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#264247 - 11/13/07 02:37 PM Hello After Absence
Frank H. Wu Offline

Registered: 12/20/01
Posts: 149
Loc: Washington, D.C.
I thought Iíd say hello after an absence. I have been a member of this discussion forum for several years, but I havenít posted in at least a year, and I confess Iíve done almost no riding for a long period.

Here is an update. My BMW K1200RS was knocked over by someone in the middle of the night Ė and none of my neighbors said anything, though I suspect some of them must have seen it lying on its side Ė and the fairing was scratched up. So I had it painted. Iíve always wanted to have a yellow bike, both because yellow vehicles always seem to brighten the day of any observer and because I wrote a book of that title. In any event, here is a photo (attached). It is in parked in front of the house I just sold, another icon of German design: it is part of the historic Lafayette Park development in Detroit, a national landmark built by Bauhaus architect Ludwig mies van der Rohe.

Before Labor Day, I rode the bike back to Washington, D.C. I am returning there after four years away. It was a great ride, despite initial problems getting on the road. I had charged the battery, but it didnít take, and I had to remove the seat. When I went to do that, I found that the mechanism had been broken, and it was impossible to budge. So I took off eight hours later than expected, after a detour to the Detroit dealership. The shop manager kindly stayed open an hour late on a Friday! The tow truck took about 3 hours to arrive, because AAA had only one driver capable of carrying a bike.

The ride itself was terrific. A 500 mile solo ride reminds me of why I ride. The best part for me is always the early morning, when it is still dark, a bit cool, and there is almost no traffic on the road except truckers who are real professionals.

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Frank H. Wu Yellow 2002 K1200RS

#264248 - 11/13/07 02:44 PM Re: Hello After Absence [Re: Frank H. Wu]
RichEdwards Offline

Registered: 09/05/02
Posts: 4387
Loc: Land O Lakes, FL
Welcome back, Frank. The yellow bike is certainly an attention getter.
'09 GSA
ConchTown Crew
BMW Riders of Tampa Bay

#264249 - 11/13/07 02:44 PM Re: Hello After Absence [Re: Frank H. Wu]
SageRider Offline

Registered: 01/16/02
Posts: 8287
Loc: Minden, Nevada
Welcome back!
2010 Unrally IX Sierra Adventures Co-Chair
KE6GYC 2M/440
'12 F800-GS Trophy: (dearly departed)
'06 R1200-RT, Piedmont RED! (dearly departed)
'99 R1100-RT (dearly departed)
Minden, Nevada

#264250 - 11/13/07 03:18 PM Re: Hello After Absence [Re: Frank H. Wu]
beemerman2k Online

Registered: 07/19/00
Posts: 7060
Loc: Ellington, CT
Nice bike. That musta been a fun ride.

BTW, I am a native of Detroit, Michigan. Grew up in the College Park area, near Mary Grove College.

Go Blue!
'00 R1100RT Opal Blue Metallic
<11 year haitus from motorcycling cry >
'09 K1300GT U of Michigan Blue, baby! thumbsup

#264251 - 11/13/07 03:21 PM Re: Hello After Absence [Re: Frank H. Wu]
kcscout Offline

Registered: 04/17/07
Posts: 913
Loc: Kansas City Metro

<snip> and because I wrote a book of that title. <snip>

Any relation to the "yellow bike project"?

I like the paint job, by the way. And, welcome back.
Shopping <- 2000 BMW R1100RT SE <- 1992 Honda Nighthawk 750 <- 1982 Kawasaki GPZ1100

#264252 - 11/13/07 03:32 PM Re: Hello After Absence [Re: Frank H. Wu]
Truffleswine Offline
Newer Member

Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 11
Loc: Graham, WA., USA

It makes me wonder if the person that pushed your BMW over had an "ax to grind" against those he (or she) perceives as affluent? When I first bought my BMW, I began to hear things like "oh, you must be rich," - or, "so, are you going to be a snob now?"

Some people don't like a even the perception of achievement, - so they "key" the paint-job of a nice car (or truck), and push over a nice looking BMW.

BTW, my BMW has a lot of yellow in it also.


#264253 - 11/13/07 04:20 PM Re: Hello After Absence [Re: Frank H. Wu]
eddd Offline

Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 5808
Loc: Hurricane, UT
Welcome back to the world of riding. Nice paint job.
12 Kawasaki EX650
13 Yamaha XT250
16 KTM RC 390
96 R1100RT - forced retirement at 175,000

#264254 - 11/13/07 04:24 PM Re: Hello After Absence [Re: Frank H. Wu]
Paul Mihalka Offline
Old Fart

Registered: 07/20/00
Posts: 12058
Loc: Sykesville, MD
Welcome back to and Metropolitan Washington. Nice looking bike. I hope nobody ever has to say "I didn't see it". Is it still the bike I sold you way back when?
Age is a issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter... (Mark Twain)
Many years and 1 million (s)miles.

'05 R1200GS lotsa miles (sold)
'09 Yamaha Majesty - yes, a scooter

#264255 - 11/13/07 07:00 PM Re: Hello After Absence [Re: Frank H. Wu]
tallman Offline
Picture Perfect Humorist

Registered: 12/22/02
Posts: 19610
Loc: Tallahassee, Florida

A bike that color must have a name...
If my mind wanders, should I follow it?
Conch Town Krewe
2003 K 1200 GT
1996 R 100 RSL
1980 R 100 RT
1972 R 75
1968 R 50
All now gone...

#264256 - 11/13/07 07:03 PM Re: Hello After Absence [Re: Frank H. Wu]
boatzo Offline

Registered: 01/28/07
Posts: 1189
Loc: Eastern VA (middle Peninsula)
Great color on the bike Frank. Hope to see you on the roads in VA.
99 K1200LT Basalt Gray
04 Triumph Speedmaster Black
99 R1100RT Glacier Green (SOLD)

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