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The East coast rally in NC was a blast. Some of the best roads I've ever ridden, even the overcrowded(with cruisers) Dragon. It was great seeing all of the stroms, and how they were all differently farkled. No 2 were alike and they really reflected their owners different styles and takes on riding. The Strommers were really a great bunch, and good riders. I never saw other bikes piled up behind a slow moving strom. It kind of made me proud. At first everybody at the campground wanted to know what the big deal was about stroms, what they were for... By the end of the rally I think they decided that they are some kind of sportbike. I know that I was surprised by what mine could do Anyway, if you were there, could you post your handle below so we could have some names to match up with the faces. Maybe next year some nametags.
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I wore a tee shirt with my Avatar.

I'm sure you remember me.
 

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I didn't notice the T shirt. Wait, were you a middle aged male with some grey hair, riding a strom?
 

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I didn't notice the T shirt. Wait, were you a middle aged male with some grey hair, riding a strom?
Isn't that like trying to identify a HD rider by saying "That guy with the leather vest and ponytail"? ;)
 

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Don't get me started on HDs, just put a roof on it and some golf clubs in the back and you have its highest purpose.
 

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I like Harleys, I really do, they look sound feel pretty good. I just don't think that they belong at the Dragon. They really were being passed by bicycles. If it wasn't so funny it would have been embarrassing. To be fair they were really fast bicycles. Maybe they should just keep to the right kind of like mopeds do.
 

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I didnt know a thing about the rally till I got down there. I ride a black Strom and was riding with a guy on an older Buell all weekend. I talked to a couple of Strom riders and everyone I met seemed cool. It was a great weekend after the rain stopped. My buddy had a black bear run out in front of him on the foothills parkway, it was a pucker moment but pretty cool. Oh and one last thing.... I followed those bicyclists for a little ways and have to admit on the down hill areas those guys were very fast, not that they woulda passed me but gotta give them props. You wouldnt catch me on anything human powered through there.

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I rode the Dragon in the rain last week and had to pass some Harley riders who were riding that much slower due to the wet, I damn near stalled the bike in first gear we went around one corner that slow. It was dangerous, really dangerous following behind someone that incompetant.
 

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I was there, and had a blast. I was one of the youngest Strommers there I believe at 29, I'm tall (6'6") brown hair and goatee, black 2005 DL1000 with black ammo cans as side cases. You might have seen me teaching a Cornhole class on Saturday evening.

(It's a bean bag toss game, ya perverts!)
 

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I was there, and had a blast. I was one of the youngest Strommers there I believe at 29,
No we're all about the same age. Some of us just use beauty products to frost our hair silver or to enlarge our scalp or we get silicon jowl injections. We do this because we are in positions of authority; it makes our clients, employees and investors think we have more experience than we really do.
 

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pedal bikes on the downhill...

Bicycles on a downhill are really fast, and can (in the hands of a competent user) manuver better than any motorbike. Don't believe me? Watch some of the downhill segments of the Giro d' Italia or other bike races. The escorts have trouble keeping ahead of the bikes.

Anyway, that doesn't diminish the point of the comment, but I wanted to provide some commentary about how fast a modern road bike really can be.
 

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A friend of mine rides a HD Big Twin. You better be prepared to be humbled if you ride with him. He can be found on Hwy 1 schoolin' sportbikes.

It's not the bike it's the rider.
 

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That's not my opinion, randyo.

you sound like the one that is incompetent, if you don't have the skills to go slow, you shouldn't be going fast either
randyo, I have seen The Shepherd ride, and I think otherwise.

I have been riding various motorcycles since long before that man was born, and when I rode with him, I felt I should have paid him for the lesson.

Given another chance, which I expect soon, I just might!

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What a great place

What a great place for the Vstrom East Rally. If you missed it, shame on you. Don't miss it again next year. I'll be there. One thing about that area, there are no bad roads. A great ride from that area is through Deals Gap around to the Cherahola Parkway with a stop in Tellico Plains for lunch or breakfast. I got lucky and won a Tee Shirt at the drawing.

Your a great bunch of guys and gals and I really enjoyed myself. Ironhorse staff was very accommodating and gave great service.

Look for me there next year for sure.:D
 

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randyo, I have seen The Shepherd ride, and I think otherwise.

I have been riding various motorcycles since long before that man was born, and when I rode with him, I felt I should have paid him for the lesson.

Given another chance, which I expect soon, I just might!

Keith

I would suspect then that he should have the skills to go as slow as a harley without "almost stalling"



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I would suspect then that he should have the skills to go as slow as a harley without "almost stalling"
Perhaps he was exaggerating slightly.

It can be disconcerting to be doing the speed limit only to come around a corner to find motorcycle doing a fraction thereof.
 

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I rode the Dragon in the rain last week and had to pass some Harley riders who were riding that much slower due to the wet, I damn near stalled the bike in first gear we went around one corner that slow. It was dangerous, really dangerous following behind someone that incompetant.
I rode the Dragon last year in a downpour on my Harley Ultra . . . taking that 800+ pound bike through those curves in the rain with surface oil visibly running down the road was one of the scariest rides I've ever been on. I ran the whole thing in 1st and 2nd gear myself.
 

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A friend of mine rides a HD Big Twin. You better be prepared to be humbled if you ride with him. He can be found on Hwy 1 schoolin' sportbikes.

It's not the bike it's the rider.
Now that's funny, I had one try and follow me on PCH on my ST1300, soon looked like a speck in the mirror, so I turned around and did it again.
 
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