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Radioman Rides the World.......

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.

  1. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider Supporter

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    Still wrapping up many details at home. The initial ride down the coast with CamoGreg was great!! Now I am anxious to get all the rest done and get on the road ......

    Since I have been so busy preparing, grieving the actual loss of my wife Chris and packing the house over the past couple months I am a bit tired out. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

    Started my week out going to my favorite BMW repair gut. Steve Prokopf in Dundee Oregon. Wanted to have them check out my bike, and talk about the upcoming round the world ride.

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    My R1150 GSA has over 80K of hard miles right now and will need some serious work to get it ready for the ride.

    It is always great to hang out at Steves, and see his bikes and all the current restorations that he is doing.

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    Ground up restoration.

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    Some are just tune ups.. or ? But certainly riders that love there old BMW's.

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    Then Wednesday I had to rebuild a fence with my neighbors yard (had put it off from last year!).

    Tore the old one down quickly!

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    My Housemates (Cody, Ryon, and Jon) helping out! These are some great young men!!

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    After just a few hours, fence was done, all the old wood was cut up and piled.

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    Felt great to get this house project out of the way!!!

    Then I drove up to Seattle on my way to Whidbey island. Stopped and had dinner with Friends, installed a hard drive in my buddies MacBook Pro. On the way up to Seattle I had an ADV guy call me about his F800GS that he had for sale back east. After so many thoughts about which bike to ride, the miles on my Big GS....I checked in with the local dealers on their F800gs bikes for sale.

    Two of them had Demo models for sale. By the time I stopped at South Sound BMW they had sold their Demo. But Ride West still had one. Made an Appointment for Thursday AM.

    After some serious discussions, and then negotiations we arrived at a price and some serious additions.

    I am a new owner of an almost new F800GS for this ride. :clap:clap:clap

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    It is always stressful dropping a bunch of money for a big ticket item...:eek1

    But I know that having the lighter bike by 150 LBS will really be better in other parts of the world. :deal No perfect bike, but one with much lower miles, and lighter. That was my main reason for the switch.

    Thanks to Karry, Dave and Omar at Ride West for your help!! I was there about 4 hours and appreciated all your time.
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    Then up to Whidbey Island to get a few items done that I actually came to Seattle for!

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    Worked on a few things and then needed to crash. Was really tired. Must be the combination of stress and strains of the past few months catching up to me. and it is not slowing down as I get the next couple weeks of obligations done. Have to get back to Portland this afternoon, to sell my old Honda CT90, and be in town for a Mens Group (for mens who's wives have Alzheimer's Disease) that I have facilitated for the past 3 years.
  2. Serbchaser

    Serbchaser Chasin' the Serb

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    Congrats on the new bike...this is coming together nicely. Looking forward to following your progress. :freaky

    Chris
  3. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner Supporter

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    mark....
    great idea for the low-miles F800
    perfect
    money WELL spent, sir
    i'm very happy for you
    can't wait for the trip to begin
    when will you share with us some of the INITIAL DETAILS of your INTENDED TRAVEL?
  4. Johnny Dakar

    Johnny Dakar Fuckin' Smartass

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    With the 30% increase in fuel economy, I wonder how many miles it'll take before that 800 pays for itself!

    (Still kinda sad I won't get to see how far the "old girl" 1150 got)

    Congrats on the new bike!:clap
  5. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider Supporter

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    Hello Johnny.... The "old girl" is going be my ride all summer. Still love this bike!! Will switch over to the new bike when I start Riding south.


    :wave Clearwater..... My route and ride is still developing. Purposely I am keeping it loose so that I can make decisions as I go. The initial plan is riding this summer in North America, then in September start riding south to Terra Del Fuego. :deal That should get me through early next year :ricky
  6. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    Congratulations on the new bike. I'm looking forward to seeing you and which ever bike you bring next week at Hells Canyon. It's less than a week away. :clap
  7. tbolt

    tbolt Cubicle Prisoner

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    Wow, congratulations!

    I'm quite a bit behind the times and catching up. Sorry to hear of your loss, Radioman, but I see you're on to CHAPTER 3... Godspeed and safe travels to you!

    PS: I finally got one of those cots you showed me way back at the Barnacle Bistro grand opening! My future good night sleeps are all thanks to you. :lol3
  8. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner Supporter

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    sounds GREAT to me
    so....
    you'll ride the 1150 in the US and the 800 when heading south?
    makes sense
    though... isn't it hard to drop that cash on the new bike and then let it sit for the next 3 months?

    and....
    when will you be coming to florida?
  9. staikosn1

    staikosn1 Adventurer

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    Nice ride!!!
    Im with you!!
  10. Dazn

    Dazn Been here awhile

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    Subscribed! looks great so far!

    I'm about to set off on a ride of my own, a charity ride for Alzheimers Foundation of America and Project Lifesavers.org through 49 states. Once you get a schedule, maybe we can meet somewhere on the road!


    Looking forward to much more!
    Ride Safe!
  11. sector

    sector Long timer Supporter

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    Wow, congrats on the new bike! Likely a good plan, but you do ride that 1150 like it weighs 150 lbs less. :D That 800 is going to feel like a dirt bike to you!
  12. hooligan

    hooligan Been here awhile

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    Do you already have a buyer? Any pictures?

    I plan on following your Adventures.

    what you have been through, the strain, will wear you out. Take it easy and once on the road you will start feeling better I suspect.
  13. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider Supporter

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    SOLD. Just trying to get rid of "stuff" around the house ..... The Harley is the last big thing to go.....
  14. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider Supporter

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    After being on Whidbey Island, I Stopped to see my Brother and his two small kids. They love hanging out with uncle Mark! Just not happen too often this past year....

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    As you can see they are very interested in talking.... Not really. They are playing some Wii game and having a snack!

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    My brother and his family just bought a place out in the "country". Here he is showing me his barn!

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    and he has a husky too! :rofl :evil
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    and a few small farm animals....

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    Got home Friday afternoon, just in time to sell my 1973 Honda CT90.

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    My buddy John stopped over to hinder the sale:D but he got the last ride!

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    Still wrapping up my obligations today and beginning of this week. :deal

    Felling the stress and strain of all the extra stuff to get done and really be ready to ride. Will be taking off on Wednesday/Thursday for a ADV gathering in Joseph Oregon for a Hells Canyon riding weekend!!

    There will be plenty of riding in my ride report..... I am starting to feel like this initial time is finally starting to get close to finishing up! Thanks for hanging in for the actual ride.



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  15. hutch451

    hutch451 Jackwad of all Tirades

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    I have a feeling that any residual stress will be eliminated when the kick stand is up.
  16. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    Mark, you're doing a fine job moving into this new adventure. Good luck!

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  17. Fiend138

    Fiend138 Adventurer

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    Wow, one day I will own a GS it sucks I work for a BMW dealership and have to drool all day!
  18. MV_Dave

    MV_Dave Adventurer

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    Radioman,

    I've enjoyed your thoughtful ride reports and look forward to this one too. May the wind be at your back and may your ride heal the wounds of your recent loss.
  19. staikosn1

    staikosn1 Adventurer

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    I love that, keep going!!!!:clap:clap
  20. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    Your a guy I would like to ride with...Good Luck with this adventure.