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Old 03-07-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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nOOb in Western NC - mid-May

Hey everyone, checking in for the first although I been lurking for several months. Iím a 47 year old new biker (since June of last year) and Iím still in the process of figuring out what kind of biker I am. I took the MSF course last spring and was immediately hooked. I thought I wanted a duel sport (I was thinking KLR650) but it seemed so tall, I just wasnít comfortable enough on it for my first bike. I never really cared for cruisers or crotch rockets so didnít know which direction to go. I sat on a lot of bikes, did some online research, and finally decided on a Ninja 650. Not really a crotch rocket and a more upright seating position. I love the bike and put 3,500 miles on it before I put it away for the last two months (no cold weather gear). During this time, I have spent a lot of my normal riding time reading and enjoying this forum.
Although the Ninja isnít really an adventure/touring bike, I think thatís kind of the direction I am leaning. I wonít be able to do any off-roading with it but I figure there are enough interesting paved roads to keep me plenty busy. I really liked a leftover Versys that I sat on last year which was a good deal but it also seemed a tad too tall. Looking back, that may have been the better choice but the Ninja is great and I will be on it for several years.
Last year, I did several long day rides but never overnight and this year I am planning a mid-May trip to see my sister in South Carolina. I will be generally taking Skyline Drive/BRP and spending a few days running around in western North Carolina/Tennessee before I get to South Carolina. I not making definite plans regarding mileage per day since I want to relax and enjoy the experience. Although I would love to camp, I donít think I want to undertake the extra work/expense that goes along with it, at least not on my first multi-day trip. I also figured a real bed/shower will be a big help with recuperating from the dayís ride.
Anyways, just wanted to introduce myself and say Iím really looking forward to this trip.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:21 AM   #2
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Sounds like you are in for a great trip!
Camping does add some gear on the bike and a bit of a hassle, but saves a lot of $$. The BRP has camp sites along the way. Me and my dad did it in the summer of '08. We camped all the way down and got a hotel once. Some campsites have showers. I find it kinda dull being in a hotel after a day of riding, especially when flying solo.

You just don't get this in a hotel room -

We did 4-6 hours of riding everyday. We had the stops all planned out ahead, left on a Saturday morning and was back the following Saturday. Did Deal's Gap too

One thing I have found - get specific riding pants. Riding in jeans everyday is horrible compared to pants designed to breath and slid the right amount.

For one up riding the ninja will do great for this type of touring. I did it on my FZ6 which is a comparable bike.

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Old 03-16-2012, 06:25 AM   #3
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Welcome to the world of two wheels, great bike and wise choice for a first one. I have a house in Andrews and frequent often. Enjoy !
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