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post #1 of 58 Old 04-29-2011, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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bmw forum?

well... i have been a member here for as long as i have had my klr. i love my bike and i love this site and its members, so i consider it home. it looks like im getting a bmw f800gs so i was wondering if anyone has experience on the dark side with a bmw forum?
i have mixed feelings about the new bike, but i have a trip planned from vancouver island to the beaufort sea (all the way north)and back, and have 11 days to do it. trying to keep up with bigger bikes, i just can't do it on the gen I. so maybe just a temporary bike, but i am worried i might love it.... thanks guys.

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post #2 of 58 Old 04-29-2011, 09:41 PM
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Well, no darker than anywhere else. I've had BMW's for 31 years and find the forum there (The BMWMOA one anyhow) is filled with the same folks you find here....or the bike shop, barber shop, gunshop etc.
Some knowlegable, some friendly, and some the opposite. Some tend to be obsessed with their bikes (sound familiar? ) and some are just looking for the newest thing.
Same as anywhere.

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post #3 of 58 Old 04-29-2011, 10:38 PM
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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??
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post #5 of 58 Old 04-30-2011, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the comments guys. Paper i hear exactly where you are coming from. i can't stand the pretentious crap that surrounds the bmw brand. what will they say when it gets the black shaker can and the mini grinder treatment like the klr. maybe well see if i keep it first, lol. the waranty and road side assistance sound good. my experience with such things are that, i am always in the 'exception' clause.
so far ...nice gear box, nice motor (will give me the top end i was looking for), mirrors are great, MPG looks much better (70) than my klr (46), stock seat aint too bad (still nothing close to my corbin), very nimble - handles very well, heated grips are good. down sides ... obviously the wallet is a lot lighter (cant touch the klr for 'bang for your buck), stock wind protection is shoit, tubed tires, non folding shifter, $ aftermaket stuff is 2x klr.
im definately keeping my klr, she just wont be goin to the the top of NA with me (this trip).

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I've been a serious fan of the BMW motorcycle since 1986 when I bought my first one (K75c) but I've always admired the bikes..

To me, BMW has always been the bike you tour on to meet new adventures...

But, BMW has also always stood for Bring My Wallet..

Back in the old days, you could buy a decent used BMW, ride it for a few years, and sell it for what you bought it for.. Those days are gone.. Now, unless you're buying a classic Airhead, they drop value every year..

Airheads are odd ducks... (which is why I love them).. They require more maintenance than a modern bike, but the service work is simple.. AND, buy an Airhead today, and take care of it, and the value will continue to rise.. You're not going to get rich, but you're not going to lose money..

I bought my 1985 R80 for $3K and I could sell it today for more than that.. 10 years from now, it'll still be a great running bike and I know I can always get my money back out of it.. My R65 cost me the value of my boat, which I bought for $1300.. I've stuck about $350 in it, and I could easily sell it for $2500 today.. Problem is, I love riding both of the Airheads in my garage.. There's just something about them..

And what's weird is that as soon as you stop, someone's hitting you up for information on the bike.. "How old is that one?" "My uncle had one and he always travelled all over the place on it!!" Is it restored, what size is it?

But I enjoy the fact that I'm riding a 30 and 25 year old motorcycle, and I constantly get smiles and thumbs ups from guys in cars next to me at stop lights..

And, I can toss my tent and sleeping bag on the old farts and wander 500 miles from home, knowing I'll make it home.. Yeah, modern bikes will do it, but there's just something about touring on an old, completely reliable bike that stirs my soul..
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I have owned BMW's since '90 and gone to many BMW Rally's. I'm just an average guy who likes to ride and I tinker with all the bikes I have ever owned. My 01 KLR was bought as a 3rd bike, cheap buy. I love the bike, great fun and it has taken me places I had not been to before. Several fellow riders and I have talked about many of the people we see at the BMW events, many are arrogant condescending assholes, just as you will find at any gathering of riders. Most are just normal joes like you and me. As for web sites, BMWST in particular seems to have some very knowledgeable folks who contribute great problem solving techniques. Many of those who post there are so close minded it is comical, things like well I never tried X but it can't possible work and you are an idiot for even considering X. Frankly, in my 50+ years of riding and probably 400,000 miles by far the most condescending group of riders and owners are the Harley folks. So, you can find them anywhere in any group. Don't make the assumption that everyone you encounter on line or on the road is one thing just because you have heard of a reputation. A couple of my best friends are proud Harley riders, and they are good guys. FWIW
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It's funny that we're talking about this. Just two days ago I was looking for some ideas for a paint job for my KLR, and I ended up on a V-strom website. On two pages of posts (about 12 entries or so) there were 5 entries that bashed KLR's. It didn't bother me in the sense that I own a KLR myself - I honestly don't care if nobody else likes it - but it was just bashing for bashing's sake. There was no logic, numbers, real-world relevancy to the tirades. It honestly surprised me a bit, considering the v-stroms are also a bit of dark horses in the adventure motorcycling business.

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But, BMW has also always stood for Bring My Wallet..
This is the EXACT reason I've yet to buy a BMW. I just don't have the dough. I am, however, also looking to find an old one that would match my style/needs.

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