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Forum: GS Boxers 07-21-2011, 07:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,891
Posted By Richard Ray
Those with older bikes will likely say, "Not much...

Those with older bikes will likely say, "Not much difference". Those who just wrote a big check for a new one will disagree. I fall somewhere in between.

I have a 2008. My riding partner has the...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-10-2009, 04:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 591
Posted By Richard Ray
Thanks for your suggestions!

Thanks for your suggestions!
Forum: Equipment 09-10-2009, 11:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,014
Posted By Richard Ray
Like I said...it's complicated. No. They...

Like I said...it's complicated.

No. They didn't JUST steal the key and the paperwork. They stole other stuff too.

We did buy a new R1200R. We have the bags from the bike that was stolen. It...
Forum: Equipment 09-10-2009, 10:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,014
Posted By Richard Ray
BMW luggage locks

Any advice on how to replace a lock in the luggage....that's locked? Without a key.

Our R1200R was stolen. The also broke into the house and stole paperwork and all the back up keys. They didn't...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-10-2009, 10:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 591
Posted By Richard Ray
BMW luggage locks

Any advice on how to replace a lock in the luggage....that's locked? Without a key.

Our R1200R was stolen. The also broke into the house and stole paperwork and all the back up keys. They didn't...
Forum: Road warriors 02-26-2009, 06:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,344
Posted By Richard Ray
This is THE question. If you're only going to...

This is THE question. If you're only going to have one motorcycle the answer is found in function rather than form. How much short trip weight are you will to accept in trade-off for long trip...
Forum: Road warriors 02-21-2009, 07:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,344
Posted By Richard Ray
I wanted to love the Goldwing. I've reached an...

I wanted to love the Goldwing. I've reached an age where comfort is attractive, I don't give a damn what anyone thinks of my bike, and in spite of the boring sameness of Honda product in the last six...
Forum: Road warriors 01-13-2009, 03:32 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 16,971
Posted By Richard Ray
You're reading my mind. Every year I go to...

You're reading my mind.

Every year I go to the shop and test ride a Bonneville. Part of it is the image of the 1967 model I owned as a teenager, but I'm not nostalgic. I think it's the perfect...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-19-2008, 06:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,437
Posted By Richard Ray
2009 F650GS twin versus a boxer twin

My wife rode the F650GS single for many thousands of miles. She got tired of working so hard keeping up with the two 1200GS's she rides with.

She is considering an R1200R or the new F650GS. (The...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-11-2008, 04:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,710
Posted By Richard Ray
I rode mostly Hondas starting in 1967 with the...

I rode mostly Hondas starting in 1967 with the CL305 Scrambler. I fell in love with VFRs in the early 90s and bought my first BMW GS in 2002 because it toured better fully loaded two up.

In my...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-09-2008, 04:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,134
Posted By Richard Ray
If you ride at night and want to see go with the...

If you ride at night and want to see go with the HIDs. If you want to be seen go with Motolights.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-04-2008, 05:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,717
Posted By Richard Ray
What they said....and... I bought my first...

What they said....and...

I bought my first GS because it is the only bike I've ever ridden that handles well solo, touring or fully loaded two up. Ten years ago you could never have convinced me...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-19-2008, 03:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,319
Posted By Richard Ray
Rebate check?

Rebate check?
Forum: GS Boxers 09-18-2008, 08:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,564
Posted By Richard Ray
2008 1200GS Tank Bag

I've run searches and haven't found much. Pardon me if this should be in "equipment"....

If you own a 2008, the tank is a little different than earlier models. What bag are you using? Velcro,...
Forum: Road warriors 09-04-2008, 04:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,604
Posted By Richard Ray
I put over 50,000 miles of touring on each of my...

I put over 50,000 miles of touring on each of my two VFRs. A 94 and a 98. I too found it the best all round bike made. I still look longingly at every one I see. The only reasons I don't own one now...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-27-2008, 04:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,330
Posted By Richard Ray
A question for 2008 GS owners...

My 2005 GS was stolen last month. The insurance check is on the way. I'm trying to decide between a used 2007 and a new one. Are you happy with your choice?
Forum: GS Boxers 08-05-2008, 07:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,869
Posted By Richard Ray
Both bikes were in a locked garage in a good...

Both bikes were in a locked garage in a good neighborhood in Denver. Keys were in the garage. They then broke into the house, rifled my file cabinet, found the service records and title. They also...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-03-2008, 04:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,869
Posted By Richard Ray
My GS was stolen: 2005 vs 2008

My wife and I just returned from the BMW national and a 5000 loop around the country. The thieves were pros. They knew exactly what they wanted. My 2005 1200GS and my wife's 2007 R1200R. I don't even...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-30-2008, 04:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,344
Posted By Richard Ray
Here's a stock shot of my bike. We did few...

Here's a stock shot of my bike.

We did few modifications. Her bike has hand guards and an R1200RT muffler. (Shaped slightly different than a stock R1200R) She has the BMW touring windshield that...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-30-2008, 04:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,344
Posted By Richard Ray
Pictures

I wish I could post pictures. The thieves stole our camera too... We're still digging out from this mess. I'll try to find some shots in the next few days.

Motolights (http://www.motolight.com/)...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-29-2008, 05:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,344
Posted By Richard Ray
I've called the BMW dealers and asked them to...

I've called the BMW dealers and asked them to keep an eye out. I've also asked that the information be posted on the BMW club website. These weasels cased our house and knew exactly when we would not...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-29-2008, 05:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,344
Posted By Richard Ray
BMWs stolen in Denver

My wife and I just returned from a 5000 trip. We came home from work yesterday and found our 2005 r1200gs (yellow) and 2007 r1200r (silver) stolen. Garage door smashed. Both have motolights. If you...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 03-11-2008, 08:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,985
Posted By Richard Ray
We live in a society that treats bicycles, and to...

We live in a society that treats bicycles, and to a certain degree motorcycles, as toys. Bike paths have no rules and everyone on them acts accordingly. Then bicyclists bring that same mentality to...
Forum: Road warriors 03-03-2008, 07:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,710
Posted By Richard Ray
I bought my KLR for exactly the reasons you...

I bought my KLR for exactly the reasons you listed. Actually, I had visions of exploring tough back country dirt. I did do that one summer. There are more than a few riders here in Colorado who take...
Forum: Thumpers 02-15-2008, 08:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 818
Posted By Richard Ray
My wife and I owned both for a couple of years. ...

My wife and I owned both for a couple of years.

F650
Pros:
Great gas mileage
Better highway bike
More power
More comfort
It's a BMW
Forum: Road warriors 02-14-2008, 07:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,091
Posted By Richard Ray
Amen brother. A couple of years ago I finally...

Amen brother. A couple of years ago I finally quit thinking, "maybe this is the year Honda will release the good bikes." I'd buy one tomorrow if they made it. Instead they give me Vtech and more...
Forum: Road warriors 12-23-2007, 06:42 PM
Replies: 2,093
Views: 629,503
Posted By Richard Ray
Every year I fall in love with this bike. I go to...

Every year I fall in love with this bike. I go to my dealer and take a test ride and come back wishing the bike was as good as it looks. (Or more to the point...as good as the memories it brings back...
Forum: Road warriors 11-13-2007, 08:26 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,484
Posted By Richard Ray
I owned two VFR's. A 1994 and a 1998. I put...

I owned two VFR's. A 1994 and a 1998. I put 50,000 miles on both. They don't compare to those other bikes. VFR's are a wonderful all-round motorcycle rather than a fine tuned sport / race bike. They...
Forum: Road warriors 11-08-2007, 06:22 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 18,150
Posted By Richard Ray
The new Motorcycle Consumer News posted figures...

The new Motorcycle Consumer News posted figures showing Victory up 30 percent in sales in 2007. This in spite of a general slump in the industry. They must be doing something right. (I seem to...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-18-2007, 01:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,433
Posted By Richard Ray
I echo all the positive comments about the R. My...

I echo all the positive comments about the R. My wife bought one the moment it came out and she loves it. So do I. The only thing I miss when I ride it is the long travel suspension of my GS.
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2007, 07:47 PM
Replies: 541
Views: 45,695
Posted By Richard Ray
I think it's a damned fine film, commercial,...

I think it's a damned fine film, commercial, statement of core beliefs...whatever. The fact is the "Easy Rider" image and the chopper form in all its variations continues to attract and sell...
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2007, 08:47 AM
Replies: 541
Views: 45,695
Posted By Richard Ray
Harley ads are usually brilliant. They are a...

Harley ads are usually brilliant. They are a nearly perfect reflection of lifestyle real or imagined. They know their customers well and for the most part, give them exactly what they want.
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2007, 01:51 AM
Replies: 541
Views: 45,695
Posted By Richard Ray
The Harley image

An official branding movie (http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/Riders/Creed_Video.jsp?locale=en_US&locale=en_US&bmLocale=en_US) from Harley.
Forum: Road warriors 10-03-2007, 07:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,723
Posted By Richard Ray
Without a need for refinement and long distance...

Without a need for refinement and long distance comfort, I'd go with the Strom.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-28-2007, 07:12 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 90,099
Posted By Richard Ray
If Honda made a bike that does what my GS does...

If Honda made a bike that does what my GS does I'd buy it. As I read in another thread....Honda has gone from a motorcycle company that builds cars to a lawn mower and car company that has a...
Forum: Road warriors 08-24-2007, 07:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,189
Posted By Richard Ray
Has anyone put an aftermarket exhaust pipe on the...

Has anyone put an aftermarket exhaust pipe on the R1200R? If so, would you like to sell the stock one?
Forum: Road warriors 08-19-2007, 03:53 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,466
Posted By Richard Ray
The R1200R got stuck with the "too expensive" tag...

The R1200R got stuck with the "too expensive" tag right from the start. I keep wondering...compared to what? There are dozens of much less competent bikes that do far less and cost much more.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-11-2007, 08:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,419
Posted By Richard Ray
I think all of the BMW dealers in this area have...

I think all of the BMW dealers in this area have to try hard because there are so many of them. However...I've gotten better service in all departments at BMW of Denver. Far better.
Forum: Road warriors 07-04-2007, 06:26 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 8,863
Posted By Richard Ray
They didn't sell. Many found the headlight too...

They didn't sell. Many found the headlight too odd for their taste.
Forum: Road warriors 06-08-2007, 06:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,359
Posted By Richard Ray
To answer the original question.....I've heard...

To answer the original question.....I've heard that they are not selling very well. (An unscientific comment. I've only talked to a couple of dealers.)
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