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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-28-2019, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Shaking Off The Cobwebs -

It's still a bit cool and early in the year but decided to spend a couple of days in the saddle to stretch my legs and do a little solo camping for a spring time equipment check.

It was a nice trip but boy am I out of shape, considering the modest 6 hour days. One thing is sure, even after a dose of industrial strength Ibuprofen, I'm turning into one hell-of-a weatherman. Especially when there is a full moon Thank goodness for my sleeping pad, backpacker's cot and extra thick sleeping bags. I've sold a couple of bikes so I'm back down to Ol' Beauford T Dudley for a while. Here is a photo of "The Dud"shaking off the cobwebs and heading for the laundry at the camp grounds.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-29-2019, 01:49 AM
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I was surprised when I went to the USA to still see 1200 Goldwing out there touring. You do not see it over here. I am one of the last 1200 riders over here and it is good to see the old bikes on the road and I love seeing them being used. Keep up the good work.
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Hey Eric - In the states there are lots of early 4 cylinder GW's still on the road but you often don't see them except when gathered at a bike show or motorcycle ralley. I've always liked the 1200 GW's because they're an excellent compromise of power, carrying capacity and price to be used as a modest Swiss Army Knife camping mobile. Plus - you can pick up a "Barn Find' complete parts bike for cheap if needed.

The "Dud" likes to relive his pioneer glory days and thinks he's a REAL trail blazer when heading through the mountains on a dirt logging road. There is actually quite a bit of competition around between these bikes on "Who's The Most Authentic Looking Cavalry Indian Scout".

Here's a photo of another want-to-be pioneer. Beuaford T Dudley likes to think this guy is only a close second. Don't want to hurt his feelings - But I don't know ???

Has anyone seen any more rivals or runner ups ?
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That 1200 looks like a cruise Mad Max bike.
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Hey Eric - Just as a joke, that IS a photo of a character vehicle from the Mad Max movies...... He's just one of the rough and tumble buddies the "Dud" is kind of beginning to look like. Of course, in the real world a 4 cylinder GW is not practical as a serious dual purpose bike. Most agree that position is held by elite utility motorcycles like the BMW R 1200 GS.

The Dud is simply my inexpensive pack horse used when camping up in the mountains along the Lewis & Clark LoLo Trail. As long as my back holds up, I plan to enjoy stepping back to the times and places where life wasn't so complicated.

At the VFW one time I heard a hundred year old man comment "At this point of his life, if he ever wakes up feeling great and nothing hurts - he'll know he's dead".

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