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post #21 of 25 Old 12-11-2018, 03:18 AM
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Did a ride back in 1984.
We went to the Oran Park Swan series race.
Thought why not go the the next one at Surfers Paradise.
Great ride 5 guys just went and did it, not much preparation.
Thought we would do the last at Calder Park.
Yep 6 seasons in one day, sunburn,cold, wind, cold sunshine.
Hey Victoria, racing great.
Leave and not sure where to stay, had a tent.
Saw a industrial park in Melton with a half build shed in it.
Perfect, mate rode into a foundation ditch on the way in.
Tent up feeling good as out of wind and weather.
Freaking wind, pick up and all we heard was the bolts popping out of the shed.
[email protected]#k out of there, and into a park in a picnic shelter.
Coppers go by but didn't do anything as we were just trying to get some sleep.
Woke up 2.30am in the morning, mate cooking bake beans on the hot plate.
Really, then I thought I didn't have a drink of water nearly all day.
Only tap I could find was the park one with no handle.
Trying to find a shop open and remember bottle water was not the big thing back then was nearly impossible.
Found a pizza shop open thank god.
It was more laid back, no work out this work out that, we just went and what ever happened, happened.
Still a bit like that, good times in a time.


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post #22 of 25 Old 12-11-2018, 02:57 PM
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Summer of 65 shortly after graduating from high school a friend said he wanted to visit a friend and then his mother(Brother and sister too). Home was S. Seattle then and the friend was in Polson, MT. Mother in Roundup, MT.
We left on my 305 Honda Super Hawk and rode to the friends(550 mi.). This was before I-90 existed, so it was almost all 2 lane. Outside of Spokane we came up on a group of cattle semis. By the time all were passed we were coated in piss. Then at St Regis we took a short cut north. Gravel roads then half the way. Almost lost it in a corner that would have put us in the river.
In Polson the friend lived 5+ mi out of town with his mom. The houses only water was from a hand pump at the kitchen sink(Always save a cupfull for priming) and an outhouse 50" out back. Quite the eye opener. 2 nights there.
On to Roundup(Another 550 mi.). Spent 4 nights there and the last one included a Hayride(With girls and beer) that went into the wee hours. Needless to say we were much later leaving than intended. Depart time was somewhere in the PM. The ride was going fine until a flat near midnight. Pushed near a mile to a closed gas station(Only light for a long way). Made it to Spokane just before daylight for a hot breakfast. A few miles out the rain started with a vengeance(No rain gear) and lasted for a 150 mi. Arrived home after 23 hrs. and 975 mi. Started with $30 between us and only pocket change at the end. Great experience.
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post #23 of 25 Old 01-02-2019, 06:42 PM
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Not a "riders story"…. but a "V-Strom" story.
This one is also not a quick-read as it handballs you around the globe, around various places and nearly a couple of decades by now.
Grab a drink and just follow the links...

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A Strom-yarn that started pretty much with the original Strom itself....and ended more than a decade later in 2013. Sort of…
A story that spans continents...and the Pacific.
A Strom yarn that involves the first VEE's…and stretches to the late WEEs, ThinStroms, Rental-Stroms etc
A story of some very unlikely mates... if there ever was an odd-couple.

The year….2000...and Suzuki Europe/ Germany had convinced the Suzuki-Nippon mother-house to put together a poor-man's BMW GS. They had finally relented and created one damn ugly bastard of a bike.
With a glorious gem of an engine.

It brought along an early owners’ group to "shove it up the BM-guys"...many years before StromTrooper and VSRI (and many, many others around the globe) came into existence.
They're still ticking, maybe...haven’t checked for a loooong time.

A dyed-in-the-wool Republican from Hawaii and a "New-Australian-Commie" from Old Europe tore each other’s’ political throats out in that group, sniping and biting at eachother where-ever they could. Both itching to meet up and turn each other over...one-on-one.

They finally faced eachother in New Zealand….and became brothers in an instant.

They rode NZ together, the US WestCoast from Montana to Utah and the OBCDR….
Until there was only one of them left to finish the story the other had started all those years ago…

I miss you, Jimbo….real bad!


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Rode up the expressway heading north from Sydney, there was two of us me on my R100rs BMW and a mate on my old 750four Honda.

We kept hearing this boof ! sound every few miles but could not work out what it was.

When we arrived at my holiday home we found the exhaust on the 750 had cooked all the tinned food in the mates saddle bag and it had been exploding as we rode.

I was glad not to be following.

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Out of my depth in a puddle.
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post #25 of 25 Old 01-03-2019, 01:59 AM
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Originally Posted by suzukigirl66 View Post
Glitch is another rider that would have some great tales to tell.
Most of it old crap that nobody would want to hear.
(and some was already scribbled down somewhere else).
50 riding years that went in a flash.... incl. the last 17 Strom-years.

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