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Old 03-31-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Union, ME
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The rain has stopped! and the sun is a-l-m-o-s-t out! Phew, I thought I was going to lose "it" if it rained much longer...
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:46 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Wow! We're up to part nine!
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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I like the OT thread. I can stay in touch without committing myself to a new thread talking about my trivial life. Yet still being about living in Maine somehow.

With the weather change coming, I got on Craiglist today and found a BMW bike to go check out tomorrow morning in Wiscasset. It's a 2000 RT touring bike. The reason I'm looking for a new bike is that my friend from Sacramento wants me to go with him this year to Alaska. We have some ashes to spread from a dear friend who passed last year. Plus there's a big ride this August in Killington this year for my group and they will come to Maine a little early so I can escort them to 3-4 Canadian Provinces and then on to Vermont. So I need a bike that can go 10-15k miles this summer. Plus I need a good bike to get me back and forth to CA.

I just got my old '78 Honda Goldwing out with a new battery and ready to ride this weekend. I will probably just keep the old wing as a spare bike for friends to ride with.

I'm a little anxious to ride this year as I only got in 60 miles on my new sled in '10. I put 1400 miles on it last year.

Obviously, my life is measured on how much time I spend outdoors riding, sledding, boating, canoeing, biking, hiking, camping and picnicing. I guess it's a good thing I live in Maine and California then.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:33 PM
 
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I like the OT thread. I can stay in touch without committing myself to a new thread talking about my trivial life. Yet still being about living in Maine somehow.

With the weather change coming, I got on Craiglist today and found a BMW bike to go check out tomorrow morning in Wiscasset. It's a 2000 RT touring bike. The reason I'm looking for a new bike is that my friend from Sacramento wants me to go with him this year to Alaska. We have some ashes to spread from a dear friend who passed last year. Plus there's a big ride this August in Killington this year for my group and they will come to Maine a little early so I can escort them to 3-4 Canadian Provinces and then on to Vermont. So I need a bike that can go 10-15k miles this summer. Plus I need a good bike to get me back and forth to CA.

I just got my old '78 Honda Goldwing out with a new battery and ready to ride this weekend. I will probably just keep the old wing as a spare bike for friends to ride with.

I'm a little anxious to ride this year as I only got in 60 miles on my new sled in '10. I put 1400 miles on it last year.

Obviously, my life is measured on how much time I spend outdoors riding, sledding, boating, canoeing, biking, hiking, camping and picnicing. I guess it's a good thing I live in Maine and California then.
That's Maine. I like BMW's. I had a K 75 back in the 80's and liked it alot. I'm thinking of trading my '07 Triumph Bonneville for a BMW. The Bonneville is OK but the ride is not that comfortable. I'm still partial to dirtbikes but at 52 those days are pretty much behind me now.
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Old 04-01-2010, 05:55 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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One thing to watch on a BMW is the high center of gravity. Mine is a bit tall in the crotch (R1150RS) and I'm 5'10". It is awfully comfortable and quiet though. Cruising Acadia I can hear cars coming from behind real well even with a helmet and DW talking. I wouldn't trade mine.

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Old 04-01-2010, 10:03 AM
 
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One thing to watch on a BMW is the high center of gravity. Mine is a bit tall in the crotch (R1150RS) and I'm 5'10". It is awfully comfortable and quiet though. Cruising Acadia I can hear cars coming from behind real well even with a helmet and DW talking. I wouldn't trade mine.
True I got literally blown off the road coming home from Camden to Freeport on more than one occasion. The high center of gravity will make you top heavy in a wind and will tend to push you over in an open area. As you lean you automatically start to turn that direction. It can get scary. The Triumph doesn't seem to suffer from that as much.
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Old 04-01-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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Thanks for the information guys. I just bought the bike today and will pick it up tomorrow. It was a lot cleaner than I expected. Couldn't pass on it. I took it out for about 45 minutes and road it to Booth Bay Harbor. I liked how small and nimble it felt compard to the larger LT that I had. But I did seem a little tall in the saddle though. I need a taller Cee Bailey windscreen and some heated grips. Other than that, I'm set to ride across country a few times this season. Now I just have to get my iron butt back. Hopefully the stock seat will work for me.
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Old 04-01-2010, 05:03 PM
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The rain has stopped! and the sun is a-l-m-o-s-t out! Phew, I thought I was going to lose "it" if it rained much longer...
I'm with you...I've had a migraine for the last few days, can't seem to shake it, it must be the weather...

The sun did come out for a little bit today, and I felt better. I did a little laundry, and played with my pampered chef starter kit...then the sun went in and I took a nap.
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Old 04-01-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Union, ME
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[...] I need a taller Cee Bailey windscreen and some heated grips. Other than that, I'm set to ride across country a few times this season. Now I just have to get my iron butt back. Hopefully the stock seat will work for me.
007, your post made me smile for a few reasons - thank you!

I'm happy for you that you have secured your new ride,and will have some time to get used to it and...to get your "iron back," as you say! Good luck with this...

Also, your mention of heated grips reminded me of a time long ago. I was driving cross country. It was winter, and I was on I-10 heading for warmer climes. I passed a dude on a Harley - I know next to nothing about bikes, but it was one of those with the "really tall handle bars" (forgive me, I know they can't be called handle bars). He was sitting on his hands - one under each iron butt ch**k - cruising along at 70 mph or whatever! That image is etched in my memory! Now, promise you won't do this...get those heated grips!

Enjoy your new machine!
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:28 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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007, your post made me smile for a few reasons - thank you!

I'm happy for you that you have secured your new ride,and will have some time to get used to it and...to get your "iron back," as you say! Good luck with this...

Also, your mention of heated grips reminded me of a time long ago. I was driving cross country. It was winter, and I was on I-10 heading for warmer climes. I passed a dude on a Harley - I know next to nothing about bikes, but it was one of those with the "really tall handle bars" (forgive me, I know they can't be called handle bars). He was sitting on his hands - one under each iron butt ch**k - cruising along at 70 mph or whatever! That image is etched in my memory! Now, promise you won't do this...get those heated grips!

Enjoy your new machine!
I remember taking my daughter out on back of my Piglet (H-D Sportster, not quite a Hog) when I had it. Doing about 60 with the sun in back of us and I saw the shadow of her arms flapping like wings in the breeze. Not wantng to feel left out, I did the same. She wasn't too happy and I received a good cuff on the helmet and a high-pitched "DADDY!!!!".

And I have heated hand grips now and DW is stuck with jacket pockets. I love 'em.
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