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« on: July 11, 2012, 11:38:45 am »

The attached pic was from a recent Busa rally. STN has never had quite a turnout like that. Let's step it up, kids.  Bigsmile

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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012, 11:45:47 am »

I'd probably not be alone in saying that I wouldn't show up to any one location with that many STNers. Nothing good can come of that.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 11:52:46 am »

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 12:00:10 pm »

I took my first bike trip in 1978.

I've always been more about riding twisties and seeing what's on the other side of the horizon, rather than kickin' tires  Smile

but that's just me. I'm an introvert  Bigsmile
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012, 12:17:27 pm »

Most of us aren't worth meeting anyway.  Bigok

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012, 12:19:14 pm »

Well we are certainly not as organized and anal about the placement of our bikes.

I'd be bored with a rally with 100 of the same motorcycle. One of the reasons I like STN rather than
bike specific forums/clubs.
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2012, 12:53:23 pm »

I think we're doing OK.

IMHO, I think the National Meet has become tougher to attend for many folks in recent years. I blame the economy - lack of funds plus an "I'm afraid to take that much vacation at once for fear of my job" chaser.

Where I think ST.N excels is at the regional level, where a week's worth of travel isn't required. My home region (Region 6), for example, has several events/meets throughout the year, including a spring meet, the "Ride to the Rides," a fall camping trip, and a winter meet. Not to mention ESTN is either IN or close enough to Region 6 that many of us make that trek, as well. Most of these events are a weekend at most.

For our Spring 2012 Meet, we had a total of 59 riders and passengers for a weekend in West Virginia. (We were close to 50 bikes...we just didn't photograph them altogether.) Attendees had the option of a motel room or camping, which I think a lot of folks appreciated. We've already got the 2013 Spring Meet scheduled so everyone has ample time to put it on their calendars! I'm hopeful that with enough notice, we'll be able to grow that Spring Meet well beyond our 2012 numbers.  

Another great example of a regional meet/camaraderie is the Clay-B-Que in Region 4. It's even drawn a few of us Region 6-ers in recent years.  Thumbsup (And our Region 6 Spring Meet drew a few Region 4-ers as well!)

Beyond that, I think the regions have great little networks where perhaps folks aren't doing formal meets, but they're still getting together in pairs and small groups to do what this site is all about: Sport-Touring.

It would absolutely be VERY COOL if we had a meet with 100+ attendees. But I don't think there's anything wrong with ST.N if we fail to do so. As long as we're all out riding and having fun - whether solo, two-up, in a small group, or at a meet - and have ST.N here waiting for us when we get back, it's all good!  Bigok
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2012, 12:54:19 pm »

pfffft!  We had 3/4 of the other forum I belong to show up in June at Spearfish.  Yeah, 7 of the 10 members made the cross country trek.   Lol  No two bikes alike either.  KLR650, FJR, Road King, GL1000, ST1100, XS750 and my Daytona.  The missing members ride a CBR600, Ultra Glide and a Strom.  We're an eclectic bunch.
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2012, 01:02:30 pm »

Some 'Busa showoff squid coming round that sweeper at a high rate, lowside it and take out 40 bikes at a clip with the domino effect.

I could see that.  Lol

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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2012, 01:03:52 pm »

Prolly a great group of folks...but I wouldn't want to be in the same STATE as that many Busas in that type of concentration.  Anyone calculate the amount of horsepower represented in that picture?
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2012, 01:05:51 pm »

The one I went to was quite fun; nice cross section of folks and I watched them spend ~8 hours rebuilding a bike that had spent four hours in a river, and getting it running again. Big, very well-done, well-organized meet. Basically took up every available bit of lodging in Robbinsville. Great time.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2012, 01:06:36 pm »

 Anyone calculate the amount of horsepower represented in that picture?


Don't. The C14 crew will be all pissy and pout if you do that.  
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2012, 01:07:37 pm »




Don't. The C14 crew will be all pissy and pout if you do that.  


 Lol Lol Lol  Thumbsup
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2012, 01:36:47 pm »




That is impressive.
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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2012, 01:40:02 pm »


Some 'Busa showoff squid coming round that sweeper at a high rate, lowside it and take out 40 bikes at a clip with the domino effect.

I could see that.  Lol


The attached pic was from a recent Busa rally. STN has never had quite a turnout like that. Let's step it up, kids.  Bigsmile


If you look closely, all them bikes are set up for solo riding.  Just sayin'.  ST.n at least has women and two ups participate.
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« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2012, 02:09:44 pm »




Don't. The C14 crew will be all pissy and pout if you do that.  


Nope.  We'll be out riding instead of posing for pics.   Twofinger
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« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2012, 02:23:07 pm »

I've never been to an ST.N meet where there were that many people idle during the day. All were off riding.

And Connie, thats obviously a parking lot for a scenic overlook and not a sweeping turn.  Lol
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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2012, 02:27:28 pm »


I've never been to an ST.N meet where there were that many people idle during the day. All were off riding.

And Connie, thats obviously a parking lot for a scenic overlook and not a sweeping turn.  Lol


True, with the one I went to anyway.


I knew that. Just was a fun thought that's all.
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« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2012, 02:43:06 pm »


I've never been to an ST.N meet where there were that many people idle during the day. All were off riding.

And Connie, thats obviously a parking lot for a scenic overlook and not a sweeping turn.  Lol


It's near the dam on Rt. 28 outside Robbinsville.
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« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2012, 02:57:50 pm »




It's near the dam on Rt. 28 outside Robbinsville.


Been there. Don't remember that particular pull over though. Robbinsville's the end of the Cherohala coming west to east if I remember correctly, top of the Dragon?
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« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2012, 08:49:56 pm »

moving regions myself, look forward to whatever events my schedule can allow
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« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2012, 09:47:49 pm »

actually, i noticed there is a Gixxer in there and not all of those are set up for solo, but yes, there are QUITE a few set up for solo. if i had been there with my 02, mine would have been without the cowl. I showed my wife that pic and she started drooling...  and whimpered.."i wanna Busa"   LMAO
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« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2012, 11:28:45 pm »


Well we are certainly not as organized and anal about the placement of our bikes.

I'd be bored with a rally with 100 of the same motorcycle. One of the reasons I like STN rather than
bike specific forums/clubs.


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« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2012, 10:01:54 pm »


Prolly a great group of folks...but I wouldn't want to be in the same STATE as that many Busas in that type of concentration.  Anyone calculate the amount of horsepower represented in that picture?


Give or take because I can't tell between Gen 1 and Gen II, but figure about 10,000HP (65 bikes x 150hp = 9700hp, adding an extra 300 to make up for Gen II, never mind and turbos)
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« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2012, 11:10:41 pm »


And Connie, thats obviously a parking lot for a scenic overlook and not a sweeping turn.  Lol


Makes it far more likely for Connie's dark fantasy to come true then, eh?

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« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2012, 01:48:59 pm »

I"d recommend starting smaller and work on a state rally and then do a regional followed by National.  Personally, I like meeting people that I'm gonna see again, and become riding partners with over a period of time.  I don't mind traveling and love a long ride.  Hell, it's usually less than an hour from the time that I arrive anywhere to when I start wondering when we're leaving.  But, I like to ride with people I know and can develop a relationship by riding together.

I wanted to hit ESTN this year, but my personal schedule prevents my attendance.

A state rally could move around within the state and I envision each group picking a month: state in May, region in July, national in Sept.  Keep 'em split up so no one gets in trouble for "always being gone" but still enable you to hit all three rallies, or pick and choose.  I'm ususally wrong about this kind of stuff, and I haven't suggested this concept before, but you asked...
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« Reply #26 on: August 21, 2012, 03:22:17 pm »

"State Rallies" end up being riding with folks you've met at other gatherings (ESTN, Nationals, Etc)  None of my "normal riding partners" live within 3 hours of me.  We're all in PA and ride together all the time.  I like to ride all day and you're only going to find like minded people by going to places that are a bit of a ride from home.

The locals here in the middle of PA like to ride 1.5 hours at most, eat and make a beeline home before the wife and kids start yelling.  That's great if that's your mentality but I don't even like getting geared up unless I'm going to be out most of the day.
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« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2012, 06:44:30 pm »


The attached pic was from a recent Busa rally. STN has never had quite a turnout like that. Let's step it up, kids.  Bigsmile





Said the dude who is not going to estn.   Twofinger
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With that second mouth on the back of his neck, I'd say he gets a pass.   Razz
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« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2012, 06:05:15 pm »

That Busa Rally is ok, but kind of small compared to these guys.





Not that I would go to something like that. Crazy
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« Reply #30 on: October 11, 2012, 06:41:38 pm »

The only good peeps @ the MOA National are the Airheads
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« Reply #31 on: October 11, 2012, 06:57:18 pm »


That Busa Rally is ok, but kind of small compared to these guys.



Not that I would go to something like that. Crazy


Why are they in an auditorium and not out riding that expensive butt jewelry?   Shrug  I ran into that with the GWRRA's National Rally too.  They hold the rally in the worst urban areas!
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The attached pic was from a recent Busa rally. STN has never had quite a turnout like that. Let's step it up, kids.  Bigsmile




Never understood why guys modify their bike to have the grabrail on with the rear hump installed.  Looks dumb, and why do you want on if you can't strap anything to it or take a passenger.*





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« Reply #33 on: October 11, 2012, 07:08:10 pm »


I took my first bike trip in 1978.

I've always been more about riding twisties and seeing what's on the other side of the horizon, rather than kickin' tires  Smile

but that's just me. I'm an introvert  Bigsmile


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« Reply #34 on: October 11, 2012, 07:09:04 pm »


The one I went to was quite fun; nice cross section of folks and I watched them spend ~8 hours rebuilding a bike that had spent four hours in a river, and getting it running again. Big, very well-done, well-organized meet. Basically took up every available bit of lodging in Robbinsville. Great time.  Thumbsup


Is that a .oRg rally? Some really good folks on that forum, one of these days I'll actually make it to one of the rallies.
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« Reply #35 on: October 12, 2012, 07:15:55 am »




Is that a .oRg rally? Some really good folks on that forum, one of these days I'll actually make it to one of the rallies.


Dude, I've been two two of the .org rallies in Robbinsville, and they were top-notch events. The memorial for the guy who died a few years ago (damn it, I'm forgetting his name, worked at a big Zuke dealer down there and well known in the community) was freaking epic. His family came out and spoke, massive BBQ and food thing. They basically take over Robbinsville, and there wasn't one spec of trouble. I had the pleasure of joining in a ride led by Steve (the OK state trooper on the state police Busa) and had a grand ol' time running the Dragon with those guys on my Sportster.

I *might* have even passed one or two during a Dragon run or two.   Banana

I'm pretty good friends with Omar and Michelle (Ohmslaw and VABusa) and now that he's living out East here, I intend to hit more of the Busa rallies with them. They put on a seriously fun rally.  Thumbsup

And after the way 20-25 people fished the crashed bike out of the river and spent all day and night tearing it down and getting it running again, I was *really* impressed with the "community".  Thumbsup
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Never understood why guys modify their bike to have the grabrail on with the rear hump installed.  Looks dumb, and why do you want on if you can't strap anything to it or take a passenger.*





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I think I'd probably get a custom-made hump if it was financially feasible that could hold a little more stuff. I mean, if you're going to give up the seat, that hump could just be a slight bit taller and wider and become a whole lot more useful without changing the aesthetic too much. It's not like most guys have the hump on there and ride well/fast enough for its intended purpose. Might as well make it useful.

I like the 'Busa a lot.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #37 on: October 12, 2012, 06:56:43 pm »




Don't. The C14 crew will be all pissy and pout if you do that.  


It's not about size, it's how you use it!  Lol
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« Reply #38 on: October 14, 2012, 04:39:12 pm »




Dude, I've been two two of the .org rallies in Robbinsville, and they were top-notch events. The memorial for the guy who died a few years ago (damn it, I'm forgetting his name, worked at a big Zuke dealer down there and well known in the community) was freaking epic. His family came out and spoke, massive BBQ and food thing. They basically take over Robbinsville, and there wasn't one spec of trouble. I had the pleasure of joining in a ride led by Steve (the OK state trooper on the state police Busa) and had a grand ol' time running the Dragon with those guys on my Sportster.

I *might* have even passed one or two during a Dragon run or two.   Banana

I'm pretty good friends with Omar and Michelle (Ohmslaw and VABusa) and now that he's living out East here, I intend to hit more of the Busa rallies with them. They put on a seriously fun rally.  Thumbsup

And after the way 20-25 people fished the crashed bike out of the river and spent all day and night tearing it down and getting it running again, I was *really* impressed with the "community".  Thumbsup


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I think you are referring Don (Rayabusa08180? That was quite sad.

I remember the pics from the bike in the creek and reading some funny stories  Lol. Michelle seems like a cool girl, want to meet her one of these days, as well as a lot of the other org folks.
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« Reply #39 on: October 14, 2012, 07:49:02 pm »

Michelle is awesome. She hates pink, so every year the requisite "screw with Michelle's bike by bolting on something pink" happens with all hands on deck.  Lol
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« Reply #40 on: October 14, 2012, 08:03:23 pm »

You know, this.....





Looks similar to this.....


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« Reply #41 on: October 15, 2012, 07:05:57 am »

Well, considering neither of those are applicable to the kinds of rallye we're discussion, color me confused on what you're saying, why you're saying it, or your motivation in doing so. Shrug

Clearly my attempt at some light-hearted stuff in this thread put people in a position where they feel they need to defend their riding choices.  

That was not my point. I like to ride alone, too. I like small groups, or riding with one or two friends who I ride with all the time. I like kicking back on a motel porch with a beer and the moonlight. We all like these things.

I guess I was saying that Sport-Touring.NET, home of the "triple digit sightseeing" and home of the "I'll ride 900 miles for three fries and a whiff of a hamburger" clan, has a "big" showing with 50 people, yet several of the bike-specific rally/gatherings I've been to have been 3 and 4 times that with people coming from much, much farther away.

I just though it was chuckle-worthy. Shrug
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« Reply #42 on: October 15, 2012, 05:02:32 pm »

Can't make everyone happy Shrug

I like to ride, and sometimes I like to hang out with a bunch of fellow riders.
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« Reply #43 on: October 15, 2012, 05:08:23 pm »


Can't make everyone happy Shrug

I like to ride, and sometimes I like to hang out with a bunch of fellow riders.



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« Reply #44 on: July 10, 2013, 09:02:25 am »




Why are they in an auditorium and not out riding that expensive butt jewelry?   Shrug  I ran into that with the GWRRA's National Rally too.  They hold the rally in the worst urban areas!


Because they sit for over an hour while the politboro slaps each other on the back and tells some inside jokes.  Why you say?  Cuz they give out some really great door prizes and you must be present to win!  Never again...
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« Reply #45 on: July 10, 2013, 03:27:43 pm »


The attached pic was from a recent Busa rally.


That's a whoooooole lotta fugly right there...  Crazy
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« Reply #46 on: August 02, 2013, 02:01:45 pm »

All I can say about that 'Busa photo is...

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg224/USS_ARIZONA-E/UNITED%20FEDERATION%20OF%20PLANETS/Borg_Cube_LGTB.jpg

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