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Old 08-13-2008, 04:17 PM   #1366
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Ladybug, I have an appointment at Rich's in a couple of weeks for a new seat. I was curious to know, when you got your seats done, if you went with a vinyl or leather seat cover. Leather supposedly breathes better, but it rains a lot here on my side of the hill, although some say that it doesn't matter and in fact the vinyl cover can trap moisture and the seat will never dry out... eh I dunno. What do you think?

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I have a Rich's seat, in leather, and I LOVE it! I just returned from a National Park tour, including passing through Sturgis (and a MAJOR storm of storms) - my leather seat performed great, I didn't worry about it at all, it got soaked, dried and soaked again and I would definitely cast my vote for leather. I wore leathers - the seat and my pants worked very well together. the best thing i can say is that i never worried or even thought about my butt during the entire 3K+ mile trip!
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:55 PM   #1367
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Skodadog, thanks for the info on Rich's and leather seats. I appreciate all the advice!

And welcome to ADV, I see that was your first post!

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Old 08-15-2008, 08:06 AM   #1368
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Skodadog, Welcome to ADV I hope we see more of you here.

Tempest, we need to meet and ride together real soon. Have you thought about going to the PNWet Fest? http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=265294


Tantrum and I are going riding this weekend. I started a ride report here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=373801

If anyone wants to follow along and see where we are riding I'll have my spot tracker on.
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?&glId=0mTbQ2O3jEoAZtyn9c8gTjXruqpqyarDp
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:01 AM   #1369
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Hello from Houston, PA!

Long time lurker on ADVrider. I recently acquired a 06 Suzuki DRZ 400 SM and parted with my 2000 Kawasaki KLR 250. With the new addition I have found an intense passion for riding more than ever before, I want to do it all the time. Darn, adult responsibilities though or I would be riding right now.

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Old 08-16-2008, 01:08 PM   #1370
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Hi Fellow Lady Riders!

I thought it's about time to introduce myself here.

First, I've been riding for about 12-ish years now, if you count my scooter years when I lived in a Nob Hill studio with no parking. I ride an 07 Suzuki VStrom now and I love that bike.

I ride a lot and I belong to a motorcycle club. My club has about 90 members and there are four women who have joined the club. The club has been in operation for 100 years and I am woman # 4 to join! I showed up after hearing that this club does a lot of bike camping and then eventually joined.

It took a lot of effort on the part of woman #1 to get into the club that her father, grandfather, and great grandfather belonged to for a good part of each of their lives. There was and still is a Woman's Auxiliary Club and a few of the ladies of that club ride. If females wanted to get involved, they joined that club. Her mother and grandmother belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary.

I don't need to tell you that sometimes it's not easy being a woman in what can be a male dominated arena. For example, I went on the ADV ride to White Mountain Research Station and the campground was full of men. I saw one woman there. She was a passenger and I was glad to see her. At each campfire, there were men sitting in chairs and hanging out. That was all cool and many of them were friendly. But almost the moment I arrived, I realized that most of these men were on their "mancation" and getting away from the wifes/significant others and the kids and the chores and the remote and the regular duties of their lives back home. In a way, I felt like I was invading their mancation. Not one of them said anything, but I could sense that it was possible that they would prefer to burp, fart and spit in private among other men.

Well, I did my best to shrug off this sense of my invasion and tried to remember that all I may have been doing my own "trip" about this whole "man trip" idea that I had in my head.

I should mention that I don't get that feeling with my club becuase it is expected that members go on any rides they want, including the annual Stagg Run. However, I would not break their mancation with my attendance. Never have and never will.

The White Mountain ride included going up to the research station, 12500 feet. Much of the ride was dirt and there were easy routes and single track routes. Since I had my Strom and street tires, I took the easy route. I was the only woman, I think, to go to the top and I did just fine getting up there. I've been on more difficult roads than that one, but not by much.


Usually, I take my bike in to get the work done. I am proud to say that I learned how to change the air filter and the oil/filter this week with the help of my repair guy. He walked me through the proceedures and it was very empowering.

News Flash...

one of our "bad-ass" OMC members, who happens to be a woman, is going to Bonneville and racing her Hayabusa for a land speed record. Woo Hoo! She's also a dual-sport rider, and she rides a GS too. She's woman number one to join the club and is a third generation member.

Go Team Tracy!



Glad to meet you all and will be checking out this thread regularly.


Updated Info: Team Tracy did indeed make the record~ and here's the link to the photos
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:55 AM   #1371
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But almost the moment I arrived, I realized that most of these men were on their "mancation" and getting away from the wifes/significant others and the kids and the chores and the remote and the regular duties of their lives back home. In a way, I felt like I was invading their mancation. Not one of them said anything, but I could sense that it was possible that they would prefer to burp, fart and spit in private among other men.
Oh, I know exactly what you mean. My hubby and I went dirtbiking in Australia for our honeymoon and I think they other guys in the tour group (15 of 'em!) felt the same way. It took 2 days before they felt comfortable enough to bring out their porn mags.

Ah well, what can we do? Just find like-minded women to burp, fart, and spit with, I guess.
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Old 08-21-2008, 06:26 PM   #1372
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Oh, I know exactly what you mean. My hubby and I went dirtbiking in Australia for our honeymoon and I think they other guys in the tour group (15 of 'em!) felt the same way. It took 2 days before they felt comfortable enough to bring out their porn mags.

Ah well, what can we do? Just find like-minded women to burp, fart, and spit with, I guess.
All you need to do is burp, fart and spit first.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:08 PM   #1373
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All you need to do is burp, fart and spit first.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:01 PM   #1374
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Super Suz went to Lassen Volcanic

How about this one taken at Lassen Volcanic National Park last week.

I went on a whim campout for three nights:
1. Guerneville's Bullfrog Pond in the state park. (Ever ride that little three mile road to get up there--- fun fun fun)?
2. Orland Lake (one of only two campers there out of 50 campspots)
3. Town of Mineral just outside of one of the Lassen gates

Here's pic of me in the park:
What a beauty. I know. And the bike's not too bad either.

Notice the NEW First Gear saddle bags. The straps are a little short for the bike's seat. But I am going to remedy that with a home-made extension if I notice any slippage, which I have not yet. The bag has bungee chords to attach to the passenger footpeg metal and it did not scratch up the pipe protector. The bags are at least 45 liter sized and they were the biggest I could find in SF. they expand and they have a big junk pouch on the sides with zippers. They also have the opening with zippers more on the side so that if you have your gear on top, the opening is not covered up with the gear, like many hard boxes tend to have. I paid $129.00 for them and that's a deal for their size. They come with the drybag covers too.

Bought them at Scuderia West and tried to look away from the KTM's while there, lest I possibly impulse shop. Anyway, Amy is the FEMALE shop attendent for the floor merch and she's extremely good at her job. She pays attention to all the details of the merch and is well informed of the differences in what's out there. I have had very bad local service at motorcycle shops and Scuderia West is the best. The also have the best ladies' choices gear in the bay area- lots to choose from. And to top it all off, the shop boys are hot.

Amy is a professional. She and I examined all the choices and she helped me figure out the best way to set the saddle bags on the bike by going out of the shop and trying out a couple of ways. Amy just went to the Vanson factory for a business trip just to learn more about their product. She's awesome and should not be overlooked when in San Fran. But don't take my word for it. Google Amy and Scuderia West and you'll see.





Wore out a lot of my gear. Now that I have a new summer jacket, new gloves, new saddle bags, new (used) tent, new camel pack, new camper's pillow, new all-weather bike pants, new hike sandals, I am finally ready for summer!


(After taking many trips already).

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Old 08-25-2008, 07:32 AM   #1375
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Quick Male interlude:

TMI_tinks is going to Femmoto and is looking for someone or someones to share expenses with i.e. gas and hotel room. She's leaving from central AR and planning on staying with GSDUDE overnight on the way to Vegas and on the way back.

So anyway, if anyone is interested PM Tinks.

http://www.femmoto.com/

P.S. she's planning on doing Saturday and Sunday.
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:16 AM   #1376
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Yo! Been lurking for about a year or so. Been riding for 8 years or so??? Started pratting about in London when I was young enough to not be scared, on an indestructable Honda CM125. Graduated to GSX250 which was the least reliable sack of sheeet ever. That blew up big style, then I moved and had the most expensive commute ever by train which meant I couldn't afford a bike. But then my lovely father-in-law effectively gave me his ER-5 which, whilst it's not the sexiest bike, suits me down to the ground. Have spent a loooong time bumming around Europe on the back of my H's bike but now I have my own wheels I'm following/leading. Bestest tour ever - my first big tour on my own two wheels - a fortnight touring Scotland. Fab.

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Old 08-26-2008, 06:52 AM   #1377
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Hey all,

Another chick rider here and we too did a DS honeymoon! My hubby and I toured Costa Rica and had a blast. Though I do think our poor tourguide didn't know what to do with himself with a girl on the trip. I'm sort of a DS wuss, but getting more and more aggressive. Also just splurged on a ducati () so I'm hoping to start doing the track day thing. Nice to meet ya'll! If any Appalachian ADVwomen wants to ride a girly tour sometime (ya know, stay in nice hotels and possibly stop at a museum or two whilst touring) let me know!
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:48 AM   #1378
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Full on n00b DS rider - nothing bigger than a 200 cc bike and super inexperienced at that.

However, using my inheritance from Dad to buy an Aprilia 650 Pegaso Trail (whenever those bankers and lawyer finish faffing around with probate or whatever the hell they call it) and hope to start touring big time.

Can always only go alone without hubby - have 17 cats, five dogs and a fish that not many people volunteer to look after, so we go away in relays.

Hubby has promised that next year is all mine, so I have some plans - will keep you all posted for sure !
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Old 08-30-2008, 09:32 PM   #1379
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Be sure to take pictures of your bike with the new seat when you get it done. Heck, how about doing a ride report of your seat experience? I wish I would have done that.
As requested....

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...86#post7761686

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Old 08-31-2008, 08:14 PM   #1380
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Hi gabbriell! Welcome to the insanity!

Where are the pictures of your new ride?
I'll get one in here as soon as I get my husband to take one! Maybe I'll even put in the old one of my Honda CB, too!
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