The original adventure riders (and bikes!)

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Wes Weber, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. pitbull

    pitbull Long timer

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    as a new member here who's spent the last 2 months reading as much as I can on this site.....this thread tops everything. The pictures are incredible.

    It just goes to show you that what you ride is unimportant and the question is always wheather the rider is up to the adventure, not the bike.
  2. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Yep, this is the one that did it for me. Someone on a sprint car racing message board I frequent posted this link and the rest is history for me.
  3. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Very cool pictures and history.
    I too am new to this GS stuff, at leat this century. I once rode over the rockies on a PD. But that mostly made me tired.

    It strikes me that these adventure bikes put the fun back in riding that many of us sport bike and touring bike riders have missed for a long time, without knowing we were missing anything. I think it's much like when I bought my first mountain bike after racing road bikes for a long time. It put a lot of fun back in my cycling.

    Thanks again for the post and great pictures.
  4. roadcam

    roadcam Adventurer

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    GREAT PHOTOS !!!! ... those were some hard-ass men in those days !! ( old Osama woulda thought twice before screwin with a country full of guys like that ) ...
  5. Bill J. from Austin

    Bill J. from Austin Casual Hero and Raconteur

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    So, I'm guessin' the books won't be out in time for Christmas gifting, eh? :lol3 Would still love to see 'em at some point. These photos are just too much fun!!! :thumb
  6. GLF

    GLF Ride it Hard, let it drip

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    the photos ARE amazing. reiterated by the thousands that have said so.. :D makes me happy to be rider first and foremost. the only bike I had was harley, and decided to take it to panama and back....should have seen the looks and comments I got....crazy! ridiculous! will never make it! just a bit of what I heard. very cool to see these guys smash those myths. i think it's totally about what the rider has inside of them. it's surprising what people can do when they set their mind.

    I also just saw "the long way around" and I think that some of that determination was in those guys, especially after their dissapointment with ktm. anyway, just had to comment on those photos. they are very cool, and yes, I saved some to my laptop.

    glf
  7. Ms. Chiff

    Ms. Chiff just a little

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    Truer words were never spoken. :nod

    :bow :bow :bow

    I'll take a dozen of those books when they cum out. :thumb
  8. Donald Duck

    Donald Duck QYYQQuacks !

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    Wes this is just unbelievable...Thank you for sharing, I'm on the line for the book too. :thumb
  9. Jack90210

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  10. elemint

    elemint Adventurer

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    so when you guys all think you need the latest and greatest bike, tires, gear etc. just remember this kind of thing. Drives me nuts when people think they need to go crazy and spend all kinds of $ and time for stuff they dont need. Hell, i would do a trip around the world on a moped if i had the time! IT CAN BE DONE. Same with 4x4s. I have been more nasty muddy places in my front wheel drive car and have not had any problems i could not get out of. Again save your money and use it for more time and just GO! Stop buying into marketing and buy into youself...
  11. Oly

    Oly Deadlines whooshing by

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    I never get tired of those photos. Simply classic.
  12. TriplePete

    TriplePete Been here awhile

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    HOOLIGANS!!! I love it! Very cool:thumb
  13. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    So neat! Thanks for bringing back memories of our adventure days in S. Louisiana in the 50' and 60's.
    Remember tieing logs to the seat post of an old '47 Knuckel , tank shift and foot clutch, and dragging them thru the woods and fields so we could build a log cabin.
    Running around with a broken clutch arm and no brakes, thinking that was okay as long as I had time to stop the darn thing. Turn key off and drag feet. Put in neutral, kick start, take off running on the side, jump on and cram it in 1st and go.
    Got my first Triumph 500 in '60 and it felt sooooooo light.
  14. Dessert Storm

    Dessert Storm Dances With Drunks

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    As a hardcore nOOb, I saw this thread for the first time today. Mouth fell wider and wider open as I scrolled down the photos. Completely and utterly brilliant thread, on so many levels:

    Guys out doing it without any of the stuff we consider essential today. Like suspension;

    Harleys, when they looked like that because that's how Harleys were, not because of 'Brand Identity' or 'Marketing Demographics' (note: not an anti H-D thing - rather, the reality of modern manufacturing industry.);

    Fantastic photography;

    And above all, the sheer exuberant joy of the guys doing what we all love to do: messing about on motorcycles.

    Thanks for the fantastic post; I'm sure you guys are proud of your Dad and his pals. Hell, I'M proud of them.......
  15. cyclecat

    cyclecat half post a day wonder

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    I think it should be a requirement for all ADVRiders to go back and re-read this thread at least once a year! :freaky
  16. NCGS

    NCGS De Oppresso Liber

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    Howdy.. My name is Chris and I live in eastern North Carolina. I've been riding since 1964, but I have to admit that of all the bikes I've owned - and there have been plenty - I've never owned a BMW.

    All that is about to change. I'm scheduled to pick up a new R1200GS this week, or at the latest this weekend, and I'm stoked!

    More about me later.. I just happened to open this thread as my first thread, and I have to say that I'm spell-bound by the vintage photos above. I've been riding Milwaukee iron for eons, so the photos bring back many fond memories.

    I've saved 'em to my hard drive so I can look at them again in my leasure.

    I'll be checking back often - I'm a sponge for information, so if you have any advice on the new GS, send it my way.

    Thanks in advance, ride safe, and often,
    Chris in NC
  17. Tork

    Tork Pinsetter

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    Just reread this thread :clap :bow :bow :bow :bow :thumbup

    Tork
  18. Stomp

    Stomp Imprisoned Wanderlust

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    Damn you, Tork, for bumping this thing back up to the top. I had to re-read it (again) because it's addicting like that. Hell, I don't even jump my GS, let alone a hard tail beast like those HD's. Great stuff. :thumb
  19. cRAsH

    cRAsH Banned

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    Bumpity bump... :deal
  20. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    I think I'm gonna get me a Harley...


    or maybe just a Buell :D