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The Open Road => General Sport-Touring Discussion => Topic started by: UFO on November 27, 2006, 09:39:00 pm



Title: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: UFO on November 27, 2006, 09:39:00 pm
Welcome to the latest incarnation of ST.N.  We've been online since Oct 2001 and welcome all riders.

So pull up a chair, tell us a little about yourself, and join the discussions.

Thanks.
--
Neal


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: stefrrr on November 27, 2006, 10:02:02 pm
Best Christmas present so far! :D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: KillerB on November 27, 2006, 10:03:30 pm
Oh man, I wanted to be first!!
 
Glad to have it back Neal.


Title: Hooray!!!
Post by: Highway Star on November 27, 2006, 10:06:18 pm
Thank you for sticking with it and getting the forum back up after you got screwed.  I know it's easy to write it all off and enjoy some free time.

Once the word is out, you will see how quickly everyone comes back.  It shows how much people value what you do for us.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ksann on November 27, 2006, 10:07:24 pm
Very happy to be back.
 
Where is Rogue?
 
 
 
ken


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: DogBoy on November 27, 2006, 10:08:52 pm
Glad to see ST.N back.

Thanks UFO.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: rajflyboy on November 27, 2006, 10:09:18 pm
Thanks for getting Sport-Touring Forums back up!!   Great Job  :D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: TRaGiK on November 27, 2006, 10:09:38 pm
Glad it's back!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: KillerB on November 27, 2006, 10:10:16 pm
It's cool to see all numbers racking up by the minute.  29 members and 100 guests in the last ten minutes.:)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: spirit on November 27, 2006, 10:12:10 pm
Thanks Neal, the world wouldn't be the same without ST.N


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Jeff on November 27, 2006, 10:17:10 pm
Oh my, how I've missed ST.N. Thanks for all the hard work.

Jeff
(formerly known as redsuperhawk)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Chick on November 27, 2006, 10:22:08 pm
All right! The stars are back in the heavens, now.  Good job, Neal!  
HEY, WHERE ARE THE BANANAS?


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: bluepoof on November 27, 2006, 10:25:42 pm
Thank you Neal!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: nwconk on November 27, 2006, 10:26:58 pm
It still fits!

--chris


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: wonderings on November 27, 2006, 10:27:01 pm
its sooooo good to have this site back. I really learned how great this site was after it was gone. Glad the best bike site is back online!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: basket on November 27, 2006, 10:27:41 pm
Good to see the Forum back up.
 
And I have more posts than Toddrod!:D
 
Bill


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ksann on November 27, 2006, 10:29:19 pm
Quote from: basket;51
Good to see the Forum back up.
 
And I have more posts than Toddrod!:D
 
Bill
Not for long....
 
 
 
ken


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Vladimir on November 27, 2006, 10:32:39 pm
Thanks for bringing STN back!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: hobbes on November 27, 2006, 10:42:30 pm
Thanks Neal. I feel home again.

-Pete T.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: malbojah on November 27, 2006, 10:43:20 pm
The colors are a little funky, but I can get used to it :)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: jude on November 27, 2006, 10:45:45 pm
Ahhhh!  

But now I have to post more than 10 characters?  Uh-oh, that may be work!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: DangerMoney on November 27, 2006, 10:46:50 pm
Thanks for all your hard work Neal. Glad STN is back.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: jeepinbanditrider on November 27, 2006, 10:49:23 pm
Good to see her back up and running thanks for all the hard work.  Now we just have to rebuild a lot of lost threads :)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: BigBlock on November 27, 2006, 10:50:01 pm
Feels good to be back :)


Title: Yay
Post by: TalkingHead on November 27, 2006, 10:51:05 pm
You rock Neal, thanks for resurrecting my favorite website of them all. And I'm psyched to see the dungeon is will be coming back!!!!! Woooohoooooo!!!!!!! :D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Green01SprintST on November 27, 2006, 10:52:10 pm
THANK YOU SKIPPER!

I'll sleep better tonight:D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Dr Gil on November 27, 2006, 10:52:43 pm
Life is good and once again complete.  (http://www.gilbeck.net/postings/emoticons/chili.gif)

I am glad to be home.  (http://www.gilbeck.net/postings/emoticons/banana.gif)

So Neal, rumor has it that you took down ST.N to show us what a hole it leaves in our cyber-lives and all realize how important the site is to us.  Is that true?  Well, it worked.  

(so do I get cred for posting both the first "dancing chili" and "dancing banana"  on the new site?


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Explorer on November 27, 2006, 10:53:18 pm
Thanks Neal, the world wouldn't be the same without ST.N:D :D :D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ksann on November 27, 2006, 10:55:10 pm
Quote from: Dr Gil;111
Life is good and once again complete. (http://www.gilbeck.net/postings/emoticons/chili.gif)
 
I am glad to be home. (http://www.gilbeck.net/postings/emoticons/banana.gif)
 
(so do I get cred for posting both the first "dancing chili" and "dancing banana" on the new site?
Now we need to start filling up the Guzzi forum.
 
Where is Orson?
 
 
ken


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: cb400bill on November 27, 2006, 10:55:21 pm
Neal, thanks for bringing back S-T.N.  It wasn't the same without you all.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Max Wedge on November 27, 2006, 10:55:22 pm
Made it!:)
 
Thanks Skipper! :D
 
Created my own problems by trying to use two computers on the same network to register! D'oh!:o


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ST-DocLizard1 on November 27, 2006, 10:57:25 pm
Congratulations on your return! :D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: baldheadeddork on November 27, 2006, 10:58:43 pm
Ahhhh. Home sweet home. :)

Good to be back.

Oh, and where should one store his weed? :D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Shhted on November 27, 2006, 11:00:29 pm
Thanks Neal!


Title: Hey, I even changed my name for this STN return
Post by: sagerat on November 27, 2006, 11:01:25 pm
VFRfan has become....dimming of lights...roll of drums:  sagerat.
 
Cymbals clash, doves fly out of your computer.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Orson on November 27, 2006, 11:03:03 pm
Hi.
 
I'm new here.
 
I like Mexican food and ride a Guzzi.
 
:)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: xs400 on November 27, 2006, 11:03:56 pm
Glad to see ST.N up and running again.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Dano on November 27, 2006, 11:05:12 pm
New here also, been lurking for a while, ride an SV650s, glad to be part of the new STN


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: fastlane on November 27, 2006, 11:06:35 pm
Thank you for bringing back ST.N!:D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Stargzrgrl on November 27, 2006, 11:06:38 pm
Hey, I didn't get lost this time! :D

Thanks Neal!


Title: Hey
Post by: Rod on November 27, 2006, 11:12:55 pm
Hey, I had just joined before, so I'm new again.
Rod


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: horse1200s on November 27, 2006, 11:16:12 pm
Crazy how fast we rack up... lol... crazy bikers :)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Sparky on November 27, 2006, 11:17:44 pm
New site, new username! :D (KRS-Mark)
 
(http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i317/mkjeldgaard/Lake/Lake033Small.jpg)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ST1300Rider on November 27, 2006, 11:21:47 pm
Thank's Skipper. We missed you :)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Wholly Kaw on November 27, 2006, 11:26:58 pm
Glad it's up!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: 1TallTXn on November 27, 2006, 11:34:06 pm
wow, the sites been up for less then 2hrs and we've already got the Post Ho's working again!

Good to have it back!

oh, and several of the other forums I waste time at us VBulliten, so it feels just like home


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Trash on November 27, 2006, 11:37:08 pm
Good to see you back up Neal!  Hey it's fast.;)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ksann on November 27, 2006, 11:38:15 pm
And, he is already setup to take donations.
 
Already sent mine.
 
See here:
https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/showthread.php?t=22
 
 
 
 
ken


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: deaconjones on November 27, 2006, 11:42:06 pm
Glad to see the site back up. Thanks!


Title: Welcome
Post by: Ranger on November 27, 2006, 11:42:52 pm
Great to see STN back up!

Whatever happened to the hat orders?


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ol Rocket on November 27, 2006, 11:44:17 pm
I might not have come back had I known all the other regulars would be here.


Oh well, it's too late now.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Utard on November 27, 2006, 11:48:37 pm
Neal, you are the Skipper to my Gilligan!
 
Thanks for bringing STN back :)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: cbsnbiker on November 27, 2006, 11:48:58 pm
Good to see the forum up and running again.
 
TJ: Sparky, what top box is that on your K12? How is it mounted?


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: bluedogok on November 27, 2006, 11:50:20 pm
Howdy y'all :D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: 1TallTXn on November 27, 2006, 11:54:58 pm
and it appears that I mistyped and boo boo'd my name! DOH!!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Stargzrgrl on November 27, 2006, 11:56:05 pm
Quote from: 1TallTXm;284
and it appears that I mistyped and boo boo'd my name! DOH!!

I was just about to say!  lol!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: olathe-st on November 27, 2006, 11:57:47 pm
Hey, does this mean I will be getting my Birthday Email next year. :rolleyes:
Glad to be back


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Ninja Woman on November 27, 2006, 11:59:42 pm
Glad to see everyone!!!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: slinger5150 on November 28, 2006, 12:07:16 am
Nice to see you didn't disappear.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Beck-zuki on November 28, 2006, 12:13:59 am
Beck-zuki online!  Thanks Neil!

(and yes, I have an awesome ST.N name)  ;)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: rabbott5 on November 28, 2006, 12:14:10 am
Just in time.  Its getting colder and might have snow by Friday.  If I can't ride, I might as well be here.
Quote from: UFO;1
Time to start over, so get posting all the useful information...and worry about post ho'ing later.
 
When you register PLEASE choose a name that is permanent. Don't pick usernames that are bike specific...we all change bikes eventually. Also, a REAL e-mail is required for verification. This cuts down on board spam.
 
Bear with me as I mess with vBulletin. It's not my favorite piece of board software, but it's paid for. :D
 
I will be getting the board structure back in place tonight.
--
Neal


Title: Haaaaaaaaar!
Post by: CDN on November 28, 2006, 12:14:42 am
Big time kudos Neal for all your efforts in getting the board back up again.
 
There's no place like home...there's no place like home! :cool:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Taxguy on November 28, 2006, 12:21:34 am
It's great to have STN back.  I am the rider formerly known as Z-Rex, this was my chance to change from my bike specific name.
 
BTW, what happened to the region formerly known as Canada?


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Req on November 28, 2006, 12:25:53 am
I return.  Thanks, Skipper.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Stargzrgrl on November 28, 2006, 12:40:00 am
Quote from: Taxguy;361

BTW, what happened to the region formerly known as Canada?

It's over here ---> https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=34


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Iceburg98 on November 28, 2006, 12:43:22 am
Good to be back!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Gnorts on November 28, 2006, 12:52:48 am
Missed this forum!  Glad to see it back!

While it was gone, to save my sanity, I did the only rational thing:

I bought another motorcycle!

I mean, what else could I do?:D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: XLR8 on November 28, 2006, 01:02:15 am
Thank you UFO!

I'm going to try a smiley :D

Ohhhh I'm going to pee my pants with excitement!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: RedCBRRider on November 28, 2006, 01:10:41 am
Thanks for getting the site back up again Skipper.  It's like Christmas has come early.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: jerome_oneil on November 28, 2006, 01:27:16 am
Ess Tee Enn Vee Two
We thought she was gone for good
Skipper saves the day


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Deuces on November 28, 2006, 01:30:36 am
Good to be back... Glad to see one of the great forums saved from extinction!!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: JCS on November 28, 2006, 01:40:29 am
Is this the line for the free stuff?


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: jimvegas00 on November 28, 2006, 01:50:25 am
Woo hoo!
I never joined the last forum, only lurked. I didn't realize how much I liked it until it was gone. Thanks for bringing it back.
I have a 2004 Superhawk and a couple of scooters.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: toddrod on November 28, 2006, 02:08:19 am
All my posts are gone!!  :eek:

Ohhh....cool smiley.  Good to have you back Neal.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: vguy on November 28, 2006, 02:33:19 am
Just checking in. :clap:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: stk0308 on November 28, 2006, 02:51:00 am
WHataya mean don't pick a bike specific username?  But, but, but, my whole identity will ALWAYS be wrapped up in that bike?!:twofinger:  Or I'm just too broke to replace it.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ffraz on November 28, 2006, 02:55:42 am
Yeah baby!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Blrfl on November 28, 2006, 03:32:55 am
Tap, tap, tap...  Is this thing on?

Nice to have the other big time killer in life back on.

--Mark


Title: I have been checking several times a day for this...
Post by: Brent on November 28, 2006, 04:34:52 am
Thanks!!!!  :d


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: mustang28027 on November 28, 2006, 05:58:43 am
Welcome Back! I miss this site more than you could know!:banana:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Northeast Rider on November 28, 2006, 06:18:34 am
Good morning.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Truckracer on November 28, 2006, 06:20:19 am
What happened to the site? How long was it down?
I just came over to check on things and had to reregister..


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Bubwheat on November 28, 2006, 06:38:15 am
I'm back!:banana:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: 5OUTTA6 on November 28, 2006, 06:45:27 am
Skipper: Thanks for getting ST.N  back up.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Ken on November 28, 2006, 07:21:07 am
Glad to see the site back up! If you guys need a hand with anything, just let me know!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: GerryPetrecca on November 28, 2006, 07:23:06 am
Thank the supreme being!!! The forum is back. Sure was missing my daily fix.
 
Gerry


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Against The Wind on November 28, 2006, 07:40:33 am
Where do I sign up for the 3 hour tour? Or did we all just take it? From the Frozen North I say "Merci". The post ho nonsense was fun while it lasted but Todd, you can forever lay claim to being #1. (I wasn't gonna catch you anyway):beerchug:
 
Cheers all.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Blue Dragon on November 28, 2006, 07:43:13 am
Back in the saddle!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: frankwigchert on November 28, 2006, 07:48:03 am
Great to be back!
 
:clap:


Title: Welcome Back!
Post by: vox on November 28, 2006, 07:59:08 am
Been waiting for this with bait-breath. Uh...I meant bated breath!
 
Oh heck, maybe it was just bad breath. :)
 
Anyway, glad to have S-T.N Back!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: FuturaPilot on November 28, 2006, 07:59:49 am
Thanks for getting the site back up.  Gald to have a place to come to again.
JCIII


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ItMustBeJames on November 28, 2006, 08:09:45 am
Hey, welcome back.  Thanks for getting the site back up and running!

-James


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: bobmielke on November 28, 2006, 08:14:17 am
Starting over can be interesting! I can't be anybody else but me, plain ol' Bob. Thought about a new Avatar but decided the old mug shot was the prettiest photo I had of me. :lol:  Glad to be back.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: wonderings on November 28, 2006, 08:30:10 am
sitting here at work, not sure if its good that st-n is back on. I think my productivity just went down... alot!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Guy on November 28, 2006, 08:32:25 am
Hello Hello Hello... Anybody in here? Is this thing working?
Test test one two one two. Cool it runs.

Thanks UFO


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Scratch33 on November 28, 2006, 08:33:21 am
Howdy howdy.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: scott-sts on November 28, 2006, 08:51:14 am
Something seems awfully familiar about all of this...
 
 
Does Toddrod have 10,000 posts yet?


Title: Good to be back!
Post by: Bubwheat on November 28, 2006, 08:58:18 am
Thx for all of your hard work Neal. Good to be back! :banana:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: rauchman on November 28, 2006, 09:01:07 am
Glad to see the site up and running again.  This is my favorite bike site.  It felt like my favorite TV show got cancelled or something.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: bulabula on November 28, 2006, 09:05:01 am
Thanks Neal - what a nice surprise to find STN alive and well after returning from a great long weekend.
 
Now that I'm back home, its time for a ride....


Title: Glad its back...
Post by: Dragonknee on November 28, 2006, 09:11:20 am
:eek:this is how I felt when it was gone....now:lmao::beerchug:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Nesbocaj on November 28, 2006, 09:12:45 am
Thank you Neal!:hail:


Title: Snow tires
Post by: paularthur on November 28, 2006, 09:16:00 am
You're back...I'm back..All is good.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Chain on November 28, 2006, 09:31:42 am
I was an infrequent poster on the old board, but I enjoyed the site and was saddened to see what happened. This is obviously a step in the right direction and I'm happy to see vBulletin.
 
Hope you guys can rebuild to the force you once were. Too bad all the old data was lost.
 
:beerchug:
 
Chain


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Serp on November 28, 2006, 09:48:49 am
Good to see the community back.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Corbeau on November 28, 2006, 10:14:22 am
I'm back too!
Thanks, skipper.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: desert_rider on November 28, 2006, 10:21:14 am
Welcome back and thanks!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: birdrunner on November 28, 2006, 10:22:57 am
Well,  there goes all the work I was going to do today,   ahh ........   this week ................whatever.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: jed on November 28, 2006, 10:24:36 am
I made it!  Thanks skipper!!

-- formerly jwible


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Stickman on November 28, 2006, 10:27:45 am
Whew!  I don't think I can hold my breath that long again.
 
Thanks for bringing the site back, Neal!:clap:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: prshguy on November 28, 2006, 10:36:41 am
Great to see the site up and running once more.  I don't spend a whole lot of time on forums but this one felt like home and was the one I followed the most. Like the John Denver song, it's good to be back home again.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: flylooper on November 28, 2006, 10:51:09 am
I'm embarrassed to say how much I missed this forum! I almost got a life in its absence!
 
See everyone in PO.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Chips on November 28, 2006, 10:57:09 am
Hi Neal. Welcome back to cycberspace. We missed you. :bigok:
 
If you need any help with stuff, please let call. I imagine you felt pretty badly about the turn of events that brought St.Net offline and I'm willing to pitch in so it doesn't happen again.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Nimh on November 28, 2006, 11:37:06 am
Yeah!  STN is back from the abyss!  :banana::banana::banana:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: homebrew on November 28, 2006, 11:40:09 am
Nice to have this site back.:beerchug:
Too bad all that stuff was lost.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: PackMule on November 28, 2006, 11:41:05 am
Hey, is this real?  Am I really here? :banana:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: stromgal on November 28, 2006, 11:43:31 am
Ach, I kept the same name.:shrug: It fits comfortably, like a good pair of boots.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Open Sore on November 28, 2006, 11:49:49 am
Hooray!!!
 
Work productivity is gonna start declining.
 
Thanks Skipper.


Title: here we go again
Post by: flynfink on November 28, 2006, 11:52:23 am
good to be back online.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: mr. coffee on November 28, 2006, 11:58:57 am
Yup. Nice to have the site back. In fact I did some upgrading as well and went through a name change - wanderlust is now mr. coffee. Drink up! :eek:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Tar Snake on November 28, 2006, 12:11:15 pm
.....and Daytona 1200 is now "Tar Snake" :lol:
 
It's the most permanent thing I could think of. As long as there's a Cal Trans there will be Tar Snakes!:bigok:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: NJFJR on November 28, 2006, 12:13:00 pm
Boy, am I glad the site is back! I thought I was going to have to get new T shirts and stickers.:lol:
 
NJFJR..formerly FJRNJ.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Keyf on November 28, 2006, 12:22:17 pm
Glad this is up and running.

Now I won't have time to watch crappy TV.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Stingray on November 28, 2006, 01:10:57 pm
It's great to have the board back, thanks Neal.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: antipathy on November 28, 2006, 01:28:50 pm
Thank you Neal for all your hard work in bringing the forum back!  I am curious to know if there are plans to make an archive of the old forum available?  It would be a shame to not have access to prior threads.  
 
!!woo - new forum!!  :beerchug:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: RexRider on November 28, 2006, 01:36:45 pm
Sure nice to have S-T.n back! Thanks, Neal! :banana: :beerchug: :bigok:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Samnsc on November 28, 2006, 01:45:49 pm
Very happy to have S-T.n back.


Title: Thank you, Neal!
Post by: crispiegee1 on November 28, 2006, 02:12:27 pm
I have to admit, I got a lot more work done at the office while STN was gone!   :lol:
 
Glad to have it back, though!  :)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: tripledigits on November 28, 2006, 02:16:09 pm
My first post, once again....


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Mookie on November 28, 2006, 02:24:55 pm
Yay! STN is back!  Unfortunately all my posts are gone, so now everyone will forget how cool I am.     :lol:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Head on November 28, 2006, 02:53:13 pm
Thank you for bringing back STN.  Still the same Head here.  Now I can stop lurking on stuntlife.com.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Fast Blue on November 28, 2006, 02:58:52 pm
Great to have the site back on it's legs:clap:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: wonderings on November 28, 2006, 02:59:23 pm
The member list has been jumping really quick, I think this morning it was at like 660 or somewhere right now, and when I am typing this, its not at 1300+ Glad everyones finding there way back, and welcome to all new members!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Davo on November 28, 2006, 03:00:10 pm
Great to be back, I think my bookmarks got tired of being clicked here to check :)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: toecutter on November 28, 2006, 03:27:03 pm
Glad to have the site up and runnin!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: RobLF on November 28, 2006, 03:27:40 pm
Thanks for the return of STN. :clap:


Title: Soooo Gooood!
Post by: bluemax on November 28, 2006, 04:04:19 pm
Whoa it's good to be back. There other boards but,this is the one! By the way we should not forget Twist for going above and beyond the call. :clap: I think he held most of us together during the down time.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: roadrailer on November 28, 2006, 04:08:47 pm
Thanks Neal!!!! It's good to be back.


Title: Thanks Neal!
Post by: [email protected] on November 28, 2006, 04:47:01 pm
I know how difficult it can be managing a public system. It is great to have you back in business.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: jrw600 on November 28, 2006, 05:25:46 pm
Quote from: Mookie;1263
Yay! STN is back!  Unfortunately all my posts are gone, so now everyone will forget how cool I am.     :lol:
Yay! STN is back! Fortunately all my posts are gone, so now everyone will forget how stupid I was!     :lol:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: OrangeSVS on November 28, 2006, 05:41:31 pm
Quote from: UFO;1
Time to start over, so get posting all the useful information...and worry about post ho'ing later.
 
When you register PLEASE choose a name that is permanent. Don't pick usernames that are bike specific...we all change bikes eventually. Also, a REAL e-mail is required for verification. This cuts down on board spam.


Whoops!  Sorry, skip!  I chose my name before I read your
 post here.  Oh well.  I'm kind of a staple here and I don't think my name is going anywhere anytime soon.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Chumly on November 28, 2006, 05:43:26 pm
I did not post much. But I am trying to decide which bike to buy if you can help  https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/showthread.php?p=1606#post1606


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Infrared on November 28, 2006, 05:58:07 pm
All right!!! Thanks Neil for sticking with this. Much appreciated.:beerchug:
It's good to be back home:) .
 
Gerald


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Scoop on November 28, 2006, 07:12:10 pm
I'm home, home at last.  Although, now I have 2 homes.  
Ah well, technically, home is where the :beerchug: is!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: alphabet man on November 28, 2006, 07:24:42 pm
Yahoo, great to be back a big thumbs up to those responsible.
 
 Hey we need a sticky note for the DD's Calanders
 David


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: R Doug on November 28, 2006, 07:28:47 pm
Quote from: Mookie;1263
Yay! STN is back! Unfortunately all my posts are gone, so now everyone will forget how cool I am. :lol:

You ride a 675, that gets you cool points right out of the box. Plus, you're a 3-Series Bimmer killer on the bike too. You can't get much cooler.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: RODIMUS on November 28, 2006, 07:42:09 pm
Hey UFO, thank for getting the site going again. Nice to be back.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Tyrroneous on November 28, 2006, 07:57:48 pm
Home again, home again...jiggity jig!!


Woot! Thanks Neal.  :cool:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: MadMax96 on November 28, 2006, 08:07:05 pm
Glad to see this place is back!  :banana:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: skibum on November 28, 2006, 08:09:28 pm
:lmao: Feels great to be back! Can't wait to get those post numbers up again...
 
Is it just me or does it feel like it's getting crowded already!!!:banana:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: endo on November 28, 2006, 08:15:32 pm
Thanks for working so hard to get the site back up and running.  It's great to have STN back!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: matthew77 on November 28, 2006, 08:30:23 pm
Great job Skipper!!! You deserve props for all the effort and work you do!!! Thanks...


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Sea Dog on November 28, 2006, 08:41:06 pm
Thanks for all the time and effort to bring back this outstanding online community!!!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: VAbikeguy on November 28, 2006, 08:44:23 pm
Thank you for getting STN back up.  I've really missed this place.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Doug Just Doug on November 28, 2006, 09:36:34 pm
Thanks Skipper!  Good to be back.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Gaolee on November 28, 2006, 09:43:22 pm
:withstupid:  All of 'em!:clap:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on November 28, 2006, 10:18:57 pm
Mercy... my heart feels so glad to be back...


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Galo on November 28, 2006, 10:24:03 pm
Honey!! I'm Home!!
 
Thanks, Neal, I did not like farkle-whatever.
 
Ahh...the Region 1 guys need another WCRM IV 'where' poll....can we do those now? :eek:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Spider-eyes on November 28, 2006, 10:28:31 pm
Whew!  I was worried you might all be gone.  Great to have you back.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: CDNBandit on November 28, 2006, 10:30:44 pm
Thanks for bringing 'er back Skipper. While ST.Net was gone, I had nothing better to do at the office besides work all day....but no more! My productivity will now return to it's "normal" level. :D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: clyde on November 28, 2006, 10:42:43 pm
Thanks Skipper, for getting 'er back. I am as happy as a pig in sh.........


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Lon on November 28, 2006, 10:43:42 pm
Woot.  How's the coffer?


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: all4bikes on November 28, 2006, 10:47:25 pm
Very glad to have STN back up and running.  Thanks, Skipper.

We will start rebuilding the information cache at once!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Squiggy on November 28, 2006, 11:03:30 pm
Weeeee...:burnout:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: cyjo on November 28, 2006, 11:09:51 pm
It's good to be back. Thanks for getting the site up and running!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: 3banger on November 28, 2006, 11:22:33 pm
Damn, and I was getting so much done at work...great to be back!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: heinee on November 29, 2006, 12:02:18 am
Thanks UFO, it's good to be back :)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: lammy on November 29, 2006, 12:16:24 am
Thanks so much, your Royal Skipperness!  You da man! :hail::hail::hail:

Yes...I shortened my name...


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: M.Brane on November 29, 2006, 12:34:14 am
So last night was one of the few nights i didn't check the url.

Damn this place is filling up quick!

Good to see an actual site, and not that cryptic we'll be back page. Thanks skipper!:beerchug:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: boattrash on November 29, 2006, 12:57:25 am
Welcome back. Now I wont have to peel the STN sticker of the vfr....


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: matkal on November 29, 2006, 01:08:38 am
Glad STN's up and running again, with forum jump:banana:

Hope it 's here to stay, I'd hate to have to pull the STN sticker off my bike.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Varmint on November 29, 2006, 02:20:44 am
Alright, alright, everybody relax.  I'm back now, too.  Don't go gettin' all slobbery and sentimental and stuff.

:p

Hi gang!!  Oh yes, I missed it.  Hugh Betcha.  I, too, expected to see the same screen (accompanied by the standard Monster.com pop-up), but imagine my excitement when there was a pause and a page loaded!!  Suh-WEET!!  Neal, thanks for your hard work to bring us back together!

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single post...so here we go.  We're off!!!!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: mr moto on November 29, 2006, 03:50:35 am
great to see the site back up and running :D you really dont appreciate what you have till its gone :cool: to those  responsible for getting it all sorted :bigok::thumbsup:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: 2wheeljunkie on November 29, 2006, 07:47:50 am
Glad your back, had my doubts for awhile you were going to make it. Thanks for the effort;)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: GalaxyBlue on November 29, 2006, 08:49:01 am
Well, I made it over also... Another forum to keep up with???:crazy::lol:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: kickapoojim on November 29, 2006, 10:33:40 am
Good to see STN up and running again.  Thanks Neal:bigok:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Van on November 29, 2006, 11:44:02 am
Good to this this site back up again.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: duckbill on November 29, 2006, 12:14:26 pm
This has been one of my favorite sites, welcome back. I am having trouble gaining access to my profile. Any sugestions?
Bill.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: iflyducati on November 29, 2006, 01:29:42 pm
Hey all, good to see most are back or on the way.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: scubadoguk on November 29, 2006, 02:42:08 pm
Thanks from me too I was getting bored to tears without the site sad life I lead


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Tarka on November 29, 2006, 04:33:07 pm
Wow...that took a while,didn`t it ??
 
I had no idea I could miss a website so much,but I was checking every day to see if you wre back.
 
Good work,well done .
 
( Now...let`s get that post count built up again........:crazy: )


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Scum on November 29, 2006, 04:44:52 pm
Still here. This thing working? :lmao:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Driveshaft on November 29, 2006, 05:07:54 pm
My life feels whole again.  Thanks Skipper.


Title: What happened there?
Post by: tenbears on November 29, 2006, 05:15:14 pm
Must've been one almighty hack ... is there no way the old content could be re-incorporated and what's to stop this one getting biffed?

anyway... good to see you back on two feet. :)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Jackson on November 29, 2006, 06:52:05 pm
Hey, congrats on getting everything back up and running.  :clap:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: STinner on November 29, 2006, 07:02:17 pm
well what do ya know..............nice to see ya back up!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: greg96brg on November 29, 2006, 07:35:10 pm
Glad to see you've got the site back up.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: bucman20 on November 29, 2006, 08:59:00 pm
I'ts like having a lost family member back! How cool, now back to the classifieds:clap:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Hab Sauz on November 29, 2006, 09:21:02 pm
Nice job getting things back online!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: pinter on November 29, 2006, 09:47:44 pm
Yeah, thanks Skipper. :rave:

I just started to get things done around the house and be productive at work...





Truly, thanks! After only a couple of days it feels the same. :thumbsup:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: USA MEDIC on November 29, 2006, 10:07:26 pm
thanks for the hard work Neal, I know this was never what you expected or wanted, but now your stuck with us knuckleheads!

Bobby


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: craigdb on November 29, 2006, 10:11:28 pm
Let me add my congrat's also.
 
Glad to have this forum back up and running. This has always been one of the better ones.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: kemp on November 29, 2006, 11:04:10 pm
Okay, so what did I miss?


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: 2DFlyer on November 30, 2006, 12:26:22 am
I go away for a couple of months and the whole place falls apart.  
Skip, sorry you had so much trouble on our account but THANK YOU for sticking with it.  Sometimes this place is like air - just gotta have it


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on November 30, 2006, 12:27:47 am
Quote from: kemp;3866
Okay, so what did I miss?
Try doing a search for that kind of information, ok??? :withstupid:


(j/k!!!!!)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Belly on November 30, 2006, 01:00:22 am
Great the STN site is back and working.. I missed it more then I thought.
Great site great people.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on November 30, 2006, 01:02:04 am
Quote from: Belly;4053
Great the STN site is back and working.. I missed it more then I thought.
Great site great people.
Wheee! The Down Under is back on top! :banana:


Title: Way to Go, Neil, et al.
Post by: Zen Rider on November 30, 2006, 01:57:16 am
~~~  Deep breath, aaauh, much better now.  :burnout:

Nice to have STN back!!!

Some habits die hard, and this is one of them. :D


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Farked Up on November 30, 2006, 02:13:51 am
I liked Farkled Up. If everyone's gonna hang out here, let's rock!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: BlueRidgeKat on November 30, 2006, 02:37:08 am
Thank God this is back. I have been hanging out with a buch of 40 & 50 year old hooligan squids riding ZX-14's on another site and was about to go insane. Sure is nice to be back with real riders with such a diverse number of sport-touring bikes.
 
As of the time of this post UFO only has 40 posts !!! That sure looks strange for us all to be starting back at square one.
 
I do miss my sport-touring.net email account, used it extensively, but screw it... just glad the site is back. Thanks
 
Sooooooooooooo......... here goes post #1 !!!!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: mtrider16 on November 30, 2006, 03:01:12 am
Count me in!  Thanks for bring the site back up skipper!
 
Oh yeah, I'm from Montana! (in case your wondering) :lol:
 
David


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: JETSET on November 30, 2006, 09:01:11 am
Its good to be back


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: RideAboutNow on November 30, 2006, 01:07:56 pm
Welcome Back STN! :)
 
Oh well, being productive was fun for a while, and I even had time to read a nice thick book.
 
Thanks Skipper!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: chiller on November 30, 2006, 02:28:25 pm
Great !!  Forum Is Back Up And Running


Title: Thanks TONS!
Post by: Woovis on November 30, 2006, 03:04:09 pm
As all have said, thanks tons Neal for getting ST.N back on the up-side!
:clap:
 
If there's anything I can do to help please shout...


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: SCED on November 30, 2006, 04:00:57 pm
Great to see STN back in any forum foremat, Thanks Skipper !


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Superbike Mike on November 30, 2006, 04:17:05 pm
I'm Glad Your back up and running!


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: gundog on November 30, 2006, 05:04:23 pm
I was beginng to miss the place.
Thanks for bringing it back.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: LordSmoke on November 30, 2006, 05:12:23 pm
Welcome back, Skipper! :banana:

Damn, there goes my recent productivity, but anyway, I have lots and lots to post.

Wait a minute...

Quote
By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.

:shrug: Never mind then.


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: FlowBee on November 30, 2006, 07:41:35 pm
Houston. Tranquility base here.

:banana:


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Davy F. on November 30, 2006, 08:46:48 pm
Between my internet connection not working and everything else going on this side of the pond, it's good to see ST.N alive and kicking.
 
Thanks for the hard work, Neal. :)


Title: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Against The Wind on November 30, 2006, 10:27:15 pm
Hey, Mr. Potatoe is here! :clap:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: islemann on November 30, 2006, 11:59:21 pm
Thanks Neal. I missed lurking here. I had to go lurk somewhere else and it just wasn't the same.


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: sfninja on December 01, 2006, 01:04:36 am
This is my favorite forum. Thanks very much for getting it back up and running! :hail:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on December 01, 2006, 01:31:43 am
Quote from: Against The Wind;5554
Hey, Mr. Potatoe is here! :clap:
Is that the Canadian spelling? I didn't realize that Gore was Canadian  :p:lol:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Crankitup on December 01, 2006, 01:37:49 am
New site means new username & new avatar.  Can't remember what my sig line was though. :crazy:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Against The Wind on December 01, 2006, 07:42:54 am
Just post pics of nearly naked women and nobody will even notice your sig.


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: basco on December 01, 2006, 07:56:07 am
Quote from: Against The Wind;5873
Just post pics of nearly naked women and nobody will even notice your sig.

Or a font that no one can read. But I like the nearly naked women idea better.


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: mikeinvaf16 on December 01, 2006, 03:45:57 pm
long time lurker here....glad to see the site back up!!


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: BillToLast on December 01, 2006, 09:39:18 pm
Nice to see this place back!:thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: DFH on December 02, 2006, 08:31:13 am
Happy to be back......:beerchug:

DFH


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: RickC1957 on December 02, 2006, 09:34:02 am
Hurray, thanks Neal. :lol: I bet all the ride report s_uts are pissed.....have to post and link to the forum again:p


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: DrMikey on December 02, 2006, 11:33:27 am
Great work- it's good to be back. Looks like a fairly transparent transition.
Took a very good ride last weekend before the snow flew.


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: leftcoast on December 02, 2006, 01:00:02 pm
Thanks for the effort!   :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: DTfan2 on December 02, 2006, 01:10:01 pm
Yeah!!! Glad to see STN up again. Thanks Neil.:thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Canuck on December 03, 2006, 12:19:25 pm
I'm back too. I hadn't visited for a couple of months, so it took me a little while to figure out why I was no longer a registered member.


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Bodhi on December 03, 2006, 12:26:07 pm
Quote from: Chips;823
Hi Neal. Welcome back to cycberspace. We missed you. :bigok:
 
If you need any help with stuff, please let call. I imagine you felt pretty badly about the turn of events that brought St.Net offline and I'm willing to pitch in so it doesn't happen again.
Hey Chips - is that your dog? Holy crap he looks almost exactly like mine! Basenji mix?


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: 01YZF6 on December 03, 2006, 02:26:41 pm
thanks for the email letting me know this place was back up and running !
 
:beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: bogthing on December 03, 2006, 03:26:42 pm
Oh, that explains it...great to be back after six months in no computer land. Got a garage, now got to get something to put in it. :)


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: WallyC on December 03, 2006, 03:36:35 pm
Thanks for getting the site back up and running :)


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: bajajoaquin on December 03, 2006, 05:39:52 pm
I'm kinda pissed off that I missed six days of this.
 
Totally balanced by the happiness of having it back, of course!:beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: bikerscars on December 03, 2006, 06:27:57 pm
:banana::beerchug::clap:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Solusar on December 03, 2006, 08:17:34 pm
Woot and hooray! :burnout: :D
Good work, Skipper...thanks!


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Rydther on December 03, 2006, 08:33:44 pm
So, its back up. Cool

signed up with new user name - I used to be B12_Bill

:banana:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: nuke on December 03, 2006, 10:31:47 pm
I'm glad to see the site's back up. I opted for a name change, too.


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: spyder on December 04, 2006, 01:36:36 am
Sweet! Glad it's back!

Thanks Neal!   :bigok:


(although some bananas would great to put here... :crazy: )


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: JCM on December 04, 2006, 11:16:18 am
I've been lurking on STN for about a year, and the vast store of knowledge
and experience here aided me greatly in buying my first bike and becoming a
safe (I hope) rider. Glad to see the site back up. Thanks to those who filled
the gap with STFU.


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: ironmike on December 04, 2006, 07:56:32 pm
Well, it took a while...
But it proves you just can't keep a good site - or group - down!
 
:cool:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Andrew on December 04, 2006, 10:53:29 pm
HAHAHAHAHaaa Back again :cool:

This looks to be a good year ;)


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: blastoff99 on December 05, 2006, 09:32:04 am
Neal, thanks for all your hard work in getting the site going again.  It's great to be back!


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Clair on December 05, 2006, 03:05:51 pm
Glad ST-N is back. YAY


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: BlueMoto on December 05, 2006, 04:41:55 pm
Glad your back online.  Missed ya.
Bob


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Kramer on December 06, 2006, 01:58:54 am
Back in the saddle.  Thanks!


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Cricket on December 06, 2006, 08:08:51 am
Glad to be back.
Thanks Neal and every body hard work.:clap: :clap: :clap:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: budlight on December 07, 2006, 11:26:58 am
good to see the forum is back


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: bobbocow on December 07, 2006, 02:42:29 pm
I just discovered STN is back up! I didn't post much on the old board, but was sad to see it go down. Great job on getting things running again!
Tom


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: STinTelluride on December 07, 2006, 05:49:01 pm
Ahhhhh.... good to be back!
Amazing how much I've actually gotten accomplished at work the past few weeks........
 
Thanks everyone for all the hard work at getting this site back up!!!!


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: Karmak on December 07, 2006, 06:58:40 pm
Finally.:banana:


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: ST4Fun on December 07, 2006, 09:08:38 pm
Back fresh & clean!:beerchug: Cheers


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: ol Rocket on December 07, 2006, 11:32:54 pm
I suppose this is like the old "signup" thread where new recruits would check in.  Man, DD and I used to rule that place in the old days.  A bit of a dig, a question about your bike and locale, a big howdy smiley, a couple of dancing bananas and you were officially welcomed aboard.

Yep, those were the good ol days.

Yep.








:bigok::banana::banana::banana:ohh, I forgot the :beerchug:  So, like welcome.


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: ViffrKlr on December 07, 2006, 11:43:38 pm
Thanks to all who helped get this back up and running :beerchug:
:lmao:
 
 
ViffrKlr
formerly Faceman


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: WarER4X on December 08, 2006, 11:02:43 am
Yeaaaah!  Now I can bring two of my friends....
 
Yeaaaah!  Now I can bring two of my friends....
 
-SR-


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: ChrisZRX on December 08, 2006, 11:05:00 am
All this time I was missing out on such a great board.
 
Better late than never, I tell my wife.  :D


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: busabandit on December 08, 2006, 02:50:35 pm
I sorely missed this site! Joy....now I can waste lots of time at work day dreaming about riding. Aint America great!


Title: Re: Welcome Back!
Post by: buckeye on December 08, 2006, 04:11:56 pm
(http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e383/tinioj/pacino.jpg)
"Pssst...ST-N is back online."
 
"Holy desmosedici...just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: TomGolden on December 08, 2006, 04:42:21 pm
Now I know what happened. Thanks for getting it back up and running!!


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Jammin on December 08, 2006, 04:58:06 pm
Thanx to everyone that got STN back up and running...

here's to STN's long life :beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: AZST on December 08, 2006, 11:57:43 pm
Glad to see this place back.


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Bodhi on December 08, 2006, 11:59:58 pm
This thread is like the wedding scene in the godfather.


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: scubadoguk on December 10, 2006, 04:26:17 pm
groundhog day great to be back again


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: vguy on December 10, 2006, 07:30:20 pm
Nice.


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Condor on December 11, 2006, 02:51:12 am
Glad to see you got it up.


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Hardware on December 11, 2006, 02:05:15 pm
Wow, I've been out of the loop for over 4 months!  I come back today and discover I've missed something huge!  Anyone care to post the Coles' Notes version of what happened?

Anyway, it's great to be back - really missed this forum!  Great to see some (many) familiar names.  Now let's get some good threads going...


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: 1KPerDay on December 11, 2006, 04:02:28 pm
Hey Hardware! We missed you. :thumbsup:

Old server was hacked/blew up. New temp server was temporary. Current server is the bee's bollocks!


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Bodhi on December 11, 2006, 04:24:27 pm
Woa - I sure hope those statistics that everyone can view don't fall into the wrong hands. I take back every negative thing I ever said about that carpetbagging, lying, deceiving, warmongering, soundrel (whose name will go unsaid).


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: sagerat on December 11, 2006, 04:28:52 pm
I'm aboard!  Finally, after several computer foulups, the Skipper heaving me a lifeline, and a few other adventures, I'm on the SS STN.

Now I will return to my job swabbing decks and peeling potatoes.   ;)


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: torags v2 on December 11, 2006, 08:11:13 pm
Glad you're back.

The new look rocks...


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: airborneXX on December 12, 2006, 03:19:52 pm
Hey good to see the site is back to life :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on December 12, 2006, 07:55:39 pm

I'm aboard!  Finally, after several computer foulups, the Skipper heaving me a lifeline, and a few other adventures, I'm on the SS STN.

Now I will return to my job swabbing decks and peeling potatoes.   ;)

Mmmm. Potatoes.  :inlove:


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Farked Up on December 12, 2006, 11:36:56 pm

This thread is like the wedding scene in the godfather.

How so?  :headscratch:


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Scratch33 on December 15, 2006, 11:17:45 am

 
How so?  :headscratch:



Somebody's gonna get ####'ed later.


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Dave the slave on December 16, 2006, 06:13:18 pm
Oh yeah..... I'm Baaaaaack

And happy the best site around is.... well.... still around! :twofinger:




:banana:



Sorry, I really needed a dancing banana!


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Bodhi on December 16, 2006, 06:16:12 pm

 
How so?  :headscratch:

I sort of meant like everyone lining up to kiss UFO's ring.


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: JRinNC on December 18, 2006, 08:43:08 am
whew! I made it! Hi all, formerly JRinPa., JRinPa. and hopefully JRinNC permanently! :crazy: I am now in Raleigh area from Spokane area. I am looking for riders in the area who may want to get together when the mood strikes and the weather cooperates so shoot me an email! BTW,I sold off the old 93 VFR. I am looking for another ST, so give me a shout if you are selling your ride! Great to see you all again! Merry Christmas! :) Happy Holidays! :thumbsup:



Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: PrtclMn001 on December 19, 2006, 11:50:57 pm
Re-Registered.  Hi everyone.


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: atadaskew on December 20, 2006, 12:10:23 am
Just when I thought I got out, I get sucked back in...
Now if someone could please tell me what oil I should use in my bike...


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on December 20, 2006, 12:18:26 am

Just when I thought I got out, I get sucked back in...
Now if someone could please tell me what oil I should use in my bike...

Vegetable - its the Green Revolution :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ridgerunner on December 20, 2006, 03:16:09 pm
Thanks skipper, the best group ride I EVA' had was with a bunch of knuckle heads from STn. I missed this place!


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: latech70 on December 20, 2006, 09:27:28 pm
Dang...it's been a loooong time since I've checked out the site and whatta ya know...it's brand spanking new again.   :D

Hope everyone has a good holiday season.  Glad to see the board looks to be working well.


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ghostrider on December 23, 2006, 06:37:47 pm
Thank you, came back the other night, great speed.

Ghostrider aka PhilBecker


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: nick01 on December 26, 2006, 04:44:39 pm
Gald the boards are back, and they look great!


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Nailer45 on December 26, 2006, 07:40:16 pm
It had been a while for me ....I  have only put 10,000 miles on the vfr in a year ....I did get to go ride the Dragon and travel some of the parkways, and me and the wife take off and just ride ....



Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: Ghost Dog on January 01, 2007, 10:19:34 pm
When I was ten years old, my parents moved from Michigan to New York. When I was twelve, I found them.


Title: Re: Welcome Back! PLEASE READ
Post by: ffastfforward on January 02, 2007, 01:13:04 pm
Great to have the forum back.
Thanks Neal!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on January 02, 2007, 02:00:10 pm
Welcome back, all y'all.   :bigok:  Good to see some old familiar faces, and looking forward to meeting all the new ones we pick up along the way.

:beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bradleym on January 02, 2007, 08:33:41 pm
I just found stn when it went down.  Got a Concours while it was down, so nice to see it back.

Bradley


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: HWYB8 on January 03, 2007, 12:52:44 am
Well, after a couple of years away, I'm back at STN.  Glad to see that it is still around.  I used to do a little touring on my old '00 ZX-11.  She had some goodies on her.

(http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/468631/fullsize/flag001.jpg)

Now that I'm able to ride again, my wife bought me this for Christmas....

(http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/468510/fullsize/dscf0031.jpg)

She'll eventually get all the same goodies.

My wife loves riding with me, but she's been wanting a bike of her own.  So I bought this as her Christmas gift....

(http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/466854/fullsize/dscf0025.jpg)

I've got about 458 miles on my 14 now since Christmas, and my wife has about 307 on her 650R.  I've been riding on and off since I was 17.  This is her second bike, she had a '93 ZX6E for a short while, but didn't get to ride much.  She has been doing really good on her bike, and she takes the MSF BRC course next week.  Right now all she has is her motorcycle learners permit.  We are looking forward to riding together and getting some great pictures of the Arizona scenery.

James


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: wrightme43 on January 03, 2007, 09:25:53 am
Hi my name is Steve.
I am new here. I am also a member of ninja250net. My longest rides so far have been three 250 mile days. I am new to riding, since jul 28th 06. I was able to over 5000 miles in before the end of 06. I hope to do better this year.
Thanks for letting me be a part of your forum.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Scoop on January 03, 2007, 12:27:26 pm
HI Steve
Welcome aboard.
Enjoy


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mjc on January 04, 2007, 02:09:06 am
Hi all. New to the site and wanted to say Cheers. I'm also on Zephyr-Zone dot com and Concours dot org. Fun site you have here.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on January 04, 2007, 02:13:28 am
I'm impressed that someone put over 5000 miles on a Ninja 250 in a year.  Good work.  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 04, 2007, 11:24:44 am
It is good to see all the reregistering and newbies, too.  For those of us with reduced synapse-firing ability it will be a bit of a tussle to learn new names with old personalities, but it can be done.  ST.N is back and better, the bickering has died down and the Skipper is even posting a bit.  Life just doesn't get any better.

Welcome aboard and welcome back. :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 04, 2007, 12:03:47 pm
Welcome to all the new members and welcome back to the old farts. Hope to meet many of you at the various get togethers.  :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 04, 2007, 12:05:30 pm

(http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/468510/fullsize/dscf0031.jpg)
She'll eventually get all the same goodies.


Nice bike. Let us know what you think.   :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: STGurp on January 04, 2007, 03:28:40 pm
Might as well toss this in... hello I'm here as a forum newbie, but with 30 years in the saddle. Current ride is a dream compared to most of the old clunkers I've had which is the same story for many of you here I am sure.

My first long distance ride was at the age of around 23 on a CB750Custom with camping gear and future wife all strapped on from Halifax, NS to Victoria, BC coast to coast. I haven't done anything near that since, due to career and then the offsprings and all that jazz, but now with the youngest being 14 there's some more freedom and we plan to do some more touring.

I tend to prefer solo instead of group riding... fewer inputs and requirements for distraction, although it's great to arrive at a destination with a fellow biker to unwind and review your notes after a long adventure.

Anyway - looks like a great forum. I intend to stick around and contribute from time to time, and pick some brains too.

Cheers!
John


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: zzrjj on January 04, 2007, 09:23:02 pm
Hey!
I've been stalking all of you for some time, now I've registered. I'm trading in my Vulcan cruiser, and am torn between the C14, and the ZX14 modded for cruise, observing all posted speed limits, of course.
So, any ST.N ers with experience, jump in with advice. I thought I liked cruisers well enough, but I rented a Concours last year in Arizona for a few days, and it changed my life. Anyhow, this is an awesome site, and feel privileged to be in the company of you maniacs.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sane_man on January 05, 2007, 10:45:35 am
The place looks a little different, but seeing none of the old threads, SUCKS!!!!  :mad2:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 05, 2007, 11:49:49 am
You are "sane"? Then WTF are you doing in HERE?    :rolleyes:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: HWYB8 on January 05, 2007, 03:03:07 pm



Nice bike. Let us know what you think.   :thumbsup:


I'm still in the break in period, but I'll let you know.   :thumbsup:

I've only got 458 miles on it.  Guess I need to get out more.   :rolleyes:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 06, 2007, 12:19:45 am

I've only got 458 miles on it.  Guess I need to get out more.   :rolleyes:


Duh!    ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: St_rydr on January 07, 2007, 11:22:06 am
Hey there all,
Been riding Triumph's here for about four years now... Never need an excuse to ride.
Practiced riding in dirt as a kid. Currently ride a 04 Sprint St which sport touring is definitely my style. Finnaly got heated hand grips this month! Must be old age. Goal this year is 10,000 miles and a an Iron butt ride also a trip to
deal's gap.

 (http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o240/bundersonb/GetAttachment1.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Ice on January 07, 2007, 09:03:33 pm
A big-ass
WELCOME ABOARD
to all!!   :bigok:

This ain't your average bike forum.  We have all sorts of folks here.  HD to Ural, lay-back-and-cruise to absolute-limit-of-traction, Iron Butt to day tripper, cops to anarchists.  The primary focus is that it isn't what you ride or how you ride...it's that you ride.

Welcome to the terrordome...!!   :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RedCoat on January 07, 2007, 10:38:53 pm
Hello
.
I am new to this forum ( obviously  :) ).
.
I ride a suzuki gixxer 6 ( 2006 ). My previous bikes were a little 250 ninja and a 2003 gixxer 6 affectionately called The Thug. :)
.
Looking to do a number of weekend trips and some long distance trips this year..need more miles on my touring sportbike.
.
Cheers!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: QuienSabe on January 08, 2007, 11:40:10 am
Hello everyone. Jim here from the Phoenix area. I am an old man, but new rider. I don't ride a sport tourer, but may in the future. I am currently riding a 2002 Honda Magna. I have enjoyed lurking here thus far. I am looking forward to reading more about everyone's fantastic trips, and hopefully some day I may cross the path of another forum member. I am allready planning my spring Big Bend trip which was inspired by rocketbunny's grand trip report.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DogBoy on January 08, 2007, 06:04:51 pm

Hello
.
I am new to this forum ( obviously  :) ).
.
I ride a suzuki gixxer 6 ( 2006 ). My previous bikes were a little 250 ninja and a 2003 gixxer 6 affectionately called The Thug. :)
.
Looking to do a number of weekend trips and some long distance trips this year..need more miles on my touring sportbike.
.
Cheers!


Hey I remember that Thug bike. Glad you're here.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: CLAY on January 09, 2007, 09:27:08 am
Nuther new guy here.
  I am 37, and have been riding for about17 years.  I have 2 kids- a girl (3 1/2) and a boy (5 months)  I collect and restore older bikes for fun, so the stable often changes, but I have a three that stay.  Two are XS650's- a yellow street tracker I made, and a red chopper I made- great bikes- super fun to ride- they rock, roll, and shake!
    My daily driver is a 1986 Shadow VT700C with about 50,000 miles on it, and that's part of the reason I am here- I am planning the purchase of a newer S/T bike this spring.  My Shadow has been great, but I am looking to make a change.  I outride the Shadow every time I go out and get aggressive at all- and that's not bragging- if any of you have ridden one of the older Shadows you know outriding it is not difficult!
   Anyway, I am going to post my questions about a couple models on the general boards, so I'm looking for input from you experienced sport-tourers.  Thanks!

  My website- pics of my bikes and such for those interested:
http://twinoak.altelco.net/~jacil/clay/motorcycle/motorcycle.html

    CLAY


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 09, 2007, 11:24:15 am
Clay, it's good to have an "official" newbie check in.  Welcome to ya.  A word of warning, however.  Be prepared to do LOTS of reading if you ask the general question of "which ST bike should I buy".  In fact, first ask "How many varieties of fish are there in the sea?" or "What can we do to establish peace in the emerging new world?" or even "What supermodel will go out with ToddRod?"  These topics are specific enough that you can practice reading up on a few tips or opinions.  Then ask your real question.


Again, good to have you aboard.  Just ask if you need any real advice.  (coff) VFR (coff)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: CLAY on January 09, 2007, 12:41:33 pm
LOL!  Very good.  If you read my post I actually have it narrowed down a bit already- a DL1000 vs a Bandit 1200, unless someone mentions a bike and the heavens open up and angels sing to me!  I do like the VFR- but it's a little more "sport" stance than I am looking for I think, but I haven't ever ridden one- just sat on 'em...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Scoop on January 09, 2007, 12:44:29 pm
Not to hijack this to a "what bike should you buy" thread, but I have been very happy with my VStrom (DL1000) as a sport tourer.  Put over 12,000 km last summer, with one 6,000 km trip to WVA.  Couldn't be happier with my choice.
Welcome


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RedCoat on January 09, 2007, 06:36:11 pm



Hey I remember that Thug bike. Glad you're here.  :thumbsup:

.
 :)
.
thanks!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on January 09, 2007, 07:08:28 pm

Hello everyone. Jim here from the Phoenix area. I am an old man, but new rider. I don't ride a sport tourer, but may in the future. I am currently riding a 2002 Honda Magna. I have enjoyed lurking here thus far. I am looking forward to reading more about everyone's fantastic trips, and hopefully some day I may cross the path of another forum member. I am allready planning my spring Big Bend trip which was inspired by rocketbunny's grand trip report.


HAH!

There's another Jim here that rides a Magna.  Ain't no-one gonna accuse him of not Sport-touring.  

Welcome!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mac 1 on January 10, 2007, 06:44:50 pm
Hello everyone I'm mac1, I currently ride a 06 FZ1 & I've been riding dirt and street bikes on & off most of my life,
Just wanted to say hey  :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 919Maniac on January 10, 2007, 07:46:41 pm
Whats up? 919Maniac - ride an '02 919 w/36K miles on it.   Hope to increase that a bit this coming riding season (although global warming seems to be making Philly a year round riding spot.).

I had a Puch Condor (Spanish version) 50cc (bored out to 80) when I was in my teens.  Then in my twenties I got an EX500 to jump back in the pool.  Got a ZX-6E after that and it died w/around 30K miles on it so got the 919.  It's been a lot of fun.  

Ciao!



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 10, 2007, 08:07:20 pm
Mac 1-welcome.  For what it's worth, the other macs on here didn't number themselves or you might have been out of luck.  Poke around and enjoy yourself.  Lots to do here.  Well, not as much since that girlie left, but whatever.



919- boy are you a lucky dude.  It was proven scientifically in one of the threads that all 600's are toast at 20,000 miles so you got an extra 10,000 for absolutely nothing.  And since a 919 is 1/3 bigger, you won't have to worry until around the 45,000 mark, given the same luck,temperature, gas quality, and air pressure.

Nice to have you both enroll in the ST.N college of hard kyucks. :bigok:



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 11, 2007, 10:59:20 am

Got a ZX-6E after that and it died w/around 30K miles on it...


Hi. Surprised to hear of a 6E dieing. My brother in law is still riding the crap out of my old one and it's now got waaaaaay over 100,000 kms on it and the engine has never been touched. I think the valves were adjusted twice.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 11, 2007, 11:16:28 am



Hi. Surprised to hear of a 6E dieing. My brother in law is still riding the crap out of my old one and it's now got waaaaaay over 100,000 kms on it and the engine has never been touched. I think the valves were adjusted twice.


DIDN'T YOU READ THE 600 THREAD??  My gosh, that's just a grenade waiting to happen. :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MinnGreenGT on January 11, 2007, 01:54:15 pm
Hey Everyone,  figured I should drop in on the "newbie" post to introduce myself.  My name is Rob, I'm nearly 28 and have been riding in one way or another since I was about 12.  After turning 16 I kind of drifted away from bikes until a few years ago when my wife showed some interest.  So I dusted off the ol' '75 Suzuki GT185 and tooled around the area on it.
(http://w1.bikepics.com/pics/2004%5C07%5C29%5Cbikepics-187490-full.jpg)

After realizing I needed some more power I picked up an '88 Honda VLX - it had been customized and was "cool" - but I quickly discovered that it didn't match my riding style.
(http://www.fiero.mn.org/88VLX_Ebay/88VLX_RightRearCorner_SM.jpg)

So a year later I picked up an '89 Katana - a bike I had wanted since I was kid reading every word in the dealer brochures I picked up.  It was a fun ride - and I had no complaints... even got a couple more close friends into riding with the Kat (one has a Kat 600, the other traded his early fizzer for an R6). Even put some longer distance miles on the kat (and thankfully picked up a 2nd hand Corbin off ebay for cheap).
(http://fiero.mn.org/MinnGreenGT/OctoberKatRide/Katana01_05_06.jpg)

I wasn't even really looking for a new mount (but I regularly browse craigslist, ebay, and various forums) when I ran across an '01 Bandit 1200S.  After checking it out (and test riding it with my wife riding pillion), we agreed that it might be a better bike for the way I like ride. Despite my younger age I have a bad back and knees - making the cramped & aggressive riding positions of sportier bikes less than favorable to me.  Additionally I was thrilled that the B12S also included a nice pair of Givi hard cases, and the original owner had spent some money with Dale at Holeshot giving it a bit more "oomph".
(http://fiero.mn.org/MinnGreenGT/Kat_N_Bandit.jpg)

So this past summer has been enjoyed eating up some miles on the toy.  And this past fall we finally took the opportunity to go on a short "motorcycle-camping" trip to Whitewater State Park in Southeast Minnesota. and see if we were suitably geared (we did pretty well for our first try).  It was my wife's first longer (about 200 miles RT) ride on her little Ninja 250 - which did excellent, especially considering how it was loaded (she got the "light" gear: sleeping bags, etc).
(http://fiero.mn.org/MinnGreenGT/CycleCamp_01.jpg)

So now I'm sitting here day-dreaming and reading about some nice twisty long rides & being slightly jealous of those in warmer-weather climates.  We're talking about planning a week-long trip around Scotland for sometime in the future... but until then we'll be looking for progressively longer rides in the region!

~Rob "MinnGreenGT" Bartlett
Lakeville, MN
(oh yeah, my screen name is derived from my car!)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Yuma on January 11, 2007, 05:32:55 pm
Hello,  My name is Lee and I am a new guy to this site (sort of been a lurker for a month or so).

I ride a Concours (C1) and I live in the South West Desert of Arizona, thus the handle "Yuma"

I ride year round (here you can) even when it's 115+ out.
I've been riding for 30+ years off and on and when I bought my first bike the dealer thought they will never see me (alive) again.
Love my "Connie" it's a great sport-tourer (even more for the money).

Lee, aka  Yuma


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 919Maniac on January 11, 2007, 05:44:50 pm



Hi. Surprised to hear of a 6E dieing. My brother in law is still riding the crap out of my old one and it's now got waaaaaay over 100,000 kms on it and the engine has never been touched. I think the valves were adjusted twice.


Well, it didn't really "die" per se, but rather developed an electrical gremlin I couldn't track down.  I promptly used that as an excuse to buy a new bike.  Hmmmm.... the 919 DOES have "a lot" of miles now, maybe is should "die" to and be replaced by the new 2008 Kawi Concours....


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jaboyak on January 11, 2007, 05:50:17 pm
I'm also new and from the southwest. I'm from Tucson. My name is John. I love my CBR600 for touring. It's not uncomfortable at all like I thought it was going to be. It's been a tride and true ride  :inlove:


I hope to meet up with you sometime.  :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 11, 2007, 07:22:14 pm
Dive right in folks.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jed on January 11, 2007, 11:07:51 pm
But stay out of the dungeon!  Unless you like political dogpiles and nonsensical banter.  Then jump on down there too!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 11, 2007, 11:41:28 pm
Don't listen to him, he's a jerk.   :rolleyes:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 11, 2007, 11:42:51 pm
Also, don't listen to me.   :p


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 12, 2007, 05:15:00 pm
Well, have I noticed a lot of new bodies from the warmer climactic regions of the US of A or what?  Why aren't you fellers off riding or punchin' doogies or something in the glorious sunshine.  I actually hale from the sunny side of WA state, but it's like 9 degrees out in the sunshine today.  I bet your riding weather is better.

I thought I'd jump in and give you, jaboyak, and you, Yuma, and you, minGreen, a proper and respectful greeting to the hallowed halls of ST.N.  There've been a few changes as of late, but the site is back, graphically rich and full of the wonderful information about motorcycling that only an opinion-led forum can deliver.  Check it all out.  But be careful.  There's a lot of naughty stuff said in the Dungeon.  I, myself, one of the most respected and knowledgeable members here, lost my wits a while back and posted drival in a thread.  Once.  While I was under a lot of pressure. When I was enebriated.  And people were whining. But I'm better now and gosh, I've talked too much.  

Just don't listen to jed or ATW.


They're a$$hats.









Just kidding guys. :o     :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Ice on January 12, 2007, 06:07:58 pm

Just don't listen to jed or ATW.


They're a$$hats.



He's full of it.  I'm the real asshat around here.   ;)   :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on January 13, 2007, 09:01:11 pm
Welcome Welcome Welcome!!!! :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jed on January 13, 2007, 09:43:56 pm
YEAHHHHH  I've been called an Asshat!!!!

I feel like I'm finally official and have gained a medel of honor!

Oh, welcome!!!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ronbo on January 13, 2007, 10:09:08 pm
Longtime lurker (relatively) first time poster.
I'm ronbo (Ron) newly transplanted from the loverly San Francisco Bay Area to the greater Seattle/Tacoma metroplex (teeny tiny Lakebay, FTW).
Here a few of my favorite things:

recently added the hard bags to the VFR:
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/5/7864993_afe4062ac8.jpg)

at the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/1/1157159_56919212c3.jpg)

Besides an unhealthy obsession with motorbikes, I spend far too much time playing World of Warcraft (Tauren Druid, For the Horde!), reading comic books and watching movies and live music.

I also just got my hands on a Wii (not quite as dirty as it sounds, also 2nd to last one in the Gig Harbor Target if anyone's looking) and have spent way too much time playing Zelda, Twilight Princess.

Mama always said, 'It's never too late to have a happy childhood.'

I look forward to the nurturing of my M/C addiction here at S-T.N.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on January 13, 2007, 11:52:02 pm

Longtime lurker (relatively) first time poster.
I'm ronbo (Ron) newly transplanted from the loverly San Francisco Bay Area to the greater Seattle/Tacoma metroplex (teeny tiny Lakebay, FTW).

Mama always said, 'It's never too late to have a happy childhood.'

I look forward to the nurturing of my M/C addiction here at S-T.N.


Welcome to frozen Seattle!  Really, it never snows here.  :rolleyes:

Feel free to be nurtured at one of our copious PNW gathering, the next to be on the 20th (movies at my place) and the 21st (a ride... somewhere). Region 1 is the place to be! :banana:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ronbo on January 14, 2007, 01:14:33 am


Welcome to frozen Seattle!  Really, it never snows here.  :rolleyes:

Thanks!
Quote

Feel free to be nurtured at one of our copious PNW gathering, the next to be on the 20th (movies at my place) and the 21st (a ride... somewhere). Region 1 is the place to be! :banana:

Yeah, I hear it's where all the cool kids hang out ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Justin726 on January 14, 2007, 03:11:11 pm
Another new member here.  Located in Juniata, Nebraska.  

I ride a 2003 Hayabusa.  It has just under 23,000 miles on it right now.  It has just a few simple modification, and nothing too wild.  Carbon fiber exhaust, HID headlight, and a Wolo air horn are just a few of my favorite mods I've done.

I spend most of my online time over on sportbikes.net where I am a Super Moderator.  I've been involved in sportbikes for quite a few years now.

I made my way over here because I keep thinking of doing an Iron Butt ride this spring or summer and figured I'd be able to pick up some great information from the people on this site.  At first I thought about doing just the SaddleSore1000, but I'm pretty sure I've got myself talked into doing the SaddleSore1000 and the BunBurner1500 together.

Here's a couple pics from one of the few rides I've done to Colorado.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 14, 2007, 08:15:47 pm

I'm ronbo (Ron) newly transplanted from the loverly San Francisco Bay Area to the greater Seattle/Tacoma metroplex (teeny tiny Lakebay, FTW).
I look forward to the nurturing of my M/C addiction here at S-T.N.


Welcome. And remember that VFR's suck......especially the red ones.   ;)    (Nice bike, love the bags)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 919Maniac on January 14, 2007, 11:21:20 pm

Another new member here.  Located in Juniata, Nebraska.  

I ride a 2003 Hayabusa.  It has just under 23,000 miles on it right now.  It has just a few simple modification, and nothing too wild.  Carbon fiber exhaust, HID headlight, and a Wolo air horn are just a few of my favorite mods I've done.

I spend most of my online time over on sportbikes.net where I am a Super Moderator.  I've been involved in sportbikes for quite a few years now.

I made my way over here because I keep thinking of doing an Iron Butt ride this spring or summer and figured I'd be able to pick up some great information from the people on this site.  At first I thought about doing just the SaddleSore1000, but I'm pretty sure I've got myself talked into doing the SaddleSore1000 and the BunBurner1500 together.

Here's a couple pics from one of the few rides I've done to Colorado.


Hi,

I'm pretty new here as well (intro above).  Love the 'busa but can't afford the dozens of tires per year I would use on one.  I've also thought about doing a SS1000 before, but living in the number 1 deer strike state of the union, I am hesitant to ride after dark anymore (too many close calls).  Hope you have fun if you do the BB Gold.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mrwog on January 15, 2007, 07:57:55 pm
Hello to all
New boy in the play ground
I live in NH I have been riding since 1967, have had many bikes. I would have to sit and think awhile about how many it has been.
I have built and wrenched on many a bike, and I tend to buy used, and restore or improve them.
I recently restored a Yamaha GTS 1000, this is my current ride. I also own a 1984 Honda Interseptor that I bought new in 1985, and it is modified with some rare parts indeed, quite custom to say the least.
Any other GTSER'S out there????
Paul




Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DogBoy on January 15, 2007, 08:53:09 pm
Hey MrWog,

We have some other GTS fans here, the most notorious being GTS_Rider from SoCal. Love to see some pics of your GTS over at our ST.N Yamaha Forum. (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/board,26.0.html)

I'm guessing you're the same MrWog who buit a gorgeous ZRX1200 a few years back. Still building custom seats?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 16, 2007, 11:45:05 am
You'd think with the outlawed initiation rituals and now frowned upon secret handshakes, that there would be a new openess on our little forum.  Now we have people making custom seats that only select people know about and riding bikes with strange and confusing front suspensions.  But I harbor no ill will, my friend, so welcome aboard, Mrwog.  Enjoy.

But I'm keeping my eye on you.

Welcome Justin, Against the Wind and Dogboy.  Ohh, wait a minute.  The last two have been here awhile.  Sorry, sometimes my memory is a bit cloudy.  But welcome all anyway.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tharkun on January 16, 2007, 11:58:35 pm
OK, hello all! Tharkun's my name. My stable includes a 2005 White 25th Anniv Edition Goldwing fully farklized; a Red 2004 Honda VFR 800 Interceptor set up for sport touring; a Red 1990 Honda VFR750F, and a 1990 Honda VFR750R, more commonly known as an RC30!
Down in the Mobile AL area for now. We ride on weekends. Look us up on your sister board, VFRD http://www.vfrdiscussion.com/forum/index.php?

(http://tharkunsden.usanethosting.com/Bikes3.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 17, 2007, 09:51:34 am
Distant relative named Soichiro?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 17, 2007, 10:26:19 am
Does the term "ride red" mean anything?

Welcome, tharkun, that is an awesome stable. :hail:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bem136 on January 17, 2007, 09:39:19 pm

Just an FNG, for both forum's & FJR's.

I have been reading a while and thought I might write sometime.

Regards.

B


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: cjohns on January 18, 2007, 01:00:32 pm
Found this site a year ago, mostly lurker, occasional poster, newer motorcyclist.  Somehow ended up in Lewiston, Idaho.  Have 3 kids, so kinda hard to get out much for longer tours, mostly get out for a short afternoon and back and forth to work.  Works great around here though with the proximity to Highway 12, Spiral Highway and Rattlesnake grade.  Great places to bike.  Made the mistake of trying a friends ZZR600 late this summer, so I don't think I will have the Z750 much longer.  Squidin' it on the daughters 80 after some shop time.  Great site!!

(http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g80/sctnabt/dcp_1923.jpg)

(http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g80/sctnabt/DSC00588.jpg)

cj


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: pj on January 18, 2007, 06:09:52 pm
I'm a middle-aged guy whose last bike was stolen in 1975.  I finally got around to replacing it last year with a KLR 650.  I wanted a bike to jump on and go to fishing holes off the beaten path.  Since I'm living in Dayton, Ohio I have spent most of my time riding backroads and now I'm hooked on touring, too.  The KLR may not be entirely a Sport Tourer, but I did drop it 3", added a 7" higher windshield and a Corbin seat.  So, I'm getting there.  My next bike will likely be a V-Strom 650 for a little more road oriented ride.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tharkun on January 18, 2007, 10:01:10 pm

Distant relative named Soichiro?


I wish! If I did, there would also be an RC45 & an NR750 in that photo!   I dream on..............and hope to win the lotto!  back to lurkin'.....


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ventureowners on January 19, 2007, 04:54:15 pm
Okay, I'm the new guy!  Just got my first Sport Touring Bike, unless you count the new '97 Honda Pacific Coast I had back then.  Been driving a '04 Lehman Goldwing Trike since '04 and a 2000 Excelsior Henderson Touring Limited (Jennie bike) I bought '05.  Anyway I'm getting younger (58) so thought I'd try an upright type "Go-Fast" bike.   Found a '99 Honda st1100 with 14k miles on it.  Already bought some stuff from Calif. Sport Touring and Sport Touring Accessories in Deals Gap.  Bike almost scratchless.  Has Helibars, tall tinted curvy windshield with catseye holes cut in it (what the h are these for?), custom lower/softer seat and orig. seat.  Engine pressure tested - head gasket replaced, valves adjusted, new fuel filter, and sparkplugs.

So, are there any forums for st1100 owners?  What do I need to look for on maintenance, accessories, gadgets?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Guitarman on January 19, 2007, 07:59:28 pm
Hi I'm Guitarman.  Minngreen got me into riding, and now is my second obsession.  I have a katana 600 '97, it fits good but its slow.  I am looking to buy a Triumph Sprint st soon. lately we have been out ice riding on a local lake here in frozen MN.  This is wild fun, and highly adictive!  :cool:   I live with my sunglasses on.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Joggernot on January 19, 2007, 08:43:54 pm
Hello, everyone!  I'm Joggernot (I don't jog) and have been riding off and on since 1959 when I got my Cushman Super Eagle.  I ride year round but lately snow has been stopping me.  I'm active on www.yearroundriders.com and www.ironbutt.org as well.

Right now it is snowing with a layer of ice on the roads.  This is southern NM where it isn't supposed to do this!

Joggernot


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Busy Little Whiner on January 20, 2007, 01:48:40 am

OK, hello all! Tharkun's my name.




Hiya tharkun...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BRPtourer on January 20, 2007, 11:49:36 pm
Was a member for several years, computer blew up, I was down and out, now I can't remember my old username/password. Had to re-register.... Love the new look!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: JustBob on January 21, 2007, 08:54:39 am
Hi Y'all.
Long time lurker, first time poster.
Lifetime rider, have owned over 20 street bikes and over 300,000 miles.

I'm just lookin around the net trying to see used bike values and figuring out which bike(s) I am going to sell. I've got that urge to buy again, this urge seems to pop up often.
The new Triumps have really caught my eye this time around.

Bob  from Kentucky


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: raybobb1 on January 22, 2007, 04:57:06 pm
Hi kids...
I just found this site and as I will be getting a sport touring rig in May, I thought I’d sign up...
I'm 48 years old and I've been riding dirt bikes since 1970 and streetbikes since 1977. I still ride in the dirt a year after a knee replacement and really embrace the freedom of two wheels...  
I have met many great friends because of my two-wheel passion and I look forward to meeting many more through the STn connection.
Next year I will fulfill a dream of riding across the country, shipping the bike to Daytona for Bikeweek and then riding it back home to San Jose, CA


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Tyler on January 22, 2007, 06:00:21 pm
Hi:

Have heard of the site and have a few friends who have recommended it to me so here I am checking it out. Have been riding about 9 years, 3 as a passenger then, when the guy I was dating moved back East, I figure it was easier to get my own bike than a new boyfriend.  ;)  Started out on a Suzuki GZ250, then a Honda Shadow 750, then the Trophy about a year and a half ago... big pig of a bike but glorious for long distance touring. I also started dirt bike riding about 1-1/2 years ago with my daughter, who is almost 15.

I look forward to checking out the site and seeing where y'all have been so I can add some more "must ride" roads to my ever growing list!  :thumbsup:

Cheers,
Tyler


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: paid2ride on January 22, 2007, 11:09:55 pm
 Hi Riders,
      Long time reader of this site but first sign-up. Interesting information, opinions, and good-natured banter in this site.  I'm located in Portland, Maine so my riding season is usually March thru December depending on the snow.  
      Currently ride a 2005 FJR with 20,000 miles on it. Prior bikes were the red 2000 Concours; 1982 750 Honda, 1978 Suzuki 550 Suzuki, and a Honda XL 175.  Current :Dly ride a Harley Road King at work; we lease them so I get a new one each year. Yep, a LEO who gets paid to ride.
      Nice to be onboard. Ride safe.    


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on January 22, 2007, 11:16:22 pm
Welcome all noobs, be ye old or new  :bigok:

There are manufacturer forums for specific information, mods/maint/gadget forums to on the bike and ride reports to give you ideas on where to ride to. Keep an eye on local regions if you want to hook up with other rides. And if you're really cool then you'll come check out the National Meet in Custer, SD this June :banana:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: alphabet man on January 23, 2007, 07:37:31 am
Hey Tyler welcome aboard, Trophy is a great bike and besides my wife say's it's fun to ride a big pig, once in a while..... HEY she doesn't have a bike, what the?? :lol:
 And Paid2ride,  :twofinger: :lol: well that's just not fair but welcome anyway


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: dan.fitzgerald on January 23, 2007, 01:02:15 pm
Just stumbled in from f650.com, credit bluepoof for that.

Anyhow here I is, I live in lovely and scenic Quakertown, PA about an hour north of Philly, I tour (like more than a day) a few times a year. I ride every chance I get, and never put the bikes up for the winter.

____________________________
Dan "Danno" FitzGerald
'77 Honda CD550K (Baby); '05 Buell XB9SX (Betty); '06 BMW F650GS (Greta)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Capn on January 23, 2007, 03:11:44 pm
Howdy folks.  I know some of you from the MCUSA forums.  I just stumbled upon this place.  Oh and I just found / read a lot of Bluepoof's blog yesterday, coincidentally enough.  I see she has a Wisconsin sticker on her topbox - nice.

I'm 30, in madison WI for now, in grad school.  Been riding for about 4 years, a little over 15k miles total between this bike and the old one.  Looking forward to some good info.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bluepoof on January 23, 2007, 08:51:45 pm
 Oh and I just found / read a lot of Bluepoof's blog yesterday, coincidentally enough.  I see she has a Wisconsin sticker on her topbox - nice.


 :bigok:  Yep, born and raised in Wauwatosa (suburb of Milwaukee) and went to college in Beloit. I got the sticker when I rode back to see my mom in 2005.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Ramming Speed on January 24, 2007, 04:50:44 pm
Hello to all!  I'm new to computers but not to bikes.  The last computer I used before this one needed punch cards and was programed in Fortran II.  I've ridden since before learning Fortran in college in the late 60's.  I live just north of Philadelphia PA and tend to ride locally with an occasional longer ride.  Fortunately for me, my 3 children are super computer geeks and are showing me how to work this thing without swearing at it (much).  

My kids use my XT200 for around town and my 2 boys used to ride it to high school.  They were the only riders in school.  The other parents are horrified that I let my kids ride.  I tell them "not LET them ride, I REQUIRE it of them".  That really sets them off.
 
My daughter just got her permits a few weeks ago and will be learning on it, if she can kick start it.  Whenever I can, I use the XT for teaching anyone who wants to learn.

This site is most entertaining, especially off topic.  

Bill


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 24, 2007, 05:38:48 pm

This site is most entertaining, especially off topic.  
Bill


Oh oh....


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 24, 2007, 05:40:06 pm

I'm 30, in madison WI for now, in grad school.


What are you taking?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 24, 2007, 10:38:56 pm
Aloha to all of you.  It's getting so a working lad can't keep up with greeting, welcoming, handshaking, hindshaking, gladhanding, acknowledging, psssting, posturing and categorizing all the people who have been so kind as to file past the bell desk.  At one time, mind you, I had plenty of hours to while away posting and proselytizing--acting as the doorman of the ST.N portal.  Not now.  Much too important.  No time.  No inclination.  And most of all, no new jokes.  I'll have to fall back on the hand buzzer, whoopie cushion and the x-ray glasses with fake nose to make people laugh.  Laughing sets you at ease and makes you want to mix it up in the threads with the rest of the oldtimers.  Then you'll be cut to ribbons with dry, rapier-like wit.  Then, we, the oldtimers, will laugh at you.

Life is good.



Uh...welcome, Newbies :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: b the s on January 24, 2007, 10:51:32 pm

Hi,

I new
Want bike
BAD
(posted in General Disc.)
I like site
oh, pic/avatar is me and best friend on Dad's bike.  CB750Four, I think.
First bike '75 MR50 then another then RM80 then only drove everyone elses then ltd440 now it's been so loooong that I'm gonna DIE if I don't get back on two wheels.

That's me.
b the s   :nuts:

and RS, I was taught Fortran 77 in college in 93 ?!  :headscratch:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 25, 2007, 11:02:36 am
Hmmm.

Welcome...b the s...glad...you're...here.  Enjoy...reading.  Good...luck. :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cossi on January 25, 2007, 01:12:15 pm
Hmmm wow, new look!  I like it.

I guess I am back after a short hiatus and found something different.  

Was about the 100th member at the old place.  I ride a blackbird, and am a police officer for a living.

See alot of familiar faces, er uh names.

Maybe I will see some of you in Custer in June.

 :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Beatkiddo on January 25, 2007, 01:32:09 pm
Hey Everyone!

Tampa Bay: 32 y/o divorced male that just bike'ed back up after eight years away due to my a persons request.  I grew up riding MX, and the first street bike at 15 was a Ninja 250.  From there I have a ZX-6, and then the FJ1200.  I just went out an bought a 2002 BMW F650 GS, with ABS.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: matkal on January 25, 2007, 09:06:51 pm

 Hi Riders,
      Long time reader of this site but first sign-up. Interesting information, opinions, and good-natured banter in this site.  I'm located in Portland, Maine so my riding season is usually March thru December depending on the snow.  
      Currently ride a 2005 FJR with 20,000 miles on it. Prior bikes were the red 2000 Concours; 1982 750 Honda, 1978 Suzuki 550 Suzuki, and a Honda XL 175.  Current :Dly ride a Harley Road King at work; we lease them so I get a new one each year. Yep, a LEO who gets paid to ride.
      Nice to be onboard. Ride safe.    


Welcome. I keep wanting to reference Me, myself and Irene, but it's been too long since I've seen the movie. :D
  Do you love (and I mean LOVE) watermelons?? :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Capn on January 25, 2007, 09:33:51 pm



What are you taking?


MBA program, Supply Chain Mgmt specialty.  I finish up in May, and it looks like I may be returning to Boston, where I interned (and put on 9,000 miles) this past summer.  I did a lot of touring there, due to all the freetime (wife in WI).  The prospect of getting back out to VT, NH, upstate NY, and Maine is absolutely thrilling.  I have not yet begun to explore!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Tyler on January 25, 2007, 09:36:31 pm

  Do you love (and I mean LOVE) watermelons?? :lol:


We had a watermelon join us on a trip last September... named it and everything...  :lol:

http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32379&highlight=watermelon


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 25, 2007, 09:51:22 pm

 I have not yet begun to explore!


Great attitude. Have fun.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: matkal on January 25, 2007, 09:59:30 pm



We had a watermelon join us on a trip last September... named it and everything...  :lol:

http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32379&highlight=watermelon


From the pics, it seems to have survived the trip...ahem, "unscathed". :headscratch: ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Tyler on January 25, 2007, 11:27:51 pm
From the pics, it seems to have survived the trip...ahem, "unscathed". :headscratch: ;)


Sadly, it was to be Wilson's (the watermelon) first and only motorcycle ride. Due to the sun and prolonged heat exposure, he didn't last long after returning home. We salute you, Wilson, and hope that your trip will stay with you long after your journey to that watermelon patch in the sky.  :)

Yeah, I know... we're a bit warped...  :crazy: :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bluepoof on January 26, 2007, 01:25:14 am
Brought a tear to my eye, it did.  Alas, poor Wilson, we barely knew ye.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rselin on January 26, 2007, 02:52:33 am
Hi all,

I'm 38 years old and live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  I've been street riding since 1995, starting on a Ninja 500.  I know these are considered beginner bikes but I put 65,000 km and three crashes on mine.  Tough little bike!  I bought my first Sprint in 1999 and was hooked on the Triumph triple motor.  I rode 70,000 km on it (no crashes - must be learning) before buying the new Sprint ST 1050 in August.  I  love it!

I usually do two to three group trips a year - long weekend trips to the Black Hills in SD in May and the Kootenays in BC in September, and a one week trip to the Kootenays in July if I don't have anything else going on.  I also like solo rides and did solo trips to California in 1996, 1999 (WSB at Laguna), and 2005 (MotoGP at Laguna).  The pic of the Fortuna umbrella girls is from MotoGp.  The stretch of Highway 1 south of Leggett is the best road I have ever been on.

Sport-Touring.net was/is helpful to me in dealing with minor glitches on the new Sprint (excessive heat, spongy brakes-actually had those on the old Sprint as well!) so I decided to join.  I look forward to contributing to and learning from the Sport-Touring.net community.

Richard


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 26, 2007, 09:06:42 am
Welcome. Send some of that Calgary weather over here will ya.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 26, 2007, 11:29:06 am


Yeah, I know... we're a bit warped...  :crazy: :lol:


You ain't seen nothin' yet.

Welcome all. :bigok:  Remember, we do have a quota on Canadians with the new border laws and all.  We willneed more people from Argentina to join up to counteract that overabundance of northerners.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bubba zanetti on January 26, 2007, 11:33:10 am

Hi all,

I'm 38 years old and live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  I've been street riding since 1995, starting on a Ninja 500.  I know these are considered beginner bikes but I put 65,000 km and three crashes on mine.  Tough little bike!  I bought my first Sprint in 1999 and was hooked on the Triumph triple motor.  I rode 70,000 km on it (no crashes - must be learning) before buying the new Sprint ST 1050 in August.  I  love it!

I usually do two to three group trips a year - long weekend trips to the Black Hills in SD in May and the Kootenays in BC in September, and a one week trip to the Kootenays in July if I don't have anything else going on.  I also like solo rides and did solo trips to California in 1996, 1999 (WSB at Laguna), and 2005 (MotoGP at Laguna).  The pic of the Fortuna umbrella girls is from MotoGp.  The stretch of Highway 1 south of Leggett is the best road I have ever been on.

Sport-Touring.net was/is helpful to me in dealing with minor glitches on the new Sprint (excessive heat, spongy brakes-actually had those on the old Sprint as well!) so I decided to join.  I look forward to contributing to and learning from the Sport-Touring.net community.

Richard


Welcome rselin

Since you are familiar with the Kootenays ... and clearly have excellent taste in bikes  :lol: ...  check out our second annual ride and bbq !!  Consider yourself invited !

https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,3227.0.html

 :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GusinCA on January 26, 2007, 07:00:40 pm
Hi all,

New member from Los Angeles.
Own a Yamaha XT225 dual sport with heavy emphasis on the dirt side, and used to own everything from Honda Hurricanes, Pacific Coasts (shows you how old I am! actually only 36, just feels like I've been around a while) and everything in between.

California has always been my playground, but I've put two wheel across Europe and several other states in the union.

I joined this group for two reasons. One, I see there is a dirt section, so that works for meeting other dirty people.

Two, I want to go riding like I used to all over California. However, there is one small problem, I have no street bike. What I do have is a Mustang GT convertible that will have to keep me satisfied for now. So if any of you go on rides originating out of the Los Angeles area and don't mind a chase vehicle that can carry some luggage (nice if you have a passenger and no luggage space), take pictures, even help out in breakdowns and crashes (always nice to have a car on hand in case of a fall) then I would love to tag along.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Tyler on January 26, 2007, 08:50:04 pm
So if any of you go on rides originating out of the Los Angeles area and don't mind a chase vehicle that can carry some luggage (nice if you have a passenger and no luggage space), take pictures, even help out in breakdowns and crashes (always nice to have a car on hand in case of a fall) then I would love to tag along.


Hi Gus:

If you ever wander up to the Bay Area, you'd be more than welcome to join us! I lead a women's riding group (www.dangerouscurves.org) and men are always welcome as invited guests.  :bigok: We actually have one gal who was in a m'cycle accident about 2 years ago (hit head on by another m'cyclist that crossed over the DY... :( ) who, for the time being, gets her kicks driving her convertible mini Cooper and she goes on lots of rides with us... heck, maybe she'll even take you for a ride... so to speak... :D  

Cheers,
Tyler


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Ice on January 26, 2007, 09:21:18 pm

Hmmm wow, new look!  I like it.

I guess I am back after a short hiatus and found something different.  

Was about the 100th member at the old place.  I ride a blackbird, and am a police officer for a living.

See alot of familiar faces, er uh names.

Maybe I will see some of you in Custer in June.

 :cool:


KICK ASS!!  Cossi's back!!   :bigok:  :bigok:  :bigok:

Welcome back, bro...and you still have that XX?  Guess you finally found your permanent ride!   :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rselin on January 27, 2007, 02:52:16 pm



Welcome rselin

Since you are familiar with the Kootenays ... and clearly have excellent taste in bikes  :lol: ...  check out our second annual ride and bbq !!  Consider yourself invited !

https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,3227.0.html

 :bigok:


Thanks for the invite Bubba.  I will definitely take it under consideration.  I used to live down the road from you in Rossland.  Loved the skiing at Red, some days I wish I was still there.  But the snow is pretty good at Louise this year, so not much to complain about.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: arch4ngel on January 27, 2007, 07:16:30 pm
New to the forum here, I don't have a sport tourer yet but I am looking to buy one very soon.
And no, the gsxr doesn't qualify  ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 27, 2007, 11:18:32 pm
Everything's a sport tourer. It's a state of mind. Welcome.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: seadooloo on January 28, 2007, 11:46:57 am
Hi everybody, New to this site. My name is Lou Bianchi, I go by seadooloo on the forums. I live in S/E Michigan. I own a VFR Vtec and an SV650s. Anyone here from my area?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Capirex on January 28, 2007, 05:48:57 pm

My name is Lou Bianchi

Irish boy eh?   ;)
Accogliere!   :bigok:


Anyone here from my area?

There are a few.  Check out the Region 4 forum.  There is a meet North of you Memorial Day weekend.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Grainbelt on January 28, 2007, 09:12:04 pm
Mike, posting from Saskatoon, SK Canada, originally from Minneapolis. Some of you fellow internet travelers/bored individuals may have seen me on ADVRider, Canadianrider, gstwins.com, and ninja650.com, all under the same name. What can I say, when you're in bumblef&*# nowhere, the internet is a great resource.

I currently ride a Kawasaki 650R. Started on a 93 GS500 in early '05. I'm now comfortable enough in my riding ability to attempt some lengthy trips, so here I am. The master plan for next summer is to ride to Vancouver and back, solo, on my 650R, and camp pretty much the entire way. There will likely be an occasional 1000 mile blast to Minneapolis, and innumerable trips up north to lake country.

I'm going to make a plethora of n00bish posts in the gear forum about tents and GIVI cases. no worries, I'll search first  :)

I'll leave you with a brief pictorial history of my equally short riding career.

The GS and I in Mpls shortly after I bought it.
(http://grainbelt.smugmug.com/photos/124320627-S.jpg)

The GS in the North
(http://grainbelt.smugmug.com/photos/124333051-S.jpg)

Learning about carburetors
(http://grainbelt.smugmug.com/photos/124317063-S.jpg)

New bike day
(http://www.smugmug.com/photos/81859507-S.jpg)

Is there any asphalt in this province?
(http://grainbelt.smugmug.com/photos/98188255-S.jpg)

And last, some evidence to counter the theory that the prairies have no decent scenery.
(http://grainbelt.smugmug.com/photos/99039531-S.jpg)

That was more than enough, I'm sure. Off to an indoor soccer match / excuse to have a beer. Cheers!



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: arch4ngel on January 29, 2007, 01:50:22 am

Everything's a sport tourer. It's a state of mind. Welcome.  :thumbsup:


Well I suppose you're right, but a something new followed me home tonight and I think she might be a bit more capable :)
(http://www.psndealer.com/dealersite/images/NewVehicles/nv40288_1_400.jpg)

I'm not sure but I think it might be love at first sight  :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 29, 2007, 10:03:53 am
Congrats.   :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: H2Orat on January 29, 2007, 03:47:18 pm
Hi, another noob here!  :bigok:

I posted in the Region 6 section a few weeks ago (my first), but figured I should introduce myself to the rest of the world.  I live on Maryland's Eastern Shore, in Queenstown.  My ride is a '06 Triumph Sprint ABS in Sunset Red  :drool:, which I bought (new) in Chattanooga, TN and rode home, with a brief detour to Winchester Motosports in Clearbrook, VA for it's 500 mi. service.  My brother who at the same time bought a new ('04 leftover) Triumph Daytona 955i Special Edition  :thumbsup: (black, w/TOR CF can & remapped EFI, gel saddles w/grab rail, CF tank protector, and power outlet) made the trip with me, and since he lives in Dale City, VA, we parted ways near the DC Beltway.  It was a great ride, albeit dampened  :rolleyes: somewhat by the cold (mid-May) rain that poured the entire 2nd day  :(!  I opted for the gel saddle, TOR can w/remapped EFI (my favorite upgrade!), factory top box w/backrest for SWMBO (hard panniers were free), and CF (is it really?) tank protector.  Since then, I've added a RAM-mounted Garmin 2720 GPS, a Back-Off brake light flasher, a couple of helmet locks, a Nelson-Rigg tank bag, a Powerlet feed-through adapter, and a Starcom1 Advance intercom which I haven't yet installed, along with a Stebel Nautilus air horn: an upcoming winter project I haven't gotten 'round to yet.  Future upgrades may include XM radio, and a x2 bubble screen for improved airflow (I'm 6'1").  

There's a wealth of experience represented by this forum: I'm looking forward to tapping into it, and when appropriate, taking part by adding my .02  :D.  I also look forwarded to meeting and riding with other like-minded STNers within my general area.

Cheers!  :beerchug:
         


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BUSAFETT on January 29, 2007, 05:06:10 pm
Forum Member Outrage recommended this site to me, so I thought I'd sign up.

I've been riding since 1994, had a Suzuki Katana and now an '05 Hayabusa.  Look forward to catching up with some of you.

BUSAFETT


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on January 29, 2007, 05:14:34 pm



MBA program, Supply Chain Mgmt specialty.  I finish up in May, and it looks like I may be returning to Boston, where I interned (and put on 9,000 miles) this past summer.  I did a lot of touring there, due to all the freetime (wife in WI).  The prospect of getting back out to VT, NH, upstate NY, and Maine is absolutely thrilling.  I have not yet begun to explore!


Oooooh, yeah!  I got to go back to VT and bum around my hometown back in 2005, at the ESTN.  I really missed living someplace not flat, and it was lovely to see my old haunts again.  Funny, though, how everything looked so much smaller and more pastoral than I remembered.  :p

Before you return to the Northeast, be sure you check out the Region 4 forum - you can join the MACK people on one of the many coffee gatherings.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on January 29, 2007, 05:16:26 pm

New to the forum here, I don't have a sport tourer yet but I am looking to buy one very soon.
And no, the gsxr doesn't qualify  ;)


Sure it does - and so does the Magna.  Welcome!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: shrosa814 on January 29, 2007, 07:09:32 pm
Hello everyone! :)

I'd like to introduce myself to the community here. My name is Sharon; I reside in Chicago, IL. I'm a female reentry, solo rider. I learned to ride more than 20 years ago on a Honda CB360. After taking a safety class last year, I bought a low mileage, meticulous condition 2001 Blue Suzuki SV650. In four months, I put 5000 miles on my sweet bike. I've ridden my gal-pal on many trips. By far our favorite was a trek around Lake Michigan. We are planning a trip around Lake Superior this summer and plan for my first Saddlesore.

I've added some nice touches to my bike to make it more conspicuous and more user friendly. She now has a center stand, frame sliders, bar end mirrors, headlight modulator, LED license plate, running tail lights with LED lights (her tail is always ablaze!). Givi windscreen, Givi hard luggage (a Christmas present and upgrade from the soft Nelson-Rigg luggage set). She is a beautiful bike!

I'm looking forward to learning lots of things here and contributing in some small way. Thanks!

Sharon


http://www.sojournerrides.blogspot.com


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 29, 2007, 07:14:33 pm
Howdy. Be prepared kid, be prepared.   :rolleyes:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on January 29, 2007, 11:34:40 pm

Howdy. Be prepared kid, be prepared.   :rolleyes:


:lmao:

True that.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 29, 2007, 11:51:15 pm
Welcome all of you.  

I have nothing new to say.

I'm old.

Brain cells gone.

Help.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: vics on January 30, 2007, 07:11:21 am
Site's looking sweet Neal- Great job guys (http://68.178.194.211/images/smilies/thumb.gif)
Vic
http://www.I-BMW.com
===


Welcome to the latest incarnation of ST.N.  We've been online since Oct 2001 and welcome all riders.

So pull up a chair, tell us a little about yourself, and join the discussions.

Thanks.
--
Neal


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: raisedbywolves on January 30, 2007, 06:50:32 pm
I have decided to become part of this elite fraternity at the urging of my brother who is known to you as "Basket" and also by our sidekick "Scoop". Until last week I owned a pristine  ZRX1000 which I had to part with, but I am sure I will enjoy my Shiny new VFR800A with factory sidecases and topbox. It is enroute from the magical kingdom of Quebec riding in an 18 wheeler. Its just a little too cold and snowy to be riding it home at this time of year, but it sure is a good time of year to get a good deal on a new bike! I will be riding it to the STN rally in SD with Basket and Scoop. Hope to see lots of you there!  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: arch4ngel on January 30, 2007, 11:36:48 pm



Sure it does - and so does the Magna.  Welcome!


Thanks!
I have put a few miles on the maggie, but I think she will be retired to around town service while the vfr gets most of the longer rides.
Magna's at 74,000 miles last I checked :)

btw here's a pic of the two red wings:
(http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/5337/img1421ic3.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on January 31, 2007, 11:41:30 am

I have decided to become part of this elite fraternity at the urging of my brother who is known to you as "Basket" and also by our sidekick "Scoop". Until last week I owned a pristine  ZRX1000 which I had to part with, but I am sure I will enjoy my Shiny new VFR800A with factory sidecases and topbox. It is enroute from the magical kingdom of Quebec riding in an 18 wheeler. Its just a little too cold and snowy to be riding it home at this time of year, but it sure is a good time of year to get a good deal on a new bike! I will be riding it to the STN rally in SD with Basket and Scoop. Hope to see lots of you there!  


Oh man, it's an invasion from Thunder Bay! Is that like the centre of the universe? Welcome. And naturally you're leaving yourself wide open for the "Well he rode a BMW eastward all the way across the country, why aren't you riding the Honda a few lousy kilometres westbound?" arguement.  :rolleyes:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Scoop on January 31, 2007, 12:04:06 pm



Oh man, it's an invasion from Thunder Bay! Is that like the centre of the universe?


Hehe, patience, patience.  Soon our plans will come to fruition and then.....fruit for all!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on January 31, 2007, 12:09:29 pm

I have decided to become part of this elite fraternity at the urging of my brother who is known to you as "Basket"


Awesome!  Maybe you can keep him away from the cougars.  O.O


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on January 31, 2007, 02:53:00 pm


Hehe, patience, patience.  Soon our plans will come to fruition and then.....fruit for all!


I told you we should put limits on them.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: basket on January 31, 2007, 06:15:58 pm



Awesome!  Maybe you can keep him away from the cougars.  O.O

I am bringing my own anti-cougar device with this year.

Her name is Shannon  :inlove:

Bill

Oh, and welcome Brother Jim


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Moto-Pat on January 31, 2007, 07:25:41 pm
First post here so please excuss errors.
Have been riding sense the mid 60's with a few breaks here and there, sport, dirt, cruiser, etc but I've seem to have found my spot with ST. Currently riding a 2002 VFR. I'm a big road racing fan. I'm sure this is a very typical profile for this site and that's a good thing.

Please instruct me how to post a pic.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on January 31, 2007, 08:38:12 pm

First post here so please excuss errors.
Have been riding sense the mid 60's with a few breaks here and there, sport, dirt, cruiser, etc but I've seem to have found my spot with ST. Currently riding a 2002 VFR. I'm a big road racing fan. I'm sure this is a very typical profile for this site and that's a good thing.

Please instruct me how to post a pic.

Welcome!

For pic posting, poke around (or actually do a search) on "posting photos" in the Members Only forum  :thumbsup:  Looking forward to seeing what you have to show!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Scoop on February 01, 2007, 11:53:38 am



I told you we should put limits on them.


It's too late!  We have passports!
Time to face up to the un-face-up-toable!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: AmmoRB on February 01, 2007, 05:21:18 pm
Hello all. Just wanted to introduce myself. I've been riding for about 4 years now. The wife and I both ride but she is more into the track where I am more into the open road. don't get me wrong I love the occasional track day, but the highway and byways are for me. Its the norm for me to put down 300-400 miles in a day, but I am planning my biggest trek now. I will be riding my trusty VFR from Panama City, FL to Wichita Falls, TX in April. I am going to go the longway. I'm starting off north to Tennessee and then headed west from there. I figure that will be a much nicer ride than the flat boring route down I-10. The best part of this trip is the fact that I am only taking two day to do it. :thumbsup: This site has been a great tool for me and now that I am a member I hope that I can help others out as well.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: McRed on February 02, 2007, 10:45:36 am
Hello to all,

Short time lurker, first time typer...

Hopefully I can learn from everyone here, started riding again after a long time without.
Forgot how much I enjoyed it.

McRed


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Scoop on February 02, 2007, 12:31:46 pm
Welcome McRed.
Your typing is very good for a first timer.  No spelling mistakes, nice formatting.  Very acceptable  :lol:
Welcome, enjoy.  Stay for a long time!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on February 02, 2007, 02:40:38 pm
Welcome all. Enjoy the board. And don't let the cat fights get you down, it's all fun. Once you figure it out, post some photos of your bikes or of your trips. And ride safely. Crashing is not permitted.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Field Marshall Sir Ron Pig on February 02, 2007, 04:22:56 pm
I used to be on the old St-Net but left after I posted something I was ashamed of. Can I come back?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Galo on February 02, 2007, 06:27:58 pm

I used to be on the old St-Net but left after I posted something I was ashamed of. Can I come back?


Something YOU were ashamed of?? Jeez...it musta been REALLY, REALLY, REALLY outré for YOU to be ashamed of it...
 :lmao:

Hell, I vote 'yes'......I like the place spiced up with outré shit...
 :thumbsup:


Title: Greetings from oHIo!
Post by: Bjorn Toulouse on February 02, 2007, 10:00:38 pm
I've been lurking for a few days, and it's time to say "Howdy".

The recent purchase of an '02 VFR800 has got me fired up for riding season to come around. Funny, the day after bringing the "new" bike home, the weather went in the dumper!?!

There sure are a few folks on the forums who need to get out for a ride soon......fear not, I'm thinking warm thoughts!


Rex


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on February 03, 2007, 08:36:28 am



Something YOU were ashamed of?? Jeez...it musta been REALLY, REALLY, REALLY outré for YOU to be ashamed of it...
 :lmao:

Hell, I vote 'yes'......I like the place spiced up with outré shit...
 :thumbsup:



NO. He's a sockpuppet!!! :(


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Field Marshall Sir Ron Pig on February 03, 2007, 10:35:16 am



NO. He's a sockpuppet!!! :(


No, you are.  :twofinger:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SHOCKED on February 03, 2007, 04:48:54 pm
Newbie here to the forums, my name is Dan from Arizona - I have been a Motorcycle-Aholic my entire life :crazy:

I have been without a street bike for about 3-years.  I have had my fix over the last 3-years riding my dirt bikes doing long 70-90 mile trail rides.  Over the years I have owned a 1987 Kawasaki Ninja 600R, 1993 Honda CBR600F2, 1998 Honda VFR800FI, and a 2004 YZF600R - As you can see a lot of sport type bikes, well being 37 my body is OK for shorter rides on sport bikes - but ready to get a Sport Touring Bike in the near future.  Not ready for a Gold Wing, so Sport Touring it is.

I loved the VFR800, but want a bit more upright riding position.  I am trying to decide between the FJR1300 or the ST1300 - I think it comes down to which bike requires less maintenance and will last longer with proper maintenance?  Plus which offers more comfort for my wife.  Any ideas would be great, I will post this in another forum as well if this is the wrong place.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Farmer the Farmer on February 03, 2007, 07:17:20 pm
Valerie the Farmer here. Taught thighs, niceish face, waiting for a man.  :inlove:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Scoop on February 03, 2007, 11:38:03 pm

 Taught thighs,


So....what have they been taught exactly?  Enquiring minds want to know.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Ice on February 04, 2007, 12:47:52 am

Valerie the Farmer here. Taught thighs, niceish face, waiting for a man.  :inlove:


(http://www.geocities.com/whencefreedom/imageses/shootcat.jpg)


 :lol:  :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Yamonda1 on February 05, 2007, 05:02:16 am
Hello my name is Peter and I am a motoholic who enjoys this site for the knowledge it contains and from which I can sup freely ........


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andythanh on February 05, 2007, 10:09:06 am
Hi friends, I'm Andy from Houston TX!!!!  I live, eat, breathe and sleep about motorcycles.  Just purchased an 07' FZ1 on Saturday and I'm loving every minute of it.  Also have an 06' Yamaha R6 for track days and sometimes out with the group.  Got me a black FZ1.  It's just a very comfortable machine.  I guess old age is catching up to me.  I'm 36 and I'm still having my fun. That's what it's all about right?  To live life to the fullest.  I've had 3 Major crashes.  But I'm good.  anyways, hope to meet you all soon.  Thanks.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Scoop on February 05, 2007, 12:13:14 pm
Welcome Farmer, Welcome Andy.
Glad to have you here.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: armymedic on February 06, 2007, 12:58:44 am
Kevin from Sandy, UT here. Checking in. Long time cruiser. Short time Sport-Tourer. Luv my 02 Sprint in Army, I mean, British Racing Green. I can't seen that I'll ever go back to my cruisin ways.   :) :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bazman on February 06, 2007, 04:23:11 pm
Hello to all. Been an occasional lurker and decided now's the time to jump in. Only been riding for 4 years. First bike was a Yamaha Fazer 600 and now I ride a Triumph Sprint ST1050 which I love to bits. Gives me big grins every time I mount up :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Capirex on February 06, 2007, 05:02:53 pm
Welcome fellow Sprint riders.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on February 06, 2007, 08:17:05 pm
Oh, mercy me.  So many noobies, so little time to greet.  On behalf of the Society for the Shaking of Hands and Greeting of Lesser Persons I'd like to welcome you to ST.N land.  Actually, there's grease on my hand from an errant axle bearing, but never you mind.  We're all friends here and among motorcyclista a bit of petroleum is acceptable.


"Gives me big grins every time I mount up "    Bazman, I couldn't pass that up.  Every time I get mounted I smile, too. :bigok:



Well...somebody had to say it.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: JetJaguar on February 07, 2007, 12:05:18 pm
Hi, I posted occasionally on version 1.0, I figure I might as well reintroduce myself.  My name is Bob, and I ride an '05 DL650 V-Strom.  I live in Orlando, FL, and most of the riding I do is commuting.  I like to think I'll ride someplace interesting someday, in the meantime I live vicariously through the ride reports of others.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on February 07, 2007, 12:14:51 pm
Orlando eh? A bit windy there last week? Hope all's ok. Welcome back.


Title: Hello!
Post by: Joe Nardy on February 07, 2007, 12:46:49 pm
Hello,

Just signed back up today. I was a member of the previous iteration of ST.N. I don't post much but lurk a lot and get a lot of valuable info here. My bikes are:

1983 Suzuki GS1100E - one-owner, bought new in '83
1995 KTM 620 Super Comp/Supermoto conversion
2001 Suzuki GSXR 1000 - just bought in December mostly for track days
2004 Yamaha FJR 1300 - used mostly for two-up sport touring with the wife.

Thanks,
Joe


Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: Joggernot on February 07, 2007, 08:41:02 pm
Welcome to all the new people signing on!  Glad to have you here.

Joggernot


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: IrishFazerBoy on February 08, 2007, 12:23:24 am
John from LI,NY here.

Currently riding 2005 Yamaha FZ1.   Currently spending time and money on 1982 BMW R65LS.
Love to ride, all year round.   Ever in Suffolk/Nassau, drop me an email.
Great forum here, glad to be aboard.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on February 08, 2007, 10:37:42 pm
OK, guess I missed seeing this right off, so here goes.

I've read many threads here for a while, but finally decided it may be a list worth joining.
My wife and I ride KLRs as touring bikes (I hate passing up a good looking dirt road, and yes you can expect to see me on the KLR threads.  I was pleased to see it's not just "sport" bikes here).  I also have my Z1000 which is a complete piece of silliness and a whole lot of fun.  I've never had anything so frivolous in my life.

On weekends in the summer we'll often put 1500km on our bikes.  A fun trip is a week or two at 4 to 500km/day.  Not super speedy, but steady and lots of pictures.  Very tired of our long winter here.  One year we'll take a winter vacation and head to Mexico with our bikes!

Probably won't see me constantly as I get busy, but this seems like a community in which a rider should partake.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Joggernot on February 08, 2007, 10:43:40 pm

John from LI,NY here.

Currently riding 2005 Yamaha FZ1.   Currently spending time and money on 1982 BMW R65LS.
Love to ride, all year round.   Ever in Suffolk/Nassau, drop me an email.
Great forum here, glad to be aboard.


Welcome aboard, John!  I'm on a Yamaha 1100 V-Star Classic out in New Mexico.

Joggernot


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: spinalator on February 08, 2007, 11:03:54 pm
Welcome, please act normal as we have enough nutters around here now as it is. Bah!!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on February 09, 2007, 10:32:39 am

My wife and I ride KLRs as touring bikes...
On weekends in the summer we'll often put 1500km on our bikes....  One year we'll take a winter vacation and head to Mexico with our bikes!
...Probably won't see me constantly as I get busy, but this seems like a community in which a rider should partake.  


Howdy. Most people spend waaaaaay less time here in the summer......well except for the crazies........


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mocha_monkey on February 09, 2007, 06:40:14 pm
Yo - Mocha Monkey here.

I ride a KLR for the dirt, and an 03 ZZR 600 on the pavement.

I'll post pics of both when time allows...

glad to be here!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DogBoy on February 09, 2007, 06:53:15 pm

Hi, I posted occasionally on version 1.0, I figure I might as well reintroduce myself.  My name is Bob, and I ride an '05 DL650 V-Strom.  I live in Orlando, FL, and most of the riding I do is commuting.  I like to think I'll ride someplace interesting someday, in the meantime I live vicariously through the ride reports of others.


Glad to see you back here. I enjoy your posts at ADVrider.com and Stromtroopers.com. And thanks for championing Ultraman :thumbsup: because Johnny Socko sucks. And welcome to the rest of you noobs. Be sure to keep an eye out for the ST.N Dept. of Shameless Commerce opening as soon as we get our greed on.

ol Rocket (formerly 'Ol Rocket when he was more folksy) will be along shortly with a proper greeting as soon as he logs off CorkSniffers.com.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: fuzzygalore on February 10, 2007, 08:28:18 am
Hello There-

I was a primarily a lurker on the previous incarnation of STN.
Glad to see this new, fancy, spiffed up version back online.  :thumbsup:

I've got a handful of bikes in the garage but my main squeeze is my 05' SpeedTriple. Gosh, I just love her  :inlove:
Live on Long Island, been riding for more than a decade but less than a century.
I'm a Pisces, like long walks on the beach and candlelit dinners followed by no-strings-attached sex.
No, not really. Just seeing if you were still with me  ;)


So anyway - thought I'd re-into myself again.
Hope ya'll are stayin' warm and upright wherever you are .





Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: beachjumper1 on February 10, 2007, 02:19:37 pm
ok Im back , your back , Im glad and its raining oh well lots of good reading here  thanks


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tailgunner on February 10, 2007, 09:51:39 pm
hi everyone. long time lurker from the old site. i finally decided it was time to contribute. been riding 5 years. planning my first trip, looking forward to some warmer weather.  :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MotoDC on February 10, 2007, 11:10:24 pm
Greetings everyone,
I've been lurking around here for a while now as I tend to use motorcycle forums as a way to get my fix during the winter months.  I'm probably one of the younger members as I am still in my early 20s.  I've been riding since I was 16 and am on my third bike.  I previously owned two triumph sportbikes and now I've come to realize I enjoy the touring part of motorcycling more and more (but of course I love the sport), so I have been riding a 2002 yamaha fz1 for the past year or so.  

Last riding season was a total disappointment for me as far as mileage due to multiple reasons.  But in the wake of this cold spell we have had in the midwest, I have found my excitement for the riding season to be more so than ever before, and I can give this and the fz1 board my thanks for that.  I look forward to participating more in the future.  Thanks!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: JetJaguar on February 10, 2007, 11:20:10 pm



Glad to see you back here. I enjoy your posts at ADVrider.com and Stromtroopers.com. And thanks for championing Ultraman :thumbsup: because Johnny Socko sucks. And welcome to the rest of you noobs. Be sure to keep an eye out for the ST.N Dept. of Shameless Commerce opening as soon as we get our greed on.

ol Rocket (formerly 'Ol Rocket when he was more folksy) will be along shortly with a proper greeting as soon as he logs off CorkSniffers.com.



Cool, someone recognizes me from somewhere else.  Actually, my avatar is Jet Jaguar.  He's an Ultraman-like robot that teams up with Godzilla in the movie Godzilla vs. Megalon.  You can see him in action here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gClbUyyrpI


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Gnomad on February 11, 2007, 01:41:11 am
Howdy all, Gnomad here, from Wasilla, AK-40 miles north of Los Anchorage. Anchorage is best known for being only 15 minutes away from Alaska.... :lol:

I was signed up on the old board, never posted that much there, maybe I'll try to do better here.

My stable, thus far, and as always subject to change on whim-

Main bike, Aprilia Pegaso, the one I ride all winter long with the studded tires. Kenda Trackmasters, with 12mm car studs installed in the knobs. The car studs are a compromise, less traction on ice but I can ride on pavement, still a bit skittery but otherwise they have served me well.

The FrankenBeezer, a 76 Yamaha XS500 frame with a BSA 650 unit twin installed, and some frankenbike bodywork to match. I'm changing the look this winter to cafe bike from the previous standard look.

1994 Ducati 900SS. It was an oddly equipped bike when I bought it, old style SS fairing, superlight seat, wire wheels and reverse megaphone pipes, looked kinda cool but I wasn't all that fond of the fairing on the bike, so I took it off. Now it's transforming to more of a streetfighter look. Very much a work in halting progress right now.

1981 Honda CM400, the wife's bike, also one I will take out once in a while to remind me that it's the ride, not the bike that makes riding so enjoyable.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: uniball on February 11, 2007, 06:34:24 pm
Hey everyone. Just joined the site and looking forward to this year's riding season.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Joggernot on February 11, 2007, 06:38:02 pm
Welcome new members and returning member (Gnomad)!

Joggernot


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: K2 on February 11, 2007, 10:15:47 pm
Hello all! Been lurding as a guest for a few months and figured I'd finally join the group. Lots of good information here.
See you out on the road!
 :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: pelham123 on February 12, 2007, 10:24:38 pm
Just a shout out to say hi! Haven't "lurked" by since site's been back up, glad to see it is. Lots of good info here!

(33 days until the vernal equinox...)  :D

Ride Safe.

Dave


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rdtreefrog on February 12, 2007, 11:16:30 pm
Greetings from Keller, TX. I'm currently riding a 06 Harley Sportster, but will be getting my Triumph ST first part of march. Anyone know good dealers in/around DFW, TX?


Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on February 13, 2007, 02:03:22 am

Hello,

Just signed back up today. I was a member of the previous iteration of ST.N. I don't post much but lurk a lot and get a lot of valuable info here. My bikes are:

Thanks,
Joe


Hey Joe - Welcome (back) from another Region 4er.   :bigok:

But for some reason, your name seems familiar beyond ST.N...  Do you work on shows or are you affiliated with IATSE at all?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BKirby on February 13, 2007, 02:09:37 am
Hello to All!! I have just found your site and enjoy what little I have seen so far.
I am in middle Tennessee and ride a ST1300.
I enjoy the older bikes, (worked in a Honda shop years ago) and currently have a 78 GL1000
project started.
Will be glad to try and help anyone on older Honda's.

Brady


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: nidan on February 13, 2007, 11:23:25 am
Greetings all ,  I've been riding on the street since 1984 . I live in North Georgia where the roads are wonderful and the people friendly.  Looks like a great forum.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on February 13, 2007, 11:33:56 am
The word must definitely be out, because there are so many newbies--real ones, not just reincarnations--joining up.  I'm also noticing a preponderence of Gold Wingies and big bikes amongst you.  Nothing wrong with that.  We are very politically/socially/spiritually friendly here at the big ST.N and welcome bikes and riders from all walks of life.  Not that you would be walking if you had a Gold Wing.  I didn't mean to imply that.  I mean,you guys wouldn't walk if you ran out of gas.  Not to mean tht you couldn'twalk, it's just that with a big ol armchair like that you could sit around for days waiting for the tow truck, enjoying the stereo, smoking, playing cards in the rain underneath the fairing and talking to Siberia on the Short Wave....but I'm getting off topic now.  I'm really wanting to welcome  :bigok:you all here and encourage you to poke about the place and find out all about us and stuff.  

That is, if you can get off your big overstuffed......KIDDING!  I'm KIDDING!

Sheese, you guys are as touchy as the Canadians.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kwh on February 13, 2007, 11:57:12 am
Howdo!

I would tell you all about myself, but it's all on my website so I'll save the typing for now.

Cheers,





Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: morganlafaye on February 13, 2007, 11:58:35 am
Already had a few questions answered in the Newbie section, but thought I'd say hi here. I'm not an official rider yet, ride two up with dad on his Bandit alot and got the itch now. Looking to buy a bike in a year maybe, need to take the MSF course first and all that. Been eyeing the Ninja 250, though my heart lies with dual purpose (dad used to race and would take us around the track with him when we were wee little ones), there just aren't any real good off-roading opportunities in Florida. Any decent ones are being ate up by developers. Look forward to learning how to ride on my own and get to know some of you. :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: emf1600 on February 13, 2007, 03:13:35 pm
My name's Gene.  I was an occasional poster on the old board.  I'm from Cincinnati, OH, and while I used to tour on a Kawasaki ZX-9R, at the end of the summer I bought a Ducati ST4 for my sport-touring ride.  I also roadrace a Ducati 900SS/SP with WERA, CCS and AHRMA.  I'm 27, and grew up around motorcycles (family owns a dealership), so I've been riding since I was about 4.  I don't work in the industry anymore, mainly because I enjoy riding motorcycles too much to want to sell them.

Glad to be back!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on February 13, 2007, 04:56:48 pm

Sheese, you guys are as touchy as the Canadians.


I am not!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on February 13, 2007, 04:57:58 pm

Already had a few questions answered in the Newbie section, but thought I'd say hi here. I'm not an official rider yet, ride two up with dad on his Bandit alot and got the itch now. Looking to buy a bike in a year maybe, need to take the MSF course first and all that. Been eyeing the Ninja 250, though my heart lies with dual purpose (dad used to race and would take us around the track with him when we were wee little ones), there just aren't any real good off-roading opportunities in Florida. Any decent ones are being ate up by developers. Look forward to learning how to ride on my own and get to know some of you. :D


Sounds like you have your head screwed on straight. Way to go.  :thumbsup: Welcome.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: fizzy6 on February 13, 2007, 08:24:34 pm
Howdy all, Glad the site is back. I ride a FZ6 Yamaha and live in Northwest NC.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Splash on February 13, 2007, 11:12:57 pm
Hi! ST is what calls me to ride, I want to travel by motorcycle without discarding all the advantages a bike gives.

My first bike is my EX500, very nice and good for day trips! Especially nice since I upgraded the suspension to match my weight, something every rider over 150 pounds needs to do.

My ZX900a2 is in pieces, tried to part it out but no one needs parts(?!?). So I'll be making that my next ST'er. That'll be a blast; Tom-Cruise-bike with bags!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: crudmop on February 14, 2007, 12:40:42 pm
Hi there - lurked for a while, but figure it's time to hop in and start sharing :)

Main ride is an '05 Speed Triple.  Have a bunch of others in the garage, some mine, some my GF's.  We travel a bit and are doing our best to see as much of this country in pelting rain and cold temps as much as possible :)







Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: pelham123 on February 14, 2007, 02:10:11 pm

The word must definitely be out, because there are so many newbies--real ones, not just reincarnations--joining up.  I'm also noticing a preponderence of Gold Wingies and big bikes amongst you.  Nothing wrong with that.  We are very politically/socially/spiritually friendly here at the big ST.N and welcome bikes and riders from all walks of life.  Not that you would be walking if you had a Gold Wing.  I didn't mean to imply that.  I mean,you guys wouldn't walk if you ran out of gas.  Not to mean tht you couldn'twalk, it's just that with a big ol armchair like that you could sit around for days waiting for the tow truck, enjoying the stereo, smoking, playing cards in the rain underneath the fairing and talking to Siberia on the Short Wave....but I'm getting off topic now.  I'm really wanting to welcome  :bigok:you all here and encourage you to poke about the place and find out all about us and stuff.  

That is, if you can get off your big overstuffed......KIDDING!  I'm KIDDING!

Sheese, you guys are as touchy as the Canadians.


Too funny!  :lmao:

But hey, don't knock 'em if ya never rode one. Personally, could never give up the comfort of a GL1800 for a long two-up trip along with a few dozen of my buddies. (just my humble opionion, but) No amount of farkles or mods on any other bike could match that combination of performance / comfort / amenities the Wing offers; however, S-T (on the FJR) is da shiznit, hence, both sit in the stable!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on February 14, 2007, 08:08:59 pm


Quote
Quote from: ol Rocket on Yesterday at 08:33:56 am

Sheese, you guys are as touchy as the Canadians.

I am not!!!!!!!!!

I like the way Canadians touch!!!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 1TRAK on February 14, 2007, 10:07:44 pm
Hello everyone , my name`s Steve. Been riding on and off road since 79 but this sport touring thing is way to much fun! Something special about riding twisty and mountains then camping there. Glad to see there`s a website devoted to this and it looks like a great one!  RIDE SAFE.  RIDE HARD.  1TRAK


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: chomy on February 14, 2007, 10:33:07 pm
Hello all, new member in western Canada, ride a BMW 1150 rs and have found this to be one of the better forms for sport touring, keep up the good work all. :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: et on February 14, 2007, 11:20:25 pm
Hello everyone; finally got around to re-registering with the new ST.N.  I like the new look !
I have bought my first house and have moved from NJ to PA since ST.N has been reincarnated.
(Hope mortgage payments don't eat into racing and touring funds too much. :o)
I still have my old job; so my commute riding has nearly doubled from 90 miles a day to 160 miles a day.
So just like the old ST.N; it'll be fun talking with everyone at the end of the day after racking up the miles.
Look forward to sharing hints and experiences with everyone.

--et


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on February 15, 2007, 09:06:15 am

I like the way Canadians touch!!!  :bigok:


You're leaving a lot of room between the lines for some serious .......uh.......interpretation. The imagination is easily stimulated by conjecture.    :p


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ejh on February 15, 2007, 02:55:28 pm
hello all. i thought for my first post i would link to a sweet bike for sale in the pnw.  no, not my bike.



http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/mcy/277836336.html


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: fzwalt on February 16, 2007, 10:26:27 pm
Quick hello.   I've lurked on this board for quite a while and figured it was time to introduce myself.  I currently ride an FZ1 and try to cover as much ground in the the Northwest as I can.  I just left our local dealership and drooled over an '06 Speed Triple.  I seriously think this will be next bike!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Ice on February 17, 2007, 01:35:50 am



I like the way Canadians touch!!!  :bigok:


That explains a lot.  I'm half-Canadian.*   :D






*  Shh...don't spread it around.  I'm passing, ya know.   ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: adamjava1 on February 17, 2007, 04:35:30 am
hi all,

transplant from ny, been here a few months now.  Im always up for a ride - particularly if there's food involved along the way.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on February 17, 2007, 04:00:28 pm

hi all,

transplant from ny, been here a few months now.  Im always up for a ride - particularly if there's food involved along the way.


Less burgers.

Me---can I start again and be a virgin born newby??? Oh, go on, please, please, please.

My lovely horse, my lovely horse, etc.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: old wanderer on February 17, 2007, 07:42:54 pm
Hi all. I was attracted to this board after buying another bike last month. I already had 5 bikes, but wanted a cruiser, so bought a 2003 Aprilia Futrua. I already had a matching Aprilia Falco so they will make a pretty pair.
Got to ask???  :headscratch: :headscratch: Am I the oldest member on the board. Certainly the sport bike boards I post on for sure I am the ancient one (68 in a few weeks) but did 18 track days last year and about 5000 miles of mostly canyon riding in SoCal.

I do like to run hard, and that is why so many track days. (Those tickets get really expensive when you start factoring in the added insurance cost over a few years, plus have had 4 friends in the past 3 weeks total there bikes and end up in the hospital. (non serious). But for a blink of an eye it could just as easily been me, as I was right in front of most of them.

I do want to get up to central CA this summer, and I might also do some things out of Singapore. I own a home in Thailand as well, but the drivers are just totally brain dead when it comes to pulling on to roads or highway.  

Look forward to meeting some of you face to face over the next few years as I ride around.

The Old Wanderer
2001 Aprilia Falco (2)(Canyon Runners)
2003 Aprilia Futura (Cruiser)
2001 CBR 600 F4 (track)
1984 Honda V65 Sabre (Old bikes just got to have some fun)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bravo22 on February 17, 2007, 10:56:47 pm
[b] :) :)Good to be here, ready for this cold weather to end so I can do some RIDING!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Orson on February 18, 2007, 01:36:10 am

Am I the oldest member on the board. Certainly the sport bike boards I post on for sure I am the ancient one (68 in a few weeks) but did 18 track days last year and about 5000 miles of mostly canyon riding in SoCal.


 :hail: :hail: :hail:

I hope to be just like you when I grow up  

:)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FatguyRacer on February 19, 2007, 02:58:22 pm
Hi all. Just signed up. I live in MD and ride a screaming Ducati ST4s.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bulldog on February 19, 2007, 03:35:27 pm
I signed up with this board several years ago, but have been inactive for a long time. When I came back today, I apparently no longer existed, so signed up fresh.

My wife, son, and I are all riders. I currently have an 05 R1200ST and a 98 F650 that I have set up for endurance rallies. We travel by bike as much as possible, including a two-week summer bike vacation.

We're always looking for new places to ride and new folks with similar interests to connect with, thus my return to this board.

Bulldog


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jwhite518 on February 19, 2007, 04:27:40 pm
Howdy,

I think I was on this board awhile ago but didn't post much. Think I'll give it another try. I just like to pass the time at work talking about motorcycles.

My bike is a 96 R1100RS, farkled out for LD riding. Have done a few rallies and had a blast every time. This year I'm running the 1088 for the first time. Practicing by riding a BBG with 0 interstate miles some time in May. Track days are great too, did Pridmore at Infineon last year and will try something at Laguna this year.

Since I live in CA I'm blessed with plenty of great roads. Some of my favorites: CA-1 all up and down the coast. The Big Sur part is better but Marin/Sonoma ain't bad either. 96 and 299 up north (haven't ridden 36 yet, but everyone raves.) 70 Oroville to Quincy, 178 Bakersfield to Ridgecrest, both lots of fun. Best riding I've ever done was in Colorado, Highway 141, but don't tell anyone!

I think I know some of y'all from other boards - LDRider, MOA, MTF, and IBA Forums. Or maybe from some riding events: the Cal 24, IBA National, etc. Anyway, I'm happy to be here. It looks like my kinda people. Let's go scrape some pegs!

Jerry

(http://jwhite518.smugmug.com/photos/122620166-M.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: gman88 on February 19, 2007, 08:17:35 pm
Just a hello from a longtime rider who reads here, but hasn't posted here before. I've been riding for 30 years, have a Suzuki Bandit, and a Harley Road King. I'm married, 2 children, I work as a Quality Engineer, and I teach guitar part time.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on February 22, 2007, 03:24:10 pm

Just a hello from a longtime rider who reads here, but hasn't posted here before. I've been riding for 30 years, have a Suzuki Bandit, and a Harley Road King. I'm married, 2 children, I work as a Quality Engineer, and I teach guitar part time.


Can you make me into a famous rock star in 2 easy lessons?



By the way, hi. Welcome all to this lunacy.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bizarro on February 22, 2007, 03:25:50 pm
Welcome newblings and future hos. :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Falcopilot on February 24, 2007, 02:09:46 pm
Hello hello!!

Glad to be here.

Live and mostly ride in North Georgia.

2003 Aprilia Falco.


Title: Starting the post count all over again...
Post by: Walker on February 24, 2007, 05:00:40 pm
I've been a member here on and off since 2001, and I'm very glad to see it back!  It's too bad however, that such a large body of knowlege was lost, as so much information has been shared here over the years, especially from the likes of enterprising Warchild, turbo madness of Uncle Bob, and powder skilz of Boxjoint... Well, we'll just have to build it up again.

Walker
Tri-Cities WA
'96 GPZ 1100 in Black, the faster color


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on February 28, 2007, 11:12:05 am
Glad to see the returnees.  Yes, the house has changed a bit.  New paint.  Better floor plan.  HVAC works.

Walker, Your old blue Katana is still wheezing along in Yakima.  One of my employees rides it to work during the fair weather months.

Lots of Aprillias, lots of newbies, lots of old people.  It doesn't get much better than that.

Enjoy.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DairyRat on February 28, 2007, 10:31:04 pm
Hello everyone!  I used to read all the posts a few years ago. I wondered what ever happened to the site, its informative and strangely entertaining to me. I do most of my traveling with my wife on a 2004 Hayabusa. Kids are grown and we are free again. Of course our 40's not quite the same as our 20's, but someways better. I work at a dairy, thus the name.

The rally at Custer, SD sounds like alot of fun and we are seriously thinking about going if it is still on. I wonder if it is a bit chilly there in early June still....


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Sputnik on March 01, 2007, 03:06:18 am
Greetings. My name is Ivan. I live in Lethbridge Alberta, Canada. That's about 2 hours S of Calgary and 3 hrs N of Great Falls MT. Day job is professor of Geography at U of L, but in my other life (and most days at work) all I want to do is ride! Had numerous bikes over the last 30 years. Currently ride a Bandit 1200S and love it. Ride lots in Alberta, BC, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon etc...and try to do at least 1 or 2 major trips a year (38,000 km over the last 2 summers). Big trip to Colorado planned for this June. I've been lurking on the old site and new site for a while, mostly for ride reports and info on great roads in the PNW. Amazing info on this site...thanks to all for sharing this stuff.

Just learning how to use bulletin boards, so trying to decipher icons etc. Somethong else to occupy my time when I should be doing "productive" things late at night!
Great site...hope to ride with some of you soon.
Cheers.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rangerray on March 01, 2007, 12:03:44 pm
New member here. . . I live in N. Mississippi and ride an '03 FJR1300.

Scott Harrison
Senatobia, MS


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TriplePete on March 01, 2007, 05:42:52 pm
New to ST.N but not so much to touring.  I dunno why it took me so long to find this site, but here I am in the digital flesh from Vancouver, CAN. Bikes I have owned:

86 Yamaha SRX6
01 Suzuki Bandit 600
01 Suzuki SV650S
01 Yamaha FZ1
04 Suzuki VStrom 1000

Claim to fame - 5 weeks, 11,000 kms solo in Mexico 2005. http://fury.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/61948



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Laura0107 on March 01, 2007, 05:57:59 pm
Hello, all!

I've been riding bikes off & on for about 30 years. My first street bike was a Honda Ascot in the mid-80's.  Then came marriage, family and not a whole lot of riding. I bought a Kaw Vulcan 800 cruiser in 2002 and enjoyed the heck out of that thing. I always wanted a sport-tourer, though, and in January of this year I bought a Yam FZ6 and put a top case on it, and that's going to be my ST. My body was spoiled by a Corbin seat and backrest on the cruiser, and it's still trying to adjust to the new riding position.  I haven't put but a little over 300 miles on it, though, so I'm trying not to pass a hasty judgment on whether the ole body can stand it.  This riding style is a great ab workout, which is a good thing for us gals.

We're from central SC.  My husband and son also ride, our favorite destination being the Blue Ridge mountains.  We're heading to Daytona on the bikes next weekend.  After that, I'll probably be passing judgment rather vocally ;-).  Anyway, I just wanted to say hi!

Laura


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: uvakat on March 01, 2007, 08:35:17 pm
I'm brand new here. I have the distinct feeling I'm the only one without a bike here. I'm a complete newbie. I've spent some time as a passenger on a bike and am looking at finding riding by myself. I'm currently in SE Virginia.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Pip on March 02, 2007, 09:02:55 am
Hello from Windsor, CT.  I've had the Sport-touring bug for quite some time now and have only browsed the site in the past.  Finally decided to join.  I've been riding for 21 yrs and hope to continue for many more.  I've been an MSF Rider Coach for the past 3 years (pretty enjoyable and rewarding overall).  I currently ride a 03 Yam FZ1 with a Givi 3-bag setup.  Rode the FZ out to California in 05 with the wife, 7200 miles round trip and now I'm really hooked on LD riding.  Planning on going out to Washington State this year.
Other bikes I've owned are:
74 CB550, 81 KZ650, 90 Ninja 750. 97 YZF1000, 03 SV650, 05 Rocket III along with many dirt bikes.  Can't wait to see the new Connie.  Looking for a replacement for the FZ and that may do the trick.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mocha_monkey on March 02, 2007, 11:44:00 am
Hey, new guy here in VT.

Been riding for 5 years, and a bunch of miles.  Done the 1000 miles in 24 hours thing, (2 up!!) though it wasn't documented.

I love riding long distance, the farther from home the better.  :)

(of course, local trails aren't bad either...all depends on the day.)

This spring I'll be hitting the road on the ZZR 600 for a month or two, see the country, that sort of thing - florida and wyoming are the only planned stops so far.  My plan is to post journals regularly - Look for it to start in mid to late April.

--Mocha Monkey


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: john66 on March 03, 2007, 12:09:58 pm
I'm a reservist from northern KY near Cincinnati, doing active duty time at Hill AFB in Utah. My civilian job is driving a truck, doubles actually. Will be back home for good by Oct 1st this year. Woohoo!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: hellcat on March 03, 2007, 09:25:10 pm
Hello,

I'm a new rider, still learning, moving quickly, still looking for my first bike.
(within the first 30 minutes I was rolling out in first, kept my balance easily, and instinctively grabbed the clutch when I rolled the throttle back too far) I'm excited as hell and looking forward to being ready to get onto the streets.
I've had a bit of experience riding as a passenger, as many of my boyfriends have been riders.
Now it's my turn.
Already have all my gear, with the exception of armored pants, so spare the ATGATT - I've got that down.

hellcat



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cageless-in-Seattle on March 04, 2007, 11:05:02 am
Hello all:

I've been riding for just 3 years.  I have a Suzuki sv650k3 and a Honda '07 red VFR.

In July 2005, I drove from WA to PA and back on the sv650.  Great trip and I definitely caught the touring bug - hence the VFR.

Looking forward to wherever my next trip will be - Glacier National Park?, Pacific Coast Highway?, head down this road to...?  

Cageless...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Joggernot on March 04, 2007, 12:22:34 pm
Welcome to all the new members!  Eleven new members in the past few days means we are growing... :bigok:

Joggernot


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: STrep on March 04, 2007, 04:32:38 pm
Hello all;
Got back into riding after a twenty five year hiatus (you know, poor university student, marriage, kids, blah blah blah).  Been riding for three years and currently have an 05 ST1300, SO rides a 99 Virago 1100. Other bikes have been  75 Suzuki GT380, Honda 750, 84 Virago 750 and 84 Honda Shadow 500.

Looking to do some overnighters this summer and out to the Atlantic coast in '08. IBA around Lake Huron planned for May.

Anthony STreppel


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ebbs15 on March 04, 2007, 06:42:46 pm
Hey new here... I'm planning a trip from Anchorage to Deals Gap... From Anchorage to Portland OR will be in my Truck... from Portland to NC will be on my 05 ZZr600...  anyways I was just doing my research and came across this forum... figured I'd tap into your knowledge.

Thanks
Ebbs


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on March 04, 2007, 09:23:10 pm

From Anchorage to Portland OR will be in my Truck... from Portland to NC will be on my 05 ZZr600...


Just my opinion, but I think you're missing a lot of great riding on your way to portland.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ebbs15 on March 04, 2007, 09:27:09 pm



Just my opinion, but I think you're missing a lot of great riding on your way to portland.


Oh I know I am... it sucks... but I'm not seasoned enough for a 11K trip in 30 days... and I want to be able to take lots of pics on the ALCAN Hwy.  

I don't have any experience with long trips... so riding the alcan with the construction/bad roads/distance between gas stations/ and the lack of traffic incase I get into trouble just make it too much of a risk... My opinion of course... and I just wouldn't be comfortable with it...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on March 04, 2007, 09:33:10 pm
I definitely advocate staying within your limits.  There's lots of time for riding.  However, isn't the route from Anchorage all paved these days?

The Souther part of B.C. and the Northern part of Oregon (the back roads) has some great stuff :)

We did our first long trip (4800km trip) after only 5000km of riding under our belts.  Went great and learned a lot.

Either way, enjoy, sounds like fun.  Haven't been to deals gap, but I know that Eastern Oregon is GREAT! :)  11 curves per mile in one area.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ebbs15 on March 04, 2007, 09:55:34 pm

I definitely advocate staying within your limits.  There's lots of time for riding.  However, isn't the route from Anchorage all paved these days?

The Souther part of B.C. and the Northern part of Oregon (the back roads) has some great stuff :)

We did our first long trip (4800km trip) after only 5000km of riding under our belts.  Went great and learned a lot.

Either way, enjoy, sounds like fun.  Haven't been to deals gap, but I know that Eastern Oregon is GREAT! :)  11 curves per mile in one area.  :thumbsup:


it is all paved but because of the harsh winters the roads don't last long and require fixing every summer... there are streches that aren't paved that are 20+miles....

You'll have to send me the locations of those roads in Eastern Oregon... I'm pretty familiar with that area... I grew up in Portland and me and my dad hunt in Eastern Oregon.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on March 04, 2007, 10:02:26 pm

it is all paved but because of the harsh winters the roads don't last long and require fixing every summer... there are streches that aren't paved that are 20+miles....


I hate hitting unexpected gravel on the Z1000 :(


You'll have to send me the locations of those roads in Eastern Oregon... I'm pretty familiar with that area... I grew up in Portland and me and my dad hunt in Eastern Oregon.  :thumbsup:


We went to Sheridan last year and came back through Eastern Oregon.  I can't remember the route.  I'd have to look at some maps.  When are you leaving again?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ebbs15 on March 04, 2007, 10:10:50 pm


You'll have to send me the locations of those roads in Eastern Oregon... I'm pretty familiar with that area... I grew up in Portland and me and my dad hunt in Eastern Oregon.  :thumbsup:


We went to Sheridan last year and came back through Eastern Oregon.  I can't remember the route.  I'd have to look at some maps.  When are you leaving again?


not till Late May... like the 23rd or so...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on March 04, 2007, 10:52:00 pm
After a quick look at the Oregon state map here's what we can recall.  (I should have saved my daily waypoint names that I write on a list on my tank bag each morning)

If you're coming down the 101 in Northern Oregon, come off the 101 at Hebo onto the 22 until Valley Junction.  It's a beautiful road.  I'd love to retire there!

Crossing Oregon I think we ended up coming up the 19 from the South to Condon.  (You can take the Interstates, but why bother?  They're boring and put you to sleep.)  Then we headed East on the 206.  The road to Condon has up to 11 curves per mile!  We saw a lot of bikes in the area.  I picked up a map of the area at one of the motels.  Had breakfast in the diner downtown.  We plan on heading back through that area one day.  do be aware that the local cops don't take well to speeding bikes.  We had no problem but heard of some fast sport bikes that did.  We just do a nice easy pace for the fun and the scenery.  The road was still fun. :)

Another good section is the 86 in Easter Oregon which crosses into Idaho to become the 71 and goes past Brownlee damn ending up at Cambridge.  VERY scenic!  We stopped at the Brownlee campground which was very pleasant and realized after that it was one of the stops on Robert Pirsig's infamous MC trip (if you care).

The locals may be able to point you to some good areas.  A good map (not the state map) is a good resource as you can see where the twisties and hills are.  We use the Delorme Gazetteers maps for the U.S. with pretty good luck. :)



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ebbs15 on March 04, 2007, 11:09:08 pm

After a quick look at the Oregon state map here's what we can recall.  (I should have saved my daily waypoint names that I write on a list on my tank bag each morning)

If you're coming down the 101 in Northern Oregon, come off the 101 at Hebo onto the 22 until Valley Junction.  It's a beautiful road.  I'd love to retire there!

Crossing Oregon I think we ended up coming up the 19 from the South to Condon.  (You can take the Interstates, but why bother?  They're boring and put you to sleep.)  Then we headed East on the 206.  The road to Condon has up to 11 curves per mile!  We saw a lot of bikes in the area.  I picked up a map of the area at one of the motels.  Had breakfast in the diner downtown.  We plan on heading back through that area one day.  do be aware that the local cops don't take well to speeding bikes.  We had no problem but heard of some fast sport bikes that did.  We just do a nice easy pace for the fun and the scenery.  The road was still fun. :)

Another good section is the 86 in Easter Oregon which crosses into Idaho to become the 71 and goes past Brownlee damn ending up at Cambridge.  VERY scenic!  We stopped at the Brownlee campground which was very pleasant and realized after that it was one of the stops on Robert Pirsig's infamous MC trip (if you care).

The locals may be able to point you to some good areas.  A good map (not the state map) is a good resource as you can see where the twisties and hills are.  We use the Delorme Gazetteers maps for the U.S. with pretty good luck. :)





Sweet! Thanks!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Sputnik on March 05, 2007, 01:31:51 am

Hey new here... I'm planning a trip from Anchorage to Deals Gap... From Anchorage to Portland OR will be in my Truck... from Portland to NC will be on my 05 ZZr600...  anyways I was just doing my research and came across this forum... figured I'd tap into your knowledge.

Thanks
Ebbs


Here's a great resource for Oregon roads...plenty of great roads in eastern Oregon.
http://www.oregonmotorcyclist.com/


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Orson on March 05, 2007, 09:08:14 am

Hey new here... I'm planning a trip from Anchorage to Deals Gap... From Anchorage to Portland OR will be in my Truck... from Portland to NC will be on my 05 ZZr600...  anyways I was just doing my research and came across this forum... figured I'd tap into your knowledge.

I've ridden in western North Carolina and in Northern California. Both are comparable.

unless there's some reason you have to go to North Carolina, I'd save a long trip across the plains and strafe the curves of Northern Cal  :D

oh...and welcome to the forum  :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on March 05, 2007, 01:48:04 pm
Hey there, ebbs, consider this another welcome.   :bigok:  And a warning.

Don't trust Orson's judgment, look at his location,fer catsake.  Sand capital of the world.  

But he's probably right about NorCal-and then West, baby, at a high rate of speed, dabbling in Utah and Colorado.  Peg it after that--nothing to see here--Oh, Arkansas is pretty, but it's all dirt roads and cow trails and interns under desks.  Then turn sorta left and run through the Blue Smoky whatever hills and on into NC.  Rest, play golf and stuff.  Pee into the ocean.  Have a good time.  Write.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BlueDevil on March 05, 2007, 02:39:59 pm
Just wanted to say "Hi" and that I'm looking forward to conversing with the members here. Currently in my stable I've got a 06 Blue ZX-14, and an 06 Blue Triumph Rocket III.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: endo on March 05, 2007, 03:31:56 pm

I've got a 06 Blue ZX-14 


Ooooh, the pretty one!  Welcome.  Hope to meet you on the road!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bizarro on March 05, 2007, 04:07:04 pm

Just wanted to say "Hi" and that I'm looking forward to conversing with the members here. Currently in my stable I've got a 06 Blue ZX-14, and an 06 Blue Triumph Rocket III.  


Power whore! :lol: Welcome to the site. :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ebbs15 on March 05, 2007, 04:47:58 pm


I've ridden in western North Carolina and in Northern California. Both are comparable.

unless there's some reason you have to go to North Carolina, I'd save a long trip across the plains and strafe the curves of Northern Cal  :D

oh...and welcome to the forum  :)
:thumbsup:
actually I'm meeting for the "unoffical" TWF (Two Wheel Forum) ralley... so yeah NC it is... and I was stationed at Beale AFB which is about 45min north of Sac.  and I've seen alot of the roads you speak of first hand... unfortunatly they were in my truck not on my bike :(


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: knobby on March 07, 2007, 09:50:29 am
Hi all....New guy introduction.  My name is Joe, and I live in central Connecticut. Been riding since 1974, but mostly dirt, and a little sport thrown in for good measure. Never done any sport-touring, so I have very little road mileage by comparison to many of you. With any luck, I'll learn something along the way here.  ;) On a more personal note, a little more than 6 months ago I met a woman worthy, and willing to share some serious time with. :inlove:  That has brought us to have an interest into the sport-touring world to share the roads together. We are currently looking at a used ST1100 for starters to see where it goes form there, and maybe someday we'll meet up with a few of you on a ride someday.  Thanks, and may the best of your past, be the worst of your future!
-joe


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: J Paul on March 09, 2007, 04:48:24 pm
Just joined the forum. I currently ride a Honda ST 1300. I have a 82 HD FXB in the garage I have owned since new that I want to sell. Look forward to some of the rides planned. I may make the one on the 22 of April-only 225 miles each way. Jeff


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Joggernot on March 09, 2007, 10:13:17 pm
knobby and J Paul, glad you're here!  :bigok: Sound like some good bikes coming on line with the new folks.  Some of us don't have as much riding time as you might think, but we are always increasing the mileage.

Welcome aboard!

Joggernot


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Smiley on March 11, 2007, 06:27:24 pm
OK, so it's time to come out (of lurk mode that is). I've been on many forums and they all seem to follow a certain evolution. I won't get into that, but will note that STN seems to be what I want in mc forum.

My vital (or not so) stats:

I live in SW Ontario, near the north shore of Lake Erie. Flatland surrounds me, but locally we have some nice twisties with pretty river valleys and the curving shoreline. Quite a few hidden gems known to locals and the adventurous rider willing to get off the chart (and pavement).

I can't believe that I'm late 50's in age, I feel great and weigh the same as I did at 20. With the exception of maybe 5 years, I have had a motorcycle since 16. Never got an auto license until 20 and never owned a car until 21.

So I guess I'm a hopeless lifelong addict. Not a day goes by that I don't think about riding. I don't give a shit (can I say that?)  about cars, never have. I buy old A to B cheap transport that nobody wants, drive it into the ground. In fact I often go car-less for months at a time, but bikeless? that is unthinkable.

Travel: I did my first bike trip of any length to Mexico and Central America in 1969. Ended up in Mexican jail, then deported, I went to British Honduras (now Belize). A great adventure for a teenager.

Since then I have ridden to west coast, south to LA, then many western states. Also most of NE USA and east coast of Canada, Gaspe, PQ etc.

Locally I like to ride in eastern Ontario, the 500 series of roads there are the best around this largely flat province.

I've owned Yamahas, Nortons, a Matchless G80CS, Honda and Kawasaki. I loved them all.

Two wheels, very good.

(apology for the italics, can't figure how to turn the damn thing off)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: knobby on March 12, 2007, 07:52:29 am

knobby and J Paul, glad you're here!  :bigok: Sound like some good bikes coming on line with the new folks.  Some of us don't have as much riding time as you might think, but we are always increasing the mileage.

Welcome aboard!

Joggernot



Hey, thanks for the welcome Joggernot .  Nice to be here. Already found someone on here in my area to ride with, and hope there will be more.  Got some great advise too on purchasing a sport-tourer. So far a great site, and hope to meet some folks some day that may not necessarily be in my area once I start the long travels.
 :thumbsup:
-joe


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Joggernot on March 12, 2007, 09:24:07 pm
Welcome, Smiley!   :bigok: You folks are all up north, so you might be interested in www.yearroundriders.com .  There are quite a few folks there who live in the NE or around the lakes and they ride year round.

Knobby, glad you found a rider!  There's just not too many of us in NM.

Joggernot


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: zzrRider on March 15, 2007, 11:53:16 pm
Welcome Smiley!  It sounds like you've been on some interesting adventures.

I suppose I never introduced myself.  I've actually been here for awhile.  I used to post under the not so memorable name of jpeters430, but I kind of disappeared over the winter after I started going crazy thinking about my upcoming trip this summer.  I couldn't get anything done spending all day daydreaming  :).

Now I'm back, and soon I'll be picking everyone's mind for spots/roads to see for my couple week tour of Western USA and eventually (around the end of summer) launching my own website full of tips and advice: cheapmotorcycletravel.com

I'm pretty proud of the fact I managed to turn my upcoming motorcycle trip into my final 3 credits of college.  I kind of think of it as my graduation gift to myself.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: accessbarry on March 16, 2007, 01:57:30 am
Hi Guys,
Barry's the name and live in sunny California, just sold my Harley and purchased a 2nd hand 2004 FJR very impressive


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Joggernot on March 16, 2007, 02:11:32 pm


Now I'm back, and soon I'll be picking everyone's mind for spots/roads to see for my couple week tour of Western USA and eventually (around the end of summer) launching my own website full of tips and advice: cheapmotorcycletravel.com

I'm pretty proud of the fact I managed to turn my upcoming motorcycle trip into my final 3 credits of college.  I kind of think of it as my graduation gift to myself.

Now you just gave me an idea.  May have to try the 3 credits at the local college.  Maybe I can be the instructor and take a group...get paid to ride.

Welcome to Barry and zzrRider!

Joggernot


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: lukem on March 20, 2007, 01:03:39 am
Hi, name's Luke, I'm based out of the Nashville, TN area.
Looking forward to doing some touring this year on my blue YZF600r.

So far riding Nashville to Birmingham and back is my longest trip on this motorcycle.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on March 20, 2007, 11:09:10 am


I've owned Yamahas, Nortons, a Matchless G80CS, Honda and Kawasaki. I loved them all.



Apologies to the Hondells:  It climbs hills like a Matchless, so my Honda's built really...so it really...can't remember the rest of the verse, but no bother.  

Welcome to/from another old guy.  And heeeelllooo to all the other newbies.   :bigok:  I once roamed these halls bestowing greetings on all the new guys and gals, but work and infirmity have limited my posting lately.  I'm afraid I must leave the bulk of welcoming to the young bucks.  Such is life.  At some point, the old fall away and the young take the helm.  Not that I'm ready for this, mind you.  IN FACT, I'M NOT REAL HAPPY ABOUT IT.  IN FACT, I'M PRETTY PISSED ABOUT THE WHOLE SETUP AND THESE DAMN KIDS PUSHING FROM BEHIND....Uhh, I mean, I am having trouble accepting my reduced role due to...um, other stuff.

But, welcome.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: timalew on March 21, 2007, 10:22:20 pm
Howz it goin ya'll. New old member back again. Formerly known (or not ) as Timinja.
Still have the same bike and alls well. Tryin' to find a few parts here and there but whats new.
Anyhoo. Glad to see STN still here.
I still have like ten stickers. I don't stick em on just anything ya know... Has to be sticker worthy :)
Ciao
Timbo


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ToadRide on March 22, 2007, 10:22:04 am
Guess I missed this one when I joined a few days ago. So, here goes.
Doug Morse here. Avid bike rider and fan all my long life. Based in Deep Cove, Vancouver Island. That's just outside of Sidney by the airport. First bike at age 16, 67 (I think) Norton Atlas((toes would barely touch the ground)) with several Triumphs to follow continued by Yamis, Suzuks, Honda(1) and more Suzuks. Wife and kid, both of whom won't get on my bike. Maybe that has something to do with it being an 06 B12 Bandit with a 2Bros. can and a stage 1 jet kit topping out at 160+mph. Ok, I'm 56 but still a kid at heart. Looking forward to meeting a bunch of you Pacific Northwesterners this summer and fall at a few gatherings.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: XM23 on March 22, 2007, 02:28:43 pm
My name's Jerry and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I currently have a Honda F4i that I plan to sell in the next few weeks and buy a sport tourer. I've been doing a lot of research and found this forum along the way. My current short list is the BMW R1200ST and the Ducati ST3.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Helleshin on March 23, 2007, 01:17:45 am
Hello people,

I acquired my bike, mostly to get around town after my car broke, this December and spent January learning myself the tricks. Now it's spring and the snow's gone and I find myself taking increasingly long trips (albeit gradually, the furthest I've gone is a 200-mile round trip while I figure out how well the machine and I handle things). It's serving as a good way to spend less time in Terre Haute and more time anywhere else.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: llew_x on March 23, 2007, 05:47:51 pm
Hello!

I'm new to the forums here... i registered a couple days ago and have been lurking around here since then. What a great forum with alot(at least from what I've seen)  of positive feedback.

I live in the New England area and am in the process of buying my first motorcycle. I took the MSF course in October of 2k6 and I'm anxious to slowly get myself going. Man I can't wait to get my bike!! It's being delivered this Sunday - 3/25/07 - A 1997 Honda VFR w/ 6k miles. It looks like it's in showroom condition. I'll try and post a pic at some point if i can figure out how.

Anywho, just wanted to introduce myself to the crowd   :)

-Llew



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rcmnz on March 24, 2007, 03:23:57 am
Hello all.  Roger and a K12GT here, both anxiously awaiting spring in southwest PA.  Only a year with this bike -- mostly ride around here, MD, VA and south in WV where I grew up.  Saw my first robin a few days back...the GT saw it, too, and won't shut up about getting on the road.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: amigoride on March 25, 2007, 11:22:25 am
Spring is teasing us this year here in the Okanagan Valley B.C. Couple more weeks and I can get the old Connie on the road. She's old tech and not the most pretty bike BUT with a few mods and an eager attitude along with new Pilot GT 'tars I can surprise the heck out of a few dudes with way more horses."Sport touring" and bikes set up for it gets the heart pumping and satisfies the soul as the country passes buy.
I buy the beer when you pass through.
Brian


Title: Finally back
Post by: gobaxter on March 25, 2007, 03:04:58 pm
Hi all...
Great to see STN back in it's second iteration.  Not sure why I stayed away so long.

-Jon


Title: Re: Finally back
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on March 26, 2007, 12:39:08 am

Hi all...
Great to see STN back in it's second iteration.  Not sure why I stayed away so long.

-Jon

Neither am I. Welcome back!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kaj on March 26, 2007, 10:27:21 pm
Hello! Although I am new as a member, I have been lurking for some time here. Very much enjoy the site and look forward to meeting some new riders.

Kevin


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: brooksie on March 26, 2007, 11:02:19 pm
Hello All!
Bob here
Currently in central Florida, but heading for Canadian Maritimes next month (for the summer)
Spent many years living in the West of Canada enjoying the great roads of B.C.
Looking forward to riding the Cabot Trail again this summer
Hope you all ride safe and stay healthy!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: dj5hall on March 26, 2007, 11:10:21 pm
Greetings, All!   I was introduced to your site by one of your esteemed members, Chris Roy, aka. "Tar Snake" and am glad I was!   Chris and I are Sport Touring guys going back to the late 80s.  

I'm Dan and your site helped me make a decision on my latest ride:  A 2003 Kawi ZZR1200 !!!!!   It was purchased in 2004 and the original owner on put 7,200 miles on it before he went way too fast one day and decided to park it.  It's in perfect condition and looks showroom perfect.  I got it for $5,600 Anyway, that was two weeks ago and I've put about 1,400 miles on it since then, most of them last weekend.  

The ZZR replaced a 2002 BMW R1150RT that was a great bike but just didn't "do it" for me.  Too refined for my tastes I guess!   :lol:   I have an ancient 1986 Concours with 80k on the clock and had a BMW K75s before the RT.  My two oldest boys and I got Honda CRF play bikes last year and have been enjoying those too.

What else?  Well, I met my lovely wife in BC Canada in 1991 while touring on the Concours.  15 years and 4 kids later I can say that was one of my best ST rides!   I've ridden back to Canada, from Northern California, several times over the years.  Hint: find a wife from a nice spot you'll enjoy riding to in the summers to "visit family".  :cool:

What else can I say: I love Motorcycles and riding/Sport Touring more than any other activity life in this great country has to offer.  Long Live twisty mountain roads,  high HP motorcycles and the adventurous men and women who love putting the two together.  

Sure as hell beats stamp collecting!   :D

Dan


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tanjabmw on March 27, 2007, 03:51:41 am
hello everyone,

i'm a bike loving lady from germany who likes to tour around the world in long distances. i own a r1150gs for 4 years now and my husband drives a r1200rt. together we already explored europe and china by bike. the usa is the next aim...
i registered to this forum because you have a nice way of conversation here and many ecxiting threads to talk about.

so, go on riding,
greeting,
tanja


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: JonnyB on March 27, 2007, 08:56:53 pm
HOLA! JonnyB here-lover of all things MOTORCYCLE! After selling my business and home in New England,I am now in Sunny Florida training for my dream job as a Motorcycle Mechanic. Although less lucrative than previous occupations,this has always been my dream. For the past 29 years(started at age 6),there has been one constant in my life-A PASSION TO REPAIR,MODIFY,AND RIDE MOTORCYCLES!My Baby is a 2001 Honda VFR800FI-highly personalized and meticulously maintained.It's a PLEASURE to be amongst so many fellow enthusiasts.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: denydog on March 27, 2007, 10:41:29 pm

i'm a bike loving lady from germany who likes to tour around the world in long distances. i own a r1150gs for 4 years now and my husband drives a r1200rt. together we already explored europe and china by bike. the usa is the next aim...
i registered to this forum because you have a nice way of conversation here and many ecxiting threads to talk about.

I spent a couple of years in Neu Ulm, and Kaiserslautern a long time ago.  Lovely country. Welcome to the club.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Gary on March 29, 2007, 09:13:16 am
Hello All!!!

     I was introduced to this site by Leebo, Lee, while talking about the upcoming ride on April 14. Not 100% Im going to make the ride but will try.
     Im 40 and only been riding for 6 yrs. I bought a 1985 Honda CB750F six years ago "just to buzz back and forth to work with". I was hooked from there! Upgraded to the 2003 Honda VTX1300. Then to 2007 Honda Goldwing. Got my new wing last fall (06) but not many miles on it yet. One of my faults is I hate getting rid of things so have keep all my bikes so far. Im always looking to ride. Im blessed with a great area here in Western Mass to explore. Starting to think bigger trips soon enough.
     The site seems to have a tremendous amout of information and good people.

Thanks

Gary


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Eponda on March 29, 2007, 10:57:41 am
New member from Maine.  Mostly ride the back roads in Maine, occasional trips into Canada.  Great place to ride, but the season is too short.  Just about to be able to ride again this year - need to have some rains to was the winter sand away.  Familiar story - got back to riding a few years ago after many years off.  Started with a small cruiser, Volusia, but found out I was not cruiser guy and switched to a Connie two years ago.  Love the bike and can live with the dated technology.  A few modifications and she works just fine for me.  Almost 62 years old so thinking about all the time I will have to ride when I retire in a year or so.  Any other Maine riders here?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Captain Kirk on March 29, 2007, 05:13:28 pm
Hello,
My name's Kirk, everyone calls me Captain.  Just sold the 82 Goldwing and bought a gorgeous 97 VFR750 with Beetle bags. There was a sticker on the bike for Sport-Touring.net so I'm here. Great looking site so far, I'm sure I'll spend alot of time here.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bubba zanetti on March 29, 2007, 05:24:44 pm

Spring is teasing us this year here in the Okanagan Valley B.C. Couple more weeks and I can get the old Connie on the road. She's old tech and not the most pretty bike BUT with a few mods and an eager attitude along with new Pilot GT 'tars I can surprise the heck out of a few dudes with way more horses."Sport touring" and bikes set up for it gets the heart pumping and satisfies the soul as the country passes buy.
I buy the beer when you pass through.
Brian


Bienvinedo Amigo

Welcome to another BC Rider ... head on over to the Canada thread and introduce yourself. Also check out this years Borscht Burn and do consider coming out to the Kootenays !!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: wacky_woodchuck on March 30, 2007, 09:02:24 am
Another former forum member.  Don't know why I haven't visited since it came back online.  Well, I do..but I'll leave that outta here.

West Sider of Cleveland, OH, currently watching the miles on my Ulysses rack up.  It's so nice to finally be able to ride this year without the grip heaters on bake, and layers of fleece (damn I really need that heated vest).  I'm sure I'll run into some of you guys that I have before!



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SAFJ-rider on March 31, 2007, 12:11:37 am
hello y'all--just surfin the net and stumbled up this...Great forum and the info is great, look forward to being on this site for awhile :D.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on March 31, 2007, 03:33:41 pm

...and bought a gorgeous 97 VFR750 with Beetle bags. There was a sticker on the bike for Sport-Touring.net so I'm here.

 :lol: Infiltrating the motorcycling world one bike at a time

Welcome Kirk, et al  :bigok:

Guten Tag, tanjabmw! I'm another r1150gs rider, welcome! Let me know if your tour of America includes the Pacific Northwest (which I highly suggest it does) and perhaps we can hook up and say hi in person!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: law1200 on April 01, 2007, 08:59:14 pm
hello everyone i've been dropping in on you guys for the past 2wk's checking out your forums and decide that i would like to be apart of the sport touring family i ride a 2005 suzuki 1200 bandit and i ride an average of about 7,000 to 12,000 miles a year i'm a year around rider but i do alot touring from April-Oct., my wife love's to ride also she just purached a low milaged(1400) 2004 marauder before she got her own bike she rode with me, so this will be her year touring . well that's alittle bit about me look forward talking some of you and seeing you all on the road.

Amos :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: angel on April 02, 2007, 05:39:27 am
Hi everyone,

I found the forum totally by accident and decided to join up because it looks like you have a lot of fun here.

I live in South Africa.

I ride a Moto Guzzi V50 Monza.

I'm  :inlove: with riding so see you all on the forums...



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mrbreeze on April 02, 2007, 08:12:14 am
I guess I missed the original sights demise??? Just curious but if someone who knows is reading this, when did it occur because I'm sure I logged in at least last spring? BTW I'm really glad the sights back, I would have missed my favorite stop at the Honda forum and my home area region 6 (NE right, always thought it funny that NE covers New england or Northeast cause technically I'm in both.) Be See'in Ya  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GerryPetrecca on April 02, 2007, 09:24:55 am

I guess I missed the original sights demise??? Just curious but if someone who knows is reading this, when did it occur because I'm sure I logged in at least last spring? BTW I'm really glad the sights back, I would have missed my favorite stop at the Honda forum and my home area region 6 (NE right, always thought it funny that NE covers New england or Northeast cause technically I'm in both.) Be See'in Ya  


Greetings,

And where in New England are you??

Gerry


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ezrider1978 on April 02, 2007, 03:47:20 pm
Hi All,
New member here!
       
 I presently ride a cruiser (suzuki intruder) but have been looking at getting a second bike, thus time a sport touring bike this summer. This looks like a great forum, I'm sure I'll find some great advice here on various bikes that I am considering.

Do check out my motocycle blog: http://ezrider.wordpress.com





Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: panther289 on April 02, 2007, 08:55:50 pm
Hello all,
  Didn't know the site was out for awhile  :headscratch:
  Hoping all is well with everyone.  Getting ready for a few rides to the Smokey Mtns in the late spring.
 Later for now, Panther289


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: denydog on April 02, 2007, 11:54:01 pm

I guess I missed the original sights demise??? Just curious but if someone who knows is reading this, when did it occur because I'm sure I logged in at least last spring?

It was about Oct-Nov 06' if I remember correctly.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: JoeKC on April 03, 2007, 01:09:58 am
It's great to come across another active, non-denominational forum!  ApriliaForum.com, Ironbutt.com and now sport-touring.net-- how much time can a guy REALLY squander at work without getting fired?  You're a bad influence, I swear. On the other hand, I'd have a lot more time to ride and work on the house...  :lol:

I see some great info in these threads.  I'm referred here by a pal from ApriliaForum.com to keep abreast of our upcoming trip- thanks for all the help!  Glad to see such an informative, productive resource.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on April 03, 2007, 06:36:18 pm

Hello,
My name's Kirk, everyone calls me Captain.  Just sold the 82 Goldwing and bought a gorgeous 97 VFR750 with Beetle bags. There was a sticker on the bike for Sport-Touring.net so I'm here. Great looking site so far, I'm sure I'll spend alot of time here.



That's awesome!

I wonder whose it was?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: liablemtl on April 04, 2007, 01:14:33 am
Howdy, all y'all...  I'm liablemtl, and I'm from Portland, Oregon.  Some people say that the "mtl" is short for \m/ metal \m/.  Others say it's short for mental :nuts: .  It's actually short for "liable-more-than-likable", a moniker which was bestowed upon me by my former band mates.  I can be found by the same name at a few other forums.  I was recommended to check this place out by 1kperday.  

I currently ride an '02 FZ1 that I decked out for touring.  It's got the biggest damn Givi bags I could find (46l on top, 45l on the sides), hot grips, an Alaskan Leather sheep seat cover and a set of highway pegs that replace my front frame sliders when I'm out for distance riding.  I've been on bikes since about 1981 and have been riding street since 1988.  Most of my riding is to and from work, unfortunately; however, I have made a few shorter distance runs, including a trip to Utah last fall and from April to early October, I can be found taking the really long way home from work.  I ride pretty much year round... I'm kind of dumb that way, I suppose.  Fortunately, western Oregon weather is mild enough to allow riding pretty much year round.  

Anyway... that's it.  That's all I got.  This post can now disappear into the 23 and climbing pages of the "Welcome new members!" thread...  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bearly Flying on April 04, 2007, 01:27:07 am
New member from Central Alberta. I have a 05 FJR 1300 and a 85 FJ 1100 that I've had since new.

Just surfing through the board, recognize several friendly faces. Hello to everyone and maybe we will see you out on the road.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: castlevermin on April 05, 2007, 01:15:01 pm
Hello All,

I've been a member of this forum several years back, and a lot of stuff happened since then.  I've sold bikes, bought bikes, sold cars, bought cars, moved cross country, changed jobs, moved countries.... But that's boring.

Some of you might still remember me (Is Ruffcut still around?  I still use his saddlebags!)  

Anyway, hello all.  I currently ride a '98 VFR 800, which is surely The Best Motorcycle On Earth(tm).


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on April 05, 2007, 01:32:11 pm

Hello All,

I've been a member of this forum several years back, and a lot of stuff happened since then.  I've sold bikes, bought bikes, sold cars, bought cars, moved cross country, changed jobs, moved countries.... But that's boring.

Some of you might still remember me (Is Ruffcut still around?  I still use his saddlebags!)  

Anyway, hello all.  I currently ride a '98 VFR 800, which is surely The Best Motorcycle On Earth(tm).
:bigok: I remember you! Welcome back  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on April 05, 2007, 01:52:51 pm

Howdy, all y'all...  I'm liablemtl, and I'm from Portland, Oregon.  Some people say that the "mtl" is short for \m/ metal \m/.  Others say it's short for mental :nuts: .  


Around here, it's a abreviation for this place:


http://www.montreal.com


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: turbodave_98 on April 06, 2007, 02:14:32 pm
Just Checking In, Glad I found this forum.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kenga on April 06, 2007, 02:24:16 pm
Hi folks,
I'm from Central MA, found my way here from Maximum-Suzuki.
My ride is a 2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200S, Cortech Sport-bags and a few minor mods.
Longest ride to date: Worcester MA to Kitty Hawk NC.
16+ hours down, ~12 back - timing is everything.
Gotta say, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at midnight in the fog is an amazing sight.

It's a pleasure to make your acquaintances - I'm sure I'll be spending a fair amount of time here.

I have a question, maybe someone can tell me.
On long rides, say 4 hours+ - does your butt get less sore the better shape you're in?
I'm hoping this is the case ...

Cheers!
kenga


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Somebuddy on April 07, 2007, 01:36:40 am
Hey everyone, checking in from Central Alberta, Canada.  Buddy of mine told me about this forum, sure like what I see so far.  Been riding some form of motorized two wheel transportation for over 30 years.  Current ride is an 05 Concours.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: oconnor on April 07, 2007, 12:34:04 pm
Hi Everyone Im joel and I live in canada.  I am a sport touring junkie just like the rest of you and ussually put 20 000kms or so a year on my bikes.  Im a millwright, machinist buy trade and own my own small company making motorcycle riser bars.  I am planning a trip  this spring end of may to the cabot trail in nova scotia  with my wife and am really looking forward to it.  My wife rides a ninja 250 but will probably upgrade this year now that she has one year under her belt riding.  Happy riding everyone.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: squeezer on April 08, 2007, 12:46:25 pm
Another PA rider -- and plan on switching a few things in my schedule to make the Clearfield gathering on April 22.

'03 FJR, which I picked up last summer, retiring an '86 Concours.  I guess I like used sport-tourers.  I'm an occasional (1-2 a year) LD rally guy, bike commuter (State College to Altoona), and day ride guy.  Great site!  Great to be here.

And that "All Your Road" shirt is just awesome.   :lol:  Gotta get one of those.


Title: Yo
Post by: Grinnin on April 09, 2007, 04:30:13 am
Can a rider with a CX500 possibly participate in a sport-touring forum?  (That's rhetorical, not a hijack.)

I've been riding a couple of years and have plenty to learn.

I have bicycled all my life and REALLY like speed, so I didn't think I'd be safe on a motorcycle.  I pursued early retirement (45) and really have slowed down in many ways although the bicycles still scoot along just fine.  In the motorcar, though, I am far more relaxed than previously.  (Not that I was dangerous; 2 car accidents and a few bicycle biffs including a few years of racing in the '90s.)

One day I came around the last bend before home and saw a motorcycle that didn't look too big and a sign with an amount that wasn't too big ($350.00).  Later that day I owned a motorcycle.  My neighbor had had a stroke a couple of years earlier and it was obvious that he wasn't going to be riding any more.  You may not believe it, but I got insurance, state instruction, and a permit before I ever took it out on the road.  The CB360 took me around the state on various projects and tours then to NH and eventually Ohio.

Maine roads are not kinked but they're not straight either.  Most are continuous sweepers.  (Life is hard, ain't it?)  So the motorscoot provides the lean angle on these roads that bicycles don't.

I'd been intrigued by the CX500 design and saw an ad for one last fall ($350.00 again).  The bike didn't have a battery which allowed the seller to disguise the fact that the stator was shot, so I had a pleasant and instructional project for the fine Maine winter.  (Replacing the stator in a CX is a motor-out procedure.)  I started insurance on that bike just in time for a 16-inch snow in April.  I hope to have it ready for a trip to Nova Scotia in May.  Some of the luggage I made for the 360 fits the 500.  I'm certain to have it sorted before this year's Ohio trip.

Retiring early leaves me with a small budget but I really like the hours.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: STeed on April 09, 2007, 06:29:15 pm
Glad to be a part of this forum as there is a lot of interesting stuff to read and lots of answers to questions I have or may have. I currently live in Sarnia Ontario Canada which is right on the US/Canadian border and work in the automotive industry. I have rode the dragon in the South and seen whales at the top end of Newfoundland to the East. Over the years I have owned many different styles of bikes and now ride a new ST1300 which is by far the most fun and versatile bike to date. I look forward to possibly meeting some of you and if nothing else sharing trip logs and stories.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BLUELINER on April 10, 2007, 08:41:24 pm
just found this forum been reading over it the last few days just wanted to say alot of good topics and learned a few things look foward to reading on thanks

happy riding


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bubba zanetti on April 10, 2007, 08:48:02 pm

Hey everyone, checking in from Central Alberta, Canada.  Buddy of mine told me about this forum, sure like what I see so far.  Been riding some form of motorized two wheel transportation for over 30 years.  Current ride is an 05 Concours.


Kewl ... tow guys from Ponoka !!!  :bigok:

Welcome all !!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bearly Flying on April 11, 2007, 04:33:30 am
Ya, They let us out on our good days.....


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: VFRFFP on April 11, 2007, 05:38:39 pm
Pretty sweet environment here.  Everything from bike comparisons to carrying weapons to having sex on your motorcycle.  I happened on this site randomly and am glad I found it.  Seems like everyone here can bring up topics instead of avoiding them and manage to disagree without getting "owies" over it.  I fell in love with this Sport-touring stuff after getting an '03 Interceptor and getting suckered into an Ironbutt from Denver to Calgary, and am pretty impressed with this silliness so far.  A nod to those who take the time to run this computer stuff, and hello to the rest of you knuckleheads.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on April 11, 2007, 06:15:15 pm


I have a question, maybe someone can tell me.
On long rides, say 4 hours+ - does your butt get less sore the better shape you're in?
I'm hoping this is the case ...

Cheers!
kenga


Weclome from another Bandito.  And yes, if you have better circulation and a generally higher fitness level, the soreness comes later and doesn't last as long.  For tips on LD riding comfort, please visit the Iron Butt forum.

FWIW, I did my first SaddleSore 1000 not long after I got the Bandit in 2002, and did it on the stock seat.  Though me buns were cryin by the end of it, the next morning (er... midafternoon, when I got up) I was fine.  Stretching before heading out and during breaks helps mightily.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: VFRFFP on April 11, 2007, 07:27:53 pm



Weclome from another Bandito.  And yes, if you have better circulation and a generally higher fitness level, the soreness comes later and doesn't last as long.  For tips on LD riding comfort, please visit the Iron Butt forum.

FWIW, I did my first SaddleSore 1000 not long after I got the Bandit in 2002, and did it on the stock seat.  Though me buns were cryin by the end of it, the next morning (er... midafternoon, when I got up) I was fine.  Stretching before heading out and during breaks helps mightily.


Another huge assist is lower back exercises on those exercise balls.  Dredhead is right, better to spend time on conditioning than on aftermarket seats.  Stock seat on by Interceptor worked just fine on my SS1k too.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BHW on April 11, 2007, 09:29:37 pm
New guy here. Recently purchased an 02 Aprilia RST Futura....was riding an 02 Yamaha Road Star Warrior...felt it was time for an upgrade. 35 years young, live in Raleigh, NC, married with one son.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on April 11, 2007, 11:05:52 pm

Pretty sweet environment here.  Everything from bike comparisons to carrying weapons to having sex on your motorcycle.  



You've hit all the high points, I see.   :bigok:

Welcome, but for the love o' pete don't ask anyone where's the best place to hide your stash on a bike.   :crazy:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: JoeKC on April 12, 2007, 01:33:48 am
Welcome, BHW- between this and ApriliaForum, who could want anything more?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Hogboy on April 12, 2007, 07:37:36 pm
Esteemed Gentlemen and Ladies, nice to join the gang here.  

I'm an escapee from the Concours Owners Group gang at the urgings of Dr. Rich Emerson (International Trouble-Maker Extrordinaire). I'll give it a little while to see if I should sue or not:)

Been riding since Christ Was A Cowboy (OK to say that here?) and have plenty of busted bones and rides in the back seat of cop cars to serve as testament.

Check out my website if you like stories of stupid bike adventures.  Also have a number of really bad songs about the Connie (go figure).  You might not want to visit this site at home...

http://www.peterhogboy.com/index.html

p.s. kudos to the sloggers who set-up and maintain this site - really good stuff indeed!!!

"The time has come", the Walrus said, "to speak of many things.  
Of ships and sails and sealing wax.  Of cabbages and kings".

- Carroll


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on April 13, 2007, 04:07:55 pm

Esteemed Gentlemen and Ladies, nice to join the gang here.  

I'm an escapee from the Concours Owners Group gang at the urgings of Dr. Rich Emerson (International Trouble-Maker Extrordinaire).



Ain't that the truth.  :p

Well, welcome, nevertheless.  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GooseMan on April 13, 2007, 04:56:52 pm
Hey all! I'm new here (obviously) and just wanted to say hi!

I've always been interested in cars and bikes, but I guess I've really gotten completely OBSESSED with motorcycles, and in particular, touring, because of The Long Way Round with Ewan McGregor (yeah....you know what I'm talking about).

I really love travelling, I love the open road, and I love driving, and this show really opened my eyes. I tell ya, I watch that show (or anything similar..even looking at pics from members here) and it gets my blood pumping!

I'm in the midst of taking my mandatory riding course (kind of a pain to get your license in Quebec), and my first bike will be an older Suzuki Bandit 400 to learn on.

I probably wont be taking any major trips until I have some good experience and get REALLY familiar with riding etc..but I'm really excited and already planning my first trips (a trip from Montreal to the Gaspe pennisula seems pretty interesting).

Anyway...I'll be posting it up everywhere with tons of questions etc....so keep an eye out  :lol:

-Jon


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on April 13, 2007, 10:34:43 pm

Hey all! I'm new here (obviously) and just wanted to say hi!
...
I probably wont be taking any major trips until I have some good experience and get REALLY familiar with riding etc..but I'm really excited and already planning my first trips (a trip from Montreal to the Gaspe pennisula seems pretty interesting).

Anyway...I'll be posting it up everywhere with tons of questions etc....so keep an eye out  :lol:

-Jon

Welcome aboard Jon!  :)

Don't be afraid of taking long trips early on.  Long trips will teach you a lot and your skills will improve hugely!  Build up to them though, first day trips, then weekends, then weeks...  Next thing you know you're riding RTW. :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sketch on April 15, 2007, 09:30:15 pm
I was really happy to find this site!  I waited many years before finally buying my own bike and I found the perfect one in a showroom condition 1989 Harley. I also have a 2005 smart fortwo.  My favourite vehicles have a few similarities and interesting differences:
-They both have 2 seats
-My Harley has a back seat and my smart doesn't
-They are both about 8 feet long
-My smart has a smaller engine that my Harley
-My smart gets better mileage
-My Harley is a whole lot of fun
-Both vehicles pull the same trailer
-I have a great time driving each of them
I hope to learn from everyone using this site.  My wife and I want to do some touring and we are planning our first one this spring in the Grey-Bruce area in Ontario and we have another one we would like to do to New York City.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RTR on April 18, 2007, 02:38:18 pm
Hey all new to this site but have been on ADV for a little while now.  Love the whole vibe here and glad to be apart.  Not sure apart of what but basically just glad in general. :lol:  I ride a KLR650 as my first new bike.  Had a few back in High school (dirt strictly) and unfortunately listened to my folks and did not buy one till I was 33.  Also myself as I always figured I would kill myself if I had one any sooner.  But now that I actually have ridden a bit now (about 7k last year) I realize I should have made the leap earlier because I am cautious...Ok a little girl most of the time about how I ride. (No bad intent meant too any little girls that could smoke me or straight up kick my butt) I shouldn't say cautious but safe.  I had some back surgery this year and it was perfect timing to be broken up until the first few days it got warm here in Utah.  I could not have planned it better so now I am healed up I cannot wait to role some of the posted routes you all have taken.  The time sitting for a Month only made me watch a ton of Speed channel and keep me focused on getting healed so I could ride ASAP. Again thanks for the forum and hope I can help when I can.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Yakiman on April 18, 2007, 07:13:54 pm
Hi all,

Well, call me a pessimist, but I wanted to make sure the board was going to stay up this time  :), and besides, mama always told us ‘if you don’t have anything worth saying, keep your mouth shut!’, but fook all that – I’m going to re-up anyway.

I was previously listed here as “The_Raven” but signed as Yakimaniac (from where else? Yakimania). Since my son (ok, he had help) made me a G-pa again (we’ll both be draggin’ our ass to little league till we’re old men), I’ve decided it might be time to calm down a little, hence the mitigating new handle - Yakiman (ya, boring, but still a crazy place so that’s the same). We’ll see how long this lasts. If I’m just not ready yet, I here reserve the rights to, and addition of, “iac”.

I'm on my second V-Strom 1K, having logged about a 100K collective miles on the 02 and 04 (after many others/many miles/many years). While I lust in my heart for the deep-cherry Feejer, which leads to successive mind-boggles of the new C14, I would be hard pressed to go more purpose-oriented than this comfortable, sporty/carver, gravel-eating, long-legged, all-rounder.
Regardless, I consider my self a sport-tourer (because that’s mainly how I use the bike).

I ride for transportation (250 – 350 mi/week), and pure pleasure (afternoon-hooky carving, day (or two)-tripping (the state is my raspberry), 5K-mi touring, 12-hr/700-mi days (this side of the continent is my raspberry). I have a cosmopolitan attitude about “territory” – I feel as at home in Mariposa as in Banff, don’t have much respect for boarders (they’re just artificial lines conceived by some dead guys). Universal rule: If they’ll take my credit card, “its MY island”.

Favorite likes: The species canis familiaris, the whole concept, the same but different, they’re pretty and they smell good. The female of the species homo sapiens, the  whole concept, the same but different, they’re pretty.…… (Sorry. That’s blatant plagiarism  :)). Centrifugal force, the whole concept. Out on the road, the whole concept. Honking in tunnels or when totally alone and can see the road five mile in either direction. Waving, at everyone (everyone everyone), including railroad engineers, truckers, LEOs and various farm animals, ‘cause no matter how good their day’s going, I’m on the bike, mine’s better!

So, if you’ve made it through all that crapola, do I still have to post in the “Washington State STNs” thread ?? :p

Chief Yakiman

_____________________
Handlebar monkey, back road junkie, don’t stop much, smell kinda funky


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Brat-2 on April 19, 2007, 01:33:21 am
Hello All!

I am not new to this site. Checked it every once in a while since 2003 (time I've got my license and MSF).

Since childhood dreamed about a bike, but managed to buy one only now (in a matter of fact - yesterday) - 03 Suzuki Bandit 600S. Was baptized by fire - first 100 km on the bike in my life partly through night/rain. Excited and thrilled.

Thanks for the advises in the "Beginners Garage"!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rhrose on April 21, 2007, 03:36:29 pm
Hello All.  Just a newbie that stumbled across this site while looking for info. on the 2007 Yamaha  FZ6.  This is one of the best sites on the net - and I visit often -  I hope to get to know you all a lot better.  Please excuse the dumb questions I may have from time-to-time as I haven't riden for over 30 years.

Bob


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: banditbikergirl on April 21, 2007, 10:06:02 pm
Hi all!
Native of WV but live in NC now.  Been ridin' for awhile.  Just recently got a new 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250s and just luv it!!!!  Came upon this website looking for opinions on the Bandit before I bought it and found lots of info, pics and interesting stuff here and thought I'd stay for awhile.
(http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s105/banditbikergirl/2007_0421Image0005.jpg)
Any help on how to get these pics to fit the page would be appreciated!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Guy on April 22, 2007, 05:27:13 am
Wilkommen, banditbikergirl, glad to see that someone has picked up the new 1250, make sure to pass on your thoughts on the bike.




Any help on how to get these pics to fit the page would be appreciated!


Photobucket has a resize option.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Insideous on April 22, 2007, 09:26:57 am
Hello all,

Happened on the forum.  Planning on and getting the parts for an electric motorcycle conversion.  Hey, its different.   ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: desperado buell on April 22, 2007, 07:57:35 pm
Hello there everybody. This is one amazing site that is for sure. I am a Buell rider so actually finding some kindred spirits was really great. I have been riding for about 25 years and have just launched in to the sport bike Field the last two years. Prior to that i had a 2000 FLH Harley, please don't hate me to much. My buddies say i have found my way to the dark side. No big travel plans this summer as i am just starting a new job. I do plan on attending the Parrysound Ont sport bike rally. I know by reading the diffrent forums the the rally has left some with mixed impressions but i have road and hung out in that area for years and there are lots of good roads besides the rally it self. Any way that's it for me, looking forward to reading more and maybe meeting some of you on the road some time.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Yakiman on April 24, 2007, 05:01:26 am
Hey BndtBkrGrl,

I’m to nuub here to presume to act a welcome committee, but welcome anyway and congrats on the new B12.5

Just had to comment on those beut red sport bikes (both of them)  :D

Assume they’re matching Suz factory color?
Would your partner share the brand name of the top case?

Also, like said above – resize it (besides the online places, most cameras come with editing software, PhotoImpressions, etc.). Not to be rude, but never hurts to use the “crop” thingy a little, too (I can say that cause wifey is always on me about that, more because we’re artist/partners, and just a little competitive…sometime I’ll go take a bunch of big-bigs with lots of sky and foreground and send them to her… a guy’s gotta have some fun, huh?!) :p

Chief Yakiman


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: banditbikergirl on April 24, 2007, 08:14:24 am
Hey Yakiman,
  The other bike is my husbands.  It's a 2006 V-Strom DL1000.  The red colors do look like a match.  Not planned, just happened.  I like the V-Stroms also but my feet don't touch the ground!!  He loves his bike and that is a Givi topcase.  It's great. It has come in very handy.  He is already wanting the side cases now!  I see you have a V-Strom also.  Got any pics??
(http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s105/banditbikergirl/2007_0421Image0004.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: vecky5 on April 24, 2007, 11:38:45 am
New guy here. Been around VFRD for a while now and have been lurking here for a while as well. I live in S.Central KY in the good ole US of A. I own a Red 02 VFR and absolutely love it so let the flaming commence. :p


Title: Back In The Saddle Again
Post by: davop on April 24, 2007, 08:11:47 pm
Getting a bike after a twenty year lapse. A 07 Yamaha FZ6  :D I live in Columbia MD(not dc) and am interested in touring the area.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on April 25, 2007, 10:17:26 am
Welcome all.  :thumbsup:


Remember the first rule is "NO CRASHING" .........enjoy the summer everybody.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Clark Kent on April 25, 2007, 03:21:51 pm
I'm new here, but am on most of the ST Honda and Valk sites along with the FJR and Kaw. sites.

I have an ST1100 and a Valk.  

CK   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Yakiman on April 26, 2007, 04:56:04 am
Yeah, BndtBkrGrl, got pix. See the “Avatar” in my post  :lol:  Pretty kule, huh? Miles of deep redwoods all to myself on a weekday. Sometimes  life is good!

I’ll be out on the road for few days. I’ll see if I can post a couple more that I think you easterners might like. (But they’d be more than I could do right now – they’d have to be resized… and cropped)  ;)

I see hub has the requisite gray-beard badge of a true Strommer  :D. It's great you guys can ride together, and a cool setup on bikes!

Later,

Chief Yakiman


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: boostforfun on April 28, 2007, 10:22:13 am
Hey guys,
New Guy Here from Omaha, NE. 26 yrs old, married with a little girl due one July 4th. Used to ride a yamaha 600, then a busa.  Finally got smart ans decided to be a little more comfortable.  I just bought this ZZR1200 about 3 weeks ago, its that black/ blue metallic color and has 9k on it.  I like it so far, but am wondering if there is anyone else in this part of the world that rides regularly.  I love the look on sportbike guy's faces when you pass them with full bags on and loaded out.  good times.

Brian

Here is a Crappy Pic from my Crappy Camera on my Crappy Phone


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rockwells on April 30, 2007, 10:32:37 am
Howdy Gang,
 I'm Rock Wells.  Been riding, street & dirt, over 30yrs.  Ret'd USAF, currently an oil refinery operator.  Happily married, two teenaged daughters (you can't scare me).  I loves ta ride!    :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: lostpckt on April 30, 2007, 09:12:48 pm
Hey everyone,

Been poking around for a few days now, then saw there was a dedicated Buell section, so I had to register  :)

Just purchased an '07 Buell Firebolt XB12R (pictures coming soon) that I've been having an amazing time riding (1k+ miles in less than a month). Currently up in WA, but will be moving to CA in mid may (yes, 2 weeks from now  :lol: )

Hope to see ya out there.

-Will


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ridetherejk on April 30, 2007, 10:36:24 pm
High everyone, this is John Kuhlman. I've been riding since '93. Started with a '86 H-D Sportster, tore it down to the frame and repainted, chromed, and build up the engine. Kept it 9 years, rode it for the first 7. Messed up my back, and couldn't ride it any more. Long story short, could not sit with my feet in front of me. Bought a '81 Yamaha 550 Seca for a junk bike while my back was messed up. That's when it happened. I became a motorcyclist, and not a biker. I had to ride everywhere. I could not sit down. Not in a car and not at home. My feet had to be under me. For the next 6 months it, I rode in the rain, the cold, and even caught in an ice storm. I learned riding isn't just for sunny days. Before I even had surgery, I bought my '98 Tiger with the thought that I would love that style of bike. I was right. After a year, I bought my '03 BMW Adventure. 4-4-03 was the day. I love this bike. I just wish I was taller or the bike was shorter. 5' 6" and a 35" seat height is tough sometimes. I've had the bike for 4 years and have over 66k miles on it. I got the '04 919 in '05. Long story about how I got it. Not a happy story so I won't go there. The 919 is a blast to ride. I wish it had belt drive and the Super Hawk engine though. Love that sound. But anyway, the 919 has over 13k miles.
  The first 10 years of riding 40k miles, the last 4 years of riding, 74k miles. I ride all year, period. Hot, cold, sun, rain, day or night. Some might think that this is bragging, but I'm not. There are people that ride almost that much in a year on the average. I have had my boss bring people to meet me because they've seen my bike on the road. That is just dumb. I don't look up to others that ride alot and I don't want others to look up to me. There are some riders I look up to, not because of mileage, but because they are still riding after health problems. I know a stroke victim that still tries to ride and has. SHE is who I look up to. (Part of the 919 story)
  Well, that's it for now. Sorry I dragged on.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: gmarotta on May 01, 2007, 06:40:06 am
New member making the obligatory introduction.  Just picked up a 2006 Sprint and looking to get more into the sport touring arena and a little away from the cruiser-customizing stuff.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: chimera on May 01, 2007, 10:11:44 am

  I had to ride everywhere.


J.K. that's my quote for the day!

I'm Frank from N.W. N.J..  Been lurking a bit as I get into the sport.  I picked up a 1985 Honda Magna in March for cheap.  I love it.  Riding every chance I get.  It's not a fast or sexy bike but then neither am I.  

Used to ride in the dirt when I was younger, then a couple of years ago picked up a newish Suzuki dual sport (DR 250).  It had been sitting so I had to clean the carbs and coat the tank. Took it and got the motorcycle license.  Then proceeded to trespass on all sorts of back roads, fire trails, deer paths, hiking areas, etc.  I knew this was going to lead to trouble, plus I did not like the on-road dynamics so I've switched to purely on-road.

So far I've got about 650 miles on this ride and I am already itching to get something a bit less cruiser-ish.  The pogo stick effect in mid corner is starting to bug me.....


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Russell_T on May 01, 2007, 02:28:10 pm
Hello all!

I just found this forum & I look forward to participating.

I currently ride an '02 GSXR 750 & am restoring a '69Z50A in my free time.

I've been riding since I was 7, mostly offroad and then progressing to track days.  Due to a recient unplanned restructuring of my wrist & colar bone I decided I need to slow down & see what i've been haulin arse by for all of these years.

Now all i have to do is to decide on my next bike... ST4, FJR, R1200RT(doubtful) or possibly a Sprint.

Cya in the twisties!

Russ


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: desperado buell on May 01, 2007, 04:21:14 pm

I was really happy to find this site!  I waited many years before finally buying my own bike and I found the perfect one in a showroom condition 1989 Harley. I also have a 2005 smart fortwo.  My favourite vehicles have a few similarities and interesting differences:
-They both have 2 seats
-My Harley has a back seat and my smart doesn't
-They are both about 8 feet long
-My smart has a smaller engine that my Harley
-My smart gets better mileage
-My Harley is a whole lot of fun
-Both vehicles pull the same trailer
-I have a great time driving each of them
I hope to learn from everyone using this site.  My wife and I want to do some touring and we are planning our first one this spring in the Grey-Bruce area in Ontario and we have another one we would like to do to New York City.
Hi Sketch. I live in the Grey-Bruce area and believe me there is some nice riding up here. I'm not sure which way you'll be coming up from TO but I'll give you a couple of nice rides to do. Grey road #13 is a beautiful, twisty with amazing scenery. When you get over to Owensound check out Fox Harley Davidson, Randy and the boys are fantastic to deal with. I believe it is county road #1 that goes from Owensound and follows the shore around Colpoys Bay, this run is just amazing. if you go on up the Bruce Pennsula to Tobermory you have the Fathom Five National marine park with it's glass bottom boat tours. In Lions Head there is B&B that caters to motorcylsists, I can't think of the name right now And you can't miss the Harley Blues cafe in Scone. You also can take a tour of the brewery in Newstadt with it's catacombs. If there is anything info wise i can help you with just ask. I love biking in this area, always something new around every bend


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: LordSmoke on May 01, 2007, 06:21:58 pm
LordSmoke here. I drop in and out through the years(1). Work and related travel sometimes make me reluctant to post since I might not be able to follow up properly (2). Anyway, I finally decided this would be the year for the acquisition of my dream bike, which I had decided would be a 2007 Suzuki DL650ABS (Wee-Strom)(3). When I stopped by the shop to pick up the latest catalogue, this baby was sitting there. The first used Wee I had ever seen in person, less than 10k, well-taken care of, $2500 savings over my planned purchase, etc. So she's mine, all mine!

(http://morphometrics.org/personal/motorcycle/dl650-640.jpg)

The original owner had equipped it with the Madstad bracket to control wind buffetting (a chronic problem with Stroms), heated grips, and hand guards. I added a Suzuki center stand, Motovation frame sliders, and Dan Vesel Oil/Radiator guards. Settled on an OEM gel seat for now, but much farkling planned for the future (4).

Oh, golly. I feel just like a real sport-tourer now.

(1) I'd probably have a couple hundred posts over the years if the count hadn't been reset by name and forum changes.
(2) If I told you what I did for a living, I would have to kill you.
(3) I chose the Strom because of my height (6'4") and long legs, not any purported off-road capabilities. Sport-touring and commuting will be her lot. I chose the Wee because it gets 50mpg. Yeah, the 1000 has more ponies, but only gets mpg in the low 40s or worse. The fuel efficiency hit and additional initial cost weren't worth it for me.
(4) Made possible, in part, by the big savings on the previously owned bike.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: cornell supreme on May 02, 2007, 12:19:42 pm
whats up guys / gals,

I've been a long time lurker and tried to avoid "another" MC forum, but as you can tell that didn't happen.

From Jersey and ride an FZ6

(http://66.70.15.43/fz6/3.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on May 02, 2007, 05:16:21 pm
Hi, everyone that's signed up.  I don't say much here so I'll be leaving now. :o



ps.  It's a nice place.  You'll like it.




No, really.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: seumas on May 02, 2007, 07:17:02 pm
Hey everyone,
I ran across this site a few days ago and liked the forum.  What can I tell you?  I'm 50 years old and started riding again three years ago after a several year lay-off.  You know, the kids-job thing.  My first bike when I got back into riding was a 1995 Sprint bought with only 6K miles on it.  It currently has 29K.  I just picked up a 2000 Sprint RS.  My plan is to use the RS as a daily rider and keep the 900 as a project bike.  
My riding is mostly commuting with a few day trips thrown in and one longer trip each summer.  Last year I went from Salt Lake to northern California and back, roughly 2300 miles for the trip.
Here's a pic of the RS taken yesterday in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v423/seumas/mayday5.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: endo on May 02, 2007, 11:18:54 pm
Wow, seumas.  Looks like I should ride that road! :thumbsup:  Welcome back to motorcycling, too.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Scorpio65 on May 09, 2007, 02:54:04 am
Hey all, another new member here. I've been riding for a few years now and love it! I live in Arizona so i ride year round. I started out on a GS500, rode that for about 25,000 miles. My current ride is a Honda VFR, i picked it up new in November of 06. Always looking for rides, trying to learn the twistys. I think its time for track days ...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Crewzer on May 11, 2007, 06:48:58 pm
Hey ALL!  Well I bought my Connie in 2003. I was 400+lbs. Well it was alright to ride, but not the ride I expected.(Rode a Honda Shadow 700 for 12 years) I feel I was way to top heavy and the standard windscreen caught to much wind. Well last year I lost 220lbs and it was like learning to ride all over again. A buddy helped steer me to the a BMW R1200CLC. Wonderful bike, all the extra's I was missing in the Connie. Well I still didn't wanna get rid of her, (still had issues with the fairing) so I ordered a sportshield and removed the luggage. WOW! Now I can't stay off of her and I feel like my sack is starting to finally fall. haha. Now the big battle every morning is sport or cruise. Love them both and looking forward to more and more riding everyday. Then of course I reserve the '92 Suzuki Intruder Chopper for the Sunday around town ride! So many bikes, so little time!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SFry on May 12, 2007, 07:08:29 pm
All Right... Checking in....

Name is Scott and have been riding for 15 years.  I currently live and work on the Sunshine Coast in BC and I caught the sport touring bug early when I started pounding out 600-700 mile days on a RD350LC.  I have since moved on to bikes better suited to eating miles and currently ride an 01 FZ1.  

Iron Butt member #27197 and am going to embark on a National Park Tour later this summer.

I'll be poking around looking for who are these groups of riders I seem to always pass going the opposite direction while touring through BC.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: adambomber707 on May 12, 2007, 11:06:27 pm
Hey everyone.  Just joined this site five minutes ago!  Heard about it from another forum.  I'm 21, live in Montana and bought my first street bike last year and haven't looked back since.  Haven't done any serious sport touring-couple trips to Seattle, and throught Yellowstone- but this summer I have a few trips planned.  Looks like a good site!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RideTN on May 13, 2007, 10:32:49 pm
not really a new member but do not think i have posted a hello here.  live in w tenn.  member of hsta (www.ridehsta.com)  wife rides a burgman 400. i have a 97 st1100.  we're in our forties.  we both do office work.  we are thinking of getting a little more involved in some bike camping in the next year or two.  also members of st-owners.  if you are in hsta and are going to STAR 2007 in Asheville, NC, feel free to send us a message.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on May 14, 2007, 11:01:09 am
Golly gosh and boy howdy!  I haven't peeked in here recently.  Lots of you to greet!  Hi :bigok:

This used to be my job.  I mean, I used to hang out here and help in the orientation and stuff.  That is, until the unfortunate altercation with the blood ritual and all.  Sacrifices.  Who knew they were illegal?  Anyway, I guess it's now safer for all and my probation will be over soon and I can get back to riding motorcycles and chatting on ST.N again.  That is, if the review board is sympathetic this time.  Rules...they just get in the way.

But "hi" to you all.






I really miss the daylight.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sargent on May 14, 2007, 12:36:18 pm
Well it has been quite a while and I think a) my old account got zapped b) I can't remember what my old account was or c) there's been some server stuff that required re-registration.  What ever the case, thought I'd stop in and say hi again...

- sargent or hondasarge or suzukisarge or whatever variant of that theme I may have used in the past  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: gbflstc on May 15, 2007, 03:36:25 pm
Hello out there!  I'm a newbee, I live in the Quad Cities.  That's an area where I-80 crosses the Mississippi River.  In what would be your Region 4.
I'm a late starter, only been riding six years.
I have a web site that calendars area motorcycle cruiser events.
www.qccruz-news.com  If you are in this region or plan on passing through please check it out.  We have a lot going on!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Lucky_Devil on May 16, 2007, 05:42:29 pm
Hello everyone...

I've been lurking for a few weeks now and finally decided that it was time to step out of the shadows and actually register and become a member  :D

I haven't been sport touring long.... I took my first multiple day road-trip last year.  Traveled about 2500 miles in a week... leaving CA and riding in NV, AZ, and UT... in June no less.  Was just a little warm  :lol:  

It's now a full on addiction and I'm preparing for this years journey... Yellowstone NP!!  Woo-Hoo!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jyms on May 17, 2007, 12:04:55 am
24 year old rider from the Bay living it up in the OC. Heard good things about this site from a friend and thought I'd poke my head in to say hello. Bought my Ninja about two months back and am having a blast wrenching and riding.

Nice to meetcha!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on May 19, 2007, 10:56:56 pm
Welcome to the site, new people.  All of the West coast people are hangin' at Dr. Gil's this weekend so there is no one to greet you.  The midWest people don't care and Easterners are too rude.  Wait for the Californians to get back and they'll say "hi".  They take drugs.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mtrider16 on May 20, 2007, 12:59:25 am
ol rocket,  :eek:  what the heck.  At least everyone here gets to see the crazy side of the board right away.  :lol:  Don't worry folks he's mostly harmless and pretty lovable.  :inlove:

Welcome aboard the good ship ST.N,

David


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on May 20, 2007, 09:11:40 am
(softly) Hello, Clarice....


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mtrider16 on May 20, 2007, 10:45:49 am
  :crazy: :lol: you da man Rocket.  I asked for that one.

Like the new Avatar also.  David


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Racehead on May 20, 2007, 10:03:06 pm
Hello everybody ! After about 6 years without a bike ( last bike was a '78 KZ1000LTD ) I finally bought a bike that so far I'm loving. An '04 ZZR1200. I'm currently trying to make it a little more touring friendly with a new seat (Corbin),some soft luggage, exhaust ( Remus ) and a set of Heli-bars. There is a few other small details I'm working on, but that's the bulk of it. The part should be here next week so I've got the bike all stripped down for cleaning and just waiting for the parts to arrive  :cool: Looks like a nice site you've got here so I'm sure we'll get to know one another  ;)

Later
Bill


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mikebr on May 21, 2007, 02:38:04 pm
Hi All, Glad to be back was a member before the site crashed been on a couple of Banff rides with the crew and looking forward to catching up and meeting new people on the site.

Cheers
Mike


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Ok Red on May 21, 2007, 08:49:48 pm
Hello All!

Just a quick introduction...

Currently a Superintendent at a Nuclear Power Plant... 27 years Military (6 dreary years splitting atoms on active duty, 21 glorious years as a Navy Diver in the reserves).  BSNE.

Didn't own a car until I was 26, at which time I sold my bike at the behest of my wife... didn't get another motorcyle unti I was 44 ( 4 years ago), by which time I had replaced wife 1.

Own a 2003 VFR800A that is set up to tour with hardbags, corbin and genmars, but I mostly commute with it due to my other somewhat time consuming interests.  Love the balance of the VFR, but am looking at something a bit better on the highway, but still fun in the twisties, due to the twisties being a 3 hour slab ride from here (BMW K1200S, FJR 1300 etc).

Loyal member of VFRdiscussion.com.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Raygun Revolutionist on May 21, 2007, 11:56:00 pm
My name is Jeff Crenshaw, I reside in Sparks, Nevada and ride a 2006 BMW R1200RT.  I've been riding the street for 21 years and have previously owned a 1987 Honda VFR750 and a 2000 Honda VFR800.  Due to a few deteriorating disks and bone spurs in my lower back, from a car accident in high school, I couldn't do more than 150 miles on the VFRs without a lot of pain, so I needed to move to something more ergonomic.  I just got back from the WCRM IV in Fortuna, CA and had the best time I've ever had on two wheels.  What an unbelievable experience; the ride, the people, the bikes, the food, everything was more than I expected and I'll be back for the next one.  Thanks to all the new faces that I met, for the hospitality, the info, and the fun!

A shout out to ZEN RIDER for making it all possible for me - THANKS MAN!!

Anyway, I hope to make new friends and new memories,

Jeff


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Zen Rider on May 22, 2007, 12:36:33 am
Welcome to the collective  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on May 22, 2007, 11:09:43 am
Raygun,
What a way to start out.  The WCRs are absolutely the best.  Although I know for a fact that the absolute cream of the crop were not in attendance as Smooth, DogBoy and I had co-scheduled time to wash our cats that weekend and couldn't make it. But next time, amigo.  Welcome aboard.

OK red,
It's better to ride 150 miles with a bike that's a pain rather than ride 150 miles with someone who's a pain.  But I do understand the ergonomics thing and just went through that in looking at new bikes.  I almost pulled the trigger on an FJR-they're great bikes.  Welcome II.

Welcome back Mikebr.  Enjoy the new improved rock-solid site.  Welcome III.

Racehead,
Nice to have you back in the saddle.  My next move will be to get a rocking chair and make the bike into a planter.  Welcome IV.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SpeedCostsMoney on May 22, 2007, 03:39:08 pm
Hello all, I'm new to the site. I live in Charleston, SC. My wife just bought me a new Kawasaki 650r. I'm not sure if it's a straight up sports tourer but it is to me. I'm thinking of getting a Corbin seat and some bags for it real soon.

Here are some pics.
(http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/ganges21/ninja013.jpg)
(http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/ganges21/ninja011-1.jpg)
(http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/ganges21/ninja008.jpg)
(http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/ganges21/ninja010.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Ok Red on May 22, 2007, 08:26:43 pm
Quote
My wife just bought me a new Kawasaki 650r. I'm not sure if it's a straight up sports tourer but it is to me.


Speed, you better treat her pretty damn good!

Nice looking scoot!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Grizz on May 23, 2007, 05:22:09 am
  I am back on the street after a 25 year layoff, yes I know Im old but I am dealing with it. I did stay on 2 wheels for that time just offroad. When the body hurt from Sunday till Thursday I figured I would slow down some. Sport touring always looked fun since the cruiser thing never apealed to me. But I am old enough to know a sport bike will get me in trouble.
  My wife found a deal on a clean low mileage 05 Bandit 1200S with soft luggage that was to good of a deal to pass up. Found this site while surfing for info on trips and mods for the bike, great site. Thanks for the info I have already picked up and the info Im sure I will get in the future.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Gunslinger on May 24, 2007, 11:58:44 am
My name is Pat Trimble.  I live in Southeast Indiana.  My current ride is a 2000 Buell Cyclone.  My longest trip to date was from Havelock, NC to Kansas City MO with a side trip to Branson MO and some running around in KC.  All told just shy of 4000 miles in 13 days.  Since then I have made a couple of runs down to Deal's Gap, but no real touring.  The factory where I work is shutting down for the week over the 4th of July.  I decided to ride up to Maine.  Why?  Two reasons, the roads from here to there are supposed to be nice, and I have never been there.  In fact this trip is going to take me through 11 states, not including Indiana, 8 of which I have never been to before.  The whole loop will be about 3000 miles (give or take a few hundred).  It should not cost too much.  I plan to keep costs down by camping and sleeping of friend's couches.  Some of the must-sees I am planning on include the Aleghenys, the Finger Lakes, the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, Green Mountains, White Mountains, and Bar Harbor/Acadia.  I'm really looking forward to it.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Guy on May 24, 2007, 01:08:38 pm

My name is Pat Trimble.  I live in Southeast Indiana.  My current ride is a 2000 Buell Cyclone.  My longest trip to date was from Havelock, NC to Kansas City MO with a side trip to Branson MO and some running around in KC.  All told just shy of 4000 miles in 13 days.  Since then I have made a couple of runs down to Deal's Gap, but no real touring.  The factory where I work is shutting down for the week over the 4th of July.  I decided to ride up to Maine.  Why?  Two reasons, the roads from here to there are supposed to be nice, and I have never been there.  In fact this trip is going to take me through 11 states, not including Indiana, 8 of which I have never been to before.  The whole loop will be about 3000 miles (give or take a few hundred).  It should not cost too much.  I plan to keep costs down by camping and sleeping of friend's couches.  Some of the must-sees I am planning on include the Aleghenys, the Finger Lakes, the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, Green Mountains, White Mountains, and Bar Harbor/Acadia.  I'm really looking forward to it.


What part of SE IN?

I was up int ME/VT/NH 2 yrs ago, not alot of technical riding, but very beautiful. Defi nitely worth the trip. While in NH, try to ride to the top of Mt. Washington.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Gunslinger on May 24, 2007, 01:46:18 pm
Batesville.  It's just off I-74 about halfway between Indy and Cincy.  There is sone good riding here, SR-229 and US-52 are right here, and SR-62 (Chief White Eye Trail) is close.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: scraperman1 on May 24, 2007, 10:27:49 pm
Hello all,

        I've been riding since march of '04 and I'm hooked. I started on an '86 450 Nighthawk and then bought a Buell City X with all of the OEM bags. I live in SE Pa. and work for a drug company making medicine. I've ridden a little over 22,000 miles since I got started. I'm hoping to buy something my wife and I can fit on together more comfortably, perhaps an FJR or a Tiger. Glad to be here,


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: luckyone on May 25, 2007, 08:11:54 am
I've been riding for thirty years. I always bought standard scooters and now own and ride a Suzuki cruiser. I've been eye balling  the soon to be released Kawa concours 2008 model.
This ride would be quite a transition for me I'm sure. I have a left leg that doesn't bend past 90 degrees.
I wonder if I could even position myself to ride a sport touring machine.
Are there any mods available for people with slight disabilities?
I wanted to join this site and collect as much info as possable b4 I purchase anything different than a cruiser. Glad to meet all of you!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on May 25, 2007, 09:23:04 am

I've been riding for thirty years. I always bought standard scooters and now own and ride a Suzuki cruiser. I've been eye balling  the soon to be released Kawa concours 2008 model.
This ride would be quite a transition for me I'm sure. I have a left leg that doesn't bend past 90 degrees.
I wonder if I could even position myself to ride a sport touring machine.
Are there any mods available for people with slight disabilities?
I wanted to join this site and collect as much info as possable b4 I purchase anything different than a cruiser. Glad to meet all of you!

Well, you could get one of the FJRs with a dissability, no clutch lever.  Some of them are automatic so then you could possition that left leg where ever it was comfortable and not have to worry about the shifter issue.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tdrcomm on May 25, 2007, 12:10:16 pm
Morning, Group.

Glad to be here. I joined a couple years ago, forgot my password and couldn't log back in (OK, I'm lazy and didn't want to change my screenname either.  :lol:) Someone on another forum that I'm on posted a link to ST.N and after reading it I decided to give it one last try. Lo and behold... no problems! So I guess you could say, I'm back. :lol: Looking forward to making another run to The Gap this summer and a Canadian speed-run (Ottawa) in the fall before it starts to get cold up there.

Here's a couple pics:

(http://tomrobertsdesign.com/KATRIDERS/busa_ACH2.jpg)

(http://tomrobertsdesign.com/KATRIDERS/busa_ACH.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: silvermanx on May 26, 2007, 08:25:47 am
Hello

New guy just signed on.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FJRapril2005 on May 28, 2007, 12:56:58 am
Hey Fellow Sport Tourer Types !!!
          I just found this site and thought I'd register since Sport Touring is one of my favorite things to do.  I live in North Central Ohio, work a handy 3 days on 3 days off schedule, and need a couple riding buddies.  I have an 05 FJR and totally love it!!!!   It can scrape up the curves with the sport bikes and eat the interstates as well as a BMW!!!!!   Amazing machine.  
     Real nice site here.  Thanx for all your effort in providing a place for us

         Any body in Ohio wanna ride let me know.
                                           Mike


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: cmhdiamond on May 30, 2007, 02:13:41 pm
Okay, I joined, so I may as well introduce myself. I'm not really a sport-tourer, but Chornbe invited me to join, so I figured what-the-heck. My name is Charlie, (everyone together now: "HI CHARLIE") I live in Northeastern Maryland, and I work with Chornbe.

My ride is a 1982 Honda CB450SC Nighthawk. She ain't exactly purdy, but hey, she was free, and beggars can't be choosers. I put a bunch of new parts and several months of "when-I-had-time" work into her and she's now running fairly well and everything is safe (passed MD state inspection  :thumbsup:).

I'm a new rider. Took the MSF course last year, and this is my first bike. So far I've only logged about 300 miles of mostly back roads, gradually building up my confidence on the bike. I plan on going out with a group this weekend for a decent ride, and from what I hear about these guys, could easily double my total miles on this trip. Looking forward to getting out with some other riders and getting some critiques from the more experienced guys.

That's about it for me. See y'all around on the forum.

Oh, yeah. Almost forgot. Here's a couple of pics of the bike:
(http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t169/cmhdiamond/NightHawkR.jpg)
(http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t169/cmhdiamond/NightHawkL.jpg)

- Charlie


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SpeedCostsMoney on May 31, 2007, 09:39:24 am
Cool, I had a Nighthawk CB750. It was a cool ride.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SilverRider on June 01, 2007, 08:41:15 am
Hello everybody. I'm new(ish). I used to post on here but got forum fatigue so i've been away for a while.Thought i'd re-register and see how it goes(i'm fighting against forum addiction  ;) so i'm restricting myself to 3 forums now, this one and 2 UK based ones.
So, who am I? Well i've been riding 4 years, 3 years on Fazer 600 and the last year on a Sprint 1050. I now love biking so much that i've taken my car off the road so the Sprint is my only means of transport  :)

That's it for now folks.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: davop on June 02, 2007, 12:44:53 am
Hey Diamond, where abouts in Maryland. Columbia here, as of nov 06. Welcome to the hobby.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Jeff N on June 02, 2007, 01:05:21 am
Welcome to all you new people.  :bigok:

This is a great site with great people. Poke around, ask questions, post pics of your rides (food pics are most appreciated), and argue about anything you like down in the dungeon.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: November on June 03, 2007, 07:37:19 pm
Hello everyone! I'm Michelle and I've been lurking this site for a few weeks. I decided to come out of the woodwork.

I've been riding for a year now and have really fallen in love with it. My husband initiated trying out motorcycling. I wasn't really interested but wanted to at least give it a shot for his sake. I told him if we were doing this, though, I was getting my own bike! So we both took the MSF and both got Honda Rebels to start on.

Now a year later I'm so thankful he wanted to try riding. I honestly think I'm more into it than he is.  ;)

We've decided the cruiser style bikes aren't really for us and at this point we know we want to do more touring. We've made some short trips on our Rebels and while the trip was overall fun we are definitely wanting bikes more suited to long distance riding. My tailbone just can't take it on the Rebel!

We're going to be selling the Rebels within the next few weeks and picking up either Ninja 250's or 500cc bikes. The plan is to take these bikes and get comfortable with the different riding position and overall difference from a cruiser style bike to a sport style bike. After about a year and hopefully a few thousand miles we plan to get more permanant bikes (my dream is a Honda VFR).

Well this has been long enough. I'm very excited about getting into touring. I can't wait for our next trip (the last one was to Corpus Christi and we had a blast - besides the sore backsides  :lol: ). Thanks for having me and I look forward to learning and posting with you all.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Scrogg on June 03, 2007, 07:48:08 pm
Greetings and Salutations!

Been Lurking here for a little while after I found this site doing a google search for motorcycle touring.
I rode a 600 ninja back in my college days (read 80's) and got a Suzuki M109 about a year ago since I figured I was probably too old to do the sport bike thing anymore. Yeah right!  :rolleyes:
Well, I do love the big V-twin and it really is a lot of fun to ride, but it just wasn't working for me on trips over 150-200 miles. Too much wind (or buffeting if I put on a windshield) and while my legs were ok, everytime I hit a sharp bump, I'd feel it in my tailbone. So I started looking at sport tourers and trying to decide if I wanted to replace the cruiser or try to keep it. Well thanks to some advice from some members here and the fact that I really do like the Zook, I added a ZZR1200 to the garage this weekend. 2003, less than 7k on the clock

(http://mysite.verizon.net/resq2mwm/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/zzr2.jpg)

I live in the DFW area in TX so I've got to travel at least 100 miles just to find a curve, but it looks like this baby will get me to just about any curve I want to go to.
I took the M109 on the Dragon last year and had a blast, although I will admit I chickened out at the last minute and trailered it there instead of riding it. This year, I'm leaving the truck at home  :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: November on June 03, 2007, 07:51:59 pm
Congrats on the bike!

And I hear ya about the tailbone and about the no curves around.  :rolleyes:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on June 03, 2007, 08:07:00 pm
Nice bike!  :thumbsup:

Howdy.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Ice on June 04, 2007, 01:39:50 am

My ride is a 1982 Honda CB450SC Nighthawk. She ain't exactly purdy, but hey, she was free, and beggars can't be choosers. I put a bunch of new parts and several months of "when-I-had-time" work into her and she's now running fairly well and everything is safe (passed MD state inspection  :thumbsup:).


Can't beat the price.  And while it may not be the fastest, biggest or I-get-the-chicks'est ride in the world, it's simple to work on, fairly easy to find parts for, and just about bulletproof.   :bigok:


Title: New member From Houston
Post by: JadeRider on June 04, 2007, 12:39:17 pm
Hola from Houston

I am jumping into ST in about three weeks when I take delivery of my Aprilia Futura.  Looking forward to this new way of life.  Been riding for about 20 years, and have had 4 bikes so far.  My latests is a Kawasaki Mean Streak, but been looking into sport touring for quite a bit.  Now I am ready to go.  Will post pics as soon as I take delivery.

El C


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Kool shades on June 10, 2007, 08:11:02 am
Hi. Thank you for having a site such as this. I discovered it a few weeks ago, and it has me hooked. I have learned a great deal. I'm new to riding and i wasnt sure where i "fit". I dont need to go mach 4 & drag a knee('tho my wife says my knucles drag at times :inlove:). But, at the same time I just didnt feel right when I sat on a cruiser. Please dont get me wrong, I mean no offence. As my instructor told me;" Everybody on two wheels is your friend. It's not about what you ride, it's the fact THAT you ride."  I think this is the mind set the rest of the world should have.  When I came home with my bike, my father in law(who has logged more miles on a bike than the teamsters union has in transports) told me that the best thing about riding is the first mile in the morning. As soon as your feet are up, the entire world feels different, smells different, and it becomes yours. Turns out he's right.
Anyway, I ramble. Again, thanks for the site & the advice.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Spectreman on June 11, 2007, 08:14:43 am
Hey Scrogg, now you can come join us over @ zzrbikes.com. We'll fill you in on everything you need to know about the ZZR! Great bunch of folks too.
Lee (aka Spectorman)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: czechmate on June 11, 2007, 11:44:41 pm
Hi everybody!
I've been reeding the site for some time and finely decided to join.  I live up north in Canada, alberta and mostly ride west into B.C. in search of the curves.
Just traded in my CBR 1100XX and bought kawi 650 versys.(could tell, I'am slowing down "eh")
Still braking it in, but so far I like it...easy on my ageing body.
Great site, thanks.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on June 12, 2007, 11:33:08 am


Just traded in my CBR 1100XX and bought kawi 650 versys.(could tell, I'am slowing down "eh")



Oooh, cool bike.  You have the envy of many a Murrican, sir.  Welcome.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on June 13, 2007, 09:48:43 am
Welcome to all.  Join up quick and get your bikes bought now before the big HD/Ducati merger.  Life will never be the same again.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jed on June 13, 2007, 11:06:05 am

Hi everybody!
I've been reeding the site for some time and finely decided to join.  I live up north in Canada, alberta and mostly ride west into B.C. in search of the curves.
Just traded in my CBR 1100XX and bought kawi 650 versys.(could tell, I'am slowing down "eh")
Still braking it in, but so far I like it...easy on my ageing body.
Great site, thanks.


Welcome and post up some pics and a review!  Looks like we're getting the Versys down here after all.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mndwgz on June 13, 2007, 05:10:31 pm
Hi, howareyatoday?  :lol:
I've been over in the boat forums for a while 'cause I've been playing in the water, then got the bug to get a new bike.
I bought the beemer new when I was still a pup and have managed to keep it all these years, though she's in need of some tranny work.
Played, pit crewed, rode hard, built neat stuff and just kept bikes up front for the last 40 years, then decided to find something that would turn my crank. Found I really had to have a XB12R after I wheelied it across the parking lot.
Ride on
Mark


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TPXX on June 16, 2007, 08:48:31 pm
Greetings All! Newbie member here, came looking for info on the new connie 14! Gonna be my next bike whenever they become available!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Swtngenuine on June 19, 2007, 01:39:03 am
Thanks for the warm welcome.  I'm Paula; a new owner of a Guzzi Nevada 750.  Recently left the pack of those who rode on the back and became one to ride, front side.

I love living in NW Arkansas and can't wait for ride time...daily!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Grainbelt on June 19, 2007, 10:59:58 am

Hi everybody!
I've been reeding the site for some time and finely decided to join.  I live up north in Canada, alberta and mostly ride west into B.C. in search of the curves.
Just traded in my CBR 1100XX and bought kawi 650 versys.(could tell, I'am slowing down "eh")
Still braking it in, but so far I like it...easy on my ageing body.
Great site, thanks.


Welcome! I have a Ninja650R, and will be hitting icefields parkway August 26th weekend. I'll put up a link in the Canada section when the time comes, depending on where in Alberta you are it may be possible to meet up for part of the ride.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: frayne on June 19, 2007, 03:08:30 pm
Newbie here from the Chattanooga/North Georgia area.  Ride an 05 Yama FJR 1300.  56 years young, retired and moved to this location from Ohio last year.  Started riding at 52 after MSF course and the kid was out of college.  Started on a 750 Magna and bought the FJR in Feb, of this year. Have rode about 20K in the last four years including a little four day 2000 mile ride down to Key West and back.  Also have done the Deals Gap thing and currently just enjoying the roads in the area. Looking for riders in the area that are available to ride during the week.  Being retired and riding during the week kind of spoils a person, quiet roads, less traffic, etc.   Hope the pic doesn't gross out anyone too bad, and very nice forum you have here !  :thumbsup:  


(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t87/frayne56/DSCN0841.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: endo on June 19, 2007, 05:27:19 pm

Hope the pic doesn't gross out anyone too bad


Oh, don't worry, there are some here who are WAY ugly!  That's one reason we wear helmets... they're a great equalizer.   :lol:

And wait til you see some of the "What STN ate while on the road" pictures!

Welcome.  I grew up in Ohio but left there about 30 years ago.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MRCLEAN on June 20, 2007, 05:24:10 pm
Although I already posted up in "beginner's Garage", I felt it appropriete for me to introduce myself here as well. My name's Mark, I am the younger brother of BMW-K. I recently have taken up the sport and have been riding my new-to-me 1986 Honda VF500F Interceptor daily. I probably should add that this was my brother's wife's bike before the recent purchase of her F650GS. Nonetheless, so far it's been a great bike for me. I've been riding dirt bikes for some time, but only this last February did I take my MSF course and get my license. I had known that Trina's Honda would eventually be up for sale, so I just waited patiently. I got to take it for a test ride to Angeles Crest with BMW-K, Mrs BMW-K, and KSANN. What a fun ride.  I went out that week and purchsed all new riding gear. This was just a few weeks ago, and I have since clocked 700 miles on the VF500. I'm very pleased that I had the opportunity to purchase this motorcycle. I'm sure I'll meet some of you on future rides. Until then...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on June 20, 2007, 05:25:20 pm



Oh, don't worry, there are some here who are WAY ugly!  


You rang?

Quick, somebody sign up!  We're at 666 posts!  GAAA_a-aa-a-a-a-a-aa-a!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: shumif1 on June 20, 2007, 06:32:32 pm
Hello all,

  I own a 04 R1100S since new and love it  :inlove:. I was thinking about a cruiser for my girl and I so we can go on long trips . I don't want a HD. I was looking at the suzuki c50t or c90t any thoughts?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: JamesK on June 21, 2007, 10:10:23 am
Hi All, glad to be here. Just moved to the US, FL 3 weeks ago from Japan.
Have not ridden for nearly a month now, and the "shakes" are getting bad :rolleyes:
Looking to buy another FJR1300A here, had to sell my '06 in Japan since it was a Euro spec bike and would have been impractically costly to ship, EPA, title, etc here.

If there are any Florians on the forum pls speak up, I'm looking for some good bike shops/dealers in the S. FL area who can supply an FJR at a competitive price. Ideally the shop would have a good service dept, that knows Yamaha bikes as I plan to put on a lot of miles and will need knowledgeable service guys.
Also if you know of any bike shops that stock a lot of good bike gear pls let me know

Thanks in advance guys for your help.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Field Marshall Sir Ron Pig on June 21, 2007, 04:45:11 pm
Hallo. I'm called Pig,
General Sir Ron Pig.
And I drink Martinis, shaken, stirred and by the bottle.
Nerf.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: habsdoc on June 21, 2007, 05:23:57 pm
Hey!  Afternoon, from southern Indiana.  I just got my 2005 Triumph Sprint ST and am joining the ranks of the Sport-Tourers...I had a 2001 Kawasaki Concours in my early riding days, but it was a little too much motor for me as a newbie, so I traded it for a Kawasaki Nomad.  A few years pass, and now I'm the proud owner of a Goldwing (for 2 up with my lovely wife) and the ST for 1-up with my lovely self!  Looking forward to picking up lots of tid-bits and pearls here.

http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2701499890056041915LfkUBb?vhost=travel

http://community.webshots.com/user/habsdoc?vhost=community

Layne


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: J dubyah on June 23, 2007, 12:39:31 am
Been ho'ing on zzrbikes.com for a while.  Looks like a larger base of members here, looking forward to your knowledge and camaraderie.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: stubble on June 24, 2007, 11:39:31 pm
Howdy. I've just started lurking here, so thought I'd say hello. I'm in Sonoma County, CA, USA, and have an unfortunate two-wheel affliction. I currently ride a nifty bmw R1150RS. So, uh, Hi!

(http://www.red-tail.net/bmw/ss5.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: November on June 26, 2007, 03:44:15 pm
Great pic, Stubble. Welcome!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MrSnrub on June 29, 2007, 01:54:42 am
Hey everyone, new member here. I live in northeast Ohio and currently ride a 2004 CBR600 F4i.  :)



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Athan on June 30, 2007, 11:54:01 am
Thought I might finally get around to introducing myself and let y'all know a little bit about me.

Since everyone will want to know what kind of riding history I have I'll just get it all out of the way here.

I've been riding since I was 7 and my dad let me ride the old honda 100 around the yard and eventually up and down the gravel road.. that bike was ran off a bridge when I was 12 (my brother on the bike) He was safe but that killed me getting a bike till after hs.

College (19) I purchased a 1981 Yamaha xs 1100 Midnight special for cheap. I had to replace the ignition system and basically tune up the bike. I rode that for 2 years until I got ran over in a parking lot.... the bike was WAY too big for a beginner and it was by the grace of God that I didn't kill myself on it.

Sr. yr College. bought a Kawasaki 1978 KZ750 out of a barn and fixed it up.. I rode that for 2 years and sold it for almost what I had in it. nice bike but it beat the shit out of me. old v twins were not meant to do 70 down the highway.

The last year I had the kz750 my dad bought a show room condition 1976 with 6k miles on it. It was sitting in the barn gathering dust so I brought it up to my place to keep it in the garage and keep in maintained. I put about 4k miles a year on it over 2 years; enough to justify changing the oil and fixing little things for him.

I just purchased a 2002 GSF 1200s Bandit.  The bike is a completely different machine than anything i've owned but just bringing it home I felt safer than I had on the 750 and highway speed.  That extra power makes a lot of difference. However, because of that extra power and my desire to ride as safely as possible I'm going to take the advanced motorcycle saftey course before I do any major touring on it. I think I'm a pretty safe rider but you can't ever be too safe or learn too many tools in order to be safe right?

I'm not an expert or a HC rider, I just like the feeling of being on a bike and I like to hang out with people who understand that.


Title: Sunsets intro
Post by: Sunsetrider on July 02, 2007, 02:30:35 pm
Hey folks - I know I've visited here from time to time and now I finally joined up.  My first was in the Canada section because I found out by happenstance about a big ride planning to come by my place this coming weekend, and I figured I oughta introduce myself here as well.

I'm an aging sport-tourer (VFR to DL650 to current FZ1, with side trips on a CBR600 and CBR600 track bike, as well as a current DR350 that won't start.  I moved from the big city to the village for one reason - I got fed up with the 2 hour ride to the roads and back.  So now I love and work where a half-hour ride is a fun ride - the Land O' Lakes north of Kingston Ontario.

I look forward to learning from and contributing to this forum.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 1Arm on July 04, 2007, 03:46:54 pm
Hey all, great forum you've got here.  Just joined from Pacific NW, been riding here last 15+ years, mostly street with a few years of KLR dualsporting.  Currently recuperating from a number of fractured limbs thanks to deer encounter, hope to be riding by early fall.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: HappyRiding on July 05, 2007, 01:05:40 am
Greetings Folks! I found this site while doing a search for ST1100 stuff. I'm glad to know there are so many of us out there riding just because we want to. Yesterday it took me 40 minutes to ride to work and 2 hours and 40 minutes to get home. Usually, I don't go through North Carolina and Virginia to get home but sometimes you just have to let the grass grow and the laundry pile up.  :D

Hope to meet Y'all on the road someday.

PS: To the yellow Wing and the blue FJR eastbound on I-40 with me Hoot weekend - I enjoyed the company. Come to Shady Valley one Sunday and I'll buy you a hot dog.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: davop on July 05, 2007, 08:26:55 am

Greetings Folks! I found this site while doing a search for ST1100 stuff. I'm glad to know there are so many of us out there riding just because we want to. Yesterday it took me 40 minutes to ride to work and 2 hours and 40 minutes to get home. Usually, I don't go through North Carolina and Virginia to get home but sometimes you just have to let the grass grow and the laundry pile up.  :D

Hope to meet Y'all on the road someday.

PS: To the yellow Wing and the blue FJR eastbound on I-40 with me Hoot weekend - I enjoyed the company. Come to Shady Valley one Sunday and I'll buy you a hot dog.

Welcome! I'm formerly from Ktown. I miss Hoot week


Title: Hello all
Post by: uctopuk on July 05, 2007, 09:41:47 pm
FNG here. Just got back into the world of riding after a looooooong hiatus. New FJR1300AE owner, yep, thought I'd try some new-fangled technology since I'm jumping back in with both feet.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go pack the panniers for a business trip (really) into the eastern hills of Kentucky (really).


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rcbike42 on July 06, 2007, 07:35:54 am
Hello,

My name is Ron and I am new to Motorcycling. My wife and I have been bicyclists for years, but she can no longer ride and we are transitioning to motorcycling. I am currently learning on an HD Sportster, but am contemplating the purchase of a Sport Touring bike (BMW R1200RT?). I am looking for any advice I can get.

Thanks


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 45acp on July 06, 2007, 10:49:43 am
New guy checking in here.

Been out of the riding scene since '01. I just picked up a 95 ZX9R last week to use as a daily rider/home made sport touring bike. Actually, its all i have now until my 74 Bronco gets finished sometime this coming winter. A set of bar risers and some storage and i should be ready for some trips.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: greentriple on July 09, 2007, 09:38:30 pm
 :p Hey there, so... this is my first post.  I live in CA, San Diego to more exact and ride a Speed Triple 99 lime green. I'm decided on a sport touring machine, but not on which one, BMW R1100S or new ST, what to do what to do?  Anyway just wanted to say what's up and ask what's up here.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on July 09, 2007, 11:11:05 pm

Anyway just wanted to say what's up and ask what's up here.

"up" is a preposition.  :D










Welcome to STN!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sprintrock on July 10, 2007, 08:23:47 am

Hello,

My name is Ron and I am new to Motorcycling. My wife and I have been bicyclists for years, but she can no longer ride and we are transitioning to motorcycling. I am currently learning on an HD Sportster, but am contemplating the purchase of a Sport Touring bike (BMW R1200RT?). I am looking for any advice I can get.

Thanks


Get rid of the HD.  As far as sport tourers there are plenty of great choices, you can't go wrong with a beemer.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 05fjrman on July 10, 2007, 10:07:34 am
Hey all.  I'm Sean, and I live in Buffalo, NY.  I ride a 2005 FJR ABS.  It's my 3rd bike in as many years, but I think I'm finally happy.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tex1230 on July 10, 2007, 01:43:52 pm
Hi. Just found this site while dreaming about the next bike...

My name is Matt - I live in Connecticut and commute daily on my bonneville. My commute just went from 5 to 25 miles so I'm thinking of a little more power and fairings...



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RRdvark on July 10, 2007, 03:11:49 pm
FNG here.  I live in flat & straight central Indiana and ride a Honda CBR600RR along with various dirtbikes.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bizarro on July 10, 2007, 03:14:54 pm
Welcome newblings, blessings be upon you.  :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Jimmie on July 11, 2007, 10:04:39 pm
Hello, I'm Jimmie from northern California. Up in the Redwoods :p
I have been riding motorized 2 wheelers since 1961. And I still am
at the age of 57. I do trackdays to go pick on the kids :lol: We
have some really fast locals around this parts, and 3 of the fastest
are over 50 :crazy: I road raced in my younger years. Rode dirt bikes
quite a bit too. Was a motorcycle service manager for years, and
also a parts manager for a few. I love singles and twins, and have
never owned a bike bigger than an 850 Suzuki. Give me the small ones.
Looks like a fun site. I'll chat more with y'all later. Oh here's 1 picture
of my playground. And the trees get BIGGER!
(http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/5330/picture299mediumof3.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Athan on July 12, 2007, 04:22:04 am

Hello, I'm Jimmie from northern California. Up in the Redwoods :p
I have been riding motorized 2 wheelers since 1961. And I still am
at the age of 57. I do trackdays to go pick on the kids :lol: We
have some really fast locals around this parts, and 3 of the fastest
are over 50 :crazy: I road raced in my younger years. Rode dirt bikes
quite a bit too. Was a motorcycle service manager for years, and
also a parts manager for a few. I love singles and twins, and have
never owned a bike bigger than an 850 Suzuki. Give me the small ones.
Looks like a fun site. I'll chat more with y'all later. Oh here's 1 picture
of my playground. And the trees get BIGGER!
(http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/5330/picture299mediumof3.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


I want to come play


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FKaiser on July 12, 2007, 01:08:15 pm
Joined the site about a month ago, complements to my bro (MK96xj) in NC for turning me onto the site.

Live in Central New Jersey and have ridden a Honda, Harley, and now a BMW. Been ridding for over 25+ years.

The articles on this site cover the spectrum of education, humor, and nonsense :), but I read as much as I can.

If you're in the Central Jersey area or just passing through and want to ride, look me up.

Ride often, and be safe!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rosco103 on July 12, 2007, 03:51:52 pm
Hi new to the site long time rider. Live in the Peoples Republic of Ma. Currently riding a 2000 ZRX1100 which I love but am longing for some more comfort for myself and my Esteemed better half. Looking for some advice on which sport tourer to purchase. I am seriously considering the fjr1300 but am wondering if I should wait a bit more for the new Kawasaki 1400 due out last month. Any thoughts?? Thanks


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: KLRchickie on July 13, 2007, 12:37:53 am
Hi from Calgary, Alberta!

I started riding last spring and now have very nearly 22,000 km on my 2005 KLR that was bought new in '06.  As much of the mileage on the bike as possible has been put on in BC... and the trip we did to Oregon last August.   :thumbsup:  

We just got back from a 10 day, 3500+ km trip on the KLR's last Sunday.  We'd live in the Southern Interior of BC if we could find jobs there!!!

I also bought an XT225 last fall so that I can learn dirt riding better, I learned the hard way that I am a little small to truly ride off road on the KLR!   :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jetapumper on July 14, 2007, 05:06:30 pm

Welcome to the latest incarnation of ST.N.  We've been online since Oct 2001 and welcome all riders.

So pull up a chair, tell us a little about yourself, and join the discussions.

Thanks.
--
Neal


My God! At this age, being a newbie at anything feels good! New to ST.N, 30 year rider, bought an 06 Connie as a divorce present to myself. But after reading the initial reviews on CW.com, here, COG and other places, sounds like I should have waited for the C14. Oh wait, my Connie was 8 large off the showroom floor. OK. So I'm frugal!  :) Maybe that's what killed the marriage! Always looking for riding friends in the Cin Twities!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ksann on July 14, 2007, 05:08:56 pm



My God! At this age, being a newbie at anything feels good! New to ST.N, 30 year rider, bought an 06 Connie as a divorce present to myself. But after reading the initial reviews on CW.com, here, COG and other places, sounds like I should have waited for the C14. Oh wait, my Connie was 8 large off the showroom floor. OK. So I'm frugal!  :) Maybe that's what killed the marriage! Always looking for riding friends in the Cin Twities!
Welcome to the group. Fantastic bike you have, no reason to be jealous, yours will happily put many miles behind you.

And there are a bunch of other members here form your area. Spend some time in the region forum, and also introduce yourself there.



ken


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on July 14, 2007, 05:22:40 pm
Dumb, I know, but was this Connie youse lot keep talking about? Is it a disease?


Title: new guy
Post by: JIMMYRAVEN on July 15, 2007, 06:34:35 pm
I just arrived officially today.  Been browsing the site for a couple days now.  
   A quick history:  I owned a Mako dirt bike back when I was a pup.  Had to pull it behind the car to get it started.  Then I picked up a 700 magna back in 89.  Loved that bike but sold it to pay bills.  I own a 72 Suzuki gt550 that was sitting covered in snow for a couple years and have never had it running.  But I have hope.
   Now I am looking at a Wee-Strom.  Hopefully by spring.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Stinger_1100 on July 15, 2007, 07:24:30 pm
So here I am all back on page 29 and suff. My name is Eric , I have been riding for 25 years now  :eek:(wow has it been that long??) started on a 74' Kawa KZ400 move on to a 86' Honda VT1100 shadow from thier I went to a 92' CBR1000. In 97 my whole world changed when I bought the CBR1100XX Blackbird. Man did I love that bike. So here it is 07 and I am still on a Blackbird only it's an 03'. Scorpiojojo sent me a link to a thread he started on this site so I stoped in, took a look around, liked what I saw so I thought I would hang out for awhile if that's ok with everyone?    


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Seb on July 15, 2007, 07:32:42 pm
Hi everyone, my name is Sebastian. I've been a member at vfrdiscussion.com for awhile and have visited here before, I was just intrigued enough today to sign up!

I've been riding for a little over ten years, and I'm really just getting into the whole road-trippin thing. I rode my VFR almost across the country last year, I did 7031 miles in 13 days, across 18 states, from my home in NY to Tucson, AZ and back via the Dragon, 191 in AZ, Grand Canyon, 550 in Colorado, etc. Best time of my life! Well, close anyway!

Look forward to sharing with you all!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: dr_sean on July 15, 2007, 09:20:11 pm
Hello!  My name is Sean, I've been riding about 15 years, and I currently own a 2000 Guzzi Quota that I purchased new in 01.  About two years ago I moved from motorcycle nirvana (San Diego) to central Mass. for the job.  Proof that my priorities are all screwed up-

Happy ridin'


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FKaiser on July 15, 2007, 09:45:30 pm

Hello!  My name is Sean, I've been riding about 15 years, and I currently own a 2000 Guzzi Quota that I purchased new in 01.  About two years ago I moved from motorcycle nirvana (San Diego) to central Mass. for the job.  Proof that my priorities are all screwed up-

Happy ridin'


Welcome dr_sean.  There's a lot of Guzzi talk in region 6. bizarro just bought one used the other day.., had trouble getting it going and no one has heard from him since.   :lol: last I heard, he loves it!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on July 15, 2007, 11:28:36 pm



Welcome dr_sean.  There's a lot of Guzzi talk in region 6. bizarro just bought one used the other day.., had trouble getting it going and no one has heard from him since.   :lol: last I heard, he loves it!

hehe - we went riding today. The Guzzi ran beautifully  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: dr_sean on July 16, 2007, 08:51:47 am



Welcome dr_sean.  There's a lot of Guzzi talk in region 6. bizarro just bought one used the other day.., had trouble getting it going and no one has heard from him since.   :lol: last I heard, he loves it!


Thanks FKaiser, I'll go check it out-  Hope bizarro is enjoying the goose!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: QKSLVR on July 16, 2007, 07:37:26 pm
Greetings to all;

My name is Ed and I live and work in the D/FW mid-cities. I've seen this site mentioned favorably on the FZ1OA and on Two Wheeled Texans, so I decided to check it out. I'm really glad I did as now I've got resources for the bike I ride, the areas I ride, and the types of riding I prefer.

I've been lurking and reading for a few days only, but based on what I hope is a typical sampling of the content, I've got to say that it is easily the most mellow board I've found.

I've been riding since high school and currently own a 2002 Yamaha FZ1. When I swing a leg over, it's for 200 miles +/-, street, freeway, out to the 2-lanes and back. I subscribe to the blind guy theory, ATGATT: dress for the crash, not for the ride with full face helmet, ear plugs, head to toe leather over UnderArmor, proper gloves and boots. I enjoy riding with a like-minded group, although my schedule makes me ride mainly at night and alone.

I've read a bunch of interesting stuff and learned a few new things already and am looking forward to even more.

Keep it right-side-up

ed


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: CigarSki on July 16, 2007, 10:25:48 pm
Hello All,

My name is Wayne, currently living in Mount Laurel, NJ. I ride the "SUV" of motorcycles, a 2006 Suzuki V-Strom in stealth gray. Have about 20,000 miles under my belt since I got back into riding in Sept 05. Started back in with a 2003 Suzuki Volusia, decided that it was useless for any kind of long distance riding, soooo...in October of 06, I bought the "V-Strom".

I was looking for something that I could tour on, solo or two-up with the wife, but I wanted something would also handle well and had decent brakes. I'm too young, in my opinion at least, for a Goldwing. BMW's were out of my $ comfort zone. I didn't want a sport bike or a cruiser. The Strom has kept a smile on my face since day one of ownership.

Rode a Honda XL350R and a 58 Norton, basket case back in the 80's.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mbarb on July 16, 2007, 11:01:03 pm
Hello,

Just wanted to take a second to say Hey! Great resource for the first timer like me and the seasoned pro.

Me, I'm just toying with getting a bike. Looking at the Sport Touring bike so I can have the comfort my "old" body needs as well as a bit of performance. Like most I'm mainly here trying to get ideas for a first bike that I won't kill myself on. Registered for a Motorcycle class first part of September, hopefully I'll know more about my skill and comfort level after a few days of class.




Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: red rider on July 17, 2007, 08:05:45 pm
Just registered today and wanted to let all know a little about myself.I have been riding for about 35 years. I am A former MSF instructor. Retired from job on o5 and ordered an o6 same day I retired.I love my fjr and ride as much as I can.Contacted cancer in Oct of 06 and the doctors took a while to get that taken care of.Thanks for all your hard work as I have learned a lot from your forum.I hope I can be of some help to some of the members at some time.Have a nice day Regards redrider.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 98zx9r on July 17, 2007, 10:19:17 pm
Hello

 First this is a nice site and I really enjoy the ride reports.
I have been riding dirt or street or both since 71 and now have a 06 cbr1000rr and 03 cr250.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FKaiser on July 18, 2007, 02:33:46 pm

Hello All,

My name is Wayne, currently living in Mount Laurel, NJ. I ride the "SUV" of motorcycles, a 2006 Suzuki V-Strom in stealth gray. Have about 20,000 miles under my belt since I got back into riding in Sept 05. Started back in with a 2003 Suzuki Volusia, decided that it was useless for any kind of long distance riding, soooo...in October of 06, I bought the "V-Strom".

I was looking for something that I could tour on, solo or two-up with the wife, but I wanted something would also handle well and had decent brakes. I'm too young, in my opinion at least, for a Goldwing. BMW's were out of my $ comfort zone. I didn't want a sport bike or a cruiser. The Strom has kept a smile on my face since day one of ownership.

Rode a Honda XL350R and a 58 Norton, basket case back in the 80's.


Welcome Wayne!

Check out Region 6 under Forums.., there's always someone coordinating or looking to ride.

See ya around the bend... :burnout:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GerryPetrecca on July 18, 2007, 02:37:32 pm

Hi. Just found this site while dreaming about the next bike...

My name is Matt - I live in Connecticut and commute daily on my bonneville. My commute just went from 5 to 25 miles so I'm thinking of a little more power and fairings...


pardon a slight thread hijack... Matt, Where in Connecticut are you located?  I'm in Guilford.  Always looking for other STN CT members.

Gerry


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bikenut on July 18, 2007, 10:36:32 pm
How'd I miss this thread?

I used to come here a for a while. Always seemed to have problems with the board. Took a hiatus. Dropped back in and now the board was all different and I was no longer registered. Heck, I cant even remember my old board name.  :headscratch: At least the one I tought it was doesnt jive to me anymore.  :shrug: So, after a few random posts...Hi...again. Region 4 North of Wisconsin. I'll be watching for rides/rallies n stuff.(http://www.zrxoa.org/forums/images/smilies/ytrap_burnout.gif)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on July 18, 2007, 11:33:25 pm
Haven't checked in on this thred in a while Sorry,  
Lots of new folks :bigok:, Welcome and enjoy.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Breadman on July 20, 2007, 12:36:37 pm
Hello all,
I've been riding motorcycles since '85.  Recently, I got a 2007 FJR1300A.  It has reinvigorated my love for motorcycling.  Forums like this one are fantastic for setting up meet 'n greets and planning group rides.  I'm looking forward to meeting several of you.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RangerG on July 23, 2007, 04:22:14 pm
Hi.  I just discovered this site yesterday.  My one and only street bike is a 1981 Yamaha Seca 550.  Bought it used the summer of '81.  It's got 47,000 kms on it and it runs just fine.  I have a 2,100 km trip planned for mid August.  This little bike took me on a 5,000 km trip into the NW USA the first year I had it.  I hope to pick up some tips on what gear to pack and how.

Rob


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on July 24, 2007, 01:42:29 am
I guess I've been around here long enough to be part of the welcoming committee.

Welcome aboard folks.

RangerG - You'll find plenty of advice on packing and trip planning.  There's a thread on MC camping, there's also one called Packing 101 (I think that's what it's called) which is really an overpackers anon.

Neat thing about this place.  You get FJRs, '81 Secas, and KLRs all mixing it up.

Welcome folks. :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: morehouse on July 24, 2007, 10:41:36 pm
Like many I've poked around the site for a while before signing up. I find it to be a good resource. And more then once laughing out loud at some of the banter and general stories  :lol:

I have a trip in motion through the NW and will definitely check out some of the packing tips. Also plan on picking up an STN- T-shirt when I'm in Freemont  :thumbsup:

Current ride is an '04 ST 1300  and I love it. I also store a KLR back east I bought a couple a father's days ago to travel around CNY with pops when I get the chance.

Great site.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: saile on July 25, 2007, 06:36:23 pm
so i probably should have posted here first, >.< lol   anyway, my name is jessica and ive been a rider for  3 years, (minus the time i had a mo-ped when i was 11  :D  )  

but i digress...  i've been around bikes since i was a kid, riding on the back of my dad's bike, taking the occasional nap when ridng long distances  :sleepy:  best sleep ever! :)  

i learned on a beat-up and abused 1969 honda 250, kick start and all that fun jazz... rode the death out of that thing and then after a year i got my 1994 FZR 600, aka wolfrom (showing my girlie side, naming him...)  lol!

well poor wolfrom was an abused bike as well, but now, 2 years later and with many many thanks, johnny monsoon has my bike riding like a champ now!  

i guess someday i would like to get a bike that i could take cross country, but that would be an addition to what i have now :D    



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: fungirl on July 25, 2007, 08:01:16 pm
Welcome Saile!  Great to have another fem on the boards!  :banana:  And welcome all you other noobs!  Good to have ya!   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: izpep on July 26, 2007, 02:16:57 pm
Total Noob, only 4 months on my 06' Ninja 250  :D Been browsing the forum
for about a week now and it's only fed my new obsession.

Already planning some really long trips. Even Phoenix to Anchorage on this
little sucker. :eek: Longest so far has been about 600 miles on a day trip
up to the Grand Canyon and back.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mollycbr123 on July 26, 2007, 10:33:43 pm
Guess it's my turn.  Been lurking for a while.  STeve in Fayetteville, NC.  50 yrs. old, married , three kids.  Been riding about 30 yrs or so.  Dirt bikes and various street bikes early on.  Began touring on a Suzuki VX800 in the early '90's, then an ST1100 for the past eight yrs.  Now have about 2 months/2k miles on a new Duc ST3.  The Duc is a great bike, nimble handling, engine pulls like a tractor, and completely different from the Japanese bikes I've owned.  I still keep the ST1100 around for the longer trips (more comfortable than the Duc and I've put an aftermarket electronic cruise control on it that has completely spoiled me!).  I also have a little CBR600f4 for track days, but riding to find the twisty roads in parts I've never seen is what I enjoy.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: j1mmyj4m on July 27, 2007, 10:49:03 am
I've been browsing the site for a few months and finally joined yesterday.  I've been riding since 2000.  I currently have a 2003 VTX 1800C and have owned a 98 Magna and 05 Hayabusa.

I've had the VTX since '03 and sold the Busa last year.  I miss having two bikes so I've been eyeing some again, but the boss hasn't given the green light.  :P

I love to ride and did a round trip from Houston, Tx to Skagway, AK in '05.  I hope one year to hit the New England states while swinging by Nova Scotia. :bigok:

Cool site.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: windydoggie on July 30, 2007, 09:46:05 am

Hi
I'm Ed from central New Jersey.    Rode a Vespa in High School , a Bultaco street bike in college and later a Honda MR 175 dirt bike.   Then after a lay off of over 25 years bought a used BMW R1100R three years ago. Two weeks ago a bought a new Suzuki Bandit 1250 SA.  Love the bike - Hate the saddle.
I see there is an active group in central Jersey and am looking  forward to link up w/ some of you.

Ed G.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FKaiser on July 30, 2007, 11:52:32 am


Hi
I'm Ed from central New Jersey.    Rode a Vespa in High School , a Bultaco street bike in college and later a Honda MR 175 dirt bike.   Then after a lay off of over 25 years bought a used BMW R1100R three years ago. Two weeks ago a bought a new Suzuki Bandit 1250 SA.  Love the bike - Hate the saddle.
I see there is an active group in central Jersey and am looking  forward to link up w/ some of you.

Ed G.

Welcome Ed.  Check out the latest on Central Jersey (Region 6).  We had an awesome ride a couple of weeks ago, and will probably line something else in August.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 05SprintST on July 30, 2007, 11:12:16 pm
Hi All,

I just joined this site after being bannished for life from the Triumph rat site. Seems they don't have the same sense of dacorum and humor as me. After lurking on this site for a few days it seems I may fit in, but as Groucho said " I don't want to join a club that would have me as a menber" I'm a MWM, love long rides in the country, and beer. I ride an 05 Sprint (stealth silver), a 72 Norton Commando (yellow) and an 86 Guzzi LeMans (arrest-me-red) all owned from new. A bunch of us meet every Sunday morning at the Brass Ring in Amwell, NJ for breakfast and a ride (sometimes a long ride ,sometimes short). If anyone can make it I'm usually the only Sprint there.

Kevin

 PS: If anyone would like to see the rather funny and harmless pics that got me banned PM me


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on July 30, 2007, 11:43:39 pm

Welcome aboard sprint :bigok:




Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: PEST! on July 31, 2007, 08:34:56 pm
 Well Hi My name is Bob I Go buy the name of pest from my gaming days. I started using pest because I was more of a PEST than a Threat. I have been riding for a long long time. I started by building a Rupp Mini bike from scrap. Then a Yamaha 125 twin a Honda 350SL,Yamaha 175 enduro, Honda 450DOHC, 77 Honda 750K,84Yamaha 650,Honda 86 700Shadow.02 Yamaha XV1700 Warrior. Now a 07 Yamaha FJR1300A. I live on a SailBoat presently on the hard in Port Canaveral Florida. I like to travel and am Off for the summer. My plans were to leave this week to go north. But family can always be counted on to get in the way.  I lived and worked in the Washington DC area for 30 years and moved to Central Florida in 2000. Don't like it as much as I thought I would. Trust me its no Paradice. Land of the square tire and the dangerous Blue haired drivers


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Melcontent on August 02, 2007, 07:14:56 pm
I friggin' love this place.  Thank you for all the hard work.  Peace.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tarosean on August 03, 2007, 01:10:49 pm
Hello, My name is Sean I have been ridding for about 20+ years and live in middle of nowhere TX, 100 miles from Houston.
researching Sport-Touring type machines brought me here.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bcjohn on August 06, 2007, 03:28:37 am
Ahhhh, back to doing some riding after a hiatus (pretty much) over the last two years. I was on here previously as 'oscarthegrouch' but thought I'd use my old handle from http:\\www.gixxer.com. I've been riding since '69 and am currently riding my '93 GSXR1100 that I've owned since new. I love the old dinosaur and am trying to get my $%^&*@ painful arthritic hips over and onto it more this year.

Now to reorient to the new (to me) format and track down FastCat :). Cheers!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: stl on August 07, 2007, 12:53:03 am
Having already posted a question I should probably do a quick introduction.

My name is Scott, I spent the first 25 years of life in Minnesota before moving out to LA a couple years back.  The first exposure I had of the motorized two wheel variety was on a 1974 Honda Z50 in the late '80s, on which the miles I logged were probably low but the hours were extreme.  After moving out here my interest picked up and in 2005 I acquired a fairly beat down 2002 SV650S, which has since seen me get hit by a car but still runs fairly well.  I came across ST.N via Bluepoof's blog when digging through Google for some how-to style documentation on the SV.

During the day I'm a network administrator for a quickly growing intertube company, while at night I'm either out on the cycle, out running, or filtering a healthy quantity of vodka through my liver.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RangerG on August 07, 2007, 10:12:31 pm
Hi.  I logged in here a couple weeks ago.  I leave for a 2,500 km trip on Thursday.  Attached photo is my old school sport-touring bike, all cleaned, polished and ready to go.
Rob
(http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g142/RangerGrainger/100_3415.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: stl on August 07, 2007, 11:51:40 pm
RangerG:

That is one hot Yamaha.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RangerG on August 08, 2007, 05:29:01 am
Thanks  I'll let you know how the trip went.

Rob


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: desert_rider on August 09, 2007, 02:47:31 pm

RangerG:

That is one hot Yamaha.


+1  -  Definitly post some pics with your gear/luggage on it.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SteveJ on August 09, 2007, 07:09:01 pm
Howdy.

Made a post a while ago, post number one, butt I thought I'd do the proper intro. Relocated to FL about 18 months ago, former lifelong MN resident. Slightly longer riding season here. :thumbsup: I've ridden every year except one since I turned eighteen, it's been a while. I currently have well farkled  '99 Connie, that's been rock solid on several long tours. (no tarilering) These include, from MN, MD, NS in '03, AK in '04, UT and NC in '05, from Floriduh: CO, WY in '06, and nw ON (over Superior), which I just returned from last week. These were the longer tours and don't include "little" fifteen hundred three and four day weekends up to no. GA/w NC. Possibly looking at CA and OR next year.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Conniestoga on August 11, 2007, 10:39:18 am
What a great group!

My brother (xsrider) introduced me to st.n a few years ago and I'm finally got around to joining the group. I do more riding than posting and will make every ride I can. Some of you may remember me from the WCRM IV, I rode the Tengai. Will try to get to Chester on the Concours in September.

Eric


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: OpFlash on August 13, 2007, 11:38:23 pm
Hello everybody!  Been cruising the site for a while and finally got around to posting.  Ive been riding since about 98.  Bought my first new bike in 2000 my 600 Bandit (wish it was the 12) and started touring yearly starting a 4 years ago.  Did three tours through Arkansas and recently had a nice run in Colorado.  I also recently picked up a beautiful 1982 Yamaha XJ 1100 Maxim.  Anyway love the site and look forward to chatting with you all in the forums.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RangerG on August 15, 2007, 02:52:55 pm



+1  -  Definitly post some pics with your gear/luggage on it.


Photo with soft saddle bags, sleeping bag and tent.  Put on 2506 KM(1557 miles).  Some good weather, some poor.  Had fun, sore butt!

(http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g142/RangerGrainger/100-0042_IMG.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: desert_rider on August 15, 2007, 02:59:37 pm



Photo with soft saddle bags, sleeping bag and tent.  Put on 2506 KM(1557 miles).  Some good weather, some poor.  Had fun, sore butt!

(http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g142/RangerGrainger/100-0042_IMG.jpg)


Nice set up -- looks like a good time.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Eydugstr on August 15, 2007, 04:36:41 pm
Hello everyone!  Newbie checking in - My stepdad (jhawk) referred me to this forum.

Not sure what exactly to post here - but I'm 38, live in the Kansas City area (Shawnee) and my current ride is an '05 Concours.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: wsplrll on August 15, 2007, 05:21:14 pm
Hello everyone -

I joined a few weeks ago and I guess I better do an intro.

I rode a Rupp Roadster in 1972 and a Honda CB100 then a Suzuki TC 100 which I sold to but a car.

Fast foward to 2004 and I started to get the bug again. I rode a Buell Blast and swore I would just ride back roads and the park. I bought an 05 Buell City X in 2005 and have been enjoying that ever since. I have gotten more interested in "sport touring" mostly from checking out this site. I would like to take longer trips than the normal 150 - 250 day trips I take now.

I live in Phoenixville and ride as much as I can. My buddy and I have talked about getting local riders together and starting an informal riding group.

If anyone is nearby drop me a line.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: speedtripokc on August 17, 2007, 02:37:50 pm
Hello,

Just joined the site today but, have been a frequent guest. Great site.
I have a 2003 Speed Triple and am currently in the process of gearing up for some nice long runs. I only have one long trip under my belt (North Carolina to California) and am looking forward to adding to that.

Besides the regional forums is there anywhere else that events are posted? Thanks.





Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: eSONG on August 18, 2007, 12:31:54 am
Hello from South Jersey.  I've been lurking for a few months here and there, esp enjoying the great ride reports.   :bigok:  I joined not too long ago.  I've been riding for about 5-6 years now.  I started on a 96 Honda CBR600 F3.  A few years later, I moved up to my current ride, 2001 Yamaha R1.  I started doing trackdays last year; I often feel like I'm just killing time between trackdays.  Yes, I'm addicted, but that's not the only place I ride.  I've done a few touring trips on the R1.  I'll sometimes receive strange looks from guys on the sports touring bikes; I often look back at their comfy looking seats with envy.   :D  The R1 is not the most comfortable bike for long trips, but it's doable.  The longest trip I've done was about a 2500 mile trip from NJ to Nova Scotia and back.  That really did a number on my back and neck.  A more recent trip was a 2 day 900 mile tour of WV.  That was amazing and I dream of going back again with more than a few days to spare.  I've been thinking about getting a second bike this winter, but undecided on what to get.  I'm hoping to get some ideas from here.  I want a bike that will handle as well as any sportsbike (R1, R6, etc) but be comfortable enough to ride all day, carry a passenger, and carry some luggage.  I'm not looking to ride like a reckless hooligan and drag my knee everywhere, but I'd like to be able to keep up with my sportbike riding buddies.  I'm currently gearing up to do my first long weekend tour 2 up with my gf on the R1.

(http://xa7.xanga.com/03dd1a066173288990412/m61606248.jpg)

(http://xc0.xanga.com/67dd37122963488990655/m61606442.jpg)

(http://xf0.xanga.com/850d7b7611531140191721/m103287259.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Capo on August 18, 2007, 12:44:42 pm
Scott In the PHX Area


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on August 19, 2007, 12:39:14 am
Welcome to STN all.  The place where post hos abound but the squids are few. :bigok:

eSONG - If you're looking for ideas on a sport-tourer, just check out the sections under "manufacturers row".  You'll find there are a lot of options and even more opinions here.

Capo - Nice tag line. "Write something funny smart and clever here..."  Very, uhm, unique.  You'll fit in well. :thumbsup:


Title: Long time rider - Just found this forum
Post by: Rat on August 19, 2007, 06:23:18 pm
Greetings,

I've been riding streetbikes for about 25 years, and have accumulated something between 250,000-400,000 miles, on something like 20-21 bikes, mostly of a sporting bent.
*I've always preferred to simply ride, rather than keep close odometer records for bragging rights - I just need to know when the oil change & valve adjustment are due. Estimates are based on known mileages of bikes when changing hands, and occasional actual maintenance documentation.

In reality, I started riding a minibike when I was about 9, and had the riding bug well before that, from my earliest memory.
Except for several unwelcome hiatus', I've been riding pretty much non-stop, year-round ever since.

I've taken MSF BRC & ERC in the early 80's, and am currently considering becoming an MSF Instructor, if/when my schedule and budget allow.
I'd like to pass on the wisdom I've earned from training as well as teaching others what I've learned from my mistakes, hopefully preventing repeats.

The truth is, I lean very much towards the fast end of the motorcycling continuum, but have finally reached an age where I think I want to start appreciating the beauty of the scenery I'm rolling through, rather than just the cool effect of it whizzing by in blurry high-speed.

I was lucky enough to be stationed in Germany in the 80's, when traffic was still fairly light and speeds mostly unrestricted, on a fast current top-shelf sportbike (1987 GSXR750).
I've ridden extensively on autobahns, smooth fast secondary roads, Alps, Nurburgring Nordschleiffe, and even snuck quite a few clandestine laps on Spa Fra ncorchamps in the off-season.
I've spectated at several 500 GP evenst as well, enjoying the full madness of the lifestyle with locals and other hardcore riders from all over the world.

I've also done a 2-week solo x-country USA tour, and many, many miles sport-touring all over New England and Northern California primarily on a 1986 FJ1200 with Corbin Gunfighter & lady saddle for my girlfriend (now wife).

I have extensive 2-up experience, countless miles in rain and other weather including snow, hail, extreme crosswinds, floods and just about any road, weather and traffic condition one could imagine, as well as a 2-year stint as a year-round Moto-Courier on a Honda GB-500 between Sacramento, Fresno & the Bay Area in California.

I've had one "big crash", upon which I pondered finding a safer activity (really not my style), but ultimately found the MSF and have only committed a few bonehead getoffs where I could only blame myself for testing the limits of traction, my ability and talent, and the laws of physics (pushing the envelope til it ripped...).

My most recent moto acquisition is a used 1994 Honda VFR750, with a Salvage Title (cosmetics only) for really cheep $$, which I'm slowly reconstructing as my (limited) budget allows.
It's rideable now, although still needs some things.

Between the VFR, my 'maturing', and such, I seem to have turned a corner as far as my outlook on motorcycling.
I wouldn't say that I have gotten the speed out of my system, probably never will, but now I don't need quite as sharp an edge, and am willing to pass the sword to a younger generation of thrill-seekers.
I want to continue doing this for many years to come.
I now have a 4 1/2 yr-old daughter, and plan to have her as a passenger soon, as well as getting her mini-quads, pocket-bikes etc., to get her started early. She already has interest and desire without any real encouragement - She's definitely "Daddy's Girl"!

So I did a Google search today for "motorcycle sport touring", and found Sport-Touring.net.
After a few minutes perusal of several topics, I felt I might fit it, so here I am!

We now live outside Portland, Oregon, which allows easy access to some of the finest moto-roads and most jaw-dropping scenery west of the Alps!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Guy on August 19, 2007, 06:49:23 pm
Good lord Rat, you're gonna fit in well here. Don't be afraid to make your opinions known, and don't worry about the "dog-pile on the newb" mentality. It's all in fun, and fairly benign.

Excellent introduction post. See you around.

Oh, and don't worry, most around here are sport-tourers and we all like to rip it up on occasion, so you won't have to slow down much.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Rat on August 20, 2007, 03:53:06 pm
Thanks for the welcome.

My opinions seem somewhat tempered lately as well.
I'm still happy to voice them, just with somewhat more willingness to accept and really not care if others disagree.
(see how PC that was?)I'll share my thoughts when I feel I can add value to a discussion, and/or perhaps simply a different point of view.

Y'all seem like a (fairly!) mature group of like-minded souls.

I'm looking forward to perhaps some group rides with other local STN'ers, when I get the VFR fully "ride-worthy" (mechanically ready in every way for hard riding).

Rat  :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on August 22, 2007, 07:31:15 pm
"Y'all seem like a (fairly!) mature group of like-minded souls."

 :rofl:



Welcome. Just don't pay any attention to me.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on August 22, 2007, 07:31:47 pm
...unless you're intoxicated....


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kevinwilly on August 22, 2007, 08:56:35 pm
Hi there!


I'm a newbie to this board. My girlfriend joked about me joining (cultureslayer) because she thinks you'll all make fun of me for having a girlfriend that rides more than I do. But hey, I can afford a nice car and she can't.  :twofinger:


Anyways- i've lurked in the past and this place seems great, and most people that are crazy enough to sport tour are alright by me!

soooo.... yeah....

I guess you are all responsible for figuring out how to turn a Ducati 998 into a more comfortable bike for me... because I got nothing. I'm looking at buying one but can't seem to justify it as far as practicality goes..... :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on August 22, 2007, 09:34:55 pm

...
I'm a newbie to this board. My girlfriend joked about me joining (cultureslayer) because she thinks you'll all make fun of me for having a girlfriend that rides more than I do. But hey, I can afford a nice car and she can't.  :twofinger:

...
I guess you are all responsible for figuring out how to turn a Ducati 998 into a more comfortable bike for me... because I got nothing. I'm looking at buying one but can't seem to justify it as far as practicality goes..... :)


Ah!  At last we meet the kept man boyfriend.  Welcome aboard!  :bigok:
(changed any tires lately   ;) )

Sure, we'll show you how to make a 998 more comfortable.  Just drop it off at my place and I'll demonstrate all season how comfortable it is.  :D

Oh, and you made a bit of a boo boo there.  You used "practical" and "motorcycle" in the same sentence.  :lol:



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on August 22, 2007, 09:38:35 pm

...
I'm looking forward to perhaps some group rides with other local STN'ers, when I get the VFR fully "ride-worthy" (mechanically ready in every way for hard riding).

Rat  :cool:


Like, perhaps the Banff run?!?  I't only two states up from you.  You've got two weeks to get that VFR ready.  Go!
https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,2634.0.html


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Nodaclu on August 24, 2007, 01:49:59 pm
Just wanted to say hello....

Stuck in Vegas until the end of the year, when I'll be heading to Southern Oregon where I can finally enjoy some decent roads, rides, and scenery.

I'm easy to spot on the road, I'm the guy on the Harley who dresses like he should be on a Beemer. You should see the looks I get on Saturdays at the H-D dealership when I walk in for my free Harley burger.  :D

Out of the 5 bikes I've owned, this darn Sportster is far and away the most comfortable of the bunch, and I can put more miles on it in a day then the ST1100 and the DL650 I had previously. (This should begin to clue you in as to how screwed up I am.)  :lol:

And yes, I've gone into the dealer and asked for quieter pipes. I swear the whole place went silent and I heard crickets....  :rofl:

Taken near Cedar Breaks, Utah with my "XL883ST".  :inlove:

(http://lh5.google.com/longmd/RrzR9h9-bdI/AAAAAAAAAco/Oi-dzUX4sEU/s800/DSCF1883.JPG)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on August 25, 2007, 12:23:49 am
Cool!  Nothing like breaking boundaries and stereotypes.  Welcome aboard :bigok:

( I can relate in reverse.  I ride a Kawi and a Ducati in an HD jacket.  Lot's of questions.  :lol: )



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RoadGlide7 on August 25, 2007, 03:10:17 pm
Hello Y'all!

My name is Bill, and I recently bought a H-D Road Glide after many years without a motorcycle. I live in Kentucky and work as a police officer in the central part of the state. Prior to 9/11 I flew DC8's for a cargo carrier. My interests besides motorcycles include scuba diving, photography, shooting competitions, and running. I have had the Road Glide for about two months and have put about 4500 miles on it. I have owned many other brands of motorcycles besides the HD. I am considering buying a HD/Buell Ulysses next year.

Bill


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: burmbuster on August 25, 2007, 06:38:55 pm
Hi, all.
I'm Brad and i am going back to the streets after almost ten years. Took time off as my little one's were growing up and we are heavy into motocross. No, I don't have a bike yet. I have narrowed it down to the BMW F800ST or the Triumph Sprint ST. I just purchased my new lid, a Scorpion EXO-700, and I am waiting on my Olympia Phantom suit. Haven't decided on boots yet as my bike purchase is a month away. (we're in the process of moving and we all know how much of a pain that is).
Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself. It's great to actually have a site where riders come together no matter what the brand of choice.

Cheers,
Brad


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GregR1 on August 25, 2007, 07:07:59 pm
Hi Guys!

I'm Greg, from Ottawa (Canada).  Already see a few familiar names on here (GlobalRider, RowdyRed, and a few others).

Riding a 2002 ZX-9R, my first bike ever of any kind, but damn do I love it!  I've already got a nice big tank bag, saddle bags, and tail bag for it, and new tires coming (Avon Storm-ST) since the stock BT014's are worn too much (front is bald).  Bike has just over 30,000km (20,000 miles), but I'm the second or third owner.  I've been doing quite a few group rides around here, mostly heading into the nicer sections in Gatineau (Quebec).  Did one longer ride through the Adirondacks a week ago, and MAN did I love that!  Now I want to set up a ride with others to do the same thing.

Hope to learn a few things from the people on here!  I'm already surprised to see someone doing sport-touring on a Sportster 883 - impressive since I've heard lots of people say that Sporties are only good for short jaunts.

Anyways, good to be here!
GregR1


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: PaintSniffer on August 25, 2007, 11:49:29 pm
Hey....what's up?

Well, I'm Sean....owner of Connecticut Cycle Refinishing and sport touring is my fave past time.  If any members have any questions about motorcycle paint...please feel free to ask me as I've been painting motorcycles professionally since 1988. Work has appeared in Easy Riders, Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, Biker, Big Twin, HotXL, BackRoads, Friction Zone and others.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: alphamale on August 26, 2007, 04:58:52 pm
Hey y'all.
I'm William. Just traded in my SV650 for a K1200GT (umm the girlfriend likes the pillion) and was browsing around looking for info on sport touring and here I am. Nice to meet everybody!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Rat on August 26, 2007, 07:07:49 pm



Like, perhaps the Banff run?!?  I't only two states up from you.  You've got two weeks to get that VFR ready.  Go!
https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,2634.0.html


That ride sounds like FUN!  :)

Alas, my current finances dictate that the bike won't be up to the trip, nor could I afford the hotels, etc.  :(

However, it sure seems like an excellent goal for a vacation NEXT year!  :D
Count me in!
 :thumbsup:



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DmCole on August 28, 2007, 06:18:09 pm
I am A former Bike Mechanic, who now spends as much time as possible riding through the Adirondack mountains(Lake Placid) Twisties
Also just completed a second trip to West Virginia, Wish the roads here were as twisty, It would save me having to ride there to have as much fun.
Just completed 4 days, 3k to WV & Back


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Lone_RT_rider on August 29, 2007, 11:54:43 am
Ok... I am pretty new around here.  My name is Shawn and I ride a 1999 BMW R1100RT currently.  Well, not to currently as the transmission is sitting in my living room waiting to be installed. :)  I also have another BMW, a 2004 R1100S that is for sale in your classifieds section..  My riding season was recently cut short by having ACL surgery at the end if July.  It's healing nicely, but as some may know it's a slow process.  Some of you may know me from one of the other Sport-touring websites (BMWST.com) where I go by the same nic.  

As soon as this ACL heals, I will be off and riding again.  Hopefully I can meet up with others form the Upstate, SC area for a ride around that time.  The R1100RT should be back together in a couple of weeks, unfortunately I wont be back together by then. LOL.

Shawn


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GerryPetrecca on August 29, 2007, 02:28:07 pm

Hey....what's up?

Well, I'm Sean....owner of Connecticut Cycle Refinishing and sport touring is my fave past time.  If any members have any questions about motorcycle paint...please feel free to ask me as I've been painting motorcycles professionally since 1988. Work has appeared in Easy Riders, Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, Biker, Big Twin, HotXL, BackRoads, Friction Zone and others.



Sean,

Welcome to the fourm... always good to see another CT Rider(I'm in Guilford, CT).
Where in Ct are you located.

Regards,

Gerry


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Front Runner on August 29, 2007, 11:00:50 pm
Hello everyone. I'm new around here also. Just a little info about myself. I've been riding bikes (off and on) for the last 18 years, and I still love it! I currently have an 08 Kawasaki Concours14, but I've owned a number of bikes in the past. I'm glad to be here and I look forward to some interesting discussions.

Bill


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 1000lbs on August 30, 2007, 12:27:56 am
I guess I should chime in here,

Hey everyone...  

     I've viewed this site many times and posted a few times after Desert_Rider clued me into it and I signed in a while ago, but never did introduce myself...  My user name of 1000lbs came up when some of my riding buds were discussing some of the many personal license plates found here in SoCal...  At the time I was riding a VTX 1800 C and they thought I should get 1000lbs for a plate since my fully loaded girth and my bikes fully loaded girth added up to around 1000lbs :rofl: The short intro goes like this...  31 years old, 16 years in the saddle, 12 yamahas (late 80's early 90's UJMs and cruisers on the cheap in my teens while I lived in PA., 4 H-D's (Sportsters through college and a little after), 1 Honda (VTX 1800 great bike for its size), and now 1 Triumph (Speed Triple, I got tired of saying great for its size on the Honda, so now I just say great :bigok:)...  Don't know how many miles total, but they have all been awesome :)...  

     Anyway, this site has made me feel very relieved since I have found I'm not alone in my fight against  "moto-obsession disorder" :crazy:, but some of you actually have a much more severe case of it than I do...  After reading the many posts on this site I can only imagine the endless purchases and fabrications that I will now be performing,  or the number of excuses I will have to give the missus when I head out for those quick rides after reading the ride reports "Oh geeze Honey, I forgot to return that video, I'll be back in about 12 hrs  :shrug:"  Well I think thats quite enough for my intro, and I'm looking forward to anoying you all very soon :firedevil:



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: UFO on August 30, 2007, 12:45:28 am
It's hard to keep up with this thread so I pop in once in a great while :eek: to post a: Welcome all new members  post. :bigok:

Soooo...Welcome. :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: desert_rider on August 30, 2007, 12:04:19 pm
Wuz up 1000lbs?!  Good to see you here!  Where we riding this weekend?



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 1000lbs on August 30, 2007, 02:38:08 pm
Thanks bud...  Its supposed to be around 115+*  :crazy: down here so if we head out it will have to be up one of the hills...  I'll PM you on the Penn State game plans Sat....

Later


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: denydog on August 30, 2007, 06:36:47 pm
Yes, welcome aboard all!  It's great to see so many new members registering.  And I love the diversity of motorcycles.  I'm one of the ones that think that you can sport tour on just about anything, although I'm getting a new bike soon that may be just a little better for the long hauls.  :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: JoeMap on September 01, 2007, 12:58:00 am
Just gonna drop a note to say I'm new here.  Been lurking for quite awhile.  Gonna enjoy my time here.

JoeMap


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: KagA152 on September 01, 2007, 05:43:46 am
Hey everybody, thought I would post in here to see if anybody could be of any help.  After riding dirt bikes as a kid, and getting distracted for 5 years by getting my license when I turned 16 and building a few cars, I want to get back on a bike.  I got my bike license, and decided I would like to check out Suzuki Bandit GSF600.  Seemed like a nice compromise since Ive never really liked sport bikes, but Im not a big fan of cruisers either.  It sucks though, they seem to be hard to find.  I went and looked one tonight, it was falling apart and the guy didnt want to work on the price at all, or get it fixed, so I went on my way.  But I did decide its definitely what I want after taking it for a ride.  Im in northern Illinois, around Rockford if anybody knows where that is.  The nearest 2 Ive found now are 5 hours into Minnesota or Michigan :crazy:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Joker on September 01, 2007, 05:01:45 pm
Hey Guys and Gals,

New here but not to touring - glad to meet ya'll and look forward to meeting some in person.

Cheers,


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: toes on September 03, 2007, 02:17:44 am
Name is Toes, purchased a new, out of the box "06 ST1300" this last May and have put 7.000 miles on this season.  Sport touring is my passion and have visited Arkansas on one excursion and points west out to Idaho on a second.  I have been off the road for about 5 years although maintained  my  CB1100F since I bought it in "83" so never really ever been out of cycling since I was 16, I'm now 61 and the ST has really perked my intrest again.  Hope to do some networking here in the future.
Toes


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: htmn on September 03, 2007, 08:36:08 pm
Hey all, new to the board but not riding.  I have 26 years experience on the street aboard a variety of bikes, until July of 2003 when I bought a new CBRXX and have spent very little time with my other bikes.  Shortly after buying the bike a few personal issues all but crumped riding and spirits for a few years, well I spent the last couple years getting back in the saddle.  If there are any people or groups in the Portland or surrounding areas that wank to hook up and ride, send me a note or post up and lets put some mileage down.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: v65 on September 04, 2007, 07:40:07 pm
Howdy all. Got pointed here from the FJR forum - been hanging out there for a couple of years. I ride around southwestern NY, the NY nobody believes exists: Rural, close to nowhere, more cows than people! BTW, the v65 had to go, the pillion seat was not at all appreciated. :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Silverback on September 05, 2007, 02:40:52 am
I just got my bike this year (finally) and my wife loves riding.  I want to start doing some over night trips on the bike.  We are stationed in Germany and I love the riding culture here and the roads are fantastic.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Biker Boop on September 06, 2007, 09:29:51 pm
Hey there.... I have been a passenger for over 20 years and finally made the leap to getting my license this May.  (one of the best suggestions my husband ever made)  I can't believe how much more fun it is to be a driver...... I have graduated from my Honda 250 Rebel a few weeks ago and am now riding an 06 BMW F650 GS.   Look forward to visitng with everyone.   :burnout:



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Guy on September 07, 2007, 07:32:16 am
Welcome all! Glad you guys (and gals) are riding and posting (I hope  :D ) alot with us.  If you have questions, Gen Disc and Beginner forums are excellent sources.


Title: The Kraz is back...
Post by: Kraz on September 07, 2007, 01:20:53 pm
Well, after much too long 'a break, I'm back with a new name (was KingKraz)... I've been gone so long my old name fell apart and vanished.

Anyway, I'm not online a lot nowadays, but it's good to be back in game.  If any of you remember, I was at the first Nat'l meet in Custer, SD (SV650) and also went up to the West Coast Regional (ZZR1200) in Fortuna, CA back in... '05...'06 maybe? (any chance I can get those icons?)

Anyway, I bought (more like stole) my buddies '00 VFR (yellow, pics will come sooner or later) and would like to go the region 5 meet in Arkansas in two weeks, work permitting.

See you guys 'round...
Mike


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: APCZX11 on September 09, 2007, 02:49:56 pm
I am new to both motorcycles and this forum. I have wanted a bike, specifically a "rice rocket" since I was in high school. Up to this point in my life I was reasonably certain that I would end up killing myself on it, so I have waited.

I took the plunge this past June ( My 40Th birthday) and bought a used 1993 Kawasaki ZX11D. I bought the bike more by price than by size or performance. Suffice it to say the bike's abilities are far beyond my own, but I am learning.

I have ridden nearly 2,500 mile so far and have already determined that I prefer "sporty" touring over racing. With that in mind, myself and two friends are off on September 14Th to "circumnavigate" central Idaho, specifically to ride LOLO and Lost Trail Passes. I will let you know how it goes.

I look forward to "speaking" to all of you.

Ride safe!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Ron_NC on September 09, 2007, 09:24:08 pm
Hello everyone. Bought a new C14 yesterday and found your site today. Great looking
site and I'm loving that C14!

(http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Ron_NC/IMG_1370.jpg)

(http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Ron_NC/IMG_1372.jpg)

A C14 is born!

(http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Ron_NC/th_MVI_1374.jpg) (http://s86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Ron_NC/?action=view¤t=MVI_1374.flv)

(http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Ron_NC/IMG_1391.jpg)


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Post by: endo on September 10, 2007, 05:30:30 pm
Well Ron - I'M jealous!  Congrats and welcome  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Ron_NC on September 10, 2007, 06:46:04 pm
Thanks endo, I can't wait to put some miles on her!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MK96xj on September 10, 2007, 07:06:21 pm
Ron,

Wack the throttle on that and you will be clocking miles quickly. Make sure nothings in front of you though :lol:

Besides pavement ofcourse.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on September 10, 2007, 07:59:57 pm
Welcome all. And remember that crashing is not permitted. Be safe. And come to the meets.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Redbeard on September 11, 2007, 10:53:34 am
Howdy all,

Another new guy here - located just outside Charlottesville Virginia.

Have the 1000 V-Strom set up to travel...
(http://people.virginia.edu/~rjs7m/V-Strom/strom5.jpg)

Hope to see some of you on the road.

Take care,
Bob S.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on September 12, 2007, 11:02:01 am
Well, it's been quite a while since I peeked in here.  Hi! to all and to all a good day.

If you are interested at all in sparkling conversation, this is a dandy place to pull up a short rolling toolbox and sit and chew the fat for a while.  Not that that's good for you, if you have dietary restrictions in any way.  But there are any number of people on the site who are extremely knowledgeable, in their own minds, about any number of topics you may wish to be misinformed about.  Not to mention the tons of fun you can have meeting them in your respective areas and having to go through the ST.N hazing.  Well, not exactly all of it.  I mean, after those few members were put in jail for awhile the ceremony just doesn't have the same effect and all, but you know how crazy, drunken, pill-popping, inbred, cop-bashing biker stereotypes are, and boys and (coff) girls (coff) will be that way.  And it doesn't happen all that often.

So, handshakes all around.  And don't be scared.  No matter where you're from there's an ST.N member close by!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ethand on September 13, 2007, 02:50:56 pm
Hi all,

I've been lurking and thought I had signed up last year but forgot my username.  Anywho  I like sport touring and live in SE PA

-out


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on September 13, 2007, 11:28:26 pm
Welcome, Ethan   :beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DJStevieB on September 15, 2007, 12:22:04 am
Hi everyone. Stephen here in beautiful Monroe, Washington- home of a state prison, stock car racing & horses!

After several years without a ride (H-D Electri-Glide gone by way of divorce  :thumbsdown:), I moved on to a 2004 Yamaha FJR 1300... what a sweet ride!  :bigok: It's all farkled up real nice. Purchasing a GIVI rear box very soon. Did a 2700 mile ride to our 'WFO6' rendezvous in Park City, Utah in late July.

Hope to meet some of you locals. We own a banquet hall in oldtown Monroe.... and yes, we have a liquor license!  ;) ;) :p :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: twistedcricket on September 17, 2007, 09:44:18 am
Hey all!  I just discovered this spot thanks to a signature link on another forum.  I got back onto a motorcycle last May (new 07 FJR) and have 4,100 miles on it.  The previous bike, a 72 Suzuki GT550, was my 'round town bike and didn't leave town too much.

Can't wait to pour through the threads to see what I can learn!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: elgordo on September 17, 2007, 08:02:00 pm
Hello from Vancouver Island. Just working on my second season on my FJR, 'though I have been riding over 40 years.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Silver Penguin on September 18, 2007, 08:53:25 pm
Hi all.  Recommended to this forum by a friend who is very happy here.  

Right now, I'm not riding at all due to a recent surgery but once I'm all better, I will be back on a bike.

I live in Southern CA, behind the Orange Curtain, and ride an 03 FJR1300 and an 07 Ninja 650R.  I'm looking forward to increasing my touring miles.  This summer, my husband and I took a tour of the Sedona area of AZ.

Last summer was spent in the hospital, but that's a whole other story.  The previous year, we did an awesome tour of Utah and Colorado.  Definitely places worth going back to see more.  The year before that was a trip around the Lake Tahoe area of CA.

Looking forward to reading some interesting stuff, and to meeting some cool people here.

Jill


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: denydog on September 18, 2007, 10:27:37 pm
Quote
Hi everyone. Stephen here in beautiful Monroe, Washington- home of a state prison, stock car racing & horses!

Hey, just up the road from you, SE of Snohomish.  Welcome to the forum.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: VFR_Serenity on September 19, 2007, 10:05:26 am
New here.

I ride a '98 VFR mostly and love to sport tour.  I've got a little over 30 years riding experience and am an earned life member of the AMA (27 years roundabouts).

I'm staying presently in Chicago and am originally from Madison, WI.  Some of you may already know me.  I used to be somewhat active in the Madison Motorcycle Club when I used to race enduros.  My dad is still a member.

This fall/winter I'd like to head south and spend some time on the road again.  My health has been poor this year and I've not been able to rack up many miles or trips.  

I just found this site.  So far it looks pretty cool. I need to work on my profile a bit...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: blackbuell on September 20, 2007, 09:40:30 pm
Hi gang,

I'm not new to STN, just have a new name, and I've been absent for a year or so. I used to be Yamabuell, but haven't ridden a Yamaha for years. Still have a Buell, though, and a Blackbird, so I thought the name Blackbuell would be more appropriate. I missed the last national--hope you all had a good time. I do plan to make it to the next one, though.

I still take long rides on the Bird, but the Buell S3 is still my favorite bike, and the one I ride more often. I realize that most sport-tourers think that Buells suck, but since I bought my first Buell, I've had 2 Kawasakis, 1 Yamaha, 1 Suzuki, and 1 Honda, and none of them have given me the same thrill that my Buells have. I can't wait to ride one of the new bikes with the 1125 Rotax powerplant; if they were to make one with ST ergonomics, I would buy it in a second.

I plan to catch up on what you all have been up to.

Later,

Jon



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MIDGE31 on September 21, 2007, 04:40:20 pm
 :) HI peeps newbie here thanks for letting me join.
well i ride a vfr750fl 1990 been off the bikes for a few years well 20 to be honest :crazy: so i guess im a newbie at bikes as well. anyway see you in the treads hopefully cheers peeps :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RoadRat on September 22, 2007, 12:11:30 am
Howdy!

New here, been riding about 40 years, in my 50's now. I currently ride a 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S which I'm outfitting for sport-touring mode. It's the new liquid-cooled fuel injected model, and has loads of torque. I have about 4K mles on her, and she's is turning out to be an excellent choice for my needs.

I live in south-central Missouri and we have a lot of great roads of all shapes and sizes. I'm looking forward to hooking up with other sport-tourers in this area, so feel free to PM me.

RR



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: El Uno Quatro on September 23, 2007, 03:18:19 pm
Hello everyone!
Just joined the board thought i would say hey.Been riding street about 15 years now,my last bike was an 04 hayabusa bought it new and rode for 3 happy years,just bought a new 07 kawasaki zx-14  :inlove:. Only real mods i plan are for comfort for touring duty, and ordered a new fender eliminator to replace the big mud flap  :lol:.

Hope to meet many new friends and find new places to travel on the new bike.

Until next time,
keith


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bonanaza on September 23, 2007, 04:02:04 pm
Hey everyone! I have been lurking for about a year now, with no bike and wondering when I would get back into it. I started out 30 years ago with a Honda 305, then a Suzuki 550, followed by a Kawasaki GpZ 750 and then a GpZ 1100.
After a 20 year hiatus, I finally got back into it last week!
I bought a nice used Bandit 1200S on Weednesday and have put about 250 miles on it since. In fact I just got back from a little Saturday jaunt.

I am planning to get some soft saddlebags to go  with my tank bag and hope to do some touring next spring.

My sister and her boyfriend both ride ( he has a Goldwing, Vrod, Fatboy and ZX-11 with nitro ( crazy bike !!) and my sister has a 650 cc Boulevard. My brother in law has a VRod down in Tenn. and I may take the bike down there for Thanksgiving week. He lives about an hout from Asheville, beautiful riding country.

I would be interested in talking to any other Bandit owners out there and am looking for some good Bandit centric websites...

If I could only figure out a way to carry my golf clubs I mght reduce my car count by one!

That's all for now.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: dupper on September 24, 2007, 03:04:15 pm
Hello everyone,
I've been riding for 25 yrs, mostly off road. About 2yrs ago I started to get more into street riding and bought myself a 2005 ZZR 1200. I love this bike! Handling, power, comfort.
I live in Central PA and do my off road riding in Tower City, PA ( TCTRI Member)
Hope to meet up with some of you in the near future!

Thanks,
dupper


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MartinRF900R on September 24, 2007, 07:21:55 pm
Hi guys.
I'm Martin, new to the site...
Hope to find/give infos and make new friends,going for rides,ect...
Got an RF900R '94. Little bit customized.
Cheers from BC, Canada.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ekowd on September 26, 2007, 06:51:26 pm
Hi, newbie here!

My name is Eko, from Jakarta-Indonesia.
I just started riding motorbikes a couple of years ago, using my 1998 Honda GL200.
Last year I bought a 2002 Ducati Monster 750 and been having a blast ever since  :inlove: This is my first 'big' bike, which was also my dream bike. I use it for everyday use, which is uncommon in Jakarta to use motorbikes above 250cc for everyday use (with its traffic), and I've been on a few touring trips with the local DOC.

I really like the Ride Reports. It's my dream to someday ride in various parts of the world.
We do have beautiful sceneries here in Indonesia. It's just too bad that some of the roads aren't as smooth.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: desert_rider on September 26, 2007, 07:01:29 pm
ekowd -
Welcome to the board from half way(or thereabouts) around the world.  How about some ride reports from Jakarta-Indonesia?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on September 27, 2007, 12:42:50 am
Welcome all.  Looks like a big influx of people.  Hope you enjoy the place.  Look forward to seeing your ride reports. :bigok:

Eko - I recently worked on a project with someone from Jakarta named Eko.  I suppose it's relatively common there though.  As for your roads, that's a good thing about a Ducati.  They tend to have good suspension that can be adjusted for the conditions.  Enjoy!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: gunz on September 27, 2007, 11:44:04 am
I dont believe I have introduced yself yet.   Shame on me...
 I have been riding since i was about 8 years old. i haev owned a large assortment from crotch rockets to harley davidsons. I rode all over but never really made a point to adhere to one stlye of riding. i have riddein on many long distance trip , but never could get into the gold wing type machine. So I guess I have been sport touring for some time now.  i got into it real havy with my lat bike 2002 kawasaki concours . Great bike wiht  alot of room to grow and plenty of power. i put 14k on it in none months. But alas I wanted a little more sport so i just bought a 1250S bandit and i love it. Great bike with tons of power and lots of room for upgrades. I transferred fromthe Oregon Coast (coos bay) to mobile alabama a few months back (military) So I should be here for 4-5 years. Anyhow. Hope to see you on the open road.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ekowd on September 27, 2007, 06:16:18 pm

ekowd -
Welcome to the board from half way(or thereabouts) around the world.  How about some ride reports from Jakarta-Indonesia?



Thanks, desert_rider!

I know this forum from a friend of mine who's a member of this forum for quite a while now. Nugroho, a ducati multistrada rider also from Indonesia. He's been on a lot of trips and posted some of the reports here.
Since ducati riders in Indonesia aren't that many, most of our trips were probably done together. So mine would probably be similar.

Here are some of them
https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,11791.0.html
https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,9069.0.html
https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,6591.0.html
https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,405.0.html
https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,1275.0.html
https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,3864.0.html

I'm the silver monster with the Givi topbox


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ekowd on September 27, 2007, 06:25:06 pm

Welcome all.  Looks like a big influx of people.  Hope you enjoy the place.  Look forward to seeing your ride reports. :bigok:

Eko - I recently worked on a project with someone from Jakarta named Eko.  I suppose it's relatively common there though.  As for your roads, that's a good thing about a Ducati.  They tend to have good suspension that can be adjusted for the conditions.  Enjoy!



Thanks, ZED!

Yes, Eko is a common Javanese name. It's from the word 'eka', which means 'one'.
So anyone called Eko (guy) or Eka (girl) are probably first born in their family  :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: livewellandfree on September 30, 2007, 02:42:44 pm
Thought I'd stop in and say hello.

I'm back in the saddle after a twenty year hiatus (ex that didn't like bikes) and just turned 29k on my '05 YZF600R I bought new.

The majority of my rides are solo (or 2-up with partner or her daughter), but have been sighted on some of the group rides with www.wildcatriders.com and www.nekkidriders.com.  My pace leans toward "spirited" mountain carving - with a healthy respect for cliffs, guard rails and fence posts - usually finding myself behind the knee-draggers and in front of the rest.

Looking forward to meeting other non-squids on the road.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: crazykz on September 30, 2007, 04:46:11 pm
Good Day.  I'm here.  I'm sure the property values are dropping as I type.

It's been too long since I've been on the board so it's about time I finally registered and got with it.  Excellent board and excellent set of people.

Ride hard, ride long, ride safe,
Curt
http://www.hard-core-ware.com/


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jwhite518 on September 30, 2007, 06:28:46 pm
Welcome Curt. This is a really fun group of people, you'll like it here. Congrats on your IBR run this year!

Jerry


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: goto on September 30, 2007, 08:30:35 pm
Well, its probably been too long but here goes.

HELLLLLOOOO.  

Started watching the site about a year before it went down (as drfz1).  Not a post whore (actually more of a thread killer).  Mostly if it has been said I won't echo.  

Started the long rides just over 25years ago (Phx to Yellowstone).  Took a hiatus.  Finally got back into it 6 years ago.  Got my 2001 FZ1.  
I take longer yearly trips... usually 7-12 days solo.  1800-3500miles.  Durango.  Custer.  Glacier NP.  Crater Lake.  Some hotel, some camping.  Usually around Labor Day.  Hoping to change that soon so i can make one of the upcoming nationals.

Last month, I took my brother on his first tour.  Phx - Vail - Bryce Canyon - Phx.

Can't remember how I found this site... probably a trip report or something that someone posted on http://www.yamahafz1oa.com/

Don


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tjbrandt50 on October 04, 2007, 05:01:48 pm
Hi all,

Had such a good time at CSTN Rally in Eureka Springs, I realized this forum deserves more of my attention, so here I am.

Here's a brief history of my decades-spanning motorcycle experience.  Started riding late teens/'70s on a Kawasaki H2 (750 two-stroke triple -  the candy blue one).  Commuted to college on it in non-snow days in northern Illinois.  Sold to younger brother - boy I wish I hadn't done that.  Graduated, got job, got '82 GPz1100 and used it for commuting and trips, a few short camping trips but nothing like most of you guys/gals.  Moved to Houston area in '90, rode GPz here for a few years.  Got tired of dodging empty beer cans that had come out of driver's side windows of pickup trucks (not thrown at me, just the drinking and driving thing in a high traffic area) so I let the GPz sit in the garage for a long time and finally sold it.  Another factor was my employer's policy of not allowing motorcycle use.  Couple years ago I wandered into the dark, dusty local Kawasaki shop just out of curiousity.  They had an Eddie Lawson replica that reminded me so much of the GPz, I got a little misty-eyed.  As I was complaining about cleaning/oiling chains, the sales associate aimed me toward the darkest dustiest corner in the back of the shop and there it was.  '05 Concours - shaft drive, great value, plenty of go for an older, more reserved gentleman such as myself.  I was sold that day, but took a couple to let the rush wear off before acting.  Been riding again ever since.  Love mixing riding with camping/hiking and seeing new places.  Outside of riding, I'm a big SciFi/Fantasy reader, and work as an engineer at a "GoJuice" plant (refinery).  Looking forward to meeting many of you in the coming years.

Regards,

Tom Brandt
Kemah, TX


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RIDEMYST on October 08, 2007, 12:59:43 pm
I'm a newbie to this group. I started riding back in the late 60's, then quit for a few decades due to work and other obligations. About 12 years ago I started riding again along with my wife. I currently ride a 2004 Honda ST1300 and my wife rides a 2007 Yamaha FZ6. We travel on two wheels often. I keep a photo site of our travels that I invite you to view:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ridemyst/sets/
I'm looking forward to being an active member in this group. -JEP-


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: elarbolverde on October 09, 2007, 11:35:33 pm
It is pouring in Brooklyn.  I am 28 years old, NYC born and raised.  My ZRX1100 is the 4th bike in my 5 years of riding.  Previously owned: 88 Hawk GT, 98 Bandit 1200, 98 Ducati 900SS (briefly!).  My concept of motorcycling has changed dramatically in the more recent months of my short riding career.  Short daily commutes between Brooklyn and Manhattan have been replaced by long Sunday rides to unknown destinations, getting further and further away from the grid each week.  Two days ago, I took my longest ride ever at 360 miles on the ZRX.  And it felt like the shortest.  I know that's just a ride to work to many of you here on the forum, but I look forward to expanding my world and learning as much as I can through this resource.

--josh


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: R6Chick on October 11, 2007, 12:12:33 pm
I have been here for a while but I tend towards lurking more than anything. Sometimes I don't even get to lurk much between school work and work, work.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: dzervit on October 11, 2007, 12:41:32 pm
Howdy all.  Long time lurker turned active member.   30 years old, live near Detroit, been riding one year and 10,000 miles.  Well, almost 10K.  If I take the bike to Chicago this weekend I'll pass the 10K mark.  

Started on a V-Star 650 classic my bro and I went in on, snapped quickly and got my own sweet ride, an '06 R12RT.  Love it to bits.  Been to one track day to learn, can't wait to go do it again.  

Looks like a fun group 'round here, looking forward to harassing you all.   :beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Guy on October 11, 2007, 11:02:34 pm
Welcome to tjbrandt50, RIDEMYST, elarbolverde, R6Chick, and dzervit. Make yourselves at home, throw your feet up on the couch, and relax.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: brevity on October 13, 2007, 10:08:18 am
Hello, all.  I'm Rodney from North Carolina.  I ride an '07 919, so I might be stretching the Sport-Touring limit...  But I did just get back from a 2,000+ mile trip on her, so I hope that qualifies!  :)  Everything I've seen on this forum is 1st class!  I can't wait to meet fellow tourers and glean from their experiences and knowledge.  Ride safe!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Guy on October 13, 2007, 10:31:20 am

Hello, all.  I'm Rodney from North Carolina.  I ride an '07 919, so I might be stretching the Sport-Touring limit...  But I did just get back from a 2,000+ mile trip on her, so I hope that qualifies!  :)  Everything I've seen on this forum is 1st class!  I can't wait to meet fellow tourers and glean from their experiences and knowledge.  Ride safe!


Sport touring is a state of mind, we don't care what you ride, as long as you ride what you got. Welcome brevity


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kylemason on October 13, 2007, 09:20:05 pm
I'm ready to ride!!!  I'm going to miss the Fastlane Rally in Arkansas this year and I'm bummed!  Glad to find you all to help me set up the FZ1 to go the distance.  Already have a 2500 miler on her and can't wait to run her hard again.  This in town stuff makes me CRAZY!! :sleepy:

The Jarhead formerly known as SPANKY


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: udukeshere on October 15, 2007, 01:11:42 pm
Hi Everyone,

I have been lurking here for a while and decided to introduce myself.

This is a great site

I've been riding fairly continuously for around 28 years. Last year I picked up an 06 Multistrada 1000s and am getting into the spirit of "Sport" touring. I love the multi, sacrifice a little superslab comfort but get brilliant handling in the twisties (especially the tight stuff). I managed about 13000 miles in the last year.

I took my first big trip in a while this year so I'll post the ride report & pics as soon as I get a chance.

Dan


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ModemRat on October 17, 2007, 01:04:51 am
Hi everyone.  New to the boards and just want to introduce myself.  Been riding for about a year and a half on my Ninja 650r.  I've been hooked on touring ever since my first trip to Deal's Gap last year.  Since then I have taken a lot of small trips.  Long weekends here and there.  My longer trips include a week through the Appalachians and a 2 week trip across country from Chicago, through Canada and down to Phoenix through the Rockies.  I've got 25,000+ miles on my bike and am looking to put on some more :)  Sounds like this board will provide a lot of inspiration.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: De5115 on October 17, 2007, 11:30:41 pm
I've been lurking for a few weeks and think its time to say hi.  I got my first bike a few months ago  :inlove:YZF600R and I've been having a blast on it.  I'm in Las Vegas and the weather right now has been AWESOME for riding.  The members here sound like they know what they are talking about and I've found some of the How To's pretty helpful.  


Has anyone here done a trackday at Pahrump or the Las Vegas Motor Speedway?  The Freddy Spencer School looks pretty cool but is way out of my price range right now.  I'm gearing up and saving money.  I think that by January I'll be ready to attend one.

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z277/de5115/IMG_2564.jpg)




Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Minnie on October 19, 2007, 07:11:30 am
Hi! I've been dipping in and out of this site for a while now. What impresses me most is the camaradery that people here display and the way people are not shy about discussing problems and helping each other out. I am a sortof internet counsellor and I like to think I can help people with problems too, so I thought I'd register and see if anyone would like a hand with life's complications.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Minnie on October 19, 2007, 04:44:46 pm
Hello, weebs, I'm here and ready to do my stuff. Sorry Ive been away for a few hours but Ive being helping people on other sites. If you are at all concerned about my credentials, or color, or whatever, just google Minnie or Moan to Minnie or Moaning Minnie.

seems to me that off topic is where I should start doing my magic. any other suggestions?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: JonS on October 19, 2007, 08:49:26 pm

Hello, weebs, I'm here and ready to do my stuff. Sorry Ive been away for a few hours but Ive being helping people on other sites. If you are at all concerned about my credentials, or color, or whatever, just google Minnie or Moan to Minnie or Moaning Minnie.

seems to me that off topic is where I should start doing my magic. any other suggestions?

 As a counselor, you should know that people are more open if they have some idea what you are about. Also, this is not a general purpose forum. What kind of bike do you ride. How long have you been interested in motorcycles. Etc.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Minnie on October 20, 2007, 08:02:47 am
(http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g57/GeneralPig/0521_woman_biker_s.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: JonS on October 20, 2007, 08:05:39 am

(http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g57/GeneralPig/0521_woman_biker_s.jpg)

 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Minnie on October 20, 2007, 11:05:26 am
Now apologise you rude bastard.

Luv,

Min


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: texasaggie81 on October 21, 2007, 09:08:51 am
Hello All,
   Been on the list for a little over a month, in fact some of you guys helped me pick out my bike.  Had passed over this thread but wanted to say hi to the listers.  I have enjoyed being a part of the STN community, and because of it am once again enjoying riding.  Really glad it's here, and hope this thread gets longer as more riders join up.  I look forward to learning more from all the knowledgable riders that helped me find an affordable bike that would be suitable for sport touring.  Maybe one day I'll day be able to pass this wisdom along as well.
   -Damon


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: cyclemancny on October 22, 2007, 11:55:47 pm
Hello fellow motorcyclists. Just happened to stumble upon this forum.  Snooping around and liked what it offered. So, here's a little about me.

I started riding at the old age of 24 and been riding since 1976, that's 31 summers for us folks with winter snows. I currently ride a 2001 Kawasaki ZX6E Ninja with 43000 miles on it. Over the years I have taken long trips from Nova Scotia to North Carolina, Maine to Minnesota. I usually try to get a long trip in each year. Between trips I commute as often by motorcycle to/from work.

I've owned 1974 Honda 360T, 1977 Honda 550K, 1981 Honda Silverwing, 1994 BMW K75 and my favorite bike so far, 2001 Kawasaki ZX6E Ninja.

A short sunday ride in the country is somewhere over 300  miles.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jakieboy on October 25, 2007, 06:16:35 pm
New to the forum wanted to say Hi

Been riding dirt and road for about 30 years, now mostly road since I sold the last dirt bike. Bought a 2003 SV1000S in May and ready for some road trips in SoCal. Have been lurking the west coast posts for a while now and would like to join in.  Jakieboy (Don)  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: route66 on October 27, 2007, 12:03:09 am
Hi everyone,
I found this site while searching for info on a bike i'm looking at buying.
A '89 Pacific coast with 26,000 miles on it. The dealer has a price tag of $3500 on it.
I can get it cheaper, I've bought a few bikes from them.
I just need a cheap commuter bike. I go about 80 miles round trip each day.

I already have a VTX 1800c and a dirt bike, Yamaha TTR-225.
My wife rides a 4 wheeler TRX250es.
My kids have TTR-125, CR80R, and PW80.

My brother has a '91 Katana, '04 HD Night Train, and just bought a '05 Hayabusa.
The 'busa was used for a drag bike the past couple of years and has went 9.41 @ 146 mph.

Anyway if I get a cheap bike (pacific coast, concours, or whatever) and it works out, I may buy  a st1300 for fj1300 or something similar.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: psychsurf on October 27, 2007, 01:20:03 am
Hi all, guess I missed this thread...  Saw all the noobs posting in the beginner's garage, thought that was the place to say hello.   I'm lazy, so I'll just cut and paste what I posted there.   :sleepy:

Quote
Hi, first post here, figured this might be the place for it.   Not sure if I'm even in the right site, but this seems a better fit than ADVrider.com.   Although I have to admit they do some pretty neat stuff over there.

Anyway, I've been riding for about 16 years, have had my current bike for about 6 months.   It's not really a sport-touring bike, but it's also not really a sportbike, or a standard, or a cruiser, or a dualsport...   I guess it is classified as a "standard", actually, but I don't see it that way.

Here's a pic of my favorite bike ever, my 2000 SV650 :
(http://forum.surfermag.com/photopost/data/898/medium/new_mount3.jpg)


Great machine, super fun to ride, same powerplant as the venerable Wee-Strom.
I actually loved it so much, I got one for my wife too:
(http://i24.tinypic.com/28ko83t.jpg)

She's a new rider, only passed her MSF a couple of weeks ago, but she's very much in love with her SV650 as well...  

"But psychsurf, those aren't sport-touring motorcycles, don't you think you are in the wrong forum here?"

True that.  But if everything goes well we have plans to make a month-long trip into mexico to see family and friends and do some surfing.   While many of the questions we have about that upcoming trip can be answered at one of those world-riding sites like ADVrider or horizonsunlimited, they are pretty dual-sport-centric, and as such don't have much advice for the sport-tourer.

So, that's me and why I'm here.  I'm a big fan of online forums for information-collection purposes, not so much a fan of all the BSing.  But I'm sure I'll be around asking lots of silly questions and doing my best to keep out of trouble.


As such, here's a question for the crew:  Who here has toured on a SV650, or similar?  What kind of luggage did you use?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Spence on October 28, 2007, 07:29:28 pm
Hello all, First post ever in any forum. Know how to do enough with the computer just to get by. Been lurking for awhile decided to give it a try. Can I still be a sport-tourer with a Harley? I've been riding since 1992. I usually have at least two bikes because I like different kinds of riding. I find myself between second bikes right know after selling my Honda RC51 this summer. Looking to replace it with something more civil, sport-tourer to naked bike range. My wife also rides. Just replaced her 2001 vstar 650 with a 2006 Honda vtx 1300 which is her fourth bike now. Our last trip was a 8 day 2700 mile ride from Pa down to smoky mountain, deals gap ,Gatlinburg,Tn, And Helen,Ga area. Great riding accept not having the right bike for the job. Just turned up 55000 miles on my roadking which I bough new in 2001. Been enjoying your stories and pictures and hope to learn to post trip reports in time also. Ray
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Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on October 31, 2007, 10:48:32 am
You can only count yourself as ST rider if you own a Triumph.  :p


 :couch:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jed on October 31, 2007, 11:20:03 am

Can I still be a sport-tourer with a Harley?
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Yes!  Well, at least Chornbe is still around after trading in his FJR for a Harley.  :p

Welcome, and post away!  Ignore the Cpl.  He's a Welshman living in England so he's always a bit cantankerous.  :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jwhite518 on October 31, 2007, 12:24:18 pm
Normally we don't allow Harleys here, but since you actually RIDE yours I guess you're OK.  ;)

Welcome to the forum, Spence.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on November 01, 2007, 02:24:12 pm
Absolutely not. the Harley Davidson motorcycle is the finest and most up to date agricultural tool in existence. If you forget the spade.   :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on November 04, 2007, 12:27:18 am

Absolutely not. the Harley Davidson motorcycle is the finest and most up to date agricultural tool in existence. If you forget the spade.   :D


What about the URAL????

Don't Russian farmers count??



 :rofl:





Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on November 04, 2007, 12:29:17 am

Hi all, guess I missed this thread...  Saw all the noobs posting in the beginner's garage, thought that was the place to say hello.   I'm lazy, so I'll just cut and paste what I posted there.   :sleepy:



Welcome  :bigok:

Many folks here ride the SV, Great bike :thumbsup:

Enjoy the fun, poke around lots of good stuff if you look :popcorn:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Tobes on November 04, 2007, 01:13:00 am
Hi,
This is my first post.  Not sure if I'll get this photo to upload right.  I've been out of riding for a while.  I just picked up a new bike today, a BMW R1200R.  So I'm psyched to get back into riding.  I started checking out ST.net about a month ago and it seems like a great group and a good resource for information.  I'm hoping to hook up with some local rides and get my chops back cause I'm kind of rusty at the moment.  :)  Thanks...
(http://webpages.charter.net/kristineandmike/IMG_1589.JPG)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Fast Eddy on November 04, 2007, 07:00:06 pm
Well here goes.

You prolly guessed my name is Ed. I'm not very creative with the board name so an old family nic name it is.
I have been riding since I was 16.
I finally got online in the last year and mostly hung out on the Blackbird forum.

I hope to do more touring in the future so maybe I will get to meet some of ya'll.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Spence on November 04, 2007, 07:58:48 pm
  Hi Ed. Like some of your bike choices. I have a 2001 Road king classic and did have a 97 cbr1100xx which also was one of my favorite bikes.  welcome from another newbie.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BumbleBee on November 05, 2007, 09:40:20 pm
Howdy all, just found this site.  Been riding for 31 years, 28 years sport-touring on BMW's, I love it!  Enough about me, I want to see what's here!  :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FKaiser on November 05, 2007, 10:42:28 pm
Welcome newbies!

There's a lot of variety in rides the last couple of weeks.., all sweet.

See ya on the road.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sicheneder4 on November 06, 2007, 07:49:59 am
Howdy all. Looks like I posted my Intro in the wrong spot.   Made a new subject ... lol ...I'm special :crazy:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on November 06, 2007, 11:04:25 pm
Welcome all.  There's a wealth of information here.  Peruse and enjoy.

I would have made this a lot more interesting, but I'm being ignored by two members and I want to gain back their faith by being bland and noncontroversial.  However, they won't know how hard I'm trying, because they're ignoring me.

Sigh.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on November 07, 2007, 12:28:41 am






Did you guys hear something?   :headscratch:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TadPrime on November 07, 2007, 11:15:23 am
Hello, my name is Tad and I have owned motorcycles continuously for 23 years (including a short stretch where I owned one but didn't know where it actually was...).

Bike history:
1984ish Suzuki GN125D (first street motorcycle, had mini bikes, trikes and a bit of off-road before)
89 or 90 Suzuki Katana 600 (stolen 3 times, third one stuck)
1976 Honda CB750 (project bike once I had a garage)
2005 Suzuki Katana 750 (when I got tired of the project bike only being ridable half the time)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TomsFZ1 on November 07, 2007, 08:49:16 pm
Hey, been lurking as a guest for a little while, and thought I'd finally register and say hello.  Lots of good info on this site, it's been good reading.  

Been riding since the mid-80's...current ride is an '07 Yamaha FZ1 that's only a month old.  Previous bike was an '02 FZ1.

This pic was taken last weekend riding down Skyline Drive.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2087/1860496202_7e9dbf826f.jpg?v=0)

There are more photos on my Flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/) if anyone's interested.  Just bought a tiny camera I've vowed to take on all my rides from now on.

Ride safe everyone!   :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on November 08, 2007, 11:31:06 am
Nice looker, Tom.  Are the oft-reported fueling problems of the first year or two sorted out to your satisfaction?










Oh.....DD :p...oh, wait-you can't see me.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TomsFZ1 on November 08, 2007, 02:07:13 pm
I think that was fixed for the '07s.  At least, I don't have the problem.   :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Full Juice on November 10, 2007, 02:18:23 pm
Greetings:  I have been riding motorcycles for a long time, about a half century.  I grew up with BSA but now prefer the Yamaha 650 for reliability.  I also have a Yamaha FJ1200 for sport touring, and Moto Guzzi V50, V65 and T3.  Once in awhile I ride my Ducati 900SS but not much.  I promised myself when I entered my dotage I would slow down.  I like having a variety of motorcycles.  I've never had any kind of off road bike but I've had pretty much every other type.  
I started my 2 wheel riding with an American Swallow bicycle with a 2hp Lawson pump engine bolted to it with a pulley that rubbed on the rear wheel.  It wasn't much but I put a lot of miles on that machine.  I also learned to wear protection from riding that Swallow.  I hit a dog at about 15mph and did a four point landing on gravel.  From that time on I started wearing gloves, helmet and jacket at least.  I've walked away from three crashes that would have done major damage had it not been for my protective gear.  I don't know if loud pipes save anything but I know a helmet and good gear does.  
I live in the North so I can't ride all year but I generally go out if it is in the 40s or above.  I won't go when it is frozen unless I take out my old side car rig.  I have a '76 XS650 with a Velorex car I occasionally drive in winter.  
For many years I restored old cars but now I work in an office.  Puttering on older bikes gives me something I can look at when I am done.  My job lacks that tangible result and I seem to need to have things I have done that are visible.  I refurbish old bikes in summer and make wood projects in winter.  I am also repairing an old J.P.Sauer Drilling in 16x16 over 9.3x72R.  While I don't know much about guns, I am slowly learning.  Some of my thoughts are at philomoto.blogspot.com.  I haven't taken time to write very often but hope to add more this winter.  I was in a legal office in the Army so I type but that's about the extent of my computer knowledge.
It is predicted to be 50 degrees tomorrow and I hope to get out for another ride before it snows.  
Pleased to meet people and glad I found this site.  LN


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sicheneder4 on November 10, 2007, 02:23:25 pm
LN ... Great to have ya here.  Always good to have an old school / experienced point of view to balance out the crazies in here .... lol :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ksann on November 10, 2007, 04:14:37 pm

 I have a '76 XS650 with a Velorex car I occasionally drive in winter.  
Welcome to the site, and love your collection and assortment, but I especially want to see pics of this one.




ken


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: VaRollon on November 12, 2007, 06:11:58 pm
Hey Sport touring PEEPS!  Shouting out from Virginia!  Great site!  Longtime sport rider ex-Yamaha/Triumph/Victory/Moto Guzzi shop GM.  Rideless now last bike sold in AUG,   04' VFR800, good ride want something different, looking forward to reading your posts.  Have had 10 sportbikes around 120k miles.  Ride on dudes!

Rich in Virginia


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Guy on November 12, 2007, 11:37:12 pm

Hello, my name is Tad and I have owned motorcycles continuously for 23 years (including a short stretch where I owned one but didn't know where it actually was...).



There better be an interesting story there. Welcome Tad

VaRollon, check out this thread https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,146.0.html if you happen to be a NoVA type.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 05ST1300ABS on November 13, 2007, 12:58:54 am

Welcome to the latest incarnation of ST.N.  We've been online since Oct 2001 and welcome all riders.

So pull up a chair, tell us a little about yourself, and join the discussions.

Thanks.
--
Neal


Hello all Sportriders...
I live in Central/eastern TN in Crossville and ride an 05ST1300ABS, hence the same screen name. My former ride was a 99GL1500SE...
Maybe met some of you guys on the MTF or the GWII forum or the STowners forum.
I have started doing a few SS1K rides on the weekends and also combining them with some excuse like a Ride To Eat and taking off from there.
I have owned Hondas since around 69'.  The BMW K1200GT might be my next bike but that is 3-4 years down the road. I really love the new version 05 and newer but the price tag is still too much.
Need any help in TN or want to do some weekend riding, let me know.
russDIckerson..PSssst...ill be in Memphis this weekend at Interstate BBQ at NOON.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mica on November 13, 2007, 10:46:01 pm
Howdy, Well the cruiser just isn't cutting it anymore. Came here to peruse info on V-Strom 650 and Ninja650. I have stumbled through here now and again the last few years but decided to hang around this time.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: wilinfla on November 14, 2007, 01:19:05 am
Hi, I just found this site and figured I should start here. I have been riding for a long time (40 years). The bkes in the garage currently are: 1999 Harley Heritage Softail (mine), 2005 Harley Sportster (wifes), 2006 Suzuki SV650 (wifes) 1974 Yamaha RD350 (wifes), 1976 Suzuki gt500 (mine), 1976 Honda CB550K (mine) and tomorrow I pick up my new 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S  :) I like my Harley, I have 93K miles on it, but after riding the  wifes SV650 a few times I decided I really wanted a modern sport touring type bike. I think the Bandit 1250S will fill the bill perfectly and the price was too good to pass up. The weather here in FLorida is perfect and I have the next 2 days off to ride the new bike ;). I am looking forward to it and getting information from this site.

                                                             Will


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: banditbikergirl on November 15, 2007, 02:12:03 am
Welcome Will!  I have a 2005 Harley Sportster and a 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S.  I love both bikes. The mood and attitude I have that day is the deciding factor of which one I want to ride.  Both are totally different rides but equally fun!  Enjoy the new Bandit....I have no complaints about it!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: quacker998 on November 15, 2007, 10:47:17 am
Hello everyone - I relly enjoy this site and the angle of the discussions - you're a nice bunch of like minded individuals.

Been riding many years - all over Europe and the States, a good few hundred thousand miles under my belt on many bikes. The most outstanding being my MG 850LM mk3 - which for some reason I sold. Presently own personal favourites Duc998 and MV910s Brute, a race bike and a heavily modded Duc900ss. and some others. I am going to buy an adventure touring bike - or at least a bike that can go long distance - for some trips in the coming couple of years - maybe a vstrom 650 abs or an F800gs, or a Uly - haven't made up my mind yet. Nice to meet you all.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on November 15, 2007, 10:59:17 am

Welcome to the site, and love your collection and assortment, but I especially want to see pics of this one.

ken


+1 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sonicspeed on November 16, 2007, 08:42:52 am
hello y'all, live in west tennessee, ride a FJR 1300 AE, i have been lurking here for a couple of weeks and decided it was time for me to jump on in.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: WarBaby on November 16, 2007, 10:20:45 am
Hi folks! Just joined from middle TN. :bigok:

My current ride is a `07 FZ1--current passion is NC twisties.

(http://zenfire.ws/FZ1/640x480tourgap.jpg)


Title: New Versys
Post by: Jimmy Versys on November 17, 2007, 11:54:51 pm
Just got a new Versys! Can't wait for spring, so can get to riding on the west side of the state. Take the ferry from Whidbey Island to Port Townsend, and tour the Hwy 101 area. From Naches, Washington, lots of good riding over here, but time for a change.Pic is from about 12 miles from Naches, in the foothills of the Cascade mtns. Later, Jimmy


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: popwud on November 18, 2007, 12:34:29 pm
Hiya all....new here but nowhere else :)...had a bike since I was 15, slowing down now so I bought a Suzuki gsx1400 in sonic silver she is a beaut.....didnt care for the blue and whites theres thousands of em, too common, no individuality....your site has some interesting people so thought Id give it a go.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Art on November 20, 2007, 05:26:49 pm
Hello! ...well I have spent a good 10 hours (not in a row) lurking on here so I might as well say hi.
I was away from bikes for 15 years until August of this year when I bought my Concours 14. Glad to be back.
Very nice forum! Hope to meet some of you folks one day.  :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BigBird on November 21, 2007, 12:36:09 am
Hi Folks!  I'm an old fart (64) with a 2001 GL1800A Goldwing but I ride it like a Sport Tourer.  I'm hoping to meet some folks in my area to ride the twisties with at a more sporting pace than most of my friends are up for.

The GL1800A has Traxxion Dynamics AK 20 forks, rear shock/spring, brake pads and a fork brace which help a LOT with handling and ground/cornering clearance (but the mufflers, etc. still get scraped up).   :)  Other major mods are Russell Day Long saddle, Windbender electric windshield, Garmin 2610, Passport radar detector, Blinder laser jammer and lots of extra lights.

The bike has 147K and about 1/2 of that is sport touring with my wife Gail a and our small dog Bandit on the back.  We've covered many of the best twisties all over the US and in Eastern Canada.  We spent this September on a 12K trip to the west coast.  Last year we shipped the bike to Europe for 7 weeks and 8K miles over there with about ½ of that in the Alps/Dolomites (and that was REALLY fun).  No, I'm not retired yet – just get a lot of vacation and we love to ride (especially in the twisties).

I hope to be able to link up with some of you folks in my area for some rides.  I know it's late in the season now but hopefully we'll have a few more nice weekends this year (and I ride all year round).  Please ping me if you'd like to do a ride!

THANKS!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sicheneder4 on November 21, 2007, 03:47:41 pm

Hi Folks!  I'm an old fart (64) with a 2001 GL1800A Goldwing but I ride it like a Sport Tourer.  I'm hoping to meet some folks in my area to ride the twisties with at a more sporting pace than most of my friends are up for.

The GL1800A has Traxxion Dynamics AK 20 forks, rear shock/spring, brake pads and a fork brace which help a LOT with handling and ground/cornering clearance (but the mufflers, etc. still get scraped up).   :)  Other major mods are Russell Day Long saddle, Windbender electric windshield, Garmin 2610, Passport radar detector, Blinder laser jammer and lots of extra lights.

The bike has 147K and about 1/2 of that is sport touring with my wife Gail a and our small dog Bandit on the back.  We've covered many of the best twisties all over the US and in Eastern Canada.  We spent this September on a 12K trip to the west coast.  Last year we shipped the bike to Europe for 7 weeks and 8K miles over there with about ½ of that in the Alps/Dolomites (and that was REALLY fun).  No, I'm not retired yet – just get a lot of vacation and we love to ride (especially in the twisties).

I hope to be able to link up with some of you folks in my area for some rides.  I know it's late in the season now but hopefully we'll have a few more nice weekends this year (and I ride all year round).  Please ping me if you'd like to do a ride!

THANKS!



Welcome!  I'm in PA so we may be able to meet up sometime and do some corners.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sicheneder4 on November 21, 2007, 03:48:39 pm
Matter of fact I'm getting ready to head out now for a quick ride ... and Fredrick is just down 15 for me...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 05thundercat on November 22, 2007, 02:53:47 am
Hey all! New to the so called "sport-touring" world. I've been riding Harley's and dirtbikes since I was 10. Got rid of some lunkers a few years ago, and been riding a Yamaha YZF600R ever since. Great bike!! Definitely get more bang for the buck when compared to the old American lunkers. Anywho, been riding for 15 years and loving every minute of the SoCal sky. The only thing that I don't have going on, is all that fancy gear and do-dads that everyone has rigged, hooked up, or attached to their bikes. Let's make it a true sport-touring adventure, and head out without luggage and maps!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on November 22, 2007, 08:17:15 pm
The only thing that I don't have going on, is all that fancy gear and do-dads that everyone has rigged, hooked up, or attached to their bikes. Let's make it a true sport-touring adventure, and head out without luggage and maps!!


O.O

So, with no luggage, you gonna wear the same shorts every day of your trip?  

Anyway, Welcome!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 05thundercat on November 23, 2007, 07:02:29 pm
I don't ride a GSXR, so no shorts for me.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Hoss_Cartwheel on November 25, 2007, 01:22:47 pm
New member here. Re-entry rider, got back to riding again 3 1/2 years ago. On 7th bike since '73, blue 2007 Suzuki V-Strom 650, semi-farkled at this time.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BigBird on November 25, 2007, 09:59:44 pm
sichender said:

Welcome!  I'm in PA so we may be able to meet up sometime and do some corners.


Thanks for the weclome.  I'll look forward riding with you some time.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: R Doug on November 25, 2007, 10:03:57 pm


Thanks for the weclome.  I'll look forward riding with you some time.


I was nice riding w/ you yesterday.  Welcome aboard ST.N, I think you'll like it here.

I look forward to riding w/ you again.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Commando850 on November 27, 2007, 10:40:20 pm
Don't know if I am a bona fide Sport Tourer or not. I like sporty bikes and I enjoy touring...so maybe I am. I love pretty much anything with two wheels and an engine. They all make me smile :) Currently ride an 08 Concours 14, 02 VFR, and a 74 Norton Commando 850. I'm not much of a poster, but I enjoy reading the forum. It's a great site you have here!

Hello to everyone from Eastern Canada!  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MWSedam on November 30, 2007, 11:56:02 pm
Hi.  New to this forum, I'm currently on a 2006 R1200GS, but once I sell it, I'm hoping to get either a Concours 14 or an FJR.  I can't go back to an ST1300.  It's a great bike, but I like trying different motorcycles.  I started on a Honda Rebel, Nighthawk, '94 Concours, 89 Goldwing, ZZR1200, K1200LT, ST1300, and now the R1200GS.

Look for the 1200GS in the classifieds soon.

Mike


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bill Wilson on December 02, 2007, 05:46:09 pm
Hello to Everyone,

From 72 to 76 I rode a HD 250H and the Honda 305 Dream. Stopped riding in 76 and started again in May of this year. I forgot how much I loved to ride, so I have ridden about 12,000 miles since May. My wife wanted a smaller bike so she got a Yamaha 250 Virago. I bought a Honda Shadow 600 and put over 5000 miles on it this summer, but wanted to try a sport bike. I finally settled on the SV650 and love riding this bike. I normally go on day rides of 100 to 300 miles. Since I live about 25 miles NW of CLT, I ride the BRP and surrounding roads when possible, weather/temps permitting. I found a few local twisties within a 50 mile radius for winter riding. I am sure I will eventually ride with some from this group in the Carolina area.  :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bill Wilson on December 02, 2007, 06:18:49 pm

Hi.  New to this forum, I'm currently on a 2006 R1200GS, but once I sell it, I'm hoping to get either a Concours 14 or an FJR.  I can't go back to an ST1300.  It's a great bike, but I like trying different motorcycles.  I started on a Honda Rebel, Nighthawk, '94 Concours, 89 Goldwing, ZZR1200, K1200LT, ST1300, and now the R1200GS.

Look for the 1200GS in the classifieds soon.

Mike


I am also new to the group & welcome. Is your avatar an ILS indicator?
 


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MWSedam on December 02, 2007, 06:38:24 pm



I am also new to the group & welcome. Is your avatar an ILS indicator?
 

Sure is.  I use it on another forum I belong to because of the "GS" on it...and I ride a 1200GS...pretty clever, huh?  :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bill Wilson on December 02, 2007, 07:48:21 pm


Sure is.  I use it on another forum I belong to because of the "GS" on it...and I ride a 1200GS...pretty clever, huh?  :)


I taught spin recovery using airspeed, turn coordinator, and altimeter under the hood. Straight & level makes me queasy, I guess that is why I like sportbikes! :crazy:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ST1300 on December 04, 2007, 09:59:01 am
Good Morning,
I live in Eau Claire,WI I have an 06 ST1300 and have been a sportbike rider til a couple years ago. I have two kids and have been married for 10 years. I'm a stay at home Dad for 5 years. I have rental property and a lawn mowing business. I love long distance touring we did 3700 miles out west in 7 days this past June. So that's Little about me. I love bikes all styles.

Dave


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Magnarider on December 04, 2007, 06:48:08 pm
Hey, my name is Mike, and currently I'm riding a '94 Honda Magna that I've put about 25,000 miles on since I got it about 4 years ago.  I've been riding since I got my first dirtbike to teach me a little before I could hit the roads legally when I was 11 (I'm 23 now).  This site sounds awesome, and I'm just looking to learn more and get some other perspectives.  


Title: Re: New Versys
Post by: ol Rocket on December 05, 2007, 11:28:52 am

Just got a new Versys! Can't wait for spring, so can get to riding on the west side of the state. Take the ferry from Whidbey Island to Port Townsend, and tour the Hwy 101 area. From Naches, Washington, lots of good riding over here, but time for a change.Pic is from about 12 miles from Naches, in the foothills of the Cascade mtns. Later, Jimmy


I work in Yakima, Jim.  I have a company car so I don't ride the bike to work much.  There are a few ST.Ners from our area.  Maybe it's time to do an area get together next spring/summer.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: blatherskyte on December 07, 2007, 12:24:49 am
Greetings all. Just thought I'd drop in and say hello instead of lurking about.

Since I sold my car I ride an ST1300 full time. Can't say I miss that car much.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rick on December 09, 2007, 04:23:08 pm
Hi!

My name is Rick and I am excited about joining the forum!  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: J-Mac on December 11, 2007, 02:21:18 am
What's up?
Thought I'd check this place out after hearing about it. :cool:  I ride a ZX14 and put about 8,000 miles a year on my bikes.
My wife took up riding last year, and we're planning some rides for next season. See ya' on the forums. :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: WillieH on December 11, 2007, 01:59:12 pm
Pointed to the site by suzukijo. Been in Idaho for 10 years and just started riding again 5 years ago. Great riding here in the west central mountains, just not this time of year!!
Willie


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on December 11, 2007, 05:07:36 pm

Pointed to the site by suzukijo. Been in Idaho for 10 years and just started riding again 5 years ago. Great riding here in the west central mountains, just not this time of year!!
Willie


Welcome. However, is Idaho a real place, or are you just making it up?

Best wishes,

General Sir Ron Pig.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: motorcyclemac on December 11, 2007, 08:06:25 pm
Hello Folks,

My name is Mac and I am a Concours rider.  I have been on motorcycles for the last 20+ yrs.  I started this obsession on a Honda 175 twin in my teens.  Later in life I bought a 1975 Kawasaki Kz900z1.  This was my first real street machine and was really a handful for a 17 year old punk.  After the 900 was sold I moved to a slightly newer 1980 Suzuki GS550L.  That was a heck of a durable machine..and I still own it along with its sister bike an 81 GS650GT.  In 1994 I bought my 1990 Concours.  This bike and I have had quite a lengthy affair.  I bought it with 4K on the clock.  Needless to say it has more miles now...approaching 30K.  I sold it once to a buddy in a swap for a Sportster.  After a few months and much whacking myself in the head.  We swapped back.  I can't tell ya how wonderful that ride home was.  Man, I missed my Connie.  I ended up buying a second Connie (an '05) for my wife.  She decided that she wanted me to break in the new bike and she would ride my '90 for a while.  I put a handful of miles on the new bike and swapped it back to her.  Funny thing is that we both agreed that the 90 was a better bike and neither of us really liked the '05.  We traded it back to the dealer and got her another bike that she liked better.  So that is the long story of how I have been off and on my 90 Connie over the years.  It is a really good machine and is getting a tad long in the tooth.  IT is far from worn out  but is 18 yrs old and showing it a tad from materials decaying.  I live in the Pacific NorthWet and I ride everyday.  Yes...Connie has been thru Mother Natures bike wash daily for her whole life ..and is showing it.  It gets maintained well and has never let me down...so I can't complain.

Since my wife has gotten the last two bikes bought for her...I am in line next.  She is on a Suzuki C50T and it seems to suit her well.  After breaking in her 05 Connie it sorta showed me how outta date my beloved 90 Concours is getting.  I have been entertaining the thought of buying an '08 Triumph Sprint ST in silver.  I need to go ride one for myself and experience the Brits Sport Tour bike.  I have looked at them in passing and even raced one in the showroom for a while...but nothing substitutes for racking some miles.

I am a machinist by trade and own my own business.  I do machine and fabrication work.  I specialize in job work and one off prototypes.  I will take production jobs if they come along but I really enjoy doing a job for the first time.  I really love having to figure out the best methods for machining R&D stuff.  

When work gets slow at the shop I work part time driving a petroleum tanker truck for a local gasoline distributor.  This is not my preferred method of making money but is rather a band-aid fix for keeping positive cash flow.  This works for now and lets me take machine work that I want to do.  I of course am always motivated to to motorcycle related jobs and often find myself engineering improvements to my bikes.

I am really excited to find a site dedicated to my favorite hobby.  I look forward to lots of exchange of information and experiences.

Take care,
Mac.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: J-Mac on December 12, 2007, 03:19:56 am
This is like posting into a black hole! :D
At least say hi. :crazy:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: popparacer on December 12, 2007, 10:27:20 am

Pointed to the site by suzukijo. Been in Idaho for 10 years and just started riding again 5 years ago. Great riding here in the west central mountains, just not this time of year!!
Willie


This is the time of year that I really miss living on the Ca. coast. Man I'd love to be there right now...

Steve


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: WillieH on December 12, 2007, 11:40:04 am



This is the time of year that I really miss living on the Ca. coast. Man I'd love to be there right now...

Steve


Hey Steve!! I'm really Bummed that John isn't doing Reno again this year. Budwieser in the parking lot, and then throw my money away on the crap tables, what a hoot!
Willie


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: popparacer on December 12, 2007, 11:53:11 am



Hey Steve!! I'm really Bummed that John isn't doing Reno again this year. Budwieser in the parking lot, and then throw my money away on the crap tables, what a hoot!
Willie


Yeah, I'm bummed too. I'm half tempted to go invade his turf anyway, not real sure about the Cedar City gathering yet.
I'm planning a trip this spring/summer to the Or. coast then down to SoCal, over towards NM and up through Co., Wy, Mt. and home. Nothing concrete yet but that's the general outline.

Steve


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: WillieH on December 12, 2007, 12:49:13 pm



Yeah, I'm bummed too. I'm half tempted to go invade his turf anyway, not real sure about the Cedar City gathering yet.
I'm planning a trip this spring/summer to the Or. coast then down to SoCal, over towards NM and up through Co., Wy, Mt. and home. Nothing concrete yet but that's the general outline.

Steve


Over on the Stromtrooper forum, MightyShep is planning a "VStrom Get Together" in Flagstaff mid June. I "May" make it, depends on a lot of things! Daughter is graduating high school and wants to do a cross country trip (cage). Can't plan anything at this point. I hate it!!
Willie


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: popparacer on December 12, 2007, 01:22:20 pm

Over on the Stromtrooper forum, MightyShep is planning a "VStrom Get Together" in Flagstaff mid June. I "May" make it, depends on a lot of things! Daughter is graduating high school and wants to do a cross country trip (cage). Can't plan anything at this point. I hate it!!
Willie
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Flagstaff in June might not be too bad, I'll have to check it out...

Steve


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on December 12, 2007, 10:07:48 pm
Well, I see you two know each other.

Nah, just kiddin' ya.  No problem in greeting old friends.  I'd do it myself if I had any.  I'd like to greet those two people who have me on "ignore" right now, too.  Give 'em the old eeeya.... but enough about me, let's see how all you newbies fit in.  Wow, lot's of new faces, or posteriors if you don't ride lead, and people to steer in the right direction.  Used to be we'd gather you all, shave your heads, strip you down, hose you off and delouse you (motorcycle cleaning products have many uses).  But, thanks to the ACLU, we are a kindler, gentler, all-welcoming organization now.  And there was that harrassment thing.  Who knew she was a girl? Why it's Christmas time-rather, the "holiday season" and we can't say that either.  But hang in there.  Things will sort themselves out come spring and you'll be invited to barbecues, meetin' and gatherin' rides, Hooters tryouts, ST.N orientation and a special little thing I like to call "buy a present for ol Rocket".  That can be any number of things and we'll get to that later.  We used to do it at Christ...holiday season...and it was a lot of fun for one of us.  

Thank you all for signing up.  It will be a pleasure to meet you all someday (and collect that you-know-what).  Happy riding!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Chips on December 12, 2007, 10:13:19 pm
Hey ol Rocket, Can I have some of what you're drinking? :lol:

Oh, And welcome to all the newcomers. :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: WillieH on December 13, 2007, 06:24:08 pm

Well, I see you two know each other.

Nah, just kiddin' ya.  No problem in greeting old friends.  I'd do it myself if I had any.  I'd like to greet those two people who have me on "ignore" right now, too.  Give 'em the old eeeya.... but enough about me, let's see how all you newbies fit in.  Wow, lot's of new faces, or posteriors if you don't ride lead, and people to steer in the right direction.  Used to be we'd gather you all, shave your heads, strip you down, hose you off and delouse you (motorcycle cleaning products have many uses).  But, thanks to the ACLU, we are a kindler, gentler, all-welcoming organization now.  And there was that harrassment thing.  Who knew she was a girl? Why it's Christmas time-rather, the "holiday season" and we can't say that either.  But hang in there.  Things will sort themselves out come spring and you'll be invited to barbecues, meetin' and gatherin' rides, Hooters tryouts, ST.N orientation and a special little thing I like to call "buy a present for ol Rocket".  That can be any number of things and we'll get to that later.  We used to do it at Christ...holiday season...and it was a lot of fun for one of us.  

Thank you all for signing up.  It will be a pleasure to meet you all someday (and collect that you-know-what).  Happy riding!


Hey, thanks for the warm and fuzzy welcome (I think)... Not sure about how you used to welcome people. Shaving my head would not be a big job, hose me off and delouse me, well never had that done, but came close when I went to bootcamp with the "Bend and spread em" drill. Bring on the Bar B Que and lets drink some beer and tell lies.
Thanks again for the welcome, I think?! Again...??
Willie


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: woodman on December 15, 2007, 10:09:47 am
Hello everyone,
New member here, was a member on the old board and just now getting around to rejoining. I am a long time member at apriliaforums.com so there are a few here that I know and have ridden with.
Looking forward to meeting some of the folks here and doing some rides together, which I know will happen since I see there is a rally next year in Mtn. Home, AR which is where I live.

 :beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: lifeisabeach on December 15, 2007, 08:10:07 pm
I Would like to introduce myself to everyone on the STN Site. I am someone who came back to riding in 2000 after being away from it for about 25 years. I have ridden lots of different motorcycles in my younger days and have always found when riding in the dirt or on the street I just had a blast. One of the many fond memories I have is of my old Honda SL350 (imagine the highway speeds of 70 MPH on this bike?) I didn't care because it was all I had and I had a great time doing it. Yeah I rode some old stuff, but I never had any payments or worries.

Years later a neighbor suggested I use his older Honda one fine Sunday morning and go riding with him and several of his friends, Once I got back on the bike after so many years of being off of one; as they say that was all she wrote. Since then I have had a few bikes trying to figure out even though I enjoyed riding I wasn't having as much fun as I once did. It took me a few years to get back to basics and figure out what made riding so enjoyable, so after being all shook up riding a Harley Sportster and going through the motions riding these big heavy baggers I needed to make some kind of a change, I felt something was missing. When I thought back to what made riding fun I remembered the bikes were quick but they weren't so heavy as they are today. It took me until 2006 to finally try something new and different, this is when I started looking at the Sport Touring bikes on the market and found only one that seemed like it would do. So in 2006 I took a chance and purchased a new Yamaha FJR. I will say this bike is responsible for saving me from getting out of riding alltogether, my missing element had once again been found.

Once I got the bike down pat I decided I wanted to learn as much as I could about this bike and others like it. Going through all of the other sites I found there was only so much one can talk about the same bike all of the time, so I started searching for even more information from other riders and the type of rides they have. I finally found the STN site and noticed not only does everyone speak of their own rides but there is also a ton of different information available that is not only helpful but great reading as well. Even though certain repairs pertain to certain bikes as listed here, I have found some of these suggestions do give me other ideas that do relate not only to my FJR, but can relate to lots of different bikes. By adding all of this information and knowledge others supply I'm sure this will continue to be of great benefit as it has so far. It is my hope one day I will be able to help someone else as this site has already helped me. Thanks for the great site.    


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: wrw7255 on December 16, 2007, 09:42:42 pm
Hi all,
I'm Bill and I've been riding since I was about 15 years old. I'm 52 now you do the math.  Currently I'm riding a 04 Suzuki Vstrom 650, an 08 Suzuki DR650 Supermotard, and an 89 Yamaha XT600. I'm very interested in the Honda ST1300 and the FJR 1300 that I will probably get one in a couple of years before I take up the rocking chair. I love my supermotard on the twisties but a day on that thing you really feel it. I've modified my Vstrom by putting a 17in front wheel and sport touring tires and it's great on the twisties too but a lot more comfortable and can do a lot more miles. Eventually when I retire  I'm going to want or go longer distances hence the interest in the ST and the FJR a combination of performance and comfort. So thats my story. Nice to be here and meet you all.

Bill


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RavynX on December 17, 2007, 12:56:34 pm
Hey there,
The name's Chris, I'm 23 and I've been out of college for a year now.  I can finally save up to get my first bike as I've been dying to learn to ride for many many years.  I will be taking the MSF course in Spring/Summer '08 and getting my first bike shortly after, hopefully; school loans and all.  I hope to get to meet you all and maybe join up for rides the following season or 2.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on December 17, 2007, 07:19:13 pm
Hey Chris, welcome

Make sure you take a gander at the Beginner's forum if you haven't already.  Lots of opinionated old men and women give their 2 cents for your edification.  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on December 17, 2007, 07:37:44 pm


 Lots of opinionated old men and women give their 2 cents for your edification.  :bigok:


Not true.  I've never paid for it in my life.   And....., welcome Chris.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Sprocketeer on December 18, 2007, 02:13:04 am
Hello everyone!

Motoholic and I met some friendly guys from this site on our way back home from our Red Bluff/San Fran trip about a week ago.  We didn't get to ask for their names, but we met them at a Starbucks just outside of LA.  Thanks guys!

Great site.  :thumbsup:



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mojogoat on December 18, 2007, 10:26:46 am
Howdy Folks,
New to this forum, been riding off and on for the last 30 years, recently moved to Fortuna from Sacramento. The wife and I pretty much have ridden all the roads in the foothills and mountains in that area. Looking forward to explore the northcoast. We mostly ride harleys, or smaller bikes when using our motorhome. I have recently purchased an 02 ST4S which I am currently sorting out adding adjustable bars, heated grips and seat, top box, slipper clutch and other mods. The riding experiance between the two bikes, HD and Ducati is so much different with each having its own advantages. The HD is just as fast as the Duc (after $5k of engine mods) but will not stop or turn very well. The advantage is the ride and seating posture, more like a recliner W/120HP. We recently completed a 3 week trip on them touring Nevada & Utah. The Duc is better suited and safer for the coastal roads not to mention 300 lbs lighter, and after I complete the comfort mods I planned, I may have to give up the HD.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: denydog on December 18, 2007, 01:18:41 pm
Quote
recently moved to Fortuna from Sacramento

Welcome!   You might just meet 40 or so STN members in late May.   I'll be there again

Maybe you'd want to have a couple of people over for refreshments?  :lol:   Here's a thread to help you prepare  Annual West Coast Regional Meet (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,12020.0.html)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: atypical1 on December 18, 2007, 01:22:58 pm
Welcome and don't forget to post a pic of the ST in the Ducati forum. Look for "Show us your Ducs" post...remember, it doesn't exist without pics... :lol:

james


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Firedog on December 22, 2007, 11:04:00 am
Hello Forum Members,

I'm new to the forum.  My name is Brian.  I'm from Shawnee, KS. and I ride an '05 FJR 1300.  I'm grateful for all benefits of this website and I look forward to meeting all of you.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on December 22, 2007, 11:37:56 am
Welcome to all our new members.  I see we've got a lot of experience riders signing on, which is awesome.

Welcome to Brian, James, Mojogoat, Sprocketeer, Bill, Lifesabeach, and Woodman.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MsMeow on December 22, 2007, 01:02:57 pm
Hello All!!

Just found the forum based on a friend's recommendation, so I thought I'd come over and check it out.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bipedal on December 23, 2007, 03:02:10 pm
I found this site on VFRD, so I figured lets take a look. Well I like what I see, a lot, so here I am, I think I'am going to enjoy a good, mature web site with lots of think alike motorcycle freaks like me.   :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on December 23, 2007, 05:01:50 pm
I am so so pleased you lot have arrived. Please take the time to look around the site, and give your opinions (which would be most welcome), on my little creation.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Centaur on December 24, 2007, 02:19:41 pm
My name's Derek.  I've been riding about 14 years or so.  Currently, I'm riding an '06 Kawi 650R.  I live in the area northeast of Louisville, KY.  I'm riding only one machine these days, but I've owned a couple Yamaha's, a few Kawi's, a Harley at one point.  Got eyes for Guzzi's these days, just can't afford one yet.  I do a lot of daily commuter riding on the 650 with one or two long trips a year, the most recent being to Orlando, FL and back again in early October this year.  I'll post some pics of the bike in the Kawi section if there's a thread for such things.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Tobes on December 24, 2007, 02:29:09 pm
Welcome!  Bike pics are always good.   :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sskpe500 on December 26, 2007, 11:07:30 pm
Hi everyone,

I've located near Ruston Lousiana and have been silently enjoying this forum for several months.
Just wanted to say Hi. Hope to get to see everybody at the 2008 nationals.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on December 27, 2007, 03:52:29 pm

Hi everyone,

I've located near Ruston Lousiana and have been silently enjoying this forum for several months.
Just wanted to say Hi. Hope to get to see everybody at the 2008 nationals.


Thank you for applying to join this forum.

Please would you now modify your personal profile to "prospect". We're very strict about that sort of thing. And it allows us to pee on your trousers.  ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: lungfish on January 01, 2008, 05:42:36 pm
Hi, Lungfish here. Just returning to motorcycling after an 18 year absence. I bought a used 2003 Kawasaki ZR7S. Great bike, especially since I haven't ridden all the latest and greatest bikes over the past few years. Also just finished restoring a 1979 moto guzzi. I live in Vancouver Canada. Norm


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on January 01, 2008, 11:39:54 pm
Greetings to all the new folks.  Look forward to seeing your posts, trip reports, etc.
Please remember to fill out your location in your profile so it shows up in your posts.  That way when we're all whining about the weather, (some of us do that a bit around here in the winter  :D ) we can guess the climate your in when you post.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tungsten on January 02, 2008, 03:46:12 pm
Hey all, Happy 08.  I'm looking forward to enjoying my 2nd season of motorcycle riding when the frozen tundra thaws out in... 4 months!!!

I'm hoping to get some farkle shopping ideas between here and the Duc boards.

Cheers!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on January 02, 2008, 11:18:56 pm
Welcome aboard!  Look forward to seeing a picture or your Duc in the Ducati forum.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Keith R on January 06, 2008, 12:09:26 pm
Live in Michigan, Design machines for a living, hang-glide, paraglide and fly a powered parachute ultralight for fun, ride the V-star when I cant fly.

I have been riding as long as I can remember with my first mike being a Briggs & Stratton mini, then a Honda 50, Suzuki 50 the one that looked like a 125, Suzuki GS550, Yamaha  XS850, 650 Maxim, Honda V65 Magna, and currently a V-Star 1100. my favorite of the bikes so far is the V65.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: madmike2 on January 07, 2008, 03:19:48 am
New to this site, though I frequent others.  I visit here (and an constantly linked here by "goofy" Mike-H) and read different threads.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: silver1 on January 07, 2008, 03:52:31 pm
I'm lost, is this where I'm supposed to say hello?............ :headscratch:.........Hello!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on January 07, 2008, 05:23:57 pm
Hello.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: silver1 on January 07, 2008, 05:36:46 pm
I guess that means a yes? Takes me a little while to negotiate new sites, just an Ole Carpenter not much of a puter dude. Started riding at 14 with a restricted license here in Florida, bought a new Honda Scrambler 90 in 66 I think for $380.00 after mowing lawns for a summer or two. Rode that bike to Daytona BikeWeek 165 miles each way up Rt.1 for a couple years. I upgraded to a used 67 305 Scrambler after that then to a 750 Honda in 70. Had that a couple years then onto dirtbikes for a while. Pretty much quit riding 30 years raising family and all, started again in 2002 for my birthday with a new Blackbird, had two of those, traded the last one on a new 07 st1300, got bored and bought a new cbr1000rr. Got tired of these fools crashing all around me on sunday rides again so I just unloaded it and got a new 919.........Finally in love again, kinda reminds me of the Ole 750 when I was a kid, this bike is a riot and am trying to sell the ST now. Can't think of much else to add now, cooking supper.
 :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jen on January 08, 2008, 06:40:45 pm
Hi, I'm Jen.  

This is a cool cool site. I've been lurking for forever.  Bored this afternoon, so why not de-lurk!

I've only been riding for about 3 years.  Did a year and a trackday on a 2004 Suzuki GS500f, then Hubby bought me a 2007 Honda CBR600RR, and I LOVE it.  Hubby inherited the GS500, and is now also learning to ride.

I change my mind about once a week about weather I'd rather be a track day junkie or a sport-tourer.  I did a 2-day 800 mile jaunt on the CBR and just had the time of my life.  Figure I'll stay on the light sportbike until Hubby is ready to step up to a bigger bike, then maybe some tourers (BMW GSs or Hayabusa's--can't make up my mind for more than 5 minutes on that one either).

My bike:
(http://i10.tinypic.com/6f6szuh.jpg)

In track mode:
(http://idisk.mac.com/jenstrona/Public/Pictures/spiderbobday/cbratdawn.jpg)

Overnight to Southwest Wyoming and Utah:
(http://idisk.mac.com/jenstrona/Public/Pictures/kandatrip_aug07/scenic.jpg)
I was plenty comfy on the 400-mile days (sure, a corbin and some helibars would be nice), but the crappy gas range was a bummer.  I usually fill up at 130-140 miles, and when crossing large open states like Wyoming, with unknown gas availability, I was paranoid and stopped a lot.

My riding buddy and the Poudre River:
(http://idisk.mac.com/jenstrona/Public/Pictures/kandatrip_aug07/pouderkirk.jpg)

I look fast:
(http://i8.tinypic.com/6u8znkz.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on January 08, 2008, 10:18:59 pm

Hi, I'm Jen.  
...
I change my mind about once a week about weather I'd rather be a track day junkie or a sport-tourer. ...

Welcome aboard.
Why make up your mind.  Just have a bike for everything.  Once you've started collecting they kind of keep attracting friends.  We're up to five in our house.
 :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Gr8lite on January 13, 2008, 12:44:04 pm
 So here is the newbie into post.......
 Hello here from Maine! I just recently got back into motorcycling. I was involved with it for quite a while in the 80's & early 90's. I worked at 2 different mc dealers for a total of about 10 years. Last fall I traded into a 96 Trophy 1200! I actually traded a 1930 Model A hot rod for it! The bike needs a little attention as the last owner rode and rode and rode but didn't clean much.
 Still not 100% convinced that I "love" the Trophy , I have a real soft spot still for the early K100RS's. I think If I found someone to trade even up I probably would ...............
  Well sorry to bore you all , but thanks for havin me !


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 1Fastrider on January 14, 2008, 12:04:35 am
Hi all.  Just got linked to this site so I thought I'd sign up and check it out. My name is Vince, been riding sport bikes since around '96 and I currently have an '04 R6 for the track and an '02 R1. I've owned the other major japanese brands though so I'm not biased toward Yamaha. I heard y'all get some good riding in so if you're near Orange County I may just join you.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Crankitup on January 14, 2008, 10:53:50 am

Hi, I'm Jen.  

This is a cool cool site. I've been lurking for forever.  Bored this afternoon, so why not de-lurk!



Welcome & nice pics!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: heykenny on January 14, 2008, 09:03:54 pm
Hello all.  I'm Ken. I'm 44 and been riding forever(since age 9) and have had many machines(27) but this year I'm getting back to serious riding after spending a few seasons without toys.
So..got my RM250 for dirt, my GSX1300R for street, or my DR650 if I'm feeling adventurous.
Now if it will ever quit snowing and raining...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: gocatgo on January 15, 2008, 09:44:36 am
Hello everyone.   I'm a long time rider, and enjoy riding LD, dual-sport and dirt.  I had heard of this site somewhere in the faded recesses of my memory, and found it recently kind of by accident.  Glad I did!  And I've already seen several familiar "faces" from TWT....!
Looking forward to learning/sharing/enjoying on the site.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Husker on January 15, 2008, 01:31:58 pm
Here is my hello post.  I've been riding cruisers the last couple of years.  My brother and I got tired of the harley crowd (no offense to them) and decided to get into sport touring.  I got a hold of a 2006 Interceptor in August (brand new for $8500) and have been loving it ever since.  I doubt I'll ever go back to riding cruisers.  I've learned a lot lurking on this site over the last year and look forward for more to come.

GO BIG RED!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bureaucrat on January 15, 2008, 01:41:17 pm



GO BIG RED!!!!!!!!!!!!


Well taken, Husker!  I played bass drum in the marching band in the late 60's.  Even tho I have 2 daughters that attended the University of the Antichrist (CU-Boulder) my loyalties remain strong to the Square Boys and the Fair Girls.  Hail Varsity!  By the way: Isn't Tom Osborne still available?  What are those guys thinking????


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Husker on January 15, 2008, 02:41:22 pm
I was in band in the early-mid nineties.  Let me know if you are ever in town for the alumni game.  Tom is doing a great job as AD thus far.  Now that Bo is back, we'll get back to the top in no time (might take 2 or 3 years, but we'll be back).


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Dish on January 15, 2008, 05:57:29 pm
! Newbie alert !
Hi Guys,
I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm 48 years old and been riding for 32 years. Currently, I ride a Luxo-touring bike and a retro crotch rocket (entirely too fast).
Mark


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: CUL8R on January 17, 2008, 04:00:05 am
Hey, just joined and wanted to say hi.  I wasn't aware of the site until I stumbled on a link at ADVrider.  Looks like a nice site, so here I am.  Now if the weather would just warm up a few degrees, so I can get back on the road.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TexBahn on January 17, 2008, 11:47:18 pm
Eh. Used to lurk at the old site. Gave up when it changed over and hadn't been back in a while.

Now that I'm in the "hello" thread, I've got this Beatles song in my head...

I'm the original owner of a high mileage FJR. Sport touring is where it's at.

So, "hello!"

 :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on January 18, 2008, 07:01:00 am
Funny, I get Smells Like Teen Spirit in mine.


Oh, and hello.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: denydog on January 18, 2008, 10:06:40 pm
Welcome to all the newest members.  Wow, they just keep coming.  I'm still surprised and pleased at the large variety of different motorcycle's that are owned by the people signing up here.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: knuckledonkey on January 20, 2008, 11:17:21 am
Alex here.

I live in Santa Rosa,, CA and have been riding since 1997. Used to ride hard with all the knee draggers, but I would rather take it easy and far off places.

My last trip was in September. I rode to Boise where my buddy now lives. We did an Idaho/Montana tour.

I also learned a really hard tire lesson.

Here are some photos: http://www.knuckledonkey.com/trip07/

Hope to spend some time here and I look forward to meeting as many you as I can.

Piece!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on January 20, 2008, 10:30:07 pm

Hope to spend some time here and I look forward to meeting as many you as I can.

Hi Alex!  Welcome, and if what you wrote is true, then you should come to the WCRM V (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,12020.0.html)!! :beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Blooded on January 21, 2008, 09:05:54 am
Howdy all! glad to see the riders world on the move, i have been riding for about 25 years off and on road with a wide range of bikes from dirt to street and all in between my first was was a 125 dirt to my faithfull 84 v65 Magna which has 166000 great miles. looking forward to keeping the good times rolling. ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: secondroy on January 21, 2008, 11:25:21 am
By way of introduction I started riding in 1952 when I was 13 years old on a Cushman Eagle.  From there it went to the Harley Hummer, several British bikes and then to Hondas, the 750 (4) and the Gold Wing.  That's over 50 years of riding pretty much all the time.  I am without a bike now and plan to pick up a ST of some type later this Spring.  Maybe a Gold Wing but I don't think so.  It was the best touring bike I ever had but I'm in the mood for a smaller bike as I have aged.  Could I hold one up anymore?  

During all these years the most fun I had on any of my hobbies was going to motorcycling events.  Many many memories that I would like to add too.  I have some reservations but I sure am looking at a BMW in addition to the Honda.  If I don't go in that direction I'll go with the Honda 1300.  A comfortable ride on a smaller bike is what I'm looking for.  My hope is that if I ever get to ride the Honda it will ride like the Wing with just less power.  Before I buy I'll be looking at all the posts here trying to come to a decision.  

On edit:  The Triumph listed by my name is still mine but was stolen in 1972.  It's still mine though!  Too bad I don't still have it.  It was a great ride.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Guzzipat on January 23, 2008, 10:55:29 am
Hi Everyone,

I live in Chatham S. E. England, started riding in 1959 on a BSA Bantam 125cc. I have been riding Moto Guzzi for the last 12 years, the big twins have me hooked. My current example is a California Jackal, pictured below at Dunnett Head, the furthest point North in the UK, last year.

 (http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a122/waylett/Scotland/scotland015.jpg)

Not really a sports bike, but I use it for touring, it handles really well and carries enough gear. My touring always includes camping gear. I will probably be changing the bike this year, I have had it since 2001. The replacement will be another Guzzi. I do most of  my own repairs and servicing, only the mysteries of fuel injection, cause me to use a dealer.

I retired last February so I can ride a lot more, last year I did twice my normal mileage and expect to do more this year. All my riding could be called touring, I do a lot of bike rallies both in the UK and mainland Europe.
This year I have already booked a rally in Scotland, 2 in Belgium, one in France, the Netherlands and Hamburg Germany. I will almost certainly be at Toerstop Motocamp in Melderslo Netherlands at different times. I sometimes stay there between rallies to save getting the boat home.

Apart from riding, my hobbies are drinking beer, fishing and history.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on January 23, 2008, 11:07:14 am
Hi Guzzipat-you're just up the road from me!  :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Guzzipat on January 23, 2008, 11:32:04 am

Hi Guzzipat-you're just up the road from me!  :)


Yeah Sussex is next door.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on January 23, 2008, 11:40:08 am



Yeah Sussex is next door.


and your first post was about an erect tent...snerk


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: stefrrr on January 23, 2008, 11:41:18 am
Another European rider in the STN community! Woohoo! Welcome.  :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SidneyZ750S on January 23, 2008, 01:50:27 pm
Hi,

Just found this forum and signed up yesterday to look for info on riding around Lake Superior. First post listed on Region 4 is about "Riding around the Lake". How cool is that.

Been riding since about 1968. I have my first mini bike ('69 Kawasaki Coyote) and my first street bike ('78 Yamaha XS400). Bought an '06 Z750S off ebay last spring and put about 750 miles on it in the Smokies last September.

Planning to do the Lake Superior ride this summer.

Sidney
Bloomington, IL


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: stefrrr on January 23, 2008, 11:34:23 pm
Welcome!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Ant on January 24, 2008, 05:02:40 pm



and your first post was about an erect tent...snerk



Child  :twofinger:  :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Lost Dutchman on January 25, 2008, 02:25:58 am
 :)
Hello Everyone,

Just found the site a few days ago, it's always good to see the motorcycling people getting together. - one way or another! -

I currently ride a 98 ST1100, I got it last summer!! Came off of a 20 year old Yamaha 850 Special, that bike was a work horse.

Look forward to some good exchange of info and ideas.

Joe M.
Semper Fi
ST1100


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: muzll0dr on January 27, 2008, 01:01:22 am
Hi all.  Just joined, have known of the site for a while.  Frequent a few members' blogs periodically, and am always looking for people to ride with, and mostly turning up empty handed.  Hopefully I'll meet some new friends here.  :)

Got my first bike (Honda XR80R) in '87, first street bike in '99 I think.  Don't currently have any real sport touring bikes, but I hope to, eventually.  My Bandit is about as close as I've got (got it with sport touring in mind, but couldn't handle the vibes at freeway speed) but it's not even registered nor running, currently.  Still, looking to meet some two-wheel minded people and hopefully make some great friends along the way.

Look forward to the fun.  :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Jeets on January 27, 2008, 10:36:06 am
Hey all... I kinda broke the rules by posting else where before introducing myself here first.  I am new to riding but I am not letting that hold me back  :D.  I am planning a trip for later this year and am glad I found this site.  It has given me lots of good touring ideas.  Again, thanks and keep the ride reports coming!

jeff


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: knuckledonkey on January 27, 2008, 01:45:51 pm


Hi Alex!  Welcome, and if what you wrote is true, then you should come to the WCRM V (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,12020.0.html)!! :beerchug:


Thanks for the invite, Ms. Dame.

That sounds like a lot of fun. I, unfortunately, have that weekend booked. I work the Media staff @ Infineon Raceway and that's a "Major Event" weekend. Although, it is a minor "Major Event", I'll see what I can do to get it off.

Hope to see you.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on January 27, 2008, 02:41:22 pm
Hello, my name is General Sir Ron Pig. I am new here and wish to apologise.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: stefrrr on January 27, 2008, 09:10:36 pm

Hey all... I kinda broke the rules by posting else where before introducing myself here first.  I am new to riding but I am not letting that hold me back  :D.  I am planning a trip for later this year and am glad I found this site.  It has given me lots of good touring ideas.  Again, thanks and keep the ride reports coming!

jeff


Rules? We don't need no steenkin' rules!

Welcome! Make sure you check out the national in Arkansas and ESNT08 - it'll be in WV.  Hope you can make it! :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: OregonSV650Spilot on January 27, 2008, 11:26:16 pm
Greetings one and all from the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon.  I realized that I had been posting on this snowy day without having made the proper introductions.  The name's Andreas (two German parents) and I bought a 2003 Suzuki SV650S with the goal of getting into sports touring after seeing enough of you on the roads in the past and thought how cool it would be to see the country on two wheels.  The Mrs. forbade me from getting a bike while we lived in the L.A. are but now that we're here in backroad heaven I have my baby now and can't wait to get out there.  The info I've already gleaned from ST'N is excellent and the banter here is downright hilarious at times.  I hope to add to the great pictures I've seen here as well.  Anyway, sorry for the ramble and I'll see you all out there. :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Zepp on January 28, 2008, 11:03:12 am
Hello Everyone, I found this site the other day. I have been riding dirt bikes since I was a kid but started riding a street bike last year. I own a 2004 Suzuki Gsx600F Katana. I was riding into the beginning of Winter until the snow started falling. I can't wait for the snow to melt so that I can start riding again. I have several trips planned this year on the bike. I plan to ride every chance that I get this year.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: cantride55 on January 28, 2008, 03:37:08 pm
Yo,

not sure how much I'll contribute especially with Spring around the corner but I enjoy the reading and learning about different bikes, people, farkleing, and new places to explore.

My most current ride is an 05 FJR, before this bike I had not been on anything but BMW's since 82 that is.
I've got a 74 R90s that I bought in 82, It's a good running old school bike which is mostly stock, I also have a 86 R80, used to be RT, formerly a dirty touring bike that is being transformed into a ratty ole dirt bike.
Between 82 and as of last June when I bought the FJR I've been on several BMW's but I find this FJR a extremely nice ride and enjoy it very much.

Ride safe folks, even though there is twice as many bikes out there today than were 20 years ago, they will still look right at you and pull out in front, be prepared.

Cheers



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: anthonyd5189 on January 28, 2008, 08:17:34 pm
Hey, brand new to this site as of a couple minutes ago.  I currently ride a Suzuki GS500F and have been for the past 2 seasons, but I am selling it to pick up a '08 GSX650F.  I plan on doing a couple 3-4 day trips over the summer just to get my feet wet.  Looking forward to all the info I can gain here about Sport Touring! :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZuluHour on January 29, 2008, 10:54:04 am
I'm not new to the forum but did upgrade the bike a few months ago.  Finally changed my username (Bandit-o) because I finally sold the Bandit.  Now riding a SV1000S and loving every minute.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 40something on January 29, 2008, 09:59:09 pm
HI BJ here'

A bit about my self. I live in Kansas City, Mo area, have been riding for about 35 years (owned several diff bikes) currently down to one bike a 2006 Katana 750. I would post a pic but I have more touring gear on the way so I'll wait. Not new to forums, but am making the switch to here from katriders.com due to a lot of things (won't discuss here). I enjoy sport touring but at a little slower pace these days as I have learned that I am not bullet proof anymore.

Any way Hi all

BJ


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: cantride55 on January 30, 2008, 09:00:23 am

HI BJ here'

A bit about my self. I live in Kansas City, Mo area, have been riding for about 35 years (owned several diff bikes) currently down to one bike a 2006 Katana 750. I would post a pic but I have more touring gear on the way so I'll wait. Not new to forums, but am making the switch to here from katriders.com due to a lot of things (won't discuss here). I enjoy sport touring but at a little slower pace these days as I have learned that I am not bullet proof anymore.

Any way Hi all

BJ


So you were BANNED!  :rofl:

Damn political forums, I know exactly what you mean  :beerchug:

Cheers :thumbsup:



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Geoff on January 30, 2008, 02:55:03 pm
Hello all! I'm new to the site, but I've been riding for over 30 years. I live in Naperville, Illinois. Give me a shout if you're ever in the area. I ride a '94 BMW K1100RS (pictured) and an '05 Harley Electra Glide. Between the two bikes, I average about 9k miles a year. I like to tour and almost all of my riding is done on weekends due to biz travel. My wife and I travel two-up on the Harley. I prefer my BMW for solo trips and spirited rides on twisty backroads. Thanks for having me on STN!

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/GeoffJ/LMTrip004.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: seadog on January 30, 2008, 07:51:49 pm
Hi All,

Recently bought a 2004 Ducati ST3.  I wanted something between my Gixxer 750 and BMW R850R.  Just like all new bikes, it's a blast.  Great site.  I've been riding various bikes for 30 years and still learn something new every day.  Thanks for the advice.

Cheers, Kurt


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: hardlydangerous on January 31, 2008, 09:25:19 pm
New member here from
Ridgeway Onatrio (Niagara)

I have a small shop here in town, fix and sell bikes and ATV's.
I have a few bikes but mostly use my 98 GSX750F (Katana) and my 95 Honda VT600 vlx

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v474/hardlydangerous/Our%20bikes/ICAM0174.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v474/hardlydangerous/Our%20bikes/ICAM0175.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: dakmatik on February 04, 2008, 05:47:10 pm
Hey all, new to here.  I've been riding for about ten years now, but I just started getting into touringabout 4 years ago.  I currently own a few bikes, but my superhawk will be my primary machine for now.  I'm looking forward to being a member here.
(http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s116/dakmatik/100_0805.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Crankitup on February 04, 2008, 06:49:00 pm



So you were BANNED!  :rofl:

Damn political forums, I know exactly what you mean  :beerchug:

Cheers :thumbsup:




 :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on February 05, 2008, 01:58:44 am
Welcome guys!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on February 05, 2008, 02:37:02 pm

Welcome guys!  :bigok:


Nice to see a new member on the forum. Welcome, DD.  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: IFLY on February 05, 2008, 08:57:39 pm
Just signed up. Was pointed this way by HappyRiding .


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: HappyRiding on February 06, 2008, 12:48:56 am

Just signed up. Was pointed this way by HappyRiding .


Welcome to ST.N!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: JimWilliamson on February 06, 2008, 01:14:30 am

Just signed up. Was pointed this way by HappyRiding .


And I want to know the details on the top pic from your post... It's a cool shot as is - but what happened just before and moreso, _just_ after?!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: IFLY on February 06, 2008, 06:23:04 am
Just showing some motard riders how to back it in ! :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: nantahala on February 06, 2008, 09:47:38 pm

Hey y'all.  New to the forum, but have been riding since the third grade thanks to dad.  Started sport touring about 10 years ago, but haven't been riding as much in the past couple of years.  Well, the itch came back, and the clinic said they couldn't do anything about it, so I've started getting geared up for a few good trips again.  Looking forward to seeing what goes on here and what info I can glean to get back up to speed.  :)

Here are some pics of me in a group that gets together at a minimum 3 times a year for some good ridin'.  There are some other trips like to Colorado and down the Natchez Trace that I've been too lazy to scan the old school photos...   http://www.pbase.com/thewallacefamily/abr

Be safe,

Matt  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MK96xj on February 06, 2008, 10:33:35 pm
Welcome Matt and Ifly. Good to see you both signed on.

Matt,

since you are in the area, when you want to ride give me a shout.

Mike


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: nantahala on February 07, 2008, 08:53:02 pm
Mike

Will do.

Matt


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: EisBlade on February 09, 2008, 06:03:09 pm
What's up, All!?  I was on KatRiders.com, but haven't been there much since I sold my bike. New to the board and Sport-Touring; I'm in the market for a bike and will be spending a lot of time here reading.


Cheers!  :beerchug:



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: boomerang on February 10, 2008, 12:29:59 am
:)Bought my 06,fjr1300a in may 07.The bike only had 60 miles on it so I did get the pleasure of breaking it in. This is the first bike I have owned in 30yr's.Wow,so this what I have been missing! I have rode several different bikes over the years (sport bikes,cruiser's)but,nothing that even compares to the fjr.  So far I have mostly only used it for back and forth to work and short trips here and there for a total of just over 3500 miles. But thats enough to tell me just how much I'm going to love owning this bike.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: caddydaddy on February 10, 2008, 01:00:26 am
Hi, I live in Portland, Maine and have been riding for over 2 years.  Here's a pic of my 2006 Ninja 250 that I've turned into a sport tourer with saddle bags, bar risers, seat cover and heated gloves.  It's dirty since I ride all year, and it is covered in road grime!  I hope to get  a Triumph Sprint ST sometime later this year.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rich06fjr1300 on February 10, 2008, 09:17:13 pm
Hello all,

Been riding for 10+ years but just joined this forum today (via Warchild on FJRforum.com). Owned a 2002 BMW RT and now a 2006 FJR1300.


Rich (in NJ)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on February 11, 2008, 02:13:40 am

Hello all,

Been riding for 10+ years but just joined this forum today (via Warchild on FJRforum.com). Owned a 2002 BMW RT and now a 2006 FJR1300.


Rich (in NJ)

Whoa!! Warchild's still around?? How's the old boy doing?? And welcome yourself, Rich! Glad you could make it  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Outrace on February 11, 2008, 03:59:06 am
Andre here.  Been riding for 37 years.  06 FJR.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: uniball on February 11, 2008, 11:18:45 am

Hey everyone. Just joined the site and looking forward to this year's riding season.


I have to laugh at this. A year ago today I posted this. Riding season sucked for me last year. I found another outdoor hobby that conflicted. Hope this year is better for riding.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Dale65 on February 11, 2008, 08:04:20 pm

Dale here been riding for a while. Rode sport bikes for years thought that was riding. I found out
a couple years ago touring is riding. Wanting to do some long distant riding, my wing man wrecked
and said he was not riding anymore.

25,000 miles on a dl650 loved it. Now on an 05 FJR now I know what loving a motorcycle is. Anyone
around Knoxville, TN going to the west coast or want to do the New England states I think I've got
a couple of good routes maped out.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: CrazyCat on February 12, 2008, 11:56:06 am
Hi all!

Steve here, just newly acquired a 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250s.  Been browsing this site for about a month now, figured I'd better join up! :p

Now, on to the pics!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/crazycat5150/january%202008/Bike1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/crazycat5150/january%202008/Bike2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/crazycat5150/january%202008/Bike3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/crazycat5150/january%202008/Bike4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/crazycat5150/january%202008/Bike5.jpg)



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Sky_Kitten on February 12, 2008, 03:32:37 pm
Hi, my name is Tamatha and I am from Chicago.  
I currently own a 2005 Triumph Bonneville T-100.  I've gone on a few long distance trips and would like to do more this year.  I've been riding for over 3 years now and this past weekend I met a few people from this board at Rick's party. Thought I'd give it a go!  Looking foward to seeing what this board has to offer.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TC Rides on February 12, 2008, 03:37:49 pm
Welcome Tamatha, good to meet you again.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: NWTrtle on February 12, 2008, 11:18:24 pm
Hi all!  Still pretty new to riding as I got my endorsement this past August.  I only have around 1700 miles on my bike (a 2008 Hyosung GV250).  After having this bike for awhile, I have decided I would really like a bike that is more sporty.  I would really like to do some touring this season and would like a bike that can be spirited, yet comfortable for longer rides.  My wife is taking the GV250 as her bike as she just got her endorsement and will start riding this summer.  

I am looking at several bikes as possible choices.  

Suzuki Katana 600
Suzuki SV650(s)
Kawasaki Ninja 500 or 650
Honda 599

I am looking for something used, but newer.  Also, don't want anything that will be too powerful as I am still pretty new to riding.  I know 1700 miles is nothing and I am still pretty new.  I am reading up on all these bikes and am looking for information on alternatives.

I'm not looking for a bunch of advice here since I know this is just an intro section.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: camera56 on February 12, 2008, 11:31:38 pm
Hello friends

Been in living and riding in the PNW for the past four years . . . can't believe I just found this forum. Pleased to find it. 51 year old. Been on and off bikes for nearly 30 years. Pretty hard core now. I blog about riding at www.midliferider.com. Looking forward to reading and participating.

Cheers


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: NWTrtle on February 12, 2008, 11:35:27 pm
Hey camera, I'm just down in Olympia!  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on February 13, 2008, 01:52:45 am
Hey you PNWsters! If you want to jump right in then why not join us at the WCRM V (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,12020.0.html)? It's always a great time! :banana:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: cantride55 on February 13, 2008, 07:48:18 pm

Hello friends

Been in living and riding in the PNW for the past four years . . . can't believe I just found this forum. Pleased to find it. 51 year old. Been on and off bikes for nearly 30 years. Pretty hard core now. I blog about riding at www.midliferider.com. Looking forward to reading and participating.

Cheers


Kool site, Thanks!  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: uniball on February 14, 2008, 09:20:27 am

Hi, my name is Tamatha and I am from Chicago.  
I currently own a 2005 Triumph Bonneville T-100.  I've gone on a few long distance trips and would like to do more this year.  I've been riding for over 3 years now and this past weekend I met a few people from this board at Rick's party. Thought I'd give it a go!  Looking foward to seeing what this board has to offer.



Hey Tamatha!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on February 14, 2008, 11:12:45 am
Welcome to all the new Region 4 people (and those returning - yeah, I mean YOU Uniball - hope your season is better this year), to the Bandit rider (nice... me want 1250)... oh, hell, welcome to all y'all.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: shemp on February 16, 2008, 01:53:14 am
Hello all.  I just popped in to see what's going on here.  

I've been riding for about 5 years or so.  My first bike was a dirtbike that I converted to street legal.  I realized that I rode it more on the street than in the dirt, I figured I should probably get something with better road manners, so I picked up a used '98 Triumph Sprint Sport.  Just last month I picked up a 2005 Triumph Sprint ST.  I've only ridden it twice since it's winter here in Michigan, but I can't wait for a nice day to ride.

See you guys around!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Xodus on February 16, 2008, 06:11:26 pm
Whats up everyone... I just thought I would say hi. I registered a while ago, and never introduced myself... I was told about the board from another member (I won't mention Chornbe's name, cause I'm sure he starts trouble here too and I don't want to be associated with him...  :lol: )

I'm from Delaware, about 25 miles south of Philadelphia and I ride an 2004 Honda 919, that is going to slowly get a sport-touring make over... Or I will eventually pick up a concours 14, to join it in the garage...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: chornbe on February 16, 2008, 07:15:03 pm

Whats up everyone... I just thought I would say hi. I registered a while ago, and never introduced myself... I was told about the board from another member (I won't mention Chornbe's name, cause I'm sure he starts trouble here too and I don't want to be associated with him...  :lol: )

I'm from Delaware, about 25 miles south of Philadelphia and I ride an 2004 Honda 919, that is going to slowly get a sport-touring make over... Or I will eventually pick up a concours 14, to join it in the garage...


Welcome, man!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: PghRedBean on February 17, 2008, 11:27:59 am
Hi all.  Decided to join and have a look around here to see what you are all about.  I currently have a 2007 VStrom 650 as well as a 1982 Yamaha XJ550 Maxim that I'm trying to sell as it's taking up too much room in the garage.  I am a noob when it comes to touring, but with the new Strom, I'm looking to change that this year.  I only started riding in 2006, so relatively new to the whole scene all together.  Garry alerted me to this forum with his many posts on squidbusters referencing STN, so I decided to join.

Looking forward to learning whatever I can.  

Thanks.
Craig


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Old-Duckman on February 18, 2008, 07:10:28 pm
Been linked here from DesmOhio re: the Denny's Burger run. I figured I'd register so I can post now and again.

I frequent DML (Ducati Monster List) Ducati.Ms, BevelHeaven, PennDesmo and DesmOhio.

Never hurts to have another bike forum to check in and see what's goin' on.

In the "Sport Touring" catagory I ride a 1999 Ducati ST4 that I bought new in Nov. 1999. I've ridden to FL a couple of times. Once back up via The Dragon and the other time up the Natchez. Other than those two "tours" I am more of a local rider. A 200 to 300 mile day is usually enough for me. My last ride to Fl (last year) we averaged a bit over 400 miles per day. Too many for my tastes. So I'm sure that I'm a light weight compared to many of you all but I love riding and motorcycles, we got that in common!

Me and my riding friend might possibly ride to Nova Scotia this coming summer (talked about it some) but I want to stay under 300 miles per day for most of the ride so I don't know if I can burn that much vacation on a ride that long w/o real long days in the saddle...will have to calculate that a bit.

I'm near Pittsburgh, PA.

Think Spring!!



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZED on February 18, 2008, 10:42:06 pm
Welcome all.  :bigok:

PghRedBean - You should be able to tour well with the Wee.  Lots of Wee owners around here to chat with.

Old-Duckman - If you fill out the state in the location field of your profile we'll be able to remember what part of the country you're in.  Also, please stop by the "Show your Ducs" thread and post some pictures of your collection.    https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,38.0.html




Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 2RR2NV on February 19, 2008, 12:58:35 am
oops!  my bad...

here i am posting and didn't even introduce myself...sorry Mods

i've been riding since 2000. bought 92 Nighthawk 750 as 1st bike. rode for 2 years and 9k miles. traded it for 02 VFR. rode it til May '04 & 20k miles. bought 02 Busa in 03 Sept. sold it this past Nov 07 w/ 28k miles put on. bought 04 GSXR750 (track bike turned street bike) in Feb 06. put 4k on it so far. crashed it at Road America May 07. finally got it back together late Jan 08. and now...i want to add an 08 FJR to the stable so my wife can ride with me. i miss that, but she may not be riding for awhile since Baby Mackenzie will arrive in the next 8 weeks and Momma wants to spend all her time with her. not that it's a bad thing....just reallllllly love riding with the wife. oh well, at least she lets me still ride after crashing and says that i can attend Track Days in the future. WOOHOOOOO  gotta love that woman!!!  :) :) :D :D :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:  i'm hoping to get her a bike too so she can ride either the track or tour. i told her i would set up the 750 for her when she has rode for awhile and she about jumped thru the roof with glee. yeehaw.  my kind of woman!

oh...on a sidenote, i've rode most my rides in the Lovely "Black Hills'!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bbpilot on February 19, 2008, 07:00:12 pm
 Another one that posts with out an intro.
Hi fellow riders I'm a kanuk with PMS. I hate winter! I ride the wonderful Blackbird the sportbike made for real men ( 6ft and over 200 ). I started riding way back when the word pain wasn't in the vocabulary. 1st bike was a Vespra for around the campground ( Haliburton Forest).Riding that on logging trails will teach you to ride. Great for crossing streams. 2nd bike was an 81 750 Seca 40000km of fun. Then came the kids. There went the bike. Then came more kids. Mother nature has her own rules. In 2001 I bought a new 600 Katana and was happy again. I took kids for rides and showed them them what great place we live in. Best ride ever was a ride to see how many different lakes we could swim in in a day (7 lakes and 3 streams). Riding sopping wet in mesh feels good in 90deg heat. The kids don't ride with me much now(boyfriends are cooler than dad). Caught the speed bug and trade up to the blackbird. Now I do the same tour that I did with kids in half the time so last year I took it to the track. This year will be great 6 trackdays, a week touring with my brothers and as many rides with the kids as possible.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: thetman on February 19, 2008, 10:34:00 pm

Welcome Tamatha, good to meet you again.


I have been riding since 1990.  I own a 05 HD Heritage.  I have done the dragon.  I have been to the smugglers notch, to the Appalachian gap, to just about every place.  Now i am going to start a place just for NY and east coast riders.  I would love to get the east coast riders together and show the west coast how we do things out here.  Please feel free to join me.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kawken on February 20, 2008, 11:08:00 pm
Kawken. 2003 Kawasaki Concourse. Bike #15. Age 63. Winter residence Mesa AZ.Last ride-yesterday 281 miles(round trip) to Safford AZ at 3000 feet in farm country. Summer residence Vancouver Island. Where the sun infrequently shines. Next bike - if I can swing it- a ST1300.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 2BanditsToGo on February 21, 2008, 09:04:54 am


    Hello everyone... We have been riding for 6 years and Have two bikes a 1250 Bandit and a 1500 Valkyrie Tour.

    We live in MO and ride AR more than we do our own home state.  My wife is the best she gladly gives me the ok for tires, parts, and trips as long as she gets to go..

   We look forward to meeting other members from the board.


   Rick & Mindi


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: cwadej on February 21, 2008, 12:23:38 pm
Hi, I'm Chris, the latest newbie. Been riding about 15 years. Had a 1990 Concours, lost it in a head on in November. No, not my fault. Now I have a 1997 Concours. Just can't get away from it, love the Connie. My wife's is a 2000 V-Star, but she never rides it.  Hopefully I'll learn so new rides in the area and maybe meet some great people.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: reesedp on February 22, 2008, 05:51:14 pm
Hi Everyone,
       I found this site by following a friend from another one.  This is my first look around here, and I am liking it already.  Been riding on the blacktop since 1986, currently polluting the ozone layer in Virginia.  I have only owned ST's in the past, and see no reason to change it as long as I can embarrass at least ONE sport rider per year.
       I am currently on a C-14, and dont see myself ever needing anything else.  6k mile since last July and lovin' every minute of it!  

Darren
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc317/reesedp/P1010073.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mojopolo on February 23, 2008, 12:31:30 am
Hi all,

Rode to work this week in the NW and now itching for a new riding season to get started.

mojo
2002 VFR


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on February 23, 2008, 03:33:17 pm
Ah, but which one is Bizarro (deceased)?  :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: denydog on February 24, 2008, 11:17:23 pm

Ah, but which one is Bizarro (deceased)?  :lol:
The first one to start raving about old Guzzi's. ;)

And I want to welcome all the newest members.  Hope to meet some that get near the North-NorthWest coast in person.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Stray Cat on February 25, 2008, 04:24:45 pm

Hi all,

Rode to work this week in the NW and now itching for a new riding season to get started.

mojo
2002 VFR

Welcome Mojopolo!
Okay peeps, I know this guy, so everyone give him a big Region 1 welcome  :bigok: Maybe we can talk him into coming down to WCRM this year!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on February 25, 2008, 04:38:56 pm


Welcome Mojopolo!
Okay peeps, I know this guy, so everyone give him a big Region 1 welcome  :bigok: Maybe we can talk him into coming down to WCRM this year!

WOOOOO! Welcome Mojopolo!!!! :banana:

Nice choice of bike and friends - come on and play with us!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jwlex on February 25, 2008, 04:45:28 pm
I have lurked here for a bit but just joined.  I suppose I should have posted here first but the bourbon discussion sucked me in  :D.

I am in Lexington, KY and ride a black 2007 ZX6R.  It is my third bike and even though it is geared for the track, with some luggage it works great for touring too.  I am definitely ready for winter to be over so I can get back to showing up at at your back yard BBQ un announced!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here. New member from Alabama!
Post by: YorkieMama on February 26, 2008, 11:33:18 pm
Hi, all -

I'm a sport-tourer wannabe, but gave up when I couldn't find one that (1) was low enough and (2) that could support my heated Gerbing suit.  I wanted a Honda ST-1100 or 1300, but it was so top heavy I couldn't even get it off the kickstand sitting on flat ground.  And the BMW RT1200R could have been lowered, but was just out of my price range.  

I wish they would shrink the Goldwing by about 20% for us 5'4" gals.  I really, really wanted a sport-tourer, so someone suggested a Silverwing.  That's for sale now because after owning it just three months and riding it three times, I saw and fell in love with a pearl white Suzuki Burgman 650.  My hope is that it will handle somewhat like a sport-tourer.  We do long days in the saddle, and the twisties are my favorite!  Looking forward to reading about others' experiences, and learning the ins and outs of sport-touring, even if I am a one-off on my Burgie!  
 (Yorkie Mama)  Susan


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here. New member from Alabama!
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on February 26, 2008, 11:39:44 pm

Hi, all -

I'm a sport-tourer wannabe, but gave up when I couldn't find one that (1) was low enough and (2) that could support my heated Gerbing suit.  I wanted a Honda ST-1100 or 1300, but it was so top heavy I couldn't even get it off the kickstand sitting on flat ground.  And the BMW RT1200R could have been lowered, but was just out of my price range.  

I wish they would shrink the Goldwing by about 20% for us 5'4" gals.  I really, really wanted a sport-tourer, so someone suggested a Silverwing.  That's for sale now because after owning it just three months and riding it three times, I saw and fell in love with a pearl white Suzuki Burgman 650.  My hope is that it will handle somewhat like a sport-tourer.  We do long days in the saddle, and the twisties are my favorite!  Looking forward to reading about others' experiences, and learning the ins and outs of sport-touring, even if I am a one-off on my Burgie!  
 (Yorkie Mama)  Susan


Welcome, Susan!

A Burgman can sport-tour as well as any machine.  I've actually kinda lusted after one myself.

During the 2005 meet in Colorado, one member rode his Maxi-Scooter (he had a bum foot, and couldn't use a bike with a shifter for a while) and took people to school on some of the mountain roads.  I think you made a good choice.  



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ped on February 27, 2008, 10:10:58 am
new guy here, from cincinnati. lets see, name is daryl and i ride an 06 fz6. mostly a 300 mile sunday backroad rider and trackday type with the occasional 800 mile trip to some mountains. looking into doing some real touring hopefuly this summer. ive been on pavement about 3 years/35k miles.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: loic on February 27, 2008, 10:59:53 am
Hey everybody !
new member here, from Las Vegas, I ride a ZZR 1200 everyday to commute and week end for fun. I do a lots of "long" ride (500 / 650 miles / day).  I post a lot on another forum (zzrbikes.com) where I met a lots of great guys/gal and hope to do the same here. if you're in the area look me up !!  :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on February 27, 2008, 11:22:41 am
Hey ped, hey... er, is that "L O I C" or "I O I C?"  Just curious - can't tell from the font.

Anyway, welcome to the board.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: loic on February 27, 2008, 01:04:10 pm

Hey ped, hey... er, is that "L O I C" or "I O I C?"  Just curious - can't tell from the font.

Anyway, welcome to the board.   :bigok:


that would be Loic....  :D :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on February 27, 2008, 01:07:55 pm
thanks!

I was just in Vegas for work, left yesterday.  Saw a rainbow from my hotel window on Sunday.  Forgot that can happen in the desert sometimes.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: loic on February 27, 2008, 02:07:45 pm
actually last friday I rode to red rock and then Death valley with friends from Tucson, and in red rock we had a beautifull rainbow, it was very short maybe a couple hundred yard, that was really there..
then on the evening on our way back from Death valley we got a lots of rain and a hail storm, that was a little less entertaining.... :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on February 27, 2008, 05:47:02 pm
Thank loic. Are you Bizarro, the zombie child of STN?

Cause I miss him. I play his albums. I cry into my pillow. I realise that the only fault of 70's Guzzis was their electrics, not their shite gear boxes.

Please help me, loic.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here. New member from Alabama!
Post by: YorkieMama on February 27, 2008, 05:48:42 pm



Welcome, Susan!

A Burgman can sport-tour as well as any machine.  I've actually kinda lusted after one myself.

During the 2005 meet in Colorado, one member rode his Maxi-Scooter (he had a bum foot, and couldn't use a bike with a shifter for a while) and took people to school on some of the mountain roads.  I think you made a good choice.  




Ohhhhhh, so I CAN be a sport-tourer, too!   :banana:   I'm a happy lady!   You have made my day!!  You know, I can change gears on that Burgmam if I want to.... but the automatic option is so darned convenient.   Can't wait to get it in the mountains!   Deal's Gap and Cherohala Skyway, here I come!  Vroooom!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here. New member from Alabama!
Post by: Cpl Punishment on February 27, 2008, 05:50:27 pm



Ohhhhhh, so I CAN be a sport-tourer, too!   :banana:   I'm a happy lady!   You have made my day!!  You know, I can change gears on that Burgmam if I want to.... but the automatic option is so darned convenient.   Can't wait to get it in the mountains!   Deal's Gap and Cherohala Skyway, here I come!  Vroooom!


Are you the Bizzaro Zombie Beast?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here. New member from Alabama!
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on February 27, 2008, 05:52:17 pm



Are you the Bizzaro Zombie Beast?


Don't mind the Corporal.  He's Welsh, and as such doesn't speak English very well.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here. New member from Montana
Post by: Wild Willy on February 28, 2008, 02:36:19 am
 I have been lurking for a little wile. I figured I would introduce myself. I have been riding for 40 years, old fart.

The closest thing I have to a sport tourer is my V65 Sabre. It is one of 4 bikes I have, the ones I ride anyway. 3 v65's 2 Magna's & 1 Sabre. I also have an XR 350.  I also have 2 Hodaka's I am going to restore.

I may, some day get a ST 1300, or something like it. You can't have two many bikes.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here. New member from Montana
Post by: rich_oh on February 28, 2008, 03:38:16 am

 I have been lurking for a little wile. I figured I would introduce myself. I have been riding for 40 years, old fart.

The closest thing I have to a sport tourer is my V65 Sabre. It is one of 4 bikes I have, the ones I ride anyway. 3 v65's 2 Magna's & 1 Sabre. I also have an XR 350.  I also have 2 Hodaka's I am going to restore.

I may, some day get a ST 1300, or something like it. You can't have two many bikes.


words to live by!

Welcome to STn


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Nouroog on February 28, 2008, 07:32:03 am
 :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: stefrrr on February 28, 2008, 01:39:26 pm
Let's see - 52 posts in less than two days one day... THERE's the bizarro zombie beast!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here. New member from Montana
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on February 28, 2008, 02:10:45 pm
I have been lurking for a little wile. I figured I would introduce myself. I have been riding for 40 years, old fart.

The closest thing I have to a sport tourer is my V65 Sabre. It is one of 4 bikes I have, the ones I ride anyway. 3 v65's 2 Magna's & 1 Sabre.

Hey Willy.  I wouldn't worry too much about what bike is or is not a sport tourer.  One of our most mile-eating members is Jim Williamson, who's ridden the same Magna since I met him seven years ago (and had it long before that).  

He posts some excellent ride reports, and even with his feet up on the pegs I have to work to stay with him in the twisties.  Sport-touring, like anything in motorcycling, is less about the bike then it is about the rider.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on February 28, 2008, 02:53:05 pm

Let's see - 52 posts in less than two days one day... THERE's the bizarro zombie beast!


Well spotted.  :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here. New member from Montana
Post by: Wild Willy on February 28, 2008, 03:24:06 pm

Hey Willy.  I wouldn't worry too much about what bike is or is not a sport tourer.  One of our most mile-eating members is Jim Williamson, who's ridden the same Magna since I met him seven years ago (and had it long before that).  

He posts some excellent ride reports, and even with his feet up on the pegs I have to work to stay with him in the twisties.  Sport-touring, like anything in motorcycling, is less about the bike then it is about the rider.



I mostly ride the Magna's.  I got the first one in 2001. Had a CB 750 SS Before that.  I usually don't travel too far from home. I went to Deadwood last Summer.  I try to do at least 1 trip of about 1000 miles each year.  Problem is none of my friends want to go any farther than a day trip.

Are there many Montana, Idaho,& wyoming riders, here?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here. New member from Montana
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on February 28, 2008, 08:33:06 pm
Are there many Idaho,& wyoming riders, here?

If there are, look here: www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php?board=28.0


Title: New user from Norway here..!
Post by: Leftlaner on March 04, 2008, 04:05:59 am

Hi guys,

I've been active in various SuperBlackbird forums the last couple of years, but I've now reached the conclusion that my real passion is sport touring in general, and not just the bike I currently take pride in. So this forum looks like a nice place to be part of! :)

There are several great (hyper) sport tourers out there, but for now the Honda double-X suits me perfectly well. I use it for daily commuting, weekend rideouts and the odd trip across the country borders. I'm a 1981 model myself, and I'm happily married with two kids. We live by the west coast of Norway, where we have a lot of great roads for sport touring. I love doing mods, upgrades and maintenance on my machine, and of course I love riding the thing!

Well, that's all for now. Looking forward to spending some time in here  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BusaSamurai on March 04, 2008, 08:31:19 am
OK People I'm here . So I say hello . Been riding for about 23yrs . Right now I currently ride a 2005Le Hayabusa (Best Sport Touring Bike ever built IMOP). Hope to learn some good things here and meet some new people . I live in Georgia and some of the roads here are great.  Starting to get into more touring now that the kids are grown up and I can go more .
                                                                        Later Matt


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MissionMotos64800 on March 04, 2008, 09:44:53 am
Greetings to all,
 Glad to have signed on. Look forward to lots of enjoyable conversations. As for personal info, been riding over 30 years on the street. BMW's since 93. Been in the industry at Dealer and Manufacturer, Distributor level for many years . Have a partnership in a newly founded  U.K. company with   European Accessory Distributorship(Marsee, H2W, Caribou, Micatech) as well as Tour Planning, Motorcycle Rental, General Information.  Originally from North Alabama. Worked in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida. Ridden the Smokies(BRP end to end, Cherohalla Skyway,D.G. and all the rest) and North Georgia(Wolfs Pen Gap, Blood Mountain and surrounding into South Carolina) on a regular basis. Camped from here to there. Well over 200k miles and way too many tickets.  Now fortunate to be in the SW Pyrenees Mountains of France. Spain is 20 minutes from my front door. I do a lot of smiling  :D :D :D. Poor but happy. I am very interested to know where folks aquired the location maps highlighting their visited states and countries. Any one who knows can e-mail me or post it here. Thanks.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Orson on March 05, 2008, 11:31:05 am

I am very interested to know where folks aquired the location maps highlighting their visited states and countries. Any one who knows can e-mail me or post it here. Thanks.


Here ya go: Visited States Map (http://www.epgsoft.com/VisitedStatesMap/)

Welcome all ye sport tourers!

remember...post lottsa pictures of your trips  :D  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 06, 2008, 10:55:55 am


remember...post lottsa pictures of your trips  :D  :thumbsup:


Word.  I can't wait to get back out on the road, camera in hand.  Well, in tank bag.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Betty Swollocks on March 07, 2008, 04:29:34 pm
Hellolo. I've been lurking here for a while and have finally plucked up the courage to come in.

Got an old 1978 Morini. The bike is still such a peach and just right for me.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: denydog on March 08, 2008, 02:16:42 am

Hellolo. I've been lurking here for a while and have finally plucked up the courage to come in.

Got an old 1978 Morini. The bike is still such a peach and just right for me.

That's a cool looking bike you got!  Glad you joined up.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bugslayer on March 08, 2008, 06:50:54 am
Greeting all,

I’ve been lurking for a while with a couple posts and figured it was time to introduce myself properly.

I rode dirt bikes as a kid (1972 Honda XL250 in high school) but just started riding road bikes three years ago. I took the MSF course, bought a used bmw f650gs and spent a year exploring beautiful northwest Virginia, commuting pretty much each day, and taking a couple overnight trips. The second year, I started riding with a couple guys I knew casually and got into the whole spirited weekend ride through the mountains to breakfast thing. Which remains excellent. In November of 06 I bought a new bike (r12s), continued the weekend rides, took lots of long weekend and two week plus trips, and did a couple track days. I’ve done my own oil changes, etc. and just completed the 12k/annual maintenance on my own. I’m enthusiastic about riding and most everything associated with it. Riding has become a major source of peace and joy for me.

I’m not much of a computer guy, but I think that this is a great site so thanks to whoever is responsible for that. I tried to attach a couple photos, but I’m not so tech-able and the shots I have are too large.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bassman on March 09, 2008, 11:24:37 am
New guy here,

Anybody in the L-ville area up for a ride today?
We only got a foot of snow yesterday and it's already over 20 degrees.
Let's ride!

heh

b


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: thirdgenlxi on March 09, 2008, 02:06:53 pm
What's going on everyone??  :)  New guy here.... name is Jared.  I've been looking around on this forum for quite some time but never joined up.  Anyways, I'm 26 and have been riding for about 3 yrs 4 months now.... I ride a red/black 2004 Honda CBR 600 F4i, which I absolutely love to death.  Might not be the 'best' sport-touring bike in the world, but it's served me extremely well thus far so I can't complain.  It was my first bike, bought it new 10-17-04 with 3 miles (and had no idea how addicting it would become!! LOL), and now have just a hair over 120,000 on the clock.  I absolutely LOVE traveling and doing long roadtrips on the bike... my longest so far was 5,126.3 miles over 18 days back in May 2006.  Went from south Florida to Deals Gap, VA Beach, across WV, up to Chicago IL, then made my way back down to SoFla.  She's taken me safely through 12 states so far (FL, GA, AL, SC, NC, VA, WV, OH, IN, IL, KY, TN), so I've got ALOT left to explore  :D  I recently moved from south Florida to north Georgia (love it here!!) and started a new job, so I have no vacation time to do long trips this year.  But next year I'd really like to get out west... AZ, CO, UT, WY, ect.

Anyways, that's about all there is to know about me  :thumbsup:  Here's a few pics of me and the bike...

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/thirdgenlxi/Misc%20Pics/DSC02236.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/thirdgenlxi/2007%20GAP%20Trip/DSC02892.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/thirdgenlxi/2007%20GAP%20Trip/DSC02874.jpg)

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/thirdgenlxi/2007%20GAP%20Trip/DSC02811.jpg)

And my ugly mug again...lol
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y15/thirdgenlxi/2007%20GAP%20Trip/DSC02726.jpg)


I've got tons of pics from some of my trips, if anybody cares to see I can post them up.  Only 2 BIG trips, the rest are smaller weekend trips and whatnot.

Take it easy everyone.... ride safe!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on March 10, 2008, 12:38:59 am
Hi all! My name is Shawn King and I've been riding for a little over 2 years (and 30,000 miles). I previously owned an '05 Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe and, after a minor accident, the insurance company said, "Why don't you go buy yourself a new bike?"

The nice guys at Danbury (CT) Powersports (http://"http://www.danburypowersports.com/") were kind enough to let me take a brand new FJR off their hands. For only a few (hundred) dollars, they even gave me a new Arai helmet, too. :)

I picked it up on Wednesday afternoon and have been walking around with a big stupid grin on my face ever since. Can't wait for this weather to lift so I can get back on it! I've posted some pics on Flickr (http://"http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourmaclife/sets/72157604071070248/") if anyone wants to see the bike.

I look forward to learning all about my new bike from you guys and in learning how to ride a sport tourer - it's a *completely* different ride than on my big fat cruiser. :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 10, 2008, 10:50:40 am
Woah - we've got some real mile-eaters signing on.

Welcome, gents!   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on March 10, 2008, 11:12:00 am

Woah - we've got some real mile-eaters signing on.

To be fair, all my miles are on a cruiser. Only have 150+ miles on my FJR. :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on March 10, 2008, 11:43:11 am


To be fair, all my miles are on a cruiser. Only have 150+ miles on my FJR. :)
Miles is Miles.

Welcome!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on March 10, 2008, 11:50:30 am

Miles is Miles.

I'm looking forward to learning from you guys how to run my cruiser miles into Sport Touring miles. :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 10, 2008, 02:17:52 pm
Bah.  Miles is miles, like DD said.  I've been smoked on curvy back roads by a guy on an old Guzzi cruiser*.  Sport-touring is more how you ride than what you ride.






* To be fair, he should have been raised a Hayden, and I will never be fast no matter what bike you put me on.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on March 10, 2008, 02:25:25 pm

Bah.  Miles is miles, like DD said.

You know, I don't know if that's completely true. While I've got 30,000+ miles in 2.5 years, they are all "cruiser" miles. Obviously, riding a cruiser is different from a sport tourer. I need to "learn" to ride a sport touring "bike properly".
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Sport-touring is more how you ride than what you ride.

Agreed - and I'm needing to learn "how" to ride a sport tourer.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 10, 2008, 02:42:37 pm


You know, I don't know if that's completely true. While I've got 30,000+ miles in 2.5 years, they are all "cruiser" miles. Obviously, riding a cruiser is different from a sport tourer. I need to "learn" to ride a sport touring "bike properly".


True enough.  The people on cruisers who are able to rail through the corners are generally people with more than one bike in the stable, and are able to carry what they learned on a smaller, nimbler bike over to their cruiser riding.  Obviously no knees approach the ground, but the essentials of throttle control, trail braking, countersteering etc. do translate rather well (or so it seemed by the rapidly diminishing vintage Guzzi taillight ahead :) ).

It almost seems that if I want to really learn to handle my 1200cc bike "properly," I'm going to need to get a little Ninja 500 or a Hawk GT to tear around on for a while.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on March 10, 2008, 02:49:53 pm
Obviously no knees approach the ground, but the essentials of throttle control, trail braking, countersteering etc. do translate rather well.

By that logic, do you think there's any "danger" to going the other way? After all, I know little or nothing about the kinds of throttle control, trail braking and countersteering required to ride a sport-tourer well. I'll learn quick though. :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vladimir on March 10, 2008, 03:08:15 pm

By that logic, do you think there's any "danger" to going the other way? After all, I know little or nothing about the kinds of throttle control, trail braking and countersteering required to ride a sport-tourer well. I'll learn quick though. :)


If you want to kick start the process, there are several goods books on the subject.  Lee Parks "Total Control" is recommended often, as is Hough's "Proficient Motorcycling."  Of course, doing is often better than reading about it, so think about signing up for a track class where you can learn about these techniques and then immediately try them out with feedback from instructors.

Welcome to STN BTW!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on March 10, 2008, 03:20:09 pm

If you want to kick start the process, there are several goods books on the subject.  Lee Parks "Total Control" is recommended often, as is Hough's "Proficient Motorcycling."

On my list - thanks!
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Of course, doing is often better than reading about it, so think about signing up for a track class where you can learn about these techniques and then immediately try them out with feedback from instructors.

(Gulp) My wife has done Track Days but I don't know that I'm brave enough for it yet. :)
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Welcome to STN BTW!  :bigok:

Thanks!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vladimir on March 10, 2008, 03:22:29 pm


(Gulp) My wife has done Track Days but I don't know that I'm brave enough for it yet. :)



My first track day was intimidating as hell, but once I got over the jitters it was a blast! The hardest part is probably leaving your ego at home and not worrying about how many people are passing you.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 10, 2008, 03:24:45 pm



My first track day was intimidating as hell, but once I got over the jitters it was a blast! The hardest part is probably leaving your ego at home and not worrying about how many people are passing you.  


Big +1 on that, as well as the Proficient Motorcycling recommendation.  Between a track weekend and reading Hough's book, my riding improved tremendously.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on March 10, 2008, 03:28:52 pm

My first track day was intimidating as hell, but once I got over the jitters it was a blast!

My wife *loved* hers down at Barber Motorsports Park in AL.
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The hardest part is probably leaving your ego at home and not worrying about how many people are passing you.  
I've got no ego in that regard (there will *always* be someone faster than me) I just don't want to crash again. :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: AHCHIU on March 12, 2008, 12:28:44 am
I'm new to the Fourm I live in Seattle, WA. I ride a 2000 Honda ST1100 non ABS If you live in the Seattle area drop me a note if you want to ride, I'm also a part of a Fourm called PNWRoadriders they are a local riding group in the Seattle area

Marcus Chiu
Seattle,WA
2000 ST1100


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on March 12, 2008, 12:46:51 am

I'm new to the Fourm I live in Seattle, WA. I ride a 2000 Honda ST1100 non ABS If you live in the Seattle area drop me a note if you want to ride, I'm also a part of a Fourm called PNWRoadriders they are a local riding group in the Seattle area

Marcus Chiu
Seattle,WA
2000 ST1100


Hey Marcus

There are lots of us around here. If you want a "crash course" in who's who, why not join us for Bluepoof's dinner on the 15th? Keep and eye on Region 1!!  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: hungryman on March 12, 2008, 06:22:40 pm

Hello everyone,  I too have been lurking around this site for almost a year. It's about time to sign up!  I'm in my late 40's and just got stung by the dreaded " motorcycle bug " :thumbsup: in '06 while bicycle touring on BC DH# 5 Kaslo/New Denver.  That's a story all it's own!  Went to Kelowna in March last year and took the Safety Council Gearing Up course, got my full licence in June. I managed to get over 11000 kms of experience the first year. Did some great tours  including a couple trips back to the West Kootenays, Icefields Parkway, Highwood Pass and Going to the sun.
I ride sleds with the "Alphabet Man" and look forward to meeting some other members in the Kootenays. :)
 


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 12, 2008, 06:35:16 pm


Hello everyone,  I too have been lurking around this site for almost a year. It's about time to sign up!  I'm in my late 40's and just got stung by the dreaded " motorcycle bug " :thumbsup: in '06 while bicycle touring on BC DH# 5 Kaslo/New Denver.  That's a story all it's own!  Went to Kelowna in March last year and took the Safety Council Gearing Up course, got my full licence in June. I managed to get over 11000 kms of experience the first year. Did some great tours  including a couple trips back to the West Kootenays, Icefields Parkway, Highwood Pass and Going to the sun.
I ride sleds with the "Alphabet Man" and look forward to meeting some other members in the Kootenays. :)
 


So what you're saying is you're a bit of a homebody couch-potato?

Welcome all the same!   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bubba zanetti on March 12, 2008, 06:42:58 pm


Hello everyone,  I too have been lurking around this site for almost a year. It's about time to sign up!  I'm in my late 40's and just got stung by the dreaded " motorcycle bug " :thumbsup: in '06 while bicycle touring on BC DH# 5 Kaslo/New Denver.  That's a story all it's own!  Went to Kelowna in March last year and took the Safety Council Gearing Up course, got my full licence in June. I managed to get over 11000 kms of experience the first year. Did some great tours  including a couple trips back to the West Kootenays, Icefields Parkway, Highwood Pass and Going to the sun.
I ride sleds with the "Alphabet Man" and look forward to meeting some other members in the Kootenays. :)
 


Ahh the other person who lives in Elkford !!




 :twofinger:



Welcome ... go introduce yourself in the Canada thread .... here .... https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,18825.0.html


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mtrider16 on March 12, 2008, 11:08:48 pm

But next year I'd really like to get out west... AZ, CO, UT, WY, ect.


Jarad, glad your here, enjoy yourself, poke around, generally make yourself at home.  Just so you know, there is that little state called Montana also.  ;)

Welcome aboard.

David


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Orson on March 13, 2008, 11:47:26 am

I'm 26 and have been riding for about 3 yrs 4 months now.... I ride a red/black 2004 Honda CBR 600 F4i, which I absolutely love to death. It was my first bike, bought it new 10-17-04 with 3 miles (and had no idea how addicting it would become!! LOL), and now have just a hair over 120,000 on the clock.


holy cow!  :eek:

we're not worthy!  :hail:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: miles on March 13, 2008, 11:50:01 am

Miles is Miles.





Can't argue with that.



miles


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: alphabet man on March 16, 2008, 12:11:29 am


Hello everyone,  I too have been lurking around this site for almost a year. It's about time to sign up!  I'm in my late 40's and just got stung by the dreaded " motorcycle bug " :thumbsup: in '06 while bicycle touring on BC DH# 5 Kaslo/New Denver.  That's a story all it's own!  Went to Kelowna in March last year and took the Safety Council Gearing Up course, got my full licence in June. I managed to get over 11000 kms of experience the first year. Did some great tours  including a couple trips back to the West Kootenays, Icefields Parkway, Highwood Pass and Going to the sun.
I ride sleds with the "Alphabet Man" and look forward to meeting some other members in the Kootenays. :)
 


 HAHA hungry man  :lol: that's perfect Scott I can never understand how some one that wieghs 150 lbs can eat twice that weight in food everyday and still be skinny, welcome aboard it's about time you signed up, as for Bubba's remark he has been to Elkford he knows the population is way above 2 damn near 30 folks now, might even get a stop sign this year  :twofinger:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SturgisNative on March 16, 2008, 08:49:51 pm
Hi all,

I'm Davitt, "Dav" (rhymes with the "Cav" in Cavalier".  Just got a 98 CBR1100XX, going to fit it out for sport touring.  I came off of a 2005 HD Ultra Classic, so it's been fun readjusting to sportbikes.  I figured I'm only 33, what the hell am I doing on a dresser?  :D

Anyway.  Hoping to make some long (1,000+ mile) rides this summer, and meet up with some folks for a beer or two!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on March 16, 2008, 09:09:32 pm
Welcome Davitt - where ya from? (filling out the profile will help others know if they're anywhere near you, btw). And I will not be tricked by your user name!!!  :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Girlie on March 18, 2008, 11:02:43 pm
Hullo...(tap tap)
This thing on?



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Orson on March 18, 2008, 11:07:55 pm

Hullo...(tap tap)
This thing on?

you know the rules.

new bike doesn't exist without pictures  :D

welcome aboard  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Johnes335 on March 19, 2008, 02:59:06 pm
Hello all. I live north of Pittsburgh, PA and ride a 2004 BMW K1200RS. It is the 3rd BMW I have owned. I belong to the local BMW club but l am in no way elitist when it comes to manufacturer. The right bike from any brand will make me weak in the knees. I am hoping to meet up with you on a more regular basis starting with the burger-fest in Clearfield next month with Region 6.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 19, 2008, 03:09:23 pm
Welcome new (and returning) members.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: doug06z on March 20, 2008, 12:49:32 pm
Hello everyone, new guy here. Been lurking around here for a couple months now and just signed up. I ride an 06 Kawasaki Z750S I bought new in march of 07, only managed 2100 miles last year but plan too atleast double that this year as I really want to do some serious riding if the weather ever breaks in these parts  :beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 20, 2008, 12:53:50 pm
Welcome Doug   :bigok:

I'm gonna assume you're north of the Mason Dixon line, but wherever you hail from check out the regional forums for rides being planned in your area.

I just got my bike back yesterday.  I can't stop smiling about commuting to work today.   :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on March 20, 2008, 03:24:06 pm

Hullo...(tap tap)
This thing on?


Oh no, not YOU again????   :eek:  


Relax. I like to.................well never mind. My girlfriend doesn't like it when I brag.  :rolleyes:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mcb on March 20, 2008, 11:15:14 pm
Hello all..
Joined the site a few months back after buying my '03 FJR, finally time to introduce myself.  I've been riding for about 10 years now, FJR is bike number 3.  I currently reside in Austin,TX.  The wife and I are planning a trip to Barber for the AMA weekend in Apr.  This will be our first 2 up tour, so and advice from professional passengers would be great.  Anywho, just thought I'd say hello.  Great site, lots of good info...  

Thanks,
Brian

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e159/baldymcb/IMGP1633.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 20, 2008, 11:18:34 pm
Hey Brian - welcome.  And on behalf of everyone here in the upper Midwest, I'd like to thank you of for that picture, reminding us what green grass and blue skies look like.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: pstucker on March 21, 2008, 12:23:05 am
Greetings...
Been poking around your site a short while and I guess I ought to bore you with my roots in this sport.
60 years old, riding 45 of them. To many bikes to mention. My current is an '06 Ducati Multistrada 1000S DS.  Spent 16 years in a dealership and the past 28 as a rep in this industry. Raced, photoed, wrenched.....  Based in Westchester County, NY. When my son graduated college, he asked me how old I was when I picked my career. My reply "Haven't thought about that yet, having way too much fun in the motorcycle business!" In the industry I get to go to all the races. But my favorite race event has to be Laguna Seca with the Springfield Mile second.....
Finally took a respectable trip last summer, 9 days, 3K miles thru New England, Canada, PEI, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton... I'm hooked, already have 3 or 4 trips planned for this season.
If I can be of any help......
Paul


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: miles on March 21, 2008, 12:24:38 am

Greetings...
Finally took a respectable trip last summer, 9 days, 3K miles thru New England, Canada, PEI, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton...
Paul



Photos!  We demand photos!





Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: pstucker on March 21, 2008, 12:33:44 am
Photos?????  We got photos !!!  What do ya' want the photos of???


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: miles on March 21, 2008, 12:51:02 am

Photos?????  We got photos !!!  What do ya' want the photos of???



All of it.  Were are indiscriminate pic junkies around here.  Post a ride report, for starters.  That'd be great.





Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 21, 2008, 12:51:44 am
Ride Reports!  We demand Ride Reports (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/board,12.0.html)!

No pressure.

Welcome!

edited to say Miles types incredibly fast considering he's a lush who's gotten all drink on Negra Modelo.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on March 21, 2008, 08:51:11 am
I currently reside in Austin,TX.

I love Austin! My wife is from Ft Worth.
Quote
The wife and I are planning a trip to Barber for the AMA weekend in Apr.

Beautiful track - done Track Days there.
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This will be our first 2 up tour, so and advice from professional passengers would be great.

Good for you guys! My wife and I did our honeymoon 2Up and really enjoyed it. Communication is the key - either have an intercom system or a series of hand signals so that you can "talk" to each other. The most important thing is *don't* push it. Don't ride when *either* of you is too tired to go on.

Have/buy an inexpensive point and shoot camera that she can use to take pics of the scenery. Stop frequently for rest or just to see the sites. Avoid interstates.


Title: New Member from Mississippi
Post by: mharrison on March 21, 2008, 03:13:46 pm
Hi all. My name is Matt. I'm a new member from Mississippi.

I've been riding since '88 and am seriously planning to do some sport-touring now. I'm thinking of starting out with a camping trip up to North Georgia with a friend of mine.

I currently ride a 2005 Katana 750. I've got a nice Nelson-Rigg tank bag and am planning to add soft saddle bags and a soft tail bag. I'll ride ALMOST anywhere in ALMOST any weather. I'm not scared of miles and can ride this Katana all day long. (I've been pretty pleased with the comfort level of the Kat)


Title: Re: New Member from Mississippi
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 21, 2008, 03:18:25 pm
Hey Matt, welcome   :bigok:

By all accounts, the Kat can be a very capable middleweight sport-tourer.  Sounds like you already have a handle on it.

Stick around, maybe you'll get to like this bunch well enough that you'd come to the ST.N meet, which is being held this year in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: c_kyle on March 21, 2008, 04:23:25 pm
Hi,

I'm in North-Central Florida, a Veteran, an IT geek, divorced, have a huge-ass Main Coon cat, antisocial, and have been riding for ~3 years.  I took the MSF Rider Course, bought a bike, and am hooked for life.  I'm a safe and defensive rider, who takes not getting injured very seriously.  I enjoy riding by myself, out in the country, on backroads, and light-touring (although, I've only been on one multi-day trip).  My one multi-day trip was from FL to Myrtle Beach, SC, round-trip was ~1000 miles; all on my 29 year old bike.  It was fun, but I need a more modern (comfortable/safer) bike, to do that again.  I rode ~250 miles per day.  I know, that's not much, but I enjoyed taking roundabout ways and back roads.

I'll be buying a new bike sometime this year, probably more towards the end of the year.  I've decided on a Ducati Monster 696.  I'd rather have the 695, but by the time I get around to making a purchase, the 695's will probably be unavailable.  The Monster fits me the best (I'm short, and it has a low seat height), and feels comfortable just sitting on it, the riding position feels good, and the handlebars and controls seem like they are right where they should be, for me.  I'll add a small windscreen and hard panniers and be good to go.

That's about it...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: miles on March 21, 2008, 04:38:29 pm

Ride Reports!  We demand Ride Reports (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/board,12.0.html)!

No pressure.

Welcome!

edited to say Miles types incredibly fast considering he's a lush who's gotten all drink on Negra Modelo and had a beer in one hand while posting.



And proud of my accomplishments, too.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on March 21, 2008, 05:17:09 pm

Hi,
I'm a safe and defensive rider, who takes not getting injured very seriously.  


Nice attitude. Welcome.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: c_kyle on March 21, 2008, 07:33:37 pm



Nice attitude. Welcome.   :bigok:


Thanks.  My Dad has wrecked his Softail 5 or 6 times, each time breaking multiple bones.  That's plenty enough for both of us.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Kyle401 on March 21, 2008, 09:15:39 pm
Let me open with, great board.  I've been lurking here since last fall when I got a motorcycle again.  I was enticed to register so that I could send a PM to Philbiker about an old thread.  He responded with some advice, though he didn't know me.  :thumbsup:

I'm from SW MO and ride a '99 B12 mostly for commuting but with a few short trips mixed in.  I started street riding when I was 17 with a Yamaha XJ700.  Financial/family circumstances resulted in a 5 year lapse before the purchase of the Bandit.  I have planned an overnight trip down to AR for this spring which I suppose will be my first foray into the world of sport touring.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jtsdad on March 22, 2008, 01:33:19 am
Hello everyone. Been reading a lot of your posts and there is a huge amount of knowledge on this site. I have been riding 20 years with a couple off here and there. Just got a 2008 C14 and it's just incredible. I also have a 2001 Suzuki LC 1500 Intruder. Heavy bike but the most comfortable. The kids have ATV's and a dirt bike they let the old man ride sometimes. We live in Virginia and spend a lot of time on Skyline Drive and the Blueridge Parkway. Thanks again for all the info.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on March 22, 2008, 10:38:26 am

 We live in Virginia and spend a lot of time on Skyline Drive and the Blueridge Parkway.


Oh ya? Well I live in southern Ontarion and spend a lot of time on the 401. (that's like I-95 only busy) So there!   (thanks for making me green)    ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: polarize on March 22, 2008, 11:49:34 pm
Hello all, greetings from southern Maine, where spring hasn't sprung yet. Been lurking awhile, lots of good info. Currently have 2004 VStar 1100 which goes up for sale as soon as I pick up 2007 FJR1300. Looking to get some serious riding this summer, see you out there..


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: HappyRiding on March 22, 2008, 11:54:05 pm
Welcome Polarize!

 Spring's on the way! Here's to an early thaw. :beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Medic09 on March 23, 2008, 02:26:25 am
Newb here.

I found these forums through a link in a thread over at TriumphRAT.net.  I lurk pretty frequently on the SOHC4 forums, at TriumphRAT, and the Sprint Owners forum on Oracle, as well as some professional forums.

I finally put badly needed new tires on my Sprint ST two days ago, and got them scrubbed in riding home up NM 14.  I no longer commute 130+ miles 5 days/week, so I have to invent excuses to get out and ride.  Who knew working only a mile from home would have a down side? I actually LIKED commuting.  I didn't need excuses to ride.

We've got an '01 Sprint ST, a '75 Trident T160 (not running yet), a '78 Honda 750Four, and my wife's '02 Shadow VLX.  Now we just need to get out for some trips!

I look forward to being enlightened by you all.  ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: livewellandfree on March 24, 2008, 12:14:29 am

Newb here.

I no longer commute 130+ miles 5 days/week, so I have to invent excuses to get out and ride.  Who knew working only a mile from home would have a down side? I actually LIKED commuting.  I didn't need excuses to ride.

I look forward to being enlightened by you all.  ;)

New here... but that's not what I define as "Newb".  I lurk on here from time to time without saying a word.  I understand the commuting 45 miles up the interstate and taking the long way home (45min up & 1.5+hrs back, generally).  Not quite sure why I want to move closer to work, where the roads are straighter???

Brighten these boards with your own illuminations.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 24, 2008, 01:24:26 pm

Hi,

I'm in North-Central Florida, a Veteran, an IT geek, divorced, have a huge-ass Main Coon cat, antisocial, and have been riding for ~3 years.


If you can bring that Maine Coon with you to a meet, you'd own.

Welcome   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bluesvrider on March 26, 2008, 07:23:35 pm
Wanted to share my review on the Continental road attack. Mounted on my sv1ks @ 5655 miles, down to 3/32 at 8757 less mileage than I expected out of a sport touring tire.

Went through a sport tech m1 in about 1800 miles.

I never do any burn outs but do ride the bike hard on my Saturday/Sunday morring runs.

The tires work good and stick well.

Can anybody recomend a tire for this bike.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 26, 2008, 07:24:46 pm

Wanted to share my review on the Continental road attack. Mounted on my sv1ks @ 5655 miles, down to 3/32 at 8757 less mileage than I expected out of a sport touring tire.

Went through a sport tech m1 in about 1800 miles.

I never do any burn outs but do ride the bike hard on my Saturday/Sunday morring runs.

The tires work good and stick well.

Can anybody recomend a tire for this bike.


Welcome!

Check out the Mods n Maint forum for your answers, or to pose your question there.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: msbavn on March 26, 2008, 08:28:47 pm
 :burnout:  hi, i'm msbavn, 60years on this planet and have been riding for about 35 of them.
i just bought my first sport tourer, 1400 concours, and i can't believe that i have been missing out
of all this fun for so long.  rode cruisers before.  i have alot to learn before i can drag a knee, so i
am interested in all the advice i can get.  i usually ride about 25000 a year. nice to meet you all.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on March 26, 2008, 09:30:23 pm

 :burnout:  hi, i'm msbavn, 60years on this planet and have been riding for about 35 of them.
i just bought my first sport tourer, 1400 concours, and i can't believe that i have been missing out
of all this fun for so long.  rode cruisers before.  i have alot to learn before i can drag a knee, so i
am interested in all the advice i can get.  i usually ride about 25000 a year. nice to meet you all.

Welcome indeed! Where abouts are you located?

Feel free to join us at some of our frequent and scattered meets  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on March 26, 2008, 10:41:27 pm
I'd just like to thank all of you for checking in and posting up.  I used to hang out here a lot and greet each and every newbie.  I don't do that anymore.  I used to be funny and off beat.  I'm not that way any more.  I used to have whimsical ways of looking at all things.  Not any more.

So, "hello".  Nice to meet you.

My, Mrs. Cleaver, you look lovely this evening.

I forgot to mention I still suffer from...disorientation.

GETAWAY!GETAWAY!ARRRRGGGGHHHH!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tlang on March 27, 2008, 09:53:33 am
Hello all, new here.  Currently shopping for a bike.  Narrowed down to the FJR or the Honda St.  Any opinions?  Love to hear any comments, have checked out both the FJR & Honda St forums (as you might imagine....one sided views on both.   :crazy:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: miles on March 27, 2008, 10:56:22 am

I'd just like to thank all of you for checking in and posting up.  I used to hang out here a lot and greet each and every newbie.  I don't do that anymore.  I used to be funny and off beat.  I'm not that way any more.  I used to have whimsical ways of looking at all things.  Not any more.

So, "hello".  Nice to meet you.

My, Mrs. Cleaver, you look lovely this evening.

I forgot to mention I still suffer from...disorientation.

GETAWAY!GETAWAY!ARRRRGGGGHHHH!



It's because you no longer have a VFR, which everybody knows is the greatest bike EVAR!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: nursiegrl on March 27, 2008, 05:14:45 pm




It's because you no longer have a VFR, which everybody knows is the greatest bike EVAR!


Oh you are so right!! I love my VFR.
I am new to the board, having been directed to this site by a fellow motorcyclist.  (Thanks BW!)
I'm in the San Gabriel Mountains of So Cal, with miles and miles of great twisty roads from my driveway!  
I really am impressed with everything I've been seeing so far on this board.  You guys (and ladies) are all great!
I so look forward to getting in on the rides.  I love to ride and have been going alone for some time now and will love the opportunity to share the adventures with other lovers of motorcycles.  I currently have 3 bikes. 2 dirt and one street.  I have 70k miles on my viffr and can't hardly bear the thought of replacing her, so maybe I can get some insight on my next bike, by the info I get from all you great folks here.
 I do want to get involved with adventure touring, but that will be a little while yet.  
Thanks again and hope to ride with you all soon!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Medic09 on March 27, 2008, 06:15:07 pm
Welcome, Nursie.

What kind of nursing do you do?  I'm in the ED or at Med Flight, depending on the circumstances.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: nursiegrl on March 27, 2008, 06:38:04 pm
Labor and Delivery.  It is a good fit for me...
My second choice is definitely the ED tho  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on March 27, 2008, 08:55:15 pm

I have 70k miles on my viffr and can't hardly bear the thought of replacing her


Welcome. Don't replace that bike.   :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: djpaulie on March 27, 2008, 09:31:00 pm
Hi everyone, Paulie here. I ride a 2005 Triumph Tiger.. I'm from WI.  :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: miles on March 27, 2008, 09:35:48 pm



Oh you are so right!! I love my VFR.
I am new to the board, having been directed to this site by a fellow motorcyclist.  (Thanks BW!)
I'm in the San Gabriel Mountains of So Cal, with miles and miles of great twisty roads from my driveway!  
I really am impressed with everything I've been seeing so far on this board.  You guys (and ladies) are all great!
I so look forward to getting in on the rides.  I love to ride and have been going alone for some time now and will love the opportunity to share the adventures with other lovers of motorcycles.




Head on over to the Region 1 forum.  There are rides posted in SoCal reasonably frequently.  In fact, there's one this saturday.








Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kb3gff on March 28, 2008, 08:43:38 am
Hi everyone.  I've been lurking around here for a while and finally got around to registering.  My name is Greg and I ride a 2006 Aprilia Caponord.  I live near Belair, MD which is northeast of Baltimore.  I like just about any kind of riding, which is why I picked the Capo, it's a nice all around bike.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ray916mn on March 28, 2008, 03:55:39 pm
I suppose I should post something. I thought I was a member a while ago, but somehow couldn't figure out what username password I used. Doesn't much matter as I tend to lurk.

I'm in my 31st yr. of riding and have sport toured for most of that time. Ridden pretty much all over the country excepting the Pacific Northwest, and tend to sport tour sportbikes. Every year I do at least one 600+ mi. day on my Duc 916.

I'm an active HSTA member and currently serve as the co-state director for the Minnesota group, http://www.mn-hsta.org. Anyone and everyone in the area around the Twin Cities or western Wisconsin should check out our rides.

I'm also the co-organizer for TWiSTAR, an HSTA AMA sanctioned ride in its 15th year, May 16-18, Spring Green, WI, http://www.hstatwistar.info.
This event is a bunch of fun!
 


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on March 28, 2008, 04:14:39 pm
Welcome, Ray!

Gotta say, TWiSTAR is a kickass ride... not that I made it to one of the events, but I got a hand-me-down route map or two, and it was a wonderful romp through Wisconsin's finest.  :thumbsup:

Hope to see you around at one of our Region 4 coffee meets.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ray916mn on March 28, 2008, 05:34:58 pm
It'd sure be nice if I could make a coffee meet, but kitchen passes are few and far between for me, so when I get them, it's time to ride! I'll definitely try though.

Thanks for the compliment on TWiSTAR. The co-organizer routes it. He lives in Spring Green and he really knows the best roads to ride. Probably equally importantly he makes sure the route is ridable ride up until the day of the event. There always seems to be a new road closure the week before the event that causes us to change the route.

This year it is $25 for a Friday evening burger and dog grill, Saturday evening Prime Rib buffet banquet and raffle drawing, and for new members, registration includes a year membership in the HSTA!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: swashplate on March 29, 2008, 12:58:29 am
Hello everyone,

Rob here.  Looking to get back into riding after a 10 year time out.

Great forum.  Happy to meet you all.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cpl Punishment on March 29, 2008, 02:45:13 pm
Welcome.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: lsdpoet on March 30, 2008, 09:45:22 pm
lsdpoet here....nice sight here....also belong to ST-Owners and BMW RT sights....currently working on my 54th or 55th bike (lost count somewhere along the way.)  Funny thing is, I always go back to the same machines:  1100ST; 1300ST; 1100RT or the occasional Goldwing or LT......guess you could say I can't make up my mind...but then again, that's not such a bad thing........ ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: technetium on March 31, 2008, 08:36:26 pm
Hello all,

I just signed up, I'm in the Los Angeles area. Looking for my first bike, don't worry I'll read the archives before I ask for advice.

technetium


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ksann on March 31, 2008, 11:08:17 pm

Hello all,

I just signed up, I'm in the Los Angeles area. Looking for my first bike, don't worry I'll read the archives before I ask for advice.

technetium
Welcome to the group.



Hang out in Region 1 for fun.



ken


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on April 01, 2008, 10:45:32 am

....currently working on my 54th or 55th bike......guess you could say I can't make up my mind...but then again, that's not such a bad thing........ ;)


 :eek:

Welcome.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Baron Samedi on April 01, 2008, 03:37:28 pm
Mmph.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: technetium on April 01, 2008, 04:36:26 pm

Welcome to the group.



Hang out in Region 1 for fun.



ken


Thanks for the welcome.
Please comment on your first hand experience with item featured in your avatar.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bubba zanetti on April 01, 2008, 04:41:03 pm



Thanks for the welcome.
Please comment on your first hand experience with item featured in your avatar.


It is actually his left hand that has the experience.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ksann on April 01, 2008, 04:41:57 pm



Thanks for the welcome.
Please comment on your first hand experience with item featured in your avatar.
Daily use, of course.

I find it more effective than a custom seat. And it adds 17hp to my motorcycle.



ken


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ksann on April 01, 2008, 04:43:12 pm



It is actually his left hand that has the experience.
But Technetium has figured out exactly what it is....


Now Bubba, how did you know that I prefer my left hand, have you been watching, again?




ken


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bubba zanetti on April 01, 2008, 04:44:58 pm

But Technetium has figured out exactly what it is....


Now Bubba, how did you know that I prefer my left hand, have you been watching, again?

ken


No ... silly ken ... cuz your right hand is on the throttle !  :rolleyes: :lol:



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kpfetz on April 02, 2008, 09:13:51 pm
Hi Everyone,
  My name is Pete and I live in Peoria, AZ. I've been riding both dirt and street bikes for many years. I just replaced my 06 H-D Night Rod with a new 08 Buell Ullysses and I'm looking forward to trying it out. Unfortunately I just messed up my ankle in a dirt bike accident so I won't be riding for awhile :( But at least I have something to look forward to. See you on the road!
    Pete
    kpfetz


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: disconnected on April 03, 2008, 02:20:09 pm
New guy from Pittsburgh here.  I have been linked here many times from "Garry" on other boards, so I thought I would sign up..

Greg



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: josephthreedogs on April 03, 2008, 04:22:48 pm

Welcome to the latest incarnation of ST.N.  We've been online since Oct 2001 and welcome all riders.

So pull up a chair, tell us a little about yourself, and join the discussions.

Thanks.
--
Neal

Not new to motorcycles or sport-touring,but am new to the forums. My current ST is an '02 Buell S3T,I also have some V-rods, Shovelheads and a Sportster. A new ST1300 will be added this week-end. I am also an active MC drag racer(destroyer). I'm also 65yrs old going on 18!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on April 03, 2008, 05:27:01 pm
I'm also 65yrs old going on 18!


Nice !!!   :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: olderigetfasteriam on April 03, 2008, 05:30:53 pm

Hi Everyone,
  My name is Pete and I live in Peoria, AZ. I've been riding both dirt and street bikes for many years. I just replaced my 06 H-D Night Rod with a new 08 Buell Ullysses and I'm looking forward to trying it out. Unfortunately I just messed up my ankle in a dirt bike accident so I won't be riding for awhile :( But at least I have something to look forward to. See you on the road!
    Pete
    kpfetz


Welcome Pete. I am in Mesa. Maybe we can do a ride to he mountains this summer when you ankle heals.
Good Luck.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RideWV on April 05, 2008, 09:03:10 pm

New guy from Pittsburgh here.  I have been linked here many times from "Garry" on other boards, so I thought I would sign up..

Greg




Greg,

We met in Hundred today.  I was on the blue DR650.  Welcome to ST-N.  I look forward to riding with you sometime.  That SV looks great, congrats!

James


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RDRIDR on April 08, 2008, 02:57:43 pm
Hello to all. I have been reading this site for a long time. I have just returned to riding and am enjoying every minute of it. Looking forward to doing a lot of long and interesting rides in the near future. :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BarbRN on April 08, 2008, 08:28:32 pm
Hi everybody, I just found this forum tonight.  I have a Yamaha FZ1 set up for sport touring and frequently do interstate trips.  Been riding about eleven years now.  My husband also has the same bike and set up.  He just sold his FJR1300 this year and got an FZ1.  

I see some of you from my general neighborhood in Central Florida, live in Winter Haven.  Hope to meet up for some rides soon.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Lawn Dart on April 08, 2008, 08:32:57 pm
Welcome to STN Barb!  Not enough lady riders, IMO.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BarbRN on April 08, 2008, 08:34:38 pm
Wonder why that is?  It seems like lots more women are riding.  Thanks for the welcome :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on April 08, 2008, 09:10:21 pm

Wonder why that is?  It seems like lots more women are riding.  Thanks for the welcome :)

It's cuz we're all shy.... bwhahahaha!!!


Welcome Barb.  :bigok:  I just flew in from Florida today. I was in Clearwater Beach for a niece's wedding. The day of the (outdoor, on the beach) wedding and the city got a record 5" of rain. See if they ever invite a Seattle relative to a wedding again!!!  :crazy:  :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BarbRN on April 08, 2008, 09:14:41 pm
OMG !!! We got 6 inches Sunday, never happens in April in Florida, this is the driest month of the year.  I'm so sorry for her.  What did they do about the wedding.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on April 08, 2008, 09:26:53 pm

OMG !!! We got 6 inches Sunday, never happens in April in Florida, this is the driest month of the year.  I'm so sorry for her.  What did they do about the wedding.

Fortunately the reception was to be on a boat, so we just moved there early and had the ceremony on board. It all turned out quite well


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BarbRN on April 08, 2008, 09:49:52 pm
That's nice, the weather is gorgeous this week.  I might do a ride to the gulf coast Saturday.  Anna Maria Island is nice for dinner at sunset.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on April 09, 2008, 10:28:27 pm

Hello to all. I have been reading this site for a long time. I have just returned to riding and am enjoying every minute of it. Looking forward to doing a lot of long and interesting rides in the near future. :cool:


Welcome... back?  Nice collection of bikes you got there.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Rammer on April 10, 2008, 12:35:59 am
Hello everyone, I'm a long time lurker, first time poster. I've had motorcycles around since I was 13, I'm 47 now. My first bike was a '71 Honda SL70. I've had 8 other bikes since then. My riding style is more touring than sport, but I do enjoy the twisty roads. I've done a few multi week trips out west and been to Sturgis for the rally 9 years in a row. I'm not into that "lifestyle", but it sure is fun to watch people, camp, and ride the Black Hills. It easy to find my bike on a crowded street there.

Erik.




Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: stefrrr on April 10, 2008, 12:41:23 am
Welcome!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on April 10, 2008, 08:51:51 am
I just flew in from Florida today. I was in Clearwater Beach for a niece's wedding. The day of the (outdoor, on the beach) wedding and the city got a record 5" of rain. See if they ever invite a Seattle relative to a wedding again!!!  :crazy:  :lol:

I was there this weekend too. That mess was *your* fault, was it? I'll keep that in mind and check with you before I travel anywhere else. :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MIKE_H on April 10, 2008, 01:11:35 pm
Hello,

I am simi-new to the forum.  I was on here a few years back as XJSECA2.  Glad to see the forum is just as good if not better then before!!!

I have been riding for 16 years, half my life :)  Currently I ride a 92 Seca II and a 93 FZR600.  To be honest, the FZR is more "fun" but, I ride the Seca a lot more.  I am 6'5" so the FZR is not comfy for more then a few hours.  Besides riding, I spend a lot of time working on my photography and some urban exploring.  

Might have to hit up a Bay Area dinner and make some new riding friends...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jwhite518 on April 10, 2008, 02:34:56 pm
Hey Mike. Welcome! There's a pretty good Bay Area contingent here. Check the Region 1 forum and come to one of the dinners. They're usually the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month. (can't remember which) Also we have the Bay Area Photo Tag game, which is funner than a barrel of monkeys. And lest we not forget, the ever popular WCRMs. I've never been to one but they seem to be popular.  :lol:

You might have to rethink your handle because there's another Mike H on here. It could get confusing.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MIKE_H on April 10, 2008, 03:41:34 pm

Hey Mike. Welcome! There's a pretty good Bay Area contingent here. Check the Region 1 forum and come to one of the dinners. They're usually the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month. (can't remember which) Also we have the Bay Area Photo Tag game, which is funner than a barrel of monkeys. And lest we not forget, the ever popular WCRMs. I've never been to one but they seem to be popular.  :lol:

You might have to rethink your handle because there's another Mike H on here. It could get confusing.


Thanks, jwhite518!!!  That photo tag game sounds fun.  I went to a few dinners a few years ago, but at this point I don't even remember who I met, but they were all cool :)

Oh, and just so every body knows, I don't get offended easy. Let the fun begin  :twofinger:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on April 10, 2008, 06:05:11 pm
Welcome as well, Mike_H.  You should see about coming up to Fortuna for the WCRM at the end of May. If meeting like-minded riders is your goal there's no easier way than showing up at there!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jhh on April 12, 2008, 12:09:10 am
Hi folks, I've been lurking here for quite a while, but I just bought a new 'Guzzi V11 and the previous owner's STN sticker on the back fender reminded me I should probably register. I've been riding on dirt since I was seven (I'm 32 now) and spent a few years in the SF Bay Area riding rain or shine. It's good to be back on a bike after a few years hiatus.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MIKE_H on April 13, 2008, 10:39:18 am

Welcome as well, Mike_H.  You should see about coming up to Fortuna for the WCRM at the end of May. If meeting like-minded riders is your goal there's no easier way than showing up at there!  :bigok:


Thank You!!!

If I am free that weekend I just might do that.  I ride hwy 36 a couple times a year any how so I am due...  My riding time is limited because I am a single dad and have my daughters on most weekends.  Then one weekend a month is dedicated to photography.  Thats just life.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MIKE_H on April 13, 2008, 10:41:40 am
Welcome, jhh!

Good call on the 'Guzzi, beautiful machine!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on April 13, 2008, 06:52:12 pm

Thank You!!!

If I am free that weekend I just might do that.  I ride hwy 36 a couple times a year any how so I am due...  My riding time is limited because I am a single dad and have my daughters on most weekends.  Then one weekend a month is dedicated to photography.  Thats just life.  

No one said that motorcycling and photography have to be mutually exclusive - I've taken some of my best photos from the back of my bike  :bigok:  Hope that it works out for you!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ray916mn on April 13, 2008, 07:05:00 pm

Hello everyone, I'm a long time lurker, first time poster. I've had motorcycles around since I was 13, I'm 47 now. My first bike was a '71 Honda SL70. I've had 8 other bikes since then. My riding style is more touring than sport, but I do enjoy the twisty roads. I've done a few multi week trips out west and been to Sturgis for the rally 9 years in a row. I'm not into that "lifestyle", but it sure is fun to watch people, camp, and ride the Black Hills. It easy to find my bike on a crowded street there.

Erik.





Welcome to the group!

I ride through Prescott on my way to Nelson, WI where we start most of our rides. We used to start rides out of Prescott, but moved them farther away from the Twin Cities to discourage the young immortals who all too often would show up for rides and crash.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ksann on April 13, 2008, 08:21:28 pm

Hi folks, I've been lurking here for quite a while, but I just bought a new 'Guzzi V11 and the previous owner's STN sticker on the back fender reminded me I should probably register. I've been riding on dirt since I was seven (I'm 32 now) and spent a few years in the SF Bay Area riding rain or shine. It's good to be back on a bike after a few years hiatus.
Welcome, all of us Guzzi riders need to stick together, so that we can take over the world.....




ken


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Rammer on April 13, 2008, 09:24:19 pm
ray916mn,
Thanks for the welcome. I just clicked on the link to the twistar page. I'll have to go back and take a closer look. I hope at 47 I'm past the "young immortal" stage in life, but I know what you mean about starting a ride further away. I also know a few people that think a 50 mile ride is enough for one day. I feel very lucky to live as close to some nice riding areas as I do.  

Erik.


Title: I'm not NEW per se...
Post by: Slonishku on April 13, 2008, 11:10:40 pm
But I might as well be. It's me- Slonishku- returned after my really really long absence! I'm actually in Afghanistan now *wishing* I had a bike and somewhere to ride it. I'm stuck here with the Navy until November or so.

does anyone here remember ol' Pope Slonishku?


Title: Re: I'm not NEW per se...
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on April 13, 2008, 11:44:42 pm

But I might as well be. It's me- Slonishku- returned after my really really long absence! I'm actually in Afghanistan now *wishing* I had a bike and somewhere to ride it. I'm stuck here with the Navy until November or so.

does anyone here remember ol' Pope Slonishku?


 :bigok:  welcome back!!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Slonishku on April 14, 2008, 08:20:30 am
Thanks, DD! I'm diggin' the new icon!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ray916mn on April 14, 2008, 12:16:09 pm

ray916mn,
Thanks for the welcome. I just clicked on the link to the twistar page. I'll have to go back and take a closer look. I hope at 47 I'm past the "young immortal" stage in life, but I know what you mean about starting a ride further away. I also know a few people that think a 50 mile ride is enough for one day. I feel very lucky to live as close to some nice riding areas as I do.  

Erik.


If you can't make TWiSTAR, you can probably make a few of the rides MN-HSTA puts on. Almost all of them are in your neck of the woods.

Click here for the ride calendar.http://www.mn-hsta.org/Events.htm .


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MIKE_H on April 14, 2008, 05:58:11 pm


No one said that motorcycling and photography have to be mutually exclusive - I've taken some of my best photos from the back of my bike  :bigok:  Hope that it works out for you!


I agree 100%!!!  Way too many photo ops to miss while on the bike!!! The reason I separate them is I shoot at night, by the light of the moon.  Most of my locations require me to hike in or just plain sneak in.  Either way I don't like the idea of my bike just sitting exposed in the middle of the night.  Its just seems to be more trouble then its worth. Another thing I think about is, how slow the Seca is to warm up.  Sometimes I need to get out of a place quick and I don't have time to warm the bike up.  

Just last night I was shooting at an abandoned resort, a bunch of drunk vandals showed up.  Before I knew it they set the place on fire and I had to get the hell out!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2225/2414121334_88f62767a1_o.jpg)

For more pictures of this location check out:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/takenpictures/sets/72157594298492903/

Mike


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Capo on April 14, 2008, 08:37:38 pm

Scott In the PHX Area
that is a little light on Info...I'm in the New River area Of north PHX. I had a 94 VFR before the Caponord I still ride it like its a VFR :headscratch:  I was on the site as sm2727 for a few years but could not save that screen name.
 Better Pictures maybe(http://) http://sm2727.smugmug.com/photos/178587462_hirTb-M.jpg
http://sm2727.smugmug.com/photos/279080806_DxQBP-M.jpg
http://sm2727.smugmug.com/photos/279081813_SuqEd-M.jpg


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DogBoy on April 14, 2008, 08:42:53 pm

But I might as well be. It's me- Slonishku- returned after my really really long absence! I'm actually in Afghanistan now *wishing* I had a bike and somewhere to ride it. I'm stuck here with the Navy until November or so.

does anyone here remember ol' Pope Slonishku?


I remember your doing the heavy lifting on ST.N patches and writing an excellent report of the Cal24. Good to hear from you.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on April 15, 2008, 01:13:06 pm
Also we have the Bay Area Photo Tag game, which is funner than a barrel of monkeys.

Sounds like it! What is it/where can I find out more?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on April 15, 2008, 01:17:16 pm


Sounds like it! What is it/where can I find out more?

clicky here! (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,2322.0.html)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Deucegurl on April 15, 2008, 02:28:26 pm
Hi - I just wanted to step in and introduce myself. and say howdy.  Ive been lurking for a while checking out this whole sport-touring thing and I go and pick up my Bandit 1200 tonight after work.  Im not new to riding - Ive got a HD Street Glide and a Yamaha XT225 in the garage.  My Bandit is a 98 with about 10k miles on it.  I got one relatively 'inexpensive' so I can see if this type of riding is for me.  I cant imagine it wont be because I love to ride - just too few days thats all!  
In my left over spare time when Im not on two wheels I autocross my Subaru STi with my two kids and their Subarus so we can bond and have our "family" time!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Redbandit14 on April 15, 2008, 02:42:39 pm
Hello New Member from Toronto Canada.
I just bought a 2001 1200 Bandit RED!  ( havn't actually got it yet :( ) .I'm riding a 93 SECA 2 so the bandit is a big step up.I have only been riding 4 years . The bandit will be my 4th bike. And last for a few years I hope.  I hope to get some serious KM'S under the belt over the next few years.
Found this forum from Bandit Ally and was pleased  to see  Chornbe from the Shadow Forum I log onto for Info on my wife's Shadow 750 is a regular here too.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: desert_rider on April 15, 2008, 02:46:38 pm
Redbandit14 - welcome to the forum, if you like it you should be able to keep the Bandit for a while.  I've got almost 40,000 miles on mine.  Good luck with it!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: keppyou812 on April 15, 2008, 03:19:07 pm
Hey gang !!!  

I saw this forum courtesy of Garry, on another forum, and thought I'd come on over too.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on April 15, 2008, 06:35:54 pm

Hello New Member from Toronto Canada.
I just bought a 2001 1200 Bandit RED!


The red ones are the fastest ones you know! Welcome.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Slonishku on April 16, 2008, 01:57:42 pm



I remember your doing the heavy lifting on ST.N patches and writing an excellent report of the Cal24. Good to hear from you.


That was me, DB. In fact the patch thing is how I "earned" the Pope hat! Good to be back!



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Redbandit14 on April 16, 2008, 03:33:08 pm



The red ones are the fastest ones you know! Welcome.
That's what everyone says! Except Silver ,Blue and Black Bandit Owners. I susspect they are just jealous though.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on April 16, 2008, 03:38:57 pm



That was me, DB. In fact the patch thing is how I "earned" the Pope hat! Good to be back!



Speaking of "patches".... any more in the works?  :headscratch:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MIKE_H on April 16, 2008, 05:51:44 pm

Hello New Member from Toronto Canada.
I just bought a 2001 1200 Bandit RED!  ( havn't actually got it yet :( ) .I'm riding a 93 SECA 2 so the bandit is a big step up.I have only been riding 4 years . The bandit will be my 4th bike. And last for a few years I hope.  I hope to get some serious KM'S under the belt over the next few years.
Found this forum from Bandit Ally and was pleased  to see  Chornbe from the Shadow Forum I log onto for Info on my wife's Shadow 750 is a regular here too.


Welcome, and good call on the Bandit!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Slonishku on April 17, 2008, 09:49:53 am
I could finagle another round of patches, I'm sure. I've been off the radar quite a while, so I might be out of touch with the new aesthetic. But I have plenty of time to plan it out- I'm in Afghanistan for 7 more months!

Actually, that might work in my favor, as I DO get free postage home on small letters, even if it does take 10-20 days to get there... Hmmm. It might be a good project to keep me busy. I could always go with the same design as before, or solicit new design ideas from the unwashed masses.

I could even make a list of stuff I need out here and barter the patches- you know: "6 pack of Slimfast Shakes for 2 patches. Back issues of RoadRunner, 1 patch." or whatever... Either way, I guess the deal would again be "all proceeds go to STN".

FWIW, when I get home for my 2 week break in June, I do have a dozen or so of the old patches still around.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on April 17, 2008, 01:03:55 pm


In my left over spare time when Im not on two wheels I autocross my Subaru STi with my two kids and their Subarus so we can bond and have our "family" time!


!

Awesome.

Welcome.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Katanderr on April 18, 2008, 05:41:36 pm
Hi all!

I have been sneakin on this site for a while, thought it was time I introduced myself...

Im from Edmonton Alberta, and when the weather lets me I ride a 2005 Katana 750.

Ride safe all!





Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bubba zanetti on April 18, 2008, 06:04:39 pm

Hi all!

I have been sneakin on this site for a while, thought it was time I introduced myself...

Im from Edmonton Alberta, and when the weather lets me I ride a 2005 Katana 750.

Ride safe all!



Welcome Katanderr  :bigok:

Head over here and give your fellow Canuckistanians some more info. Lots of Alberta and BC riders.

Check out some of the rides we have planned this summer in the Canada section.

https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,18825.0.html


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Katanderr on April 18, 2008, 06:24:30 pm
Thanks, I will!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SEA-FJR on April 21, 2008, 07:17:49 pm
Hi all!

I have been lurking on this board for a while, mostly to do some research into what kind of bike to buy. Have been riding for almost 20 years, owned an R1150R for the last six. Sold it last fall to buy something a bit more sport-toury this spring (more wind protection and such). Just bought a 2007 Yamaha FJR1300A last Saturday, hopefully I can pick it up tomorrow.

Now if only the weather here in the Seattle area would finally turn around I could actually start hitting some of our amazing roads around here.  

Anyway, just wanted to say "hey".


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on April 21, 2008, 08:21:48 pm

Hi all!

I have been lurking on this board for a while, mostly to do some research into what kind of bike to buy. Have been riding for almost 20 years, owned an R1150R for the last six. Sold it last fall to buy something a bit more sport-toury this spring (more wind protection and such). Just bought a 2007 Yamaha FJR1300A last Saturday, hopefully I can pick it up tomorrow.

Now if only the weather here in the Seattle area would finally turn around I could actually start hitting some of our amazing roads around here.  

Anyway, just wanted to say "hey".

It's beautiful today!  :bigok:

Welcome to STN! Having lurked, you should know the drill well enough regarding local rides. Think we'll see you at the WCRM IV (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,12020.0.html)??


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SEA-FJR on April 21, 2008, 09:23:23 pm

It's beautiful today!  :bigok:

Welcome to STN! Having lurked, you should know the drill well enough regarding local rides. Think we'll see you at the WCRM IV (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,12020.0.html)??

Trust me, I noticed the sunshine and I'm not liking being without my bike! ;)

WCRM sounds like a blast! Is there a group going down there together?


Title: Noob from CA
Post by: DaleFranks on April 23, 2008, 11:08:39 pm
Hello from San Diego!

Last year, after several years away from riding, I got back into it by buying a Harley 1200C Sportster.  Nine months later, and I've just  purchased an FJR1300.

Now I know what what a modern motorcycle feels like!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ChuckV on April 24, 2008, 01:45:49 pm
Hi Everyone,

I'm a long time dirt rider and got the itch to dual sport last year.  Instead of a dual sport, I ended up with a 1999 Ducati ST4 (Adult ADD is a b*tch! :rolleyes:).

I had it for sale on consignment at the local Ducati dealer for a while but it didn't move.  I finally came to my senses and brought it back home.

Riding in Florida is kind of boring.  You know, 11 turns every 318 miles...  Thankfully I am in the panhandle, so twisties aren't that far away.

Thanks for a great site and community!

Chuck


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Baron Samedi on April 24, 2008, 04:09:38 pm
Time to buy a Harley?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: timdow on April 24, 2008, 11:01:00 pm
Hello, just joined.  My profile says that I own a Harley Wide Glide, but actually I just sold it, and in the process of selecting a sport-touring rig.  The Harley was OK... pretty good for long trips, but expensive to own and maintain.  

I had owned a '91 ST-1100 about 8 years ago, and it would eat up the miles with ease.  I am hoping for a smaller, lighter ride this time.

I am a tall guy (6'3").  I am currently drooling over the VFR800 and Trimph Sprint ST.  Any tall guys that can reply with their riding experiences?

Thanks,
Tim
San Diego, CA


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jnoflane2 on April 26, 2008, 09:12:51 pm
John here.....New to the forum, but have been riding my whole life....mainly dirt, but the last 1.5 years, I have totally gone street/Adventure Touring.  I started off with a Honda VTX1800 Cruiser and after ending my ride at too many dirt roads in Colorado.....so I traded and opted for a dual-sport.....VStrom, Suzuki DL650.  I outfitted it with Givi's and the wife and I do a lot of 2-Up in the Colorado Rockies.

Here is the bike......

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h255/Wildernesshunter/IMG_2716.jpg)


....and at this link is one of our Colorado Rides.....

http://coloradolanes.blogspot.com/2007_09_01_archive.html

Cheers and pleased to be a part of the gang.....



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Slonishku on April 27, 2008, 08:08:46 am
jno, welcome! Nice set up, especially given your background.

I think you and I are rare around here. We have the same Givis. A lot of folks seem to go for the fancy painted ones...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: seminole on April 29, 2008, 04:04:01 pm
Hello all

Long time lurker, first time poster. I currently ride a 2004 Star Warrior that I have modified quite a bit. I know its not a touring bike but its still a great bike in its own right.

I live in Saint Michael, Minnesota and have been riding on an off most of my life.

I have never actually done any touring on a bike but I would love too. I would love to ride from coast to coast and go on an eating tour...kinda like that show on the Food Network Feasting on Asphault. Ok so its a goal someday.  ;)
I don't plan on getting rid of my Warrior but rather adding to the stable. I think my next addition will be an FJR. I have ridden many of them and just love everything about them. Although, I have a friend who converted a ZX14 over to a touring monster and its amazing.

Anyway, not sure I'll have much to share but I hope to read and learn from the members who have built a great forum.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: denydog on April 29, 2008, 06:29:48 pm

WCRM sounds like a blast! Is there a group going down there together?

You should ask that question in the WCRM thread.  BTW- Welcome to another local member.  I'm over towards Snohomish.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on April 29, 2008, 07:09:59 pm

Hello all

Long time lurker, first time poster. I currently ride a 2004 Star Warrior that I have modified quite a bit. I know its not a touring bike but its still a great bike in its own right.



Eh, no worries.  Some say sport-touring is what you ride, and some say it's how you ride.  

Welcome  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MatthewP on May 02, 2008, 12:06:13 am
Hey there.  I just found this sight through random web browsing for bike stuff.  It looks good so far.  I'm a regular on Pashnit.com and like to do a lot of riding (actually, I have to to get anywhere worthwhile from where I live! :lol:).  My Busa is extensively set up for touring:  Autocomm, Givi top and side cases, etc.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: veeferon on May 06, 2008, 08:41:54 am
Greetings from Ontario!

I've been riding since 1964 and have had a variety of two-wheeled wonders including a GT500, CB400F, CB750C, VT1100 and my current and possibly forever "squeeze" an '06 pearl white VFR which I am crazy about. :inlove:

Love the site  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: and plan to spend many an hour here!

Thanks!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jfk2004 on May 06, 2008, 09:08:03 pm
Howdy! From Las Cruces. Or should I say hello or hasta!  :bigok:


Title: Hello Everyone!
Post by: FJR_Jim on May 10, 2008, 02:13:22 pm
My name is Jim and I live in Marlton, New Jersey - about 10 miles east of Philadelphia, PA. I currently ride a 2007 Yamaha FJR 1300A, which is the second FJR I have owned. I am as comfortable running the slabs as I am carving up the twisties and enjoy both for different reasons. I have years of group riding experience and enjoy both group and solo riding. I have taken week-long trips covering nearly the entire east coast (missed Florida!), California,  and Switzerland (by BMW). I love planning, organizing and participating in day, weekend, and weeklong trips to interesting destinations and roads.
I started my own riding club in South Jersey (www.asphaltjunkies.org) with the hopes of attracting like-minded riders also interested in proposing, planning organizing rides. Membership grew as high as 47 members before shrinking to the current 20+. Unfortunately, it seems that most people prefer to have someone else propose and organize all of their rides for which they then just show up. It doesnt take long for that to get old and your interest to dwindle. As a result, I began just riding with one or two of the members I befriended and started looking elsewhere where I found you good people. It seems participation is high here with alot of people contributing advice, information, and ride ideas. I look forward to maybe catching up with some of you on some future rides or, at minimum, swap some ride ideas and experiences. Until then, I will continue to read through the great archive of information and wish you all safest travels. Jim


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: keystonejenks on May 10, 2008, 02:36:45 pm
Welcome to the site Jim!   :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on May 11, 2008, 10:48:51 am
Oh great, another crazy Canadian...

Sorry dude...we're everywhere. :)


Title: Re: Hello Everyone!
Post by: ShawnKing on May 11, 2008, 10:50:55 am
Unfortunately, it seems that most people prefer to have someone else propose and organize all of their rides for which they then just show up. It doesnt take long for that to get old and your interest to dwindle.

Agreed. Have you thought about making it a "real" club with dues and all? That way, you'd get paid (at least a little) for your efforts.

Regardless, welcome!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: msxbandit77 on May 12, 2008, 07:00:03 am
Hey new to the site, thought i'd say hi.. I'm Amanda, from Altoona pa, i ride a 08 R6..


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Croak on May 12, 2008, 01:42:37 pm
Hey there!

John, in Vancouver BC, originally from Florida and California.

Ride a '99 Triumph Sprint ST.

Been out of the saddle for a few years, damned glad to be back, don't know why I waited so long.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on May 13, 2008, 11:26:04 am
Hello to all the newbs.  Enjoy the site.  

Many people introduce themselves and fade into the sunset without posting much or irritating anyone.  This has to stop.  Don't be afraid to post foolishness or outright stupid and/or counterproductive thoughts.

Spinalator and I can't go on forever.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: msxbandit77 on May 14, 2008, 06:57:39 am
Anybody on here from PA???


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Dale2Wheeler on May 14, 2008, 12:09:59 pm
Hi everybody! I have been a member for several months now and just lurking the boards from here to CLSB (Chicagoland Sportbike.com). I have a Hayabusa setup for touring (Heli Risers, Starcom 1 Advance, ZUMO GPS, and GIVI 46 liter). I just converted the bike for touring this year so, I'm still making small mods. I need either saddle bags or rear passenger luggage for a 10 day tour. The Hayabusa is new to me for touring; I was riding a VTX1800S that had a lot of room, but not enough speed  :D.

So, far this has been a great site with a lot of information on Sport Touring, Hopefully I'll learn more and be able to contribute to the information.

Ride Safe!  :bigok:

Dale


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on May 14, 2008, 01:08:10 pm

Anybody on here from PA???

Check the regional forums  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: KBS1200 on May 15, 2008, 11:17:12 am
Hello everybody, my name is Keith and I have a Bandit 1200S which I ride silly.  I have been riding most of my life. As a kid I rode dirt, but many broken bones and ever growing age has turned me onto touring. I live in Northeastern Pa. and winter has retired for the season. It looks like rain for the next 8 days. Ughh. Should wash all the salt off the twisties. I hope. Next big trip planned is to Laguna Seca for the Moto GP in July. It will be my first time there, so I am getting a bit excited. Thanks to a friend of mine for turning me onto this site, it's awsome! Double thanks, Talk to you later. ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: desert_rider on May 15, 2008, 11:49:01 am
Keith - welcom to ST-N!  :thumbsup:

It about time you got your butt signed up here!

(afraid to ride in the rain, are we? :lol:)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: molferen on May 18, 2008, 10:14:48 pm

Anybody on here from PA???


Ayup.  I am, and it looks like KBS1200 a few posts up is to.  If you're planning a ride, let me know!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: swingset on May 19, 2008, 05:01:29 am
Hi gang, thought I'd quit lurking and join up.

I'm from Central Ohio, got back into riding after a 20 year absence (20 year old+dirt road+gravel pile=demolished bike & boy). I'm taking my re-entry into cycles slower this time, focusing on touring and travelling and exploring the back roads with some caution. I'm having a ball so far, learned for a year on an old GS450L, then moved up to a DL650, now I'm on a DL1000 and an XRL, and doing pretty good at it and getting the wife interested in it too.

Anyway, glad to be part of the forum and look forward to contributing and learning from the fine folks here!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 95caneboy on May 19, 2008, 02:13:00 pm
Hello all, just thought i would stop in and say whats up.  New to forum and looking forward to meeting members for some awesome rides and putting tons of miles on my new bike  .  here she is

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v154/numbr1alcoholic/rightside.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v154/numbr1alcoholic/odometer.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v154/numbr1alcoholic/leftside.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v154/numbr1alcoholic/front.jpg


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FJRChick on May 19, 2008, 05:00:49 pm
Hello,
I'm in Jacksonville, FL. I bought my FJR1300 in 2003 with the intention of riding to CA and back. 5 years later it looks like I'm finally going to be able to do it :D. Looking forward to learning the do's and don't's of sport touring.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: glory racing on May 19, 2008, 05:58:40 pm
Howdy,

Been riding and enjoying bikes for many years and recently purchased my first true sport tourer and loving it.  Looking forward to many more miles and smiles and some ST banter in between.  I will be cruising around ARky land during the national meet...so hopefully I will get to meet some of you soon.  More to follow.
Ride safe,
Mark


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sprocket on May 19, 2008, 06:14:14 pm


Howdy,

Been riding and enjoying bikes for many years and recently purchased my first true sport tourer and loving it.  Looking forward to many more miles and smiles and some ST banter in between.  I will be cruising around ARky land during the national meet...so hopefully I will get to meet some of you soon.  More to follow.
Ride safe,
Mark


If your mostly bald headed and carry a comb in your pocket for no good reason and ride a red FJR, the membership fees have doubled. Don't know why its just the rules, I don't make em. :lol:

Come on by Mark, we will do another couple of repeat rides from April (SFO). Well try not to bore you so much this time. That crazy guy on the trail bike wont be there to slow us down anyhow.

Scott (fjrrider)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FJR1300 on May 19, 2008, 10:41:13 pm

Howdy,

Been riding and enjoying bikes for many years and recently purchased my first true sport tourer and loving it.  Looking forward to many more miles and smiles and some ST banter in between.  I will be cruising around ARky land during the national meet...so hopefully I will get to meet some of you soon.  More to follow.
Ride safe,
Mark

Welcome to the fun!  Are you sure you're going to be happy with an FJR?  I heard that they are really expensive and require a lot a "adjustments" to make them comfortable.

 :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: glory racing on May 19, 2008, 11:10:12 pm
Bald headed???  I have over 62 hairs on my head.  I just counted them yesterday...then combed!  Looking forward to hooking up with you again in the ozarks.   For the opportunity to follow you through the great roads of AR, I will gladly pay you double what I paid you in April.  And If Jim is not going to be there on that thing he was riding...I would probably pay triple!

And yep, really liking the fjr, even if it is expensive.  Unfortunately, it appears I got one with the clutch gremlins included.  Should have that fixed this week and were good to go again.

Be seeing both you knotheads in a few,
Mark


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on May 20, 2008, 10:08:21 pm
Welcome all.  Don't be shy and act like a wallflower.  Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?


Hey, it's a legitimate question.  Don't blame me for trying to figure out a little more about the new recruits.


And you two guys knock off the bald jokes.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: KeithQ on May 22, 2008, 12:42:36 pm

Oh let's see. I've been riding long enough that I can remember when fuel injection was a topic in some science fiction novels!

Currently an Iron Butt member, STOC member and organizer of 12 previous (annual) get-togethers for ST riders and their friends, TexSTOC. We've had all kinds of bikes show up in years past; FJRs, lots of BMWs, a few Harleys now and then, Ducatis, GoldWings, etc. Even a couple of dual sport types...

Our next one is planned in September. More info at ST-Owners.com as well.

Cheers


Title: Back in the saddle again
Post by: crhoades on May 23, 2008, 12:59:49 am
My name is Chris.  It has been several years since I posted on this board as I sold my 02 SV650S when my son was born.  I never lost the itch to ride, so when I stumbled upon this for a steal, I couldn't pass it up:

(http://chris.rhoades.googlepages.com/IMG_0003.JPG)

I did a few rides with some ST.N members in '02, and hope to do so again.

See you on the road,

--Chris


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: endo on May 23, 2008, 01:12:17 am
sweeeeet :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Back in the saddle again
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on May 23, 2008, 02:17:35 am

My name is Chris.  It has been several years since I posted on this board as I sold my 02 SV650S when my son was born.  I never lost the itch to ride, so when I stumbled upon this for a steal, I couldn't pass it up:

I did a few rides with some ST.N members in '02, and hope to do so again.

See you on the road,

--Chris


Hi Chris! Welcome back   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: denydog on May 23, 2008, 10:26:30 am

My name is Chris.  It has been several years since I posted on this board as I sold my 02 SV650S when my son was born.  I never lost the itch to ride, so when I stumbled upon this for a steal, I couldn't pass it up:

I did a few rides with some ST.N members in '02, and hope to do so again.

See you on the road,

--Chris

Hi. I think I must be just up the road from you.  Seattle Hill Road.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: crhoades on May 23, 2008, 10:28:12 am


Hi. I think I must be just up the road from you.  Seattle Hill Road.


You are.  I am off Snohomish-Cascade.  Just a mile or so down the road.

--Chris


Title: Re: Back in the saddle again
Post by: crhoades on May 23, 2008, 10:34:17 am



Hi Chris! Welcome back   :bigok:


Thanks.  I have been lurking on the board for the last few years.  Happy to be back on two wheels!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Weaselette on May 25, 2008, 07:53:38 pm
Howdy all. I registered a couple of years ago, but my username dropped off the radar (or withered on the vine). My husband's Portchelanman, pretty much a daily lurker. We both live in north central Washington and ride every chance I get: to work and to play. In fact, when I gave a persuasive speech a week or so ago (subj. Motorcycle Safety) I calculated I'd ridden 110,000 miles in nine years.

I've had five bikes since I took the MSF course in '99. The new sheep in the fold's a 2008 Aprilia SL750 Shiver, which followed me home from Moto International on Friday. I've got a think for naked bikes that go fast.  :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Slonishku on May 26, 2008, 11:52:40 am
The old CBR1000 and VFR are some sweet semi-vintage ST bikes... great finds, and welcome to STN!



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: redfox97 on May 27, 2008, 01:17:14 pm
I'm a newb here from southeast alabama.  I've been lurking for a while and finally joined.  I've been riding on and off for years.  The last bike i had was a sportster that i sold about 10 months ago.  Good bike but it just wasn't me.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Weaselette on May 27, 2008, 10:21:27 pm

Hello to all the newbs.  Enjoy the site.  

Many people introduce themselves and fade into the sunset without posting much or irritating anyone.  This has to stop.  Don't be afraid to post foolishness or outright stupid and/or counterproductive thoughts.


Irritating I can do, but I'll have to work up to it. :withstupid:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TorqueLover on May 28, 2008, 05:49:22 pm
Hello Gang,
I used to own a 2003 BMW K1200 RS (I should have kept it)
My current ride is a 2005 Honda VTX 1800, but I plan on getting back a Sport Touring bike because the cruiser bike is BORING.
I am now trying to decide on which bike to go with.
Ride Safe.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Baron Samedi on May 29, 2008, 03:47:37 pm
Welcome. You appear to have little choice as to your next bike. My SV650s.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Ant on May 29, 2008, 05:14:22 pm

Welcome. You appear to have little choice as to your next bike. My SV650s.


That was a perfect opportunity to suggest the velo solex  :p
Anyway, welcome to STN everyone - just ignore the odd crazy you see wandering around muttering to themselves. Or perhaps I should say ignore the odd sane person wandering around and posting stuff that makes sense ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TorqueLover on May 29, 2008, 06:32:09 pm

Welcome. You appear to have little choice as to your next bike. My SV650s.


Sorry man, I have to have something with more power than that. :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: up1night on May 29, 2008, 09:33:43 pm
How goes it all.  Great site you ladies and gents have here.  I've been lurking for a couple of weeks now.  I haven't converted to your typical sport tourer just yet.  I think it may be coming though.  As for now, I'm still throwing my leg over sport bikes.  I currently ride an 06 honda 1000rr which doubles as my tourer.  Actually, only serves as my tourer now.  




Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Baron Samedi on May 30, 2008, 05:27:46 pm



That was a perfect opportunity to suggest the velo solex  :p


It is at this point I wish to mention the Velosolex. Much like the RC45, this is a single minded machine. Possibly.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Ein on May 31, 2008, 06:26:48 am
Hi all
        Been riding since 16 now 41, have had too many bikes to list over years of all makes,sizes. just bought a suzuki gsxf650 after a few years on a gsxf600.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: danno on May 31, 2008, 09:15:20 am
Hello, i'm a longtime lurker and secondtime poster. I rode plenty in my late twenties and early thirties on a cb750k4, took a break after my daughter was born, and now I'm back in the running.  I have to carry tools most of the time for work, so I don't do too much motocommuting, but on weekends when I don't have my daughter I like to find empty twisty roads.  Am willing to pound slab for a while to do that, and I have to living in Connecticut.  I like a bit of guerilla camping, random fire roads and such, and tend to ride more than smell the roses. My bike is BRIGHT yellow so I need a camouflage tarp. I've been up to Quebec, over to Kansas, and down to Arkansas and Georgia.  I think I've had about enough of Vermont's Green Mountains, and am ready to explore the Whites and Adirondacs more.  I rode Deal's gap once, found it completely by accident and totally empty at 6am one august saturday morning on my way to the BRParkway.  Found out the gap was famous later that month.  I'll be checking the boards for people riding where I'm interested in going, and for people interested in going where I'm riding if you catch my drift.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: loosenuts on May 31, 2008, 09:20:40 am
hello all, new to sport touring, just got rid of my zx12's and bought a concours 14,i am near baltimore ( hazzard county ) as known by the natives. just below aberdeen. well am looking to meet other st's in the area.I also ride cruisers and am new to that also.i'm married and have 3 beautiful daughters. Lived in philly for 15yrs and been in md for 5......been riding sport bikes for 2 1/2 yrs and just moved to something more comfortable for long rides.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: alphabet man on June 01, 2008, 08:44:21 am

Hey there!

John, in Vancouver BC, originally from Florida and California.

Ride a '99 Triumph Sprint ST.

Been out of the saddle for a few years, damned glad to be back, don't know why I waited so long.


 Welcome aboard John Isee you ride one of the best sport touring bikes out there  :D  check this out
https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,26138.0.html


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: exo5 on June 02, 2008, 04:41:24 pm
Hey guys! I just signed up!!! So let me tell you a little about me! My name is Dan I live in delaware (region 6), this is my first season and I ride a EX500. I have about 2500 miles under my belt. It wasnt until recently that I heard that some consider the EX500 a sport tourer. It kinda made sense when I thought about it.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: crispiegee1 on June 02, 2008, 04:57:11 pm

Welcome Dan, and congratulations for having 2500 miles under your belt already!  

You can certainly tour on an EX500, so don't be swayed by the horsepower junkies around here.  ;)  I'll bet you love the gas mileage on that thing, too.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: cyclebabble on June 02, 2008, 11:46:14 pm
Greetings & Salutations  :D

My name is Chris and I am from Northern Michigan.  I had a different username a couple of years back, but couldn't remember so I reenlisted.  Thursday I traded in my 2005 Victory Vegas for a 2007 FJR.  I had a brief moment where I thought I wanted to be a cruiser rider, but a year was enough.  Previous bike was a 2004 VStrom.   The FJR is the bike I have been wishing for, and cannot wait to ride the hell out of it.

Anyway, I am glad to be here and looking forward to chatting and meeting with you!

Thanks,

Chris


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mpl173 on June 04, 2008, 05:22:18 am
Hello everybody-

Long time lurker, first time poster here.  I live in the chicagoland area and have been riding for nearly 20 years and recently purchased my 4th bike.  After 10 years and 117,000 miles on my '98 750 Nighthawk, I decided that an upgrade was i order, so I purchased an '08 FJR1300A a few weeks ago.  Although I haven't been an active member, I look forward to changing that.  Thanks.

Marty


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Burbs on June 04, 2008, 06:52:24 am
Hello everyone,

My name is Chris, I'm from Southeastern Massachusetts, and I'm a proud owner of a 2006 Ducati Multistrada 1000 DS. I'm new to the "sport touring" world and I've thoroughly enjoyed my time so far. My first bike was a Suzuki Katana 600, which was my first ever motorcycle. I then moved on to a Yamaha VSTAR 1100 Custom. I never felt comfortable on it and ended up selling it to buy a home. During my "off time" I knew that I wanted another bike, but I didn't want the "crotch rocket" because of the comfort level and I wasn't a cruiser fan because of the handling. Fast forward 3.5 years later, I bought my first ever Ducati and I'm extremely happy. I am on other message boards, and I'm sure there are other members from those that are on here (I'm looking in your direction OSJ).

I'll be doing my first ever "motorcycle trip" with OSJ and others in July and I've got another one planned with friends in August. As you can see, I'm acting like a giddy schoolgirl because of this new life.  :lol: :inlove: I look forward to chatting with you all.

-Chris


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: k4azy on June 08, 2008, 06:05:19 am
Hi STNers,

About a year ago my commute got pretty crazy and, fortunately, gave me an excuse to finally learn to ride and get a bike. Despite all the advice to start with a 250 or 500cc bike, I purchased a 1998 Honda PC800 and haven't regretted it one bit.

I've been lurking here for a while and became a registered member just last week. I thought it was high-time I introduced myself. That said, I do have an ulterior motive. I'm looking for reasons NOT to move up to a BMW R1150RT. I'll follow up on that in another post in the appropriate forum.

Thanks to all for providing such a great resource and I hope to see some of you on the road sometime.

Mike (k4azy)



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Baron Samedi on June 08, 2008, 07:10:02 am



 I'm looking for reasons NOT to move up to a BMW R1150RT. I'll follow up on that in another post in the appropriate forum.



They're ugly.  :p


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: endo on June 08, 2008, 08:41:12 am

I'm looking for reasons NOT to move up to a BMW R1150RT.


They're expensive.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on June 08, 2008, 01:57:22 pm

I've been lurking here for a while and became a registered member just last week. I thought it was high-time I introduced myself.


Might be a good time to introduce yourself in person too: Bay area dinner (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,26665.0.html)



 I'm looking for reasons NOT to move up to a BMW R1150RT.


I can't think of any  :bigok:  Ok, seriously, it's a big bike and might hamper your lane sharing options.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Baron Samedi on June 08, 2008, 03:13:00 pm


I can't think of any  :bigok:  Ok, seriously, it's a big bike and might hamper your lane sharing options.


Pray tell, what is a lane sharing option? Is it something that might cost me spondulicks?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FZ14life on June 08, 2008, 05:36:38 pm
Hi everyone my names Tony and My bikes are a 2004 FZ1 and a 2007 Warrior. I am currently finishing up a little vacation in Kuwait and cant wait to get back to Cali. and start riding again its been a long year LOL. I will definitely be seeing you around the site.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jfslater98 on June 08, 2008, 09:12:10 pm
Hello,

My name is John, I joined up a few weeks ago, after being turned on to this site by Marty2 and ST-DocLizard1. Living in north NJ (region 6) with my 2004 BMW Rockster. Wishing I had enough garage space for a proper sport tourer.

I've already gone on a ride with Marty2, Jetset, st2sam2, Lloydo, and Jeets. JamminJere showed us some great roads in Eastern PA.

https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,26241.0.html

Looks like a great bunch of guys here, looking forward to meeting more of you, and putting more miles on the Rock!

John



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Boyaghan on June 10, 2008, 04:41:34 pm
Hello all. I'm Barry from Wiltshire, UK. I ride a Tiger 1050 which I got in last December. 3000 miles later and I think the  :D is permanent. It's my second Trumpet, the first being a Sprint ST 1050.

Well, i'm off to read some posts. Catch ya later  :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: BeefyRider on June 10, 2008, 04:47:16 pm
Well, I suppose it's about time I introduced myself.

My name is Matt, but no one calls me that. I am Cash. I currently ride a 1987 Honda Magna 700. I'm reside in Region 4, Minnesota. I was coerced by Magnarider and his GPZ into this wonderful investment of time as STN.

The beginning. :beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZB3 on June 10, 2008, 10:04:01 pm
Hi everyone my name is Wayne.  I have been watching this site for awhile.  Tomorrow I ride from Oregon to New York and then putz around the country on the way back.  I ride a 2005 Kawasaki Concours which replaced a 1981 BMW R100CS.  Ride safe, Wayne


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Ice on June 10, 2008, 10:13:30 pm
Welcome to the asylum, all.   :bigok:  Be aware...once you've been sucked into STn, there is no turning back.  You will have...

...NO LIFE.   :eek:






 :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: geester on June 11, 2008, 04:02:56 pm
Hello fellow riders!  Lucked onto this site recently, and am glad I found it!  My name's Dan, been street riding for 25yrs, through a string of great bikes.  Gpz's, Fj's, a K12rs.  The stable currently holds an 07' R1, and an 89' fj1200.  They're both fantastic rides, the fj of course the more versatile (and comfortable) of the two.  Glad to have found your forum!  Thanks.  :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: NorthOfDallas on June 12, 2008, 04:00:15 pm
I've been a lurker for some time and felt it was prolly time to poke my head out and say hello.  I'm friends and neighbors with TwistedPinion who kept talking about this site.  Since then I've found myself agreeing with most everything posted.  

I ride an 02 FZ1 farkled with GPS, Heated grips, Givi topcase, tourmaster saddlebags, and other things I can't remember.  Its been lowered to fit my sawed-off inseam.  I was an old-school KZ rider for the last 15+ years, so I come to sport touring with UJM sensibilities.  In other words, I prefer bikes that do many things well, rather than single focused.  

See y'all on the road...
Corey


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tejas_rider on June 12, 2008, 09:59:12 pm
Howdy from down south. Just purchased an 08 Ninja 650r bout 1 month ago. Just found this site and i'm still poking around. I like what I see so far and it seems to be more in line with why my bike was purchased. I.E. sport touring.  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: oblivion on June 13, 2008, 03:00:51 pm
Signed up last week, and forgot to do an intro here.

If sport-touring.net is "The home of triple digit sightseeing," I'm not going to be at home here since I'm a double-digit commuter 95% of the time.  But so far, in just a week, I've meet some cool folks, Gotten out of the house on a Sunday morning to make a 2-wheeled coffee run, and will be getting an assist with slapping on new tires this weekend, so I think everything will be OK.

I'm still on my first bike, an '81 Yamaha XJ750 Seca with a Vetter fairing and K&G luggage rack/sissy bar.  The original owner put 11,5k on it by 1992 when I bought it and I've (only) put on another 15k or so since then (half of those were in the first 3 years.  A few years ago I had to gut and rebuild the carbs, brakes, forks, and even the fuel petcock so now we've really bonded.  And she runs better than she has the entire time I've had her.

I got my license (on the XJ) THEN to the MSF BRC a few months later.  I just took the ERC in May which is where I first heard of S-T.N (thanks to Ears' license plate holder and/or sticker).

The first bike I ever rode (around a parking lot) was my buddy's V-Max - very trusting buddy, very nutty bike. It was then I decided I NEEDED a motorcycle of my own. Of course the day I bought it I blew the engine out of my car, so for 1.5 years it was my only ride. I grocery shopped through Chicago winters for me and two roommates.  Good times.

I'd better stop rambling. So that's the short version.  See you around.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Neoluddite on June 16, 2008, 01:24:54 pm
FNG Alert:

Greetings All,

I recently met some of ya'll at the Eureka Springs meet (thanks DredHead Alan for bringing me along), I figured I would sign up.  

I'll probably be posting many, many, stupid questions as I really enjoyed the trip and now am beginning a search for a proper ST bike. I road to ES on my 900 Supersport and last year rode to Cali and back on a 82 GS750.  I enjoyed both trips but am now convinced I need something, uh, roomier.

I met a bunch of great people last week and this site seems like a great resource/meeting place.

Thanks for having me.

Michael


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on June 16, 2008, 02:00:56 pm
I've known you for more than a decade, and you still can't spell my name right?

Welcome, Mykel!   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GS-Rider on June 16, 2008, 10:07:10 pm
Long time lurker, second time poster.

I ride from CT, an 1150GS my fourth.  1983 Kaw KZ1000 sold- Triumph Daytona 1200 sold- Aprilia Futura totaled.  

Oddly the GS is the best one yet.  Nothing like the confidence it inspires.

Glad to be here.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on June 16, 2008, 10:15:39 pm
Hello.

It's truly wonderful to see more and more newbies sign up.  There are fabulous stories to be read here.  And riches beyond your imagination.  Civilizations have lived and died while discussing ST.N.  Your children and your grandchildren will thank you for leading them here and they will bless your name.

Stay away from threads started by spinalator.

Thank you.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Paradox_Q on June 17, 2008, 12:24:35 am
Hello everyone!!  This site has provided a plethora of motorcycle information.  
I started riding many moons ago, back in the 80's on a Honda NightHawk S.  I stopped riding when I was stationed in Germany and never got back on a bike until 2005 (sad story, I know).  I ended up stationed in Monterey, CA where I was attending the Naval Postgraduate School and decided that a motorcycle would be the best choice for my commute from Salinas to Monterey four days a week - lane splitting saves so much time on congested roads.  So I purchased a 2005 Kawasaki ZZR 600 which I still currently ride.  Now I'm riding in San Antonio, TX and enjoying some Hill Country rides and my commutes.  I ask myself every ride, why oh why, does Texas not have legal lane splitting...

Q  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 2wheels4me on June 17, 2008, 04:46:41 am
Hello, I'm from the Chicago burbs, Lake Villa to be exact. I started riding in 2003, currently have a 2003 yamaha R6, 2005 Kawasaki Meanstreak, and a 2007 Honda VFR800. As you can see, it hasn't taken me long to be completely obsessed and just started taking bike trips last year, loved it! I also commute just about everyday 75(rt) miles for work from spring 40 degree's until fall about 40 degree's. The only time I don't ride to work is in the rain, just rather not deal with the nutcase drivers when it's wet out. Seems like a great site, found it thru a link in a post at a VFR forum.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Neoluddite on June 17, 2008, 09:35:09 am

I've known you for more than a decade, and you still can't spell my name right?

Welcome, Mykel!   :bigok:


Wow, a decade...   I must be getting old and my mind's goin.

Sorry Alin


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: waxwing on June 17, 2008, 08:52:03 pm
Greetings and Salutations!  I joined ST.N because I'm looking to move on from my current ride to something sportier, faster and more enjoyable for the long hauls, although I am getting 55-62mpg on my V-Star1100; and that's 2-up!  I've been checking out the FJR1300 and ST1300 because I have a 30" inseam and can't stand flatfooted on the BMW and make the wife feel comfortable about it.  The ST1300 has the lowest seat position and works well for me but all I'm hearing about is the heat and the high speed wave.  The FJR; hmmmm; my last 2 bikes have been Yammies and I've had issues with each of them.  Plus, the warranty is weak compared to the competitors (1 year vs 3 years).  So, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.  I welcome any and all replies and will respond in kind.  Thanks for lookin'.  Cya around!

Every day above ground is a great day!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: zedoc on June 18, 2008, 10:32:03 am
I was registered at the old site, but I had been away for a while and didn't know it had been down. It is good to be back because my other Motorcycle Forum was getting to be a drag.

Sometimes I get a little silly with my posts. Nothing offensive, I hope, but I do have an, er, unpredictable sense of humor, sometimes.

I don't think I have a photo or avatar to post. I;ll work on that.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: miguel on June 19, 2008, 11:07:44 am
Hello All,

I just joined and I want to introduce myself. My name is Miguel and I live in the smoggy San Gabriel valley, in Los Angeles county.  I've been riding for 14+ years and sport-touring for 2 years.  I commute to work almost exclusively on two wheels and my wife joins me on the weekends, riding pillion, for day rides and weekend getaways.  My 12-year-old daughter just about fits into my wife's gear, so she will be joining me on rides as soon as she works up the nerve...she's still a bit nervous about riding.

I hope to meet and ride with SoCal members some time soon.

I ride an '03 Yamaha FJR:
(http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b317/green_eyed_diablito/rear-1.jpg)

I used to ride an '06 Kawasaki Z750S:
(http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b317/green_eyed_diablito/first%20crash/DSCF2762.jpg)

Before these motos, I rode a Honda Shadow that I customized myself, including paint:
(http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b317/green_eyed_diablito/slowriderright.jpg)

And this was my first...a Honda Nighthawk 250:
(http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b317/green_eyed_diablito/nighthawk.jpg)





Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: endo on June 19, 2008, 08:06:18 pm
Hey, you're gonna fit right in here!  Welcome... hope to meet you on the road  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: oblivion on June 20, 2008, 11:39:22 am


Before these motos, I rode a Honda Shadow that I customized myself, including paint:
(http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b317/green_eyed_diablito/slowriderright.jpg)



Wow, that is CLASS!

Welcome (from a fellow forum newb).


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Poddy on June 21, 2008, 03:35:56 am
Hi All,
Just dropped in as a newbie so its time to say G'Day.
Poddy's the name and a Triumph ST is my ride
Had many bikes over the years, Buells, Harleys, GSXR, Yammies but love the ST (its my second within 12mths)
Live in the Land Downunder near Melbourne at the foot hills of the Dandenongs

Looking forward to meeting you all and learn lots

Cheers
Poddy :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GuyM on June 21, 2008, 01:14:23 pm
Well howdy. Back on a motorcycle after about 15 years. Am a little scrambled and can't make up my mind if I like carving corners or digging dirt better. Oh heck, I'll do both, happily. Have about 2500 miles on my little Triumph and enjoying every minute of it. Great to be back on a bike. A couple of friends recommended this web site. Happily motoring on here in the Pacific Northwest.

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k129/GuyMiner/bike%20photos/Untitled.jpg)

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k129/GuyMiner/bike%20photos/RI01.jpg)

(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k129/GuyMiner/bike%20photos/IMG_0118.jpg)

It's not the biggest, baddest or fastest bike around, but I'm sure having fun on every twisty road I can find.

Regards, Guy


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ksann on June 21, 2008, 02:47:42 pm

Hello All,

I just joined and I want to introduce myself. My name is Miguel and I live in the smoggy San Gabriel valley, in Los Angeles county.
I live in Duarte (605 & 210).


Lets ride.



ken


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Baron Samedi on June 21, 2008, 04:28:28 pm

Well howdy. Back on a motorcycle after about 15 years. Am a little scrambled and can't make up my mind if I like carving corners or digging dirt better. Oh heck, I'll do both, happily. Have about 2500 miles on my little Triumph and enjoying every minute of it. Great to be back on a bike. A couple of friends recommended this web site. Happily motoring on here in the Pacific Northwest.



(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k129/GuyMiner/bike%20photos/RI01.jpg)



It's not the biggest, baddest or fastest bike around, but I'm sure having fun on every twisty road I can find.

Regards, Guy


That is just so purty, does she have a sister?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GuyM on June 21, 2008, 07:16:16 pm
A twin I believe...  ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kssprintryder on June 22, 2008, 08:18:41 am
After a year and a half of looking at and desiring a sport touring bike, yesterday I traded my vtx 1800 for an 08 Triumph Sprint ST.  I wish I would have done this a year and a half ago!  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ShawnKing on June 22, 2008, 10:55:09 am

It's not the biggest, baddest or fastest bike around, but I'm sure having fun on every twisty road I can find.

*Exactly* the right attitude - keep having fun out there, no matter what you ride!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ksann on June 22, 2008, 08:53:23 pm

After a year and a half of looking at and desiring a sport touring bike, yesterday I traded my vtx 1800 for an 08 Triumph Sprint ST.  I wish I would have done this a year and a half ago!  
Welcome to the group.

Where are you?




ken


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: miguel on June 23, 2008, 09:37:17 am
thank you for the welcome!  i look forward to being a member here.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Greg MacD on June 23, 2008, 11:38:21 am
Looks like this is the place to introduce myself, I am riding an Aprilia RST 1000 and also have a 1999 Victory V92 (SN #75). I have 20 years of riding behind me and looking forward to the next 20. I am a 20 year veteran of the US Coast Guard (Aviation) and I am living in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: crispiegee1 on June 23, 2008, 06:32:46 pm

It's not the biggest, baddest or fastest bike around, but I'm sure having fun on every twisty road I can find.

Regards, Guy


Welcome to the fold, Guy.  You've got exactly the right attitude - it's not about the speed, but the enjoyment of the ride.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Weaselette on June 23, 2008, 09:59:19 pm
*waves* Hi Guy! Welcome!!! Gee, I haven't seen you since Sunday!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Hunter on June 24, 2008, 12:55:50 pm
New member...again.

Nice to see the forum change and the new layout looks great. Hopefully I can meet up with some riders in the area again.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: satxbonneville on June 24, 2008, 06:47:06 pm
Howdy all. The name is Mike and I live in San Antonio, TX.

Nice board. Nice crowd. I've been lurking for a bit to see how the flow goes in the forums and I like what I see.

I started riding in 1972 on a Yamaha LS2, graduated to a Suzuki GT-550 and then on to liter bikes with a few mangy dirt bikes along the way. I was out of riding for too long (wife and family induced) but decided that enough was enough and bought my Bonneville new in 2004. My wife (part 3 of the Wife for Life trilogy - no more after this one) is a great passenger and we've taken a lot of short trips and one long trip. After the long trip I started looking at adding another bike to the barn and wanted an ST. I'm still waffling after 2 years and have narrowed the choices down to an FJR, Norge or ST3/4. Maybe. Depends on the time of day and the phase of the moon.

Love riding. Regret the years I was without a bike but I still have many roads to ride and miles to go before I sleep.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: LDSRIDER on June 26, 2008, 08:18:49 am
New to the forum, not riding. Mostly stayed on the VFRD site. I had an 03 VFr, Sold it to get a new Concours14.

i live in Colorado Springs, ride as much as i can, not much else to tell....

Scott


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 1reddawg12r on June 28, 2008, 05:38:16 am
Well,i just found this board a while ago,and thought i would stop by & say hello
This is my current ride
(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll171/1reddawg12r/Snow%20Hill%205-27-08/HeadingHome1.jpg?t=1214645568)
I also have a 2000 zx12r that i have had 7 years(45,000 miles on the clock) that i have did alot of sport touring on.The most memerable was an Iron Butt Out to The Black Hills In South Dakota.I'll post a few more pics when i get a chance..Later..Reddawg


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on June 28, 2008, 09:24:30 pm

Hi All,
Just dropped in as a newbie so its time to say G'Day.
Poddy's the name and a Triumph ST is my ride
Had many bikes over the years, Buells, Harleys, GSXR, Yammies but love the ST (its my second within 12mths)
Live in the Land Downunder near Melbourne at the foot hills of the Dandenongs

Looking forward to meeting you all and learn lots

Cheers
Poddy :bigok:


Welcome, and g'day back atcha.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 1reddawg12r on June 29, 2008, 09:34:07 pm



I'll bet that outfit gets some looks going down the road... :bigok:

Yes it does,alot of double takes :wow: :wow: and Camera phones getting pulled out.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: leveredge on June 30, 2008, 02:26:08 pm
Hi,
Just joined to see if I can learn anything over here. Mostly from the tour aspect. I'm not really interested in the triple digit speed aspect. My bike will do it, just not with me on it. (very often) I've got a 2007 Honda ST1300a with about 12k miles on it. It's one year old last Thursday. I came from a Honda Aero 750 before my ST13. I'm from Central NY near Syracuse. Most of the miles on the ST13 are commuting to work but we get a trip in now and again. My wife rides pillion with me. She is not interested in her own bike.
I rode a Honda CB350 many years ago (late '70's, early '80's) and I'm back into motorcycles as of spring 2006. MSF BRC, MSF ERC, and MSF ERC 2 up, is my training. I'm thinking about Parks' TCARC in Sept. I've been looking at smaller bikes to knock around on solo. SV650 is a fav right now. Maybe the Kawa 650 twin. I just missed out on an '06 SV650, but I'm still looking. We will keep the ST13 for two up touring and commuting.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: crispiegee1 on July 01, 2008, 12:37:39 am

Hi Leveredge,

Welcome to the board!  Don't overthink the "triple digit sightseeing" slogan.  I'm not a big fan of it, though it basically means guys that like to tour at a quicker pace than just noodling around.

I don't ride extremely fast myself, just briskly. I'm all about enjoying the ride, as are many others.

Hope you enjoy the board and try to ignore the childish fights that occasionally crop up.  It's really an excellent resource for good information on bikes, equipment and routes.

Chris


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Jeff in Ohio on July 01, 2008, 09:21:16 pm
Jeff in ohio here.  Live South of Cleveland. Been riding since 2003.  Started with a a '74 Honda CL200 Scrambler...

(http://w1.bikepics.com/pics/2005%5C03%5C15%5Cbikepics-310266-200.jpg)

then a Yamaha Radian and an RD250, then onto the Harley thing, then the Guzzi thing, now back on a Yamaha FZ6.  Love to ride at a spirited pace thru SE Ohio and WV. Joined here to find more roads and rides.  Would rather spend the day blasting up and down tight roads then doing stop and go sightseeing.  On trips, I'm the guy staying in the hotel instead of the guy with 70 lbs of camping gear hanging off the back.  I'd rather be on the road quick than packing that stuff up.  When on the road, breakfast and lunch are whatever is next to the cash register at the gas station.....


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ScotchFan on July 06, 2008, 03:11:01 am
Born again cycle enthusiast here after a long break.  Recently picked up and riding my 3rd Interceptor, been hooked on them since 1983!  If I had the cash, I'd also have an ST in the fleet but a little pricy for me right now.  I am financially in to fine single malt scotch, sea kayaking and digital photography, besides motorcycles.  Hope to learn much here, contribute where I can and make new friends.

Bernie


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on July 06, 2008, 08:03:56 pm

Born again cycle enthusiast here after a long break.  Recently picked up and riding my 3rd Interceptor, been hooked on them since 1983!  If I had the cash, I'd also have an ST in the fleet but a little pricy for me right now.  I am financially in to fine single malt scotch, sea kayaking and digital photography, besides motorcycles.  Hope to learn much here, contribute where I can and make new friends.

Bernie


Hey Bernie -

Please feel free to contribute to the photography threads pinned in the tech forums, and whenever the "I Am Drink" thread resurfaces in Off Topic, be sure to make people feel jealous about that bottle of Ardbeg or Lagavulin you just got.   :bigok:


Title: New Old Member
Post by: Motodisiac on July 07, 2008, 05:42:04 pm
Well, I have been reading this great forum for about one year however I just realized that I never posted anything. Hopefully I will become more active in the future :) I live,sleep and breathe motorcycles. I have been working the same boring job for the past 7 year. 2 weeks ago and pulled the trigger and quit. Now I'm trying to make my dream come true and combine my hobby and my job. As you can see from my signature, I have started motorcycle related business  ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: surfsup on July 08, 2008, 09:55:27 pm
To all... time to fess up. I'm back (s_boy).

Basically turned in my account after some pretty harsh things (some sickening) being said in PO earlier this year... none towards me... but I found myself wondering why I was even hanging around and being any part of it... ?

However, I still need to add an ST to my stable so I found (find) myself coming back to ST.n to keep up with the business side of the hobby. It's still the best internet source for all things ST. Now that Neal has shut down the dungeon, I've decided to rejoin. Save the applause.

This year I've been getting back into some things I had been away from for a few years... boats, fishing, surfing. I was a pretty good long boarder in my day and still have my old 10'er.

So hence the new moniker - surfsup.





Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on July 08, 2008, 11:59:01 pm
Welcome back, Al.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: surfsup on July 09, 2008, 08:37:59 am

Welcome back, Al.   :bigok:
thanks dred - hey btw, i enjoyed reading your interview. i wish i was so interesting...  :beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bravo12 on July 11, 2008, 07:59:54 am
Hmmm.  I just realized I'm not in this thread yet; I forgot that the server crashed a few years back.  I just got back into riding a few months ago, and re-registered here.

I started riding in 1989, with a 1978 Honda CB400T Hawk in 70s orange paint.  When I was in the Air Force in the early 90s, I picked up a 1989 GS500E.  After I came home, my buddy gave me a 1981 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim, which I still have but it hasn't run in a few years.  When I worked in DC and lived in MD, I picked up my first liter-bike, a pristine 1995 Kawasaki GPz1100 which was stolen 3 months later.  With the insurance payoff, I put a down payment on a 2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit, which I rode over 50k miles until my highway accident in July 2006.  I took a break from riding at that point.

Fast-forward to this past April, my riding buddies talked me into joining them for the annual Deal's Gap trip.  I was in the process of putting my wrecked Bandit's salvaged front end onto my buddy's wrecked Bandit (he t-boned a left-turning truck, so he just damaged his front end), and ended up borrowing a good friend's H-D Sportster for the trip.  When I got back, I finished up my Bandit and have been getting reacquainted with the joys of riding since.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: surfsup on July 11, 2008, 08:34:48 am
very cool... glad you are healed up and back in the saddle! :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Ded Fred on July 11, 2008, 11:36:57 pm
Ded Fred's the name, terrorising the cages on I-5 is the game.

<-----I ride this kimmchee burner 100 miles a day 5 days a week, 11 months a year. ( I get the month of Aug off).

As soon as a cage takes in out, or I'm done with my year contract, Ill be trading it in on a real machine.

We can talk about which one later. I retired my FJ1200 3 years ago, and don't know what to replace it with.

Been riding for 40 odd years now, don't figger on stopping any time soon.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Flying Kaw on July 12, 2008, 10:09:57 pm
Same old story...started riding when I was 9.  Dirt bikes mostly then moto-cross in my teens during the mid-late 70's.  Graduated to street bikes then onto touring as I matured.  I've had a couple dozen bikes.  I've ridden a mere quarter million miles.  I realize there are people that have 4 fold that in seat time. :crazy:  Most of my long trips have been in the past 5 years or so.  Racing doesn;t really appeal to me anymore....however I do take track days occassionally to keep my chops up.  But my favorite past time is right here...

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k207/FlyingKaw/the%20road/S2010098.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: surfsup on July 12, 2008, 11:40:24 pm
welcome - some nice bikes in your past (and currently)... looks like you and i are at the same location!  ;)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TTaM on July 13, 2008, 02:05:58 pm
Well, figured I'd say hi.

I'm Matt, and I just moved to Minneapolis from Chicago for work. I had always been into sportbikes and owned a few, but then got a stellar deal on a cruiser this past winter. All was good in Chicago, but now that I am in MN, I want something more sporty, but that can still eat up the miles with relative comfort.

I sold my cruiser yesterday, and am currently shopping for a Triumph Trophy, Kawi Concours, or Wee-Strom.

I look forward to sticking around here.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: surfsup on July 13, 2008, 09:01:52 pm
hey matt- nice list for your search - all 3 are good'uns  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on July 13, 2008, 09:17:47 pm
And now that Fourstring's sorted out his fuel problem, his Connie's gonna be on Craigslist...  Cheap!!  :p


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: shrosa814 on July 13, 2008, 09:30:12 pm
Hello all,

Greetings from Chicago! :)  I met Bill Hickey today near the red covered bridge on the edge of Princeton, IL. We chatted a bit and he gave me this website address. Evidently, I was once registered here as the system found my email address.

Well, a bit about me. I ride a '08 BMW F800ST (I love it more than one should love a *thing*). I am a solo rider. Previous bike was a Suzuki SV650 that I still love. I rode SV everywhere--took it around Lake Superior last summer and around Lake Michigan the summer before that.  I love LD riding.  Big trip this summer is to Nova Scotia but a family conflict is making that iffy on a daily basis.

Looking forward to dropping in, reading ride stories and viewing travel pictures.

Sharon


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tbolt on July 14, 2008, 08:29:09 pm
Hello everyone

I am a Buell rider, the S3 sport touring edition with hard bags. This is a great forum, and I look forward to reading the interesting posts I have found here.

Ride safely

Jim


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bodhi on July 14, 2008, 08:32:23 pm

Hello everyone

I am a Buell rider, the S3 sport touring edition with hard bags. This is a great forum, and I look forward to reading the interesting posts I have found here.

Ride safely

Jim

I test rode an S3 sport touring edition before I got my ST3. I also tested out a Uly (too tall for me). I love the look of Buell's though - sort of a neo-industrial look. How do you like your S3?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tbolt on July 14, 2008, 08:45:39 pm
I find that my Buell is the best bike I have ever owned, and I have been riding since 1968.  Very little vibration at speed, 50+ MPG, very little maintenance , with hydraulic valve lifters, fuel injection, belt drive, etc. about all I have to do is change oil. No problems yet at 31,000 miles. Handles well with Dunlop dual compound tires.

A nice feature is a comparitively new computer program called ECMSpy. This program, on a laptop, lets me fully modify the fuel metering on the control module of my Buell.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Rickdriver on July 14, 2008, 09:55:30 pm
Hi I'm Rick.I'm from Hatfield Pa,near Philly.I've been lurking for a while now & I really like this site :thumbsup:.Lots of great info & seems like alot of cool people :thumbsup:!!!I ride a 03 Harley Davidson Road King & just got a 08 Hayabusa.I've been jealously reading your posts & since getting rid of my last sporty bike,a Bandit 600,I got the Busa.It's been too long off a sport bike & I'm going to Deals Gap for my first tour on the new bike the 21rst of July.I'm looking forward to meeting some of you & going for some rides,or tours!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Dennis H on July 16, 2008, 11:46:38 am
So, I joined this group a couple of days ago. I'm thinking of getting a bit more sport into my touring as soon as the opportunity presents itself. I've ridden through every state west of the Mississippi and most of them east (I haven't made it to the Eastern Seaboard yet,) mostly of different incarnations of the UJM. I've currently got an '06 Bonneville T100, but I'm seriously considering trying to get my hands on a Speed Triple. I just moved to St.Louis from Southern IL and I've found its warm enough down here (I'm originally from around Chicago) to ride to work year-round. I'm interested in picking up any tips I can, the more I can learn about motorcycling the better. And I'm also interested in local bike happenings, rides, shows, swap meets, etc., which I really haven't done much of yet.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ZimZima on July 16, 2008, 01:56:14 pm
Hello STN riders,

Azeem here from Toronto, ON, Canada. Been riding for over 13 yrs now. Started off riding thru the haphazard traffic in South Asia on 125-150cc street bikes. My first real bike was a '96 CBR900RR which got nicked off in 5 months. since then I've owned a '99 VFR800, an '01 YZF600 Thundercat and currently ride a '97 YZF1000 Thunderace.
I'm out of the speeding craze (partially to keep my insurance low). Love curves...ahem... twisties I mean, and riding in mountains. I also love photography and just picked up a dslr to give me company on my rides. Love being out in the wild and enjoying nature. Would prefer camping over hotel, unless I'm really pooped out.
Currently planning a trip to Nova Scotia, so if anyone got pointers, I'd appreciate them... nice to see a community of fellow riders looking out for each other...  :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: missile on July 17, 2008, 09:19:06 pm
I have been lurking around here for a few days I am mainly over at the FZ1oa forum. I ride a gen II FZ1 that I have set up for touring sometimes I think about a fjr.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on July 17, 2008, 11:20:48 pm

I have been lurking around here for a few days I am mainly over at the FZ1oa forum. I ride a gen II FZ1 that I have set up for touring sometimes I think about a fjr.


That sounds more like a confession than an introduction  :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mlr1968 on July 19, 2008, 10:23:43 am
HI, form West Tennessee, new here or just past few days take your pick.  I have VTX 1300, but looking for a S/T.  I will start test riding some bikes as I can. Bikes I am considering, FRJ 1300, ST 1300,BMW GT 1200, Buell (?) maybe a ST1100, but unless I come into a small fortune it will be a used bike. Oh, had a deal the other day at Union City Tn on a 07 FRJ, $11,999.99 but that was not out the door. Was at Abernathy's Yamaha. Oh, zero miles still on the showroom floor. :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: habelsgtb on July 20, 2008, 07:18:31 am
Greg from MA.
Hooked on motorcycles since taking the MSF course in 2002.
Started with an 86 Vulcan 750.  Then realized cruisers weren't for me.
Bought a 99 Kawasaki Concours in 2004 and found some great friends in the Concours Owners Group (COG) www.cog-online.org .  Starting doing rallies and rides with the group; now hooked for life!
Just discovered this forum a few days ago and decided to join.
Looking forward to participating.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: surfsup on July 20, 2008, 09:14:53 am
greg - welcome.

if you were at the 2004 "flood city" COG rally, i was there. it was my 2nd year with my '03 conc. had a great time and you are right that is an awesome group of motorcyclists.

al


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bucky2 on July 20, 2008, 07:06:12 pm
Upstate South Carolina sportbike rider.  In Easley, near Greenville.  

Have not toured more than day trips nearby thus far.  

Many twisty and not-so-twisty roads near here.  

Any others from the area here?  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TwigMonster on July 20, 2008, 11:15:52 pm
Newbie member here.   I live in N. Colorado and ride a Honda '06 599.

I have been riding the 599 for about a year/half.  Before that I rode a Honda Shadow Spirit 750 for a year.  Before the Shadow, I did not ride for about 15 years.  Just got busy with other stuff.  Before the long break, I had a Yamaha Maxim 400 - which I have fond memories of.

The Shadow is a great bike for getting back on the road with.  But, I just don't like big, heavy, bikes. Not that that the Shadow was that big.  But, I like my 599 way more than that Shadow.  It suits me fine for commuting or zipping up a Colorado mountain canyon or for a ride into the Colorado eastern plains.  

Never thought I would consider touring.   Always just enjoyed short jaunts.   But, I've got the wild idea to go on some long rides.  I have family in Oklahoma and Arizona and I've been playing with the idea of taking a few days off the grind and heading out on rides to those locations.

As I consider the possibility of a 600-700 mile ride, I am faced with the limitations of my 599.  Its stock right now but I'm considering a windshield (give 302) and some luggage racks.

Like a lot of riders, I'm usually open to considering the "next" bike.  :)   Looked at a Yamaha YZ1 and Kawa Z1000.  Not exactly touring bikes, but they do meet my preference for naked/standard bikes.  Honda isn't making the 919 anymore, but I guess I could find one if I tried hard enough.  

But I have to admit that I am smitten by the Triumph Street Triple and the Ducati Hypermotard.  YIKES.  According to the reviews these are awesome street bikes.  But are they useless touring bikes?  
Hmm.

But again, I love my 599 and it will take a great bike to get me off of it.

That's probably enough for now.  Just found this site, started reading and excited to learn and contribute.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: dj313 on July 21, 2008, 08:06:29 pm
I had to sign up after reading the sub-title on the board - The Home of Triple Digit Sightseeing  

Way, way, way, way cool!

I've ridden a very stout, race-tuned, rotax powered Aprilia, a ZX-11 powered ZRX running 10sec 1/4 mile times and a super-hyper R6 with the sky-high redline.  There have been a few other rides in there, but none as notable as the ones I've mentioned.  I've also turned many-many hot laps on a race track and I wish my body would let me back out there to run at 110%.  I just got an 08 Sprint ST because I needed a bike with more wind protection than the naked I'd been riding for the last 30,000 miles.  It needed to be able to punch it's way out of corners and had to be able to rocket, bite and claw it's way into triple digits.  With my racing days behind me, 114mph is plenty fast for me and my license.

Rubber side down, my friends!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mn.mike on July 22, 2008, 12:28:44 pm
Not really new to the board, longtime lurker (and apparently i registered last july...)

any way, i was on the previous incarnation of ST-N before the March meltdown of '06
(I might not have the timeframe exact but you get the idea), which was coincidentally
around the time i decided that i was spending too much time farting around on forums
and message boards and gave them up cold turkey.

so, it's my time to waste and by golly I might waste some of it here (or not),
it's a pretty good group here and I still enjoy it.
Gotta post something in Region 4 and then go ride around in circle before work.

Cheers,
-Mike


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: HKB3 on July 23, 2008, 07:06:26 pm
Hello from Maryland. My current bike is a 2007 Yamaha YZF-R1, I love riding in the mountains (usually between 300-600 miles a day). I also like to do trackdays from time to time. You may want to know what a R1 owner is doing on a sport tourer forum? well I am looking to get a second bike, something better suited for long rides(more comfortable then a R1).


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: HKB3 on July 23, 2008, 07:14:35 pm
BTW here are a couple pics;
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/untchbl50/002-5.jpg)

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/untchbl50/C1600846.jpg)

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/untchbl50/C1600808.jpg)

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/untchbl50/tmpmay03437.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: stefrrr on July 23, 2008, 07:17:16 pm
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/untchbl50/C1600846.jpg)
Izzat Ga. 60?

Welcome all!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: HKB3 on July 23, 2008, 07:23:32 pm
129 aka Deals Gap back in June


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Baron Samedi on July 25, 2008, 04:44:27 pm

BTW here are a couple pics;
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/untchbl50/002-5.jpg)

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/untchbl50/C1600846.jpg)

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/untchbl50/C1600808.jpg)

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/untchbl50/tmpmay03437.jpg)


The first pic reassures more. When, oh when, will motorcycle designers make a bike that does not require "leaning" in order to turn? I just think it's wrong that car drivers are allowed steering wheels and we aren't. Pah.  :angry3:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Dan K on July 26, 2008, 12:10:39 am
Ok.  Regular poster at another forum - HSN.net, also hit FZ1oa on occasion.  Haven't had a Shadow in quite some time, but that was my place.  Chornbe, apparently a regular poster over here, suggested I say hello.  I ride a silver '02 FZ1 pretty much every day from northern burbs of Chicago to downtown Chicago, and whenever else I have time.  I keep a Givi V46 on the back, and have a tank bag and side sport bags and a tail bag I use when necessary.  I have no opinions and keep to myself (hah).

- Dan

I'll start by saying this is how I feel when I ride:

(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u222/dsklap/surfingbikes.jpg)



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: chornbe on July 26, 2008, 07:19:48 am
Welcome aboard!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Frez on July 27, 2008, 02:47:39 am
Hello everbody, I just discovered this site and decided to join. The triple digit sight seeing thing lured me in too :). I moved from the D.C. area to Fresno, California in May and am enjoying the dry heat and great motorcycle roads around here though Fresno takes getting used too. Anyway, if anybody in the area wants to ride let me know. Short trips, long trips, it doesn't matter.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DrastikReality on July 27, 2008, 10:06:42 pm
Hello everyone my name is Curtiss.
 I just joined up, looks like one heck of a big group of riders :) I currently live in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada.
I have a 2007 Kawasaki ZX10R. I have been riding on and off most of my life. I have lived in the 3 western most Provinces of Canada and have been fortunate to have seen almost all of Canada and most of the USA.(Continental)
                                     :) Wanna know more just ask
                                                                              Curt
   
 


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Texatl on July 27, 2008, 10:22:00 pm
Howdy!!!

I've been lurking around here for a month or so and finally decided to jump in and sign up.  I know a couple of folks here from other Bike forums, and thats how I first heard about the place.

I've been riding for a while and have had some cool (in my mind) and semi-peculiar bikes in my time.  I have access to some others, when they are running.  I've done a bit 'o sport touring my 2003 SV1000naked, but I'm sure there are much better ways to pack on the miles.  Next bike will prolly be of the ST variety (I commute 60 miles each way).

Right now I'm knee deep into a 1980 Suzuki GS750L.  I'm trying to re-fresh and de-L the thing (stepped seats suck...).

Anyway- want to say Hi.  So...  Hi :beerchug:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on July 27, 2008, 10:34:41 pm

Howdy!!!

I've been lurking around here for a month or so and finally decided to jump in and sign up.  I know a couple of folks here from other Bike forums, and thats how I first heard about the place.

I've been riding for a while and have had some cool (in my mind) and semi-peculiar bikes in my time.  I have access to some others, when they are running.  I've done a bit 'o sport touring my 2003 SV1000naked, but I'm sure there are much better ways to pack on the miles.

Right now I'm knee deep into a 1980 Suzuki GS750L.  I'm trying to re-fresh and de-L the thing (stepped seats suck...).

Anyway- want to say Hi.  So...  Hi :beerchug:


You should PM my friend NeoLuddite - he's done a California and back on his GS750, and is busy converting it into a anti-technologist's sport-tourer.

Ximopanolti timochtin.   :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Texatl on July 28, 2008, 04:43:25 pm



You should PM my friend NeoLuddite - he's done a California and back on his GS750, and is busy converting it into a anti-technologist's sport-tourer.

Ximopanolti timochtin.   :bigok:


Sounds interesting- I'll hit him up!

Thanks


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: hioutput sports on July 28, 2008, 07:46:44 pm
I did my first 1400 mile trip over the forth of July on my Concours 14. I camped it at three lakes up in Colorado. I fit my float tube on the back and it came in handy. I had the best vacation in many years, riding twisty mountain roads, fishing, and being in the fresh air and out of the city and heat.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: denisep on July 28, 2008, 10:06:00 pm
Hi!!  I was going to wait until I had sold my current ST:

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o29/denisep256/brp%20camp%20trip%20july%2008/DSC00642.jpg

for this:

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o29/denisep256/2008_BMW_F800ST_image_0_165.jpg

I've been riding a couple years, am way too short for all the bikes I want, but have finally found the ultimate bike that should do everything I want it to do.  I can get one good foot all the way down and both feet mostly down.  Not an issue...  

Chornbe has been one of my biggest supporters, and best buds.  Him and Dan K are always there for me, encouraging me to spend more of my money...   :D

I'll try not to jump in and be annoying..  I'll give it a little while.

This place looks right up my alley...  lots of riding, bike talking, and less of the drama!!

P.S.  If my sig pic is of you, I apologize !!  I think someone loaned it to me to make a poster and it's a real person-- let me know if it offends!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Xodus on July 29, 2008, 07:45:08 am
Welcome to the new people... I think I know a couple of you from another board  :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: PVS on July 29, 2008, 01:45:06 pm
All you HondaShadow.net rats don't think you are going to leave a sinking ship without me do you?

Paulie


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: chornbe on July 29, 2008, 02:50:48 pm

All you HondaShadow.net rats don't think you are going to leave a sinking ship without me do you?

Paulie


God will save them.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Xodus on July 29, 2008, 02:51:49 pm

All you HondaShadow.net rats don't think you are going to leave a sinking ship without me do you?

Paulie


 :lol:

Welcome aboard Paulie!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: PVS on July 29, 2008, 03:55:07 pm



 :lol:

Welcome aboard Paulie!  :bigok:


I've been here for about two years just never posted before.  I'm a lurker. :cool:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TedG on July 29, 2008, 06:27:05 pm
Just signed up, I have a Kawasaki Concours 14 which in the year I have had it have racked up 24,000 miles and I have a 2005 ZX10r at the moment. I was a factory trained Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Penton/KTM, BSA, Triumph, Can Am, Husky mechanic in the 70s. Raced flat track, road raced, yada, yada.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: birdrunner on July 30, 2008, 08:54:43 am

Hello everyone my name is Curtiss.
 I just joined up, looks like one heck of a big group of riders :) I currently live in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada.
I have a 2007 Kawasaki ZX10R. I have been riding on and off most of my life. I have lived in the 3 western most Provinces of Canada and have been fortunate to have seen almost all of Canada and most of the USA.(Continental)
                                     :) Wanna know more just ask
                                                                              Curt
   
 


Welcome to another Albertan.   There's a lot of lurkers from AB. and even a few regulars.  We had about 6 of us meet in the Kooteneys last week.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Rigger on July 30, 2008, 10:29:53 am
Birdrunner where in Alberta are you?  I am on my way into St Albert this coming Friday/Saturday for the bikes first service. Are you around at that time?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: runey on July 30, 2008, 11:36:48 am
Just found this site joined on. I have 2 bikes, 08 Busa, 04 Rune.  Looking to put the miles on the Busa in the Arkansas Ozarks where I live, world class riding country at my door step.  Have yet to get out there much as I work in Afghanistan but plan on being home late October for a couple weeks, or maby not even come back here.  Been researching a little taller wind screen and other usual accessories to give her a little touring comfort edge, looking for input in that area.    


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: birdrunner on July 30, 2008, 08:21:50 pm

Birdrunner where in Alberta are you?  I am on my way into St Albert this coming Friday/Saturday for the bikes first service. Are you around at that time?


pm sent.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kenglong on July 30, 2008, 11:10:36 pm
Kenny Long in Albuquerque, NM  51yo

Started riding in 2005 and haven't stopped since! Did one Iron Butt SS1K this past march. Ride an 83 Honda GL650 and a Vulcan 900.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Frez on July 31, 2008, 01:53:35 am
Hey HKB3, I graduated from Severna Park High. Ahh, it was a while back.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Adan on July 31, 2008, 06:15:34 pm
Returning Texan here  :bigok:

https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,28929.0.html


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Muddart on July 31, 2008, 11:25:18 pm
Long time lurker couple of years, hell you all helped me immensly in choosing my ride. Met a few of the region 4 heads in Cross Plains and La Grange. Getting back into the game after 15 years. Nice to ride a bike that is not activley trying to kill me. Like the atmosphere here.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: D-Mac on August 02, 2008, 02:03:53 pm
I've been lurking a bit and figured it was time to stop stalking and start posting (and learn something new).

I've been riding for a few years. My last bike was a 750 Shadow. Great bike. I could take that thing apart completely on the side of the road if needed, although it was so reliable I never had to do anything to it. Unfortunately, it was also uncomfortable on long trips and lacked passing power. After a while I got tired of polishing chrome and wasn't thrilled with the less than stellar handling and braking of a small cruiser.

Last month I got a new (leftover '07) FZ6. I'm loving every second of it. :thumbsup: I'm currently setting it up for touring (just need bags and a GPS now). It's on the smaller side and lacks electrical power, but I'm not a big guy and I travel light. It's perfect for me!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: blackmax on August 03, 2008, 10:30:35 pm
New member here. I've been on CBR1100XX.org for a couple of years. Been street riding since I was 18. I'm 41 now have had miscellaneous bikes plus 3 V-Maxes and 3 1/2 VFR 700f2s, as well my current 1997 CBR1100XX and 1996 CBR1000F. Generally just commute to work and romp around local backroads, generally around 12,000 miles per year,all year down to 15 degrees.  Looking to upgrade to a C-14.   Ride Safe.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: stellarpod on August 04, 2008, 07:58:12 am
Hi folks!

I've just gotten back into riding after a 19-year absence.  Bought a new 2007 ST1300 two months ago and have logged over 3600 miles thus far.  I found this site via a reference from ST-Owners.com.

I look forward to participating on this forum as well.

stellarpod


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Jim M. on August 04, 2008, 08:30:19 am
 Howdy folks! I've been lurking for quite a while. I've been sport touring for years, right now on my '05 Concours. I started riding dirt bikes at age 10, raced MX for several years (250 and Open Class) and started street riding around 1980. My wife rides an '06 Yamaha Majesty, I still have a WR400 for off road, and my 13 year old daughter rides an XR100. I'm glad this forum exists! Usually when I try to explain the term "Sport-Touring" to most folks, I just get the deer-in -the -headlights look. Too many guys my age (48) seem to be into the whole "Cruiser" thing. Sorry, but I'm not riding a rolling billboard for Viagra! :lol:
Not to offend anyone, but I do come from a racing background and still have a need for the occasional adrenaline rush and manhandling the big Connie seems to fit the bill right now. See y'all on the road!
 


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rroadrunner on August 05, 2008, 03:01:18 pm
Hi,

Joined today...New FZ1 owner old k1200rs owner.... :) Sport Touring? A WAY OF LIFE!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: racermike on August 05, 2008, 06:54:51 pm
Hello everyone, my name is Mike, I have been lurking here since last year when I got my first ride, a 02 Concours. I am new to street riding but not to riding,been dirt riding since the age of 16, now at 45 I am really enjoying sport touring. Great site here. Looking forward to maybe meeting up with some new people in my area to ride with.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rvbiker on August 06, 2008, 12:50:19 am
Just wanted to say hi. I stumbled onto this site, was interested and thought I‘d join on. My name is Bob and I’m retired and traveling the US. I’m presently in Tualatin, OR and will be here until about Oct. I have a ‘05 FZ6 and want to tour as much of the US on it as I can. Anyone in the Portland-Salem area who wants to share the road? :)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: spinalator on August 06, 2008, 01:31:36 am
Welcome everyone. No drinking and typing, no religion or politics. No VFR or Harley bashing except if you have new jokes we have not heard.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: habelsgtb on August 06, 2008, 12:55:22 pm

greg - welcome.

if you were at the 2004 "flood city" COG rally, i was there. it was my 2nd year with my '03 conc. had a great time and you are right that is an awesome group of motorcyclists.

al


Hi al
My first National COG Rally wasn't till 2007 in WV.  Most fun I've ever had on the twisties.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Slides on August 06, 2008, 08:13:02 pm
I joined a couple years ago for a ride I did in Canada and basically joined again yesterday for the same ride - SNOT 3. I'm also planning on ESTN in Marlington.

Seems like a worthwhile site.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: CosmicCowboy on August 06, 2008, 08:27:08 pm

Welcome to the new people... I think I know a couple of you from another board  :D


<.<

Perhaps....

Anyhow, long time rider, first time poster. not on a sport tourer yet, but when my wife gets her bike, I'm hoping to swap the Shadow for a V-Strom. Or maybe a FZ1. Perhaps a FJR.

Can't make up my mind.  :/


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: gxxrdrvr on August 06, 2008, 11:05:01 pm
Hi everyone! New to this board, just saying Hi! Been riding since 1994, have an ST1100, CBR929RR, an XR650L (thats in the shop), an EX250R that belongs to my wife, and a track only 93 GSXR750W. That was actually my second bike that I bought in 1995. Looking forward to meeting cool people to tour with and absorbing knowledge from all the experts out there! :bigok:

Ride safe,

Andy



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bluelab on August 08, 2008, 01:26:20 pm
Hi Sport Tourers!

I ride a 2002  st1100/ABS around the Phoenix area. Have been riding for about 4 years. Recently road from Seattle, WA to Phoenix on the ST1100. What a blast. There are some great roads in Southern Utah. The Moki Dugway for one. Anyone here familiar with the Moki?

Cheers!

-Bluelab


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: the guy on August 09, 2008, 07:06:50 pm
Hello all, current ride is a 04 zzr600 that i've had for a little over 1 1/2 years and now has only 13.5k miles on it.. I don't ride it enough.  Figured one more forum can't hurt to kill time while at work.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jacksonFZ1 on August 11, 2008, 12:09:10 pm
Hi there. I live in Elkins, West Virginia and I have a new (to me) '05 FZ1. Previous rides before this included a 2002 CBR 600F, and a 1990 GSX-R 750. While I have been on couple multi-day trips in the past, I'm kind of new to touring but I am in the first stages of planning a trip to New Mexico and back with a buddy so I have been hanging around this site for a little while in the hopes of picking up some good info.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: dlshaw on August 11, 2008, 09:11:56 pm
Hi I am new here just feeding off the knowledge on this site.
My wife and I are about to purchase a bike and want to get into touring. We plan on taking weekend trips and travel around 600 miles on a long weekend. We have not decided what bike will be best for us yet so i am hoping to get some help from some of you that know a lot more than me:)

I am 28 years old my wife is 26. We live in VA Chesapeake area. I have been on active duty in the US Marines for a little over 11 years now and they decided to give me a lot of money to stay in. Now all I need is to find a good bike that suits our needs.
To give you an idea of what i am looking at, I really like the 2007 SV650s and a few sport touring BMWs caught my eye as well.

I will start a thread int he beginners Garage for anyone willing to help me out with buying tips.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: surfsup on August 11, 2008, 09:43:23 pm
welcome marine!

old navy boy here and not too far from you - living down here in po'dunk eastern NC.

a big 'THANK YOU' to you for your service to our country!  :thumbsup:

al


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bbmagic56 on August 13, 2008, 11:20:29 am
Hello everyone.  I have been a lurker around here for a couple of years.  I love the ride reports.... the pictures are unique and really get me enthused to get to areas I haven't been to. I ride an '06 Kawasaki ZZR600 (silver - the fastest color) with 20k on it so far. I have made a few long trips from home (Florida) to go whitewater rafting in Tenn and visting trips into northern Ohio.  I love the Smokey Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherohala Skyway.... well you get the idea...  that whole area. I'm planning a trip to Montana next spring and it will be my first foray into motorcycle camping but I should survive.  I was an Eagle scout many years ago so camping is something I'm familiar with but the old bones are a bit more challenged now.  The rockies are calling my name and I'm planning on answering


Title: Intro.....
Post by: retro on August 14, 2008, 05:18:59 pm
Well, I’m back from a 10+ year riding hiatus. Rising gas prices, an ultra-cool spouse who doesn’t mind me having fun, and the sudden appearance of a long lost love conspired to turn me into a salesman of the highest caliber.

I’m old school and don’t mind. I started out on a 1978 Honda CB750. I had to wait until I went away to school to actually own my first ride and quit mooching my friends bikes. Looking back they were a very trusting lot. : )

The CB was a very forgiving and wonderful bike to learn both riding and wrenching on. I did all the maintenance on it and learned how to adjust the valves, the chain, the carbs, and all the other fun little parts that needed tweaking and replacing (surprise!) on that era bike. I rode that bike just about every day and took a lot of trips up to Wisconsin and out to Iowa and all over Illinois where I was in school. Spent nearly every spring and summer night riding up and down the Mississippi. Ate a lot of bugs. My roommate got me started on over night camping trips. That bike lasted me for 3 years and about 30,000 miles all over the Midwest.

Pretty soon I needed something faster so I could go farther and still make it back on Monday morning in time for work. So I found a 1983 Honda Sabre V45. Same displacement but from totally different planets. The Sabre had smoooooth shaft drive, and a butt load of torque from the V-4. I still get a warm happy feeling whenever I hear a V-4.

It also had this really cool LCD dashboard – all the gauges were electronic. It did everything but toast your English muffin. Very high-tech for its’ day. This way cool feature was also it’s downfall. One weekend blast up to the Porcupine Mountains in the UP of Michigan I slammed into a particularly vicious pothole and the dashboard snapped off its mount. So much for plastic. So the pod was just kinda dangling there between the front of the gas tank and left fork. Not good.

Talking to the dealer I learned the repair would have cost more than I paid for the whole bike. Lots of boneyards had Sabres with broken dashes-apparently this was not an uncommon problem. In a very unwise financial move but a personally fulfilling one, instead of paying a couple grand to repair the Sabre I bought a brand spanking new 1993 CBR 1000F and entered the world of one litre bikes, dealer financing, and sport riding.  

The first season was dedicated to learning to ride through the sweepers of McHenry county. After that, the CBR took me everywhere from Montana and the west to Key West and most of the southern states between Texas and South Carolina. It was also my daily commuter. Without a doubt my favorite bike. Did many 1k mile days and it took much longer for my butt to fall asleep and my legs to start cramping than on anything else I’d ridden previously.

Got in plenty of triple digit riding on the wide open highways of Montana and Wyoming. Also got to enjoy plenty of stop and go exhaust fume sucking in the stop and go traffic of Chicago rush hour. Spent Sunday mornings at some breakfast house north of Chicago where all the riders would congregate. Would just drink coffee and hook up with some folks for a ride from there.

I’ve crashed twice, once from hypothermia (i.e. bad judgment) and once from target fixation (i.e. bad judgment – see a trend here?) on a billboard. That’s when I learned you actually have to put the things they teach you in the MSF class into PRACTICE for them to work. I’m pretty smart that way…

Anyhow other than some road rash I was fine. I remember coming back to the apartment and asking my GF if she’d please pick the gravel out of my back with some tweezers. That girl was a keeper. Wish I knew then what I know now. Anyhow, onward.

After putting about 60,000 on the CBR I sold it and never replaced it. Til now. An evil temptress arose and beckoned from the motorcycle section of Craigslist where I accidentally found myself since I wasn’t interested in motorcycles any more and had no intention of getting one and definitely didn’t plan on actually buying one. Probably a computer virus.

1989 Suzuki Katana 1100. I was 26 and a flat broke student when that bike first came out. 18 years later I can still remember the review in Cycle magazine. I was in LUST with that baby! So when I saw the ad on Craigslist that the computer virus re-directed my browser to, I decided it was meant to be (adult 1 owner, never been down, meticulously maintained, 20k miles, yes!) and set about my campaign. I was a mere 1 hour and 45 minutes into my Powerpoint presentation to my wife when she started voicing potential pitfalls. Jackpot!

Because if she’s spotting potential pitfalls she’s already wearing down. I told her I would jump ahead to the slides that would carefully and fully explain the cost benefit ratio and TCO when we got to the pie charts but we were still a couple 100 slides and a good hour away from that. Apparently my keen and polished presentation skills paid off because she said “go ahead and go look at it.”

A phrase, which when run through the Marriage Translator, actually means “go buy the damn thing because you’re going to anyways and you’re making me nuts and I’m gonna keep this in my back pocket for when I want something YOU find utterly frivolous, outrageous, and way too expensive, my little friend.”

No matter, the end result was I went, I saw, the magic was still there, and 30 seconds into the test ride I knew she was coming home with me. Oh I know she’s an antique compared to what’s out there today. But she’s comfy. I snuggled right up to her tank and tucked in for the ride home.

Shifting at 3 grand she’s quiet, smooth, and well-mannered. Start to climb towards the 11 o’ clock position on the tach and her primal side comes out. Plenty of stop and plenty of go to keep me happy. Bike came with a full set of soft luggage and tank bag and the ever-necessary radar detector.

Now, due a series of misunderstandings and bad breaks I’m back in the Midwest, in the Twin Cities of Minnesota which is Ojibwe for “water comes in 3 forms and this place is always dark and damp from one of them. Sometimes all 3.”

I’ll do my best to resist the urge to pontificate, remind the youngsters that back in MY day all we had were 3 gears and the handlebars only turned to the left and it was 500 miles on straight roads crowded with geriatric drivers BOTH ways to the nearest accessory store.

I love to ride and need very little excuse. I enjoy becoming a better rider and finding nice people to ride with. I once rode to Kentucky to see in real life a covered bridge I saw on a calendar. Bridge was a disappointment but the ride wasn’t. And I promise to never take up this much bandwidth again. There, I feel introduced.


 Retro


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Duncan on August 14, 2008, 11:33:36 pm
Live & work in the Annapolis MD area. Commute to the Naval Academy, where I teach, mostly on the Burgman and save the VFR for weekends. Commute / ride about 10 months out of the year until it gets icy or heavy wet snow. That is what the Jeep Wrangler is for. Rode in Italy on hot rodded 2 stroke scooters in mountains of central / southern Italy, and in Neopolitan beach traffic in summers for 4 years. Came back to States and continued riding by buying Burgman and then VFR.

Newly enacted Big Navy Safety Center policy deems that even if I don't commute in on the VFR that I have to take a newly minted Navy course run by MSF called Military Sport Rider Course (MSRC). Upside is that it is free. TBD to see how it works out. Bet they would be less than happy if I showed up on the Burgman.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RM Oyster on August 15, 2008, 02:47:00 pm
Hi!  I'm a new member and relatively new rider.  I ride a 1979 Honda CX500 Deluxe, which I bought last fall as my starter bike.  I've taken the Idaho STARS (MSF) beginner course last fall and the experienced rider course in June.  I mostly commute to work in town, but I'm planning on doing monthly weekend tours and hopefully an annual one week ride.  I plan on buying a sport touring bike in the spring of 2009 or 2010.  I'm looking at the BMW R1200RT, Yamaha FJR, Honda ST1300, or the Kawasaki Concours 14.  Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: magneto on August 16, 2008, 10:38:53 am
Hey guys,  My name is Jeff and I'm an addicted motorcyclist.  and I believe rehab is for quitters.Been touring around with my lovely Eileen on an xx for a few years now and brought my xx board name over here. Also on the zrx board as ZRXJeff.  Just picked up an05 FJR to replace the xx as our touring rig. Still have the ZRX as I have way to much invested in modding it to EVER sell. lol.  We live in North west NJ ,some good riding real nearby.
 See you guys out there on the road sometime


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mr.P on August 22, 2008, 09:51:05 pm
Hello everyone.My name is stefan and my current ride on the street is a 2001 BMW  K1200rs.This is my first beemer and have owned it since nov. 06.As for my m/c  history,I have had my licence since I was 18yrs old.But I have been on bikes since I was 7yrs old.I rode on the back of my fathers 1970 Sears 175. First road bike was a 71 suzuki T500,then rd400.Next 73 triumph trident,71 h/d superglide.Then got pissed after both these bikes bombed out and went Hillclimbing for the next 8 1/2 yrs(Harley Evo sportster"1570cc S.S. kit") .After travling a lot and getting pissed with people at the races I quit that game.But I did do a little flattrack racing and speedway.I still do harescrambles which are a lot of fun(semi retired for the past 2 seasons).I wanted to heal up the old body :eek: .Then I bought my beemer and have been happy since.But you must ride DEFENCIVLY on the road ,wether its cars or other wanna bee's on bikes.Anyhow thats my story.
Mr.P


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Crankitup on August 22, 2008, 09:52:26 pm
K12RS - Nice bike Mr P.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: malmon on August 24, 2008, 09:57:35 am
Hello everyone,

first of all, thank you for a great website  :thumbsup:
bought my dino Garmin here yrs ago (old site)  :)

names' oscar from MD now in Chicago for an indefinite period. current ride is a silver 2001 FZ1 which i got it clean and used with 1700 miles back in 02 and now have 32k miles running with all the dings and scratches. other bikes that went by or been lucky to ride enough from 80s to 2000: 50cc scooter, DT125, Elsinore 250, gpz500, shadow 800, magna 750, 650 special.
prefer to ride the twisty backroads but occasionally obliged to slab. used to commute a lot when I used to live 7 miles one way from work (now 3 miles, i believe my battery will conk out on that short ride - still stock), usually take the long way home.
currently in Chicago Ridge, IL

Thanks


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: motomaniac on August 24, 2008, 07:39:15 pm
Hi all
 Just wanted to say hello to everyone. I have lurked around long enough!! I was a member on the old site, and have learned a lot of great stuff. My current sport/tour ride is a '07 K1200s. Been riding 26 years and like to play in the sometimes also!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sterling on August 26, 2008, 06:18:48 pm
Hi,
Been reading for a while, thought I'd join and perhaps chime in from time to time :)

I live just North of Raleigh, NC, ride a 2003 ZZR 600, I like to camp, taking it, and am working on making it more comfy. I currently have some plans to get the GenMar risers, and possibly some seat mods from Spencer.

My first bike was a 197x (I forgot!) CB750-4, then a 700 Virago, then a brief hiatus while we made babies, now I'm back :)


Title: I'm living over seas and miss riding.... looking for some fresh bike ideas
Post by: looking for mileage on August 28, 2008, 12:00:34 am
Hey Glad I found you guys. I'm living in the philippines with my wife and don't have a bike. Its  a little rough. I've been riding every summer for the past 4 years and now that I'm living in a country with 12 months of summer, having no bike is rough.

Were planning on riding from Vancouver BC - LA - Dallas - Grand canyon - Yosemite National park and then back to Vancouver next July when we get back home. I'm looking for some 400cc bikes that might survive the trip. Vancouver insurance is crazy (I'm 23 and it costs me $300 a month to insure a 600cc sportbike with no accidents) and after riding a 400 twin for a season. It's enough power for us if we can find a bike with enough room for both of us and comfortable enough to tour on. I'm thinking of early 90's or late 80's UJM's? I know I'm looking for something that most people think is ridiculous, but I though I'd throw it out there and see if anyone has ideas.

I'm open to other bike ideas also. I'm looking for:
-good mileage 50+MPG highway
-room to squirm
-I expect to put money into a trunk and soft bags.

Thats about it, I'd love to hear what people have to say.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DogBoy on August 28, 2008, 12:07:49 am
Hey LFM,

You might want to start a new thread in General Discussion. This welcome thread mostly attracts smartasses like me rather than the helpful types.

Its going to be hard to find a 400cc bike that fits your needs in the US/Canada. Consider a 600cc standard like a Bandit 600. They are cheap, reliable and would work great for touring. Insurance should be cheaper than a 600cc sportbike. A Suzuki SV650 or Kawasaki Ninja 650 (EX650) might work depending on how tolerant you wife is for passenger accomodations. A V-Strom 650 would be perfect if you can find one.



Oh and welcome to ST.N.     :bigok:    Keep us posted on your plans for next summer and don't hesitate to ask for advice on routes, etc.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Lowdcahn on August 28, 2008, 05:46:22 am
Gday there from Australia.
I'm Steve and i'm from a place called Emu Plains, on the outskirts of Sydney.
I ride a few different bikes and try to get out and about as often as possible.
Great site. Enjoy the ride!
Cheers
Steve


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Baron Samedi on August 28, 2008, 01:12:17 pm
Welcome. And you can have summer back too. Weather was shite.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Sandbag on August 31, 2008, 05:02:10 pm
Just recently learned of STN from a riding buddy.  I currently live in SW Virginia "with no plans of moving"  I'm a poor speller & you may need to over look my grammar.  I currently own a 02 Honda VF 750 Magna that I bought new & still love.  I also have a 02 CBR1100XX Super Blackbird that I purchased this spring.  After 6 years I have exceeded the cornering ability's of my beloved Magna.  I will probably be more of a "lurker"  then a "contributor" but I will chime in now & then.  I have been know to be a smart @$$ so do not take what I say personally, if I dislike you I will ignore you.  

Ride Safe Ride Fast
Tim


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Hillbilly_on_Speed on September 01, 2008, 10:14:30 pm
Just got High-Speed in the Holler!

Long time lurker but I figgured I might be able to participate now that we have cable clear to the top of Craggy Hollow. I have an old 250 Honda that I have ridden for about 15 years. I'm getting old and it hurts my hiney so I'm looking to upgrade. There's a lot of good info on this site.

Billy Joe


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: birdrunner on September 02, 2008, 11:02:18 am

Just recently learned of STN from a riding buddy.  I currently live in SW Virginia "with no plans of moving"  I'm a poor speller & you may need to over look my grammar.  I currently own a 02 Honda VF 750 Magna that I bought new & still love.  I also have a 02 CBR1100XX Super Blackbird that I purchased this spring.  After 6 years I have exceeded the cornering ability's of my beloved Magna.  I will probably be more of a "lurker"  then a "contributor" but I will chime in now & then.  I have been know to be a smart @$$ so do not take what I say personally, if I dislike you I will ignore you.  

Ride Safe Ride Fast
Tim


You should be OK,  you ride a 'Bird.  but if we do dislike like you,  we will hunt you down and Tar & Feather you.  Other than that we're pretty forgiving people.   Welcome.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Don Julio on September 02, 2008, 10:24:12 pm
hello
I am a new member,my name is Jay I am 50 years old (O MY Gosh did I just say that) I grew up riding mini bikes and then Moto cross
bikes.I got out of bikes when I got a car In high school, I started riding again about 7 years ago on a whim when my buddy and I rented Harleys and took a week long trip two summers in a row. I was hooked, since then I have owned a Honda Magna,could not afford
a Harley,Honda ST1100(great bike),and now I have a Triumph Sprint ST(love it light and sporty). I am glad I did't get a Harley I would have ended up with a Pot belly and a bushy gray beard. :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: traveler on September 02, 2008, 10:34:05 pm
Hey, Don Julio, I see you got step one down. :lol:

Btw, plenty of us here are even older than you. You'll fit in well, riding a Triumph, former dirt rider, former Honda owner (:lol:).

Hope you can make the John Day meet, and you can probably find a bunch to ride down with. Plenty of st-n'ers in your area.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Don Julio on September 03, 2008, 10:54:55 pm
I am hoping to make the John Day Meet I already have room reservations and can not wait to go. It would be great to ride over with some one from the vancouver area /some one said you are only as old as you feel/ and  I allways feel young riding.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Slonishku on September 05, 2008, 01:22:03 pm

Howdy!!!

I've been lurking around here for a month or so and finally decided to jump in and sign up.  I know a couple of folks here from other Bike forums, and thats how I first heard about the place.

I've been riding for a while and have had some cool (in my mind) and semi-peculiar bikes in my time.  I have access to some others, when they are running.  I've done a bit 'o sport touring my 2003 SV1000naked, but I'm sure there are much better ways to pack on the miles.  Next bike will prolly be of the ST variety (I commute 60 miles each way).

Right now I'm knee deep into a 1980 Suzuki GS750L.  I'm trying to re-fresh and de-L the thing (stepped seats suck...).

Anyway- want to say Hi.  So...  Hi :beerchug:


I'm in the middle of restoring a '76 Suzuki RE5 rotary to be ridden in the Iron Butt Rally next year... a bit of (non-motor) parts overlap with the GS750. Are you trying to make yours a tourer?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: carly81 on September 05, 2008, 11:25:05 pm
Hey STN'ers. Finally decided to join the site after a friend turned me on to it.

I have a Shadow VLX and enjoy riding when I can. After 3 years and 2 boyfriends that ride, I decided to get in the drivers seat and be one of the "boys" (so to speak)!  A couple of my guy friends ride dirt bikes.., maybe I'll tackle that next after I hone my skills on the 'lil Honda.

Carly


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Firstbmw on September 06, 2008, 03:21:27 pm
Hi All, I'm from Little Suamico, WI and really enjoy the sport touring forum. I retired about 6 years ago and decided to attend a motorcycle safety course. I've never rode a motorcycle in my life. I knew there was other things to do besides a 'honey-do' list for the rest of my life. :D  I purchased a new 05 HD Deuce to ride. This year I purchased a 07 BMW R1200RT. After riding the BMW, I've decided that the Harley has to go up for sale. I hate to give it up but I can't ride 2 bikes at once, and honestly, I prefer the BMW now. If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll let you know the specifics. I'm also looking at a seat replacement for the RT, I heard that Sargent has a good seat for it.  Ride Safe.

"Lift your helmet face shield before you spit"


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FKaiser on September 06, 2008, 09:17:20 pm
Welcome Carly81 and Firstbmw.  Carly81, you should check out the Region 6 part of the site as there's local rides listed - maybe we'll see you on one.  Firstbmw, similar circumstance in that I had a Hog then sold it.., a couple of years later an 1200RT replaced it.

Welcome all newcomers, and see ya on the road...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: moonkat on September 08, 2008, 01:10:13 pm
Newb from Muddyland here.  Been riding again for a few years after 3 decade absence.  Just got my ST bike, an 08 FZ1.  
Weather and scenery was glorious yesterday - Harford & Cecil Counties!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Pookie on September 08, 2008, 05:08:48 pm
Hi all, I'm a newbie from the UK. Currently riding a Ducati Multistrada - and loving it. Going on a tour of France, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the end of the month, including Spa and the 'Ring. Will post photo's if it ever stops raining long enough!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: LouStrom07 on September 09, 2008, 12:13:00 am
Hello fellow riders. Suzuki DL650 rider checking in. Long time lurker first time poster. Great post to read and lots of info. Living in So Cal lot of good roads to ride and people to meet.
Lou


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Sylvain on September 09, 2008, 04:03:41 pm
Hello
I've been reading your site for a while and I've found a lot of useful info.  I'll be more active here as I need general info on st bikes.  Glad to be here.

Sylvain


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: badcat on September 10, 2008, 09:15:48 pm
Hey all,

I just want to say hi! I've been riding on and off since 1972 (yeah, I'm old... :lol:) My current bike is a BMW F800 ST. Previous bikes include a Suzuki GS650, a BMW K75 and Triumph Sprint ST. I commute to work on my bike as well as going on the the occasional tour.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: surfsup on September 10, 2008, 10:07:23 pm

Hey all,

I just want to say hi! I've been riding on and off since 1972 (yeah, I'm old... :lol:) My current bike is a BMW F800 ST. Previous bikes include a Suzuki GS650, a BMW K75 and Triumph Sprint ST. I commute to work on my bike as well as going on the the occasional tour.
welcome to you (and the above new comers) - nice list of previous bike you have. when you get time go over to the BMW section and provide a review on the F800ST - seems like a nice package from the bavarian folks.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: tangledclown on September 11, 2008, 06:07:33 pm
hello all,im new and looking for some advice on which sport tourer to buy...a concours 14 or the st1300 or the yamaha fjr.im selling my hayabusa to get something from those three...help me out with advice


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Pee Wee on September 13, 2008, 01:27:26 am
Pee Wee here..... :headscratch:

I work for SG Power in Victoria BC Canada.....  www.sgpower.com

I've been riding since 1978....started on a 50cc....been working my way up.

Was looking at PORN (bike pics on google) and found some ZX14 ones with bags.....saw this site attatched and just signed up......

I find a Canada section.. ..  see some peeps from Vancouver Island and whattya know.  Im taking the demo ZX14 to Tofino this weekend and looking to buy either a used one or the Hayabusa with the Corbin Beetle bags.

and Van Island people wanna meet more locals..... go to www.islandriders.ca

Cool site...look forward to lurking around here.

Glenn


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Klondike on September 13, 2008, 10:49:34 pm
So I guess I should sign in here.  I became a member a while back and promptly forgot.  I have been lurking for the last month or so, my wife found my password and wha-la Here I am. :)


Title: Big HOWDY! from the Lone Star State
Post by: Widdershins on September 14, 2008, 05:47:18 am
Hi guys.

Long time lurker, finally decided to join. Great site you got here.

My current ride is a Versys 650. I live in Texas around the Dallas area but hope to move to the hill country soon. Lots of great roads down there to sport tour on.

Bikeography

08 Versys
97 Bandit 600
98 Ducati 900SS CR
97 Suzuki TL1000S
95 CBR600F3
93 Ninja ZX6E
87 VF500F Interceptor

Thats it for me. Thanks again.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ctbandit on September 15, 2008, 10:03:52 am

Hey all,

I just want to say hi! I've been riding on and off since 1972 (yeah, I'm old... :lol:) My current bike is a BMW F800 ST. Previous bikes include a Suzuki GS650, a BMW K75 and Triumph Sprint ST. I commute to work on my bike as well as going on the the occasional tour.


Hey another CT rider! I think "old" is the norm here. Enjoy the board


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jfurf on September 16, 2008, 12:13:33 pm
I'm 30 years old and currently live in Atlanta. I ALWAYS wanted a motorcycle, then finally got a chance recently when my pops got a new bike and gave me his "old" BMW. (2001 R1200c). I've been spending a lot of time lurking on here and finally joined because my plan is to eventually get a sport-touring type bike. I also plan to ride to work a few times a week, ride in the mountains north of town and really want to take some longer trips on two wheels.

Here's a thread I started in the beginners forum:

https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,30933.0.html


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GerryPetrecca on September 16, 2008, 12:19:03 pm

Hey all,

I just want to say hi! I've been riding on and off since 1972 (yeah, I'm old... :lol:) My current bike is a BMW F800 ST. Previous bikes include a Suzuki GS650, a BMW K75 and Triumph Sprint ST. I commute to work on my bike as well as going on the the occasional tour.


Greetings!!

Always glad to see another rider from Connecticut.

Ever get down to the New Haven area??

Regards,

Gerry


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: detailer57 on September 16, 2008, 05:18:32 pm
Hey
Mark from AZ. Right now I am on bike #13. An 07 HD superglide. yeah, don't bash me yet. I have ridden it 45k since Feb 07. I will be in the market in Dec-Jan for a new bike. I like my HD, but I want to do some really long rides. So, I am looking at the Kaw Concours or ST1300. need to research. So here I am.



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Post by: Dave the slave on September 17, 2008, 05:50:03 pm
Hello everyone!

I’m here to (re)-introduce myself.  If you frequented STN between 4-6 YEARS ago you may remember me, in fact I think I was one of the first 1000 members of the first version of STN.  I was pretty active on good ole STN and I still recognize a lot of names here.  I also have some really good memories of my time spent here.

After a couple of years of other distractions I’m back, maybe not to the same degree…. But I’m here again!

My current ride is a 2006 ZX10R but in the last 8 or so years I’ve had the pleasure of owning (in NO particular order):  CBR929RR, CBR954RR, RC51, Hawk GT, CBR1100XX, Z1000, ZZR1200, SV650, GSXR1000K5, ZX1100D, VFR800FI and 2 R1's.... I ride a lot, but I'm not as hardcore as the hardest of the STNer's.  I think I average about 10K a year out on the road and a track day or so.  I hope that I can contribute meaningfully to the experience here at STN!!

Hello to Krismark, Toddrod, Dantedame (the x is silent right?), and Vivid!!!  You are some of the people I remember most!




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Post by: Flashman on September 18, 2008, 10:53:47 am
Hey ST.N

I am a newb here, but have been riding for decades (I2ROLD).  I live in Northern Manitoba, Canada which makes for a very short riding season.  Hoping to retire to Vancouver Island in a few years.

My current ride is my Triumph Sprint ST (in black, 'cause everyone knows the black is faster) bought new in 1999.  I love my Triumph  :inlove:

Hope to see you all on the road.  KTSSU


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Post by: sassage on September 18, 2008, 11:13:11 am
hello,

new to S-T.N but not to riding.

I have a somewhat sport-tourer in a yellow 2000 Honda VTR1000 Superhawk.  I picked that up back in May and have been loving it ever since.

I also own a 2002 Honda VTX1800C cruiser...cruisers are what I learned and have been riding since I was 16 but I really wanted something to compliment the big cruiser and so far the V-Twin Superhawk is doing that very well.

I live in the Kansas City area now but grew up in South Dakota.  It's great actually having things to do, but I miss the Black Hills roads.


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Post by: apriliadreamer on September 20, 2008, 01:41:08 am
Hey All, just joined up after lurking for only about a month. I recently did two long rides (for me that is) and found some cool things on here. I will be doing more so I thought I would join the craziness of this board. I live in Michigan and I ride an Aprilia RSV Factory which I know is not a touring bike, but it is what I ride! Have fun and see you all soon.


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Post by: ol Rocket on September 20, 2008, 10:33:00 am

Hello everyone!

I’m here to (re)-introduce myself.  If you frequented STN between 4-6 YEARS ago you may remember me, in fact I think I was one of the first 1000 members of the first version of STN.  I was pretty active on good ole STN and I still recognize a lot of names here.  I also have some really good memories of my time spent here.

After a couple of years of other distractions I’m back, maybe not to the same degree…. But I’m here again!

My current ride is a 2006 ZX10R but in the last 8 or so years I’ve had the pleasure of owning (in NO particular order):  CBR929RR, CBR954RR, RC51, Hawk GT, CBR1100XX, Z1000, ZZR1200, SV650, GSXR1000K5, ZX1100D, VFR800FI and 2 R1's.... I ride a lot, but I'm not as hardcore as the hardest of the STNer's.  I think I average about 10K a year out on the road and a track day or so.  I hope that I can contribute meaningfully to the experience here at STN!!

Hello to Krismark, Toddrod, Dantedame (the x is silent right?), and Vivid!!!  You are some of the people I remember most!



Hi, Dave.  I almost posted you in the What Ever Happened to... thread.  I remember reading your posts on v.1 and always wondering what bike you'd get next.  Glad you're back.


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Post by: ol Rocket on September 20, 2008, 10:49:08 am
Hello and happy motoring to you all.  It's interesting to see who joins, confesses to being a lurker and then rarely posts.  Get in there and say your peace.  Do you think Spinalator and I like making all the snarky comments?  Give us a break.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Dave the slave on September 20, 2008, 01:56:31 pm



Hi, Dave.  I almost posted you in the What Ever Happened to... thread.  I remember reading your posts on v.1 and always wondering what bike you'd get next.  Glad you're back.


Thanks ol Rocket!  I was actually a little disappointed that no one even noticed I was gone!! LOL :lol:  so I feel better that you ALMOST posted me there :thumbsup:

You are one of the many names I recognized... I could list quite a few... but I wasn't really sure they would remember me.  I listed the few folks I had the most emails and chats with....


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Post by: DredheadV2.0 on September 20, 2008, 10:16:54 pm
Hey, welcome back, Dave!   :bigok:


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Post by: jdbandit on September 21, 2008, 02:24:54 pm
Hello all, I've been lurking for a while and am finally ready to step up.
I've been riding off and on for about 30 years know but in the last 6 years my wife and I have taken our riding to the next level(not just riding to work or the store). my wife rides an 07 honda shadow aero and just 4 weeks ago I traded the 07 Suzuki C90 for a 08 bandit with ABS ( I know , pictures will follow soon ) Suzuki hards bags are on the way. my wife and I Just took a 4 day trip to the San Juan islands and now she is asking where we are going next. Thanks for all the great info and I will lurk no more.


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Post by: ol Rocket on September 21, 2008, 11:03:37 pm
Glad you've stepped out, jd.  Welcome to the world of posting. Enjoy.

 I have a Honda 110, wish I could trade that for a Bandit.


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Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on September 22, 2008, 12:36:12 pm


Hello to Krismark, Toddrod, Dantedame (the x is silent right?), and Vivid!!!  You are some of the people I remember most!



I'm still here and the X is so silent it became invisible!!!  Welcome back!!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on September 22, 2008, 01:49:13 pm
..Howdy again.


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Post by: GEMINIJANE on September 24, 2008, 12:40:47 am
Hi, all.  My husband bookmarked this page for me when I asked him why he was spending HOURS every day on the computer.  I've been lurking for a week or so now and thought I should register.  I can't remember a time when I haven't loved motorcycles.  My first wheels in high school numbered two (figured I could borrow Mom's car on rainy days) and it made parking in college much easier, too!  Had a 20 year hiatus when I married a guy who didn't ride - he became history but my love of bikes stuck.  When I met my current husband (dgilmore) 15 years ago, he'd just gotten a new bike to celebrate his divorce and I promptly bought one so I could ride again.  We've been happily motoring together ever since.  We're both retired - way too much time to shop/trade bikes and although we ride almost every day at least locally, seems like we never have time to get all the travelling we want done.  But we try to do three or four trips a year.  ST.N is a great site and I've already picked up some good info.  


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Post by: spinalator on September 24, 2008, 12:48:34 am
Welcome. Bring doughnuts. Me hungry.


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Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on September 24, 2008, 12:50:38 am

Welcome. Bring doughnuts. Me hungry.


I thought you wanted cheese??

(http://www.thelastminuteblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/easy-cheese.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Dave the slave on September 24, 2008, 10:45:01 am



I'm still here and the X is so silent it became invisible!!!  Welcome back!!  :bigok:


Thanks for the welcome back!!  

Thanks to Dred too!!

I love this place... and Spiney too... and kermit


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Post by: ertman110 on September 24, 2008, 02:02:41 pm
came across the site looking for information about sport touring and hard core commuting. R/T commute is 130 miles.

Current ride 2007 R6

Living in Savannah Ga, so the weather is good for riding nearlt all year round.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Baron Samedi on September 24, 2008, 02:58:40 pm


Living in Savannah Ga, so the weather is good for riding nearlt all year round.


I get to ride all the year round but winter is a little bit miz at times.

Welcome young American person to this wholly British site. Not that we mind rebels posting or joining.

Remember we only "lost" to you in the rebellion because you threatened to cry.



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Post by: redzride on September 24, 2008, 03:20:29 pm
Hi everyone!  Recently stumbled onto this site and it seems like it's right up my alley.  I am a seasoned rider with about 24 years experience and have been a bike freak since I was a kid.  I live in Orange County, CA and love it here.  Lots of great roads in just about any direction.  I've owned 8 bikes in my life and I have great memories of each one.  I currently own a 2004 FZ1 and absolutely love it!  I've been doing alot of solo riding around socal lately 200-300 miles most Sundays and am looking forward to doing some extended 3-4 day rides real soon.  In my many years of riding, I have yet to do anything more than just day rides and while that's great, I long to really get out and explore.  Sequoias, Yosemite, Utah, Redwoods, Norcal, Colorado.......I dream of riding to these places every day.  Perhaps I need to come out of my shell and meet some new people, which is the reason I decided to check out this site and make myself known.  So say hi and if you're in the socal area and are looking for someone to ride with, let me know.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Against The Wind on September 24, 2008, 05:11:37 pm
Welcome to the nut house. Just ignore the Brits. Everyone else does....well except for that Falklands thing a few years ago.....
And while you're at it, ignore the Yanks too. There are so few of them on this site that it should be easy to do.
But seriously, welcome. This is a great site and the members I have met at various gatherings have all been tremendous, fun and quite knowledgeable. Have fun and ride safely!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: spinalator on September 25, 2008, 01:18:58 am
Sweet baby Jesus in a Jumpsuit, Dave the Slave is Back! Cool Beans!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Wild72 on September 26, 2008, 11:03:59 pm
Hi All,

Another that's been lurking for a while and decided to come out into the open.

Been riding for about 25 years, initially in my native Scotland and Europe, and lately in the US. Currently riding an '07 FJR1300AE, (love it), which is a follow on from an old FJ1100, ZXR750, CBX and others. Got back into riding after a five year forced absence due to emigrating.(Had to buy a house, furniture, car etc. leaving no money for toys!).

Moved up to York, PA a couple of years ago, and have met quite a few riding buddies in the area. I ride almost year round, and manage to commute to work occasionally.

Look forward to contributing where I can and hopefully meeting some of you on the road.



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Post by: Matt on September 27, 2008, 08:19:47 am
Bn lurking for a while now, interesting site so thought id register. Bn riding 4years now, mostly on my srx4 with a xt6e engine in- a work in progress but what a bike :)


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Post by: Moochie65 on September 28, 2008, 08:46:08 am
Gidday, eh!

I am a 42 year old male who live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I purchased my first street bike (a 2002 Kawasaki EX 500) last fall and have rode all summer. My previous riding experience was dirt only (KX 125) between the ages of 14 and 18. I certainly don't have the testicular fortitude I used to have.

Mike


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Post by: jamboa on September 28, 2008, 04:18:47 pm
Jamboa back again. I have been in and out of sport touring bikes with the ST1100, Trophy 1200, ST1300. If I do not give in to my late life crisis & buy the new VMAX I will be trying to decide between  the FJR 1300A and the Concours 14. I am leaning toward the new Connie. I was looking at the BMW's but the price  is just not worth it to me.


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Post by: 2btouring on September 28, 2008, 05:02:31 pm
Well - I sold my 2000/ Yamaha Roadstar Silverado this am!! and looking to move into the world of sport - touring. After some reading, I'm interseted in the FJR / ST/ & the 1200RT. A freind has an 1100RT and so it's a plus . BUT I did read about tranny spindles & ABS issues on the Beemers? hmmm... need someone to chime in here with difinative knowledge! I've read about Honda 1300 being a Reliable Vanilla and the love for the FJR. Not alot about the Concours

... I should say I want to spend enough to get more current tech without going over board, which pegs me in the 2000 - 2004 model range - I think? I want comfort and all around handling without the reapair bills or higher insurance?

I'll miss my beast but look forward to a new level of riding. I might ad my buddy out west (BC) rides a newr 1800 Wing and said a long time ago - if you want to cruise with 100 HP - get a wing!

I have objection to buying USA - state side. Only if the odometer is both Miles / kilometers and has daytime running lights already.

All feedback is more than welome.

cheers!

 


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Post by: Zeke on September 28, 2008, 08:42:06 pm
Hello to all!  I found this site through the Concours Owners Group so have been visiting for 3 or 4 days and registered on Sat.  Nice place you have here :cool: and hope to learn and listen.
I am 57 yrs. old with 2-2002 C-10 Concours in the garage.  Great all around bike but not so comfy for 2 up in my wifes opinion but she prefers to ride her horses anyway so we get along fine going our merry ways. Ride safe!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mike P on September 28, 2008, 09:40:19 pm
 :twofinger:

Just signed up, been lurking for a while. Name is Mike and I currently ride an FJR1300AE.

Looking forward to being here.


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Post by: Gypsyangel on September 28, 2008, 10:13:12 pm
Hello all. Found the website listed in a magazine and thought I'd check it out. Just started touring on a big ol FZ1,but been riding bikes for about 6yrs now.Already covered most of the midwest with plans for many molre trips in the future.


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Post by: PostToastee on September 29, 2008, 10:04:32 pm
Hi All,

Signed up the other day to share some experiance.  Been riding for 30 years and now that the kids are taking less time (read: getting closer to launching age) I have more time for bikes again and lots of cool places to ride in my area.  Now I'm working on plans to morph my FZR into a sport tourer as I enjoy the lighter weight and power band up to 10k vs the FJR's lower powerband range.  Maybe I'll end up converting to an FJR over the winter, who knows, but it should be fun either way.  Also, the FZR is paid for and I'm not looking for another payment, too many other toys to play with.


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Post by: Titanium on September 30, 2008, 12:05:19 pm
can across this site on another site.

My name is Matt Knudsen and I ride a 98 VFR800. I bought it from my brother since he was looking to get ride of it and I feel in love with it after the first time I took it out. I've only had the bike for about 2 months and I have logged about 3k miles. My first bike was an 89 FJ1200 which was a lot of fun but I had to sell it when I got deployed. I only had that bike for about 2 years but I logged many miles on that before I sold it. I'm still very much a rookie and I haven't gone on any trips as of yet. I have mapped a couple of routes that I'm looking to do sometime in the near future. My main objective is to be able to make a coast to coast trip one day. My father was the person that got me into riding. He logged around 500k on two wheels and made the east coast to west coast a couple of times. Hoping to meet up with some others and learn from some other riders that have been doing this a lot longer than me. Thanks!


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Post by: fotomoto on October 01, 2008, 12:29:51 pm
And another Viffer rider joining the site.  :bigok:

Hello everyone.  My name is Doug Smith and I've been an alco...hol...    DOH, wrong room.  ;)  

2009 will make it about 30 years of street riding plus another six before that on off-road bikes before I was of age.  I've forgotten how many bikes I've owned (confessed bike ho') but it's around 25 or so; most have been Honda's but I've also had one or two Yamaha/Suzuki/Kawi's along the way.  Never had any Euro's since there aren't any dealers around here.  I mainly buy used bikes in need of help or modification.  

Current rides are a highly modified 96 VFR I call the RCBVFR due all the different parts on it and a recently purchased 05 RC51 that I am trying to tame into a more sport-touring oriented beast.  :lol:  I've owned 7 vf/vfr's over the years and a 86 connie back in the late 80's but I've mainly used the VFR's for S/T duty.

I like to tour but it's getting harder and harder to find the time with a growing family.  My next ride is out to Big Bend National Park in late October.  It should be about a 1600 mile extended weekend and the first test of the RC.  Wish me luck! :crazy:



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Post by: LouStrom07 on October 01, 2008, 09:37:48 pm
Welcome and good luck  :thumbsup:


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Post by: BigLou71 on October 02, 2008, 09:59:46 am
Howdy all.  my name is Lou, im 36 and from the People's Repbulik of Blagovich (Illinois  ;))

My current ride is a well used 82 GS1100GK, not exactly your typical sport touring bike, but the price was right and it runs good.   I have had 2 first gen Connies, both totaled, one my fault, one the fault of a 19yr old uninsured motorist.  My 2 most recent bikes were a 01 Wing, and a 88 1100 Katana.  

I have done a SS1K, but lost a reciept in route, so..... I will have to try again next spring after I put some mods into the GK.

Keep Safe

Lou


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Terp84Alum on October 03, 2008, 08:44:09 am
Greetings everyone.  I stumbled on to this forum while researching Sport Tours.  I'm in the market for one so I'll probably be posting pestering you guys for some advice.  Thanks


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GTO1 on October 03, 2008, 08:49:22 am
Hello to everybody. I found this site while browsing through the Concours 14. It is just what I've been looking for. Great information and from what I've seen great & interesting people.
I'm looking at getting back into motorcycling after a hiatus of about 14 years (young family for me = less ride time). I'm in Eastern Canada eh and my other interests are mountain biking (trying to stay in shape to be able to motorcycle!) and watching auto/motorcycle racing (well OK all sports).
I have been looking at the Concours 14 (my wife's preference) and ZX14 (more my cup of tea). My only reservation  about getting back into the sport is that I presently suffer from shoulder dislocations quite frequently (already had one operation but it only worked for a year).
Is there anyone out there that is currently riding with this problem? I remember watching a show on TV where the host dislocated his shoulder drag racing a ZX14...
See you later!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Tycho on October 03, 2008, 12:09:41 pm
Teh intrerweb confuses me, howd I end up here?!?

I sold my SP2 some time ago because I could not afford to put tires on it and put diapers on my new son at the same time. I have yet to get over it. I grew into motorcycling through UJMs of the late '70s (although it was the mid '90s). I would buy piles of junk parts for pennies and call it a motorcycle.

My longest stretch of consecutive days riding (not continuous) is 270. I've watched my snot freeze to the inside of my face shield on the winter roads of Chicago and described the wind in my face as "like a hair dryer" on the roads of Miami.

As far as "Sport Touring" ... I think Mr. Tuttle coined it best in a column he wrote this year on the subject. Owning 'Sport Touring' as a condition of ones heart and not as a marketing term of a factory, is what makes me (and I believe many of us) a sport tourer.

Viva Cuba Libre'


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Post by: FZ ROWE on October 05, 2008, 12:25:09 pm
Hey everybody. found this site through another site I belong to. I'm in Spokane WA. and for those that don't know, that's in the east side of the state.I ride a 2006 Yamaha FZ6. I like to ride as much as possible until the snow flies.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: firefly on October 09, 2008, 06:15:48 pm
Thank you for the worm welcome to the board. As you all could probably tell I (still) ride a cruiser,
I am very interested in joining the cool guys on either a sport-touring or touring bike, (I have been listening to the force). Problem is…and I would try to take this to the correct forum page once I figure out which one it is… I am not sure what I am looking for. So your opinion as to what you all consider the ultimate touring or sport touring bike is, would be appreciated. For a bit of background: I have only been motorcycling for less then two years, 21 months to be exact, in that time I have put 35,000 Miles on my VTX and changed oil 12 times, changed that rear tire twice front tire once and brake pads are new as well.  As is evident, I need a more comfortable ride, one that would be easy on the back side and the pocket book, one that will have plenty of power and be limber in tight and slow turns, one that would allow me to brag about miserly gas consumption and still take me to those nice sexy curves of mountain roads on the weekends (after commuting 90 miles a day to work).
Thanks again for the welcome and your opinion.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on October 09, 2008, 08:06:10 pm

I am very interested in joining the cool guys on either a sport-touring or touring bike, (I have been listening to the force). Problem is…and I would try to take this to the correct forum page once I figure out which one it is…



That would be in the Beginners Garage (https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/board,4.0.html) - you might want to copy your information over there. Welcome to STN!!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mack8477 on October 10, 2008, 08:59:09 pm
Hi, I stumbled on this forum while surfing and looking at all the great Sport Touring bikes out there. Hope to spring for one some day, my preferences are the ST1300, more than one BMW, and the FJR1300. In the mean time my CB750 takes me most places I want to go, just not quite as comfortable.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: roadthing on October 11, 2008, 07:52:47 pm
Hello! Is this thing on?

I have lurked on this site for about a week, and like the vibe. Seriously. I really like that this isn't a brand-specific site, so there's no he-man chest thumping to prove how great one particular bike is. That's very refreshing.

I have been riding just under 28 years, for better or worse. I more or less rediscovered why I love to ride when I bought my '08 Hayabusa. After spending a couple of months with that, I traded in my 2005 H-D Electra-Glide Ultra-Classic (that I really set up nicely) for a new generation Concours.

So having said that, I'm looking forward to interacting with the other inhabitants of this board.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MK96xj on October 12, 2008, 08:05:15 pm

Hello to everybody. I found this site while browsing through the Concours 14. It is just what I've been looking for. Great information and from what I've seen great & interesting people.
I'm looking at getting back into motorcycling after a hiatus of about 14 years (young family for me = less ride time). I'm in Eastern Canada eh and my other interests are mountain biking (trying to stay in shape to be able to motorcycle!) and watching auto/motorcycle racing (well OK all sports).
I have been looking at the Concours 14 (my wife's preference) and ZX14 (more my cup of tea). My only reservation  about getting back into the sport is that I presently suffer from shoulder dislocations quite frequently (already had one operation but it only worked for a year).
Is there anyone out there that is currently riding with this problem? I remember watching a show on TV where the host dislocated his shoulder drag racing a ZX14...
See you later!


Here there GTO1. I completely blow out my acl in my shoulder in a high side last Nov(3rd degree seperation. post is somewhere with an xray). I was back on the bike al biet still not completely fixed, as it was the only comfortable possition available.

Welcome.



Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mr.Black on October 13, 2008, 04:48:56 pm
John here. Bought a VERY used CBR 1000f early summer to see if I wanted to start riding again now that my youngest is 12. That lasted a month before I bought an 08 Suzuki Bandit 1250! HazaHHHH! I guess I missed it more than I thought! My 14 year old as well as my 12 year old can see that dads biker days aren't just wind and they are psyched to ride with the old fart. I'm very pleased to find that the web is full of great places like this. I'm also pleased that instead of listening to all my peers suggestions and getting a new H.D. I thought for myself and got the Bandit. It is a sweet ride. Nice and fast, comfortable and QUIET.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Prog Rocker on October 13, 2008, 10:24:11 pm
Hi,

I just wanted to introduce myself.

I am new to motorcycling.  So new, in fact, that I am still looking for my first bike.   :eek:

After much research, I have decided that the type of motorcycle that best suited my style and what I wanted to accomplish was a sport-touring motorcycle.  Capable of long-distance riding, but still nimble with lots of power.

I am not really a sportbike guy (too much power, and not very ergonomically-friendly for long-distance riding), but not exactly a Harley Ultra-Classic or Honda Goldwing kind of guy, either (great for long-distance riding, but not terribly nimble).  Sport-Touring bikes seem to have the best balance between the two types...the best of both worlds, perhaps?   :D

That being said, I have decided that my first bike will likely be a Suzuki V-Strom DL-650 (or something of that ilk, at least).  It is technically a dual-sport bike, but it makes a capable touring bike as well.  It is not quite as powerful as a true sport-touring bike, so it will allow me to "get my feet wet" in learning to ride and all that, but also allow me to really get out there and ride the way I want to.  I also won't have to invest a lot of aftermarket stuff into it to make it truly functional for my needs.  Not to mention that I can pick up one relatively inexpensively, new or (espeically) used!   :thumbsup:

Now...to just come up with the necessary funds...!   :crazy:

Oh, I do plan on taking the MSF Beginners course before I start riding, by the way...!   :D


In the meantime, I hope to pick everyone's collective brains in my search for my "true" sport-touring bike that I wish to graduate to once I feel ready to do so.  

Here are my criteria for a sport-touring bike:

ERGONOMICS:  I am 6'4" and over 250lbs. (trying to lose a few, of course)  I want a bike that can give me a comfortable ride, especially during long-distance/duration rides.

RELIABILITY:  Getting stuck in BFE is not fun.  A robust platform is essential for long distance riding.

PERFORMANCE:  Enough power to get out of trouble if needed...same with agility to avoid hazards/obstacles at speed...

CAPACITY:  I would like to be able to carry myself and a fair amount of gear for long rides, and also be able to carry myself, a passenger, and slighly less gear for long rides.

RANGE:  A large enough gas tank to enable maximum range...or at least have a design to allow a practical auxiliary fuel tank (I have been reading about those as well) to increase range.



Here are some of the sport-touring models that I am aware of that I have interest in learning more about and to narrow down:



BMW K1200GT
Yamaha FJR1300
Honda ST1300
Kawasaki Concours 14
Moto Guzzi Norge
Ducati ST-4
Triumph Sprint ST 1050
Aprilia RST 1000 Futura



Am I missing any?   :headscratch:




Anyways, looking forward to some great discussion and lots of information!   :D


Cheers




Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Baron Samedi on October 14, 2008, 10:19:48 am
Hmmm...with two identical posts, a name like Prog Rocker...you wouldn't have another persona on this board, now, would you?  :p


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ktmkarl on October 15, 2008, 01:14:40 pm
Howdy, just joined up, been trolling a bit and like most of what I have seen. Just started back on the street in July after several years off-road racing. Really just started cuz I've had a hard-on for a ZRX for several years now and got sick of putting gas in my truck. Honestly didn't think I would like it all that much with the current state of our local drivers. Didn't think I would like the rain (love-it!) or cold (love it looking forward to the "real" cold) or the constant threat of attack from other drivers and our local wildlife (actually kinda gets me going). We have a bunch of great roads right here so that obviously helps on the sport side but I really enjoy just plain commuting and being out there in the open. I rode street ten years ago for reasons of economics during college, and my memories had been clouded over time by the excitement of racing off-road. While racing is still a very real thrill to me this street thing has its own joy and has actually caused me to skip a day or two of off-roading along the way!

Neat place here see you all around.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on October 16, 2008, 03:18:09 pm

Howdy all.  my name is Lou, im 36 and from the People's Repbulik of Blagovich (Illinois  ;))


HAH!

Welcome!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DredheadV2.0 on October 16, 2008, 03:21:29 pm

Greetings everyone.  I stumbled on to this forum while researching Sport Tours.  I'm in the market for one so I'll probably be posting pestering you guys for some advice.  Thanks


Pester away!   :bigok:


Teh intrerweb confuses me, howd I end up here?!?

I sold my SP2 some time ago because I could not afford to put tires on it and put diapers on my new son at the same time. I have yet to get over it. I grew into motorcycling through UJMs of the late '70s (although it was the mid '90s). I would buy piles of junk parts for pennies and call it a motorcycle.

My longest stretch of consecutive days riding (not continuous) is 270. I've watched my snot freeze to the inside of my face shield on the winter roads of Chicago and described the wind in my face as "like a hair dryer" on the roads of Miami.



You sound like me, especially the Pile 'o Junk history (and the frozen snot in Chicago).  Welcome.

And it's "intardwebs."  HTH.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: greidel on October 18, 2008, 07:49:09 am
Hi, my name is Gerry, and I've been lurking for a couple months. I started riding last year at 39.

I'd been close to getting a motorcycle for a few years. I was interested from watching Orange County Choppers, and assumed that I wanted a cruiser style. I liked that vintage Harley look, but couldn't afford a Harley. I had a Star picked out, but never pulled the trigger.

Then my car's transmission died and it went into the shop for a week. I'd been thinking about getting something more "green" and started some internet research on 50cc scooters. 6 hours later I was the owner of a Yamaha C3.

I like scooters and my town (Lancaster, PA) is very friendly to them. I started http://www.scootlancaster.com to promote their use and hopefully gin up a scene. But wanted something more that I could get on a highway with and travel.

I took the MSF class, got my lisence, and bought a cheap motorcycle to see if I'd like it. I bought a cruiser-style Boulevard S40. I liked it, but it was too small. And with my legs forward, my butt got numb after 50 miles. So I started looking for something different. I evaluated what I like about the S40 (light, drag bar) and started looking for something that would give me that feeling I had when I was a kid on a Schwinn Le Tour II: freedom and maneurability.

I read a lot magazines and traded the S40 for a Kawasaki Versys in February. I love it. I just clicked the odometer above the sticker price. I've ridden to Washington DC and Annapolis MD as day trips and one week long trip, the longest leg of which was from Cleveland, OH to Gettysburg, PA.

I have no plans to trade this bike yet, but when I do, I'll probably go sportier again. My biggest complaint about the Versys is the height. Sometimes I put a leg down and miss the ground. I see a Concours or a BMW ST in my future.

I look forward to adancing my evolution with information from this site.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jkosier on October 20, 2008, 01:23:48 pm
My name is Jeff Kosier. I live in Iowa City, Iowa. I own an 05 FJR 1300, amongst others. I ride as much as I can short of getting a divorce, which isn't enough but what can a guy do? I know nothing of using the bells and whistles of this sort of thing but guess I will learn...Hello to everyone. Fall is in full swing here, some trees are dropping, some still green and others in-between.

jkosier


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: SilverHound on October 20, 2008, 08:50:11 pm
Been prowling around for while and just decided to join. Ok I admit it, I was pretty much a cruiser guy for the last er....20 or so years of riding. Last year I bought an '01 Blackbird just to see how I liked the sport bike feel and now I'm hooked. So now I have my Blackbird and Valkyrie Interstate up for sale and am planning on buying an FJR once at least one of them are sold. I'll probably keep the VTX for a while longer as I have it pretty pimped out and do like the occasional "cruiser run" but I am really looking forward to some longer rides on a real sport tourer.

Looking forward to learning some things and hopefully meeting a few fellow riders from the board.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: OVD on October 21, 2008, 11:19:12 pm
Hello everyone. My name's Oleg. I'm 35, situated in Cincinnati, OH. Started riding in August of 2008 right after taking an MSF class (Riders Edge flavor of it). Purchased 2006 Suzuki GS500F in mid August and I can't get enough of it. Just put my first 1000 miles on it. Excellent, excellent beginners bike. However, I feel like another 1-2k miles and I'll want to upgrade to a "true" sport tourer as sport touring is what I really want to do. A trip to California from Ohio is my ultimate goal. This forum has been a tremendous resource and I'm very glad I came across it and I read it every day.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ol Rocket on October 26, 2008, 10:36:52 am
Welcome, Oleg, and the others prior to you and subsequent to the most elegant Rev. Dred's welcome, etc, etc.

Oleg, don't forget to ask what kind of oil a bigger sportsbike will take.  This is a rite of passage.  You must do it.  Just like the national election (for Amerikans), we have secular progressionists, traditionalists, illusionists and hedonistic maso pseudo something-or-other-ists here offering information and motorcycle blather.  While I can offer you some insight into who to trust and all because of my ancient wisdom, you will just have to go slowly and gently and figure a lot of it out by yourself.

Jump in and have fun, all ye who enter here.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: mtrider16 on October 26, 2008, 03:57:31 pm
Hello everyone.

Lets see, we have OVD, Silverhound, jkosier, greidel, and ktmkarl.  Great to have you aboard.  Ol Rocket is a nice guy and can help you out if you have questions.  Oil questions are his favorite.  However, you might try to use the google search engine first.  Just type in "oil site:www.sport-touring.net" (without the quotes) in the google search box and you'd be surprised how many oil posts ol rocket has replied to.

Welcome aboard everyone, if you happen to drop by region 3, I'll probably be around sooner or later.

David


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: KenC on October 28, 2008, 02:40:06 pm
Hello all.

My name is Ken Condon. I live in western Mass.

Some of you may know me from Motorcycle Consumer News where I write the Proficient Motorcycling and Street Strategies columns (going on 8 years). I took over the columns from Dave Hough in 2001.

I've been an MSF instructor (Coach) since 1995 and a track day instructor with Tonys Track Days since 2000. I roadraced off and on since 1986 with my last season being 2005 with the Loudon Roadracing Series.

I'm always looking for interesting insights into motorcycling and thought the ST group would be a great choice.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ASCSurveyor on October 28, 2008, 06:21:10 pm
Howdy all!

Just thought I'd take a couple lines to introduce myself to the asylum here.

My name's Mike, I live in Yorktown, Virginia, and own a 2005 SV650, as well as a 1977 Honda CB750.  Had a friend tell me about this site, and figured I'd check it out.  Every resource helps, no?

While the bike isn't the perfect ST bike, she's gotten me around for quite a bit.  NY and back twice, Indianapolis, several OBX trips, daily commutes, as well as weekend trips.  Best friend, fun toy, stress reliever, therapist.  I guess this all goes without saying, no?

Anyway, just saying hi!

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a379/ascsurveyor/BikePics/BadMoFo.jpg)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Paco23 on October 28, 2008, 08:55:04 pm
Welcome Mike,   :bigok:

Sweet bike, nice gear too!  

I've got an 03 Bandit.  Not a true ST ride, but throw on a tank bag and a tail pack and I'm good to go.  

Stress reliever and friend...  I agree.

Ride safe, ride smart!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ASCSurveyor on October 29, 2008, 10:11:59 am

Welcome Mike,   :bigok:

Sweet bike, nice gear too!  

I've got an 03 Bandit.  Not a true ST ride, but throw on a tank bag and a tail pack and I'm good to go.  

Stress reliever and friend...  I agree.

Ride safe, ride smart!


Cortech bags, FTW!  :thumbsup:

I went through KY a few weeks ago, on my way to and back from Indy!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Virginian on October 29, 2008, 10:23:16 am
Wow, a lot of new members! Welcome!  :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: crispiegee1 on November 06, 2008, 12:40:51 am
Welcome new members!

And don't worry about whether your bike is "a true sport tourer."  Around here, a true sport tourer is whatever gets you there.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jgross_zzr on November 06, 2008, 11:42:30 am
Hello all,

Another newbie here. My name is Joe and I live in western Pa. I have been riding since my first Briggs and Sratton powered machine. Lately though, it's been on an '05 ZZR1200 (street) and an '08 ZX600R (track). I have been lurking here for a while and really like this site. Looking forward to meeting up with everyone on some rides.

Joe


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: RideIt_CBR on November 06, 2008, 11:20:47 pm
Hey to all  :D

      Glad to finally be a member!  My name's Kieth, started out on my 01' Shadow, and just recently moved up to an 05' 600F4i.  What a change!  I've been looking for a place to share my ups and downs from the road and I'm glad my old man sent me here!  Thanks Dad  :)

Ride safe :bigok:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Bearly Flying on November 06, 2008, 11:23:28 pm
Well at least you got the "Old" Part right....... :lol:

Welcome aboard Kieth.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Somebuddy on November 06, 2008, 11:26:32 pm
Thanks Son...........Welcome to the forum!  Oh and disregard 99% of what Bearly Flying may have to say!!  :twofinger:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Arioch on November 08, 2008, 03:46:47 pm
My beginning here.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Ice on November 08, 2008, 03:57:29 pm

My beginning here.


Welcome to the journey that never ends...!   :eek:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Arioch on November 08, 2008, 04:01:31 pm
Thank you. This is my second post, mortal.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Ice on November 08, 2008, 05:43:46 pm

Thank you. This is my second post, mortal.


Who's mortal?  I'm too much of an asshole to ever die.   :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Xiombarg on November 08, 2008, 09:23:48 pm

My beginning here.


And also your end.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Arioch on November 09, 2008, 06:07:15 am



And also your end.


Hi, Sis.  :twofinger:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Xiombarg on November 09, 2008, 11:05:22 pm
Don't forget it.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Guy on November 10, 2008, 11:32:59 am
Queen and Duke of Chaos? You'll fit right in here. BTW are these Corum's Chaos Lords, or Elric's?


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Arioch on November 10, 2008, 04:37:32 pm

Don't forget it.


I'm on this plane now.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Ice on November 10, 2008, 04:40:30 pm



I'm on this plane now.


Hope it doesn't get delayed.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Xiombarg on November 10, 2008, 09:31:43 pm
He'll be gone as soon as I can make arrangements.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MikeVG on November 11, 2008, 02:31:25 am
Hello all from Riverside Ca. New guy here, ive lurked for a little bit and decided to join and glad i did.

I love to ride and just got back form Az. where a friend from SoWest Rides gave me and my friend a tour of great riding spots and great eats.

Thanks, Love the site


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: boogeyman on November 13, 2008, 02:04:30 pm
Hello all,

My name's Randy, live south of Kansas City a bit.

I've been lurking for a while, figured since I read everyday at lunch I might as well join.  I have an old 82 Yamaha XJ1100 that I like to think of as my sport-tourer, kinda like the great-great-grandpappy of the FJR.  I would like an FJR someday, but the wifey has got a few horse related things coming her way first.  I also have an 01 HD Softail, hope that doesn't get me banned or anything!  I mostly like riding by myself, but I join in on the occasional group ride from time to time.  I do most of my own maintenance, that's the down side of being an Mechanical Engineer, my pride takes a hit if I let someone else work on it.  My wife started riding a little over a year ago, we've done some day trips out in CO and a weekend down to eastern OK.

Randy




Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: bikerboybilly on November 13, 2008, 02:41:59 pm
Hi everyone!

My name is Bill and I am Canadian!

Just joined today.  Looking forward to chatting about places to ride and gear to do it with.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Rigger on November 13, 2008, 05:41:24 pm
Welcome everyone to the playground!!!!  


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Virginian on November 14, 2008, 10:28:13 am
Welcome Bill, Randy and Mike!  :bigok:
Eric


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: vtbandit on November 16, 2008, 12:06:04 pm
Welcome to those that just joined.  I've only been part of ST.N a short while but it is a great crowd.  And a perfect place to share and get ideas about road trips. :)  Nice to have a father and son frequenting it together.  Do you guys live near each other?


Title: noob in Central Virginia just East of mountains
Post by: Proprioceptor on November 16, 2008, 01:14:45 pm
Noob checking in here.  Greetings Sport Tourers.  
Location:  Central Virginia near rt. 33 @ the bottom third of Skyline Drive.  
Stomping grounds:  Skyline Drive, Harrisonburg & points West, Charlottesville & points South.  
Watering Holes:  Skyland Lodge & Big Meadows Lodge, Blue Mtn. Brewery in Afton, Cally's Brewpub in Harrisonburg, Thai Culpeper restaurant.  (:beerchug: x 2 / 245lb. = B.A.C. <0.008)  :nono:
Years riding:  29.  Miles ridden:  450,000.  Years without a crash:  26.   :gerg:
Bike:  1984 Honda Sabre 1100 V-4 with Works Performance shock & dual spring forks, Superbrace. Corbin Saddle, K&N rack&backrest&caseguards, Slipstreamer windshield, Nelson Riggs tankbag, Tourmaster saddlebags.  
Radar detector:  Beltronics STI Driver with zero oscillation emissions (used only where legal of course!   :pope:)
Previous bikes:  '94 Honda Hawk 650;  '89 Suzuki Bandit 400;  ''82 Yamaha Seca 650;  '85 Sabre 1100;  '84 Sabre 700;  '81 Kawasaki 550;  '75 Yamaha RD250B 2-stroke.  Next bike:  something sportier.  
Other associations:  HSTA, Sabmag.org


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Papa Lazarou on November 17, 2008, 08:13:15 am


Dantedame (the x is silent right?),



 :lol:


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: steveindenmark on November 17, 2008, 12:29:52 pm
Hello to all of you. I am so pleased I have found this site. I am organising a tour to Italy for next year and I have already found so much information on here. Orson has become a legend in my own lunchtime.
I am 50 years old and came back to biking after a 17 year break. 2 broken arms, a broken leg and most of my teeth were lost in my last forage into motorbikes, all in one go.
I now ride a Yamaha FZ6, mostly 2 up with my partner Jannie, who loves bikes and has no desire to take her own licence. I am English and live in Denmark. Over the past 2 seasons I have ridden about 30,000km around Europe. Including 2 weeks in sweden and a week in Normandy, France. I ride a quick(ish) bike, but consider myself as a touring motorcyclists. Most of my friends ride cruisers, but I do not hold it against them. As long as it has got 2 wheels you can ride with me.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Ice on November 17, 2008, 12:45:51 pm
Orson has become a legend in my own lunchtime.


 :lol:   :bigok:

Welcome aboard, Steve...just don't mind us Ugly Americans too much!   :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: lanman1203 on November 17, 2008, 02:48:12 pm
Hello I'm a new member on this forum. I've been a member at ST-owners.com for a while and someone told me about this site.. Glad to be here!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jnor on November 17, 2008, 03:29:54 pm
  Welcome !!!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: FJR on November 17, 2008, 03:38:57 pm
Greetings from NY.  Just found this site and interested in learning more.  My name is Chris and I am an alchoholic.  Oops, wrong forum.  I am in Troy, NY, ride an 05 FJR1300 and the wife rides a monster 695 when she's not on the back.  I want to start taking more trips on the bike and that's kinda how I found this site.

I also ride a KTM 625smc and Husaberg FS650c for some roadracing and supermoto when I have the time and funds.  I have a xt225 to play around on as well.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: wasp on November 17, 2008, 11:57:10 pm
 Hello everyone! My name is Toy. I know,i know but thats my real name no kidding. I am the prowd owner of an 03 honda ST 1300.Ive been away from bikes for a few years. Then a good freind smacked me hard and woke me up. So Im back in the saddle, where I belong. Pretty cool looking site. I ride mostly in the N.C. mountains and upstate S.C. Hope to ride with you people soon. Ride hard Live free.
                                         
                                            Toy


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Orson on November 18, 2008, 02:31:14 am

Orson has become a legend in my own lunchtime.

 :lol:

I can relax now. My work here is done  :D


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: PhoenixFZ on November 19, 2008, 05:41:05 pm
Hello,

Another first-poster here, sorta...   I was a member of the old board many moons ago--I'm glad to see it's back!  :)

My name is emilio, and I ride an FZ1 which I use for sport-touring:


(http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/5771/33121465dr1.jpg)

(http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/2989/niceem6.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


My other bike is also used for sport-touring, (-because it has heli-bars!):


(http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/741/13dy1.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: stefrrr on November 19, 2008, 05:45:58 pm
I've always loved that yellow and blue.  :drool:

Welcome everybody!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: 650strom on November 20, 2008, 08:25:26 am
My Name is Andreas, ( like the Fault in California). I ride the 2008 DL650 V-Strom, my wife has the KLE650 Versys. Salt Lake City has many roads for us to take, and we have done just that. Hope to see fellow riders in the city or in the Canyons.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: vtbandit on November 22, 2008, 05:56:24 pm
Warm welcome to new folks.  Maybe once the tundra that is New England thaws we can all take a nice ride together.  :)

FJR, might have to hate you though... that it too many bikes and options for me not to be jealous.


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Sprinty on November 24, 2008, 05:46:06 am
Hello all,

I came across ST Net whilst planning the 2009 trip to Europe, found loads of useful info here..

I am located in Hampshire Southern UK. Not sure how many other Brits you have on here?

I am a born again rider, after having bikes up to 85 and then not until I got a Honda NTV650 in 94 for commuting, after a year of cold wet motorway riding, gave up for ever; or so I thought.

Last year made a unplanned purchase of a Bandit 650, having walked into a bike shop and had a sudden desire to get back on two wheels. Love it as soon I was back out on the road, but only riding for fun now, no commuting.. A few months later I made a massive loss on the bike when I traded it in for a Triumph Sprint St 1050, which I decided would be better for a trip through France and Spain.

I will start a thread at some point on the 09 trip, but currently planning a large circuit of Europe, including visits to a few WW2 sites of interest, a few city centres for nights out and to generally have two weeks away from the normal 9 to 5 crap.

Regards,

Martin / Sprinty...


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Coastal Coyote on November 24, 2008, 04:16:56 pm
Hello everyone.  My name is Pete and I am starting to look for a sport touring bike to be used mostly for commuting, with the occasional trip added to the mix.  I currently ride a Honda Shadow Sabre (1100), and while the cruiser is a lot of fun I find the ergonomics to be less than ideal for my spine and daily riding.  My initial research has me looking at the VFR Interceptor, though admittedly I am here to research in more detail.

Well met everyone!


Title: Re: Welcome new members! Introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TheFlyingDavenport on November 25, 2008, 12:03:12 am
Hello everyone!  

My name is Andrew and I have been riding for four years.  I am trying to save money to go to flight school In Phoenix, but times are tough here.  I currently live in downtown Madison, WI.  I was taught in a small towns back roads by my father on his friggin awesome 97 VFR.

I ride a 01 F4i now, but past bikes include an 89 Cbr600 in mint condition until I was t-boned, an 89 EX500 naked (not streetfighter) custom, two 88 EX500 for a track bike project that never came to be, and a 72 R5 (Like the RD350) cafe racer project.  I really love cycles and although I am only 22, I take riding very seriously.  

I have some nice gear, but much of it is old and outdated because I am extraordinarily poor. &nb