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Old 06-18-2012, 10:44 AM   #31
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I believe they are sometimes referred to as "step through motorcycles"
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:51 AM   #32
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1000 miles days


You spin a good yarn my friend. I've done several 1000 mile days over the years. The last one was inspired by a winter storm knocking on our doors. We chipped ice from the hand controls to leave in the morning and was literally blown sideways across Colorado and Kansas. After 6 hours of riding in near white out conditions we broke the leading egde of the storm. We stopped in a truckstop to thaw our frozen bodies and dry our gear. Several truckers came up and asked if we were the "guys" (substitute dumbasses, which is what they really meant) on the bikes. The guy who was traveling with me fell asleep on his bike and nearly crashed. We swapped bikes for a few miles and found a rest area. We napped for an hour on a couple of picnic tables and finished the journey home arriving just minutes before the storm caught up to us. We had been on the road 19-1/2 hours and had covered 1156 miles.

I really your enjoyed your narrative and the reference to Chris Ledoux. There's not a lot of glory or recognition amongst non-riders when we begin to tell road stories about thousand mile days. But amongst riders... there's something about being able to say, "I done it."

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Old 06-18-2012, 04:28 PM   #33
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CalimusJohn, you are an inspiration. I hope I am still riding like you in fifteen years. Thanks for the report.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:53 PM   #34
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:41 PM   #35
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Wow! You guys sure know how to stroke an Ol' Geezer's ego. As an update - I was a hurtin' when I got home. . . out of prescribed pain killers, so I wandered down to see my Medico - - - took a couple of x-rays - we didn't see anything but some smudges. He sent the pics off to the local x-ray Guru. . . He called me toninght - ribs #6 and 7 are broken.
I was actually happy to hear that. . . it explained why when I sneezed - - - I ended up on my knees. Hey, in six weeks I will be back in battery.
Meanwhile, I am going south this week to pick up my 2005, TW 200 with 398 original miles on it. Always garaged and never been on dirt! I can fix that! Probably teach it how to nap in the dirt. . . JOHN
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:51 PM   #36
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Whoops! I missed something. In addition to the Vstrom 650, I have a Goldwing Trike, two Honda 100 XL's AND a LinHai 250 "Step Through" scooter.
The scoot is fun, automatic transmission and all . . . BUT it is sized for a 5'5" rider. Even afer a total of 4 vertebra crushed and subsequent shortening from original 6'4" - I still look "Under horsed" as the equine folks call it. I'm gonna' keep on keepin' on. . . John
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:09 PM   #37
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I agree - you are an inspiration! I hope I'm still out riding when I'm your age, despite various ailments that creep up on us as we age.

My mentor and frequent riding buddy is about your age and he's earned various IBA designations, multiple times, in the Lower 48 but also quite frequently up in Alaska - on the infamous Haul Road. He's incredibly spry for his age and more active than a lot of people half his age. He's really good at kicking his leg up and over his saddlebags and seat to get on his KLR, but he told me his secret to that is to carry lots of extra gas so you have to make infrequent stops, which means fewer times getting off and on the bike. His name is Alcan Rider and he's giving a presentation on the Haul Road at the IBA conference in Denver in August. He likes to stop for pie while on trips, and has been known to make detours to get delicious fudge and/or pies, so I'm going to escort him to Denver to ensure his prompt arrival.

Cheers to all the seniors out there who are still doing those long-distance rides, providing motivation to those of us who haven't earned an IBA designation yet!

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Old 06-18-2012, 10:27 PM   #38
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:14 AM   #39
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You definitely spin a good yarn. Hope you have many more saddle sores and we get to read about them.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:33 AM   #40
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Originally Posted by calimusjohn View Post
I am not quite as agile as I once was. I can't throw my leg up and over the seat in one fluid motion. Instead, I generally end up kicking the side of the motor, wiggle-walk my foot up to the top of the seat and then side hop towards the bike until I am perched on top in complete control. ]
That particular bit of choreography I long ago termed "the LD hop" as most LD (Long Distance) riders I know have auxiliary fuel tanks mounted where they interfere with normal mounting methods. After a while it becomes pretty natural, and is usually a good way of entertaining surrounding witnesses who already think you're a bit daft for riding 500 miles to get a hamburger a couple of states away.

Good ride! And good RR. Way to keep those youngsters of 65 or so from getting too uppity.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:47 AM   #41
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:49 PM   #42
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Great Report

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:31 PM   #43
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Way to go John. That's quite an accomplishment for ANY rider, let alone one with a couple of broken ribs (and other issues). You're one tough son of a gun! Keep the rubber on the road!
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:18 PM   #44
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Wanted Photo?

Hi. O.K. I am working on a photo. My computer skills suck - big time.

Once again - thanks for the kind words. It's funny, I have read a lot of Ride Reports and many comment that : IT NEEDS PHOTOS. I get so absorbed in the ride and what is going around me, that I forget the camera. I know, poor excuses are not any better than none. But I was raised listening to stories on the radio - not shown every detail on TV. As I read others reports - pictures are wall to wall - in my mind. I don't need a picture of a 1/2 eaten whatever. I picture the scene when a rider reports, ". . . it was a dark and stormy night . . ." (Sorry Snoopy, I couldn't resist.). I'd wager that the dark and stormy inside my head is worse than what he/she went through.
Sorry for the soap box speech . . . AND I agree some tales demand photos.
One more thing and I will shut up. I am intimidated by the professional writers, reporters and professional photographers who grace this forum's pages. I was afraid to submit a report about an ordinarily routine ride. But this is the result. I hope other riders will reconsider posting their tales. I have learned so much by reading, it truly makes me wonder how I can still make fundamental mistakes.

Alcan Rider : Your report about "Alcan Annie" - the Heroine of the Five Corners Ride - got me motivated to do the Four Corners! But when I got to Dawson Creek - on the less than direct route from Madawaska to Southern Oregon, I chickened out. I found myself sitting at the edge of the road, covered in freezing mud thrown up by the timber trucks, unable to see, cold to the core WITH electrics on full - trying to remember - why the hell am I here in the first weeks in June - oh yeah - D2D! I was done froze out.
I made a turn towards the south and stopped in Cabo San Lucas. But that's another tale. John
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:57 PM   #45
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O.K. Well this was taken last July after 40 days on the road

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