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Title: Favorite 2017 Memories
Post by: hppants 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.

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

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

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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.

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We had a nice time at the campground there.

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We kept plenty warm all weekend!

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This is how you ride Arkansas!

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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. 

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I saw giant cactus for the first time….

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…and Joshua Trees…

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…. and we played in some REALLY big trees!

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We got our kicks on route 66!

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

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We had a picnic in the snow!

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And we rode Kings Canyon, which was amazing.

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

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

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I got a little loose at times.

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And got to meet Petey before we unexpectedly lost him.

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The topography in California is very diverse and beautiful.

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

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

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We camped in the Nevada near the Great Basin.

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From there, we rode along the mighty Colorado river.

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And we found 11,000 foot peaks in Utah!

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We camped on the Blue Mesa.

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And we rode the world famous Million Dollar Highway!

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I ran over the New Mexixo Enchanted Circle.

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

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And shortly thereafter, bought this sweet RC51.

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

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I showed them a few good roads I know of.

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

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Randy and Tom had a great time!

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We did some knee slapping in Mountain View.

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

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In Ponca, we did some hiking…

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… and some caving too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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….
Title: Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
Post by: clearviewx on January 01, 2018, 03:42:51 PM
Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
Post by: Larry Fine 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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Title: Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
Post by: Hog Dog on January 01, 2018, 09:53:26 PM
Quite a year Pants.  Wish you well in 2018.
Title: Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
Post by: alwhite00 on January 02, 2018, 03:40:30 AM
Great pictures, what is your bike? Year and model, looks sharp.
Title: Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
Post by: Hawks Nest on January 09, 2018, 11:57:05 AM



Awesome memories, Pants. Wishing the you the best for 2018.
Title: Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
Post by: hppants 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.
Title: Re: Favorite 2017 Memories
Post by: Bajakirch 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.


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


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


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


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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).


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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.


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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).


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I can't wait for my new riding season to begin!