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Old 11-18-2012, 09:45 PM
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Barry, I just kicked $10 into the pot. I didn't tell you which picture I wanted, pick one and email it to me (I like them all). Also, in the event that my name is picked when you do the drawing please discard it and draw another. I have too many motorcycles as it is (no offense meant). You picked two good causes to donate this money to, I admire you for this. By the way, you are going to love flying, I used to fly until it got just way too expensive and I gave it up. I had a Gruman AA1B, sold it to a close friend, he still has it. Couldn't pass a flight physical now on a bet so it worked out for the best in the end. My motorcycles substitute for flying now.
I sent you an e-mail requesting that you select an image before I read the above.

But, how would I know that "you are you" when I compare your name associated with your PayPal account, and your Stromtrooper avatar name? The only clue that I have that you "might be the same person" is, Bowling Green.

Because dollars are involved, I DO NOT want to be guessing, or assuming "who is who"!

Thanks,

Barry

PS: As to being the lucky person to receive my motorcycle, as I have told others that have expressed the same sentiments that you have, let's just wait to see what happens. Maybe you will be the lucky person, maybe not. That will not be revealed until the drawing. The individual, whose entry number has been drawn, can make the decision at that time, what is to be done with THEIR motorcycle. Maybe give it to someone else? Maybe donate it to another charity? Could this be the motorcycle that keeps giving and giving?
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:33 PM
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Here is a fundraiser update at of 9:30pm this evening.

The "thermometer", (I need to find some kind of an image, like you see in front of a church, library, or SPCA indicating the amount donated!), is now reading at, $730.

Thank you all again!

Sincerely,

Barry B.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:37 PM
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Here is another update on the fundraiser.

As of today, (Sunday, Nov 25, 2012), $770 has been raised.

Thank You!

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Here are some small reminders that should be added.

Along with the gift of my motorcycle to someone, they will also receive this pile of tires. They are used, but have lots of miles left on them!



Also, there are some other goodies that go along with my motorcycle as well.

From Left to Right:

Cardboard box of spare parts; OEM shock, (needs to be rebuilt); OEM Service Manual; "Bearing Basher" (For seating new stem head bearings - Homemade); Steam bearing nut wrench - (Homemade); Swingarm bolt removal socket/wrench - (Homemade).



Thanks Again!

Barry
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:06 PM
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Barry, you know there is a $5 disposal fee per tire? Some things you just can't get out from under!

Good on you for doing this, and may your next adventure be altogether worthy.
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To the top!

Come on stromtroopers!

Barry has been a strong supporter of our d-i-y maintenance circle, and has been a great source of entertainment over the years.

Drop a couple bucks his way, get some interesting photos out of the deal, and have a couple of minutes of fantasy relative to the fly and ride trip home!

But I don't know how to deal with that stack of tires...
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:08 AM
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Here is another update: So far, the total amount of money raised for Alström Syndrome International, and Loki Clan Wolf Refuge is, $770.

I have decided to answer a couple of the questions that have been asked of me several times. "Barry, are you going to keep riding?" "If so, what kind of bike are you going to ride?"

I have decided to continue riding. But, in a different style and to some different geographical areas. To continue riding, I felt I needed to "freshen" my perspective on all of the miles I have already covered over the past 5 riding seasons. I felt I needed a different kind of riding experience to reinvigorate my enthusiasm for riding.

I spent countless hours doing online research, and hours pouring over classified ads scattered through the states of, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York. Last Sunday, one of those ads "spoke" to me. I made a phone call to commit to purchasing the motorcycle, unseen and with no test ride. I knew it was just the bike I was looking for.

I found the motorcycle about 2 1/2 hours away from me, in the town of Alna, Maine. I borrowed a trailer from a coworker of mine and yesterday I drove the distance to meet the owner and to meet my "new" motorcycle.

Through conversations that I had with the owner, it turned out that our families had connections! Conall was born in Summit, NJ which is a town very near Mendham, where I grew up. We have skied several of the same mountains and have vacationed at the same locations as well.

Here is my new motorcycle. It is a 1993 KLR 650.



The amount of "extras" that came along with the purchase was a little overwhelming! The whole front edge of my workbench is loaded with stuff! Some of it new; still in its original, untouched packaging!


Here is a video of arriving home with the bike.


(Yes, the infamous exhaust "chirp" will be dealt with over the winter months of work and modifications.).

Barry
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As I read the start of your message, I thought to myself, "Look, Barry's grown up. He's decided that riding with the intent of falling down has passed him."

Then I saw the replacement bike.
Out comes the bedliner, out goes caution.
Barry han't changed.
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On my first big dual sport ride there were three "alternate" routes. The first one you go down a steep hill that you can't go back up. I thought that was the obstacle but about a half mile later I encountered a group of bikes parked. I looked up a massive 45 degree incline of boulders about a mile or so long with beautiful green and red markers. I then realized they were KLR's that needed help scattered among the boulders.

While this is a true story I feel confident most of the issue were the persons riding and not the bikes.

Luck with the new bike, I can't imagine that bike could have a better owner.
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Barry,
I know that I don't speak alone when I say that I am glad you have chosen to stay in the hobby even if it is not on a Wee. I left it for 3-4 years because of all the crazy and inattentive drivers out there, but could not stay away. I think you will be glad that you have the KLR, and even happier that you've made the choice to continue riding.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:13 PM
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Barry, when I started reading I was thinking "That man needs a KLR, he practically made a KLR out of his Vstrom." And then I watched the video...

I can mentally see you going all sorts of places on that bike (in all sorts of weather if past history holds). And to boot, most KLR owners are well known to be "frugal" riders. You will fit right in with the KLR community for sure.

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