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post #1 of 17 Old 06-16-2010, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting rider sightings

I live next to Interstate 5, just North of Portland, Oregon. I hop onto the highway almost every day for short shopping trips, etc... Of course I watch for bikes and enjoy seeing the local Strom riders on their daily commutes.

Every couple of months, I'll spot a Strom, usually heading North towards Seattle. Could be either a 1000 or 650. They stay in the fast lane, moving slightly faster than the rest of the traffic. They always have side and top cases mounted. Sometimes I can make out an ADV sticker. Sometimes they are wearing dirty riding gear that looks like it has been through some serious rain.

I assume these guys are on long distance rallies of the Iron Butt type. Whenever I see one I want to go grab my Strom and ride along!

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Every couple of months, I'll spot a Strom, usually heading North towards Seattle. Could be either a 1000 or 650.

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I see Stroms everyday going by loaded with all sorts of gear. Usually they are travelling in pairs but sometimes up to 5 in a group.
Whether they are headed North or South makes no difference, they are just out Stroming.

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One of my coworkers, a biker as well, mentioned that he has been seeing lot of Stroms in New Hampshire. Sometimes alone and sometimes in groups. I got a big kick out of how surprised he seemed to be that he was seeing so many of them. There does seem to be quite a few in the New England area.

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I see quite a few here in Western North Carolina.

I've managed to stop a few of them and ask them where they get the nerve to be taking these cross-country trips while the rest of us have to slave away for money.

I have often found myself returning from an errand as evening is settling and long to go past the driveway and wake up somewhere far away.

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I see Stroms everyday going by loaded with all sorts of gear. Usually they are travelling in pairs but sometimes up to 5 in a group.
Whether they are headed North or South makes no difference, they are just out Stroming.
Some travel alone...and stop in to visit! How are things in the land of sunshine and happiness, WW?

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Recently saw two Strom 1000's in Vermont travelling together loaded with gear....both were all black.....shooting up Route 100....then I saw them again on the return trip.....looked as though they were preparing for a long haul somewhere and working out the bugs of the new gear......each had a couple of 1 gallon red plastic gas containers attached to the giant sidebags....pretty cool ...these guys looked prepared for anything....
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Some travel alone...and stop in to visit! How are things in the land of sunshine and happiness, WW?
Today WAS sunshine and happiness. We rode to Sumas Washington for a burger an fries. Life is good.

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uh well?..........

For you Portland and Vancouver, Wa. guys. Have you eaten at that steak house that is right across the street from the huge statue of Paul Bunyon? I worked in Vancouver for a while in 1995 and was just wondering about that place and the one down on the south end of Martin Luther King Dr. in Portland?

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One of my coworkers, a biker as well, mentioned that he has been seeing lot of Stroms in New Hampshire. Sometimes alone and sometimes in groups.
If he saw a Red One without "VStrom stickers" that would be me. I do a lot of riding through NH on my "Commute Home".

However, there are a lot of Stroms in this area.

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I saw the most unusual thing today. While I was at the local cycle shop picking up some oil.... in comes an older guy on his Strom with a tire around his waste. First time I have ever seen that. It was a sight. After a quick chuckle I figured it was just another Strom owner ingenuity.

Unfortunately I did not stop to talk. I was in my car not riding the Wee.

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