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    New member from Oregon

    Hello everyone,

    I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Kris Jacobson and I'm a new BMW rider/owner. I've just returned to riding since the late 70's. Back in those days, I rode a Honda CB360t. I enjoyed that bike and rode all over the SF Bay Area on it. I eventually got my first car and the motorcycle got sold.

    Fast forward to 2012. I'm recently retired and suddenly got the itch to ride again. I got my endorsement and began looking for the right motorcycle. I'm really drawn to the vintage bikes of the 70's (that's what I'm familiar with) and I kept thinking I wanted a Triumph or something sexy like that. I'm a 51 year old woman with a 31.5" inseam and I knew I wanted to get something more than the standard HD sportster or Honda Rebel type bike.

    I just so happened to walk into the local BMW dealership and BAM! I met the owner of the dealership who treated me like a valued customer, didn't patronize or talk down to me, was honest and asked all the questions to help determine what type of bike might suit me best. He also described the BMW riding community and the type of clinics, events and rides they have. And last, but not least, I sat on an F650GS. It seemed to fit me like a glove and I knew deep in the pit of my stomach that this was the right bike for me.

    A week later and after a bunch of return visits to the shop to sit on bikes, reading countless internet bike reviews and thinking about it, I signed the paperwork and rode my "new to me" 2007 BMW F650GS thumper home. I put a 100 mile ride on her the day after I got home and can't wait to put more miles on her. Now, if only the Oregon weather would cooperate. I woke up to a fresh dusting of snow on the ground this morning and the weather is driving me crazy.

    I'm dreaming about packing my panniers for a road trip. Hopefully I'll be meeting some of you on this forum in person this summer!


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    Welcome Kris! I am also retired and moved to Trinity County, CA, not too far from Eugene. I also got the "urge" back after being off for about 30 years. If you ever do a ride down this way, let me know and I would hope that I could ride along with you for a while. I have a buddy down in the Sacramento area that has the same bike you picked up. He loves it!

    Happy trails, ride safe.

    Lkarl KJ6OCL / 2000, R1200C

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    Welcome to the BMW motorcycle family! Sounds like you found a great bike - I know a lot of people with F650s who just are in love with them. If you haven't already, you might want to join the BMW Riders of Oregon: http://bmwro.org/. They have a great rally in John Day mid-June every year. Maybe I'll see you there!
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    Welcome! Be sure to check out the GS Giants. You are sure to meet up with friends you never knew you had!

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    Hello and welcome Kris, I recently got to know a nice gent in Everett Washington and we are hoping to meet up this year somewhere on the Cascade loop. I also want to get down to Multnomah Falls when I'm out that way so maybe we will see you on the road. Best wishes for a safe riding season and congratulations on your new bike.

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    BMW riders of Oregon

    Quote Originally Posted by GregFeeler View Post
    Welcome to the BMW motorcycle family! Sounds like you found a great bike - I know a lot of people with F650s who just are in love with them. If you haven't already, you might want to join the BMW Riders of Oregon: http://bmwro.org/. They have a great rally in John Day mid-June every year. Maybe I'll see you there!
    Thanks Greg,

    I've actually printed out the member application for that club and have it on my table with the plans to get it in the mail. I've been seriously toying with the idea of going to that rally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJ6OCL View Post
    Welcome Kris! I am also retired and moved to Trinity County, CA, not too far from Eugene. I also got the "urge" back after being off for about 30 years. If you ever do a ride down this way, let me know and I would hope that I could ride along with you for a while. I have a buddy down in the Sacramento area that has the same bike you picked up. He loves it!

    Happy trails, ride safe.
    Thanks for the warm welcome! If I ever have plans to get down to that beautiful Trinity area, I'll be sure to send you a message and let you know.
    Kris Jacobson Eugene, OR
    2005 R1200RT
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    BMW=Bavarian Motor Works BMD=Belgian Malinois Dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newstar View Post
    Welcome! Be sure to check out the GS Giants. You are sure to meet up with friends you never knew you had!
    Thanks Tracy,
    I'm checking out the GS website right now...
    Kris Jacobson Eugene, OR
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    BMW=Bavarian Motor Works BMD=Belgian Malinois Dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by GW View Post
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    Hello and welcome Kris, I recently got to know a nice gent in Everett Washington and we are hoping to meet up this year somewhere on the Cascade loop. I also want to get down to Multnomah Falls when I'm out that way so maybe we will see you on the road. Best wishes for a safe riding season and congratulations on your new bike.
    Hi Glenn,
    When I'm riding near Multnomah Falls, I'll keep my eyes peeled for the Canadian riding the R1200RT!
    Kris Jacobson Eugene, OR
    2005 R1200RT
    2007 F650GS-P
    BMW=Bavarian Motor Works BMD=Belgian Malinois Dog

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    the falls

    Welcome, welcome! I'm in Hood River, just about 30 min. from the falls. Get to see them about once a month, and it never gets old. Next time I roll by I'll keep my eyes peeled for you all.

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    Hi Kris,

    The Oregon BMW rally is well worth attending. And it's a fun ride getting there (John Day) from Eugene.

    Debbie Webber at Premier Motogear in Albany is "the" person to go to for women's riding gear. Here in the NorthWet clothing is as important as the bike.

    Spring is just a couple of snow storms away. Hang in there...

    Ride Well,
    Ramey "Coach" Stroud

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    Welcome to BMW's, Kris
    My first bike was also a Honda CB360T I bought used back in the 1970's. I put 9,000 miles on it in 3 months and traded it for a BMW R75/5.

    Enjoy you GS!
    George
    R1200RT, K1200RS. Previous K1200LT, R80RT, R100R, R75/5

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    Hi Coach!

    Thanks for the tip on Debbie and Albany Motogear. I was just riding through Albany yesterday, on my way to Salem. The shop was probably closed (Monday) but I'll be sure to stop in soon and let her know you referred me.

    I'm already planning on attending the Oregon BMW Rally and can't wait for June!

    Kris



    Quote Originally Posted by Coach View Post
    Hi Kris,

    The Oregon BMW rally is well worth attending. And it's a fun ride getting there (John Day) from Eugene.

    Debbie Webber at Premier Motogear in Albany is "the" person to go to for women's riding gear. Here in the NorthWet clothing is as important as the bike.

    Spring is just a couple of snow storms away. Hang in there...

    Ride Well,
    Ramey "Coach" Stroud
    Kris Jacobson Eugene, OR
    2005 R1200RT
    2007 F650GS-P
    BMW=Bavarian Motor Works BMD=Belgian Malinois Dog

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