Panama City Area Riders

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by PanhandleChuck, May 4, 2014.

  1. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    Who are we?
    A few local riders who do day rides of 200 miles plus or minus. A mom and pop lunch somewhere in the middle with good conversation. We ride about twice a month as a group, notified by email, generally leaving from the Southport Tom Thumb.

    We range in age, mostly 40 to 70, but all ages have ridden with us, even the younger guns. A few retired military, active, local business guys, contractors, and just about everything in between.

    We ride about everything, just dependent on who shows on that day. Generally, BMW RT, GSA, V-Strom, sport bikes, Harley's, and a few other cruisers.

    Our style is mixed, quicker riders up front, waiting on everyone before turning on a route change. We primarily ride county roads (paved), only using US98, 331, 231, and I10 for short periods. A rider skill set is preferred, but will entertain new riders.

    We usually do at least two longer trips a year (4-5 days) to the Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee Mountains (just retuned last Sunday) and every few years out to the Colorado area.

    So, if you're interested in riding with a diverse group of riders, PM your email with a name and what you ride. I'll add you to our email distribution list and you'll be notified for our next ride!:ricky
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  2. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Im over in FWB and would be interested in getting together.

    I will send email on PM.

    We do a lot over here also so feel free to join in.

    Ive about worn out FWB and West. Ready to try more East.
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  3. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    A few past rides photo's....

    Headed up to Pikes Peak...

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    US12 out of Torrey Utah....

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    Zion National Park...

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    Monument Valley .....

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    Million Dollar Highway US550....

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  4. YJake

    YJake Wrenchin'

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    I'm in.

    -Jake
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  5. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    Got a few PM's. All email addresses added to our distribution list. We rode 180 miles Wednesday the 7th, lunch, and home. The 92 degrees on 231S was a warning the heat is here!:muutt
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  6. F16Viper68

    F16Viper68 Trapped in the Sandbox!

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    Well I know one of those trips was a while back because I bought that Super Tenere about 18 months ago. :lol3

    Dave....
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  7. F16Viper68

    F16Viper68 Trapped in the Sandbox!

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    It looks a bit different now. :evil


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  8. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    In the "long ass trip ride world," 18 months is recent!:deal

    :freaky

    :D

    The S10 is looking good!
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  9. Coma

    Coma Long timer

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    Very timely post. Although seasonal now, AKA snowbirds, we are planning a more full time presence in the St joe Beach area. Do you do much riding in the Oct thru May time frame? Would you be interested in seasonal company?

    I'm also interested in recommendation for a shop that can put on a set of tires this winter. A place that won't muck up my spokes. :deal

    I know there is a dealership in P-cola…. I'd rather develop a relationship with a local shop.

    TIA

    :freaky
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  10. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Anything planned for this upcoming week?

    Just got back from 9 days in Arkansas on the DS but I could do some Big Bike riding...

    pic below of campsite in AR

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  11. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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    I'm in Tallahassee, but my "free time" becomes more available starting this week. Good for a weekday ride or two.
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  12. Dr.Z

    Dr.Z 6Sigma Knuckle Shflr

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    After Friday, you get about 10 weeks of vacation, eh?

    Wifey & kids have the same problem. I only get 5 weeks. :bluduh
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  13. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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    Si!

    But, all my weekends are shot for the most part on the travel lacrosse circuit. Planning fun trip to Vermont for late summer.

    It's a tough job, but someone has to do it!
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  14. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    Damn, the food looks good!
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  15. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    Coma,
    I had new tires mounted I purchased from Motorcycle Superstore today at Ron's Kawasaki in Panama City. I dropped the bike off at 1:30p and the bike was ready at 3:30p. Ron's is a small shop compared to larger dealerships. Yamaha would't mount the tires unless purchased from them. They're a few private shops in town. Go to Motorcycle Superstore, search "preferred Installers," enter zip code and you'll get two options. I've never used either, wanted to be sure the guy working on my bike and mounting tires had some experience. One of the preferred installers is "The Rocket Shop (owner is Dewey Sturgill, works from shop at home). If he's not busy, or you can leave your bike, a friend of mine had tires mounted on an RT and was happy with his work. Ron's is an authorized Motorcycle Superstore retailer. This was my first time using them and I will use them again.

    r//Chuck
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  16. Coma

    Coma Long timer

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    Chuck,

    Thanks for the reply and endorsement. Good enough for the Corp and his GSA, good enough for me.

    Thank you for your service!

    V/R
    Jim
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  17. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    FWIW I would never let Ron's Kawasaki touch my bikes again.

    Brought one into them for new tires and when I picked the bike up the brakes were non-functional.
    Lots of fun crossing their parking lot heading to busy Hwy 98 and finding no brakes. :eek1

    I assume they spread the calipers, but never pumped the brakes after the install.

    Dewey has been good and so is Paul at Performance Cycle out on PCB.
    Paul is cash only and does charge extra if you don't buy tires from him.
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  18. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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  19. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    Knock on wood! My first time using Ron's and I've had no issues (so far). I would or will use Dewey, he's not far from me.
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  20. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    The Navigator has spoken (Rick)....I think we have everyone added to the external email list, if not:


    Hey Guys,

    Anyone up for a little ride and some BBQ this Tuesday? I'll plan one of our usual circuitous routes and end up in Defuniak Springs for some Texas style BBQ.

    http://www.4cbbq.com/

    Meet at Southport Tom Thumb (corner of Hwy 77 and 2321 for the newbies) @ 0800.
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