10-02 Day 84 (Xian, China arrival)

Lots of things to do, in so little time


Travel FromPingliang, China
Intermediate Location 
Ending LocationXian, China
Starting Odometer36,099
Ending Odometer36,305
Miles Driven Today206 Miles
Total Trip Mileage11762 Miles
Countries visited Today 
Countries visited on trip US, Canada, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China

Note for the record. Today is October 19, and since I finally have reliable, free and open Internet access, I’m spending some time cleaning up and completing all of the posts, for which I have content, but have not published or written the story.

In the case of this Blog Post, I had not taken very good notes, so recreation will be partly a work of fiction, but I’ll do my best.

Today’s ride


Hmmm, I don’t really remember when we left…

The morning ride

Once again, I’m filling in all of these details 2 1/2 weeks after we rode, and I’ve been in the hospital, and ridden several thousand miles since then. so, I simply don’t remember, and took crappy notes that day.


Lunch was great, as usual, and after lunch, we had a chance to put a few of the local kids up on the bike, and take photos and videos. Here’s one of those cute little kids.

The BMW Dealer

There is a BMW dealer in Xian, and they are simply called Xian BMW. They also sell Audi Cars, along with BMW cars and motorcycles. The BMW dealer includes a full sales and service operation, and the building seems to be new, and current.

This dealer is the only BMW Motorcycle dealer for many miles, and we contacted them about 10 days ago, just as we were entering China. We discovered that we would need to purchase a new rim for my bike, and also for Charles’ bike, so ordering the parts could be complex and time-consuming, so we have been in communication for quite some time now.

The Service Request

We needed some service done to the bikes, which included the following.

  • Cliff: Remove old wheel from ‘s bike and replace with new wheel
  • Cliff: Install old tire on new wheel, while also installing TPMS and Valve Stem
  • Cliff: Install new, paper air filter, remove K&N filter, and keep for next change
  • Cliff: Change oil and filter
  • Cliff: Wash Bike
  • Charles: Remove old wheel, and replace with new wheel
  • Charles: Install old tire on new wheel, install new TPMS and Valve Stem
  • Charles: Oil Change
  • Phil: Resolve chattering of front end

So, the list was not short, but certainly not too complex or too long. We expected that this would take a few hours, but were told that the bikes would be ready late in the day, on the following day.

Getting to the hotel

After we dropped the bikes, we tried to call for a cab, but it seemed that taxis did not want to visit this section of town, so one of the managers offered to take us to the hotel. The trip took one hour, and it included some very intense traffic. But, the manager was happy to help us out. We were very grateful.

Report from the road

What will tomorrow bring?

Tomorrow, our plan is packed, and complex. I will visit the Terracotta Warriors in the morning, I will then try to find and visit a chiropractor, and then I’ll go back to the hotel, where I’ll meet Charles and Phil, and we’ll travel to the dealer to pick up the bikes. Whew, what a day it will be.

About the Author

Cliff Musante

Cliff Musante is a technologist, business leader, motorcycle enthusiast, father, grandfather, and more. In June, 2013 his passion for motorcycles was revitalized, and he set out to ride across Patagonia. Since then, he's logged thousands of miles, ridden across the US, and on July 10, 2019, he began a 120 day trip through Europe, and then on to Russia, China, and parts East. This 'Blog is the story of all of his adventures.