Crazy? Yes! Stupid? Yes! San Jose to Alaska

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by grae313, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. TreeFarmer

    TreeFarmer Tree Farmer Adventurer

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    This has been one great ride report. Two questions for ya though. What was the final story of the bikes. You said you would be selling them, but did ya, or leave them with someone to sell for ya? Second question, is in what strange place did you happen to find this? :huh


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  2. onetravdown

    onetravdown I can't ride where?

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    Great ride report! But what exactly is going on with your bikes? Are they shipping them, selling them for you or ? Sorry if I missed that part somewhere.
  3. grae313

    grae313 Idiosyncratic Misanthrope

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    Mark and Corbin were interested in my bike and bought it from me, and they are taking care of selling Dan's bike. If we had not been fortunate enough to have met up with these people, we would have had to ask around with people like Barb and at the various dealerships, and found someone interested in selling it on consignment.
  4. TwistedGray

    TwistedGray Slow Guy

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    So I am assuming you are going to Cornell? For a masters/bachelors? In what?

    Curious minds...
  5. grae313

    grae313 Idiosyncratic Misanthrope

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    Yes, I'm beginning the physics PhD program at Cornell in the fall.
  6. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    The bikes? Ah yes, the bikes. Man, are they famous now, or what?!? :choppa

    I had actually started doing some research into the little Ninja 250 a while back. Oh yeah, yet another person with an interest in a hyper-mileage vehicle. :wink:

    That and my brother Corbin has one daughter who's already been through an MSF class and and has her motorcycle endorsement and another daughter who's interested.

    Jessie and Dan were also getting a bit tight on time. They wanted to attend someone's wedding and they had a lot of packing to do before the big move to NY. They also mentioned how they were tired and sore. After all, being n00bs, they hadn't yet discovered the wonders of Barb's Alaska Leather sheepskin buttpads and the difference it woulda made on a trip like this one! :huh :lol3

    But what it really came down to was me just wanting a bike to accent a lovely orange jacket and helmet. :brow :lol3

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    Jessie, from Corbin and I, thank you for the high praises. :shog You're being too kind. Mark H.
  7. TwistedGray

    TwistedGray Slow Guy

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    That's some cool stuff!

    I just bought a 250 last weekend based on this Ride Report.



    :lol3 Ok, I lied. However, I did just buy a 250 last weekend.


    For what it's worth, Cornell has an AWESOME campus! Some of my family still lives in Cortland/Homer/Groton and my Grandmother works at Cornell...for the past billion years. You will love it up there; do you two plan on getting bikes in NY?
  8. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Did she tell you the fender was broken before you bought it? :oscar

    Nice ride guys. Enjoyed the fresh perspective.
  9. grae313

    grae313 Idiosyncratic Misanthrope

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    What kind of a question is that?! The triumph dealer in Syracuse is the first stop for me after we unload our stuff into the new apartment. I want me a Daytona 675 :deal Heck, we might even head to the dealership before heading to the apt :wink: Dan is still trying to decide between a Monster or a motard or... a KLR :freaky Don't worry, Mark, I'll talk him into the 696 :nod

    After that I'll be looking to pick up a small dirtbike ASAP, and then I'll look for something with hard luggage that will be comfortable on longer trips :evil
  10. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    That's some gorgeous country around Ithaca...I'm envious.
  11. TheNoid

    TheNoid Young punk

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    or a wee-strom, or a...
  12. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    :lol3 Looks like you both have a bad case of new bike fever.
  13. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Maybe, just maybe, I was a little too distracted by the sellers good looks to notice. :evil

    Actually, I did think the fender looked kinda funny. But with today's bikes being so "angular," I wasn't sure. :huh :lol2

    Since I don't think they make many carbon fiber replacement parts for these little babies, I took a Dremel and "buffed" it right out in the meantime! :brow

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  14. yater

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    How much fer the seat?:lol3
  15. grae313

    grae313 Idiosyncratic Misanthrope

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    Lies! All lies, I tell you!
  16. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    Cute, smart (obviously incredibly so), rides scooters and could sell ice to Eskimos...what more could you ask for? :eek1

    :D
  17. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    Kudos on the ride report.

    My oldest daughter is a physics student and reading your report gives me hope for physics students everywhere.

    I've got to think that it is going to be a culture shock going to Batman after spending a month in some of N Americas most beautiful territory. Even though the mountains of the north were awesome, for me, my favorites were the ones you took in the salt flats.

    It does kind of feel like there is a chapter missing though.......

    Did you leave something out????

    Tom B
  18. Treadless

    Treadless avoiding gravity storms if at all possible Supporter

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    Ahh.... welcome to the REAL world of motorcycles. :lol3 (oh I like that one... and I want that one... and I really NEED that one... :becca and.... and... :deal )

    Thanks again for taking the time to bring us all along on your trip! :wings





    ps. FYI one room apartments with a three car garage are hard to come by. :jack
  19. grae313

    grae313 Idiosyncratic Misanthrope

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    :ddog there is no room for your logic in my plans for the future
  20. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    You need to find an apartment similiar to what The Fonz had. My brother rented one for a couple of years and there are a couple around here. A garage with an apartment over it. How cool would that be?!?!?!!!!!

    Tom B