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I thought it would be fun to read about our riding adventures.

I got out today and rode 54 miles on my Yamaha 850XS. The sky was blue and it was a warm 62 degrees afternoon, just right for the first ride of the year. The bike fired right up and ran like a champ no problems after sitting in the garage for 3 months. I buy my gas from a place that has 100% gas, no ethanol. I rode alone as I do most of the time. I have several routes, I call them laps, than I ride. Today's was on the river road run that is nice with a lot of curves and scenic views of the lake. The roads are all two lane and not very much traffic. The posted speed limits are 45 but on my bike 60 feels just right. Some of this is why I love to ride in the country; number of red lights 1, no. of cars I needed to pass 1, cars that passed me 0, cop cars 0, curves in the road many, smiles on my face - all the time. I didn't want to come home but the sun was going down and so was the temperature so I returned to my nest. I can't tell you how great that ride made me feel. Hell, I don't need to , you already know. Get busy riding my brothers and sisters and let's hear about it. Photos would be great too.
 

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Hi Taboothe,

Man, that was from the heart, and yes I know exactly what you mean. You call them laps, we in Burtland (NZ) call them blocks. There is even a couple books complete with maps Of 100 blocks to ride in New Zealand. They go from small to size me up whopper! I am in a country town of around 5000 and declining as all the young ones head for the big smoke. But we have an absolute plethora of narrow winding country roads to flit round. I will do a ride a give you a view of the countryside here. It will be fun.
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Please do, we need good stories and photos to help us all get passed all the bad vibes that are whirling around our forum. Would love to see the Aussie country side.

The modify a line from the movie The Shawshank Redemption.
Get busy riding or get busy dying. So let's get out and ride something.
 

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Wow, that's a many people dream of making and It's in your backyard. Yo do live up to you name, WillRide. I have ridden those same roads, in was 35 yrs ago, on the same bike that I rode today. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
 

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I took the high roads today. I went east going through the national forest and the hills and valleys. We are in the last foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and it makes for some great riding. Total miles today was 70. Also dropped in on my old friend Bill who has his own private junkyard.
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This was my dream bike as a kid... never happened though.
It's a great bike that's why I have kept it so long. I stopped riding for a long time, twenty years, the Yamaha took a long nap inside the back of my store. I was busy raising four kids and running my business. Then in 2010 the big C word came into my life. That's when I decided it was time to get busy living or get busy dying, I chose living and enjoying life which means riding motorcycles. I'm doing fine and so is my bike.
 

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Rode to the top of the canyon by my house, about 7000ft at top. Got 300 miles on her now! Quite envious of everyone with 60 degree plus weather. Tried to get into the parking lot where everyone unloads their sleds but too much snow for the scout. View attachment 6413
How do you do it? I'm gona close the back door and put on long pants after looking at that photo.
 

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It was 42 degrees when I rolled the bike out of the garage this Sunday morning. A moderately warm day, but the skies were cloudy and gray and I wasn't at all sure about going. It's been 3 weeks since I've been out for a ride and I'm at the edge of what little sanity I have left. The hubs left for Cleveland this morning, so I was on my own today for a 120 mile ride with the Polar Bears. (No, not the ones that jump in the ocean.) These Polar Bears ride motorcycles, all kinds and brands, every Sunday from late October to early April. It's a different destination each week (some kind of eating establishment) and points are awarded for mileage. Today's destination... the Pic-A-Lilli, in Shamong, NJ.

As I headed south on Rt. 130 the skies brightened and the temperature warmed. No need to turn the heated gear on, just a little heat on the grips. Billy Joel was serenading me on the ipod and I was in the groove. The snow on the farmlands of southern NJ was melting away and the air smelled of dirt and decomposing hay... Spring is near! The sun began to break out from behind the clouds as I merged onto Rt. 206. I met up with some fellow bears and then we were 3.

It was turning out to be an awesome day for a ride. I love this bike like no other. It glides through the turns effortlessly... and the power of this engine, well... you know don't you?

Ah well, an hour-and-a-half of blissful riding later..., I was 2 miles from the destination site. Here come all the Polar Bears. It looks like a good turnout today. Time for some lunch with friends.

Here are some pics from the parking lot.

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Great story I felt like I was there. What a turnout, the only way we could get so many bikers in one place is to have free beer and a wet t-shirt contest.
 

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71 wonderfully warm degrees in Raleigh NC. Finally some riding weather at long last! Bikes were everywhere & a good thing it was too, as the rest of the week is pretty much of a wash out. The Big Guzzi got plenty of attention, waves, horn honks etc. The questions, for the most part, consisted of variations of: " What Is That?
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Sorry to say, no riding so far this week. Damed thing called a job is in my way. I'm looking forward to the start of daylight savings days when I can get in some riding after work.
 

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You know, I tend to do more things like that when on my bike. I'm saying things like visiting friends and family, and stoping to look at things and meet people along the road. When riding I don't hurry like when in a car to get where I'm going, it's like the trip is what's important not just how fast I can get there. I bet you know what I'm saying.
 

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Yes a ride along the gulf to Hudson Beach Fl. Not much of a beach, but good old Sam's Beach Bar nice place to stop for a cool one and some lunch. Almost shared it with some Terns right out of Alfred Hitchcock, made me think of the PETA crowd everything cute is not always a pet. Then again I listened to the cows and was having chicken and perhaps that is what upset them. Now that I re-consider I was wrong should have ordered tofu instead. Well the ride was nice the weather a tad on the chilly side, Still it beats listening to world events and the adventures of ISIS Wouldn't it be great to turn on the tube some morning and hear that the good old USA along with the UK stopped appologizing for introducing indoor plumbing to a large part of the world. Instead we could start giving the parts of the world begging for an ass kicking just what they have begged for. Get an entire generation to stop playing Call of Duty and learn about what it means to Do ones Duty serve something bigger then the self. Now that would be a reason to ride. Shit I know Im Dreaming, to bad though.
What bike are you riding? Send some photos, Gulf Coast is a feast for the eyes, especially in the winter months, no tourists clogging up the white sand beaches.
 

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Sharp bike. My wife doesn't ride anymore the solo seat is all i need now. Thanks for the invite, I plan to ride to Pensacola more than once this year I'll give you a heads up before. Have you been to Peg Legs on the island, loved their shrimp and cold beer.
 

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Every day; cause, you know, it's a long walk to the office. This morning, for instance, to yoga about seven; then to the office, picking up breakfast on the way. Brisk; but not bad for February. Yesterday was colder. Tomorrow will be the acid test, as it's sposed to be nine degrees. Once the temps hit single digits, it gets dicey trying to start a bike after sitting parked in the open outside the office all day. Oil gets thick and battery gets weak. Real tough to start around five Fahrenheit. Usually on the KLR all winter.
Dam Web I just thought I was tough, you're a madman. I once rode my bike, a 1965 Honda CB 160 , for 175 miles at night. The temp was 38 when I started and dropped down to 25 by the end. I was only 16 yrs old and thought I was bulletproof back then but that night took me down a notch or two.
 

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Quinn, glad you made it through all the shit storms in the seventies. I didn't serve in the military but I have many friends who did and several brothers who were lost. I appreciate what you are doing nowadays and your service back then.
 
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