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    3 years....no regrets

    3 years ago this week, Montezuma and I headed 100 miles north to Maumee{Toledo} to Honda East to pick up a new 2014 TW that I had ordered a couple of weeks earlier...I pulled a few thousand out of my savings for a 65th Birthday Present for Myself....6400 miles, 3 years, and turning 68 tomorrow, I have zero regrets that I decided to get back into riding after taking 25 years or so off to help the wife raise the family, without killing myself {which I had came close to doing on a few occasions} on a street bike. I started out dual sport, graduated to fast bikes, slowed down a bit in my mid 30s and finally gave it up for well over 2 decades....when I decided to get back into Motorcycles I knew it would be mostly off road or back roads...and glad I did just that:

    Moab, Big Bend, Mountains of West Virginia, The Great Lakes, as well as all around Ohio and Indiana, hopefully are just the beginning....and a Salute to all of the friends, including some gone from this site, that helped along the way....

    So here's to 3 years and hopefully a few more, of being back in the Saddle:

    March 2014....

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    Good on ya Hoot! Here's to more adventures and if I forget...Happy Birthday....one day early.

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    Nice! I for one am glad you didn't kill yourself! Keep up the good work! You add a lot to all the forums, list, etc..

    Happy Birthday in advance!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoot Gibson View Post
    3 years ago this week, Montezuma and I headed 100 miles north to Maumee{Toledo} to Honda East to pick up a new 2014 TW that I had ordered a couple of weeks earlier...I pulled a few thousand out of my savings for a 65th Birthday Present for Myself....6400 miles, 3 years, and turning 68 tomorrow, I have zero regrets that I decided to get back into riding after taking 25 years or so off to help the wife raise the family, without killing myself {which I had came close to doing on a few occasions} on a street bike. I started out dual sport, graduated to fast bikes, slowed down a bit in my mid 30s and finally gave it up for well over 2 decades....when I decided to get back into Motorcycles I knew it would be mostly off road or back roads...and glad I did just that:

    Moab, Big Bend, Mountains of West Virginia, The Great Lakes, as well as all around Ohio and Indiana, hopefully are just the beginning....and a Salute to all of the friends, including some gone from this site, that helped along the way....

    So here's to 3 years and hopefully a few more, of being back in the Saddle:

    March 2014....

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    Happy birthday Hoot! Figure your getting so old early birthday wishes could be the only ones you live long enough to receive.



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    Good you have enjoyed it and found the right bike. Thanks for the post. I think I have convince my father to get a TW so we can do an adventure ride together. I hope he enjoys the bike a much a we all do. And happy Birthday. Any new TW related gifts this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain yawp View Post
    Good you have enjoyed it and found the right bike. Thanks for the post. I think I have convince my father to get a TW so we can do an adventure ride together. I hope he enjoys the bike a much a we all do. And happy Birthday. Any new TW related gifts this year?
    Not really on the "New" gifts, but a replacement tire for both the Mich T63 on the front and the Stock Rear Tire are in the cards....and I need to fix the welds on the Man~Rack....at both Moab and Big Bend while carrying a Roto~Pack with 2 gallons of fuel, the welds broke...Moab was caused by a fall, following Fred up Mount Nowhere and the again at Big Bend due to bouncing on rough terrain ... So you can see my needs are few, I am pretty happy with the results of the {Mostly} stock 2014
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    Update your profile page Pat to include your birthday please.
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    That blue & black really is one of the nicest looking bikes out there. Happy birthday and congratulations for rediscovering the joys of being back in the saddle.
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    So, like the big ugly biker on TV says,"No Regerts". Hard to go wrong on a TW
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    Happy Birthday Hoot
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