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    Riding where you see more BMW's

    I was in Wisconsin this summer during a bike trip. Always amazed, but not surprised, by how the HD's really outnumber everything else there. I think most of of that ride BMW's are accustomed to riding a bit less common brand.

    I rode from my home in eastern WA yesterday to Joseph Oregon for breakfast. Some great twisty mountain road riding in some beautiful country. I go that way quite a bit and for whatever reason, BMW's usually outnumber the other makes of bikes in that area. Yesterday I only saw two HD's, and they were parked in Joseph, two FJR's, two Goldwings, and about a dozen BMW's, of which more than half were GS's. The BMW's pretty much outnumbered the other bikes I saw 2 to 1. Always nice to see you other folks out on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffkruger View Post
    I rode from my home in eastern WA yesterday to Joseph Oregon for breakfast.
    That's great riding country; we're headed down that way next week. You're lucky to have it so close. I see a fair number of BMWs on the road, I guess because of what they are.

    The owner of the largest bike dealer in Canada recently told me that nobody rides long distances like BMW owners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinty View Post
    That's great riding country; we're headed down that way next week. You're lucky to have it so close. I see a fair number of BMWs on the road, I guess because of what they are.

    The owner of the largest bike dealer in Canada recently told me that nobody rides long distances like BMW owners.
    I believe there is a lot of truth in that. I know when I am on a trip, a lot of riders that I end up talking with that are also on a trip and aren't local, are on a BMW. I rode the Great River Road from south of New Orleans to the headwaters at Lake Itasca last year and talked with quite a few other BMW riders that were traveling as well. I also stopped at some great dealerships. I appreciate the new shiny mega dealerships for what they are, but I really like finding smaller, single line BMW dealerships. Grassroots BMW in Missouri is a real gem of a dealership.

    I will pm you my cell number. Give me a shout when you are down this way. I can put you on to some other routes through the local area that are really nice.

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    When we're on a trip most of the bikes we see are Harleys. Doesn't matter what state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    When we're on a trip most of the bikes we see are Harleys. Doesn't matter what state.

    But how many of the HD's are traveling very far from home opposed to local? My thinking is probably scewed, but it doesn't really feel like a trip until I'm a few states away from home. To get to Missoula MT from my home is about 7 hours via Lolo and I will ride over there for lunch and come back the same day.

    I typically see quite a few HD's as well, but the majority I have talked with aren't far from home unless it's close to Sturgis time. In my local area there are more HD's on any given day than anything. Every time I have been to Wisconsin I have been surprised at the sheer number of HD's.

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    I was surprised that plenty (mayby 20%) of the HD's I see are actually Honda-Suz-Kaw-Yama cruisers, even Victories and Indians now. Some of them do a pretty impressive job of imitating the HD look. If you enjoy being on a unique ride try a Ural. I've seen 3 on the road in the last 3 years, besides at the dealer. BMW's are a dime a dozen!
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    If you see a HD in a state other than the one their tag was issued for, it probably was trailered there. Also, they have been known to stuff paper or whatever in the luggage bag strapped to the back seat to look like they are on a "long" trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffkruger View Post
    But how many of the HD's are traveling very far from home opposed to local? .
    True, most of the Harleys we see are probably local or from the surrounding States, but not always.
    A couple weeks ago we met a couple from Quebec on a Harley in the UP of Michigan and they told us they were on the way to Seattle. One or two days latter in Ontario my wife met another couple on a Harley who were also on their way to Seattle.
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    I'm not a HD fan, but there are many long distance HD riders. When I lived in AK I'd see many every summer that rode up from the lower 48. A year or so ago Iron Butt Magazine did a feature on a HD rider who did 55,000 miles in one year in competative rally's alone, not counting his normal riding. The average HD rider may indeed ride fewer miles than the average BMW rider, but it is a mistake to think they are all bar hoppers.
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    40% of all Harleys sold are still on the road. The other 60% made it home.

    Akbeemer, I lived in Fairbanks over 30 years. Bill Fenderson owned HD's furthest most outpost in Fairbanks for years. Bought quite a few bikes from him and rode a few of them up and down the Alcan more than once. Made it to Prudhoe on a FLHTC shortly after the haul road was opened to the public. Then, from my perception, HD's started being purchased by different types of folks than had been buying them for years. I didn't like most of them. They did an amazingly good job of selling the image and lifestyle. I have met some great folks that still ride HD's and actually travel on them. I think they are a fairly small percentage of owners though. I am an IBA premier member and have seen the numbers on how many start rallies and how many finish.

    I think with Indian being owned by a company that can financially back the brand they will make inroads into HD market share.

    I can tell you for sure that with cooler fall temps in the Blue Mountains yesterday, there were more BMW's on the road there by a fair margin. Some of them were probably pansies like me, using a heated jacket liner and heated grips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    I'm not a HD fan, but there are many long distance HD riders. When I lived in AK I'd see many every summer that rode up from the lower 48. A year or so ago Iron Butt Magazine did a feature on a HD rider who did 55,000 miles in one year in competitive rally's alone, not counting his normal riding. The average HD rider may indeed ride fewer miles than the average BMW rider, but it is a mistake to think they are all bar hoppers.
    I believe the Hoka Hey challenge is only open to american made bikes. It is quite a long distance ride and challenge. http://www.hokaheychallenge.com/page...challenge.html

    In this neck of the woods we do not have any dealer for miles and i would say the mix is pretty even coming through (my Tim Hortons coffee shop on the highway observation). I will say this though. You can almost bet they will be dressed to the bike they ride. BMW folks in Klim and other assorted higher end BMW dry ware. Harley and cruiser types in leather or some version of a pirate attire. The Japanese bike crowd generally in a mix of Joe rocket / off brand wear and a yellow rain suit with tattered legs.

    The one equalizer is they all have a smile on their face and a story to tell.
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    I travel all over the U.S. On this trip I've been from Marion, Ar. to Paragould Ar. to Arlington, Tx. to Plano Tx., Rockwall, Tx, to Mansfield, Tx. To Tekamah, Ne. to Council Bluffs , Ia. on this trip. Haven't seen one BMW on the road. A couple of bikes rode in to the BMW dealer while I was at the dealer in Plano, Tx. Usually see a few on most trips.

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    Just left church service in downtown Council Bluff, Iowa and saw a F650 parked on Broadway Av.; maybe a sign that I'll see more BMW's on the road.

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    On my rides and drives in AZ I see quite a few BMWs, esp. up on the mountain roads, but I see (and pass) more Harleys by far, maybe 10:1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    When we're on a trip most of the bikes we see are Harleys. Doesn't matter what state.

    That's certainly been my experience over the past few years. Any trip; moto, car, whatever. All Harleys all the time. We used to see a lot more Goldwings with large couples in color matched attire...or running shorts and flip-flops. But we seldom see 'Wings. ...or BMWs these days.

    Is it bc they sell so many more GS's and I seldom drive where tree stumps are involved?
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