Here's a picture Phil took of Gates and the sparkling Maria, a 2004 R1150RT Beemer which I'd owned since 2006 and on which I rode a bit over 50,000 miles before trading her for the Ural.
Maria's new owner: Skeeter
Picking up Maria from Phil B.
Skeeter lives in or near Tulsa, OK and told me this about himself:
I have worked in the Aviation industry for 20+ years. First as an engine mechanic in the US NAVY then with American Airlines; the past 11 years as a Program Manager; doing mods to AA’s fleet and most recently supporting the US fleet of F/A-18 aircraft. The RT is my first bike in 15 years; my previous bike was a Yamaha 750 Maxim. I have always wanted a BMW because of the reputation as a great road bike. Several friends years ago had BMW’s and I liked the looks.
I am a season ticket holder with the KC Chiefs and make approx. 10 trips a year to see the Chiefs play. This ride is 500 miles round trip from my home in Tulsa. I will be riding to work as often as I can (13 miles) and look to do some short trips on the weekends to Arkansas for some mountain road trips.
Skeeter recently sent me an email letting me know that Maria is approaching the 70K miles mark and asking me what oil I'd been using on her for services. Attached was an updated picture of himself with Maria.
Maria is looking quite good, don't you think?
Maria appears to be in fine fettle in the picture, so I know Skeeter is taking good care of her. I've asked him to keep in touch and perhaps send a picture or two during his rides on her.