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Old 12-12-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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I'm in need of riding Buddies

It seems most, but not all of my riding buddies are encumbered with responsibilities or leashes that are too short. I live in Northern California! No, not middle California, but Northern as in the far north east corner of California. It is winter here now which is usually a time to leave and go ride the southern warmer climates. Usually, we have a trip through Death Valley planned, but not this year. Other years, Mexico has been our destination, again, not this year. The Mojave, the Escalante Wilderness, the Navajo and Hopi Reservations, the north rim of the Grand Canyon, and other destinations have been ridden in the past.

Evidently, that is all "Past." This year, all of the old geezers, except me, have succumbed to responsibilities, lack of vacation time, and other poor excuses. I feel that I need to begin socializing outside of my group which seems to have withered if not died this year.

So, I'm placing a, personal ad, if you would like to call it that. Basically, I'm looking for a group to ride with somewhere warm this winter. I'm not a kid, but sometimes I still ride like one. let's just put it this way, I haven't graduated to the GS yet. There is nothing wrong with GS's, but I'm just not there yet. My weapon of choice is a Husaberg FE570S with a lot of mods and a KTM 525 for backup. The 525 has over 35,000 off road miles on the odometer and the Husaberg has 5500. I like long rides through rugged scenery and roads that would make a GS cry for Momma. Again, I don't want to exclude GS riders, I just want to state my ideal preferences, kind of like looking for Boderick when you were fifteen at the beech, it would have been ideal, but not realistic. I'm open to offers from the GS crowd too.

I'm self suffcient, I don't require much in the way of help, I've been doing this long enough to usually get myself out of the trouble I've gotten myself into. That being said, having help is always nice when you need it. along those lines, I've changed more tires for other people than I ever have for me, and I don't mind changing oil to get the water out of someone elses bike (I hate it when it's on my bike). It's a team effort as far as I'm concerned, but I'm just saying that rarely do I require the team effort to get me out of a sticky situation. I come prepared.

My equipment is well maintained and well optioned. I run things that work or have worked well. I'm basically looking for someone(s) who will let me tag along with their group this winter to some interesting off road destination, where we can have a few beers before doing the same thing the next day and maybe the next too.

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Old 12-16-2012, 04:57 PM   #2
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Hope you find some good guys to explore with. I'm one the other coast and we're slowly getting snowed in. It'd be nice to find a warm place to ride for a few months. Ride safe
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:07 PM   #3
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I feel your pain, man. All my friends with bikes have pretty much quit riding... spouses, girlfriends, kids, jobs, whatever.

I'd ride with you if I wasn't 2,000 miles away.

Best of luck finding some good riding pals.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:26 PM   #4
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It's a real problem. Since I work most weekends, and have a really strange schedule, I'm always at a loss for riding partners. I go alone A LOT. I know you'r not suppose to do that. I have been in too many places that if i fell, it might be a week before anyone found me. But i go anyway.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:46 PM   #5
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... Basically, I'm looking for a group to ride with somewhere warm this winter....
If I may:

a.) post a thread with a more specific subject in a specific sub-forum here. The way people tend to browse, you may not get noticed if you only post in the general top-level forum.

b.) food for thought: this is very personal, but I find that I am my own best company. I find that riding is best done solo, for too many reasons to elaborate here. Solo is not that great when it comes to socialize in the evening - but, depending on your personality, you may find a lot of company, especially if you are riding to a choice moto destination.

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:42 AM   #6
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I find that I am my own best company. I find that riding is best done solo, for too many reasons to elaborate here. Solo is not that great when it comes to socialize in the evening - but, depending on your personality, you may find a lot of company, especially if you are riding to a choice moto destination.

Robert.
This.

I ride my own pace. I ride fast when I want to ride fast. I ride slow when I want to ride slow. I stop when I want to stop. I eat where I want to eat. My schedule is my own. There is a purity in a solo ride.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:34 AM   #7
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If I may:

a.) post a thread with a more specific subject in a specific sub-forum here. The way people tend to browse, you may not get noticed if you only post in the general top-level forum.

b.) food for thought: this is very personal, but I find that I am my own best company. I find that riding is best done solo, for too many reasons to elaborate here. Solo is not that great when it comes to socialize in the evening - but, depending on your personality, you may find a lot of company, especially if you are riding to a choice moto destination.

Robert.
I totally agree with paragraph B.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:08 AM   #8
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Brian011952

- Some good advice above. When I read your post it was very general and left me wondering when and where you might want to go, how long and how big a group you'd prefer. Perhaps that's just because your schedule is wide open and you're not too particular about where you go or how big a group, but it still left me wondering. I'm not a "group" - usually ride alone, but wouldn't mind a riding partner - would that work for you? You probably would get better results if this was posted in the Americas forum - there's always guys looking for riding partners heading to areas in Mexico (Baja, Copper Canyon). Good luck - I'm sure you can find someone to ride with.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:10 PM   #9
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Thanks

Thanks for all the advice. I do ride alone a lot, but sometimes group settings are funn too, especially with fuel prices and what not. I don't mind splitting fuel to get to a location where we are gonna set up camp and ride for a week or to just truck the bikes to the border then ride south. I've split expenses a time or two and it was kind of nice, especially with a group, it seems you get better deals with more buying power.

I've had good company and bad company on rides,, but I've always appreciated company when I was hundreds of miles from anywhere. I always figure with someone else there, at least they will know where to plant the cross.

I do remember one evening in the Sisters when something quite near to me growled. It was twilight, and I never saw what it was that growled, but I wouldn't have minded having a riding buddy there right then, you kknow, safety in numbers seemed like a good idea right at that moment.

As to schedules, I was just throwing this up in the air and hoping to see where it landed. If there was a group that made an offer, I was gonna then try and balance my schedule accordingly so hopefully I could go.

Anyway, thanks for the responses.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:30 PM   #10
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Have you tried posting in the Regional Forum for west coasters?
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