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Moto Camping

To me, nothing beats waking up in a tent in the cool mountain air, with nothing planned except a great day of riding!

I remember back in the day, when my dad would load up his Beemer with a tent and sleeping bag and would ride off, not to be seen for a couple of days. He would return, unshaven, smelling like the outdoors and grinning from ear to ear. When we asked him about his ride, he would always say the same thing. “Nothing beats motorcycle camping”.

Now later in life I feel the same way. My dad and I got to spend many trips riding all day, while camping along the way. I will never forget those memories.

Jamie and I love the camping life when it comes to the Bike or Jeep. There are so many things to factor in while moto camping. Its hard to pack all of the items needed for a successful camping trip. So planning is the key.

One of the most important factors in a good moto camping trip is the gear that you take along with you. You will need a great tent, good sleeping bags and the most important item for us is the sleeping pad. Then you can plan for the rest. We will post with some pictures of our gear and the things that make our trips so enjoyable in a later post if you all are interested.

Jamie and I had a great camping trip last year in Kentucky. The weather was warm, but the trip was excellent and I feel it would not have been the same if we had stayed in a hotel. We have camped in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky. Each of these areas offer a great camping experience.

This year we have committed to more of these moto camping trips. We hope we can run into some old and new friends along the way. Check out some pics from previous camping trips.

I will be posting more camping posts here in the next few weeks. Until then be safe!

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8342 in 2018

Not too bad for 8 months of riding!

Last year was a slow year in the saddle for Jamie and I . Relocating and not having my Versys for almost 4 months hampered the total miles logged for 2018.

We did get in an Epic summer journey as we spent 10 days in Kentucky and Missouri. We attended our first rally with the MSTA group and it was a great event. We did make good use of the time on the Versys as we got to log most of the miles on great roads with good friends.

We are looking forward to logging more miles this year. We have some plans for a couple of bigger rides and we have really decided to ride as much as possible in the upcoming year. 2019 looks to be a great year of riding.

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StarReview 2019 – Digital Edition

The first thing I have to say is WOW! This new digital copy looks so amazing and professional. As you all know we are new to the MSTA (Motorcycle Sport Touring Association) community. In the past 6 months we have met some great people in this group. Special thanks to Bill and Gayla O’Brien for introducing us the the great folks in the Arkansas chapter. 

Jamie and I have attended two larger events and they have been so much fun. We will be attending many more in the near future. One of the reasons I am shouting out this new look is we have been asked to write a couple of ride reports and they are in this latest edition. So take a moment to download the issue and give it a try. 

While reading the latest digital edition, we came across the join us page and much to our surprise, there we were. Jamie and I in our helmets ready to hit the road. I love that we are a part of the MSTA and that we can help boost our membership. 

I am asking that you all take a few moments and read through the issue. Tell me your thoughts. How do you like the layout and look? How was the two articles that I wrote? Just give me your impressions of the issue. 

Until next time – Ride Safe Everyone!

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6 is the perfect number!

Riding with a group can be fun, however how many is too many?

Is 6 the perfect number for you?

Group riding has its Pro’s and Con’s. It is up to you to decide and to balance how many riders makes for the most enjoyable riding experience.

We have all been on a ride when something negative has happened to a rider in the group. This could be a lost key, a rider running out of fuel, mechanical issues, dropping a bike or probably the worst scenario a health concern. In these cases it is very comforting to know that there are a number of people in the group that might be able to lend some assistance. There is peace of mind in numbers.

There are times however that too many riders can cause some issues. How many of you have been on a group ride and the leader or someone in the group decides to make a sudden change of direction, or breaks quickly and hard due to a hazard in the road? This makes for a few scary moments as all of the riders in the group have to adjust and make changes to avoid any obstacles ahead of them. This chain reaction can be dangerous. It only takes one rider not paying attention and disaster strikes.  

The above mentioned Pro’s and Con’s can never be planned for, however I do feel that all the scenarios listed are best addressed with the “Perfect 6”. Six bikes to me is the perfect number. The group can stay close to each other, without the dreaded rubber band effect. Depending on skill level, the pace can be spirited without causing too much separation or getting to bunched up. Last but not least it also lends itself to having enough riders that can help in an emergency situation.

I understand that this number could be smaller or larger depending on the situation. Today I am painting with  a broad brush, but I am sticking with the number 6.

What is your perfect number and why? Tell me your thoughts.

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TBIT #1 – 12 years ago and people still talk!

Good friends, lots of rain and too many memories to count. 

Just a little bit of rain but a lot of smiles.

You may be asking yourself, what does TBIT stand for? On this blog it will be Travel Back In Time. I get lots of comments asking about our trips from the past. This could be about a certain destination, group of riders or pretty much anything else concerning our two wheeled adventures. So I decided that each week,  I would link to a ride from the past and post a few pictures as a reminder to myself on why we love this hobby and for you all to see some of the great times we have had over the past 13 years as documented on our blog. I hope you like this idea. Shoot me a note either way.

The gang is all here ready to head out

I get asked all of the time, what trip sticks in your mind as your favorite and most memorable? Hands down it was this trip. It had everything. Great friends, nice roads, lots of rain with some sunshine mixed in to keep us smiling. This is the one – Mena Arkansas – Cook out & Ride

RIP my friend. You are missed Paul
What a great group of friends to ride with. 

Until next time – Ride safe!

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You Ride A What?

I have a little confession to make. I used to be one of those riders that would see someone riding a Harley, a scooter or any other machine “I” did not understand, and I would ask myself, “why would anyone wanna ride that?”

Looking back at it, why would I care about what machine you have decided to ride and enjoy the open road on?

The older I get, I can see what the appeal is for certain types of motorcycles.

When I am on a longer road trip, riding down the road and I have logged 300 miles and still have a good 300 to go, my mind drifts off on what it might be like to be behind the windscreen of a nice comfy, mile eating machine like a Honda GoldWing, BMW 1600 GTL or a Harley Ultra Classic.

The days that I am riding around town, doing errands or just enjoying a few minutes of free time, my mind wanders to machines like a Ducati Scrambler, Triumph Bonneville or a BMW Nine T. Something small, light and agile to maneuver my way through the day.

As I lean into a corner on my favorite Arkansas road, not a straight stretch in sight, imaging myself on the latest and greatest sport bike, like a Ducati Panigale V4R, BMW 1000RR or a Kawasaki Ninja H2 . Carving the corners “Just” like my favorite MotoGP rider.

My point is this.

No matter what machine you decide to enjoy our fabulous hobby on, it should not matter to me or anyone else.

I would rather be a rider for a minute, than a spectator for a lifetime.

I know and understand, the excitement felt when I throw my leg over the bike, the feeling of the wind rushing by me and the freedom that comes with riding a two wheeled machine. I love the fact that being a motorcycle enthusiast has brought so much happiness into my life.

I have gained many great friends, enjoyed miles of beautiful scenery with my wife and friends while enjoying my two wheeled steed. I understand that no matter what machine you ride, we all experience and enjoy these same feelings. We are one. We have more in common than the type of bike we ride. We are connected by two wheels, no matter the badge or name on the tank.

In closing I want to apologize. I want to say I am sorry for ever asking myself “why would anyone ride that?”

I hope that in the near future our paths cross and we can tell stories and share some of our riding experiences together, No matter what brand of motorcycle you have chosen to enjoy the journey on. Seize the moment and enjoy the ride. 

So tell me what you ride and why you ride. I am sure we have a ton in common. 

Until next time Ride Safe!

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2019 Versys 1000

I am looking forward to seeing the new Versys in person. I love the redesigned fairing and all of the electronics are a nice touch. Cruise control has never been my thing, as I have never used it. However it looks like it would be a great addition to this bike and friends say once you start with cruise you will never go back. 

The price tag is a little steep. With that said I am looking forward to riding the new Versys and seeing if it would be the right choice for us at this time in our riding lives. Stay tuned everyone.

So I have a question. Those of you who ride a bike with a lot of electronic gadgets, is it worth it? Does it really enhance your riding experience? Shoot me a note in the comments. 

Ride Safe