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Old 03-19-2010, 10:56 PM   #1
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My former life

Before we had our first child 2 years ago, my wife and I were heavily into
motorcycles. We gave up the road bikes for camping after my son was born to
spend some more time in the places we've ridden past in a blur.

My first real motorcycle was a 2002 Honda GL1800. I put 120,000 miles on it
in 4 years. Living in Minnesota with a short riding season, that's quite a bit.
We did a lot of Ironbutt rides and rallys which helped turn the odometer
quickly. That bike had been to 40 states. This picture shows the 4gallon fuel
cell I used on long distance events which increased my range to 450miles. I've
literally lived on it for 7 days straight putting on 7300miles during the Buttlite

In 2006 I "downsized" to an BMWR1200RT. More fun and actually more
comfortable than the goldwing. My wife and another riding friend switched
after giving it a test drive. Made carrying spare parts easy. You have your
share of on the road repairs riding as much as we did.

We have kept our dual sport Suzuki DR650s. It wont be long until the little
guy is on his own dirt bike and they don't take up much garage space. Plus I
can still ride when I get the itch.

Ron Hanson
2009 Georgetown 350TS (bunks)
400W solar, 440AH 6V GC2
2009 Ford Edge AWD Ltd towed
2011 Honda Fit Sport towed
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Old 03-20-2010, 08:10 AM   #2
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Nice looking scoots!
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:30 PM   #3
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That is what I like to see, a real motorcycle rider and with the miles you put on yours you are indeed a motorcyle rider. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:59 AM   #4
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`former life`says it all! I just sold my Ducati 860 2 years ago. I`d been back and forth across the US on it a couple of times. Like you, I had children and just wasn`t riding. How many babies can you fit in a side car - not. Now I`m the protective mama and the idea of my children riding is very frightening.
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