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    New member from Missoula, Montana

    Been riding street bikes on and off since 1970, mostly on (think there is a joke in there somewhere). First BWM was bought in late June of this year after returning from a 5K mile destination ride to Tenn & AL from MT. Bike is a 2015 R1200RT. Looks like there is a lot of info on the site. I have a lot to learn about the bike and BMWs in general.

    Better half and I took it on a 5 day shake down ride touring Yellowstone and the Beartooth. Bike performed great. I stalled it taking off from a stop maybe 4-5 times. Not sure if its the bike or me, but seemed strange to stall it so often. lol.

    Other bikes I still own are Harleys: 2009 Sportster & 2015 Road Glide.

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    Welcome to the forum from the other side of the mountains. Have a good fall riding season.
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    Welcome. We live in the Helena area. You should look into the MT BMW Riders (https://mtbmwriders.org/site/a43ce64...le_2.html#2544). Our next gathering is on 20 October in Ovando. Good opportunity to meet fellow riders and get technical help with your new ride.

    I sent you a private message.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6322 View Post
    Welcome to the forum from the other side of the mountains. Have a good fall riding season.

    Thanks 6322 - you too. Ride safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Welcome. We live in the Helena area. You should look into the MT BMW Riders (https://mtbmwriders.org/site/a43ce64...le_2.html#2544). Our next gathering is on 20 October in Ovando. Good opportunity to meet fellow riders and get technical help with your new ride.

    I sent you a private message.

    akbeemer - Thanks for the link! I was hoping there was a local group. Think I am in Alabama on the 20th of Oct - If not I will try and make it to Ovando. I sent you a PM. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck2 View Post
    I stalled it taking off from a stop maybe 4-5 times. Not sure if its the bike or me, but seemed strange to stall it so often....
    Hi Chuck, and welcome. You live in some beautiful riding country.

    The stalling may just be because you're still adjusting to an engine that has different torque characteristics from those of your Harleys. You might need a few more rpms starting in first, particularly when riding 2 up.

    I had some stalls, getting off the line, when I first rode a GSXR 750, as it did not have the same low rpm torque as my boxers.

    IIRC, I take my R1200ST and R1200RS off the line at about 2,000 rpm.

    But I think BMW engineers have designed boxer engines that deliver a nice blend of horsepower and torque. That's been one of the main attractions to the brand for me, over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck2 View Post
    "Think I am in Alabama on the 20th of Oct - If not I will try and make it to Ovando. "
    Well Chuck, welcome to the MOA Forum and the extended BMW family! Enquiring minds want to know, 'Where & Why in AL?'

    We're members of the statewide AlaBeemers, but we've also just made Tony's acquaintance of the Huntsville Airheads group. If you're not too busy doing work-sorta-stuff, give us a jingle [or PM]. We haven't lived here but one year, but we know of some rather interesting points to check out... For example, ever heard of the Unclaimed Baggage Store in the NE corner of AL? Always a bargain or two to be had there!
    https://www.unclaimedbaggage.com/about/

    But our funnest stopover in our town is the Biergarten at the Space and Rocket Center. It Don't Suck Much At All...
    https://rocketcenter.com/Biergarten


    Lastly, if you'll be nearer to B'Ham, there's the Barber's Vintage MotorSports Complex!
    http://www.barbermuseum.org

    That's my 2-cents; worth every penny. Tally Ho, Bro!
    HSV-Phil & HSV-Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinty View Post
    Hi Chuck, and welcome. You live in some beautiful riding country.

    The stalling may just be that you're still getting used to an engine that has different torque characteristics from those of your Harleys. You might need a few more rpms starting in first, particularly when riding 2 up.

    I had some stalls, getting off the line, when I first rode a GSXR 750, as it did not have the same low rpm torque as my boxers.

    I think I take my R1200ST and R1200RS off the line at about 2,000 rpm.

    But I think BMW engineers have designed boxer engines that deliver a nice blend of horsepower and torque. That's been one of the main attractions to the brand for me, over the years.
    Hey Rinty - I think you hit the nail on the head with the stalls. I have been cautious in rev'ing too much at take off especially when 2 up. I will start to look at the actual rpms rather than listen until I get used to recognizing the RT at 2K rpm. And I agree on the BMW engineers. Thanks for the hint on rpms.

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    HSVPhil -

    Heading to AL because our son and DIL are there with our 9 mo grandson! They are south of Birmingham. Thanks for the links. I will share them with the kids but they are not traveling too far these days.

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    Welcome from Wisconsin

    I was born in the great state of Montana. Small town just outside of Helena called Townsend. Sounds like you are not limited to riding in the one of the most beautiful states in the whole country.
    Enjoy and be safe.

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    The Helena Area members of or BMW club are meeting in Townsend for breakfast this coming Saturday.
    Kevin Huddy
    The Outpost, Silver City, Montana

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck2 View Post
    ... Better half and I took it on a 5 day shake down ride touring Yellowstone and the Beartooth. .....
    Not a bad way to do a shakedown ride. Welcome!

    p.s. Nice carousel you have.
    "Have BMW. Will Travel"

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    Quote Originally Posted by milwlandrover View Post
    I was born in the great state of Montana. Small town just outside of Helena called Townsend. Sounds like you are not limited to riding in the one of the most beautiful states in the whole country.
    Enjoy and be safe.
    That is true - but there is a lot of this great state that I have not seen yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CABNFVR View Post
    Not a bad way to do a shakedown ride. Welcome!

    p.s. Nice carousel you have.

    No kidding! We had a blast and the RT handled the Beartooth with ease - it was great! Had some up close and personal viewing of several Bison , what a rush.

    I did the Tail of the Dragon some years ago on a Harley Road King - I was beat afterward. I am looking forward to doing it again on my RT.

    Yeah the carousel is nice attraction - all horses were hand carved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck2 View Post
    Been riding street bikes on and off since 1970, mostly on (think there is a joke in there somewhere). First BWM was bought in late June of this year after returning from a 5K mile destination ride to Tenn & AL from MT. Bike is a 2015 R1200RT. Looks like there is a lot of info on the site. I have a lot to learn about the bike and BMWs in general.

    Better half and I took it on a 5 day shake down ride touring Yellowstone and the Beartooth. Bike performed great. I stalled it taking off from a stop maybe 4-5 times. Not sure if its the bike or me, but seemed strange to stall it so often. lol.

    Other bikes I still own are Harleys: 2009 Sportster & 2015 Road Glide.
    Hey Chuck,
    I passed through your beautiful state on my way to Cali last summer. Lucky you to live out that way!
    I now ride a 1600 GT - after putting 70K on my Harley Superglide. I think Rinty is right - I tended to stall a lot also when I started with the GT for a couple of reasons. Harley has five gears GT has 6, sometimes didn't downshift all the way. I could probably get it off in second gear but wasn't revving high enough. I still occasionally stall when the hill start control is operational. Same reason - RPMs not high enough. Anyway, definitely a different machine and I enjoy riding it!
    Happy trails.

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