Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I expected this to be a slow month for riding but I just got back from riding 20 European Countries!

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    OK, I didn't actually go to Europe. My mom got me this book for Christmas.

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    It had been a while since I read a motorcycling related book. When I want to read about motorcycling I just log on to ADV. I think that a forum is a far superior way to tell a story than a book because first it allows the use of pictures and videos and second it is a two way conversation, not one way like a book.

    But I had some time so I picked up the book and started reading. It didn't take long for the author to use the term "freedom of the open road". I almost gagged and put down the book:puke2. What a cliche! Did his publisher make him use that term or did he steal it from the TV shows he has seen.

    But I continued on. The author was not really a motorcycle enthusiast and it showed. The basic story is this. The author was an Air Force officer stationed in Belgium. He buys a Harley and decides to try to ride 10 European countries. This was such an easy feat that he changes his goal to 20 countries. He ends up this in 3 trips ranging from 2 to 5 days each. His rides consist mainly of visiting as many Harley shops as he can and buy T-shirts, pins and patches as he can.

    Does this sound interesting to you?

    Despite this, I found it an interesting read. There is more to the story but I won't go into it any deeper. It did give me some food for thought. For one thing, it has been a long time since I got on a motorcycle (or scooter) and just went on a long trip. One where I spent a different place every night and covered a lot of distance. My trips have consisted of going someplace within a days ride or drive, staying at one place and doing day rides from there. While there is a lot to be said for basing out of one place, I miss just getting on the road like I have done in the past. I need to do at least one trip where I get on a bike and really go somewhere this year.
  2. TheSweeper

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    A friend and I do a spring and fall sport tour every year. We load up our VFR’s and do 200-250 mile days of the curviest roads we can find. Different hotel every night where we sip whiskey and recount our good fortunes. It is the best way to travel. I highly recommend it!
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  3. 2372ighost

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    sign me up!!
  4. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I've got got fresh tires and new chain and sprockets on the Versys. When do we leave?:ricky:ricky:ricky
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  5. norton73

    norton73 drinkin' in the garage Supporter

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    I'll bring the hot sport bike of 1973;

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  6. 2372ighost

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    Can you say “caravan “!!
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  7. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    That is the bike I wanted back then. Sadly my $3/hr job didn't have enough left each week for something like that. nice bike :raabia
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  8. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    In 1973 I was in high school. :gerg I was riding a bicycle back then.
  9. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Graduated in '71 went right to work full time. $2.25/hour working in the shipping office at a trucking company
  10. 2372ighost

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    this was my ride in ‘73
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  11. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I didn't get my first bike until 1980.

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  12. 2372ighost

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    In 75, I got this. 400f
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  13. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    What a great looking bike! Now lets see the first picture you have of you on a bike.
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  14. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    I had one just like this in '73.
    (This is a pic I found online, not my bike.)

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  15. 2372ighost

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    The sad thing is, back in the day, I didn’t think about pics of things I had or owned. You just did life and moved on.
    even today with digital and phones, I just don’t think about it. Thankfully people like you take pics or I wouldn’t know I was riding anything.
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    Internet pic. My first ride. My mom took a picture of it, I have no idea what happened to it. Pic or cycle.
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    bunch a old farts


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  18. norton73

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    Looked in the mirror lately?















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  19. norton73

    norton73 drinkin' in the garage Supporter

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    My first bike in 1973. I graduated HS in '74

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    I had spent the previous couple years working nights washing dishes and busing tables at a steakhouse/cocktail club for $1.80 an hour plus a small share of the tips. However, because of my age, I wasn't allowed to legally work after 10pm. So I got an envelope of cash every week too. That and a summer working at a dairy farm got me enough to buy a 2 year old Duc with 500 miles on it that carried me into college until I got my first Norton in 1977, a '72 750 Combat Commando with a bunch of Dunstall accessories.

    And, no, the bike i owned was not important enough to deserve a place at the Barber Museum. This is another one :D
  20. dpippin

    dpippin Been here awhile

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    First motorcycle I owned. A Honda SL90 era 1967 I think. Can't remember exactly because I'm old
    I was 27 years old. Didn't have enough money to buy a motorcycle when I was a kid although I had a home made scooter for a while.

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