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    Hi folks, I have been riding motorbikes for the past 52 years, probably just like lots of you old guys . I started on a Cushman when I was about 12. I was lucky enough to live in the country and did not have to worry about traffic, license or cops. I rode that scooter all the way through to the 10th grade. After the military, (ÔÇÖ66 to ÔÇÖ69) bought a ÔÇÖ74 850 Moto guzzi Eldorado which seemed very cool at the time but the first trip I took to the Rockies it broke down. Cost me about $600. to haul it back to Texas. Yes, I sold it. Then I found a sweet swb 75/5 in ÔÇÿ75; that was one of the best bikes I ever owned and sorry I donÔÇÖt have it now. I put lots of miles on it in the states and Mexico during the ÔÇÿ70ÔÇÖs. Besides putting a clutch in it, I never had a lick of trouble. In 1980 I bought an almost new R100rs Euro mdl. So now I had two bikes and was living high on the hog. I also joined the BMOA either that year or the next. I was a member on and off over the next , well until now. That rs took me all over the states , to the East coast and West. I Circumnavigated Mexico and crisscrossed it twice, it was fast, dependable and sexy. Then I had a chance to buy my brothers r90s and I just had to have it, so then I had three , all different but all good at something different . The rs was my long distant fast tourer, the 90s was better in the mountains and twisties when I could find them in Texas and the /5 was just smooth, quite and dependable. It was the one I would jump on to go to the store , ride to work or just tootle around. I rode my bikes to work 60miles each way 5-6 days a week for 15 years and not because of gas prices. But, time and things change and I ended up selling the /5 and 90s and buying a ocean going catamaran. Put the rs in storage at my brotherÔÇÖs , loaded up the family and took off on the High seas.
    That lasted about two years and then the wife abandoned shipsaid she didnt like camping out. I stayed on for another few months along with my youngest boy and then sold the boat and went back to the wife and land life. Of course I got the rs out of mothballs and rode the tires off of it for the next few years untill the wife left for good. I shouda kept the boat. The kids were out of school and in college so I decided I would make a major life change. I had a teaching certificate so I went to Taiwan and taught English for the next 10 years. I also taught in Thailand and China. Oh, I put the rs back in mothballs again first. While in Taiwan I bought a 1994 r11oo naked bike. In those days they were illeagal in Taiwan; the largest displacement bike you could legally have was 250cc. This one was smuggled in from Japan in pieces and then put back together and sold. Me being an American was like being a big fish in a small pond in those days. I would get stopped occasionally by the local police. They would walk around the bike checking it out,( the license plate said, BMW) , I would pull my helmet off and immediately they would say, no problemgo go.The bottom line is they couldnt speak English and didnt want the problem it would be to arrest me. Now is China, it is a different storythey would have put me under the jail. I spent lots of time in China and at one point was English director at a college in Jiujung, China. I rode a scooter all over the place there without problems. Anyway back to Taiwan. I rode the r100 for a few years until they made it legal to own larger displacement bikes. At that time, I was a member of the Rotary Club in Taichung , Taiwan and had many friends with money that decided to buy bikes at that time. (A note here: My Taiwanese friends always had a problem pronouncing my name so decided to nick name me Beemer, which was ok with me.) Of course I talked them into BMWs but I couldnt buy one for myself because of the cost. Taiwan has 100% import tax on autos and motorcycles, so you see the reason. I was used to smuggled bikes with no import tax. One of my doctor friends at the Rotary decided he would by two, so he got a 1150gs and a Harley Electra glide. He let me ride the gs and we got a club together and every Wednesday went riding in the mountains and had lunch and then went to work around 2pm each day. We had about 20 members when I left there in 2006. I had gotten married in 2005 to a much younger woman and in 2006 had my 5th child, the other 4 all being aged from 28 to 40. ( A note: I had to take a Chinese name there to put on my resident card, so I took my wife's last name Hung and my nick name Beemer which is pronounced Bmoa in Chinese..I kid you notand that is what is on my Taiwanese registration card) Anyway, I came back to the states at the end of 2006 and bought some rentals and commercial property where I could have a job. No one would hire me, I was too old, so had to buy myself one. Also for some reason I had another child, so now I have two under 6 years old at home. Back to motorcycles. My rs burned in a fire two years agosince then I have bought a 87 k75s which is probably the smoothest riding bike I have ever owned and then a 03 r1150rs which is probably the fastest bike I have ever owned. I rode the k75s to Montana this past summer without problems but it just didnt give me the wind protection I like. The 1150rs had to much technology for me, quick fuel disconnects that break (when you are in the middle of no where) and oil sigh glasses that pop out for no reason. But even with the problems, these bike were pretty good, they just weren't the bike of my dreams or my past. So, in the last few months I have sold both of them and bought a beautiful gold 1978 R100rs . I have in a way come full circle, well almost. Im now looking for the perfect pre 74 or earlier to keep my rs and me company . I plan on being at the next National Rally and hope to see and meet some of your then. Well thats my bike life in a nut shell up to now, whats yours?
    1978 R100rs MOA#22600 125cc Kymco
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

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    Old Guy Back to MOA

    I'm an old member from older days and had dropped out in 2005 when I sold my 2005 LT. In the 70s I had a BMW 75/6 which I sold for $400 (shoot me now); in 2004 I had an RT and now, thanks to a lucky find by my brother, I have a 1979 RT100 with approximately 40,000 miles. My brother and I will be working on it to get it up to speed. It runs and has current plates. First thing I'm doing is replacing an ugly custom seat then on to tweaking the mechanical stuff. Starting with carbs and fluids. Any recommendations will be appreciated.
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    New Member in Maryland

    Hey all,
    I joined a few days ago. I purchased a 2007 K1200 GT last year and I am getting ready to do some more riding. I put 4K miles on the bike in the first two months. I ride to work, and little excursions at night and on weekends.

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    fishburn80
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    new member

    i have a bmw gsa and love it now its time to meet people in other states i joined the local club here in indy and want to see the states and meet new people in the big club

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    Mike in Bainbrdge Island, WA, formerly of Charlotte, NC

    Recent relocation to WA, wife and I decided to make a move and here we are! Looking forward to exploring the West and will do it on my '09 R1200GS-A. Did a trip last July down to San Diego for contract work and made quite a few stops in between. Hope to head out again soon and see some stuff I skipped last time.
    8 year Marine Corps vet, trying to get into the WA National Guard. Always wanted to work in aviation and they have cool helicopters here!
    Spent the last 12 years working in motorsports, racing shock builder, and looking for full time employment. Hard to translate race car into anything else employers might understand. I make race cars get more grip, hire me please.
    So, see you all on the road somewhere, come visit Bainbridge the last Thursday of every month for Bike Night at the Madison Diner!


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    Hey Mike,

    Welcome aboard and also welcome to the Rock! I'll mark down Thursday evening and try and make it.. Heading down to Portland tomorrow and may not be back in time by Thursday but I'll give it try.... Look forward to meeting you...and interested in the turn out for Thursday....
    Steve Clark
    94 K75s

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    Jack Herbst
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeraces View Post
    Recent relocation to WA, wife and I decided to make a move and here we are! Looking forward to exploring the West and will do it on my '09 R1200GS-A. Did a trip last July down to San Diego for contract work and made quite a few stops in between. Hope to head out again soon and see some stuff I skipped last time.
    8 year Marine Corps vet, trying to get into the WA National Guard. Always wanted to work in aviation and they have cool helicopters here!
    Spent the last 12 years working in motorsports, racing shock builder, and looking for full time employment. Hard to translate race car into anything else employers might understand. I make race cars get more grip, hire me please.
    So, see you all on the road somewhere, come visit Bainbridge the last Thursday of every month for Bike Night at the Madison Diner!

    Is that the old Streamliner Diner? What is the location?

    Jack
    "All my life I wanted to be somebody. Now I realize I should have been more specific."

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    On Madison, between the theater and Winslow Way.

    Quote Originally Posted by jaherbst View Post
    Is that the old Streamliner Diner? What is the location?

    Jack

    Vintage diner car relocated from PA many years ago. I know it as the Madison Diner, might have been something else earlier.

    http://www.themadisondiner.com/Madison_Diner_Menu.pdf

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    New member from ESPANOLA, ONTARIO, CANADA

    Hi
    My name is Rob. Member #189494. I reside up in northern Ontario. I have been riding since 1982. My first was a honda 750 Nighthawk, which I rode for 5 years. My next was a honda V-65 Magna, then went to a 2000 650 v-star, then, in 2001 I purchased a used 1994 1100 GS , which I rode till 2005 and then traded for a new 2005 1200 GS. I added a old cooler protector, a headlight protector, beak protector, crash bars. I will be installing a set of LED lights shortly ( ridgid). Other than those items, the bike is stock. So far , I'm pleased with this GS so far.. . Wife and I try hard to get away for a 9 or 10 day trip every year. This will likely increase when we retire. I like to ride secondary highways and roads that are less travelled, including some gravel roads....I once went on a ADV ride which included, an old RAILBED.... I soon found out that my skill level was limited.....I was just happy that I never dropped the beast....just added a2012 Suzuki DR 650 se in oct,2013 for some more technical ADV rides.
    Rob.
    Happy trails
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    Hi folks, new member here. I've been riding for about 35 years now, owned various bikes over that span and after the last 13 years and over 100k miles on Triumphs I've finally come to an R1200R. I attened my first rally several weeks ago the VBR3 in Duluth, MN and caught the bug. Fantastic trip, met some very nice folks, and look forward to seeing them in the future. One of the best parts of the trip was on the way home, I stopped at a MacD's for coffee and ran into a couple on a Harley from Texas, traded a story or two, when a guy from Montana pulled in on his way back from Pennsylvania on an F650 loaded down with car parts, you never know what you will run into or who, these moments make trips special, people never met before, maybe will never see again, just a few moments shared over a cup of steaming coffee in a parking lot over a motorcycle. I'm facinated by the aproachability that a motorcycle brings, it seems to be an icebreaker a conversation starter, that middle age guy who walks up with his "back in the day" and the envious gleam in his eye, I love to hear their stories. Cars dont start these conversations, motorcycles do. If you see a Red R1200R with Maine plates, make sure you say hi. I'm looking forward to seeing you out there.
    So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
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    Hi there!
    I can't believe this is the first time I have seen this thread?

    Great idea!

    Darryl Cainey here, been riding 45+ years 27 on my 1977 R100RS with 522,000 miles.
    Happily married to my riding partner Terry for 30 years. We live in Fenwick Ontario Canada on 2.5 acres in the country.
    We have 2 Siberian Huskies and have had 7 over 32 years.
    I am a retired General Motors Autoworker serving 28 years as a Metallurgical Technician as well as Quality Control & Technical Writing.
    We are 2 of the 8 founding members of the Niagara BMW Riders MOA Club #298 and I have been Club President for the last 18
    years.
    I was blessed with an Ambassadorship around 1996 and in my spare time I try to write a few MOA articles for the Owners News.

    I have owned many bikes prior to getting my BMW,
    Honda Super Cub 50, Honda 750, Dunstall Honda, Rickman Honda, Honda CBX
    Suzuki GS1000S
    Yamaha FJ1100
    Kawasaki 500 Mach III
    BSA 250 Starfire

    Safe riding out there!
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