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#980587 - 02/20/17 05:45 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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It's magic...

rider, hunter/jumper/dressage?


If my mind wanders, should I follow it?
Tim
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2003 K 1200 GT
1996 R 100 RSL
1980 R 100 RT
1972 R 75
1968 R 50
All now gone...

#981111 - 02/27/17 12:19 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Well, I am packing for the trip to Houston and it looks like my baggage allowance will not be enough so out with clothes and in with tools and camping gear!

Most important item is packed!

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#981114 - 02/27/17 12:26 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: tallman]  
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Originally Posted By: tallman
It's magic...

rider, hunter/jumper/dressage?


We (family) run a livery yard and my daughter is an event rider - I just help her keep the horses fit - the one in the pic is a psychological disaster... not one of our better animals! Nice temperament but nervous and clingy. She (April) was given away and we ended up with her. My wife and daughter are soft and take in all manner of unwanted creatures!
Getting excited now as my wife and I are flying to Houston on Wednesday and picking up the new bike on Friday... smile

I have not told her I shall be off riding (solo) most of the time.....


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#981115 - 02/27/17 12:26 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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still cannot work out how to show the pic in a post.... frown


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#981125 - 02/27/17 01:30 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Originally Posted By: farmerboy
still cannot work out how to show the pic in a post.... frown


I'll show you if you make it over.

And I'll make real coffee. Meaning there won't be cream, sugar, vanilla, hazelnut, or other impurities in it.

You can buy clothes here cheaper than shipping them over. No worries.

#981126 - 02/27/17 01:50 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: realshelby]  
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Originally Posted By: realshelby
Originally Posted By: farmerboy
still cannot work out how to show the pic in a post.... frown


I'll show you if you make it over.

And I'll make real coffee. Meaning there won't be cream, sugar, vanilla, hazelnut, or other impurities in it.


Should all be ok as I have a "welcome to America" email from the nice people at homeland security and flights are all booked and checked in.


Good man... I do like a spoon of sugar mind you...


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#981343 - 03/02/17 12:10 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Well, I am now safely in Houston and enjoying some warm weather. Flight from Manchester was great although my wife electrocuted the immigration guy when she touched him! Caused quite a stir and much amusement. She must have built up a few million volts of static and discharged the lot through the poor soul!
They still let us in and I am looking forward to picking up the bike tomorrow!

My son has borrowed a US iPhone from work so my communication problem is solved so I just need to fit a 12V accessory supply to the bike, buy a tyre repair kit, and set off on a few rides to try everything out. I am hoping the height of the bike will be ok for me - we shall see.

So far ...so good.... but the weather in Houston looks a bit damp next week...I may regret not getting an RT.... just my luck!


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#981357 - 03/02/17 03:00 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Welcome!

Glad to hear your flight and customs went well.

We are leaving San Antonio in a couple of minutes heading to Galveston. If you had your bike and hadn't just flown the Atlantic and likely messed up your internal clock, I'd invite you to ride down and have dinner with us.

Best luck on your upcoming adventure - I hope you'll take a few minutes to put some pictures up here now and then.

josh


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#981450 - 03/04/17 03:42 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Drove a couple of hours to Lufkin to pick up the bike today... all went well until it refused to start... fuel pump buggered! Only 8 miles on the clock and the fuel pump gave up the ghost!

The dealer sorted it quickly and I rode it back to Houston in glorious weather - wonderful little bike but no RT!

Comfortable and quiet but no idea how it handles as I have yet to find a corner in Texas!!! No bends, no roundabouts... nothing! You have to laugh... now I know why HD's are so popular...

Anyway, I think I shall love it and I have already fallen in love with Texas... bank robbers chased by police this morning, cook off tomorrow (whatever that is) and the rodeo parade... life is good. BIG smile

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#981451 - 03/04/17 03:45 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: szurszewski]  
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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
Welcome!

Glad to hear your flight and customs went well.

We are leaving San Antonio in a couple of minutes heading to Galveston. If you had your bike and hadn't just flown the Atlantic and likely messed up your internal clock, I'd invite you to ride down and have dinner with us.

Best luck on your upcoming adventure - I hope you'll take a few minutes to put some pictures up here now and then.

josh


Cheers Josh... I have struggled no end with pics... I have loads and I think I shall try and link to somewhere... it is such a pain adding them to a post.

I would love to have come with you - find me some bends!!!

smile

think I have found a solution... try this link.

https://goo.gl/photos/ZxSoQph4NM1BwwrTA

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