CMR: A Retrospective

JustAnotherSquid

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A look back at some highlights over the years, presented in chronological order.

(Please note that no one was seriously injured in any of these, but some people's egos did take a baseball bat to the face. Including mine.)













(The previous two were on the same day and road. An impressive feat!)















(The previous two were the same bike and rider but on different days.  Another impressive feat!)

If I've missed any others, feel free to add them below.   :D
 

JustAnotherSquid

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You're not riding either Jay???  That's blasphemous!  You were as passionate about Mountain Runs as I was.

I don't know if this would help you, but the way I got KK on board (way back in 2000) was to take the MSF course with her.  By the end of the weekend she demanded we go buy her a bike.
 

2slow

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If you want an old man like me to ride again, you should stop showing all those wrecked bikes. :)
 

JustAnotherSquid

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2slow said:
If you want an old man like me to ride again, you should stop showing all those wrecked bikes.  :)

It's honestly not as bad as it looks.  For every ten people that crashed, there were one or two that didn't.
 

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JustAnotherSquid said:
It's honestly not as bad as it looks.  For every ten people that crashed, there were one or two that didn't.

Haha!  And the penalty for crashing was that you had to ride bitch on the back of my bike!  It was called The Ride of Shame.  But at least no one had to walk home.   :)
 

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I believe a lot of those crashes were youth and enthusiasm related. Also, often a case of the pack chasing a hare. I find that as I get older those factors are less motivational.

I have tested these factors in high-speed situations and sometimes my theories are right.
 

JustAnotherSquid

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jledford said:
I believe a lot of those crashes were youth and enthusiasm related. Also, often a case of the pack chasing a hare. I find that as I get older those factors are less motivational.

I have tested these factors in high-speed situations and sometimes my theories are right.

High Speed Theory Testing!  That would be an awesome name for an amateur race team.
 

juncc

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JustAnotherSquid said:
You're not riding either Jay???  That's blasphemous!  You were as passionate about Mountain Runs as I was.

I don't know if this would help you, but the way I got KK on board (way back in 2000) was to take the MSF course with her.  By the end of the weekend she demanded we go buy her a bike.

I know right! But I moved up to DC back in '09 and riding up here is treacherous.

Funny enough, I was trying to get the wife to take the MSF course with me and finally got her to agree then she got preggers. So now I think the plan is to wait a year or two, then buy a bike. Then get the kid to say to her "I want to ride bikes like Daddy". Then get the kid something and make her feel like a left out loser. 

Also, I saw your post about the new BMW bikes and this beauty caught my eye: https://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/en/models/adventure/g310gs.html

 

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juncc said:
JustAnotherSquid said:
You're not riding either Jay???  That's blasphemous!  You were as passionate about Mountain Runs as I was.

I don't know if this would help you, but the way I got KK on board (way back in 2000) was to take the MSF course with her.  By the end of the weekend she demanded we go buy her a bike.

I know right! But I moved up to DC back in '09 and riding up here is treacherous.

Funny enough, I was trying to get the wife to take the MSF course with me and finally got her to agree then she got preggers. So now I think the plan is to wait a year or two, then buy a bike. Then get the kid to say to her "I want to ride bikes like Daddy". Then get the kid something and make her feel like a left out loser. 

Also, I saw your post about the new BMW bikes and this beauty caught my eye: https://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/en/models/adventure/g310gs.html


Holy cow you got married!  Congratulations!  And you're pregnant!  Congratulations!  And you live in DC!  My condolonces.  

The guy across the street has a G310 and it looks really nice in person.  Don't know much about them beyond that though.
 

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Welcome back JUNCC and Congratulations on your wife and kid! What a crash you had on Old Hwy 18?!?! I couldn't believe you almost hit the barn and made it out mostly unschathed! Do you still have your cool cat "DUI"? What a cool kitty...poor thing wobbling all over! =^,,^=
 

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JustAnotherSquid said:
Holy cow you got married!  Congratulations!  And you're pregnant!  Congratulations!  And you live in DC!  My condolonces.  

The guy across the street has a G310 and it looks really nice in person.  Don't know much about them beyond that though.

Yes and yes! Thanks! And yes...thanks. But it has been really great except for the psycho drivers. I think if I had a job in the city, I could ride. But taking a bike on the beltway is probably a bad idea.

I was super excited to see all the manufacturers starting to build bikes in the 250-400 range. So many beautiful rides at my sweet spot.
 

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KrashnKaren said:
Welcome back JUNCC and Congratulations on your wife and kid!  What a crash you had on Old Hwy 18?!?!  I couldn't believe you almost hit the barn and made it out mostly unschathed!  Do you still have your cool cat "DUI"?  What a cool kitty...poor thing wobbling all over! =^,,^=

I've never showed the wife the pics of the bike post-crash. Just told her I had a little "off" once.  :D

I can't believe you remember Dui!

So Dui was actually an ex-gf's cat. I'm not sure if she still has that cat or not, but that cat was a total sweetheart.   :heart: :heart: :heart:
 

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juncc said:
Yes and yes! Thanks! And yes...thanks. But it has been really great except for the psycho drivers. I think if I had a job in the city, I could ride. But taking a bike on the beltway is probably a bad idea.

I was super excited to see all the manufacturers starting to build bikes in the 250-400 range. So many beautiful rides at my sweet spot.

Even the Pimp Ride is all growed up with a 400cc engine, ABS, and sharp styling. It's not a bad time to get back into motorcycling. :cool:

https://www.kawasaki.com/products/2020-Ninja-400-ABS?cm_re=MPP-_-PRODUCTTRIMLIST-_-VEHICLEDETAILS

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Welcome back Juncc! Congrats on all the life changes. Did you move to DC for work?

I'm in Richmond. We only drive into DC when we have to. I kind of like it if the roads aren't completely clogged. The reason being, if they aren't clogged the other drivers are doing 20 over at a minimum. It's as close to an autobahn as you can get in the US! No cop is going to attempt to pull out from a stop into the fast lane when cars are doing 90. Even in the new Taurus SHO cruisers.
 

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jledford said:
Welcome back Juncc! Congrats on all the life changes. Did you move to DC for work?

I'm in Richmond. We only drive into DC when we have to. I kind of like it if the roads aren't completely clogged. The reason being, if they aren't clogged the other drivers are doing 20 over at a minimum. It's as close to an autobahn as you can get in the US! No cop is going to attempt to pull out from a stop into the fast lane when cars are doing 90. Even in the new Taurus SHO cruisers.

Thanks, same to you! Yeah, graduating in '08 was bad timing on my part, so when something opened up in DC I jumped at it. Yeah I don't know what it is about drivers in this area. Speed I don't mind. There was a lot of that in Charlotte. It's the aggression that makes me nervous. I totally dig Richmond though. How long have you been there?
 

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juncc said:
Thanks, same to you! Yeah, graduating in '08 was bad timing on my part, so when something opened up in DC I jumped at it. Yeah I don't know what it is about drivers in this area. Speed I don't mind. There was a lot of that in Charlotte. It's the aggression that makes me nervous. I totally dig Richmond though. How long have you been there?

I've been in Richmond 40+ years at this point. All my life now. 

The breakout point for RVA was the 90's. Before then the city gov't seemed to want to stop any innovation and improvement. No surprise as RVA was very conservative then. Not so much now. Since that time we're not dripping with great restaurants with reasonable prices, craft breweries/distilleries, and other fun things to do. Factor in that from here you're 2 hrs from the beach, the mountains, and a large major city (Washington D.C.) and it's a nice place to be with a smaller town vibe. 

You've been here a few times? What was your impression?
 
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