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Well, now that I have an extra bike, getting a riding partner seems a little easier, but keeping them may be the hard part. Mr. B and I had worked together for many years and shared an interest in VW powered 'duel sport' cars. After selling my Baja Bug and getting the XR 200 it seemed a good time to touch bases with an old Friend to see if he had an interest in any of my left over VW parts and as well, to see if he might have an interest in re-visiting a hobby he had as a 'kid'.



When we met-up Wednesday morning, he explained right off that his Wife told him he better not get "banged up". Seems their medical insurance is going to expire in two weeks as she was going on disability from a back injury and no longer had the extra coverage from her ex-employer. I suspect this will be an issue I will need to keep in mind when taking a Friend out. Most of the folks I know are older and self-employed, so insurance and even a minor injury would be a significant set-back. Think it would behoove me to look into an 'accident/injury' rider to add as guest coverage if such a thing exists.



As we set out, Mr. B. expressed an interest in re-visiting an area we explored in our V-dubs some years ago. He remembered a couple of creeks, and since he now has extra time to fish, he wanted a refresher on the route. The North branch of the Feather River was pretty much our destination and we did not remember it as distant as it turned out to be. I got all the twists and turns right, but as the road got drier, dustier and more rutted I kept checking in my mirrors to see if Mr. B. was staying upright. I would be inclined to think, even though he hasn't been on a bike in years, he is still likely a better rider than I.



When our destination was reached Mr. B. looked a bit haggered. It was pretty warm, dusty, and given our (my) slow pace, we had already been in the saddle for 3 hours. We clambered over wet boulders looking for fish, but none were to be seen. The route had been re-imprinted though as an unexpected plus, we happened upon an alternate that offered up lots more pavement. Suspect Mr. B's next visit will be with the Wife, and the Buggy upon the smoother ribbon of blacktop.



After trailering back to the house, we said our good-byes and Mr. B. gave me $20 for gas and the odd VW parts that I offered up (free I thought). It was a good ride. Nice to look in the mirror and see someone else on the trail going as slow as I do. Regrettably I think it will likely be the better part of a year before Mr. B. will be inclined to sit his tooch upon a dirtbike seat for 6 hours. Guess I will now have to approach candidate number "2". Gerry



Looking down on the Feather River:





Bridge across the West Branch heading out:





The creek (picture from last Fall):





A 'happy', dusty Mr. B. with 30 miles to go:



 

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Nice story, and the pics of your riding area make me envious---except for the 6 hr saddle time (oh, my aching back and butt!).



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Wow, you have some truly gorgeous land to ride around in. I'm so envious!! lol




Gerry,



Nice Ride Report-that's a nice spot you got there.



My boy couldn't handle 2 hours in the seat of the TW today. You wore your old friend out-I guess.



Glad to see you up and running on the new site.



It took me a bit to get transferred over.



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Nice story and picture's. Bet it was nice to go out and ride with someone, although the companionship may be a bit sparse from time to time.



I use to go out riding by myself. After my boy's got older they started expressing a wish to go riding together. I was a bit apprehensive to take or go along with them at first, I was use to going at my pace, my stops, my destinations, and didn't think they would want to go that slow. In the end they loved it and so did I. Nowday's I almost always go with wife and daughters, they on 4 wheelers, me on the TW.



When you were on the road with the curved bridge, did that use to be an old railroad grade and bride? I like stopping and checking out the unique bridges when we cross them on our rides. Take care.
 

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Seems that finding the "ideal" riding companion, at least at my age is likely to be more of a challenge than I may care to deal with. This morning I went out with rider #2. This fellow is an old Friend with whom I shared many a bicycle ride with. Years and lifes upsets take a toll on us all, but some it seem, rebound from these setbacks better than others.



Todays ride was pretty much the same distance as before (55 miles). I would be inclined to say it was a bit cooler and the ride less technical. Going out my companion dutifully followed at a comfortable distance, but it was soon clear that my 17mph pace was to slow for him to enjoy. Certainly things like that are very understandable, so I pulled over, provided some general instructions as to what I would expect him to do should he reach a junction and was unclear as to which turn to make. Off he went at a reasonable pace, though much faster than mine. At every major intersection he patiently awaited my arrival and updated directions. He would then resume and I would wait for the dust to settle before proceeding. One point here struck me as odd. I invited someone to ride with me, though fun to meet at intervals, I was not particularly inchanted moving about in someones dust cloud. Even after waiting awhile before following, the air was not as crisp as if I were on the trail alone, which has been the norm for me for many years.



At the end of the ride, we met at the truck. Mr. J. rode his ride, and I rode mine. It was nice to share my adventure trails with another, but I was a bit taken aback by a couple of things. My adventure partner had not had anything to eat when he arrived at 8:30 on the dot (agreed upon time). He had only a tee-shirt for our trip beneath the overcast mountain skys. Fortunately I had an assortment of energy bars in reserve on both bikes, and an extra longsleeve shirt in my "emergency" overnite pack on the TW.



While the two of us worked to mount the bikes back on the trailer, my companion asked how many speeds the XR had. Upon replying 6, he said, oh good than I must have been moving right along. I am kind of the timid type, this certainly merits me no awards and as much as anything, kind of annoys many folks. However, twisting the throttle on someone elses machine beyond what is needed, given the circumstances, strikes me as a bit presumptuous.



All in all it was a pleasant experience but the labor to prepare an extra bike, load up the trailer and get the gear in the truck. The follow up cleaning and fuel expense, not to mention taking in someones trail dust has me rethinking the advantage of having a 'buddy'. Just my thoughts after ride two. Gerry
 

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Hi Gerry!

Like the pics! Looks a lot like the central Idaho areas we ride. Nothing like cool air and trees to take away the weekday stress.



I am in about the same boat as you. I normally ride with my brother in law, but his DR350 out runs my stock 87 TW pretty easy, and he likes to ride a lot harder than I do. Thankfully he owns his bike and pays the parts bill! I pack a camera and am not bashful about stopping to use it. I have some nice scenery shots......and a few interesting shots of different ways to park a DR350!



Keep the ride reports comin!



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Hey Mr. Gizmow,



What you say made me think back on the time Cyclepath and I rode together. He was also one to take it easy and enjoy the scenery.



The TW was new to me after 20 years of no motorcycles. After a couple hours in the dirt I was getting comfortable and these old feelings started coming back. I just had to go faster. I left him behind a few times, but never so far that we might lose track of each other. I'd stop and take a sip of water and he'd catch up. I had a great time and I thought he did too, but now you are making me wonder.



I've had the need for speed all my life. I can't help but twist the throttle beyond what is needed. At 52, I am still hoplessly addicted to the adrenaline. One of the reasons I ride a TW is to keep my speed down.



As far as being prepared, your 2nd buddy sounds like he just didn't know what to expect or isn't the type to bother with such things. You should keep looking until you find someone that wants to ride like you do. Riding is so much more fun shared with a friend, not to mention safer.



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Very interesting and great pics. Do many of you guys load up the T Dubs and go meet and ride with each other? Maybe try to check out what each other has in his back yard? If any of you guys want a tour of Northern MN let me know. I think for the most part any TW owner would like off road trail riding. I know I only ride black top to get to a opportunity for good off road tours.



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I know what you mean. When I go to AZ in the winter, this one guy wants me to ride with him. He used to ride motor cross. Now he has an atv. I have been riding an atv out there, as I just got my tw a little over a month ago. Trying to figure out how to get al my toys out there.



Anyhow, when I ride with him he has litterly left me in the dust. He always waits for me, but it is like a race. No time to enjoy the scenery. He likes to ride fast, so do I, but his fast and my fast are on to different pages. I don't ride fast on new trails. I have to have been on them several times before I pick my speed up much.



Pain in the 60 age bracket is no fun, plus the healing time seems to take for every.
 

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I know what you mean. When I go to AZ in the winter, this one guy wants me to ride with him. He used to ride motor cross. Now he has an atv. I have been riding an atv out there, as I just got my tw a little over a month ago. Trying to figure out how to get al my toys out there.



Anyhow, when I ride with him he has litterly left me in the dust. He always waits for me, but it is like a race. No time to enjoy the scenery. He likes to ride fast, so do I, but his fast and my fast are on to different pages. I don't ride fast on new trails. I have to have been on them several times before I pick my speed up much.



Pain in the 60 age bracket is no fun, plus the healing time seems to take for every.




I'm surprized how many of us are arround 60.



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I know what you mean. When I go to AZ in the winter, this one guy wants me to ride with him. He used to ride motor cross. Now he has an atv. I have been riding an atv out there, as I just got my tw a little over a month ago. Trying to figure out how to get al my toys out there.



Anyhow, when I ride with him he has litterly left me in the dust. He always waits for me, but it is like a race. No time to enjoy the scenery. He likes to ride fast, so do I, but his fast and my fast are on to different pages. I don't ride fast on new trails. I have to have been on them several times before I pick my speed up much.



Pain in the 60 age bracket is no fun, plus the healing time seems to take for every.






Where do you ride in Az ?
 

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We get a PO Box in Quartzsite, and move around staying within 80 miles of "Quartzsite to pick mail up. I have ridden a lot around the town, actually from the Colorado River and east 50 miles and some spots up to 75 miles east of the River.



I am planning on taking the TW out there this winter, still trying to figure how to get 2 atv's, a motorcycle , and a Jeep on that trailer.



I will turn 64 in a week or so.



I guess we have the money and time to relive our childhood. I have been retired 9 years now.
 

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While riding with a buddy near Georgetown CA we overcame the dust problem by riding side by side. This worked really well until we came upon a vehicle coming the other way and my buddy insisted on taking the lead. It really didn't matter because he only ran into the dust cloud left by the on coming vehicle. I got the double dose of dust, my friend's and the oncoming car's but only for a very short distant, and believe me, at the end of the day it didn't make any difference, When we were all done he and his bike were as dirty as I and my bike were.



Almost 63. I don't feel 63. I ride a TW and a Buell. Some days I literally have to flip a coin to decide which bike to ride. I too am retired.
 

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I think for most of us around 60 we see anything under 200cc as a Honda 90, which was the engine size on many of our first bikes. In our (my) mind, 250cc starts to sound big for duel sports (from the early days), again, going back to our 'formative' years. The TW seems to sit upon middle ground, has big tires for traction (extra stability?). The low seat height provides an extra measure of 'security'. Lastly, the price. Most of us have gone used, and expended a modest amount of cash. Since the kids are pretty much on their own and only a 'few' payments remain on the house, the Wife will likely conceed to the paltry sum required to purchase one of 'our' silly bikes. My thoughts anyway. Gerry
 

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mrgrizmo, I guess your right. I fit that discription. I had aHonda 90 in Alaska when I was 15w. So many times I think back and think' Wow, what I would have done to have the TW when I rode in the mountains there. Even though I've had five Goldwings and others I keep thinking of those adventures.



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I got a moped made by Sears. My Mom & Dad gave me $35 toward the purchase of it. $95. The money they gave me was for my 8th grade graduation. Another classmate bought a Montgomery Ward moped. He live 4 miles from me. I still ride over and see him a couple times a year. We use to ride everywhere back then. Everywhere included about a 6 mile circle. We did however rode to my brothers 25 miles away once. That was like 6 hours of messing around.



I think we reached a top speed of 35 down hill with a breeze.



I can remember tearing it down and putting it back together. I had parts left over. The parts book I used showed less parts that what was in it. I took it back apart to make sure I did not mess up. I stil do this day don't know where the extra parts came from. They were mostly roll bearings without the house that holds them together.



Those were the days.
 
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