BMW Motorcycles and life

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Why I ride a BMW motorcycle to work everyday.

I ride a BMW R1150RT motorcyle. I ride it to work everyday, rain or shine, year-round. I realize that this is a little odd. I usually try to downplay this at the office; try to at least attempt to maintain some level of corporate respectability. It always comes out at some point though. The questions that follow are always some variation of; "Even in the rain? Don't you get wet?" (I live in Seattle). Often that's followed with a question/statement like "Isn't that dangerous? My cousin's best friend Lisa's brother is crippled for life after crashing his motorcycle". I'm never sure how to respond to these questions. What do they think? Yes I ride in the rain, yes I get wet, and yes it can be dangerous. That's the whole point.

You see I work in an office everyday and about the only danger I face is that someone will drop a fax machine on my foot or something like that. I like working in an office. I like my work. It's fun and I find it satisfying. I'm not really the type to run away and get myself lost in Mongolia or something like that. I like being responsible (Ugh - did I just say that?), but I also need some excitement in my life to get the adrenaline going. I just like my excitement in small doses. That's why I ride my bike everyday. You see, it is cold and wet and sometimes you have moments of terror, like when some knucklehead in a gigantic SUV swerves into your lane at 70 mph without any warning in the middle of a driving rainstorm at night. See, my heart started racing there just thinking about that. I like to fit my adventures around the rest of my life, not the other way around. That's why I'm not a professional adventurer. Sometimes I wish I was, but it's not really me. It took me a long time to realize that.

I know there are a lot of other people out there like me who have jobs, pay mortgages, are responsible. On weekends and vacations though, they disappear into the mountains or out to sea in a small boat or wherever they choose to find adventure. I know this, because I've met many of these people. I started this website to tell their stories. I love stories of regular people doing extraordinary things. The stories I post on this website inspire me to live my life at full throttle. I hope they do the same for you.

Oh yeah, I started this post stating that I would explain why I rode a BMW motorcycle every day. I explained why I ride even when it's miserable out. But why a BMW? Come on, look at that thing. It's beautiful! Life is too short to ride some crappy cheapo bike.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and do something exciting! Then send me a story so I can post it here.

/paul

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Riding a 1985 Honda v45 Magna thinking BMW

I'm sure there's no comparison to the BMW. I really love the look of the BMW, but at the same time, for $1800.00 I got a great bike that gets me down the road on two wheels which is all I want to do when I have the time to do it. ( I only own the bike about a 6 weeks and I've put-on more than 2400 miles.)
Don't know if I'll ever spend the money for the BMW. Google images and posts like yours scratches the itch for now

BMW only...why

Other than the initial high purchase price and rear drives that fail at alarming numbers.. I am curious why the BMW.

Is this your first one? Do think it is special because it says BMW on the tank?

A Kawasaki Concours can be bought for 7800.00 out the door. It has a bigger tank, rear drive that does not fail, a wet clutch, the same weather protection.

Life is also to short to be paying for what can be had for less.

I'll bet a trip over to the Goldwing, Chain Gang, Stromtroopers, COG or any other sites of these "crappy cheapo" brands will shock you. These guys do double and tripple you mileage on their bikes. Oh yea, they paid a third what you did and I am sure most will ride farther.

Not True.

I own a Kawi Concours. I love the bike, but it is not without its problems. I have about 18,000 miles on it. I also own an older 1150 GS BMW. It has about 126,000 miles on it. Tht's right 126,000. The rear drive issues on the new beemers are resolved. For the long distance, the Goldwings and the Beemers still hold the records. That's just a fact. I have had 0 problems with the beemer. It just sounds like you don't like them for personal reasons. I like everything. Hondas, kawi, Triumphs, Ducati's etc. If I could, I'd own 1 of each. Calm down, and have a glass of Chianti. Be safe, Scott

bmw motorcycles and life...

....nice response to Eoyore(sp?).

Why Ride a BMW

I have had some interesting bikes. Honda 350 scrambler (heavy for a scrambler), Kawasaki Z900(ZOOOOM), 76 ElectraGlide(Bow Wow), 76 BMW R90S Smooooth) Honda 250 commuter, 1996 1100 GS, 1150 GS (current) Rode triumphs, Nortons (left brake almost killed me) I have had fun on all of them. My beemer is expensive to own and maintain. It looks weird to a lot of people, especially when I sneak up on them at 85 and they do not hear me coming! I have a bad back that is degenerating and this bike is really comfortable. The suspension is great, 43 mpg @ 70 mph. I still have been able to put 500+ miles in a day even with my back. With my 40/60 TKC 80 tires I can run with my sweetie on the back at 75 all day. Drop her off at the camp site and boogey up gravel and dirt trails. A Goldwing, HD, Ducati, and Concours can keep up with me on the blacktop, but couldn't follow me where I go in a day. There is a reason this is the most popular Adventure Touring motorcycle in the world. Still, if the time comes that all I can ride is a scooter to work, I'll do that. I like riding and respect others who ride. The brand name doesn't matter to me. I do not make fun of other brand owners for the same reason I do not make fun of their spouses or friends. I think that is how America is really supposed to work. No?

Beemers

Bravo to you Raven!! I love the way you think. You are right on! I'm looking into buying a BMW or Harley. Haven't decided which yet.

Why Ride a BMW

I have had some interesting bikes. Honda 350 scrambler (heavy for a scrambler), Kawasaki Z900(ZOOOOM), 76 ElectraGlide(Bow Wow), 76 BMW R90S Smooooth) Honda 250 commuter, 1996 1100 GS, 1150 GS (current) Rode triumphs, Nortons (left brake almost killed me) I have had fun on all of them. My beemer is expensive to own and maintain. It looks weird to a lot of people, especially when I sneak up on them at 85 and they do not hear me coming! I have a bad back that is degenerating and this bike is really comfortable. The suspension is great, 43 mpg @ 70 mph. I still have been able to put 500+ miles in a day even with my back. With my 40/60 TKC 80 tires I can run with my sweetie on the back at 75 all day. Drop her off at the camp site and boogey up gravel and dirt trails. A Goldwing, HD, Ducati, and Concours can keep up with me on the blacktop, but couldn't follow me where I go in a day. There is a reason this is the most popular Adventure Touring motorcycle in the world. Still, if the time comes that all I can ride is a scooter to work, I'll do that. I like riding and respect others who ride. The brand name doesn't matter to me. I do not make fun of other brand owners for the same reason I do not make fun of their spouses or friends. I think that is how America is really supposed to work. No?

Do I have to spell it out?

I've received some comments along the lines of "Nice thoughts, but you didn't really explain why a BMW?".

O.K.

Incomparable weather protection, top notch fit and finish, antilock brakes, heated handgrips, 1,000 mile per day comfortable, factory saddlebags, 200 mile gas tank range, boxer twin "character", great local dealer, great rider community and too expensive for Squids to buy.

There. Is that better? :-)

More details?

I'm working on a second section with some more details about why BMW vs some other brand motorcycles.

Who Cares

Its it more about the ride, not what you ride.

Robert
90 HD LowRider
04 RT

Its about the ride, not about what you ride.

Then why did you buy a HD? it is about what you ride. Riding is always the most important thing for me, but I wouldn't ride any other brand then BMW. I too love the ergonomics, the ride and my bike is 18 years old and the thing is still as solid as a rock. Your HD is what makes you want to ride, cool. If I were to buy a new bike tommorrow, it would be another BMW.
Chas

every ride is different ...

to each his own, i personally ride a bmw for the quality and long distance endurance, but have had just as much fun riding several other makes and models. seems each ride brings it's own unique qualities, so as long as i'm not pushing it down the road, i'm happy to be rolling. i must confess that after renting a HD ('04 dyna wide glide) for a weekend ride around texas, my opinion has definitely changed from the '84 HD i used to own that would shake, rattle, and roll till my arse was raw after only a couple hours. the dyna wide glide had a great ride and i was very impressed, rode for 3 days straight, could've used a little wind protection, but it was fairly fast (not stock) and fun to ride. albiet the first thing i noticed was how much heavier the bike was than i'm used to and the second thing i noticed is that those single disc brakes take a lot longer to stop than when i squeeze my brembos.

Every Ride Is Different...

As the owner and rider of another '84 - this one an ex-FXRP, then an FXR, and now sort of an FXRT - I will argue your "shake, rattle, and roll till my arse was raw." Mine has a Mustang wide nostalgia saddle, Mustang back rest, JB forwards, and a little carb/exhaust/cam work. I can ride it for eight hours, get off and still be ready to dance. ;-)

My K1200LT Custom, on the other hand, is much more suited for the superslab, but it's no more comfortable to ride.