New Sweden BMW Riders, Inc.
An alternative viewpoint from someone on the BMW list:
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 20:50:45 -0700
From: "Way out west" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: BMW: New triple (was 2003 updates)
I think you folks need to realize that just because someone buys a BMW it
doesn't mean that they're going to start packing crap on their bike and
heading to rallies. I've been in that world and now, for the most part, I'm
trying to put it behind me. Going to the same events year after year and
seeing the same people (and usually very nice people) has about as much
adventure as a trip to WalMart. Perhaps the folks that are buying BMW
cruisers have a life outside of BMW motorcycles and have placed the bike in
it's proper place; as a tool to carry you somewhere.
I also don't understand the fixation of so many on this list with high
mileage. Is riding a motorcycle an end in itself? Have you lost the
ability to stop and see stuff? Is a motorcycle no longer a tool to
transport you to places where you get off the bike and look around and see
what there is to see? Because mileage is so easily measured, has it become
the standard for who is the best or most adventurous?
Because someone doesn't make an effort to rapidly wear out their motorcycle
doesnt' make them any less a rider. The BMW riding society needs to welcome
these different types of riders.
Over and out.....