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post #1 of 42 Old Mar 7th, 2012, 10:25 pm Thread Starter
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Your first experience with a BMW motorcycle

Hi all

I am curious, when did you first ride a beemer and which one?

For me it was 1981 when the NSW Police adopted the BMW R100RT (replacing the Kawakaki 1000) as the issued Highway Patrol motorcycle. Initally, I didn't get it, limited hp and qurky shaft drive biase to the right. Hence, I kept my Kawasaki for as long as possible, eventually, I was required to ride one of the new RT's to escort the state Govenor. On this particular day I had a filthy hangover (thank you Mr J Walker), it was only then that the RT made total sense.......relax and go with the flow, as opposed to the aggressive manner used for the Kawasaki (not inducing to hangover cure).

At any rate, that was when I first became a fan of the `spinning propeller'.

Your turn, what year and what BMW?

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Haven't yet but first will be 2011 R1200RT that I am renting in Vegas April 3rd. I know I will love it.
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Late 1972, got a letter from the State of California. The Governor said if I did not mend my ways and stop accumulating points against my drivers license he would take it away for safe keeping. I was riding Harleys and with a bad crowd to boot in the Oakland, California area. Well I bought a nice black 750, parked the hog in the back of the garage. My friends called it the sewing machine. Funny thing though, I rode it harder, faster and without care and did not get any more tickets!

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In 1988 I purchased a used 1978 R100S without having ever rode a BMW. I never looked back. It had 60K when I got it and 180K when I sold it. I rode a lot of those miles with a friend who had a HD 78 FLH. He passed away a long time ago but I still remember all the miles following him so I could pick up his parts. Good memories.

I got off bikes for a while for several reasons but when I decided to ride again I didn't look at anything else. BMW may not the best (?) and certainly not the cheapest but the are my favorite. I really like our flying sofa (LT) but I really love the boxer.

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Was on active duty US Army in Georgia, in spring of 1970. Had a fellow instructor that used to work for a BMW dealer in PA. He was a mechanic before he got drafted, & loved BMWs. He talked me into buying one of the new R75/5 models that were being introduced that year. We drove up to New York to meet the bike when it was unloaded off the ship from Germany. Uncrated it, did the set-up on the pier, then I took off. We stopped at 600 miles on the way back to Georgia to do the 600 mile check & valve adjustments. He told me to open it up now, which of course I did. Am on my 5th BMW now, & will not switch.
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It was 1978. I was fresh out of school, footloose and fancy free and master of my own destiny. Didn't answer to nobody nohow.

Coming off of a Honda 350, a CL175 and an AMF Sportster (ewww), I decided that the new R100RT was just the bike for me, so I marched myself right on down to the BMW store to fetch me up one.

GAD! They were $7,000!

I did get to sit on one, just before going over to the Honda dealer and getting a CX500 Deluxe with color matched Vetter and Samsonite bags (remember those?) for all of about $3,000.

The first BMW I ever rode was my '12, and I never even took it for a test ride prior to buying it. Didn't need to; I'd been jonesin' for one since 1978. Just told the dealer to uncrate a grey one and get it ready.

There I was, the wife looking on in fond affection, the sales lady looking with a quizzical look and a fistful of dollars, and I throw my leg over, fire her up, and stalled on take off. And six more times on the way home. Damn dry clutch...

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I think it was 974 in Seattle. Had ridden a 350 Honda a a few years before in the Navy but had always liked the idea of BMW. Durable, low maintenance shaft drive etc. Was looking in the paper one day when I saw a sweet deal on an R 60 US (I think a 63) up in Vancouver Canada.

Called up and then went up to pick it up. A Swiss kid had shipped it over from Europe and ridden it across Canada. His plan was to sell it in Canada, then use the money to fly home. Problem was, Canada was then in the British Commonwealth and since the bike came from Switzerland, he was going to have to pay a tremendous import tax if he sold it there........and wouldn't have enough money for plane fare. So he sold it cheap to a Yank (me) who drove it across the border.

I didn't pay any import fees, if there were any...............but the statute of limitations has to be long gone. Somewhere, someone is riding on a smuggled classic Beemer. These days homeland security would have me locked up forevever.
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1982 R100RS. It replaced my Suzi GSX1100 and was a little disapointing.
It was soon followed by a 1986 K100RS. In those days, MAN, was that bike Smoooooth!!

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A 1985 K100RS, light mint green color, put 39k on it with no issues.
I still see them for sale every now and then.
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A white 1985 K100RS. Bought from the original owner with 36,000 miles. I figured I couldn't go wrong...I knew two other gentleman who had accumulated over 500,000 combined miles on their RS's. Talk about the "LEGENDARY MOTORCYCLES OF GERMANY". I still regret getting rid of it.

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1985 - I had my 1974 Suzuki GT-750 stolen out of my driveway in Camarillo, CA. They left the 1978 BMW R80 (it had a chain and lock on it) that I was storing for a friend that was in the Phillipines. He wanted to sell and I needed a bike. I was a bit dissapointed as I expected the BMW to be smoother than my Suzuki. I only put about 20K on the R80 before I sold it in DC in 1991(did not want to ride in that traffic). Next one was the LT in 2004... nuff said!!! I was hooked.

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I had been thinking about Beemers since high school (1970s); in fact, two teachers (husband and wife) at our school both rode BMWs. That really intrigued me. (This couple has an LT today.)

Fast forward to 2005, when I resurrected the dream of (a) having a motorcycle - any motorcycle, and (b) zeroing in on Beemers. I bought a Honda Shadow 650 (ugh) and took the MSF basic rider course. A month later I went to the local BMW dealer. Not knowing what I wanted or where to start, on that same Saturday I rode an RT (too buzzy), a GS (too tall!) , a GT (holy cow this is too much power for me!), and then an LT. I call this my "first BMW motorcycle experience" because that little test ride had me hooked right there.

We bought the LT, put 120k miles on it, then traded it in last September for an '09 LT when we were on vacation.

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I grew up in the Berkeley, CA area in the 50's and 60's - "counterculture" is a conservative description, more like whacko. In the '60s there were a few funny motorcycles running around that had cylinders out the sides and funny driveshafts. Much cleaner and quieter than the leaking oil British twins then common. Since I leaned a bit to the left of center myself I vowed that someday I'd have one, if for no other reason than thumbing my nose at convention.

Fast forward to early 1980s and I had centered (politically and socially) a bit. My air-cooled Hondas had a high rpm vibration that bothered me, so I bought a water-cooled Gold Wing for the sake of smoothness (I also owned a Subaru station wagon at the time, recognizing the inherent smoothness of the pancake engine. Best car I ever owned.) Couldn't justify the cost of a BMW so I never even test-rode one. In spring 1983 I was on the GW on a trip from California to Arizona and camped overnight in Death Valley. I met up with a guy riding the opposite direction, and he was riding a BMW. Don't remember what it was (R100? - it was either red or orange, and had a fairing), but he offered to let me ride it for a few miles. That thing vibrated like crazy, but boy did it have character.

When I went shopping for a big bike again in 2008 I was concerned about what I remembered as excessive vibration. I test rode the R12RT and could not believe that it was the same basic engine I'd ridden in 1983. I also rode a K12 and it was even smoother, but no character at all.

Have never regretted buying the R12RT. That particular childhood fantasy fulfilled (many more still to go...).

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I was looking for a touring but got a 1982 CBX in the crate in 1984 at 1/2 price. I liked that bike a lot but it was not what I wanted for long rides. Shortly after that purchase I found a used 1982 R80RT at the BMW dealer that still had factory warranty outstanding. Test drove it and I liked it (even though it was so different compared to the CBX).

My funny story dealing with this bike is that when I rode it home and my wife looked out the door of the house she asked "Is that a different motorcycle?". For a few seconds I thought about say "no!" but the CBX was pearl while and the R80RT was red! How long could I fake her out?!?! LOL! Shortly after that I got a 1976 R75/6 from my bother for basically free, That bike was black. I liked riding all three but my long haul bike was the RT.

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I had a Suzuki 550 GT, great bike but just went on short day rides. Sold it to my Brother-inlaw. Then he bought a K75 and let me try it. Hooked! So in 2004 I bought an 87 K100RT. Smooth but got hot in the summer and no back rest for my wife so she wouldn't ride 2 days in a row. Then he bought a K1200GT and his friend bought a 99 LT the said wish I had one of those. Then my wife sat on an LT and said you can get one of these! So I got a used 2003 K1200LT with only 1300 miles on it in 2005. Been touring ever since.

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17 years ago - after sometime without a bike - I wanted one again. I went to the local Honda dealer and looked around. A salesman tried to make a sale but I told him that what I really wanted was a BMW. I thought that would give me a safe exit from his store. However, he told me that he just happened to have one in the back. It was an old R65 that had been stored in a barn. I told him that if he could clean it up I would buy it. He did and I did. I've been a happy BMW owner since that time.

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Riding my first BMW motorcycle home was a terrifying experience for me. A longer version of the story was published in the BMWMOA magazine a couple years ago in the "First Bike" section. Here is the gist of the story, sans photos:

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17113
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I learned to ride on a 1972 R65. It was my dad's. That was in 1974, and my friends were always pissed that I wouldn't let them touch it!

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I had ridden small bikes in the past. Bought a 2005 Rebel to relearn after being off for many years. Then moved up to a 2001 1100RT in 2008 and, riding it home the first time, the first day it blew my mind. I had no idea a motorcycle could feel the way it did after a lifetime of riding 250's and smaller.
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My first BMW was the 2002 K1200LTe, and I fell in love with the bike. Put 100k plus on it and sold it to Steve Rowe, who ended up replacing the engine.
For a bike with a car motor in it, it was pretty nimble considering the weight/balance.

I decided the R1200GSA was a better fit for me and purchased a new one in 2006 from Dusty Miller (RIP) in Tallahassee, and still loving this bike. Approaching 100k on this one as well.
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I had no idea a motorcycle could feel the way it did after a lifetime of riding 250's and smaller.
That is a wonderful statement.
When I was in highschool I had a Honda Sports Cub, 55 cc. Pictures of BMW's on the bedroom wall. Got side tracked by Harleys but got back to the wonderful world of BMW and still think it is the best, even with a few bumps here and there.

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Sold my fairly disappointing Ducati 860GT and got a new '78 R100S. Red Smoke. The dealer called this an "ST" actually, as it didn't have an S fairing but did have the gauges in pods, the S engine and badges and of course "USA" bars, and this was an actual model offering anticipating I'd install a Vetter or Luftmeister fairing.

Had lots of fun with it, as I did install an actual S fairing and then shortly thereafter a genuine Red Smoke RS fairing sourced via Capital Cycle. Replaced the entire wire harness to do that, as in that timeframe BMW didn't make universal harnesses.

I recall thinking "sewing machine," too, as regards the sound/feel of this motor. I was disappointed in the Ducati sound/feel, as it seemed "Honda 450" to me. And, I got the service manual and learned what it would take to do valve adjustments.

Owned this bike until 12/'83 when I bought a nice Alaska Blue R100RS, which I rode until last summer. The 1981 modifications to Airheads make previous versions feel like farm equipment in comparison. This bike shown in icon to left, photo taken by vendor at '02 RA Rally in Red River.

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Not being enamored (initially) with the non-see-thru design of the /5s,
I found someone selling a /2 locally. It was his white elephant because
he was moving his fleet of BSAs of all different flavors to North Dakota.
Knowing I'd never be disappointed with the choice, I picked it up for a
fair price back in 1989. I've ridden it a bit but it's sat in storage the largest
chunk of the interim.

After a couple of Hondas then nothing while the kids grew up, I am now
the proud owner of an R1200RT purchased nearly a month ago.
K-bikes are nice but I love the personality that the Rs have.

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I rode my buddy's in 1969. Can't remember the model, but it was very cool. Then not again until I got my K1200LT last Fall. I got it so my wife will be comfy on long trips, otherwise I'd continue to ride standards, sport bikes, and sport tourers. I still have a sport tourer I ride when not with the wife.

I would like to try a GS and an R bike. Maybe next time I get a loner when in for service.

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I had a GS for a loaner last week. It was like sitting on a tall sawhorse fitted with ape hangers, in a windstorm.

I hereby apologize to all those who love their GS...

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Years ago I was looking to move from my Kawasaki Concours to an RT when my wife sat in the pillion seat of an LT and said "Oooooo, I like this!" Well a couple of years later I had to fly to Atlanta for a conference because Connie's electronic control box died two days before the trip and I couldn't get my hands on one in time. While at the meeting, Steve Rowe, Bill Dowell and Jack Dobkowski all suggested it was time to upgrade and that I should look at the forum classifieds. (Yes, I was a member here before I owned a BMW.) That was June and I found a member "Captain Nasty" who was selling his LT. We made the deal over the phone and emails. I met him in Little Rock the Sunday after July 4th that year and the first time I rode a BMW was after I bought it. About 40 miles into the ride, I saw a sign on the interstate that said scenic drive, and off I went. So my first ride turned into a 600 mile day and a grin that lasted for weeks.

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Hmm, it was in 1972...I had an old Lotus Elan +S130, my brother-in-law wanted a car for the rainy months, and I wanted a motorcycle!

He took the Lotus off my hands and I got a nice 1975 BMW R75/5, 'Toaster tank' model with a Vetter Windjammer and leather bags.


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July 2011. Test rode a GSA and the K16GTL on a lark. Really, really, really dug the GSA, not so much the K16. Took my wife in the following week and test rode them again. Both of us really, really, really dug the GSA. She hated the K16, I didn't warm up to it. We set about trying to figure out how to add a 3rd bike to the stable.

In November, a Honda Civic decided it wanted to mate with my Ultra while in motion. The ensuing wreck totaled the Ultra and did a number on me. But it also gave me an excuse to buy a new bike. I couldn't see riding successive 800-mile days 2-up on the GSA, so the RT got the nod.

It's a very different machine than my Ultra (for better and for worse), but I'm incredibly pleased with it so far.

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It was sometime in the early 80's
I was riding my Harley from Florida to Michigan to visit my family like I did every year, a friends father was making the same trip
so we decided to ride up together,

My Harley shredded a primary drive belt somewhere in the cornfields of Ohio,

Chet rode on ahead on his R100 and came back with a rope he found at an old abandoned farm,
he then pulled my Harley with the rope tied to the back of the BMW and wrapped a couple of times around the handlebar of my Harley
with me holding the rope and the throttle grip,
that way if something went wrong I would let go of the rope and it would "pull off" the handlebar rather than take him down also.

To say the least this was an adventure in itself,

20-30 miles down the road we found some guys working in a body shop that let me use the phone and phone book
(it was a Sunday and everything was closed)

After calling around I found the right part at a shop in Dayton about sixty miles away
(they were closed but there taking inventory and agreed to wait for me)

I found Chet in a chair out front reading the Sunday paper, as I proceeded to give him directions
he said: there ain't no reason for me to go running all over the state of Ohio
just go ahead and take my BMW, I'll wait here,

As i was putting my helmet on Chet said: now that thing will do a hundred if you want it to!

Anyway a couple hours later I returned with my new primary drive belt
smiling from "ear to ear"
right then I knew I was gonna get me one of them Beemers someday.


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I had never heard of BMW, but in 1973 I had recently moved to Alberta and wanted to get something to tour the Rockies and other parts of the west. One of the guys I was working with was a BMW guy and advised me to look at them (even though he was getting a new Moto Guzzi). I found a sparkling new R 75/6, full fairing, side bags, top case/rear carrier. Blue, with a toaster tank, sparkling with chrome, $ 2200.00 and no tax in Alberta...what a deal. At the dealer's there was also a fully dressed Electro Guide which caught my fancy. Since I was moving up from my first bike, an 80 cc Suzuki, I thought the lighter BM might be the wiser choice. That bike made me a die-hard BMW person ever since, although I did stray once in the '80's with a Suzuki touring bike, and I wonder what would have happend had I opted for the Harley. I wish I had saved that 1973 bike, had so many great trips on it, but I sold it in 1976 to a Cape Bretoner and got a R 90/S or a R 90/6, I can't remember which. Good bike, but not as nice looking as my first BM, kind of like your first girlfriend, never quite the same after. Had an LT for a couple of years, now I have a 2010 RT, and as long as I can get my arthritic hip over the seat it will be my last bike. If I can't and don't get a new hip, I may have to look at the BMW scooter.


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Oct 30, 2002.

Wife sat on the K1200LTC silver on the showroom floor and it was over. I never owned a 2-up bike before, nor a BMW, never rode one. She has a lot of German in her just as a reference

I left the dealer in Detroit with the bike, went on one biz trip with it to WV for a week, it was 26 Deg F coming thru marion, oh and I hit a near white-out on I-696 coming back home, about Nov 10th or so. Snow wasn't sticking, I was doing near the speed limit. This is when I discovered just how hot the seat and grips can get, blisters on my hands, cortaid on my 1st degree'ed bright red arse!! youch!

But I pulled it into the garage with 1400 miles on it, the rest of the 135k were put on from spring of 03 until RIP in Oct 2009.

I've owned 2 more since (KS), own one now (K13S).

I liked the Honda 500-4 (1971-72) I put 12k miles on, I liked the 3 Yamaha FZ1's I played with and put 50k miles on (total for all 3), the Honda Valkerie I tryed one summer was nice but not for me, 4500 miles on it and sold it....

As many bikes as I like, I'm just not sure I'd pull the trigger on anything but a beemer for the rest of my bikin' daze.....
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Re: Your first experience with a BMW motorcycle

The year: 1966
Previous Moto: Vespa 150 (2 cycle)
The Place: Santa Barbara, CA

The Dilema: Not enuf umph!

Sold the Vespa to another student and bought an R50/2 from a previous room mate. Not sure what year it was ('62?) but it had the kick starter and magneto to run the electrics. My choice of color was black and there were 26 horses under the tandem seat.

My journey to heaven cost $600 which was a tonne of money in those days as a starving student, but I had my 1st Beemer.

US 1 (PCH) to the north, US 101 to the south, CA 154 (San Marcos Pass) to the Cold Springs Tavern & into the Coastal Range, fire roads and hot springs . . . yes this was Heaven! I even rode the Camino Cielo to the top of the mountain and camped on the concrete slab under the radio tower.

Fast forward to 1982- Moved east accepting the offer I could not refuse, (it was a good decision) sold the R50/2 to a medical student at Case Western Reserve University for $600 and was bike-less until the '90 K75 purchased in 2003 which enlightened me to the brick engines of BMW.

I wasn't looking for the LT but it was a gift from heaven also!

Whatta ride over the years.
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Not so exciting but...

I was about two years into my first bike, a Ducati Multistrada 1000DS, which I rode whenever possible. I was out on a twisty ride in Vermont with my good friend and great rider, who was riding his R1150RS. He offered to let me try it. I did, and found, in comparison to the Duc, that the ride was mushy and felt disconnected to the road. That Fall, I rode a rented R1200RT for a week around Arizona, including the fabled twisty run up Rt 666 from Clifton to Alpine, and a 100+ mph cruise down old Rt 66 in western AZ. With a week to ride it, I came to appreciate the bike's excellent all around qualities. I bought a lightly used '09 RT for a cross country ride the following year and haven't looked back.

The Duc leaves next week, sold to a colleague. I will miss it to be sure, but I find I ride the RT 90 % of the time.

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Not so exciting but...

I was about two years into my first bike, a Ducati Multistrada 1000DS, which I rode whenever possible. I was out on a twisty ride in Vermont with my good friend and great rider, who was riding his R1150RS. He offered to let me try it. I did, and found, in comparison to the Duc, that the ride was mushy and felt disconnected to the road. That Fall, I rode a rented R1200RT for a week around Arizona, including the fabled twisty run up Rt 666 from Clifton to Alpine, and a 100+ mph cruise down old Rt 66 in western AZ. With a week to ride it, I came to appreciate the bike's excellent all around qualities. I bought a lightly used '09 RT for a cross country ride the following year and haven't looked back.

The Duc leaves next week, sold to a colleague. I will miss it to be sure, but I find I ride the RT 90 % of the time.
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I did the 666 on a rented GS a few years ago but from the other direction. No traffic in late March and there was still snow on the side of the road. Great trip!
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After 2 years on a Yam XT600 in Dakar, Senegal (86-87), I settled down in Switzerland. On a routine visit to a doctor, we spoke about travels and motorbike and he told me he had a R80GS, the 'Gaston Rahier' model celebrating his Paris-Dakar victories in 84 and 85, which he was selling. I did a test ride in freezing icy mid January and off we went, the bike and I...

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Growing up Germany, 70's and 80's my love of the German police on their BMWs started the flame. It did not help that my Mom's bestfriend husband was a German motor cop. He come up to me in parades on the motorcycle and chat, and from there on I wanted a BMW motorcycle.

I got my chance in 92 on a K100RS, white that a deer took out after a couple years. Enjoyed them every since. I was able to get the department I worked for in 2000 to buy a fleet of RTPs and rode them for work for about 10 years. Best Motorcycle in the World.

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I was on a trip in Colorado and stopped at a Yamaha dealer to have a mirror replaced. On the showroom floor was a used RT...I sat on it and I liked it. That was the beginning of my elicit love affair...I was a sad victim...I know you can't tell by the smile on my face...but really....

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In 2005 I had some major surgery for kidney cancer. As I emerged from the morphine fog, I decided that I would start doing the things that I used to love to do before kids, etc......get a motorcycle! A beautiful R1200 C presented itself to me, and I bought it. Quite a difference from my last bike in 1989, which was a Honda 500.That was my first BMW. Now I ride a R1200CLC, which I will keep forever. Damn, I love this bike. Powerful, smooth, and set up for weekend touring, which my wife and I have made our primary fun. It sounds almost silly..but riding this bike is always a spiritual experience for me.
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In 2005 I had some major surgery for kidney cancer. As I emerged from the morphine fog, I decided that I would start doing the things that I used to love to do before kids, etc......get a motorcycle! A beautiful R1200 C presented itself to me, and I bought it. Quite a difference from my last bike in 1989, which was a Honda 500.That was my first BMW. Now I ride a R1200CLC, which I will keep forever. Damn, I love this bike. Powerful, smooth, and set up for weekend touring, which my wife and I have made our primary fun. It sounds almost silly..but riding this bike is always a spiritual experience for me.
Not silly at all . . .

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I was a late comer to bikes, only getting my first bike in 2004 (then aged 42). I'd had a couple of Harleys and I suppose I'd got them out of my system, when I started looking around.

I took out a new 1200GS for a test ride...hey, it was only a test ride, right? Right - within 5 minutes I'd fallen for the bike and traded in the Heritage Softail there and then! Kept that bike for four and a half years and loved it, only let it go recently when I traded it for my '12 RT.

I'd struggle to see me riding any other make now!
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1981 bought a 75/5, full faring,bags,etc. Had no idea what I was doing as I had never owned a bike before--I'll never forget the worried, mother's face when I took off after paying the couple that it belonged to…I'm sure she thought I would hurt myself. Absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed that bike. Fast forward to 2016… kids gone, money in my pocket--bought a beautiful 75/6…found bags and then a top trunk, love it. Took it to Arkansas and spent a week doing the twisties, until it broke down. Got lucky and found a mechanic near eureka springs and was up and running by day's end. Love that bike and still ride it occasionally; but, it's no comparison to my 2016 1200RT--wow! Love the beemer…have had 4 bmw cars…3 bikes...can't beat'm!!!
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1 month ago-a test ride on a leftover 2017 RT at a dealer. I immediately fell in love with the bike. It has all of the things I loved about my FJR without all of the things I hated about my FJR.

I purchased a used loaded 2016 RT from a friend that is currently being shipped and I cannot wait for it to get here! Now I just need to get rid of my other Yamaha (S10).

I will post an intro once it gets here and I can get some pics of it in MY garage rather than his lol.
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