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hey raider bill!
« on: June 07, 2011, 08:31:13 PM »
I was talking to an iron butt at work today, and he mentioned a "cannonball run" motorcycle thingy....

I did some digging on line and found a link to it:  http://www.hokaheychallenge.com/index.html

I'm tempted!
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Re: hey raider bill!
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 08:26:34 AM »
Last year they started in Key West and went to the arctic circle. It's a timed run with a winner. Not much time to stop and smell the roses. Sure does give you bragging rights though.
We should get the FF bike club or as Jeff named us the alternative transportation guys together..... oh wait we did that last year for the pig roast!.
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Re: hey raider bill!
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2011, 11:43:28 AM »
Wow, that's very tempting.  Maybe next year...
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011, 01:25:41 PM »
My problem with this ride and most others like it is the structure. I've never been good at structure. ;D When I ride if I like a place I will stay awhile if at all possible. I'll also deviate from my somewhat loosely planned routes just because. I never ride with big groups and really seldom with smaller ones as you can never get everyone on the same page. I guess I enjoy riding alone.
Throw in a few Ladies and 5-10 minutes pee stops become hour long ordeals and that's if you can get all the bladders lined up and in sync. What kind of restaurant/food, hotel, campground decisions becomes.... well you get the idea.
2-5 guys that have the same riding habits, reliable rides and some money can have a dang good time on a long road trip.
Then again if one guy is out of sync, a bike breaks or someone started out light in the wallet and always has his hand out then things can get a little sporty. ;)

Seeing this great country from a bike gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.  So far these are the states I've rode in. I hope to add this map next year.




We know some of the guys here ride who else? Any road trippers or Iron Butts?
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011, 04:27:19 PM »
Around town on my little 250 rebel. Got it this spring to replace my 1980 honda twinstar.  What I like about bikers is most wave when you meet on the road no matter what you or they are riding.
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011, 05:10:02 PM »
I used to ride but had a few reasons to get rid of it.
My 1992 Fatboy had 27 thousand miles on it when I left it in Daytona on a trade.
Staying at a friend's house in Deland when his boss showed up with a 1959 Chevy Fleetside pickup.  It was two tone and gorgeous.  I pestered him over the course of the weekend to trade dog for dog.  The Truck was awesome until I needed something more practical and sold it when we bought the Dually.  The person I sold it to would have let me buy it back a couple years ago but it was bad timing.  Sure do miss the feel of the open road but still have the motorcycle endorsement when I decide to buy or rent one. :)
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Re: hey raider bill!
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 07:19:43 PM »
I rolled 8000 miles over on my bike today that I bought last June.  Still smiling from the purchase!
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011, 08:14:25 PM »
Just got back from Colorado.
The Aprilia I bought last July 7th with 27k now has just over 40k.
Still trying to plan a Trans Labrador trip for Aug.

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Re: hey raider bill!
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011, 08:41:50 PM »
Ya, Iron Butt Assn. Member #239.  Rode the Rally in '01.  Logged 11,211 miles in 11 days.  Haven't been anywhere fun for awhile but still ride a 3-500 miles a week for work. 

The Hokey Pokey is a bad joke IMO.  Billed as a race on public roads.  They gotta make sure a Harley wins so no modern bikes are allowed to enter.

If you're looking for reasons and places to ride, check out the AMA Grand Tours. 
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Re: hey raider bill!
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2011, 09:13:24 PM »
I enjoy a good ride better than most but like Raider Bill I like to sniff a few roses from time to time. The biggest problem I have in finding someone to ride with is that I get up early and like to start early most I have tried to ride with don't want to start till about 10:00 or later. I will have had a great ride in by then.
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Re: hey raider bill!
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2011, 09:20:31 PM »
actually, you guys are onto something.  I've never been much for riding in groups.  I don't like riding with people I don't know.  Motorcycles can make people stupid.
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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2011, 03:37:56 PM »

 I love to ride but not 1,000 miles or more a day. I plan on 350 to 450 miles a day depending on roads. My longest day yet was 600 miles Portsmith Main to Maryland on a 78 superglide with a blown head gasket suckin oil.

 My vacation for about the last 10 years has been a motorcycle ride to somewhere. This year it's Colorado again. I get to ride tha Appalachian and rockies in the same vacation!

I have put in for some days off around the pigroast. Hope I get them.

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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2011, 05:40:23 PM »
I did 1300 from St Pete, Fl to Syracuse, NY in one blast. I was 20 some years younger. It took 28 hours. I don't remember most of Penn nor any of Southern NY going up. It was miserable, hit rain in MD. going north.  Coming back snow showers and cold till Northern VA.  On a 72 Shovelhead FL. took 2 days to come back. 5 days start to finish. Did I mention it was miserable.


 



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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2011, 06:59:53 PM »
Depends on the area for me, some place nice with mountains or a view with trees 300 or less a day is fine. The plains states 800 a day is not enough to get me through that mess fast enough.  :o

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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2011, 10:53:17 PM »
One of my customers took part in an iron butt run from Blaine WA to Tijuana. They were given 36 hours, he made it in time. Not my idea of fun.
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« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2011, 08:57:44 AM »
Depends on the area for me, some place nice with mountains or a view with trees 300 or less a day is fine. The plains states 800 a day is not enough to get me through that mess fast enough.  :o

Although I didn't want to say anything about riding through the plains states it sucks. I get on the highway and blast. Oklahoma east to west..... man what a bore. I can't bring myself to ride Kansas  or Nebraska.   
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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2011, 12:11:23 PM »
I can't bring myself to ride Kansas  or Nebraska.   

Take my word for it, the drive for one end of Kansas on I70 to the other end is LONG.  Been there done that a few too many times.

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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2011, 12:25:04 PM »
The nicest ride I ever took was through the Blue Ridge mountains.
Coastal Maine and Bar Harbor was great also.
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« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2011, 02:12:28 PM »
RTs 10, 20 and 40 are not much better. No matter what it's going to get long, flat, and boring.
I enjoy the heck out of the Smokies.
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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2011, 11:46:07 PM »
Last year some friends and I rode Skyline Drive to the Blueridge Parkway, hopped off and rode the Dragon and Cherahola, went north through through the smokies and up along the ohio river, cut across PA on 30, one of the best rides of my life!

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