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Forum: Europe 09-14-2012, 12:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,003
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Wow, well thanks for all the help guys. Tomorrow...

Wow, well thanks for all the help guys. Tomorrow is the big day - I'm leaving for Belgium. Terrifying! I'll definitely let you know how it goes. I've got a suitcase jam-packed with motorcycling gear...
Forum: Europe 09-09-2012, 05:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,003
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Thanks for the tip, BGil. There are some pretty...

Thanks for the tip, BGil. There are some pretty promising bikes on those sites. I'm definitely going to stuff my helmet and jacket and all into my bags. :evil

Now I just have to figure out...
Forum: Europe 09-03-2012, 04:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,003
Posted By ShadesOfGray
OK, thanks for the tip. I'll put German on the...

OK, thanks for the tip. I'll put German on the backburner for now.

Onward and upward.

If I were interested in buying a cheapish used bike, where would I look? Is there a craigslist...
Forum: Europe 09-02-2012, 07:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,003
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Another question: How much German is spoken in...

Another question:
How much German is spoken in Brussels? I've been working on my French some, but since I'm there for such a long time, I'd like to try to learn some German as well. Is that...
Forum: Europe 09-01-2012, 12:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,003
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Hey BGil, Thanks for the heads up, but I don't...

Hey BGil,
Thanks for the heads up, but I don't arrive for another 2 weeks or so. I'm still hoping to find a bike and do some riding once I'm there, though, so keep me posted!
-Will
Forum: Europe 08-21-2012, 07:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,003
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Cool man. Hopefully I'll get a bike figured out...

Cool man. Hopefully I'll get a bike figured out and we can go for a ride! I will look forward to it.



Yeah. Yeeeeah. I've really only extensively loaned/borrowed/rented bikes with people who...
Forum: Europe 08-16-2012, 10:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,003
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Looking to rent/borrow/buy a bike in Belgium

Hey ya'll,
I had a thread here a while back, but it has gone the way of the dodo. Anyway, in a month I'm headed to Brussels for the better part of a year. Last year I went to Australia and got...
Forum: Europe 04-01-2012, 10:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,315
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Wow, you guys are AWESOME! I'd have thought...

Wow, you guys are AWESOME! I'd have thought myself lucky if I found one or two people who know or live in the area, but it seems there are many.

Mostly I've done street riding and touring. I love...
Forum: Europe 03-12-2012, 06:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,315
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Anyone in Brussels?

Hey ya'll,
I just found out that I'm headed to Brussels (Belgium) in September for 9 months of research work on a very prestigious scholarship. After spending much of my time in Australia (several...
Forum: Ride reports 06-12-2011, 03:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 460
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Wicked Coastal ride: Southeastern Australia

Well, I got off on a little 3 day jaunt this weekend and managed to take some decent pictures, so I figured I'd share my story a bit.

I'm an American grad student who got an awesome summer gig...
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2009, 07:26 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 16,784
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Great story. You're lucky to have a hot partner...

Great story. You're lucky to have a hot partner to ride around on your hairbrained adventures. Most chicks are either hot, or into motorcycles, not both. Hot chicks are too delicate and bitchy to...
Forum: Ride reports 06-17-2009, 10:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By ShadesOfGray
I left Ginnie Springs early the next morning...

I left Ginnie Springs early the next morning (Thursday) and hit the road. I was still taking backroads at this point, but when I stopped for lunch, I was lucky enough to see the weather forecast on...
Forum: Americas 06-16-2009, 02:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 842
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Jeez, that really sucks. Sorry to hear about the...

Jeez, that really sucks. Sorry to hear about the bike.

I've had a few breakdowns on trips - spark plug boot came loose, spark plug gave up the ghost, front brake pads died, etc. Nothing too...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 06-16-2009, 02:33 PM
Replies: 2,193
Views: 815,439
Posted By ShadesOfGray
From a 3-day trip to the dragon: Just...

From a 3-day trip to the dragon:
Just saddlebags and a tankbag. Didn't do any camping.
http://www.ex-500.com/gallery/1765_04_11_08_7_46_26.jpg

From a more recent tirp to the smokies, nashville,...
Forum: Americas 06-16-2009, 08:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 639
Posted By ShadesOfGray
You ever think about getting a SPOT GPS? ...

You ever think about getting a SPOT GPS?

traveling in groups is for chumps. :D I much prefer riding solo, so I put my folks at ease by carrying SPOT with me.

But then, I'm only 22 - not so old...
Forum: Americas 06-16-2009, 07:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Here's my route as I've got it figured out right...

Here's my route as I've got it figured out right now.

Basically I'm trucking straight to Lynchburg, VA, and then getting on the Blue Ridge Parkway near there.

I stay on that through Skyline...
Forum: Ride reports 06-15-2009, 04:22 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,406
Posted By ShadesOfGray
http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/3104/pict6869web....

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/3104/pict6869web.jpg

This photo is priceless. I wish I'd had cool parents. I'm 22 and my parents still bug me all the time aobut motorcycling. Safety this and...
Forum: Ride reports 06-15-2009, 12:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By ShadesOfGray
As dusk came on the second day of riding, I was...

As dusk came on the second day of riding, I was on highway 60 headed for Vero Beach. In case you're not familiar with it, Highway 60 headed towards Vero Beach is without a doubt the straightest,...
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2009, 02:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Ok. So anyway. I finally set off from Nashville,...

Ok. So anyway. I finally set off from Nashville, taking old highways headed south for Florida. Since I wasn't using the interstates, I had two pretty full days of riding ahead of me. I'd never ridden...
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2009, 08:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Nashville, TN to Vero Beach, FL and back

First, two disclaimers:
1. This is not a very epic trip by the standards of a lot of you guys. It involves no foreign countries, little or no off-road riding, and no locusts, hail-mixed-with-fire,...
Forum: Americas 06-13-2009, 11:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Hammock tents are the ultimate solo summertime...

Hammock tents are the ultimate solo summertime camping, in my opinion. They set up fast and pack down tiny, you don't need a sleeping pad, they're super comfortable, and if you're a hot sleeper, you...
Forum: Americas 06-12-2009, 09:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Dude, that would be sweet. I got an offer from a...

Dude, that would be sweet. I got an offer from a guy in NJ to let me park my bike at his house and then take the metro system in, but I'd love to have the bike nearby in case I get an itch to ride....
Forum: Americas 06-09-2009, 07:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By ShadesOfGray
P.S. I'd also be open to any ideas about what...

P.S. I'd also be open to any ideas about what roads to take on the way up and back, and anything twisty that might be worth a detour. I'm planning on spending 2 or 2.5 days each way, so I've got time...
Forum: Americas 06-09-2009, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,040
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Did you make it to the skyway? It's my favorite...

Did you make it to the skyway? It's my favorite road in the area!
Forum: Americas 06-09-2009, 05:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By ShadesOfGray
Hmm.. No advice on whether or not to take...

Hmm..

No advice on whether or not to take the bike into the city?

No advice on where to park?

:cry
Forum: Trip Planning 06-09-2009, 08:29 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 11,594
Posted By ShadesOfGray
The Cortech saddlebags are a great option, for...

The Cortech saddlebags are a great option, for only about $100.

Before I got my cortech sport saddlebags, I went on a 1,300+ road trip (and other shorter trips) with just a tankbag, and with a...
Forum: Americas 06-08-2009, 07:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By ShadesOfGray
NC to NYC

Hey,
Just to introduce myself: I'm a 22-year-old aerospace engineering grad student. I've been riding for about 2 years. I currently ride a 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 500R. I've got about 18,000 miles...
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