1. cleefurd

    cleefurd n00b

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  2. Usually2Up

    Usually2Up Adventurer

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    Thank you for your service. Good that you're back!

    Hope the future is a lot easier for you.
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  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    You have plenty of reason to know this better than almost anyone, but the words: I'm not so much afraid of dying as I am of not having lived, have always seemed like a pretty damn good reason not to put off whatever adventure is within my reach. I know that I'll have plenty of regrets at the end of my life. I just hope that they're the right ones.

    Go for it!
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  4. Woods Rider

    Woods Rider X-Crazed Racing Fool

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    Awesome thread.

    You will get this done and dip your toes in that water some day soon!

    Let me know if you need any help.
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  5. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger I used to be SCRay

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    Our lives have lots of downs, as you say, some dreadful. Life isn't fair or equitable, it's just what it is. Happy memories of what has been. Once you work out of the down, you can look forward with hope and back with a smile, and a tear - that's ok. The bikes are just one method that can help. Get 'there' geographically as well as mentally or spiritually. Good luck with all of this.
    And thanks for being so candid.
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  6. gefr

    gefr Life is a trip

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    Hi there,
    Wouldn't it be better to get the European headlight wiring harness, since you are going to mount the Euro headlight?
    Cheers.
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  7. offworlder

    offworlder Been here awhile

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    As a crescendo is a gradual increase in intensity, sounds like you are well on your way to a memorable and joyous performance indeed !
    And you could not have chosen a better steed for such a great journey - enjoy the now, and happy travellin' !
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  8. Monty_Burns

    Monty_Burns Excellent.

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    Subscribed :lurk
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  9. henryroten

    henryroten Been here awhile

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    You are going to love Neil Peart's book. He has a way with words that will keep you enthralled. His 'Letters to Brutus' chapters are pure poetry.

    Enjoy and welcome back!
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  10. Supahflid

    Supahflid Wheelieless

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    Wow. I too am thankful for your service. I am sorry for your losses, but I am encouraged by your strength and will to keep moving forward.

    Your fiance has great taste in music! :clapAs big a Rush fan as I am, I still haven't read Niel's books, so let us know how they are; I've heard mixed opinions.

    This is going to be a fun thread to watch!
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  11. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    I am inspired by your resolve. It is not how many times you fall ,but how many times you rise.
    Regards,Ed
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  12. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    It sounds like you have saved all the essential parts - both bike and body.

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


    Be smart. Ride the good path. Achieve your goal.

    Bring both yourself and your machine home safely.
    Your KTM is your new family. Be smart. Embrace the journey.

    God bless you... thank you for your service.
    We will be watching you.

    Q~
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  13. Iron Horse

    Iron Horse I Make Shit Up

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  14. Iron Horse

    Iron Horse I Make Shit Up

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    :lol3 River bag tech is just my term for a rubberized bag the rolls down to close. The first time I used such a bag was on float trips. I haven't found anything better for keeping the stuff inside dry.
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  15. Pistolero

    Pistolero W. F. O.

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    Thank you for your service and good luck on your journey :norton...

    If ever your travels bring you to TN drop me a line... You have a place to stay and a free meal.
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  16. Supahflid

    Supahflid Wheelieless

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    I think you will find a Spot useful for the purpose of allowing your family to know where you are at all times. The "Spot" device has a "help" button for dire emergencies.

    I use Wolfman soft luggage, specifically the Expedition saddlebags and large duffel. I bought their racks, including the reinforcing bar that goes between them, so I could add Roto paks for fuel or water and they seem very sturdy, although I haven't had anything but the bags hanging off of them. I really like the Wolfman saddlebags; they roll up nice and tight and are waterproof. I don't believe that the Giant Loop is waterproof, but I may be wrong about that.
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  17. Pistolero

    Pistolero W. F. O.

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    Nice! I'm from very close to there but live close to Nashville now. I used to shoot ALL the time down in Oakridge!

    I'm glad you got to see how us east TN folk blow stuff up :lol3... Boomsday is correct sir.

    Be sure to give me a shout if you come through. We would love to have you! I will soon have a garage (and a guest bedroom :deal) and I can help with any maintenance you require... good luck my friend. I'm subscribed and I hope you get up this way sometime.
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  18. GZERO

    GZERO Fixing stuff around

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    I would go with this one:
    http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=116


    You can write on twitter or facebook.
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  19. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Man it must be a small world.

    I shot on the Oak Ridge High Power Rifle team for years until I went to college. My dad still shoots with them. If you shot on the USMC team back when Top Corely was running it you shot with me.

    Big Ed's is still as good as ever. His son Paul was running it last I heard.
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  20. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Just wanted to say that your initial entry was so well written you may consider something in book form. Didn't read the whole thread and not sure if that has been already suggested.
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