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Thread: My first BMW-could this be my first TRUE motorcycle?

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    Talking My first BMW-could this be my first TRUE motorcycle?

    Been riding 50 years! Mini-bikes, QA50, SL70, Trail 90, XL100, CB550T, CX500 Custom, XL500, C50 Boulevard most recently (now put out to pasture after 13 years/105,000 miles) and my wonderfully fun TW200 that I’ll never get rid of EVER.

    Enter the “retirement present”... after months of reviewing reviews, YouTube and more motorcycle forums I can count... I decided on a “fully loaded” BMW R1200RT (post 2014 model).

    Apparently I’ve never really had a great motorcycle? I mean all my motorcycles were fairly good (Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, etc) and 50 years of riding without regrets BUT... holy cow! This BMW is in a league of its own. Never had I had such a riding machine!

    I tip my hat to the engineers who built this wonderful thing they call a motorcycle.

    So this newbie MOA member is looking forward to retirement and Global travels on 2 wheels!

    I’ve been missing out... but NOW it’s GAME ON!
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    RK Ryder
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    You have one nice looking bike; my favorite colour for that model.

    Welcome to the Club!
    Paul
    Retired and riding my RTs, the '87 K100 & the '98 R1100 !
    Niagara Riders & Knights of the Roundel #333

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    Welcome to the forum!

    (to the rest of us forum members) Don't we all remember when we were THAT excited about riding in general and about a specific bike? I know I do.
    Royce
    On the coast of Kansas
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    Welcome to the forum. I feel the same way about my '16 San Marino Blue. It's the fastest color out there.
    Steve
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    2016 R1200RT San Marino Blue Metalic,
    2017 Yamaha FZ-07

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    #4869 DennisDarrow's Avatar
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    Welcome aboard...really nice bike for sure...
    For You THE BEST....GOD BLESS..
    ......Dennis

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    Being a new BMW owner myself, I agree with everything you said.
    I have only been riding for 35 years though.

    Last month I took my, then great, 2009 Kawasaki Concours to smoky mountains. I had two friends with me, one riding the same bike you got and his wife riding a 2018 K16000B.
    I had a chance to ride both bikes for a lit bit.
    The only conclusion a reached after that was that the Concours was no longer a 'great' bike.
    It was a hard choice to make between the RT or the K. I finally 'settled' for the 18 K1600 GTL.

    Congrats on your purchase. It is a gorgeous bike.
    Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of the rest of us.
    2018 BMW K1600GTL- 1977 CB400F Cafe - 2017 Yamaha FZ-09 (Wife's Bike) - 2007 Honda CRF50F (Daughter's Bike)

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    TW200
    Go like hell, You'll get there quicker
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    Registered User powwow's Avatar
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    Congrats on your retirement and welcome to the forum. When I bought my 2015 San Marino Blue RT, I was kinda neutral on the color. Now...the most favorite color I've ever owned...love it.

    As mentioned by another poster, it really is the fastest color.
    Larry Gregerson; Bend, OR
    MOA #93031

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    Great bike, Love2sightsee
    I feel the same way, I bought my 1998 Anniversary edition R110R in July, and my insurance is going to end for the winter on Monday. (it has already frosted here where I live in Canada) but apart from the weather, my impression of my first BMW is that it is a professional grade vehicle. We both own bikes that have faster alternatives, or specs, but like you, I have a buzz in my head riding my bike I have never had before.

    I wish you all the best,
    Cam

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