Hi, everyone, my name is Barry VanCamp.
I've just paid the dues for this website, and I can't wait to get started.
I'm 57 years old, retired from the federal government, and just purchased my very first BMW motorbike. Been riding a 2009 KLR for the last 4 years, but always wanted to try a BMW. I've been riding for 44 years, owned everything from Honda to Harley. After my military service,(USN), I attended the American Motorcycle Institute that used to be located in Daytona Beach. After graduating from AMI, I went to work for a Suzuki dealership in the spring of 1981. Of course, I was laid off that fall, the work being seasonal.
Since I required a paycheck, I worked various jobs for the next few years. Then I got hired by the US Postal Service as a letter carrier. After a few years as a carrier and clerk, I got a transfer to the main office downtown Indianapolis where I entered the maintenance department, finishing up as an Electronics Technician.
A few days ago, while perusing various sites for a deal on a R1200GS, I found a likely candidate on the Falcone Powersports website. They were advertising a 2009 R1200GS with 3800. miles for 12999.00. Sent them an e-mail and went there the next day.
The bike was flawless, came with vario bags, tank bag, aftermarket windscreen, passenger backrest, ESA, ABS, Kaoko cruise control, and probably more. Took her for a test ride and since she spoke to me, purchased her immediately. Since I am not married, (I'm happy), I made arrangements for them to deliver the bike the next morning. Talk about a long night!
The guy showed up around 10AM the next day. As he was driving through Indy, the right side pannier had come off and bounced away. We found out that they had a new one in stock, so I jumped on the bike and rode back to the dealership. They set the lock to my key and about 20 minutes later I was on my way.
Anyway, owning a BMW was on my bucket list, so I can cross that one off.