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    Typical BMW buyer-blue collar or white

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    One of the salesman where I bought my BMW said recently that sales of new units has been very slow lately. He said the "typical" BMW motorcycle buyer watches the stock market etc., etc. The above photo is what my co-workers & I have been makeing lately. No stock market watching for me. Blue collar all the way!

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    Collar's so white it's dazzling. I took advantage of the opportunities available to Americans or I'd ... who knows. Never wanted to stay on the farm. None of us did. I'd probably be a BMW, Mercedes, or Saab tech any of which would have been cool (Ferrari even better!) had I not went to college and not stayed in a band.

    As of now, writing suits me just fine. Don't know what your salesman was talking about but wish you and your co-workers the best Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

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    Randy Kasal

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    I'm blue collar too. I've been an industrial maintenance electrician/PLC programmer for almost 20 years. I work in a HUGE food processing plant on everything from industrial freezers like this....

    To programming the palletizing stuff like these robots.

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    I've got some white T-shirts. Does that count? Sometimes they're used to wipe the grease off my hands.
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    Blue collar here too. I spent 15 years as a electric motor rewinder and the last 20 as a test mechanic at a semi truck factory. I have to admit that I do watch the market some as I have a 401K and I hope to retire at 55 I bought my 04 RT because the price was really great, figured if I didn't like it I would sell it. Now I am hooked.

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    "tis throught the sweat of my brow that I ride BMWs.

    Must have been fun to build that. What is it, pirana?

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    Blue collar industrial (oil field) maintenance technician just like Kreinke. I do the PLC work too, here's a baby one I installed a while back.



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    my collar is mostly brown cause I ride more than I do laundry! No wait, I wear tee-shirts mostly and they don't have collars!

    Actually I'm a UNIX geek, guess that makes me white-collar, but even before I got into that and was more in the blue-collar area, I was riding, got into BMW's while still in that category so I guess brown works OK.....


    To some extend it probably depends on if they are into older BMW's, not vintage, which are getting as pricey as new ones, esp. if you collect them, or riders on new machines. I've met any number of blue-collar types that ride classic BMW's.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pirana View Post
    [The above photo is what my co-workers & I have been makeing lately.

    And what is it you are making?

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    I'm an IT guy. Since I work in an office environment and have to dress "business casual" most of the time, I guess that makes me white collar? Then again, I could just be considered a computer mechanic, so I'm back to blue collar?

    On top of that, I talk to everyone at work; white or blue collar; I'm equal opportunity. Sometimes I sit in front of the computer and type away all day. Sometimes I'm dressed in jeans and fishing network cable under floors and above drop ceilings. Sometimes I'm assembling terribly expensive computer hardware, sometimes I'm trying to figure out why my fiber interface isn't functioning, and wondering if I have a bad GBIC.

    Being in IT is cool because I like being able to work with my hands on occasion (aside from typing), but it also affords me a decent lifestyle, mostly stable hours, and a temperature controlled work environment, and ample vacation time. I'm still not sure it's what I'll do forever, but it works for now.

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    White. Been doing computer programming since I discovered it in the 10th grade (that would be a few years back... 1973). Even though I'm (mostly) retired, I'm still doing it. I have "built" many computers, but that's not really a blue collar job as I understand the label.
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    Was blue, as a HVAC installer/service tech, went white, as a salesman, then project manager and department head, then went back to blue as a remodeling contractor. I enjoy working with my hands and head at the same time, designing a custom bathroom or kitchen, and doing the work myself. I won't be able to do this forever (back hurts), but wanted to have my own business and figured now was the time. My next career change will involve motorcycles on some level.

    Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirana View Post
    One of the salesman where I bought my BMW said recently that sales of new units has been very slow lately. He said the "typical" BMW motorcycle buyer watches the stock market etc., etc.
    People aren't buying bikes because no one north of I-40 drops $20K on a motorcycle going into wintertime!

    The F800GS should have been ready for fall delivery after factory changeover in August, to kickstart sales for the northern states thru the winter. Huge mistake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Blue collar industrial (oil field) maintenance technician just like Kreinke. I do the PLC work too, here's a baby one I installed a while back.


    Oooohhhh! A Micrologix 1500....the closest thing to electro-porn that you can get.
    Wuz up with those 1930's style terminal blocks. Get some AB 1490 series DIN rail ones in there darnit!

    Looks like you're using Permasleeve labels! Goon on ya!

    At least you oilfield guys don't have to deal with the stuff us food plant guys deal with. It's really amazing what someone with an IQ of 100 can do to a Panelview 550 when he's got a 1200 PSI pressure washer gun.

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