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Jan 26th, 2007 8:58 am
juggler
Quote:
Originally Posted by jayjacobson
Within a day of selling it, I started kicking myself.

Wouldn't be great to have that bike today?
Yes and no.

It had more sentimental value than real value. We had been through a lot together. It was tired -- although with some work, I'm sure it would have plodded along through another 100,000 miles. It's biggest problem was just that... it plodded. Accleration was never the R60's strong suit. But with many components shared between the 600, 750, and 900, the R60 was overbuilt and would pretty much go forever - just not very briskly.

Overall, the /5 was not BMW's best effort. And the R60 didn't have a choke, so starting it, especially in cold weather was a chore. Still, it had sensuously graceful levers, the last combined speedo and tach in the headlight shell, the "magic nail" and a few other tidbits that just said "classic Beemer".

Yeah, if I had a five car garage, another Battery tender, and a quart of Sta-bil, it would be nice to still have the old beast for an occasional jaunt and return to simple, air-cooled, essential motorcycling. For that, the R75/7 scratches the itch.


Some day, if I win the lotto, I'll be shopping for a /2, like the one I saw on the ferry.
Jan 25th, 2007 4:57 pm
jayjacobson Within a day of selling it, I started kicking myself.

Wouldn't be great to have that bike today?
Jan 25th, 2007 12:00 pm
juggler I was that kid, too.


I always had a "thing" for motorcycles. I always wanted one, like since I was probably two or three. My favorite toys were a blue and yellow plastic motorcycle police officer (probably on Harley), and later, when my brothers and I had Matchbox cars, we had a motorcycle trailer with a little Matchbox motorcycle that fit in it. I'd play with the motorcycle, and leave the trailer hitched to the back of the green Mercury station wagon. I'd zoom all over the sofa on my Matchbox Honda.

When I was about seven, my parents traded a freezer for a Motobecane moped that my dad used to commute around the small college town in which we lived. I spent many hours just sitting on the bike, imagining myself cruising backroads and generally feeling free.

Anyone who had a motorcycle was automatically cool.

On Washington ferries, motorcycles always get on first and get off first. Many of my motorcyclist friends own bikes primarily because they commute by ferry and it cuts several hours a week off their commute time to be able to zip right on and off the boat.

When I was in my early teens, we took one of our many trips up to the San Juan islands via ferry. Up at the front of the boat there was an old, black BMW. From what I remember about it, it must have been a /2 or a /3. All I *really* remember was the soup-can tail light, the Denfeld seats, and that it was BLACK. Very black. With very cool white pinstripes. A groovy couple owned the bike and they were on their way to a weekend of putting around the islands.

I desperately wanted to do that.


As soon as I could ride legally, I had a bike. Okay, first I had a moped because that was all I could afford and all my mother would permit me to own. Actually, I took possession of the Motobecane we had gotten for the freezer, as my brother was no longer riding it. I later got a Honda Hobbit that did much better going up and down hills. I had a couple of other Hondas into my college years. But what I really wanted was an old black BMW.

While I was in college, I worked as a motorcycle courier in Washington, D.C. How cool! I get to ride a motorcycle all day and actually *get paid* for it! And I got to see the pasty white underbelly of the U.S. government at the same time. I regularly picked up and delivered stuff to the White House. I knew the back corridors of the Capitol building like the back of my hand. But mostly, I was zipping from one end of town to the other.

I had a CB200T. It was a great bike for the city. Small, nimble, got great mileage, bulletproof, and able to get on the freeway for those occasional trips to Arlington or even Dulles Airport.

One day I was at the Local Honsuzamasaki shop which also carried Beemers. I was chatting with the guy at the parts counter. I mentioned that what I really, really, really wanted was an old black BMW. He told me to get on Route 7 and head west. About 50 miles outside of D.C., past Leesburg, there is a wide spot in the road called Purcellville. And there is one and only one gas station there. And sitting in front of that gas station, there is a black BMW with "4 Sale" written in grease pencil on the windshield. He said it had been there for a very long time, so the price was probably pretty negotiable.

That weekend, I got on my CB200T and rode out to Purcellville. I found the bike. I went into the gas station and asked who owned it. The guy at the cash register said it belonged to his mechanic. I asked to speak to the mechanic. The guy at the cash register said, "no. Can you come back tomorrow? He's up to his elbows in a transmission right now, and I don't want to interrupt him."

I told him I had just ridden all the way from D.C. to see the bike, I knew it had been sitting there for a long time, and wouldn't he really like to see it gone? The guy must have figured that this was his one and only chance to see the bike go bye-bye and he went into the garage. Some time later, the mechanic came out. He started the bike (with the kick starter) and we chewed on the price. I got him down a couple hundred bucks to just about the entire balance in my checking account.

I talked my housemate into driving me out there the next day to pick up the bike. What I neglected to do was to bring any cash, and it was clear when I got ready to ride off that the tank was nearly empty. And the guy I just bought it from who worked at a gas station wouldn't fill it up. I had to bum a few bucks off my housemate to get enough gas to make it back home.

The bike had the big tank, a Windjammer fairing, a no-name K&Q seat (very comfy!), a no-name rack, and very cool black Craven fiberglass saddlebags. It was missing the sidecovers (if it had any to begin with).

From what I could tell, I was the fifth owner. A previous owner, perhaps even the original owner was a priest in upstate New York. I don't remember how many miles it had when I bought it. I think it had 165,000 when I sold it.


Within a day of selling it, I started kicking myself. About six months later, someone in my building at work had a 1977 R75/7 for sale. It is in my garage today, along side my "new" LT.



I guess I'm still that kid.
Jan 25th, 2007 8:37 am
jayjacobson
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robin
That video was great. I found out from my mother that my father was planning to by a BMW just before he was killed in 1953. I coulda been that kid.
Also, I love my LT but wanted something to wrench on and got one of BobsBMW project bikes - an '83 R100RT in Smoke Red. You can still see it if you go to BobsBMW.com and go to the project bikes. It's the one all the way down at the bottom of the page. I'd include an image here if I knew how. When I saw the guy oogling the Smoke Red bike I knew it was MY bike.

Robin
Sorry to heard about your father. Life is so unfair.
Jan 25th, 2007 8:28 am
larrykay Got one in may garage. It belongs to my son ( 3rd generqtion biker!)
Jan 25th, 2007 6:51 am
Robin Thanks, Joe. That's the one.
Needed a diode board and the brakes rebuilt before I got it on the road. I still gotta replace all three disks and pads, but the seat is comfy and it runs great.

Robin
Jan 25th, 2007 6:37 am
messenger13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robin
Also, I love my LT but wanted something to wrench on and got one of BobsBMW project bikes - an '83 R100RT in Smoke Red. You can still see it if you go to BobsBMW.com and go to the project bikes. It's the one all the way down at the bottom of the page. I'd include an image here if I knew how.
Here ya go...



Very cool!
Jan 25th, 2007 6:24 am
Robin That video was great. I found out from my mother that my father was planning to by a BMW just before he was killed in 1953. I coulda been that kid.
Also, I love my LT but wanted something to wrench on and got one of BobsBMW project bikes - an '83 R100RT in Smoke Red. You can still see it if you go to BobsBMW.com and go to the project bikes. It's the one all the way down at the bottom of the page. I'd include an image here if I knew how. When I saw the guy oogling the Smoke Red bike I knew it was MY bike.

Robin
Jan 22nd, 2007 5:35 pm
George_S
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikesnumbnuts
Crap chrome work , it caused bmw lot,s of warranty work.

regards bikenumbnuts.
in blighty.
Yes, I was familiar with the chrome issues. My 1200C's rims started to pit after 3 or 4 years. I'm aware that only _some_ people had their chrome issues taken care of by BMW. The approval process was very uneven and unfair. However, at the time I was also active in Harley circles, being a motor cop, and many H-D friends reported the same chrome problems. Seems that was around the time new, stricter environmental regs went into effect, and most countries were forced to use a new environmental-friendly process, which caused inferior results in the long term. At least that's what I heard at the time.
Jan 22nd, 2007 4:49 pm
messenger13
Quote:
Originally Posted by hoog62
How about the big button that say's DOWNLOAD? First it downloads the .exe for Google Video Player (you don't need it if you have Adobe FlashPlayer 7.0) then you can download the video.

...or am I missing something?
You need to download Google Video Player and the file if you want to play it at a later time without an internet connection.

Click on DOWNLOAD.
Download GVP, then manually download the video. After I played the video once, the actual 34MB file appeared in the "My Videos" folder under My Documents.

Here's Google's FAQ page on downloading videos.

Hope this helps...
Jan 22nd, 2007 4:37 pm
zippy_gg
Quote:
Originally Posted by hoog62
How about the big button that say's DOWNLOAD? First it downloads the .exe for Google Video Player (you don't need it if you have Adobe FlashPlayer 7.0) then you can download the video.

...or am I missing something?
That's exactly what I did,as in the past, and it worked like a charm. I also downloaded Isle_Of_Man_TT_2006_DIVX.avi.gvi (almost 400 MB)
Jan 22nd, 2007 4:21 pm
hoog62 How about the big button that say's DOWNLOAD? First it downloads the .exe for Google Video Player (you don't need it if you have Adobe FlashPlayer 7.0) then you can download the video.

...or am I missing something?
Jan 22nd, 2007 2:43 pm
Steve_R
Quote:
Originally Posted by SilverBuffalo
Maybe one of you computer wizzards can help me?

Is there a way to save this and maybe other movies
to my hard drive or perhaps burn it on a CD?


I would like to share it with a friend who doesn't have internet.
Hi Hans.

I think if you go over to the right of where the movie is playing, I see a download button. Click on it and it should let you download it to your machine.

If you don't see it. Click on the small picture for the R1200C add and see if it doesn't change the window a bit and give you a download button.

It is currently working that way for me. Good Luck.
Jan 22nd, 2007 10:10 am
bikesnumbnuts Crap chrome work , it caused bmw lot,s of warranty work.

regards bikenumbnuts.
in blighty.
Jan 22nd, 2007 9:57 am
SilverBuffalo Maybe one of you computer wizzards can help me?

Is there a way to save this and maybe other movies
to my hard drive or perhaps burn it on a CD?


I would like to share it with a friend who doesn't have internet.
Jan 22nd, 2007 6:44 am
George_S Wow, that is an amazing movie. (too long and tasteful to be called simply an "ad") I too, had not seen it, but the part where the guy is riding the sidecar alone in the country does look familiar in some way.

The R1200C was the bike that made me notice BMW. I sold my Harley in 2001 and bought the Montana. I too, hadn't seen the 007 movie and knew nothing about it, but found it while browsing some internet bike ads and immediately froze, staring at the photo, and wound up buying that same bike even though it was waaaay out in TN, and I'm in NJ. Enjoyed the heck out of it until this past summer when I wanted a little more long distance comfort, sound system, etc. Ran smooth as silk the entire time I had it. My wife, who always gives me good-natured grief about any "toy" I want, said many times that the "C" was the nicest bike she had ever seen and I should never sell it. While she also likes and is impressed with the LT, both she and my daughter tell me I don't have a motorcycle in the garage, its a "car" or a "light truck"!
Jan 22nd, 2007 12:49 am
zippy_gg
Quote:
Originally Posted by jayjacobson
For the first 3 years it was out, it was the #1 selling BMW motorcycle in the US.

Wow! I had no idea. I've seen only 1--EVER!
Me too! They were probably sold almost exclusively in Ohio where people keep their bike in their garage!
Actually there is guy who works in the studio lot who has one and we chatted a bit. He didn't like the LT because he could not adjust the handlebar the way he likes them... He loves his CL and prefers cruisers anyway.
Jan 21st, 2007 5:23 am
jayjacobson For the first 3 years it was out, it was the #1 selling BMW motorcycle in the US.

Wow! I had no idea. I've seen only 1--EVER!
Jan 20th, 2007 4:36 pm
Jerrym
Red RT

Quote:
Originally Posted by SilverBuffalo
Thank you I thoroughly enjoyed that clip,
it brought me back to when I used ride out to the BMW bike shop on Sunday afternoon
and just sit and stare at that "smoke" red RT in the window
The first BMW I purchased was a 1979 R100RT smoked red. It was a pretty motorcycle. I had it two years and purchased a 1981 smoked green. The red was the best looking one.
Jan 20th, 2007 4:12 pm
cfell sweet.. yup.. some things you just can't seem to explain to some folks..
Jan 20th, 2007 2:53 pm
dmatson Thanks, that reminded me alot of myself as a kid, drooling over all the bikes I could get close to or sit on.
Jan 20th, 2007 12:16 pm
airborneod Joe,


Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Jan 20th, 2007 12:05 pm
zippy_gg
Quote:
Originally Posted by messenger13
I will be taking that cross-country trip though...in April!
And we'll be ready for you big boy! Have named your bike "Blue Lightning" yet?
As far as the video, it reminded me so much of my dad who rode all kinds of beemers, way back when they only came in the "Ford" color, some of them with a side car for his paper delivery, and his boxer in it with goggles on (quite a site back in the 60s!). That is when I got the virus!
Jan 20th, 2007 10:52 am
messenger13
Quote:
Originally Posted by sanjaun2
Excellent video Joe, Couldn't you have waited a few months to post it? Watching it made me want to take a long cross country trip. Right now My street is iced over!
You're preachin' to the choir Brother. I won't be riding my GT anytime soon, unless we get another warm trend blow through here.

I will be taking that cross-country trip though...in April!
Jan 20th, 2007 10:49 am
sanjaun2 Excellent video Joe, Couldn't you have waited a few months to post it? Watching it made me want to take a long cross country trip. Right now My street is iced over!
Jan 20th, 2007 10:44 am
Woolly
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeke
WOW;

The greatest commercial I have EVER seen. The 3 rd part with the red R, that was the 1st bike I fell in love with in the 70s at about the same age as the young man in the video. It brought a tear to me eye because my son now rides. All I have to say is WOW.


Zeke
Great vid . . . . . (shame bout the bike !).
Jan 20th, 2007 10:35 am
eljeffe The R1200C came out in 1996 and stayed unchanged (aside from models and packages) until 2005. It was the "cool" thing to have it the days before the "dot-com burst". Hell, 007 rode one.

Poor marketing, improving competitive products in the cruiser market, no changes over 10 years, limited dealership penetration, and a fickle cruiser customer are the factors I consider that led to the demise of the R1200C. Even the CL was too little too late. Had the CL arrived earlier, it might have been more successful.

Also, I know a lot of R1200C owners who became bored with the bike and traded up for other BMW products. While the R1200C was a work of art when it came out, it wasn't much of a tourer.
Jan 20th, 2007 10:22 am
Tourdog Wow, that tugs at a lot of threads!
Really good, Joe, thank you!
Jan 20th, 2007 10:20 am
SilverBuffalo Thank you I thoroughly enjoyed that clip,
it brought me back to when I used ride out to the BMW bike shop on Sunday afternoon
and just sit and stare at that "smoke" red RT in the window
Jan 20th, 2007 10:14 am
messenger13
Quote:
Originally Posted by eljeffe
For the first 3 years it was out, it was the #1 selling BMW motorcycle in the US.
Really?!? No way! That's news to me. And who am I to argue with the Stats Master? DId it take a sudden nose dive after that, or what?!
Jan 20th, 2007 10:07 am
eljeffe
Quote:
Originally Posted by messenger13
Too bad the bike just didn't sell.

For the first 3 years it was out, it was the #1 selling BMW motorcycle in the US.
Jan 20th, 2007 9:59 am
messenger13
Quote:
Originally Posted by dshealey
That is a great one Joe! How did you find it?
I was on Google video late last night whilst in front of a roaring fire, and I typed in "BMW motorcycle". I was delighted when I stumbled across that little gem. There are actually quite a few other private videos that are well worth the while viewing. Some really old skool BMW bikes. (I'm really starting to get interested in the older BMWs. I probably need to get my head examined. )
Jan 20th, 2007 9:56 am
messenger13
Quote:
Originally Posted by ibbones
That was pretty cool. Thanks for finding it for us. Now, how do we get in into the Superbowl timeslot?
Let's see...

6.5 minutes @ $2.6 mil per 0.5 mins = $19.9 million each time it airs. No problem!
Jan 20th, 2007 9:55 am
dshealey That is a great one Joe! How did you find it?
Jan 20th, 2007 9:50 am
ibbones That was pretty cool. Thanks for finding it for us. Now, how do we get in into the Superbowl timeslot?
Jan 20th, 2007 8:11 am
Zeke WOW;

The greatest commercial I have EVER seen. The 3 rd part with the red R, that was the 1st bike I fell in love with in the 70s at about the same age as the young man in the video. It brought a tear to me eye because my son now rides. All I have to say is WOW.


Zeke
Jan 20th, 2007 6:44 am
jayjacobson
Quote:
Originally Posted by messenger13
I never saw when it aired though...that is, if it even aired over here. Too bad the bike just didn't sell. I always liked looking at them. Just couldn't seem to pull the trigger. But the R1200C is the bike that turned my head toward BMW and got me to thinkin'.
Best part is when he's ignoring the tramp and scoping out the bike.

Great video. Thanks, Joe!
Jan 20th, 2007 1:26 am
messenger13
A really cool BMW commercial!

I never saw when it aired though...that is, if it even aired over here. Too bad the bike just didn't sell. I always liked looking at them. Just couldn't seem to pull the trigger. But the R1200C is the bike that turned my head toward BMW and got me to thinkin'.

Enjoy! CLICK

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