riding solo

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  1. Plebeian

    Plebeian Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herder

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    Deer, one more reason to always be packing. Quick draw with your clutch hand and drop that SOB with a clean headshot before it gets in your path. :chace

    Grizzly country would be the only remote area that I would consider packing. And, that would only be the case if I was camping out overnight. But do it smart, with the right tool for the job. A compact-ish semi is going to work just fine for all those psychopaths wandering around in the wilds, :rolleyes but it is just going to piss a grizz off. If you really intend to be protecting yourself from a big-arse animal, you better be carrying a big/heavy piece... not real convenient on a bike and not too easy to get to when packed away...
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  2. AZ TOM

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    I prefer riding solo at 76 & did 490 miles in 2 days from Prescott over into Laughlin & beyond a month ago. Only myself to worry about. PS never owned a gun? Stay calm, never panic & always have an alternative plan & carrying a Spot Tracker& GPS helps.[​IMG]
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    NJ-Bill Life is good

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  5. gusthedog

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    Sorry but no idea how Americans view Mexicans. Aussies view guns in the same way Canadians do in my experience. And it's because our cultures are more similar than the US and Australia. They are a tool for a job, not for personal protection against other humans.

    I call the determining factor the "door lock principle" - people who have guns for personal protection lock their doors religiously. I can count on one hand how many times I've locked my house in 7 years . Same in Canada in my experience. In my travels in Canada people just dont lock their doors. Just like here.

    They just aren't scared. Neither are Aussies in general. That's not been my experience of the greater populous in the US (where I have lived for over a year and been to 46 states whilst travelling too). I'm not trying to offend here BTW - just how I perceived the difference personally.

    And great job AZ TOM - I hope I'm still out solo at 76. That's awesome
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  6. Kommando

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    So...Mounties never carry?

    Why did you lock your doors? Why even have locks or keys for anything?

    Neither are beef cattle in a pasture, or sheep, chickens, turkeys, etc.


    A lot of people in my high school used drugs...Not just marijuana...Coke, acid, x, g, k, heroin, crack, etc. They felt safe enough doing all that stuff. I never did. Some of them ODd, some became addicts, some addled their brains. To each their own.

    A lot of the people I went to high school with ran with gangbangers. I never did. Some are in prison now. I chose focus on learning, focus on legal and ethical fun, I chose 8yrs in the military, a college degree, married life, and other vocations instead, like being a lifeguard, an EMT, and a technician who builds/repairs stuff. To each their own.
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  7. Plebeian

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    Generalizing a country as large and diverse as the U.S. is silly. 99% of the gun violence is concentrated in 1% of the land area.
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  8. gusthedog

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    Sorry but I'm not generalising gun violence - I'm generalising the need of bear arms. We don't ever carry or bear arms in Australia casually. No one outside of police, farmers etc. And yes the odd gang banger. In live in the bush. One person has been shot in my entire municipality in living memory - whilst climbing through a fence a young boy shot his brother in the arm/shoulder with a .22.

    And Kommando - I'm happy to be a "cow" and not worry. It's the way we do things here As you said, each to their own.

    Oh and I locked my house around 4 times because I've been away on extended holidays each time. Probably didn't need to though I am in the process of getting a deadbolt fitted to my front door though - to stop my adventurous 3 year old from sodding off the sneaky little bugger.

    Who else is in their 70's or 80's and still travelling solo on a bike? Awesome stuff
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  9. Kommando

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    It's not a "need". Many Americans have never fired a gun. It's not a "need". It's a RIGHT. It's a right that the framers of our Constitution thought was important enough to enumerate as one of the rights in our Bill of Rights.
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    Female late 60's here. I usually ride alone - both short local rides and cross country - last long one was Nova Scotia and back from So. Cal. I echo all the above "be alert, ride below the top of your skill level, have a way to communicate, pay serious attention to your gut - if it doesn't feel right - don't do it. Don't agree about the weapon. Been doing this for years and I leave the guns at home.
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  11. gusthedog

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    Not sure they meant semi auto handguns though eh?


    Ps - I'm done discussing. You like guns I don't. I'm not going to change your mind and you won't change mind. Let's agree to disagree.


    Here's me on my recent solo day trip with my wee beasty. I only get away for day trips at the moment with a young family. Love having a look at high country huts in the hills near me. Have a small pelican copy case on the rear to hold my tools and spares. As others have said, always carry your phone in your pocket in case you are separated from the bike. [​IMG]
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  12. Kommando

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    Do you suppose that they ONLY meant militia - ready long guns and sidearms, like with up-to-date fully-auto and night-optics capabilities, and provision for fixing a bayonet on the long guns? No bolt/semi/lever/etc. hunting rifles, skeet shotguns, target pistols/revolvers, etc.?

    People have an inherent right to defend themselves. Hopefully, their best option never has to be a firearm, and for the vast majority of people in the USA, this hope comes true, despite how things may be portrayed in media.
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    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    Where is this bad 1%? Duluth??
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    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    I don't believe in carrying a gun on my rides, but I sure do agree that it is an essential right and freedom. I love the Constitution. I love the USA. God Bless America
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  15. Kommando

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    You misunderstand. I DON'T like guns. I like RIGHTS. Guns are merely tools...like chainsaws, machetes, axes, etc. People should learn to handle and use them properly, carefully, and responsibly if they choose to have them around.
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  16. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    If you have an i(diot)Phone (prolly others too) and ride where you keep steady cell service, there's a free app from RoadID the keeps tracking you and allows others you choose to do so as well. It also has a 5 Minute 'stopped' alert -- if you stop for more than those 5 minutes it sends out an alert to those you chose to follow you.

    I ride alone (not off-road) on some 2 lane roads where if I accidentally went off the paved road I might never be seen (or found). So I send my wife a tracking alert for every ride, and she knows if she ever gets that 5 minute alert and I'm not at a gas station on the map, send the calvalry!

    If I were riding alone beyond cell service I'd get the Garnin tracker or a Spot.
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    LOL
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  18. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    Similar deal here.

    I ride solo to the high mountain shelter huts. I maintain a few of them as a volunteer. Had a elk encounter the other week, and a few young deer the week before.

    No bears at any of the huts so far. But Im smart enough to be ready in case. Its 30 miles from town and no cell service at either of the huts.



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  19. gusthedog

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    Nice DR I had one before my TTR.

    I'd like to get into maintaining huts when my kids get a bit older and I can take them along. A Landy nut I know helps run a charity gig where they fix up the high country huts. Sounds like a great way to give back.
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  20. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    Yes the DR 650 is by far more dependable and simple than many other "High End" bikes for solo backcountry travel. The more complex and high tech, the more possible ways to be stranded when your all alone in the wilderness.

    I ride sleds the same way. Solo, backcountry, with no cell service. Again, prepared with a simple and very reliable sled.

    It helps I have many decades as a mechanic, and can fix things trailside if possible.

    The hut maintenance was my own personal idea. I saw a need and just jumped in to fill it. They do get used now and then especially in winter when snow can be a dozen feet deep.

    Our local sled club has "Adopted" them, and I am helping keep them in good shape. Its all astounding wilderness way up in the National Forest.



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