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OfflineFalko144

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    New Member from Chicago
    « on: 2021-11-01 03:46:08 »
    Hello everyone,
    I am Dan from Chicago. Just bought a 2008 R1200RTP with about 26K miles.  I am 50 years old, been riding actively for 40+ years.
    I am a former club racer, I raced mostly in the Midwest with CCS. In the past I raced Aprilia, Ducati, Triumph and Kawasaki, time was right to retire from racing and start enjoying other types of riding. I may do few track days but no more racing. 
    Currently in addition to the "new" R1200RTP, I still own few bikes:
    2018 HD Heritage Classic FLHC
    2016 ZX6RR
    2007 Suzuki Burgman 400
    1967 Benelli 250 café Montgomery Wards Riverside
    Few dirt bikes and scooters
    « Last Edit: 2021-11-01 20:48:38 by Falko144 »

    Offlinejackronner

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      Re: New Member from Chicago
      « Reply #1 on: 2021-11-01 04:34:18 »
      I'll bet you were surprised at the good handling of the RT.  But I feel bad for bikers who don't live in California - we can ride year-round and between lanes! One of the main reasons I moved here from the Right Coast.  I can NEVER move to another state!  You guys must feel like I do when the World Series is over -  the looonnnnnggggg wait/weight for spring training.  My biking career just turned 50, too, but I didn't start as young as you!   Welcome to the group. 

      OfflineFalko144

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        Re: New Member from Chicago
        « Reply #2 on: 2021-11-01 15:17:15 »
        Jack,  we too split lanes, although we can get pulled over for it.  However, in my 24 years in Illinois, I am yet to be pulled over for lane splitting.  Speeding is a different issue.  Although, I did contribute to the budget of California few times as well, LOL.

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          Re: New Member from Chicago
          « Reply #3 on: 2021-11-01 18:49:53 »
          Hi Falco, that's am impressive CV and bike collection.  We too are allowed to lane split in the UK, as long as your speed is 'appropriate'.  All very civilised. Enjoy your RT, get back to us with your impressions once you have a few miles done.  It will be interesting to see what an ex-racer thinks.   8)

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            Re: New Member from Chicago
            « Reply #4 on: 2021-11-02 14:07:31 »
            Dan,
            Welcome! Now that you are a BMW Owner, you may want to consider joining the Chicago Region BMW Owners Club. Lots of owners with BMW bikes as well as others (members are not required to ride BMW's). Place to meet and ride with others, discuss bikes, get advice and more in the Chicago area. We are an active club with events almost weekly and many weekends, especially during riding season, but in the off season as well. We have our monthly meeting next week, Thursday in Elmhurst, IL.  I have a 2010 RT myself out in the far west Chicago burbs. Let me know if you want any info or looking for RT information.
            https://www.crbmw.com/

            OfflineFalko144

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              Re: New Member from Chicago
              « Reply #5 on: 2021-11-02 14:51:41 »
              Welcome! Now that you are a BMW Owner, you may want to consider joining the Chicago Region BMW Owners Club.
              https://www.crbmw.com/
              Couple of years ago, I was a member of CRBMW when I had my R100RS.  They used to meet at the Elk Lodge in Elmhurst and have tech Sundays at Motoworks.
              I will look into joining again.  I still have a lots of parts for the airhead that I need to donate.
              I have attached a picture of my RS, who knows maybe we know each other.