Let me start by introducing myself, my name is Justin, a 42yo Native Texan who resides in beautiful East Texas. I have had numerous bikes through the years, Honda and Kawasaki. The most recent a Kawasaki Concours that I thourghly enjoyed for a few years, many miles, and even a Saddle Sore 1000. When I felt victim to lack of riding time I sold her and wished her well with her new owner.
Recently, the winter glum (what we consider winter) parted ways and left me to be bitten once again for the open rode. The dream situation was that I would find an incredible bike somewhere far off and I would fly up and ride it home. Several weeks passed, searching ebay, craigslist, even Google searches for Dealers inventory. Several bikes were chosen and saved, I did due diligent research and arrived that now was my time to own a BMW. I chose not to spend the large sums for a new bike so I chose to endeavor and look for a great pre-owned ride.
And this is what I found............
While waiting for my tax return it slipped through my hands. So I continued my search.
A week later I was doing another Google search for BMW Dealers in Seattle, up pops Ride West. I pull up their pre-owned inventory, and to my giddy little school girl surprise, it was in the #1 position. I was 8am my time, and I had to wait 3hrs to call and see if it was still available (plug-in Jeopardy Final Round theme music here).
IT WAS STILL ON THE FLOOR.........and available.
After several minutes of interrogating the sales rep. I made the plunge and made the NON-refundable deposit. Next was the trip planning.
I am flying up this Wednesday. Take care of business, and be on my way. Heading to Coeur d'Alene and spending the night.
I have the National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways, and have planned my route fitting in the most of their routes into the 2300 miles back home.
Coeur d'Alene ID / Missoula, MT
Lake Coeur d'Alene
Missoula, MT / Twin Falls, ID
Salmon River Scenic Route
Sawtooth Drive (southern half)
Twin Falls, ID / Jackson, WY
Mesa Falls Scenic Byway
West Yellowstone NP
Teton Park Pass
Big Hole Mountains Drive
Centennial Scenic Byway
I am tossing around the idea of using the last leg of my trip from Jackson, WY as a opportunity for a Bun Burner 1500. It maps out at 1585 miles and 25hrs. This of course will be determined by the previous days rides and if I am up for it or not.
I am just so excited about this whole thing.
Forgive me for rambling on, this being my first ever post and all. Please feel free to give me any tips, advice, or personal experiences with any of these particular rides. I am packing very light and only flying up with the essential gear, cell phone, XM Roady, GPS, and Camera. Cold and wet gear, looks like it will be raining the first few days. I have roadside assistance with both my insurer and BMW MOA, so I have that piece of mind.
Because I just joined today, and chose first class mailing, I doubt that I will receive the BMW MOA roadside assistance information before I leave. If anyone who reads this and can help me with the pertinent info, I am very appreciative.
Thank you again, and I am glad to be apart of your group.