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Old 09-07-2012, 03:02 PM   #436
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Im still working on reading the whole rr, but I just wanted to comment on Hattar Motorsports. They are hands down the best dealer Ive ever worked with. I bought my Streetfighter there last year and Valarie (sp?) was great with getting me approved for a loan and getting all the paperwork done( it was my first new vehicle purchase, I was 19). When I picked it up the service manager went thru all the buttons and computer stuff and then told me to, "Treat it nice for 100 miles, then beat the piss out of it increasing your revs 1000rpm/100miles."
Sadly they sold to Ace in Concord. Not sure what (if any) staff changes have been made due to that.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:09 PM   #437
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Time for the 7500 Mile / 12K Km Service.


There were two dealers 'in' Toronto....meaning both were about an hour outside of Toronto. Hit up GP Motorsports in Whitby and had a great experience, despite the horrific traffic (I just can't live happily without being able to lanesplit). I was expecting to be overcharged for the service--you're kind of at the dealers mercy if you want to maintain your warranty. Cars or bikes, it doesn't matter--out of the 10-20 line items of what they perform, most require about 3-5 seconds (check fork seals, inspect brake fluid level, etc.). Helps a dealer justify $1500, but anyone who's ever worked on a piece of equipment knows that it's just a glorified oil change. Fortunately GP Bikes sees it that way, too....and $258 was far less than I expected. They also did all of the recall updates--a couple which I'd already done (spacer for the button head brake res screw that is 3mm too long, swingarm bolt, etc.). Seeing as though my dealer (Newport Beach Ducati) didn't contact me about the most serious issue (exup cable sheath laced with grated magnesium) I thought my bike wasn't affected....but it was. Ahem, Newport Beach Ducati....might want to get on that before someone burns to death!

Anyhow....great shop, awesome showrooms (KTM, Ducati, Triumph). No need for any more servicing for 7500 more miles, but I'll probably change the oil in another 3-4k.






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Old 09-07-2012, 05:46 PM   #438
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I sometimes forget that people have never experienced the beach. If you're someone who's never been pounded into the sand by a wave, stung by a jellyfish, experienced hypothermia or sucked out by a riptide, you definitely want to get your ass to the Pacific Coast because sand, sun and water does not a beach make!



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I have to give Canadians props for this. Though our beaches are better, we definitely don't have waterslides this awesome in California!!!:

I live less then 1 mile from that beach . Johnson Beach in Barrie
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:22 PM   #439
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Looks like rain all weekend, so twisty roads would require an amount of restraint I don't have at this point!

Still have to finish Toronto, now that I'm gone....



So the city itself is pretty cool. I really did like it. But the traffic sucks (unfortunately they haven't discovered how to time even two lights, let alone 5 or 6) and riding in/around Toronto is best done on a fixie. Speaking of--I saw tons and tons of fixies and single speeds (and even a few Pabst signs), but not a single 'hipster'. +1



Tiff had started ramping a few days after I was there (Toronto International Film Fest). Lots of non-Hollywood actors and actresses and family members bouncing from one place to another looking like they were dressed for a prom (which wasn't there) or a red carpet (absent, too). I saw Beasts of the Southern Wild at the Tiff Bell Lightbox.

Tangent warning: though indie movies often are fairly lackluster, try too hard and--did I mention--try too hard?--they typically do one thing that no Hollywood film does: they resonate and get inside you. More on that later...

While wandering around, a few memories were dislodged by record covers (oh my, how my first vs. last album covers have so little in common), giving Toronto even more street cred:



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Old 09-07-2012, 07:03 PM   #440
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Had a dinner earlier in the week this bad-ass hombre (and fellow Ironman France competitor). I'll avoid mentioning his name because of his classified/military/G2 status, but had a great time hanging out and talking to him.



Clearly he'd graduated from the CIA's "how to smuggle alcohol using your stomach without getting drunk" secret-agent course and drank me way under the table (4 bottles of wine and a couple cocktails at three or four different Ossington haunts), I take comfort in knowing that at the very least I finished off that little silver bowl full of sliced birds eye chilies. (Crack, I tell you!)



Great guy, though, and he tolerated more than enough 'absence of free-will', Cartesian dualism and solipsism soliloquies. He must have not seen where the exit door was.


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Old 09-07-2012, 07:06 PM   #441
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And for my final dinner? I went back to The Black Hoof to devour more delicious deliciosities:



...tried their Pork Belly (faaawkkkk--it may look like a meat meteor, but it tastes like a bacon planet!):



...and consumed one of my enemies: horse. Now in theory I don't have any problems with horses, but they've always had a problem with me, so fuck 'em. And besides--motorbikes make far better travel companions, don't bite, don't eat beefarino and don't poop all over the place. But the one thing the horse has going for it that the motorbike doesn't? Taste. Ya can't eat a KTM, but you CAN dine on equine (in Canada at least--in many countries it's illegal). Now the "Black Stallion" box can be checked off on my 'beasts I've consumed' spreadsheet. Now if the thought of eating horse is making your stomach churn, your tongue will probably feel nauseatingly alive upon realizing that it's also raw. ;)






Gargling down five blobs of "My Little Pony" sashimi ranks at the top of my list of paleo-epicurean adventures. Muhuhaahaaa! Damn it's good to be a carnivore!


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Old 09-07-2012, 10:02 PM   #442
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That raw horse thing is the most f-ing hardcore thing you've done so far. And you're pretty hardcore.
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:32 AM   #443
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Love the pics and RR, keep it coming!!
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:49 AM   #444
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Then again, Canada has a "Strategic Global Reserve" of Maple Syrup they have to protect. With this weeks maple syrup heist (not kidding), I can only imagine that future border crossings are going to get even more difficult--especially if your last name is Jemima!
Thoroughly enjoying the RR. The above had me chuckling for a bit.

My wife is also a M-Dot (3x). While I am enjoying the photos of your Italian Super Model, she wanted to see the "action shots" of the event in Cozumel.

Looking forward to future installments. Ride safe!
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:45 PM   #445
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Thoroughly enjoying the RR. The above had me chuckling for a bit.
My wife is also a M-Dot (3x). While I am enjoying the photos of your Italian Super Model, she wanted to see the "action shots" of the event in Cozumel.
Cozumel:
Vertigo was pretty bad when I got out of the water. Arm went to stabilize myself on a step (I'm in the center w/Orange cap), but I instead do an "American History X" faceplant.



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If you or your wife are thinking about doing Cozumel, Trek68, shoot me a PM and I'd be happy to answer any event-specific questions you guys have.

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Old 09-08-2012, 06:17 PM   #446
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You had me at Italian Supermodel...

I pictured the Model from the Fiat Commercial, but I stayed by the great writing. I agree with others you have the beginnings of a book or screenplay here.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:34 AM   #447
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I just started working my way through this thread and came across this on Page 9:

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"Too often people don’t factor into a decision is our outstanding abilities as humans to adapt to difficulty. The result of overcoming adversity and mastering one's ability to triumph over environmental challenges through persistence, determination and imagination produce self-efficiency and feelings of personal power luxury and security can never hope to provide. The harder the journey, the greater the cultivation of the will—and mastering one thing leads to greater proficiency on how to overcome challenges in other parts of our lives as well.

In short, adaptation is the precursor to growth and seeking out difficult, uncomfortable and challenging situations accelerates development, enriches our lives and provides us with the kind of awesome fucking memories that will sustain us until a final sleep rounds our little lives."
I'm so glad I read that; it perfectly articulates what I've tried to explain to people about some of the things I've done to challenge myself.....Thank you!
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I just started working my way through this thread and came across this on Page 9:



I'm so glad I read that; it perfectly articulates what I've tried to explain to people about some of the things I've done to challenge myself.....Thank you!
Wow 5 years your first post I agree with you
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:09 PM   #449
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Gargling down five blobs of "My Little Pony" sashimi ranks at the top of my list of paleo-epicurean adventures. Muhuhaahaaa!
So instead of steak tartar you had Mr. Ed tartar? I've had that when unscrupulous restaurateurs served Ed over beef in Bordeaux. Prefer the cow variety myself. Pork belly thoYUMM
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[QUOTE=AntiHero;19127714] He'd gotten married years back and had spent the past 9 years dealing with a stay-at-home woman who specialized in being unhappy, cranky and dissatisfied with everything. And the more he appeased her the more evil she became. Sound familiar to anyone? I characterized it as "Subjective Omnipotence," which is a term typically applied to children who are still in the phase of their development where they think the universe should provide for their needs. Instead of being grateful to the person who provides for them they just end up mad at said individual for everything that isn't perfect.


OMG you speak sooooo much truth.....You could be describibg my girlfriends son.....

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