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6/8/14 2:56 A

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Ride a CanAm Spyder Roadster RTS. Started learning to ride April 2013. Other that parking lot and local streets did my first solo ride of 85 miles on August 10' th 2013, the day after my 69 th birthday. Several women that I know have seen my bike and now have CamAm's. One had never ridden and another had ridden for years but she started dropping her bike too much. My husband and I are members of two motorcycle organizations. My husband had ridden since he was 16 but he injured his ankle 2 years ago and I no longer felt safe behind him so we went to 3 wheels. We had thought about a trike but decided we liked much better and I would learn to ride. He has really bad back problems so he is my passenger more and more.

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West Central Arkansas.

Live each day to the fullest, believe in yourself.

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4/3/14 3:59 P

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Been riding almost 9 years, so got a late start in life :)

Current stable includes:
Street: 2013 GSXR1000 Commemorative Edition
Track: 2007 Triumph 675 Daytona; 2002 Yamaha R6

That's generally enough to keep me busy and broke, although someday I wouldn't mind adding a sport tourer and a dirt bike!

Four wheels move the body, Two wheels move the soul.

Try not, do or do not. There is no try.



Never argue with an idiot - they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.


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3/30/14 10:54 P

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I ride a Honda Shadow 600 VLX. I feel as though I'm still a newbie since I haven't put many miles on it. Only get to ride around the neighborhood or once every few months to work. I have a coworker that rides & she's willing to be my mentor. Hope to ride more soon!

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3/26/14 11:51 A

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I ride a Yamaha Midnight Star 1600, and have been riding for about 20 years. My DH rides a Harley FatBoy (we won't fault him for that...LOL). I would love to find like-minded riders in our new home of Las Vegas and I won't stop until I do... Thanks for being here, its nice to connect our passions to our path to become healthy all at the same time!!!



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3/10/14 11:46 P

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I am a passenger on my husband's Harley StreetGlide. I would love to learn to ride and think I should, but the roads in Southern California can be a bit crazy and so far my husband doesn't agree that I should learn to ride. I'm going to wear him down one of these days...lol



If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. –Thomas Edison

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3/9/14 1:30 P

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I ride a 2010 Silver with pink roses HD Street Glide ... oh yeah

Live to Ride, Ride to make another healthy lifestyle change another day!

"I am not hung up on myself... I was practicing Yoga and got stuck."

" I am not always slow moving, but when I am, it is because I am practicing Tai Chi."


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1/11/14 12:11 P

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Yamaha Raider 1900. I love it. I have had it for 6 years, put over 50,000 km on it.

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12/15/13 1:16 P

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kawasaki vulcan classic 1500

Just do it , keep it in your mind this isn't going to be perfection but a goal to live a clean heatlhy life. As long as you can hit the mark most days you will be successfulI in the long run.



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9/20/13 12:16 P

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This was my 3rd season riding; I have an '06 Ninja 250. My husband has been riding since he was 5 yrs old and rides a 2000 Ducati ST2. This Monday I got to watch him and his SpeedyMoto coworkers do Motocorsa Track Day @ Portland International Raceway. Maybe I'll have the gear and the guts to do that next year..... emoticon

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6/28/13 1:51 P

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Just bought a Victory Vegas... I never knew much about Victory motorcycles, but I'm really enjoying my new bike.

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4/20/13 10:30 A

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I ride a 2005 Vulcan 1500 Classic; I also bought my Dad's '99 883 Sportster Custom for my wife.

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4/8/13 10:25 P

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650 VStar Yamaha


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3/3/13 4:15 P

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3/3/13 11:35 A

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Motorcycles I have now include my main ride a 2003 BMW R1150GSA, my "just for grins" ride 1973 BMW R/5, and my off-road ride a 2005 Suzuki DR-Z400S.

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1/28/13 8:46 A

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I ride a 1999 Suzuki Intruder 800 Trike. I had wanted one all my life. I found one in Luray, VA and bought it in 2000. I like my Trike. I owned a couple of Motorcyles and found out that 2 wheels were not for me. I had a Kawasaki 440 and a Honda 250. I like my Trike alot better. No more road rash.

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1/16/13 1:26 A

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I ride a 2007 H-D Street Glide and I have 2 1976 Honda CB750s that I am making into one hardtailed Chopper

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1/6/13 12:31 P

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2006 Suzuki Katana 600.

"Peace will come to me. I'm leaving bitterness behind. This time I'm cleaning up my mind. There is no space for the regrets I will remember to forget" -Peace, Depeche Mode


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Are the 650 and 1100 VStars the same size? I know Yamaha's predecessor bike, the Virago, was available as a 750 and 1100, and they were exactly the same size, one just had larger cylinders. The 1100 only weighed 8 pounds more than the 750. I like the handlebars on the 750 better, and had them swapped onto the 1100. Made for a perfect bike for a short new rider.

Nell

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8/1/12 12:14 A

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2000 Yamaha Vstar 650 classic

Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.~Author Unknown


Do or do not, there is no try!.- Yoda (Star Wars)

"This is not a diet, this is my life!"

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7/31/12 3:29 P

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I ride a 1995 Suzuki Intruder 800, when it's running. Stupid electrical issues.

Some day I will restore and ride my 1950 Honda Dream.

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7/15/12 3:25 P

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Hi Blakbird!

It says you love bikes!!

I have owned many machines. I have listed all my past bikes on my Spark page. My main bike these days is a 2009 Harley FXD Super Glide. Bigger than a sportster, lighter than all other big twins. A hot rod!!



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7/15/12 3:10 P

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Hi All.

What does it say about someone who's first post after a long absence from SP is to a M/C team forum? emoticon

Currently Own and Ride:
- 2008 HD Superglide, 96 cu-in.
- 1978 Moto Guzzi Lemans SII, 850.

Recently ridden, just about every HD model since 2008, Our KCHOG chapter assists, Road Captains, sweeps and administrative opportunities at monthly Demo events during spring, summer and fall.

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Previously owned.
- 2007 HD Sportster Roadster (XL1200R)
- 2006 HD Sportser Low (XL1200L)
- 1978 Triumph Bonneville 750
- 1974 Norton Commando 750
- 197x Honda CB400
- 197x Norton Commando Fastback 750
- 1974 Honda CB200.

Keep the shiney side up ride, stay healthy & ride longer.

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5/28/12 7:04 P

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Thanks PORKCHOP_4. I really feel uncomfortable getting back on it this weekend. I'm taking the test tomorrow for my permit so once I'm legal and can ride on a deserted street I'll feel better.

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5/28/12 3:27 P

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Hi Shawfan!

Everyone dumps a bike once in a while. If they have never dropped a bike, they have not been riding very long. Don't get discouraged! You can do it!



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5/24/12 9:40 A

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Julie you will probably dump any bike you have sometimes no matter how long you ride. It's very embarrassing to be pinned between a bike and a gas pump, but someone will always help you. I don't do it very often these days but it DOES happen. And would never keep me from riding. The only thing that gets hurt is your pride and the occasional mirror.

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5/23/12 9:47 P

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NELLJONES, That's what I have, a Honda Rebel 250. I'm going to look into taking a beginner rider course, for sure. Thanks for the encouragement. I need it since I dumped the bike yesterday and feel scared now. lol Dh says to get over it, and I know I will, it's just going to take me some time to get used to it is all.

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I am loved!

"You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don't have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you'll stop at the first giant hurdle."
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Julie, you'll get it! Are you taking the Beginner Rider Course? It is the best way to get comfortable with riding, and (at least in my state) gets the endorsement on your license. I started out on a Honda Rebel 250, and outgrew it in a month of riding. I've never looked back and have had 4 other bikes since. You'll love being out there!

Nell

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I'm a new motorcycle owner. Just picked up a used 2007 Honda 250 and am learning to ride it, but it's going slowly since I can only ride on weekends. I'll get my permit, hopefully next Tuesday. My dh has a 2003 Kowasaki 1500 that he bought brand new, so I'm used to riding with him. Getting this new bike was my idea, but now I'm wondering if it was such a good idea. lol

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5/16/12 8:37 P

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My bike is a 1999 Honda VFR800. My husband (recently deceased) was a motorcycle nut, so I also own a 2007 Suzuki V-Strom, a 1984 Honda VFR 750, a 1970 Triumph Bonneville (hubby restored this one), a 1970-something Yamaha (built from pieces & parts, he dirt dragged this one a few years ago), and various pieces & parts of other bikes!

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
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Since you don't know anything about motorcycles, the best way would be to consign it at the local Harley dealer. Even though we have always sold our own bikes, my hubby just sold his last bike through the dealership. It was worth the 10% commission because we weren't in a position to go through the sales process ourselves this time. A dealer can arrange financing, registration and the like. And they know the sales value (always less than you think) and can answer any questions. We signed the listing agreement in December, and in March got a check and the plate. Very simple.

Nell

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Need some advice....what's the best way to go about selling Mike's motorcycle?

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For the first time in my life I own a motorcycle. My son, Michael, was a professional rock climber. He died in Colombia, South America & among his possessions was a 1956 Harley Panhead Rigid Frame Chopper that he had restored. It was his "baby." He truly loved it & when he rode it through the streets of Fort Collins, Colorado.....everyone heard him coming. I won't be riding it. Right now it lives in the garage, saying hello to me each morning. I'm not exactly sure what to do, but I'm a believer & know that Mike will guide me in some way. I have faith that he would not leave me without some guidance. Maybe this is why I found this group. He always told me how special motorcycle riders were & how they looked out for each other. For me, this is a new world that he introduced me to.

One other thing....I do wear his black leather jacket. I love it. It's soft...& I love feeling him around me.

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2/10/12 12:44 P

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My current bike is a 2007 Honda VTX1300R, my first bike was a 2004 Honda Shadow 600vlx deluxe, then I had a Honda Shadow Aero 750.

Hubby has a 2004 Dyna Wide Glide customized, and his main bike is a 2009 HD Ultra Classic. We do a lot of riding and traveling, I have put 44,000 miles and hubby 60,000 miles on his in three years.

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Hey Riders,
Now I'm riding my HD Superglide Sport, but in the past I've had a '75 Honda Supersport and a '75 Norton Commando. The classics were fantastic, and they turned a few heads, but they can't compete with the Harley!

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Hi There! emoticon

My hubby has a 2010 Triumph Rocket III, and man, what a difference from the Kawasaki Vulcan! The Triumph is really, really fun!



"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be a weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you."
Tyrion Lannister, 'Game of Thrones'



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I have a couple of Goldwings and a Honda 750 SOHC Chopper

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Ooohhh Brit, great bike!!

Nell

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I currently ride a 2011 BMW S1000RR

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hi all
My present bike is a 1990 Harley Ultra Classic .. it is my 3rd harley that i have own over the yrs ...and if this one doesn't behave itself it will not be my last Harley LOL LOL .. .. 1st Harley was a 1942 flathead 45 ci 2nd was a 53 panhead .. boy i miss that bike .. love riding as much as i can .. .
ride safe everyone and have fun //...

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I have a 2004 HD Sportster XL 1200 Custom. My husband has a 2001 Honda Shadow Spirit which I also love to ride. emoticon

I'd rather regret the things I've done than the things I haven't done....Carol Burnett

Don't let where you have been define where you are going!

If life were easy we'd all be bored!


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I ride a 2005 Harley Road King Classic, tons of chrome, Black Cherry pearl with black pearl 2-tone. I also own a 2005 Dyna Super Glide custom that my fiance rides, this one is the yellow pearl color that looks awesome in the sun. She just went through riders edge spring of 2011. It is a blast riding together, working her up to taking a trip.

I previously owned a 1976 Honda 400F Supersport and a 1981 900F Supersport with the CBX style fairing, both had rear set riding position kits. Good stuff.


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Got my first bike back in May of 2011. It's a 2008 Suzuki SV650 w/ABS. I love it!!!

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1/5/12 8:15 A

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Been riding only three years but started riding a Victory Kingpin 8-ball just over a month ago.

Time to start again.


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I'm still on my R1150R, but my hubby, following his strokes and broken leg, has put his R1200RT up for sale and just bought a Can Am Spyder. Anyone else out there ride a Spyder?

Nell

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New to group: I'm a school nurse, wife and mom to 2 wonderful girls, looking to lose 104 lbs in 52 weeks in 2012.

2005 Vulcan 800. :) I've loved a Honda 919 in the past, and we're restoring an 84 Shadow, along with a handful of dirt bikes...

Anyone else cruisin' towards their goals yet?

-Lara

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I own a2009 Harley RoadKing Classic, but have owned most of Harleys models over the years. I have attended about 30 rallys over the yrs Daytona,Myrtle Beach,Ocean city,Gettysburg, and the 100 Anniversary Party in Milwaukee. I will be 59 this month and still like to go riding even though my back is giving me a fit right now. I live at the beach in De.

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I only have my learners permit. My motorcycle is a 1985 700 Honda Magna with a lowered suspension and 16" tires, because I'm short. I changed out the handlebars because the one that was on it felt like mini bike handlebars. I also attached saddlebags. My fiancée has a 1984 1200 Honda Goldwing. Between the two of us, we can carry all our goodies from the store or flea markets.

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Hi Kara and Mel! Welcome to the team.

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Hi, I'm Mel from Cincinnati. I ride a CanAm Spyder. I started riding on two wheels, went through lots of bikes, but never felt comfortable until I got my spyder. My husband liked it so much he bought himself one too. Of course he stil can't part with his Harley Street Glide.

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Hi...my name is Kara. I am dating (for a year now) a guy who has a 2006 HD Road Glide. I have always loved bikes...and really enjoy spending quality time with my man :)

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I stumbled across this post and figgured I'd post a link to a pic of my scoot.
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When I was a kid we went on long camping trips every summer, 3 times cross country. I remember trekking in the dark down a rocky path to the outhouse (very spooky). Every campground had a hand pump (the only plumbing I remember in any campground we ever stayed at) for water. Mom would keep a bucket of water on the fire for Dad to shave, and for washing dishes and ourselves. We carried a little inflatable wading pool and washed in tepid to cold water. When we washed hair, my sister and I would take turns pouring buckets of cold water over our heads. At the National Parks at least there were a lot of people around, but sometimes at state parks we would be the only people around. Lots of close animal sounds at night, and very scary. By the time I graduated from high school I decided I was done with camping.

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When I camped, I have good camping stuff, I was fine once I was all curled up in my sleeping bag, But from time-to-time I had to get up in the wee hours of the morning, since my tent does not have a bathroom, put my shoes on and head out, into the cold air, to the public bathroom (or the forest) and generally freezing my rear off.
Setting up the camp and taking it down became tiresome/monotonous also. I don't like packing so much gear on the bike especially when I have to pack cold and warm weather gear that take up a lot of room. Now in my hotel rooms when I get up in the wee hours I get up in a temperature controlled environment and enjoy the experience. In the morning all I have to do is get my travel bag and strap it on the bike and away I go.
However with all that being said I will probably go camping for a couple of days at a time to motorcycle events/rallies. I have a lot of friends that love camping in their tents or trailers...they love it.

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Laura and Chuck - lately we have been doing a bit of both, camping and hoteling it. I'm liking that! I don't mind so much sleeping on the ground because we've got a great air mattress and comfy sleeping bags but what I'm tired of is not being able to stand up!

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Me, too, Chuck. The ground gets harder and farther away as I get older. And, like this summer, hotter.

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BMRBUDDY Kate you guys have put on some very serious miles and adventurous ones as well. I have all the camping equipment but decided I am "Motel Guy" and not "Camping Guy". I will camp if it is only 2 or 3 days but I like the comfort of a hotel.


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NWCOUNTRYDANCER how is that VStar 650 working out for you? They are nice reliable bikes. I have managed to put on almost 10,000 miles on my Yamaha Royal Star this year. Have been riding often on Patriot Guard Riders missions around Oregon. There are 5 missions slated for this week that will rack up another 300 to 500 miles.

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Welcome to the Open Road, Shana!

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Just joined, took the MSF BRC in April and bought my first bike about a week later: 2006 Suzuki GS500F. Bought my husband's first street bike in June: 2005 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic.

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Martha - we've been to Alaska twice, out last time was last summer. Our first trip was cold and rainy the whole month we were gone and last years was dry and fairly comfortable. You would need warm and cold gear. We wore our Gerbings heated gear the whole time on our first trip. Both times, we needed new rear tires. That will have to be planned for. They can be preordered and shipped to a MOA member or you can get them at the dealership. Tires up there are very expensive. Also bring tools even though newer bikes are harder to work on. My Adventure broke down several times on the road but that is a whole different story. I don't know if you camp. We did and brought freezed dryed food with us. We like Mountain House brand. We brought some when we started out and replenished at REI in Washington when we went through there. Food and hotels are very expensive. We had a great trip and it was worth it but it was hard. We took our time, we were on the road for eight weeks and it was for us a little over 13,000 miles. That would be a fantastic trip for you from Mexico and through the western states. Driving up through British Colombia and the Sea to Sky Highway is gorgeous. The scenery on the whole trip is absolutely amazing. Have you done any touring? If not maybe some short trips would help. You'll learn what to pack and how to pack it. When the time comes, we'll be happy to give you more suggestions. You can PM me.


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I ride a BMW F 650 GS. This is the one and only motorcycle I've ever had. I've been riding for 3 years and a half now. I use it on weekends to make short trips of 3 or 4 hours, and I just love to go out. On weekdays, I sometimes use it to go to work. 16,000 km is my traveled distance... Not much... But the best is yet to come. I'm planning a tour to Alaska. This is one of my medium term goals. Any suggestion? Please let me know if you've been there and can give me any piece of advice. Keep on rolling, keep on having fun riders!

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A couple weeks ago got a new bike - well new to me. emoticon

It is a 1999 Yamaha VStar 650 Classic. Black in color. Love it.

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I just joined the team. Completed the MSF a few weeks ago. Got a 2011 Honda Shadow Phantom. Love it so far!

I've just been riding it around low traffic area streets for the past couple weeks to get used to the feel of the bike and riding on the road. MSF doesn't really prepare you for the feeling of riding in traffic and moving at higher speeds, with large vehicles right next to you and people ready to run you over as soon as the light changes. Nothing like stalling your bike out when the light turns green because you got nervous about the vehicle behind you.

Now that I'm comfortable with the bike and my skills, I've been riding the main roads. Plan to start using it to commute to work on days when the weather is nice, once my tail bag arrives so that I can tote my laptop and lunch back and forth. I won't be able to do it this week though since I'll be traveling for work.

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New to the team I'm riding a 98 Honda Goldwing GL1500 into tour riding also member of the IBA (Iron Butt Assoc.) Planning to do the Davis Rally NE Iowa this year first time attending a rally so looking forward to it.

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I have a 1995 Honda Shadow 600 VLX. I inherited from my husband when I got my endorsement. He moved up to a Honda Shadow 1100 because he outgrew that one and figured I would grow into the 600. He made a comment recently that eventually we'll have to get me a newer bike that will fit me better.

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Hi there all you Scooter Sparkers!
I myself drive an 83 Honda CM400T, Year number 4 now!
I have some photos posted on my sparkpage,
but I also enjoy the square seat on my hubbys 1100 V-Star

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I own and love to ride my 2005 GSXR 600.

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I am always smiling when I am out biking. Just a happy frame of miind.

If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always be who you've always been!!!!!!

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage
is the quiet voice at the
end of the day saying "I
will try again tomorrow!"

Mary Anne Radmacher

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Yes, Nell I agree with you, retirement and BMW's are a good thing. My hubby and I have five. I ride a K1200RS (that is a sportbike) and my touring bike is the GS Adventure. If you've seen the movie Long Way Down, that is the bike. Like Nell and her husband, we ride long distance and actually met them last summer in Oregon at the National BMW rally. I learned on a 650 back in '93. At that time we were dating, and he said to me, if I'm going to be riding with him, I needed my own helmet. We went to the BMW dealership to buy one and I saw this old, ugly 1983 BMW sitting there and ended up buying it. I just love riding. I still catch myself smiling under my helmet at I'm riding down the road.

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Nell,

How is your husband doing by now? Do you think he is going to be able to ride
this summer at all?

I know whatcha mean about retirement....if it werent for financial issues, this would
be great.

Laughing here,
Darlene

If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always be who you've always been!!!!!!

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage
is the quiet voice at the
end of the day saying "I
will try again tomorrow!"

Mary Anne Radmacher

Darlene
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I have owned 18 motorcycles in my life and I have written a brief description of each one on my Sparkpage.

Currently I have a 2009 Harley Dyna Glide and a 2006 Harley Ultra Classic. The first bike is mine, the second one is ours.

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My first bike was a Virago 750, and I couldn't ride it. I had to buy a Rebel 250 to get used to riding, outgrew it in a month, but a very important month. Got the Virago 1100 6 months later and sold both the smaller bikes.

Then I discovered Beemers. I got an R1100R, and was able to add 10mph on every curve with it. And the bigger tank was important.

I now ride an R1150R, upright seating position, yet I can squeeze the tank and lean forward in the twisties. I also need that range. And that 6th gear. I can go 200 fast miles without putting my feet down. One time I had to go 242 miles between gas stops (James Bay Road in Quebec), and by staying at 60 mph made it just fine. My husband rides (when he doesn't have a broken ankle) an R1200RT and we like to travel cross country for weeks at a time, finding all the good roads, just the kind of riding Beemers were made for. And being retired helps.

What a combination: motorcycles and retirement. A great life!!!

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Great rides! My body wasn't built for cruisers, but those are some fantastic bikes! Of course, I could easily say that about most bikes out there. I love bikes of all types!

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I started out many years ago on a Honda 125...lol....ex got that too.............
didn't ride for years, but in 2007 we got new bikes, Harley 883 Sportster for me
and a Dyna for my husband, then he swapped me up to a 1200 and last year
for my birthday/mothersday thing he surprised me by trading his much loved
Dyna and the new 1200 for a 2010 Softail Deluxe for me, and a Heritage for him.

I think there are pictures of all of them except the Dyna in my pics...

If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always be who you've always been!!!!!!

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage
is the quiet voice at the
end of the day saying "I
will try again tomorrow!"

Mary Anne Radmacher

Darlene
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A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.

- Irish Proverb


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Good choice on the Mustang seat, I put one on my Honda Sabre 1100 and thought it was a great improvement over the stock seat. I also added a wind shield, back bar for passenger, bags, and a Vance & Hines straight pipe exhaust (its LOUD).

That said, I never ride the cruised because the seating position with my feet forward means my spine absorbs most of the road shock, and I have an old spinal injury that tends to flare up if I ride the cruiser too much. I rode it this past week a few times since the batter is dead on my VFR, but as soon as I replace that this weekend I'll be back on the VFR, and as soon as that is done I'll be putting the Sabre up for sale.

If I could have it my way I'd have a stable full of cars and bikes, but then of course reality calls and I have to be reasonable.

I'd love to get a Ducati some day, but so far its not within my budget.

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I have only been riding street for about 6 years, dirt-bikes prior for 15 years. First street bike was a '03 Suzuki Intruder 1400. Great bike but small tank and not the greatest cruising bike. Traded it off for an '05 Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe. I cannot think of a better bike to ride long distance, especially when I put on the Mustang seat. If and when I need another bike I will look for the same bike. The Royal Star Deluxe is really a dressed down Venture without the fairing and big passenger seat.

Chuck

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I have a BMW F800 ST as my primary bike. I ride this almost every day! It's my everything bike - I have panniers and a hard bag on the back, so we get groceries, go to the gym, commute to work... everything!

I picked up a Ducati Monster over the summer. They were having their Demo Days this summer and I got a SWEET deal on this bike. It's SO different from the BMW - it's a much shorter wheel-base and so much lighter, tossable. It just flits around, corners so easily.

Really, I love both my bikes. They are so different, but each has a place in my hectic week, giving me a little release from the usual stress.

The World is a Better Place on Two Wheels!


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I've gone through a few, but have stuck with my ultimate favorite, a 2000 Honda VFR Interceptor 800. It is a sport touring bike that leans more toward the sport side of things, but provides enough of the touring comfort that I can ride all day long without feeling the pains and aches.

The battery just gave out, so I'm going to pull it out this weekend and replace it. I love tinkering with my bike.

So, what kind of bike(s) do you own and ride?

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