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Farewell, it's been great!

Well, it didn't take long for sure but I sold the bike today. I met the new owner today (forum member screen name: BMK). He got a great deal on it, but I'm just glad to see it go to someone who can appreciate it and thankful it sold before the winter. I will truly miss riding, but right now in my life, I have to think of my family needs first. I'm definitely not done riding forever!

So...thank you all who've made my entrance into motorcycling so fun and exciting. The wealth of knowledge here and the quality of the people make this place one of my all time favorite forums!

On that note, we welcomed this to the family a couple weeks ago. 2005 Explorer XLT 4x4 V8. Got an incredible deal on it and it only has 60k miles. With 5 kids now, having two vehicles that can seat all of us is a HUGE need.

oh...and the rims were already installed. I'm want to sell them and go back to 17's with A/T's...the wife on the other hand wants to keep them

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Wow, the Explorer is a good color for her too... Thanks for letting us know why you're abandoning us, high and dry.
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Always sad to see a rider retire, even if only temporarily. Sure there's not enough room for an $800 UJM in the garage, just to keep the dream alive?

In keeping with my habit of sticking my nose "where et dun't belong", A/T's in California? Unless you're heading off-road, all-seasons'll net you better wear, better handling (probably), and better economy (slightly), especially with all that hot pavement. Usually less money to boot.

EDIT: You also might want to watch the front wheel bearings. Explorers of that vintage have a tendency to lose them right about at your mileage.

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Always sad to see a rider retire, even if only temporarily. Sure there's not enough room for an $800 UJM in the garage, just to keep the dream alive?

In keeping with my habit of sticking my nose "where et dun't belong", A/T's in SoCal? Unless you're heading off-road, all-seasons'll net you better wear, better handling (probably) and better economy (slightly), especially with all that hot pavement. Usually less money to boot.
Actually NorCal and I'm only about 45 minutes from the hills with some great trails ready to Explore It has Toyo Proxes ST2's on there now, just about brand new. I've heard they're an excellent tire that's M+S rated. We'll see when I take it up to Tahoe next month.

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Wow, the Explorer is a good color for her too... Thanks for letting us know why you're abandoning us, high and dry.
Thanks invader, you've proved to be a great resource on here. Oh, and you forgot one...high, dry and warm. That, I will definitely enjoy this winter.
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We all can appreciate keeping the priorities straight, especially with 5 children ! Enjoy that Explorer !

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Always sad to see a rider retire, even if only temporarily. Sure there's not enough room for an $800 UJM in the garage, just to keep the dream alive?
Glad to hear you sold your bike, and before winter, like you said. I saw when you posted it and, man, that bike was nicely tricked out with aftermarket goodies. I am sure the new owner is going to love it!

I've been in your situation before where practicality "won the day," and, in all honesty, it seems you just did something that needed to be done. I can't see having that large of a family and not owning 2 vehicles that could get everybody around in.

Having said that, since I have been a teenager, I have not gone more than a few months without a motorcycle in my life. Sometimes it was one I rolled off the showroom floor brand new and other times it was a 20+ year old "survivor" that I bought for $400, $750, $1,000, etc.. For some people, motorcycling is an optional pastime, and others it is in our blood and who we are and what we do. If I were in your shoes, I would be saving my nickles right now and shopping for something to ride, "just to keep the dream alive," as Hamster stated. For a variety of factors, it is really amazing sometimes what you can get in a motorcycle for $750, $1,000, or even $1,500. I recently saw on Craigslist an 80's Honda XL 350 that "ran great," looked all stock and real clean with 5,000 miles on it. The guy wanted $1,100 for it and while I was "thinking about it," somebody snapped it up--probably for $1,000 or less too. If you be careful and shop around, sometimes you can find some real gems out there "on the cheap."

Anyway, best of luck with the new car and to you and your family! Hope to see you back "in the fold" before too long!

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Five kids now! It seemed only a little while ago that you had three. I very much understand needing two vehicles that can seat the entire family. We have a hard enough time with three kids.

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Five kids now! It seemed only a little while ago that you had three. I very much understand needing two vehicles that can seat the entire family. We have a hard enough time with three kids.

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Yup, 5 kids. We were just placed with our 13 month old twin girls (adoption). My wife and I have been in the process of adopting for 18 months now. We were chosen as the placement for our girls 5 months ago and brought them home 3 weeks ago. That's three biological kids (all boys) and two girls now.

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Yup, 5 kids. We were just placed with our 13 month old twin girls (adoption). My wife and I have been in the process of adopting for 18 months now. We were chosen as the placement for our girls 5 months ago and brought them home 3 weeks ago. That's three biological kids (all boys) and two girls now.

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Good luck man, you made the right choice. To be honest I probably wouldn't ride a motorcycle if I had any kids, it's way too dangerous around here (Chicago has terrible drivers). Be well!
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Yup, 5 kids. We were just placed with our 13 month old twin girls (adoption). My wife and I have been in the process of adopting for 18 months now. We were chosen as the placement for our girls 5 months ago and brought them home 3 weeks ago. That's three biological kids (all boys) and two girls now.

Being a dad is one of the greatest gifts in the world and I love every minute of it.
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Yup, 5 kids. We were just placed with our 13 month old twin girls (adoption). My wife and I have been in the process of adopting for 18 months now. We were chosen as the placement for our girls 5 months ago and brought them home 3 weeks ago. That's three biological kids (all boys) and two girls now.

Being a dad is one of the greatest gifts in the world and I love every minute of it.
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