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Old 01-28-2008, 05:21 PM   #211
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Nice Report Vermin

Nice to see you can have a great time without having to have all the best stuff... Going crazy in Redford Mi and waiting for the snow to melt, It was allmost got warm just reading your report. Going to take the bike on a adventure this summer.Am trying to get my 13 year old daughter to think about going.Im a dirt biker who last spring picked up a wee strom. I am hooked on this site.
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:43 PM   #212
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Nice to see you can have a great time without having to have all the best stuff... Going crazy in Redford Mi and waiting for the snow to melt, It was allmost got warm just reading your report. Going to take the bike on a adventure this summer.Am trying to get my 13 year old daughter to think about going.Im a dirt biker who last spring picked up a wee strom. I am hooked on this site.

I'm doing the same....waiting for it to warm up a little so I can get my KLR home.
hell even get the 'rago out
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Old 02-02-2008, 06:30 AM   #213
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man, that makes it look easy to ride a wheelie on a bicycle. I could never keep mine up for any length of time.
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Old 02-02-2008, 07:09 AM   #214
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man, that makes it look easy to ride a wheelie on a bicycle. I could never keep mine up for any length of time.
I've had that problem, too, and not just on the bike.
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Old 02-06-2008, 01:48 AM   #215
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I have a dream
OK we are all friends here right. I have a dream, I don't know if it can be realized. I would like to do a tour of America/Mexico off the grid. I would need a very reliable bike that was virtually valueless as far as humanity is concerned. I plan on turning the mechanical limitations into spiritual liberation.
Oh, this trip is going to be off-grid, on a valueless bike. Your sense of perspective is staggering

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Old 02-06-2008, 01:55 AM   #216
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For all you kids (under 40) who may still be trying to comprehend Vermin's devil-may-care approach to travel... perhaps this TV commercial from when he was a youngster will give you a better perspective.



My god! I can't believe that all those kids lived through the filming of that ad. No helmets! No pads! Standing on the seat! One didn't have shoes!

What the hell went wrong with us?

Great ride report. I can't wait for the next one.
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:59 PM   #217
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This ride report makes me wonder if anyone in a far away place would want to "buy" a 1200 Bandit for the princely sum of a ride to the airport and a plane ticket home
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Old 02-06-2008, 06:25 PM   #218
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LMFAO....Love the commercial .....How did I miss that as a kid ? we didnt have the aftermarket wheelie bar...had to make do with balance... Cruising on the banana seat single speeds, at least til the street lights came on !!

No freaking idea how we survived....barefoot,,,,cutoff shorts...no shirts...summer blonde hair...Three Dog Night on the AM radio.... Once you took the fenders and chainguard off ...you were ready for some serious ramp jumping.....How many times did I come home with gravel "in" my skin, sit and get it picked out, only to get painted with Methayalade was it ? that weird stuff that was red...one version burned like crap the other didnt ?? then came the real fun, sitting at school, waiting til you could pull the entire scab off .......sweet...

Huge ramps at the bottom of driveways...huge crashes....hell legendary crashes....choppered mini bikes......Wished like hell I would wake up one day to find a Hodaka Wombat in the garage..(never happened)...hell we even built ramps to jump sleds when it snowed in North Alabama....pre global warming !! lol..

The last words I heard from one of my twin boys before he broke his arm the second time were...."Hey dad, come outside and check out the "Sweet" ramp I built." lol So I suppose some things dont change after all....

Man it makes you wanna ride and never come back huh ??
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:02 AM   #219
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1970 protoVermin spent two days jumping off a ramp at the bottom of the (gravel) hill on his green Schwinn Stingray. On the night of day two it rained for hours compromising the structural integrity of the chipboard ramp. protoVermin wakes up eager to see what this new glorious day may bring. He calmly eats his malto meal entirely unaware of what lay in store. Malto meal consumed he puts on his dungarees and PF Flyer tennis shoes, goes outside and adds another cinderblock to the ramp and rides his pride and joy to the top of the hill. He shifts the crappy sturmey-archer hub transmission into third and pedals feverishly towards his inevitable doom.

(the last 3 seconds of this story happen in reeeeal slow motion)

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Old 02-08-2008, 06:00 AM   #220
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Have we veered way off topic here? Do the mods need to mop up? I guess so.
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Old 02-08-2008, 06:58 AM   #221
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1970 protoVermin spent two days jumping off a ramp at the bottom of the (gravel) hill on his green Schwinn Stingray. On the night of day two it rained for hours compromising the structural integrity of the chipboard ramp. protoVermin wakes up eager to see what this new glorious day may bring. He calmly eats his malto meal entirely unaware of what lay in store. Malto meal consumed he puts on his dungarees and PF Flyer tennis shoes, goes outside and adds another cinderblock to the ramp and rides his pride and joy to the top of the hill. He shifts the crappy sturmey-archer hub transmission into third and pedals feverishly towards his inevitable doom.

(the last 3 seconds of this story happen in reeeeal slow motion)

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OMG That reads sooo visual! I was laughing until I started to think, That had to Hurt!
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:14 PM   #222
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OMG That reads sooo visual! ...
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:54 AM   #223
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What a great shot. What a great TR. Get out of that cube and write for a living. Many thanks here from a snow-bound Southern Wisconsin.

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Old 02-12-2008, 04:17 AM   #224
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I just finished and like so many before me: Fantastic report! And probably the coolest bike on the site.

Now I'm heading over to Drifter's thread.
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:03 AM   #225
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vermin,

I've consumed alot moto-words in my life but none quite so eloquent as yours. I had the privilege of traveling with my pop on the back of his motorcycle for years before getting my own bike. Good on you to make your son a part of this adventure. You may never know the value to him but he'll look back when he's fifty(like me) and it'll tug hard on his heart-strings. Ride hard, ride free.

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