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    Senior Member r80rt's Avatar
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    A friend sent me this today, I thought I'd share it.



    Lightweight Motorcycle Travel:



    Riding a bike long distances in a manner familiar to our dusty predecessors.

    Meaning relatively simple equipment and just enough horsepower to get the job done.

    It means crossing state lines on far less than a 500cc worth of propulsion.

    It means riding for the sake of riding---almost anything--without worrying about 'keeping up appearances' or having the latest and greatest.

    It means going places they haven't. It means having a certain amount of grit, ingenuity, and self-reliance.

    It means doing things that some folks sneer at. It means going places they haven't.

    It means refining a personal system of travel based on hard experience. It means having a twinkle in your eye. It means being the Gasoline Stranger.

    All the 'in front of the bar' posing in the world on a chrome-encrusted-what-have-you, is a sad substitute for surveying a vista you've never seen, or even fixing a decrepit bike in a rainy ditch with a strange creek nearby. Or having to wait overnight for the only gas station to open because it closed at five 5PM.

    Lightweight unsupported motorcycle travel means riding a 13 horsepower, 280 pound motorcycle, on a multi-day road trip, without a supply vehicle following behind.

    Motorcycles like this encourage a routing bias toward Dirt roads, and two-lane secondary roads when neccessary. In addition to matching their speed capability better, back roads provide a more interesting mile by mile riding environment.
    Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!

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    Makes perfect sense to me, and sounds like fun! The only change I would make is a routing bias for dirt roads, 2 lane secondary roads when necessary.



    That's a good reminder of what it's all about. Thanks for posting up!
    My handle is B-dub, I ride a T-dub, and drive a V-dub.

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    Couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks for sharing. I love it.
    If you can't find it, grind it

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    That pretty well sums it up and I couldn't agree more.I just may have that made into a sticker and put it on my bike.

    My brother-in -law(T-Bob) and I will be heading out on a 4000/5000 km adventure this coming August clockwise from home to Labrador/NFLD and home again on the mighty T-Dubs keeping to as many back roads as possible.I know he can hardly wait and neither can I.



    The only thing I could add to the above description is:



    Why??...because I want to and I can.
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    As that pretty much sums it up for a lot of us, and a lot of us have or will like to travel on our beloved TW's, might I suggest to those who use any type of GPS on their journeys to follow the 'bicycle route'. When travelling overland, there is no better option. It will take you over the mountain rather than around it to save 50yds. And it will never put you on a freeway. TIM
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    I'll be riding across Arkansas on the TAT in May, I can't wait!
    Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r80rt View Post
    Motorcycles like this encourage a routing bias toward two-lane secondary roads. In addition to matching their speed capability better, secondary roads provide a more interesting mile by mile riding environment.


    Ain't that the truth!
    Long live the internal combustion engine!

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    Who ever wrote that, must have had a TDub in mind
    Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!

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    I hope to one day experience all of that.



    The friend that sent this to you, are they friends with lizrdbrth? Sooooo sounds like something he would say!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r80rt View Post
    I'll be riding across Arkansas on the TAT in May, I can't wait!


    Hey r80rt, where you at in Arkansas? I've considered doing the TAT this summer some time. Are you going to SLAP or on the Arkansas 500 ride?

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