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    New member and soon to be new owner checking in from Clarksburg MD

    Rode a good bit when I was younger and have been out of the game for a decade or two and looking to make the best of my time in the MD country to find a good touring rig to explore and travel the MD, VA, WVa areas.

    Looking for any local clubs and/or riders/groups that welcome newbies!

    Also looking for an enclosed trailer and safety clothing if anyone can help point me in the right direction to get started!

    Thanks in advance.....I look forward to learning a lot from this community!

    SolFyre (George in MD)
    BMW Touring Bike in the works

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    slave to gravity skibum69's Avatar
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    Hi George, welcome from Newfoundland. There are a lot of options out there for good riding clothing. Personally I like Klim's gear. Depends what you want really. I also have custom built leather jacket and pants that are super comfy for riding. I would suggest reading a few magazines aimed at the type of riding you plan to do as there will be ads for various brands in them. Aerostitch makes excellent clothing as well much loved by many. Good riding gear will make your riding safer and more comfortable, to me it's worth spending the $$ for quality, you don't want your gear to fail far from home.
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    New_AlaBeemer HSVPhil's Avatar
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    Hola, George in MD!

    Jus sayin, U have to do what feels right for your circumstance, Seņor! I rode with a 2-piece AeroStich for some 25 years [cause I wanted the ability to pull my gear on over top of my work clothes]! That worked for me until I got serious about LDR. Now I wear Klim Gear (as well as does Mrs-HSV). But now we ride comfortably in our skivvies in hot weather; Later we change when we get to our destination {which is not Northrop Grumman any longer}.

    Read your MOA Owner's News and do your research online... IF, you're looking for No rain-suit assurance, lots of peace of mind, then consider the quality of Klim or their equivalent. U get what U pay for! My Crotch ALWAYS got wet in the years-gone-by commuting with the AeroStich RoadCrafter outfit... Things may be better now, but that's all in My rearview mirror... I'm now approaching 400K miles on BMWs.

    If you're shopping for your Beemer at Bob's BMW, or at Rockville H-D, or BMW of Dulles, or Morton's BMW in F'Burg, ask for their customer service opinion!!! Ball's in your court George.

    Hope U choose wisely. Get some Good Boots too! Gloves, they're mostly all gonna bleed.... We've ridden in Hurricanes, and horrendous T'storms. Leaks are inevitable... Just decide what your threshold of wetness will be... U invest in good gear, you'll go farther and be more comfortable as the years go by....


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    My Klim Adventure suit keeps me dry but it's probably not what you want to pay.
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    George; consider starting your learning & friendship in two weeks by attending the Square Route club rally (BMWBMW) in MD.

    Even if you drive over in your car. As an indoctrination, you couldn't do better!

    Welcome to the MOA... from Cincinnati!
    "travel'n" John... on a 2015 R1200GS / MOA# 102452
    "Keep you a steady eye ahead, with a firm grip on the throttle, be ready with the brakes... for every mile of road, there are two miles of the ditch"
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    Welcome solfyre! Your title says you are a soon to be new owner. Any updates on your quest to obtain?
    Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun...but Mama, that's where the fun is!

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