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Old 01-30-2013, 11:46 AM   #16
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The Spyder is a nice option to have when 2-wheels is no longer a viable possibility anymore. Very different riding style but once you get used to it, it's a helluva lot of fun!
Good for you. We start off on small bikes when we are young. As adults we are free to choose our weapons. And when we get a little older we adapt. It all makes for a full life of riding.

CA has the best roads.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:30 PM   #17
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I was born and raised in La Jolla. It was a nice place when I was a kid and the population of the Greater SD area was 120,000. Now there are just too many rats in the cage for me. Northern Cal I love. Southern Cal is a zoo. Some have nicer cages than others but it's still a zoo.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:55 PM   #18
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we love cali! we mapped the whole state & it rocks.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:27 PM   #19
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Thanks for the pics Tyler, finally a couple hours of sun this afternoon in the PNW.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:48 PM   #20
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Damn you, Tyler, for posting those pics! I've been stuck in the midwest since September, with my bike sitting in a storage locker in San Mateo! God I miss those roads! Now I can't even lie to myself and say that I'm sure it's been raining so hard that all the good roads are closed by mudslides...

Damn you, damn you, damn you!
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:38 AM   #21
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California is the shit. I am very fortunate to live where I do and I know it. It really is The Golden State in so many ways. The culture, vibe, terrrain, topography and vastness are unique. Yeah there are some challenges and you all know them. But for me to be here is something that exceeds my dreams. I know it aint everyones cup of tea and that's cool, but I am grateful to be here for sure. California offers mass exploring and adventure in SO many mediums with proximity to the monstrous Western US which keeps my daydreams plenty occupied. The pics from the original post are delicious. Cool post, thanks !
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:23 AM   #22
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Yeah yeah, sunshine, beaches, surfing, flowers in January, purty trees sans leaves, ho hum. I, on the other hand, have lovely stuff like this to play in, seen on New Years Eve on a section of the Appalachian Trail near our home:





It was so slick we could hardly walk, much less ride or even drive - had the truck chained up in 4X4 just to get to the trailhead.

Seriously, I've ridden a number of times in California and it is supreme. I lived for many years in Wyoming where I had about 7 months of riding, but if you timed it right (or loaded the bike in a truck or trailer) you could escape in Winter and ride in the southern US if you got desperate. I love Winter and snow, love the change of seasons, but have to admit that the older I get the less appealing it is. I've been amazed at how fast I've acclimated to the milder climate of Virginia after moving here from Wyoming. I certainly miss the glorious emptiness and skiing, but I do not miss the cold and deep snow (shovelling almost daily for five months ).

These folks had another option for riding when the weather wasn't so good. They were two older couples who said they'd given up two wheels but not their love of riding. This was up on the Blue Ridge Parkway one day last Winter when it was closed to cars. We went up to ski but the snow was patchy so just walked:




My wife loves to ride pillion and wants to learn to ride herself, has taken the MSF training, tried her own bike, but is very fearful of falling over and injuring herself. She was fascinated by the Urals but I don't think she's ever considered a Can Am. They look pretty cool and probably wouldn't be hard for her to learn since she wouldn't have to unlearn any two-wheeled habits.

It's 16 degrees outside today so I can really appreciate your gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing, I hope you can get out and go ride a few miles on behalf of your snowbound fellow riders!

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Old 02-02-2013, 12:52 PM   #23
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True that. But 13.3% state income tax versus my 3.4. Plus many other taxes..........blue state
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:24 PM   #24
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From my ride today. Gotta love CA!!!

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:59 PM   #25
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True that. But 13.3% state income tax versus my 3.4. Plus many other taxes..........blue state
Just checked my rate...and it's the same as you, 3.4%. And I'm well above poverty wages, LOL.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:07 PM   #26
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Damn you, Tyler, for posting those pics! I've been stuck in the midwest since September, with my bike sitting in a storage locker in San Mateo! God I miss those roads! Now I can't even lie to myself and say that I'm sure it's been raining so hard that all the good roads are closed by mudslides...

Damn you, damn you, damn you!
Guess you need to find a reason to come back out and visit your bike! ;)

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we love cali! we mapped the whole state & it rocks.
I’ve done many of the roads around here multiple times but I’m always amazed at how there can always be one more gem to be found in them thar hills!

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Yeah yeah, sunshine, beaches, surfing, flowers in January, purty trees sans leaves, ho hum. I, on the other hand, have lovely stuff like this to play in, seen on New Years Eve on a section of the Appalachian Trail near our home
Snowy vistas are beautiful in their own right as well… I’m just a cold weather wimp so usually appreciate it from afar! Lol

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I lived for many years in Wyoming
Whereabouts in WY? A good friend of mine has a 2nd home in Powell… I love the small town atmosphere where everyone knows everyone… not something you find often in the big city… just real friendly folks.

I’m tentatively bookmarking 2014 for a 6-week US tour… so I may have to hit you up for some suggestions out your way to ride!

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These folks had another option for riding when the weather wasn't so good. They were two older couples who said they'd given up two wheels but not their love of riding.
Good for them… that is hardcore! As stated previously, adaptation is good thing to be able to still do what you love to do!

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She was fascinated by the Urals but I don't think she's ever considered a Can Am. They look pretty cool and probably wouldn't be hard for her to learn since she wouldn't have to unlearn any two-wheeled habits.

It's 16 degrees outside today so I can really appreciate your gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing, I hope you can get out and go ride a few miles on behalf of your snowbound fellow riders!

Doug
The Urals are definitely a challenge to ride and balance around turns… coming from 2-wheels the Spyder takes some time to get used to but it’s just a different kind of fun once you get tuned into it… railing around those big open sweepers is a blast! Dealers are usually pretty good about letting folks take test rides (at least out here) so see if there is a local dealer that might do that for her. Happy to answer any questions you or she may have. J

[QUOTE=Tgpatrsn;20642755]From my ride today. Gotta love CA!!!


Love the Marin headlands… will be riding that way in April toward Manchester for a weekend ride!
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:03 PM   #27
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dang Tyler beautiful pictures man!
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:08 PM   #28
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Great pics. Lived in Bay Area for 2 years and SoCal for 2 years. Loved all of it. Ended up (by choice) in Southern Utah. Scenery, low cost, and only a few (very) nice people. Weather is pretty good, too!

Just spent 4 days on the moto traveling back roads from Las Vegas to San Diego. CA does have a lot to offer the moto rider!

Thanks for your post.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:01 PM   #29
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Just checked my rate...and it's the same as you, 3.4%. And I'm well above poverty wages, LOL.
What state r u in?
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:36 PM   #30
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Do you get much rain in Nor Cal? How's the humidity in the summer?
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