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Old 12-03-2003, 06:07 AM   #76
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Thanks for taking the time to post that. What a rich lineage you come from.
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Old 12-03-2003, 07:13 AM   #77
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Thanks Wes. - and father.
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Old 12-03-2003, 07:27 AM   #78
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So great

There you have it: it`s not about what you got but what you do with it!

What a fantastic set of photo`s
I enjoyed the yesterdays hero`s very much
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Old 12-03-2003, 07:28 AM   #79
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Fantastic!!!

Your post really drives home what adventure riding is all about. No fancy German flipup helmets, no quibbles about 8.2 vs. 9.5 inches of suspension, no whining about how this jacket has better vents than that one.

Just get out there and ride.

Thank you!!!
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Old 12-03-2003, 08:17 AM   #80
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You are lucky to have these family pictures as well as the memories of the people in them. My grandfather used to run bathtub gin with his Indian motorcycle all around rural southwestern Minnesota back during prohibition. Great stories and memories, but no pictures. Thanks for sharing your family treasures!
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Old 12-03-2003, 08:26 AM   #81
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Very cool pics! Thank you. I enjoyed that very much.
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Old 12-03-2003, 09:07 AM   #82
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Thanks!

I grew up in Boulder and the places all sound familiar. I didn't start riding until '68 so I missed out on some of the "run wut ya brung" fun.

This set of photos is my new screen saver ... to hell with naked gurlz!

Super, just super!

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Old 12-03-2003, 10:50 AM   #83
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Advrider already had the best ride reports and photos, but really these are amazing. Thanks for sharing them with us!
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Old 12-03-2003, 12:04 PM   #84
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Old 12-03-2003, 12:37 PM   #85
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His Federation of American Motorcyclists ID Card, circa 1916. And Ohio, no less. I love the family link! Smiths have been riding motorcycles almost as long as they have been in existence.

Many thanks to Wes for taking us all along!
Member number 34,187! Who'd a thunk there'd be that many members in 1916!
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Old 12-03-2003, 12:42 PM   #86
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My mom and family grew up in germany. Small town folks. My great grandfather was a blacksmith in a small village and my grandfather was a master mechanic. During WWII he didnt get drafted like most of the rest of the family because he was valuable at the homefront. Then very late in things, he was drafted into the luftwaffe and maintained planes. But not for very long. a few months after, the base was captured by canadians and he was in a POW camp a mere 10 miles from home. Before the war started, he had two BMWs. His main transport. When things started happening in the late30s, he sold one and dismantled the other, burying peices of it around the farm. See, they had been through these things before. While in the POW camp, he learned that the commander was a bike nut and had collected some 20 odd machines as the allies advanced. So gramps managed to become his fleet maintenance dude. THis helped him wrangle hall passes to go see his family down the road. After the war, he went home, dug up the bike and had transport so he could get working and rebuild thier cash and thier home. They rebuilt the home out of rubble. My mom and uncle digging up wheelbarrow loads of bricks. My grandad made his own mortar, plumbed and wired the house from scrap. My mom, skinny kid, rode that bike all over the place, running errands for my gramps. Once they had cash built up, canadian friends he had made while a POW helped him get his family moved to canada. Unfortunately they only brought a suitcase apeice. There were no photos of my gramps and the bike.

you are very lucky to have those pictures.
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Old 12-03-2003, 12:48 PM   #87
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As far as I know, my dad was the first cyclist in my family. I'd give my left nut for half of the many cool bikes he's owned over the years... an Arial Square Four, numerous BSAs, Triumphs and Nortons, Harleys, and Indians.

This is one of my dad a month before his 17th birthday, circa 1961. It's one of the few photos of Dad in the olden days:
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Old 12-03-2003, 01:10 PM   #88
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My mom and family grew up in germany. Small town folks....
Great story!
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Old 12-03-2003, 04:37 PM   #89
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The First Adventure Riders

Great pics.

Really humbles you, knowing that those before you did what they did without half of what we have today.

Does anyone know why some pics don't download?? The last 15 pics that were posted just show up as red X's and dont' open into a picture.
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Old 12-03-2003, 05:07 PM   #90
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24,000 views and growing fast! There were 701 simultaneous users yesterday on ADVrider, a record in large part to this amazing post.
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