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Old 02-20-2015, 07:47 PM   #1
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New to the US, New to ADV and just got myself my first non sport bike

Hi everyone

I'm new in the US. Landed in December. As you can all see, I have my priorities in check and I have a lovely Triumph Tiger 800 I'm picking up on the 7th of March. I'm in Philadelphia so hoping the weather plays along.

I'm new to the Adventure scene and if I'm honest, extremely nervous about just getting on some loose gravel. I had a Street Triple before this so road riding is my first love but I really want to try some off the beaten path stuff.

Any idea if there is a group who can show me the ropes who go for regular rides and are keen to get going in March? I'm looking for a bunch of people to go riding with since I don't know anyone in Philly except for my girlfriend.

I'm from South Africa and I enjoy riding elephants to work, swimming with crocodiles and racing ostriches.
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:21 PM   #2
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Hi everyone

I'm new in the US. Landed in December. As you can all see, I have my priorities in check and I have a lovely Triumph Tiger 800 I'm picking up on the 7th of March. I'm in Philadelphia so hoping the weather plays along.

I'm new to the Adventure scene and if I'm honest, extremely nervous about just getting on some loose gravel. I had a Street Triple before this so road riding is my first love but I really want to try some off the beaten path stuff.

Any idea if there is a group who can show me the ropes who go for regular rides and are keen to get going in March? I'm looking for a bunch of people to go riding with since I don't know anyone in Philly except for my girlfriend.

I'm from South Africa and I enjoy riding elephants to work, swimming with crocodiles and racing ostriches.

Welcome. But why the fuck would a person move/live in Philithydelphia??? Move west, buy a gun, have some Whiskey, live a little.
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:46 AM   #3
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Hi everyone

I'm new in the US. Landed in December. I'll have a lovely Triumph Tiger 800 In March and want to start playing with it as soon as the weather plays along.

I'm new to the Adventure scene and if I'm honest, extremely nervous about just getting on some loose gravel. I had a Street Triple before this so road riding is my first love but I really want to try some off the beaten path stuff.

Looking for a group who can show me the ropes who go for regular rides and are keen to get going in March since I don't know anyone in Philly except for my girlfriend.

I'm from South Africa and I enjoy riding elephants to work, swimming with crocodiles and racing ostriches.
I took the leisure of modifying your post just a bit. Welcome to the asylum. Stick around checkout the various threads for Pa. There's several riders in your area who log some serious miles throughout the year. I'm sure over time you'll hear from a few of them as well. Philly is about an hour from the NJPine Barron's with over 2million acres where you can hone your off-road skills and master sand at the same time! It also helps that Sand does way less damage than gravel! Folks hold rides down there just about every other weekend.

Get your bike. Get it setup properly & pray for warmer weather. March us just around the corner..
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:03 AM   #4
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welcome

As a previous reply said the NJ Pine Barrens are your friend plus you have all the great backroads of PA, which after this winter will be gravel until about July!! There is a great covered bridges loop in PA, I have done with the Porsche Club, but only bits of it on the bike, that is fun and twisty and close to you.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:45 AM   #5
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Welcome! I am over in West Chester. A buddy I ride with has a Tiger 800. Once the weather breaks reach out and we will set something up.
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:08 AM   #6
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Thanks all. So the plan is to keep my eye on this forum or are there any specific meetups (something on meetup.com)?

UnitedFan, thank you for the offer. I'll definitely do that. I'm going to try and fetch my Tiger this weekend coming from Coopersburg. Should be a very chilly ride but apparently the weather will be better (mid 40s - 50s) from the following weekend. Ill message you in 2 or 3 weeks then? Appreciate it.
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:25 PM   #7
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Saw your post in the spring ride topic. Welcome and congrats on the new bike. There's not really a lot of dirt and gravel roads to be found immediately around Philly. Closest is probably out in Chester County. There's some to be found up in Bucks County but I'm not very familiar with that. There are dirt and gravel roads on each side of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and they would probably the best for introducing you to riding of pavement. It'll probably be a few weeks yet, but if you're interested, I can PM you when I might be heading down that way and I'll show you around.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:12 PM   #8
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Bikehigh knows his stuff, good guy to hook up with.
I'm in upper Bucks, we have some gravel,even 3 creek crossings.
Spring Ride would be a good intro to alot of what goes on here.
And everyone watches out for everyone else.
Philly Tag thread might interest you also.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:27 PM   #9
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Thank you gents. I'd really appreciate the pm when you can. I was looking at some of the schools and they are quite expensive, especially since I just moved here, bought a bike and some the gear to go with her.

Ill revisit this thread in a few weeks then.

Decided to only pick the bike up next week...can't wait!
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:10 PM   #10
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Bikehigh gets around and from my admittedly small sample size, a great guy to ride with with the right attitude.

When the weather is nicer, I ride into the city on thursdays for a little ride: http://www.chinonthetank.com/

I'm 30 miles to the west of the city, ride in, have a little fun, ride home and arrive around midnight and try not to be a zombie at work the next day

There are also 2 wheel tuesdays on tuesday evenings at the abbaye:
http://philadelphiariders.com/events.html
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Old 02-28-2015, 06:47 PM   #11
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Bikehigh gets around and from my admittedly small sample size, a great guy to ride with with the right attitude.

When the weather is nicer, I ride into the city on thursdays for a little ride: http://www.chinonthetank.com/

I'm 30 miles to the west of the city, ride in, have a little fun, ride home and arrive around midnight and try not to be a zombie at work the next day

There are also 2 wheel tuesdays on tuesday evenings at the abbaye:
http://philadelphiariders.com/events.html
How many funny looks do you think I'd get showing up at the chinonthetank meet with a WR250R? I'm right over the bridge in Jersey.. wouldn't mind riding the dual sport around in the city and meeting some people, but not sure how the group would welcome a newer bike like that
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Ill look into those, thank you. Although I don't want to be that guy who dilutes the effect they're going for which I assume to be vintage.
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