GOOD GRIEF!...IS IT MY FAULT?
Well...here I am, just a little ol' hillbilly. Living a rather peaceful life of obscurity in the hills of the western Carolinas. Besides tinkering around with a few Studebakers, and assorted "old iron," I have been riding a kinda, sorta, Harley wannabe Honda cruiser motorcycle for a couple of decades. So, just to catch up with two of my geriatric riding partners (old high school buddies) who are riding BMW sport (touring) bikes, I launched a search for a newer bike back last October. We didn't ride a whole lot last year, but last fall they showed up on two new (to them) BMW motorcycles. During the time we reconnected & began to ride, I have only had this 1100cc V-twin cruiser. They have had at least three (maybe more) motorcycles.
Even if my wife didn't disapprove of me buying another motorcycle, I couldn't see paying over twenty grand for a vehicle she will never ride. So, my search was for a newer machine in which the first owner absorbs most of the depreciation. After months of searching ads, phone calls, & several hundred miles of driving, I finally found a 2011 BMW R1200RT (premium). It was less than 70 miles from home. Hardly a scratch on the machine, and only 24,000 miles on the odometer. The man selling it was about my age, but health problems motivated him to give up riding. Checked the bike over in the morning, negotiated a price acceptable to both of us, and I sprinted home to swap the Camry for my truck & trailer, a quick stop at my bank for a cashier's check, then, a drive-in window burger lunch, and I was quickly on my way back up the hills to pick up the machine. By 6:30 that evening, I was back home, complete, with the signed title, bill of sale, and my NEW (to me) motorcycle.
Winter had slowed my search somewhat, because making trips, and examining a motorcycle requires decent weather. However, (at least here) February turned out to have some very nice days, and it inspired me to step up my search. I even had a few days warm enough to take my old cruiser out for a pleasant ride. On the day I bought the bike, temps were in the 70's (F). Following the purchase, we still had some "shirt sleeve" days, as it took a couple of days for me to get the insurance, registration, and taxes, etc., taken care of.
So...NOW...I'm READY TO RIDE! ...but...WINTER HAS RETURNED...just little ol' me...living in obscurity...is it my fault??? (I'm pretty sure I'm not that influential)
If so...to the rest of you...I apologize! Especially those of you living in the path of the latest nor'easter snow storms.
It was 51 years ago, when a fellow Air Force colleague, gave me a ride on his strange looking horizontal opposed cylinder (boxer engine) BMW motorcycle. Back then, absolutely the smoothest ride I had ever had on two wheels. Now, for me...FINALLY A BEEMER!