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    New Member From The Midwest

    Hi,

    I live in the Milwaukee area, and I'm a returning (to the fold) rider. My last cycle required repairs that cost more than it was worth, so it got sold. Life intruded (didn't have enough money to buy a new motorcycle, or I had nowhere to garage it), and getting a motorcycle got put on the back burner. But, I always told myself that I'd get another one. I've always had an interest in BMWs, ever since I read about them (and saw the few go by that were in my neck of the woods) back in the 80s, when I was a teenage, and 20-something college student riding 250 dual purposes (all I could afford at the time). But they always seemed to be out of reach for me financially. Recently due to increases in my salary at work, the situation changed.

    As a result, this past Saturday (yeah, at the height of the Harley 110 Anniversary Celebration! ), I bought a 2004 R1150R at the local BMW dealership! The bike was delivered yesterday after work ( I couldn't ride it home on Saturday, since I went to the dealership in my car), and I took it for an hour plus ride, to get used to how it handles. Today, I used my R1150R, for my commute to and from work (with a few back roads thrown in for the ride home). The bike ran and handled great. LOVE, the torquey engine. Wahoo! I haven't taken a photo of my machine yet, but I'll hopefully ppost one within the next few days.

    'Later,
    Ellen

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    Welcome back Ellen!

    I love riding in WI. I enjoy attending the Great River Road Rally (GR3) put on by the Madison BMW Club. Great roads and great people.

    Enjoy and ride safe.

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    Thanks! I'm still not at 100% capability-wise, due to the long layoff from riding. But with time, I'll get there. I'd forgotten how cold 52 degrees can even be without gloves. That was the temperature this morning, and my hands were downright cold without gloves! Actually, I should get a pair for riding in general (not just when it's cold outside).

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    Welcome to the forum Ellen! Good move keeping the M/C lic Any questions just ask.
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    Welcome

    Always nice to see more women riders. I love my bike and ride when ever and where ever I can.
    Mary
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    Welcome~

    We always need more Midwestern members here.

    Love riding in Wisconsin as I'm a cheesehead by birth.

    Going to the Dells Rally this weekend to see some old friends and meet some new ones. Hope to meet you on the road somewhere.
    I used to post here, but now I don't.

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    Welcome, Ellen! Love that you rode against the traffic during Harley Season!

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    Thanks for the welcome people!

    The ride to work this morning went much better, due to wearing a pair of gloves (I'm at my desk at work, eating a quick breakfast, before I start my workday). About the only downer, was parking related at my apartment building. My apartment building has underground parking (that I have to pay an additional $30/month in rent to have). You can keep a cycle in the same parking spot your car is in, as long as it doesn't stick too far out of the parking space, into where cars drive to get out of the lot. Well, my neighbor (who parks next to me), asked me why I didn't get a separate parking spot for my motorcycle (I told her what I mentioned above). She said, that if I didn't park further in to the wall, she might not have enough room to back out of her spot in one fell swoop have to back out of he spot, and might have to do additional maneuvering to do so. When I left for work this morning, my neighbor had her car in another parking spot (since the spots are assigned by the landlord, I would assume that she requested it). That makes me feel like I'm being a problem for my neighbors, and I don't to be that.

    By the same token, I don't get it (please tell me if I'm acting like a jerk), because I typically make 2 or 3 maneuvers when I park (to get my car positioned to my satisfaction - I try to provide exta space between my car and other cars). I've moved my car over further way from my neighbor's car, to provide additional clearance for her, when she backs out of her space. I also pulled my car in further to the parking space (I can't go any closer, or I'll hit the R1150R, which I keep next to the wall, with enough space between my car's bumper, and the bike, so I can pull out the bike). My car is inside of the marked lines. From what I can see, the other tenant who has a motorcycle parked in the underground garage (it's a Yamaha YZF600), leaves more space than me, between his car and his cycle, and his car sticks out further from his parking spot. My car is a Nissan Versa, which isn't a large car. I don't want to cause problems, but by the same token, I don't get what the big deal is.

    Maybe I should take the panniers off, to see if it slims things spacewise.

    My cycle (this is the dealer's photo, from where I bought the bike):


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