Wherever I May Roam - One Woman Livin' on a DR650

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Feyala, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. smash81

    smash81 Been here awhile

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    GREAT PICTURES! And way to go getting to your campsite, I can't imagine doing that sort of thing at night with nothing but that DR headlight. :huh

    Enjoying reading the discussions here, although I don't think I'll dive in.

    Quick question, sort of more back on topic: what do you find you're spending on average per month? Any tips welcome in the budgeting department. Looking forward to your pics of what you're carrying with you.

    Glad to hear you're healing up! A package is heading your way tomorrow.
  2. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Oy, Big get-off. Glad you're OK.

    My own experience is that the front fender may have been at fault. High fender is a big windsail. Mine has "flapped" at 85mph while going thru a road cut. Definitely got my attention.

    I sat on your bike and it is sprung plenty heavy. With big luggage, and all, there may be a touch more rear sag. I'm guessing some aero between front fender - new luggage - passing truck caused the wobble.

    I remember your tires at Hells Canyon had serious wedges from wear. Were the current tires worn? This can cause some funny stuff.

    What I am saying is that the bike is/was probably fine. You should check for plumb and square after the crash.

    Perhaps, maybe, sorta, you should slow down a bit. This, from a serious speed freak. Speed is very addicting and very unforgiving, if you step across the edge.

    I run 18-20 front and 20-24 rear and carry 400lbs on the bike.

    Go to Mexico !!!

    Baja is Mexico light. Lots of gringos and everyone is used to tourists and our bad spanglish. You can handle the gravel on the Sea of Cortez side, but all pavement is still a great ride. TJ has horrible traffic. Alamagordas (sp) near Yuma was the easiest crossing. Douglas AZ was also very easy, with everything done in one bldg.

    Hang in there.
  3. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    I awoke late, but it was still chilly. I decided to build a fire with the all-you-can-burn buffet someone had left behind. Thanks, mystery person! This was a rare treat! Camping for free, I usually don't have a fire ring, and with the dry summer weather, no fire ring means no fires.

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    This fire started more easily than any I'd made in the past year... all the material was exceedingly dry, unlike starting fires in the northwest. It made me pause and consider the flammability of the surrounding forest, and I made sure to keep a close eye on sparks.

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    I explored camp a bit. Somebody had left this weird rusty metal sculpture. I found it kinda creepy, but I can't put my finger on why.

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    I set out the solar panel and charged my electronics, making tea and pasta for breakfast. While waiting for my dishes to dry, I decided to document the stuff that I carry, which some people had expressed curiosity about previously. I'm still sorting out what's necessary from what isn't, and as I go along and use stuff, the load gets lighter. There are some "fun items" I didn't photograph, like my sketchbook and some other random junk.

    First, I carry way too much food. My alternative was to leave it to slowly rot away in the cupboards in Portland. Once this stuff runs out, I'll only be carrying enough for each day, or a little bit extra if I am going into the middle of nowhere.

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    Toiletries. I don't wear makeup but I do have a small amount of trial-size perfume. That's about as girly as I tend to get.

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    Bike stuff. Spare front brake pads, fuel filters, levers, oil filters, spark plugs, headlight bulb, valve clearance feeler gauges, spare master link, zipties, etc. Someday I really need to replace the bumper on the rear shock. Oh well. This is the same as the food - stuff I already had and didn't want to trash, as I know I'll need it sometime down the line. Definitely carrying too much, but not sure where to cut down just yet.

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    More bike stuff. I'd say about 3/4 of one pannier would be full of this stuff if I stacked it together, but it tends to be the heaviest, so I spread it out. I've got a spare air filter, filter oil, spare quart of oil, kerosene and a grout brush for cleaning things, grease, gloves, electrical tape, air compressor, tire spoons, simple stands, various chemicals, and a full metric tool set. I realized while taking this picture that my ratchet was missing, and that I probably left it in Eugene. Damnit!

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    Camping stuff. Trowel, log-cutting wire, hammock, homemade firestarters (lint and trash wax melted into a cardboard egg carton), cooking supplies, sewing kit, leatherman tool, water filter, and wire pot stand for cooking over a fire.

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    Electronics. Solar panel, battery pack, glow poi, spare batteries (lots of spare batteries), bluetooth flexible keyboard, mp3 player, headlamp, usb keys, headphones, stylus, spare 16 gig microsd chip with a LOT of books on it, charging cables.

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    Drysack with my sleeping bag and clothes, Half Dome Plus tent, and inflatable Big Agnes air pad.

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    The dirt road on the way out was not nearly as bad once I was able to see and pick my line around the worst of it. (This was not the worst of it, but then, it never is...)

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    I had another quest before I could leave this area. I'd mentioned before that I grew up here, and I thought it would be fun to take a photo of my childhood home.

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    My parents say that it doesn't appear like much has changed! I wanted to take a better look, but it didn't seem like anyone was home and I didn't want to prowl around uninvited.

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    Mission accomplished, I hopped on the I-80 and booked it into Reno. I stopped at a grocery store and had lunch in the deli, getting two different sets of directions from Cypher as far as where exactly they were camped at, out on BLM land. Wind was gusty along the 395, which kept me doing 10 under the speed limit.

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    This, along with the rush hour traffic through Carson City meant that by the time I took my next break it was almost sunset. I had over a hundred miles to go to Bishop. I pulled into a rest area, in a cluster of buildings I'd almost hesitate to call a town, for a quick break.

    "Is that a potbellied pig?"

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    "Sure is, her name's Mimi."

    I hadn't expected to see a pig wearing a dress, but it was definitely a fun blip in an otherwise fairly uneventful day. The couple with the pig introduced themselves as Brian and Alice, and we struck up a conversation. Mimi was a bit ornery and tried to charge me, after Alice warned me to be careful. "She still has tusks, you know." I wasn't sure how to react to the unprovoked anger of such a small creature, but I stayed just past the length of the leash. "How long do potbellied pigs live?" "Well, that's the funny thing, our veterinarian says that we've removed pretty much everything that normally kills pigs, so he advised us to make sure that we put her in our will, as she might outlive us."

    Brian and Alice were traveling around in their van. They'd used to ride motorcycles, and still do, although nowadays it is on at least three wheels. They invited me to join them for dinner, but I declined. The day wasn't getting any younger. Alice gave me an apple and some nut rolls to tide me over instead, for which I was grateful.

    As I started gearing up, we noticed a bunch of deer had come out to the park to feed. I took this as a sign to be especially wary for deer on the rest of the evening's journey.

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    I rode through the darkness, on high alert for deer. The tinted visor, wind and threat of animals kept me under the speed limit. At around 9 or 10 pm, I helped a guy with directions at a rest area, he had missed his turn off for death valley. Why would anyone go on a road trip through the middle of nowhere without a map? I layered up because I was quite cold.

    I gassed up near Lee Vining. Gas was shockingly expensive!

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    Neither set of directions included GPS coordinates, and without the exact destination, I ended up at a completely different location and asked some strangers for directions. They showed me a book of the area which had a good map. Armed with this information, I found the exit I'd missed before, and scoured the road for the dirt offshoot my friends had mentioned. Eventually I made it, though it probably took me an hour after I left the 395 to find them. They were pretty far out of the way!

    I said hello, pitched my tent in the sand, and crashed.

    After breakfast, Matt and Ramsey went to climb the Owens River Gorge as they'd done every day the previous week, leaving Cypher and I to our own devices. We were low on water, maybe half a liter each, and decided to supplement this with Tecate.

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    We both grabbed our instruments, and played them badly. She has a melodica. I'd never played one of these before, it was pretty fun! It sounded a bit like an accordion. I carry around a couple of small things - a pennywhistle, ocarina, and harmonica. I'm not very good with any of them, but I did manage to play a couple tunes she recognized on the pennywhistle.

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    While dorking around with tarot and incense, I went to take a swig of my beer. I felt something solid and suddenly my lip felt like it was on fire! I spat out the beer and threw the can away from me, spilling it all over my pants as I flailed around. A small, fuzzy, nearly-drowned bee crawled away from the scene. I almost drank it! Ugh! With the help of my bike's mirror, I pulled the stinger out of the inside of my lip, the area swelling up to the size of a marble, making it difficult to eat and speak properly. At least I wasn't allergic!

    A bit shaken by the experience, I swore off the Tecate for a while, and we decided to go for an easy meander to a nearby hydroelectric plant. The sun was hot, but not too hot, and we entertained ourselves by attempting to identify animal tracks in the sand. It was quite beautiful out here, in a dessicated sort of way. I liked the mountains in the distance.

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    This grizzled old tree had a lot of character:

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    There was this old piece of machinery... a cement mixer I think? It had been abandoned in the weather to rust. It had lots of neat gears and what I think were treads at one point in time. I was a bit surprised that nobody had made off with it to sell it for scrap, but I guess it's far enough out of the way out here that it isn't much of a risk.

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    The plant itself was way down in the gorge. Quite a ways to fall!

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    Transformers and high-voltage power lines crackled overhead and gave the air a faint odor of ozone. We hung around for a few minutes before this made us uncomfortable and we decided to head back.

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    The guys returned, and we all went to Bishop, filling up on water and buying some groceries for the evening. On the way back we stopped to check out the hiking trail leading down into the Gorge.

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    It was almost a straight-down rock scramble, but apparently there was at least one woman with an infant who had made it down, so it wasn't an impossible feat. Ramsey ignored the "no posing" sign and tried to illustrate how steep it was.

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    Back at camp, we passed around an enormous jug of wine and ate dinner. I may have accidentally set the table <em>and</em> my hand on fire briefly while making said dinner. I was holding the stove to try to move it, there were some strong winds whipping around the flame, and my hand suddenly and painlessly being on fire startled me into dropping it. Luckily, water put it out quickly, and both hand and table were fine. We discovered that the tree we were sitting under was the home to a number of Jerusalem Crickets, which I'd never seen before. Huge, weird bugs! I was surprised at how clear this photo came out, for being taken at night! If you zoom in, you can actually see all the interesting little details on its legs.

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    Both Ramsey and Cypher had 4g signal way out here. Upon checking the weather, Ramsey discovered that Tioga Pass, the route we'd planned to take across the mountains, was going to get the first snow of the season tomorrow evening. Not wanting to get caught up in that on two wheels, I decided to leave relatively early, the guys would get in one last climb in the morning, and we'd all meet up in Oakhurst later in the day. After mentally scarring Matt with internet videos, we called it a night.
  4. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    Fey, I'm glad to see that your RRs are showing up again. BTW your last pictures look great....why don't you post them at the larger size? You prolly have a good reason, but....

    I can see that you don't know what to do about the wheel wooble.....and that you are getting plenty of advise, but all of it is iffy, whether it will help you or not.

    I see 2 things that you can do that will most likely cure the problem. Put a fork brace on it or a steering dampener. Steering dampeners are $400ish, and fork braces are $100ish. Either of those things will stop a tankslapper from ever happening. Me, I'd go with the fork brace.....

    I broke my wrist out at Moab. My VA doctor said that I should have it looked at. I took the chance and ignored her. It took most of a year to get over the pain from the slight break. It'll just take more time than you can imagine.

    No need to stop riding....Just get someone to help you pick the bike up....there's always someone, and start looking for campsites sooner in the day.

    There's an ADVrider out there that will put you up for a couple weeks while you work on the bike.

    Good luck.
  5. PaulGir

    PaulGir Adventurer

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    The free market will never drive health costs down because by the very nature of medicine,new treatments etc. will add new costs etc.Every new patient that can now survive when ,previously,they would have died is adding costs to the system.

    The easiest ways to cut costs in a health system is to let more patients die,or to make treatment easily affordable so that people get treated before they get very ill and their treatment becomes very expensive.
    Promoting healthy lifestyles is ,potentially, a very cost effective measure.

    When I saw the movie Sicko ,I was amazed at how many of the people featured had fallen for the U.S. health care industry's propaganda and believed socialised health care equated to poor health care.

    I have even read in a travel blog,of a U.S. motorcyclist travelling in New Zealand,not wanting to get his injured wrist treated by the NZ health system because it was "free and second rate" in his view.Instead he put up with the pain till he could get treatment at his next stop,Australia!
    In reality New Zealand and Australia's health care systems are very similar and he ,as a non resident, would have to pay for treatment in either state. ("state" in the "Sovereign State" sense.They are separate countries)
  6. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Wow! You are seriously organized! Very nice travel kit, good tools and parts, great camping gear. Looks like the kit from someone who's been on the road for years. :freaky Major Kudos!
    Have you managed to weigh all your gear?




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  7. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    There is no such thing as free health care. Have you seen their tax rate. I suppose if you live off the Government/ tax payer it is free but how many people do that and have the ability to enjoy what we do?
  8. Warin

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    Short cut.

    On the DR (and similarly most other bikes) under the left side cover is the starter motor relay. One of the larger black wires on it goes straight to the battery and can be used to power up you air compressor (or as a charging pint for a battery charger or any large current link to the battery. Saves taking off the luggage and seat. Oh while the side cover is off, write notes on the back side of it - saves greasy paw prints in the service manual. :evil)

    More ideas.. to each their own.
    Solar charges.
    On the motorcycle I don't bother. I use the bikes electrical system to charge the other batteries. Unless you plan on stopping for more than a day it is not worth taking a solar charger. The risk of braking the thing.. well not worth it to me. On a bicycle ? Maybe.

    Storing spare parts on the bike.
    The brake pads can be bolted on, I use the bash plate with a few bolts and nylock nuts. The crush washers for oil changes - behind one of the plastic caps .. I think for the swing arm (too many bikes!) Saves having that stuff in your bags. I don't carry oil as a regular thing - only when I'm coming up to a change and have vast amounts of emptyness to use.

    More? Read

    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/gear-up/bike-preparation ..quite lengthy. But applicable to most bikes (even based on the DR, but made as generic as possible). These ideas may help cut down on your luggage (eg a second air cleaner... no use prefilters, air filter oil? Use that engine oil... and you can get that from a garage. I normally only carry chain oil, grease, and never seeze).

    The next one is a bit of a mix of different ideas for different bikes - some don't apply to the DR.

    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tech/suzuki/dr650prep

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    I went to a HU UK meeting where one of the talks was on yoga ... picked up a few good things. If you ever get the chance to go to one of these then go. Even if not contemplating international travel you pick up on so many ideas... Err the UK one is the biggest, 3 days 3 lecture halls running - you have to chose which one of the three (or more - some stuff is outside) things to see. That's from 10 am to ... well after 10 pm anyways.

    Nice photos of what you pack... that is so much simpler than the lists I make, and could be handy if your stuff is stolen. Had a lot of trouble convincing the police in Greece that I had a bag stolen off the back of my bike, need it for the insurance claim. The good thing about my lists - I include the weight of each item... if I can find a lighter one then its a new purchase.

    PS I don't carry a ratchet - I can do any bolt with other less weighty tools, slower but can be done.
  9. Warin

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    Hurum...

    There are some good things that come out of gov heath care. Eg the drugs get a bulk purchase .. and that usually means cheaper. A lot. The bad things? A long queue. And more forms:lol3. The tax increase is less than the cost of private medical insurance (consider their profit margin). Oh new drugs in Australia get evaluated by a gov panel - they do a benefit analyst to see how much they are worth, if the supply can meet that evaluated price then ok, otherwise a rip off and they won't buy. The drug people are not impressed ... but other govs are.

    Perhaps another thread?

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    There is a way of calibrating the screen for the right colour .. but you need a printed out colour sheet. Most important for printers, graphic designers etc. Never bothered myself... skin tones are good rough indicators.
  10. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Most are way ahead of you on this mate. Heard of a Battery Tender? Most of us use them at home. They use a common SAE connector. But it's all multi-use. Here you can see ... if you look close ... a wire hanging down near the frame rail.

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    On the road this plug is mostly used to power my Gerbing jacket. Can also be used to jump start other bikes ... and will easily run a mini compressor ... most use an SAE plug. Plug and Play. At home, I plug in my Battery Tender when bike is parked ... ALL using the simple and unbreakable
    SAE plug. I've used these for over 15 years.

    I carry two tire Irons between motor and bash plate. Wrapped in inner tube and Zip tied in place. Been there since '06. I'm careful about where I stow more delicate things ... as they can be damaged. I carry a very comprehensive Nut & Bolt kit, made up just for the DR650. All OEM sizes plus OEM washers, springs, do dads. Drain plug washers can be heated and annealed for re-use. No need to carry extras. Front brake pads on the DR should last 10K to 12K miles in touring mode. Rears go faster (4 to 5K depending) I carry one set. I also ALWAYS carry a set of fork seals. My bike uses NO OIL. No need to carry any. I plan oil changes well head and only do filter every other oil change when on the road ... so 10,000 miles between filters.

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    Two tire levers here ... another Ty Davis lever in luggage. (12")

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    Spare nuts and bolts are like buried treasure when in Baja. I mostly end up giving stuff away ... as was the case here. Happy to help.
    Very good ideas there. In heavy dust I use "Filter Skins" which slip over air filter. re-usable. I use a small squeeze bottle of 90 Wt. gear oil. It's cheap and available nearly everywhere. A great chain lube. The key to long chain life is regular cleaning. Diesel works fine ... or just a quick wipe down and light re-oiling. I get near 25,000 from a chain.

    That is a mistake. Trust me. I use a 1/4" drive ratchet, by Snap-On. I fly through common maintenance ... and never bodge bolts up or scuff knuckles.
  11. RicH2

    RicH2 Ric H2

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    Hey Feyala....Love the last three letters of your name....ROLL TIDE !!!


    Been enjoying some of your ride. On the maintenance front, and possibly associated with the tank slapper, I'd suggest (if others haven't already)...

    Check the swing arm bolt torque.
    Check your spokes.

    Finally, up to you of course but, it'd be nice if folks would simply enjoy your ride. I can't take anymore of (for example) Ed's socialist propaganda and calling people names like ignorant, going after evil corporations for making evil profits using mine and my families retirement investments etc.....those corporation and profits belong to us people out here...and we're not ignorant.

    Maybe you can fix that and folks can take it to the appropriate thread (CS&M).

    BTW...my 17 yr old daughter is admiring your tenacity. Your life may be having an impact you hadn't considered.

    Anyway.....have fun and be safe......

    Ric
  12. RicH2

    RicH2 Ric H2

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    North Alabama
    My daughter suggests this may be bear slobber.....LOL....

    Kinda of a scary thought !!!

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  13. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    Location:
    Lake Havasu City, AZ.
    I carry two tire Irons between motor and bash plate. Wrapped in inner tube and Zip tied in place. Been there since '06. I'm careful about where I stow more delicate things ... as they can be damaged. I carry a very comprehensive Nut & Bolt kit, made up just for the DR650. All OEM sizes plus OEM washers, springs, do dads. Drain plug washers can be heated and annealed for re-use. No need to carry extras. Front brake pads on the DR should last 10K to 12K miles in touring mode. Rears go faster (4 to 5K depending) I carry one set. I also ALWAYS carry a set of fork seals. My bike uses NO OIL. No need to carry any. I plan oil changes well head and only do filter every other oil change when on the road ... so 10,000 miles between filters.

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    Two tire levers here ... another Ty Davis lever in luggage. (1

    Who made the right side stand and will it work for the front tire as well?
  14. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    We probably should be giving Feyala back her thread! (sorry for the Hi-Jack!)

    (briefly: that is a Alu tri-pod leg, yes works for front too. Weighs a few ounces, strong, adjustable. Cheers!)
  15. Ed~

    Ed~ What, Me Worry?

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    Hey Alabama... No disrespect meant and I certainly did not call names. You should notice that fact in my post even if you happen to be a millionaire corporate golden-parachute retiree.

    In my view ignorance is a condition, not a label, and easily rectified.

    I'm not here to convince nor bash, just pointing at the Moon and hoping folks look in that direction rather than argue my finger. Maybe Max Planck put it best when he said, "Truth never triumphs &#8212; its opponents just die out."
  16. PaulGir

    PaulGir Adventurer

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    Seen it? I pay it.
    around 28% for business ,30% for individuals and like many western countries the more you make the less you can get away with paying - FaceBook paid $14495.00 dollars in NZ tax for their NZ business activities last year.With business activities valued in $millions in NZ.

    Feyala can have her thread back now :)
  17. Tracks1

    Tracks1 Arctic Rider

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    Why should I have to pay for the health care of:

    Calorie Guzzlers...meaning fat people...(they also cause greater Global warming), who can't control their spoon?

    Drug users ... also includes:
    all who drink alcohol?
    all tobacco products?
    all pot use?

    Meat eaters?

    Live healthy or die soon...become a veggie.

    News Flash: It's now year 2025 ... Government has just outlaw all private transportation and the comsumption of all aminal parts in order to reduce Health-Care $$$.:rofl:rofl:rofl:clap:clap:clap
  18. FishTaco

    FishTaco urban misfit

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    at large in SoCal
    Jeebus, please take this off topic stuff somewhere else and give the woman back her thread.
  19. Tracks1

    Tracks1 Arctic Rider

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    USA West Coast
    I totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  20. pigpen

    pigpen Gone Riding

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    Fey,
    Back on track to your ride report! Just read the whole enchilada, subscribed! Sorry about jumping in your photo...hehe
    Fey chased us all night and day to get to Hell's Canyon! I know as hit 108 trying to chase down S1 and asrivor. She has come a long way since then! Doug Bar was huge for her back last summer! It was fun to watch her speak of the ride before w/ trepidation then after she got back she was so pumped about it. Some of those corners have huge cliffs off the road.... not for the faint of heart. Keep going girl! Your writing style has developed nicely and your knowledge of motorcycling has increased amazingly quickly. Is alex back in town yet? If so and you have not solved the DR's bobblehead dilemma have him call me, I have some idea's to start with on this, but you will need someone with a good wrist to perform some tests... heal quickly.