Coast to Coast (and back?) with an Italian Supermodel

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Errr, I think you missed the video and are only making things worse for yourself.
  2. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    "he stated before he photoshopped some:nod So no need to call my putz.

    plus do you really think the coyotes would get that close to the bike and him (the cover photo)??? if you do you drank the Kool-Aid"


    Damm, how does this type of personality happen?
    This thread:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=927573
    was killed with BS like this.
  3. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    You don't know much about coyotes, do you? The only Photoshopping I know of removed some license plates/holders and poles for aesthetic purposes, and for which the author duly offered full disclosure. From reading his two threads, I 'know' Dennis to be insightful, talented, confident, and maybe even occasionally abrasive. "Intellectually dishonest" is not a description, however, that comes to mind.

    The original moniker stands. :ken
  4. Shesaid

    Shesaid Been here awhile

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    I have to stand by Trane on this one: not only do you not have much experience with coyotes, but particularly the ones in Death Valley/eastern California.

    I've had them eating out of my hand before too. They're pretty desensitized to people, especially people with food.
  5. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    LOL.....
    Oh yeah, keep up the good work AH on your other thread as well!
  6. Dilligaf0220

    Dilligaf0220 Miserablist

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    You caught him. Thank you for being the smartest cookie in class.
    And on behalf of the rest of the Kool Aid drinkers, thank you for not outing AH for really doing this trip on a KLR...and only banging fat chicks.



    Though I am still kinda pissed at Dennis, between him & Vice it's next to impossible now to get a good piece of raw horse at what was my favourite charcuterie !
    You can't swing a dead horse in there anymore without knocking off somebody's Wayfarer's, ugh.
  7. Platinumgrit

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  8. Platinumgrit

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    Dilligaf... a fine name. This forum needs the ability to upvote posts. In the case of yours, multiple times.
  9. Grim R

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    It's cool. I'll send Loki by with the paperwork. (It's a stupid nick I've have for a very long time)

    Just spent the last few days reading this adventure. Good stuff. Riveted to it to the point of having to be dragged away a couple times by my better half.
    I was born in Detroit and it always makes me sad then angry when I see MSC and what's become of it. I'm old enough to have been in it before it was abandoned but it was still well beyond its hay day.
    I'm trying to confirm but my cousin may have cooked one of your meals while you were there.
    I wish I had caught this before you came through GA. I was actually in Savannah for work when you came through. Next time you make it out this way if your into aviation, the museum in Warner Robins is worth the stop. http://www.museumofaviation.org
    It's funny how much bikes were apart of my parents lives till the 70,s and they have some incredible friends that have been wining racers and competed in events at Isle of Mann, held world speed records and even Dot Robinson that I was around as a child but how hard mom fought me getting a bike that it wasn't till this year I did. It took a wake up call that included a jump start and three stents for me to stop living to please others.

    I managed to get to the Barber Vintage festival this year and it's hooked me in the same manner as it did you. What an amazing place.

    Dreaming of taking off for a few weeks this spring after the read. It will be to my wife's surprise I may be sitting on Key west on New Year's Day if my wheel bearings get here in time. Eventually I'll get her out on it. lol
  10. KHVol

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  11. AntiHero

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    Dude, that's your mom and dad?

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    No wonder she didn't want you getting a bike....she herself knows how much adrenaline runs through your blood!

    (Speaking of family, I'm guessing your cousin works at Slows?)
  12. AntiHero

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    So cool.

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  13. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    Loved this RR and particularly liked the clarity with which you write with when talking about the realities and revelations you found on the road. A little polishing to smooth out the edges we can develop in life.
  14. Grim R

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    No that's Joe and Alma at the isle tt.
    Mom uses stories about Bob (who now owns the Ducati Triumph dealer in Detroit) crashing at 274 mph on the stream liner triumph. He crashed trying to get the title back from Don Vesco and big red, the stream liner you probably saw at Barber on the top of the wall in the basement. Some how That was relatable to the street. She does have a good high side story where she about ripped the back of her calf off and has some good scars from that. Was a couple other wrecks she and other members of the club were in. Dad managed to total a pickup in Macon ga in 61 on his 58 beemer. Folded the bars around the head light.

    I'm trying to get the 61 BMW back that replaced that bike back. Mom sold it in 83 to keep me off it. This is that bike when it was for sale 1.5 years ago. John still hasn't got back to me about it so the current owners must not be ready to sell.
    http://www.motorcycle-house.com/Motorcycle-makes/BMW/1961-BMW-R69S-105209051.html
    This is another of my dad's old bikes it out near you now. The top pictures my dad took when the day he bought it.
    http://weissundblau.blogspot.com/2013/12/r5175-history-now-complete.html

    Cousin:

    The place you got the salmon after Cranbrook. Cuz has posted pictures where he plated simular. He's now the executive chef at John D Bistro. Hasn't got back to me to tell me if he made that.

    You should have hit the Henry ford museum while you were there they have Edison's actual workshop there. It's pretty cool.
    Here is a site with a lot of Detroit history in if you get board. Like Detroit, it's in decay and half working and hard to navigate. Lol
    http://www.detroityes.com/tour-detroit.php
  15. Stravoxylo

    Stravoxylo Been here awhile

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    and now from left field.....

    as I sit here reading this RR, a guy on a Panigale, with a Kriega backpack, just made a right onto 145th off 7th avenue.

    I'm following along a year behind, more or less, so no idea of AH's whereabouts at the moment.

    But if you are in NYC.... stop in for a visit.
  16. wildmanlex1

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    I saw a copy JAN 14 Bike magazine with your article on the cover.....

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    at the city center mall in BAHRAIN, so I snagged the last one! !
  17. Tandem

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    New user here, signing up just to say this was an incredibly inspiring journey! I'm really glad you made this thread as I'm now looking forward to my own tour of the US, though that may not happen for a good 5 to 10 years yet, lol (I'm young and poor, sue me).

    I was happy you got around to Montreal as I live there. It's a great city and so is the surrounding region despite Quebec roads not being in the best condition.

    I was surprised you didn't make it out to the maritimes, though. I and my buddies did the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia this summer and I believe you really missed out on an epic and beautiful trail with some of the best twisties ever! I'm sure you've been through some awesome roads on your trip, but if you ever head back up there, it's definitely something to check out!

    Said buddies and I are in our mid-20's, so we don't exactly have much money, but we're making do with sports bikes from the 80's and still managing to get in some good trips here and there. Nothing like this, though. We'd really like to just travel all over the world, but... you know... resource constraints and all that make it tough to do more than one big 1- to 2-week trip per year. Your trip's been hella inspiring, though. Giving us early cabin fever by not being able to ride in winter and all that. :lol3

    Anyway, although I've read up to page 100 to far (and I may have missed it), I haven't really seen an in-depth write-up about the bike. I think you mentioned making one at some point, though I haven't spotted it. I think it would be really cool if you did one!

    Well, just wanted to say all that. Good luck on your future trips, eh? Keep on biking. :D
  18. Tandem

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    Ah, correction to the above. I read your account of the Pani R, so that's cool, lol.

    I am perplexed, though. Do they break-in those Panis before use, or is it just roll out and gun it from the get-go with 0km on the odo? And what happens after? Do these bikes go into dealerships as demo rides or something? Curious to know!

    Well, it's ok if you don't have the answer. Just reading your account has me more than satisfied with it all. :D
  19. AntiHero

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    Stravoxylo: Where I am will remain a secret for now, but I'm not in NYC. Next time, though...

    Tandem: I wish I was your age when I read http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=460631

    Proof you don't need a lot of money or mechanical knowledge to get around the world. Hell, you don't even need boots.... Long distance travel on a bike seems intimidating and scary, but it can be done, even on a tight (or non-existent) budget. Do it now and your life will change dramatically. Wait until the time is right and it will never come.

    As for the R's--Not sure if they do a dyno break-in at the factory or not, the bikes as-delivered definitely didn't have the mileage reading the factory manual suggested prior to rev-limit-bouncing.

    Here's my 'review' of the Panigale. http://rideapart.com/2013/01/rideapart-review-ducati-1199-panigale-s/

    Wildman--I'll see you when you're back in the states.
  20. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    I think the biggest risk here is that when we think the time is right, it's actually well past when it would make the biggest difference. We grow by stepping outside our comfort zone, wherever/whenever/however that may be. Wait until the idea strikes and then, as long as the risk is manageable, run with it.

    You embarked on your journey when you were ready. :D