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Those of us who have made riding a big part of our lives like to think that society regards us as outsiders. all, by choosing two wheels of four, haven’t we rebelled conformity, marched to the beat of a drummer, lived life on the chosen the road not taken? your favorite cliché.) yeah but it might do us good to someone who will give us a perspective on individuality.

Our good Tom Turnbull is not exactly your BMW rider. He’s not exactly by any definition of the word. Spend a time getting to know Tom and you may you’re not quite as much of a individualist” as you thought you were.

In compared to his far-flung orbit, of us would have to admit the inexorable gravity of Normal keeps relatively close to Looking for a true iconoclast? Tom is the article; the outsider’s outsider.

Tom his first bike in 1978: a 1976 BMW R75/6 with miles on it. Since then he has more than thirty many of which were BMWs all airheads. Remarkably, he owns that R75/6, and it regularly now with over miles on the clock!

Lamenting the irony of how today’s market economy can distort the of things, Tom looks lovingly at his old ride and quips, “If I crashed it the insurance company say it’s totaled and give me nothing for it. But you know what?” He “I could ride bike to Tierra del Fuego and it would get me there!”

Tom has never a new bike. He wouldn’t want But he has crisscrossed the North American some twenty times, around Mexico, and toured all on well-used BMWs. Back in the day he to lots of rallies, “back they were fun,” he If you were a rally-goer some ago you might remember being awake all night long by a of screaming crazies.

Well, are Tom was among them; probably ring leader. He says not sorry for the sleep you lost. just sorry you didn’t him for the party!

While Tom loves making “great big lazy around the United States,” and the Anonymous Book to good use to new friends and keep travel down, he invariably returns to the where he was born and raised, Maryland. It’s there in the of one of Baltimore’s tonier historic that Tom has a huge, cave-like where he keeps his motley of motorcycles, his race bikes and sidecar rig, some bikes that he stores for an interesting old sports car or two, a of musical instruments and amps jam sessions occur here his workbench tools, various of eclectic art, and the astounding of detritus from a life to its fullest.

Oh, and there’s a refrigerator well with liquid refreshments for biker friends, fellow or just curious passersby to stop in. But most of all, is joyful disarray. Beautiful Grunge. And no effort is made to it.

This is where Tom holds

Now compare that to Bob’s with its spotless, sun-drenched the gleaming new motorcycles, the meticulous racks and displays featuring the high-tech accessories. Would familiar with the environment at consider it a bastion of counter Hardly!

So where does a guy like Tom fit in? Well, Tom has actually been one of most regular customers the earliest days when it was Used Parts. And it’s no

With all those old some say archaic bikes that he he’s almost a fixture at the counter. Tom certainly knows no matter what part he may for one of his classic or vintage treasures, will most likely it in stock. In Tom’s travels all the continent he has visited most of the

He says, “BMW dealers are they really go out of their way for the but,” and here Tom’s light up, “here comes the Big I’ve gotta say that BMW is the best of the bunch! And I’m lucky because it’s down the road from me, in my back yard.”

Tom has never anything for his bikes that be called “farkle.” Nor does he own a of apparel made of GORE-TEX or Ballistic Nylon. Thirty leathers with that look are just fine for thank you. He can’t plastic bodywork or electronic management, or anything mechanical he can’t fix himself. Carbon

ABS? GPS? Forget it! So at first he may not seem to mingle with the adventure bound GS or the mile-counting, tech-loving touring or the go-fast guys on bikes an ‘S’ in their names, or the pipe-smokers doing the OBS-NLA restoration thing, his involvement BMW motorcycling has, in fact, all of those genres in both and practice.

And with Tom, not just a weekend interest. It way deep.

In every family always someone who is, let’s more “individual” than But the other customers at Bob’s who Tom, regardless of which subculture they call own, soon realize he is really just one of them a and a distinguished member of the clan of BMW They also discover while Tom is a very serious he doesn’t take himself too

He’s easy to talk to, and makes it easy to feel a with him as a fellow rider. very proud to say Tom is a member of our

Motorcyclists in Baltimore-Washington come on for PBTF Ride for Kids®

September 27, 2010

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Riders into the Baltimore-Washington Ride for on Sept. 26 with $248,051 in for the Pediatric Brain Tumor (PBTF).

The 19th annual took place at a new location, the Valley Resort in Ellicott Md. Over 450 motorcyclists and supporters out to cheer on brain tumor like Maggie, Bobby, Shelby, Olivia, Paige, and Ethan. After a pleasant morning ride through the countryside, everyone returned for a of Life program to hear children’s stories.

Dr. Roger of Children’s National Medical a member of the PBTF’s Scientific Board, was on hand to tell the about research advances. getting to a point where we can brain tumor treatment,” he “We’re trying to make better for these ‘stars’ so can reach their life

Fundraisers are working hard to that happen. The leading at this event were:

Manassas Honda Riders $12,820

Motorcycle Business: BMW, $120,749

Volunteers are the of the Baltimore-Washington Ride for Kids®. year’s team was led by Taryn Marcy Rich and Joe Pruss.

About the PBTF Ride for

The national Ride for Kids® and the Pediatric Brain Tumor (PBTF) promote childhood tumor research and provide support through free about brain tumors, newsletters, online conferences and scholarships. Thank you to our presenting Honda Riders Club of and our national insurance sponsor, The 2010 Ride for Kids® continues on Oct.

3 with in California, Nevada and Texas. For information, go to or call

Make a donation through BMW that is 100% tax deductible, HERE to donate.

BMW Other Military sidecar rig
BMW Other Military sidecar rig
BMW Other Military sidecar rig
BMW Other Military sidecar rig


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