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Random Banter / Re: Books that have inspired you to travel
« Last post by ThirtyOne on Today at 01:21:14 AM »
*Originally Posted by Jonathan [+]
I can't say that I've been inspired to visit one particular country having read a travelogue or book about the place. My mum's an avid traveller, or at least she was until very recently, so her shelves are literally straining under the weight of Travel literature, guides and such. I guess my wanderlust stemmed from the tales she'd tell us when she came back from far flung places. I was lucky enough to be in a touring band when I was younger so I got to visit loads of places and meet people that way. Nowadays, solo travel by motorcycle is all about the head space, rather than the place, if that makes sense. You'll appreciate what I mean if you work with kids five days a week.... :087:

I can recommend "The worst journey in the world" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard...it's about Scott's Antarctic expedition...more concerned with human endeavour  (and failings) than the place itself, but incredibly well observed

Wholeheartedly agree with this. After having done a 5 month trip, I came to this realization. I do enjoy reading about travel, mostly because I can relate to it being a solo traveler (usually). The one I mentioned above is actually from a  two-up trip, so it'll be a bit different.

*Originally Posted by ewryly [+]
I completely agree:  I find riding meditative.  I actually don't listen to music or even my GPS unless I'm getting near a destination.  I  found the same thing when I cycled. 

I listen to music, always. Not loud, but enough to provide a soundtrack to my ride. Plus my in-ear headphones double as earplugs to cancel some road noise.
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Very nice. What routes did you take?
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Rally Raid / Re: RR Build questions
« Last post by ThirtyOne on Today at 01:13:24 AM »
Looks great.  :047: You must be dying to get out on it.
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Random Banter / Re: Books that have inspired you to travel
« Last post by ewryly on Today at 12:24:44 AM »
*Originally Posted by Jonathan [+]
Nowadays, solo travel by motorcycle is all about the head space, rather than the place, if that makes sense. You'll appreciate what I mean if you work with kids five days a week.... :087:

I completely agree:  I find riding meditative.  I actually don't listen to music or even my GPS unless I'm getting near a destination.  I  found the same thing when I cycled. 
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Random Banter / Re: Books that have inspired you to travel
« Last post by Jonathan on Today at 12:18:40 AM »
I can't say that I've been inspired to visit one particular country having read a travelogue or book about the place. My mum's an avid traveller, or at least she was until very recently, so her shelves are literally straining under the weight of Travel literature, guides and such. I guess my wanderlust stemmed from the tales she'd tell us when she came back from far flung places. I was lucky enough to be in a touring band when I was younger so I got to visit loads of places and meet people that way. Nowadays, solo travel by motorcycle is all about the head space, rather than the place, if that makes sense. You'll appreciate what I mean if you work with kids five days a week.... :087:

I can recommend "The worst journey in the world" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard...it's about Scott's Antarctic expedition...more concerned with human endeavour  (and failings) than the place itself, but incredibly well observed
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*Originally Posted by Capt_chris [+]
In case anyone was wondering: 250 miles in 25-33F on highways and back roads from New Jersey to almost Vermont. Thin base layer;  Sedici Hotwired jacket, pants and insoles; three-layer fabric riding suit. Arai helmet. Headband and balaclava around neck and then winter gloves on heated grips. Everything running on HIGH most of the time. What a fun ride, but I would not push lower temps. The occasional snow and ice was bad enough...  Happy end of season to all in the Northeastern US!  :-)

Impressive!  It has been a unusually cold fall this year here in NE.
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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: DIY rack...
« Last post by Jonathan on Yesterday at 11:35:11 PM »
*Originally Posted by ewryly [+]
Looks great!

Keeps me off the streets...as they say, round these parts
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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Why is the seat so difficult to replace?
« Last post by Jonathan on Yesterday at 11:20:20 PM »
*Originally Posted by Rexelstar [+]
Great info to read three pages how to remove and add your seat..
 :435:

Let's see if we can make it to page 4... :001:
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Random Banter / Re: What are your weekend plans?
« Last post by Jonathan on Yesterday at 11:18:12 PM »
*Originally Posted by ewryly [+]
This is very edifying!  Given we would say that someone with spunk has balls, I suspect the etymologies converge nicely!

They do indeed! So we're right to assume that "Spunk in the Trunk" is not a film about elephants with tenacity  :084:
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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: DIY rack...
« Last post by ewryly on Yesterday at 11:15:17 PM »
Looks great!
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