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Where did you ride today?

First decent day since early Jan, 51 degrees, sunny, not much wind on winding Ozarks mountain roads. Yeah!

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So lucky! My bike has been parked since Dec 1st of last year. At least I get to go to my first motorcycle show tomorrow.
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Same weather here in KC area.

Went out for a ride over to my parents. Around 60 miles or so.

Was a GREAT day for a ride!!

Kansas - Eleven curves in three hundred eighteen miles...

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LOL just saw you Kansas bit-that is about right! Nice twist on the 318 curves in 11 miles-Tail of the Dragon.

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I rode ......in my mind....5 inches of snow today....again

if it were easy....everyone would do it!
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Been riding all week some mornings started out at 25 degrees but got up in the 50's. Loving Every Minute Of It. Just a leather jacket leather summer gloves fingers get a little chilly

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Rode just now, 80 miles of endless curves to Branson and back. No traffic this time of day and off season. It's a privilege to live in the Ozarks, as they say.

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10F and 4" of snow this morning in Parker, CO. Bike is nice and warm in the garage.
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It was 53 here today, rode my bike to work this afternoon. It will be a chilly ride home, though, probably be about 30. Good thing it has heated grips
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Hit 51 in Oregon City today. Went home and got my bike at lunch.

Yesterday heat wave of 58. Took off for the hills and got cold fast. Took an out of the way forest road home. Did about 15 miles of dirt and rut. Little slippery crossing a few snow patches, and the back tire wants to slip off the crest of the dirt road and down into the rut. But I was pleased as punch with the handling considering the tires. Just turned over 500 miles.
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Ride to work everyday. Still looking for a car so I have no choice.

Looks like today is gonna be a beautiful day with temps in the upper 60's. Too bad my bike is going to be out of service over the weekend with maintenance.
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Headed over to the motorcycle show yesterday here in Chicago. Lots of bikes to see and sit on. Not many kids and none of the dealers bothered me. Not much difference with the new Versys (buy a deeply discounted 09 if your in the market) but the Z1000 feels just right and is so light. Got to see the luggage I want, bought a nice heavy leather jacket for $50 and a aqua box for my phone/gps. So while you guys were/are having fun I was having fun myself
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It turned out to be in the mid 60's here in the Dallas area so I rode up to southern Oklahoma and back. About a 225 mile round trip. It was good to get out after all this nasty weather but tommorrow it's suppose to have dropping tempertaures and snow again. Where's spring?????????????

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To cold and too much salt and crap on the roads to ride around here but I did get the garage cleaned out. Time to get the winter maintenance done and accessories installed.




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A little jaunt to Jasper Ark. 265 miles round trip. Posting lots of pics so check this post again to see full set. Thanks!

Mile 70, lunch at a nice little pizza cafe, lots of friendly patrons. They liked the Versys.

Crossing on Browns Ferry, 10 minutes, smooth ride. By now it is cloudy, so pics aren't spectacular.


Docking on the other side, continued my route 125, a favorite with motorcycles(summer)

Park at the Buffalo River, which I would follow much of the ride. Would have loved to
take more photos here, but I only had the afternoon, not much time.



Nearing Jasper, mile 120. The mountains in the background are the Bostons, my destination.



Ozark Cafe, a must stop in Jasper, Ark. Ran into some guys I know from the bicycle
club in Springfield, Ozark Cyclists. I visited too long, and paid later by finishing the
last 70 miles in the dark

Photos and antiques cover the walls and ceilings. Surely lots of stories behind these
old pics. Cafe was established in 1909.
I kept hearing goat bleeting when I parked, here was the source...

This "kid" was 4 days old, very small. Apparently the pet of this group.


Been a while since I have seen one of these jukes.
More pics of the Versys and the scenery. These next shots are along the ridge
of the Boston mountains, sorry my cheap camera and no sun doesn't capture their
magnificence.



Trees were damaged by two seasons of ice storms.
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A couple wooshed by on their Goldwing.






Here is what that herd of elk was about:
From the Motorcycle Highways website:
A herd of Elk seen along Highway 74
Motorcycle Road Scenery:
This takes you thru some of Arkansas best scenery. Boxley Valley is one of the few place where Elk herd can be seen in Arkansas. A real treat for the eyes and a 5 becauese of the wildlife and scenery you'll see along the way!

That is when I stopped shooting so I could get my butt home. Hope you enjoyed
the pics and maybe I will see one of you there soon. KLR Dude for instance. Cheers.

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Rain, go away!

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To work, then took a really long lunch hour that was zero calories!

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Heading south toward Arkansas, anyone in the area? 417 838 1311
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60 degrees out here in Oregon City. Did about 70 miles on the roads east of my house.
70 miles of these backroads is equal to about 150 corners. Can't get enough twisties.

Only drawback is that my V is still at JNS engineering modeling for a skidplate.

Twisties can still be fun on a 1500 Vulcan. Scrapping floorboards baby.
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