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Forty Years of OTL revisited - RALLY COUNTDOWN

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Forty Years of OTL revisited - RALLY COUNTDOWN

Forty Years of the OTL- Revisited

[="#FF0000"]30 days to the rally![/] As the RA approaches its fortieth year, thought you just might enjoy excerpts that have graced past issues of OTL. Imagine the magazine named the “BM Burbles” as suggested by one contestant. Did you know the average age of the BMW buyer in 1972 was 34 years old. These are reprinted exactly as they appeared in the magazine. As the saying goes “we’ve come a long way baby”.

Stay tuned.We'll post one a day until the rally.

Edited by: doggettbeemer on 2012-06-01 03:21
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29 DAYS TO RALLY TIME!

[="#FF0000"]December 1973[/] – BMW Bikers Urged to Boycott Sponsors of National TV Show. On November 6th, NBC aired an episode of their new, hour long show, “CHASE” which renewed the old “Marlon Brando” image of motorcyclists. It was complete with chains, choppers and mayhem. Of course, the bikers were the heavies and were eventually overwhelmed by good guy Brian Fong on his 350cc Honda. To say the least, it was a very poorly done bit of dramatic fiction.
Unfortunately, most TV viewers are unable to determine fact from fiction, especially where motorcycles are concerned, and they tend to categorize all cyclists into the outlaw class. The day after the showing, many reports were received of increased aggressiveness towards bikers by autoist. Bob Anderson, who commutes about 100 miles daily from San Diego to his job at Road Rider in Laguna Beach, cited one such instance on the San Diego Freeway, the very next morning, undoubtedly by a Chase viewer.
Reasoning and pleading with the perpetrators of such trash, seems to fall on deaf ears, even when the safety factor is explained and they continue to endanger responsible U.S. citizens by the millions (12 million by latest AMA estimate. 15 million by Road Rider mag. Survey) whose only offense is riding a motorcycle. We have no alternative but to hit them where they will be sure to notice; in the Pocketbook.
We are calling for an immediate boycott of the program’s sponsor’s products and a campaign of letter writing to the producer, the network and to the sponsors to let them know how we feel about such prejudicial propaganda.
For starters, write: Mr. Jack Webb, Mark VII productions, Universal City, North Hollywood CA 91208. Also protest your local NBC station which aired the show.
The sponsors to BOYCOTT are: Bowmar Brain, MacDonald’s drive-ins, Brim Coffee, Right-Guard deodorant, Capri (Ford) Carefree Gum (Lifesavers), Gallo Wine, Alpo Dog Food, Arrid stay dry deodorant, Post’s Raisin Bran and Saran Wrap. Get the addresses of their packages and WRITE-WRITE-WRITE!

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28 Days!

[="#FF0000"]November 1973 – cover.[/] Here’s the long awaited 900cc BMW. Here are the specs.: BMW R90S, 900 ccs. It produces 77 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 54.6 foot-pounds of torque at 5,500 RPM. The transmission is 5 speed and is claimed to be: Quiet, positive and lightning quick. Double disc brakes up front and an aerodynamically designed fairing is integrated into the bike and claims to minimize wind resistance. Behind the fairing: All new instrumentation. If you’d like complete information, Butler and Smith is offering an 8 page color catalog; all you have to do is write for one. Tell ‘em BMWRA sent you.

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27 Days!

[="#FF0000"]June 1972 [/]– Profile of the American BMW Buyer. Why did you select the BMW? Reliability and long life – 61%, Reputation – 57%, Performance – 26%, Appearance – 15%, Advertising-16%, Write up in Cycle Magazines-15%, Friend’s Recommendation – 43%, Dealer’s Recommendation – 26%. The data for these statistics were compiled from a survey of 4,321 BMW owner registration cards. It is particularly noteworthy that over the last two years, the average age of the BMW Buyer has dropped from 38 years to 34 years. Married – 68%, Single-32%. Age under 25-22%, Age under 35-61%, Age over 35-39%.

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[="#FF0000"]25 Days! Was at the awesome Great River Road Rally for Day 26 countdown.[/]
October 1974-Father, Son See 7 States On a Motorcycle for $320. Few travel agencies could offer a two week tour for two, through seven states, for $320, but that’s just about what Paul V. Tomosky, Steward Road, Vestal, and his son spent on their 5,200 mile trip to Colorado last month.
Riding a $2,000 German made motorcycle, Mr. Tomosky and his son, Calvin, braved heat, wind and traffic en route to Golden, Colo., to visit a friend and to see the narrow gage railroads that served the once-rich Colorado silver mines.
Sleeping in private camp areas or in national forests, Mr. Tomosky and his son spent only $50 on gasoline, with the balance of their $320 going for food and recreation.

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[="#FF0000"]24 Days!

June 1984-Capital Cycle Corporation Three Month Sale for April, May, June.[/] Left Long/5 Mirror - $9.00, Complete Transmission Bearing Set (6 bearings) all 1955-1969-$29.95, Rear Main Seal 1970-on-$9.95

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August 1974. Product Evaluation: Pinstripping Tape. Hey there, is your pinstripping on that BMW beginning to look drab? Is there an accessory that you have added to your bike that you would like to match up to your BMW?
Well let me tell you about this handy-dandy little wonder!
This pinstripping tape comes in all colors and you can get the 1/8” and the ¼” size which pretty well matches what the factory BMW boys do. The beauty of it is that it is vinyl and the weather won’t harm it. Also it goes right around those curves like smooth butter and if you are careful you won’t have any dimples at all.
One point of caution: Be sure that you do not pull on it or it will stretch and that part will be thinner than the rest.
One thing for sure, you will never beat the price. $.87 per roll of 40 feet. And that goes a long way.

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THE ABOVE IS 23 DAYS. Wow!

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22 Days. Just back from Copper Mountain. Weather is beautiful. This is interesting. We've certainly come a long way!

[="#FF0000"]October – November 1972. Tape Club Suggested for BMWRA.[/] Following a successful practice which has been bringing enjoyment to members of the Retreads motorcycle club, it has been suggested that we establish a tape recording club within the membership of BMWRA. Through exchanging tapes, we could become better acquainted with our BMW riding friends in other cities, states and even far away countries. Interesting tapes about foreign places or technical information could be passed on from member to member where interest is known.
All members interested, please write and let us know what type of recorder you have (reel or cassette). We will also need a volunteer who is willing to compile the list which we will mimeograph and circulate to all tape club members. If it sounds like fun, let’s hear from you!

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21 Days!
[="#FF0000"]February 1974 – The Reasoner Report – Editorial. [/]On January 12th, ABC TV and Harry Reasoner unleashed an attack on motorcycling which we must not leave un noticed. Although all the statistics and information about motorcycles, which he used in the extensive presentation were fairly accurate as far as they went, he left out any statistics which would in any way put motorcycles in a favorable light.
He admitted that cycles use much less gas and would therefore gain in popularity. He goes on to say that what’s good for the motorcycle business is not good for highway safety, while playing a song about black denims and a motorcycle jacket with an eagle on the back worn by a guy with a red tattoo on his arm, etc. The song itself was enough to stir up resentment against motorcyclists.
After stating that it was true that most auto/motorcycle accidents were the fault of the auto driver, the report went on to say that the only solution was an extensive campaign of driver training for MOTORCYCLISTS! He ignored the fact that the autoists might need a little training too. After all, whose fault are most of the accidents? He did in all fairness say that the course should teach cyclists “Defensive driving.” He quotes Lew Buchanan of the DOT (Buchanan, sometimes motorcyclists, is known as the cyclists’ “Uncle Tom.”) and gives his cameramen a monumental job of blocking out a motorcycle with a pencil, a cliché which has been soft pedaled since they found that it will also block out pedestrians, bridge abutments, sign posts and a little further away, but still within unsafe braking distance, a Cadillac or a Greyhound bus.
In conclusion he says, “It’s hard for me to see any merit in the pro-motorcycle people. Not only because the things are so tragically unsafe, but because of some kinds of people who ride them, and what they seem to do to almost everyone who rides them.
I’m highly suspicious of most psychological research which says that almost everything is a sex object. “But the motorcycle does seem to become sort of an unhealthy extension of personality. It does not always act to make a man a Hell’s Angel, obviously. But even the chic city dwellers who tell themselves they have one only for its economy somehow change into some sort of internal combustion cowboys.”
I guess I would not ban motorcycles, if I were dictator. But I’d be tempted.”

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[="#FF0000"]20 Days! [/]October – [="#FF0000"][/][="#FF0000"]November 1972. Tape Club Suggested for BMWRA.[/] Following a successful practice which has been bringing enjoyment to members of the Retreads motorcycle club, it has been suggested that we establish a tape recording club within the membership of BMWRA. Through exchanging tapes, we could become better acquainted with our BMW riding friends in other cities, states and even far away countries. Interesting tapes about foreign places or technical information could be passed on from member to member where interest is known.
All members interested, please write and let us know what type of recorder you have (reel or cassette). We will also need a volunteer who is willing to compile the list which we will mimeograph and circulate to all tape club members. If it sounds like fun, let’s hear from you!

[="#0000CD"][/][="#FF0000"]We've sure come a long way since 1972. At this time in 3 weeks you'll be waking up in your tent or room at Copper Mountain.[/]

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[="#FF0000"]20 Days! [/]October – [="#FF0000"][/][="#FF0000"]November 1972. Tape Club Suggested for BMWRA.[/] Following a successful practice which has been bringing enjoyment to members of the Retreads motorcycle club, it has been suggested that we establish a tape recording club within the membership of BMWRA. Through exchanging tapes, we could become better acquainted with our BMW riding friends in other cities, states and even far away countries. Interesting tapes about foreign places or technical information could be passed on from member to member where interest is known.
All members interested, please write and let us know what type of recorder you have (reel or cassette). We will also need a volunteer who is willing to compile the list which we will mimeograph and circulate to all tape club members. If it sounds like fun, let’s hear from you!

[="#0000CD"][/][="#FF0000"]We've sure come a long way since 1972. At this time in 3 weeks you'll be waking up in your tent or room at Copper Mountain.[/]

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19 Days!
[="#FF0000"]February 1975. Newsweek Article Subject of "Task Force" Alert. [/]A story of a bestial murder in Newsweek, February 17, 1975 on page 63 and 64 under the title, "Did The Bikers Do It" was the subject of latest task force alert. The article referred to the murder defendants as "bikers" or "motorcycle gan" more than 20 times although no motorcycles were in evidence during, before or after, the alleged crime. "BIKERS" was used to depict the defendants' unsavory "life-style".

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[="#FF0000"]18 DAYS!
January 1977. 1977 BMW Prices Revealed. [/]The suggested price list for the new 1977 BMW models is as follows, according to Butler and Smith, Inc., exclusive U.S. importers: R60/7 - $2,995. R75/5-$3,295. R100/7 - $3,585. R100S-$4,195. R100RS-$4,595. These prices are FOB Norwood, NJ and do not include freight, set-up charges, and local taxes. Prices do include the new 12-month unlimited-mileage warrantee.

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[="#FF0000"]17 DAYS!
July 1973. Grand National Rally Draws Near.[/] Word comes from Tom and Linda Orton that inquerys about the Grand National Tour have been brisk and although indications of intent have been received, reservations have been slow. It is only human nature to put off sending in that check and reservation until the past possible moment but by so doing, we are putting a terrible burden on voluntary workers, Tom and Linda Orton who are both holding down full time jobs and must do the rally work in their spare time. This involves a tremendous amount of work getting things ready for our enjoyment.

"A last minute deluge of reservations, scares us to death" writes Tom and besides orders for souvenir patches and other goodies must be placed weeks in advance and it is imperative that we have some idea of how many will be there. If we order now on the basis of advance reservations, a great many people will be disappointed when they have to wait for additional items to be manufactured.

Riders are literally coming from the 4 corners of the nation to attend the summer vacation BMW rally at "The top of the nation." So unlimber your checkbook now and send in your reservation. You know you are going to be there so why not insure a good time for yourself and at the same time make the work easier for Tom and Linda?

[="#0000FF"][/][="#0000FF"][/][="#0000FF"]Saw this and had to smile. Gee. Sometimes things don't change much at all do they? One week until pre-reg closes.[/]

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[="#FF0000"]16 DAYS!
August, 1976. C.B. Radio For Your BMW. (excerpt). [/]What Use is a CB Radio on your Bike? Ron Meyer, President of the Brevard Motorcycle Wanderers and BMWRA Area Rep for Melbourne, recently looked into the subject. Here is Ron's list of useful information obtainable via your CB:
1. Location of local restaurants that serve good food at reasonable prices. 2. Ditto for inexpensive yet clean and comfortable motels. 3. Ditto for local points of interest-historical, industrial, etc. 4. Ditto for the local BMW dealer. 5. Ditto for the nearest gas station. 6. Can for help if No. 5 fails! 7. Break the monotony of long highway stretches by listening to truckers' conversations. 8. Learn the conditions of the road ahead the the location of "Smokey Bear" (Highway Patrol), "County Mounty" and "Local Yokel".

CB Radios are the latest national craze. An estimated one-half million to a million sets of several hundred makes are sold each month!

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[="#FF0000"]15 Days until the Colorado Grand National.[/]July, 1982. If you're going to pay BMW prices, shouldn't it be for a BMW? It would seem that other motorcycle manufacturers have decided to approach BMW prices, if not BMW engineering. Indeed, if you glance at these prices, you'll see that there is now very little difference between the cost of certain competitive models and their BMW counterparts. And so..., with prices being so comparable, we'd like to invite you to compare motorcycles. In which case you see, first hand, the difference that a few hundred dollars and 59 years of German engineering can make.
BMW R65 - $3,390 Yamaha 650 SECA-$3,099
BMW R100 - $4,990. Honda Goldwing - $4,248
BMW R100RT - $6,890 Honda Aspencade-$6,798

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Yikes! Yikes! Yikes! Missed yesterday. 14 Days. Now it's 13 days. My postings may be a little hit and miss until rally time. [="#FF0000"]May, 1975. Hi from the Great Rocky Mountain West.[/] There wil be a helmet protest ride the 28-29th of June in Loveland, Colo. It is a overnight run, they will have a band, food and beer and plenty of room for everyone. To top it off there will be a 60 mile ride to the Capitol on the 29th without helmets or with which ever you prefer. This is all in conjunction with the National Helmet protest day.

You might like to know also that the Lights-on-Law was volted down by a landslide in Colo. So you won't have to worry about it for two years or so.

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