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    Yet another member from PA

    Long time rider, new BMW owner.

    Bought my 2015 R1200GSA from Hermy's early last summer. Seems like a great dealership; good people.

    Sold my 2008 ZX14 SE once I bought the GS. Had a ZX11D prior to the 14.

    The GS is simply the best bike I've ever owned; love it!

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    Welcome to the forum! Heard a lot of good things about Hermy's. You should be set for support!!
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    Let me know if you want to get together some time--I'm in Carlisle and get in a 300-400 mile ride nearly every weekend. I like to say I know every good motorcycle road east of Ligonier and west of 476. I try to do a few multiday trips a year, normally one or two nighters to VA and WV but I do have a full length of the Blue Ridge Parkway/Dragon/Cherohala/Snake ride planned for June.

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    Welcome to the forum Craig!
    I'm staying away from the dealers so I don't come home with a GSA
    Great bike! Nice that your enjoying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigjv4 View Post
    Long time rider, new BMW owner.

    Bought my 2015 R1200GSA from Hermy's early last summer. Seems like a great dealership; good people.

    Sold my 2008 ZX14 SE once I bought the GS. Had a ZX11D prior to the 14.

    The GS is simply the best bike I've ever owned; love it!
    So, what is the current count of stop lights on the US30 Bypass these days? When I left, 31-yrs ago in April, it was 13.
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    Thanks all!

    207... Yeah, it's so nice to know we have good dealer support. But I don't plan to see them often... I took her there for the first 600 mile service but I'll do my own servicing from now on. I did the second engine oil change and rear drive lube change already. Bought the GS 911; nice little tool.

    rock... Yes, lets get together for sure! Please! I did a short Skyline trip on the GS last summer but been down the Blue Ridge/Dragon/Cherohala about 4 times on my sport bikes. Did WV area a couple times but not the Snake (I think); we stayed a couple nights in Harrisonburg for those trips.

    omega... Bob Lilley from Hermy's is a riding "God" and sold me the GS. Bob is a multiple Iron Butt in multiple countries rider and usually a top ten Iron Butt Rally rider. A rider of heroic proportions for sure.

    366... LOL! I stay away from the West side of Rt 30 at all costs. Just complete misery.
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    Welcome Craig. +1 on Hermy's. I'm outside Philadelphia but Hermy's is my go to dealer. It helps that there's some really nice roads up that way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigjv4 View Post
    Sold my 2008 ZX14 SE once I bought the GS. Had a ZX11D prior to the 14.
    Welcome, Craig. I live way over on the left side of the state but besides residing in PA we have another commonality. I currently own an '07 ZX-14 and once owned a ZX-11 back in '91. The '91 was black with a ridiculously wide set of pink stripes from the factory. Many brands in that day offered pastel colors on their bikes and clothing lines. Glad we got away from that. What color was your 11? Maroon or black?
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigjv4 View Post
    Thanks all!

    207... Yeah, it's so nice to know we have good dealer support. But I don't plan to see them often... I took her there for the first 600 mile service but I'll do my own servicing from now on. I did the second engine oil change and rear drive lube change already. Bought the GS 911; nice little tool.

    rock... Yes, lets get together for sure! Please! I did a short Skyline trip on the GS last summer but been down the Blue Ridge/Dragon/Cherohala about 4 times on my sport bikes. Did WV area a couple times but not the Snake (I think); we stayed a couple nights in Harrisonburg for those trips.

    omega... Bob Lilley from Hermy's is a riding "God" and sold me the GS. Bob is a multiple Iron Butt in multiple countries rider and usually a top ten Iron Butt Rally rider. A rider of heroic proportions for sure.

    366... LOL! I stay away from the West side of Rt 30 at all costs. Just complete misery.
    What defines east and west these days? If you say, Mt Rose Ave., I'll laugh my butt off...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    What defines east and west these days? If you say, Mt Rose Ave., I'll laugh my butt off...
    LOL!! I'd bet some here would think that.... they don't get out much.


    I'd say west of Rt. 83 is "west". But starting at the Harley plant heading west on 30 is really where the traffic starts. 30 is three lanes now on the "west" side and still can't handle the traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wsmercer View Post
    Welcome, Craig. I live way over on the left side of the state but besides residing in PA we have another commonality. I currently own an '07 ZX-14 and once owned a ZX-11 back in '91. The '91 was black with a ridiculously wide set of pink stripes from the factory. Many brands in that day offered pastel colors on their bikes and clothing lines. Glad we got away from that. What color was your 11? Maroon or black?
    Howdy WS.... LOL, about the pink. But I do remember fondly when neon pink (and other neons) was the rage with the girls and their bikinis so it wasn't all bad!! hahaha
    I grew up south of Pittsburgh near Elizabeth. PITT grad. I still head out your way for work travel about 6-7 times per year.

    My 98 ZED was black. That was a great bike; I wish I kept it. I felt like I sat "in" the bike not "on" the bike like the 14. But wow that 14 is powerful and smooth. I did like going to fuel injection though... I was always messing with my carbs; not that it really needed it, I was just always looking for perfection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terham View Post
    Welcome Craig. +1 on Hermy's. I'm outside Philadelphia but Hermy's is my go to dealer. It helps that there's some really nice roads up that way!
    Yes, there are some really nice back roads up there! Gives me a good excuse to stop at the dealership and then continue north to visit my son attending Bloomsburg University.

    Have y'all read/heard about the town of Centralia not too far from Bloomsburg and Hermy's? The town with the underground coal fire. Not much to see but it is eerie... with nice twisties to and from!
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigjv4 View Post
    LOL!! I'd bet some here would think that.... they don't get out much.
    Is downtown York still a ghost town?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Is downtown York still a ghost town?
    No, not at all. It's a pretty bustling place now.

    Loads of good restaurants and some great pubs. Quite a few micro-breweries too. It's a pretty good place to go out for the night... small enough to be able to walk to nearly everything but big enough to have many choices.

    My type of night in York with the boss... go to a good but casual restaurant with great beer, walk to see a live comedy show or concert at the Capitol or Strand theater, hit a micro-brewery for a couple after the show. The car stays parked the entire time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigjv4 View Post
    No, not at all. It's a pretty bustling place now.

    Loads of good restaurants and some great pubs. Quite a few micro-breweries too. It's a pretty good place to go out for the night... small enough to be able to walk to nearly everything but big enough to have many choices.

    My type of night in York with the boss... go to a good but casual restaurant with great beer, walk to see a live comedy show or concert at the Capitol or Strand theater, hit a micro-brewery for a couple after the show. The car stays parked the entire time.
    Good to hear. For years, they tried to rejuvenate the downtown, but the locals refused to support. In the early 80's, they were still arguing about the riots. That was ugly and scared the town for a long time.
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