I have been lurking on this site for a week or so, and thought I would just step in to say hi, and introduce myself.
First, I don't have a ride right now, and haven't ridden a bike in 40 years! I am contemplating a change, and that is why I am hanging around here. This is a great board, and I am picking up a lot of information to try to help me make my decision of what bike I will get when that time come.
Right now, I am thinking that I will get a bike around this time next year, and most likely the bike will be either an '09 or '10 RT, since I am most interested in touring, and the probability is extremely high that I will be riding solo.
My past riding experience had been in the beautiful country of New Zealand, where I grew up. Learned to ride on a BSA Gold Star (500cc single-banger), and then graduated to the 650's from there with the last bike being the Norton 650 SS (Sports Special - the bike that had won Isle of Mann three years running in the early '60s). THAT was a beautiful ride, and the famous "feather-bed frame" made that bike handle like a dream on the twist and winding road of NZ.
From what I have read so far, it seem that the RT may bring back some of that memories for me! The dry weight of the RT is not much more than the bikes that I had been used to, and of course I expect the flat-twin to have a lot lower CG than the old British twins, and so handling the bike itself should be a cinch. I sure hope so. I am sure that I am going to have a lot of questions and asking for lots of advice between now and this time next year!
So......hello all, and thanks in advance for future helps!
Solon, OH, USA
2015 R1200RT (San Marino Blue Met.)
2014 R1200RT (Quartz Metallic Blue - Returned to BMW)
2007 R1200RT (Sold!)
Once Upon a Time........
1963 Norton Dominator 650 SS
1960 Triumph Bonneville (T120)
1960 Triumph Thunderbird (6T)
1952 Triumph Thunderbird (6T)
1932 Triumph 500
1952 BSA Goldstar