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New Links To Try

Motorcycle USA has a great listing of recent motorcycle specs and pictures - very comprehensive!

BMW Model List along with a bunch of other goodies - now if the US site could only be updated :)

Pashnet California Motorcycle Roads
This is one of the finest resources I have seen anywhere for great riding  roads.  Too bad this is only for California!

A Real BMW Superbike?
The R1 could have been a contender, too bad it never went into production!

BMW Chronological List is Back!

More Maps
Mapquest now has a whole suite of maps, including excellent Topo maps!

Trip Planning and Maps
Tired of looking at a great squiggly road on a generic road map only to find it is nothing like advertised? Check out Topozone maps -- the level of map detail is simply amazing, and the site is packed with a suite of useful tools.

Trip Reports
Follow Monte Hart to Mexico and Rob Harris through New Zealand, or pick a trip from Google.

National Parks
When planning your travels for 2001 make sure to take sidetrips to our National Parks. They are not only a great destination, many have fantastic motorcycle roads. For some riders, there is no better destination, for others there is no better ride..

BMW Hits 1,000,000!
BMW chose an R1150RT for its 1,000,000th bike - check out the whole story!

Finding Dealers
Just moved and want to find the dealers in your area? BMW NA has a great dealer search function, and the Internet BMW Riders maintain a great list of online dealers.

Vintage Bike Fans
Welcome to the site of Craig Vechorik and Bench Mark Works, the land that time remembered with a passion.

rll50rt_thumbnail.gif (7269 bytes)The New R1150RT
You want pictures? Well we got 'em!

Hey Leafwatchers!
MapQuest has put together a great nationwide list of Autumn Foliage routes. Looking for a good ride? Look no further! Also, specific specific foiliage reports (most with suggested routes) for the US.

Scenic Ride Storehouse
The US Dept. of Transportation has set up a repository for Scenic Byways complete with descriptions, maps and travel planning tools. This is a great ride resource!

Is the K-Bike Dead?
The UK's Motorcycle News has heard whispers of the demise of the water-cooled K-Bike, to be replaced by a flat-4 boxer. How can they do that?

featureart_R1150.jpg (10636 bytes)It's an Official Rumor
Will an R1150RS, R1150R, R1150RT or R1150S be in your garage anytime soon? Check out the UK's Motorcycle News site for the latest!

Travelling Through History!
Busy looking out the window thinking of all the places you would like to see this summer? Check out the History Channel's excellent Traveler site. Packed with site and event information, it is a great trip-planning resource.

The Great Rat Run
Started as a small collection of roadside oddities, the Great Rat Run has blossomed into an online community centered around collecting and visiting oddities and anomolies (as in Roadside Anomolies Tour) all over North America.

Motorcycling India
Follow Michelle Harrison as she crosses India on an Enfiled -- a great reavel tale. For a whole list of great travel stories, see MCGuide's Archive page.

Spy Photos!
BMW is testing the new R bikes, and the pictures and analysis have made it to the Internet. Check it out!

Own a K1200LT?
Make sure to read Motorcycle Onlines great comparison of the K12LT vs. the Honda Goldwing.

Museum Online
Can't make it out to Westerville? The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is now online!

Internet Mailing Lists!
There are literally hundreds of motorcycle discussion lists on the Internet today. Carl Paukstis has kept a great list - there are at least 6 dedicated to BMW's, and one specifically to the BMW MOA!

More Reading
Doug Mann has made his book "Motorcycles and the Art of War" available on the Internet - it is a great read.

Riding Safe
As the riding season draws down for those of us in the northern hemisphere it is time to start thinking about getting ready for next year. Part of that should be signing up for a safety or riding skills class. Some of the best are through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Well known track schools include Reg Pridmore's CLASS and Keith Code's California Superbike School. Try the NASMSA for resources in your state.

Motorcycle Classics
You're not always online right? There are many books all motorcyclists should own, here are a few: Jupiter's Travels, Ted Simon's Famous Book of his four year trip around the world, Helge Pedersen's World Journies, Against TheWind, Ron Ayres' story of his Ironbutt adventure, and finally Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (finally online.) Looking for something not listed here? Whitehorse Press is a great source for rare and out of print motorcycle books. 

Online Motorcycle Magazines
Motorcyclists are lucky to have several excellent online magazines. These sites are an invaluable resource for up to the minute news, product evaluations and ride reports. Check out Motorcycle Consumer News, BikeNet (UK), Motorcycle Online, MotorWorld Online, Motorcycle World (UK) and Streetbike Online.

Time for a Change?
There are some great resources online for helping you find what your bike is worth, or how much you should offer on the newest addition to the garage. For price guides, try Motorcycle Consumer News, NADA, and Kelley Blue Book. For help in buying a used bike, check out Ted's "How to Buy a Used BMW Motorcycle", Robert's "Buying a Used Motorcycle", Jeff's Used Motorcycle Buying Tips, and lastly, "How Not to Buy a Used Motorcycle."

What Kind of Bike Do You Own?
There are websites dedicated to individual models popping up weekly. They are typically a great resource for information and tech tips, and some have interactive message boards. Here are some to start your surfing: R1200C, K1100, K1200LT, F-650, GS, /5, /5, R1100RT, R12, K1200RS, R65, R90S, R90S, and Vintage, Vintage.

Off the Beaten Path
The highway is a lonely place, here are some great links for the 4-lane blues. Roadside America lists roadside anomalies, the National Park Service has info on parks coast to coast, and National Scenic Byways has a long list of scenic and historic roads. Don't forget to plan for meals!

11/5/99
The BMW R1150GS
BMW has yet another raging success with the new R1150GS. Thinking of adding one to the holiday wish list? Make sure to read the  Motorcycle Online and Motorworld Online reviews first! Be sure to also see write-ups on the BMW GS Page, Canadian Biker Online, Canadian Moto Guide Online (also see CMG's Press Intro Coverage), Motorsport Italia, and lastly, South Africa's BMWeb (road test & ride report) and ZA Bikers Online.

11/2/99
The Internet BMW Riders
Without question one of the finest BMW motorcycle resource on the Internet. Chock full of trip reports, tech articles, and a hugely successful online marketplace, the website is just part of the equation. The IBMWR is a colorful, friendly, and very busy Internet mail list where everyone is the President.

10/27/99
BMW's Model Listing
You'll spend a LOT of time here! Year by year listing of every BMW motorcycle made from the very beginning complete with photographs, stats, production numbers and more. Ever wondered what a 1932 R16 looks like?

10/24/99
True America

Mark Gilchrist is traveling the USA on a motorcycle and writing about every bit of it - Excellent! Like trip reports? Try Daniel Cohen's 100 Days, 48 States, Mototour '99, Ted Verrill's trip reports, Carla King's American Borders, ABC News' Motorcycle Journeys, Antique Adventure, and the IBMWR Trip Reports page.

Archive

LeafPeepers
A nationwide central repository of foliage reports, foliage rides, autumn events and unique destinations.
Mapquest Foliage Drives
Mapquest has done a great job of highlighting some really outstanding autumn rides.
National Scenic Byways Online
A fantastic resource! Packed with scenic byways, historic and heritage rides, things to see and do, etc.
Diner City
Everyone knows that diners are simply the best places to eat when you're on the road. Diner City not only tells where to find them, but is rich with history as well.
BMW Model Listing
You'll spend a LOT of time here! Year by year listing of every BMW motorcycle made from the very beginning.
Wing List
Very well done, Goldwing specific list of aftermarket parts links.
Ted's Package
Follow this package as it makes its way around the USA. A benefit for an injured rider, each carrier writes up his trip and takes a photo!
Morton's BMW Features
Follow well known Morton's ace salesman Steve Anderson trips across Canada. Well written with great photos, plan on spending some time on this page :)
True America
Mark Gilchrist is travelling the USA on a motorcycle and writing about every bit of it - Excellent!

Eric's GPS Page
has waypoints for all North American BMW Dealers!
eBay
Tons of BMW Motorcycle bikes, gear and accessories pass through this online auction service. Do a search on "bmw motorcycle"
Whitecloud Coffee
Like Coffee? This is simply the best I've ever had, made by a true motorcycle enthusiast!
Tire Repair
Graham Smith from Australia on repairing tubeless motorcycle tires
• On GPS's
I just bought a GPS III+, here is the authoratative page on Garmin GPS' by Joe and Jack, and a good page by Tom.

Excellent Personal Pages

Pat Roddy's Home on the web
Greg Pink's
Excellent Page
Karl Rosenbaum's
Home Page
Hal McCabe's Home Page
Anton Largiader's Home Page
Check out his Battery Page!
Harry Greenspun's Moto Page
Joe Senner's Home Page
Dave & Tina Swider Moto Page
Tom Coradeschi's Motorcycle page
Phactory Phil Rose's Home Page
David A. Braun's "Flash Tales"
John Flora's Travels Homepage
Richard Wolters Moto Page
(GS and Australia Interests)

Bike-Specific Pages

The K1100 Owners Group
• BMW's new R1150GS review links, Motorworld, Motorcycle Online.
The Chain Gang (F-650 Page)
BMW /5 Motorcycles
Road Kill Cafe (BMW /5 Interest)
R65 FAQ
R1150R Pages
BMW R G/S And GS Page
• Vech's Excellent Vintage Page, Benchmark Works
• Herb Langston's Vintage BMW Page
• John Pavone's Vintage BMW Page

Some Commercial Pages of Interest

IN GENERAL
IBMWR Marketplace
THE place on the Internet for used BMW's and gear
Motorcycle Online
Search The Washington Post Ads
Mobil-1 Oil FAQ

LEATHERS, SUITS & HEATED CLOTHING
Gerbing Heated Gear
The Aerostich Catalog
Widder Heated Clothing
Chili Heated Clothing
Motorcycle Leather Exchange, Silver Spring MD
Motorrad Elektrik
Vanson Leathers

TIRES
Discount Motorcycle Tire, Inc

MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES
Aeroflow Fairings
AutoCom Intercoms
Bridgestone Tires
CC BMW Performance
Corbin Saddles
Dowco (Dow Canvas)
Dunlop Motorcycle Tires
Fuel Plus K-Bike Trip Computer
LD Riders Swear by this full-featured trip computer!
Galfer Brake Pads
Givi Bags & Luggage
Hannigan Sidecars
• KRIS Cycle Electronics
LighBrite
Accessory Lights
Mayer Saddles
Some of the best seats around
Motorcycle Acc. Whouse
Parabellum Windscreens
PIAA Lights
The driving lights of choice by serious motorclists
Russell Day-Long Saddles
Makers of the widely respected Day-Long saddle - ugly but so comfortable!
Run-N-Lights
Accessory lights
Saeng Accessories
Scooterville.com
A running and brakelight enhancement
SpeedBleeder - brake bleeders
ThrottleMeister
Touratech (West Germany)
Tons of neat GS gadjets unavailable anywhere else.
Valentine Radar Detectors
Known to be the best available
Wee Willy Screen Cleaner
This neat little device works well and is small enough to easily fit in a pcket.
WireWheels Wheel Repair
Specializes in building spoke and undenting BMW 3-spoke alloy wheels
Wudo
German Accessory Specialists

BAGS & LUGGAGE
Mag's Bags
Motorcycle touring gear.
RKA Moto Luggage
Favored by the soft-luggage set

MOTORCYCLE PERFORMANCE UPGRADES
Koni Shocks
Lifetime warrant and a huge bang for the buck, a popular choice for an aftermarket shock
Ohlins Shocks
Simply the finest motorcycle shocks made (and most expensive...)
DuPont's Krytox Lubricants

MISCELLANEOUS
Atlas Motor Vehicle
Specializing in Shipping Motorcycles
Clymer's K Bike Guide
On Amazon
Howard Leight - Earplugs
sold by Conney Saftey Products
Motocom - Manuals

Motorcycle Travel Stories

Morton's BMW Features
Follow well known Morton's ace salesman Steve Anderson's trips across Canada. Well written with great photos, plan on spending some time on this page :)
Moto Tour 1999
An excellent "tour the USA" site, updated regularly.
• Doug Ruth's 1996/97 South American Tour
• The IBMWR's Trip Stories Page
• Dale Coyner's Appalachian Highways
Ron Ayres' Site, author of Against TheWind, a story of his Ironbutt adventure.
• Carla King's American Borders
• ABC News' Motorcycle Journies

Online Moto-Magazines

Motorcycle Consumer News
The best of the best!
•  BikeNet - UK
Motorcycle Online
•  Motorcycle World
•  Streetbike Online

Rights & Safety Organizations

American Motorcycle Assn (AMA)
Motorcycle Rights Foundation
Motorcycle Safety Foundation
•  National Motorist Assn.,
Going to fight a ticket? Start here!
•  Snell Memorial Foundation
"We Don't Make Helmets, We Make Them Safer."
•  Pony Express Tour '98
Riding to find a cure for Breast Cancer

Motorcycle Travel Resources

RIDES & DESTINATIONS
LeafPeepers
A nationwide central repository of foliage reports, foliage rides, autumn events and unique destinations.
•  Mapquest Foliage Drives
Mapquest has done a great job of highlighting some really outstanding autumn rides.
National Scenic Byways Online
A fantastic resource! Packed with scenic byways, historic and heritage rides, things to see and do, etc.
•  Summit Point Raceway, WVa.
•  Southwest Bike Travel Zine
Southwestern and Rocky Mountain complete center for Motorcyle touring.

MOTO CAMPGROUNDS
T.W.O. Two Wheels Only, Suches, Georgia

MAPPING PROGRAMS
Topozone - best of the best!
Mapquest - Map any Location
•  Yahoo's Online Map Program
•  US Census Bureau's Mapping System
•  Perry-Castañeda's World Map
•  Etak's Online Maps with GPS Support
•  MapBlast (slow)

MOTORCYCLE BOOKS

Whitehorse Press
A huge collection of Motorcycle Books, many out of print and available nowhere else.
Jupiter's Travels
Ted Simon's Famous Book of his four year trip around the world
Helge Pedersen's World Journies
Ron Ayres' Site
Author of Against TheWind, a story of his Ironbutt adventure.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, yes, it is finally online

REGIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM SITES
True America
Mark Gilchrist is travelling the USA on a motorcycle and writing about every bit of it - Excellent!
Roadside America
A guide to the odd & the arcane
National Park Service
It is not just for stamp hunters, a great resource for side trips!
Helge Pedersen's World Journies
Yahoo's Listing of U.S. State & Country sites
eGo's Travel Link Site
TravelCom

Cool Shareware

BMW Revolving Roundel (95)
A neat spinning globe with Roundels on the face.
BMW R11RT Screensaver (95)
A Real memory hog but a neat show.

GPS

Eric's GPS Page
has waypoints for all North American BMW Dealers!
Garmin's GPS III+ page
Spec's, updates, etc.
Joe and Jack's GPS Page
The authoratative page on Garmin GPS' by Joe and Jack, and a good page by Tom.

Radar Detectors

Car & Driver Shootout
THE definitive article comparing the high-end detectors.
Valentine-1 Detectors
Simply the finest made, unfortunately the most expensive as well.

Motorcycle Insurance

Progressive: 1-800-377-2925
(The May Agency, 1-800-313-0285 advertises in the BMWMOA)
GEICO Cycleguard: 1-800-44-CYCLE
Midwest Mutual: 1-800-247-4176
Dairyland: 1-800-225-1390
State Farm: 1-888-942-4760
Natonal General: 1-800-847-2886
Allstate: 1-800-886-0850

Motorcycle Pages
of Particular Interest

The Unoficial Britten Homepage
The Iron Butt Association
The Nude Motorcycle Riders Assn.
The Intl. Brotherhood of Motorcycle Campers
the Berlin Motorcycle Ministries
The Tinnitus FAQ
SDMC's HUGE Links Page

BMW Motorcycle Internet Mailing Lists

The IBMWR  BMW Mailing List

The BMW R-1100 List
majordomo@cinnamon.com
Click on the above link.  When the pre-addressed E-Mail Message pops up,
type subscribe bmw-r1100
in the body of the message, then send it.

The GS List
LISTPROC@micapeak.com

Click on the above link.  When the pre-addressed E-Mail Message pops up,
type SUBSCRIBE BMW-GS YOUR_NAME
in the body of the message, then send it.

The BMW-Tech List
majordomo@world.std.com
Click on the above link.  When the pre-addressed E-Mail Message pops up,
type SUBSCRIBE BMW-TECH
in the body of the message, then send it.

Village Idiot List:
majordomo@yucca.anv.net
Click on the above link. When the pre-addressed E-Mail Message pops up,
type subscribe vidiot your@e-mail.address
in the body of the message, then send it.

Long Distance Rider List
majordomo@yucca.anv.net
Click on the above link. When the pre-addressed E-Mail Message pops up,
type subscribe ldrider your@e-mail.address
in the body of the message, then send it.

The Slash 5 Mailing List
see http://home1.gte.net/psotrop/subscribe.htm for details.

NOTE: Parts of this page look familiar? I have recently shrunk the size of this page to just cover links that I like and visit often.

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