the garage, I have the Battery Tender Trickle Charger hooked up to maintain the battery and not let it run down. To do this conveniently and quickly, a ‘Pigtail’ has to be connected to the battery.
The weather cleared up on Sunday. Mid to High 60s, light breeze. Perfect for a ride. A quick 2hr ride. 50:50 split between Asphalt and Gravel Trail Road. The SuperTenere handled pretty well. Nimble, agile and confident.
North Georgia has many rural roads and ‘old’ businesses, some active, some closed down; serving mainly the local community. While on my rides, such old and dated places catch my attention and I have to stop and take pictures with the bike. This place, now closed permanently, is along Highway 9 which runs to Dahlonega – foothills of the North Georgia mountains.