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  1. A NEW SEASON BECKONS
    From Five Hundred Miles... Okay, winter's almost over, and it's time to get back on the road. The 800 has been in the shop all winter and I've been feeling like I lost my right leg for the past four months. It's also been kind of slow on the blog here, because there weren't any rides to write about. I haved lived on the road vicariously though, reading international road stories from KLR650.NET and Horizons Unlimited. One of the best I've come across is Allen Karl's Blog. on July 4, 2005, he began his
  2. A New Venture.....
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  3. A CURE FOR PMS
    From Five Hundred Miles... So here I sit, the middle of January, 25 degreees F outside, the 800 in the shop until March, suffering a bad case of PMS (parked motorcycle syndrome) Well, somewhere in the world people are riding, and I came across Norm Garon's story. It is the stuff we all dream of. The 65 year old retired US Navy diver has just completed a four month, 18,700 mile tour of Australia, told here in two parts. It's a great read, so pull up a
  4. A NEW YORK CITY RIDE
    From Five Hundred Miles... I cut my motorycle-riding teeth on the streets of New York, and after a twenty year hiatus, returned. Nothing had changed except the size and speed of the bikes. The MSF course was a neat tidy world, and the proficient riding guides and books paint pictures of clearly delineated lanes, cute stick figures moving at predictable times and set piece scenarios. It just ain't that way This is the way it is. There are constants. Everybody messes with you if you ride a motorcycle. To stay alive is to be alive, to
  5. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, HEAR
    From Five Hundred Miles... I Was going to do a story on city riding this year but never got around to it, and NYC started hasslin' riders off and on all summer but I came across some sobering visuals and facts http://www.break.com/index/car-blows-red-light-and-hits-biker.html The poster reads...He may be tough on the outside, but he's soft and squishy inside. Ain't we all Even though it's the end of the season here in New York, and the bike is up for the winter, plans are being made for next season, the video was a sobering wake up and
  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINES
    From Five Hundred Miles... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES.... You do us all proud. For the uniformed, here's how and why JAR HEAD ON Adam Buckman Column, NYP, 2/21/07 February 21, 2007 -- THE people who volunteer for the Marine Corps are special people indeed. Just consider what they're signing on for: A job whose chief requirements include fighting, killing and possibly dying on command. And just to get to the point where they're allowed to do that, they have to endure several months of physical and psychological training so intense that it would cause most of us to
  7. I TOOK A RIDE TO SHANKSVILLE
    From Five Hundred Miles... This was supposed to be a story about a ride along two hundred miles of Route 30, the Lincoln Highway, one of the nation's first cross country roads. It isn't. It was supposed be about Gettysburg and the history of travel in the early 20th century... Of country roads... That go on forever through an America that no longer exists AND THEN I STOPPED AT SHANKSVILLE FOR PHOTOS I'm on route 30 Westbound, twenty five miles west of Bedford, at an otherwise nondescript interseciton with Lambertsville Road, a simple sign pointed left, to the
  8. I WENT FOR A LITTLE RIDE
    From Five Hundred Miles... There was a very cautious man, who never laughed or cried. He never risked, he never lost, he never won nor tried. And when he one day passed away, his insurance was denied, For since he never really lived, they claimed he never died. And you haven't lived until you've almost died...
  9. AN ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN SOJOURN
    From Five Hundred Miles... The Adirondack Mountains comprise six million acres of nothingness, and this is as it should be. But in this nothingness is so much to see and do that you will wear out many sets of tires before you see it all. Susan and I took four days and while we filled every day, we did not even touch the needle on to of the tip of the iceberg. MORE PHOTOS HERE Here it is late in the season, and work has kept me off the road, going out six days a
  10. COUNTER STEERING 101
    From Five Hundred Miles... Been way too busy to get out much, too busy to post, a point I'm going to change in the next few weeks, but I came across this great video with is sort of a 1-2-3 explanation of this often mistunderstood concept...Enjoy and I'll see you all next week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C848R9xWrjc
  11. GROWING OLD AGAINST MY WILL--AND RIDING.
    From Five Hundred Miles... For you older guys, read this over. There's a lot here, much of it TRUE. MAY IS MOTORCYCLES SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH, FOLKS. LET'S ALL STILL BE HERE IN NOVEMBER We're getting older folks, no bout adoubt it. and whether or not you want to think about it, the facts are there. You ain't what you used to be, especially when it comes to riding. Read on Some crash analysis studies indicate that as the median age for motorcyclists increased in recent years, the rate of involvement in traffic incidents also increased. According
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