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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

C56/Kevin/www.midliferider.
 

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What have I learned this year ?

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

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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 don’t 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. :phonecall

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.

:xcheer: Warmest Christmas wishes to you all!! :xcheer:
 

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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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Pirate said:
I learned (the hard way) that if you've blown a curve ... 98% ain't good enough..
shoot, Pirate..............that'll buff right out. :teeth
 

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Camaera 56;
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 don’t 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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Camaera 56;
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 don’t 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 :spank1: me :)
 

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Hermes said:
Is that from riding in N.E. Ohio? Dullest place to ride a bike ever! I should know :)
I've got 91,000 miles on my KRS.

the smallest percentage of that is from here in Ohio.
I don't believe I can blame where I live.

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I learned that it's time to look at something a little different. Next year's new toy will be a R1200GS Adventure. Since I've traveled much of the highways and back roads of the western US on my LT and GT over the past 10 years, I now find looking longingly down unpaved roads thinking, "I wonder where that goes?"

That will bring me full circle in terms of motorcycling. I started on dirt, and it appears I will be returning to dirt.

And in the spirit of this thread, I've learned that even when there are times that you can't count on your family, there are some people in your life that will stand by you no matter what happens, regardless of blood. Right, Grif? :D
 

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I've learned that riding friends, even though we don't see one another very often, are the best friends (maybe that's self-explanatory!). I've learned that "waterproof" on a label is meaningless. I've learned that no matter how pissed off my beloved is at me when we leave for a ride, by the first gas stop he's all smiles again. I've learned that Annabelle (my GPS) can get just as lost as I can. I've learned that we all contribute something and we're all worth listening to.
 

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DebS said:
I've learned that Annabelle (my GPS) can get just as lost as I can. .
I learned that one years ago.

Matter of fact, I named my GPS Stupid, just to remind me of
what I'd be if I took the little bastige as gospel. :teeth
 

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I learned that POWER CORRUPTS. And ABSOLUTE POWER......





















...well, SHIT, I've got to give that a TRY!!!
 

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bazra said:
Camaera 56;
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 don’t know what he does) and he is relieved the problem.
My brother had a serious case that lasted for a couple months last summer. The doc ended up puting him on an anti-anxiety and anti-depressant. Said it was a brain chemistry thing was that was thrown way out of whack by a pain killer he was given just weeks before for a pulled muscle. He was days away from starting the vestibular rehabilitation but the drugs worked. Strangest thing....
 
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