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    Talking From around Portland, Oregon

    This regional forum idea is great. Thank you MOA!! I have been riding for over 40 years, but I am fairly new to BMW motorcycles with a 2003 R1150RS acquired in 2005. I live in Oregon City (about 25 miles from downtown Portland) and was surprised that there is no MOA chapter in the area I have gotten in touch with a few MOA members through the anonymous book, but it has been difficult to plan a ride because of conflicting schedules and preferences. Any ideas from someone in the area??

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    MOA chapters? I dont know that I know of any MOA chapters, are you referring to a chartered club? BMW riders of Oregon is fairly active in the summer with several events. As for the metro area, dont know of any clubs for BMW around here other than BMWRO.

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    Hello fellow PDX area riders. I am new to BMW M/C's also. Have been riding close to 40 yrs also. In August in bought a 03 RT from my brother. After doing some looking on the web for BMW resources finding BMWMOA and joining, I too was surprised to find no chapter in the PDX area. Not a big deal .But I would really like to watch someone do a service on a 1150. With the cost of having the dealer do a service, it is vital that I do most or all of the work myself. Especially if you have more than one bike. The books and the DVD are good but, I ask a lot of questions. So I'll throw it out there, anybody doing a service on a 1150 this spring? I would like to learn how to do the service on one. PM me or get involved here. I hope I didn't hijack this thread...Bob

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    BMW Riders of Oregon is the only state club I know of, and the local events they do are usually announced via email. I also get several emails about tech days that are held by members once in a while, these are usually airhead days though. I hear ya on the service though! I do my own oil, tires and brakes, but beyond that, I am not much help. If you need tires though, I am glad to help out, as in I have the tire rack and balancer and can help. The RT has aluminum rims, so I would leave the heavy work to you so I dont scratch your rims. Ignore my screen name, I currently have a GS and its rims are more forgiving.

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    I might be interested in getting together for a meal somewhere, but I am not interested in riding with a group larger than 4 or 5. I ride for the fun of it, not to see how fast I can traverse a particular road. Additionally, I do not ride in the rain - or other nasty weather - if I can avoid it.

    Given all that I tour once a year with a cherished group of friends over a 3K route that varies every year. This will be our 18th year, and two of us ride KLTs

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    I am right there with you bflemingor, I am a newer rider, started in 05, and have tired the group ride thing. Have gone on some rides sponsored by BMWRO and local shops, some charity runs etc, but I just am not a group ride type. I like to set my own pace without someone creeping up my rear, I ride on the conservative side and dont find any shame in the edges of my tires being like new and I like to stop when I see something neat and want a picture. And I like to ride to places instead of just a big loop etc. I have much more fun with just one or two other bikes. Last summer my brother and I did just over 10K by ourselves and had a ball.

    That being said, I tried last summer, well 07, to get a monthly breakfast going using the BMWRO site to spread the word. Met some nice people, but my idea was to eat somewhere different each time, that I think was the down fall, no set place and no set day.

    I do think it would be neat though to have a monthly spot for people to congregate for food and talk.

    So we have the start of an idea it sounds like. My own thought, should be an inexpensive place, for the most part, maybe with a German connection. Was planning on stopping by the Pyriamind Brewing Tap House in NW this week for dinner and to check it out for a meet place for bikes. Anyone been there?

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    When the weather softens and the gravel is off the road I will extend an invitation to share a ride. I just love the east end of the Columbia River Gorge. Maybe we will even get someone on a big Triumph to join us as the team photographer.

    http://www.pyramidbrew.com/alehouses/portland
    Been to Pyramid Brewing many times. The two huge, highly polished, copper fermenting tanks and garlic rosemary fries that your wife will comment upon. Good grill, good beer. Name the day and time, I'll show.

    See ya
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    Very good! I am a bit biased towards the place if it is good, as it is on my way home! If we try to come up with an informal day and time, what works best. Weekday night, one less dinner to be planned, but if someone wanted to ride afterwards, then that would be a no go. Weekend meet would allow rides if people wanted to afterwards, but then again, rides might interfere with a get together. I am kinda leaning towards a weekday evening thing, then if folks wanted to plan rides for a weekend, then they could. And a weekday night may not be as busy at the restaurant.

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    Checking in from Salem... Count me in.

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    check in from N PDX & interested.
    -tom

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    I'm in for a meet also. Any other PDX area riders interested? Bob

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    Don't know that I've been there - what's the address?? Some Breakfast suggestions: Top 'o Hill in Canby, or Camp 18 on 26, or The Otis Cafe in Lincoln City....

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    Checking in from Salem, any of you daily riders? I commute from Salem to Aurora every day on my silver steed and the only other riders I see in the winter are OSP & Salem PD. Happy riding ...

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    With any luck, I am going to stop at the Pyramind place tomorrow night for dinner to check it out, price, seating, parking etc. The address is Pyramid Brewing McTarnahans Taproom at 2730 NW 31.

    Planegeek, I rode in today from Scappoose to Portland, of course did not figure out it was icey out until well under way. Never ridden so far puckered up so much. Oh well, kept it upright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sit1150R View Post
    Planegeek, I rode in today from Scappoose to Portland, of course did not figure out it was icey out until well under way. Never ridden so far puckered up so much. Oh well, kept it upright.
    Yeah I hear ya! I was totally bummed not being able to ride the week before & week of Christmas with all the ice & snow. The weeks after I have to say were quite entertaining. The RT handled great on all the gravel. I just handled it like a GS even standing on the foot pegs through some hilly neighborhoods. Who knows some day I may add to the family and pick up a GS for winter riding. With studded tires that is...

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