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Old 01-23-2015, 11:37 AM   #1
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Fly-and-ride to pick up first BMW

My long anticipated trip begins today.

Picking up my dream bike - a 2009 R1200GS tomorrow morning from Phoenix AZ. Flying out today from San Jose with wife.

Did a similar fly-ride alone in 2007 to pick a 06 ST13 from Denver.

Will be posting pictures soon.

2 weeks ago I thought adding a moto to my minimal lifestyle would be overwhelming. But magically it does not feel like it. I feel very happy to be back to it after 1.5 years. I think one big reason I got demotivated is that I only thought motorcycling in this country pretty much meant paved roads. But now I discover it is not really so, hence am excited about offroad adventures to mix with paved ones.
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:34 PM   #2
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:45 PM   #3
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Congratulations on getting your dream bike and back into riding.
Riding really is magical.
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Old 01-23-2015, 04:26 PM   #4
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congrads on the new ride
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Old 01-23-2015, 05:01 PM   #5
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Thanks red bud, will look it up...

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Old 01-24-2015, 11:47 AM   #6
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Picked the 09 GS up and just rode from north Phoenix to Chandler. Thrilled and slightly scared at the same time. It has the vrooom just like I wanted. Getting used to the turn signal switches.



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Old 01-24-2015, 12:13 PM   #7
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Congrats! Gorgeous new (to you) ride!
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:42 PM   #8
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Best kind of ride....the first one on a new bike!!
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Old 01-24-2015, 03:45 PM   #9
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and a supportive wife, as well.
Life is good. That is an excellent bike. Enjoy it and take your time.
Enjoy your bike and hook up with us some times in Moab. There are some excellent dual sport rides.
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:39 PM   #10
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Thanks all. This is an amazing bike. Did 400 miles today, reached San Diego safely. We could take up a motel 100 miles from SD, but pushed it through dark. Too windy today, was a bit scary getting tossed around, rode slower with flasher on.

simba, we will come to salt lake city sometime soon.

Thinking to take some offroad class to improve my slow speed handling techniques. Also must get a lower seat. Maybe flea market will have some.

I think I will be avoiding city riding as much as possible. Got quite stressed in the urban SD area. Lots of traffic and dealing with two hand turn signals...
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:59 PM   #11
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Here are good thoughts sent your way for safe, fun, and peaceful miles of riding ahead. Enjoy yourselves.
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Old Yesterday, 09:14 AM   #13
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Thrilled and slightly scared at the same time.
You just described my marriage. Good luck with the new bike!
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Old Yesterday, 09:20 AM   #14
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Nice

Looks like your happy with your new purchase! Congrats from Missouri.
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Old Yesterday, 06:59 PM   #15
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Turn signals

Congrats on the new ride! Funny, I had the same feeling about the turn signals on my '05 GS at first, but eventually came to love them. When I bought my '13 GSW, I really missed those silly things.
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