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I can't believe how little I'm riding
« on: July 19, 2017, 05:35:59 PM »
It's passed the middle of July and I've ridden  my bike TWICE! I'm a failure. I should have my membership revoked.
Yeah I know the weather has sucked but I remember riding from Sept Isles to Toronto in torrential rain and stopping only for fuel. I rode a DT 250 from Fredericton to Montreal in 40 F Temps.
We should never have bought a house that needs a top to bottom reno. And then there's the boat.........
My GPS just told me to turn left, then turn left, then turn left, then turn left.
Now you know why I vote the way I do.
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2017, 07:58:18 PM »
You're not the only one.   Just got the annual inspection on my Connie done.   A total of 2500 miles since last year.  All of that in a total of 7 days of riding. 

I wouldn't consider myself a failure though.  You're the only other person I know of (besides my wife) who's been to Sept-Îles.  138 is a very lonely road. 

If you're looking for an excuse to ride, consider joining us at ESTO.

http://www.sport-touring.org/index.php?topic=4783.0

You could successfully rack up a year's mileage in one long weekend. 

And the scenery is much better different than 138.
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2017, 11:26:27 PM »
The jeep group is the same - lots of new members but near zero activity - scratching my head.
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2017, 12:18:47 AM »
I am feeling the same way :(   Between the hot and humid weather and the 35 gajillion other things that are clamoring for my attention, the bike just isn't getting out the way it used to...
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2017, 03:50:45 AM »
Maybe I'm not the only one getting old....
I'm just saying.
My GPS just told me to turn left, then turn left, then turn left, then turn left.
Now you know why I vote the way I do.
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2017, 03:54:05 AM »
And the proof of that is in the fact that I just noticed that I incorrectly spelled a word in my initial post.
Rats.
Can I be 21 years old again?
But only physically.
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2017, 06:10:05 AM »
Part of the reason I commute. Riding is riding to me. I could be 'saving' the bike/tires for when I get to do a pleasure ride, but it would be hard to justify owning a bike if that was the case. I bought it to use it, and if have burn through a set of Anakee III's on the highway, well worth the price.

The thing is, on the bike, I might take a detour to find 10 minutes of fun on a 60 minute commute. I won't in the F150. Like parenting, you can't schedule quality time, you get that in little slivers of quantity time. OTOH, I have this weekend free, and I can't decide where to go, and for how long. Option paralysis. Default setting is the west side of the state. Where is my camping gear?
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2017, 08:13:29 AM »
I've managed less than 1000 km so far. :(  Started with plans for a big year.
I commute only occasionally. Every time I think "I'll take the Duc!" the forecast sucks.
Had to lay 'er down in the woods and mangled the shift lever. That's kinda killed my enthusiasm.
Just not feeling it...

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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2017, 08:23:41 AM »
The weather here has been hot.  I'm outta work for 9 weeks.  I've been going on week long vacations. When I ride I like to make a day of it.  Thus far I've ridden about one day a week in the weeks I'm home.  Last being on July 4!  Gotta get out today or tomorrow.
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2017, 09:21:19 AM »
Save for the occasional daily weekend ride, my bike has only been used for my annual week-long moto trip.
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2017, 01:35:28 PM »
I haven't ridden since last week, but I've been out of town.  Back at it on the daily on Tuesday.  :twofinger:

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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2017, 04:11:46 PM »
Save for the occasional daily weekend ride, my bike has only been used for my annual week-long moto trip.


Doug, are living in some alternate universe that has "daily weekends"?   Mine only come once a week at the end of the week.

I'm in the same boat. Life has been happening and have not had time to ride. I have only done 2, 250 mile days this year on the sprint and a couple short evening rides on the KLX.  :bash:

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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2017, 04:55:53 PM »
I'm actually riding more this year than I did the past couple years - new bike might have something to do with it :)
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2017, 05:03:59 PM »
I am feeling the same way :(   Between the hot and humid weather and the 35 gajillion other things that are clamoring for my attention, the bike just isn't getting out the way it used to...

Same boat. Work travel, heat, no time off, weekend rides not happening. What little time I do have is going to the bicycle in a futile effort to stay in some sort of shape.

I've managed some little track time, but not a lot even of that.

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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2017, 07:46:55 PM »

Doug, are living in some alternate universe that has "daily weekends"?   Mine only come once a week at the end of the week.



Sorry, I meant daily rides on weekends.  I love to do multi day trips but don't have as much of a desire for daily trips.  The roads I like to hit are way too busy on the weekends.  If I could hit them on a Friday...

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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2017, 06:44:42 AM »
Once my kids left home, farm work has taken a lot of the free time I used to have for riding.  No complaints about that.  I used to make up mileage by commuting always (with some detours) if there wasn't ice and I wasn't leaving for work in the rain. 

The corrosion my Multistrada experienced  has taught me that if the roads haven't had the salt washed off,  it's not worth it to ride.  Also:  If the ride home is likely to be in heavy downpours, I also don't ride.  I don't miss the electrical gremlins or pitted rims.

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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2017, 06:15:39 PM »
We bought a boat 10 years ago when we were close to some fabulous boating lakes. Then we moved and the boat sat around getting very inviting to squirrels. This year I got fed up with not using it so I cleaned it up  and renovated it with a new floor and had the upholstery repaired. I replaced the starter and the trim pump. Today I put everything back together.
Guess what we're doing next weekend if the weather is good?
My GPS just told me to turn left, then turn left, then turn left, then turn left.
Now you know why I vote the way I do.
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2017, 07:32:25 PM »
I was just looking at boats. I live one street over from a nice all-sports lake, and the place on the west side is great for boating. I know nothing of boats, but I'm pretty sure I am out of my mind.
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2017, 06:47:09 AM »
I was just looking at boats. I live one street over from a nice all-sports lake, and the place on the west side is great for boating. I know nothing of boats, but I'm pretty sure I am out of my mind.

Wanna know what I know about boats after working on and around them for ~30yrs? 

I'll never own my own boat.  That's what I know   :P

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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2017, 09:19:05 AM »
I've heard the best 2 days in a boat owner's life are the day he buys a boat, and the day he sells it.
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but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.   Vincent van Gogh

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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2017, 11:02:01 AM »
I've heard the best 2 days in a boat owner's life are the day he buys a boat, and the day he sells it.

I have heard that about RV's too. I've owned a couple, and I can tell that it is true,
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2017, 03:37:36 PM »
Boat: A hole in the water into which you throw money.

RV: A gadget used to justify the purchase of an endless list of accessories none of which are essential.

Motorcycle: A method of reducing the number of intact body parts and the number of potential life partners by providing an alternative to getting a ride home from the bar in a Porsche or similar product which is understandably rejected.
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« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2017, 03:44:52 PM »
Boat: A hole in the water into which you throw money.

BOAT stands for: Break Out Another Thousand!
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« Reply #23 on: July 25, 2017, 03:48:35 PM »
I've heard the best 2 days in a boat owner's life are the day he buys a boat, and the day he sells it.

Only people who don't truly love boats say that!

Most people that we know, ourselves included, own at least 2 or more boats and are always searching/looking for others!

It's a sickness!

Kind of like motorcycles... How many motorcycles does someone need? Just one more!
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2018, 09:57:30 AM »
I need help.  I found a contraption in the barn. It has no doors and the trunk appears to be split in half with something that looks like a horse saddle in the middle. There are 2 thingies that stick out. One on the left and one on the right. They have fins on them and they look like you could stand on them. My 90 year old neighbor who is a farmer says it's called a "motorcycle". Does anybody here recognize the term? He thinks it's German.
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Now you know why I vote the way I do.
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #25 on: May 04, 2018, 10:38:47 AM »
I'll take it!
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2018, 03:31:17 PM »
80 miles yesterday. I used to do twice that much before breakfast. But at least I got to exercise the starter. I sure wish the timing had allowed me to make the meet this weekend but it didn't. Maybe next year.
My GPS just told me to turn left, then turn left, then turn left, then turn left.
Now you know why I vote the way I do.
And "Yes officer I do know how fast I was going"

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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2018, 02:03:29 PM »
I got to ride in B.C.! We took the toy hauler to Montana to visit family and took the bike. From Lethbridge we rode to Creston where we grabbed a motel. The next day we rode up to Kaslo including taking a ferry across Kootenay Lake. Lunch in Kaslo was followed by a ride to New Denver then Nelson and back to Creston and a 2nd night in the same motel. The next day we rode back to Lethbridge.
Conclusion? We live in the wrong province.
PS. We got lucky as a few days later highway 3 was closed because of the forest fires.
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Re: I can't believe how little I'm riding
« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2018, 09:46:29 PM »
I've managed less than 1000 km so far. :(  Started with plans for a big year.
I commute only occasionally. Every time I think "I'll take the Duc!" the forecast sucks.
Had to lay 'er down in the woods and mangled the shift lever. That's kinda killed my enthusiasm.
Just not feeling it...

What's this about a boat?
If only I had a commute!! wait... telecom,uting is good, yes?
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