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    Smile Made the leap of faith today - A new 2011 1200RT

    I'm a new member as of yesterday, and a new owner as of today! Very enthused about my new bike, and feel a bit guilty about letting my Honda XR650 go. I've been wanting an RT since I bought my last bike 12 years ago, and it was worth the wait. I take delivery on Tuesday and will be in bike heaven Looking forward to learning more in the club and hopefully enjoying some club rides in Washington State. I've already picked up many tips on this forum that aided me in my negotiations, thank you.
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    Don Fitzpatrick
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    1999 XR650L

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    Congrats, Let the farkling begin!

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    Thanks! I have to ask though, what does farkling mean?
    Don Fitzpatrick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishspirit View Post
    Thanks! I have to ask though, what does farkling mean?
    motorcycle slang for accessories, contraction of function and sparkle. Adding GPS, running lights, new windshield, new seat, chrome plated welded chain license plate holder, all the things your new BMW desperately needs
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    Ah yes, got it! Thanks, and I can tell the shopping will continue!
    Don Fitzpatrick
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    It means spending of money has just begun. Know what else? I fought many an Irish Fan today negotiating traffic in South Bend. Today is the blue gold game.

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    Welcome to the club. Lots of good info here. And I think you are realllllly going to like the RT.
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    Did you pick the bike up from South Sound BMW? They have some great meetings or events there with movies/picture demonstrations from people who have done world class rides. Take advantage of that, very few dealers offer such activities. Although I do not live there my brother is always down there buying new bikes or attending the seminars etc that they have. Get on their mailing list. Also, buy the service manual, probably on cd and do all your work or at least be knowlegable about what they do. I did this and the bike, 1150RT runs great, looks great and I can repair just about anything, it's not that hard. Plus we have each other in the BMWMOA, really wonderful organization and great people. Have fun with your NEW beemer machine.

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    Welcome to the MOA from another RT rider!
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    ...farkling...? Irish Spirit
    Welcome. And I see your RT is just a short ride away from the south leg of the Cascade Loop.

    Farkle: fancy accessory really kool likely expensive.

    Sometimes attributed to Pete Wells, the organizer of an ST 1100 rally.
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    Thanks to all for the warm welcome, what a great group! I'll answer a few questions in the one email here. Olsensan, actually I bought it through Ride West in Seattle. I'm told from the salesman that both dealerships are owned by the same owner. They have been very good to work with, and were not pushy. As far as I'm concerned, they have earned my future business and referrals. I appreciate the tips on the South Sound "events", and I can see that will be a good excuse for a ride already

    I will do some of my own service in the future, no doubt about it. I grew up in the automotive field, so I'm used to wrenching to an extent. I have to admit, I don't do nearly what I used to, but on toys it's always different. I'm really looking forward to connecting with some folks that tour in the area. I am a family man, so my spare time is at the whims of kids and spouse, but I am fortunate that both are understanding of my passions. So I'll be able to take some time here and there and can't wait.

    Rinty - the cascade loop is a must! My dad lives in Winthrop, and it is a stunning loop ride, equal in beauty to the best of what my limited travels have shown me. While it is still burried with snow right now, they are getting closer to clearing it for the spring. A visit to see dad and his wife and show off my new toy will be an enjoyable weekend event!

    Thanks again to all for the notes, and I'll post a picuture on Tuesday evening....you can bet on that!
    Don Fitzpatrick
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    My dad lives in Winthrop...
    Lucky you!
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    Welcome! You just bought yourself a piece of motorcycle NIRVANA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishspirit View Post
    Thanks! I have to ask though, what does farkling mean?
    Fancy Accessory Really Cool Likely Expensive
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    Thanks Bluegrass, I am having lots of fun searching the forum for different ideas! The truth is that I'm going to have to settle for just "petting" RT for a while as my piggy bank is empty. However, I'm sure going to have fun exercising and waxing it in the mean time

    Thanks for the note....only 5 hours until I pick it up!
    Don Fitzpatrick
    Woodinville, WA
    2011 1200RT
    1999 XR650L

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