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    Registered User LMIWA156120's Avatar
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    New member in Chicago area

    I recently acquired a very nice 2004 R1150RT that I will be using while serving as a motoref / marshal for bicycle races, as well as just generally riding for fun.

    It's been a few years since I've owned a motorcycle and it's good to be back!
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    Loch Miwa
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    JAMESDUNN
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    Nice RT! Glad you're back on two motorized wheels!

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    Welcome

    I also got a new to me 2004 RT and got back into riding after a 30 year distraction called kids. I love the bike and I know you will also.
    Ken Denton

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    I also ride a R-1150-RT. If you haven't rode in a while, take a little time to get use to the brakes. Once you get use to them, especially, at slow, below 10mph, you will have no problem. Nice looking bike. I was a motol-ref a few years ago for a 1/2 trialathon. Had a blast. Good luck with the bike.
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    welcome

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    Welcome aboard! There is a wealth of information on this site. You'll enjoy.


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    Good choice with the RT! I have a 2002 and think it is terrific.

    14 R1200GS, 02 R1150RT (retired)

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    How do you get to be a moto-ref? That's one of those things that I see at every marathon and bike race, but I've never thought about how the people who did it got into it. Pretty cool!

    BTW, great color for the 1150RT! And those hardbags look spotless!
    Grant
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    Former owner of an '03 R1150R
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    becoming a motoref

    Grant,

    Thanks for the compliments on the bike. The previous owner took REALLY good care of it. There doesn't seem to be a single boot scuff on it and it's never been dropped.

    Becoming a motoref depends on the sport. Motos are used for running, triathlon, and bicycle races. However, each sport has its own officiating organization (very different rules). I come from a bicycle racing background and became a bicycle race official a while back when my oldest son got serious about bicycle racing. This past winter, USAC (www.usacycling.org) offered a motoref course. To qualify, you must already be a licensed official and then you can take the course/exam to add the motoref category.

    Some races also use marshals (riders that are not licensed officials) to lead races. They usually serve the same purpose as a pace car. Others are used for driving camera crews.

    Should be a fun season. We'll see how it goes!

    Thanks,
    Loch
    Loch Miwa
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    Motoref in action!

    Here's a link to an article about our race from last weekend. The lead picture shows me on my moto.

    http://www.chicagobikeracing.com/ind...-kermesse-2010
    Loch Miwa
    Galway, Ireland
    2006 R1200GS

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    Welcome to the gang!

    I'm in Woodstock... give a heads up if you find yourself going out this way and I'll spring for a cup-o-joe.
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