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Just arrived in San Diego on Monday (from cold, cloudy Michigan). Picked up my 2018 Baby GS last night from the San Diego BMW dealer.

I’ve been riding since I was 10 (I’m 50 now), and I’ve had many bikes over the years (including 2 different 800GSs and an R9T). I’ve got to say, I’m pleasantly surprised by this bike. If money wasn’t an issue, I’d have gone straight for another 800, but I think this bike is going to work out wonderfully.

A bit more about me. I raced road for a short time back in the 90’s, and now I teach the motorcycle licensing class for new riders.

Anyhoo, I’m excited to put some miles on the bike, and I’m even more excited to be in a place where I can finally ride year ‘round!
 

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Welcome aboard from another relatively new baby BMW owner. I'm a few decades older than you but, like you, I did a bit or road racing (waaay back in the late 60 and early 70s in England) and was an MSF instructor for a while in the 80s. Now I ride, and seem to collect motorcycles, just for the enjoyment - while I still can.
 

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I heard this is an entry level bike! I've ridden for a couple of years-well more than a couple and decades rather than years also. I'm surprised at the number of experienced riders buying the mini thumper, I hope you get as much enjoyment out of it as I am.
 

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I heard this is an entry level bike! I've ridden for a couple of years-well more than a couple and decades rather than years also. I'm surprised at the number of experienced riders buying the mini thumper, I hope you get as much enjoyment out of it as I am.
Well, I think it’s also a great entry level bike, but it’s also wonderful for those who don’t want to wrestle a giant bike around town or off road. At least here in the US we think you’re supposed to keep ‘graduating’ to larger bikes, but I actually believe that’s one of the reasons people give it up.
 

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Well, I think it’s also a great entry level bike, but it’s also wonderful for those who don’t want to wrestle a giant bike around town or off road.
I would have killed (well - maimed, maybe) for a bike like this when my kids were learning to ride.

Pushing 73 pretty hard and am just not comfy tootling down dirt roads on my Tiger Explorer 1200 - close to a half ton of motorcycle, once you add me to the equation.

Bought the Baby GS specifically for local rides on the unpaved surfaces of local roads and forest roads and it's absolutely lovely. Thinking of shipping it over to Europe for a few years as there are a number of roads that I want to ride and want a bike that I can actually pick up by myself should it decide to take a nap.
 

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Did the SanDiego Dealer give you a "special" price? There are several other BMW dealers in SoCal. Why did you select SDBMW?

What color did you get. Did the frame need the frame brace?

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I'm not sure what your question is getting at. I bought it at the San Diego dealer because I live in San Diego right down the street. I'd have to drive an hour or two to go to a different dealer. As I said, I just moved here Monday, so if this dealer has a bad reputation, I don't know anything about it.

Red. If you mean the recall, they can't sell a bike with an active recall on it.
 

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I'm not sure what your question is getting at. I bought it at the San Diego dealer because I live in San Diego right down the street. I'd have to drive an hour or two to go to a different dealer. As I said, I just moved here Monday, so if this dealer has a bad reputation, I don't know anything about it.
I misunderstood your original post. Many people fly to San Diego to visit, and buy a bike to ride home. This way they get to see the country without have to cross the country 2X - coming and returning.

I didn't realize from your original post that you came to SD to take up residence. My bad. Welcome to America's Finest City!

SDBMW is a wonderful dealership and I have known Gary, the owner, since before he and Mike bought the dealership.

The question about the frame is I would like to see a photo of the frame brace. I understand that bikes can't be sold unless fixed.

Enjoy your new ride
 

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The question about the frame is I would like to see a photo of the frame brace. I understand that bikes can't be sold unless fixed.
Ah, I get the misunderstanding now. :wink2: Mine is Racing Red. Hmm, I'll try to get a picture. I'm not sure what one looks like before the recall, but mine doesn't appear to have a separate plate, so I'm guessing it's the newer frame.

They were great to deal with. In fact, the red one was still on a 'stop sale', but they had a black one that could be sold. So they swapped all the bodywork for me. Very cool. And I think I got a pretty good deal. Though part of the good deal is that I got $250 off for being an MSF RiderCoach. As far as I know, BMW is the only manufacturer to do that. So I've gotten discounts on all 4 BMWs I've had. Very cool of BMW.
 

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I am up in Escondido ( 36 miles north of you ) and also have a G310GS. Escondido BMW puts on mini adventure rides every so often and I put a couple hundred miles of dirt roads and trails with them since May. I took mine all the way to the Tail of the Dragon ( along the North Carolina / Tennessee boarder ) and back with a week and a half stop over to see my grandson in early April. Almost 12k miles on it now. Hope you enjoy yours and keep it right side up.
 

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I am up in Escondido ( 36 miles north of you ) and also have a G310GS. Escondido BMW puts on mini adventure rides every so often and I put a couple hundred miles of dirt roads and trails with them since May. I took mine all the way to the Tail of the Dragon ( along the North Carolina / Tennessee boarder ) and back with a week and a half stop over to see my grandson in early April. Almost 12k miles on it now. Hope you enjoy yours and keep it right side up.
Sounds great, maybe I'll look into that. I love hearing stories of people actually riding them long distances like that. Kudos to you. People just assume that they're for goofing around town and that if you want to ride for 'real', you need a big GS.
 
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