Hello from Va-Beach
Brand new to riding let alone BMW MOA. In May 2011 I asked my son if he wanted to take a cross country trip from VA to CA and back. I was thinking motorhome. He said "what if we did it on bikes". I responded like a typical parent "it's to dangerous, neither one of us has the ever ridden a motorcycle". He proceeded to sell the notion. An hour later I began to warm to the idea. That evening I signed us up for the local MSF class (it was booked two months out). My excitement has only grown (almost to the point of an obsession) since then.
FINALLY the end of July arrived. We took the class. It was great. A month and a half later we purchased our bikes. (will not bore you with the extensive research prior to purchasing our motorcycles. Sufficied to say I wanted wanted touring bike and BMW was the way to go)
September 2011 I took possession of a beautiful, well cared for 1997 BMW R1100RT. My son decided on a Suzuki SV650.
After discussing it further with some experienced friends I asked my son to give me 1000 miles (riding together) before riding alone. (he is 20). He agreed. So far we have about 700 together.
I've ridden the R1100RT about 1100 miles now. Love it! What a great sport! What a great motorcycle!
That's it for now.