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chewbacca
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The Survey Is Complete

About a year ago I joined both MOA and RA.  Primary reason was for the magazines.  After a year of reading both magazines, the votes have been cast.  One vote for OTL and zero for ON.  Why?  OTL is in my opinion about bikes and has fabulous pics.  ON is about events and club business.  Not what I'm interested in. 

It AIN'T the destination, it's the RIDE getting there!

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Re: The Survey Is Complete

Your opinion is consistent with what I have been hearing from other riders. OTL is the crown jewel of BMW RA much like the national rally is the crown jewel of the BMW MOA. It would be very nice to see this web site start to become more popular and generate more content and value for our members.

'17 R1200GS

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I really like the new format of the website.  It's pretty intuative to get around in.  Without stirring too much trouble, I believe that particular brands attract distinct personality profiles.  The BMW community has some very distinct subgroups too.  For example: there is the S1000RR group, the GS'ers, the Tourers, etc.  These categories aren't clean or well defined by any stretch of the imagination.   I do believe that RA appeals to "riders" where MOA tends to be a more "social" group.  No facts to substantiate that "OPINION' because it is just that, an opinion.  My wife thinks I'm anti-social, LOL, but I think I'm a rider.  Two points of view that come to the same conclusion. smiley

It AIN'T the destination, it's the RIDE getting there!

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I didn't renew my membership with the MOA for a few reasons, but I will say that ON is too pollyanna for me. There are no constructively critical reviews or anything that I would call balanced in a way. It's all happy time. I like reality too much for that. The one column I will miss is Jack Riepe. I love his work. I won't miss the diaper sniffer/helicopter parent one, that's for sure. 

2009 R1200RT
Previous bikes:2007 Nomad | 2001 Vulcan 800 Classic | 1984 GPz750 | 1978 KZ1000A2
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Glad you like OTL.  We definitely try to view motorcycling from all angles.  We really are pretty fun-loving and try not to take ourselves too seriously so when someone gets emotional (upset or happy) about our photos or words it is good.  Tells us folks are checking the mag.

Teaching at the track and my day job, as well as starting a second home project in the woods has kept me pretty busy.  But re-writing the school's coursework has me ready to revive the old column of rider improvement tips.  The thing is, fundamentals are the same; whether you are superbike champ or Harvey Knucklefutz on his first motorcycle. And believe or not, the better riders are more open suggestions for improvement than the less skilled who have honed their bad habits.   So, it can be difficult to keep it interesting.

Let me know what you think for topics and approach. To help, here's two questions:

1. What do you like best about riding your motorcycle?

2. What do you fear/dislike most?

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I really like paragraph two above.  I wanted to avoid saying that the MOA crowd seemed to be "less skilled" so I won't say that. laugh

On question one: I just like to focus on running twisties at a pace that reminds me that I'm not dead yet.

On question two: Sand/gravel in the turns.  Got ambushed by sand/pea gravel three quarters across the road which blended into the color of the pavement.  As I was skipping down the pavement on my back listening to my helmet smacking the asphalt, I was laughing (that's most likely a lie but it sounds good every time I repeat it) because that ATGATT works.  I was OK, got the bike up and rode 6 hrs to home.  Still makes me look hard in those mountain turns.

It AIN'T the destination, it's the RIDE getting there!

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Re: The Survey Is Complete

kocook wrote:
To help, here's two questions:



1. What do you like best about riding your motorcycle?



2. What do you fear/dislike most?

1. Leaning into a right hand turn as far as I can and then immediately transitioning to a hard left!

2. Asshats driving with one hand while talking/texting with the other. I can't wait for auto-drive vehicles for these folks!

'17 R1200GS

MOA 107139

RA 28511

 

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I haven't ridden much since getting a new job in November where I can't use my bike for commuting because I have to go to different locations sometimes (I don't know in advance a lot of the time) and my employer said no bike. It's only a contract job, so I am looking...SO, just riding would be nice. It's therapy for me. I am not an agressive/fast rider and could use some training even after riding for some time. I haven't because of time/cost and my own self-consciousness. 

I dislike group riding the most, especially with cruisers and understand I used to have a couple, but I find the gearing and natural RPM range of the RT different than harleys and I am always hunting between gears because of the accordian effect of group riding. I just don't do it anymore anyway. I also can't handle heights well, but that's another story. Smile

2009 R1200RT
Previous bikes:2007 Nomad | 2001 Vulcan 800 Classic | 1984 GPz750 | 1978 KZ1000A2

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