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Forum: Trip Planning 10-21-2014, 05:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By BirddogVet
Addendum

This really all came to mind while trying to break the bead on a Trailwing 8k mile ridden rear tire. Under prime conditions, I was cursing, sweating, and having just a jolly ol' time of it.
While...
Forum: Trip Planning 10-19-2014, 05:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By BirddogVet
TMeditations on the Cost of Security

How secure are you? I asked myself that question while deciding on whether or not to put on a centerstand. I would have the security of wheel changing at the cost of extra weight.
What is needed to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-14-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,899
Posted By BirddogVet
Fell in Love with the DR

Rented a DR 650 in San Jose, Costa Rica last year. Going around Lake Arenal to Monteverde was an eye opening experience.

If you have any bike problems Wild Riders Rentals in San Jose right in the...
Forum: Vendors 10-14-2014, 05:00 AM
Replies: 753
Views: 157,069
Posted By BirddogVet
I'll bite...... heading to the website. ...

I'll bite......
heading to the website.
Dave
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2014, 05:27 AM
Replies: 483
Views: 96,712
Posted By BirddogVet
Another reader offering condolences. Just...

Another reader offering condolences.

Just to note:
You can take a helmet as carry on. I have done so after calling ahead of the international flight and had no problem at TSA.

Does...
Forum: Americas 09-02-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,221
Posted By BirddogVet
+1

+1
Forum: Americas 09-01-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 615
Posted By BirddogVet
Muchas Thanx for all of your helpful replies. I...

Muchas Thanx for all of your helpful replies. I will keep you posted within the limitations of my tablet.

And I'll take into consideration all the advice provided.

My Honda Shadow was...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 615
Posted By BirddogVet
Itinerary....

Early Sunday morning ride through downtown Chicago heading SE to Indiana 30 E.
Through Indiana 30 to Van Wiert, Ohio taking 127 S. to 33 E. The idea is to angle between Columbus and Dayton, OH. 33...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 615
Posted By BirddogVet
Blue Ridge Parkway Planned

In the process of breaking in my new Suzuki DR650, I have BRP in my sights.
I was supposed to go two weeks ago, but got rear ended by a Ford Murano. After the bike was checked out, it seems DR=1...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,382
Posted By BirddogVet
Stick with the bike you know. Route 50,...

Stick with the bike you know.

Route 50, the loneliest road in America has been walked from coast to coast. Your CB will do fine.

The biggest obstacle is not the material (bike or gear)...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,221
Posted By BirddogVet
Contrarian View.... There is always the good...

Contrarian View....
There is always the good old stanby ' a cell phone and a credit card.'
And in that same thought, if you buy a cheap used bike and if she dies, leave her.

...
Forum: Americas 07-16-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 320
Posted By BirddogVet
Recommended Reading

Heading south of the U.S. Border? Well have I come across a book for you!
If Latin America is in your plans, then the "People's Guide to Mexico" is an excellent book. This guide takes off where the...
Forum: Americas 06-30-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 436
Posted By BirddogVet
OOps

Make that the Ride Reflections 11/13/2013.
Gives a full detail report of the trip.
contact for any additional info you might think of.
Forum: Americas 06-30-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 436
Posted By BirddogVet
Did similar in 2013

Rented the DR650 through Wild Riders in Feb. of 2013. The trip was a great change from riding USA asphalt.
For eight days you can go counter clockwise around Lake Arenal and finish off hitting...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-08-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,500
Posted By BirddogVet
Getting Lost

I am guilty.
While my dreams are for extended days on the road, the reality of every day responsibilities holds me down.
I numb the disappointment by looking to acquire every knick knack that...
Forum: Americas 03-31-2014, 05:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,250
Posted By BirddogVet
Wouldn't It Be Nice?

At the end of that long day of riding, wouldn't it be nice if the 'curry' motel manager was able to offer some of their dinner? Believe me, I have asked. After inhaling those fragrant aromas, it...
Forum: Americas 03-30-2014, 03:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,250
Posted By BirddogVet
hostel mentality

Light and quick dry clothing is the hostel traveler mentality. For outer heavier wet gear, that's what bunk bed posts are designed for. :)
Forum: Americas 03-29-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,250
Posted By BirddogVet
Economical U.S. Accomodations ?

After having done some recent travel in Latin America and Europe, I feel that the 'States' have a hole between camping and motel prices.
In the age of apps like Motel, HotelTonight, and...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-28-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,500
Posted By BirddogVet
Wicked Adventure

The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines Adventure as.... 'risk, danger, daring enterprise, hazard, imperil, dare to go.'

The Adventurer puts the heat on in the imagination. The dream begins to...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-20-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,500
Posted By BirddogVet
Back

What do you do after your 'ultimate' ride?
What can ever match the experience and excitement of that last trip?
My reply is to do whatever it takes to get those adventure juices flowing.
My...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-16-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,500
Posted By BirddogVet
Wow Replies

I would never have thought that starting a thread 'in jest' would have generated such great varied responses. Thanks guys.

For me, I am in the battle of trying something totally different....
Forum: Trip Planning 12-25-2013, 05:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,500
Posted By BirddogVet
:)

And a Happy New Year.
Forum: Trip Planning 12-23-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,500
Posted By BirddogVet
Do Not Pull Out a Road Map

Nothing gets the imaginative juices flowing quite like picking up a map. You end up hooked if that map shows enough of the geographical minutia to make the roads seem challenging. You are doomed if...
Forum: Ride reports 11-13-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 785
Posted By BirddogVet
Oh Yeah

Enjoyed the video.
Good to hear another soul putting the sexy in 60.
May I ask what software/system you used to put your video together?
Forum: Ride reports 11-13-2013, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 937
Posted By BirddogVet
San Jose Traffic

Big City traffic can be a test of nerves. Frankly, we had no problem getting out of San Jose, C.R. at midday. The roads north and west out of town towards Poas were well marked and traffic even...
Forum: Ride reports 11-10-2013, 02:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 495
Posted By BirddogVet
Splitting So. Peru in Two, Solo

Day 4: Peeing downwind at what seemed to be the top of the world, I could not help but feel elated. Wearing wet wool socks, I was alone in the clouds, except for the wind, the cold air, and a rented...
Forum: Trip Planning 07-24-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 38,585
Posted By BirddogVet
and suddenly......

just minding my own business, taking in the ride and a tune fills my helmet. I usally start whistling (anything from opera to any of the forementioned). Last tune I recall was "I'm Walkin' to New...
Forum: Americas 07-17-2013, 02:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,501
Posted By BirddogVet
fond memories

....the Lake Michigan Circle tour was my first road trip. I enjoyed the Fayette Historic State Park in MI. Its a welcome stretch of the legs with some interesting preserved history. And available...
Forum: Equipment 07-03-2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,839
Posted By BirddogVet
Another 2 centavos

For another variation, I wear firehose cargo pants... armour underneath. The pockets make storage and security a non-issue.
There is also the fanny pack clamped around the mirrors for a fast...
Forum: Ride reports 03-10-2013, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 937
Posted By BirddogVet
Newbie Thanx

Always something to add....... after the fact.

GPS did not work very well on my Garmin hand held Oregon. When unsure or lost, I ususually ended up asking for directions. "Quiero ir a ......Que...
Forum: Ride reports 03-09-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 937
Posted By BirddogVet
Costa Rica Ride Reflections

Mission: Ride a bike during the winter off season. Rent a DR650 and explore Costa Rica. Just got back and here are some of my reflections.


Dos:
Read up. Have an idea of what you want to do...
Forum: Ride reports 02-26-2013, 05:55 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 358
Posted By BirddogVet
Costa Rican GetAWay

John and I are off to get away from this Chicago winter. Spring fever must to be avoided at all costs. Plan is to rend two DR 650s from Wild Rider in San Jose for a week, see the sights, ride the...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-14-2012, 03:06 PM
Replies: 10,251
Views: 3,301,087
Posted By BirddogVet
A contribution

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i417/BirddogVet/IMG_20120612_084059.jpg
No particular direction, just heading right.
First bike after too many years without.
Forum: Ride reports 12-14-2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6,739
Views: 2,089,278
Posted By BirddogVet
Another Fan

Magical. Delicious. Pretty neat, too.

If I might intrude with a couple of questions?

How did you manage to get the credit card companies to forgive the 3% international fee?

Crossing the...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 11-23-2012, 03:10 AM
Replies: 14,982
Views: 732,822
Posted By BirddogVet
2006 Honda Shadow Spirit. bought used 4th owner...

2006 Honda Shadow Spirit. bought used 4th owner in July of last year with 5.5 k and with no real personal biking miles, have since seen the odometer pass 30k.
Next year's goal is to see how far...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 11-21-2012, 12:59 AM
Replies: 14,982
Views: 732,822
Posted By BirddogVet
Introduction :new to posting

New to riding also, but managed to put on a few miles since last year. As an early riser and someone who prefers the solo ride, all I seem to get are vacant stares when mentioning bike travel. I try...
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