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    BMW Dealer Map

    One of the HOG members that I work with has an Atlas that has all of the Harley dealers marked on it so that when they are traveling they can see how close they are to a dealer and service. Has anyone seen anything like this for BMW??
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    BMW's while not perfect, are a whole lot more dependable than HOGs. So why would you need one for BMW dealers?

    All kidding aside, when I got my CLC last December, I got a book with it that all BMW dealers listed by state and city. Also, the BMWOA book has good listings in it.

    We have lots of resources available.

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    BMW Dealers have a little tank bag sized guide available and your MOA Anonymous book has a listing as well.

    It would be handy to have the Anonymous listing available for your Palm or CE device, but I don't think it is.
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    I have no life Dave, want me to scan it in word format for you ??
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    dealer locations

    i use to have a bmw dealer listing with uploadable gps coordinates for your gps, i'll have to look for it. could be helpful out on the road.

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    MOA Anonymous

    Most of the good dealers are listed in the MOA Anonymous book. It's a great resource to pack in the tank bag.

    This reminds me of one experience. In 2001 my friend and I were passing through PA on our may to the GA Mtn Rally. At a fuel stop his R65 fuel tank lock broke. He was unable to unlock it with a key. After spending some time trying to open it. I looked in the MOA Anonymous book and saw that a BMW was near enough that we could ride there with the fuel remaining in his tank. He made a phone call to the dealer to see if they could take a look at the gas cap. The dealer, knowing we were on the road from out of state, said he could fit him in in a couple of weeks. After that my friend jammed a screwdriver in the keyhole and twisted it until the cap opened. A few hours later we were off again.

    It just goes to show you that every BMW dealer is not as helpful as those you read about in the BMW ON.

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    Originally posted by lorazepam
    I have no life Dave, want me to scan it in word format for you ??
    No, thanks. My Anonymous book works fine.....
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    I bet it was that yankee accent on the phone Mark that cause the 2 week delay in assistance.
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    Originally posted by lorazepam
    I bet it was that yankee accent on the phone Mark that cause the 2 week delay in assistance.
    I thought Penn was Yankee territory.

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    Originally posted by oilhed
    I thought Penn was Yankee territory.
    It's not if you're from Mass.

    Yankee means, ME, NH, VT, RI, CT, MA. Anyplace else is a southerner.

    HTH,

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    Originally posted by Rayment6239 We have lots of resources available.
    All but one, a BMW Dealer GPS co-ordinate file for each country that they have dealers in. This should be up on the BMW Motorrad site, but that would make too much sense (sarcasm intended).

    I guess we're not supposed to travel with our BMWs.

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    Originally posted by Global Rider
    All but one, a BMW Dealer GPS co-ordinate file for each country that they have dealers in. This should be up on the BMW Motorrad site, but that would make too much sense (sarcasm intended).

    I guess we're not supposed to travel with our BMWs.
    Now THAT would be a cool item to have....



    But I'd have to own a GPS....
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    Originally posted by KBasa
    It's not if you're from Mass.

    Yankee means, ME, NH, VT, RI, CT, MA. Anyplace else is a southerner.
    Even the NY Yankees aren't real Yankees? You learn something new everyday.

    MarkF

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    Originally posted by KBasa
    Now THAT would be a cool item to have....
    Actually, BMW does have it, but it comes with their Navigation System which happens to be a Garmin StreetPilot III, but at twice the cost.

    I just wonder what would happen if you took your US purchased BMW Navigation System and toured outside of North America. The local BMW dealers wouldn't be listed now....would they?

    I would have found this handy back in 2001 when I had a rear wheel bearing failure in northern Italy and not knowing where the nearest BMW dealer was. If I were a BMW dealer, I'd be miffed for losing out on a service call. As it turned out, a Honda dealer got my business.

    But that is typically BMW with their moronic way of thinking. They'll just tell you to buy their Navigation System, which of course would have been useless to me overseas with only North American dealers listed (I would assume).

    So I tracked down GPS co-ordinates for all BMW dealers in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and part of France and loaded them into my GPS. The downside, some dealers might move and constantly checking a few hundred dealers to see if they've relocated wouldn't be practical. This is where BMW should step in and maintain a current database.

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    Back to the original subject...


    I think this would be very helpful in letting people know how far they are from a service department. I have had two calls just last month from riders that were having problems with there bikes and could not tell how far they were from a dealer.

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