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    Brand new guy - to you and to motorcycling

    Hey all - I am a 43-year old late bloomer.

    Took an MSF equivalent course last summer and bought a Honda Rebel over the winter. Sold, or more accurately selling, it tomorrow when I trade it in for my '12 R1200GS.



    Just registered and joined here today.

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    WOW! Welcome to the Club. I hope you didn't take too big of a first step jumping into the 1200. You better bring over to my house so I can ride it for you. We don't want you to get hurt riding such a fine bike so soon.

    Just kidding of course. Congratulations on your decision to begin riding and welcome to the world of BMW's. I hope you enjoy your new bike and the folks on this site. Make sure to look around to see if there is a MOA charter club near you. And finally, set a goal to ride that beast next year to the national rally in Salem, Oregon.
    '09 BMW 1200 GSA, 2013 BMW 700GS, 2000 Goldwing SE, '09' V Star 950, '09 Honda Rebel,
    '77 Honda 750A. Holding at six til I get new garage built - need more room for more bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stkmkt1 View Post
    WOW! Welcome to the Club. I hope you didn't take too big of a first step jumping into the 1200. You better bring over to my house so I can ride it for you. We don't want you to get hurt riding such a fine bike so soon.

    Just kidding of course. Congratulations on your decision to begin riding and welcome to the world of BMW's. I hope you enjoy your new bike and the folks on this site. Make sure to look around to see if there is a MOA charter club near you. And finally, set a goal to ride that beast next year to the national rally in Salem, Oregon.
    Ha! I like that!

    I actually didn't know that the national rally was in Salem. I am in Portland! I could walk down for the rally - almost.

    I will be there.

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    Congratulations! My first bike was the venerable Honda CM250 and I'm currently riding the R1200 GS. You're going to love the GS. Just don't be too sad the first time it tips over. It's best to mentally prepare now. It's the motorcycle equivalent of a lollipop balancing on its stick or a buffalo riding a ten speed bicycle. Honestly, you're going to love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hondarider View Post
    Congratulations! My first bike was the venerable Honda CM250 and I'm currently riding the R1200 GS. You're going to love the GS. Just don't be too sad the first time it tips over. It's best to mentally prepare now. It's the motorcycle equivalent of a lollipop balancing on its stick or a buffalo riding a ten speed bicycle. Honestly, you're going to love it.
    A buffalo on a bicycle. Wager I will never forget that one!

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    Well, get as much training as possible. There are 1000 or more things to learn about, and it's always better to study the issue first, and then know how to deal with it when you see it coming, rather than just getting whacked by it, and then learning for the future how to recognize and avoid it.
    Sand, tar snakes, rocks, obstacles, lane cutters, etc. Ok, a lot more than 1000.
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    Motorcycling is fun and challenging. My new R1200GSA is challenging me!
    Now for the positively negatives.
    Assume everyone on the road is trying to hurt you or kill you and you will be all right.
    "Watch out for motorcycle" bumper stickers are great but people crash into fire trucks, buildings and other highly visible stuff so consider yourself invisible. At the scene of an accident "they" will always say "I didn't see the motorcyclist".
    It's a great sport and past time and for some it is their sole means of transportation but you have to stay alive and conserve your body parts to enjoy it.
    Sorry for the negatives but they should be foremost on your mind when you are interacting with public roadways.
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    Welcome, Zeke.
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    "When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeke013 View Post
    A buffalo on a bicycle. Wager I will never forget that one!
    Some of us look like that too!
    Martin. BMW MOA Ambassador.17748
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    Welcome, Zeke!

    If you decide to venture off road, there are several training options available. For the lower cost options, consider catching up with the GS Giants. There is always someone willing to offer advice and assistance.

    Look for an announcement soon regarding our new website and forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newstar View Post
    Welcome, Zeke!

    If you decide to venture off road, there are several training options available. For the lower cost options, consider catching up with the GS Giants. There is always someone willing to offer advice and assistance.

    Look for an announcement soon regarding our new website and forum.
    Will do - thanks!

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    Dave Hough's books have saved me learning from "The School of Hard Knocks" (pun intended). I highly recommend his writings.

    Welcome to the Club and the World of Motorcycling!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    Dave Hough's books have saved me learning from "The School of Hard Knocks" (pun intended). I highly recommend his writings.

    Welcome to the Club and the World of Motorcycling!
    I second both of those thoughts! Dave has a way of writing (and speaking) such that it's very easy to comprehend and remember. I've read both "Proficient Motorcycling" and "Proficient Motorcycling II". Easy reads, and well worth the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Braddog View Post
    I second both of those thoughts! Dave has a way of writing (and speaking) such that it's very easy to comprehend and remember. I've read both "Proficient Motorcycling" and "Proficient Motorcycling II". Easy reads, and well worth the time.
    +1! Great books and well worth reading, especially for new riders. Take the time to read at least the first one, "Proficient Motorcycling". Your transition from what is essentially a training bike to a 1200GS is a HUGE leap. Hopefully you put a lot of miles on your Rebel in the first year. Take the time to get to know your GS in a rider-friendly environment. Congratulations on your new GS and Ride Safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeke013 View Post
    Hey all - I am a 43-year old late bloomer.

    Took an MSF equivalent course last summer and bought a Honda Rebel over the winter. Sold, or more accurately selling, it tomorrow when I trade it in for my '12 R1200GS.



    Just registered and joined here today.

    Stoked!
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