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    One of my reasons for riding and enjoyment of...

    One of my reasons for riding and enjoyment of riding is to get away from "intrusive" technology. I only carry a phone for outbound calls. And I avoid GPS because I kinda look forward to being "lost."...
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    Why 2 ears

    Two ear design could be a back-up plan or built in redundancy. Seriously, I'm sorry about your hearing status, but glad you found a silver lining with the headphones and hearing new frequencies,...
  3. Independent mechanic wanted - Cleveland area

    Can anyone recommend a great independent mechanic for BMW in the Cleveland, Ohio area, preferably 25 south of Cleveland? There are no dealers close to me, and I'm looking for a mechanic to handle...
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    Yellow lights -- increased visibility ??

    Anyone with experience with yellow headlights or daytime running lights? Recently read an article about increased conspicuity / visibility, mainly because drivers aren't used to seeing yellow lights...
  5. Small Part -- Big Question

    Thanks everybody for all the advice. I'll reuse the washer. Great thing about the forum - it saves time and worry for guys, like me, who are just getting some of the basics down.
  6. Small Part - Big Question about crush washers

    Can I re-use the crush washer that was already on the oil drain plug? I lost the washer that came with the new replacement filter and I live pretty far from a BMW dealer. I stopped by a Japanese...
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    Deer not looking both ways

    VERY HAPPY that your incident had a good ending. Just about every ride I've taken in November has included not one, but several close encounters. Northeast Ohio is absolutely swarming with deer....
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    R1150R or 650GS

    I've only been riding for 5 years, so my input is somewhat limited compared to others. My second bike was an 05 F650GS. The bike was extremely easy to ride, and did ok on not too rough off road...
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    crazy impulse buy

    I guess I skipped your reply post. Sounds terrific, and I can almost see the smile on your face. Hopefully everyone remembers the pleasure of a new bike. I'm still smiling from the bike I bought last...
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    crazy impulse buy

    Gorgeous , outstanding and many other superlatives. How does it handle ??
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    good riding roads

    I returned to Ohio from New Hampshire this summer. After crossing on the Mass Pike I took the Taconic Parkway just south of Albany, New York to I-84. The Taconic Parkway is an amazing road. Its a...
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    Stabil fuel stabilizer

    You only use a small portion of the bottle's contents when winterizing. How long a shelf life does this product have? Sad to think the winterizing process is around the corner.


    If your only...
  13. Thread: Octane rating

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    Octane rating

    I was told recently that the higher the octane rating the hotter the engine burns. I've always followed bmw octane recommendation and fueled with the highest rating, but is the hotter temperature...
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    N. Ohio to S. New Hampshire: trip ideas?

    I plan to travel from Northern Ohio (Akron area) to visit family in Southern New Hampshire. Want to make the trip in two days--approx 700 miles. Any trip route ideas other than I-80 to I-84 to Mass...
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    tire pressure --conflict ?

    Michelin road pilot tire says 42 psi for front and back, solo. The R1150R manual says
    32 psi front solo, and 36.3 back solo. I'm inclined to follow Michelin--is that right?


    "If all you have is...
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    Tire pressure

    I check before EVERY ride. Small price to pay for huge benefit in risk reduction. And don't be lulled into false confidence because in the past the pressure hasn't varied. How else would you know if...
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    reading by moonlight

    Last summer I took my first motorcycle camping trip on my former F650GS in the Wayne National Forest in Southern Ohio. I brought along a copy of a novel my son had written, "Cry Out Abba, Father."...
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    Fun trivia quiz. Got to about 5500 and the phone...

    Fun trivia quiz. Got to about 5500 and the phone rang. The quiz makes me feel smart and dumb all at once--very good for the ego and humility. How does this quiz benefit any charitable cause?

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    Fun trivia quiz. Got to about 5500 and the phone...

    Fun trivia quiz. Got to about 5500 and the phone rang. The quiz makes me feel smart and dumb all at once--very good for the ego and humility. How does this quiz benefit any charitable cause?

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  20. It goes something like this: the abject poor have...

    It goes something like this: the abject poor have it, the wealthy don't miss it, its worse than the devil and greater than GOD. . . .the answer is "nothing."


    when the only tool you have is a...
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    Three Dog Night

    It used to be a rock group, or how cold it was in Eskimo country when they let more dogs in the igloo when the temp dropped. Here's my version. I was brand new at riding and came upon a road closed...
  22. Tis a blessing to be simple, tis a blessing to be...

    Tis a blessing to be simple, tis a blessing to be free. And truth is not relative

    "everyman is the architect of his own character."
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    Need maintenance instructions

    Finally got the '04 R1150R I've been lusting after. Took my last ride yesterday on my F650GS in spite of the 38 degrees. Hated to give up the old steed, but really welcome the "R" into the garage....
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    For Texans only

    Outstanding video--must have created some great memories. That food makes me anxious for the big meal today, when we can really splurge. How about Big Bend? Its on my trip list--how good is it? ...
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    Cold Hands

    I have some memory of my brother-in-law, who is a vascular surgeon, saying that reynaud's disease affects both hands and feet. If you don't have symptoms in both, it could be something else. Good...
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