I'm 55 years old and, for example, this isn't the place I'd come to for any track bike or track day advice. It's never my first stop for Sports/Touring advice either. Not that there isn't perhaps some people here with that knowledge but it just isn't what this place is about. I posted a controversial post several months ago that the ON magazine looked like it was full of photos of people I don't know doing things I don't really care about. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that and for what this culture is you should be very proud of it and enjoy it. My advice is don't change a thing about it and stop worrying about attracting younger people. Focus on being yourselves and attracting the people that resonate with that.
2012 K1600GT, Vermillion Red (for the epic road trips)
2013 S1000RR, Granite Gray (for the track)
2014 KLR 650, White/Black (for the TAT)
We offer nothing to attract riders of the S1000RR, so naturally there are not many of them in our ranks.
Go soothingly through the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.
'67 Trail 90 || '86 R80 G/SPD+ || '97 F650ST || '00 1150 GS || '06 HP2e
I asked the mods to move this thread to the clubhouse, since it has less to do with S1000RRs and more to do with navel gazing about our club.
I know this is an older thread, I had written a long winded reply which seems to have vanished. I am 40 years old and own a 2014 S1000RR and a 1990 K75S project. It took me a long time to pull the trigger on joining MOA as I have been following along on facebook for a long time. Although there is a lot of great info and great people, there is also a vibe that turns a lot of younger people off. I am talking about some peoples attitude to either other people, there beliefs, what they ride outside of a BMW etc. Any club should be open to their members talking about whatever is on their mind. If people want to engage in the conversation, they will. If they don't like what the subject is, ignore it and move along to a thread that interests you. Anyway, the point is, when people visit they see an incredible amount of negativity and that pushes them away from joining. Just my 2 cents.
Here is a couple of pics of the S1000RR and the K75. Not great of the K but will be showing more in time as I fix her up.
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I turn 47 next month, I bought a 2012 K1600gt because I liked what I read about it in all the magazines and , of course , the wonderful reviews. The K bike is what got me interested in the club. I had ridden a Harley for years and the bar hopping, showing off , got old. I joined the MOA to meet like minded riders who could share with me some of their experiences on their BMW's and to tap the tribal knowledge. I just bought a s1000rr and am loving this bike! According to my wife, I'm handling my "mid life crisis", with this bike. I get real enjoyment blasting down the road being mistaken for some young "whippersnapper" out having a good time with all my grey hair hidden in my helmet. I don't believe my S1000rr would have brought me to the MOA, but I can definitely say, the MOA, brought me to my S1000rr!
By the way,
I still have my K bike and wouldn't trade it for the world.
I'm 61 and ride an S1000R at the moment. I love the way sport bikes handle but it could never be my only bike if I'm going to ride more than an hour or so. I had quite a few bikes over the years and couldn't resist the SR when I heard about it. I do see many RR riders in my area but all are busy riding with the R1, Ninja, and Ducati crowd to spend anytime with our local BMW club. We did try riding together a few times but the contrast between our GS two up riders and the RR 'fighter jocks' was too extreme. A different demo entirely for sure. I would say the look and feel of the MOA website is definitely for the mature touring crowd. My guess is 90% of the RR's sold were to under 30 year olds. IMO.
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