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Talking Back of beyond ride - March 31, 2006, 06:16 AM

For those of us out here in the back of beyond: Frederick and West. I'm a bigtime newb, having just put down my belovet 83 honda shadow 750 after several years. I'll bore you all with the story later. The point is that I have no effing IDEA what I'm doing with either this club or this tiny little bike I just bought (2005 Ninja 500R). The point is that I'm flying blind here, so any input is real, real welcome. But since I didn't get where I am by knowing what the fcuk I'm doing, here's the plan.

Right now there look to be 6 or so of us. We meet up (right now we're shooting for sunday April 9) somewhere in or near Fredrick. I'm tentatively putting out the Sheetz parking lot on 144 by Bells sports bar. From there we head out for 80 - 100 miles round trip. We come back, have a pint and go home. Routes negotiable, although LoPing has already floated the blue ridge mountains to the north.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...land+to+17214,


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March 31, 2006, 07:43 AM

Usually newbies have no experience... sounds like you do if you had an 83 750?

I know of three Frederick-dwellers, but they all ride like bats out of hell.....


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March 31, 2006, 08:33 AM

Four to six years (time gets sorta fuzzy) on the honda. Yep. It was a 83 750 shadow. Wonderful bike, but it kept dying on me while I was riding on it. Got too expensive to keep fixing it, so I sold it to a guy who works at a machine shop who I very much has it up and running. When I went shopping, I found myself looking at essentially the same bike, so I decided to jump to the other side of the world and try a sport bike. The 500R is a economical (I don't have a ton of money for this) basic sport bike that will go faster than I am willing to, at least for now.

The deal is I can ride, but this 400 pound bike is going to feel real twitchy and weird to me for a while. I need a new skill set, and riding with others is how I get it. If the pack drops me, I find my way home and call 'em on the cell so they don't think I'm dead.
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March 31, 2006, 09:00 AM

If the pack leaves you then you need a new pack... the groups I ride with wait at stop signs and intersections for the back of the pack to catch up. If there is one missing, they go back looking for a fallen rider and help out. Best bet is look on here for posted rides and let them know your showing up, then enjoy the ride. I live in Frederick but ride with my friends in VA most of the time.


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March 31, 2006, 09:15 AM

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Four to six years (time gets sorta fuzzy) on the honda. Yep. It was a 83 750 shadow. Wonderful bike, but it kept dying on me while I was riding on it. Got too expensive to keep fixing it, so I sold it to a guy who works at a machine shop who I very much has it up and running. When I went shopping, I found myself looking at essentially the same bike, so I decided to jump to the other side of the world and try a sport bike. The 500R is a economical (I don't have a ton of money for this) basic sport bike that will go faster than I am willing to, at least for now.

The deal is I can ride, but this 400 pound bike is going to feel real twitchy and weird to me for a while. I need a new skill set, and riding with others is how I get it. If the pack drops me, I find my way home and call 'em on the cell so they don't think I'm dead.
Um...you're not a noob by any means...try buying a bike and when they deliver it and ask if you want to ride it into the garage...your response is, " I'd love to but I have no idea where 1st gear is!" ... now that's noob! First bike I sat on was my 04 R6...funny how that is the exact bike I ended up buying.

Sounds like you're fine, with your experience you should already know what to do. Look up some group rides if you want to learn some roads and make friends. Everyone here is pretty open until the occasional squid shows up or tries to show off and ride around all day on the back wheel.

Ride safe and good luck!


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March 31, 2006, 12:37 PM

I'm always up for a ride... keep me posted! I would love to get to know some riders in this area. Great idea!
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March 31, 2006, 08:39 PM

DEVIOUSR6:
You flatter me. We'll see how I do once I've got a few rides under me.
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April 5, 2006, 10:58 AM

Looks like my paperwork for my bike is moving through the accursed banking system. Might be ready by the weekend of the 15th, right along with riding weather. Stay tuned, my hillbilly brethren. . . . .
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April 6, 2006, 08:20 PM

hell yeah elendilmir i'm up for it just let me know when and where!


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April 6, 2006, 08:49 PM

There's better roads than that around here. Get in touch when you want to ride, we are always around.


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April 7, 2006, 02:38 PM

I got two other guys I ride with an we move at an OK clip. We also stick to the whole, If one of us wants to play on a road and take off, ride at your own pace and we'll be waiting at the next stop/turn for you, idea. We're all out of Martinsburg which is fairly close and there's some nice roads out this way to hit up. I just got a flat last weekend so I may be out of it until Next weekend, but I'll send you my cell and you can get a hold of me. The weather looks great the rest of next week so far, so we're going to probably be doing some riding then.
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April 8, 2006, 02:29 PM

sunday (the 9th) is supposed to be beautiful. lets go ride guys. yzf, im about 8 miles away in shepherdstown. post your cells and lets get something together for tomarrow. i have to be at work in sharpsburgh MD at 6. im a bartender so if we swing by there at 6 ill buy all you guys a round.
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April 10, 2006, 12:10 PM

Probably going this saturday and sunday. It's suppose to be nice out and I'm going to have my new tire on by then.
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April 10, 2006, 01:34 PM

I just got my bike legal and it looks like we have us a sunday ride. If we can talk saki-bomb into it. Where and when shall we meet up, Saki-bomb?

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April 10, 2006, 02:50 PM

I already sent El a PM. My and 2 others are probably meeting up Saturday and Sunday in Martinsburg WV and heading west into WV and some mountains and stuff.
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