I no longer ride, sold my last one, an 1100 cc.Honda Spirit cruiser almost two years ago. I’m still sad, however, I knew it was time to move on due to age. I rode in 41 states and NEVER trailered a blke anyplace. I most enjoyed the 10 days to two week trips I packed up and did.
Does my Schwinn 10 speed count?[}:)]
Al, I know that route well. It is the direct way to Vegas from Fresno. Don’t stop to pick-up any hitchickers either.
While I don’t ride anymore, I will point out ONE major advantage linking Motorcycle riding with the quest for roadfood. Riding thru a small town or an urban neighborhood one often gets the odors of woodsmoke or other wonderful cooking smells before seeing a place that "might" be a roadfood find. More than once I have used that "Follow your Nose" rule to find some great food while riding!
On the other hand I came over the top of a hill on Rt 58 between Tehachapi and Bakersfield CA (Near Caliente)to find a double trailer Veggie (Tomato) hauler on its side after spilling it’s 50,000 lbs of raw tomatoes all over the road for several hundred yards. I manage to stay upright thru the slippery red stuff…but it took some real cleaning to get that off the bottom of the bike…and I looked like I was covered in blod from the knees down.
Cool,good to see some fellow members. I’m sure you all realize the advantages of a bike on a roadfood trip. Those lil hole in the wall places no one on here knows about are sometimes best.
2007 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI
1992 Harley Davidson FLSTC
1975 Harley-Davidson XLCH
1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado
2005 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI (sold)
Rode a Harley with a tank-shift and "suicide clutch" around 1970 for the Evanston, IL P.D. The one I rode was a 1960-something model with a kick-start. She started "almost" every time. Damn thing needed an anchor to stop. The crappy brakes were unbelievably bad. Almost bought the farm a couple times because she wouldn’t stop very well. Things were pretty loose back then and we’d drag race each other down Green Bay Rd. once in awhile. The department had around a dozen bikes, which was quite a lot for a 100-person department. There were also about 5, 3-wheeler Harleys, but they were for parking control. That was the "suck" job on the department…Monday through Friday on days only. The 2-wheelers had to alternate between days and afternoons and work some weekends.
Had a 1965 Yamaha 250 in the Army and a few years ago bought a circa 1970 Yamaha "Thumper." Got rid of it after a short while. Idiots in cars scared the bejeebers out of me on the streets of San Diego. Some guy from Maine bought it sight unseen from me on E-Bay after just seeing photos and getting my description. He flew in to San Diego and drove that little single-cylinder 250 all the way back to Maine with no problems. Now that’s a road trip!
I have an old Univega converted into a single speed! [:D]
I’m a non biker, but a lot of bikers that I know love to eat on the road. Recreational pilots use the term "$100 hamburger" when talking about the burger that was the reason/excuse for a trip. Like pilots, the bikers that I know often plan a trip based on the food that they can eat along the way. The Vanilla Bean Cafe, in the "Quiet Corner" of Connecticutt, gets a lot of weekend biker biz, because it is at the end of a nice ride from so many places in southern New England, and parts of New York. http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com
Another retired biker here.
1969 Honda CL-90
1970 Honda CL-175
1982 Honda V65 Magna
My bro-in-law has a big ole Heritage Softtail and an Ultra Classic. Sweet ride.
I started out on a Benelli 100, then a BSA 250 until I couldn’t get parts or rig Triumph parts to fit, and last a Kawasaki KZ1000. In 1987 I broke my ankle in a car accident and had to sell everything with a manual shift and buy an automatic vehicle. I hope to go back to riding next year, I really miss it.
Paul, is this one their final production car? SuperCharged model (I thought it was going to be a ’09 model)??
Either way, take 360 pics inside and out of that puppy and share with us!
Greg: I outgrew my bike urge and I do not do that anymore.
What kind of flip top are you driving? I am picking up a t 2008 Vette sometime in April. It is not the convertible though. The top does come off. I am planning on picking it up in Bowling Green. They charge a bit extra for that but the museum delivery plus the goodies kinda makes it worth it.
Paul E. Smith
I’ve never achieved "bike" and seem to be outgrowing the urge.
Meanwhile, work often gets me to Daytona and Laconia during bike weeks and I enjoy the atmosphere and the people.
Meanwhile, my convertible has gotta keep my wanderlust under control.
I have had:
1 Rupp minibike
1 Maverick minibike
1 Yamaha 80 (street)YT-1 i think.
1 Yamaha 90 HT-1
1 Yamaha 100 MX
2 Bultaco Pursang 125
1 Honda Elsinore 125 (one of the 1st in USA)
2 Bultaco Pursang 250
1 Suzuki RM 125
1 Suzuki RM 250
3 Yamaha YZ 250
Now i just have a Trek 4300 mountain bike (bicycle) and a Go-Ped.
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