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post #1 of 44 Old 10-21-2007, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Why is this regional section so beat?

Thats the question... do we just have a lack of strom-riders in this area or are we just really lame?

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post #2 of 44 Old 10-21-2007, 07:08 PM
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I ride a lot, but never go to model-specific forums to organize rides. I ride with everyone, regardless of make. Case in point. I organized a fall foliage ride in southwestern PA today. Had 13 riders show up for a couple hundred miles of twisty country roads with awesome fall foliage and weather.

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Lame?

Lame? Moi? Probably just too damn busy keeping the wolf from the door here in nowheresville, NY. Today I rode down to Wellsboro, PA with three friends, not Strom riders, to look at the big hole in the ground. Didn't see any other Stroms the entire day. Saw tons of Harleys though. We were one Wee Strom, one SV 1000, one Valkyrie and one Ducati Monster 800. Left at noon, home by 7:30 pm. We're not really lame, just too busy to ride as much as we'd like.
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true i do ride with whoever as well... i just dont see too many stroms around.

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post #5 of 44 Old 10-22-2007, 04:37 AM
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I haven't been on an actual ride other than commuting in about 6 weeks. I have a son in junior high football, and I coach pop warner football and work 55 hours a week. Doesn't leave much free time. Can't wait to get out and ride some more.
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Most of the regional areas cover a lot of territory, and most riders only ride for a day or two on the weekends, and sometimes 1/2 day is all they can get squeezed in. That amounts to two hours out and back.....100 miles from home if you are damn lucky and don't get hooked up in some traffic.

I prefer riding by myself, or with my wife in tow on her Vulcan. The fellowship of group riding is great, if I just didn't have to ride in a group. :???:

To me, group riding (not just out riding with 3 or 4 bikes and good friends- I'm talking 10-30 bikes and many strangers) is the antithesis of "riding freedom" - you become a lemming.

If a road side attraction or side road catches your eye and you want to explore, you are SOL. If you are hot and want a drink your are SOL, if you don't need gas and don't need a drink you are SOL, if the guy in front of you is on a loud bike, with a poorly tuned air fuel mixture you are SOL.

Then there are rules, like continuing though traffic lights or 4 way stop signs, and bikes blocking traffic to the let the group through.......it feels like an accident waiting to happen.

My idea of a group ride would be to give eveyone a map, and time to arrive at various destinations that allowed for about 25% more time than needed then go your own way/speed/pace and meet up when you get there.

Is that 'beat' enough for you?

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well at least I managed to stir up some conversation...

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Bigcountry,
Where are you located? NJ,PA,NY we have a big Vstrom group. the main core is in central NJ and then N & S NJ some in Phili, Bucks county, and lehigh area. There are around 70 of us and atleast 5 to 10 that always ride together. Check out the NJ group link here and there will be a link to the site.

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Anyone ever ride out in the Lehigh Valley/Poconos/Reading areas? I live in Berks County and commute to Allentown for work; I haven't seen a single (confirmed) Strom since I got mine in May. I thought I saw one over the weekend in Reading, but it was too far away for me to be sure.

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post #10 of 44 Old 10-23-2007, 10:13 PM
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Anyone ever ride out in the Lehigh Valley/Poconos/Reading areas? I live in Berks County and commute to Allentown for work; I haven't seen a single (confirmed) Strom since I got mine in May. I thought I saw one over the weekend in Reading, but it was too far away for me to be sure.
Hey Uneasy. I ride out in Bucks county and north of that every weekend almost. Where about in Lehigh we have another guy from our group in that area. He rides a dark blue Vee. You might see him.

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