1. bmwgrrl

    bmwgrrl Goin' Minimalistic

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    It's free for motorbikes sept/oct (also may/June). 129 rt for people (although you get stung 20$ for fuel/dock fees) Just got back from a trip last week. When I left on the 23d we had 7' waves. It was a fun ride. Coming back back was smooth sailing. Badger is nice, but for speed can't beat the LE. Milwaukee isn't all that bad. Stay on 131 north south depending on where you're headed.
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  2. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    7ft. waves?:puke1 Was it fun for everyone or just you? Did you brings tie down straps or did they lend you some rope? We have a 131 in Michigan too but its a boring ass ride.:ricky
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  3. bongr

    bongr Midwest Adventurer

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    Standale / Allendale area. Ride a 1200 GSA
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  4. bmwgrrl

    bmwgrrl Goin' Minimalistic

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    Oh I had a blast- peeps in the lounge not so much - i sat outside in the back of the boat - went in to the snack bar and got myself a nice little lunch. Walking was a challenge, but skipped staying inside - too many :razor green faces hovering over bags.

    They provide tie downs - hook and ratchet type.

    131 in IL and WI is also known as Green Bay Road. Not terribly interesting, but way better than I94.

    I like the Badger - something about that ol' steamer ship.
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  5. TheGreatKahn

    TheGreatKahn Adventurer

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    Thanks for the heads up! So I can't not go I guess!:evil I mean a free ferry trip is a free ferry ride. If nothing else I could hop over to milwaukee for the day. Thanks for all the tips guys.

    But, most importantly where are we going to ride!? We're quickly losing our season.
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  6. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Thanks for the tip!
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  7. bmwgrrl

    bmwgrrl Goin' Minimalistic

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    No worries. Anyone stopping in the Ann Arbor area, I have a spare room that I'm setting up exclusively for motorbike travelers.

    Trees are just getting underway - good looking fall season so far...
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  8. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    The weather looks awesome for the rest of the week. I'm outta here! :rickyWhich bike to take? Road toad?:uhoh Dualy? I'll figure it out in the morning.:wave
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  9. TheGreatKahn

    TheGreatKahn Adventurer

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    Want to ride Friday?
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  10. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    I'm heading north this morning Kahn. If I get back by tomorrow night I might be able to make Friday work. The weather is too nice to be spending it working on the lawn and doing other lame chores that my wife finds for me.:(:
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  11. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    I rode the BMW from Mason to Glenn-South Haven today and took a look at the lake. Found some nice backroads in the Delton, Doster, Hopkins area. You guys should check that area out. Also a lot of interesting dirt roads it looks like. What is your Friday plan Khan? Roadies or Duallies?
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  12. TheGreatKahn

    TheGreatKahn Adventurer

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    Hey Guys,
    I am hoping to ride DS. Being a broke recent college grad my road bikes are all old (that and I like old bikes). But my 77 GS750 which I would love to ride is up on the lift in my shop getting some love.

    Jeff, got your message. I will call you back later today! I'm stuck working most of tomorrow. However, I would be happy to rally with anybody interested to head up north. Otherwise I might just throw the DR in the back of the Scout and drive it up to do some light trail riding.


    SO what say you Michiganders? :evil I've been in the garage most of the evening making sure I can ride this weekend hopefully the rest of you guys can too!
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  13. TheGreatKahn

    TheGreatKahn Adventurer

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    Hey Guys,
    I am hoping to ride DS. Being a broke recent college grad my road bikes are all old (that and I like old bikes). But my 77 GS750 which I would love to ride is up on the lift in my shop getting some love.

    Jeff, got your message. I will call you back later today! I'm stuck working most of tomorrow. However, I would be happy to rally with anybody interested to head up north. Otherwise I might just throw the DR in the back of the Scout and drive it up to do some light trail riding.


    SO what say you Michiganders? :evil I've been in the garage most of the evening making sure I can ride this weekend hopefully the rest of you guys can too!
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  14. TheGreatKahn

    TheGreatKahn Adventurer

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    Hey Guys,
    I am hoping to ride DS. Being a broke recent college grad my road bikes are all old (that and I like old bikes). But my 77 GS750 which I would love to ride is up on the lift in my shop getting some love.

    Jeff, got your message. I will call you back later today! I'm stuck working most of tomorrow. However, I would be happy to rally with anybody interested to head up north. Otherwise I might just throw the DR in the back of the Scout and drive it up to do some light trail riding.


    SO what say you Michiganders? :evil I've been in the garage most of the evening making sure I can ride this weekend hopefully the rest of you guys can too!
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  15. betasigscoot

    betasigscoot Palaverer

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    Eh, I've got a weekend free. Either 'round Lake Michigan or heading toward the UP
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  16. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Going up north all of next week Khan so probably will just take a road bike ride around here today.
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  17. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    I took the new DR for a spin today.:ricky I followed the Thornapple River from Caledonia to Middleville to Hastings. I went south of Hastings and then west on any unpaved road I could find and ended up in the Gun Lake area. There is alot of good riding in this area. There are lakes all over the place so the roads are seldom straight and boring. Lots of gravel to explore. It reminds me a little of West Virgina with all the trashy mobile homes and junk cars lying around. I rode up to Wayland over to Dorr and into Byron mostly on gravel farm roads. 130 miles total and my ass didn't get sore with the stock seat. Indian summer was in full force today, sunny and warm. A good day to be unemployed. Fun!:nod
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  18. betasigscoot

    betasigscoot Palaverer

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    Went to da UP for the weekend w/ the wife. Those seasonal roads were fun when I had time :D; saw a LOT of dual-sporters south of Grayling who get together around this time annually. They had me wishing something a little lighter like a DR.
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  19. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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    i am not f***ng stupid,but i used too. niles mi.
    might go north in two week
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  20. TheGreatKahn

    TheGreatKahn Adventurer

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    Really? I would love to tag along if you were so inclined to have company? We could maybe get everybody together and make it happen?


    Have to replace the clutch in my DR this week. Allegedly it was new this summer when I bought the bike.... So it goes..
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