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New Adventure Rider from D.C.

Hello all!

I'm Jason, from the Washington, D.C. area, currently living in Alexandria, VA.

I'm 28 - have been one of those doggone cyclists in tights for most of my life but also ride a mountain bike. Always wanted to get my motorcycle license and just did.

Seeing this reddit post about six months back inspired me and a friend to get our licenses: Got divorced, lost my job, so me and my buddy got on our motorcycles and rode North to the Alaskan Arctic until the road ran out. - Album on Imgur

We plan to ride into Alaska from the states sometime in 2017.

I don't have a bike yet, but plan to buy in the coming year. Probably Kawasaki Versys, but also looking at Triumph Tiger.

As it's my first bike, want to get something of good quality but under $5,000, probably used.

Nice to meet you all!,
Jason
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you've come to the right place. you can probably even pic up a used bike ready to go from a forum member.
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Hi Jason and welcome to the forum. Test ride everything you are interested in to see how things fit you. Let us know what you decide when you decide. In the meantime there are some very knowledgeable people here who can help with any questions you may have.

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Thanks for the advice! I'll let you all know what I find.
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Hey Jason, congrats and welcome.

I also live DC and would be willing to let you ride my Versys 650. I have shop space just north of Old Town where I store a few motorcycles; we could meet there, grab some bikes and go for a cruise.

One of my shop mates actually has a Triumph Tiger that he rode from LA to Alaska and back. He really seems to like it, but unfortunately A) it's not my bike and B) its not stored at the shop, so I couldn't let you test drive it...

Shoot me a PM with your contact info if you're interested in going for a ride or even if you just want grab a beer and talk bikes.

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Jason, aboard!

FWIW - I wrote up a few "Far N" rides (look under my signature line for links), on my V, and other bikes...!

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Hello all!

I'm Jason, from the Washington, D.C. area, currently living in Alexandria, VA.

I'm 28 - have been one of those doggone cyclists in tights for most of my life but also ride a mountain bike. Always wanted to get my motorcycle license and just did.

Seeing this reddit post about six months back inspired me and a friend to get our licenses: Got divorced, lost my job, so me and my buddy got on our motorcycles and rode North to the Alaskan Arctic until the road ran out. - Album on Imgur

We plan to ride into Alaska from the states sometime in 2017.

I don't have a bike yet, but plan to buy in the coming year. Probably Kawasaki Versys, but also looking at Triumph Tiger.

As it's my first bike, want to get something of good quality but under $5,000, probably used.

Nice to meet you all!,
Jason
That looks like a pretty inspirational ride. I can't believe there's light at 1am or the sun never sets. I can't imagine what it would be like to ride this

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with the sunlight issue I think I would have to make a black-out tarp for my hammock tent for that trip so I could sleep.
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Welcome Jason from a one-time Alexandria resident. Lived just off King Street when my USAF wife was assigned to the Joint Staff @ the Pentagon in the late 1990s. Discovered in short order that the best way to get around was by bicycle - great bike paths throughout the area.

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Hello all!

I'm Jason, from the Washington, D.C. area, currently living in Alexandria, VA.

I'm 28 - have been one of those doggone cyclists in tights for most of my life but also ride a mountain bike. Always wanted to get my motorcycle license and just did.

Seeing this reddit post about six months back inspired me and a friend to get our licenses: Got divorced, lost my job, so me and my buddy got on our motorcycles and rode North to the Alaskan Arctic until the road ran out. - Album on Imgur

We plan to ride into Alaska from the states sometime in 2017.

I don't have a bike yet, but plan to buy in the coming year. Probably Kawasaki Versys, but also looking at Triumph Tiger.

As it's my first bike, want to get something of good quality but under $5,000, probably used.

Nice to meet you all!,
Jason
It would be a great ride for sure. If you need any advice or suggestions there are plenty of members here that are more than willing to help you out. AND once you get up here to Alaska I'd be happy to offer my help as well. Keep us posted on what you decide.


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Hey Jason, congrats and welcome.

I also live DC and would be willing to let you ride my Versys 650. I have shop space just north of Old Town where I store a few motorcycles; we could meet there, grab some bikes and go for a cruise.

One of my shop mates actually has a Triumph Tiger that he rode from LA to Alaska and back. He really seems to like it, but unfortunately A) it's not my bike and B) its not stored at the shop, so I couldn't let you test drive it...

Shoot me a PM with your contact info if you're interested in going for a ride or even if you just want grab a beer and talk bikes.

-Pete
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Jason, aboard!

FWIW - I wrote up a few "Far N" rides (look under my signature line for links), on my V, and other bikes...!
I checked them out, they look great trips. Thanks for sharing! I'll let you know what route we eventually decide on.

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That looks like a pretty inspirational ride. I can't believe there's light at 1am or the sun never sets. I can't imagine what it would be like to ride this
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with the sunlight issue I think I would have to make a black-out tarp for my hammock tent for that trip so I could sleep.
I hadn't thought about that. I will now.

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Welcome Jason from a one-time Alexandria resident. Lived just off King Street when my USAF wife was assigned to the Joint Staff @ the Pentagon in the late 1990s. Discovered in short order that the best way to get around was by bicycle - great bike paths throughout the area.
Did you ever ride the W&OD? Great path. Also, riding through DC at night during 4th of July when all of the streets are shut down is great too.

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It would be a great ride for sure. If you need any advice or suggestions there are plenty of members here that are more than willing to help you out. AND once you get up here to Alaska I'd be happy to offer my help as well. Keep us posted on what you decide.
Thanks Jeff! I'll keep you posted.
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That looks like a pretty inspirational ride. I can't believe there's light at 1am or the sun never sets. I can't imagine what it would be like to ride this
It IS pretty bright up there, around the equinox. This is a pic from around mid-night.



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with the sunlight issue I think I would have to make a black-out tarp for my hammock tent for that trip so I could sleep.
I've not had any problems - I'm usually pretty tired, but you could use those eye-covers that some airline passengers wear....

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I've not had any problems - I'm usually pretty tired, but you could use those eye-covers that some airline passengers wear....
I've slept with a beanie over my eyes in the army, but not when its too warm. I've got a roll of the same material the army's personal tents are made out of. camo on the outside and black on the inside. block the light quiet well, I just have to stitch it into a tarp.
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Welcome Jason. I'm also in the DC area. I often ride with a meetup group called Kickstands Up, it's a very nice friendly group. Join us for a ride sometime.
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Welcome Jason. I'm also in the DC area. I often ride with a meetup group called Kickstands Up, it's a very nice friendly group. Join us for a ride sometime.
Thanks! I just reached out to you to see how to connect.
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