I just crossed the 30 year mark with owning the same BMW-a 1983 R100 with cafe package offered in 83 as the CS wasn't offered.You could buy the cafe bike or the touring version as an alternative to the RS or RT. I've covered 65000 on this bike.We have several other bikes so the mileage gets spread around.I had wanted a BMW since I first saw a Daytona orange R90S in 75. I was able to afford a new BMW in late 82 when this model was reduced from around $6500.to $5100. I was riding a Norton Commando 850 and a beefed up KZ 900 at the time so the BMW was quite different. After break in and on a familiar road at speed I couldn't believe how poorly the BMW handled.The Norton was flawless and the KZ900 with braced frame and top suspension components were light years ahead in handling and power delivery .I immediately went to work! The awful Conti tires were replaced with some top Avon tires and this helped significantly. Koni shocks and Progressive springs in front were next and the handling improved .In a couple of years a Telefix fork brace and San Jose top triple clamp brought the handling to a comfortable level on a twisty road.The charging system is curious but over the years a heavy duty diode board and solid state regulator from Rick at Motorrad Elektrik have kept the juice flowing steadily. I don't ride extensively at night any more do the stock output is fine for me.The power was starting to fall off a bit so a top end was next on the list. At 64k the fine folks Ivan Len and Paul at Motorrad Unlimited in Asheville NC installed new valves,guides and rings as the 81-84 models had the known valve and seat problems. The bike runs great and handling was further improved with installation of cartridge emulators in the forks. Since I have been riding continuously for43 years on a wide range of motorcycles I have found the BMW riders to be a somewhat curious bunch. I went to my first BMW Rally in Maggie Valley NC in the mid eighties. I had and still attend British and Italian Rallies regularly and the contrast in attendees was markedly different. The BMW folks seemed to value only stock BMW bikes and on loathing other brands especially H-D. They were way over impressed with the virtues of BMW to the disdain of all other brands. I realized that this group was definitely "not my tribe" I will say that in the last few years in the Asheville area I have met and enjoy some of the newer folks that have started riding BMWs .They don't hold the same prejudices and seem to enjoy all brands of bikes.This is a great positive step for the huge local riding community in the Asheville area. At our favorite local brewpub the Wedge you will see a wide range of bikes that show up Wednesday evening and everyone enjoys admiring other peoples favorite bike. So after 30 years my BMW is an old friend.I have ridden it all over this country in all weather conditions and situations.I will not hesitate to ride it anywhere because I know it and it just flat does its job. At the end of a 500 mile day you had better be on a bike that is your friend and this one is it!