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Offline hppants

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Favorite 2017 Memories
« on: January 01, 2018, 11:00:22 AM »
Keeping a time honored tradition, post up your favorite 2017 memories here!!

Pants rode a little over 23,000 miles this year, my highest annual mileage to date.  Over MLK weekend, the weather cooperated and we did some camping in East Texas and southern Mississippi.

Craig came down from DFW and I made a new friend.

Certainly not a favorite, but in February, Pops crashed his ’07 in central Louisiana and suffered significant injuries.

Over the Easter break, Mike and I rode north, Craig rode East, Josh and Mark rode south, and we met in the middle in the Arkansas Ozark mountains.

We had a nice time at the campground there.

We kept plenty warm all weekend!

This is how you ride Arkansas!

In June, with Pops recovered and with a new (to him) ’14 FJR under his belt, Andrew, he, and I set out on a 2-week, 6000-plus mile adventure to California. 

I saw giant cactus for the first time….

…and Joshua Trees…

…. and we played in some REALLY big trees!

We got our kicks on route 66!

And we had plenty of time to stop and be thankful for our many blessings.

We had a picnic in the snow!

And we rode Kings Canyon, which was amazing.

We met others at Yosemite and had a wonderful weekend with them.

Seeing those granite formations was a life long dream come true for me.

I got a little loose at times.

And got to meet Petey before we unexpectedly lost him.

The topography in California is very diverse and beautiful.

After YFO, Josh and I continued our adventure.  We ran through Tahoe

In Nevada, we rode Hwy 50, the loneliest road in America.

We camped in the Nevada near the Great Basin.

From there, we rode along the mighty Colorado river.

And we found 11,000 foot peaks in Utah!

We camped on the Blue Mesa.

And we rode the world famous Million Dollar Highway!

I ran over the New Mexixo Enchanted Circle.

In 2017, my nephew Jacob moved up to a 919 Hornet.

And shortly thereafter, bought this sweet RC51.

In the late summer, I rode to Texas to meet Craig and his son.

I showed them a few good roads I know of.

Over Labor Day weekend, Mike and I joined some new friends for some Arkansas twisties.

Randy and Tom had a great time!

We did some knee slapping in Mountain View.

We sat in the Buffalo River and enjoyed a cold brew.

In Ponca, we did some hiking…

… and some caving too.

And we had plenty of time to contemplate the meaning of life.

Then in late October, I rode to Jemison, Alabama for the SFO gathering.

I met some new and old friends and we had a great time.

Our hosts Turk and his lovely wife Jana showed us the true meaning of southern hospitality.

And in spite of that, we still crashed the place proper!

On Black Friday, I rode my bike to a favorite fishing hole.

For the record, in 2017, I took 3,902 pictures while on motorcycle riding trips.  Considering that, I suppose 57 is not too many for a highlight reel.  But I passed on hundreds that would be worthy.  2017 was absolutely epic.

I hope for more great photos in 2018, and wish you all safe and adventurous riding!!

Stay Thirsty, My Friends….

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Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 03:42:51 PM »
Thanks for sharing
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Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 05:25:22 PM »
I must say that my motorcycling highlight of the year was the long weekend riding trip at Back of the Dragon, led by Tim (Designflaw).

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Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 09:53:26 PM »
Quite a year Pants.  Wish you well in 2018.
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Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 03:40:30 AM »
Great pictures, what is your bike? Year and model, looks sharp.

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Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 11:57:05 AM »

Awesome memories, Pants. Wishing the you the best for 2018.

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Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 06:12:38 AM »
Thanks for reading my report.

My current bike is a 2014 Yamaha FJR1300A.  This is the 3rd FJR that I've owned and I really like this platform for the type of riding I do.

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Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2018, 12:21:46 PM »
While I didn't log that kind of 'pants mileage, I still felt good about doing around 6k this year.

I kicked off the season with a belated 50th B-Day present to myself, moving on from my '98 Kawasaki Concours (that replaced my NH) to a '12 Suzuki V-Strom 650.

In June, we had a small gathering of other NHF-ers for our (sorta) annual Wisconsin-Illinois Ride.

A couple of weeks later, I was out on my own, looking to earn my 'Rustic Roads Wisconsin' patch.

In July, I finally got in a trip up to Copper Harbor, MI, on the Lake Superior shore, after 2 prior failed attempts.

August brought my last overnight MC trip. A buddy and I met up for some riding through the Alphabet Roads of southwest Wisconsin, then I peeled off and ran along the Mississippi until I found a good place to lay my head. That turned out to be the city of LaCrosse, where they happened to be celebrating their annual Irish Fest (at the Oktoberfest Grounds).

My last group ride of the season was in October, at the twice-annual (spring & fall) Slimey Crud Run. aycaramba and poligrafovich joined me for a ride through my neighborhood.

While my riding season officially ended in early December (I got a couple of commutes in during the first week), I was able to finish the year well -- I used some accumulated birthday & Xmas gift cards to stock up on some supplies for winter projects:  new front tire, universal oil filter tool, bead seat, angle grinder, and Alpinestar motorcycling socks (not pictured...and yes, there is such a thing).

I can't wait for my new riding season to begin!
Get on your bikes and ride!


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