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    New Guy in Maryland

    Hello, my name is Jim and I am from the Middle of Maryland. I'm not yet a BMW owner but I have a big soft spot for airheads (there would be one in my garage right now if I had the space for a third motorcycle) and I'm contemplating whether an F800GT would adequately replace my current main mount (a 2009 Suzuki GSF1250 equipped for touring) that is getting much heavier, taller, and more top heavy as the years pass. I'm hoping to make some long rides now that I've retired and the child has graduated college, and I look forward to attending some of the rallies around the country.
    jZ
    There is some perverse beauty about being up in the air looking down at your bike during a high-side get-off.

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    Welcome Jim

    Always good to have new members posting in the forums. Welcome to the forums... welcome to the club! Go getcha a beemer and enjoy the ride. In the immortal words of Dutch (Arnold Swartzenegger) in the movie Predator, "Do it! Do it NOW!"
    R. Reece Mullins Ebony R1200RT (Gretchen)
    MOA # 143779
    MOA Charter Club #5 and #364
    SECMOA (BMW MOA secretary)

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    Thank you RangerReece. Truth is, other than airheads for a vintage bike I never considered a BMW before. Then I started researching bikes that might replace the Suzuki. Compared to my Suzuki I wanted lighter weight, as low or preferably a lower seat height, a low center of gravity, decent alternator output, something that can haul a good amount of weight, and something capable of having hard bags fitted (OEM or aftermarket). It ended up being a list of one - the F800GT. I am trying hard to resist the siren call ... :-)
    jZ
    There is some perverse beauty about being up in the air looking down at your bike during a high-side get-off.

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    Local club BMW Bikers of Metropolitan Washington (BMWBMW) is pretty active - check them out @ bmwbmw.org.
    I am in Carroll County, north of Westminster. Welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvscorpio View Post
    Local club BMW Bikers of Metropolitan Washington (BMWBMW) is pretty active - check them out @ bmwbmw.org.
    I am in Carroll County, north of Westminster. Welcome!


    Good job. I love it when we can pull those new members into the fold.
    R. Reece Mullins Ebony R1200RT (Gretchen)
    MOA # 143779
    MOA Charter Club #5 and #364
    SECMOA (BMW MOA secretary)

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    Thank you mvscorpio and rangerreece. I have to modify my introduction now - today I signed the papers to purchase an F800GT that I will take delivery of next week. I found it really can replace my Suzuki GSF1250 (okay, the fact that the Suzuki was totaled during a head-on into a guardrail last week did enter into the decision). Who would have thought that joining BMWMOA because of the great magazine and reading about the great BMW rallies would lead so far so fast ... :-)
    jZ
    There is some perverse beauty about being up in the air looking down at your bike during a high-side get-off.

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    Glad your ok. Enjoy the new ride, ride safe sir, those guard rails are hell on motorbikes. Iím glad your enjoying the club. Do try to get to a getaway or rally, get plugged into a local charter Club and get engaged. Like any club, you get out of it what you put into it.
    R. Reece Mullins Ebony R1200RT (Gretchen)
    MOA # 143779
    MOA Charter Club #5 and #364
    SECMOA (BMW MOA secretary)

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    I rode a 1997 Bandit (with ABS) before turning to BMW. I liked the Bandit. Good bike, but BMWs are wonderful long ride machines. I owned Oilheads and Airheads and like riding both. Post a picture of your F800GT when it comes in. I bet you can barely sleep as the day approaches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluehole View Post
    I rode a 1997 Bandit (with ABS) before turning to BMW. I liked the Bandit. Good bike, but BMWs are wonderful long ride machines. I owned Oilheads and Airheads and like riding both. Post a picture of your F800GT when it comes in. I bet you can barely sleep as the day approaches.
    Will do bluehole - I pick it up tomorrow!
    jZ
    There is some perverse beauty about being up in the air looking down at your bike during a high-side get-off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluehole View Post
    I rode a 1997 Bandit (with ABS) before turning to BMW. I liked the Bandit. Good bike, but BMWs are wonderful long ride machines. I owned Oilheads and Airheads and like riding both. Post a picture of your F800GT when it comes in. I bet you can barely sleep as the day approaches.
    Okay bluehole, if I have this posting photos thing figured out the pics should be here!

    Really liking the white color now ... seems a lot of people who see it do too.
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    jZ
    There is some perverse beauty about being up in the air looking down at your bike during a high-side get-off.

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    Great looking bike Jim!

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmermanj View Post
    Okay bluehole, if I have this posting photos thing figured out the pics should be here!

    Really liking the white color now ... seems a lot of people who see it do too.

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    White looks good! Sharp bike. What are your thoughts now that you have had it a couple of weeks.
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    Thanks raytubbs!!
    jZ
    There is some perverse beauty about being up in the air looking down at your bike during a high-side get-off.

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by bluehole View Post
    White looks good! Sharp bike. What are your thoughts now that you have had it a couple of weeks.
    I would say the white has really grown on me, to the point where if I had the choice of all the colors the F800GT has been available in it would come down to the white or the blue, and I think the white would still win out. The blue is nice, but the white seems to elicit a "wow!" from people when they see it, and they like it. I took it to a local bike night last Friday and the reaction was quite positive (with a few "lustful" comments thrown in - a couple of people would definitely have been happy to take it home). I wasn't expecting that, so apparently the white really is attractive.

    As for the bike itself, I love the lighter weight (some 60 pounds or more) and much lower center of gravity compared to my previous bike. Despite the seat allegedly being higher (per published specs) than the seat on my previous bike that may have turned out to be a function of how BMW measures seat height because it is in fact lower (well, my feet reach the ground better), which is good because of my short 30" inseam. The seat seems comfortable so far but we will see when I go on a typical-for-me 200-400 mile day ride. The sound of the motor, despite being a parallel twin like that in my '15 Triumph Bonneville, isn't as nice as the Bonnie but it is starting to grow on me. Everything else about the bike is a winner - I love it.

    The only downside? I have taken some "abuse" from a friend who claims I've turned in my "blue collar" credentials by buying a BMW. But I have assured her that when she drives by some dive diner in the future and sees a white BMW bike parked outside it will be mine. :-)
    jZ
    There is some perverse beauty about being up in the air looking down at your bike during a high-side get-off.

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    I like white on a motorcycle. It is different and I think it looks good. Earlier this year, a nearby dealer had a white R1200R on the floor and I thought it was very nice. I can appreciate a lighter bike. You lose something in the Bells & Whistles department, but gain a lot in responsiveness/handling. I hope it serves you well on longer rides. It is cooling down so you may be hard pressed to get one in this year.
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