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Old 12-29-2012, 06:43 AM   #61
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I finished cancer treatment and realized I needed to be having more fun. So I took the MSF course and bought a Harley Heritage Softail. Say what you will about Harley's, but I loved that bike. I rode it all over creation, but kept seeing roads I couldn't go down. I did take it on gravel roads that I had no business being on, but finally realized I needed something else. I bought a Buell Ulysses. It was (a) too tall, and (b) left me by the side of the road three times in the space of two months. And the last time was the last straw since the ECM was back-ordered for six weeks. Bye, bye, Buell. Then I bought a Vstrom and joined Stromtroopers. Which led me here. Which led me to a WR250R.

This place is an amazing community. People are kind and supportive. I've learned a ton about working on bikes. The photography is jaw-dropping at times. The ride reports help me dream of adventures I may never get to take, then again I might. I've made a lot of friends through here. Met my SO through here.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:19 AM   #62
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Cool2 Peer pressure, I say!

The back of Motorcycle Consumer News lists events, and I showed up at the RMAR Rendezvous in Silverton, having almost no experience in off-pavement riding. Had a blast, but kept getting asked what my ADV Rider handle was. Got tired of explaining that I had no idea what people were talking about, so I checked it out and have been addicted ever since.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:16 AM   #63
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I bought a 2000, KTM, 400LC4e, I really didn't know much about the bike at the time. A little Googlefu on the subject and BAM! The LC4 thread is in my face. After I digested all that info, I made my way out into the rest of the site. FYYFF's!!
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:01 AM   #64
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I was looking at something for my 990 adv, in th OC. I find it really interesting, different opinions from all around the world, a great site!
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:31 AM   #65
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A friend told me about it. I had just got my first bike, Yamaha TW200.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:59 AM   #66
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Listening to someone on another bike forum constantly complain about this place. Said it was full of idiots, perverts, and blasphemers. Sounded like my kind of people so I came right over and for the last few years ADV, and especially JM, has taught me everything I ever wanted to know about anything.


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Old 12-31-2012, 06:22 AM   #67
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Sold some gun parts off another forum, guy turned out to live about a mile from me, be one of my customers, adn a fellow rider who told me about this site. Small world. I've changed jobs and he's still one of my customers, and a great guy.
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...full of idiots, perverts, and blasphemers. Sounded like my kind of people...
He didn't tell me that part, but he did tell me about the HOW, and while I had my 990 it was a valuable resource.

Oh, and Happy New Year to all you FFs!

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Old 12-31-2012, 07:14 AM   #68
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I've been expecting this answer:

"Me and my Bros was a-walkin' along one day we look down and spy this steamin' roach on th' ground and here we is...."

Have a great New Year!!!

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Old 12-31-2012, 10:39 AM   #69
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I came across Adv multiple times while searching for various motorcycle related things. I noticed the awesome sense of community here and became a long-time lurker. Life's pretty busy now, but I love to read about others' journeys and dream about making my own.

It wasn't til I was able to put together an RR of my own that I felt like I could really join and contribute. With one Blue Ridge trip under my belt, I can say I have a taste of what it's all about. Can't wait to make/share more memories with you folks. Meanwhile, keep the awesome RR's coming!

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Old 01-04-2013, 08:27 AM   #70
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I stumbled onto one of Colebatch's ride reports, sucked me right in.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:09 PM   #71
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I hate to admit it, but I blame Ewan and Charlie. I was off work a couple of months with a broken arm from mountain biking and a friend lent me the Long Way Round DVD set. It didn't take me long to find ADV afterwards.

As much as we love to make fun of their crew-supported journey, I know it fired up the imagination of at least this guy. And they, like Adventure Rider, inspired me to travel the world too. For that, I'm grateful. Thanks all!
How not to travel to South America- My wife and I ride part way to S. America
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:38 PM   #72
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I was a regular poster over in the suzuki two-stroke forum at ThumperTalk. I followed a link or two and became hooked. To be honest - it was the overwhelming support of ATGATT that got me to come back again and again.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:56 PM   #73
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After riding my Suzuki cruiser for 2+ years with guys on Ducati's and BMW's (and always being last in line on a ride), I decided to look into the GS/Mulitstrada regime. Multiple test rides and the realization that I missed some packed dirt riding made me choose the GS. The Multistrada made me do bad things! Plus I felt the GS a better fit for me considering some of the trails/roads I wanted to ride. Started looking up sites for the GS. Found this site and the rest is history. Lots of great info here and turned a "what the hell does that wrench do" guy into a "I can do that" wrencher.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:16 PM   #74
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I found a coupon for it in a pound of bacon that I bought.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:31 AM   #75
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I had a Honda XLV750, a pretty rare bike, and was roaming the internet for anything on the bike, and came across ADVRider not long after it started. I've seen it grow and expand, and there is always something here for me no matter what bike I ride.
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