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    Lightbulb Thinking of starting a riders group in Chicago 'burbs

    Apologies if this has been done before but I could not find what I was looking for and I want to test the waters for interest.

    There are three things that I look for when I am looking at motorcycle tours: Friends, Support, and Expertise. Isnt that why we pay for tours but that is not what tour operators advertise  they advertise the experience first and all else second. See Copper Canyon  yada yada  and the friendly and experienced guides yada yada"

    So  I was thinking that I am satisfying what I want out of travel as an indirect result of paying the premium of an organized tour. I suspect others do the same. All we want is to go out and ride off the beaten path swap stories  have a few drinks  and have someone call 911 if we break a leg

    LetÔÇÖs form a group for the express purpose of getting out there and supporting each other on a motorcycle without paying that premium. Here is my proposal:
    ÔÇó LetÔÇÖs get together for an extended trip once year ÔÇô about 5 days or so
    ÔÇó Optionally, overseas trip proposal - once every year ÔÇô go/no-go depending on interest, e.g. ring tour of Iceland for two weeks
    ÔÇó Plus, twice a year ÔÇô long weekend trips somewhere agreeable to most

    ThatÔÇÖs it. We all are busy people and itÔÇÖs tough to find time to ride but if we agree to just a few ground rules ÔÇô weÔÇÖll be on our way:
    ÔÇó We pay our own way
    ÔÇó Simple majority wins
    ÔÇó We try to make the trips
    ÔÇó We take care of each other on the road

    We all have a common purpose that will satisfy our individual goals. In this way, weÔÇÖll be getting exactly what we want out of trip: Travel is better with friends; there is someone to help or call for help when things go wrong. What we are missing is the local and practical expertise that an experienced tour operator can provide but with all things being equal, I would prefer to learn with friends rather than from a tour company.

    I'll sponsor the website and serve as an administrator. All are welcome regardless of location or bike.

    ~ curt

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    In for the Ring Road

    OK, I'm in for the ring tour of Iceland. I've got good rain gear.

    In the meantime did you know that Whole Foods in Chicago carries Icelandic lamb? Yum!

    Holly

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    Hey Curt!

    Have seen or heard from you since the National, how've you been?
    I might be interested in the club, keep me in mind and let's keep in touch.

    Cool.

    Wez

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holly View Post
    OK, I'm in for the ring tour of Iceland. I've got good rain gear.

    In the meantime did you know that Whole Foods in Chicago carries Icelandic lamb? Yum!

    Holly
    You got a deal!
    Next year or 2009

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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by Statdawg View Post
    I am interested.

    Hey Statdawg - good to hear from you again!

    I'll keep you posted

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    Quote Originally Posted by wezul View Post
    Have seen or heard from you since the National, how've you been?
    I might be interested in the club, keep me in mind and let's keep in touch.

    Cool.

    Wez

    Wez!!! The guy who dusted me on his new 800???
    How's it been - I tried to catch up with you on last day of National. Glad to hear from you again.

    Definitely will keep you in the loop

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncutshirt View Post
    Wez!!! The guy who dusted me on his new 800???
    How's it been - I tried to catch up with you on last day of National. Glad to hear from you again.

    Definitely will keep you in the loop
    Dude, you camped with us until you and your two buds blew out on Saturday, don't you remember? Perhaps not, there is copious imbibementage going on at an event like that. Yes, do keep me in the loop.

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    QUOTE=wezul;260569]Dude, you camped with us until you and your two buds blew out on Saturday, don't you remember? Perhaps not, there is copious imbibementage going on at an event like that. Yes, do keep me in the loop.[/QUOTE]


    $1 beers - good times

    I'm game for a winter ride but I can hang until March or April

    Anyway - I'm game for a winter ride but I can hang until March or April. I have been thinking about a theme for a first ride - maybe geocaching
    Plus - it gives me an excuse to finally buy a GPS

    http://www.geocaching.com/faq/ : "Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache."

    To be honest - this could be fun - work in a little camping and you got yourself an adventure

    or... something more sedate like 3 days, 3 Cities, and three pub crawls

    ~ curt

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    sounds good to me

    I'll follow the post to see how it developes, D'lilah and I are always up for a ride work permitting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STRESS View Post
    I'll follow the post to see how it developes, D'lilah and I are always up for a ride work permitting.

    I'll put some more thought into over Thansgiving and I will try to loop in some other riders but lets toss out a date for the first ride : April 11, 12, and 13th.

    I'll just be coming back from a trip from the UK and will be aching for a ride - anywhere... in the continental US.

    Any suggestions? Any Ideas for the longer trip?

    ~ curt

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    I'm in.

    Always interested in having friends around since I ride a vintage K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beemer01 View Post
    Always interested in having friends around since I ride a vintage K.

    Love to see it

    which model bike?

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    Vintage K?

    Always interested in having friends around since I ride a vintage K.
    Isn't a 1985 bike a little young to be identified as "vintage"?

    'Scuse me, I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I've been trying to figure out what classic, vintage, and antique means when referring to BMW motorcycles. The Internet is a mass of confusion regarding these terms.

    I thought 30 years old represented the time frame for vintage, and I thought I qualified as an "antique"

    Whada ya say?

    Might your new group cross the Missouri line? - I realize that's a ways out of the suburbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobh41 View Post
    Isn't a 1985 bike a little young to be identified as "vintage"?

    'Scuse me, I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I've been trying to figure out what classic, vintage, and antique means when referring to BMW motorcycles. The Internet is a mass of confusion regarding these terms.

    I thought 30 years old represented the time frame for vintage, and I thought I qualified as an "antique"

    Whada ya say?

    Might your new group cross the Missouri line? - I realize that's a ways out of the suburbs.
    1985 - As far K's go - thats vintage

    As far heading MO goes - as long as we are riding out of Illinois then that is good ride. You're welcome to meet up wherever the first trip is headed... Just give me a ring if you want to come and I'll make arrangements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beemer01 View Post
    Always interested in having friends around since I ride a vintage K.

    If you get as far south as Oklahoma, count me in for a ride.. I ride a k-bike too...
    93 k75s

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