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    New Southern California Member

    My name is Pete and I’m a long time motorcycle rider (56 years) but a first time BMW owner. I did have an R69S in the early 70s, but it was chopped so I don’t count it. My past bikes have all been sport bikes, cruisers, and a few choppers and my new (to me) BMW is my first touring bike. It’s a fully-loaded 2017 R1200RT that only had 14K miles on it when I bought it. I’ve taken some serious road trips on some of my past bikes, but my 70 year old carcass is demanding a little more respect these days; thus, the RT.

    I’m excited about being a BMW Boxer owner and a member of the BMW MOA and I’m looking forward to meeting some of you during my travels and interacting with you in these forums. I’ll add that I’m also a long time vBulletin user so there won’t be much of a learning curve.

    Pete (that one)

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    Got the shaft and couldn't be happier about it.

    Vidi, Vici, Velcro (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

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    Welcome, Pete! I'm sure "other" Pete's will be along at some point! Do you have a picture of that R69S? Would love to see your introduction ride to BMW.
    Kurt -- Forum Liaison ---> Resources and Links Thread <---
    '78 R100/7 & '69 R69S & '52 R25/2
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Do you have a picture of that R69S?
    I wish I still did. I would never have made a chopper out of a bike like that, but it was a work in progress when I bought it. I finished it and did it right, and it actually won best of show in several car & motorcycle shows. Sadly, all photos of the bike (this was the pre-digital era) were lost in a fire and I haven't been able to find any surviving photos.
    2017 Platinum Bronze Metallic R1200RT
    Got the shaft and couldn't be happier about it.

    Vidi, Vici, Velcro (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

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    So ist das Leben! Hmmm...archive magazine photos of those car shows! Maybe someone will put up some images on fb for Throw-Back-Thursday! Well, at least you have the vision in your mind!
    Kurt -- Forum Liaison ---> Resources and Links Thread <---
    '78 R100/7 & '69 R69S & '52 R25/2
    mine-ineye-deatheah-pielayah-jooa-kalayus. oolah-minane-hay-meeriah-kal-oyus-algay-a-thaykin', buddy!

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    Welcome Pete

    It’s good to have you here at the party. May I recommend you stretch those RT legs and head to Great Falls this month. We rotate our national rally, this year it’s on the west coast, next year Springfield MO. Though, still a pretty long trip on a bike, if you can swing it, our rally is quite the experience I highly recommend it for new members. Don’t be like this RT owner and wait 8 years, living vicariously through the magazine before attending your first rally.

    Great choice on bike btw. My first bike ever was an ’05 RT after 120k I sold it (like new) and upgraded to the wet head technology. Currently 72K on the 2016 RT runs like a top.
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    Wilkommen Pete!

    IMHO, Tis about time you got around to a respectable Touring Machine! Now park your derrière in das saddle and Go For a Ride towards Gr8 Falls, MT in just a mere 3 weeks... Be there or be square man. Ya just don't know what's gonna happen unless you're there enjoying the action! Lebanon was a terrific gathering in '19. Gonna be hard to top, but we'll be sampling some adult libations in the Biergarten in the PM (just across from the sound stage). So show yourself in MT in other words...

    Cheers from Rocket City!
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    Welcome Pete! Thanks for the pic of that beautiful bike.
    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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