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Hey guys, it's been a while since I have checked out the forum. Seems like some significant changes around here. Plenty of the old guard, but tons of new names. Haven't had the bike out yet this year, seems I bought a SCUBA shop and that has sucked up all my spare time and money. I was driving back from a dive trip to Pensacola recently and saw a good number of Harley riders with their minimalist apparel just asking for a case of road rash when I came up on a rider in full gear, head to toe with a full face helmet, gloves and boots. Without even looking I new he was riding a beemer. Sure enough K1200LT. I gave him a thumbs up from my car. I'm sure he thought I was looney. So today I finally got my battery to take a charge and the Road Warrior fired up, filled my garage with the obligatory smoke screen and all systems were go. I hope to take her for a spin tomorrow. Hope I remember how. Anyway just thought I'd say hi. If there are any Scuba divers out there, check out my web site www.rumrunnerdiveshop.com.
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Hey guys, it's been a while since I have checked out the forum. Seems like some significant changes around here. Plenty of the old guard, but tons of new names. Haven't had the bike out yet this year, seems I bought a SCUBA shop and that has sucked up all my spare time and money. I was driving back from a dive trip to Pensacola recently and saw a good number of Harley riders with their minimalist apparel just asking for a case of road rash when I came up on a rider in full gear, head to toe with a full face helmet, gloves and boots. Without even looking I new he was riding a beemer. Sure enough K1200LT. I gave him a thumbs up from my car. I'm sure he thought I was looney. So today I finally got my battery to take a charge and the Road Warrior fired up, filled my garage with the obligatory smoke screen and all systems were go. I hope to take her for a spin tomorrow. Hope I remember how. Anyway just thought I'd say hi. If there are any Scuba divers out there, check out my web site www.rumrunnerdiveshop.com.
Cheers.
Congratulations and best of luck on your business venture. How often is it that someone get to do what they love and turn a profit?
If your LT sighting was in late March I have an idea of who it might have been, especially if it happened on a Tuesday on Highway 10. I was riding back my new to me 05 LT from FL to CA.
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Do what they love AND turn a profit, Gilles? You've obviously never been in the dive business!

Q: How do you end up with a million dollars in the dive business?
A: Start with two million.

Kidding aside, we made a decent return on our shop, had a lot of fun, made a lot of new friends, and traveled the world for pennies on the dollar.

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So true about the profit thing. It is a bit crazy buying a dive shop, but we are having fun. My plan is to turn a profit in the next 2 years. Fortunately I have another job supporting my habit and my wife helps a great deal for free.
Now I need to figure out how to get all my dive gear on my bike so I can ride it to the dive site.

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Congratulations and best of luck on your business venture. How often is it that someone get to do what they love and turn a profit?
If your LT sighting was in late March I have an idea of who it might have been, especially if it happened on a Tuesday on Highway 10. I was riding back my new to me 05 LT from FL to CA.
Don't worry about remembering how to ride your motorcycle... it is just like riding a bicycle, you simply never forget!
Sorry it was a Monday and someplace in Georgia heading North. If I had seen you I would have waved also. Did you have a nice ride??

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Nice looking Web site Doc.
Best of luck w/ the new shop.
Carry gear ? I met a guy once w/ a kayak on his hack........

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[QUOTE=deputy5211]Do what they love AND turn a profit, Gilles? You've obviously never been in the dive business!

Q: How do you end up with a million dollars in the dive business?
A: Start with two million.
QUOTE]What can I say Tony....? I am a dreamer!
This reminds me of the comic routine with Steve Martin on the 10 steps to become a millionaire...
Step 1: Get a million dollars!

I guess Step 2 will NOT include buying a dive shop...

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Sorry it was a Monday and someplace in Georgia heading North. If I had seen you I would have waved also. Did you have a nice ride??
I did have the perfect ride and great weather, except for a drizzle alert in Alabama . I could not believe my luck when crossing NM and AZ with NO WIND whatsoever!!! On the last day I did an undocumented (read impromptu) Saddle Sore, wanting to get home sooner rather than later.

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Hey guys, it's been a while since I have checked out the forum. Seems like some significant changes around here. Plenty of the old guard, but tons of new names. Haven't had the bike out yet this year, seems I bought a SCUBA shop and that has sucked up all my spare time and money. I was driving back from a dive trip to Pensacola recently and saw a good number of Harley riders with their minimalist apparel just asking for a case of road rash when I came up on a rider in full gear, head to toe with a full face helmet, gloves and boots. Without even looking I new he was riding a beemer. Sure enough K1200LT. I gave him a thumbs up from my car. I'm sure he thought I was looney. So today I finally got my battery to take a charge and the Road Warrior fired up, filled my garage with the obligatory smoke screen and all systems were go. I hope to take her for a spin tomorrow. Hope I remember how. Anyway just thought I'd say hi. If there are any Scuba divers out there, check out my web site www.rumrunnerdiveshop.com.
Cheers.
Welcome back, Doc! Pleasure to meet you. Best wishes with your business. I don't know shit about it, but, it sure sounds fun!

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If there are any Scuba divers out there, check out my web site www.rumrunnerdiveshop.com.
Cheers.
Very impressive website indeed,
I've also heard the old adage if you want to make a little money in the dive industry,
you have to start out with a lot of $$$.

I ran a dive charter business for a couple of years, I loved doing it,
just couldn't afford to keep doing it,
now I run a local tourist charter on somebody elses boat which is still fun
without most of the financial burden.

One of the websites I frequent and one you may want to check out or add to your links tab is:
http://www.spearboard.com/

I don't post very often but when I do it is as "The Diving Dutchman" (name of my boat)

In regards to your question on how to carry all your dive gear on your bike,
I can get 4 steel tanks and all my gear inside my Bushtec trailer and have plenty of room left over,
and while I'm "rolling" I can't even tell it's behind me.

Good luck with your business venture.


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I did have the perfect ride and great weather, except for a drizzle alert in Alabama . I could not believe my luck when crossing NM and AZ with NO WIND whatsoever!!! On the last day I did an undocumented (read impromptu) Saddle Sore, wanting to get home sooner rather than later.
If the seat on your 05' was stock a saddle sore is about two hours! One of the first things I changed after the first trip I took. Glad you had a good ride.

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Thanks for the link. I am always looking for more info. I will check it out.
I had fun building my web site. First one I've done. Taught myself Dreamweaver while doing it. Still learning new tricks.
I had a feeling I was going to need a trailer for the dive gear. I can transport my gear without tanks, but the tanks are the key.
I'm pretty hopeful the dive shop will do well. We are positioned well in eastern NC close to the coast with excellent diving 1.5 hours away. Greenville is a university town with a major medical center so we have young people and active professionals. Now if my wife doesn't divorce me....
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