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    Big Gig

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

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

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

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    Gather in Gotham 1/12/007

    7 Days to Go!


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

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

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

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

    Chelsea and Herald Square


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

    6th. Avenue Shopping anchored by the world's largest department store - Macy's.

    Annex Antiques and Flea Market. On weekends this flea market will have several hundred vendors from Maine to Maryland.

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

    General Theological Seminary Founded in 1817 this seminary is America's oldest Episcopal Seminary. Clement Clark Moore taught here. Clement Moore was the author of A Visit From St. Nicholas.

    Chelsea Piers
    Manhattan's largest venue for cinema and TV production. Basically a 30 acre sports facility

    Herald Square once known as the Tenderloin and was once a theater district.

    Fashion Institute of Technology
    - the FIT of fashion. FIT is fashion. FIT is a center of design, fine arts, packaging and computer animation. FIT is technology, marketing, advertising, merchandising, production and more.
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    "The song goes, "Give my regards to Broadway remember me to Harold Square." So what is in this area - a nice brisk half hour walk from Javits? "

    Hey Paul, It's "Herald Square".

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


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    Nice to know that somebody is reading this material

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

    Herald Square!
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    Thumbs up More Free Parking

    More Free Parking and this time in Manhattan!
    How can that be? Nothing is free in NY especially in Manhattan!


    Read on! This is from the web page of those fine folks at BMW of Manhattan

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

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

    For more information, please contact Steve Sergi at (212) 314-9739, or ssergi@bmwnyc.com .
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    Contemplate, relax, seek the inner being

    6 days to go

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

    F800s?
    G650s?
    K1200R?
    Synthetic or Dino?

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

    Where to go?

    Easy!

    The Cloisters

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

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

    Truly a place to get some rest!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belquar View Post
    It would appear to be the engine.



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

    [edit] An Unusual Design

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

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

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

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

    [edit] Killinger and Freund

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

    [edit] Sources

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


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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post
    More Free Parking and this time in Manhattan!
    How can that be? Nothing is free in NY especially in Manhattan!


    Read on! This is from the web page of those fine folks at BMW of Manhattan

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

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

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

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


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    We are meeting at O'Farrells.

    A map will be posted well in advance. O'Farrells is about halfway between Pennsylvania Station and Javits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post
    We are meeting at O'Farrells.

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

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

    Thanks for doing this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post
    We are meeting at O'Farrells.

    A map will be posted well in advance. O'Farrells is about halfway between Pennsylvania Station and Javits.
    I have been there many times during work. I like O'Farrells.

    have fun and take pictures
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    Lots of pictures will be taken. B&H photo is standing by with multigig chips.

    Small events will become happenings.

    Happenings will become stories. Spilled beer will become a Tsunami

    Stories will become epics.

    The epic will be submitted for an ON article.

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

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    [QUOTE]The is even a rumor that Rosie and the Donald will show up. [QUOTE]



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


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    Remember the Big GIG is for everyone especially the members of the Grateful Thread. You don't need a wristband to attend. Free entry and no waiting at O'Farrells.

    Lunch is at O'Farrells 413 10th Avenue (212) 268-0587 and Dinner at El Quijote (226 W 23RD St - (212)929-1855) The lunch and dinner is on FRIDAY. The masterful maitre d of our marvelous matrix of gastronomic excellence is our very own (Send Up A Lager Room) Tessler.

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

    South Street Seaport Museum

    Circle Line Cruises

    Want something unique? Go to church, The Seaman's Church.

    Looking for some fresh seafood? Take an early morning trip to the Fulton Fish Market

    Do it the easy way. Walk over to the South Street Seaport. Fridays are free, my favorite price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post
    Chelsea Hotel - A rest stop for rare individuals. This hotel was mentioned in an earlier post. It's guest book reads like a listing of America's most famous literati including Tennessee Williams, Marfk Twain, Jack Kerouac and Sid Vicious - but that is another story in a city that keeps its secrets.
    i hate to tell you this paul, but sid vicious was english
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