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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Fast Ferris, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Long timer

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    the latest info i have is 10 o'clock Sunday morning at Antelope Valley H-D/Buell.

    for anyone planning on coming out to meet Dave, i highly recommend checking with the dealership and confirming the above information before you head out.

    i'll post more as i know more.

    FF
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  2. strikingviking

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    That's a bit far to ride from here in Mazatlan but please tell Dave that he is my hero too.
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  3. Michaelfish

    Michaelfish Been here awhile

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    I ride through Bodfish all the time but usually I'm coming off of the Piute Mountains into Lake Isabella for bite to eat with a bunch of riding buddies & I tell them about Dave & we look around town & ask about him but no one that we met knew about him. Bodfish is a really small town too. (bunch of guys on Hondas looking for a Harley rider might have something to do with it)

    I saw his video but I haven't read his book. I emailed him & like you said he explained that he responds when he "gets around to it".

    Truly a man of character. I'd buy him lunch or something if he's ever in Ridgecrest. (You readin this Dave?)
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  4. Fast Ferris

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    thx Glen, consider it done. :-)
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  5. Fast Ferris

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    Michael, imagine living just five minutes from Dave for several years and yet not running into him until a friend in Indiana calls and sets up an in-person book delivery. ;-)

    if you knew just where to look, i'm pretty sure you can see his place as you drop down the Lions Trail (Bodfish/Caliente Rd.) into town.

    any chance you could buzz down to Lancaster on Sunday and hook up with him? it's not that from from Ridgecrest, and i know he'd be very happy to meet you (regardless of what you rode up on :-)
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  6. Fast Ferris

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    Glen, it's done...

    Receipt ID: 3W596397Y1110054H
    An email with your order summary has been sent to [you]

    ...and we're very much looking forward to reading your book.

    best regards,
    Fast Ferris & Denise :-):-)
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  7. Fast Ferris

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    now then, back to topic: another shot of Dave Barr in the wind, one of my personal favorites:

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  8. Michaelfish

    Michaelfish Been here awhile

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    I wish I could. I got to put my Wing back together. I'm guessing he'll be at the Buell/Harley dealer?
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  9. Fast Ferris

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    affirmative:

    Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson
    1759 West Avenue J-12 Lancaster CA 93534
    Phone: 661-948-5959 Fax: 661-942-4599
    Toll Free Phone: 800-99HARLEY
    http://www.antelopevalleyhd<WBR>.com

    latest info i have is ETA 10 a.m. Sunday. i hope to be able to solidify this info tomorrow (Saturday).

    best regards,
    FF

    ps: Dave wouldn't mind if you showed up in a car... :-)
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  10. Fast Ferris

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    Dave Barr, a professional soldier until a landmine explosion ended his military career, went on to set the standard for long-distance motorcycle riding with a series of epic journeys that established him as an international icon of the human spirit’s capacity to overcome physical adversity.

    Despite the loss of his legs, he has ridden around the world, across Russia in the dead of a Siberian winter, and to the four farthest points of Australia, all aboard Harley-Davidson motorcycles. In the process, Barr has written books, produced documentaries, earned two Guinness World Records, and established a foundation to support a charity that assists disabled people. As an inspirational speaker, he points to his accomplishments—including his avid participation in sport skydiving--as examples of what can be achieved by struggling with life’s circumstances rather than caving in to them.

    Barr was born April 12, 1952, in Los Angeles, California, and was abandoned in the backseat of a car. After nine months in foster care, he was adopted by Guy Barr, a Navy veteran of World War II in the Pacific, and his wife, Lucille, who had worked in an aircraft assembly plant during the war. He bought his first motorcycle, a ‘61 Harley-Davidson Panhead, after he returned in 1971 from Vietnam, where he had earned 57 air medals, including a single-mission decoration for valor during his combat tour as a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter gunner.

    He rode the Panhead coast-to-coast-to-coast and immediately bought his second bike, a 1200cc 1972 Harley-Davidson FX Super Glide.

    While serving in the South African army in Angola a decade later, Barr’s unarmored vehicle rolled over an anti-tank mine and exploded. He spent nine months in a Pretoria military hospital, undergoing 20 operations, including four to remove his legs in stages, skin grafts, and agonizing physical therapy to learn to walk again. When he was released from the hospital, Barr volunteered to go back to the combat zone where he’d nearly been killed to finish his enlistment on prosthetic legs.

    Barr mustered out in December 1982 and returned to his family home in West Covina, California. He took the Super Glide out of storage and refit it to accommodate his prosthetics. He added an electric starter and an overload spring to the brake pedal so he could ride with his artificial right foot resting on it. On his first ride, a casual thought occurred to him, and it put his life on a new course that would take him around the world and to some of its most extreme and challenging environments.

    He described it this way in his first book, Riding the Edge: “Wouldn’t it be something to share this simple accomplishment of riding a motorcycle as a double amputee with disabled people the world over? Perhaps I could be a role model for those people who might someday suffer the loss of good health.”

    Seven years later, he piloted the Super Glide out of Johannesburg, South Africa, on a 9000-mile transcontinental ride to raise funds for the Leonard Cheshire Foundation, an international charity that assists disabled people. In September 1990, nine months after completing the African ride, Barr again left Johannesburg on the 18-year-old shovelhead, turned north and kept going. Riding six of the world’s continents—he couldn’t find a way to get the bike to Antarctica—Barr logged 83,000 miles through the world’s most dangerous and unforgiving regions during the 3½-year trip.

    Riding the Edge, Barr’s 500-page account of the world ride, includes grainy, black-and-white images of the legless man wrestling the bike through axle-deep mud in Cameroon, of him hanging on as the machine throws up a rooster tail of sand in the Sahara Desert, and of him standing next to it at the Arctic Circle in Norway. There’s the bike parked at the foot of a primitive bridge across a Brazilian river; waiting for a tractor to clear an avalanche from a pass 12,000 feet up in the Chilean Andes; overturned on a dirt track in the Australian outback. After enduring virtually indescribable physical and emotional hardship, overcoming mechanical failures, and plowing through thousands of miles of red tape that dozens of governments had wrapped around the ride, Barr made it home in May, 1994.

    Barr retired the Super Glide with a quarter of a million miles on the odometer in 1996, the same year he set out from Le Conquet, on France’s Atlantic coast, aboard a 1996 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 equipped with a sidecar. Almost four months after leaving France, Barr arrived at the Pacific port city of Vladivostock, Russia, 9,375 miles east of his starting point. Much of the ride, which was undertaken in winter because the route was plotted to cross hundreds of miles of Russian marshland that could be traversed only when frozen, was made above the Arctic Circle. Guinness World Records recognized the achievement, which Barr recounts in his second book, Riding the Ice, as the first and fastest motorcycle ride across Eurasia.

    Guinness awarded a second world mark to Barr in 2002 in recognition of his 10,000-mile Southern Cross ride. At the age of 50, he took a 2002 Sportster 883 equipped with a two-ton winch mounted on the crash bars to the four farthest compass points of Australia, completing the ride in eight weeks despite several major spills that resulted in serious injuries, nearly impassable terrain, and restrictions on reaching the remote points, which are not accessible by roads.

    At the easternmost point, Byron Bay, park rangers refused Barr permission to ride to the water’s edge, but allowed him to roll the Sportster down 60 stairs to the Pacific Ocean. At Wilsons Promontory State Park, Barr’s southernmost goal, park personnel refused to allow Barr even to roll the bike to the water, but he kept his record bid in place by unbolting the front wheel and lugging the 32-pound assembly three kilometers down a slippery, bare-rock cliff to the Bass Strait.

    “If you’re not willing to take risks, you’re going nowhere,” Barr told an interviewer in 2003. “I took [the disabilities] and used them to give my life meaning so that maybe someday someone will be able to say, 'I met Dave Barr and if he did all of these things as he is, then surely I can live my life normally.’”

    In addition to being a member of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, Barr was also one of the individuals who were part of the Museum's exhibit, "Heroes of Harley-Davidson," presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, that marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of Harley-Davidson. A photo of Barr on his old Super Glide, during his around-the-world trip, showed him posed in Tiananmen Square in Peking beneath a huge poster of Chairman Mao. Barr described the photo as the perfect juxtaposition of opposites: the Mao banner symoblizing the control and oppression of the Chinese communist system, and the Super Glide representing the freedom of the road.

    Barr was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in 2000. He currently lives in California.


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  11. Fast Ferris

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    just off the phone with Dave. he and Luke spent the night in Gallup, New Mexico, and are still planning on arriving at Antelope Valley H-D/Buell in Lancaster, California tomorrow (Sunday) morning, 1/6/08.

    as before, if you're planning on trying to hook up with Dave at the dealership, CALL THEM (contact information posted above) and confirm the details. they open at 10 a.m. tomorrow, but knowing Dave's high-octane energy level, it's quite possible he'll be there earlier than that.

    i'll post more as i know more.
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  12. reepicheep

    reepicheep Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear Dave and Luke are still rolling. Having Luke there with his Dad really added to the moment.

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    And now another favorite shot from the AMA museum... Damn imports :)

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  13. Fast Ferris

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    cross-posted from www.badweatherbikers.com (http://www.badweatherbikers.com/cgibin/discus/show.cgi?tpc=37&post=1041325#POST1041325) - thx to Steve Slaughter for the extra info:

    Hokay - just talked to Scott Kellerman (GM of Lancaster [Antelope Valley] HD/Buell) He said this is not a scheduled event, he's [Dave Barr] dropping off one of the bikes, picking up another so there's nothing scheduled per se. He's on his own schedule.


    Those of us who live here will likely head over tomorrow just because Scott and the staff there are such cool folks and we'll get some of their free coffee. It'd be hard to recommend our Sandy Eggo contingent ride up here since the weather is so marginal and there's not a real hard and fast schedule. The 10AM time is a ballpark. He's coming in on 4 wheels from the AMA hall-of-fame museum.
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  14. Fast Ferris

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    this just posted on LABikers:

    > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    > From: Russ Madsen <***@***.net>
    > Date: Jan 5, 2008 2:39 PM
    > Subject: Dave Barr in Lancaster tomorrow
    > To: [email protected]
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    > Got the following from Denise about Dave Barr putting the bike he rode
    > across Siberia on display at the Lancaster HD dealer. Info below.
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    > All riders are invited to this chance to meet and chat with Dave.
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    > Gang, this is one of m/c's special moments!
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    > As I understand it, the bike pictured in the links below is Dave Barr's
    > around-the-world HD. I believe the second bike on his trailer, the bike he
    > is dropping off tomorrow in Lancaster, is the one he rode across Siberia for
    > his first Guinness World Record.
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    > Definitely check the links and if at all possible, be there in Lancaster.
    > Supersarah set up a ride to hear Dave speak a few years ago. Amazing guy.
    >
    > There's also more pictures of Dave's riding at <www.davebarr.com>.
    >
    > -Russ
    >
    > (Denise writes in part)
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    > Dave will be there at the Antelope Valley HD dealer
    > tomorrow a.m. 10:00. Hope you get a chance to take a look at these
    > links - amazing pictures on the badweatherbikers thread. Always
    > wondered what became of that bike.
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    > The links:
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    > http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=298319
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    > http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6002443#post6002443
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    > http://www.badweatherbikers.com/buell/messages/6817/327167.html?1199365648
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    > Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson
    > 1759 West Avenue J-12 Lancaster CA 93534
    > Phone: 661-948-5959 Fax: 661-942-4599
    > Toll Free Phone: 800-99HARLEY
    > http://www.antelopevalleyhd.com
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  15. scott_h

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    Just checked in AV H-D, they said he should be there tomorrow, but understandably, did not have a time nailed down. I’ll be there at 1000 and see what happens.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  16. holckster

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    Dave is an inspiration to all who hear his story, not just the disabled.

    Had the privilege of meeting and riding with him a few years ago near his home in Ca.

    Looking forward to hearing about his next adventure.
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  17. Fast Ferris

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    thx for the update, Scott, and glad you'll be there. :-)

    Denise just got off the phone with Dave. he and Luke are holed up with a friend in Bullhead City, Arizona, which puts them about 250 miles east of Lancaster.

    Dave has NO idea any of this online stuff has been going on since their departure from Ohio on Wednesday, but we DID have to try to pin him down on an ETA, so we fibbed a little and said a buddy of ours wanted to meet him in Lancaster tomorrow but couldn't get there until 10 because of church.

    sorry, Dave, hope you'll forgive us.

    so, if Dave & Son are rolling early (which is Dave's default mode), 10 a.m. - or a little after - in Lancaster is entirely doable.

    Scott, thx again, and i sure hope you have a digital camera. have fun!
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  18. Fast Ferris

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    Doug, that is the gospel truth. thank you very much for your post.
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    Jerry,

    Thank you for the intro to Dave at Octoberfast, and for your posts . Great stuff.

    Jim A
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  20. Fast Ferris

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    Gentleman Jim! how cool to see your name pop up here!! you're welcome, and you're welcome. thank you for being such a good friend and riding partner. :-)

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    Gentleman Jim and Dave Barr at the kickoff party for Oktoberfast 2005, Lake Isabella, California.

    - photo by Dave Hoffman/Dino

    ps: Denise says hi!
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