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Old 01-07-2010, 03:48 AM   #1
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Blind woman seeks GS rider

Hi, I read this on the bay area riders forum (BARF) and found it so awesome that I just had to post it here. It was posted by a woman from a BMW bike dealership who had been contacted by a blind lady:

"This is probably the most unusual post of the day. Long story short, a woman phoned me at the dealership last night and started asking about a BMW R1200GS. She said she's interested in buying one. Now, this is a hugely popular bike, but not common amongst women riders, so I asked if the bike would be for her.

She said 'Well, yes ... sort of. You see, I'm blind.'

Long story short, she had 20/20 vision until the age of 29 and then she completely lost her vision. She has gone on several rides with her brother on his Harley Road King, but is now looking for a riding partner who is interested in doing some adventure riding. I asked why the R1200GS, and she replied that she wants to go off-roading, which I thought was really cool. Motorcycling is zany enough with your eyes open. What is it like solely relying on your other senses?

Anyway, I told her I'd put up a post up to see if I can find someone that would be interested in taking her for rides on an R1200GS.

She is 50 years old, weighs 115 lbs, and is 5'1" (perfect passenger size if you ask me) and she wants to buy an R1200GS, but first needs to find a rider who wants to ride at least once a week so she can justify the purchase.

Any input or insight is helpful.

This is a serious thread. No jokes please . . .

email me at suzanna(at)santarosabmw.com if you're interested, or know of anyone who is."

Somebody please help that woman out and save her from the Harley Dark side!



Dear mods, I know it´s not a ride report, but could we still let it remain here for publicity´s sake for two or three days? And then maybe move it to trip planning or regional forums afterwards?
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Old 01-07-2010, 04:22 AM   #2
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Send it to the Basement!
That should be fun...
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:35 AM   #3
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I say "More Power To Her!" I hope she finds a perfect riding partner. She loves to ride and is willing to pay the price... Something we all do in our own way.
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:50 AM   #4
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Pretty cool. Sounds like fun.

I'm sure she'll find someone pretty quickly.

If I was down there I'd do it.

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Old 01-07-2010, 10:57 AM   #5
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She sounds like a true ADV rider.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:04 AM   #6
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That's just cool anyhow. I envision her being a pioneer of the blind wanting to be riding partners! 2 questions. If she lost her vision at 29 and she is 50 now, how did she know or decide about the 1200GS, just curious, (offroad passenger read up on I assume).

And also if you have a blind passenger do you think they would be better or worse than a sighted passenger? I almost think they would be better???

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Old 01-07-2010, 12:12 PM   #7
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Yes, good for her.

Years ago, I saw a tv segment on a group of blind kids that rode mountain bikes. Sighted leader would have a bell on their bike and choose easier, wider paths to ride on. They would go over obstacles, too. Following kids would listen to noises bell and bike made to sense terrain, road surface and timing. Obviously wouldn't work on a motorcycle, but was impressed with these riders' perserverance.

To feel the wind and the leaning while hearing the engine noise would be very enjoyable, scenery or not. Power to her. Hope she finds a bunch of trustworthy, safe riders willing to share the ride.
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:42 PM   #8
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If she were in the states I'd offer my services, but then again I am currently riding a sport touring bike and have no off road history. I'm 55 and hoping to take some time off to travel this country and maybe bordering countries. I'm also single and you're right, she is the perfect size for a pillion. If she's buying I'm flying, we'll learn the bike and off roading as we go. Count me in!
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:48 PM   #9
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This is living proof that the "Orange Crush" is solely based on visual stimulation.

I wish her luck.
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:52 PM   #10
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More power to her. I hope that she finds her rider.
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:54 PM   #11
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If she were in the states I'd offer my services,


She's in Sonoma County, CA, AFAIK.
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:55 PM   #12
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This is living proof that the "Orange Crush" is solely based on visual stimulation.

I wish her luck.
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:29 PM   #13
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She's in Sonoma County, CA, AFAIK.
I missed that, sort of like the blind leading the blind I guess. I'm sure someone out that way will help this woman out and let her get the feel of riding.I think a blind passenger would be much better than one that sees by a long shot. I'm sure we've all had that woman behind us tugging to slow down, not follow so close, etc. I'd be interested in seeing reports on how she likes her time on the bike. Keep this post active if you can mods.
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:45 PM   #14
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Perfect for me. For I am an ugly bastard and would be proud to have a 115 pound woman on the back of her bike. God knows a sight gifted chick would never be seen with me.

I wonder if she would buy me some Sidi boots and tolerate a KLR occasionally.
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I wonder if she would buy me some Sidi boots and tolerate a KLR...
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