Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: The Deep South of Vermont
Re: BMW Motorcycle Owners of America ??
Thanks for joining BMWMOA!
I have been a member for many years and carry a copy of Owner's Annonymous (OA) on each of my bikes.
I first joined in the 70s when we went x-country on a R90/6. I have never had to use Owner's Annonymous but take a look in there. Before the internet and websites full of helpful folks like this one, OA was a network of BMW enthusiasts who were willing to help a stranger just because they rode a Beemer. I would encourage you to consider what help you might be able to provide a BMW rider who happens to breakdown in your area, and list yourself in OA.
Look at the codes next to each member's name and you can learn things like: how far they'll drive to help you, if they have a trailer, tools, tent or camping space, etc. Some folks will invite you just to stop by for "coffee and conversation" and need no other reason. In the era of long distance touring on an Airhead, this was a wonderful network.
Today, OA is largely eclipsed by cell phones, road service, and the internet, but it is still a really good thing. I have often thought of this site as a modern day, online OA, with all the helpful folks you find here.
My approach to potential final drive failure: I have a bearing, seal, and shim for that bearing in my tool kit, and I have a copy of OA.
Clubs: In Vermont, BMW Motorcycle Owners of Vermont (MOVers) sponsors an annual rally, multiple guided rides during the years, and at least a monthly RTE. Many states have more than one BMWMOA chapter. Need a destination? Look at the list of rallys and head for one in a part of the country that interests you. You'll find friends when you get there.
BMW Owner's News occasionally has a good tech article or two. If you like reading other folks ride reports, there's that. And lots of advertisements for stuff you didn't know you needed.
So, BMWMOA is different things for different folks. For some it is a magazine, for others an help network, others, a club.
I think BMWMOA is a good deal.