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post #1 of 10 Old Aug 13th, 2010, 7:43 am Thread Starter
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long time hard core BMW riders

My first BMW was an R50/2 wish i still had it now but thats another story. I was kinda courious how many of you have been rideing BMW's forever and how many are X goldwing and harley riders. it's kinda funny that my R/90S when it was new everyone thought it was ugly now days i get alot of complments on my old bike
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post #2 of 10 Old Aug 13th, 2010, 8:01 am
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When I bought my '02 LT new, I had been riding Honda V65 Magna's for years. I bought a Ninja in '03. Sold the LT and Ninja in '06 to buy a new GT. Sold that in late '08 and bought a 2010 Kaw Concours14. In my opinion, sticking to just one brand limits the enjoyment of the sport/hobby.
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My first BMW was an old R100GS/PD. I had helped an obsessed friend in his restoration of two old 'slash' bikes when we were young men and that's probably what planted the seed. I owned mostly Japanese street bike up until I got my GS. Wife HATED the GS, so to appease her need for comfort we got a Harley Ultra, and then a Wing, both comfortable in their own way, but definitely missing the mark. The LT has turned out to be the perfect fit for us and the dear wife is even enamored of BMW bikes enough to want one of her own one day.
I LOVE the old boxers, they were beautiful (to my eyes) when they were new and they are STILL beautiful to this day. If one comes along at the right price, you KNOW I will jump all over it.

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In the past......
Gold Wing, R100 GS P/D (I WILL get another GS!) FLHTCUI, ZX-10, CBX , Honda Turbo, Yamaha Venture , 2 Sportsters, Bultaco Astro, Bultaco Pursang , Montesa Capra, Maico 501, Sear Allstate 106
....and a bunch I have forgotten
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Oh no i'm not saying the only brand i have ridden is BMW i have no idea how many bikes i've owned and ridden hard in the last almost 40 years sometimes i had 8 or 9 different bikes at once. But i have always had a BMW for touring nothimg else is as dependable for me as BMW i only had one leave me walking once. That was this summer when my 76 R/90 laid down on me the rods where clattering so loud it was unreal. as long as i'm in the breeze i'm a happy camper it don't matter what you ride as long as you like it and enjoy it. Ride safe ride hard and ride often.
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post #5 of 10 Old Aug 13th, 2010, 8:55 am
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I had ridden Harley's before the LT in 05. I now have added a 1200 GS. Love the bikes, Not sure about the Company---and I am not talking about the ridding community.
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I started riding in the early '70's . Started on a '67 Triumph Trail Trophy 500 , then '73 Yamaha 650 TT. My first BMW was a '80 R100T that I bought new in '80 . I have been on BMW's since . I've have a '60 R60 , '63 R60 , '65R69 with a R100 drive train & a Velorx sidecar , '74 R90S , '80 R100T , '83 R100RT 60 th Ann. , '86K100/EML GT2 , '91 R100GSPD , & a 95 R1100GS . Currently I have a '02 K1200LT/ Hannigan 2+2 , & A '10 R1200GSA ...& a Honda Helix ...

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post #7 of 10 Old Aug 13th, 2010, 12:31 pm
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I started when I was 7 on a Honda Trail 90 then graduated to a 440LTD at 16 (had to move out of the parents house to do so heh). Then I went to a Yamaha Seca 400 and then to a Yamaha Seca 750 and 900. Then things go a bit fuzzy during the late 80's but there were quite a few then. Now I am stuck with a 1989 Yamaha FZR600 (under resto atm) a Yamaha 2003 Vstar Silverado (popped the rear head into the piston when the flywheel key sheared so reassembling now) and my beloved 2002 BMW K1200LT. Ive been riding for about 34 years now and have had dozens of street bikes but wont include the dual sports or dirt bikes or anything with more than 2 wheels I am a strong believer in having a bike for each specialty you enjoy riding but up until about ten years ago was unable to put it into practice so one bike had to do it all (I can still see the funny looks from others as I passed them on a dirt trail through the woods on a sportbike ) I have always wanted a BMW bike (actually I wanted them all ) but they were always out of my pricerange as I never entertained the thought of buying a used one (yes I know stupid me heh) but I recently got over that and bought the LT and havent looked back. It is by FAR the best touring sportish bike ive ever owned. I am disabled (lower back and both legs terrible pain etc etc0 and found that I could not ride distance on any of the bikes I had (Vstar and Fizzer) and thought my riding days were just about over at 39 but then I found the LT. The seating position is almost perfect but as I am so tall the bars are not quite long enough which is one os 2 complaints (the other being the terribly planed CG of the bike). If I could have afforded a new one I would have been riding beamers the whole time. Never owned a Harley and not sure I would unless the pricing became more realistic but I guess that makes me a hipocrit as look at the pricing on the beamers hehehe
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Began on a Cushman Eagle motor scooter in 1956. I have owned many different marques including English, Italian, German, Japanese and Brazilian. Yes, I owned an Amazonas for a short time. Several BMWs over the years. I own fewer bikes as I get older. Have had the K1200LT since new in 1999. Never owned a Gold Wing. Never owned a Harley. Now also have a Moto Guzzi Norge.

While BMWs have not necessarily been the most reliable they have always been built from quality materials and IMHO are the most durable brand.
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I'm new to BMW's, altho I always had great respect for the german made machines...and I plan on becoming a long time hardcore BMW rider... as for my riding history...its long... in 1983 i started riding street bikes on a 1942 harley flathead...then had a 1966 sportster chopper (magneto only made for one strong kicking leg), from there to a 1980 shovelhead in a hardtail frame...that was traded off for a 1953 panhead project which was later traded for a 1947 harley knucklehead project, which was sold to pay bills when i relocated to virginia...

sold a truck to buy a buddy's 1985 harley sportster engine (he totaled the bike), and built a chopper out of parts i collected (was featured in a mid-90s American Iron magazine as a 'backyard dog', not fancy but built it real cheap), that went and i built a 1969 shovelhead chopper to ride, traded that for a v-rod (briefly owned), sold to pay bills and built a knucklehead bobber project bike...(my brother loaned me an 883 sportster to ride for a year while i built it... knuckle engine exploded after overheating one winter day, and traded what was left for a 1978 shovelhead...had that until i recently purchased a 2003 LT with 12,000 miles and new tires...

had a few other project harleys along the way that never got built, and a couple more 70s sportsters that came and went quick...

all in all...lots of wrenching tied into all the riding... and i'm now ready to just ride and ride! put over 2,000 miles on the LT with local virginia riding and one trip to jersey in three weeks, and am headed to vermont next week for some more miles...after that trip...i will be riding many more miles on my LT...and more miles...and miles...and miles!!!!!!!

love my BMW!!!!
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My introduction to BMW bikes was a 1972 R 75-5, blue with the toaster gas tank, factory installed full fairing, bags, and rear carrier. I loved it, wish I still had it. Traded it for a '76 R 90-S. I thought the 900 motor would out-shine the 750, but the character of the bike was nothing compared to the '72. Great bikes, too bad I didn't have the foresight to keep them.

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