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    Question Going to Florida, any suggestions?

    Lucky me, another trip!
    Last month I took a 4500 mile trip, came home and left the next day to work on tour. It was sad to park my bike, with the weather changing in Chicago to winter. I didn't think I'd get any more trips in this year.
    Well, I'm a freelance so my schedule changes often, and it seems that it's changed in my favor for a change.
    I've been on the road working for 2 weeks now and am flying home on Tuesday evening. I have another gig (plane ticket has already been purchased by my client, oh well ) to be at by Thursday night in Orlando.
    So I'm going to ride on down (1150 miles) to Orlando, work until the 25th, then I have no commitments for 7-10 days or so. Seems like a no-brainer to go to me!
    I figure I'll head down to Key West at the beginning, then wander north up the coast.
    I will be looking to camp, maybe a little fishing, and am open for any suggestions since I've never wandered the South-East corner of our country before.
    I also will need to service my bike in Florida, possibly new tires too. Any dealer recommendations ?
    Thanks

    -Joe


    Last edited by ChiTown; 10-16-2006 at 10:11 PM.

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    live in melbourne, east central florida. sounds like a fun trip. weather is great right now. good time to head to the keys. be happy to discuss roads other than the interstates if you want to see the real florida on your way back.

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    Wanna see some cool birds? Go to Merrit Island/Titusville (sp?) area. Gatorland (Orlando) or St. Augustine Alligator Farm are cool attraction sorts
    of things--especially if you are looking to get close to a gator for some photos

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    Comming To Fl

    There is a BMW Dealer in Orlando (Orlando BMW) and BMW of Daytona Beach.Same ownership of both
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    Dealer Recommendation

    Near Palm Beach, I met a guy last year driving a new LT with his wife. He said the only dealer in south Florida he would recommend was in Fort Meyers. Based on my experience, I believe him.

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    Ride south and a little east...

    When you run into water...

    If it's warm and the beach is East-to-West... Turn Left.

    If the water is cold and running North-to-South... Turn Right.


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    If you're into nature, you definitely want to go to the Everglades National Park. Bring bug spray.

    Another place I highly recommend if you're into nature is the Fairchild Tropical Plant Museum

    Also, a while back, I listed a bunch of good riding and stuff to see in this thread.

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    Miller BMW Motorcycles of Tallahassee, Florida owned and operated by Dusty Miller (800-504-8805) is an excellent service center and, if you plan to go by Jacksonville and you like catfish, visit Whitey's Fish Camp, 2032 CR 220, Orange Park, Florida. I recommend the Catfish Filet Basket with no cole slaw option for a trip to the salad bar. Have a great trip!

    Jack

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    Thanks for all the info guys, very helpful. I've added a few destinations to my list.


    I've made it to Orlando just fine. 804 miles the first day, then 350 today. Slept in Macon GA. It's like 95 degrees here, miserable IMO. Unfourtunatley I have no mesh gear.........

    I stopped at the Louisville BMW on the way down, great people there.
    They had a new R1200R in the showroom. Looked nice.
    Some things on it are impressive, but it didn't make me feel like I should trade in my R1150R at all. I love the Beakster!

    Thanks again for the advice.



    Early morning in Chicago


    Starting mileage



    Ahhh, the Chicago skyline


    After 1 day of riding


    Final mileage


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    Last edited by ChiTown; 10-20-2006 at 02:38 AM.

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    For fishing the Keys can't be beat,for dealers Ft Meyers is very good. The 'glades are really cool to visit from or by water, not by land as the bugs are terrible as we still have HOT weather .
    What ever you do have fun and ride carefully as there are plenty of cellphone toting morons in S Florida.

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    I plan on going to ft meyers BMW, I need a front left turn signal. It mysteriously broke while riding on the highway. The problem is that it also holds one of the windshield mounts. So far I have been unable to locate one in stock in Orlando, or Louisville.
    I'm still stuck in Orlando working, seems like it's cooling off finally. I can't wait to get moving again.........
    I think many of those cell phone toting morons come down here from Chicago.

    Cheers!

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    gotta tell ya, I was impressed with the dealer in daytona. developed a headlight issue on the trip down, at least it didn't quit till after dark, and the tech was able to pinpoint the problem quickly, and gave me great advice on a get home repair
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiTown
    I plan on going to ft meyers BMW, I need a front left turn signal. It mysteriously broke while riding on the highway. The problem is that it also holds one of the windshield mounts. So far I have been unable to locate one in stock in Orlando, or Louisville.
    I'm still stuck in Orlando working, seems like it's cooling off finally. I can't wait to get moving again.........
    I think many of those cell phone toting morons come down here from Chicago.

    Cheers!
    Any dealer can order VOR for overnight delivery if the part is in stock at BMWNA. It costs a nominal amount extra.
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    BFish
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    let me know if you're passing thru the melbourne, fl area on your way back.

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