magazine have brought us some signifi- cant new financial supporters, and they've also resulted in several bikes being donated to us by MOA members. Most importantly, we've had several veterans with PTSD learn of our program through the magazine and end up coming on one of our rides and getting some help. I can't thank you enough for all your

support, and I look forward to continuing to develop the partnership between the MOA and Motorcycle Relief Project. With much gratitude,

Tom Larson #202198 Evergreen, Colorado

Issues with quality It is encouraging that BWM is being pro- active on the GS fork failure issue, and even the recent R 1200 RT stop-ride alert. Still, other safety issues, like that of the K 1200 LT and its “time-bomb” rear end are still ignored. I love my K 1200 LT, but I am starting to

look for a replacement, and I wonder how good the quality of the new bikes is. I had just been looking at getting a GS and believe good CAD modeling for that bike and the K 1200 LT should have shown the fault before release. All bikes have issues, few in recent times have deadly ones. BMW's design flaws cause me to pause and look at alter- natives, like the KTM.

James Cron #205221 Flaxton, North Dakota

Lighting the way I have a slight complaint about Ron Davis's "Where the Light is" in the August issue.

He talks about riding in the dark and

"upgrading to HID or full LED lighting." This is a problem because it's federally ille- gal to do so and there is not a single "plug and play" HID or LED bulb that can mimic the optical output of a halogen bulb. A filament compared to a ball of plasma isn't the same and headlights are only designed for the bulb that came with it. In short, halogen headlights should

only have a halogen bulb as you risk scat- tering the extreme brightness of an HID

light all over the place blinding other peo- ple on the road. It's not safe in the slight- est. LED headlight bulbs do not belong in any OEM headlight either. Not only will its glare other drivers, it's rarely bright enough to throw light down the road. This needs to be clarified more publicly.

It's bad that people are so ignorant to this. "Oh, I can see everything now!" Thanks, but now you blinded everyone else, even in broad daylight. If you want a proper HID light, retrofit it with a projector that is designed for a HID bulb (which is technically illegal) or add AUX lighting wired to a separate switch, or High Beam only. Never plug and play. Don't be the per- son everyone else hates.

David Roseman #205765 Newark, Delaware

David makes some excellent points and offers some valuable advice. My preference is to add auxiliary lighting, rather than to start changing bulbs. –Ron Davis

Remembering Norman Reading the tribute to Norman Jones, long time-owner of Engle Motors in Kan- sas City, (June 2017 Owners News) took me back to my first BMW, an R 50/2 that I pur- chased new in 1964 when I was a student at Indiana University. My break-in ride was from Blooming-

ton, Indiana, to Rocky Mountain National Park, and the bike received its 500-mile service at Engle Motors. I was delighted to see they are still around, one of the few BMW dealers that have been in business as long as I’ve been riding BMWs.

Roger Voelker #91927 Tucson, Arizona

Shout out to Big Ear Just got back from a week in southern Utah followed by the rally at Salt Lake City. Always fun, like an extended family reunion, everyone is so friendly and easy to visit with. Good seminars and nice eve- ning entertainment. I wanted to highlight the hearing pro- tection seminar given by Glenn Hood of

Big Ear. Glenn spent the first third of his time discussing the causes and symptoms of hearing loss, and he encouraged those with symptoms to seek diagnosis and treatment. I have a degree in audiology and currently work in health care. I appre- ciate his comments about how early treat- ment can help with adapting to hearing aids. The mild to moderately hearing- impaired population has been an under- served group, and it's nice to have encouragement for them to seek treatment.

I do use Big Ear custom ear plugs but do

not have any financial interest in Glenn's company. I thought it was great of him to discuss hearing loss to a receptive group.

Larry Hofmeister #142688 Sioux Falls, South Dakota

When is it time? I'm 72 years old, have probably ridden 300,000 miles over the last 50 years, and love my K 1600 GT with a passion. So how do I know when it’s time to quit riding? I'm retired and live in Sarasota, Florida, and as boring as most Florida roads are, I get to ride all year long. My very good friend Isaac is also a dedicated BMW rider and at 77 years old just decided to quit rid- ing after a spill on the twisty roads in North Georgia. Isaac is strong as a bull, and though his faculties seem great, he's devastated that he has to hang up his boots. He got banged up after going down recently but was back in perfect shape physically after a few days in the hospital and a couple weeks of rehab. His RT is toast. Isaac admits that he lost concentration momentarily while doing a sporty turn at about 40 mph and went straight when the road didn't. With help from his wife, he decided it was time. I am also concerned that my skills may

have slipped. How do I know when it's time? Unlike Isaac, my last spill was prob- ably 15 years ago on a guided trip in cen- tral Mexico when I had a fight with the "topas." If you know of good resource material on this problem, please let me know.

Jeff Mohl #28557 Sarasota, Florida

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