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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RoadHD, Jul 26, 2010.
I'm late to the party and starting from the beginning (only on page 3). So far it's very amusing.
Just read your thread and article. Great writing and adventure. Loved it all thankbyou for sharing
Thanks for sharing your article. It was a nice read. I'm sure it was tough condensing several months of your life into a few pages and photo's. I know I would love to read and see more of your adventures.
Puta! Como estas cabron!? I'll be in SoCal in a week. Lets ride!
Rob, if you don't mind, I'd like to share your Africa trip with my HD Forum (Australia) buddys. You are a legend and I'm sure the others will savour every paragraph of your article as I did. Question though, is there a non PDF version or a link I can post?
Lastly, how is the Road King going? How many miles on her now and will she be retired any time soon?
Unfortunately, I don't think there is a weblink to the article (I tried searching for it and I couldn't find anything) - so the PDF seems to be it for now. Today, I just arrived home from a three month trip around the states in an electric car and finally saw a couple hard copies that HOG UK mailed me, so amazing to see my story in print. Really makes me want to buckle down and write more and maybe expand Charlie's story.
Charley took four months to return from Africa, and is back in Los Angeles with just a fraction under 75,000 miles. I haven't seen him yet, I hope to collect him in a few days and start the rehab - collapsed suspension seems to be the most obvious problem. I got to get to that before gearing up for the next adventure - no plans yet, but I may stay local to the States - so maybe the TAT or just ride up the length of the Appalachian Trail (seems way faster than hiking it).
Oh, Charlie doesn't know the meaning of Retirement - because he's a motorcycle.
Hope to see you on the road,
Thanks for your response. I'll keep on trying to post up the PDF.
Anyhow, WTF an electric car?? I hope you had a great time anyway. Certainly different seeing the world from a cage. I'm sure you would have preferred Charlie, but hey, sounds like you'll be off again before too long!
On 24 June 2012, at 8:00 am local time, Edwin Naula, Director of the Galápagos National Park, announced that Lonesome George had been found dead<sup id="cite_ref-16" class="reference"></sup><sup id="cite_ref-17" class="reference"></sup><sup id="cite_ref-18" class="reference"></sup> by his caretaker of 40 years, Fausto Llerena.<sup id="cite_ref-19" class="reference"></sup>
Thanks Grizzzly, I'm glad you appreciate the RR.
Traveling the States in an Electric Car was F'ing awesome, I did it in a Tesla which is damned fast and a ton of fun to drive - absolutely my favorite cage; in fact, I'm meant to be writing something up about that trip, which explains why I'm lurking on the motorcycle forums.
Predictively, however, on mountain passes and country roads, I really missed riding a motorcycle - never more than when driving through the deserts of the South West at night - when I'm riding my motorcycle at night, the entire world narrows to the illumination of my headlight - nothing else exists, the world is reduced to the distant sound of my engine and silence... I'm near meditation... floating. In a the car, I never had that sense of connection, if I got remotely close, something like a KeSha song came on Internet Radio and totally wrecked the moment for me.
Yeah, there's going to be more motorcycle trips in my future.
I was devastated when I heard George passed last year - and the inevetiable happened - something is entirely lost from this world. I'm curious if the Darwin Research Station will keep his enclosure empty - a kind of statement to the world being just a little more empty.
I vote that the next trip is the TAT. Road King on the TAT -- that's a winner!
Thanks Rob - it made my day to find your updates today- very much enjoyed the article. Your next great adventure is one I have had the privilege of for 23 years aug 4 - marriage has been a tremendous blessing to me. God Bless you man.
I've very much enjoyed your ride report as well as the great article you wrote in HOG. You have totally blown the doors off of peoples ideas of what is possible on a Harley with the right attitude.
I'm a lifelong off-road rider who is interested in getting a Harley. I'm 6'6" and love the Road King but it seems way too small when I sit on it. I never read anywhere where you mention your fit on the bike and any issues you've had in that respect. Clearly with all the miles you've ridden it doesn't seem to be a problem for you. Any thoughts on this?
jposttx - I'm stoked to start the next stage in life and celebrating the upcoming wedding with family and friends, thanks for the blessings! How's this for an idea for a cake top (of course, I need to switch the bike for a dual-sport Road King):
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Thanks Trailsurfer, I'm glad you enjoyed the article, it was a damn fun trip!
You have about an inch of height on me, but I'd image you'd fit well on a Road King, it's a pretty big bike.
I have at least five different places to put my legs and stretch them out. On long days, I switch it up and sit on an inflatable stadium seat (from REI) which can add an inch to the seat.
The Stock seat was completely comfortable, even after thousands of miles, last year, before the Africa trip, my friend gave me a custom gel filled seat (which was amazing). The seating position is comfortable over long 800+ mile days. Oh, It helps to place a backpack (or luggage) on the pile-on seat pillion to lean back, I'd often place the luggage high enough that I could rest the weight of the helmet (they don't call Harley's road-sofas for nothing).
So you finally get a good Dual Sport bike and you want to change it??
Looking forward to your next adventure and congratulations on getting hitched!!
nice story !
"through British Columbia, up the Al-Can through the Yukon..."
now get this through all you's heads - there is no road by that name !
there is however an Alaska Highway which winds through northern BC and along the southern Yukon yes ...
silly 'mericans ..... oh and congrats !!!
Wow, I just read this entire thread, I was glued you are an amazing story teller and very inspirational. I am very happy to see that your adventures haven't ended!
P.S. We need from Mexico to Panama City!!
One of the things I've most enjoyed about motorcycle traveling is experiencing this exact thing. Nine out of ten people smile and wave back, be it Morocco, Bulgaria, or Michigan. I don't think it's ever happened to me in a car, though. Keep up the good work, really enjoying your report and your writing (and I'm only on page 4, playing catch up).
Just read 1-24... GREAT read!! Truly inspired, laughed some, cried some, everything we need in a good RR. Thank you, Sir, for your contributions to the motoring world!
PS, I'm an environmental and animal biologist, and most of my work is in wild locales, occasionally including tropical islands. When Lonesome George passed, the community was devastated.