Have fun working dude while I ride your Harley!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Edmond Dantès, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    Friday 2:40 pm.
    I text my friend Sam while sitting by a beautiful lake - Have fun working dude while I ride your Harley!

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    Reply- Bastard


    That's right dude and then some.

    I like to ride a fat girl (or two) at the weekends and when the offer came up to ride a Fatboy my initial response was, no thanks not into that kinda thing.

    The poor bike has been sitting around twiddling its thumbs since Sam and Holly started a family a few years back. Sam and Holly have two very adorable children.

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    Anabel (2) and Samantha (0.6 years)

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    Anabel, Sam and his beautiful wife Holly.

    I have known Sam since way back when. He harks from the U.S State of Massachusetts. Back in the day he was known as the Minuteman. That had nothing to do with the war of Independence or anything like that. The girls around the Bay State used to call him that. I wonder why?

    Admission: I have never ridden a Harley Davidson motorcycle before. How pathetic is that you ask? Pretty lame. I know.

    Plan:
    Commandeer said bike and see how it rides in the following locations: big city,freeway,twisting mountain roads,lake sides, Pacific ocean roads. Take a shit load of photos of the bike and every other motorcycle I come across.

    Ride over to Sam's lock up.
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    First bike I see in the lock up is a GPZ750R. The dust! The dust! Once upon a time this was silver. Looks like Sam isn't the only one who doesn't get out much! This wouldn't be out of place in Miss Havisham's dining room.
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    The smaller brother of the once mighty GPZ900R, the bike Tom rode in Top Gun, the fastest production bike in the world at the time. Looks like this bike hasn't been ridden since Kenny Loggins was in the charts singing 'Playing With The Boys'. Yes, the bike 'Took My Breath Away' alright, it has given me an asthma attack.
    I was gonna write 'Destination Unknown' on the tank with my pinkie but thought better of it.

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    Come on Sam, show us your hog. Don't be shy.
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    Poor bike surrounded by vermin scooters.
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    The V&H pipes are calling Fatboy. Sam has a set of Vance and Hines but had to put the original pipes back on the bike to pass noise testing. The Vance and Hines badly need to go back on this bike. I know that, Sam knows that, you know that...

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    I am not gonna lie, I am excited!
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    The battery was as dead as the bird they ate on Mauritius.
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    BMW and Harley swap juices. Still wouldn't fire up. Just adds credence to the saying, white men can't jump.
    Shoot off to the bike shop to get a new battery.
    Some nice bikes on display:
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    Here comes the mechanic with the battery.
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    Bolted a new battery in the bike and it fired up right away.
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    Sam has a sit on his bike in case he never sees it again.
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    Don't worry dude, I'm on a mission from God.
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    It's Thursday afternoon,I have a tank full of gas, I don't smoke and I can't find my sunglasses. Let's have a ride around Tokyo.
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  2. tomcat0818

    tomcat0818 n00b

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    That is a sweet ride your buddy has there. I think I could probably spend a couple of days just wandering around that shop. Thanks much for the pics!
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  3. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    What a feast for the eyes!! :thumb

    Indeed, let's go for a ride around Tokyo :deal

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  4. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    Headed to Odaiba to get a feel for the bike. Felt good to ride the bike over the Rainbow Bridge (1800 foot span).
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    The Sumida River runs under the bridge and empties itself into Tokyo Bay.
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    Odaiba gets its name from six artificial islands and cannon placements put in place in the mid 1800s. They were designed to defend Tokyo from a sea assault, particularly from Big Matt Perry's Black Ships.
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    I decide to do what any Harley rider would, and go to the KTM shop.
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    This bike must have infiltrated the KTM offices unnoticed..
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    How much is that doggy in the window? If you have to ask..
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    This masked salary-man doesn't seem to quite fit the Kato demographic.
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    These Adventure 990s are big ass bikes.
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    The shop next door is a bike rental place. You can rent by the hour. They used to have some good bikes in there, Busas, ZZRs, R1s and the like. Full of big vermin scooters now. 4,000 yen ($40) to rent a scooter for an hour. I asked the girl behind the counter if that was the amount they would pay me to ride it.
    On ya bike mate was all she said.
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    Head back over the Rainbow(Bridge). Slow cars in my way.
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    I love these NSRs. If I was 3 feet tall, I would buy one.
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    Yokohama plates. Probably used for commuting.
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    Shibuya Scramble Crossing. There is a Starbucks Coffee shop straight ahead. I don't think the Harley has seen it. If I keep quiet I might get away with it.
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    Totally loving the speedo in MPH. Screw the metric system!
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    Pretty in Pink
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    Exit Shibuya Enter Harajuku
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    Takeshita Dori. Famous for young kids shopping, Lolita fashion, cheap clothing, idol shops, 100 Yen store...
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    Yamanote Harajuku St.
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    Hang a left into Omotesando Dori
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    Heavy traffic, enough already. I'm off home. Lot of riding tomorrow.
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  5. GrFa

    GrFa Adventurer

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    Awesome pictures. I'm loving seeing a Harley where everything is so small and congested. So....how are you liking your first HD ride?
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  6. liceyscrub

    liceyscrub ADV rider(mostly solo)

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    Fitting in is overrated. You got to put the other pipes on the bike. Rules were meant to be broken.
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  7. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Love it! I'm going to ship my fatboy to Japan now :wave
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  8. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    Heavy slow moving traffic obviously isn't the place these bikes were designed to be ridden. You sacrifice some of your bike privileges, filtering through stopped traffic, maneuverability, etc. But if you are little more patient it's no real problem riding in the big smoke.

    I am impressed with the belt drive instead of chains. No 'chain slap' at walking pace speed.

    I have the freeway sections of the ride yet when the bike will come into its own.

    The ergonomics on the bike are really very very good for a man of my size. I am surprised these bikes are not praised more on the comfort side of things.

    Ten hour + days on the bike and no aches or pains.

    I hear ya! I am a 6 foot 8 inch foreigner in a country notorious for having to 'fit in'. I think some part of the huge popularity of Harleys in this part of the world is the need to be different felt by a lot of kids and adults alike.

    The V&H pipes were taken off the bike in order to pass the vehicle test every two years. My buddy just hasn't had the time to swap them back over.He doesn't even want to ride the bike with the stock pipes on! I was going to do it but wasn't sure about the ins and outs involved. Do I need any special tools, gaskets, re-map the fuel injection?
    The bike needs to be tested again in January next year so that was another factor involved.
    The stock pipes suppress that wonderful guttural sound these machines produce.
    I did ride the bike for about 10 minutes with the V&H pipes on years ago.

    Having said all that, the motor in the bike is awesome. I love the way the engine produces power. Excellent gear ratios in a smoother than I expected gear box. Love the slow manipulation of clutch, gears, throttle. So cool.
    Again wonderful sitting position. Brilliant place to sit and watch the world go by.

    If I had to nit-pick: Clutch is a tad on the heavy side, the front brake a little weak, and the horn a little close to the left turn switch. I have announced my intention to turn left rather loudly on a couple of occasions.:lol3

    The bikes are head turners and garner respect. Cagers keep their distance.

    These machines are like crack cocaine, one hit on them and your are hooked. I can really see how people get fanatical about the bikes.

    It seems I have exceeded my bandwidth and according to photobucket my pics will not be displayed until the 1st of Oct. Bummer, I am going to have to put this RR in neutral for a week unless anyone has any suggestions.
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  9. SGrider

    SGrider 376 miles to Chicago

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    I love to see pictures of Harley's in Japan, I wonder if the Japanese like seeing pictures of Honda's in the USA.:rofl

    Cool pictures, thanks for posting and show us more!
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  10. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    SGrider, can you see any pictures at the moment? I have a bandwidth exceeded message coming up.:huh

    I'll ask some Japanese people your question and see what they say !:rofl
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  11. SGrider

    SGrider 376 miles to Chicago

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    I can see the pictures just fine.
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  12. Brimard

    Brimard Watch the Potholes

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    Oh redlining the bandwidth I see! Very exciting! Less vibration that a Harley at redline!:rofl
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  13. clarkebd

    clarkebd Custom Title Goes Here

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    Man, all those Harleys look the same to me....

    all the same image I see.
    (bandwidth exceeded :rofl)
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  14. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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    Thanks, cause I believed I miss some updates of my photosoftware. . .

    :bueller
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  15. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    Yes! Jesus H. Tap-dancing Christ... I have seen the light!

    The pics are back.

    I now have a bandwidth powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline.
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  16. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    I chose one of my favorite routes to ride the bike:

    Tomei Expressway from Tokyo to Gotenba- Hakone Skyline-Round Ashi Lake-Atami-Ito-Shimoda-Through the center of Izu Peninsula to Numazu-Tomei Numazu to Tokyo.

    I thought it best to stick to familiar roads on someone else's bike. Also the
    route offers a great mix of: freeway, twist-mes, mountain,lake and sea. Yippee!

    When I land that dream job test riding bikes for Honda, this will be one of my test routes.

    Up at dawn. Have to pop into school and do a bit of chalk 'n' talk for an hour in the morning. The rest of the day's classes have been canceled due to that nasty bug going round. Yippee!
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    Check the weather from my bedroom window.
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    Looks like the sun has its hat on hip hip hip hooray!
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    Will be riding in the mountains today so I need to tool up.
    Rumors abound of Japanese hiding out in the hills still under the impression the war is still on.
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    But your Honor they are front sprockets for a Honda CB500, honest!
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    Home defense JP style.

    Pleased to find the bike still at the side of my building under wraps.
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    School's Out Forever!
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    En route to the freeway I treat myself to a quick pit stop at a bike shop.

    One of the staff's rides.
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    Kwaka
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    It says Starfire 250 on the side panel. I beg to differ, BSA B25SS ?
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    Thumbs up but I have reservations about the front end of this bike. Looks like front end off an XL125. The originals had the lower trials style fenders? And a center-stand ? I might be wrong, but something smells a bit whiffy in the land of Miffy.
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    Here's the Starfire. Note the chopper lurking in the alley!
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    What's with the henna tattoo? Bike just got back from Puckett?
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    Perhaps not a MV Agusta 750 America, but the flag is.
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    Put the kettle on.
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    Six of the best. The six cylinder KZ1300 has history all over it.
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    Long way from Stevenage Mr. Vincent.
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    Just thumbs up all round this morning
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    I tell the staff I am off to find an ATM machine and will be back later.
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    Head out on the Tomei Highway.
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    It's about 100 km from Tokyo to Gotenba. Cruising along at 55 mph on the Harley with my feet way forward on the footrests is just awesome. I was bikes before I could tie my own shoelaces and this goes down as one of those never forget moments. Just an awesome freeway ride. Superlative!

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    Gotenba
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    When you exit the freeway at Gotenba head right for Hakone.
    Taking a left will lead you to the Fuji Five Lakes.

    Fuji Five Lakes RR:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=514063


    Fuji Yama plates. Local lad. Bet this bike knows the mountains round here like the back of its powerband.
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    Banana Swingarm - stacked pipes - hand polished at the factory aluminum frame - 55 ponies - the last of the great 2 smokers. Not much could keep up with this fella on the Skyline. Its handling will make most modern 600s blush in shame.
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    Let's head up the mountains.
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  17. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    Route 401 runs into the Hakone Skyline.
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    Spot of off-roading:evil
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    Should just about fit through those trees?
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    The Hakone Skyline is a racetrack plain and simple. The cops don't seem to patrol the road. Sections of the road ask for a small toll to ride.
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    Unlike the UK, no speed cameras. The road surface has tire marks all over it.
    More rubber on the roads than in the Sarawak rain forest.
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    That is a new barrier there. Looks like the owner of that car had to take the bus home that day.
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    On a Friday afternoon it isn't too bad. I really don't like riding up here when it's on. It is quite dangerous. I guess the cops reckon people need to let off stream somewhere and just turn a blind eye to the public racetrack. Ride up there at your own peril kind of deal.

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    Bunches of flowers by the roadsides where people have lost their lives.
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    Lake Ashi from above.
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    Looks like a nice road down there.
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    Cough up 50 yen and you can ride down to the lake side.
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    Pirates!
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    The Fatboy takes it easy by Lake Ashi.
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    The lake has two parts divided by a thin channel in the middle. It offers some very good views of Mt. Fuji weather permitting. Ashi is not a member of the Fuji Five Lakes. It stands alone.
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    Shit, the pirates have seen the bike and are rowing over here. Time to get a leg on.
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    A short lava spew from the lake is Owakudani. It's an active volcanic area with a lot of sulphur venting going on. It stinks and it's cold, but the views are great.
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    Some tourists from India ask to sit on the bike and take some snaps. Sure, go right ahead, isn't my bike.
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    Shoot ! Here comes dem pirates again. I invoke the right of parley according to the Code set down by the pirates Morgan and Bartholomew.
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    They couldn't argue with that and set sail to Formosa.
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    This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Spanner suckers! Sayo-nara!
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  18. oz_mick

    oz_mick Been here awhile

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    Enjoyed reading this,,, thanks for the RR. I think there is a few more bikes in that lockup that need the dust shaken off and a break from the circle of scooters
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  19. Geezerider

    Geezerider Just coastin'

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    Wonderful shots! Thanks for sharing.
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  20. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    Oz Mick,
    You got that right mate. I am thinking of running an ad in the local paper along these lines:

    YOU PAY ME TO RIDE HER
    Can't seem to find the time? Haven't ridden her much recently? She feels unloved? Unwanted? You pay me and I ride her.
    Will also consider riding your motorcycle or driving your car for payment as well.



    Stick around. There is more to report. The Ride Report aint over until the Fatboy sings.
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