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The Longest Ride

Like alot of guy's I know, I got into motorcycles because they were fast, relatively cheap and got great mileage. My first bike was a "82 Honda 650 Nighthawk. I put 30K on that bike. It was replaced by a "83 Honda Magna that bike served me well for over 50K. Next was a Yammy IT250. Rode that one while stationed overseas. Came back to the U.S. and got a Honda Inteceptor. Got rid of it because it was too uncomfortable to ride more than an hour at a time. Then came the unevitable. Got married, had 3 kids. Pretty soon riding for pleasure went by the wayside. Never enough time or money to get another bike. Too many family obligations.

Fast forward about 15 years. The wife and I are sightseeing in Laughlin, NV. We spot a car exhibit in a casino and decide to go and check it out. Lo and behold they have "The Black Princess" on display. For those that haven't heard of this, it's the 1980 Honda Goldwing that Emilio Scotto used to ride around the world. Twice. 10 years and 500,000 miles later. A serious ride.

I am mildly courious. I buy his book while I am at the exhibit. Mainly for the cool pictures in it. Takes me about 2 weeks to read it. Never would I have thought that a book would incite such deep passion in my soul. Within days I am looking for a new bike. 6 weeks later I have my own pride and joy. An '09 Versys. The more I ride it, the more I feel like a kid again.


I highly recommend that everyone who rides a bike to read this book. If not for the story, for the pictures alone.

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Some feedback on book title will be helpful and trust you will have many more years of happy biking.

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Cool story! Congrats on your Versys.
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That was an incredible story!

Just wondering if you have seen the videos "The Long Way Down" and "Long Way Around"? If not, you will probably enjoy those as well. They are in my library of movies along with "The Worlds Fastest Indian" and "On any Sunday".

I've always felt I could ride a motorcycle anywhere, until I saw these videos. I just think a little differently now. Those riders are true adventurers.

How does the song go? "I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm good once, as I ever was." I'm saving my once for later if I need it.

For the last 10 years, I have stuck with travel throughout the US with my wife riding along side. I think, I could do this a life time, and still not see all there is to offer in the US.

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That was an incredible story!

Just wondering if you have seen the videos "The Long Way Down" and "Long Way Around"? If not, you will probably enjoy those as well. They are in my library of movies along with "The Worlds Fastest Indian" and "On any Sunday".

I've always felt I could ride a motorcycle anywhere, until I saw these videos. I just think a little differently now. Those riders are true adventurers.

How does the song go? "I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm good once, as I ever was." I'm saving my once for later if I need it.

For the last 10 years, I have stuck with travel throughout the US with my wife riding along side. I think, I could do this a life time, and still not see all there is to offer in the US.


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Some feedback on book title will be helpful and trust you will have many more years of happy biking.

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The book is The Longest Ride.

I actually found a 32 page preview of it on Google. Entire book is 232 pages.

http://books.google.com/books?id=qcI...page&q&f=false

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Gary has done the long way down on the Versys! Ahh, the "if" in life...time, family, money. But so fun to travel along on the page or screen!

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Here's my longest ride story: Sunday morning I woke to discover we were out of coffee. No Problem, I'll just ride up to the coffee shop around the corner to pick up some fresh ground Alterra Coffee. Returned home 2 hours and 92 miles later.
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