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post #1 of 30 Old 04-27-2011, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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You Guys Still Ride?

Long time no talk. As some of you know, I sold my Vee a couple years ago due to fears about my earning potential in this economy (which turned out to be true).

I really miss the bike and I was offered a deal on a Moto Guzzi Norge that was too good to turn down. The seller is a good friend of mine and him being an aircraft mechanic among other things, I figured this would bring a lot of pleasure and be a minimal risk investment.

One thing that terrifies me though are cagers with those damned Smartphones that seem to rule their lives. I saw the video of the poor guy in Dallas that got sucker punched from behind. In full disclosure, i've done a swerve or two looking at some stupid email.

Is it a lot riskier out there than it was 2 years ago? I'm going to do most of my riding in the rural areas which as a group we've always done anyway. I'll be picking up the bike in late June.

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Always enjoy riding with the Troopers. I hope everyone is well.

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Nice bike, how does it compare to your old 'Strom?

I got to spend about 2 weeks with my bike down there about a year ago, it's a lot more stressful than what I'm used to up here in the sticks. I felt compelled to engage all my survival skills daily there.

At least you can again use the "Motorcycle Only" parking for the little Tiki Bar at the end of Vaughn Street in Gibsonton.

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Nice bike, how does it compare to your old 'Strom?

I got to spend about 2 weeks with my bike down there about a year ago, it's a lot more stressful than what I'm used to up here in the sticks. I felt compelled to engage all my survival skills daily there.

At least you can again use the "Motorcycle Only" parking for the little Tiki Bar at the end of Vaughn Street in Gibsonton.
Holy smokes!!! No I do not hang out it G Town. Lobster Boy scares me :-) I actually haven't ridden the "new" bike yet but I really wanted a shaft drive, ABS and electric windshield. My Vee ran really well and was a blast to ride. In reality it's probably scarier out there on my bicycle in the street.

I plan to pick up the bike in Indiana and take a scenic trip down here and visiting the cool roads of NC, TN and KY.

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Holy smokes!!! No I do not hang out it G Town. Lobster Boy scares me :-) I actually haven't ridden the "new" bike yet but I really wanted a shaft drive, ABS and electric windshield. My Vee ran really well and was a blast to ride. In reality it's probably scarier out there on my bicycle in the street.

I plan to pick up the bike in Indiana and take a scenic trip down here and visiting the cool roads of NC, TN and KY.

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If you find yourself near Asheville, NC give me a call I love to get to meet your bike,............... errrr you and maybe show you some backroad scenery.

Also, the V-Strom Gathering at the Iron Horse, near Bryson City, NC will be happening between May 12 and 15. I know there will be at least a couple of Florida Troopers there.

About Gibsonton, my wife and I were on an RV road trip with her parents, brother and our daughter. I wisely brought the bike along. One afternoon that we "had to get away" we found this "quaint" little waterside watering hole. Gibsonton seemed like a slice of backwoods Americana in the shadow of the big city. We did not get to meet "Lobsterboy", however we might have met a few other crustaceaous hominids.

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Stromin' I have a ton of respect for a guy who's on vacation, comes down here and instead of enjoying the beautiful beaches, views and fresh seafood finds the freakin home of the winter "Carnies" and has a brew with the co-workers of Lobster Boy!!!!

I really would love a guided tour of greater Ashville. If you are home on the weekend of 6/25, I'm all over that. One of my very good friends just moved to Newport, TN and I may be looking at some real estate in your Hood anyway.

You got Carnies in NC? :-))

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Hope to ride with you soon Rod. I thought nobody was left on the planet. I have been the only one posting lately. I sold my bike in anticipation of the new one. HA, not likely to be here soon.

Ironhorse, that's what I say, get a bike to ride in 2 weeks!
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Hope to ride with you soon Rod. I thought nobody was left on the planet. I have been the only one posting lately. I sold my bike in anticipation of the new one. HA, not likely to be here soon.

Ironhorse, that's what I say, get a bike to ride in 2 weeks!
Hi Clem,

I haven't checked out this forum in a long time. Man, where's Charlie, Keith, Jim, Lou, Bob, Rusty and all the other guys?

I have a friend that has a 2005 650 with way less than 10,000 miles for sale cheap. Let me know if you need a Band aid. Check out this rental site for the Iron horse trip:

European Motorsports Inc.|North GA Moto Guzzi Aprilia Motorcycles Scooters New Used Dealer|Rentals - Motorcycle Rentals


I have an odd situation where my garage is packed full of junk from an estate sale thingy and I have no room for the bike until July.




Let's get the band back together!

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Where do you think we come from?

The trip to the Tampa area was to fulfill my dying Father-In-Law's wish to see the Yankees play, with Derek Jeter.

We caught his last pre-season appearance.

My Father-in-Law, we would later learn, would not have been well enough to see a regular season game. We did manage to see St. Pete beach and spent a Saturday night in Ybor City. We went to a winery that sells grape-free wine (barf) and got to enjoy a 35 MPH crosswind, two-up on my DL, on one of the causeways at rush-hour.

It wasn't really a vacation, more of a mission.

I did get to do a RTE and met Clem and a few other FL strommers. I joined a ride around Ocala which ended in an ambulance ride for a lady who endo'ed in an adjacent lane as I passed by.

Please PM me before your trip, I should be here. I'd love to share the splendor of my adopted home, BTW I grew up in Lauderdale.

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Hi Clem,

I haven't checked out this forum in a long time. Man, where's Charlie, Keith, Jim, Lou, Bob, Rusty and all the other guys?

I have a friend that has a 2005 650 with way less than 10,000 miles for sale cheap. Let me know if you need a Band aid. Check out this rental site for the Iron horse trip:

European Motorsports Inc.|North GA Moto Guzzi Aprilia Motorcycles Scooters New Used Dealer|Rentals - Motorcycle Rentals


I have an odd situation where my garage is packed full of junk from an estate sale thingy and I have no room for the bike until July.




Let's get the band back together!

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Hey Rod, PM me on the 2005, very interested.

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