Detroit to San Diego, Zen and the art of motorcycle negligence,

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by vermin, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. bavarian

    bavarian bavarian

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    Hilarious. Best ever! Gave me a completely new perspective on riding a bike.
  2. blemkan

    blemkan Adventurer

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    October 1st,2006. Plymouth, Mi.
    Amongst a sea of stock hardleys and custom ass jewlery at a "chili cook-off". Bikes parked tight. Except by that one. No one wanted to park too close to something like that. Lincoln grill, stickers galore("hair by helmut")eye burning paint. With hundreds of bikes to look at, this one got the most attention!
    Oh, and
    Best
    Ride
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    Ever.
    Soo many quotable lines. My fave?
    "Don’t you hate it when birds pass you?"
  3. uli kunkel

    uli kunkel AKA: Karl Hungus

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    It's driven me nuts- where did I see that magnificent beast and then... yes, thank you for reminding me!

    Hopefully the author will make a repeat appearance this year although Cack will, sadly, be missing...
  4. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharte™

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    Absolutely hilarious. I can't remember when I laughed so long and hard. :rofl Cack is a beautiful bike.
  5. toothy

    toothy Grin

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    Words good.

    :lol3
  6. Jean-Luc

    Jean-Luc Throttle committed

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    Man, that post is awesome :clap :lol3. Just like the rest of your report BTW :wink:.
  7. Poe

    Poe Been here awhile

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    Wow... where to start???

    I found this thread a couple of hours ago and simply could not stop reading it until the very end. What a fantastic read!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to share all that with us! My whole family is concerned about my mental state - as I've been sitting here staring at a PC monitor laughing out loud for hours. They wouldn't understand. You definitely have a gift. Maybe you should send a slightly condensed/edited version to one of the bike rags. I'd rank you right up there with Cycle World's Peter Egan (tall praise in my book). I'd be surprised if they DIDN'T publish it.

    My Father is a Detroit-area native (Royal Oak, actually) who escaped via the Air Force in the late 50's only to marry a southern girl and settle in SC. Except for one nephew, who keeps the robots buzzing at a GM assembly plant, his entire family has fled Michigan. He's now lived in SC for more years than he cares to remember - a true converted Southerner who has cultivated a love of boiled peanuts and bluegrass music.

    I'm also a middle-aged cubicle dweller who has lost all enthusiasm for his chosen profession. I'm finding it harder to get out of bed every day. Reports like this one reignite my soul. Thanks again. I HAVE to do a trip like this... and soon. The thing is I don't know if I want to do a pavement-only trip on my SV650 - or tackle the Trans-Am trail on my trusty old '93 XR650L. Regardless, 2008 is the year it will happen. Let the planning begin.
  8. BlaSTr

    BlaSTr Adventurer

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    Like Poe, I found this thread and even in the wee hours of tomorrow I can't stop reading, admiring, and laughing. Absolutely great prose, insight, and style.

    I've been pounding the keyboard trying to explain to my family why I do weird (to them) trips on my bike without sending them to the house of Morpeheus or me to the house of Padded Walls. I thought I had it written pretty well but I'm going to bow to a master, send them the link, and then answer questions.

    You have proven that "It's not what you ride, it's that you ride." to be as enlightening and relevant as Pirsig's observations. Thanks for the clear words, fuzzy pictures, and great adventure.

    Doug
  9. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    :beer

    Read this whole thing start to finish. One of the best. Ever.

    Bob
  10. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Thanks for the great story...this one is epic.:D
  11. Mr. Huero

    Mr. Huero HÖÖSK-ËË

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    Damn... just damn :chace best ever.
  12. stovepipe

    stovepipe Been here awhile

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    ... should be the start of your writing career Vermin!!

    It could end up being the title of your collection of ride-report/ essays.

    I would buy it.

    Why do we ride??? Your report forces many of the right reasons into the spotlight...

    Thank you. I envy your son. He has one kick ass family.
  13. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    Fantastic! This report ended way too soon. Thanks for writing it up!
    :clap :clap :clap
  14. GrauTier

    GrauTier Unmitigated nOOb

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    Excellent Ride Report. Seriously tickled my funny bone. Thanks and Ride On!
  15. ann reid

    ann reid Annie Oops!

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    I loved reading your mo'cycle adventure. You painted great word pictures and the actual photo of your scooter on steriods complete with barbie, lawnmower man and ole hickory stand-up is priceless. *LOLHMS* You have vindicated me. I've owned 4 PCees but currently only have two and have long been teased for my unorthodoxed methods of packing including a rocking chair atop the pile. No longer. You've taken the heat off me. Thankya thankya thankya.... If you're ever in the Land of AZ or NM and/or need a place to "store/dump" your bike for awhile, contact me. Always room for one more PCee in the stable. --Ann
  16. GatorJane

    GatorJane Ghost Writer

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  17. STrep

    STrep ST, surprising where it will go!

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    Well written, tons of smiles. :clap

    Anthony STreppel
  18. Rman237

    Rman237 Ride Rural Texas

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    :clap :clap :clap
    Someone over on the TwoWheeled Texans site posted this link :deal so I clicked on it to see what it was and 2hrs later I'm posting this.:lol3 I read it strait through. Fantastic RR.
    Hats off to Drifter as well, he really hung in there. Most kids his age would've bitched and whined the whole way.
    You have a knack for writing and I look forward to reading your next report.
    Great job!!!!
  19. Skitch

    Skitch Riding the range

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    :clap Bravo! That was one hell of a read. Thanks for posting.
  20. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    thanx, man.