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    New Member in Annapolis, MD

    Hi all,

    Just introducing myself here as a new-to-BMW scooter guy. I decided to get back in to motorcycling after a 30 year hiatus last summer. After a lot of back and forth between the sport bikes I grew up on and something more comfortable, I decided I could have both in one bike and put a K16GT on order. I picked it up about a month ago and I'm going in for my 600 mile service on it tomorrow. I'm still pinching myself and asking if it's real.

    Being new back to bikes (a few things have changed since 1980) and this being my first BMW ever I figure I have a lot to learn and I'm looking forward to participating here.

    Wes

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    Talking Welcome from WV...

    Quote Originally Posted by PittsDriver View Post
    Hi all,

    Just introducing myself here as a new-to-BMW scooter guy. I decided to get back in to motorcycling after a 30 year hiatus last summer. After a lot of back and forth between the sport bikes I grew up on and something more comfortable, I decided I could have both in one bike and put a K16GT on order. I picked it up about a month ago and I'm going in for my 600 mile service on it tomorrow. I'm still pinching myself and asking if it's real.

    Being new back to bikes (a few things have changed since 1980) and this being my first BMW ever I figure I have a lot to learn and I'm looking forward to participating here.

    Wes
    I have a met a couple of gents' who are in their 70's...well at least one is I know for sure...who are scooter riders. Both travel extensively on them....one even pulls a small trailer. Both do a lot of motocamping. I am sure you are really going to enjoy that new ride......ride safe....and watch your back!

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    welcome the MOA

    Congrats on your new scoot. I rode one at the last international rally. You are one lucky son of a gun.

    In addition to welcoming you to the MOA I want to invite you to check out our humble group of wondering BMW fans on the DELMARVA pennisula. We call ourselves the MidAtlantic Riders (MARs). We are a chartered club of the MOA #280 with a membership around 65 strong. We ride and meet monthly in the northern DE, southeastern PA and eastern MD areas. We will be gathering this Saturday at Arner's restaurant in New Castle DE at 9am if you would like to join us. Our web site is www.Midatlanticriders.com, please take a look at it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me from the site.

    Tom

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    Hello

    Nice choice Wes. For the first six months after the K16 was introduced I thought for sure this was the bike I would own. As it turns out I did not want to Pre-order and lost patience waiting on inventory. Bought a 2011 1200RT and absolutely love it (first BMW). The K16 looks like an awesome motorcycle and I know you will enjoy owning it. Went to the BMW international rally in July and had a great time, will be going to the 2012 rally in MO., you should consider it. Give a shout, I'm just down the road in Huntingtown, Md, would love to see your bike.

    P.S. I assume your servicing at Bob's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bird302 View Post
    Congrats on your new scoot. I rode one at the last international rally. You are one lucky son of a gun.

    In addition to welcoming you to the MOA I want to invite you to check out our humble group of wondering BMW fans on the DELMARVA pennisula. We call ourselves the MidAtlantic Riders (MARs). We are a chartered club of the MOA #280 with a membership around 65 strong. We ride and meet monthly in the northern DE, southeastern PA and eastern MD areas. We will be gathering this Saturday at Arner's restaurant in New Castle DE at 9am if you would like to join us. Our web site is www.Midatlanticriders.com, please take a look at it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me from the site.

    Tom

    Hey Tom, I'll definitely check it out. This weekend does work but possibly in March it would be fun to meet up with you guys. Thanks for the invite!

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    Hi Wes and welcome! Another chartered club is in your area - BMW Bikers of Metropolitan Washington. www.bmwbmw.org Come nicer weather, there is a group of riders that meets at the City Dock in downtown Annapolis on Sunday morning for coffee and BS, often followed by a ride.

    BMWBMW has some other events rotating between Baltimore/DC areas and northern VA. Stop by and say howdy sometime!
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    Welcome, Wes!

    As Tom said, the MARs group is north of you but we venture to Annapolis on occasion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whosoever View Post
    I have a met a couple of gents' who are in their 70's...well at least one is I know for sure...who are scooter riders. Both travel extensively on them....one even pulls a small trailer. Both do a lot of motocamping. I am sure you are really going to enjoy that new ride......ride safe....and watch your back!
    I'm not quite that old (53) and I've spent just about my entire life turning gasoline into grins starting with minibikes and go-carts, a Honda Z50, Honda XL 125 then in my college years rode Suzukis I turned in to racing bikes. I left a lot of racing compound tire rubber all over North Georgia and the Great Smoky Mountains back in the 70's/early 80's. Then the long break from scooters came but during that time I was racing cars, playing with jet skis, boats, and for the last decade I've been an active aerobatic competitor in a Pitts biplane - all gas to grins stuff.

    I'm calling this K16GT not a sport/touring bike but a hooligan/touring bike. Hot snot it'll power on wheelie with the DCT turned off. The power and performance of this scoot is addictive! I'm still dating it and feeling it out it's going to take a fair amount of self control to behave on this thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PittsDriver View Post
    I'm not quite that old (53) and I've spent just about my entire life turning gasoline into grins starting with minibikes and go-carts, a Honda Z50, Honda XL 125 then in my college years rode Suzukis I turned in to racing bikes. I left a lot of racing compound tire rubber all over North Georgia and the Great Smoky Mountains back in the 70's/early 80's. Then the long break from scooters came but during that time I was racing cars, playing with jet skis, boats, and for the last decade I've been an active aerobatic competitor in a Pitts biplane - all gas to grins stuff.

    I'm calling this K16GT not a sport/touring bike but a hooligan/touring bike. Hot snot it'll power on wheelie with the DCT turned off. The power and performance of this scoot is addictive! I'm still dating it and feeling it out it's going to take a fair amount of self control to behave on this thing!
    Love that use of the phrase.Spent most my like in MD.,and a lot of that time was on the Magothy,Severn rivers.In my teens it was downtown annapolis for the bars.I sooo miss the blue crabs.
    I am jealous,I to had been out of riding for some time.When I dove back in it was to purchase a used 02 R1150RT a year and a half ago , thinking it was a big jump from my 500 Ascot to this BMW after 10years I took it easy.Dang,you jumped right in with the biggest toy BMW makes. Have fun
    We drove all this way for a DEAD END ! My son!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by froggy View Post
    Dang,you jumped right in with the biggest toy BMW makes. Have fun
    Yeah, I figured it was better to get something to grow in to than go through a few other bikes first. This may also be the last bike my wife lets me buy so I made it a good one

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    Quote Originally Posted by PittsDriver View Post
    Yeah, I figured it was better to get something to grow in to than go through a few other bikes first. This may also be the last bike my wife lets me buy so I made it a good one
    Thats what I thought I did until I saw what U bought.Eat some steamed crabs for me...but don't tell me about it
    We drove all this way for a DEAD END ! My son!!!

    02 Silver RT1150 My 1st BMW Bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by PittsDriver View Post
    Hi all,

    Just introducing myself here as a new-to-BMW scooter guy. I decided to get back in to motorcycling after a 30 year hiatus last summer. After a lot of back and forth between the sport bikes I grew up on and something more comfortable, I decided I could have both in one bike and put a K16GT on order. I picked it up about a month ago and I'm going in for my 600 mile service on it tomorrow. I'm still pinching myself and asking if it's real.

    Being new back to bikes (a few things have changed since 1980) and this being my first BMW ever I figure I have a lot to learn and I'm looking forward to participating here.

    Wes

    Congratulations on your new bike - you are certainly starting at the top! And, welcome to the BMW and MOA family. You'll find a lot of great, helpful, people in the club. See you on the road!
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    1972 R75/5, 1990 K75, 1990 K1, 1992 K75S, 2003 K1200RS

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