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Old 06-25-2012, 10:31 AM   #16
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I met Rollergirl about 7 years ago and immediately fell in love with her smile.


"Does this sign make my hair look messy?"

She had never ridden a motorcycle and I hadn't ridden for quite a while. We watched the Long-way-round together (thanks Ewan and Charlie) and decided we wanted to get a big offroad-capable touring bike. We did a bit of research and decided on a KTM 990 Adventure. Thank you to everybody on Advrider for providing far too many hours worth of "research". Next on the agenda was figuring out how to buy a 990, as the economy, and my business, was collapsing. A few weeks later, a nice young man in a Honda civic came up with a great idea on how to help us achieve our goals. He T-boned me in my Dodge truck and rolled me into a ditch.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:09 PM   #17
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No injury to me, but I made sure to call Rollergirl while I was still upside down in the ditch and let her know that I was ok, the truck was dead, and that we might be getting our bike. The insurance company gave me a check for the truck. I was able to pick up a shiny-never-dropped-never-off-road slightly used 990 (with those big grey picnic boxes too) and an older, cheaper truck.

After numerous short adventures two up on the 990, Rollergirl got tired of having to help drag me and the 990 out of the trouble I had got it into.


"Sorry baby. Why would anyone lock the gate at the end of a fun ride?"


"Sorry baby. It didn't look deep."

She said that I had better make a plan for getting her a bike.



Or else......
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:45 PM   #18
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Being a cheap bastard, I happily started teaching her how to ride on an old xr150 that I had bought hoping that I could someday teach my daughter to ride. Rollergirl picked up riding quickly and requested a big-girl bike. Back to Adv to see what bikes other guys thought their significant other should be riding. Tossing all advice aside, I picked up this little beauty.




"This will be a great learner bike baby!"
"You're feet can both touch the ground!"
"No my love, nobody is going to laugh at you."
"Yes it needs a new top end, but..."
"No it doesn't have electric start."
"No, you don't NEED an electric start, baby."
"Yes, I know that my bikes have electric start."
"Yes, I know that my bikes also have heated grips and TrailTricked suspension."
"It is a learner bike, my sweetheart, and your feet can touch the ground!"
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:19 PM   #19
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So Rollergirl put a new top end in it and rode it for a few thousand miles!












We rode to Mammoth all the way on dirt. We rode all over northern Baja. I made her laugh and I also made her cry. She hated kickstarting the damn thing, but loved the places that it took her.

We used to live where this happened:




And now we live where this happens:


Toby and little Whynowthen
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:29 PM   #20
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Soon she got tired of kickstarting the XT and having well-meaning people laugh at her and her road helmet and borrowed safety gear. We started test riding some proper offroad bikes.


Here she is test riding a Beta 450 with Adv hero Riceless950.
She loved that bike!

Rollergirl had passed all the tests, I mean adventures, that I had thrown at her.
And, my Mom told me that women prefer stability, so the next time we where here:




I asked Rollergirl to marry me.
She said "of course YES!"
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:42 PM   #21
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We planned a little wedding at our house. My parents just happened to be visiting from South Africa. Rollergirl is a California native, so most of her family agreed to come.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:00 PM   #22
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This is me showing up to the reception:




This is Rollergirl on her way to our wedding reception on her new-to-her xcw 250 (plated).








Assorted wedding pics. I tried to exclude the pics of me with tears in my eyes.

























Thank you to everybody that came to wish us well.



Rollergirl, Thank you so much for being in my life. Thank you so much for putting up with my moto-fetish. Thank you for sharing adventures with me. Thank you for being my wife. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for putting up with me! I love you more than you could ever imagine!

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Old 06-25-2012, 05:01 PM   #23
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:45 AM   #24
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In the next installment:

"Where exactly are you taking me on our honeymoon?"

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Old 06-26-2012, 08:53 AM   #25
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!!!!! Alphonicas (sp) !!!!

Have safe and happy life together!!!!

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Old 06-26-2012, 10:39 AM   #26
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Yes, Rollergirl has a great smile!
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:55 AM   #27
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:18 PM   #28
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where is the trials tire?
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:25 PM   #29
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where is the trials tire?
That's not my bike!
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:50 PM   #30
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That's funny you asked, I just checked some of the other pics, and I didn't have a trials tire on then.

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