The Wanderings of a 36 year old Electraglide

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by BC Brian, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Enjoyed this report a lot! Been toying with the idea of touring a 68 Guzzi and leave the modern at home. I like your style and your bike! Nice choice.
  2. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Hi Solarmoose


    I am glad you enjoyed my RR.

    I say go for it.

    One of the reasons I took an old Harley on this trip (Beside the fact that I like old Harleys) was, although they were never known as the most reliable motorcycle, was that they have a huge following. Official Harley dealers don't carry much for them anymore, but there is an amazing amount of jobber producers and pretty much every little town along my travels had a small shop that carried parts.

    I don't know if Moto Guzzi has as much of an aftermarket dealer network, but I do know they have a pretty big following. I have heard that there are fans everywhere and that Guzzistas are a pretty helpfull bunch :)

    Your list of motorcycles owned on your profile look like a list of a lot of the bikes I have always wanted.

    Really?

    2 CBX's?

    Awesome!!
  3. sgio

    sgio Been here awhile

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    Brian,
    I enjoyed your report! :clap:clap:clap
    I just got back home from the smokies where we rode around in the clouds all last weekend. I know what you mean about fog on the visor.
    After reading your report, I guess I had it lucky. :D It was 46 and raining through most of North Carolina and Virginia on the way home. :cry
    Thanks again.
  4. choppahead

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    Really enjoyed your ride report, Brian. Guys like you and RTWDoug are an inspiration and have given me the push I needed to get out and rack up more miles on my Shovel. Retirement is coming in a couple of years and I plan on doing a good long ride on it.

    One of the best things I've learned on here from folks like you, RTWDoug, the Underbonings and a few others is that as long as you have the time, a bit of resourcefulness and mechanical know how, you can see the world and you sure don't need the latest, whiz bang, big displacement superbike to do it!
  5. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Brian,

    You freaking rock man! I really dig you RR's and the fact that you are so even keel especially when things go awry. So many times I get questions like "What if you break down?" or "What if you get hurt in the middle of nowhere?". RR's like yours are precisely why I tend to ignore "What ifs?" and focus on my love of just getting gone.

    Again ,great stuff and thank you for putting so much effort into posting this thread.


    Cheers,

    Dave :freaky
  6. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    nicely done!
  7. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks sgio.

    Cold ain't so bad, and wet ain't so bad, but cold and wet..................... ? I can live without cold and wet.:D

    I hope you had a good ride, even with the cold and wet :)
  8. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks choppahead.

    RTWDoug has taken it to a whole different level. I have never met the man, but from what I have read, he seems to have made a career out of riding...... ummm.....unlikely..........? motorcycles on unlikely journeys. I just wanted to go for a ride or two :)

    But you are right. with the right attitude, resourcefulness and a bit of mechanical know how, there ain't no reason not to ride an old bike around the world or down to the corner store for smokes.

    And fer sure, those old shovels were made for riding. And the best thing is, when things don't go quite according to plan, you meet some great people.:D
  9. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks Dave.

    I kind of figure that getting excited when sh*t goes sideways isn't gonna get you back on the road. Just gotta take it all in stride and deal with it. That said, I don't know how even keeled I would have been if something had broke when I was cold and wet and ready to give up in the cold, wet snow in Montana. Thankfully nothing went sideways and my attitude picked up once I warmed up a bit :)

    Those "What if" guys get to spend a lot of time at home while the rest of us are out liviing.

    I got into a discussion with my doctor yesterday about my "risk taking" activities. I said that I don't take unreasonable risks, and she said that cautious people don't ride all over Mexico solo on motorcycles. ( I didn't tell her that I just took a 3 week trip on an old Harley) I said, yeah, but I didn't take un-necessary risks in doing it, and she said, yeah but you went through Mexico by yourself on a motorcycle. So I said, yeah, but I didn't ride at night, I didn't go out drinking and carrying on in sketchy areas, I was always aware of where I was and what I was doing, I was friendly and didn't get aggressive with people. And she said, yeah, but you went through Mexico by yourself on a motorcycle.

    We agreed that it was a matter of perspective....:D.
  10. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks yamalama

    it was lots of fun.
  11. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Today is the 1 year anniversary of the day I was SUPPOSED to leave on my dream ride to unknown southern locations. (as we know my departure was delayed slightly.)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    I have spent the last week cutting firewood, hanging with my family, working on my resume, applying for gainful employment, and going over my photos, personal log and ride reports, looking for some meaningful or deep or philosophical words of wisdom to share here.<o:p></o:p>
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    I did have a fantastic year, though. If someone had told me a year ago that my trip was going to go this way, I might have looked at them with suspicious distrust J Although I didn`t have a real plan or destination, I had hoped to get further South, and I really didn`t see buying an antique Harley (I still have a problem with “antique” being younger than I am) and touring on it.


    Although I had factored in missing my family, I wasn’t prepared for how much I would miss them. I think that for the near future at least, I may limit my adventures to a shorter time frame, such as my Electraglide journey. <o:p></o:p>
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    I have been asked what was the best thing I saw or experienced, and that is a tough one. It was all so cool. The places I saw, the people I met. From the deserts of the Baja to the Freeways of Cincinnati, there were no places I DIDN’T like. Granted, there were places I liked better than others, but there was nowhere that I wouldn’t return to. (Even Acapulco, though, if I did return I might do it a bit differently J)<o:p></o:p>
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    The people I met were fantastic. No matter where I went, I found the people helpful and generous. It was mostly noticeable in parts of rural Mexico, Guatemala and Texas. That does not mean in any way that the people in other places weren’t fantastic. They were. I even met friendly people from Ohio J. I made friends in every country I visited. Friends who I keep in touch with and will continue to, and people who I hope to see again, either in their area or if they come to see me here in Canada.<o:p></o:p>
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    I think the most remarkable thing I experienced was in the Latin America countries (I saw this in Peru with the family as well) and that is that they socialise as a community.<o:p></o:p>
    Every city or village has a town square, and there are always people milling around, visiting, buying things from the vendors. The streets and markets are busy with people shopping and socialising. I was talking with my Mother about this, and she says 50 years ago, it was more like that here. I could feel more of a sense of a community there than I do here at home.<o:p></o:p>
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    All in all it worked out to be a pretty much perfect year. I rode about 35,000 kilometers (just over 25,000 on the Buell, just under 10,000 on the Harley)<o:p></o:p>
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    I saw great things and met wonderful people.<o:p></o:p>
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    I was able to spend an entire summer at home with the family (and in fact am applying for a job tomorrow where I should get summers off J)<o:p></o:p>
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    So, thank you all for following along. I truly appreciate the comments you all made along the way. It makes writing a Ride Report worth it, knowing that people are enjoying it.<o:p></o:p>
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    On all RRs, I tried to answer all comments, but I am sure I may have missed some. For that I apologise.<o:p></o:p>
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    So for now, its back to reality. I see more travel in my future, and intend to write more RRs when they happen.<o:p></o:p>
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    I would especially like to thank my understanding yet somewhat frustrated wife for all her support. Without her, none of this would have happened.



    Dual post at A BC Buell goes South<o:p></o:p>
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  12. 1955BIKER

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    Thanks for the report. Really enjoyed it.
  13. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks.

    It was great having you along on this and my Buell trip:beer.
  14. jdfog2

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    Awesome report - a true adventure !

    Thanks
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  15. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Give a shout if you ever get north to Fairbanks, or at least check in on the Alaska page for tips on where to stay and etc.
    And then there's the D2D in Dawson City Yukon in June.

    Now I'm going to read your RR about your ride south on the Buell. The first page hooked me in.
    We're done riding bikes here and its too early to ride sled so time for a good read.
    David
  16. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks Solarmoose. If I ever get up to your part of the world I'll look you up and quiz you on the best things to see.

    Bikes are all put away here as well *sigh*, and I am making lists of what each bike needs.

    I hope you enjoy the Buell RR. I sure enjoyed doing it :)
  17. jimbowie

    jimbowie Been here awhile

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    Hey Brian,

    Sorry to hear the end of riding season has come for you. I was a little cool here today. It only got to 68 or 69 degrees.:roflI went for a 2 hour ride after work. Still working on learning the Explorer. Almost 2000 miles on it now. Gee, it sure is easy to put the miles on when the weather is so nice. Sandra and I just wanted to say hi. Take it easy and get all those bikes ready for next Spring.
  18. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Yeah, winter comes early in this part of the world. I put the tire chains on my tractor already to plow snow (we have about a foot or so already, but some might melt today and tomorrow)

    Sounds like chilly riding weather. I hope you wore a coat :rofl

    I have been reading quite a bit on the Exlporer (Am finally catching up on all my bike subscritions afteer being away)
    and after seeing yours, I think I want one (actually, there aren't many bikes I DON'T want :lol3)

    Hi back atcha and Sandra. :beer


    Enjoy the above 32 weather
  19. BigChris99

    BigChris99 Been here awhile

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    Brian, All I can do is add another thank you to the ever growing list. Thank you for taking us along on your ride with that

    sweet motorcycle. May you two have many more miles together.
  20. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    I wanted to add my thanks for sharing your trip. It was a fantastic run and the family celebration was "icing on the cake" literally and figuratively. Your comments have me pondering that we went to different schools together :lol3

    Forwarding a link to this RR to a couple of other old timers that keep their shovels alive and I know they will love reading this.

    Cheers and Safe Travels

    :beer