Found a BMW pannier west of Denver, Colorado (owner found)

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by jimco, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. jimco

    jimco Been here awhile

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    FOUND: BMW right side pannier
    About 3 PM Friday July 20, 2012 while driving on I-70 near Georgetown, Colorado, I found a BMW pannier.

    The case was locked, but I was able to pick the lock. There are some very unique items in the case so I will be able to tell if you are trying to pull a fast one.

    Looks like it might fit a late 90's early 2000's RS or GT.

    I don't know the BMW nomenclature, so don't rag on me for wrong or incorrect models. I'm just trying to help somebody out.

    Here is a pic to help identify which models it might fit:



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    If this is yours send me a PM or respond to this thread.

    Scammers need not apply.

    Thanks.
    Jim
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  2. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    This is why I write my name and phone number with a sharpie on the bottom of my luggage. . .. :thumb
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  3. singaporebiker

    singaporebiker Adventurer

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    Remember reading about someone losing a pannier recently right here...
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  4. jimco

    jimco Been here awhile

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    here is a pic:

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  5. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Yep, that's a picture...visible to all.
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  6. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    ...but it doesn't belong in the Parallel Universe. Try the oilheads.

    The inner part of the case can help narrow down the model (e.g., R1100/1150R or GS versus RS or RT).

    Come to think of it, you should send a message to the BMWMOA, since a rally-goer for their national meet might have lost it.

    Fred
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  7. jimco

    jimco Been here awhile

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    As I said in the original post I don't know BMW nomenclature. It was suggested in another forum I post here.

    I have contacted BMWMOA.

    Jim
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  8. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    it could be mine. It had large amounts of cash, and/or gold bars in it. I mean Jewelry. Am I close?

    :D

    Hope the owner gets the case back.
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  9. ebrabaek

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    Jim ....
    you are doing a great thing. Hopefully you will find it's owner.....
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  10. Dadayama

    Dadayama Constant Adventurer

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    I posted your post on to the BMW-MOA forum... i agree you are doing a good thing... hopefully the owner can be found.
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  11. TouratechUSA

    TouratechUSA Made For Adventure

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    Jim,
    Any Luck?
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  12. jimco

    jimco Been here awhile

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    No response yet.

    Keep the post active.

    Thanks for your continued interest.
    Jim
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  13. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    :ear
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  14. Slvrtundevl

    Slvrtundevl Been here awhile

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  15. jimco

    jimco Been here awhile

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    I found the owner. Details to follow.
    Thanks for your help.
    Jim
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  16. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    Whoooooeeeee.......awesome
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  17. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Great news. Well done for being a good samaritan.
    :thumb
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  18. PARIAH

    PARIAH Been here awhile

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    Great job. Bet the owner was beyond pleased with your efforts.
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  19. jimco

    jimco Been here awhile

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    Here's the story. I have left out some details: owners name and the town he lives in.

    If found a phone number on the battery pack and was able to determine the owners name from the answering machine message. But he didn't return my calls. The phone number was an east coast location based on the area code, but could be any where if it was a cell phone.

    I think I mentioned there was some expensive electronic equipment in the pannier. I called electronic manufacturer and gave them the serial number. They were able to identify the owner, but didn't/wouldn't tell me (for obvious reasons). She said they would send me a prepaid UPS label and to print it out and ship just the electronics to them and they would ship it to the owner. I asked about the other items, but she was only concerned about the electronics

    A couple days later I received an email with the prepaid label. The problem was the return address they used was owners address (east coast) instead of mine. They got the name wrong, too. This didn't make me feel very comfortable.

    I did some more internet sluthing and found the owner also might live in a town in Colorado.

    I rode to that town on Sunday and asked at a hotel if they knew owner. They said no, but go to the restaurant across the street and ask them. The workers at restaurant didn't know him. One of the customers recognized the name, but didn't know where he lived. I knew I was getting close. She suggested I look for the town cop as "he knows everybody."

    I couldn't find the cop. So, I stopped in a bar with a live band and asked the bartender (it was loud!!). She said "Yeah, he bought my house" and walked away. I waited a few minutes while she waited on some paying customers and then asked if she knew his phone number. She said "No, but I'll tell you where he lives."

    She gave me directions. I rode to the house and knocked on the door. A man came to the door and I said "Are you (his name)?" He said "Yes. Are you the guy who found my stuff?" The electronics manufacturer had called him to say somebody found his items. They also confirmed the address and name mix-up with him.

    We talked for half an hour or so. He identified all the "stuff" in the pannier and I was convinced he was the owner. He also confirmed what I found out about him on the internet: where he previously lived and the phone number on the battery, wife's name, daughter's name.

    I strapped the pannier to my bike and delivered it and the contents to him this morning. There was Nikon D700 camera and a brand new 24-300 zoom lens. The set up cost well over 4000$.

    He was very glad to get it back.

    It was fun sluthing around on the 'net. It is surprising what you can find out about people.

    Thanks for your kind words, help and continued interest in finding the owner.
    Jim
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  20. Zeke013

    Zeke013 Village Idiot

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    Wow - great work. I am glad folks like you are around!
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