Fly and Ride 22 years in the making

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Reidy008, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    I have done many fly and rides but this one is being done out of pure nostalgia and the desire to relive some memories and create some new ones.

    Let me explain.....

    In 1991 I was 20 and bought my first brand new motorcycle. It was the coolest bike one could own at that time and the CBR1000F from Honda took every cent I had to make it my own. Here is what I couldn't live without.

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    And the young kid who thought he was the coolest thing on earth...

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    Ah yes... after years of dirt bikes and beaters I finally had myself a new bike and life was good. I did quite a few rides though out Australia and had adventures that I will never forget. I got caught in a flash flood in South Australia and drop the bike over and over again in the mud as I travelled miles of dirt roads and also took my girl friend to Tasmania and rode around there for a week which included over night Ferry trips to get there and back. I have albums of pictures and notes as the interenet wasn't alive back then but my trips were still documented and I look at them every five years or so...:D

    I logged many many miles on this bike with my best friend on the back racing up and down the Great Ocean Road and rocking up to parties thinking I was cooler than Tom Cruse in Top Gun. Memories that feel like yesterday.

    Now the story takes a twist that actually ends up bring me to the USA. It's the week of Christmas in 1993 and I am in the city of Geelong which is 50 miles from my house in the country as I need to pick up a present for my mum. I am approaching a major intersection when a drunk driver runs through the red light and I am able to brake enough to not have him run over me but I plow into the car slamming into the middle of it and get sent flying over the car and down the road with the bike flipping over the car. The drunk driver proceeds to flee and later the cops catch him while I am taken to the hospital for treatment on some major injuries. Being Australian they wack a band aid on me and I am good to go...:rofl (I wish)

    This results in a check for the bike coming from my insurance company a month later and combined with some money from my work brings me to the decision of either buying a new Triumph Tiger Steamer or heading off on walkabout for 4 years... You guessed it... walkabout time.

    Now the time from that point on has many many stories and life experiences but lets just say for now that my beautiful wife changes all my plans when I met her while on my walkabout and here I am today.

    Now in a twist of fate right here on ADVrider back in November of 2013 one of the inmates here posts up a rare low milage mint condition (for a 23 year old bike) CBR1000F and I can't help but think I need to go do a fly and ride across the USA and add this beauty to my stable for nothing more than the memories it will bring back and to see some of the USA I haven't yet seen.

    So on April 10th I will be boarding a plane to Columbus Ohio to meet Lonnie (current owner) and start my next adventure as I spend 5 days riding across the great USA.

    My flight is booked and the bike sits in wait for me as I start planning a route from Columbus to Phoenix and now I hope to get some advice or tips on what to see and what route to take as I plan my next great adventure and hope to bring some of you fine folks along with me. :clap
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  2. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

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    Wow, now that's a trip down memory lane. Good luck on the trip and enjoy. :clap
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  3. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    Some things were meant to be. This looks like one. I look forward to your story.
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  4. patmo

    patmo Been here awhile

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    head south to the mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee....Deal's Gap and Cherahola Skyway. From there head west. Go to Birmingham, Alabama and visit the Barber Track and Museum. The largest motorcycle collection in the US and possibly the world. Then continue your western trek. Spend some time riding the roads in Northern/central Arkansas. Then head to the Texas hill country, which is west of Austin. In Austin, check out the music scene and the Circuit of the Americas. From there head into New Mexico and finally into Arizona and Phoenix. If you have time, head north of Phoenix to the Grand Canyon.

    that's the route I would take....but I'm not sure 5 days will be enough time for all that, so you may have to skip something. all depends on how much time you want to spend in one spot I guess.

    enjoy the trip and post up a report! G'day mate......:D
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  5. azredline

    azredline Wobbly Adventurer

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    Great story, except the drunk driver and hospital part...

    That is a great looking bike. Looking forward to reading about the adventure in April. Kind of a mini-walkabout with a new toy as a prize!
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  6. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

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    Skinny Kid......:lol3
    Damn, he's a smart ass now, just think how bad he was in his early 20's. :rofl
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  7. utefan

    utefan Been here awhile

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    This is cool! Can't wait for the rest of the story!
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  8. LDM1

    LDM1 Adventurer

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    Drew,
    Glad to be mentioned in your Ride Report but wished it was a mention during the great trip you have planned. LOL

    I wished you had more than 5 days because there are so many wonderful sights and interesting people between Ohio and Arizona.

    Signed,
    Envious
    AKA Lonnie

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  9. whipit1k

    whipit1k Been here awhile

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    very nice! stay off the mud roads on the way home!
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  10. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    As I mentioned earlier I have done quite a few fly and rides in a couple of countries but to date Lonnie is at the top of the list for ease of process. He has stored the bike for me all winter and even finished up some of the modifications he was planning for the bike as if he was keeping it himself. Thanks for posting up the picture of the bike for me.

    Many people may or may not know this but the color schemes differ from country to country and the USA never got the color I had in Australia but I sure like the color of the bike I,m getting and the white wheels look awesome.
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  11. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Great story so far.......:clap
    Ride safe and keep the rubbers side down especially in South Cal:lol3
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  12. ybracing

    ybracing Been here awhile

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    I can't believe it! You sold your 950 to buy a bike that can't even do a double? The shame. :rofl

    Looks like a great bike and I wish I was doing this trip with you. Enjoy.:clap:freaky
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  13. oktulsa17

    oktulsa17 Been here awhile

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    My first stop would be the Air Force museum in Dayton which is just west of Columbus. I've been there twice and would like to go again. From there the tourist thing would be to keep going west and hit Route 66. People come from around the world to travel that.

    If you do I'll meet you at the Missouri/Oklahoma border and show you some of the sites in NE OK, Big Blue Whale in Catoosa, Motorcycle museum in Miami, Packard museum in Afton, 9 foot wide section of original Route 66.

    Stops all along the way to into Arizona but goes a little north of Phoenix.

    Most of the original road is long gone, but there are some parts still around especially going through towns. Then get back on the interstate to take you to the next part. Oklahoma has quite a bit Route 66 still around though.

    Did I miss when you plan on going?
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  14. bdubbin

    bdubbin Adventurer

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    This looks like fun! And you were probably cooler than Tom Cruise in Top Gun... his Kawasaki needed fairings, in my opinion! Goose, it's time to buzz the tower. I feel the need... wait. I better stop now or I could go on for hours.
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  15. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    Man, that bike does look cherry!

    You looked like ChaChi when you were 20. :lol3
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  16. Mr. Annoying

    Mr. Annoying B.F.aC.G

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    dont you just love a love story
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  17. 4play

    4play Next?

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    Awesome, travel safe! I have a son near OK city if you need something there.

    I'll agree with Brad, I can only imagine how cocky you were at that age ;)
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  18. NDTransplant

    NDTransplant Been here awhile

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    What would really make this interesting is if Drew told us he still fits in that fancy riding suit...:lol3
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  19. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Thats funny... my nickname was Cha Chi... I can't believe you pulled that one out.

    You have no idea boys.... actually I think my mild manner has come along just nicely..:rofl I hope to one day come out of my shell...:clap

    What is your point here.... :deal

    Thanks for the posts guys. This is a trip I am really looking forward to. This is about the only bike I can think of that makes me think it was one of the best I have had. Now after riding it most of the way across the USA I will find out if my 22 year old memory is good or just a fantasy I have built up over the years.
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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Great story Drew!
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