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Congrats indeed. My favorite all time motorcycle was my R75/5. It was a simple mechanical wonder IMHO. It had the factory tool roll(all Hazet) and I could almost completely disassemble the bike with it. The only thing I hated was those cursed Bing carbs. They ran down the road fine but syc for idle was an art I never mastered.
I dig Ducati's ! I lust for a new monster just to scare the crap out of myself on occasion, they look sexy and sound great!
I have had many bikes in my lifetime, had a bike before a car even. Last bike I had was an 1800 Goldwing, great bike. I have always wanted a Beemer, the opportunity came up, I had the cash, she was well cared for and needed a home so I snapped her up. 2004 R1200CLC, 24,000 miles, lots of extra's, fuel injected, has the top trunk, all original and not molested. Newer tires and brakes, cruise control, heated grips and seats, shaft drive. I'll go over her real good over the winter and install a fresh battery and windshield, plugs, air filter, engine oil, filter, and drive shaft oil change, I'll change the alternator belt and fuel filter and do anything else that might need attention. It's a beautiful machine and I'm very excited and happy about it. The owner did drop it on it's side so it has a few slight scratches on the engine and bag guards but they did their job. Helped that the po threw his body under it, lol.
I have slowed down a bit, don't really have a need for speed much anymore, but comfort? now your talking, and this thing has that.
We have common motorcycle histories. Never been without some kind of bike or scooter since I was 13. Put 82,000 miles on a HD Low-Rider in '80 to '82!
A couple of years ago I decided to go for comfort and luxury also. Went from a KTM 990 Advenure to the present Duc Multistrada (this is the largest windshield I've ever had!). And it sounds like our winters will be similar. Time for my 22,500 mile service which includes timing belts and valve adjustment on the Testastretta engine (no valve springs). Then I should be ready for a few trips of several thousand each miles next summer. So, maybe I'll concede that you have me beat in the comfort (and for the sensibility) departments. I'm 69 so maybe I'll decide to get a true touring bike like yours in a few years!
Sure looks and sounds like you got a super bike. I envy you. I've never had a Beemer, but not from the lack of want. Ride safe & stop and say hello if you ever pass through here.
I got her home today! Was a beautiful 50 degree day so that made a 40 minute ride very enjoyable. Bike rides real nice. I have never had a bike with floorboards so this is going to take some getting used to.
Girlfriend took a couple of pics of me sitting on it.
I'm very happy today!
The radio and CD changer is a piece of crap! The p.o. has had it changed at least 4 ti.es and the display is currently not working. I'm thinking of just removing it, that will free up some space in the right saddle bag by removing the CD changer. I might try and find a decent aftermarket radio without CD and maybe just Bluetooth. I don't usually listen to the radio when I'm to riding anyway so it will probably just go bye bye.
I'm thinking ditch the radio, new windshield, and tune up. Needs a good cleaning and polishing too. Has sat a long time. Rode really nice though, very comfortable, not fast, just smooth. I dig the sound of this bike.
I've ridden a couple Beamers, and I was always a little annoyed by the higher frequency vibration in the handle bars. A dealer let me demo a brand new R1150GS dual sport once (even told me about some trails I could try after I showed him a knew how to ride) and in just a few miles of riding one of my hands was a little numb, and the other was tingley. That may sound funny since I have ridden shake and rattle Harleys for years, but the vibration of the Harley (even a rigid mount engine) doesn't make my hands tingle. No I am not a Harley zealot. Just using it for comparison. I've owned probably close to 30 bikes over the years and only 5 of them were hogs. I did have another bike with a similar vibration to the Beamers. A Yahama HS650. It didn't make my hands numb, but I was a LOT younger when I owned that one.
I cant ride a crotch rocket for very long because of the same thing, did about 40 minutes on the bike riding it home on the freeways and I had no issues. Even some bicycles make my hands go numb. But this bike for me puts me at a very relaxed comfortable position so far.
Interesting how individual experiences are different. I have over 110K on my old airhead beemer. To be honest, I never had hand problems on it or my crotch rocket for 30 years but about 5 years ago I started noticing the problem. Now both of them will buzz my hands to sleep. I have written it off to old age (of me not the bikes). My solution is just to ride faster to reduce the time gripping the bars.....