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Voyages on Two Wheels – 18 and 20 August 2011 – Pics of Bikes & Desert

Well, I was going to try to get this post published last night, but I just flat ran out of steam.  I did manage to get something like a reasonable amount of sleep though, so today went fairly well :)  I’ll get back to more about today in another post, so let’s get on with the pics :thumb:

18 August 2011 - Riding to get lunch helps to keep me sane :)

18 August 2011 - Riding to get lunch helps to keep me sane :)

18 August 2011 - A&W and Long John Silvers - Good hamburgers and hot dogs!

18 August 2011 - A&W and Long John Silvers - Good hamburgers and hot dogs!

I think I’ve finally found a way to deal with work when everything is turning into the contents of a septic tank.  I hop on my motorcycle and ride over to either Taco Bell or A&W/Long John Silver’s for lunch :)  Now, I only get 30 minutes total for lunch so I’ve got to be fairly quick about it.  Still, even if I only get to ride about three miles round trip it seems to do loads for my co-workers’ sanity during the second half of the day :wink:

20 August 2011 - Carter Powersports - Decisions, decisions...

20 August 2011 - Carter Powersports - Decisions, decisions...

20 August 2011 - Panorama - V-Strom or Versys?

20 August 2011 - Panorama - V-Strom or Versys?

 Saturday brought the promise of two whole days off in a row :D  I need a new helmet liner due to a bit of a problem with part of the attachment system that keeps it in the helmet up front, so I headed down to Carter Powersports to see if they had one in stock.  They didn’t, but I ordered one along with another accessory and picked up a different cramp buster for the throttle :)

As much fun as I’m having with my V-Star, I’m actually thinking that I’m going to add another motorcycle to my stable in the next couple of years.  Now, I know you’re probably :shock: but try not to fall out of your chair :wink:  The two bikes above are currently at the top of my list.  The Versys and V-Strom are similar bikes from different companies, but they’re different enough that it matters.  The V-Strom is more dirt oriented, while the Versys is a better street machine.  If I were to be in the market for one of them right now, I’d be totally screwed – I wouldn’t be able to decide.  If I were going only by looks, the Versys would be the winner.  But I don’t only go by looks :wink:

20 August 2011 - Anyone still doubt that it gets a bit hot out?

20 August 2011 - Anyone still doubt that it gets a bit hot out?

 Anyone care to tell me how they put down this sort of paint and how long they expect it to last in a place like Las Vegas :wtf2:

20 August 2011 - Harley Davidson Dyna Superglide

20 August 2011 - Harley Davidson Dyna Superglide

20 August 2011 - Harley Davidson Dyna Superglide - 176731 miles!

20 August 2011 - Harley Davidson Dyna Superglide - 176731 miles!

 It’s really true that you never know what you’ll see out on the road :)  I’ve also found that I actually meet people when I’m out on my bike.  It’s been said many times that you’re more approachable when you’re on a motorcycle.  I think this comes down to being outside rather than inside a car.  Talking to someone who’s in a car kind of feels like violating some sort of personal space.

I wish I could remember the name of the owner of this bike, but I appreciate him allowing me to get these pics :cool:  Stereotypes exist for so many things and bikers are no exception.  The owner of this bike really does get out and ride as you can tell by the odometer!  He’s not one for lots of safety gear, but he also knows the risks and accepts them.  The only changes I’d make to this Harley would be to change the bars and windshield.  Other than that I’d ride the hell out of it, too :thumb:

20 August 2011 - Panorama - Red Rock Canyon at sunset

20 August 2011 - Panorama - Red Rock Canyon at sunset

 I should probably get my lazy, sleepy butt out of bed earlier on occasion and get out to Red Rock when the sun’s coming from the other direction :P  For now I’ll just stick to saying that evening is my favorite time to go play in Red Rock Canyon :wink:

20 August 2011 - Quick stop for sodas on the way home

20 August 2011 - Quick stop for sodas on the way home

 There’s really nothing special about this pic, but I do like the way my bike looks at night :)  The front turn signals stay lit like this as marker lights and the triangle is supposed to help cagers notice you more than just having a single headlight.  I’m just happy to be able to go ride off into the sunset and beyond :cool:

That’s all for this post.  Have a great day and stay tuned for more soon :mrgreen:

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4 comments to Voyages on Two Wheels – 18 and 20 August 2011 – Pics of Bikes & Desert

  • I owned a 650 V-Strom for about six months. They are NOT for the short of inseam, they are top-heavy, and the combination of those two traits tend to make them fall over in parking lots. I dropped mine TWICE, which was two more times than any other bike in my roughly 40 years of riding when I bought the V-Strom. So… out it went, replaced by an SV-650s. I loved that Ducati-like twin, which made a bit more horsepower in the SV than it did in the V-strom.

    That said… the V-strom was a GREAT road-tripper. I rode her from NM to Fort Collins, CO; over to SLC, UT; and back to NM. 500+ mile days were no big deal on that moto. She was high, wide and handsome on the open road (with enough luggage space to pack for a couple o’ weeks on the road) and fun in the twisties. She was a little skittish on dirt, though, which was prolly a function of the tires.

    Overall: Nice bike, if you’re NOT short.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Buck :D I only have a 30″ inseam, but sitting on the bike it didn’t seem too tall. I usually only put my left foot down at lights with my right on the brake and this was easy to do in the showroom. I like that the V-Strom is dirt capable as I’d love to go down some dirt roads, power line roads, etc. in the not too distant future :cool:

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