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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!

Pad. Gajajiva
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Hi Neighbor!
Welcome to this great site. Although you like to ride solo, there is a very active local Beemer Club and there are many activities throughout the year. PM me your e-mail address and I'll send you the latest newsletter. I'm the editor

Perhaps we can get together for a cup of Jo some week end!
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Hi Neighbor!
Welcome to this great site. Although you like to ride solo, there is a very active local Beemer Club and there are many activities throughout the year. PM me your e-mail address and I'll send you the latest newsletter. I'm the editor

Perhaps we can get together for a cup of Jo some week end!
Paul
Thanks for the welcome fellers!

Paul - Thanks for the offer, and I will PM you shortly. The riding solo part isn't my choice really. My wife simply does not like, or is actually scared of motorcycles. She had been on the back of my Triumph and Norton when we were dating while in NZ, but she did not like it at all even with my gentle handling of the rides. So, that along with the much busier traffic in the US (as compared to NZ) made me give up riding two-wheelers when we came across the big pond (to NY City yet!) in '69.

I may not be too active at this time. Just gathering information from you folks and share some of my experience whenever I can. Hopefully, when I do get a ride, I will have made some friends to ride with, but I am quite comfortable going solo as well.

Pad. Gajajiva
Solon, OH, USA

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2014 R1200RT (Quartz Metallic Blue - Returned to BMW)
2007 R1200RT (Sold!)


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1960 Triumph Bonneville (T120)
1960 Triumph Thunderbird (6T)
1952 Triumph Thunderbird (6T)
1932 Triumph 500
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Welcome to "THE bin," G!

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Thanks Jay! This is a great place. Reading some of these posts brings back a lot of riding memories.

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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
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All I can say is welcome and riding Bikes is far better the second time around. Maybe it's the maturity , what we lack in reflexes making up for with attitude and gratitude, but I took took a decade or two off from riding to race four wheelers and now that I no long feel I need to impress anyone, I am really enjoying riding and riding safely.

One caviat. My advise is do what I did , buy a used bike get the feel of it , you WILL drop whatever you buy a couple times then go buy the new one with all the bells and whistles. As for me I got an R model with low miles on it and got 80 per cent of my money back after 18000 miles and knew for sure which bike to buy then so no buyers remorse here. It also means that your new bike doesn't get all dinged up right off the bat. Cheaper than rental and a good way to learn about maintenance and whether this dealer or that is where you want to buy for long term service.

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