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PAULBACH
12-14-2006, 02:11 AM
The big GIG - Gather In Gotham & Banish the Blahs :buds

Have bib and tucker, train tickets and discount entry coupons.

Tessler knows the best spots in Gotham. :eat :drink

We will meet at O'Farrell's. Time to be determined by the Mai tre d'

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. :gerg


I nominate Tessler is the ride Meister and Mai tre d'

Is there a second?

SNOONE
12-14-2006, 02:18 AM
Are we going to have to wait for him?

RandallIsland
12-14-2006, 02:46 AM
I nominate Tessler is the ride Meister and Mai tre d'
Resonant thought seconded.
:eat

PAULBACH
12-14-2006, 02:53 AM
Mr. Tessler:

Will you lead the BIG GIG in GOTHAM?

:lurk

tessler
12-14-2006, 02:59 AM
Are we going to have to wait for him?Har-har-hardee-har-har.

Wait for me... Why I oughta!! :D

Okeedoke. We're on for the 19th. But the show doesn't start til 2:00 pm. I say we meet at O'Farrell's (http://ofarrells.com/areamap.htm) prior to the event. Go to the show and then convene to a convenient venue thereafter for post-show victuals and libations. I will be consulting with O'Snoone and O'Bachorz on ye appropriate NYC joint. This might be a job for Uncle Nick's or El Quijote... (considering the potential size of this partay).

This gon' be fun! :hungover

PAULBACH
12-14-2006, 10:59 AM
Thank you Mr. Tessler. This may be the first "rally" in the middle of a city. Camping probably not a good idea. :ha
New York - so nice they named it twice! :brow

PAULBACH
12-14-2006, 11:31 AM
The big GIG


Gather In Gotham


#1 The EPCOT of Motorcycle Shows
Every
Person
Comes
Out
Tired

Enjoy a New York Trip in one day $54 per day to see 40 attractions

Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Museum of Modern Art
American Museum of Natural History
The Guggenheim
Madame TussaudÔÇÖs Wax Museum
Brooklyn Museum of Art
NBC Studio Tour
Circleline Sightseeing
Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour
The United Nations Tour
Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

www.newyorkpass.com

Check back every day for another Gotham Goodie

belquar
12-14-2006, 01:21 PM
Will there be a GIG wrap up in the ON?

I'm in.

Voni
12-14-2006, 02:11 PM
Will they have snow????

Voni
sMiling :type

belquar
12-14-2006, 03:21 PM
Will they have snow????

Voni
sMiling :type


If this weather continues....we may wear shorts to the show.

belquar
12-14-2006, 03:26 PM
The mini-rally. Make it an annual thing. The 2006 Gather in Gotham. Ain't much else going on in January. I would like a t-shirt or....a sweatshirt since it is January.

RandallIsland
12-14-2006, 04:44 PM
If this weather continues....we may wear shorts to the show.I'll have some in my side case, right next to the wool underoos; but no you can't share either, as if it hasn't been jinxed!, I'll be wearing the former and you wouldn't want the sweaty from the road latter.
Regardless, I think we should get our rally T-shirts early this year. Or maybe Tessler will come up with a new Limited Edition NYC design for all those who ride in. :lurk

SNOONE
12-14-2006, 07:16 PM
Har-har-hardee-har-har.

Wait for me... Why I oughta!! :D

Okeedoke. We're on for the 19th. But the show doesn't start til 2:00 pm. I say we meet at O'Farrell's (http://ofarrells.com/areamap.htm) prior to the event. Go to the show and then convene to a convenient venue thereafter for post-show victuals and libations. I will be consulting with O'Snoone and O'Bachorz on ye appropriate NYC joint. This might be a job for Uncle Nick's or El Quijote... (considering the potential size of this partay).

This gon' be fun! :hungover

That's funny, Our office xmas party is at o'Farrells on weds.. I'll warn them about this motley crue

kbasa
12-14-2006, 07:30 PM
Will there be a GIG wrap up in the ON?

I'm in.

There might be if you write it. :stick

belquar
12-14-2006, 07:33 PM
There might be if you write it. :stick


I was going to see if I could find a non-member's wife at the show and see if she would write it so we would have something to cry about here when winter arrives. :ha












:hide

burnszilla
12-14-2006, 11:51 PM
If you have enough memory/tape on your recorder can you record the sound of Tessler putting on his gloves?

SNOONE
12-15-2006, 02:21 AM
If you have enough memory/tape on your recorder can you record the sound of Tessler putting on his gloves?

Tape would self destruct before that monumental event could ever be recorded or your hair would turn grey or if it is grey it would fall out waiting.

PAULBACH
12-15-2006, 02:38 AM
The Big GIG


Gemuthlichkeit In Gotham

PAULBACH
12-15-2006, 11:40 AM
Gemuthlichkeit: Cheerfulness, Comfortableness, Kindly or Good Natured.

Come to O'Farrells for Gemuthlichkeit Click Here (http://www.ofarrells.com/)

About O'Farrell's Fine Food & Spirits

A beautiful mahogany bar restaurant, conveniently located one block from
the Javits Center. Serving fine food daily, 11 am until 10 pm. Chicken, fish,
pastas, steaks, salads, Guinness on tap. Fine selection of draft beers,
superb Irish coffee.

Friday, January 19 for lunch and then on the show. More details to follow as the big event draws near.

Friedle
12-25-2006, 12:21 AM
We get free (or at least discounted) admission to the show for being members, right? :D


Sure you do. :D

Just show your full price ticket at the door for special admission consideration to the show. For those who haven't been there before, the Javits Center doesn't give ANYTHING away for free (attitude not included). :doh

Friedle

PAULBACH
12-26-2006, 12:22 PM
If you are coming to NYC for the Big GIG in Gotham what can the kiddies or the SO see and do while you are taking in all the eye candy by BMW, Honda, HD and the like? Tell them to go take a hike ÔÇô in Central Park.

Central Park has two official web sites

The First Site (http://www.centralpark.com) This one is a commercial web site and has links to just about anything you want to find out about the Park and links to the city. The visitor to this site can spend hours hiking around this website.

The Second Site (http://www.centralparknyc.org/) Go here to focus on the nature and conservancy of the park. The mission of the Central Park Conservancy has as a mission, "To restore, manage and preserve Central Park, in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future users."

Try this link for a
virtual walk (http://www.centralparknyc.org/virtualpark) through Central Park. Online tours are great, but if you can, take a live tour of Central Park. It's open all year round, and it's free!

Try a few of these links:

Central Park Zoo (http://www.centralpark.com/pages/central-park-zoo.html)

The Children's Zoo (http://www.centralpark.com/pages/attractions/children%27s-zoo.html)

Tavern on the Green (http://www.centralpark.com/pages/attractions/tavern-on-the-green.html)

Boathouse in Central Park (http://www.centralpark.com/pages/attractions/loeb-boathouse.html)
How about brunch on the lake?:
Park View at the Boathouse ÔÇö Winter: Brunch ÔÇö Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am to 3:00pm, Buffet
Dinner ÔÇö Wednesday through Friday: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Reservations: 212-517-2233

General Information About the Park (http://www.centralpark.com/pages/general-info.html)

Tomorrow: Metropolitan Museum of Art

PAULBACH
12-27-2006, 01:17 PM
If you are coming to NYC for the Big GIG in Gotham what can the kiddies or the SO see and do while you are looking for vendor bargains? Suggest the Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://www.metmuseum.org/)

Take in works of art by Paul C?®zanne, Van Gogh, and Gilbert Stuart and that's just for starters.

Want the quick and easy guide to the Metropolitan?
Click Here (http://www.metmuseum.org/visitor/index.asp)

Want on line fun? (http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/justforfun.asp)

Can you mix motorcycles and art? Of course! You do ride a BMW? :thumb

tessler
12-27-2006, 01:41 PM
If you are coming to NYC for the Big GIG in Gotham what can the kiddies or the SO see and do while you are looking for vendor bargains? Suggest the Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://www.metmuseum.org/)

Take in works of art by Paul C?®zanne, Van Gogh, and Gilbert Stuart and that's just for starters.

Want the quick and easy guide to the Metropolitan?
Click Here (http://www.metmuseum.org/visitor/index.asp)

Want on line fun? (http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/justforfun.asp)

Can you mix motorcycles and art? Of course! You do ride a BMW? :thumbA little NYC Museum Tip:

The two biggest museums in the city, The Met and the American Museum of Natural History both suggest healthy admission fees ÔÇö $20 for the Met and $14 for the AMNH, for Adults, but remember, these are suggested or recommended fees.

You can gain admission to either of these institutions, guilt-free, with any monetary contribution you can afford.

PAULBACH
12-28-2006, 03:02 PM
If you are coming to NYC for the Big GIG in Gotham what can the kiddies or the SO see and do while you are downing a few at O'Farrells? Tell them to go visit MOMA.

What, youse iz visitin da Big Apple and not visitin MOMA? Youse iz one sic puppy! Slap mah fro! Youse needs a shot in da head. :evil


MOMA
New York's Museum of Modern Art

I have never been there but after exploring their website MOMA is certainly high on a list of new things to see in the Big Apple. The Board of Directors and Honorary Trustees is a WhoÔÇÖs Who of the financial glitterati. H.R.H. Duke Franz of Bavaria is an honorary trustee. All of us on the forum know lots of good things come from Bavaria.

If you love BMW styling you may be a fan of modern art without even knowing it. MOMA is a relative newcomer that has grown to be a giant in a very short period of time as museums count birthdays.

From their webpage (http://www.moma.org)

Mission Statement
"Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world.
In the late 1920s, three progressive and influential patrons of the arts, Miss Lillie P. Bliss, Mrs. Cornelius J. Sullivan, and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., perceived a need to challenge the conservative policies of traditional museums and to establish an institution devoted exclusively to modern art. When The Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1929, its founding Director, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., intended the Museum to be dedicated to helping people understand and enjoy the visual arts of our time, and that it might provide New York with "the greatest museum of modern art in the world."

From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, The Museum of Modern Art's collection has grown to include 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects.

As a student and teacher of history my first choice will be Manet and the Execution of Maximilian (http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/2006/Manet/index.htm)

So much to see and do:

PAULBACH
12-28-2006, 09:11 PM
More Than a City
But we would lose a lot without the Big Apple.

PAULBACH
12-29-2006, 02:26 PM
This spot may not be everyone's cup of tea but it is within easy reach of the BIG GIG in Gotham. Sometimes it is good just to stop and smell the flowers.

New York Botanical Garden (http://www.nybg.org)

Mission from their website. (http://www.nybg.org)

The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of The International Plant Science Center.

The 250-acre grounds of The New York Botanical Garden have some of the most beautiful natural terrain of any botanical garden in the world, including dramatic rock outcroppings, a river and waterfall, rolling hills, ponds, and a 50-acre remnant of the forest that once covered New York City. Just for a sense of how large 250 acres is; it takes about 100 acres to build an 18 hole golf course. LondonÔÇÖs Kew Gardens is about 300 acres. I have been to Kew Garden. The Kew has some exotic stuff but not the dramatic setting of the New York Botanical Gardens.

For example the narrated Tram Tours is a great way to get around the Garden's 250 acres. It features a narrated tour that explores the history of the Gardens and its programs.

Fragrant Daphne and Turkish Hazel are in bloom in January.

How do I get there and find out a lot more information of travel in the Big Apple? For schedules and maps, visit the MTA Web site (http://www.mta.info) And their site is great for destinations, deals and getaways. (http://www.mta.info/mta/destinations.htm)

PAULBACH
12-30-2006, 12:48 PM
20 days to go until
the Big GIG in Gotham

How about adding something exotic to your journey to the Big GIG like a visit to a foreign country or two or 10 or 100 or 192? Right, The
United Nations. It's Your World! (http://www.un.org/).

Before we start how about a trivia question? What was the last country to be added to the United Nations?

Behind the 192 waving flags representing the member countries stands the Secretariat Building. on a 6 block parcel of land along the East River. If you would like a live peek of those flags click here (http://www.un.org/webcam/index.html).

When you enter United Nations, you are leaving New York City. This 18-acres on the East River is an international territory. Where else but in the Big Apple could you visit 192 countries in a single day?

Guided Tours are conducted seven days a week, except in January and February when the United Nations is closed to the public on weekends. Tours are conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday to Friday; Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30. Go early on the first day of the Big GIG and still make it to O'Farrells for the inaugural Toast by Tessler.

Stop back tomorrow and visit. If you love toys, tomorrow is your day. :brow

belquar
12-30-2006, 01:27 PM
Guided Tours are conducted seven days a week, except in January and February when the United Nations is closed to the public on weekends. Tours are conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday to Friday; Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30

ahem.


:laugh :laugh

PAULBACH
12-30-2006, 01:43 PM
The Big Gig starts on a Friday! There is plenty of time to visit the 192 countries and then make it to O'Farrells by Noon when that Masterful Mai tre d' Tessler will kick off the Gro?ƒer Gig in Gotham.

The Big Gig goes on for three days but the inaugural event is on Friday. Saturday and Sunday are shoulder to should events with charter buses unloading up to 70 attendees at a time.

So the official schedule is yet to be unveiled but unofficially it will look something like this.

1200 ~ 1400 Party Hardy at O'Farrells
1400 ~ 18:00 Take in the Motorcycles, Accessories, Exhibits and the BMW MOA booth.
1830 - Dinner Gathering and More Gemuthlichkeit in Gotham.

The city never sleeps.

bobs98
12-31-2006, 01:52 PM
It would be nice to put some more faces to names prior to WI. Have a great time! Looking foward to getting home late Feb.

Bob

PAULBACH
12-31-2006, 07:57 PM
Marketplace for the World
The Javits Center

If you can make it in New York, you can make it anyplace so the song says. For example:

Source: The Javits Center (http://www.javitscenter.com)

New York National Boat Show (http://www.newyorkboatshow.com/)
With its 101-year long history the show is recognized as THE place to see the latest and greatest in boating. From yachts and cruisers to bass and pontoon boats, from canoes and kayaks to fishing boats and personal watercraft, from electronics and engines to fishing gear, from financing and insurance to travel destinations, you'll see it here first.

The New York Luxury Show (http://www.luxuryshows.com/) is co-located with Adventures in Travel Expo, the largest, most successful adventure travel expo in the world, with over 500 exhibiting companies! At the inaugural event this past January, Adventures in Travel Expo was visited by over 3,500 industry representatives, more than 450 media representatives and over 22,000 consumers. This year, The New York Luxury Show joins the Adventures in Travel Expo as two of the industry's most heavily promoted events. January 13th.

And The New York Motorcycle Show (http://www.motorcycleshows.com/motorcycleshows/static/staticHtml.jsp?id=359158)

Nothing is free in the Javits Center but before the year is over whatever it is you have bought or desire has passed through this building as a prototype of a model. Ask some of the vendors for Javits stories ÔÇô everyone has a tale.

For vendor rules (http://www.javitscenter.com/exhibitors/workrules.asp) check this link ÔÇô You cannot unload or load your own trucks.

BRADFORDBENN
01-02-2007, 12:23 AM
Okay, I have to ask... why do you have a picture of AES 2006?

http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=7649&stc=1

PAULBACH
01-02-2007, 01:03 PM
17 Days and Counting

Circle Line Tours

Definitely the easiest way to see New York

From their website (http://www.circleline42.com)


ÔÇó Circle Line - 42nd Street Jacob Javits Center World Financial Battery Park
ÔÇó Museum of Jewish Heritage Ellis Island Statue of Liberty Wall Street
ÔÇó South Street Seaport Brooklyn Bridge Empire State Building Chrysler Building
ÔÇó United Nations Roosevelt Island Gracie Mansion Harlem Yankee Stadium
ÔÇó Columbia University Palisades of New Jersey George Washington Bridge
ÔÇó Grant's Tomb Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument Passenger Ship Terminal
 The Intrepid and more!

The Intrepid has moved to New Jersey for overall but the rest of the tour should be spectacular.

For sightseeing details and prices

Click here (http://www.circleline42.com/index.ihtml?page=sightseeing)

PAULBACH
01-03-2007, 01:49 PM
16 Days and Counting

Keeping an eye on the Big Apple

Take a visual tour of the City without leaving home. These are a few of the webcams for the city:

This is the link for Times Square
http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/

Keep an eye on the UN Flags This is the link:
http://www.un.org/webcam/index.html

Manhattan. Advanced Traveler Information System There are 45 cameras installed in key traffic points around Manhattan accessible from either the map or the list provided. Only Tessler knows each view by heart. He is the Metro Mai tre d'
This is the link:
http://nyctmc.org/xmanhattan.asp#

Enjoy

Times Square (http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/)

PAULBACH
01-04-2007, 01:15 PM
15 Days and Counting


Two weeks from today and I will be packing up one of my presents from my wife - a Lowepro camera bag - the sling model 100 for the big GIG in Gotham.

If I had more time in the Big Apple one of the spots I would want to photograph would be the South Street Seaport (http://www.southstreetseaport.com/html/)

From the South Street Seaport Webpage:

A true sense of New York.

When they say “the City” they mean New York. And when they say “not-to-be-missed” they mean South Street Seaport. A thriving community complete with a world-class maritime museum, breathtaking views and more than 100 shops, cafes and restaurants. This renovated American landmark is right on Lower Manhattan's historic waterfront. And the shopping, dining and entertainment are front and center.

PAULBACH
01-04-2007, 02:13 PM
That master Mai tre d' and guru of gastronomical greatness has selected a watering hole for dinner after the motorcycle show. It is El Quijote.

Two Reviews from the web

Hidden Treasure...
I took my boyfriend here for our 4 year anniversary. He loves seafood. I worked down the block from this restaurant for 3 years and never noticed. After searching online I decided to try it. The food was fabulous. The stuffed food is great because they don't use canned crab meat, it's fresh crab meat. The service is prompt and polite. It's a tiny cozy atmosphere, not too nosey or busy. Some of the items on the menu can be pricey, for example, Coronas. Anyway, the food is great!

The Second Review

This is the kind of place to bring a large group and let everybody share. For Mother's Day a couple of years back, my husband and I brought my Mother and Father-in-law, my husbands brother, My parents and my grandmother. We got multiple plates of garlic shrimp, mushrooms in Garlic sauce, stuffed mushrooms, and antipasto plates for all to share. All our entrees came with salad, and some came with soup. Their garlic soup is very flavorful, but a touch on the oily side. There is something for everyone on this menu. My grandmother, who is 84 isn't very adventurous in eating so she stuck with Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and rice). I'm can't remember the exact price of her dish, but I know it was under $14. My mother-in-law always gets a double-cut veal chop and is never disappointed. It is huge, barely fitting on the big oval plate! She always takes half home. Other very popular dishes with our families are the baby lamb chops, and their seafood. But by far, what makes them stand out above other places is the 1 pound lobster tail. Yes, I said TAIL, not the whole lobster, JUST THE TAIL!!! Like the other person who reviewed this restaurant said, It is more like a lobster steak, than a tail. Be prepared that this tail may not be as tender as smaller lobster tails, but WOW, it is worth getting just for the visuals. You won't be disappointed in the taste, either. It costs $30 normally, but they charged extra on Mother's day.

Everything comes with side dishes, too. They offer fresh vegetables, like broccoli and green beans, crispy thinly-sliced potato chips and yellow rice. These are served family style, with large plates strategically placed around the table. If you have any room left, they offer a wide selection of desserts, including a rich and creamy tiramisu, and a light and airy pignolli nut cake. Our Mother's Day feast for Eight set us back around $300, without tip, but everybody enjoyed themselves and the portions were more than ample. Once you've tried this place, you'll be a repeat customer.


So Now We Need a head count. Either PM me or make a response here.

Thank You!

belquar
01-04-2007, 02:19 PM
:beer :eat :eat :eat :drink :drink :burnout

UUUUHHHHHH......YEAH.

I AM IN.

SNOONE
01-04-2007, 02:21 PM
That master Mai tre d' and guru of gastronomical greatness has selected a watering hole for dinner after the motorcycle show. It is El Quijote.

Two Reviews from the web

Hidden Treasure...
I took my boyfriend here for our 4 year anniversary. He loves seafood. I worked down the block from this restaurant for 3 years and never noticed. After searching online I decided to try it. The food was fabulous. The stuffed food is great because they don't use canned crab meat, it's fresh crab meat. The service is prompt and polite. It's a tiny cozy atmosphere, not too nosey or busy. Some of the items on the menu can be pricey, for example, Coronas. Anyway, the food is great!

The Second Review

This is the kind of place to bring a large group and let everybody share. For Mother's Day a couple of years back, my husband and I brought my Mother and Father-in-law, my husbands brother, My parents and my grandmother. We got multiple plates of garlic shrimp, mushrooms in Garlic sauce, stuffed mushrooms, and antipasto plates for all to share. All our entrees came with salad, and some came with soup. Their garlic soup is very flavorful, but a touch on the oily side. There is something for everyone on this menu. My grandmother, who is 84 isn't very adventurous in eating so she stuck with Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and rice). I'm can't remember the exact price of her dish, but I know it was under $14. My mother-in-law always gets a double-cut veal chop and is never disappointed. It is huge, barely fitting on the big oval plate! She always takes half home. Other very popular dishes with our families are the baby lamb chops, and their seafood. But by far, what makes them stand out above other places is the 1 pound lobster tail. Yes, I said TAIL, not the whole lobster, JUST THE TAIL!!! Like the other person who reviewed this restaurant said, It is more like a lobster steak, than a tail. Be prepared that this tail may not be as tender as smaller lobster tails, but WOW, it is worth getting just for the visuals. You won't be disappointed in the taste, either. It costs $30 normally, but they charged extra on Mother's day.

Everything comes with side dishes, too. They offer fresh vegetables, like broccoli and green beans, crispy thinly-sliced potato chips and yellow rice. These are served family style, with large plates strategically placed around the table. If you have any room left, they offer a wide selection of desserts, including a rich and creamy tiramisu, and a light and airy pignolli nut cake. Our Mother's Day feast for Eight set us back around $300, without tip, but everybody enjoyed themselves and the portions were more than ample. Once you've tried this place, you'll be a repeat customer.


So Now We Need a head count. Either PM me or make a response here.

Thank You!

Paul, is that the place on 23rd street in the Chelsea Hotel or thereabouts.. If so Menu is attached http://www.menupages.com/restaurantdetails.asp?neighborhoodid=0&restaurantid=4055

redrider
01-04-2007, 09:17 PM
Im in.

SNOONE
01-04-2007, 10:02 PM
I just made plans to be in China on business leaving Monday.. I'm not sure when I'll be back at the moment but I will try and get back in time for the Big Gig.

PAULBACH
01-04-2007, 10:14 PM
That is a long way to go for take out. You will not find company in China like you will at the Big GIG. :buds

SNOONE
01-05-2007, 02:40 AM
That is a long way to go for take out. You will not find company in China like you will at the Big GIG. :buds

And the take outs not as good as NYC Chinese food. Been there done that and I'm not very enthused at the prospect of doing it again. But once again, there are those of us that have to support the tax structure so you retirees can enjoy your idle time. :laugh :drink :bliss :gerg

PAULBACH
01-05-2007, 12:29 PM
Two weeks to
Go to the Big GIG



The Guggenheim

These is the museum that put together a show of motorcycles as modern art.

From the Guggenheim website (http://www.nyctourist.com/topten_guggenheim.htm).

The mission of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, and to collect, conserve, and study the art of our time. The Foundation realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications, and strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and cultural partnerships.

At age sixty-six, the wealthy American industrialist Solomon R.Guggenheim begins to form a large collection of important modern paintings by artists such as Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Marc Chagall. He is guided in this pursuit by a young German artist and theorist, Hilla Rebay (born Baroness Hilla Rebay von Ehrenwiesen). In July 1930, Rebay brings Guggenheim to Vasily Kandinsky's Dessau studio, and Guggenheim purchases several of the artistÔÇÖs paintings and works on paper; he will eventually acquire more than 150 works by Kandinsky.

Follow this link (http://www.wholepop.com/features/motorcycles/guggenheim.htm) for a good time. :bikes

Anyone have any idea what all this gear is on the front wheel?

tessler
01-05-2007, 02:21 PM
And the take outs not as good as NYC Chinese food. Been there done that and I'm not very enthused at the prospect of doing it again. But once again, there are those of us that have to support the tax structure so you retirees can enjoy your idle time. :laugh :drink :bliss :gergBest of luck on the trip, Snoone. Travel well and get back here safely. Hope we see you on the 19th.

PAULBACH
01-05-2007, 02:53 PM
If you love motorcycles you have to check out this link.

The Art of the Motorcycle (http://www.guggenheim.org/exhibitions/past_exhibitions/motorcycle/motorcycle.html)

Sheer Artistry!

Thanks to that masterful Mai tre d' of Gotham for passing the link along. Don't want to mention names but see Avatar below.

belquar
01-05-2007, 05:54 PM
[CENTER][SIZE="4"]Anyone have any idea what all this gear is on the front wheel?

It would appear to be the engine.

PAULBACH
01-05-2007, 08:28 PM
Ah said the blind carpenter as he picked up his hammer and saw.

Now I see the spark plugs - front wheel drive and radial engine - outside of the horse and buggy it must have been one of the first front wheel drive vehicles. The things you learn at the Guggenheim (http://www.guggenheim.org/exhibitions/past_exhibitions/motorcycle/motorcycle.html)

PAULBACH
01-07-2007, 11:49 AM
Free Parking for the Big GIG

- Maybe!

Was enjoying the free barbeque at Max's yesterday and met a couple from Albany area that regularly visit NYC but from the Jersey side.

They described a ferry that crosses the Hudson and docks behind the Javits Convention Center. The parking for the ferry on the Jersey side is free and in past years the tickets for the show were sold before embarking. Such convenience.

Can any past users of this service confirm or deny?

Me, I take the train into Penn Station and walk to the Convention Center. And O'Farrell's is half way (about 5 minutes) between Penn Station and Javits.

Thanks for any input! :thumb

PAULBACH
01-08-2007, 12:18 AM
Better than taking the Kyak to Nyak is the riding the Ferry from Jersey to Mahattan

Ferry

The NY Waterway operates a ferry from Weehawken, NJ.

In just 4 minutes the ferry takes you across the Hudson River to 39th Street and 12th Avenue, just one block from the Javits Center. Just park at the convenient lot adjacent to the ferry terminal and take a ferry which leaves every 10 - 15 minutes during peak hours.

Call 1-800-53-FERRY for schedule and information.

Thanks to BMW MOV member Ted Hall for giving me all relevant information. :thumb

The Ferry Website (http://www.nywaterway.com/)

PAULBACH
01-08-2007, 12:19 PM
A lot of Music Greats started here
The Apollo Theater

The Apollo Threater, which opened in 1914 as a whites-only theater, is best known as a former showcase for legendary black artists including Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk and Aretha Franklin. Today, the historical spot hosts big-name comedy and music performances, as well as the ubiquitous amateur night. In true 20th century fashion, the Apollo became a brand in itself, spawning tours and TV shows and theatres in London and Glasgow.

Hey music lovers better than the Hard Rock Cafe?

PAULBACH
01-09-2007, 09:23 PM
Big News - You are going to like this.

No charge for parking at the NY Waterway parking site as in

FREE - No Cost - No Charge :dance

You ask, How is this possible? Something free in Gotham? :brow

OK OK so the parking is in Jersey. One of the managers of the company and the web guy both ride - HDs and they have arranged for a separate lot for motorcycles. Good guys these Harley folk. :hug

No cages in same lot with motorcycles. And did I mention the parking was F*R*E*E*

Check here (http://www.nywaterway.com/ferry/promotions/) for more information.

How far is the Big GIG gathering from the Ferry Dock? - About 15 minutes walk.

A map will be posted next week.

PAULBACH
01-10-2007, 12:04 PM
The Big GIG is down to single digits.
9 days to go - but who's counting.

For those who just tuned in the Big GIG is an East Coast get together of the lurkers and BMW MOA Forum contributors. We will have lunch at 12 and dinner around six. Review the thread for details and next week there will be a recap. Be part of this inaugural event in America's largest city. There is even free parking for your motorcycle. If you don't come those who do will talk about you. :stick

If the weather continues to cooperate what can the SO and the kids do while you are exploring the upper limits of your credit card or just hanging out at the MOA booth? Tell them to take a walk - up Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue is home to some of the most luxurious locales in the Big Apple. Fifth Avenue is NYCÔÇÖs best known boulevard and home to three of its most famous buildings.


Fifth Avenue

No charge to visit these places. Just a few of the famous locations. Bring your most comfortable gear.

Grand Army Plaza (http://www.centralparknyc.org/virtualpark/southend/grandarmyplaza)
Hansom Cab rides through Central Park can be boarded here.
From Wikipedia ÔÇ£Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York in an oval plaza that forms the main entrance to Prospect Park. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux in 1867. It consists of concentric rings arranged as streets, with the outer ring being named Plaza Street.

Bergdorf Goodman (http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com) Discover the ultimate shopping experience with premier designers for women and men

General Motors Building (http://www.thecityreview.com/gm.htm) From their website: Inside the building there is wall-to-wall marble. The Parthenon has come to General Motors. Pentelic marble by the ton from the same Greek quarries that supplied the Acropolis lathers the lobby walls; the rejects are upstairs.

Tiffany and Company (http://www.tiffany.com/?siteid=1) The Tiffany flagship store on New York's Fifth Avenue at 57th Street is a popular tourist attraction, largely as a result of the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, which starred Audrey Hepburn. Tiffany's opened its first store outside of New York in San Francisco's Union Square in 1963 and internationally in Tokyo in 1972. The corporation has since undergone large expansion, opening flagship stores in London's Bond Street and Tokyo's Ginza district, and now has stores in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

The Trumph Tower (http://www.thecityreview.com/trumpt.htm) From the website: Much of the atrium, shown at the right, is lined with mirrors creating delightful visual havoc for the hordes of tourists who ride the criss-crossed escalators to the upper and lower retail floors. At the top level there are very handsome outdoor terraces on both the 57th and 56th street sides of the project, which overlooks the great atrium of the former IBM Building on the eastern half of the block and adjoins, on the northeast, the new Nike store.

Cartier: The flagship store of the legendary jeweler. Even if it's not in your price range, it is fun to window shop. A nice watch here will cost more than a new ride but will be easier to get home.


St. Patrick's Cathedral (http://www.ny-archdiocese.org) Duck into this French Gothic, white-washed cathedral when the guilt of Fifth Avenue shopping gets too much. Built in 1878, St PatrickÔÇÖs is the largest Catholic cathedral in the USA but although it has its own architectural integrity, it sits oddly in the midst of skyscrapers and expensive stores.

New York Public Library (http://www.nypl.org) Want to check out the latest CliltonÔÇÖs? The NYPL will have it. Check out their website which has links to an extensive digital library.


Lord and Taylor: 424 Fifth Avenue
Lord & Taylor, based in New York, New York, is the oldest department store chain in the United States. Another outstanding window shopping location

BUBBAZANETTI
01-10-2007, 09:11 PM
p.s.

i think i'm def going now

PAULBACH
01-10-2007, 09:57 PM
Remember folks the more the merrier. Everyone come! You hear?

The Big GIG is for all the folks on the forum plus anyone else that shows up. Lunch is at 12 and dinner is sixish.

I add material to keep the thread alive. Next week the list of faux forums will be released and members of this greatful thread can nominate speakers.

Right now there are 17 topics for the Faux Forum starting with, "How to get to the Wisconsin Rally early and claim a shady spot. :laugh


We want you!

tessler
01-10-2007, 11:02 PM
Paul, you should work for the New York Convention & Visitors Bureau, you're doing such a thorough job!


p.s.
i think i'm def going now
So we're like up to a total of what? 10? :D :bolt

BRADFORDBENN
01-11-2007, 02:27 AM
p.s.

i think i'm def going now

Let me see I think I am definite? Hmmmm seems odd.

PAULBACH
01-11-2007, 12:58 PM
Better than take a hike - even if it is up Fifth Avenue. A definite maybe is better than, "Now Way Jose!" :jose

For this show only folks with Tiger Ears on Helmets get a special discount.

128254
01-11-2007, 01:51 PM
Hi guys, I'm fairly new here....I'm trying to understand what are you planning.....I'll go to the Motorcycle show, as every year since I've moved to the US (from Italy)....but it's the first time I'll go as a BMW rider (GS) and member of the MOA.....

Can I join you? Actually there will be a friend with me with another GS....he'll join the MOA at the show....

PAULBACH
01-11-2007, 02:41 PM
8 Days To the Big GIG

Come on folks plan on joining the members of this Grateful Thread for lunch and dinner. Free Parking, great food, the inside story and lunch with the creator of this year's spectacular teeshirt. There just will not be another event like this until Sue kicks off the National Rally. Come to the Big GIG and Meet the Stars! :buds

Speaking of Stars ... When the SO and/or the kids show no interest in this epic event which starts at 12 o'clock at O'Farrells

tell them to go take a hike and watch the stars at The Rose Center for Earth and Space (http://www.amnh.org/rose/)

Here is just a few of the things to see in this finite center for the infinite :wow

The Building opened in 2000. It is a huge glass cube enclosing a three-story, 87 foolt wide round sphere containing the new Hayden Planetarium (http://www.amnh.org/rose/haydenplanetarium.html).

Hall of the Universe (http://www.amnh.org/rose/universe.html) The hall examines such questions as how the universe evolved into galaxies, stars, and planets, and how the atoms from which we are made were created in the hearts of stars.

AstroBulletin (http://www.amnh.org/rose/astrobulletin.html) The AstroBulletin, a major feature of the Rose Center, displays up-to-date images, news, and breaking events from current missions on its large high-definition screen.

Dynamic Earth Globe (http://www.amnh.org/rose/hope/dynamic/). This globe measuring eight feet in diameter. This hemisphere houses a unique internal projection system that beams a digital film to render a stunning view of Earth from outer space. As the twelve-minute video loop progresses, visitors in the granite amphitheater below are able to watch Earth make a full rotation as its cloud cover slowly disperses, revealing a surface of dark, deep oceans and lush green continents.

Earth Event Wall (http://www.amnh.org/rose/hope/eventwall/). Adjacent to the Dynamic Earth Globe is the 6'x11' Earth Event Wall, an electronic bulletin that broadcasts current news on global events such as storms, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions using both live-action video footage and computer-generated animation.

The Big Bang (http://www.amnh.org/rose/hayden-bigbang.html). The Big Bang, a 46-foot in diameter space, contains a central 36-foot in diameter screen over an 8-foot deep bowl that visitors gather around, standing atop plexiglass flooring that crops out over the bowl. The show utilizes a laser, dozens of lighting effects, a LED display, narration, and surround sound to immerse visitors in the imagery and energy of the early universe.

Cosmic Pathway (http://www.amnh.org/rose/cosmic-moreinfo.html). Thirteen markers along the Pathway denote the passage of each billion years. At eight landings, panels show visitors the relative size of the universe at that point in time, along with major developmental stages of the universe including the first generation of stars, globular clusters, quasars, elliptical galaxies, galactic bulges, radio galaxies, our own Milky Way Galaxy, galactic disks, groups of galaxies, and later generations of stars.

Tessler reminds me that the park, Manhattan Square, that both the Planetarium and the Museum sit on is the ONLY part of Central Park, that is NOT within the boundaries of the Park itself!

But all of this is meaningless unless and until the biggest star of the forum, YOU, attends the Big Gig.

PAULBACH
01-11-2007, 04:42 PM
Hi guys, I'm fairly new here....I'm trying to understand what are you planning.....I'll go to the Motorcycle show, as every year since I've moved to the US (from Italy)....but it's the first time I'll go as a BMW rider (GS) and member of the MOA.....

Can I join you? Actually there will be a friend with me with another GS....he'll join the MOA at the show....

I did send a PM to my fellow rider and BMW enthusiast. Everyone is welcome at the Big GIG especially lurkers. :lurk

Be at O'Farrells (http://www.ofarrells.com/) at 12. But if you want to stay for dinner please post a message here or send me a PM at PAULBACH. Come and get your picture in ON! Well maybe, but an article complete with photos will be submitted and who knows? :bikes

Friedle
01-11-2007, 10:47 PM
Hi guys, I'm fairly new here....I'm trying to understand what are you planning.....I'll go to the Motorcycle show, as every year since I've moved to the US (from Italy)....but it's the first time I'll go as a BMW rider (GS) and member of the MOA.....

Can I join you? Actually there will be a friend with me with another GS....he'll join the MOA at the show....


Welcome to the MOA family aprofita! Everyone is welcome to join the Big Gig gig at the Javits Center. Please remember to stop by the BMW MOA booth #1463, across from the Cagiva display, to say hello. We'll be happy to enlist your friend into the MOA family at that time. We might even have some lovely parting gifts for him for playing along with us. :)

Friedle
BMW MOA Ambassador
BMW MOA Board of Directors
BMW MOA International Rally Co-Chair 99, 03, 06

PAULBACH
01-12-2007, 12:34 PM
7 Days to Go!

Remember the Big GIG is for everyone! Bring a friend. If the friend joins the MOA Mike Friedle will open the swag vault when the new member comes on board.

What is the Big GIG? It is a gathering of the Grateful Thread for lunch and dinner with the International Motorcycle Show as an extra added attraction. Next week a map of the area will be posted here.

The lunch and dinner is on FRIDAY. The show continues on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday you can walk down the aisles of the show and see all that is available. Saturday and Sunday are not for the faint of heart. Dozens of buses will drop off 65 visitors at a clip. The aisles become chock a block full of people and one walks sideways just to move.

Today's Place to send the SO to while you are maxing out the Visa, Mastercard and American Express is


Chelsea and Herald Square

The song goes, "Give my regards to Broadway remember me to Herald Square." So what is in this area - a nice brisk half hour walk from Javits? (Yeah, I fixed it but left the poster) :laugh

6th. Avenue Shopping anchored by the world's largest department store - Macy's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macy's).

Annex Antiques (http://www.hellskitchenfleamarket.com/) and Flea Market. On weekends this flea market will have several hundred vendors from Maine to Maryland.

Chelsea Hotel (http://www.hotelchelsea.com/newmain.html) - A rest stop for rare individuals. This hotel was mentioned in an earlier post. It's guest book reads like a listing of America's most famous literati including Tennessee Williams, Marfk Twain, Jack Kerouac and Sid Vicious - but that is another story in a city that keeps its secrets.

General Theological Seminary (http://www.gts.edu/) Founded in 1817 this seminary is America's oldest Episcopal Seminary. Clement Clark Moore (http://www.nyise.org/moore/) taught here. Clement Moore was the author of A Visit From St. Nicholas.

Chelsea Piers (http://www.chelseapiers.com/home.html) Manhattan's largest venue for cinema and TV production. Basically a 30 acre sports facility

Herald Square (http://www.virtualnyc.info/photo_album/herald-sqr/index.htm) once known as the Tenderloin and was once a theater district.

Fashion Institute of Technology (http://www.fitnyc.edu/html/dynamic.html)- the FIT of fashion. FIT is fashion. FIT is a center of design, fine arts, packaging and computer animation. FIT is technology, marketing, advertising, merchandising, production and more.

Friedle
01-12-2007, 03:09 PM
"The song goes, "Give my regards to Broadway remember me to Harold Square." So what is in this area - a nice brisk half hour walk from Javits? "

Hey Paul, It's "Herald Square".

Harold Square is some guy who wears brown shoes and a disco suit and still lives in Cleveland. :bolt


Friedle

PAULBACH
01-12-2007, 09:48 PM
Nice to know that somebody is reading this material :thumb

Harold will be happy he was noticed. Is he available for any discount or swag if he joins the MOA at the International Show? Any secret name or handshake? Or does he just ask for Michael? :hug


Herald Square!

PAULBACH
01-12-2007, 10:25 PM
More Free Parking and this time in Manhattan!
How can that be? Nothing is free in NY especially in Manhattan!


Read on! This is from the web page of those fine folks at BMW of Manhattan (http://www.bmwbikesnyc.com) :wave

Complimentary BMW of Manhattan shuttle service to and from the IMS show at the Javits Center Friday, Jan 19th between 12pm-6pm and Saturday, Jan 20th between 10am-5pm.

Avoid midtown traffic, park your bike at our dealership and ride to the show in comfort!

For more information, please contact Steve Sergi at (212) 314-9739, or ssergi@bmwnyc.com .

PAULBACH
01-13-2007, 02:09 PM
6 days to go

You are at the Big GIG and now a rider needs to contemplate, relax and seek out the inner being. Choices must be made. Weighty and life changing decisions are at hand.

F800s?
G650s?
K1200R?
Synthetic or Dino?

You need a place in Manhattan that offers solitude. You want to go back, way back to a simpler time when mankind did not face these weighty matters, a time when you could leave your chewing gum on the bedpost overnight.

Where to go?

Easy!


The Cloisters

The Cloisters house the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of art and architecture from medieval Europe. Best known for the beautiful tapestries on display, the Cloisters also offer architectural installations, a series of special programs, and fantastic views of the Hudson.

"Located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park, the building incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters--quadrangles enclosed by a roofed or vaulted passageway, or arcade--and from other monastic sites in southern France. Three of the cloisters reconstructed at the branch museum feature gardens planted according to horticultural information found in medieval treatises and poetry, garden documents and herbals, and medieval works of art, such as tapestries, stained-glass windows, and column capitals. Approximately five thousand works of art from medieval Europe, dating from about A.D. 800 with particular emphasis on the twelfth through fifteenth century, are exhibited in this unique and sympathetic context."

Truly a place to get some rest! :nod

callmethebreeze
01-13-2007, 07:14 PM
It would appear to be the engine.




The Megola was a German motorcycle produced between 1921 and 1925 in Munich. Like Bimota, the name is a portmanteau derived loosely from the names of its designers Meixner, Cockerell, and Landgraf.

[edit] An Unusual Design

The Megola had a unique design that was extremely rare; it boasted a Monosoupape rotary engine mounted within the front wheel. The engine contained five cylinders with side-mounted valves and it displaced 640 cc (39 cu in), a total size equivalent to many modern bikes. The crankshaft was the front axle, which remained stationary while the cylinders rotated with the wheel. A hand-controlled butterfly valve was located in the hollow crankshaft to regulate throttle. Power output was a meagre 14 bhp (10 kW) but was applied directly to the wheel. This arrangement produced a very low centre of gravity and provided for excellent handling.[1]

"The 5 cylinder star-engine was mounted in the front wheel, and the wheel turned around six times slower than the crankshaft did." [2]

The engine was very flexible, lacking both a clutch and a transmission. Starting it required a person to either spin the front wheel while the bike was on its stand, or to push-start. The cylinders could be disassembled without having to remove the wheel spokes in order to service the engine. The tires were tubed with the front inner-tube being a circular sausage shape rather than a complete doughnut so that it could be changed without removing the wheel and engine. The box section frame contained the main fuel tank which fed by gravity a smaller tank mounted on the axle. The front suspension was comprised of semi-elliptical springs.

The top speed was 85 km/h (52 mph) resulting in a win at the German Championship in 1924, while later, sportier models were said to be capable of 140 km/h (88 mph). A total of 2000 Megolas were built and only 10 rideable examples remain, with one existing in the Guggenheim museum in New York, USA.

[edit] Killinger and Freund

In 1935 there was an attempt by a group of engineers to make an improved version, the Killinger and Freund Motorcycle, but World War II put an end to their plans.

[edit] Sources

1. ^ Title: "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Motorcycles", Editor: Erwin Tragatsch, Published: New Burlington Books, 1979. ISBN 0-906286-07-7
2. ^ [1] Kunis.nl Megola (retrieved December 8 2006)


Breeze

callmethebreeze
01-13-2007, 07:29 PM
More Free Parking and this time in Manhattan!
How can that be? Nothing is free in NY especially in Manhattan!


Read on! This is from the web page of those fine folks at BMW of Manhattan (http://www.bmwbikesnyc.com) :wave

Complimentary BMW of Manhattan shuttle service to and from the IMS show at the Javits Center Friday, Jan 19th between 12pm-6pm and Saturday, Jan 20th between 10am-5pm.

Avoid midtown traffic, park your bike at our dealership and ride to the show in comfort!

For more information, please contact Steve Sergi at (212) 314-9739, or ssergi@bmwnyc.com .


I'm in for the parking. Where are you all meeting. I need to catch up with Statdawg and Red Rider.


Breeze

PAULBACH
01-13-2007, 07:32 PM
We are meeting at O'Farrells.

A map will be posted well in advance. O'Farrells is about halfway between Pennsylvania Station and Javits.

callmethebreeze
01-13-2007, 09:23 PM
We are meeting at O'Farrells.

A map will be posted well in advance. O'Farrells is about halfway between Pennsylvania Station and Javits.


Excellent, I'll be there. I've staggered out of there a few times in days gone by, although not this go-round.

Thanks for doing this.


Breeze

BRADFORDBENN
01-13-2007, 09:35 PM
We are meeting at O'Farrells.

A map will be posted well in advance. O'Farrells is about halfway between Pennsylvania Station and Javits.

I have been there many times during work. I like O'Farrells. :drink

have fun and take pictures :)

PAULBACH
01-14-2007, 01:24 AM
Lots of pictures will be taken. B&H photo is standing by with multigig chips.

Small events will become happenings.

Happenings will become stories. Spilled beer will become a Tsunami :drink

Stories will become epics.

The epic will be submitted for an ON article. :type

The is even a rumor that Rosie and the Donald will show up. Should we let HIM in or not?

:jawdrop

callmethebreeze
01-14-2007, 01:45 AM
[QUOTE]The is even a rumor that Rosie and the Donald will show up. [QUOTE]



I'd put my money on Rosie in a fistfight. One shot to the hair and the Donald would be all done.


Breeze

PAULBACH
01-14-2007, 04:12 PM
4 Days and a Get Up Left

Remember the Big GIG is for everyone especially the members of the Grateful Thread. You don't need a wristband to attend. Free entry and no waiting at O'Farrells (http://www.ofarrells.com/ourmenu.htm).

Lunch is at O'Farrells 413 10th Avenue (212) 268-0587 and Dinner at El Quijote (http://www.menupages.com/restaurantdetails.asp?neighborhoodid=0&restaurantid=4055) (226 W 23RD St - (212)929-1855) The lunch and dinner is on FRIDAY. The masterful maitre d of our marvelous matrix of gastronomic excellence is our very own (Send Up A Lager Room) Tessler.

Where might you send the SO while you are taking a serious look at the new BMW models, the hot new Triumphs, and shop for a new motorcycle lift. Send the SO on a cruise of the Harbor. Two choices are:

South Street Seaport Museum (http://www.southstseaport.org/calendar/eventsSail.shtm#pioneersails)

Circle Line Cruises (http://www.circleline42.com/)

Want something unique? Go to church, The Seaman's Church (http://www.seamenschurch.org/default.asp).

Looking for some fresh seafood? Take an early morning trip to the Fulton Fish Market (http://photo.net/philg/ny/fish-market.html)

Do it the easy way. Walk over to the South Street Seaport (http://www.southstseaport.org/index.shtm). Fridays are free, my favorite price.

BUBBAZANETTI
01-14-2007, 04:34 PM
Chelsea Hotel (http://www.hotelchelsea.com/newmain.html) - A rest stop for rare individuals. This hotel was mentioned in an earlier post. It's guest book reads like a listing of America's most famous literati including Tennessee Williams, Marfk Twain, Jack Kerouac and Sid Vicious - but that is another story in a city that keeps its secrets.


i hate to tell you this paul, but sid vicious was english:laugh :bolt

PAULBACH
01-14-2007, 04:57 PM
John Simon Ritchie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_Vicious) (May 10, 1957 – February 2, 1979), better known as Sid Vicious, was an English punk rock musician and bass player of the Sex Pistols. He died of a drug overdose at the age of 21.

I guess I am showing the depth of my tread! :doh :laugh Or lack thereof.

redrider
01-15-2007, 12:47 AM
:groovy
can't contain the excitment....looking forward to the big GIG.

PAULBACH
01-15-2007, 01:07 AM
The best is yet to come. A couple of special forums are in the work for lunch and dinner. And the special forum topics for lunch and dinner will be released tomorrow. And it looks like the weather will cooperate. It may be a bit nippy with a high of 43 but sunny weather.

:twirl

SNOONE
01-15-2007, 01:57 AM
The best is yet to come. A couple of special forums are in the work for lunch and dinner. And the special forum topics for lunch and dinner will be released tomorrow. And it looks like the weather will cooperate. It bve be a bit nippy with a high of 43 but sunny weather.

:twirl

The moral of this thread is that. ( I can't wait to retire in the year never) as I write this sitting in the Hong Kong airport on my way to Tokyo.

callmethebreeze
01-15-2007, 03:50 AM
Sounds like you want to be Captain Dolittle ?

I doubt if he'll be flying a B-25 off the flight deck of the Hornet, more likely a Treo off the Internet......


Breeze

PAULBACH
01-15-2007, 12:16 PM
Tessler was last seen heading to Denver. Snoone is is probably flying to NYC from Tokyo at this moment. RedRider is in Canada and yet we will all be together on Friday for the Big GIG. Absolutely amazing. Maybe there should be a long distance award at the Big GIG dinner.

PAULBACH
01-15-2007, 12:34 PM
Disclaimer: I don't want to Gore anyone with the details but after considerable study it has been determined that the convenient truth is that the Big GIG in no way will contribute to global warming.

We all know that BMW riders are incurable romantics. Otherwise would the classic lines and beauty of the airhead have survived this long?

The SO knows you have gone and put down a deposit on a new F800 or k1200GT and you need to take the SO out on the city to show how romantic you are. Where to go? What to do? Somehow dinner with the grateful thread just won't cut it. Heavy duty action is needed.

Carriage Ride through Central Park (http://www.centralparkcarriages.com/)
Taking a ride in one of the colorful horse-drawn carriages that line Central Park South is a great way to see the park and make the SO forget about that down payment. Check out the scenery and skyline, is one of the most romantic ways to spend time in New York City. Bundle up beneath the snug seat blankets to keep out the winter chill. Either way the carriages provide a peak back to gaslight New York and it's easy to imagine Diamond Jim Brady (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Diamond_Jim%22_Brady) sharing an after dinner ride with Lily Russell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lillian_Russell).

Estimated Cost (not including tip):
$34 for the first 1/2 hour (You can't get an oil change for that)
$10 for each additional 1/4 hour.
Call Central Park Carriages at 212-736-0680 for more information.


Staten Island Ferry Ride (http://www.siferry.com/) – Free
The Staten Island Ferry has been a municipal service since 1905, and currently carries over 19 million passengers annually on a 5.2-mile run between the St. George Terminal in Staten Island and the Whitehall Terminal in lower Manhattan. Service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Staten Island Ferry is the most reliable form of mass transit, with an on-time performance of over 96 percent.

Brooklyn Bridge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Bridge) Stroll - Free
A classic experience, the walk across the Brooklyn Bridge yields thrilling vistas of city skyscrapers through the intricate bridge cable work. Bring the camera to record unparalleled views. Have the dealer deliver the new ride while you are strolling across the bridge. Show the SO the city on two wheels. What a memorable event.

Need more firepower? The SO is not swayed. OK! We have saved the best for last. Book some reservations here and have the new ride delivered right after desert. :dance

Dinner at One If by Land (http://www.oneifbyland.com/history.html)
Housed in an unmarked carriage house tucked amid the winding streets of Greenwich Village, One if by Land, Two if by Sea, has been romancing New York City diners for more than three decades. The cozy bar and elegant dining rooms, adorned with four fireplaces and garden views are rich in both ambiance and American history. And here is the menu (http://www.oneifbyland.com/prixfixe1.html).
George Washington did sleep and eat here since this house was his headquarters during the defense of Manhattan.

I'm sure Diamond Jim took "Miss" Lillian to dinner here.

tessler
01-15-2007, 01:41 PM
We are meeting at O'Farrells.

A map will be posted well in advance. O'Farrells is about halfway between Pennsylvania Station and Javits.
Here's a map of the area, showing the Javits Center, O'Farrell's and Penn Station.

oldhway
01-15-2007, 02:32 PM
If there is room I'm in for lunch at O'Farrell's although I can't make dinner. Hope I'm not to late to get in on the fun and meet the gang. See Y'all on Friday.

PAULBACH
01-15-2007, 03:01 PM
There is plenty of room, especially at O'Farrells. The only crunch is at the dinner meal where we want to reserve seats in advance for the Big GIG awards ceremony. The list of noon hour forum topics will be released at noon - if power is maintained here in the land of falling ice.

That feature, awards dinner was added this morning after a conference call with that Masterful mai t de of Gotham Tessler. (actually it was an email exchange)

Glad to hear you are coming. :dance

belquar
01-15-2007, 09:50 PM
Is there a scenic route to O'Farrels ?


Yes. Fabricate an inflatable to attach to your GS and ride it across the Hudson. Make sure you have on knobbies to provide better propulsion. ATGATT will then include a life jacket. You will probably need a snorkel kit of some kind as well.

YMMV

PAULBACH
01-16-2007, 02:57 AM
Sorry about the late posting. The electricity and internet just came back on. Am trying to overcome withdrawal pain.

Disclaimer: The following is in jest and meant for the entertainment of lurkers, forum lawyers, insiders, and regular members of the grateful thread.

The Grateful Thread Get Together in Gotham is now soliciting presenters for a list of popular topics. Would anyone care to nominate a presenter for any of the following:

1. Are Rallies Meant For Tent Camping?
A presenter here would need to have extensive knowledge of Motel 6, BurgerKing, MacDonald’s and Wendies.

2. Battery Tenders V Battery Chargers
A dynamic and electrifying presenter will be needed here.

3. Best Motorcycle Lift For Your Light Truck.
This is a weighty topic. Please nominate a heavy hitter familiar with K models.

4. Best Strategy To Get Elected To The BMW MOA Board.
At least one Board member will be present to give the inside secrets. Also presented will be the relative merits of Advil v Aspirin. All attendees at this presentation must present a clearance from either a psychiatric warden or psychologist.

5. Better Bike Bargaining In Silicon Valley
Come over from the dark side and make a nomination.

6. Gel Or Lead Acid For Beemers
The presenter should have a working knowledge of Panasonic batteries and the email address and webpage of digikey.

7. Global Warming and the inconvenience of using High Test Gas.
Pick any convenient name you can think of and inconvenience his/her second helpings of chili at O’Farrells. Plenty of gas should be generated by this toic.

8. Photography in the desert.
B&K Photo will arrange for any hi-tech lighting needed to help the presenter get the shadows just right.

9. How To Get Early & Shady Parking At The Wisconsin Rally
The presenter must have had experience at VT and at least one other rally. A separate forum will be arranged for RV attendees if numbers warrant.

10. How To Get The Best Insurance Rates From BMW MOA.
The presenter is free to bring his gecko with him if desired.

11. How To Receive ON Early – Even Ahead Of The Ambassadors. Topic limited to first 100 attendees.



Speakers Needed

BUBBAZANETTI
01-16-2007, 04:10 AM
6. Gel Or Lead Acid For Beemers[/SIZE]
The present here should have a working knowledge of Panasonic batteries and the email address and webpage of digikey.


i'll talk about this, i feel like i've worked my darndest to convince everyone just to use the BT JR and nothing else. and i've brought a gel battery back from the abyss with one, even after replacing it with a panasonic agm and then putting it back in (damn panasonic is still sitting on my shelf)!

RandallIsland
01-16-2007, 04:17 AM
i'll talk about this, i feel like i've worked my darndest to convince everyone just to use the BT JR and nothing else. and i've brought a gel battery back from the abyss with one, even after replacing it with a panasonic agm and then putting it back in (damn panasonic is still sitting on my shelf)!

And here we GO:stick :ha !

PAULBACH
01-16-2007, 11:28 AM
Only Two Days and a Get Up
Before the Big GIG!


Congratulations! You have won the SO over! Life is sweet but now the harmonics (children, rug rats, offspring) are not happy. Two thoughts come to mind. Buy another bike - a Ural (http://www.imz-ural.com/)! The afterglow from One If By Land is working. The SO agrees to stay in Gotham another day and go back to visit the nice man from Chestertown, NY who is a dealer at the show. The harmonics need instant gratification. Inspiration! Send them off to the zoo, the Bronx Zoo (http://www.bronxzoo.com/). The SO suggests leaving them in the lion house!

With award-winning, cutting-edge exhibits featuring over 4,000 animals, there is no other zoo in the world that offers the diversity, superb viewing, and world-renowned expertise that assures a rewarding experience and the knowledge that visitors can make a difference in the world around them.

Just one example of the ZOO's education and outreach is the restoration of American Bison herds.

The Bronx Zoo first opened its gates to the public on November 8, 1899. At the time, the zoo had 22 exhibits and 843 animals.

In October 1899, the Bronx Zoo acquired bison for the Bronx Zoo and began to build the zoo herd. In 1905, with fewer than 1,000 American bison left in the wild, NYZS sponsored the founding of the American Bison Society. The zoo was instrumental in securing national protection for the bison and rangeland for the establishment of new herds. In 1907, 15 of the Bronx Zoo bison were shipped to Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountain Preserve. Subsequently, bison were provided for other refuges in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Gradually, the western herds grew and the bison population rebounded. Many of today’s bison in the western U.S. are descendants of those Bronx Zoo animals shipped at the turn of the 20th century.

mika
01-16-2007, 11:40 PM
Media day at the Big Gig...err (http://www.automotive.com/features/90/auto-news/25812/index.html) The International Motorcycle Show. I am so jealous.

tessler
01-17-2007, 12:29 AM
Media day at the Big Gig...err (http://www.automotive.com/features/90/auto-news/25812/index.html) The International Motorcycle Show. I am so jealous.
John, Sorry we'll miss you. We intend to have a big toast in your honor at the post-show dinner Friday night. The Sangria will be flowing...

http://www.gsc.upenn.edu/image_files/sangria.jpg

belquar
01-17-2007, 12:37 AM
It is only tuesday. I am sure there are flights available to the die hards who wanna come to our party. I am getting excited. Almost time. WOOHOO!!!!!!!

tessler
01-17-2007, 12:44 AM
It is only tuesday. I am sure there are flights available to the die hards who wanna come to our party. I am getting excited. Almost time. WOOHOO!!!!!!!Lol. I hear you Brian. :) Paul B's been the total NYC Whipper-In! That guy get's an honorary Key to Da City (If I have anything to do with it!).

Ok, Chris, you've got 72 hours to get M1ka on a flight to Newark Airport... you can pick him up on your way in ;)

mika
01-17-2007, 01:08 AM
You guys are great.

I just read a very tantalizing offer that would take me to NY for the BIG GIG. I am very tempted but will have to pass. I am a member of the sandwich generation and have some duties that make it impossible. There is a very outside chance that I will be able to attend a more local event, but even that is in doubt.

I will live vicariously through your posts. I wonder if I will awake Saturday with a vicarious headache and need for large quantities of water?

Thanks again.

PAULBACH
01-17-2007, 01:55 AM
You snooze, you lose. We want M1KA!

We want M1KA!
We want M1KA!
We want M1KA!
We want M1KA!
We want M1KA!
We want M1KA!

What is a GIG without the Press?

PAULBACH
01-17-2007, 02:31 AM
The following topics are under consideration for the evening. Does anyone care to nominate presenters?

The Grateful Thread Get Together in Gotham is now soliciting speakers for the following list of popular topics. This is a very delicate process. Solicitation in Gotham is not ignored.

1. Is Synthetic Better Than Dino?
We need a real oilhead for a presenter.

2. KISS Or Weird Al Yankovic For The Wisconsin Rally Band?
How about a sock hop instead?

3. Should the May Issue of ON be a Mother Day’s Issue?
The presnter will test market secret covers featuring Hondas, Suzukis, and Yamahas.

4. The Best Time To Buy A GPS.
The secret presenter Mr. Bye A Garmin, will present half-off coupons for all who attend the Big GIG luncheon at O'Farrells.

5. When The Forum Will Get A Separate ON Section.
The presenter needs to focus ON again OFF again, ON again Finnigan.

6. When The Next Ladies Issue Of ON Will Be Published.
The presenter will discuss the merits of a Mother’s Day issue.

7. Where The Secret BMW MOA Swag Vault Is Located.
Presenter will have gift certificates for mucho dinero in HD merchandise. The grand prize winner will test a Screaming Eagle Kit for the new G series.

8. Where The 2008 And 2009 Rallies Will Be Located.
The Presenter must be able to speak French with a Quebec accent. RedRider may accept this assignment. Salcar may make a surprise appearance.

9. Why It Is Dangerous To Let Your Ride Go Strapless.
The Presenter will demonstrate how to bungee jump off the Javits Center.

Do we have any nominations for speakers? The Big GIG will even settle for desktop speakers.

PAULBACH
01-17-2007, 02:52 AM
Lol. I hear you Brian. :) Paul B's been the total NYC Whipper-In! That guy get's an honorary Key to Da City (If I have anything to do with it!).

Ah shucks. I am just a poor old country boy from a town whose initials are BS doing what I do best.

PAULBACH
01-17-2007, 03:21 AM
Now there is a great idea for the National Rally. A CD full of hundreds (thousands?) or pictures.

mika
01-17-2007, 03:24 AM
:laugh Paul, ever the promoter

PAULBACH
01-17-2007, 03:25 AM
Please refer to #125. :laugh

BRADFORDBENN
01-17-2007, 04:31 AM
Yes there is wireless in the Javits center. Yes it is expensive. Yes it sucks.

I would recommend string and dixie cups.

PAULBACH
01-17-2007, 12:18 PM
Last Year’s New York International Motorcycle Show drew nearly 80,000 attendees, and this installment looks to be even bigger. That is why lunch, dinner and the ever popular Faux Forums are on Friday. Saturday and Sunday are for people that love closeness. Fuggettaboutit

If you bring these 10 items, your visit will more more comfortable and perhaps more profitable.

1. A backpack to hold all the gadgets, swag and key chain give aways. There will be a few freebies especially slick paper handouts, free catalogs and a FREE mad map. You can also expect free magazines, free newspapers but no free lunch.
Fuggettaboutit

2. Your mobile device. We may need them to round up all the cats when we head to dinner. We can trade numbers at O'Farrells.

3. Your camera of course with extra batteries. I will bring an image transfer device and, if you wish, pool your images. A CD, Thanks StatDawg, will be sent to anyone who contributes images to the pool. Pictures will be used with credit for an ON article are forum posts.

4. Credit cards. If you are coming from a distance be sure to call the credit card company ahead of time to let them know about the down payment you are making on the new Beemer or Ural.

5. Very comfortable walking shoes. As I recall there is not place to sit down at the Javits Center. Keep on walking for several hours.

6. A notebook and pen/pencil. What youse thinks you can remember later? Fuggettaboutit

7. Granola bars and other gedunk. Don't leave home with a couple of bottles of chill water in backpack. Water at Javitts costs about $2.50 a bottle. I think there is one water fountain just near the exit. Pay the high prices inside? Fuggettaboutit

8. Business cards and mailing labels. The cards are to hand out to friends and or vendors. The mailing labels are for entering all those contests and giveaways. What, no cards? Visit www.vistaprint.com for free cards. Pay for business cards? Heh, wattsamatter wityou? Fuggettaboutit

9. Weather forecast is for nipply weather. Hat and gloves are in order. You think those warm temps are coming back soon? Fuggettaboutit

10. Name Badge. Names will be taken.

Get youse act together. Pack tonight. You gonna wait for da last New York Minute? Fuggettaboutit

January 19-21, 2007
Adult $15.00 • Child $5.00
Friday 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 9:30am - 5:00pm

Special Features (http://motorcycleshows.com/motorcycleshows/content/contentList.jsp?categoryId=37655) for the NYC Motorcycle Show.

The world's tallest and smallest (http://motorcycleshows.com/motorcycleshows/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=358428) motorcycles.

A Suzuki Giveaway (http://motorcycleshows.com/motorcycleshows/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=364995). You can enter online if you are not attending the Big GIG

The World's Fastest Motorcycle (http://motorcycleshows.com/motorcycleshows/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=381419). BUB Streamliner - World's Fastest Motorcycle
Chris Carr, 7-time AMA Grand National Champion, piloted the BUB Enterprises Streamliner to a record 350.884 MPH at the 2006 International Motorcycle Speed Trials held at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah September 7.

A Free Mad Map (http://www.madmaps.com/).
All show participants get a free MAD MAP! The MAD MAPS scouts have found the nation's most scenic roads plus the favorite roadhouses and stops along the way - all you need to do is saddle up and enjoy. With MAD MAPS the ride is the destination. For rides near you, visit the MAD MAPS website at www.madmaps.com or call toll free (877) MAD-7899. Free is good.


Mike is waiting to say hello.

SNOONE
01-17-2007, 12:22 PM
Yes there is wireless in the Javits center. Yes it is expensive. Yes it sucks.

I would recommend string and dixie cups.

Anybody you needs to connect wirelessly is welcome to stop by my office and use the conference room and our wireless connection. 424 west 33rd Street , Lower Level

tessler
01-17-2007, 01:04 PM
Yes there is wireless in the Javits center. Yes it is expensive. Yes it sucks.

I would recommend string and dixie cups.

My Apple PB came stock with extra string, but I had to shell out for aftermarket Dixie Cups!

Paul, that's an awfully LARGE photo of der Mayor. I thought I was already swilling Sangria! :hungover

tessler
01-17-2007, 01:06 PM
Anybody you needs to connect wirelessly is welcome to stop by my office and use the conference room and our wireless connection. 424 west 33rd Street , Lower LevelSnoone is the man! Great eye candy ÔÇörock postersÔÇö on his office wall, too.

PAULBACH
01-17-2007, 01:46 PM
Hey!
Dis Iz De Big GIG

The picture of the mayor is a bit large but he promised extra swag for show goers! Lots of free stuff. Bring a back back folks. Count on cheesy plastic bags to hold all your swag and chotskies (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=chotskies&defid=1958060).?

Fuggettaboutit

Snoone - Thank you!

PAULBACH
01-18-2007, 02:19 AM
Times Square
Crossroads of the World

The SO has a few final questions about NYC. The SO wants to know:

1. What festivals or events are taking place in and around New York City?
2. How do I get a message (marriage proposals, birthday wishes, etc.) put up on a giant billboard in Times Square?
3. Where and when can I see the ball lowered on New Year's Eve?
4. What kind of family-friendly activities are available in Times Square?
5. What are some good places to dine in Times Square?
6. How can I receive information (maps, guides, etc.) prior to my arrival in Times Square?
7. What are the locations and hours of the TKTS booth for the sale of theater tickets?
8. What are the key shopping areas in New York City?
9. What's the best way to see New York City?

The SO has questions about Times Square and the Big GIG says go here for answers (http://www.timessquarenyc.org/about_us/Visitor_FAQ.html).

The Big GIG will soon be over and the SO wants more activities for the family (http://timessquare.com/New_York_City/Guide_%26_Info/10_Things_to_Do_This_Summer_With_Your_Family/).

1) See a great animated film (http://www.overthehedgemovie.com/)
2) Go hear some free music (http://www.rivertorivernyc.com/)
3) Visit the Statue of Liberty (and Ellis Island)
4) Take a day trip to the Catskills and visit the Tibetan Monastery (www.kagyu.org)
5) Wander into the Queens or Brooklyn Botanical Garden (http://www.bbg.org/)
6) Make sure you join a class at the International Center of Photography (http://www.icp.org/)
7) Go to a neighborhood you've never visited before--such as Chinatown
8) Discover a book at the New York Public Library (http://www.nypl.org/)
9) Build a bear at the Build-a-Bear Workshop (http://www.buildabear.com/NYC/) on 5th Avenue.
10) And even if you are all hardened New Yorkers, take a ride (maybe even with out-of-town friends) on a NYC water taxi (http://www.nywatertaxi.com/)

kbasa
01-18-2007, 03:25 AM
I'm going to be in NYC in a week or so for a trade show for my professional industry.

It's going to be a pretty busy four days, so while I'll be there, meeting up with you guys is going to be pretty much impossible between booth duty, client dinners and meetings and, of course, the big party a Certain Monolithic Vendor always puts on.

Hope you guys have fun. I'll try to take some photos while I'm there.

Can you send up some warmer weather? It's always freezing when I'm there.

PAULBACH
01-18-2007, 03:32 AM
When the cat is away ...

wezul
01-18-2007, 03:42 AM
It's too bad you aren't excited about the "Big Gig". :laugh
In the Chicago area we'll get a visit from the IMS in February. The 9th through the 11th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

I can't wait, I hope you folks enjoy yourselves. :thumb

Peace.

Wez

PAULBACH
01-18-2007, 03:52 AM
Steal a page from our play book and have fun. Have to have some fun until the sun returns.

Chicago has big broad shoulders. Sandberg said so.

belquar
01-18-2007, 03:43 PM
Just figures that after all this anticipation that the forecast for tomorrow is a wintry mix of rain, snow, sleet. BLAH BLAH BLAH. I was very much looking forward to my ride into the city. The prospect of taking a cage is so discouraging. Don't get me wrong....I will be there. Just might not be on my GS. :cry

Around here we usually get forecasted with the crap and it usually misses us to the north. Unfortunately the north is my destination. :banghead :banghead :violin

C U all tomorrow.

PAULBACH
01-18-2007, 06:34 PM
The worst thing that can happen is you will ride ride in comfort, safety and warmth. I'm taking the train. A lot of research shows it is easier to have a cup of coffee and take a nap on the train than even on a GS. :p

Either way bring on the new models :kiss

and the chow.:eat

Their will be a couple of prizes at the awards dinner courtesy of MAX :thumb

tessler
01-18-2007, 06:53 PM
Yea Brian, take the bus or the train if you can. Much easier commuting than dealing with slush and traffic.

Plus for the post-show festivities... :drink

BUBBAZANETTI
01-18-2007, 07:12 PM
Yea Brian, take the bus or the train if you can. Much easier commuting than dealing with slush and traffic.

Plus for the post-show festivities... :drink



hrmmm, train from new haven...............

belquar
01-18-2007, 07:52 PM
Yea Brian, take the bus or the train if you can. Much easier commuting than dealing with slush and traffic.

Plus for the post-show festivities... :drink

Yeah I think I am going to take the train. That puts me in to Penn Station at 12:21

So I will see everyone around 12:45 at O'Farrels.

DAMN WINTER WEATHER. We were in t-shirts last weekend and hot. :banghead

Bright side....I can do a little more...:beer :drink

PAULBACH
01-18-2007, 08:33 PM
Sometimes slow and steady wins the race. :thumb

belquar
01-18-2007, 08:42 PM
Decisions. Now it is supposed to be clear and cool tomorrow. Storm is moving right on through.

Take the train and :drink or take the bike and well NOT :drink after O'Farrells.

Friedle
01-18-2007, 10:55 PM
There will be NO "special awards" given for crashing your bike
either coming to or going home from the Big Gig. Nobody will really give a damn about how you arrive, only that you attend.

Friedle

belquar
01-18-2007, 11:12 PM
Yep I am taking the train. I can watch a movie on the way there and play with whatever I buy on the way home.

Till tomorrow.

belquar
01-18-2007, 11:53 PM
Better plan on a late train the dancers work late. :kiss

SSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!

tessler
01-19-2007, 12:03 AM
SSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!
:laugh :ha

mika
01-19-2007, 12:15 AM
All of you have pre-arranged bail haven't you?
:brow

PAULBACH
01-19-2007, 01:39 AM
See you at O'Farrells for
The Big GIG

So that's all folks until we post the pictures. :dance

tessler
01-19-2007, 02:00 AM
All of you have pre-arranged bail haven't you?
:browI have a hall pass from the principal.

(but yes, I have bail... just in case!)

?*Hasta Ma??ana Amigos!

wezul
01-19-2007, 02:06 AM
Better plan on a late train the dancers work late. :kiss



SSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!

PICTURES!!!!

BUBBAZANETTI
01-19-2007, 06:11 AM
I have a hall pass from the principal.

(but yes, I have bail... just in case!)

?*Hasta Ma??ana Amigos!

jonathan is covering mine as well!

by car?

by train?

i'm still not sure, see you guys at lunch!

RandallIsland
01-19-2007, 06:42 AM
T-minus 10h 9m!!!!
Whoooo ahhhhhhhh!:eat :eat :eat

belquar
01-20-2007, 06:25 AM
What a great day.

I just got home. Thanks to Tessler and Paul for planning and organizing the Big Gig.

Those who didn't make it....you missed out.

Those who made it via the airwaves...well you missed out on some good times to but thanks for joining us anyways.

RandallIsland
01-20-2007, 07:17 AM
I cannot wait to see photos of my date!:brow

tessler
01-20-2007, 02:30 PM
What an evening. Oh man... truly a "What Happens in New York, Stays in New York" kinda thing.

I had a blast yesterday with the core Big Gig attendees. Dinner was amazing and it was great meeting and hanging out with you guys!

Pictures... now lemme see if I have any pictures....

belquar
01-20-2007, 02:30 PM
You must be gay. :laugh :laugh :laugh :laugh That was funny. 10 years ago two guys standing in a bar would have been looked at as looking for girls. Now we are apparently gay. Don't have a problem with that but it was hilarious. Great meeting you guys.

belquar
01-20-2007, 02:33 PM
What an evening. Oh man... truly a "What Happens in New York, Stays in New York" kinda thing.

I had a blast yesterday with the core Big Gig attendees. Dinner was amazing and it was great meeting and hanging out with you guys!

Pictures... now lemme see if I have any pictures....

Dinner was awesome. Thanks again Tessler for the great food venues. I was so impressed with dinner. Great food. Great Sangria. My wife told me I need to bath the booze away. She said I stunk when I crawled into bed with her this morning. Sangria oozing from my pores.

PAULBACH
01-20-2007, 02:50 PM
What do the following have in common? :brow

- Walking on the Moon
- First Powered Airplane
- Invention of the light bulb
- Laying of the Trans-Atlantic Cable
- Louisiana Purchase
- Introduction of the K Bike by BMW
- The Big GIG

Unparalleled Successes :clap

Special thanks to MAX BMW, the BMW MOA, Michael Friedle and Statdawg for the contributions of Swag to the first Big GIG Awards Dinner. :heart

The next time you are in NY try out the clam chowder at O'Farrell's and the Paella at El Quiote. :eat

Tessler knows how to picks the best watering holes in Gotham. Also a lot of fun was the conference call arranged by Boxergrrlie, Miss Adventure, to the New Glarus rally. As far as I know it is the first Rally to Rally Conference Call.

tessler
01-20-2007, 02:56 PM
Unparalleled successes :clap
Special thanks to MAX BMW, the BMW MOA, Michael Friedle and Statdawg for the contributions of Swag to the first Big GIG Awards Dinner. :heart

++1 Paul was the most awesome host of the inaugural Big Gig. :clap


Dinner was awesome. Thanks again Tessler for the great food venues. I was so impressed with dinner. Great food. Great Sangria. My wife told me I need to bath the booze away. She said I stunk when I crawled into bed with her this morning. Sangria oozing from my pores.

:ha Yeah, my wife wasn't too fond of the aromas I dragged into the house myself :hungover

REBECCAV
01-20-2007, 03:24 PM
It was SO COOL being able to join your party by phone for a bit last night from our gathering in New Glarus! It sounded like you were having a good time. Great idea Paul.

callmethebreeze
01-20-2007, 04:19 PM
Some folks like to get away, take a holiday from the neighborhood
Hop a flight to miami beach or hollywood.
Im taking a greyhound on the hudson river line-
Im in a new york state of mind.

I seen all the movie stars in their fancy cars and their limousines,
Been high in the rockies under the evergreens,
But I know what Im needing and I dont want to waste more time-
Im in a new york state of mind.

It was so easy living day by day
Out of touch with the rhythm and the blues,
But now I need a little give and take,
The new york times, the daily news...

It's the boys at O'Farrells's and the Bass flowed smooth
The Javits, the bikes and the 'MOA sign
El Quijote, the Chelsea and the Westside booze
I'm in a New York state of mind.

It comes down to reality-and its fine with me cause Ive let it slide,
Dont care if its chinatown or riverside,
I dont have any reasons, Ive left them all behind-
Im in a new york state of mind.

Paul, Tessler, Red Ryder and Belquar
That crazy lady and Vince at the bar
Bubba, Randall and laughing all the time
I'm in a New York state of mind



Im just taking a greyhound on the hudson river line-
cause Im in a new york state of mind.


:bar



Thanks guys, this memory is a keeper....

Breeze
PS My wife loved the paella......

vincewinkel
01-20-2007, 05:37 PM
It was a great time, despite being so late. Great seeing you guys.

"What happens in New York, STAYS in New York!"

V.

RandallIsland
01-20-2007, 05:43 PM
Outstanding food from the succulent chowder to the seared tenderloin tips to the melt-tender pulpo to the strawberry cheesecake, a comedy queen doing the fandango on the sidewalk, it was a truly fantastic night with exquisite company. Thank you all!

kbasa
01-20-2007, 06:33 PM
More pics! :clap

PAULBACH
01-20-2007, 07:08 PM
RandallIsland Makes History.

Pictured here is RandallIsland confering with Boxergrrlie, Miss Adventure, in New Glarus. This Gotham to Glarus is a first for "Rally" to "Rally" Conference Calling.

Hope the Forum will see more of this kind of communication expanding the MOA personal contacts before the family gathering in Wisconsin.

PAULBACH
01-20-2007, 08:07 PM
And this one was earlier described as a cross between a Harley and an LT. It is the new Victory Vision. Website says it will be ready in the fall of 2007 - just in time to put into winter storage.

PAULBACH
01-20-2007, 08:20 PM
Something more down to earth - the three wheel scooter. It had lots of storage under the seat and looked like it might be a real winner in the first scooter category. It was hard to tip over.

kbasa
01-20-2007, 08:30 PM
That Victory looks like it's trying to swallow its front wheel.

PAULBACH
01-20-2007, 08:35 PM
Same Machine - post #186 by StatDawg- Rear View Mirror

RandallIsland
01-20-2007, 09:41 PM
Anybody get a pic of that scalloped rotor Duc?

REBECCAV
01-20-2007, 09:49 PM
The vintage display looks fantastic!

I've been wanting to see a picture of the Victory, thanks for posting it. I don't know if I like it - from pictures I would say 'no' but I will withhold forming an opinion until I see one in person.

The new Connie looks great though. It will be interesting to see how it does in the market.

PAULBACH
01-20-2007, 10:09 PM
Connie's Measurements
Should sell for about $15,000

BUBBAZANETTI
01-20-2007, 10:44 PM
What a great day!

my first big cycle show, impressive displays not only from the big names in motorcycling, but also from the finest in etched crystal, pewter dragons,wolf t-shirts and skull necklaces:p the display from bmw was great, all the new bikes were there and i was even able to talk to Nate Kern for a bit. i also enjoyed the offerings from ducati, mv augusta and even ural had a neat setup, mostly involving wooden crates.

(i apologize for the small size, didn't realize the camera was set that way)

Breeze looks like he's ready to roll:
http://www.retr0.com/dkhirons/Cycle%20World%20Show/IMG_2343.jpg

Tessler trying a cruiser from korea on for size:
http://www.retr0.com/dkhirons/Cycle%20World%20Show/IMG_2347.jpg

A representative of the mass state police was in attendance:
http://www.retr0.com/dkhirons/Cycle%20World%20Show/IMG_2346.jpg

MV Augusta had a great display of their vintage bikes, pretty boxy 750 America w/brown suede seat:
http://www.retr0.com/dkhirons/Cycle%20World%20Show/IMG_2348.jpg

trouble locating your exhaust, when all else fails just stick them anywhere (79 2 stroke something or other):
http://www.retr0.com/dkhirons/Cycle%20World%20Show/IMG_2352.jpg


After the show we went over to dinner in chelsea. i got an excellent steak, although it seemed pots of rice and seafood were the preferred meal selection of most. i really wish i liked seafood, some of it looks so tasty. I'll stop talking about the food, i didn't take any pictures of it and that's just mean. Paul, our unofficial leader for the gig, took some time to present swag before the conclusion of dinner as red rider looks on:

http://www.retr0.com/dkhirons/Cycle%20World%20Show/IMG_2354.jpg


Some headed home after dinner, some of us continued the evening's festivities. Vince and Ray from the MOA office came by and joined us in the revelry which continued on till 10 o'clock or so at which point i headed south to the east village to meet up with some friends. i fell asleep at 7:12 this morning on a hardwood floor:hungover

Great day, met a bunch of new people and saw friends and riding buddies i hadn't seen in quite some time, this should definitely become an annual event

also,

did you find my lighter vince:stick

kbasa
01-20-2007, 10:59 PM
Back in the day of Black and White photography Statdawg lived in Spain. His first real bike was bought at the Bultaco Factory with the help of an Angel or at least his first name was that. Stat had a Sherpa T 250 and this was the color of it. But this bike is a Pursang like the late legend Jim Pomeroy rode in Spain back in the day. He is featured in the cult film "On any Sunday". I had the pleasure of seeing him in action in the mountains north of Madrid. It is funny how one sees something old and the flood of emotions of yesterday return. This little bike turned my attention away from all the glitter of GIG to a time when life was simple and we thought we were immortal. All that gear is featured on the back wall. I just wish I still had the body that once fit into it. Amazing what that simple bike can do and back then that was "THE" bike.

The smells of Spain are so rich. I can still remember racing a Euro-cross events in a tiny towns bouncing down cobblestone streets with hay bails in the corners. Heading out of town full throttle to dirt roads, cattle paths, baby head gravel ditches, across rivers, into another town. Sometimes pushing the bike or fixing a flat along the muddy lane. The event attire consisted a white 3/4 Bell Helmet, Spanish paratrooper boots, heavy soon to wet pants, the famous thumbs up jersey with an Olive company sponsor patch, goggles, and my secret weapon. I would smoke a French perfume cigarette to annoy those behind me. Tech parts were safer with the cigarette and Steve McQueen riding was vogue. The Olive Company sponsored me because they thought it was great to have a tall American rider. It was just a regional event and fun to mingle with the Euro-cross gods.

Angel rode with me, he was the son of the Olive Merchant. He was killed in combat while doing his mandatory service to Spain. Angel was in their Foreign Legion and died fighting against Morocco in the Spanish Sahara. We thought we would be immortal once. This was a great bike too.

This is some of the finest writing I've read here in quite some time.

Nicely done, sir and I thank you.

tessler
01-21-2007, 12:20 AM
Bubba details the innovations and features of the new BMW Harness system to Statdawg, while the 'Dawg ponders the physical presence of a 2007 Dakkar.

http://tessler.smugmug.com/photos/124374301-M.jpg

PAULBACH
01-21-2007, 12:41 AM
Minding The Store

Which store? The MOA booth of course. Several members faithfully minded the MOA booth and secured new members. New members who signed up at the showed received a vintage tee shirt soon to become a collectors' item - the black 2004 Spokane shirt.

The MOA made donations of the shirt and an anonymnous book for the Awards Dinner. Ambassador and Board Member Friedle donated some collector reflective, one of a kind, stickers. RandallIsland won those at the Awards Dinner. Meanwhile Ambassador Ascher watched over all proceedings.

SNOONE
01-21-2007, 03:10 AM
Hey I lost you guys somewhere. Looks like a great time was had by all. And no one was involuntarily detained..

Great meeting all you guys..

Friedle
01-21-2007, 05:11 AM
That Victory looks like it's trying to swallow its front wheel.

Think BMW LT after a tab of the brown acid. :hungover

It has all those loose, runny, droopy lines everywhere you look. The trees melting into the pavement look. I predict they will sell lots of them.

Friedle
just walked in my door from Big Gig day 2, back for day 3 at 0830

terham
01-21-2007, 12:09 PM
Next year, when the 2nd annual The Big GIG rolls around, I'm going to clear my schedule so I can stay for dinner, but I enjoyed having lunch and standing in line for tickets with everyone. With the roads ice free, it was certainly a lot easier getting home than getting there.

callmethebreeze
01-21-2007, 01:51 PM
Next year, when the 2nd annual The Big GIG rolls around, I'm going to clear my schedule so I can stay for dinner, but I enjoyed having lunch and standing in line for tickets with everyone. With the roads ice free, it was certainly a lot easier getting home than getting there.


Terham,
We've called off the search. Red Rider and I covered the ground at the Javits Center grid by grid trying to locate you along with several of our wayward "comrades in moto." We feared that you had been taken by some of the dudes in the bandanna, chaps and skull rings clan and held for ransom.
Thanks for your tremendous efforts in getting to O'Farrell's and the Show (2 1/2 hours just to get to the train is above and beyond the call.)
As you can see, a fun time was had by all , albeit hazy in some instances ("No officer, I was not urinating on that H-D, I was merely washing it down with a mildly acidic cleaning solution using a portable low pressure device that I keep with me at all times for such instances")
Paul and Statdawg had the SWAG covered and Tessler aced the restaurant choice. I haven't tasted authentic Sangria since running the bulls in Pamplona. We retired to a Westside watering hole for continued good cheer and a requisite "interesting experience" (that's all I'm saying on this).
I propose another "Comrades in Moto" event soon. We don't need an excuse although bail money is recommended.:bolt


Breeze

callmethebreeze
01-21-2007, 02:00 PM
Think BMW LT after a tab of the brown acid. :hungover

It has all those loose, runny, droopy lines everywhere you look. The trees melting into the pavement look. I predict they will sell lots of them.

Friedle
just walked in my door from Big Gig day 2, back for day 3 at 0830



Victory
Reminded me of a krill eating whale shark ........what a nightmare. Perhaps I should call myself and talk it over.....

As per the brown acid, I recommend a B52....5mgs Haldol with 2 mgs Ativan IM Q4h prn agitation.......


Breeze

PAULBACH
01-21-2007, 03:12 PM
It looks like the perfect Americade ride competing with the Road Kings and other Light Trucks. Drop one of those and you will
-have a bad Vision
-have to call a tow truck to right it. Even Skert (http://www.pinkribbonrides.com/) might not be able to get it back on two wheels.
-will need a loan from The World Bank for repairs.

On the plus side
-it is made in America :usa

Mar
01-21-2007, 03:46 PM
("No officer, I was not urinating on that H-D, I was merely washing it down with a mildly acidic cleaning solution using a portable low pressure device that I keep with me at all times for such instances")

Hmmm. Great quote. :) Might become a classic.

SNOONE
01-21-2007, 06:21 PM
so did anyone buy a much needed accessory or decide on a new bike... I picked up a new helmet on Sat. to replace my schuberth that self destructed during the warm spell a couple of weeks ago.. I went with the new Shoei Multitec flip up.

wezul
01-21-2007, 06:35 PM
Bunny bongs?
*lmao*

bobs98
01-21-2007, 06:57 PM
Paul and Statdawg- Great pics, thanks for the visuals.

Sorry Bubba, couldn't get yours to come thru.

Looks and sounds like a good time was had by all. Hope to make it next year, and meet you guys in WI !!

redrider
01-21-2007, 09:53 PM
wasn't that served as the main appetizer ??

Redrider

BUBBAZANETTI
01-22-2007, 06:32 AM
wasn't that served as the main appetizer ??

Redrider

i certainly hope not!

i have two pet buns!

Friedle
01-22-2007, 03:03 PM
i certainly hope not!

i have two pet buns!

My sister and brother in law also had two rabbitts. Names were "Hassen" and the second was "Pfeffer".

:brow

Friedle

Friedle
01-22-2007, 03:10 PM
Thanks to all the people who organized, contributed to, and viewed this thread.
The show was a Big Success! It was as much a pleasure to say hello to the many current BMW MOA members who stopped by our booth as it was to welcome approximately 60 new members to the MOA family.

My only regret was not being able to join the crew for lunch and dinner on Friday,
although some distinguished members of the MOA "home office" managed to join in the fun.

No Dorothy, it's not Missouri! :)

Friedle

PAULBACH
01-22-2007, 07:20 PM
StatDawg has just about everything necessary to make it all a success. Start small and grow but like Nike - Just Do It! :thumb

The International Motorcycle Shows are good draws since they have all the toys and farkle. :bikes

Take lots of pictures to show afterward. Be sure to get name and number of each person in picture for caption use at BMW MOA HQ.

Most important - HAVE FUN The Big GIG had a great time.

And like StatDawg says, we can use the same rally site again and again and again.

redrider
01-24-2007, 03:07 PM
Thread bump to Where? or did I miss something

SNOONE
01-24-2007, 03:12 PM
Thread bump to Where? or did I miss something

What he said!

JWHITE518
01-26-2007, 10:37 PM
While we're waiting for the pages of the calendar to turn to late January 2007, you can get a taste for some of the jabber on the street here in Gotham.

Overheard in New York (http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/pages/favorites.html)is a very funny web site that offers some of the most bizarre, hysterical, and mysterious conversations overheard on the sidewalks of our fair city.

A small (rated "G") sample*:

Conductor: This train is very crowded. If you cannot fit, please step back and wait for the next train. If you manage to get onto this very crowded train, look at the person next to you and tell them, "Howdy!"--Queens bound F train


* If you're easily offended by frank, uncensored language, you might not want to click through.

Now that is one hilarious website! thanks for sharing.