The last BMW forum I was a regular part of was R1150R.com or something on that line.. I found many of the people wonderful, but many were very closed minded about other bikes, and also about performing work on your own bikes.. I had several guys almost freak out on me because I would use non-BMW parts on my bike..
Many were obsessive..
I was using non-BMW oil filters with excellent results and when I needed to change the fuel filter, I used an aftermarket filter and a couple of the guys went balistic!! It was pretty weird..
I remember saying how I had a plan on going to Germany to can air from the parking lot of the BMW factory, taking it back to the states and selling it to people who wanted to fill and top of their tires with air from the Fatherland.. And some thought it was great idea!!
I ended up quitting the forum for some reason, but I know it was because it wasn't fun anymore.. I sold my R1100R later to a co-worker and I never went back to that forum..
While I've been a BMWMOA life member for 20+ years (it's not even offered anymore) I don't spend much time on the MOA forum.. I bet I haven't logged in there in a couple years..
Much of it has to do with the fact that BMW had become very "Harleyesque", suing for minor copyright infringement rights, and making the bikes more and more difficult to work on yourself..
My 2000 R1100R was my last "modern" BMW.. I sold it and stayed away from the marque for a long time, only until I found the bike I wanted in the worst way about 3 years ago, being a Monoshock R80.. I still have the R80 and enjoy it very much, as well as my recently aquired 1981 R65..
I seriously looked at both the 800GS and the 1200GS's, but with the 1200's I'm still a bit gunshy of the final drive failures.. The 800GS looks like a fine bike, but I've been hearing rumblings of some easily replaced parts that are BMW only, such as bulbs and items that HAVE to be serviced by a BMW dealer.. I just really don't want to play that game..
So, I'll continue to ride my 25 and 30 year old BMW's, servicing them myself..
Also, part of my issue with BMW is my local dealer situation.. 20 years ago, there were 2 BMW dealers within 30 miles of me. One was a crook, and the other was a family run dealership in Freeport, IL that were fantastic.. That dealership was owned by an ex-husband and wife, and when they wanted to retire, they had 2 guys that wanted to buy the dealership.. BMW wouldn't let the dealership be purchased, letting the crook retain his.. That dealership folded because of terrible customer service, so now I'm without a local dealership..
Part 2 of the BMW issue is a dealership in Iowa that was also fantastic.. BMW took away their dealership because they refused to be part of the BMW model and build a "pretty" shop.. So the dealership went to another crook, and the original dealership became a Guzzi dealer..
In both situations, BMW ruined great dealerships, and eliminated places that I'd go for service, parts, and bikes..
Now I buy them privately, and buy parts from whoever's cheapest, and do the service myself.. Either that, or I have to go almost 2 hours to get to a dealership.. I don't have that sort of time, so I've become my own little BMW island, servicing my own bikes and helping friends with their BMW's, too..
And MOA has grown from a cool club to a big organisation. The National Rallies used to be parties, now their conventions.. I don't attend many BMW rallies anymore, either, and have migrated to Guzzi rallies, which are parties like the BMW ones used to be..
Or maybe I've gotten old and grumpy??