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2016 looking great By Bill Wiegand #180584


I’M EXCITED ABOUT THE 2016 RIDING SEASON. From a personal perspective, it’ll be the first full year on the S 1000 XR I


bought last fall and have been making uniquely mine. I’ve added a tinted windshield, high HP seat, heavy bar weights, oil


cooler and radiator protection, removed the passenger pegs and added a new exhaust hanger holding an Akrapovic exhaust. Other than the seat, I guess the other additions were aesthetic, but like other motorcyclists facing a similar affliction, it’s a difficult condition to explain and impossible for a


non-riding spouse to understand. With apologies to Christopher Walken and Saturday Night Live, I’ve got the fever and the only prescription is more farkles. I’m not sure what forum I was reading where the question was asked, “I don’t understand,


why do you all buy a perfectly good motorcycle and constantly feel the need to change it?” A good question to which the best answer was simply, “Motorcycles are a blank canvas


and by accessorizing, customizing and farkling, we create something uniquely our own, reflecting our personality, character and passion.” Until I read that, I’d never seen the addiction explained so succinctly. Be it custom carbon


fiber covering the catalytic convertor on a K 1600 GT, HP rearsets on an S 1000 RR or a new seat on any motorcycle BMW builds, our bikes will always be works in progress. Unfinished masterpieces constantly evolving to look better, ride better and run better. By labeling this need to constantly tinker and tweak as a seemingly incurable addiction, the disease is raised to a higher level of behavior disorders on the long list of unexplainable human behavior. For the MOA, 2016 promises great things as well. Our 44th BMW MOA Rally in Hamburg, N.Y., promises to be one of our best ever.


Located just minutes from Buffalo, the area offers fantastic geographical, historical and cul- tural opportunities for everyone to enjoy and explore. Then there are the roads. Day rides can take you north into Canada, east toward the Fin-


ger Lakes or south toward Pennsylvania on roads that wind through geography carved by glaciers long since gone. With an average July temperature of 80 degrees, Hamburg promises the heat will not be what you remember from this rally. In addition to the MOA Rally, the events committee has been busy this winter and cur-


rently has eight MOA Getaways planned. Not only do the venues include bucket-list areas like the Tail of the Dragon near Fontana Dam, N.C., and the scenic glacial lakes surrounding Bracebridge, Ont., but the natural beauty and great roads of Arkansas, Kentucky, Idaho, Utah, Wisconsin and Texas. These long weekend, get-togethers offer another great opportu- nity for all of us to get out and ride and share our common passion for everything BMW Motorrad. While riding BMWs is typically the first thing you think about when discussing the MOA,


the governance of our organization is equally important. 2016 is also a Board election year with four Board positions open. To get to know the candidates, an election forum in the Clubhouse area of the forum will be available for all members to ask the candidates questions regarding the future they see for the MOA. Ballots will be available in the April issue of Own- ers News and this election represents an important opportunity for all of us to make our voices heard and have a hand in the future of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America. 2016 is going to be memorable and just as soon as that snow melts, I’m hitting the road!


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