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

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

  1. Casey.

    Casey. Nerd on a bike

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    And to think... most people put that much on their cars every year, but it would be an indistinguishable back and forth squiggle over the same strip of road day after day.
    The 'loop around the US' is a far superior way to travel that distance :ricky
  2. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    Hmmm, Not

    While I've mostly lived on the Right coast, I was a ski bum in Colo. And that state is probably 1 of the easiest to draw, so Demetri's logic doesn't hold...
  3. danham

    danham Been here awhile

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    Nice bit of map-u-puncture and the easy to draw rule of thumb is great, but ...

    Check this out for a big exception. The history of square grids on the prairie, written by the guru of blue highways himself, William Least Heat-Moon. An amazing book:

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/a9r4uyq

    -dan
  4. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    Completely agree, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah....Nevada to. I bet I can draw them in my sleep, but they are my favorites. Plus AH, that would probably make Florida a Super State to visit.....but it's just okay. Then again I've been here most of my life. LOL
  5. ewaugh

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    So I'm thinking about selling my Supersport 800 and buying a Vstrom. I really don't know how you did it AH, you don't look short. My knees and hip are sore enough that walking hurts for a minute after about 3 hours on mine. I'm 6'2", and most bikes I sit on seem like they're made for someone with much shorter legs. But alas, I can't afford a multi and my knees won't let me take the Italian out AH style.So anyway, need to do some wandering...
  6. AntiHero

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    I know Colorado is lovely and other states that are squiggly are boring, but it's just a joke guys, not a dissertation.

    See 4:25.

    http://FunnyOrDie.com/m/n0v



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  7. flyingz06

    flyingz06 Been here awhile

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    im amazed at how many motorcycle stores are promoting this thread considering the amount of photoshop in it:ricky
  8. AntiHero

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    ? I think it's one of the most comfortable positions ever. Maybe the limbic resonance triggers some sort of anti-inflammatory biological response? :)

    There's a pretty significant difference between illusion/deception (photoshopping) and enhancement/correction. ;)
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  9. Casey.

    Casey. Nerd on a bike

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    I don't feel worthy of the "Nerd on a Bike" subtitle after this and several other things throughout your RR. :rofl
  10. 02Deuce

    02Deuce Where next?

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    Not to hijack the thread, but ewaugh, you should keep the 800 and buy a good used Vstrom. A tall buddy loves his. Btw, there is a really good article about "improving" the Vstrom in the February issue of Rider motorcycle motorcycle magazine. The accessories in this article are heated grips, special seat, nice exhaust, PIAA running lights, etc.
  11. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    Surprised you take us seriously! LOL
    I do have to say about the states, I think it is more of how long you have lived somewhere.
    I am from PR and visit regularly, live in florida and lots of people come down here and talk about how beautiful this paradise is, then complain about all the mountain roads they have to take to get to the closest gas station......when in fact, I would consider that paradise.
  12. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    I've enjoyed reading your thread. Perhaps I missed it...but I didn't see anything about you riding the Tail of the Dragon. Could this be true???
  13. BenZvan

    BenZvan N7

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    That looks like an awesome ride. I've gotten as far as plotting out a ride from Edinburgh to Hong Kong via the Orient Express and the Silk Road, but I doubt I'll ever actually do it.
  14. AntiHero

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    I rode it. The day Sandy brought a freezing rain storm through NC.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=808437&page=55
  15. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Bad day for riding the Dragon. Under normal conditions it is nice to experience the ride from both directions.
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    Stixx Fast for an Old Fart

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    Is it just me and my left brain focus but does anyone else find it amusing that the tracks of your trip with " An Italian Supermodel" take final form in the shape of a big beautiful Italian red smiling lips...............jusayin
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    Look into the used Multistrada market. The older ones are 2-valve, air cooled simplicity. The "S" model has Ohlins suspension and great brakes. I'd suggest the Tiger 1050, too. :wink:
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    Just finished up your thread AH, amazing reading and I am so glad I StubledUpon it randomly. Just a thought about future trips, have you ever considered starting an account on a fundraising site? I can't speak for anyone else on here, but I know I would donate some cash to keep reading your RR's...Just a thought...Again, love your story, and I am super bummed its over. :cry

    Also was bummed you missed Zion National Park and the southern canyon land areas in Utah, thats some beautiful country.
  19. pilot3

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    The quality of the book is outstanding and the content.......Awesome, awesome, awesome!

    My wife and son never read the thread but the book was on the counter for only a minute before both of them started going through it, remarking how spectacular the photos are.

    Thank you again AntiHero.

    p3
  20. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Hmmm....is there an outstanding warrant out for you in Florida?