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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 2008, 6:29 pm Thread Starter
 
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What Did You Learn This Year from Riding?

In the spirit of the holidays and friendship, what did you learn this year, or learn about yourself this year, as a result of riding, hanging with riders, or anything else to do with motorcycling. I'll start . . .

Everyone I know who rides can say this. I made some wonderful friends this year as a result of being certified to teach Lee Parks Total Control. One man, a guy named Hal, has become a life friend. We've done long rides together. Our wives get along like a house on fire. Just as cool, he fit right in with another riding pal who I've known 30 years. We have to force ourselves away from the table to get back on our bikes. What a blessing.

I struggled throughout the year with first arthritis in my neck and then vertigo. There were long stretches where I thought I might not be able to ride again. I finally had to sell my beloved Aprilia RSV as it was too punishing to ride, but I've gotten my self sorted and am back riding and loving everything about riding that I loved before but with the fervor of a convert. A good signal to take better care of myself, I thought I did, and to be grateful for small things.

I learned that the American (and Canadian) West is an amazing place to ride. I've done all my riding out here and haven't come close to seeing it all or being bored by it.

I did my first long solo ride, from Seattle to Tubac Arizona and then back. What an amazing experience. Riding alone at the leading edge of a wicked storm in the high desert really brings your attention into the moment! That sense of total presence is something that gets me back on a bike again and again.

I learned painfully that performance tires have wear dates. If your sport bike tires are older than two years, think seriously about replacing them (check the four digit code on the side of your tires: First two are the week of the year, second two are the year the tire was made).

I learned that the world is full of people who are ready and willing to help a solo motorcycle rider in need of help or even just a kind word. My rides this year have been filled with small and large gestures from folks who took an interest in who I was, where I was going, and what they could do to speed me on my way.

Cheers to all of you

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What have I learned this year ?

mostly that my heart just ain't in it any more.

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I learned that a new Porsche rag top with butt warmers makes SO very happy when it is 18 degress!

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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 2008, 10:03 am
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A lot of what you have said rings true for me as well. I have made a lot of friends riding the bike. Some people will always stop and talk about bikes or just help you out if you get stuck somewhere.

The biggest lesson for me was the one I learned on the last ride of the season. Cold tires and cold temps make for some interesting cornering... That lesson ended up costing about $5,400. Everything is good though, the bike can be repaired and I didn't sustain any long lasting injuries...

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My friend has vertigo so bad he could not function for many months at a time for a period of years. He was able to get medical help from a doctor in LA that had him doing exercises, neck and mouth and eye (I donít know what he does) and he is relieved the problem.
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I learned how to pack a tent, sleeping bag, thermarest, pillow, blanket, tea kettle, mug, tiedown straps, tire repair kit, ipod, ipod speakers, first aid kit, flip flops, hiking shoes, flashlights, firestarters, books, magazines, puzzles, dream catcher, towels, baby wipes, two weeks worth of clothes, a bottle of belgian beer, two cuban cigars, cell phone, GPS, hats, heated jacket and gloves, rain gloves, rain gear, tool kit, bungie net, maps, passport, and all kinds of souviniers for the family.... all onto a K1200R sport! Oh what fun it is to ride...

I also learned how to bungie 18 pieces of firewood onto the back seat of that sucker and ride into camp like santa clause!

I learned that it was time for a new job.

Definitely echo the OP's sentiment about the kind and warm gestures I found from many people along the way. Solo riding is the ultimate adventure.

Warmest Christmas wishes to you all!!

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I learned (the hard way) that if you've blown a curve and you know you ain't gonna make it due to excess speed, wrong line or entry point, loss of concentration, or global warming...and you absolutely must stand the bike up to ride it off the road.. make sure the bike is 100% upright when you leave the pavement.... 98% ain't good enough..
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I learned (the hard way) that if you've blown a curve ... 98% ain't good enough..
shoot, Pirate..............that'll buff right out.

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My friend has vertigo so bad he could not function for many months at a time for a period of years. He was able to get medical help from a doctor in LA that had him doing exercises, neck and mouth and eye (I donít know what he does) and he is relieved the problem.
Thanks for that. Been doing many of the same things. It's a weird feeling.
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My friend has vertigo so bad he could not function for many months at a time for a period of years. He was able to get medical help from a doctor in LA that had him doing exercises, neck and mouth and eye (I donít know what he does) and he is relieved the problem.
It's called vestibular rehabilitation and generally works pretty well. It's a bit like acclimating someone to the maneuvers that provoke vertigo in a controlled way. An ENT or neurologist can probably make the referral. I know off topic, so me

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