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BUBBAZANETTI
09-08-2005, 05:28 AM
i'm pretty new to the world of BMW motorcycles,

i purchased my first bike (a Honda CB750F) in Febuary of 2004. after months of fiddling around with it, i took it to a repair shop and was told two of the pistons had no compression. i looked around for a new bike and found an 84 R100 for sale cheap cause it was pretty beat up. i discovered the MOA and Yankee Beemers a few months later and was hooked. my riding friends are amazed at what a strong community BMW motorcycles have and how active a group of riders we are. i was curious how other members discovered the world of BMW.

:bikes

knary
09-08-2005, 06:17 AM
Ask Mike Bacon. He knows the story. Are you out there Mike? It took place on a quiet street in New Orleans.

BMWBEAUTY
09-08-2005, 07:42 AM
Replying To That Truthfully Would Send This Thread To The Dog House.. :dog

MarkF
09-08-2005, 12:22 PM
In '86 I bought a '84 Guzzi leftover. I had wanted a R65LS but it cost too much. Then I started seeing the K75S and really had the BMW wannabes. So, sometime around the fall '91 or '92 I saw a local R75 w/a Vetter fairing for sale. I scooped it up thinking I got a good deal. I sold the Vetter to finance a new seat and front fender. Then I had the side covers and fender painted by a friend with an Auto Body shop. By now it was spring and I took it for a ride. I hated it! Compared to my Guzzi it was big, heavy and had no brakes. So, I sold it and broke even. Fast forward to '99 when I bought a used Suzuki Bandit. I new I wanted a new bike and I knew it was gonna be a BMW. By now the K75S was gone and the K1200RS was too expensive so I bought the cheapest oilhead - the R1100RL in 2000. I would have been happy with a used K75S. Love or hate BMWs the BMW community is the best!

ITSBOB
09-08-2005, 12:41 PM
My brother in Boise Idaho, sent me a link for a Used 2002 BMW. When I opened the link there she was.. a BEAUTIFUL silver R1150RS. with 2 foot tall letters in the background.. Bob's BMW. I took it as a sign from God, and raced North to buy it!

HODAG
09-08-2005, 12:52 PM
I knew I wanted a BMW after seeing the K1. I was hooked on rice rockets at the time, but really liked BMW's.
One day I was discussing motorcycles with a guy at work and he said he had a BMW, he brought in the ON and I paged through it(hook set). He had a R100/7 that didn't run that he was selling. We never agreed on a price, but later he ssaid that he was selling his K100LT, we negotiated a price, and the day I was to pick it up he said he changed his mind.
I was major pissed and bummed, that night I was on the internet looking at BMW's for sale and found a K1100LT an hour north of me, made a call went and looked at it. I already had the cash lined up from the failed deal. So I bought it .

SCDorman
09-08-2005, 01:31 PM
I wanted a bike again really badly in 01. I rode old Hondas when I was a kid/teenager. My brother and dad have 4 Harleys between them and were encouraging me big time. I spent a lot of 02 doing research on inexpensive starter bikes...something interesting and other than a Harley, because I wanted to be the family rebel. I went into Gina's in Iowa City one day in late summer and they had an 80 R65 for cheap and I liked it. And I really liked the folks in the shop. So I bought it. Rode it through most of the Iowa winter, then bought an R1100R in the spring. Since then I've become a serial bike trader in that elusive search for the perfect ride. But I am NOT buying a different bike in 05. I'm not. No.

BOKRIJDER
09-08-2005, 02:23 PM
I moved to Belgium in 1989 and at the time owned a HD ST. It was quickly apparent that the HD was completely unsuited to the European scene. ( on a side note - sadly posing is slowly infecting Europe) Sold the HD here and bought one of the first oilheads. Sport bike riding is hugely popular in Europe, and it is the real McCoy. (nonexistent or ignored speed limits, winding roads, and a population which supports the sport). Some might say that I fell in with the wrong crowd. To make a long story short, check out "Bakker Bomber" at www.bakker-framebouw.nl The bike was transformed from a "pleasant ride" to a fantastic sport bike.
I rode it for five years and took it over to the "Isle of Man" in 2000. This is a BMW which, when in action, impresses the DUC riders.
When I moved back to the states, it quickly became apparent that I could not enjoy its performance potential here.
I made a deal with BOB's for an 1150GS and to get the bike in his collection.
If you are in the area, check it out at Bob's BMW
By the way, love the GS

M J Stone

dbrick
09-08-2005, 02:34 PM
I hadn't ridden much in high school and college, and only on borrowed machines. In 1972, on a car trip around the country after grad school, we camped at the KOA in Indianola, between Eureka and Arcata, CA. In the next spot were two guys on /2 machines. Quiet, and they had real electrical systems: the headlights didn't dim at idle. I was entranced, and thought "I want one of those.

A short time later, I bought a 1955 R50.

darrylri
09-08-2005, 02:54 PM
I was not even slightly interested in bikes as a teen. (I'm a computer nerd.) In my early 20s, we're talking 1978 here, an older friend had bikes, older street bikes usually, and occasionally I'd hitch a ride on one. Then he added a second bike, a Yamaha enduro. So, I got my learners permit and he let me ride one or the other bike. Still, I wasn't really into it, yet... I was still borrowing my roommate's helmet. But it did get more serious, and I used the Yamaha to get my license.

Well, being single and a nerd, I had some money jangling in my pockets. Bought a new car. Changed jobs. My friend bought his first new bike, an R65, and he told me he had always wanted a BMW. A couple years later, with even a bit more money in my pocket, I too bought an R65. That's what really did it; before, I rode occasionally, but I picked up the bike on a Tuesday and brought it in for the first service on Saturday.

The funny thing is, I never followed bike magazines or really had much interaction with the bike community. It never really occured to me to look into any of the other marques...

sheridesabeemer
09-08-2005, 03:12 PM
I was on the back of a BMW when I was 15.5. It was my 21 year old boyfriends, it was an R65. I had an eye for Beemers ever since.
I did a pillion stint on the back of an HD sportster, my head still turned for the "plastic" machines. In '99 friends encouraged me to get my license. I never even considered another brand. My Yamaha driving office mate came in 3 days after I got my endorsement, and told me of a BMW for sale on his way to work. We set out at lunch to look at it. A beautiful blue K75C. I didn't know a K from an R from anything. My friend took it for a test drive, as I'd never been out of second gear on a Nighhawk 250 ( MSF class). He reluctantly advised me it was nice - even if it was a Beemer. I remember my face was sore from smiling as I followed in my car behind my friends pickup, the K75 in the back of (I can't believe I "trailered" my first bike home). It was maybe 20 miles home :doh I though of this 6 years, and some 80,000 BMW miles later as I picked up my third Beemer, a K12GT in Cleveland and set out for a two day ride home. My how things change! And all the Beemers still turn my head...

BUBBAZANETTI
09-08-2005, 03:21 PM
I was on the back of a BMW when I was 15.5. It was my 21 year old boyfriends, it was an R65.


is that sorta thing legal up in cow hampshire :dunno





as I'd never been out of second gear on a Nighhawk 250 ( MSF class).

a friend of mine took his liscence test last year (after riding for 7 years) and was forced by the MSF instructor to foot the bill for a new set of pegs on one of these bikes, he'd burned off enough of the ones on his "class bike" hahaha.........

MCRyder
09-08-2005, 03:24 PM
I got the BMW bug in 1986 when I first saw the new K75, but at that time I had to be happy with my Honda CB650SC. I gave up MC riding in 1989 with the sale of that machine and was off the road for almost four years. In 1993 the riding fever took hold again and I started looking around. At first I was lured to the H-D camp, but I came to my senses and bought a 1993 BMW K75. Unfortunately after 5 months and 4K miles I totaled that one in an accident involving a windy road and a tree :cry. I replaced it with a '94 K75 :D and had a great time riding it, putting 87K on it. I sold it to focus on my business and was inactive for 18 months. I got back to BMW's with the purchase of a 1993 R100RT. From there I bought my current Beemer ride, a pristine 1993 K1100RS.


I moved to Belgium in 1989 and at the time owned a HD ST. It was quickly apparent that the HD was completely unsuited to the European scene. ( on a side note - sadly posing is slowly infecting Europe)
M J Stone Oh no, say it ain't so! BTW, your "Bakker Bomber" is way cool :thumb .

177195
09-08-2005, 03:47 PM
I can still remeber the fear I had,in lettin'out the clutch for the first time.It was January 26th, 1965, the bike was a '59 650 cc BSA, the temperature was 35 degrees BELOW zero,and it was on a back alley in Winnipeg. I bet I travelled almost a mile before I found the courage to shift into 2nd gear,then it was like water runnin'off a duck's back. Must've dropped the bike 3 times,but you couldn't have chiselled the smile off my kisser. Rode it 7 miles to where I was stayin',and had to stop and wrap my gloved hands'round the pipes,my fingers were freeeeezing.Have owned many bikes since,but will never forget that first ride... :thumb

ps. a minor bit of trivia, I owned the first oil head BMW in N. America,( purchased in May,95,a r1100rs) and 26 days after I bought it,the odometer was reading 22,550 kms. after completing the USA 4 corners tour,which I completed in 12 days... :bikes

177195
09-08-2005, 03:50 PM
I should've screened my previous post,I purchased my r1100rs in May,'93,not'95
Mike Kneebone finished the 4 corners tour on the same day,he finished in Calif., I finished at key West...

ITSBOB
09-08-2005, 04:07 PM
is that sorta thing legal up in cow hampshire :dunno





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Last I knew it was legal to get married at 14 (girls) in NH... and drive at... 13(?) to get back and forth from school. or work on the farm!!

rocketman
09-08-2005, 04:38 PM
After riding an old, very funky /2 for work every day for three years as a motorcycle messenger in downtown DC, averaging anywhere from 50 to close to a 100 miles a day and it never letting me down, ever! I was convinced these were the bike to own. Esp since I rode year around in every kinda weather mother nature could think of (no ride, no pay) so in 78 bought a used /5 and never looked back. After I sold that one (and was out of riding for some years cause the ex put the pressure on, but you've heard that story before I'm sure!:) ) I got two more airheads in 99. And what happened to the ex, well she is an "X" but the bikes are here to stay, plus whaterver else comes along with 2 wheels. :)

RM

USERNAME
09-08-2005, 05:22 PM
i was standing at this very spot in florence (near the ponte vecchio.)

http://www.leetonium.com/italy/italy_116.jpg

bikes and scooters were whizzing by me.

http://www.leetonium.com/italy/italy_293.jpg

i thought, "it's too bad i can't have a motorcycle."

then i caught myself thinking that and got upset with myself. i said, "argue for your limitations, and they're yours! you can have a motorcycle."

i came home from italia and signed up for the MSF course. i knew i wanted a late model R bike, either RS or R. i found a guy foolish enough to give me his motorcycle in exchange for one thin slip of paper with some numbers and my signature on it, and just like that, i had one. :D

BUBBAZANETTI
09-08-2005, 05:35 PM
haha, username, i spent christmas of 2000 in a hotel just down the street on the left of that top picture..................

sheridesabeemer
09-08-2005, 05:46 PM
is that sorta thing legal up in cow hampshire :dunno


Dis NH all you want...I lived in Mass at the time. :nyah
I want to know what the hell where my parents thinking...like I'd let my daughter ride off on the back of her BF bike. She'll never see the back seat if I have any say in it! :laugh

The_Veg
09-08-2005, 05:53 PM
My first BMW- which was also my first motorcycle- was given to me by a friend almost five years ago. He was not mechanically inclined by nature, and had had enough of the thing. I had not seen my friend in six months and we were talking as he was about to get into his new car and drive off. I just offhand happened to ask if he still had his motorcycle.
Six months before that conversation, he had been riding around on a K100RT. Even though I had yet to be a motorcyclist, I knew what it was- I was an avid car magazine reader back in the 1980s when BMW advertised the K100 in Road & Track and/or Car & Driver.
He said he did still have it, but that he was thinking of giving it to one of those charities that take old vehicles. The gears in my head never turned faster! I knew instantly that that path would be a slow ride to the junkyard for that poor old bike. I said that if it was all the same to him, I'd be glad to take it. "Okay," he said with a shrug after only about a quarter-second of thought.
A few days later I went to see the bike. It was on a trailer, uncovered, under a tree. He told me it had been there like that for about 18 months. The poor thing looked *SO* sad! A few days after that, he delivered it to my place. I had luckily moved into an apartment with a garage only three months before this. Both stands were broken, so he leaned it against the wall and I think I spent the rest of the afternoon just admiring it. Wow, I now own a motorcycle!
But that was the easy part. My immediate task-list was to clean it up, change the fluids, and see if it would start. But the more I removed to get clean, the further I felt I had to go to do it right. I soon had the bike stripped to the frame. I spent about nine months on refurbishing the old Brick, and somewhere in there I took MSF. My prior riding experience was limited to a neighbour kid's QA50 back when I was already way too big for such a tiny little minibike. Once the K was running, I spent a lot of time in the parking lot at the apartments practising what I'd learned at MSF. The course had me on a 125cc Honda, and now I was jumping to a bike that weighed three times as much and had eight times the displacement. Luckily The Brick was quite forgiving and the lessons transferred easily. I rode that bike for less than two years before I lowsided it one day on slippery pavement. The repairs to the bodywork looked so expensive that I decided to make it a sporty nekkid bike, kind of a big hulky cafe-racer if you can imagine that. But during that work it developed some problems that proved impractical to repair and I sold it to a clubmate who mumbled something about using it for some kind of sidecar project or something.
And that was the last I ever saw of that old Brick.

YB in IN
09-08-2005, 05:57 PM
My dad made a deal with me before my freshman year of college that if I made the Dean's List first semester he would buy me a motorcycle (but I think the he was thrilled that I wanted a motorcycle in the first place and was going to buy one for me anyway). He found an ad on the IBMWR marketplace for an '86 R80 in Maryland/the DC Metro Area. He called the guy up and asked about it. He sent my Uncle who lives in NOVA to go have a look at it, and he said that it was pretty rough but that it ran. Dad and mom went out to combine a visit with a bike purchase. They got it home and basically had to go through everything on it because it was in pretty rough shape from sitting outside uncovered for like 3 years. It was absolutely the best thing that could have happened though, because up to that point I really didn't know jack squat about mechanics. Dad would sit back and tell/show me what to do when we were working on it, and that's how I learned to wrench. I went clear to Quebec and Maine on that bike, but sold it when I was made an offer I couldn't pass up on my K-bike.

iRene
09-08-2005, 06:12 PM
Motorcycles were never "not an option" for me, my sister had a 125 Honda in college, and I had ridden 3- wheelers and snowmobiles. But all I saw was Harleys out there, and was entirely turned off by the "show us your ****" costume party lifestyle. If that came with the territory, well, no thanks.
Then I met my husband, and the BMW Riders of Southern Maine. Men riding, women riding, helmets and full gear, rallies and fun. So I selected my first bike and bought it before I took the MSF course in the spring of 1994. It was a suitable R65, and I put 10k miles on it that summer before taking the license test that same September.
So I actually picked the BMW riders before the bike.

jmerlino
09-08-2005, 06:23 PM
My first bike was the F650 I got last year. I got it after doing a bit of research on what would make a good beginner's bike. I liked the idea of something simple without too big an engine. The '99 didn't have ABS or fuel injection, so I figured it was simple enough for me.

After riding the F for a season, I decided it wasn't for me, and got the R100, which most definitely IS for me.

Honestly, the bikes I'd been interested up to that point were Harleys. It wasn't until I started doing the research that I discovered how expensive they were, and that they might not be the best sort of bike for the kind of riding I wanted to do (i.e., long distances). Also, I got turned off by the whole loud pipes thing.

I'm very glad that I chose a beemer, and even if I were to get a different sort of bike down the road (I do somewhat lust after Triumphs), I think that I'd want to keep touch with the Beemer community. Like iRene, I think the people are just as important as the bikes, and the thing I like about Beemer people is that they'd rather ride than sit around talking about riding.

braddog
09-08-2005, 06:57 PM
Actually, North Dakota. I started riding a little Honda streetbike when I was 13, then moved up to a 250 Yamaha Enduro, then graduated from college and got married. Moved to the big city, left my motorcycle on the farm, my dad traded it in for a 3-wheeler for farm use.

I then had nothing to do with motorcycles for 19 years.

I got the bug again, bought a used Honda Shadow. Good bike, fun to ride. Then noticed an R100RS for sale on the company want ads. I knew the wife of the seller, so I checked it out. I was familiar with Beemers from my backyard neighbor, who had ridden them for years. So, I gave him a call. "Yo, I've got a chance to buy a '77 R100RS with 50K miles." I told him how much, he said, "Buy it, you won't regret it." I was conflicted. I had spent almost the last 20 years away from motorcycling, I now had a Honda, but was very intrigued by the old R100. My wife saw it, came up to me and said, "I think you need to buy that BMW." Bear in mind that she has no love for motorcycles, but has much love for me. I picked it up 5 years ago, and haven't regretted it for a second. I picked up another airhead last fall, and sold my Honda this past spring.

I'm looking to upgrade next year. The black '77 R100RS is my "forever" bike. But that doesn't mean I can't add something newer to the stable, does it? :clap

Mar
09-08-2005, 07:13 PM
I was a bicycle race official back in the '80s and early '90s and of course met a few motor officials who rode BMWs. After working the 1994 Casper Classic (a 7 day stage race) partly on the back of a '79 R100RT, I decided I needed to get a bike of my own.

I took the MSF class that fall and bought the K75 that fall, too. Although I visited most of the motorcycle dealerships in St. Louis, I never considered any other brand for the long run. I intended to buy a 250-400 cc other brand bike as a beginner bike and then get a K75 when I became more proficient but the dealerships I visited all told me the same thing: "Buy what you want now. You'll be bored in a month with a small bike." So, I went straight to BMW Motorrad of St. Louis and bought the K75. My husband, who does not ride, was less than thrilled ("You don't want to know what I think."). He thought I was going to buy an expensive toy and not use it, but now he complains that I'm never home on the weekends. ;)

Stuff2c
09-08-2005, 07:28 PM
In 83 (for the younger crowd, thatÔÇÖs 1983) my wife and I were on our way back from the races in Daytona. Cold and wet (if you have been to Bike Week you know all about this) on our Suzuki 1100ES. Trying to conserve body heat we were actually going the speed limit and were passed by another couple on a R100RT looking real cozy. I told my new bride we were going to look into getting one of those ÔÇ£thingsÔÇØ. The rest is history, lotÔÇÖs of BMWÔÇÖs later. With a new R1200RT in the garage (next to an Airhead and a Monster) I must say it was the BMW riders/campers/adventures that kept us on a BMW. :german

RevWillie
09-08-2005, 07:41 PM
The time: early seventies. I was college sophmore in need of transportation....my Yamahaha 200 two-stroke had consumed itself and I had caught the motorcycle bug. I also had decided to drop out of college (not informed the parents yet) and was looking for a bike to "find America". Part Captain America, part Bronson,lotta dumb about bikes.

January '74. The Honda dealer in Durham NC needed to move some bikes. He had a sweet '74 K-750 Honda motorcycle for only $1599. Hey, I had the money to buy this baby! They also had this black '73 BMW R75/5 sitting on the side of the showroom. This black bike was not moving and they had started receiving the new /6's in neat colors and a front disc. "Hey kid...sell you this BMW for $1999".... Hmm, a new hot Honda or a year-old black Beemer for $400 more.........

After raiding some inheritance stocks and a loan from Dad, I left the dealership with the Beemer. While I was standing beside the counter as the legalities were being signed and stamped, I noticed some fliers about some "BMW Motorcycle Owners of America" organization. I figured that I could use all the luck and information that I got, so I grabbed several fliers and stuffed them in my pocket. Joined MOA in the Spring of 1974.

That was the beginning of my relationship with "Gertie". It was a tempestous relationship of a impoverished young man and his "made-on-Monday-morning" motorcycle, That bike was the first of a 7-Beemer affair that has lasted for nearly 32 years and over 200K miles. They have been good miles and I still love to ride. When I ride by the dealership (now a U-Haul dealership), I think of that lonely R75 sitting by the window. I think that was $400 well spent. :thumb

mika
09-08-2005, 08:20 PM
I had ridden various Euro brands for years and finally purchased a 750 Honda. Fixed it up the way I wanted to travel with it. I had a boss who wanted a bike. We were on the road together touring my regions locations. We would stop at bike shops for him to look. This went on for some time.

We stopped at a BMW dealer in IL one afternoon and there was a silver 84 R100 collecting dust in the back. I asked about it. It turned out to be a carry over and they would let it go cheep. I told them I had to sell my bike first then I would be back.

I turned to leave. My boss was pulling a check out his wallet. When all of this started he asked what it would take to buy my Honda. I gave him a high end retail type figure and told him it was not for sale. He handed me the check told me if I wanted to sell just fill in the date. The check was for the amout I had asked. He told me all the time he wanted my bike and figured if the only way to get it was to find a new one for me.

Picked up my first BMW the next day. A nice silver R100 :dance

YB in IN
09-08-2005, 08:43 PM
This is a great thread. Good call Bubba.

HUGH
09-08-2005, 09:06 PM
Started out on rice burners in 1964 as that is all I could afford. Graduated to a Milwaukee vibrator in 02 and realized I wanted to ride instead of cleaning all the chrome. Bought a 04 1150RT from Gina's in Iowa City. My better half thought it was cool so she bought a 1150R as she likes the naked look, so do I. What I liked about Ginas was that she let us ride everything they had in stock. We have put over 20M on each bike and liked them so much I bought a 1974 R750/6. The 750 has been a hoot to ride and I love the simplicity. I do all of my own maintenance and enjoy that so much that I am thinking about buying a NoMar Tire changer to complete the process.

KEV95GS
09-08-2005, 09:18 PM
I grew up riding dirt bikes and such. Bought an 82 Yamaha Virago 750 around 93, my first street bike, and rode it alot to NC and the Mountains 2 up with my wife and realized I needed something bigger.

My brother in law had an R65 which was my first experience riding a BMW. I went with him to pick up an R100GS Bumblebee he had bought. I rode it home as he rode his 78? Goldwing and I was hooked.

It took some time and a career change and the time came to find the new bike, by now my bro-in-law had a 95 GS so I knew what I wanted but just couldn't find the one for me. I had almost decided on a Concours when I saw an add on the IBMWR site and inquired. The guy sent me a photo ...


http://kev95gs.smugmug.com/photos/35253035-M.jpg



I made a bee line to Indy in Feb 03 and brought her home.

Now we have been to Montana, Colorado, NC, Ohio, Fla, LA the list goes on.

Its the start to a beautiful relationship!

kbasa
09-08-2005, 10:03 PM
I learrned to ride on a Honda SL90 (produced for exactly one year, 1969). My dad and my brothers and I all rode that thing around.

In 1978, my dad bought a slightly used R75/7, equipped with a Windjammer SS and white Krauser bags. I was 20 then and had always been fascinated by little cars, particularly little German cars. VW, BMW, Audi, even some of the Mercedes stuff was to my liking. The BMW bike had those same traits and I took a liking to it.

I rode it all over the place and even first saw my wife Tina when I was riding that thing. We dated on it, rode it all over New England doing the riding and camping thing and just generally fell in love while we were out riding. BMWs were the perfect bike for two folks to get out and ride around on.

Later, I moved out of dad's place and went bikeless for a year or so. We bought a 1982 Honda CB750F and tried doing the things we did with the BMW. Camping? Not happening. Back seat room? Not quite /7 accomodations there.

We rode to Niagara Falls and when we got back, MrsK said, "We need to buy a BMW". So we bought an R100RS, a bike I'd always lusted after.

About the same time, my brother bought an R75/6 and restored it to perfection.

Since then, I've always had a BMW in the house, as has my brother. My dad, sadly, stopped riding a while ago, but managed to take up scuba diving, wind surfing and bicycling in his 60s.

REBECCAV
09-08-2005, 11:53 PM
My first bike was a '74 Honda CB350 (olive green). It was too small for me in the first place - I have really long legs and my butt was pretty much on the passenger seat. After riding it for a summer after taking the MSF course I knew that I needed a bigger bike.

I had been scoping out bikes at the local superbike races, where you see a little of everything (I remember seeing my first GS there), but it was the airhead street bikes (preferably naked) that really made my heart go flippetty-floop. When I finally had the cashola to buy something, I asked a girlfriend's husband what I should buy, and he gave me a list of BMWs to look for used. When I looked them up on the internet - they were all the old airheads that I was so enamored with!

I found a 1975 R90/6 in Green Bay, WI on the IBMWR list, went up, rode it, fell in love, end of story. Or beginning of story I guess. :)

MarkF
09-09-2005, 12:16 AM
Bought a 04 1150RT from Gina's in Iowa City. My better half thought it was cool so she bought a 1150R as she likes the naked look, so do I.

You're a lucky man X 2

James.A
09-09-2005, 12:30 AM
I bought my first airhead BMW, a 1971 R50/5, in the summer of 1986. In a fit of desperation I had sold my BSA Thunderbolt a few years earlier to get rent money for the 2 room cabin I was living in at the time. I had landed a job at a concrete plant by then and had a few extra bucks in the sock drawer. I bought the bike out of a barn for $500 and rode it home. I didn't want, and couldn't afford a Harley, and certainly had no desire to own another limey bike. Some other friends in town had Beemers and I followed their advice.

Bob_M
09-09-2005, 12:34 AM
Driving around with a girlfriend (now long gone) through the endless commercial neighborhoods that comprise Los Angeles I spied a white BMW motorcycle with the orange "For Sale" sign hanging on it. The shop was a BMW car repair shop, and the bike belonged to one of the mechanics. At the time I had a Yamaha SR500, and I wanted a grown up motorcycle. This one was a very clean 1971 R75/5 and it had the large tank. At the time I thought it looked lumpy and graceless (I now find that design excellent) I knew that it was a superior machine. For $800 it was mine. Not soon after the entire wire bundle had to be replaced after a lengthly and foul smelling short. I later found some Buco tear drop hard bags (metal flake purple for $10 at a garage sale) After it was all sorted out it was a marvel of reliability. I know the photo is crappy and stained. It was a great bike. I saw it several months ago and it had not been loved.

Visian
09-09-2005, 01:04 AM
In 1961, Opa (German for grandfather) sat me on his lap when I was about 7 years old and read me a German motorcycle magazine. He pointed to an ad for an R69S and said "now *there* is a motorcycle."

I grew up on dirt bikes. motocross and enduros and went to the Six Day Trials in Massachusetts in 1973. There were two factory BMWs there. I was driving between spectator points in my VW when one of those bikes passed me going well over 100 mph on full knobbies, slid through a turn and flew back into the woods spewing gravel and mud. That's when I knew I had to have a BMW.

My first was a 1976 R90/6 when I was in grad school at the University of Florida and I rode that thing all over creation, paved and unpaved. Got really good at riding that big heavy thing in the sugar sand... and never looked back.

Man, I long for an R12 HP-2... that's the closest thing to that factory Six-Day Trials bike yet. But it ain't in the cards for me (long story...). Hey, at least I now have an R69S!

Ian

BRADFORDBENN
09-09-2005, 01:05 AM
I wanted one for the look. So I saved and saved and saved and purchased a Yamaha VStar 650. The deal with SWMBO was that I could only get a bike if I could pay cash for it. Since I would probably drop it a few times, only once, it was small enough and low enough I would feel safe...

Well I hated it. So after a year of that one, off to my dream of the RT, which I was allowed to finance cause I was hooked.

Bobmws
09-09-2005, 01:10 AM
In November 1977, I was on my way to the Harley shop in Clarion, PA with $1200 in my pocket. Intention was to put a leftover Superglide on lay-a-way for the winter. Along the way I spied a shiney black cycle with a sale sign on it in someone's front yard. Turned around and looked at it. Neat , a BMW, had only read/heard about them, never rode one or even looked at one up close. Coincidentally, he was asking $1200 for it. Took it for a ride and fell in love with it. Figured if it didn't work out I could sell it in the spring and go buy my Harley. Never did get that Harley..... Oh, it was a 1968 R69S....Wish I still had that one....

budamy
09-09-2005, 01:25 AM
Well now....

My first bike was a Cushman Eagle I received as a present on Thanksgiving Day in 1954. Rode that thing for two years and just about wore it out. Sold it to my cousin for $100 and didn't ride again for 36 years.

My neice had bought her boyfriend a new Honda Shadow 700. (Nice to have a few oilwells in the backyard) When they broke up she said, "My bike, right here, now". It sat there on the side of the carport for three years in the rain. One day she asked me if I wanted it and sold to me for $500. Over $1K later, I had a great bike. I rode that thing from LA to Indiana, North Carolina, Conn and all over Texas, putting many K miles on it. I had been told a few times that that bike, 700 cc, was too small to tour on. Hell, I was comfortable on it, running 70 mph all day long. Problem was that any mileage over 300 miles depended on how much pain in the butt I could stand.

A couple years later, a friend of mine had a stroke that killed the left side of his body with no chance of recovery and asked me to buy his bike....he needed the money so I wrote him a check and went to see the bike. It was a BMW '79 R100 tricked out with Mikunis, Cafe fairing and a big buck suspension system. I rode it home. Compared to the Shadow, I was on tip toes just sitting there so when I got home, I parked it under the port cache and there it sat for 6 months.

I decided to go up to Indiana from LA to visit my daughter living in Fort Wayne. I decided to take the BMW and if I couldn't live with it, I would stop along the way and trade it for something I could ride. I left south LA late in the afternoon and RON in Jackson, MS. Easy ride. Next morning, I left Jackson at 0430 and by 10pm I was in Fort Wayne. Tired, yes, but no pains other than hyperthermia that I couldn't dial a phone.

Stayed two days in Fort Wayne and went along my way to South Haven, Conn to visit my son and on to Fayetteville, NC to visit another daughter. When I got back home, I ordered a set of BMW shocks that lowered the bike by 2".

I stuck two BMW shocks on it lowering it by 2" and it became my #1 bike and sold the Shadow to a friend.

Since then there has been a '82 R100RT, a '95 R1100RS which I still have and it's stable mate, a '74 R90/6 with a Ural sidecar which has become #1 in the stable.

Lyle Grimes finally convinced me to get my 100K BMW badge and I am working on the 200K now. Won't be long.....had a bunch of miles already for the 200K. This year, I have taken the hack rig to San Carlos, MX and last month up to Creed, CO. No sore butts yet and 700 mile days on the R1100RS are normal for a long trip and 550-600 mile days on the hack on long trips.

So I found BMWs because of a favor to a friend and in the end, he was the one that did the greates favor.

Oh well........

budamy

CustomSarge
09-09-2005, 01:27 AM
Ages 15-17, revisit 23-26 all Honda, good learning machines.
Age 27-32 all H-D, could not believe the lack of reliability (ergo the motive for the "custom").
At 32: traded an XLCR1000 for an R90/6 (young & stupid was I !!, not for acquire, but acquiescse(?)) Never looked back from there, sold other 2 H-Ds & enflamed the BMW passion.
Only poignancy(?): BMW owners don't seem to embrace the uniquely custom. I (obviously) revell in it. Oh well, season to taste; or pine for such seasonings that elude you... <<<)))

Ab544927
09-09-2005, 01:38 AM
I have ridden bikes since 8 yrs old...always Japanese, Italian and Brit bikes though. I did not think highly of beemers growing up since the sound of them did not fit the profile of what "real bikes" are supposed to sound like. when you heard the starter motor it sounded like a car cranking (euro trash cars I mean since this was in the UK) and the look of the jugs sticking out each side just blew it. Beemers had the rep for reliability and also for being the "Buick of motorcycle"...sure they are great vehicles but who 'fesses to owning one right?

Anyway about a year ago I saw my first (well paid attention to it anyway) GS Adventure...black with yellow trim...I was awestruck! This was the tallest and ugliest looking bike that I had seen and I wanted one. Out of any bikes that I have owned they have always been a little on the small side for my "big boned" frame. Finally something that was made for riding comfort...the SUV of two wheeled transport. I began researching the GS and just became even more impressed at the achievements of this bike.

I made up my mind and sold my V-Max and my ZRX1200R and began bidding on GS Adventures...I found the deal last July 17th and rode it home...and continued riding throughout the winter and found myself looking purposefully for the nastiest roads and trails...this was more fun than anything legal should be. This has to be the least powerful machine that I have owned since the late eighties in terms of horsepower, however, it is definitely the MOST fun bike ever.

When you get exposed to the beemer community it is impressive with regard to the support and cameraderie...well that is how I became a beemer owner... :bikes

CARVERBOATBOY
09-09-2005, 02:01 AM
Ok my turn

First bike was a 1970 175 Honda bought when I was 15 ?¢ and it went directly into dads basement to await my 16th Bday and license. I have had a motorcycle of one sort or another from then on. The last non-BMW I had was a Yamaha Virago 900 that during my divorce the EX decided she wanted and got, the day after the divorce was final she took it to her new (my old) back yard, set it ablaze and reduced it to a mass of twisted smoking metal and plastic. When it came time to buy another I wanted something different, but after looking around and seeing that everything that was offered and most of what was going down the road was trying to be a Harley I broadened my search to include BMWÔÇÖs and BSAÔÇÖs. I found my 1986 K in Grand rapid Michigan on the internet in January of this year, took a test ride and never looked back. :thumb

Jeff

JOECUBANA
09-09-2005, 02:29 AM
I was working on a construction job in '82 and was riding my '79 Yamaha 650 Special daily on an 80 mile round trip. The guy that ran the construction company and I shared the inspector trailer and we talked bikes a lot.

He had an R100, /6 I think. He brought his ON's to the office and told me about the Anonymous Book and I really liked the community. Then he let me take the bike one lunch hour and I was hooked. But I was breeding then and the kids had to be fed and clothed and all that so I rode the old Yam for a couple more years but then put it away to do the Dad thing. I was going to sell it but a wise co-worker (Goldwinger) told me to keep it, because someday I will want to ride again and I will still have a bike (how right he was!).

Fast forward to 2001....finishing up a divorce, back on my own, but I am riding again. Joined the MOA to read the ads and look for a bike...my present to myself to cheer myself up.

Well, money took a while to accumulate, I was getting married again, and just kept looking. When we sold our extra home in late 2004, my wife said she didn't like the Yam pillion and now that we were not poor, maybe I should look for that BMW.

Checked the ON...watched the IBMWR, and kept looking at E-Bay. But alas...I longed for an airhead (kinda what BG was saying).....spent a long time talking to a guy with an R80, but I was too late. Finally saw this 1990 K75RT on E-Bay....e-mailed the owner, felt comfortable with his maintenance....and waited for the last day to bid. I kept getting beat y an auto-bid and was coming up to my limit....I even left work early to be home at the end of the auction.....long and short, I won, and took the trip to Tennessee to get it. Did have to trailer it home (I know what you mean, Gail). The worst part was waiting for spring (Hey, I used the Yam as the Rounder bike, didn't want to trash the K75 before I could really enjoy it!).

So that's how I entered the coven....

dave92029
09-09-2005, 02:59 AM
I started riding a Honda CX500 and then graduated to a Goldwing Aspencade. My first organized Rally was hosted by the Southern California Motorcycle Association SCMA.

It was a ride to help out the poor Mission in Pala (now the home of a hugh Casino and hotel complex). On the way to the Mission in Pala I linked up with two BMW riders. One of the Riders, David McQueeney (1.1 million BMW motorcycle miles), invited me to join them. Dave kept asing me to ride with him on other SCMA rides during the year and eventually suggested that I join him on the 3 Flaggs Classic (Mexico to Penticton, Canada).

Dave was riding a R65 at the time with Krauser bags and seemed to have greater range and more carring capacity than I did on my Goldwing, so I bought a 1983 R100RT and my long distance riding on BMW's began.

Thanks Dave McQueeney for taking me under your wing.

99007
09-09-2005, 10:46 AM
i don't actually own a bmw. or any motorcycle. i just pretend.

bigrider
09-09-2005, 01:33 PM
Back in 1986,I was a Army company comander at Fort Hood Tx and was riding a Honda 750K at the time. One of my mechanics said he had a motorcycle he was selling for a friend, a 1984. I asked him what kind and he said he didn't know but it had the cylinders sticking out the side. Having spend a tour in Germany, though it might be a beemer. We didn't see too many of these around Ft Hood. Anyway he was selling the bike for $2,000(even in 1986 the list was for around 2,800-3,000). I asked him about seeming low cost and he said the brakes didn't work and one of the carbs was messed up. I went out and took a look, indeed it was a beemer, R80RT with bags. I wasn't that interested in a second cycle at the time but offered $1,600. The friend was in New York, so it took some time to communicate. Of course he didn't accept. Kept contact with my mechanic and six months later, the bike wasn't sold so I offered $1,800 and made the deal. Once I got the bike home I found that the owner had used silicon seal on a carb bowl in an attempt to stop a leak. Some of the seal got up in the jets and came out as a little ruber plug, carb fixed. The brakes were a little harder, he used DOT 5 and the fluid looked more like vasaline. Cleaned that up and voila, good running bike. Still have it, but the stable grown to include an 84 R100RS and a 76 R90/6. Airheads Rule!!


Dave H
Colorado

einnar
09-09-2005, 03:39 PM
I was fascinated by 2 wheels from the age of 3 or 4.. Couldn't wait to learn how to ride a bike. When I got that down, I wore a path in the grass around the house until the parents let me take it out on the subdivision roads. The older bigger kids were faster, so I kept trying to go faster too. Then, I saw my first minibike. Begged a ride, and was hooked. Since then, I rode every and any bike that I could get my hands on, in the search for 'the bike'. I knew it was out there, but couldn't find it. Triumphs, a Norton, Honda/Suzuki/Kawasaki, Harleys, you name it. Last year, I walked up to a friends desk at work, and he was looking at bikes on sale via consignment at the local BMW dealer. The one in my sig line caught my eye as a nice clean looking ride, so I went over that night to try it. BMW was the one bike I'd not ridden before, as nobody I knew had one. I hadn't even made it back to the shop, and I'd decided to buy it.
Got it in September, put about 8000 miles on it before I put it away in November. (would have done more, but had a knee surgery, and couldn't ride.)
Now, I go everywhere with it. Have decided what my upgrade will be too, and that's a GS. (It's only a matter of time.. :) )

torags
09-09-2005, 06:31 PM
Why I did I buy my first BMW? .... Wet sump.

After blowing a '70 Triumph engine in '70, because of insufficient dry sump oil supply at high speed, I got a '72 R75/5. I haven't looked back.

GeneT
09-10-2005, 04:40 AM
Once upon a time back in 1953 when I was working for a foreign car dealer and riding a 350cc stripped Matchless in the Pennsylvania woods, my boss who was the owner of the business and an Austrian by birth, offered to get me a real motorcycle.

As it turned out this was a 250cc BMW, brand new in a crate which only needed the handle bars and the seat installed, it cost me $950.00, I rode this for several years summer & winter, then came a 500cc BMW.

Since then there have been other brands but presently back to BMW and the R1200C.

MarkF
09-10-2005, 01:28 PM
Once upon a time back in 1953 when I was working for a foreign car dealer and riding a 350cc stripped Matchless in the Pennsylvania woods, my boss who was the owner of the business and an Austrian by birth, offered to get me a real motorcycle.

As it turned out this was a 250cc BMW, brand new in a crate which only needed the handle bars and the seat installed, it cost me $950.00, I rode this for several years summer & winter, then came a 500cc BMW.


Bet you wish you had those two singles.

basketcase
09-10-2005, 03:19 PM
At age five ÔÇô in 1959, for you whippersnappers, an uncle took me for a short ride on his Harley trike police unit. I was hooked from then on, and every motorcycle that passed on the road ÔÇ£turned my head.ÔÇØ

Then about age 11, one of my scoutmasters showed up one day on a "naked" BMW airhead. That was the strangest looking motorcycle I had ever seen. An academic who had just returned from a sabbatical in Europe, Mr. Brough informed me that BMW was the finest motorcycle in the world, and that he had toured Europe on it before bringing it home. I listened in big-eyed wonder

Several years later in high school I bought my first ÔÇ£dirt bike,ÔÇØ a Suzuki TC-90. It was my personal transportation and daily workhorse until I bailed on the confines of the classroom and joined the USMC. I sorta took a break from riding while in the service, but had several buddies who owned bikes they left parked most of the time. So I managed to swap doing the maintenance on several bikes for the ÔÇ£IÔÇÖll keep it for you and ride itÔÇØ privileges. :brow

In 1976 I got out of the USMC, entered college, and soon bought a used Honda scrambler for commuter use. There had been a BMW dealership in Tuscaloosa for a while, but the dealer was killed when a ÔÇ£distraught driverÔÇØ ran him down from behind at an intersection. Even so, I would come across a BMW every once in a while.

When I entered graduate school in 1982, I sold the bike of the moment and was bikeless for 13 years. Then one February day in 1994 a friend said, ÔÇ£Someone gave me an old motorcycle ÔÇô why donÔÇÖt you ride it and see if you are interested.ÔÇØ I did, and I wasnÔÇÖt interested in that bike. But the ride reawakened my affinity for a motorized conveyance with two wheels, and I started looking.

Cruisers had become popular and plentiful, and the next spring I bought a Honda Shadow. However, the feet forward riding position was torment on my lower back, it was under-powered to my thinking, and my aggressive riding style did not suit the particular model-line. My dissatisfaction made my eye wander, and then one day in September (1995) a local riding crony showed up on a brand new K1100LT. It was coming due for the 600 mile service, and he asked if I wanted to ride up to the dealership in Vinemont with him the next week. I bit on the offer and on the way up he said ÔÇ£Ride this thing a few miles and tell me what you think.ÔÇØ Fifteen miles later, I knew a BMW was in my future. :thumb

At the dealership, I shopped both the new and pre-owned showroom while his service was being done. There was a 1985 K100RT sitting over in the corner that had been low-sided and had two-different colors of mirrors. Talking with one of the mechanics I learned the bike had been to Europe twice, and been to the Arctic Circle in Finland, and had even been into Russia. Cosmetically rough, it had been otherwise well cared for. I rode the Shadow home with a bunch of brochures in the saddlebag, and a courtesy copy of the OwnerÔÇÖs News.

With the holiday season approaching, it was not the right time to spend big $$ on myself. So I joined MOA, ordered every back issue of the ON that was still available, and began researching BMWÔÇÖs doing test rides when possible. New Years rolled around, and after reading the ÔÇ£Ode to the K75ÔÇØ issue, I had settled on a K model. In February of ÔÇÖ96, I called the dealer to see what he had on the floor. He had some 20 pre-owned bikes in stock, and the winter weather was making the prices right. So I stuck the Shadow paperwork in my jacket pocket and off I went to Vinemont. When I rolled to a stop and killed the engine, I could see the old K100 still wedged into the showroom corner. Having ridden a half dozen K bikes in the previous months, I did not even insist on a test ride. We closed the deal, they filled the gas tank, aired the tires and put in a new battery, and off I went. :bolt

From Vinemont, it was approximately 10 miles to the interstate at Cullman, AL. By the time I reached 80 mph on the big road, I was hopelessly smitten with the beemers, and have stayed that way. There is nothing else in my experience like a BMW laid over in a switchback turn, engine screaming and pegs scraping. The rush is not sexual ÔÇô but itÔÇÖs darned close.

Since the K100 IÔÇÖve owned two other beemers ÔÇô a pristine K75RT, and later, the very K1100LT mentioned above as my first ride on a BMW. I wish I could end the story there, but an injury in 1996 left me with rotator cuff and nerve damage in my right shoulder, and some degenerative disc problems in my upper back. The end result is that I have been forced to move towards a bike with cruise control, which has put me back on a Gold Wing (my second).

Over time I had gradually become disenchanted with the tall seating position of the K series, and was looking at the oilheads ÔÇô but the shoulder and no cruise was an issue. Had BMW not played their cards so blasted close on the now available R12ÔÇÖs with cruise, I might have held off and opted for the new oil head. But back when I was getting out of the K11, the new R12 was still a rumor, and a great deal came along on the GL -- so here I am. (Don't read me as knocking the Wing. It is a great ride, and I'm happy to still be riding.)

With all that said, I will also note that I find the BMW riders culture enormously appealing. So probably IÔÇÖll end up with an old airhead to ride and show up at rallies. Does that make me a Poseur? Maybe ÔÇô but then again, maybe not. See my thoughts on that subject on another thread! :type

redbeemer
09-10-2005, 07:52 PM
I had a H-D trike at the time (1975) and a co-worker that had just come on board had a H-D with a broken side case that had it side-lined. Being the H-D man dyed in the wool type, he just had to have another H-D to ride until his was fixed. Want to trade? was his daily question for weeks on end. One day I had had my fill of this and named terms that I hoped to shut him up, I did not want that plug-ugly BMW! :fight
OK! He now has a 750 flat-head H-D and I have a '71 R75/5, black, standard tank, long wheel base, BMW. Let the remarks about shaft drive, funny kick start, cylinders sticking out to the side, costly to repair, un 'merican foren bike. BUT, I found out that as long as gas was in the tank, I could ride! I found out why the tool kit was unused! I found out that you could ride without your hands being numbed from vibration! :clap
I was now one of those motorcyclest that came from out of nowhere, passing with a whisper while doing the basic rule (speed limit in Oregon) plus 50% with bags and a trunk while sitting behind a windshield going to exotic places rather than destinations! :dance
Today the /5 is a '04 RT and it is still if gas is in the tank I can ride and I still do not know what the tool kit is for. :dunno
And for the history books, I bought the first G/S sold in Oregon and have a 4-didget MOA number.

CANADIANSTEVE
09-10-2005, 09:39 PM
I was riding an RG500 Suzuki 2 stroke , a bike that was so fast, I mean light switch quick, that it scared me sometimes because of the closing speed coming up on other traffic ( this was 1985 ) ... stopped into a shop by chance and there was a beautiful red R80 on display ... the seed was planted and the next week I traded in my Gamma for the BMW ... this may have saved my life ( or at least my licence ) , I am now a 20 year BMW rider and loving it !!!
Steve

basketcase
09-11-2005, 03:08 AM
:brow hmm...

BRADFORDBENN
09-11-2005, 03:43 AM
'Ahem

ITSBOB
09-11-2005, 08:03 PM
In November 1977, I was on my way to the Harley shop in Clarion, PA with $1200 in my pocket. Intention was to put a leftover Superglide on lay-a-way for the winter. Along the way I spied a shiney black cycle with a sale sign on it in someone's front yard. Turned around and looked at it. Neat , a BMW, had only read/heard about them, never rode one or even looked at one up close. Coincidentally, he was asking $1200 for it. Took it for a ride and fell in love with it. Figured if it didn't work out I could sell it in the spring and go buy my Harley. Never did get that Harley..... Oh, it was a 1968 R69S....Wish I still had that one....
What were you doing in Clarion?? I just Graduated from Clarion U in 2002!!

90288
09-11-2005, 09:41 PM
In 1989 I saw an ad for a 1987 K75S with 400 miles on it for $4800.00

At first, I thought it was a typo on the miles but I called the guy and it did indeed have only 400 miles on it.

I went to his house and he opened the garage door using a remote control.

The bike was the only thing in his garage and it was parked in the middle of the garage on the centerstand at an angle (great presentation!). As the door opened, the sun started to shine on the bike - it was that beautiful Marakesh red.

For a few seconds I was stunned & speechless - and didn't move.

The guy was standing next to me and I turned my head to him....."I'll take it."

J Brase
09-12-2005, 12:46 AM
I guess I was foreordained to ride. I have a photo of my grandfather taken in the late teens or early twenties on his Henderson. Three of my uncles were AMA flat track racers. Dad had a hack of some sort but sold it when I came along and never rode again. (I don't think he blamed me.) Uncle Dick could always find room on the tank to take nephews, and nieces, for rides around the block and farther.

Sometime after Uncle Dick quit racing he opened a motorcycle shop, the old kind, in an old storefront, selling Nortons, Guzzis, Bultacos and Moto Morinis. I bought a Morini 125, my first bike. Two trips up and down the alley behind the shop served as my initial MSF course before I headed out into traffic. "Keep your head up," Dick hollered as I started on my way. I've tried to never forget that advice.

Then at some point I got into sports car racing and forgot to ride. There was never enough time or money to do both. Racing is a money, and time pit.

Remember the draft? Heard about it? I ended up in Germany instead of Viet Nam, and racing was out of the question for a while so I returned to bikes. Flew to London and bought a Triumph Daytona (500). My buddy Bob went with me and snagged a 350 Ducatti single cylinder (an evil, cantakerous beast). We rode these bikes all over Europe during the three years we were there. Of course I saw lots of BMW's but they were all boring black (except for the green & white politzi ones) and frumpy looking, and not at all interesting to me, the Boy Racer. Then one day Bob and I were carving up the mountains, on one of those downhill roads that turn back on to themselves as they snake down the side of the hill, riding hard but waiting for Bob to catch up. I'm the Boy Racer, remember? When, I see two bikes coming up behind and closing fast. After the next switchback they blow by me and brake hard for the next 180, downshifting as they go, making the tires chirp at each gearchange, both on black BMW's, in full leathers, gone by the next corner. I mean GONE, out of sight gone. "Well," I think, "maybe there is more to this BMW thing than I first thought. "

Back home, out of the Army, back to the race cars. Sold the Triumph to pay for some race car farkle and didn't ride again till a divorce/mid life thing five years later when I fell for a Harley XLCR. I had become enamoured with the cafe racer look while still in Germany and saw some Triumphs and BSA's tricked out as cafes. The XLCR was, as we used to say in the hot rod days, a Pig Dog Rat. After a year or so of it I stopped into a BMW dealer one day, remembering that mountainside and just to see what they had. What they had was a '78 R100RS, a demo with 8,000 miles on it (it was the service manager's "free ride") and I traded the Harley in on it.

Twenty-five years later I sold the R100RS and bought an '03 R1150RS. But, I can't seem to be able to lay it over quite as far as the Boy Racer would have been able to.

MOTORMAN
09-15-2005, 02:21 AM
In 1976 I was on my second bike a Honda 500 4 cylinder. It had been a good bike and I had no real complaints with it other than the paint was fading badly. I wanted a new bike and sine a bike was my only transportation I wanted something reliable. I had seen several beemers around town and I had been told that they were the best long distance and reliable bikes around. I found a new 76 750/6 and dressed it up. I had a windjammer fairing, saddle bags and a trunk box installed on it, all painted to match the blue of the bike.

Right after I got it back from it's 500 mile service I was rear ended by a drunk driver. It almost totalled it out. It took about 2 months to get it back and I had a week to get ready to go on a trip. I received my orders to report to Ft McClellan for my Officers basic. I packed up and drove the bike to Alabama from Arizona on my first cross the country trip. That bike never left me stranded anywhere. The only failure I had was a diaphragm in the carb. I sold it 50k miles later to my buddy and picked up a very used R100 and put a windjammer and bags on it. I still have a beemer right now, a 90 K75 RT.

GeneT
09-15-2005, 02:35 AM
Bet you wish you had those two singles.


Yes I do, many times

:bikes

2popfire
09-15-2005, 03:18 AM
Well.... After 30 years of riding "other" brands I finally succumbed to BMW fever. I understand now. OK, I have been misguided in the past, but now I repent. An 04' R1150R is now living in my garage, just too cool. My favorite riding buddy (a long time BMW guy) says I'm a "convert" I don't know if he means that in a good way or not....
Joe

99007
09-15-2005, 10:51 AM
nice looking bike Joe. How do you get the rear fender extension to stay on? I lost them off of both of my Rocksters (not that I own two of them, they were in succession) within about 150 miles. Maybe Michigan roads are a lot more bumpy than yours.

MarkF
09-15-2005, 11:18 AM
Well.... After 30 years of riding "other" brands I finally succumbed to BMW fever.

Nice Bike Joe! Love the bigger screen and Big Mak bag. Where in NY are you? My family is stretched from Canajoharie to Utica but we vacation near Saranac Lake every summer.

tbonesr1100
09-15-2005, 02:18 PM
I've had motorcycle fever for as long as I can remember. My parents never rode bikes and had no interest in them as I recall. I used to see kids in the neighborhood wiz by my house on their XR75's...Considering you worked for everything you wanted at my house, I got myself a paper route and saved enough for a Suzuki TS90 (used and beaten half to death). From there came a succession of dirt bikes (TS 185, KX250). When I went off to college, I could not afford the insurance and gas for the monster truck I built so I sold it and bought a Yamaha XS400 for $700 found at a local HD dealer. I rode that through school without a hiccup. Upon graduation, I wanted a real bike, so, after procuring employment and a few bucks, I too cashed in a few savings bonds and my Mom co-signed my loan (with an implied promise not to kill myself) for a leftover '84 Kaw GPz-550 which I proceeded to ride for 37k miles...After the wirng harness was destroyed by vermin during winter storage, I became restless, owning various rice rockets - CB750F, VFR 750, Honda Hawk GT (my favorite) and lastly a ZRX1100. The ZRX was an awesome bike. It looked great, was fast, comfortable and reliable but was personally uninspiring. Last winter I was going through my usual February "I think I need a new bike" fever and started wandering around the dealers in my area. After a few visits to the asian brands, I knew that wasn't what would cure my chronic affliction (although I almost bought a leftover Honda SuperHawk for $6500 NEW). I came to terms with exactly what I wanted in a long term relationship - a sport bike which I can tour on (comfortable and dependable), would keep up with my rice rocket buddies but would also be relatively unique (bored of the cookie cutter asian and HD's). I had a moment of weakness and considered an Electra Glide standard but concluded that it would not fullfill any of my prerequisits (everybody has them, that's why I own the stock not the bike).

I walked into the BMW/Ducati/Aprilia dealer near me - ready to buy a sweet leftover SL1000 Falco or an equally attractive ST2 - but instead was greeted right at the door by a pacific blue metallic R1100s...Love at first sight. I did do the walk-around of the showroom and concluded that the Aprilia not exactly a fit and the ST2 looked like Sugar Honey Ice Tea when you took the bags off and left the exposed mounting frames. So me and my 10 yo son headed back to the door and stopped at the R1100s one more time. He asked me if I was going to buy it and I said yes. He said something about "what mommy will think". After some negotiation at home, my baby was delivered to my house 5 days later with 20 miles on it. This bike, without a doubt, is the most enjoyable and fullfilling motorcycle I've ever owned. I never even considered high level of customer service BMW provides and the community offered via the BMWMOA.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

SCJACK
09-15-2005, 03:23 PM
In January of 1976, I saw a small picture of a BMW R90S in Silver Smoke in a motorcycle magazine. I like the looks of it and although I lived in a city of over 200,000, there was no BMW dealer. I started calling around and found the nearest BMW dealer was 50 miles away in a much smaller town (Hendersonville, NC). Called the dealer on the phone, chatted for a while and he sent me a brochure. It was a large, fold-out type with a side view picture of a Daytona Orange R90S. It was the most beautiful bike that I had ever seen so I immediately got back on the phone with the dealer, hammered out a price and bought the bike. Picked it up the next morning, riding back on foggy mountain roads from Hendersonville, NC.
I wished that I had never sold that bike. To me, it's still the prettiest bike that BMW ever built. I've owned 17 other BMW's since that bike and presently own three. One is a restored, 1978 R100S.

Mudbug
09-15-2005, 04:06 PM
It was 1999 when I purchased a Harley. My first motorcycle in 27 years. Shortly thereafter, I discovered the local BMW shop and I realized that I made a mistake. The BMW shop was far superior to the local H-D shops in all things, especially customer service.

Four years after purchasing that Harley, I purchased my first BMW, a R1200CL. I sold the Harley. The Harley was well worn with 45,000 miles, which is high mileage compared to all the ones I have seen. BMW had everything Harley didn't. It was a far superior motorcycle than a Harley. And the BMW dealer was far superior to most Harley dealerships. I rode that BMW cruiser for two years. I also found a very clean and great K100RS which introduced me to K bikes. After two years of riding the R1200CL, I sold it and purchased a K1200GT.

If I had not had such a bad experience with Harley, I would have never looked around and found BMW. Thank you Harley-Davidson.

:type

MarkF
09-15-2005, 04:17 PM
It was 1999 when I purchased a Harley.
Four years after purchasing that Harley, I purchased my first BMW, a R1200CL.
After two years of riding the R1200CL, I sold it and purchased a K1200GT.


Wow! Harley to R-CL to K-GT. Now that's what I call evolution. :clap

ITSBOB
09-15-2005, 04:37 PM
In January of 1976, I saw a small picture of a BMW R90S in Silver Smoke in a motorcycle magazine. I like the looks of it and although I lived in a city of over 200,000, there was no BMW dealer. I started calling around and found the nearest BMW dealer was 50 miles away in a much smaller town (Hendersonville, NC). Called the dealer on the phone, chatted for a while and he sent me a brochure. It was a large, fold-out type with a side view picture of a Daytona Orange R90S. It was the most beautiful bike that I had ever seen so I immediately got back on the phone with the dealer, hammered out a price and bought the bike. Picked it up the next morning, riding back on foggy mountain roads from Hendersonville, NC.
I wished that I had never sold that bike. To me, it's still the prettiest bike that BMW ever built. I've owned 17 other BMW's since that bike and presently own three. One is a restored, 1978 R100S.
http://www.bobsbmw.com/motorcycles/images/90S/P1050286.JPG
Like this one for sale at Bob's??

SNC1923
09-15-2005, 05:06 PM
I bought a Honda Sabre in 1986. Shortly thereafter, a business acquaintance who rode a BMW invited me on a group ride. Soon the group seemed to adopt me and I went on three or four rides a year with them all over the Southwest.

Had to sell the bike and go to college. Fast forward 15 years.

My then fiancee had been trying to convince me to move to Bakersfield from San Diego. San Diego is a lovely but very expensive city to live in. Bakersfield is very affordable but lacking in culture and temperate climate. In a moment of brilliant lucidity she turns to me and says, "Do you want to live where you want to live, or do you want to live how you want to live?"

I stared at her, dumbfounded, and managed to croak: "I'll move to Bakersfield if I can buy a BMW." She said, "yes," and I said, "yes," and I just rolled 20,000 in my first year and have met the greatest bunch of beemer riders here in BF.

So that's my tale. :bikes

P.S. Today I'm opening a savings account to buy my second BMW. It's called "The GS Account."

SCJACK
09-15-2005, 05:49 PM
itsbob2: Yep, that's it!
That one looks like it's in great condition.

ITSBOB
09-15-2005, 05:52 PM
itsbob2: Yep, that's it!
That one looks like it's in great condition.
Bob's as some beautiful vintage bikes for sale.. and the grand opening of their vintage museum is coming up soon..


I think they want 11K of that one.. with 37,000 miles

DENNY
09-16-2005, 03:50 PM
1994, Wanted to get back into motorcycling. Didn't know what I wanted. Had owned a GS750 Suzuki, but had given it up mid '80's. My step-father said I'll loan you the '78 R80 if you pay 1/2 the insurance. Serious no brainer. It never left my garage till a couple weeks ago when I let my step-brother have it. Rode the crap out of it. Thinking it may have been a bad move, but part of the deal was I get first dibs if he decides to unload it. My brother has stepdad's R68 sitting in his garage.

terham
09-16-2005, 10:56 PM
I bought my 71 R75/5 in 1978 right after I graduated from college and didn't have to listen to my parents anymore :laugh when they said I couldn't buy a motorcycle. I had an older brother who had owned a Honda 350 and then a BMW and convinced me I should buy a BMW. I wanted a Suzuki GT380 or 550 - I thought those were great looking bikes and seemed to have some get up and go. I thought I'd buy a smaller bike to learn on and then move up to something bigger. My brother convinced me (being my personal banker - I had no money - he was very persuavive) and I'm very thankful I bought the BMW. I still have that /5 and it's such a nice bike. It's so simple even a clutz like me can work on it. There's something about airheads.

BklynPete
09-19-2005, 02:54 AM
wow, i just about given up on this board ( couldn't re register ) and then all of a sudden i'm able to post again....what happened? well, to answer the post. in the mid 70's i decided to buy a touring bike, i looked at the gold wing, electraglide and 100/7. i picked the bmw because it was the lightest bike of the group and i could put it on the center stand. i figured this was important since i did alot of camping. of course now i know that the bike should be put on the side stand in dirt with a plate under it. i put a vetter fairing on it, wixom saddle bags and a rack factory luggage rack. i bought a belstaff waxed cotton riding suit and i was set for the start of a wonderful relationship with bmw bikes.

deanzat
09-19-2005, 04:16 AM
In 1998 I sold my 1995 Triumph Sprint because of a shoulder injury that made riding too painful (and sometimes dangerous; I couldn't lean as aggressively as is sometimes required). I injured my shoulder in the aftermath of flooding (February 3rd and 23rd, 1998) that pretty much destroyed my house.

For the next seven years, I watched the thousands of motorcycles passing through Ojai for a weekend jaunt, or taking the scenic route to Laguna Seca or Sears Point, and I really longed to ride again. This January 10th, my house was again destroyed by flooding (if we'd had the same level as 98, no water would have gotten into the house, but my preparations were useless against 27 inches of water/muck).
http://www.pbase.com/deanzat/2005_flood_jan_10

There's a lot more to the story, but suffice to say that I came through this experience feeling that life is too short and unpredictable to not pursue your passions with vigor. Around the time we moved back into our rebuilt house, I decided I was getting a motorcycle.

Now back in my riding days, I longed for an oilhead after test-riding an R850R. The suspension and smooth power amazed me. So I decided I'd look for a used R1100R. Back in the late 90s, I had been lusting for a GS, but I reckoned they were too expensive for me.

By August I'd figured out the money and was actively looking, although I still had my doubts. Then I found an 02 GS at a local dealer. I was really attracted to it, but the dealer didn't know much about it, and it made me queasy.

So I went to another dealer, the place where I test-rode the 850 so many years ago, to buy a helmet. I figured I should buy a helmet to confirm my commitment to get back into riding. Well, no sooner had they printed my receipt for the helmet, then they rolled an 01 GS onto the floor. They had just finished prepping it for sale, and I was the first person to see it.

Now some of you know that I have a fair amount of buyer's remorse for acting so impulsively, because the bike surges and vibrates and is leaking something on the right side. But even so, I love riding again, and I'm growing to trust this machine and I'm commited to tuning it right, fixing the leak, and riding riding riding riding riding. And riding. So now I'm in. DZ

gwb36
09-19-2005, 01:08 PM
I went to the 1977 Toledo and Indy rallies on a Honda with my friend on a BMW. On 7-7-77 I bought my R100/7 and joined BMWMOA primarily so I could attend rallies.

vickybeads
02-12-2006, 04:59 AM
:bikes :dance I pick up my 2004 R1200CL next week!

:hug DH and I have been married for 22 years. Up until about 2 years ago we were into ultralights and owned a couple of them. We never flew them that much and they were just costing us hanger rent and time.

Two years ago we decided to sell the ultralight and buy a couple of motorcycles. DH was riding motorcycles long before I came along, but hadn't ridden in 20 years. We bought both our bikes on e-Bay. His was a 2000 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic and mine was a 2001 Suzuki Intruder Volusia. First thing we did was take the MSF course - best investment we've made in a long time. I've put more miles on my bike than he has.

A few months ago, he decided he needed something a bit more comfortable - a recliner type of bike and was looking at getting a GoldWing. However, at a conference in Germany - he was talking to someone else who rides the LT. When he got back he started looking at the LT and I started looking at the RT or the CL. We both test rode the CL and on a visit to CA, he test rode the LT. That was all it took. He picked up his LT 2 weeks ago and rode it back to TX from CA. I bought my CL today and will pick it up next week. :dance :dance :dance

So now to decide where to go on our first long ride..........

cjack
02-12-2006, 01:11 PM
I bought my first motorcycle, a new shiny yellow Suzuki 250 (X6), in 1970 after realizing that I no longer had to ask my dad for permission. I noticed during the next year that the Kawasaki mechanic rode a BMW. So the next year I went to the BMW dealer and bought a new R50/5. It felt weird...cylinders sticking out and all. Smooth. Returned to the dealer for the 300 mile checkup on the dealers initial fillup.
I knew sometime in the first month with that R50 that I would always have a BMW.

coloktmGS
02-12-2006, 01:51 PM
Well...I'm sure glad VickyBeads found this thread...this one is great.

My first BMW's were actually owned by a dealership. You see, I went and rode their demo's about 3 times/week for about a month and a half, I stared to consider them mine.

I told the owner I was going to finance one as soon as I saved up $3000 for the down payment. Well, being a student, I still got denied even after I saved up my 3k (for some reason they demanded I show income, damn the man).

Needless to say, I was destroyed. Well, I got home that night and for two nights after, I didn't know this, but my girlfriend said it was the saddest she'd ever seen me. Two days later, I get a call saying I can come pick up my bike anytime after 3pm. She went and got the financing (I had to give my $3000 down). My new '05 1200GS has almost 7k miles on it since last June.

Oh, and by the way, I asked her to marry me in August of '05...we'll be married in Oct of '06.

EDDIE
02-12-2006, 02:37 PM
I bought my first bike in 1974. A 56 Panhead HD. Learned to ride on country roads with some, but not much, instruction from a friend. No shocks, no brakes to speak of, 6 volts which meant no lights most of the time. It's a wonder I lived through it.

Rode the pan for 5 years and bought a new 79 Lowrider. 14k later had to do an upperend that's with changing the oil every 2k miles. Rode it for 10 years. During this time on the Lowrider, I started touring. It held up fairly well for an HD.

After the lowrider I bought a new 89 Superglide police model and rode it for 12 years, mostly touring miles packing my wife. It held up well motor and transmission wise, but was a nightmare with the electrics. Several times my wife and I broke down on the road. All electrics but for one blown headgasket in Indiana. I put 3 staters in this bike. Well, I was getting aggervated along the way, and threatened to buy a Goldwing or something many times.

Well, around 4 years ago, we set out to the Blackhills on the Superglide (not to the rally, just riding). Somewhere in Illinois, the electrics went, so it was push-starting all the way to Rapid City, SD HD. Rode in all loaded up covered with bugs and dirt with KY plates, and they told me I could borrow some tools, that they were getting ready for the rally and didn't have time to work on my bike. I couldn't believe it! They did charge my battery, so we rode to our campsite and set up. After one day, the battery was flat again and back to pushing.

We rode to a place that sold sheepskins to look around. Pulled in to park beside a K1200LT. Man, what kind of bike is that we said, damn a BMW. We pushed started all the way home, me on the bike, my wife pushing from the rear. I had bruises all up and down the back of my calves from the running boards on the rear. When we got home, I got on the internet, went to micapeak, and read the testimonials from the LT riders. They loved this bike. Which helped convince me, it's the one we wanted. Four or five months later we were on an 02 LT. We were amazed! I had no idea what a bike could be.

I was hardcore Harley, boy had I missed out over the last 28 years of Harleys. I went from riding 8k miles per year to 18 to 20 per year. I never enjoyed riding so much in my life. I rode the LT for 18 months and 34k miles. My wife bought an 1150RT, and a few months later, I traded for an 03 GT. She put 30k miles on in almost 3 years, and had never ridden her own bike before. I now have 32k on the GT in 2 years. I wish I had switched years ago, we both love our BMWs. They are the best and so are the riders.

Voni
02-12-2006, 02:57 PM
VickiBeads wrote:
So now to decide where to go on our first long ride..........

Well, come on to Branson! More info here:

http://www.ibmwr.org/events/2006/06_blitz2branson.htm

Couldn't meet a greater group of riders. And the weather is planned to be perfect!!

Voni
sMiling

BELG
02-12-2006, 03:00 PM
Okay, here goes:

Back in the spring of 1990, I lived up in Ben Lomond, CA, and had been riding a Kawasaki KZ750 LTD. One day I rode by a really nice looking BMW, and decided I wanted to go look at bikes.... so I stopped by the Plam BMW (now BMW Santa Cruz County) store up on Soquel back when it was over there, and had a look. I was keeping my nose in and around 750's at the time as I was pretty light... and I fell in love with this one cobalt blue K75-S.... the only one on the lot as I recall... the rest were 100's (and one other color 75 I didn't like... white. I had someone run up the financing on it, but as expected, I didn't qualify.

Time went on, and in `94 I was living back in Sacramento, and the Kawa was on it's last legs, so I decided to go bike shopping. I went to a Harley dealer down in Orangevale, but was told the waiting list was 7 months, and the salesman had a fairly bad attitude, so I walked down the street a block to A&S BMW.

I spoke with the sales rep up there, gave him my price range, and he showed my a couple K75's and an R80 or two.. but my eye really caught onto this candy-apple red K75 C that had an S lower fairing. I asked him about it, and the original, previous owner had the bike, dropped it once, and hung up motorcycles. It was originally a K75 S, but to save money on a dropped bike, they replaced it with a C fairing, spec'd out the bike, and put it up for sale with a new paint job, because a 'cobalt blue bike won't sell'.

So I was talking about almost having bought a cobalt blue 75-S... and as I was walking around the back of the bike, there it was... right in front of me... Plam BMW on the plate frame. "What year did you say the bike was?" 1990, and the rest is history...

Talk about meant-to-own. I still have her, and she's still got the frame to prove it :=) Now she's got a Big Sibling parked right next to her, warm and dry in my basement waiting for me to SHOVEL.

Voni
02-12-2006, 03:08 PM
And my first BMW?

Well it was Mother's Day weekend and it seems this student of Paul's had been promised a brand new Pugeot for graduation if only he'd sell his motorcycle. Time was getting short and Paul's really low ball offer was starting to look attractive. In fact it was the only offer he had.

A gorgeous black with white pinstripes R60/5. Wixom trunk and bags. Wixom frame mount fairing and the most beautiful toaster tank. 11,000 miles.

That wasn't the last Mother's Day motorcycle I got. It was the first of many. I was always perfectly happy with my current ride. My husband knew there were other BMWs.

I still have it. It still makes me sMile.

Voni
sMiling

Voni
02-12-2006, 03:11 PM
Paul's first BMW was also an R60/5. In fact the same R60/5.

He got it as a hand me down when he bought me a newer 1979 R65 which he said had "real brakes."

And though I didn't know the significance at the time the R65 had a RED pinstripe on the tank . . .

Voni
sMiling

screwtop
02-12-2006, 03:33 PM
I had been out of riding for several years, slogging my way through as a college puke. After the first few years of work, I found myself in the position to get another bike. I figured I might as well go all out. The year was 1994, and the MOTY was the R1100RS. I bought a pearl white one from Bob's BMW. The rest is history. Since then, I've had many bikes in the garage, but there will always be a BMW occupying the #1 stall :german .

The_Veg
02-12-2006, 06:26 PM
Vickybeads, I'm right over in the Frisco/The Colony area. When you say 'first long ride,' do you mean a multi-day trip? The Blitz to Branson would be great for that (I'm planning on going). For something you can do in less than a day, I'd be happy to meet you and DH and show you one of my favourite routes for killing an afternoon- it's a lap around Ray Roberts Lake that comes to about 150 miles. Send me a PM and we'll talk about rides.

Also there's a pretty good BMW club around Fort Worth, if you haven't already found those guys.

See you on the road soon! :wave

EastTNBeemer
02-12-2006, 09:02 PM
I started out riding mini bikes as a kid in the 60s and got my first "real" motorcycle in '71, a blue and white SL70. After a while I moved up to a Kawa 100, a Honda 125, then a Honda XL250. I got out of bikes for a while, after college and marriage. In '82, I baby sat a Yamaha 750 Virago for a year.

I began flying, and eventually built my own airplane in the basement. While test flying it, my wife watched me put it into the trees (a long story). I agreed to give up flying. :cry

Later, I was cooking out with friends, a was persuaded to ride a K75C around the block. I thought, "This is really a lot of fun." I then found a used K75S close by and drove over to take a look at it. Love at first sight! But how do I break this to my wife? :fight

A straight-forward approach is usually best.

"Honey, I've decided to buy a motorcycle." :hide

"Over my dead body!" :nono

Pause..... :idea

"OK, I'm thinking about flying again....."

"GO BUY THE MOTORCYCLE!!!!!"

The rest is history.... :clap :clap :clap

bubbagazoo
02-12-2006, 10:13 PM
I got my first motorcycle in 1982 while on military exchange duty in San Diego. I traded my Fiat 128 for a 1977 Kawasaki KZ400. Rode it for about a year until it was stolen (3 days after re-registering it for another year). When the insurance company payed out, I bought a '78 Honda CB500T which I rode in San Diego for 6 months and then shipped up to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories (talk about culture shock -- warm, southern California, million plus people, roads to every where and then up to cold, Arctic Canada, 5000 bodies, one road out of town). Didn't get much riding on the Honda before I sold it. The next summer I bought a 1980 Yamaha XS650 Heritage Special. Rode it around Inuvik until the weather started to cool so I shipped it to Edmonton. Flew down to Edmonton, picked up the bike at my brother's house and rode it round trip to San Diego just to catch a Padres game. That was 1985. The bike went into storage for the winter at my mother's farm. Had some bad mechanical luck and ended up selling it for junk in the spring of '86. Then came kids and the financial responsibilites that they entail.

Leaf frog to 2005. My dear sweet wife has only been listening to me hint about getting a motorcycle for the whole time she has known me (this would be wife number 2). She also knew of my desire to own a Boxer RT model. She told me I had to save some money before I could get a motorcycle. And she was insisting that I get a new bike. I had opportunities to buy cheap fixer-uppers but she knows that I am not the most mechanically inclined person. So, I start saving. I even had the bike all picked out -- a Suzuki C50T. That was until actually rode one and did not like the experience. Then it struck me -- I don't like HD motorcycles, why would I want a bike that looks like one. So I started looking around and discovered the Kawasaki Concours - $12,299 brand new. I say to myself, it's got what I want and it's in my budget. And then it happened. I had my down payment all saved up and we start looking for and buying the things we will need, helmets, jackets, gloves, boots, etc. We actually bought our jackets at the local BMW dealer (Argyll Motor Sports in Edmonton). The day after we bought the jackets, I was at home, bored, looking for something to do. I decided to find all of the local dealers' web pages to see what they had. On Argyll's web page, they had photos and listings of all of their used units. I saw an 87 K100RS and a 96 R1100RS. Both were listed at less than the cost of the Concours. On Saturday, 7 January, we went to Argyll to look at the R1100RS (we decided the K100RS was to old) only to be told it was sold an hour and a half before we got there. Right next to it on the showroom floor was a blue 2000 R1100RT. It was priced higher than a brand new Concours. I looked at it. Asked the salesman a bunch of questions, looked at the price and then asked Mary Ann if we could afford it. Her response -- "It's what you want, dear." What a lovely woman. :love I had been swooning over every R100RT, R1100RT, R1150RT that I saw. Talked up a couple in the local Costco parking lot as they were getting off of their R1150RT. So, she really knew of my desire for this bike. She was not going to let me settle for a "lesser" bike just because the "lesser" bike was more affordable. So we bought the bike of my dreams, the R1100RT.

I haven't even picked it up from Argyll yet - the weather is a bit too unpredictable right now (10 degrees C right now but a predicted high of on -14 degrees C on Thursday) and I don't have a garage. :banghead Looks more like mid-March before I pick it up but in the name of safe riding, I can wait. And I will be taking a rider safety course in April because I KNOW that I have forgotten a lot in the many years since I last did a lot of riding.

vickybeads
02-12-2006, 10:14 PM
Vickybeads, I'm right over in the Frisco/The Colony area. When you say 'first long ride,' do you mean a multi-day trip? The Blitz to Branson would be great for that (I'm planning on going). .....

Yes, a multi-day trip. We've only been on two multi-day trips in the last 2 years. The first one was to Eureka Springs, AR - took us 14.5 hours, 9 in the rain, to get there. We were with a group and just followed the ride leader blindly (didn't know better). We'd really love to go there again, in nicer weather. ;)

The second multi-day trip we took was to Fredericksburg. Weather was better and it was a different group. We lived in San Antonio for 14 years, so we treated a couple to a personal tour of the hill country. That was an awesome trip, except for the rainstorm we had the morning of our last day. Fortunately, when it came time to leave, the sun was coming out and it turned out to be a great day.

We've always talked about going to Branson. We work for American Eagle and could fly in there, but it would be much more fun to ride.

Decisions, decisions....... :brow :laugh

vickybeads
02-12-2006, 10:18 PM
VickiBeads wrote:
So now to decide where to go on our first long ride..........

http://www.ibmwr.org/events/2006/06_blitz2branson.htm

.....Voni sMiling[/COLOR]

Hmmm. I think I almost have Les convinced to give this a run. Have to check out my ride planner and see what I can come up with.

Anyone else from the DFW/OK area going?

Vicky

RandallIsland
02-12-2006, 11:31 PM
I coveted a K1 in a Manhattan showroom when I was not old enough to have a license. 5 years later, still, ironically, with no license, yet flush with money helped by working 90 hour weeks for a year and getting an insurance settlement from a previous motorcycle accident, I walked in, paid way too much money and left with my '85 K impulse buy. My test drive, the first ride I ever took on it, was across the country. Had it ever since and don't
ever want to part with it.
Cheers!

gsjohn
02-12-2006, 11:50 PM
After 15 years of not owning a motorcycle, at 38 years old I re-entered the sport in 1996 on a 1994 KLX650 dual sport. Great bike but after a few of years I wanted a big street bike. I was fascinated with a riidng buddies R90/6. Thought it was a cassy looking ride. In 2000, I found a beautiful 98 R1100R/75. It was a gorgeous machine with it's black paint and classic white pinstripes. I had to have it! I wish I never would have sold that bike. I'm on an 02 1150GS which I love, but there's something about the classic black and white. Hey, I just got an idea! Black.....white pinstripes.....GS. :thumb

CRUISIN
02-13-2006, 12:54 AM
:D History (http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1441&highlight=history) :D

R11S
02-13-2006, 02:19 AM
I got the BMW bug after riding Japanese machines for 17 years. I took a test ride on an R1100RS at a Rider Rally, they were new that year...was nice but no match for my '86 Yamaha FJ1200. After the R11RS test ride I hopped onto a R100GS/PD...I was having a blast, flashbacks to my '77 Honda XL350 overwhelmed me, couldn't wipe the smile off my face the rest of the day.

The following spring I bought a new '94 R100GS/PD and rode it for 10 years and 81K Miles of bliss...till it dropped an exhaust valve. The Wifeypooh said "you need a new motorcycle"...gotta love a Sweatheart like that (she's from Germany so it's understood that the next MC would be a BMW).

I bought a used '99 R1100S w/17K Miles and went from bystander comments like "your bike is ugly", and "what happened to the back of your bike", and felt misunderstood by almost everyone, to "man that is one nice looking bike", thumbs-up from total strangers, etc...I don't let it go to my head though...The "S" doesn't handle as well as the PD but she tours with a supreme confidence, brakes way better, passes slower traffic w/less effort.

I expect I'll be riding BMWs till I die...they fit my modus operandi perfectly. My '84 BMW 318i isn't bad either...how is it that great MCs and Cars come from one little company in Bavaria? :wave

Polizeitaucher
02-13-2006, 05:04 AM
Had a Suzuki Katana and one day I decided (from Portland Oregon) that I had to cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Long story short went I came home I decided if I was going to continue this type of adventuring I needed a new type of bike. I wasn't ready to totally give up the sport end of the bike though.

A visit to the BMW museum in Munich as a child had made a big fan of BMW. Then I found a 99 R1100R. It had a bigger engine, more upright riding position, saddle bags, but still had the sporting appeal. I could actually afford it too. Been lovin it ever since. :dance

Holly
02-13-2006, 03:11 PM
I fell in love with a hybrid R69s frame (low enough for me) 75/5 engine (had the magic start button, I shattered my right ankle many years ago and still have problems with it.) I loved riding it, but finally gave it up because the drum brakes just weren't adequate. Still miss it.
Holly

mistercindy
02-14-2006, 12:38 AM
I was a Honda guy for nearly 20 years. In early 2004, I sold my '94 Honda CB1000, a fine bike but I just didn't ride it much. I decided I'd give BMW a try. I test rode an R1150R and fell in love. It was the most confidence inspiring bike I'd ever ridden. I started checking the classifieds of newspapers all over Texas until I found a low mileage, all stock '03 R1150R in San Antonio. I called the owner and we reached an agreement subject to my liking the bike. I flew down from Dallas with only my tankbag and my helmet as luggage, rode the bike, gave the man a cashier's check, and rode up Hwy 281 through the Texas hills back to Dallas.

I'm now on my second BMW, an '05 R1200GS that I also bought slightly used, and I ride more miles per year than I ever have. I attribute that to the quality of the ride.

JWHITE518
02-15-2006, 08:58 PM
I once rode my Suzuki GS550 from Oakland to Seattle in the mid 80's. One thing I remember about that ride was being frustrated by all the chain maintenance. The other think I liked about that ride was how much I loved exploring new places on the open road on my motorcycle. Mostly I was an around-town, Sunday Morning Ride, commuter kinda guy on a variety of UJMs. Favorite was my 78 Yamaha XS650. I loved the grunt of two big jugs.

Fast forward to 1997. I stopped into the local BMW shop just on a whim, got to talking with the owner, and before I knew it I was test-riding an R1100RS. All it took was a trip down my favorite curvy road and I knew this was the bike for me! Plus it had shaft drive and that famous BMW reliability. Aren't all those 100k mile guys riding Beemers? My goal was to join that club, and to ride to Alaska. It was a total impulse buy, and I couldn't be happier.

Still aiming toward those goals too. The bike is just under 70k and going strong. I've had no major problems at all. Alaska continues to beckon, it's just a matter of priorities.

HankPfister
02-15-2006, 11:00 PM
...My brother bought a Honda 500, and thats what I learned to ride on. A buddy of his rode a 1972 BMW R60/5 Toaster. Man, that bike had a presence about it. And it was far more comfortable for a passenger than my Bro's Honda. Sounded so cool too, but that engine sure looked weird. But it did make an impression on me. The next year I decided to buy a bike and answered and ad for a 1963 BMW R60. I didn't know a lot about bikes, but I remembered that guy's R60/5. This one only had 18,000 miles showing so I bought it. Found out later it had 118,000 miles, but that bike never failed me! I put 40,000 on it in a couple of years, then fell in lust with a beautiful Monza blue full dress toaster that was sitting in the Harley dealership. I sold the R60 and bought the R75, which I still have. My avatar is me on my trusy ole R60.

BobMielke
02-16-2006, 11:38 AM
When living in St. Louis I was riding a 1982 Suzuki GS850G. I went to a bike show at the auditorium and saw the BMW booth. Bob O'Dell, BMW Mottorad invited me to their shop for a test ride. I took a K100 out for a spin thinking nothing could be better than my 850. I had 55k on the Suzuki. Wrong! I sold the Suzuki to my nest friend. It looked showroom new & ran like a dream. I kept my K100 15 years and put 86k on her. Loved that bike.
http://rmielke.photosite.com/motorcycles/K100.jpg

The_Veg
02-16-2006, 02:06 PM
Bob, great story. I know what you mean about those early K100s. Five years ago I got one for nought but asking. It was in very sorely neglected condition and I spent months working hard on it. Eventually I had a great bike that I really enjoyed. I still miss mine too (had to sell, long story).

LTLJOHN
02-16-2006, 02:38 PM
I first noticed BMW way back in the early 70's before I could even ride. When I was about 10 or 11 someone in the neighborhood had a BMW and we all just loved the look of the bike especially the flat twin motor. as the years went by I started riding, first bike was a honda minitrail 70 graduated to a yamaha 175 enduro and started riding on the street and the trails. Next came a Kawasaki 440 LTD for a few years. Then the Harley Sporster. I had that for 20 years and had quit riding for about 10. When I decided to start riding again last year I looked at BMW's becaue I had always liked the boxer motor. As it turned out while discussing this with a friend I found out he had just got an R1100RT. So I started looking for a bike and found a great R1150RT and bought it 1 year ago. What a great decision! Love this machine.

I also found the MOA and really appreciate all of the tips, advice and general good discussion on this forum.

Lee
02-16-2006, 02:45 PM
It was 1984 and my 1980 850G Suzuki had 55,000 miles on it and thought it was time to trade. I wanted something that you did not see hundreds like it going down the road and it needed to work for two up. It was a tight fit for our long legs, but we made it work with a rebuilt /7 seat. Kept it for 4 years and 65,000 miles, but that boxer engine never grew on me. In 1988 we wanted to go to Alaska, but Debbie said no way she was riding on the back on gravel roads. She wanted her own bike for the trip. We traded to RT in for two left over 1987 K75Ts and have been K lovers since.
We made the trip to Alaska that first year of Debbie having her own bike and she put 20,000 miles on it that year. She decided she liked having her own bike.

Bullfrog
02-16-2006, 03:57 PM
I was stationed in Germany and riding a Honda CB550. A buddy showed up to work one morning on a Blue R75/6 and asked if I'd like to try it out. I liked it but thought it was stodgy....I wanted a Cafe Racer (dated myself). Upon returning to station in Presidio of Monterey, I ran out and got a Yamaha XS-eleven. Had to have speed! I was at the races at Laguna Seca and saw this Red/White/Blue R90S from San Jose BMW screaming around the track and changed my mind about stodgy. Next Monday afternoon I went to their shop and test rode a R100/7 with a Turbo Kit. Twenty minutes later the XS-Eleven was sitting in their showroom used bike area and a 78 R100S in red with Krauser Bags took me home by way of rte 9 to Santa Cruz and PCH to Monterey. Rode her from west coast to east in the US, east-west-east in Canada, went back to Germany and took her all around there and a wonderful trip from Tromso, Norway to Sicily and back to Augsburg (home) :german . A buddy offered me a very good price for her and as we'd just had a kid....I still cry about getting rid of her. :cry

hlothery
02-16-2006, 07:20 PM
I had purchased a Harley 2003 Anniversary Road King. I liked the bike, it was a big improvement over my Yamaha V-star. However, I was constantly criticized because it wasn't black, it was stock with no engine hop-up or loud pipes, I wore a full face helmet, I wore protective gear, and a whole host of other things it's probably better not to mention. I became dissatisfied, and was searching for a more high-tech alternative, and made the "mistake" of riding the 2005 RT. Bought in within 24 hours. So I am new to BMW motorcycles (have owned the cars) and continue to be enthralled with the performance and comfort of the RT. I must say, I have also immensely enjoyed this forum, versus the Harley forums I used to frequent. Think I have found my Nirvana.....at least until the new models come out!

dadodirt
02-16-2006, 08:41 PM
I still own the 1975 R60\6 (though I've replaced the engine with a 75/5) that my father gave to me. He moved to Florida and decided to spend his time fishing and boating instead of riding. Being in Colorado, he figured the bike would be put to better use here. He still rides when he visits. I have since owned an F650 and currently ride an 1150GS, but I use the old airhead as a second bike in the summer. Still chugging along..........

TIGINBNA
02-16-2006, 09:19 PM
Dad was a Yamaha factory enduro rider in the 60's, so mom forbade me to ride. Ha ha ha. what she doesnt know....... So I tooled around on friends in high school and college.(Hondas and Yamahas) After deciding I wanted to start riding again, a friend let me try his 1150gs for a bit while on tour. That hooked me. I found Mygo ('95 1100gs) on the internet, flew from PA to Ill to pick her up and put 12 hundred miles on her in 2 days. The beginning of a beautiful friendship.

(Thanks Neil and Michael)

BC

DJW
02-17-2006, 03:11 PM
My only moto experience had been on the back of my Dad's Trail 90 and a friend's "huge" (by comparison) Honda 250 with the big sissy bar (this was in the '70s). By the latter 90s, driving my E28 and looking at other BMW car classifieds, I came across an ad for a "BMW 75". I commented to a friend that I'd never heard of a "75" and wondered if it was a typo. He said it was probably a motorcycle. As you might guess, my response was......

"BMW makes motorcycles?"

I had to see this thing. It was fascinating. I didn't buy that bike, but the hook was set. Within three months, I had the MSF basic course done, and shortly after that, I called on an ad for a R100RT. The guy was selling it right when I called, but the buyer of RT was selling his R65.

That R65 was my first BMW motorcycle, in fact my first motorcycle period.

jkersh1
02-17-2006, 03:26 PM
I know how I *didn't* buy my first BMW. Back in 1976 I was looking to trade my Honda CB360 for a bigger bike. As my uncle in Ohio was a BMW dealer, an R90 was high on my list. The BMW dealer here in Phoenix (now long defunct) had several on the floor, and a list of excuses why I could test ride them. Too new, owner's bike, etc. The Kawasaki dealer threw me the keys to a new KZ900 said "Tank's half full, have a good time." Still have that beast, in addition to two BMW's acquired much later.

Kenn45
02-17-2006, 04:13 PM
In 1965, I was ready to upgrade from a 1964 Honda 150cc Dream. As a college student living at home but otherwise paying my own way, I couldn't afford a Triumph Bonneville. (Which at that time was the coolest thing going.) So, I settled on the single carb BSA 650. With cash in hand and mom and dad in tow, we went out to the BSA dealer. The bike of my desire was sitting there in all her glory--bright and shiny, blue and chrome--with a bright and shiny drip pan underneath. As I was contemplating this beauty, I noticed (back in the dark corner) a somewhat unglamorous black R50/2. It was love at first sight. I rode her home that night. I rode it for two years, graduated, got drafted, married, spent 27 years in the Air Force, raised a family, and did without a bike until the '96 R1100R. I loved the R50 so much that I never considered anything but a BMW when I returned to riding. And, I was right. I'm on my second oilhead with no regrets and miles of pure enjoyment.

beemerron
02-18-2006, 12:31 AM
In 1985 I was 31y/o and bikeless. I had owned a 360 Honda and a KZ65 Kaw but wanted something with some character. Character usually translates in to "a pain in the ass".

I knew some guys that rode Beemers. I did some research and decided it was the bike for me. I found two for sale locally. Both about $1200. A "94 R90/6 w/Krauser bags, Luftmeister fairing..... and an R69s. Both were beautiful bikes.

Being practical I bought the /6 (shoulda' bought both).What a new experience. I could ride a couple hundred miles without feeling whipped.It changed my life, totally. I was never inspired to travel much in a car, but when I got my bike I turned in to one of those guys that people ask "you rode how many miles?" I'd tell Harley riders "ha, I ride that far before breakfast". I met my wife while riding the /6.

I'm on my fifth now. My wife has two.

85138
02-18-2006, 01:11 AM
Was a cruiser rider, started in my '30s ... Suz Intruder then HD Sportster. Being vertically challenged and short of inseam I gravitated towards low seats. Was thinking upgrade ... HD Low Rider, Victory, Triumph Legend, etc. R1200C was introduced and style/uniqueness just blew me away. Picked up a leftover '98 early in '99. Now have a 2000 'Euro'.

Wierd thing is the Beemer let me know what I missing in terms of handling and brakes. Next thing I knew I was taking track classes and picked up a '95 DUC a few years ago.

Next? Dunno ... F800S/ST on the fantasy list (if it comes to USA). Maybe the R1200S tho seat ht. & exhaust tail housing gives pause. Guzzi Griso? Haven't seen any in the flesh. Maybe I shouldn't look. Still like the looks & uniqueness of the cruiser though. Perhaps I'll get around to tweaking the engine a bit.

Bullfrog
02-20-2006, 01:50 PM
"It was 1999 when I purchased a Harley. My first motorcycle in 27 years. Shortly thereafter, I discovered the local BMW shop and I realized that I made a mistake. The BMW shop was far superior to the local H-D shops in all things, especially customer service." from MUDBUG

That is why I bought my RT. I had wanted a Road King having rented several and enjpyed putting around the Texas Hill Country (dragging lots of bits in the process). I went to the local H-D dealer, cash in hand and was totally ignored as a customer. I left muttering and just a few blocks away was Lone Star BMW. Bingo! They got the money and I got a comfortable well handling touring bike which makes the Hill Country a wonderful experience without grinding underpinnings away. :bliss

RandyB
02-20-2006, 04:07 PM
I saw my first BMW on a trading card when I was about 13. Rode various other bikes until I went to college, got married and joined the Army. Was too busy being a grown up, rearing kids and setting an example to ride.... Came back from Iraq last year, irritated and single, and decided to get a bike. I mentioned to our clerk the parking lot looked like a used Harley dealership. 2 hours later I was in his driveway, staring at that Boxer engine and I was 13 again. I rode away on one much neglected 84 R100RT. That bike has been two wheeled therapy. Now saving my pennies for the R1200GS. :bikes

Mar
02-20-2006, 09:33 PM
I'd had my fill of bicycle racing by the early '80s and began bicycle race officiating. During the course of rising to what was then called Category 1 for officials, I had the opportunity to ride pillion on a couple of Beemers during stage races. The "disease" caught me quickly and by the summer of 1994 I'd decided that I had to have one of those Beemers for myself.

I took the beginning MSF course in July of 1994 and bought the K75 that August. It was a quick process, surprising my husband who thought I was bringing all those motorcycle brochures home just to clutter up the house.

I looked at all the other brands and to their credit the salepeople treated me with respect (a woman shopping alone for a motorcycle doesn't always get that). I was shopping for a 250cc bike to start with but without exception every salesperson I spoke with told me to buy what I wanted then, and not to get a 250 because I'd be bored with it in a month. So I said "goodbye" to the other dealers and purchased the K75 at my local dealer (when we used to have one!). And I haven't been bored. ;)

http://www.mrob.net/mediac/400_0/media/K75~~11-05.JPG

bmwdean
02-21-2006, 03:56 AM
I will follow my friend, Marilyn.

Here I am in 1967 riding my very first BMW -- also my first real motorcycle, a year-old 1966 R60/2:

http://bmwdean.home.att.net/r60first.jpg

I first saw a black motorcycle in the late 1950s in college. An upper classman was riding it around campus. I had no idea what it was, but was very impressed by its elegant appearance and quiet running.

Late in 1962 I was in graduate school in New Haven, CT, where I saw more of the black motorcycles. Lots of them, actually. I saw some of them riding up an alley off Church Street, across from the Yale Art Gallery. One day I walked up that alley and discovered Libby's Sales & Service, purveyor of Yamaha, Vespa, and BMW motorcycles. I walked through a garage door into the service area and ran into a mechanic working on one of the black motorcycles. In his German accent, he explained to me what it was -- that was the first I heard of BMW motorcycles. Being a poor grad student, I couldn't afford one, but I could afford to buy BMW owners manuals, which cost $1.50 each. So I bought them and still have them today. The models sold then were the R50/2, the R60/2, the R69S, and the R27. I remember that the R27 cost $880 -- far more than I could afford.

Eventually, I could afford a Vespa 150, so I bought one of those from Libby's. My first powered two-wheeler.

Five years after discovering BMW motorcycles at Libby's I could afford a used one. Back in Wisconsin, I bought the year-old R60/2 privately from its owner. Riding it home, I was on cloud nine and mesmerized by the vision of two cylinders projecting sideways into the air stream. Then I was stopped by a policeman. Expired license plate. In my excitement, I had not noticed that! I explained the situation, showed him the signed title and bill of sale, and he let me off, suggesting I register the motorcycle the next day. I did.

That was 56 BMW motorcycles ago. Though I no longer have the R60/2 I bought so long ago, I have three other R60/2s to remind my of my youth. To me, there is no motorcycle on the planet to compare with an R60/2!

HankPfister
02-21-2006, 02:37 PM
I will follow my friend, Marilyn.

To me, there is no motorcycle on the planet to compare with an R60/2!

MEGA DITTOs!! :clap :buds :heart :thumb :dance :bikes (especially /2s!...and /5s :^)

MThelmet
02-21-2006, 03:16 PM
My first MC was a 1961 NSU Super MAX 250 single, slod it when I got married.
Next bike was a 37/39 HD so many different year parts, mismash,. sod it when I knew it would not pass the new inspection law. Talked wife into getting another bike. I found a 1962 R69s in a company paper at work for only $600. Great buy. This was in 1966.

To bad I sold this when we built our fist new house. I have own other BMWs.
!967 R27, 1971 R75/5 rode this bike for 14 years , sold it with 103,000 + mile.
1974 R90/6, bough this bike from a friend estate after he pass away, had 113,000 mile, rode it until 1999 an 192,000 = mile retire it and bought a 2000 K1200LTC, in 2002 started to rebuild the R90/6, put back on the road in spring of 2005. Do to storage problems it may be for sale soon. :dunno

boxerkuh
02-22-2006, 05:05 AM
Interesting thread.... I enjoyed reading it...

Well, I noticed my first BMW while going on vacation, looking out the rear window of my dad's Mercedes on the Autobahn... in tow an orange BMW R90S and a green Kawasaki Z1. both were drafting behind my dad. It was the coolest thing I have ever seen.
After a ride on the back of my dad during the oil crisis in Europe in the 70's on a Yamaha 250, I was hooked and rode my first bike at age 15 a Zuendapp ZD 20. The rest as they say is history.. I guess it also helped since I am born and raised German and saw more beemers than any other bike and my dad rode a BMW sidecar rig during WWII. :bikes

SMOKEWAGON
02-24-2006, 08:40 PM
I got mine more by being in the right place at the right time. I have always loved motorcycles and really liked the sport models. I was looking at the Honda's, Suzuki's, and Yamaha's. Got turned down for financing by one of the above mentioned brands and thought I would just have to wait and save up more money.

The next day I was out and about and stopped at SJ BMW. I said to myself "self, you probably can't afford a Beemer, but what the heck lets go see what they have." I found a new 04 R1100S, Boxer cup prep. Yellow and Graphite checker paint job, with the yellow wheels to match. Plus it had a cool under the seat exhaust. They knocked the price down into my range, BMW surprised me, and gave me a loan. With monthly payments that I could afford.

Boy am I glad I didn't get one of those other bikes! I have rode one of my friends sports bike and just can't see how you can do a long day of riding on one of those. With my bike I got the best of both worlds. A bike that looks sporty and cool, and can also do some good touring. My family was relieved, too when I got the Beemer. They all have a Beemer of some sort.

Also I like pulling up next to another sport bike rider and getting the "I didn't know BMW made a good looking sport bike." "Yup. They sure do." :wow

I plan on buying an RT in the future sometime.

judjones
03-01-2006, 10:13 PM
I first rode a BMW as a college sophomore when a roommate bought an r50. The other one had a CA77 Dream. At the time I preferred sports cars, and had little interest in bikes. My roommate the next year had a Matchless twin, and persuaded me I should have a bike. That summer I picked up a 305 Yamaha twin. Clueless as I was, I wanted to chop it. I lived upstairs from some Hell's Angels, who snickered every time I came down the driveway, but who offered to get me free parts.

Instead, I decided to go road racing. I safety-wired the Yammie's drain plugs, put on racing tires and number plates, and took it racing at Cotati and Vacaville. Somehow, success completely eluded me, but I did experience the buffeting wake of the H1 Kawasaki that blew by me the first time I got on the track. I also got to hear close-up the majestic, booming exhaust note of Pops Yoshimura's CB350 production racers. Yup, they blew by me, too.

Back home, and with a little riding experience under my belt, I tried out an R60 and decided that would be the bike for me. But opportunity intervened, and my next bike was a DBD34 Gold Star, bought running but in rough shape, for $400. I kept that bike for a number of years, riding it when I could get it to run, but eventually realized that I was just not cool enough to own a bike like that. It eventually passed on to a more worthy steward.

Finally, I landed a real job, one with a steady paycheck. Before too long, I had a new 1972 R75/5 in my driveway, with the big tank, Euro bars and Hoske(?) sport megaphones. I rode that bike for the next 25 years, rolling up close to 200,000 miles. I changed the oil, set the valves, and went through a lot of mufflers and fork seals, but in all that time, I never had the heads off except to replace one head gasket. That bike did everything for me. With a homemede Plexi flyscreen it was a stylish cafe racer. With a Stewart fairing and leather bags, it was a fast sport tourer that antedated the R100RS. With dual sport tires, it entered a vintage trial and a vintage motocross, pulling some hilarious trophies. I rode it on all kinds of terrain, and passed many hundreds, perhaps thousands of Harleys in Spearfish Canyon.

During the years I rode that bike, I became enamored of many others, and bought a lot of them. Eventually, I always came back to the trusty /5. Each time, it impressed me anew with just how good it was. With 190k on the odometer, I could still duplicate the road tester's stunt of moving the bike off from a dead stop in top gear, on the original clutch!

The R75/5 embodied the virtues that used to justify the BMW's premium price: quality, durability, ease of maintenance and repair, and flexible real-world performance.

COREYF
03-04-2006, 01:20 PM
I'd been street-riding Japanese bikes (starting with 125cc dual sports due to rider age / engine displacement laws) continuously since getting my drivers license in high school in 1972.

A neighbor had an R80RT, then a K1100LT, and he had told me about the local BMW club, the brand's reliability, etc... but I never gave it much thought. I had always toyed with the idea of a Harley ( I particularly like the "style" of the bikes from the '30s thru '50s) and had driven a Harley servicar at work for a while. So August 1997 I went to the local Harley dealer to test ride something like the Road King. All they had to demo was a full dressed Ultra Glide, but they said it would be close to the Road King. I couldn't believe what a slow, non-nimble bike it was compared to my Japanese bikes (and the whole floor boards, heel- toe shifter, and car-like brake pedal thing was freaking me out). To top it off the HD dealer showed me the product catalogue and he had crossed out all the MSRPs, written in a non-negotiable price exactly $2,000 over the MSRP, AND told me if I ordered now in August the bike might be in by the following June!!

My neighbor took me to Gina's BMW in Iowa City, Iowa (still in their small shop then) and they let me ride a demo '97 R1100RT. WOW, a nimble sport-touring cycle with standard style footpegs /shifter, bags, heated grips, fantastic electric windshied, etc.... and I could buy that mint 1,000 mile demo bike well under MSRP. Gina and Julius even offered to take all the Glacier Green body panels off the bike and put on Amarino Red (maroon) ones from a different RT because I liked that color better! Needless to say; great dealer (and people) in Gina and Julius, great bike, and reportedly a fraternity of bikers who enjoyed sporty, long-distance riding, and camping / rallys. I came away with a fantastic bike, joined the MOA and local club, and made wonderful new friends who led me to places like Missoula, Montana and Midland, Michigan via the long way around. When my wife met all the women BMW riders, her confidence soared, and we bought her a used, lowered '98 F650. Although we've backed off a little on the miles and camping as we've aged, we are both still having a ball.

stevebmw
03-05-2006, 04:48 PM
My first exposure to BMW motorcycles came when I was 16, working at an ice cream store. A guy rode up on a BMW -- I think it was a /2 (this was a while ago) -- and came in for a cone. We got talking -- as a young male, I was, of course, interested in bikes and enjoyed the occasional ride on friends' scooters and small bikes -- and he asked me if I wanted to take his for a ride around the shopping center parking lot. Freaked out about the possibility of crashing his jewel, I instead went for a brief ride with him on the bike. I always remembered the ride and the sound of the BMW twin.

Flash forward about 15 years or so. By 1986, I had owned the usual series of Japanese bikes and was then on a Suzuki GS650G. I decided to travel to Newfoundland to explore my Viking roots. While driving around Nova Scotia in my VW camper, I watched all the bikes on the Cabot Trail and wondered why I had not taken my bike. "Because," I realized, "I couldn't do a trip like this on my Suzuki." I needed a BMW.

Upon my return home, I started looking for BMW dealers. The closest one to my house was a multi-line dealer in Arlington, Virginia. They chuckled at the idea of a demo ride, and wanted a deposit before they would even consider it. I went home, got out the phone book, and found Morton's BMW in Spotsylvania, Virginia. My first thought was, where the hell is Spotsylvania?

I called Jeff Massey, the owner of the shop, and he assured me I could ride any bike he had. I tried a couple of bikes but couldn't find the perfect match. He told me he had a new R80RT that was out overnight as a service loaner -- imagine that -- and that it would be back the next day.

The next day, I returned to find the R80RT, all cleaned up and beautiful, parked outside the shop's door. Jeff handed me the key and told me to go enjoy myself. I told him I'd be back in a few minutes, but he said he was going to lunch and I should just go ride for an hour or two. Well, I rode that RT all over the rolling farmland of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, stopping for lunch at Allman's BBQ (a fine joint, I might add) for lunch. I sat at a window, eating my BBQ and staring at the BMW parked outside. Of course, I bought it.

Twenty years later, I've owned a series of BMW motorcycles culminating in my favorite, an R1150GS. For the last nine and a half years, I've been the sales manager at Morton's BMW, and I have the privilege of making those same kinds of dreams come true for others. Not a bad way to make a living.

BuffaloBob
03-05-2006, 09:21 PM
My roommate in college had an almost new (at the time) R90/6 that he let me ride on a couple of occasions. What a difference from my ride at the time, a Honda MT125! That BMW was a REAL bike!

As time went on, I found myself riding a series of Yamaha 2-strokes, culminating with an RZ350 and 2 RZ500s. The 500s were great bikes in 1985, and are still pretty cool, but will get blown away by just about any current 600. Plus, as I get a bit older, I find that they don't make very good bikes to take on a trip of more than 200 miles or so.

I guess I was always holding the idea of getting a BMW somewhere in the back of my mind. I just assumed that they would (still) be out of my price range, or that they were for OLD GUYS. Then I read in my university newsletter that my old roommate had passed away. That, along with a couple of other friends' deaths and my approaching 50th birthday convinced me that time was indeed ticking away.

About a month ago, I picked up a nice 1977 R100S. Can't wait for the weather in Detroit to break so I can go riding!

88bmwjeff
03-05-2006, 11:40 PM
ItÔÇÖs been great hearing about others ÔÇ£first BMW/motorcycle.ÔÇØ

My stint riding has been spotty over my 40 years. I learned to ride on a Honda 70,s XL 70 (small dual sport) when I was 11. My parents later purchased an XL 175. Both of which were ridden on a regular basis as kid in the hills behind our house. My desire for riding didnÔÇÖt diminish while I was in college. One year, I purchased a ÔÇÿ81 Honda 450 Nighthawk. I had no formal training (e.g. MSF Motorcycle), and became a little too worried while riding around San Diego in the mid 1980s. So, I sold the bike at the end of the year. Fast forward to 2004. My father in law had retired and took up riding again. He owned two BMWÔÇÖs (a 92 R100GS and 02 K1200 GT). The motorcycle bug bit me again. So, I started off right this time, and took the MSF beginning Rider Course. My father in law let me ride his GS while I was looking for a starter bike, and I was hooked, but felt a BWM was out of my price range. Looking for a bike, I was some what limited, since I don't like the look of cruisers (HD's), and I'm not a big fan of sport bikes. That limited my choices.

My first purchase was a disaster (750 Nighthawk with a bend frame at the neck). I didnÔÇÖt notice it when I looked over the bike. :doh The wife then told me to get the bike I wanted, and avoid the previous mistake. I read online the tips on purchasing used BMWÔÇÖs and looked over the listings. Finally found an 88 R100RT that checked out OK, by my limited knowledge. The local dealer was about a ten day wait to bring in a bike for a look over. Well, the owner didnÔÇÖt want to wait, and I didnÔÇÖt blame him. I thought I had purchased a good cosmetic fixer. I took it in later to have the bike looked over, and it needed the tranny rebuilt (bad bearings), and was leaking from most gasket and seals. 18 months later, IÔÇÖve had the tranny rebuilt, rebuilt the carbs, replaced all the cables, replaced most seals and gaskets, replaced the headers, replaced many rubber pieces, and just finished rebuilding the forks and replacing the head bearings. Now that IÔÇÖve got the bike to a good mechanical point, IÔÇÖm wishing I had a GS, and K, etc. Well, whatever I want, itÔÇÖll be a few more years of riding to be sure. Plus, IÔÇÖve got more gear I should purchase first. Just hope the wife doesnÔÇÖt read this. ;)

Any way. Riding over the last 18 months has been a blast, and I only wish it wouldn't rain on the weekends (I'm a fair weather rider), but I know we need the rain. I've enjoyed the community as well as riding the bike. :dance

The_Veg
03-06-2006, 03:59 AM
Jeff, I dunno if you're gonna believe this, but meteorologists have now proven that at least in urban areas it really IS more likely to rain on weekends. So I guess that means more trips to the countryside for riding! :D

pedrocasper
03-06-2006, 01:52 PM
To get to my first BMW, you have to go back a few years on other motorcycles. I grew up in the heart of blue collar Milwaukee, Wisconsin in a section of the city called Bay View. In Bay View there was a Harley-Davidson in every other garage. In fact my first ride on a cycle was on a used 1973 AMF 90cc. This mini bike belonged to a friend. After one ride I was hooked and my buddy knew it. I would barter time or trade what little possessions I had to get time on the 90ty  I was 9 years old and it was 1977. At 15 I started to ride my older brothers Suzuki TS 250at 16 someone borrowed it from the garage. However, the idiot forgot to take all the parts that were sitting on the shelf next to it. I started to get into bikes a bit more and would take them apart and not necessarily be able to put them back together (as the previous sentence implies). In college I had a great CB 360 that took me between classes, work and concerts at Alpine Valley. I also picked up a 1979 GS 1000E Suzuki that took me beyond the boarders of Wisconsin. It was on this bike I began to see lots of boxers touring about and they peeked my interest. A friend of mine in college also grew up on the back of BMWs. Her parents and friends still rode and through her I began to get to know the great folks who rode those interesting boxers.

After college I wanted to see the world and had little cash. So I joined the Peace Crops. They sent me to Paraguay, South America. There, I rebuilt, with a Paraguayan friend, a beat up Yamaha RD200. I took this little RD all over Paraguay. In Peace Corps Paraguay in the mid 1990s they did not want you on bikes for insurance purposes. However, I was in the middle of nowhere with excellent dirt roads to explore, so being the rebel who grew up on a Harley-Davidson *smile* (remember the 90cc AMF) I took the RD 200 all over the country.and met some great folks along the way. However, that is another story.

Back in the States after some time abroad teaching (after the Peace Corps), I was living just north of NYC. My now wife knew I had the bug for a bike, so when we went to Port Clinton, PA to buy a bike with a friend who was going to go cross country.I found a nice 1987 K-75 for myself. Since we were buying two bikes from Hermys Cycle, he offered a respectable price for both. A few hours later I was riding the bike home. I was happy to own a BMW, but still promised myself that I was going to eventually own a boxer. After many thousands of miles and great adventures, I just sold that great little flying brick (if fact the new owner is waiting for a warm, not so snowy day, to come and ride her out of my life forever *frown*)BUT! in her place I now have my beloved boxera 1984 R100!

userw5
10-13-2006, 04:34 PM
I had ridden mini bikes, dirt bikes off road when I was younger.

About 12 years ago I decided I would like to get a street bike. I took the
MSF course and purchased my first bike a Honda Shadow. Had to sell that when we started a family and needed a bigger car. :cry My brother felt sorry for me and gave me his semi-retired 1977 Yamaha XS650D. I rode that up until this year.

This past year I caught up with an old friend who I hadn't seen in a while. We were talking about 'what's new' and he told me he had purchased an R1150R and loved it. He brought if over so I could take it for a ride. That was all it took....I had to get one. :heart I did have to convince my wife that this bike would be better. :heart

I shopped (local dealer, cycletrader, ebay) for a few weeks and found my current ride on ebay. :type :newtoy

Once I had the bike I set out to learn about taking care of it. I ended up here. :wave

BobMielke
10-13-2006, 05:32 PM
I know I'm getting in this post late but for what it's worth, I don't care. I was riding my 1982 Suzuki GS850G and had 55,000 on her. I didn't think there could be a better bike, big, comfortable, complete Vetter set-up including A Windjammer 5, sidebags & tail trunk. It was a touring machine. A friend mentioned a motorcycle show at Kiel Auditorium in downtown St. Louis so I attended. There was a booth for BMW there with owners Bob O'dell and Bill Hagerty present. The bikes were beautiful in 1985 and they offered a free test ride anytime I could get to their dealership.

I rode a 1985 K100 and fell in love with it instantly. It was a naked bike but had tons of horsepower and charm. They had a corporate deal going on that would give me bonuses allowing me to get it new with sidebags and a clear BMW windshield. I sold my GS850G to my best friend and bought that K100. My Suzuki looked show room new when Gary rode it home that day.

That was 4 Beemers ago and I'm sad that St. Louis Motorrad is gone. I joined the BMW Gateway Riders and even managed to be the Falling Leaf Rally chairman one year before moving out of state. That was more than 20 years ago. My present ride, a 2005 R1200RT is the best one yet. I've managed 32k in 18 months. I don't know if I'd be happy riding any other brand.

mewaybright
10-13-2006, 06:03 PM
my riding friends are amazed at what a strong community BMW motorcycles have and how active a group of riders we are. i was curious how other members discovered the world of BMW.

:bikes

It was summer of 1986 and I was riding the Swiss Alps on a 84' Kawasaki 700 LTD and got passed by a K100RT going uphill and decided I needed one of those so when I got back to Frankfurt Germany I made a visit to the local dealer. I ordered an 86' K100RT and rode it for 20 years... I am now on my second BMW a 05' R1200RT which is nice.

Mike

:bikes :german

buckeyeclark
10-13-2006, 06:10 PM
My first bike was a 1980 something Honda Hawk. It was 1983 and I was 16 years old. I rode the crap out of that thing. Sold that bike when I went into the Army. When I got out of the Army I was working at a steel plant and got layed off. The one good thing that happened was a co-worker, who needed the money, sold me his Yamaha 850 Special. I rode that for a couple years and then sold it to a friend. In 1994 my father-in-law went to Germany on business and, while there got a chance to ride a 1993 K1100RS. Well he was hooked and promptly purchased a beautiful blue K1100RS upon returning to the states. The best part about that was he was now willing to sell his 1980 R100RT. I bought that bike and immediately fell in love with it!!! It had 78000 miles on it when I bought it. There was just something about that BMW that was better than any other bike I had ridden. Fast forward to 2002. I had decided that I just had to have a boat. My wife did not feel the same way. I made a deal with her that I would sell the BMW if I could get a boat. She agreed. I sold the R100RT on E-Bay to a gentleman from Canada. I remember realizing I had made a mistake as soon as I watched it pulling away on the back of his truck! In 2005 a friend of mine moved to SC and practically gave me his Kaw Vulcan 800 classic. All that did was get me wanting to get back into riding again so I sold it and bought my beautiful 1988 K100RT. Now I am happy again!!!

R80RTJohnny
10-13-2006, 11:43 PM
I fell in love with a hybrid R69s frame (low enough for me) 75/5 engine (had the magic start button, I shattered my right ankle many years ago and still have problems with it.) I loved riding it, but finally gave it up because the drum brakes just weren't adequate. Still miss it.
Holly

That's a really nice bike Holly. And a great smile!

Jean and Sylvia

belquar
10-14-2006, 12:49 AM
My Dad had a R69S when I was a kid. He and my mother went down on the interstate doing about 75mph when the rear tire blew out. They got the bike fixed and my father continued to ride. That was it for Mom. When the USAF sent us to Japan my father sold his bike. My Mom requested after that (sort of declared) that there not be any bikes in the house until my sister and I were on our own.

Fast forward to 2001:

For Father's Day we were going to give my Dad some stick time with the local aeroclub. He had not flown since retiring in 1997. He went to get his flight physical and they decided he had Type 2 diabetes and grounded him. Really crappy deal for him. For you pilots you understand I am sure. He was pretty down about this. My Mother made the comment to me one day that she was thinking of telling Dad to go ahead and get a bike again to try and cheer him up. That was all I needed. I was on the phone with my Dad at the next available opportunity to let him know. She hadn't even brought it up to him. I also immediately began hunting on ebay for a bike for him. Back in the days of Dialup for me so it was slow going. One night he calls me and says he has found a K100 and the auction is almost over for me to get online and bid it out for him. 600 bucks later he has a nice boat anchor. His best friend from college is the one who got him interested in Beemers and he had the bike shipped there. He is also a factory trained beemer wrench who works for Harley. Richard said the bike was junk. Big investment to get it running and you could get a better bike for what we would have to do to put that one on the road. Well while down there Richard showed him one of the 15 beemers in his basement. A 91 R100GS. Done. Dads got a bike. That was in the summer.

Well Dad shouldn't have to ride alone. I had always wanted to get into riding, but due to the "declaration" I was unable to while young, and then once on my own financially restricted. Fast forward to November 2002. I find myself a bike at Morton's that I want. Decided for sure that I did. Financed it and drove down to VA with my wife and went to check it out. Didn't even ride it. Just looked at it and said...Yeah I want it. It was nice. Me and Dad went for about a 250 mile ride that afternoon for my first ride on a motorcycle. It came very naturally to me. We rode south and got up on Skyline Drive south of Charlottesville. Then worked our way back to their house in Fairfax. Great day. The next day I rode it home to NJ with my wife following in the car. I haven't looked back since.

I am on my third bike. A GS. with a CLC between. Wish I would have kept the R1100R. IT was a fun little machine. Love my GS. One day I will be able to share how I came to own more than one at a time.

Brian

crazydrummerdude
10-14-2006, 02:01 AM
I got mine more by being in the right place at the right time.

Me too.

It was 2004, and I was trying to get new customers for the business I just bought. My friend said his dads lawn mower's engine blew, and they needed someone to cut the lawn. So, I did for about 2 months before they offered to give me one of their BMW's (that I saw sitting in their garage under a pile of boxes) in exchange for all of 2005's lawncare done for free. (I woulc classify it as a 'barn find.') I agreed, and picked up the R75/6 in November 2004 and had it running in no time, after sitting for 20+ years. So, I mowed 2005 to make up for it. Been mowing 2006 for cash. Now, I'm hoping to mow for them in 2007 in exchange for their R90/6. Not sure if they're willing to part with it, but.. I can dream!

:bikes :german :drink

john1691
10-14-2006, 02:57 AM
I have loved bikes since I could walk. My dad didn't ride, now anyone else in the family, but as soon as I could, I got a beater mini bike, then dirt bike and finally a '85 Kawasaki LTD 454. After a few years without a bike, I got a Ninja 600. After a lot of miles on it, it was time to upgrade, and the wife said "why not get what you really want....if you can afford it...." So I got a 2000 K1200RS that had been in a front end wreck. I replased the front rim, forks, upper and lower triple trees, ABS ring, windshield, right side plastic and left rear plastic. I added hard bags, Throttlemeister, '02 mirrors, Two Bros. exhaust and rear hard bag. I love the K, it is my dream bike, and it just turned 14K miles. I hope to turn 100K before I am too old to ride, (I just turned 40). I need to up my average of 4000 miles per year!

john1691
2000 K1200RS

Will
10-14-2006, 03:32 AM
I have not read everybody's posting but I have had a long history with BMW.

~ 1971 I saw a cream colored 250 I wanted it on the spot.

1973 I purchase a 185 suzuki and learn how to ride.

~ 1974 my brother in law purchased a black 250.

1978 the guy plastering my ceiling had a 750 and loved it, I was driving a 450 honda twin at the time.

1979 I purchase a 1971 R60/5 with 5K miles from a dealer I lived 1 block away from. This was after lengthy test drive of 4 blocks, I finally had my own BMW. I fell for the 600 rpm shake at idle, weight of the bike at my ankles and the smooth ride. Rode the bike until 1983 and parked in the corner of my garage. Life got in the way an I quit riding but I never parted with the bike. Move it from place to place. Kicked over the engine ever once in awhile so the pistons would not stick. I just could not part with it.

Driving home from Chicago I saw all of the Harley guys going to the big anniversary event. They looked like they were having fun. I told my wife I was going to start my bike and ride it when we got home. She did not believe me since she had never seen it running, only taking up space and being dragged from place to place by truck. She and my Harley riding neighbor were shocked when I pulled out of the garage for a spin around the block after cleaning the carbs, fuel tank and fresh oil. new tires, battery, hoses allowed me to ride and get my skills back.

Getting plates after sitting for all those years was much harder than getting the bike running. New plates were such a hassle I came very close just parking it in the corner of the garage again.

After riding the R60/5 for a year I was looking at new bikes at the dealer. I decided it was time to upgrade. Rode a 2004 R1150, what a difference than the '71, but it was not any smoother than my R/60 just faster and better brakes and handling. I told the sales guy I was not impressed and he put me on a 2003 K12RS they wanted to move. This one I test drove 5 miles and made the deal 2 days later. This machine is fantastic, it took me 2 months just to learn how to handle the engine, going from 40hp to 130hp is a little different. I now have 27K and it just runs better all the time.

I do miss the simplicity of the R60 on some days but then I ride the K12 and the feeling goes away.

How can BMW ever get this type of brand loyalty? BMW is the only bike the Harley riders I've know respect other than theirs. The sport bike riders nod knowingly when we meet. How could I go to any other bike or brand?

knary
10-14-2006, 03:49 AM
My Dad had a R69S when I was a kid. He and my mother went down on the interstate doing about 75mph when the rear tire blew out. They got the bike fixed and my father continued to ride. That was it for Mom. When the USAF sent us to Japan my father sold his bike. My Mom requested after that (sort of declared) that there not be any bikes in the house until my sister and I were on our own.

Fast forward to 2001:

For Father's Day we were going to give my Dad some stick time with the local aeroclub. He had not flown since retiring in 1997. He went to get his flight physical and they decided he had Type 2 diabetes and grounded him. Really crappy deal for him. For you pilots you understand I am sure. He was pretty down about this. My Mother made the comment to me one day that she was thinking of telling Dad to go ahead and get a bike again to try and cheer him up. That was all I needed. I was on the phone with my Dad at the next available opportunity to let him know. She hadn't even brought it up to him. I also immediately began hunting on ebay for a bike for him. Back in the days of Dialup for me so it was slow going. One night he calls me and says he has found a K100 and the auction is almost over for me to get online and bid it out for him. 600 bucks later he has a nice boat anchor. His best friend from college is the one who got him interested in Beemers and he had the bike shipped there. He is also a factory trained beemer wrench who works for Harley. Richard said the bike was junk. Big investment to get it running and you could get a better bike for what we would have to do to put that one on the road. Well while down there Richard showed him one of the 15 beemers in his basement. A 91 R100GS. Done. Dads got a bike. That was in the summer.

Well Dad shouldn't have to ride alone. I had always wanted to get into riding, but due to the "declaration" I was unable to while young, and then once on my own financially restricted. Fast forward to November 2002. I find myself a bike at Morton's that I want. Decided for sure that I did. Financed it and drove down to VA with my wife and went to check it out. Didn't even ride it. Just looked at it and said...Yeah I want it. It was nice. Me and Dad went for about a 250 mile ride that afternoon for my first ride on a motorcycle. It came very naturally to me. We rode south and got up on Skyline Drive south of Charlottesville. Then worked our way back to their house in Fairfax. Great day. The next day I rode it home to NJ with my wife following in the car. I haven't looked back since.

I am on my third bike. A GS. with a CLC between. Wish I would have kept the R1100R. IT was a fun little machine. Love my GS. One day I will be able to share how I came to own more than one at a time.

Brian

GREAT story. :clap

paulsibek
10-14-2006, 04:25 PM
(not an airy-fairy diatribe)

I have a friend in San Francisco who had a couple of BMW's and Triumphs. A R69s and a /5.

About ten years ago I had a dream that I wa hanging with him and he offered me a BMW. DIdn't think much of it until...

About a year later I was in SF on a business trip and we were at a restaurant in Berkeley a little loaded and he began to ask me a question;

"I was thinking about giving you..." I knew exactly what he was going to say.

"One of my Beemers, would Criss (wife) hate me for that?" No

It fit in the van with a minor adjustment and just sold in a month ago.

Go Figure?

stewby
10-14-2006, 05:59 PM
My first bike was a new '78 Yamaha XS400, which I soon found was a rather cheap piece of machinery. The rake was too steep, making 50mph feel like 90 (corrected following year). I replaced cheap Bridgestone tires with Contis to improve handling somewhat. Just the way the bike was built didn't impress me. This led me to look at non Japanese bikes and I saw an ad for a '72 R75/5
with 35,000 miles for $1500. It was in mint condition with new mufflers off his new R100RS. I sold the Yamaha for a big loss and bought the beemer and was happy as a lark. Sold it a couple years later on consignment and got more than I paid for it.

AirForce
10-15-2006, 11:35 PM
I was forbidden from riding bikes because my "black sheep" cousin raced dirtbikes and the folks thought they were too dangerous. Since leaving home I've been through the sportbikes (83 GS750ES, 98 VTR1000F), standards (Radian, Seca 650--LOVE this bike), fell in with the black T-shirt wearing Harley crowd and rode a couple of Sportsters an Ultra and built a Shovelhead Wide Glide style-and-sound-over-function bike. Oh, and an assortment of dirtbikes thrown in for more fun. In '99 I found a 72 R60/5 and developed a delayed attachment to BMWs. That bike, along with a few others were sold when the Air Force moved me to a remote radar site in Alaska.
I went one year without a bike and jumped back on a Sportster for one year and rode all over paved Alaska in the summer. But paved Alaska is only a minor portion so the next year I purchased a KLR650 that saw more gravel roads than pavement over the 10000 miles I put on it that summer. I joined the ADVRider site and read all about the Uber-Dualie GS but couldn't afford one. On the Dust to Dawson ride I saw my first GS and was lucky enough to receive a test ride and started my GS Fund immediately. After retirement in 05 I purchased an 04 R1150GS and have been having a blast ever since. I've done one SS1000, taken it to Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and this week to Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina. I can't see myself being without a BMW from now on.
http://airforce.smugmug.com/photos/85355391-M.jpg

26667
10-16-2006, 04:24 PM
Sometime in 1981, I thought the R65 on the cover of some moto mag was the coolest bike I'd ever seen. I bought my Honda CX 500 because it was more affordable and I thought the tank vaguley resembled the 65. That summer I rode it from Chicago to The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and back, and met some great BM riders from Florida, Dennis Williams and Mary Franchi along the way. My Iowa buddy's sister's boyfriend Deems told me the BMW/Yamaha dealer was dropping BM's because BMWNA was giving him a hard time about what colors his shop area was painted and he had two bikes on the floor he was anxious to get rid of. Though I coveted the 65, I bought the silver R100T because it had hard bags. Over the years I added a Pichler fairing, painted it black, took several trips, several rallys and races, a couple Nationals, Rego's school, and had the love/hate thing. The dealer who serviced it while I lived in CA talked me into selling it because it needed a Hall's sensor and a top end. Tho' I loved the oilhead she sold me, i always missed The Black Bitch, as we'd dubbed it. So this past summer I found a beautiful '78 RS and a guru, Seymour Goldberg here in Chicago, and I'm once again a very happy motofahrter.

dlowry
10-17-2006, 01:52 AM
I've been riding for 36 years now. I started with a Honda Z50, moved to a Honda SL70, then to a Suzuki TS100, then to a Suzuki TS185. This was all in the space of six years. My first pure road bike was an 82 Suzuki GS400. I bought this cuz the tank and shape was "BMW like" and at 19 years old, that was my dream bike (the BMW that is - I could only afford the Suzi). I remember reading an article about a BMW several years before and that one single article sold me on the idea of owning a BMW. The story was of a V-Twin rider who was passed by a BMW. Several miles later when he caught up, teeth about shaken out of his head, he met the BMW rider at a restaurant. While the V-Twin rider was tired after his 150 mile journey, the BMW rider was at 300 for the day and expecting another 300 before retiring for the day. I think it was that the truly sold me on a BMW.

The 400 turned in to a Suzuki XN85D, (1983 673cc EFI Turbo charged) and that was where I sat for the next bunch of years. Lack of funding prohibited me from moving off it and I still have the bike today.

Then a series of events happened. My parents passed away, I had a benign tumor removed and I bought a book by Neil Peart (drummer for Rush) called "Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road". Rush has always been one of my favorite bands. This book chronicles Neil's dealing with the death of his daughter and wife and the struggles of life he felt. At the time, I was deeply moved by his story of traveling around North America on his BMW. I truly recommend this as a read for anyone who is grieving or feeling a sense of loss in your life.

Two months later, April 2005, I was had just bought my wife a new Honda 750 Shadow. She had wanted to get back in to riding. As I tried to get the XN85 out for another season the battery was fried and for some reason I ended up at the BMW dealer one day. In the matter of 36 hours I was the proud owner, FINALLY, of a BMW R1200RT. I went in looking for something, possibly a GS similar to Peart's, and fell in love with the RT.

Another 17 months pass and I find myself getting my 20,000km service done. What should I find, an '04 1200CL sitting in the showroom. It's got about 4,200km on it, and I convince the wife to try sitting on it. Two days later, it's sitting in our garage.

Between reading about a BMW in my youth, reading about someone's Chautauqua during a period of grief, I rediscovered my LOVE of bikes and the desire to ride once again only this time it was going to be on a BMW. I ride for the joy, I ride for commuting, I ride to heal. I've been "downsized" and next year I ride for further healing as something to occupy my time. I hope to meet many of you that I have been reading about in WI next year.

Cheers!

BTW, great idea for a thread!

torags
10-17-2006, 02:09 PM
I got my first BMW in '73 (a 72 R75 - in my avatar) after I healed from a 5 day cross country trip with a '71 BSA twin. That trip was brutal, I swore off English metal then.

kennyp
10-17-2006, 07:05 PM
The year was 1969,.... my first two bikes, '67 Honda 150 and then a brand new 250 Truimph Trophy. Then in between '69 and '78 more Honda's, BSA's, Norton's and even a Yamaha..then I saw a 1974 R90/6. I wanted that. Got it.Then a half a year later a 1974 R90S with less than a 1000 miles. The guy I got it from was in the German Army on the Russian front during the war. He was a messager on BMW's. He took me for a ride on the back of the R90S. That was it. That's all they wrote. So from 1978 to now, BMW's.

blast54
10-21-2006, 07:28 PM
1970- Girlfriend lived in Newburgh NY ( I lived in R.I.)
Owned a 66 sporster for a couple of months, got tired of breaking down and not seeing girlfriend.

1971- Bought a 1970 Norton 850 Commando- carb fell off on Rt 84 in Hartford.

1972- Bought a 1970 CB750 Drove back and forth to Newburgh for three
years untill I got married. Never broke down once :D

1975- Wife left me... I bought a 70 (?) R50/5 Green Toaster, white pinstripe. ( figured- I'll show you! Who needs a wife when I got a bike)

1976- Wife came back, we rode that BMW all over the place until I Tboned a car in 1980. Bike totalled, I gave up riding for ten years. Every spring it killed me not to be on two wheels.

1987- Gave into desire and bought a 84 Virago.

1990- Saw a 88K100RS abs special and fell in love. Bought it!
Since then have had a 96R1100RS and today am riding 02K1200RS.

The brand and the people do it for me.

Bill K.
Foster,RI
02K1200RS

nchastings
10-22-2006, 07:33 AM
Well, I had just broken up with me girlfriend at the time. I was finishing my BS in physics at teh University of Washington. Being a student, I commuted by bicycle to school and around town. Both for convenience and for fitness. I was in need of a bike part and pedaled down to Gregg's Greenlake cycle, in Seattle. Although I had owned a few motorcycles in the past, mainly Yamaha Special 400's, Yamaha Virago's, etc... I did not currently own a motorcycle. Across the street was Ride West BMW, the local dealer. Before getting my brake pads or new tire, I wandered across the street, just to see what they had. There I met Howard, and employee of Ride West that was selling his personal K100RS, 1984 I believe. Can't quite remember now. Anyway, it just clicked. I walked out with a new BMW and that started it. I now own a bike I have wanted for a long time, a 1997 R1100RS and I may see a GS in my future at some point.

Funny, I am now in medical school, going into emergency medicine, and everyone calls me crazy for buying this bike. But they don't realize how many BAD ways there are to die. Although I have seen some painful, destructive ends of those that met their time on the back of a motorcycle, I don't include those in the category of BAD endings. Tragic, sad, yes but not long, lingering and painful while you watch your self respect and dignity slowed drain away into the foley catheter bag at the foot of your bed.

This bike if keeping the stress of medical school manageable by allowing me some time to myself, out on a curvy road listening to my two cylinders hum. But everyone here understand what I mean, I don't need to explain it...

The_Veg
10-22-2006, 02:53 PM
Exactly- in fact it sounds like you need the moto-therapy more than most of us. Funny too how medical students see danger in everything. I was at a party last Thanksgiving and found myself in a conversation with a med-student who thought I was totally nuts for motorcycling. I just smiled and something to the effect that life is meant to be lived, not cowered from in some dark and safe corner. The inner conflict registered on her face and I worked the smile again and added, "besides, what if a tree falls on you tomorrow?" That one really happened to a someone and it made a friend's wife reconsider her forbidding him to ride. The med-student agreed with me after thinking about it, but I could tell that she had a long way to go before she'd really be able to accept the possibility of taking reasonable risks.

And this afternoon I have a first-date with an MD who thinks motorcycles are cool and spent many a mile on the back of her mom's bike riding up and down California.

pherein
10-22-2006, 10:47 PM
Got my first bike a couple months ago. I was in advanced life support in my 20ÔÇÖs and handled a few bad bike accidents so I thought riding one was stupid, because you can never tell what the other guy will do and it only takes one person who doesn't take driving seriously to hurt allot of people. I knew the driving test was a joke in america, and no one was trained to drive over 40 mph and that eating in a car caused way more accidents than cell phone do, but congress will never fight Mcdonalds or the food industry. So to cap, I thought riders were crazy to put their faith in the hands of drivers who didn't understand the lethal weapon they were controlling.

I was a huge off road jeep driver for 10-15 years and loved going on jamborees to places no one else could get. But the jeep didn't make sense anymore over the past years as a unix admin (my current job). I could hardly make a rally and the gas mileage was 12 mpg. A Jeep completely fitted is easily 15-20,000 over the cost. So I sold it, and have not been off-road for about 3 years. Then I saw Long Way Home and read ÔÇ£Miami - Ushuaia - Rio - Motorcycle Expedition 2005ÔÇØ
http://www.vamumansu.blogspot.com/

and I was floored. Here was a way I could do what I wanted at longer distance for less money. This is brilliant I thought. I took the next 6-8 months researching a bike that I could stay with for 4-5 years, fix on my own, and punish like I did my jeep ÔÇ£blackyÔÇØ.
This lead me here and why I chose a R1200 GS adventure 2007. It compensated for my lack of experience with ABS and etc, and was has proven to be the iron horse jeep for long difficult riding and had the same enthusiastic well rounded fun groups I was used to being in. I plan to make chilli in a couple years when I am good enough, and stop dropping it,lol.
I still think I'm crazy for doing it, but u know what I'm glad I did. Ive met some good people already and had some good times, and I am really starting to love it. :violin
My bike cohort

bill2
10-26-2006, 10:57 PM
I owned a Harley 350cc in Germany, back in 1974 when I was there with the US Army. sold it before I left and didn't do much riding at all until '96 when I got the bug again. I bought a used Honda Shadow 1100 and loved it. but I started noticing the GS's (I thought it was a butt ugle bike at first) and wanted one more and more. When I went to buy a new bike in 2000, it was between a Honda Valkyrie and the 1150 GS, couldn't afford both. Finally, I just had to have the GS and haven't regretted it a bit. Lots of great riding, some off road, met lots of good people; I still have it. But I do want that Valkyrie - it's a pity that Honda stopped making it.

cjack
10-26-2006, 11:39 PM
I owned a Harley 350cc in Germany, back in 1974 when I was there with the US Army. sold it before I left and didn't do much riding at all until '96 when I got the bug again. .

I believe that was called a Harley 350 Sprint made by Aermacchi in Italy.

k1200bv
10-27-2006, 11:37 PM
I was abducted by a 2007 DGM K1200GT which I have come to learn is actually the Starship Ecstacy and I am now her helpless slave.

REBECCAV
10-28-2006, 12:56 PM
I was abducted by a 2007 DGM K1200GT which I have come to learn is actually the Starship Ecstacy and I am now her helpless slave.
Nice first post! Welcome.
:thumb

PHMARVIN
10-28-2006, 05:53 PM
I'd wrecked my Dunstall-Norton and, Norton being in the process of going belly-up, Norton parts were getting scarce and Dunstall parts even more so. I had sold my other (stock) Norton and was bitching and moaning about not having a bike. A friend and /5 owner told me to go to the dealer outside of Fuquay-Varina, NC because he had a leftover '76 R90/6 on the floor. It was black with white pinstripes and had the 22 litre fuel tank. I bought it and kept it for 7 years. It was the first of 7 airheads and 5 K-bikes.

sfdave
10-28-2006, 07:20 PM
Learned when I was fifteen or so, took a break, then my niece was selling her R65 in the late eighties - I was hooked!
Now five or so beemers later, I'm still hooked.
:bikes

Bud
10-28-2006, 10:46 PM
July 19, 2005. Laying on the side of the road with a Honda Shadow Spirit 1100 laying on top of me, I thought maybe I should try a different bike next time.

Looked around at other bikes, I decided I wanted more wind protection and comfort.

Had been lurking around BMW Sport Touring Forum for a while previous to my high side.

Found a K 1100 LT in Minneapolis, MN, drove up there with a trailer and drug it home.

While it was a lot of fun, I decided I really wanted a different bike. So now Red is at home in the garage waiting for me.

PGlaves
10-29-2006, 12:33 AM
Voni gave me her R60/5 after I bought her an R65. I traded my Yamaha XS7502D in on the R65. That was in 1983. Voni had ridden the /5 since 1977.

128634
10-30-2006, 12:26 AM
I used to sneak my dads old R69 out of the garage when he was away, but he always knew it because I used to wash the dirt off and charge the battery

RevWillie
10-30-2006, 03:39 AM
/5 owner told me to go to the dealer outside of Fuquay-Varina, NC because he had a leftover '76 R90/6 on the floor.
That would have been R.B.Johnson's shop in beautiful Chalybeate Springs,NC. It consisted of a small brick showroom, a long,concrete garage that had lawnmowers and Beemers in it, and a big barn across the road that held the bones of numerous BMW's that could provide low-cost parts if you were willing to crawl up to the carcass and remove the parts yourself. R.B. might give you a good deal for a bike if he liked you, but if you did not fit his standards, you would have to go to another shop, which was hard to find in North Carolina in those days. This shop was not the kind of shop that BMWNA had in its mind for their dealerships.
I climbed into his old barn in '75 and stripped a wrecked /6 for its wiring harness for my well-worn R75/5 that had incinerated its old harness one Sunday morning while riding to breakfast. That incident taught me that /5's did NOT have a main ignition fuse and if water got into the ignition plug, you could have a wonderful rolling campfire in your headlight! :eek

bobs98
10-30-2006, 01:06 PM
My first BMW is my current BMW, and a 20+ year realization of motorcycle heaven. My first exposure to a BMW motorcycle was thru a friend of my parents who had a early 60s R50 or such. I didn't know models, but thought it looked way cool. My parents did not appreciate motorcycles, so they wouldn't let me ride my neighbor friend's mini-bike either. Or any of his other progressively larger bikes. So, of course, I rode them anyway.

FF to summer of '78, after freshman year in college, when I decided to get a bike. Had ridden another friend's Honda 350 some and ended up getting a '74 Kaw KZ400 which I rode for 2 years, mostly local. Longest ride was 300 interstate miles, and sold for more than I bought it for. Spring of senior year brought me to my first "full size" bike, 1980 Yamaha 850 Special, 3 cylinders, shaft drive and smooth. Rode it cross country and back, 8000 miles in 30 days, without a problem, before starting 4 years active duty. Met a guy who had a new K Bike at the time and got interested in BMWs, the beginning of a dream. Kept that one until after getting married, sold it to a friend in '88 before buying a house.

Divorced in '92, procured a '86 Yamaha 1100 Virago, which I rode for almost 10 years. Several long weekend trips with friends. Got married again in '96, this time to the right one, but the bike stays. Unable to do the trip for a couple of years, and the weekend got extended to a week. Spring of 2002 and this year I can go on the trip, but have no windshield or saddlebags. The new BMW motorcycles shop is getting ready to open, so I stopped in the second or third day and was immediately attracted to a '98 Canyon Red R1200C. I had seen the "007" bike and knew that the cruiser was the one I wanted and had dreamed about for the last 4 years. Test ride the next day, permission to buy, talking finance options and another guy sold it out from under me. Heartbroken and disappointed. But everything happens for a reason.

By chance, one day about a month laqter, I found an ad in the local paper for a R1200C for sale and it was less than 10 miles from my house. I immediately made the call and went to see it that night. A beautiful '98 Ivory R1200C with bags, windshield and engine guards. I wrote a check deposit and we settled the next day. 8400 miles then, now 34K. This is the one I have been waiting for. Joined MOA and Chromeheads and went to my first rally of any kind in VT. Volunteered, met up with a bunch of fellow "Chromeheads" and made lots of other friends as well. The BMW community is such a great group of people, I look forward to many more years and many more miles of friendship along the way.

Thanks, Bob

PeoriaMac
10-31-2006, 05:06 AM
I picked up my 1978 R100/7 in late '79. It was used --about 4000 miles on the clock---and I traded a '79 Kawasaki KZ650 for it. I'm not sure why I was attracted to the Beemer, except that I wanted to do more riding, and a bike with a fairing (Vetter) and bags seemed a lot more like what I needed than the Kaw. I'd ridden the 650 or it's 1978 brother from Peoria to Vermont, and the following year to Colorado. I'd gone to a BMW Rally in 1978 in Henry, Illinois and met some nice folks and maybe that figured into it.
The bike and I have put on a lot of miles since then going from coast to coast to rallies or visiting friends and family.
After I upgraded, my wife decided she needed a bigger bike, and promptly bought a 1980 Suzuki GS850 for herself.
The Beemer has never let me down in all those years and miles...including a 2003 crash that put me unconscious in a ditch in West Virginia, ripping off the right side luggage, and bending the subframe, handlebars, engine guards, fairing bracket and forks.
When I came to, with the help of a passing driver, I got the bike right side up, started it, and rode out of the ditch. I rode it home to Peoria, Illinois anyway. A month and a half later, with new forks and bars and luggage it was like it never happened, save for that occasional "click" when I turned my neck.
With regular (perhaps obsessive) oil changes, the engine still runs fine....but this winter I'll re-do the carbs.
Long as I'm riding....I'll be riding it.
Mac

83467
10-31-2006, 01:24 PM
In Nov. 1979 Bill Stermer wrote about Beach's Motorcycle Alpine Tours in CYCLE MAGAZINE. I had met Bob in Daytona that spring. Been on jap bikes for 10 years to that point. So I called Bob Beach up, and yes he remembered our conversation.
Fast forward to June 1980. I'm 29 years old, in Germany for 3 weeks in the Alps,and Bob gives me the keys to a 1979 R100RS, and says, " go have fun!"
DAMN! I rode with the legendary Stan Myers, who owned a BMW shop in Pa.
Two years later Stan called me up and said that he just took in by trade a 1979 R100RS. and would I be interested? DAMN!
Bought the bike on the spot.
Bob and Stan are still good friends of mine, and I STILL have that old warhorse, along with other BMWS, in my garage.

Jim Faucher
National Rally Beer Garden Co-chair :drink

linkadink77
11-01-2006, 12:35 PM
I had a 82 Virago 920 and loved it. I wanted something bigger and newer. One of my buddies had a 94 K1100RS he was thinking about selling. He said to me one day take it for a ride. So I thought what the hell, not my stile bike but I'll try anything once. I took it out, and at first to be honest with you it didn't work for me. It seemed top heavey and I was intimidated by it. Still there was something about it that stuck in the back of my mind. So a couple of weeks later I took it out again. This time I had alot more fun on it, but still wasn't sure about the forward sitting postion. When I got back my buddy said take it out any time you want. So I did, and the damn thing grew on me. About 2 weeks later he was in Mexico and I went to his house and took the bike. I was pretty sure then I was going to buy it. I was riding it through a state park with alot of hills and saw on of my buddies going the other direction. I went to turn around (now keep and mind at the time this was alot more bike than I was used too and they are top heavey) and boom layed her down I felt so bad. Here my buddy is in Mexico and I layed down his bike. The only damage I did was a couple of scratches and broke a couple of rivets on a saddle bag. So I fixed the saddle bag waited till he got home and wrote him a check. After I told him I laid it down. Thought it would be cheesey to just buy the bike without owning my mistake. I still wish I had that bike put alot of miles on it and she was good to me. Thats the story and I haven't owened anything but Bmw's since.

RevWillie
11-02-2006, 04:06 AM
Joined MOA and Chromeheads and went to my first rally of any kind in VT. Volunteered, met up with a bunch of fellow "Chromeheads" and made lots of other friends as well.

Yep, Chromeheads, Gonzos, and that most dangerous group: the Beer Tent workers. :D Come on home Bob, we have a beer tap waiting for you

OscarMayer
11-04-2006, 03:45 AM
been riding dirtbikes for over 10 years, but had taken a liking to old BMW's probably mostly to be different than the folks around me who always obsessed Harleys/American choppers. I got my first and only street-legal bike -my current daily driver a 1973?¢ R75/5 December 15, 2005. I've put over 20,000 miles on the clock in under a year. Gr8 bike for the wannabe mechanic (me). Relatively easy to work on w/ a good shop manual and proper tools.

This is a pic of my bike in the midst of a little roadside surgery due to a drywall screw making its way into my rear tire. I was in Cottonwood, Ariz on my way home to Los Angeles, Calif. in early Oct. 2006.

The patch delayed my departure by about an hour and a half. Mostly 'cause of the walk to buy tools and a patch kit was over a mile away. Went over 1200 miles that weekend.

R80RTJohnny
11-04-2006, 03:55 AM
A while back I started the following thread.

http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1808

Motorcycles are the reason why I do not own a car!

CRUISIN
11-04-2006, 01:19 PM
A while back I started the following thread.

http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1808

Motorcycles are the reason why I do not own a car!

Kind of funny how threads like these sometimes go for a while and then taper off. Sometimes there is almost no interest and other times they go on forever. I too, started this thread (http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1441&highlight=history) three years ago. It went on sporadically for a few months and then just completely died. I guess it's time now to update that history in a bit more detail.

As stated in the linked thread, a good friend got me started on beemers in 1977. I am now on my fourth beemer and loving every minute of it. My story of meeting my wife is similar to yours but the meeting came not on my first beemer but the first one after that twenty year hiatus mentioned before. Another good friend whom I would probably never have met if not for the commonality of owning bikes, introduced me to the SO by coaxng me over to his house in October of 2001. Little did I realize what he was up to at the time. He was scheming to get me hooked up with a female friend of his that he had known for several years who was hoping to meet someone new after a marriage of twenty-four years had dissolved. I was the target and she hit the bullseye with her charm. I pulled up to his house on my R1200C with style by riding rather quickly all the way up into his garage where the two of them were standing beside his Kawasaki Voyager and talking. I stopped about a foot from him, dropped the side stand and let out a "yeeha" as I dismounted the bike and pulled my helmet off. He introduced us and it seemed as if we had known each other for a very long time. Well we became very good friends very quickly. I then got to take her on her very first motorcycle ride a couple of months later and about a week after I purchased the RT at the end of November that year. I soon dubbed her BBIT for "biker babe in training" and got her to take the MSF class with her older brother who was just getting interested in bikes at the time (he now has his first beemer, a 2000 R1200C Euro). She got her license and is continuing to learn on a 1986 Honda Rebel 450 that I gave her for her birthday a couple of years ago. Now I happy to report that we finally tied the knot last September--also happy to report that life is aboslutely great when you can marry your best friend. BBIT and I take at least half of our vacations on one of the big bikes we own and I'm still hoping to get her skill and confidence to a level that she will be able to ride a larger bike of her own on trips in the future. That's about it for now; I really like to read stories like these during the winter when the weather is too nasty to be out riding. Anyone else with some history to share? :lurk

39520
11-04-2006, 02:17 PM
My wife bought me my first BMW for a wedding present 20 years ago. I still have the bike and the wife - you have to stick with quality.

Steve
05 R1150RT
86 R65
00 M5

gfspencer
11-04-2006, 03:26 PM
You might not want to read this because I am one of the members who is stirring up trouble in another thread ÔÇô

This story was actually published in BMWON years ago ÔÇô when it was just a newsletter.

In the early 1980ÔÇÖs I got the itch to get back into motorcycling. I visited the only dealership in our small town ÔÇô a Honda dealer ÔÇô just to look around. I kicked tires and sat on all the bikes and was just about to leave when a salesman came up and started trying to sell me on a Honda.

I listened for a while and pulled out my trump card that was sure to get me out the door unscathed. ÔÇ£Well, Hondas are nice bikes but I really want a BMW.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£We have one in the back.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£What?ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£We have one in the back. It's a BMW. ItÔÇÖs an old used one that was just traded on a ATV. It was in a barn for years but I think it will run. Do you want to see it?ÔÇØ

"Sure."

He took me out to his storage area and there was an old R65. It was covered in dust but otherwise in pretty good shape.

ÔÇ£How much?ÔÇØ

He gave me a price and promised that it would be in good running order before I got it. It took him several weeks to fix everything. In the mean time he loaned me a little 125cc Honda to get my motorcycle endorsement. When I finally picked up that little R65 I was the proudest person in the world!

I traded it later on for a new bike. I wish I still had it. :cry

My first BMW.

____________

BMW R1200GS
Ducati Paul Smart Sport Classic Limited Edition

ALIENHITCHHIKER
11-07-2006, 01:38 AM
I bought it.



:dunno






Full moon night, 1969. Indiana backroad loop from Osceola to Mongo and back - maybe 100 miles. I'm on my Honda 90, Jimmy's riding a little Suzuki two stroke.

His brother Dave is on a black R250 and man, the way that bike just quietly glided through the night air, looking so beautiful in the silver light.

It was one of those magical, 60s experiences that stay with you. It took a few years, but eventually it led me to my own BMW.

HONDARIDER
12-28-2006, 08:35 PM
I've admired BMW machines ever since I stumbled into Berkshire Motor Werks in Pittsfield, MA back in 1991...they had an airhead with some ridiculous number of miles on it sitting on the dealership floor...I had grown up around UJMs and never heard of a bike attaining that kind of mileage...I imagined the adventures the owner must have had...every little ding or scrape linked to a memory of a heart-in-your-throat moment...that bike spoke to me of travel and adventure and a life fully lived...and then there was a R100GSPD with brush guards and racks and boxes...oh man! My 18 year old head nearly exploded.

Fast forward a bunch of years and I still admired BMWs but never found myself buying one...too sensible a machine I suppose...I was always buying race replicas, or dirt bikes, or cruisers...narrowly focused machines which could excel in very specific applications but flounder miserably in others..BMWs had funky styling and things like ABS, heated grips, and crazy suspension systems...who ever heard of a 500+lb dirt bike anyways? LOL BMWs are for GROWN UPS

So about 6 weeks ago, there was an uncharacteristically warm Thursday in the forecast...temps in the 60s by afternoon...and a buddy invited me to CT to ride with some friends of his. He was riding his Cagiva Gran Canyon. I considered taking my DR350SE but I had 100 miles of fast road to cover before I even met up with them...I considered my Buell but it has zero storage space and magnetic tank bags don't work on a plastic tank...I considered my Sportster but parts always rattle off after 25 miles or so...and my little Hondas don't really cut it for 250+ mile days...so that left me with a H.D. Springer Softail...750lbs of chrome riding on suspension from the Model T era of American motor vehicles. But it has saddlebags, a comfy seat, a big engine, and plenty of poser cred...

First issue of the day...the dinky little pretend helmet...it's fine for cruising around my little town or attending the nearest 1%er event...but it's terrible for any sort of long distance travel...quite ridiculous if you ask me...and I'm ashamed to have one...but it's kind of the uniform for this sort of thing...you have to sign an agreement to wear one or none at all when you pick up any Softail from the dealership. I considered wearing my flashy race-rep full face helmet but decided that it looked way too ridiculous...suddenly I'm a slave to fashion...not happy about that development. So I put on my OD green scarf, put in some ear plugs, and hit the road knowing that I need to reevaluate my riding gear.

Now it's about 8:30 AM when I leave and the temp is still in the 40 degree range...I'm guessing that the wind chill at 60mph is a bit cooler than that...my uninsulated Vanson gloves are not doing much for me and fingers are a bit numb...a windshield would certainly be nice...wind protection of any kind would be greatly appreciated...face is numb...fingers numb...why am I riding such a ridiculous machine?

A few hours later, we meet at Kent Falls on Rt.7 in CT and we proceed to some funky little place for lunch...the proprietor has a barn full of English Iron out behind the restaurant...gives us a little tour...definite highlight of the day...I'm riding with 3 guys...the Cagiva, a BMW 1200GS, and a Triumph of some kind. At this point I'm assuming that we're just going to crusie twisty two-laners around western CT or southern MA. After lunch, our leader, who had just spent 10 minutes inspecting my machine and noting all of its performance shortcomings, announces "We need to get off of Rt 7 and hit some trails" :doh

And that's just what we did...we headed up into little back roads which could only be characterized as fireroads or really wide trails...the guy on the Triumph recognizes where we're headed and turns back without any explanation...not wanting to be a weenie, I chug on...the leader is doing like 40+ on loose gravel and washboard...I'm trying to keep up but my 2 inches of suspension travel, street-only tires, foot-forward riding position, and weak brakes are conspiring to put me in a ditch...I sure do wish I had taken out comprehensive insurance on the bike...LOL...but foolishly I push forward...my buddy on the Cagiva is riding behind me and I assume laughing hysterically.

By the time we reach civilization and a paved road, I'm ready to cut the hell out of there and head for home...we proceed down a paved road for all of a mile before the leader breaks off and heads for the woods again. I wave and head my own way...but once I'm back on Rt 7 and headed north again, it occurrs to me...that's exactly the kind of riding that I want to do...100 miles just to meet some friends and then a day of exploring back roads and out of the way places...then 100 miles home...a windshield and heated grips for those cold mornings...plenty of luggage space for rain gear and a change of clothes...maybe even fuel injection and ABS...as it turns out...I want a bike for GROWN UPS

A month later, after much research, I settled on a 2002 R1150GS with ABS. I think I'm going to enjoy the hell out of this bike :dance

RGVILLA
12-28-2006, 09:41 PM
a college friend came around to visit after he had graduated. We had ridden Honda 750 4's all thru school, taking trips to mexico etc. I had been on scooters or bikes since I was 12 but those had been a Cushman, Harley Davidson Hummer, and BSA 441 thumper. He picked me up from work on his new bike and we went out on the town on his new 76 R90S. I was hooked and soon found a 76 R90/6 which i happily rode for many years. Haven't been off them since, but have included a Kawasaki ZX-11 and a Concourse as well. I'm happy with the roadster and plan on riding it into the sunset.

37071
12-28-2006, 10:28 PM
I was chatting with a guy a work about bikes and told him I would like a R100RS. He told me about an 78 R100RS in Windsor, about 120km away advertised in the auto trader. I called up and arranged to see it. This was the fall of 1985 and up until then I had only owned 2 strokes. I was riding a Yamaha RZ500 and decided that at 37 years old I needed something more comfortable. I bought the RS with 40K Km and it now has over 160K, and is retired. I have bought 11 more BMW, 8 of which I still have. :D

PHMARVIN
12-28-2006, 11:09 PM
I had started a few years earlier with a Honda 450, then graduated to Norton and finally a Dunstall-Norton 810 MkII. I had wrecked the Dunstall and could not find the parts to fix it. I was bitching to a friend about wanting to ride, but not being able to fix the Dunstall. So he told me to quit bitching and go to R.B. Johnson in Chalebeate Springs (a suburb of Fuquay-Varina), NC. John was a Norton, Ducati, Moto-Guzzi and BMW dealer, who happened to have a leftover '76 R90/6 on the floor. John sold me the R90/6 on April 1, 1977, the first of 7 airheads and 5 K-bikes. I've ridden BMW bikes since '77, first on airheads, then turning to the Dark Side in 1997.

RevWillie
12-29-2006, 03:33 AM
I've admired BMW machines ever since I stumbled into Berkshire Motor Werks in Pittsfield, MA back in 1991...I still admired BMWs but never found myself buying one...too sensible a machine I suppose......suddenly I'm a slave to fashion...not happy about that development. I need to reevaluate my riding gear.... it occurrs to me...that's exactly the kind of riding that I want to do...100 miles just to meet some friends and then a day of exploring back roads and out of the way places...then 100 miles home...a windshield and heated grips for those cold mornings...plenty of luggage space for rain gear and a change of clothes...maybe even fuel injection and ABS...as it turns out...I want a bike for GROWN UPS

A month later, after much research, I settled on a 2002 R1150GS with ABS. I think I'm going to enjoy the hell out of this bike :dance

Welcome hondarider, you have seen the light! :clap

I dreamed of being Easy Rider back in my teen days. When I finally was ready to buy a "real" bike, I was an ancient 20-year-old, and I realized that I needed a bike that I could ride for many miles, not something that I would look cool on. I realized that a BMW would be the best bike for me.

Now, nearly 33 years later and about 250K miles down the road, I still think that I made the right decision. Wear a good helmet, buy appropriate riding gear like a 'Stich or Olympia, make yourself comfortable while riding those miles, and realize that riding is not a fashion statement, but a way of life. Come on down to a local or national rally and meet some folks that are a lot like you. You will find out that you are finally on the right track! :thumb

flymymbz
12-29-2006, 07:10 PM
We were on our annual trip to MN and we had stopped at REI in Minneapolis to go shopping. (I was on my Honda Shadow, better half was on his Triumph Bonne America). When we came out of the store we saw a pair of bikes. One was a Honda sport tourer (1100-something) and a bright blue R1200C. Pete fell in love with the C on the spot. I wasn't that crazy about it, the color was just a bit too bright for me. Then we were at the VME gathering on Vashon Island a couple months later, and I saw a black C. Liked it much better. Had an opportunity to purchase an 04 C that was still in the crate. I fell in love with the first ride.

The 1978 R45/N that we have now was owned by a friend. His wife told him that three bikes were two too many. So, we couldn't just let the little bike go to someone we didn't know. And, there is the 'cool' factor of having a bike that is only one of, what, half a dozen(?) in the US. We got a great deal on the bike, and he's driving a three wheeled BMW/Ford thingie (Scorpion??) that makes heads turn where ever he goes. I only got to ride the 45 once, the day we picked it up. There's too much snow on the ground right now, so I'm eagerly awaiting warmer temps.

Now I'm besotted with the F650GS. (With lowered seat package). And the R1150R and R850R and an old R65, and...and....help!!!!

DougGrosjean
12-29-2006, 07:48 PM
Service mgr. at the local Kawa-Duc-Laverda dealer where I worked swapped bikes with me for most of a day ride out of Phoenix AZ. He had a nicely modified R90s in smoke-grey with 86k miles, and I have a nicely maintained Kawasaki KZ-650c with over 40k miles on it.

We went NW, up to Prescott, over Mingus Mtn. to Jerome, then home to Valley of the Sun via I-17. I didn't ride the BMW in the twisty stuff, Bill had the good sense not to allow that. But I rode it probably 300 miles of pleasantly winding stuff, and higher-speed Interstate. Loved the low-freq. vibes. And Bill was shocked and surprised that an air-cooled Kawa would be in such good shape at 40k miles.

That was the incident that planted the bug. Didn't buy a BMW for about 6 more years, though: an R100s. Added an RS fairing and paint. Then sold that to get an R11rs. Later an R100gs, which I still have.

glwestcott
12-30-2006, 05:06 AM
Wanted to ride with my brother to give us some good bonding time. We have sailed and flown together, but never done the motorcycle thing. I had been bikeless for abour 4 years. Did a lot of thinking and looking for a bike that I could again commute on and use easily around town and on short rides and yet would be good for long trips. Came down to a sport touring model and I looked at Honda, Kawasaki, and BMW. Bought my RT and have been very happy over the past three years. Added 35000 miles in that time and still like the bike. Doesn't do it all as well as two or three bikes, each picked for each purpose, would do, but I can't park three bikes in my garage and where I live, that's where they have to stay along with two cars. One of those darn homeowner's group things. Anyway, the RT does a quite credible job for all three purposes and presently I am a happy camper. :bikes

osbornk
12-30-2006, 03:19 PM
Always wanted a BMW since I had a classmate ride one to college every day (50 mile round trip) through cold, rain, snow and sleet in 1970. I liked the idea of the driveshaft and the black R69S stu7ck in my mind. Starting in 1974, I had a bunch of UJMs (Suzuki, many Hondas, and Kawasaki) but I always wanted a BMW. About 15 years ago, I found a 1985 K100RT inthe internet and bought it. It would fly and handled great but it was buzzy until about 85MPH. I found and bought a K75RT and sold the K100RT. Great bike but somehow it wasn't me. I then found a black 1986 R80RT on the internet and bought it. 7 years later, I sold the K75 but kept my R80 and will probably keep it until I die. I miss having only 1 BMW so I will pick up my 03 R1200CL next week. doesn't everyone have at least 2 BMWs?

By the way, my classmate still has his R69S that he has restored, he has a 1983 R100RT and is looking at either a R1150RT or R1200RT.

KYBEAMER
12-30-2006, 09:25 PM
I bought my 03 CLC for three reasons
1. My feet touch the ground on it.
2. It is the most bike for the money. At 10 k USD what else can you buy with heated grips,heated seats, cruise, ABS, am/fm/cd, self cancelling turn signals, 3 yr. 36 k warranty, saddlebags and top case, mag wheels, Stainless exhaust, floor boards (front and rear) heel/toe shift , clock and tach,fairing and windshield. no gas cap to drop at the pump, 2 outlets, grab rails,tires that last 16-20k miles , 55mpg,? Did I miss anything? OH yeah, its a BMW and will last a long time.
3. Most importantly, the wife loves it too! :p

bobs98
12-31-2006, 12:44 PM
All posting on the same page of this thread. That's gotta be a first.

Dee- Have you been to Chromeheads.org yet?

Kybeamer and Osbornk- Nice to see you here as well.

Mine was instantly "That's the one," when I first saw it in 1998. Only took another four years to find the right one at the right time at the right price. Timing is everything. Posted details earlier, somewhat long winded.



Bob

NakedDaisy
01-02-2007, 03:56 AM
I started riding a Harley in 2001, my hubby a BMW. When he started talking about going to the Vermont rally last summer, I said I'd like to go too.....he'd joke with me saying that I couldn't go unless I had a Beemer, Harley's weren't allowed. :stick So, I bought my fairing-less R100rt last March....if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

And, to make this short story long, we left the VT rally on Saturday and rode for several hours in the rain (missed the awards ceremony) and at two different times I hit a long puddle on the outside of the lane that would drag on your car if you were in one, but the beemer just splashed right through it...my Harley would have sputtered and died for sure. I thought to myself "I could cross a river on this thing!" -- we now have for sale signs on our Harleys....I've truly been converted to a BMW. :thumb

ultracyclist
01-02-2007, 04:33 AM
I got into motorcycling later in life than most of you. I have always wanted one.

Whenever I talked to my friends or clients, BMW was "the bike" to have.
Now being in Milwaukee, with all of those thousands of H-D's running around with black and orange costumed people on them, I found that to be a curious statement.

I needed to have something different as I have always marched (ridden?) to a sightly different drummer and often cut against the grain. I was not interested in the H-D cult, nor did I want a Japanese bike. That left German and Italian.

When I went shopping for bikes, the owner of BMW of Milwaukee spent some time with me and we discussed my "newness", the MSF course, my expectations, and a myriad of other things. Of all the bike shops that I visited, the BMW shop made me realize that there was much more to this than just the "bike".

I was about to buy a new F650 when I sauntered over to the used section, and I saw "Magic". "Magic" was an '02 R1150R, black with a tan seat and a black skid guard under the engine with a red "R" on it (for a slightly retro look).

It has been pure magic ever since. And I just love it when an H-D rider stops for a longer look, and says: "Hey man, that is a nice bike."
:thumb

Irish1
01-02-2007, 04:45 AM
I returned to motorcycling after 30 years away about 6 months ago. Hit the motorcycle forums and tried to figure out what bike I'd buy. I visited a scooter shop of all things, looking for a liner for my race car helmet (NOT a doo-rag, which was all I could find in the HD oriented shops). Out front was an old 84 R100RT: pristine, with luggage and 24K on the speedo. Wrote a check, and took home all the paperwork while the bike was prepped and discovered the mileage was misrepresented. Got the money back, (found out the scooter dealer's got a bit of a bad rep, but the mileage misrepresentation wasn't criminally proveable :fight ) and started looking for a newer Beemer Boxer. Found a low-mileage R1100RT in the IBMWR ads and bought it. :clap Yay, back in the world of sky, clouds, wind, and the mechanical purity of a motorcycle. Just sold the RT and bought an 05 R1200GS: an essential bike, the RT was a bit too isolated :dunno . Still have my F650ST I bought after the RT to learn the instincts on a lighter bike: now the ST's soon to be for sale: I think the GS will be sufficient for all purposes.... :buds

flymymbz
01-03-2007, 05:33 AM
Dee- Have you been to Chromeheads.org yet?


Bob


Bob,

The better half is registered there (N97972). Don't know if he has posted anything yet. He mostly lurks. I haven't spent any time on the site yet. I will have to do that one of these days, get myself a bit more educated on the bike. :-)

Got a question about your bike. I was noticing you have a cross piece on your handlebars. Are they an add on, or is that part of the bars? (Gonna need something to attach all the gizmos to)

Dee

bobs98
01-03-2007, 09:57 AM
Bob,

Got a question about your bike. I was noticing you have a cross piece on your handlebars. Are they an add on, or is that part of the bars? (Gonna need something to attach all the gizmos to)

Dee

Hi Dee,

The cross piece is part of the bars. I switched my stock high bars for the Low Bars, also rerferred to as Police or Drag bars, depending on who and where. As far as I know, they were not stock on any C, but are available. I got mine used from a fellow Chromie and love 'em. I also have the Hookijac risers, which bring the bars back to me a little.

There are a lot of Chromeheads in WA, you can find them by doing a member sort.

Hope to meet you and your better half in WI for Chromeheads with Cheese, July 12-15. Only 6 months and 9 days to go. Woo Hoo !!!

Bob

DMR
01-03-2007, 01:58 PM
Me, too on the "conversion" from hd to bmw. Actually, I'm kind of blind to the brand. Like many others here, I've had a variety of bikes, some considered "classic" now, others pretty run of the mill. At the time, the hd was a "bargain", being the lowest priced tourer available with a reputation for a high resale. Never a mechanical problem and returned about 70% of purchase price.

This is my first bmw. After 60K on hd, I was looking to get another bike. Being the average age of current bmw owners and motorcyclists in general, I knew what I wanted- relatively light weight daily rider that could travel in comfort, handle occasional two-up riding, and be relatively reasonably priced. The timing was good with bmw coming out with the r12rt. With cruise control, adjustable suspension, heated seats and grips, adjustable windscreen, quick release waterproof and roomy storage all for less than 16.5K new, I believe I got the best ride possible in the r12rt. After a year, I'm sold. This is a great bike. :thumb

DR

lionlady
01-03-2007, 03:03 PM
I took the MSF BRC in October of '02. I bought an ugly little 1980 Suzuki GS250 as my starter bike. Perfect for tuning up my newbie skills.

When I was ready to buy myself a 'real' motorcycle, I had my eyes on the Ninjas - a 500 specifically - but I was open to other options. The problem was that whenever I went into a dealership, I was completely ignored. Even if I was SITTING on a motorcycle in the showroom!!! The sales guys would look at me, then look expectantly at the door, as if looking for the guy who was with me. :banghead

At another dealership, when I told him what I was looking for, the salesboob tried very hard to talk me into a dual sport - because he obviously had too many of them at the time.

I attended the regional motorcycle show and for the first time sat on a BMW (f650GS). I liked the feel of the bike. It wasn't too heavy or too light. The amazing thing was that the sales guy actually asked ME what I thought of the bike!!! :heart <dingdingdingding! we have a winner!!! :dance

I ended up buying an f650CS - the dealer demo from Bob's BMW. The local BMW club welcomed me with open arms, and I was REALLY hooked on the bike and the community. I put 8,000 miles on that little bike. I wrecked it in WV while attending the WOW rally with my husband, in Canaan Valley, in July '04 ($3K damage).

In March of '05, my CS was in the shop for warranty repair to a fork seal. I was starting to think about moving up. I had a chance to use the sales demo R1150R Rockster for a weekend... I put 500 miles on it.

Man Oh, Man. Oh Man!! I fell in LOVE with that bike. What I did NOT love were the two color options: Lime green or Pumpkin orange. http://www.advrider.com/forums/images/smilies/puke.gif

As I was standing in the dealer showroom, bemoaning the icky Rockster color choices, my eyes were directed to a divine white and black motorcycle. OMFG!!! Its a Rockster! >80th Anniversary model< :groovy I took ownership of "Gryndl" on April 19, 2005. I've got just shy of 21K miles on it. Just replaced the OEM shocks myself with Ohlins. I'm not up there in annual miles, but last summer, I took my 16 year old daughter to Athens, GA on the back, for the AMA Women in Motorcycling Conference. The trip of a lifetime.

I love the real fellowship I've found in the BMW community.

P

"Gryndl"
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v287/Lion_Lady/rockster/WebMSF_Practice8.jpg

RandallIsland
01-03-2007, 04:05 PM
Welcome Pam! Great post! :thumb

jimvonbaden
01-03-2007, 05:02 PM
Good question!

I was thinking about the same thing the other day, and although I was a rider in my youth until I got married at 25, I had been off the bike for most of my adult life, 12 years.

I used to read a lot, books of all kinds, and now only motobooks and magazines. I am totally addicted.

I also had a lot of temporary hobbies. I would take something up, golf, RC Cars, real cars, 4X4 and off roading, and get all into them for a while, a year or two, but always get bored with them.

Several years ago I changed jobs and had a few $k extra from vacation pay. I was sitting around wondering what to do with it when I thought about the 150K miles I put on bikes in my youth. Hell, I even lived with just a bike for a couple years in Florida.

So I went to E-bay and started playing around. I found this nice HD Sportster going for a reasonable price and put a bid on it. I was all hyped to ride again.

Then, something fateful happened. As I was roaming E-bay watching my auction, I ran across the BMW K75, the Flying Brick, and remembered how much I wanted one many years ago. So, after 10 seconds of agonizing about it, I put a bid on it too.

Keep in mind that I did NOT have enough money to win them both!

So, for the next three days I watched the bidding on both bikes. The K75 was moving very slowly, I had missed the $2500 Buy it Now price, so it was bidding at $1500 at the moment. The HD was sitting at $3300, just $100 below my max bid. It was a nail biter, the HD finished one day before the BMW, so I was concerned I might win both.

Fortunately the HD went $10 over my bid 5 minutes before the end of the auction, and now all I had to do was watch the BMW. I figured I was hosed because I missed bidding on the $2500 Buy it Now price, and it would go over that.

BUT, it just sat there, and in the end instead of $2500, I got an awesome K75 for $1600.


Anyhow, 5 bikes later, and several years, I am on an 05 R1200GS, and riding in excess of 25K miles a year, with no end of my current obsession in mind.

Here is my progression of BMW's over the last 4 years:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v386/JimVonBaden/Misc/K75Standard008.jpg
My first BMW, a 91 K75. I loved the flying brick!

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/JimVonBaden2000/Misc/A-K75S-web.jpg
86 K75

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v386/JimVonBaden/Jims%20R1100RS/R1100RS.jpg
94 R1100RS got me 30K miles in just over a year.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/JimVonBaden2000/R1100GS/r1100gs-web.jpg
99 R1100GS.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/JimVonBaden2000/R65/Painted/left-front-quarter.jpg
1980 R65 (for sale)

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/JimVonBaden2000/R1200GS/01-Side-Shot-01.jpg
05 R1200GS with 25K miles on it in a year.

Jim :brow

CTHalk
01-05-2007, 01:29 AM
It was 1978, I was 21, and had an old 356 Porsche I wanted to unload.... (Doh!). I was riding a 1947 Harley. I put the 356 in the paper "for sale or trade for old Harley". I got a call from a guy with two old BMW's. I went to look. An R50/2 and an R27, both sitting for a long time. I bought them, sold the R27, got the R50/2 running, rode it for a while (the seed was planted) and then traded it for a 1951 Harley. I stuck with Harleys and Triumphs for a number of years....but appreciated BMWs from a distance. Years later, I stumbled across and bought a really nice R60/2, and the romance was on. Got married, sold it shortly after for financial needs (Man, I hate when that happens). I used to see it around town, and it was like seeing your old girl with another guy...worse actually! Then a Harley buddy found a rusty crusty R60/2 in a barn, and sold it to me. I got it running and rode that one for some time. Had to sell it. Bummer. Repeat a couple more times. Now I am older, have a better job, and an R1100RT-P....and a project R69S. I don't plan on selling any of them any more dag-nab-it! Here's a link to some of my former loves: http://halkct.myphotoalbum.com/albums.php

nupek1200s
01-06-2007, 10:55 PM
I purchased my first bike in 2004, a 2001 BMW R1200C. It was like a dream come true. The looked that bike created, had many necks turning as I passed by. You would have though I was riding million dollars car. I felt, I was, until I saw and read about the K1200 S. Well, let's say! I no longer have the R1200 C. The K1200 S is machine in it's own space. It is my dream car... O Snap! My License Plate reads!http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/images/smilies/tongue.gif

mrocket49
01-06-2007, 11:43 PM
This past summer, friend from work asked me to help her get her 84' R65 running after she had parked it in her shed 6 years ago without as much as shutting off the fuel. What a mess! The "gas" was more like varnish. It took quite a bit of work to get it going again but when I was done and took it for a test ride, I loved the way it handled and working on the engine was so easy. I started looking for a BMW and found one about 2 weeks later. I've been riding motorcycles for 35 years and this is the best bike I've ever owned. It's a keeper!

FrankFlorio
01-10-2007, 02:28 AM
Not only my first BMW, my first motorcycle! Always wanted to ride, never got the bike. Once I made that major change in my personal life I did one of those things I've wanted to do for years....take a MSF training program. Took it, aced it, go the MD license and went straight to the local BMW dealer and bought an R1200RT!

CO_G30
07-22-2007, 09:54 PM
I was riding my first motorcycle, a 2006 Honda Shadow Aero along with two co-workers on their bikes going to see Mt Rushmore in SD. Long story short, my wife who was following us in the van remarked during a stop: "Honey, you look like you're riding a vespa from behind". Less than 24hrs later, I had been to Sturgis, and gotten my R1150RT in exchange for the Honda and some more money!

Full details here in my blog entry for that fateful weekend.


Story Part 1 (http://redlegsrides.blogspot.com/2006/10/3967-miles.html)
Story Part 2 (http://redlegsrides.blogspot.com/2006/10/goodbye-gretl-hello-maria.html)

Antaeas
07-22-2007, 10:44 PM
Great Question!

You may recall my letter in the ON (January 2007 p. 16). In 1965, during a semester in France, I rode a rat moped over the Pyrenees: pedaling up and skiing down, because the moped's dinky brakes failed. My friend and I were regularly taken for smugglers in those pre-EU days, so we met many motorcycle cops. In those days, they all rode R/2 bikes, and I admired those smooth, silent mounts. In my letter, I showed a photo of the R50/2 I bought for myself afterwards, but now will tell the tale of my first, an R60 that I got my hands on in the summer of '67 (WARNING: REMINISCING CODGER AHEAD).

In May, the day after I my junior comprehensive exams, I went to my college infirmary with a splitting headache, and was admitted as a precaution because there was an abscess inside my nose (don't ask). My roommate in sick bay just happened to a sophomore who had just stuck his new R60 in the weeds, and had suffered a broken clavicle. He had taken a distribution from his trust fund to buy the the bike, but had told his family that it was for summer tuition, so he was dreading their wrath about buying a motorcycle and hurting himself. As soon as I heard the story and remembered seeing him ride around campus on that bike, I offered to claim that it was my bike, and get him off the hook. I'd repair it, ride it all summer, and give it back to him when he returned from his family's loving grasp on the first day of school in the fall. We made the deal. He signed over the title to me, and we got the doc to tell his family that he had fallen off a roof, something I now know that a parent would believe as long as the kid was going to survive.

As soon as the doc set me free, I took the check for my summer study grant directly to Al's Motorcycles, actually endorsed it to him, and bought a headlight shell, handlebars, front fender and helmet. I even got change. I had been admiring BMWs from afar for long enough: now I had an insured, registered one (see picture). I was off to every destination I could reach in the Sumer of Love (nostalgic sigh).

By September, I was determined to pay for my own bills, so that I could use the balance of my college fund for my own BMW. As soon as my degree was in my hand, I bought the R50.

I had washed so many damn dishes that I even had enough left for a car, too! (a BMW 2002, $2800 delivered in 1968!!). Those were the days, my friends, those were the days.

I sold that R50 after 114K happy miles, to buy a jeep that better met my lifestyle needs in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I bought my R1200RT in 2005, my third and best BMW, but it could never be as sweet as that first one.

Kentuckyblue
07-23-2007, 12:22 AM
I'm a late bloomer. For my 60th birthday I gave myself the MSF course. I had always admired motorcycles and the sense of freedom they seemed to impart on their riders. I decided that a weekend at the MSF would confirm if this was something I really wanted to do, or else I would just walk away. I fell in love the second time. First time was to my beautiful wife of 43 years. Next obstacle was running the gauntlet with my wife, children and grandchildren. They didn't like the idea at all. I bought a 2002 Honda Shadow Spirit 1100. Rode too long one Sunday, got fatigued and dehydrated and lost concentration. Went into a tree, down a hill and landed in a soft pile of leaves. Luckily, only had bruises and a mild concussion. Thank God for helmets. Got the Honda fixed, sold it and bought a new red 2006 BMW F650GS. Thought I would regain my confidence and skills. I loved that bike and got very comfortable with it. Had it for a year. Then, my wife said she would like to go for some rides with me, so off we go to the dealer. I had my mind set on an R1200RT. My wife yells at me from across the showroom, and she is sitting on a K1200LT yelling "this is the one!" So........I traded the F650 for the LT. Drastic transition you say? I thought so too until I test rode the LT. It took me about a block to adjust and to love it. So now we have an LT and we ride together and enjoy it very much. Not only has my wife changed hor opinion on motorcycling, but my grandchildren are always asking for rides on the LT. But I'm not done. I still wanted a "run around" bike plus I have always wanted a white bike. So a couple of months ago I bought an ex-authority bike. I's a 2002 R1200RT-P. Flew to Florida and rode it home to Kentucky (697 miles). It is truly fun and easy to flick around. The total time span covered by all of the above is exactly 3 years and I'm having a ball!! Pics of my stable attached.

Ray

Rod Sheridan
07-23-2007, 02:06 PM
How did I come to own my first BMW?

Well, my cheque cleared the bank, and in return the dealer gave me a black 1974 R90/6.

At 298,000 miles it was destroyed when I was rear ended by an SUV, and 8 months later I found a replacement 1976 R90/6.

Funny, the second R90/6 was purchased from a woman who was going through a divorce, and had to sell her bike. When I gave her the cheque for the bike, she started crying, most people only cry when they try to cash my cheque.:laugh

henzilla
07-23-2007, 02:12 PM
I too had ridden Hondas, a Suzuki,HD's from age 14 until I turned 25 and my twins were born...I was told to be "responsible" and be a dad:dunno ...I sold my 77 HD to a buddy and walked away for 23 years... :wave and two marriages. I had a gal neighbor lend me a brand new Fatboy for helping her and her partner thru the years with boats/houses/rust at our Galveston properties during the Lonestar Rally on the Island. Hadn't been on one in 24 years, as I had replaced the two wheel thrill with bicycles many years before.
Needless to say I bought one as marriage two was ending(cliche? maybe...so what?)
I then met Helen who was working part time at a custom shop, and riding BMW's...I had a coworker who owned them for years and always called him Gramps! I admired them from afar, but, no way in my house at the time:fight ... little did I know.
Helen stopped by one Sunday morning on her beemer and said she was going to do a breakfast ride to SanAntonio,90 miles away... It wasn't something I would just go do on the HD...I rode her R1100R the next week and got BMWBIT immediately...I tried to hang with the group on the Vtwin once....:banghead :laugh then the clubmembers found a 05 RT for me...now have a small variety in the garage and loving it. Re-took the advanced course and cannot get enough riding in...retiring from THIS job in a few months...more time/a little less $

GlobalRider
07-24-2007, 08:14 PM
I was curious how other members discovered the world of BMW.

How? A 500 mile ride on a Yamaha XT 350 was all it took. I was on my first multi day tour on a motorcycle to the EAA convention in Oshkosh, WI. back in 1990. That ride was so tough on that seat, I had thoughts of turning around while sitting at the KOA where I was camped the first night because I had another 500 miles to do the next day. You want an SS1000 to really mean something? Do it on a stock XT 350...later done in a day on my R100 GS. :D

I had already owned quite a few smaller displacement dual-purpose motorcycles. I liked them for their simplicity and seating position, so thoughts of a BMW R100 GS came to mind.

In October of 1991, my local dealer still had a new 1990 non-current R100 GS in Marrakech red (I hate black) and at a substantial discount. :clap The problem was money. I had just graduated out of tech college to go into my second career and hadn't found a job jet. A simple co-signature (thanks Mom) and the bike was mine. A mere five months later, it was paid for, thanks to my local BMW dealer passing along a phone number to me. A buyer in Florida was looking for a Suzuki RG 500 Gamma and my mint example was for sale. End of story.

http://edelweiss.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/My-Motorcycles/1990-BMW-R100-GS/BMW-R100-GS/188260835_Tu9FY-S.jpg

Since then, I've added three more BMW GS models; a 1986 R80 G/S Paris Dakar, a 2003 R1150 GS Adventure and a 2004 R1150 GS Adventure, the latter for my European Alps tours. Other BMW models owned but sold are a 1963 R27 and my old faithful 1980 R65 that served me well during my first ten years of Alps touring.

And since first ownership, I've had no problems other than one Valeo starter dropping a magnet in my 1990 BMW R100 GS, a known issue.

Also, thanks to a couple of individuals in my local BMW club for the inspiration. Without their slide and video shows of their Alps tours, I may have quit motorcycling ages ago.

http://edelweiss.smugmug.com/photos/151433108-L.jpg

The 2004 BMW R1150 GS Adventure shown above has since been written off during my 2009 European Alps tour, thanks to a cell phone yapping idiot in a car. I was stopped in traffic; he was busing yapping about SFA, I am sure.

The 2004 BMW R1150 GS Adventure was replaced by my 2003 BMW R1150 GS Adventure for my Euro tours and since I now had a bit more room in the garage, I treated myself to a very nice 1995 Porsche Carrera in exceptional condition...

http://edelweiss.smugmug.com/Cars/1995-Porsche-Carrera-2/Exterior/2009-10-18-Trinity-Anglican/687616340_SwnL7-L.jpg

Gil
07-24-2007, 09:00 PM
One of my wife's family members married a gentleman with an R90. His name is Frank. This was 1994. He had a 1975 R90/6. I remember a while back when I bought a Honda 700 from great guy named Tom Wilcox. Tom bragged about his R bike and from that point on I wanted one. So, naturally I asked Frank to sell me the bike. He rarely used it. 10 years later and after much nagging he sold me the bike. Now, it's my beloved and well ridden 1975 R90/6. It's my first Bmer and I hope it's the bike I will keep for ever.

r11rs94
07-24-2007, 11:33 PM
I had just purchased a new Suzuki,1978 550. I was installing a set of fog lights on the bike, yes sadly even back then, and I blew out a fuse. Went to the local Kawaski shop in town who also sold BMW's out front was a R-90 Daytona Orange. WOW talk about love at first sight. I went in to purchase the fuse and left with a down payment on a R-80 with free bags and faring. Have had the BMW bug ever sense, 29 years now. :dance

130253
07-26-2007, 02:49 PM
I rode dirt bike as a kid, but never owned a street bike as an adult and really had little intrest in motorcycles. Last year, I went to work for a small, family owned buisness that has 12 employees, including the owners. 5 of the 12 rode bikes. I stepped out back one day to look at everyones m/c's. There sat a Ducatti, a Triumph, a R1100RS, and some sort of a 50cc scooter. Beautiful bikes all, but did not spark my intrest. What did catch my eye was a 1970 R75/5 that belonged to the owner of the buisness. I was awe struck by this bike. What a work of art! 6 months later I owned a 1974 R75/6. I to am a late bloomer. I started riding on my 53rd Bday and I'm not yet 54, and have put over 7000 miles of pure joy on her.:brad

Mark

cruisincruzan
07-27-2007, 12:45 AM
At 46 years old decided I to start riding motorcycles. I have a group of friends that had ridden for many years and they finally wore me down. I'm an EM MD and I always had the "donor cycle" mentality so it was quite an achievement for me to decide to ride. Went to a BMW dealer to "look" at a 2003 R1200c Montana. I wanted a cruiser that didn't look like the typical Harley/Indian clone and ABS. The C fit the bill. When the salesman offered me a ride I told him I couldn't because I didn't know how to ride a motorcycle! He probably said "there's one born every minute". Took the MSF course started to ride then my wife joined joined me on the back and we became totally hooked. I farkled to my heart's content, learned to change my own tires and do as much work on it as I could. After 3 years wanted something better for long distances so now we have a 2006 RT. Despite work I manage to get in about 1000-1500 miles/month. My wife loves it as much as I do and my daughter will also join me when my wife is unavailable. I don't regret not riding earlier as I wasn't ready, but now I'll find any excuse to be on the bike. A friend and I are now looking for a mid-70's R75/6 to restore. I'm hooked and it feels good!

nupek1200s
07-27-2007, 08:08 AM
Motorcycling is an event where freedom is truely experienced. I have always wanted a Motorcycle, yet, I did not know what I wanted to one day purchase. So I narrowed down my selection from no noise, quality, design, and reputation. As you can see BMW was the only choice for me. My first was a R1200C which I felt was the only Motorcycle in the world, until I saw the K1200S. I was struck by it's speed, handling, design, and color. I have seen others, yet, none compare. It is my dream vehicle...:heart I continue to ride to work at 100 miles a day. Yet, the one thing I hate is Rider's not waving to you when you wave. Very rude! So I only wave, it others wave. It's amazing you can not escape racism... It is very sad! Yet, I do not let that experience cloud my judgement to others. Please be careful and drive defensively out there in whatever you are driving...

DougC
07-27-2007, 01:45 PM
I had ridden a variety of bikes all me life, 42 years old now. And while I enjoyed every bike I owned, I always spent the most time on the touring bikes. When it became time to replace my current Goldwing, I began looking at the LT. While there were a few around, there just was not a lot of them in the Iowa area to compare and shop.
As May was ending in 2006, I was hit with a mild stroke. I was lucky as to the severity and have little permanent damage. However I was laid up for a couple weeks in the house with strict orders about activities. I ended up spending my time on the Internet looking at bikes. This added free time gave me the opportunity to find the LT I was looking for in Omaha, 120 miles away. After getting the bike home it sat for one month while my coordination continued to improve. Man did I have that thing clean.
One year later and after my first BMW rally in West Bend. I am happy to report I am officially bitten by the BMW bug. And I have 23,000 miles in 13 months of Iowa weather ... twice the milage I ever put on my other bikes.

baldwithglasses
07-27-2007, 02:24 PM
I bought my first motorcycle this year, back in March. I was in DC, but I wanted to register it in Alabama, so it took me over a month for me to get it insured and registered and all legal for the road.

I finally got it legal to ride April 20th, and I've ridden that BMW R65 for 7000 miles already.

It's been a great ride- I've done DC- Savannah and back a couple of times, and Huntsville- Savannah, and Savannah -Tallahassee, all with big awkward hand luggage. As soon as the bike gets back from its repairs (http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=19159), I'll mount up some 40mm ammo boxen for inexpensive panniers.

I love the BlueMooseKnuckle- I can't wait to put on even more miles!

Pat Carol
07-27-2007, 09:56 PM
My luitenant at my fire department had a 73 /5 lwb. It had 15,000 miles on it. The year was 1984 when I got into BMW's. I was also influenced by one of the finest gentleman in BMW club history.
My big influence on BMW Motorcycles was Don "The Governor" Atkinson. The Governor is a member and past president of the Touring Club Detroit. When he purchased his 82 100rs, I knew I would someday have a BMW Motorcycle.
I have several beemers in my garage and over 300k on BMW's. My first BMW is still on the road with over 150k miles. It is still a beautiful machine.

Take Care & Ride Safe
Pat Carol

rottenbiker
08-02-2007, 02:33 AM
I had been drooling over the R65LS in the graphite color from the 1st time I saw one. A friend I worked with gave me a ride on his R100 and I couldn't believe how smooth it was. But expenses kept me on my kawasaki 550LTD for a few more years. Then I was invited to join some of the folks from Just Imports at a BMW rally in NH for Laconia weekend. The person who had invited me hadn't arrive by the time I got there Friday evening so I set up my camping equiptment next to some really nice folks, had chilli for dinner in the pouring rain, and slept slightly damp in a lean to and army sleeping bag, my first real motorcycle camping trip. The next day I saw so many beautiful BMW motorcycles everywhere and the riders were so knowledgeable. I knew mostly nothing about good gear, and I learn so much about the bikes. That was in June '84, I had my 1st BMW the next Feb a '79 R65 bronco brown. I have owned several since then and many miles on BMW's since. Alot of why is because of the people I have met riding BMW's since.
Marsha

BUBBAZANETTI
08-02-2007, 02:53 PM
i love this thread, keep em' comming!!!

scootrp125x
08-02-2007, 03:17 PM
I rode Hondas and Yamahas for many years. In fact it was a Honda that led me to Beemers. I had just bought a Honda GB500 and got a phone call from another GB owner. He was also a BMW rider and invited me to his club breakfast. Once I met the club I just had to have a Beemer so I could ride with them. Besides I really like to tour and the GB was way to small for touring anyway. That was 10 years ago and I never looked back.:german

testinglogin
08-02-2007, 03:34 PM
I looked back through this thread and realized I've never posted here!

So, growing up there was nobody in my family who rode, no friends or friends family who rode... nothing. I always thought they were cool but "too dangerous". Then I got into "safe, but too dangerous due to other drivers". That changed into "better on fuel!" and "I can buy safety gear" and "why not!". So, I started looking. Used HD's were overpriced, and not really my style. I didn't want a crotch rocket. I was looking at a certain website that reviews used bikes. Most of the far East touring bikes were listed as "expect problems with THIS or THAT, or this other thing". They could be had for VERY cheap, but I didn't want to deal with that, and they really still weren't my style. Then, I remembered seeing a police bike one time when i was in Europe. (An oilhead RT). Hmmm... BMW. The reviews all came back positive on a K75, so I started looking. No big choices nearby, and pricey. I also wanted a naked or a "C"... wasn't big on the K75S bikes. Still no luck... then I decided I could go a little older, and started looking at the Airheads. I found one in Ann Arbor; just 50 minutes North of me. I went to look; it was a decent R65. They ended up telling me the windshield would cost extra (no mention in the ad), and there was something else not mentioned. I waited. Then another NICE looking bike came up on ibmwr. A 78 R80/7... black. I called, I worried because someone else was looking at the bike. They called back, and I decided to go see it the next day. It was now further North, in Dexter, MI. When I got there, it looked good. Not perfect... small pushrod seal leak... but everything checked out, and it started/ran pretty nice. We struck a deal, I gave him $100 to hold the bike, and I went home and got the rest of my cash. A few days later it was on a trailer being taken home. (I purchased the bike and had never ridden before, so I wasn't going to ride it home).

The first day was rough. I had trouble getting it on the centerstand after getting it off the trailer. It was hot, and I was dripping sweat once I figured it out. It had no sidestand, BTW. Then the first disastrous ride came. I had already gotten a helmet. My jacket/gloves were on the way. I donned the helmet, a sweatshirt, jeans, and some steel-toed boots. I started the bike, slowly let out the clutch, and the bike hauled away on me (not slow enough on the clutch, I guess). As the bike lurched forward, I grabbed on tight - and opened the throttle. I left a tire track 20ft down my driveway before I dumped it into the grass... not going very fast at that point. For a few days I considered selling the bike and all my gear - trying to to take a loss.

Of course, things got better. My gear showed up, and I spent an hour taking it up and down the driveway to learn the clutch, and try shifting. The next day led me into the neighborhood (25mph) where I practiced for a few days. The rest or course, is history. I rode to VT last year, I rode to WI this year, and I rode up to the James Bay, even. MUCH money has been sunk into the bike making it the best it can be. I've met great people. Me? I'm a happy man... and my riding isn't so bad, either. :thumb

BUBBAZANETTI
08-02-2007, 03:58 PM
I rode Hondas and Yamahas for many years. In fact it was a Honda that led me to Beemers. I had just bought a Honda GB500 and got a phone call from another GB owner. He was also a BMW rider and invited me to his club breakfast. Once I met the club I just had to have a Beemer so I could ride with them. Besides I really like to tour and the GB was way to small for touring anyway. That was 10 years ago and I never looked back.:german

http://www.jockeyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/gb500rt1.jpg

:heart

one of my favs!

TOM1911
08-02-2007, 05:26 PM
Came by my '91 K75 from my dad. Seems it was supposed to be a graduation present for my nephew when he graduated from fire academy, but he showed no interest in riding it (he wanted one of the latest go-fast rockets.) and i just couldn't let it sit and rot away. After about a grand worth of parts i fired it up and have been riding it ever since. Youth is wasted on the young:banghead . Now i'm looking to put on some integral cases and a Rifle sport fairing and it will be set.:thumb

RRainman
08-03-2007, 12:28 AM
I am 2 days away from owning my first R1200RT and first BMW. It has been a long road with a lot of bikes. I started riding in college on a Honda CB450. It was cheap and easy to park on campus. I took my first road trip up the Natchez Trace Parkway on it and fell in love with long distance riding. Right before I graduated, I traded it for a 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 (I wish I still had it!!).

When I graduated I rode it out to California to look for a job. No jobs to be had so I was going back to NYC to go to grad school. I sold it in Cali before I left.

Then I was out of riding for several years. Then in 1994, I decided it was time to ride again. I got a used Honda CB750 that had been sitting idle for 5 years. I cleaned it up an restored it. At the time, I really wanted an ST1100 though. Soon after the CB, I got a PC800 Pacific Coast. Good bike but underpowered. Thenit was time for an ST1100. I got one from a buddy that was moving to Singapore. Loved it, but the moving company dropped it off the truck when I was moving to Atlanta.

After that I got a Hond Valkyrie. They were just out and I loved that styling, torque and horsepower!! Then I started getting in to sportbikes as well. So I got a Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for blasts on twisty raods.

Since I have had a succession of bikes.... CBR1100XX, CBR954RR, RC51, Valkyrie Interstate, Yamaha R1, Suzuki V-Strom.

I recently took a trip to Colorado on my R1. I loved it when I was in the twisties and it was jut OK on the 900 mile days. I had sold my V Strom before I left, so I was contemplating buying a sport tourer when I got home. I had pretty much decided on an ST1300. I called my best friend in Houston and we were talking bikes and I let him know my plans.

He asked if I wanted to bu his R1200RT. I said "Hell yes!!" It has less than 4000 miles and the only option it doesn't have is TPS and heated seat. I got a really good deal that I am embarrased to say on here. Suffice it to say I could sell it when I get home and make $3000!! Did I fail to mention he is a really good friend??!!

SO, I currently have my '04 R1, '03 RC51 and '06 R1200RT.

6659
08-06-2007, 05:52 PM
I had ridden Bsa's and Triumph's for most of my early years but had never taken a long ride. I worked for an old time dealer in Atlanta who sold BMW's and I tried out an R75/5. I still had my 1971 BSA and said that it was faster than the BMW.

A year later I traded the BSA because it was disintegrating as the miles added up. I bought a 1970 Triumph and loved that bike. But I took it for a 300 mile ride. When I stopped for a rest I noticed the chain was glowing. I touched a match to it and it lit! That was the end of chain drive for me. I stopped at another shop in Marietta, Ga and bought a used 1974 R90/6. After that I stuck with BMW for the rest of my riding career.

Since then I bought a K75 and an R100R. I kept both cause I just couldn't decide. I also picked up a new/old 1978 R100/7 with less than 10k miles which I almost resold. Glad I didn't.

tjc9680
08-06-2007, 08:12 PM
After many year of riding Harley Davidsons( 1983 FLH,1993 Softtail ,1998 Road King,2005 Road King ) I made the switch. I was a motor officer from 1988 to 1999 with the Cleveland Police Dept.( 1983,1984 Kawasaki's,1988, 1989.1993 Harley Davison FLHTP's) I had 4 breakdowns with the 05 Road King.Sold it and purchased a 2006 F650GS. It was the most fun I had riding a bike in many years. The dealer didn't have any 1200 GS's at the time That was July of 05 in May of 07 I move up to the 06 1200 GS and have not stopped smiling since. Its a great bike and can do anything.:clap


Ride Your Ride
2006 R1200 GS

PAGoldsby
08-06-2007, 09:20 PM
I had been "between motorcycles" for 9 years, subsequent to the birth of my first daughter. I had a Ducati monster at that time, and I was kind of heavily-steeped in a motorcycling lifestyle that was not really compatible with fatherhood. It was starting to be not very compatible with staying on the positive side of the law, either. Choices were made, sometimes ill-advised, but the sight of my daughter being born caused me to finally recognize that I was not living the kind of life I should have been. I sold the Monster to a nice guy from Irving, TX, who later moved to DC. I didn't even ride a motorcycle for probably 5 years.

As my children grew up, so did I, in a manner of speaking. I went through some really rough career patches, and I made some more bad financial choices. Running a small business is very tough. I sacrificed my own financial security to keep a company afloat for a few months, to the benefit of my employees, who were inordinately faithful and loyal to me. Ultimately, I could no longer afford to finance the company myself, and I decided to close up shop, and let my emloyees go to more stable environs. I will forever be in their debt for sticking it out with me 'til the end. They are still dear friends, to the man.

The reality of the financial picture did not bode well for marriage numer zwei. To be fair, things weren't exactly peachy up to that point, but the demise of my company certainly didn't improve matters. Despite loving each other very much, we just couldn't get along anymore. We split up, but I stayed nearby, so that I can still spend a lot of time with my kids.

My interest in motorcycles never really waned. As my kids got older (and bigger) I began to yearn for the bliss of riding a motorcycle, and for getting my kids used to being around them. I used to ride dirt bikes when I was a kid, and I have the wrecked knees, ankles and ribs to prove it. As rough as a time as I had riding dirt bikes, I still want to be able to do some cattle-trail riding from time to time. So I started looking at dual-sport bikes.

Well, as many of you here know, there is not a better value to be had on a new dual-sport than a KLR. It's really a great bike - in 1985. That was the rub. The US-spec KLR is so ... I don't know ... neutered compared to the Japanese/Euro-Spec bike. It left me thinking, "Yeah, it's not great, but it's cheap, and there's tons of farkles to improve it." Well, that led me to think about just getting an older bike, since I'm going to have to work on the thing anyway.

Earlier this spring, I started hitting craigslist with a vengeance - I was determined to find "my" motorcycle there. I thought I had found a real prize when the ad for a '73 (I think) Triumph 250 Trophy came up! Well, I went to look at it, and it nearly soured me on the concept of a used bike entirely. It was all there, but so was the rust. Everywhere. Rims, muffler, handlebars, you name it. I don't mind working on machines, but I wasn't in the mood for a restoration project. Plus, if I did manage to get this bike all turned-out, what would I have? A bike that wasn't really all that whippy when it was new.

The search continued. I kept an eye out for a KLR, but I kept seeing BMWs, too. Lots of them. Airheads, oilheads, bricks; RTs, STs, LTs, Rs, GSs. Hmm ... GS. Yeah ... a GS. I revised my mission.

I was holding out for an R100GS. Heck, who isn't? I'd see one every so often, but out of my price range. I'd see the occasional R80GS, too, but quite a few /6s and /7s. There was one particular /7 that I had see on craigslist for quite a while, but never called about. It seemed too good to be true. I was sure that it was sold already.

One night, a Thursday night, in fact, I decided to call about the '77 R75/7 just to see if it was still for sale. To my (pleasant) surprise, it was. I talked to the owner for several minutes, and was really impressed by his description of the motorcycle. He was exceptionally honest with me, telling me exactly what worked (almost everything) and what didn't (sketchy odometer, rough Krausers). More to the point, he was genuinely concerned that potential buyers really understand what kind of machine a /7 is, and that BMWs are not really for everybody. I agreed to come out the next evening to see the motorcycle.

I showed up to look at the motorcycle, and the 20+ very excellent and detailed pictures in his Picasa folder did NOT do the motorcycle justice. His description was extraordinarily accurate, and he carefully pointed out all the various flaws and quirks of this particular example. I drooled a little bit over his '03 (?) RT in the garage, the reason for the /7's lack of recent road time.

He fired it right up, and took it off choke after about 10 seconds, despite not having been run for several weeks. It gave a brief little puff of smoke, but soon was bupp-bupp-bupp-bupping along with sewing-machine steadiness. He took it around the block to make sure everything was working fine, which it was. Everything worked: lights, directionals, horn, controls.

Upon his return, I took over. I'm pretty sure that even before I reached the end of his typical-suburban-length driveway, my mind was made up. Despite his specific instruction to pre-load the shifter, I did manage to miss a few shifts on my short tour of his lovely neighborhood. I pulled back into his driveway.

"I don't know what to tell you, man. I'll take it. I'm not even going to try to negotiate with you. It's worth the price."

Confident that I was not a Nigerian eBay scammer, he took the $300 cash I had and a check for the balance, and he rode the bike to my house, only about 8-10 miles away. I drove him back to his house in my pickup, where we chatted about motorcycles and sailboats and fatherhood and fathers. He was leaving the next day to be with his very-ill father, something I can readily identify with, having lost my own Dad when I was only 15.

I have enjoyed my '77 R75/7 immensely, and I continue my search for the right GS. I called the previous owner a few weeks ago to tell him how much I was enjoying riding the motorcycle, and to inquire about his father's health. At the time, it was very bad, and frankly, I'm putting off calling him again, because I know how it's going to be. Still, every time I ride my motorcycle, I think of motorcycles and sailboats and fatherhood and fathers. I hope I always will. I hope that every time I take one of my own children for a ride on this or any other motorcycle, and when they one day ride a motorcycle of their own, they too will think of their father.

Blaue Teufel:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v226/DzlBenz/p112.jpg

bigdelta
08-06-2007, 09:54 PM
I knew the brand.I finished the MSF course at age 40,and found a 2 year old
R100RT w/600 miles in LA(I was in Orlando),flew out an attempted to ride it to the Du Quoin National.Long story short-after a tour of 3 dealers between Phoenix,Oklahoma City and Ft.Worth,I left it there and flew back.Flew up to St.Louis and DROVE to the Rally.BMW paid the dealer in FTW to trailer the RT to Orlando.All in all,a great experience.
John

OU812
08-06-2007, 10:46 PM
1973,(I was 14 at the time) I am sitting at a little gas station in southern IN, town of about 200. Two riders pull up on a couple of BMW's. I had never seen one before, and these guys looked like they had been on them for weeks. It turned out they had! Dust, bugs,sweat, the whole road grime thing going. I did not get my chance to own one until 1991, when a good friend of mine became unable physically to ride any longer. So I got my first, a 1987 K100LT. I loved that bike, and owned it until I got married in 1996. The bug bit again in 2001, and found the only bike in the paper, a 1984 K100RS. Went to buy an oil filter for it in 02, and saw the R1150R in the dealer, and that was the one for me. Found an 04 last August and like a second marriage, am Happy as can be, with no thoughts of any other.:bikes Here is my finished 04':
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s295/ou812_o6/Nice004.jpg
New bike this Nov. 02'K1200LTC with les then 1200 miles. The owner is 75 years old, so I can see why.
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s295/ou812_o6/LT1002-1.jpg
Steve

scootrp125x
08-07-2007, 01:38 AM
http://www.jockeyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/gb500rt1.jpg

:heart

one of my favs!

What a beautiful picture. That sure brings back memories. I wish I still had that bike!

brinkjm
08-08-2007, 10:00 PM
April 2002 - I was in Seattle (Edmonds, actually) visiting my aunt and uncle, both of which were working at the time (uncle is now retired). Just a little background here: my uncle lived up the street from me while I was growing up and he was (still is) the "cool" uncle. He had cars ('76 Trans Am), trucks (built-up Bronco II), campers, wood shop, and...bikes. Much to the chagrin of my dad, my uncle would take me out on his motorcycle all the time, be it a run to the hardware store, auto parts store, lunch. This was before the days of helmet laws in California, BTW. Soon, I was of driving age my uncle got me on my first motorcycle, a 1979 Yamaha SR500. After that came a Honda XL350R, XL600R, and then, no bikes. I had set my sights on other hobbies like Toyota trucks and Land Cruisers.

Anyway, fast forward to April 2002 again. My aunt and uncle escaped Los Angeles by moving to Seattle around 1992 and I hadn't seen them in about 10 years. They invited me to come up for a visit in April of '02 and even though they both worked, I had free reign of the house and a rental car to explore. I'm at their house no more than 15 minutes (on one of the days that it actually SNOWED in Seattle) and my uncle drags me down to the garage. He turns on the light to reveal a custom painted (red) 1996 R1100RT. I pour over the bike for a good hour - I hadn't really been around BMWs, save for a friend's R80 G/S. I was amazed at all of the features on the RT; ABS, heated grips, power windscreen, etc. My uncle then proceeds to tell me that for the next 4 days, I had better be riding that bike while they were at work :clap Sounds good to me!

Now, I hadn't been on a street bike for many years and hadn't even planned on getting another one. While I loved riding, I was put off by things like too much wind blast (yeah, I'm a wuss) and the cold. I was amazed that the RT virtually eliminated both. I was riding around Snohomish County when the daytime temps were in the high 30's and my legs and torso weren't cold. My hands were kept roasty-toasty by the heated grips and the windscreen kept the area around my head nice and quiet. I was seriously considering getting another street bike at that point...an RT no less!

After each day of riding I'd go back to my aunt and uncles and hop on the 'Net to research the RT - dealers, pricing, accessories. I realized that the RT was way out of my price range and I started to look at other BMWs. I came really close to buying a few K75RTs but they just didn't have the feel of the boxer. I knew what I wanted so I saved and saved, worked as much O/T as I could, and sold my beloved Toyota 4x4 truck of nearly 20 years.

Almost one year to the day of my return from Seattle, I found it - the RT that I wanted, listed online at a local dealer. While the incentives for new ones were quite attractive, the '99 that I found had everything I wanted. It was the right color, had a topcase, Comfort seat, Hyperlites, Run-N-Lites, Bob's Wrist Rest and a bunch of other farkles. The bike had 18k on it when I bought it and just turned over 60k yesterday. It's been a great bike. Besides scheduled maintenance, which I do myself (and do for my uncle whenever we visit Seattle) the bike has needed only tires, brakes and an oil sight glass. My wife, who originally objected to bikes, loves to ride with me.

We just recently moved from Los Angeles to S.E. Michigan but I still try to ride as much as I can. We have one car and the RT. I ride rain or shine and even in the snow. The only thing that keeps me off of the bike, weather-wise, is black ice. I plan to keep the RT until it breaks, then I'll just fix it, and keep riding :clap

Jim

Annie
08-09-2007, 12:30 AM
We had a little something or other at the farm, that us kids used to ride and crash continually. I don't know what it was, but I loved it.:twirl

Fast Forward...
I always wanted to ride a motorcycle but my mom was set against it. :nono I put my desire away and focused on my career training horses. Actually I trained owners to train their horses. :nod

Fast Forward....
I went to work for a big box store in 2002 because I could not afford insurance anymore. :banghead I still taught on the side. In 2004 I could not stand it and bugged my nieghbor to teach me to ride dirt bikes. In 2005 I bought a 95 Yamaha XT225 off them and got serious about riding. 2006 took a private riders course available here in St. Louis and started practicing my skills in the pastures at home and the farm roads around here. Got my license endorsment in the fall 2006.:thumb
My nieghbor took me out on some roads letting me use his Kaw KPz55s and suggested I get something like that to start on. I was not comfortable on it, so we agreed I should look for a more road worthy dual sport for the riding position.
I never looked to the BMW because I never thought I would be able to afford one.:dunno

Fast Forward...
I am at a Bluegrass festival:violin in St. Louis at a local hotel in Feb. At the lunch break I see a fellow at the table next to ours pouring over a motorcycle magazine.:brow (I can spot them a mile away)(The motorcycle magazine, silly). I'm sure he overhears me tell my friend, "I HOPE HE LEAVES HIS MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE BEHIND!";)
Well, better yet, he joins us at our table. I babble on:blah , how I'm starting out and the bike I am thinking about when he says, "You really should consider the F650GS.":huh

Forward...(not too fast it happened within the week):bolt

This Gentleman named Koop (yes, that Koop) left his magazine. (this was a Saturday afternoon).
I read that issue of ON from cover to cover. Sat night, when I could hardly keep my eyes open any longer, I thought I would glance through the Flea Market just for grins......
...........There it was a f650gsd. 2003. only 100 miles on it...........St. Louis phone number.
........Couldn't be...........I was tired........Sunday morning the ad was still there.

Long story short....(ask me about the whole story sometime, I'd be happy to oblige. :blah
http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x153/ruwaerma/ErmaDakar.jpg
Meet Erma:laugh

I am still learning but I need riding buddies who will not yell at me :( for riding within my comfort zone. I need encouragement and feedback.:kiss

Thank you for your time!

tourunigo
08-09-2007, 01:50 AM
A short story really: In 1973 my friend Sandy went to Germany and bought a 75/5. He toured England and Europe at the time. A bit of a rear ender in England gave the bike it's first scar (tank dent on a brick wall). Shipped back to Canada. Every so often he rode it here in Nova Scotia but most often I saw it covered in his garage. Every few months I would come and visit. Each time, like a ritual, we would go to the garage and I would take off the cover. And, each time, I would half jokingly say "take care of my bike". In 1993 he called me and asked if I wanted to buy his bike. Even with no funds I immediately said yes. $1,700. Vetta faring and Craven bags. 65,000 miles on the clock. SO at the time, saw it as a threat :fight ....but that's a whole other story. Can't compete with destiny. Anyway, many miles later (Mary and I got long distance award in Redmond!) it is still a dear friend who is taking a rest until one of my sons decide on their own adventure. Honestly, that is the short version. -Bob

535IS
08-09-2007, 04:29 PM
My FIRST BMW?

It was a '74 2002. Verona Red with black interior. Absolutely loved it, which is why I've owned a succession of '02s, a Bavaria, and now five different E28 5 Series. Bought it in 1984 and joined BMW CCA in 1985, so I'm now headed for my 25-year pin. Met some of my best friends through BMWs.

Oh; the bike? Right here. (http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showpost.php?p=229640&postcount=18)

SNOONE
08-09-2007, 05:58 PM
I think it was in 1987 that I rode over to see Cliff at C & S BMW in Chester NY (one of them old style mom and pops) to buy something that had to do with the Honda Transalp that I was riding at the time. I walked in and saw this thing of beauty sitting on the floor. The color at the time was called Plum. It was sort of a mixture of dark purple and dark Maroon.. It was a very unique color and after I purchased the bike I don't think I ever saw that color on another bike.. Anyway the bike was a K75 S with a stock corbin seat.. I had to have it. On the spot I traded the Transalp in, put some C handlebars on the K and drove it away. It was a great bike.

BMW_Rogue
09-09-2007, 11:42 PM
So, my first BMW ... well, while not my first bike (this one was preceded by a couple of Honda Goldwing "Barco-loungers" and other miscellaneous bikes over the years), I developed an obsession ... oops, an interest ... in BMW a few months back which was solidified after cruising a few dealerships and online for a month or so before making up my mind about owning a BMW, first looking along the lines of a K1200LT for some long distance cruising/touring. After seeing a few on the road, I thought that maybe something a little more "sporty" might be in order for my "later years".

Well, I fond more than a couple of ads on e-bay of all places and one in particular caught my attention ... a '99 R1200C, a black beauty for sure. I watched the bidding as it slowly moved up a notch or two from the starting bid without coming even close the the asking price ... and then the ad disappeared when the auction expired. And I was disappointed due to my own inaction.

And then ... it showed up again! This time I made the move by immediately offering the "Buy now" price and the bidding closed as we agreed on the deal. That was on Labor Day ... and banks were closed. The next morning a deposit was on it's way and arrangements were made for a flight out to pick the bike up the following Thursday ... which I did. By the way, I had checked various shipping options but the pricing and time schedules just didn't suit me. Besides, what fun would that be ... I bought this BMW to ride!

So that was that ... my first BMW! I flew out as scheduled, got there at 7.00 in the evening, settled up on the final payment, climbed into the saddle and took off into the disappearing light. I finally stopped at 10.30 for a few hours rest and hit the road again at 6.30 the next morning ... and the same the next day, arriving home in Maine at 9.00 that night after some 1,200 miles of riding, tired and sore ... and happy to be back on the road again on one of the finest bikes I've ever been on.

Did I act rashly and irrationally? Of course I did! Am I happy about having done that? Of course I am!

BILLP
09-11-2007, 05:07 PM
I bought a bike before I bought a car. It was a 1973 Honda 350 twin. I did work with a guy that had a BMW. It was funky compaired to the Jap bikes. But cool.

Many bikes later I bought my first BMW a 75/5 toaster. It was in a guys shed and I paid 2G for it. I never did register it but I slapped my plate on it and rode it all over NE CT. It road like a tank!!!!!!!!! This bike had a little dance to it. You had to put pressure on the bars to keep the bike going straight down the road. Also it had no brakes to speak of. I sold it to a young german couple that came from NYC to buy it. $2500. Back to jap bikes.

The next Beemer was better, a 1985 R100RS. Not much better, but better. sold in a year for a loss. Back to Jap bikes. I added a Ducati to my Jap bike, WOW.:brow

Finally BMW was giving bikes away in '04. I bought a new RT, $210 per month. As far as I am conserned that is free. I have been riding BMW ever since.
My R1200RT is the sweetest bike I ever rode. Power-brakes-light steering- carry the kitchen sink. 50 MPG- 300 mile range- my Wife likes it too.:D
What's not to like.:heart

wilcox
09-11-2007, 05:22 PM
Having ridden a bunch of bikes for a bunch of years I had always been curious about those unique lookin BMWs. My first street bike was a used Honda 350 MotoSport and my first new bike was the incredibly fast and unstable 2 stroke Kawi 500 triple. Countless bikes and years later I decided to follow my heart and jump in. I had to have a classic boxer even though every K I tested fit like a glove. In 2005, after zeroing in on the sport tourer RT model I drove to central Kentucky to test an '03, rode a few more then found an '04 Rll50RT in eastern Ohio.

Let's see now, here is the last year of a classic body style, it's less than a year old with less than 4000 miles and meticulously detailed. Hmmmm. Dual spark, check, custom Cee Bailey shield and heated seats, check, throttlmeister, engine guards, tour pak, heated grips, check check check. Well I'd still like to own a K someday and a GS adventure is somewhere in the future but the RT honeymoon ain't over yet and I hear sweet music every time I'm in the saddle.

2bikemike
09-12-2007, 05:01 PM
My first BMW came about because I was tired of touring on a Honda Shadow. I wanted to tour more, but I wanted something that provided more comfort, provided good weather protection, had heated grips and ABS brakes. And, an adjustable windshield would be nice too!:clap So, I started to do my homework. I saw an ad for the 2004 RT and just was completely overwhelmed by it's stunning good looks.:heart This bike has it all! At the time we did not have a local BMW dealer so, I really started to question myself whether I really wanted this bike. The more I looked,:love the more I wanted. You know the story. After being turned on to the IBMWR website at the Atlanta bike show in Jan. 2005, I started looking thru the classifieds. As it turned out, a gentleman in Augusta, GA had bought a new RT and was not happy with it.:scratch It seems he wanted a Harley.:brow After a few phone calls,and being assured that the bike was in excellent condition, we agreed on the price and made arrangements for the rendezvous, which was the halfway point between our respective cities. He was retired from the local school board there so I was pretty confident in the transaction. :buds I borrowed a buddies trailer and off I went. What a great day it was.:clap After a handshake, I loaded the bike up and drove home grinning all the way.

wilcox
09-15-2007, 02:31 PM
Well.... After 30 years of riding "other" brands I finally succumbed to BMW fever. I understand now. OK, I have been misguided in the past, but now I repent. An 04' R1150R is now living in my garage, just too cool. My favorite riding buddy (a long time BMW guy) says I'm a "convert" I don't know if he means that in a good way or not....
Joe

Hey Joe that is a beautiful bike. I have an RT same color same year, also my first BMW. Your R just has that come and ride me look.

184502
09-18-2007, 02:24 AM
I just got my first BMW a few weeks ago, a crimson red k75s, with 6500 miles on it. Yes 6500 miles..93 is the year by the way...It is the bike I have dreamed about since 1989 when I began riding.

My father passed in May of this year and a very good friend of the family, who purchased my first bicycle, yes bicycle, when I was a little girl, (I am now 42) opened his garage door the week of my fathers funeral and offered it to me for a song...The first owner was a corporate man, who put on the first 6000 miles, then sold it for heck knows why to my fathers dear friend who had it serviced by Canton BMW in CT and put the last 500 miles on it. He is 78 years old and his wife told him "Honey, can't ride anything that big anymore" So he offered it to me..

Check out my post in "Post a Pic of your K-Bike" forum for the latest photo of it...

Boy am I hooked!!!!! Love my K Bike in Oklahoma

k2keller
10-01-2007, 10:56 PM
I got married. :heart I had a Yamaha 750 Virago that I would ride occasionally. My wife came from a Harley background. She said she wouldn't ride the Yamaha, but she would ride a Harley or a Beemer. No contest for me. I found a 02 R1150RS 50 miles away listed here in the classifieds last summer. It had 3000 miles on it and was in perfect condition. I got a great deal on it and put 10000 miles on it last fall and winter. No riding from May to September this year due to a pretty significant biff down in Nevada in May. I just got it all back together as a RSL, and I'm back to loving it.

OldNuke
10-02-2007, 02:30 AM
Back in the early 70s, I used to frequent a MC accessory shop in a suburb of Minneapolis. At the time I owned a 750 Honda and I farkled my 750 with stuff from that shop.....Vetter fairing, Shoei bags, etc. I also stored my bike there over the winter and one cold winter day I dropped into the shop. There on the shop floor sat an R75 with a Vetter fairing and Krauser bags on consignment. It had about 6K on it and was pristine. I was in love! There was my dream bike, at that time. Two days later I bought it and it has been a 30+ year relationship with BMWs since then. I'm on my tenth BMW since then and still grinning.:heart :clap

lancew
10-02-2007, 08:15 PM
I was on mini- and dirt-bikes from the time I was 6.

When I was in college '90) I bought a thrashed-out Nighthawk 650 and put a zillion miles on it- one of my college riding buddies had a silver '85 K100RS with bags.

in 97, I got a new (real) job and my first bonus. Coincidentally, Jeff called and asked if I was interested in his bike- we agreed on 4k less whatever it cost to get it back in shape after a couple years in his granparents' barn. I sent him a check for 2k and rented a van.

I got there and the thing was a disaster. His idiot brother had low-sided it, then sold the bags, trunk, and even the battery for beer money. There was no key, there were nails in the tires, and there was a squirrel living in the airbox. Good thing I had rented a van... Needless to say, Jeff didn't get another check... on the other hand I got it running and got about 40,000 miles out of it over 2 1/2 years before I traded it for the K12RS, and that's just what I put on during the brief periods when the odometer was working!

Matt325e
10-03-2007, 05:38 AM
I had always wanted a motorcycle growing up, but my parents would never even consider letting me have one. Needless to say, my hobbies were mountain biking and bmx. When I was old enough to drive, I bought a 1986 325e. That started my love for BMW's. Bought a 2000 Z3 my first year in college (still have it) and about two years after that, was forced to move out. Bought my 1985 K100RT a month after moving out and loved it. It was my first bike, so I wanted something not very expensive, but reliable. Six months later, I now have a 2001 K1200RS as my main ride and am planning on restoring my K100RT. The RT is way too comfortable to let go of just yet. 4 BMW's in 4 years, not too shabby. :clap

perobins
10-03-2007, 10:56 AM
I have owned several bikes, mostly sport bikes and then I got a burn to own a Harley Davidson. Once I saw the one I wanted run, I reverted back to Japanese and found the Kawasaki Meanstreak. At the time my wife was riding a 04 Honda VFR that she loved but was very uncomfortable on it. She had a burn to own a 650 GS until she rode it and then set her sights on a R1200GS and had it lowered with Ohlins and with the lower seat. She loves this bike. Once I started riding it, I was reborn into the fun and big grin riding again. She surprised me by traded in my bike and bought me my own R1200GS. What a woman! I don't think I will ever own anything outside a BMW again. I'm just wondering what model she will buy me next?

Phil

E_Page
07-03-2009, 12:46 AM
My 1st motorcycle was an old 650 Yamaha that I traded a new shotgun to a friend for. He got the better deal. The bike required a lot of work and never did run quite right. I was about 22 at the time.

Next bike was also a Yamaha. Not because of brand loyalty, but because I got a great deal on a very low mileage, almost new 1100 maxim. The owner was a new dad and his wife made him sell it. I owned that one for about 12 years then gave it to a friend as a project bike.

The Yamahas didn't seem to age well. That is they seemed to wear out quickly. at 40,000 miles, the Maxim seemed tired and required frequent and increasingly expensive manitenance.

A friend of mine back in MI had been riding BMWs since she was a teenager. I looked into it, and seeing that they often have a lifespan well over 100,000 miles, I decided my next bike would be a BMW, whenever that might be.

The Maxim went because it needed work to get back on the road after sitting in storage for a year and a half. My wife wanted me to get rid of it and said I should either fix it or sell it. I didn't really want to put the several hundred it needed into it at the time, and so after several months of what I call nagging, I finally got rid of it on the condition that as soon as we could afford it, I get a new BMW. It was a deal. That was in 1998.

Well, she got two cars in the meantime, and I got a new truck. Finally, last year, enough of the right conditions came together. I got a job that was 55 miles away from home through rush hour traffic. I couldn't use the HOV lanes with the truck, but could with a bike. The truck gets 10 MPG, a bike gets 40+. Gas was quickly approaching $5/gal. After driving an hour through rush hour traffic in the truck, I was ready to run people off the road for minor traffic offenses. Riding the bike is recreation, passing all the frustrated cage drivers as I zip by in the HOV. And I had a little extra cash.

My first and current BMW was purchased on July 6, 2008 from an older couple who figured their riding days were over. It's a 2002 R1150RT in Aqua Mint and had just over 40,000 miles on it when I bought it. It now has a little over 59,000 and shows no sign of any additional aging over those 19,000 miles. It feels nearly new.

I love this bike. It practically drives itself compared to my previous bikes and others I've been on. It has planty of power. It's comfortable. It doesn't announce it's arrival 3 miles ahead of itself. And it just looks really good.

Whether I own multiple bikes or just one from here on, there will always be a BMW in the garage.

thewbell
07-03-2009, 02:57 AM
My first bike is my 1985 K100RS and was given to me this past winter. I grew up riding dirtbikes and my dad was a BMW rider growing up and when I was younger but quit riding for several years. He purchased the K a few years ago to get back into riding and gave the bike to me as a college graduation present when he bought a new R1200GS. So far the K has been great and has only needed a set of tires and oil pump seals. I have heard many people argue that a K100 is not a good bike to learn on, but I think it is very easy to ride with plenty of room to grow. I plan on keeping the K and purchasing a R1200GS some time in the next year. I am hooked on BMW bikes and many more will come in the future.

ultracyclist
07-03-2009, 05:05 PM
Growing up my parents forbade motorcycles. And guns.
It always looked like great fun.
So rather than buy another boat, I bought my first motorcycle, an R1150R, about 5 years ago after taking the MSF course.
I wanted a European bike because this area is crawling with H-D's and Jap bikes.
That left BMW, Duc's, Aprilia, Guzzi, and Triumph.
Then it went down to BMW and Triumph.
After participating in several on line forums (fora?), this is the site that helped convince me to go BMW.
I am glad that I did.

And, oh by the way, I taken a couple of trophies in a bulls eye pistol league.:evil

advenbob
07-04-2009, 03:21 AM
Riding motorcycles since 1969 on a regular basis, I had a multitude of the Asian bikes, ending with a couple of Yamaha Ventures. In 1997, I thought I was getting too old to be carving corners and wanted to just potato potato around the country and waited 8 months for my new FLTCHCI (HD Ulta Classic). It was ok but it was a handfull at times and speeds over 85 were a death wish. The cam bearing went south at 33k and while I thought HD had some responsibility in the matter, they did not agree.

After spending a lot of $ for the repair and waiting over 3 months, I rode the bike for one month and traded it in on a new 2000 K1200LT. Haven't looked back since, followed by a string of BMW's. Current ride is a R1200GSA.

Met my wife on this bike, and met many fine people at various rallies and functions. We both enjoy our BMW's, sometimes more than others, but while I look at other brands, I have ended up purchasing another BMW over the last 9 years

bob

ASPHALT
07-04-2009, 03:24 AM
I have worked with a certain Beemer rider for years and years. He is older than me and has ridden Beemers for a long time. When I first met him he was still riding his K75C. I always loved that bike and the roundel that adorned its tank.
One day, while the whole crew was working at the shop getting some audio gear ready for a show, we all ordered In-n-Out for lunch. I offered to go get it. I was driving a Ford Bronco, which I always have. He had parked WAY to close to the back of my truck...which I didn't realize. You could not even see the bike in my mirrors, it was that close. Well, as I backed the Bronco up I heard a crunch, felt a shudder, then witnessed the round BMW mirrors raise into view of my rearview, then disappear....I shat myself!
I walked in and said, "Hey, Geep, your bike was..." And he said, "Yea, yea, I know, it's parked behind you. I'll move it." I said, "No, you don't need to, I moved it for you."
From that day forward, it hit me hard, I knew I would own a BMW some day.

58058D
07-06-2009, 09:01 PM
I had been racing bicycles Steamboat Springs and surronds back in 84 when the Coors Classic came through with Alexi Grewal kicking ass before the Olympics. The K had recently been released and was being used as the support and camera bikes along with that venerable brown airhead with the foot platform for the camera guy. I fell in love with the RS in red that year. After quitting work in '86 to go back to grad school ( oh, had a line on an '85 special edition during grad school but BMW did not look kindly on Student loans as a source of income....) and moving to Sacramento, I got the chance to do lots of overtime reviewing bridge plans for seismic vulnerability. Each OT paycheck went into the kitty for an 85 KRS I had seen for sale, and each deposit was followed by a section of the bike being colored in on a photocopy of a brochure page. After 6 months, when the OT was about out, I had enough to offer the guy, if he still had it. Yep, he did. It was Red and had 4500 miles on it, and though the guy had pulled the battery and stuffed in one from his dead R65 which died by the time I got home, it was a great bike. That was June of '91, I ran it to 44,000 miles, sold and got the K1100RS in '94, traded that one in '00 for the K12RS, and am scheeming for a K13S now.....

shire2000
07-07-2009, 02:17 AM
In my ill spent youth, I owned and killed many a British, European and early Japanese bikes. Everything from a 1954 Ariel Square 4, a Singer, a gaggle of BSAs & Triumphs, 2 Nimbus, a couple of early Ducati (including a real nice 350 desmo), Hondas, etc. I raced Yamahas for a few years (350cc) but in 1973, after a real bad crash in Florida I spent a year recovering in England. A friend there loaned me his Douglas Dragonfly to ride around on. It wasn't fast, but was extremely reliable. That got me hooked on the opposed twin with a drive shaft.

In 1974 I moved back to Canada and bought a brand new R75/5 from Phil Funnel in Vancouver, B.C.. Rode that bike all over Canada, USA, and Mexico. Rode many a long day with old Phil, back when nobody even heard about Iron Butt riding. The last big ride for me with Phil was fromVancouver to Ciudiad Hildalg in southern Mexico on the border of Guatemala. He carried on to Tierra Del Feugo and I returned home. With over 300,000 miles on it I stopped by Phil's shop in Vancouver and fel lin love with the R100RT. I traded in the R75 for a brand new R100RT in 1979. Have always had at least one BMW in my garage ever since. But have never had anything newer than 1984. Have always felt that BMW lost it's soul right around then.

During the time of that old R75/5 I also had a few other Jap bikes, a Laverda 750sf, Norton Commando and a few others. But always came back to that reliable R75.

drsales
07-07-2009, 11:07 AM
When I was in high school I had a Suzuki 90, that took me all over southern Ohio. Sold it when I went to college. After 35 years I had this urge to start riding again. I spoke with many people about which bike or brand would fit what I wanted, which was more road cruising. One local gent who I see every Friday at the cigar shop rides BMW. Always has and he has done many a north south trip to Florida from Ohio.

After hearing his stories I had to go ride one. Just a note I looked at many a bike and the BMW 2002 R1150R was by far the least expensive bike I was interested in purchasing. I was not sure that I wanted to invest mega dollars in a bike since I have not ridden in many years.

Long story short, I took the safety riders course to refresh my skills, and then started trying many brands and years of bikes. When said and done, the 1150R was the best for the ride and dollar invested. It has been 1.5 years and 7k miles and now I ready myself and bike for the ride to Johnson City, first long trip and first ride national meeting. Just love it.

Rod Sheridan
07-07-2009, 02:00 PM
How did I come to own my first BMW?

My cheque cleared the bank, the dealer gave me the keys.......Fairly simple actually.......Regards, Rod.

lkchris
07-07-2009, 02:47 PM
I read about valve adjustment in the repair manual for my Ducati 860GT.

Shims and more shims.

I'd always wanted a BMW anyway.

650flutterby
07-07-2009, 03:31 PM
Every time my husband bought a new motorcycle in the last 32 years he'd bring it home and say, "Look what I bought for you."

Last October he bought an F650GS for me. He said he thought I wouldn't ride very much and he could use it around town instead of the 1150rt.

I've only allowed him to put about 30 miles on it. About 1/2 of those were taking it to get service work done.:brad

Of course, that was his excuse for buying an X Challenge in January.

FEES1RACING
07-07-2009, 08:33 PM
What lead me to my first BMW, from my first motorcycle in 1964 to my current:
75cc Bridgestone Dirt / used
125 Bridgestone Dual / used
Honda 350CL Dual / new
Yamaha XS650 "worst bike I ever owned" / new
Suzuki GS1100G /new
BMW R90S / well used but fell in love
K100RT / New, put almost 200k on this one, lots of memories
K1200LT / used
R1200RT / new
K1200GT / used and current