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I bought a bimmer!

Today I went out and bought a new motorcycle. I'll be putting my current bike up for sale, and riding this instead:

2004 BMW R1150R Rockster Edition 80

It's a 2004 BMW R1150R Rockster Edition 80. There were only 2000 of these built and 250 in the US. It's number 30 :) I love the paint job, it's matte white and gloss black. I love the combination. It came with all the gear that I want and still has over 2 years left on the warranty. There's a small amount of damage to the finish of the heads where it was leaned against a wall, but that's it, and easy enough to fix when I feel the need. The best part is that the cost of the bike is only a bit more than what I was paying before, just a longer term.

So, anybody want to buy a 2000 Suzuki Bandit 600S? ;)


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Aug. 14th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
oh yes, so very much. It was frighteningly easy to do once I decided to :)
Aug. 14th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
oh right.

Aug. 14th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
Aug. 14th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
Aug. 14th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
try eBay! Everyody wants to buy a motorcycle from a guy that works on LJ ;-)
Aug. 14th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC)
haha, /me sneaks in a post to news
Aug. 14th, 2005 11:07 am (UTC)
you know, brilliant!
Aug. 14th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
So, anybody want to buy a 2000 Suzuki Bandit 600S? ;)

How much? I might be in the market pretty soon... as soon as I can get my license ;)
Aug. 14th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
I'm still trying to figure that one out. I'd like to get $3500, but I think that I could take less considering that I scratched the tank with my tank-bag :/
Aug. 14th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
Very nice, and just slightly more powerful than my 27 gear, 1/6HP ride.

Why don't you bring it by sometime so I can drool?
Aug. 14th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
yeah, I only have 6 gears, but 83 horsepower. I think that I'd outrun you.

I'd love to bring it by. Where do you live these days? If you told me then it's slipped my mind
Aug. 14th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
I escaped the U-District for Fremont last fall. My new address should arrive in your inbox shortly.
Aug. 14th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
Nice!! I envy you....
Aug. 20th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
sweet ride... looks like what I would expect a European cycle-cop would ride minus the lights...

keep the rubber down... and wear something the cagers can see...

and if you can find it, read the "Hurt Report" (the author's name) published many years ago in "Rider" magazine.

Aug. 20th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
It really is a sweet ride. Plenty of power and very well built. I wear a hi-viz yellow aerostich suit when riding and use my high beam during the day. My helmet is yellow too, but I'm thinking that I want a white one with some retro-reflectives. I'll upgrade one day.

There's a great article in motorcyclist magazine in which they crash test a bunch of helmets. They also reference the Hurt Report. I've also heard that the AMA got some money set aside in a recent spending bill to commission another study on motorcycle accidents. It would be good to freshen up the results that Hurt collected back in 1981.

What do you ride?
Aug. 21st, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
after over 200K miles on a couple GoldWing Aspencades and a big Yamaha before them, I had some time off my feet for some bone surgery, had the feeling I should quit. My '84 wing sits hidden in my garage hoping I won't find it and ride again. I haven't ridden in a dozen years after about a dozen years of riding little other than my bikes...

a brief of the Hurt report and a estimation of the statistics:
80% of motorcycle accidents happen due to the cager's fault to yield right-of-way (most common comment: ''didn't see the motorcyclist'

80% of mc accidents occur in town 80% happen in intersectons 80% of those accidents aren't the fault of the mc driver

20% of mc accidents occur out of town
80% of those accidents happened in curves
80% of out of town accidents were the mc driver's fault
80% of out of town accidents included driving too fast for conditions or being under the influence of something that impared judgement

so... care in intersections including not being the first vehicle to cross the intersection or even being at the front of the traffic light queue.

realistic speed outside of town... (my biggest reason for quitting riding was because I couldn't control my right wrist... I would roll-on any time I saw space ahead of me clear... >100mph almost every time I was on the road outside of town... and it was only a matter of time till I screwed myself...

under the influence... been there... and walked instead of driven... and had to return to get my bike a few times from where I walked away from it to be safe.


ps know anyone wanting to buy an '84 Aspencade and travel trailer?
Aug. 22nd, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
the biggest things that I got from the hurt report were that left turning cagers are one of the biggest threats, and that being seen will go a long way towards keeping you safe.

One other thing that I did note about the hurt report is that speed had very little impact on the accidents. Of course going 100 mph is still going to make things worse for you than 55. So I keep it cool... most of the time ;)

>> know anyone wanting to buy an '84 Aspencade and travel trailer?
Put your Goldwing up on cycle trader, I'm sure that you can find a nice home for it :)
Aug. 22nd, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
one thing over the years that I've noticed gets cager's attention that you are there is if you do things like turning to look at those following you or sometimes moving over to the other side of the lane momentarily. They are things that those following don't expect from a mc and it catches their attention that you are really there. I first got this impression from someone who did it in front of me when I was riding in a car and then read it somewhere... I remember wondering why the guy moved over and then back and then turned to look when at a stop sign. We stopped the same place for gas and I asked him... He said "you noticed me, it was what I wanted." I had asked him if there was a road hazard he was going around...

One other thing... I don't remember where I got It... look at the track you want to make vice the hole in the road... If you look at the hole when trying to miss it, you'll most certainly hit it.

Aug. 22nd, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, that makes a lot of sense. If you just keep riding in a straight line they'll never see you. I'll have to start making a habit of that.

As for looking at obstacles, they taught us that lesson in the motorcycle safety course by telling us to try avoiding the little micro-cones they had while looking at them. I don't think that anyone managed to not ride right over them.
Sep. 24th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I like my BMW better than yours

But they do run in different circles. :-)

Where's a good place to ask an off-beat LJ back-room question?
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Well, I like my BMW better than yours
I bet I could take you at the 1/4 mile ;)

What's the question?
Sep. 27th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
Re: Well, I like my BMW better than yours
I suspect you could take me in *many* races. But I'll be much happier in the Florida rains. :-)

Is anyone archiving Interdictor? Off-line, as full threads in text, I mean.

I smell history.
Dec. 2nd, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
I would never ride a kind of delicacy.

I would save it for a few years, and sell it for over 500k as an "antique automobile"

That way, you could make more money, and hopefully buy the first cheap costing hydrogen powered car.
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