Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Boulder, CO, USA
I hesitate to weigh in here, but after years on this forum, I feel like I must add my two cents as the forum has been invaluable in many respects:
I had a lemon '07 and BMWNA did step up to the plate. I now have an '08 that has had it's share of problems...but again, those were addressed under warranty. I know and have shared the frustration that some of us have had to endure. I know it helps to have a place to vent and get some understanding and support.
I also have noticed that since Grif has gone, and since Robert_W's very heavily viewed post about his problems, that there does seem to be a growing gloominess on the forum. This has nothing to do w/ Robert's post per se. I think it is a positive development that we should all join in and support, for all of us to try and post more positive reports and ride stories. Those who have problems should not stop reporting them and getting support here, but to balance that out and not let this forum become overly negative, we should all make the effort to post some positive stories, tech tips, etc.
I just did a four day circle around Colorado w/ a buddy, bagging more passes than I can remember. I had a wonderful ride and it was made even more wonderful because I did it on my GT. I have not ridden another bike that could allow me to do 400 miles a day, comfortably!, and still attack the twisties with utter confidence. I had no issues of any sort with the bike and it made my life better for having been able to get the hell out of my daily life and go riding.
A few years ago I was riding the same areas and had my tranny give up 5th gear. I figured out a way to finish the trip by going from 4th to 6th and back for a few days.
PITA...yes!!!! But as my ex-father in law used to say: "Don't let her ruin your day".
So I guess, IMHO, we all should try to accent the positive, and support those who are having a rough go with their bikes or dealing w/ BMWNA, but we should also try and remember that riding is an opportunity to enrich our lives and that to a large degree we exert control over how we let obstacles effect the quality of that.
And I will be the first to bitch when this bike starts having more problems....
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