Another newbie from San Diego. I just picked up a 2012 BMW S1000rr FireBlue.
I'm very new to San Diego and would love to find a few others to go riding with. I don't know the roads, so it's a bit tough trying to find my way to the twisty roads.
I was going to buy a new bike, but I found one here in San Diego with a whopping 94 miles on it, listed on eBay. When I saw it was in San Diego, I told the seller to hold it and bought it the next morning. It already had the conrod. fix and the price was utterly insane, I mean insane. It was one of those situations of being in the right place and the right time.
It's loaded with ABS/TCS/quick-shift/Grip Warmers and not a scratch, not a nick. Not a ding. It's my very first bike and I can't wait to take it on the freeway. I want to see what this baby can do. I heard it can go 200 mph!! Is HJC a good helmet brand? Do I really need to wear a leather jacket?
, for all those who just hit the reply and were about to call me...yeah...we'll skip that. I've been riding for 22-years, or since I was 13. You can do the math.
Some of the Bikes I've owned, not in order, save for the first bike (At one point I owned a couple at the same time)
1)Honda VTR 250 used.
2)Yamaha '88 FZ 600 used.
3)Suzuki RF 600 new. Forget the magazines, it was a superb bike
4)Honda Nighthawk 750, Honda advertised it's 4.5 sec. 0-60 time. Funny ad.
5)Suzuki GS 500e new before Suzuki ruined it with fairings. Great bike!
6)2001 GSXR-1000 new, everyone hated the tail section.
7)2003 GSXR-1000 new, I began to hate the tail section.
8) Yamaha Vino 50 c.c. New Scooter. 40 mph never felt slower.
9) Scooter # 2 150 c.c. import from China. No clue what brand. New
10) More GSXR - 1000's several more actually.
11) Kawasaki KZ 400 and a couple other bikes I can't remember off the top of my head
12) 2012 BMW S1000rr is 104 miles considered new? I'll cheat. New. Love it.
Accident record: one (1)- rode through an unmarked construction site at night, going about 25 mph. One side small patch of the road was newly paved and about 4" higher than the original paving I was on. I put my turn signal on, checked my blind spot, and not seeing the newly paved section (no street lights, couldn't pick it up with the headlights) I went right over. It was on my first bike the, VTR 250 c.c. If ever you want to see a 15 year old sob get in your time machine and travel back in time. All was fine. I rode home. Knock on wood, I've been lucky, since that time. Rather, I've been careful.
Since then, and even at the time, I'm pretty obsessive when it comes to safety. I routinely practice everything from emergency stops at varying speeds, to keeping the bike in gear, if I'm at a stoplight until the car behind me comes to a halt. - I've had to get out of the way once or twice - I can vouch the tactic does work. If I'm tired, the bike stays put. I always error on the side of caution. If I'm not on a motorcycle or in a car...
The bicycle, then goes into use, of which I raced/race as a Cat 1/pro road cyclist for a decade, and have ridden a few stints on a couple of professional teams. Yes he's yellow arm bracelet guy is dirty. No, never used anything. If I did, I'd have an HP4. Close friends did. I saw lots of lives ruined when they were caught. Sometimes, I wonder what could have been, if I had taken that route.
Oh well. Back to bikes, motor powered bikes
With that, it's nice to meet everyone. Plans for the S1000rr- new exhaust, levers, windscreen, a few carbon fiber bits. removing passenger pegs, rear seat cowling, some sliders, a bit of tuning, nothing too crazy.
As far as riding partners, I have the next 6-months to play. It's a long story. As the weather improves, I'd like to do a roadtrip over to AZ or ? For now, if anyone can introduce me to the PCH or some curves that would be greatly appreciated.
I'm centrally located (Banker's Hill / Hillcrest Area)
My riding style, I'm taking it easy until the bike is broken in and I become more familiar with the bike's personality and handling traits. After that, nothing too crazy, but I like to have fun. Sure I can touch a knee, even scrape the side of a pair of Sidi boots. But, on the street, unless I know the road like the back of my hand, it's early Sunday, and all the police officers are chasing bank robbers, it usually doesn't happen. Shaking a leg "Rossi" style before a turn- heck yeah.
Looking forward to chatting with everyone and for the record I'm an eternal gearhead. I love working on my own bike, but I'll take it in to the "dealer" for the 300-750 mile service to get the restrictors off. I've heard BMW dealers are paid by BMW USA for flashing the ECU. I've read a few have had their service performed for free, by bringing up this point. It was on a different motorcycle forum. I've also heard the S.D. BMW Dealers are "so, so." If anyone has any recommendations for dealers, I'd be happy to hear.
Once again, it's very nice to meet you all. Safe riding and keep the rubber side down.
San Diego, Cali