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    Beemer

    Oh yeah I forgot to mention, this BMW will keep me broke with all the expensive services. I put 14,000 miles on my Harley and it hasn't cost me as much as the 600 mile service for the BMW. All that needs done to the Harley is change all fluids which I do myself. Cheap. 600 mile service for the RT was over 300.
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    After the 600 mile service unless you have 5 thumbs on each hand, you should be able to do the service yourself. I have been doing my own service on my bmw's since I figured out how easy it is. It will not void your warranty either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lorazepam
    After the 600 mile service unless you have 5 thumbs on each hand, you should be able to do the service yourself. I have been doing my own service on my bmw's since I figured out how easy it is. It will not void your warranty either.
    Well I have been doing my onwn work on Harleys for many years but I was told that I would need special equipment to sync the throttle bodies and to service the IABS. AAnd that if it was done wrong the ABS would malfunction as would the fuel injection.
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    well every two years you have to have the dealer service the abs. If you have a carb stix, you can balance the fuel injection. If you are ambitious, there are instructions for servicing the abs online, but I choose to leave that to the dealer. since there are two injectors on the beemer, yes you do have to fork out 30 bucks for carbstix, or 70 for a twinmax. either way it is cheaper than paying the dealer to do it. Adjusting the valves is unbelieveably simple, just look at the overhead valve adjustment for dummies web site.
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    Guess I should mention that the '69 XLCH I owned cured me from ever owning another Harley. that POS would leak oil no matter what I did, including having the covers machined to cure it. It also ran like crap, and I could never get it to run right. On the other hand, the 45 cuin I rode for a couple years would always start, and ran like a top all the way to 70 mph, which was its top speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lorazepam
    Guess I should mention that the '69 XLCH I owned cured me from ever owning another Harley. that POS would leak oil no matter what I did, including having the covers machined to cure it. It also ran like crap, and I could never get it to run right. On the other hand, the 45 cuin I rode for a couple years would always start, and ran like a top all the way to 70 mph, which was its top speed.
    Well you can't compare a 69 sporty to anything that Harley has today. Thats like comparing a model T to todays Ford.

    Anyway I will find out about the quality of the BMW. Some have asked why I went to the BMW. I am retired, in pretty good physical condition and I like to see as much of the USA and Canada as I can in as short a time as possible. My last Harley I rode long hours cruising at 75 to 85 mph and I didn't want to do that to this new Harley. Since I heard that BMW will run all day at 80 mph I thought I would give it a try. We'll see.
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    My RRS has a sweet spot for riding at around 80 or so, and it is effortless to make an all day ride at that speed. I cant imagine touring on anything else.

    I understand that the new Harleys are so much better than the AMF pos that were churned out, competition was a good thing for Harley. It made them get off their butts and make a decent product.
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    Two bikes are better than one! Are you going to the Ralley in Ohio?
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    Welcome

    Welcome to you "screamin eagle", I live in Greensburg, and go thru P.U. all the time on my runs up to the mountains. Look for the green rockster blowin by, but look quick. Hope to meet ya one of these days, in the meantime, when you get to the rally, look for the bright red 71 VW Camper in the quiet campground, it will be the wife and myself, and this is our 1st National rally also.

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    rally in Ohio

    I do plan on making it to the rally in Ohio. I will be dry camping in my tent.

    I'll be looking for you there.
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    Great way to meet people

    Howdy Screamin'...

    One the things that I did at my first rally to meet people was to volunteer. You can contact any of the chairpeople on the list located at http://www.bmwmoa.org/rally/rally05/chairs.htm. You can also contact Bob Malehorn who is the volunteer coordinator.

    Of course if you wanted to volunteer to help out with the Charging Station, that would be great also. Did I mention I was the chairman of that?
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    Screamin' Eagle,

    My first rally (of any kind) was when I went to the "National" (back then it was only "national" and not yet "international") in 1977.

    Everything changed for me after that weekend.

    Look for my blue K1100LT next to another "dry" tent and say "hi!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by screamin eagle
    Probably a stupid question but, I have been riding Harleys all my life and I just purchased this RT two weeks ago and I don't know anything about the BMW people. So my question is: do I have to belong to a club to go to the rally, if so what club, who do I contact, and must I register in advance for the rally and who do I contact for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Hamblin
    Screamin' Eagle,

    My first rally (of any kind) was when I went to the "National" (back then it was only "national" and not yet "international") in 1977.

    Everything changed for me after that weekend.

    Look for my blue K1100LT next to another "dry" tent and say "hi!"

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    Hmm Don't I owe you a beer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradfordBenn
    Hmm Don't I owe you a beer?

    Well if you don't owe him one, you can buy me one to make you feel better
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