I live in El Paso, TX and have been here, on and off, since 1981. The Schwinn bicycle dealer added BMW bikes to his line in '82. He shut a few years later. Pecos, TX had a BMW dealer for a couple of years in the early-mid '80's. Deming Cycle in Deming, NM told BMW to take a hike in, I believe, 2005. They still sell Honda, Yamaha and Polaris 4-wheelers.
For you who travel west, remember that after you leave San Antonio or Ft. Worth, your next dealer is around 1000 miles away, in Tucson, AZ. My closest dealer is in Albuquerque, NM - 275 miles away. I've ridden BMW bikes for 32 years - since I bought my first one, a '76 R90/6, in 1977. Will I buy a new one? I think not! I can work on an airhead and even on my K75's. But I don't have access to BMW's computer to find out what's wrong with a newer bike.
Phil Marvin - El Paso, TX
Midway Motorsports, on the strip between Bismarck and Mandan in ND. (I think they had a couple of different names over the years, this is the name I recall) I have no idea what year they quit selling BMW, but it's been quite a few years.
It was a small volume BMW dealer who made their real money selling HD's and a couple Japanese brands.
I bought my 1986 R80RT new from them. When I went in looking at BMW's, it was the only one sitting on the floor and I had to have it.
You Montanans at least have a dealer, ND currently does not. I guess it's because we have less than 700,000 population. I don't see that changing anytime soon. So I'm thankful we have a dealership in Sturgis, SD. 235 miles away from my door, but it could be worse.
The former Albuquerque dealer no longer sells BMW. As Kent said, no one was unhappy when he gave up the BMW franchise. The new BMW dealer, Sandia BMW, is part of the car (BMW and Mini) dealership. They have a MUCH better reputation than the former dealer. I still wouldn't go there (because of the distance, not because I don't like them), but if I were closer or if I had an emergency while traveling and were near Albuquerque (or Santa Fe - same ownership), I would go to them for a repair.
Phil Marvin - El Paso, TX
Just off the top of my head... I know there are more:
- Cyclewerks in Indianapolis
- BMW Motorcycles of Indianapolis
- Revard BMW Motorcycles (Indianapolis)
- Grand Haven (Mich.) BMW
- Cincinnati BMW
- Paul's BUM W (Oklahoma)
- Lonnie's BMW (Linton, Ind.)
- Terre Haute BMW
- Crossroads BMW (Elkhart, Ind.)
John M. Flora
'03 K1200GT, '94 K75S
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In New Jersey, Amol, Slegers, Touch of Class.
If you live in densely populated North Jersey, Woodcliff Lake say, its a long ride to a BMW MC dealer.
RK BMW Deptford, NJ and Touch of Class Cycles in Central Jersey were a real loss for Beemer riders in that State.
Add to list Hy Mark motorsports in Pueblo, Colorado. Still in business but dropped BMW a few years back.
Bought my first Beemer, a 1980 R100RT, at South Suburban BMW in South Chicago Heights, IL in April, 1983. Owned by Marty Potasky it was a great shop. The best thing about it it was a BMW MOTORCYCLE Shop. A real motorcycle shop not like the upscale yuppie places today that call themselves that. I miss the old shops with parts all over the place, posters on the wall, empty beer cans on the tool benches. Ahhhhhhh! Memories...
Rode that bike for 19 years, never made me walk once...
Former bikes, Ahhhhh who cares!!
Bought my first BMW, a K75S from Amol's in Dumont NJ - gone
Bought my fist new BMW, a K11RS from a one-man shop about an hour north of there - gone
Bought my wife's R1100R from Lidner's in CT - gone
Dealt extensively with Heid's in the Adirondack mountains of NY - no longer a BMW dealer (but still great folk)
Bought my last new BMW from Westchester BMW (owned by BMWNA) - gone
so that makes 5..... I think that i prefer the HD way... small shops of folks that you get to know.... and who get to know your cycle.
Enjoying the ride, but always on the alert for a rally.......