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

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

  1. tcuguy

    tcuguy Adventurer

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    Pshhhh $1900...

    that gets you only 3 hookers in vegas for a total of a couple of hours each. How many hours did it take you to get to 15K and have to pay $1900?!

    ... thats right.
  2. 1960FL

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    Ahhhhhh Dennis!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    So when are the two of you gong drinking again? Shit I’ll buy it is sure to not be much more than a good Pay Per View and the seats will be way better.<o:p></o:p>
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    Glad to see you made home safe with the bruises coming from the Alcohol:freaky

    Looking forward to your next adventure.

    Rick
  3. 3B43

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    3 hookers for $1900? Not the two I talked too. They started at $1500.....of course, on a scale of 1-10, they were about 10.5! One of 'me was a 12!!!!!
  4. dand111

    dand111 n00b

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    Thank you a hundred times over AntiHero for your quite "heroic" efforts here. In a word, your report is "wonderful." (wander-ful) You are a maverick, an intellectual cowboy on an exotic, foreign, metallic horse (thoroughbred). Sorry, but there is nothing "anti-hero" about you. You are just one of so few straight-out freaking post-modern heroes! (Deal with that.) On top of that you have serious writing talents. So often your words hit resounding emotional chords.
    I kinda cringe a little bit at all the shots people take at those souls that choose to stay at home, raise families, or whatever their reasons may be for not rambling--that's their business regarding what they do or don't do or where they go or don't go. Do what you will with your life--after all, you're in charge. (at least for us who are fortunate enough to have been beneficiaries of those that have sacrificed everything for our freedom) Those of us that have the wanderlust, we roll on (and on, and on....) But that bug doesn't infect everyone. Hell, Immanuel Kant never left his hometown. (Although, in all fairness, if he had an Italian fire-breathing refined beast at his disposal it might have been a different story.) Thing is--some of us are sessile and some of us are tumbleweeds. Roll on dude! -dayll
  5. Stixx

    Stixx Fast for an Old Fart

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    Which dealer ? I'm still Jones's for a MS
  6. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    Jeez I got to start partying w/ U guys, I got short arms & deep pockets. And FWIW, I can go to DR for a week, party like a rock star, w/ at least 2 different chicken heads daily, and that $1900 includes air, hotel, food, drinks, Wepa:clap:freaky
  7. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    :eek1 If you do make it back to DC remind me to never bring up MMA in a discussion, I like having working thumbs and eating solid food :D
  8. musicman

    musicman Been here awhile

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    Ducshop in Atlanta does my non-warranty work. There are other excellent, independent Ducati shops around the country. I do hydraulic systems flush and oil changes myself, leaving the infrequent valve adjustments to the pros.
  9. prometheus rising

    prometheus rising Ghost In The Machine

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    Ducati has this backwards, they should be paying you. This RR has given them and their new bike a fortune in free publicity.
  10. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Thanks, guys! Would be cool if Ducati contacts me--if nothing more than to say, "hey, knock off the off-road shit, you're hurting Multi-Strada sales!". :)
  11. dm635

    dm635 I Roll

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    Just finished your RR. Great story and adventure. Don't see how some have read it overnight. Anyway, just got back into biking after being off while the kids grew and will plan some extended rides this coming season. Picked up a "78 beemer R80/7 in 8/12 and it should certainly be up to the task after my winter checkout/maint./re do. Will think of this story many miles from home. Keep rollin'
  12. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    When I finally got back to my old residence in LA I anticipated some shock. Being out on the road, traveling from place to place meant there were no yesterdays. The state of my life for the past six months has been one of constant anticipation--a series of present and near-future moments endlessly rushing at me. I couldn't get my head around all that coming to an end. So I hatched a backup plan: DENIAL! In this instance that translated into not stopping. I planned on heading down to San Diego for a few days while I tried to get my head around what I was going to do next. Prior to that I collided with my former life.

    I said at the beginning of the trip that when I left it was a suicide of sorts. That I knew I'd come back different. But I didn't really think about what would happen when my new self returned to the life of the old self. If the trip marked the death of previous me, my return meant I was a ghost returning to the past.

    When I finally arrived 'home' I was confronted with four years of accumulated yesterdays. And each of those 'yesterdays' contained no small amount of memories. And each of those memories had mental events attached to them. I knew it'd be a bit of a tangled mess!

    Take, for instance, the stairs. While living there, I never thought much about them except, "wow, these would hurt to fall down." But after not seeing them for so long memories of everything from trying to squeeze a king bed down them to sprinting up them, .45 in hand, after the front doors burst open in the middle of the night came flooding back.

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    The "Orange Surveillance Van" that I had named our wireless network after, just to fuck with our conspiracy-theory neighbors (the punchline was it was their van).

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    A lamp and a "Faust" painting that should always be inseparable:

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    Same goes for these:

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    And then there were a host of far more personal things, like the "Evil Cat" Quadtych I had drawn for my ex that brought far more than memories back:

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    Don't get me wrong, I wasn't pining away or sobbing on the bathroom floor (especially after seeing the Evil Cat fondling chickens and playing with matches). I wasn't struggling to find meaning in anything, nor was I wrapped around the 'what ifs' of the past. It was more profound than that and it took me until just now, staring at this paragraph, revising over and over, to isolate what I was experiencing: it was a reaction to the realization that actions and efforts may not ever be accumulative; there is a sequence and then the sequence stops. (Hmmm....maybe the only thing that does accumulate are experiences.) It wasn't regret that I was going through--it was the experience of hope lost.

    The trees in the backyard that had been nearly destroyed by the Santa Ana winds (the same ones responsible for blasting the front doors open in the middle of the night) while we watched transformers explode from the balcony were now full and lush. Proof enough that life goes on and damage is rarely permanent.
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  13. flyinturbo

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    Take the personal, irreplaceable stuff, toss it in storage along with a few mementos of your current journey, cut all the anchors free and keep on goin. Plan only the big parts of the next journey and let the rest unfold as you go. Keep the fire stoked under your creative stew and simmer till .... there really is no end to this.
  14. Pepemoto

    Pepemoto Road-slicer

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    Barney Stinson, is that you?
  15. wrecked'em

    wrecked'em satisfied enzyte user

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    thank you so much for the wonderful journey. i have to reread michel critchon travels.
    this has really been an insperation to me. thank you very much.
  16. 3B43

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    "....the experience of hope lost." Hmmm......................

    How many times have I looked back to my 'prior life' and wondered 'what if.....'

    What have I learned?

    EVERYTHING is definitions! And space junk has a habit of showing up when you least expect it!

    Advice? Yeah, look FORWARD! Can't change the past.....you only have control of your future!
  17. kneedrag

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    I believe the 15K service cost just shook me loose from purchasing one of these. My trusty R1200GS doesn't cost me that much even with over 50K miles of travel........:fyyff
  18. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Just been having a catch-up (been out the AH loop for a few). Still going strong I see.

    Keep me up-to-date on the progression of the book(s), mate. I'd be really pleased to help you promote and distribute it, in whatever format, via the Kriega Krewe network and my mates in the Industry. Come to think of it, I'm absolutely sure, I could get excerpts published in the UK and US bike media, if you wanted.

    I'll PM you my contact details again, in case you want to take me up on this. And - if you feel you have the need - the offer of some gear is still on the table. Just let me know where it shipped.


    Cheers,



    Michael
  19. Stixx

    Stixx Fast for an Old Fart

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    It doesn't matter what you do this on as long as it is what you want to be on. I get a lot of shit for riding a F 650 GS twin and amit that the name of it pisses me off for some reason, but I don't care because the bike is ME. That is in no small part of just one of the things so compelling about the Anti Hero RR. He rode his ride and overcame , simplified and put the bike where he wanted it to go. Someone once said in a post on another forum far away , just look where you want to go and take your bike with you. Now that is a speed racers idiom but it applies on other levels and describes for me what this guy proves in spades.

    That said, the ride report may have make a lull in Stada sales for the Pennigale, but the maintenance report made the case for the MS in my view. Both interesting bikes but I've been jonesin 'for a Strada ever since i demo'd one in Atlanta. With the intervals the same as the penigale but the effort (hours) required to accomplish said maintenance the strada squeaks past the pennigale for those plebean enough as I am to need assurances about outlay. This is from a guy who put 40+K on an R 1200 RT in less than 18 months and spent in the neighborhood of 12K for tires maintenance and parkles at one dealership in the Atlanta area. That was a wake up for me. Adventure be damned I gotta eat and 12 grand put a kink in my plow chain so that was when I popped for the F bike and pretty much do my own maintenance now and before long will even have my own tire changer . I like to ride not spend money so you gotta learn shit and do your own . That is pheasable on a little twin like the F bikes and or older air heads but the Beemers keep getting more and more sophisticated and that means techs need to be called on for maintenance mroe and more.

    OK I'm getting too wordy so I'll stop and read some more of this delicious RR and look forward to putting more out of town miles on the little Beemer going forward.
    :evil
  20. 3B43

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    Stixx, After 2.5 yrs of lusting, debating, cogitating, you get the pic, I finally bought the bike.....a '12 MultiStrada! I sold a hell'eva nice bike to buy her, but she's a magical m/c!!!!! Did I mention the bike is magical? It's the closest m/c to an angel and to a devil...kind'a of a combination of both (thanks for that line 'Eagles')!

    A buddy of mine built his own tire changer and I use it for my changes (the exception is TRACK tires!!!). It does sane $$$!