Life is Awesome

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by stromsurfer, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    Awesome update. I assume that you had some bike trouble based on the towing. Care to fill us in on what happened? If it isn't already fixed, I guarantee one of us Uralistas around here can point you in the right direction.
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  2. FR700

    FR700 Banned

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    Class act :thumb
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  3. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    What an inspiration...

    Your adventure has no doubt left you with great memories for life and stories you can tell your children and grandchildren. I can feel the trip left you wiser, more patient, and with a tiny bit more focus on the things that matter.

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  4. Melrone

    Melrone Been here awhile

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    You go dude its nice to see another injured biker back on the road..THATS The reason we went back to a s/c.As a member of the Cobb Society(cripple old biker bastards) I applaud you.....:clap
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  5. MartyL

    MartyL Been here awhile

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    Congratulations on your Ural. Check out SovietSteeds.com for great information about all things Ural. Also, as far as hand control assists, Holopaw Gene in Florida has fabbed up some in the past and he is one of the best Ural dealers in the U.S. His number is: (407) 892-1901
    Happy trails....
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  6. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    Excellent, keep on keepin' on! :wings
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  7. ked

    ked Been here awhile

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    awesome write up and congrats on a successful trip. keep riding and keep safe.

    ked:clap
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  8. stromsurfer

    stromsurfer Stromsurfer

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    Thanks DB. That is a compliment that I very much appreciate. I try and enjoy my days, and if I am having a particularly bad day......I try and suffer in silence. Just visiting with my kids made it well worth the effort. The ride was all bonus.:clap. Good Karma is received by giving it......from what I can gather through our direct communications and from reading your posts....you have plenty coming your way.

    Thank you Drone but....lets not be throwing around the I-Word. I am only doing what I believe any of you would do given the same circumstances, and that is to try and keep life as normal as possible, for as long as possible, and in the process...enjoy my days.
    Early on when researching purchasing a Ural, I decided that until the Ural made it home and into my shop, I would keep the Dakar Hack. I can not afford to be bikeless for even one day of riding.......I bought a Ural, but I am not stupid.:D
    Oh and if anyone is interested, the Dakar goes up for sale in the flea market later this week.:D
    In brief(more to come in my RR) I smoked the rings, burned a piston, scored. Cylinder. Dealer had me back on the road in 7 days (outstanding service got me back up to join an ALS ride in my honor) at a cost of $1,500. Said it was low oil or pre detonation (had it serviced about 400 miles before incident and I only use 91-93 octane gas). I blame myself....I did not check the oil after service and had not checked it for a couple of days....stupid.:puke1. Found myself pushing my walker up the breakdown lane looking for cell service, in Northern Vermont, about 50 miles from the boarder, after coming back into the states. Quite a long day.:eek1. Dealer also said that he would not use Amsoil in the Ural. Previous owner said he only used Amsoil in the Ural and would never use anything else. Swore by it....go figure.:norton. Really too bad because up until the point when it started to lose power it had rumbled along quite willingly, cruising along at 60mph when asked, or chugging up the mountains all day long. I was actually growing quite fond of it.

    There's the I-Word again. Thank you but truth be known....I am not. I am just determined to live well, enjoy my days, apprecieate what i still CAN do, and try to move forward with as much grace and dignity as possible, and to hopefully be someone my wife, my kids, my mom and dad, and brothers and sisters, and friends will be proud of.

    Thanks again everyone for your kind words and interest in my story. More to come as soon as I get my selfish self-centered ass in gear and finish writing up my RR.:deal

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    Enjoy the day men.
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  9. ked

    ked Been here awhile

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    originally poster by Stromsurfer
    Thank you Ked. About a year ago we talked back and forth when I was in NC about buying your BMW I had just finished a trip through the southeast on my Vstrom and had just sold it). I ended up meeting a guy in TN at a restaurant parking lot and bought the lighter Dakar, which gave me one more season on two wheels. You were considering a sidecar back then....what the hell are you waiting for?:lol3


    i remember our conversations. i ended up buying a g/s, then a Wee with the idea of adding a hack to the Wee. i sold the g/s and have bought a V65/Motivation rig in Wisconsin, i am making arrangements to do a bus/train/fly-n-ride as we speak.

    thanks for reminding me about our conversations.

    keep on riding, ked:clap
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  10. vetsurginc

    vetsurginc Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the trip! Glad the dealer was able to get things straight for you. Urals are much happier jetted rich than lean (which doesn't help already challenged MPG - which is why I've got two gas cans on mine now).

    i decided that riding and traveling was more important to me than camping, so from then on it was cheezy hotel/motels.

    Gotta love 'em. Three of us backroaded our way to the RA rally in Asheville splitting room costs in the cheezy-wheezy's. But no bedbugs yet :lol3

    Have a ball with it!
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  11. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    Drone is right.
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