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300,000 miles on 5 BMWs: Debbie Fillian rides ...and rides ...and rides!

Posted By Debbie Fillian #30879, Tuesday, June 16, 2020

I started riding on the back of our KZ400 the summer before I married Lee in 1977.

In 1987 a friend suggested we ride to Alaska. Lee and I had ridden a lot of miles together two up, but I wasn’t sure about riding on the back on bad roads and decided it would be better to have my own bike. I had a motorcycle license, but only a couple hundred miles of motorcycle experience. Early spring 1988 I bought a new leftover 1987 K 75 T. I managed to get in 6,000 or so miles in before summer. Our trip was five and a half weeks and 10,000 miles and my total for the year was around 20,000 miles.

I never kept track of how many states I rode on my own bike. Riding solo and two-up, I've been to 49 US states and six Canadian provinces.

During the first 25 years we were married, we would take three-week trips and camp most of the time. These were big loop trips like Californian Coast or New England states. After that we started staying in motels and our trips were a little shorter, averaging two weeks.

Lee belongs to several forums and several times a year we meet with other forum members in different states and do day rides for three or four days in the area. These are motel rallies and the trips last one to two weeks. Almost all of our miles are together on trips. We rarely ride local.

I have owned the following bikes:

  • 1987 K 75 T
  • 1991 K 75 S
  • 2003 K 1200 RS
  • 2011 K 1300 S
  • 2016 R 1200 RS - my current bike

I put the most miles on the K 75 S (87,150) and K 1200 RS (84,250).

If you see a matching pair of Lupin Blue R 1200 RSes, stop and say hi to myself and Lee.

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Roger R. Mullins Vice President says...
Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Congratulations Deb.
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Gregory Schulte says...
Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2020
What fun and what a great story!
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Raymond Bourey says...
Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Congratulations at several levels. Many thanks for setting the good example. Look forward to catching you and Lee down the road. Enjoy the ride.
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Ron Torres-Gatherer says...
Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2020
wow great story thanks for the time and effort. RTG
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