Virginia to Alaska and back on an '86 Yamaha Radian

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ruffntuff, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. smash81

    smash81 Been here awhile

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    Amazing! Loving every word. :clap
  2. Kawikazi

    Kawikazi Missing the KLR

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    Damn...wish I were Billy. Where do you find a woman like this?:clap
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  3. KilgoreHT

    KilgoreHT n00b

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    "following along"?

    Good, the best writing transport the reader, its a time warp. It has happened to you, but its happening to the reader, us.

    I (we are) am with you with every rain drop, shiver, throbbing headache, breathe taking view, revelation and tear.

    The very best to you.
  4. gary n

    gary n Adventurer

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    Thank you for the great ride report! I can only keep up with one or two at a time and I am thoroughly enjoying this one. Hopefully this is just the first of many mc trips in your future.
  5. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    Right under your nose - Virginia :deal
  6. InDenial

    InDenial Been here awhile

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    I hope you do. This has been very refreshing and fun. Hope you had a great summer.
  7. dinocarsfast

    dinocarsfast Adventurer

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    dont forget to post any links here to other threads that you start about this trip
  8. Pudge Factor

    Pudge Factor One Swell Guy

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    Anna, thanks for taking us along with ya. Patiently waiting for remainder of this
    super RR.
    Pudge
  9. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    I'm a bit surprised to have reached the last page and not reached the denouement of this extraordinary tale. Well, bugger.
    I suppose as I have a few more hours stuck at the computer, I should go back to the beginning and start again.
  10. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    RuffnTuff started this RR back in early Oct. sometimes it's a while between updates.
    It's worth the wait..
  11. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    Thank you for your RR! Very inspiring, very well written. Seems I was there riding in the rain, snow and sunshine with you. You have a great spirit!! Keep up the good work. :clap
  12. duckman44

    duckman44 Been here awhile

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    RuffnTuff
    Thank you for your honesty writing this report.
    I expect to feel many of the same emotions that you did when I do the same trip this June.
    I will also be riding alone but will have a special person in my heart along for the ride.
    In this case it will be my dad.
    Thanks again for your very personal way of bringing us this story and very important event of your life.
  13. NoVa Rider

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  14. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    I have an '89 Radian that is still a lot of fun to ride. It usually gets around 45-50MPG, unless I'm rolling 2up and/or with luggage at interstate speeds. With more throttle required, it starts sucking the gas. 80 miles to Reserve is about the worst I've done too.

    That peppy engine is ridiculously smooth though, with a nice growl even with the stock pipes. It makes for a visceral kind of experience, as a motorcycle ride SHOULD be, IMO. It's a great bike for smaller people that like to tour at speeds below 70MPH on a modest budget. By the time I need gas, my butt is ready for a break anyway. Yamaha hit a home-run with this parts-bin UJM, IMO.
  15. bESS

    bESS Been here awhile

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    Anna:

    I admire your fortitude in doing this ride for your brother Dan. I hope you are at peace and that this ride gave you the meaning that you intended.

    You are truly brave . . .

    bob
  16. fishslapr

    fishslapr Been here awhile

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    This ride report is what introduced me to this site. I wish all reports could be this great! Wonderful writing Anna, & thanks for sharing yourself like you do!
  17. doc4216

    doc4216 Chronic High Fiver

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    Here I was thinking we were almost done to come find out we are only half way through......this makes me a very happy girl!!!:clap
  18. Kampfire

    Kampfire Trucky on two wheels

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    Are you still on the west coast around San Francisco?
  19. psycho klr

    psycho klr Long timer

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    I found this report today and read it all the way through.

    This site is a treasure chest and you are one of its brightest gems.

    Please, go on...
  20. elkgrichard

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    We are all waiting for the rest of the story girl.