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    Progressive

    I carry liability and comprehensive (no collision) on my three bikes. I saved about $1,000 per year switching from Allstate to Progressive for identical coverage. I couldn't believe the disparity.
  2. Thread: Woodstock

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    Living vicariously

    9 years old and residing in northern NJ at the time. A few years older and I definitely would have hitched a ride for the 100 mile journey to Bethel. Instead, my best friend's brother and his...
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    I had a very anal retentive (i.e., careful) body...

    I had a very anal retentive (i.e., careful) body shop guy do the job. He put on three coats of clear coat. The quality is A+. I'm still trying to get used to the color change.
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    Sargent

    I originally went with the Corbin and hated it. I switched to Sargent a few years ago and never looked back. Comfortable seat, well made, and good customer service. I currently have a Sargent seat...
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    Which bike would you ride?

    It used to be a coin flip for me. Not so sure now...
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    Pictures of R1200GS in Dakar Yellow

    While attending the fantastic MOA rally last week in Johnson City on my Adventure, I had the panels on my 09 R12GS painted from Namibia Orange to Dakar Yellow. I chose Dakar Yellow over Desert...
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    The only thing I would add to this excellent...

    The only thing I would add to this excellent description is my "weeding out" theory. When it comes to motorcycle touring and camping, most of the element despised by campground hosts just couldn't...
  8. Thanks for the great suggestions, particularly...

    Thanks for the great suggestions, particularly the local info for riding through Oregon. I'm still looking for an interesting route from Austin, TX to Southern Colorado and from Calgary to Winnipeg....
  9. Sounds like a nice alternative to the TCH. ...

    Sounds like a nice alternative to the TCH. Thanks. Considering summer traffic and some vista viewing, about how many days from Vancouver to the "Peg?" Long days on the bike are not a problem for...
  10. Miami to Johnson City via Vancouver, Canada

    I decided to take a "little detour" on my way from Miami to the National Rally later this summer. For a variety of work-related events, I have to be in Austin on June 10, Reno on June 23, and...
  11. Thread: Clean GSers

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    Touring now with a GSA instead of an RT

    I used to tour with an RT, but now much prefer the GSA for all of the reasons already stated. One of the key issues for me is having a comfortable bike that is also very capable for riding off road...
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    One of the lucky ones...

    My wife is amazing when it comes to tolerating my passions in life. She expresses no concern about my riding and joins my occasionally for "pleasant weather" 2-up riding. In fact, I am the one who...
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    Trout in the summer and venison in the winter

    It is interesting to see that this post has been "activated" again. As I noted in my original post, I release many more than I keep, but eat a few every year. Since my cabin is about 60 miles from...
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    Satisfied Ebayer

    Overwhelmingly positive experiences with buying and selling on Ebay.

    Two of my best transactions occurred with the same product. About 2 years ago I bought a R1150R from a selling in the...
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    Meeting at 27/80 crossroads in South Bay works...

    Meeting at 27/80 crossroads in South Bay works for me. We will probably arrive there between 8:00 and 8:30. Hope we get a chance to meet up for the ride north.
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    Meet at Holiday Park at 7:00am on Friday

    I live on Miami Beach and I'll be meeting up with another South Florida rider at Holiday Park (Rt. 27 and Griffin Road) at 7:00am on Friday morning. We'll be taking the back roads (as much as...
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    Plug for a regional beer at the National Rally

    For those who live in western NC or visit the area often, you probably already know about Highland Brewing Company located in Asheville, NC. They brew a mighty fine assortment of wonderful beers,...
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    Hey guys. I do the same routine with one of my...

    Hey guys. I do the same routine with one of my bikes (R1200GS) always available at my cabin in Maggie Valley. I ride all over Western NC, Eastern TN, GA, VA, etc. The cabin and bike are winterized...
  19. Thread: New York City

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    In my opinion, one of the best little secrets in...

    In my opinion, one of the best little secrets in Chelsea is the Inn on 23rd, a fantastic B&B in the heart of one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in NYC. All of the rooms are unique and...
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    Venison last night

    I hunt mostly in GA on some land that my buddy owns. Harvested a young but good sized buck last month with my muzzle loader. Cooked a vension meat loaf with roasted vegatables last night for me and...
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    Easy to Remember

    Last year I decided to take the plunge and get vanity plates for my 3 motos because I got tired of having to go out to my bike and read the plate every time I checked into a hotel, bought a parking...
  22. Thread: Bmw "redneck"

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    Urban Redneck

    Although I live in a large cosmopolitan city (Miami) and teach at a ridiculously expensive university, I often feel more comfortable at my cabin in western NC and hanging out with my true redneck...
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    Ride instead of flying...

    Beside riding to work every possible day, I do a fair amount of traveling for project meetings and conferences (yes, the life of a professor). In the past, I would typically fly in and out as...
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    Life is full of tradeoffs

    I find it interesting that most reliability complaints with BMW's start off with, "I love this bike, but...." And therin lies the rub. We absolutely love to ride these machines so much that we...
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    Happy customer

    I ran Pilot Roads on my R1200RT and thought they were pretty good. My only complaint was less life than Z6's. Then, a few months ago I decided to try the Pilot Road II on my R1150R. What a great...
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