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post #1 of 25 Old Mar 16th, 2008, 11:10 pm Thread Starter
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Warning: this post is not about oil, sparkplugs, a dealership disaster story, loud pipes, rear drive implosion, generalized account of all that is supposedly wrong with the LT or a hypothetical discussion of BMW plans, lack of or future intent.

It’s nothing more then a shared observation.

The perfect couple of day’s!

Will be leaving soon for a ride out to the west coast. For me the anticipation/preparation is part of the buildup of the ride. Spent the last two days taking the LT apart and putting it back together as part of the pre-flight maintenance. New sparkplugs, new tires, replaced the transmission, engine and rear drive oil, brake pad replacement, shift linkage dissembled and greased. Removed, cleaned and reconditioned the Mayer seats. Cleaned the engine with a degreaser. Checked every bolt, screw and nut (still amazed how some work themselves loose over time). Cleaned and waxed the Tupperware with Rejex before re-installing (slick and shiny now). Even went so far as to clean and repaint the rock guard.

About 3:00 PM today I fired her up and took a test drive up to North Georgia. The LT was absolutely humming. Smooth as silk, quick in response and ready to run. The weather this afternoon was to dream for and the Ipod was playing all my favorites. It was like the LT was rewarding me for spending a little maintenance time on her and was as ready as I am to get the west coast run started.

When I got home my one and only grandson came over for dinner. Talked mom and dad into letting him stay the night. Tomorrow my little partner in crime and I will be in the garage putting all the tools away I left out. Translation; I will be putting them away and he will be holding court telling me about all the important things in the life of a 2-˝ year old, while being in charge of the cookie allotment. Who would have thought being called someone’s grandpa is such a special thing.

Life is good and once we hit the road only better!

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Have a great trip, the weather has been very nice in SoCal. Be safe.

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Have a safe trip and give us a shout when you get out here. I'm sure we can fnd a couple of folks to meet you for dinner and a beer!

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I'm already in Southern California (San Diego area actually) and can tell you the weather is outstanding.

But it will be 4 weeks before I can ride again.

I had a kidney transplant last Friday and have to heal up. So I will spend that time farkling my RT & prepping my LT for my future weekend ride.

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ah.. It's a good day...anytime to have the GK's around... have a safe trip, take lots of notes and pics so we can relive or live vicariously, your ride...

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Sounds great ! Take it easy and ride safe ! If you cruise through Southern Arizona, and think you might need a place to stay for a night, or anything else, PM me and I will send you some contact info.

Take care and look forward to trip updates.


Arthur...you take it easy and don't push yourself. The bike can wait and you'll ride sooner if you listen to your body and your doctor. I wish I would have waited longer after my shoulder surgery.

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Not to worry. My doctor suggested 3 weeks before I can drive my car, but I will wait until my doctor tells me I can drive my car or motorcycle before I do so.

I'm already walking. The surgery went well. And I am well on the eay to recovery.

If anyone needs some help or information, feel free to contact me and I will do what I can. I do have a garage full of tools.

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Thanks for sharing that beautiful story about you and you and grandchild. But who are you and where are you? Anyway, Have a great trip.
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Let me just say I am very jealous. I have been slowly working on my bike trying to get it ready for the spring season. As with many good intentions I have not completed as much as I would have liked.

Enjoy your trip and be safe.

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Although you mention a ride on "the LT" to north Georgia, I'm inclined to stick with jvalny. Your profile leaves us wondering where you are. You could be from the east side of Torrance, about a 15 - 20 minute ride west to Manhattan Beach (the west coast, just about 10 minutes south of LAX) on a good day. The north Georgia ride could be a test ride from a bike in storage at your Dad's garage, or... who knows.

Don't mind me. I'm just rambling after a crappy day... Mind that 2 1/2 year old. He's the key to happy days ahead. Be safe, have a great ride no matter how long or short it may be.

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For me the anticipation/preparation is part of the buildup of the ride. Spent the last two days taking the LT apart and putting it back together as part of the pre-flight maintenance.
Translation; I will be putting them away and he will be holding court telling me about all the important things in the life of a 2-˝ year old, while being in charge of the cookie allotment. Who would have thought being called someone’s grandpa is such a special thing. oknplm
I am one jealous fellow...but you couldn't have said it any better! Enjoy the trip.

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Does not knowing these trivial concerns in some way discount the message I was trying to deliver? I was just sharing a personal thought on the simple reward one gets from working on their motorcycle, having one of those motorcycle moments when the rest of the day is lost to sheer pleasure of the ride or time with the grandson. Nothing more.

Personally I could care less if ones assessment of a motorcycle ride, or the validity of ones input, is based on whether the ride is “from the east side of Torrance, about a 15 - 20 minute ride west to Manhattan Beach” or across America. If you really enjoy riding you can get as much pleasure out of a 15-20 minute ride as you can out of a 6000-mile ride. And I am sure there is probably a lot of daily commuters out there that feel their morning/evening commute is just as exhilarated, adventurous and exhausting as any cross country trip.

Now with all that said:

I live in Marietta, Georgia. I will actually be riding from Georgia to California. Return by way of Nevada, Utah and Colorado. This is not my first or hopefully last cross-country motorcycle trip. I retired early so scheduling the time is not a problem. I have about 40 years worth of riding experience. I currently drive a 05 LT. And in life’s strange little twist I know exactly where Torrance, California is. Torrance just happens to be where I was born. I will be visiting one of my sons in Long Beach.

Hope knowing this missing information in some way makes you (and jvalny) sleep more soundly and the world a better place.

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Although you mention a ride on "the LT" to north Georgia, I'm inclined to stick with jvalny. Your profile leaves us wondering where you are. You could be from the east side of Torrance, about a 15 - 20 minute ride west to Manhattan Beach (the west coast, just about 10 minutes south of LAX) on a good day. The north Georgia ride could be a test ride from a bike in storage at your Dad's garage, or... who knows.

Don't mind me. I'm just rambling after a crappy day... Mind that 2 1/2 year old. He's the key to happy days ahead. Be safe, have a great ride no matter how long or short it may be.
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Perry, My initial reply was not intended to offend you, but maybe to find and share some commonality. Like maybe age and location and year of your ride.
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Perry, My initial reply was not intended to offend you, but maybe to find and share some commonality. Like maybe age and location and year of your ride.
Ride safe and have a great trip.
Yeah, we know what you meant. Perry's panties are about as locked up as a rusty old drum!

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Well what a strange twist, I just happen to be in west Torrance (for the last 50 years). The weather was a balmy 75 here today, and yes I did a quite nice 20 ride today around the area!

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Does not knowing these trivial concerns in some way discount the message I was trying to deliver? I was just sharing a personal thought on the simple reward one gets from working on their motorcycle, having one of those motorcycle moments when the rest of the day is lost to sheer pleasure of the ride or time with the grandson. Nothing more.

Personally I could care less if ones assessment of a motorcycle ride, or the validity of ones input, is based on whether the ride is “from the east side of Torrance, about a 15 - 20 minute ride west to Manhattan Beach” or across America. If you really enjoy riding you can get as much pleasure out of a 15-20 minute ride as you can out of a 6000-mile ride. And I am sure there is probably a lot of daily commuters out there that feel their morning/evening commute is just as exhilarated, adventurous and exhausting as any cross country trip.

Now with all that said:

I live in Marietta, Georgia. I will actually be riding from Georgia to California. Return by way of Nevada, Utah and Colorado. This is not my first or hopefully last cross-country motorcycle trip. I retired early so scheduling the time is not a problem. I have about 40 years worth of riding experience. I currently drive a 05 LT. And in life’s strange little twist I know exactly where Torrance, California is. Torrance just happens to be where I was born. I will be visiting one of my sons in Long Beach.

Hope knowing this missing information in some way makes you (and jvalny) sleep more soundly and the world a better place.

Perry Ridgway

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Hey, Perry. I had a shitty day at work, even said so yet still ended my message with "have a great ride... etc." and you blew it.

Sorry man. Loosen up, and perhpas I can suck up some of my own advice when the day simply sucks.

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AliMar,

If your intent was to poke the pile to see if you can get a rise, I probably fell into the trap. I can understand your intent, even appreciate it and you did close as you stated on a positive and civil note. At 53 any and all rises are a good thing. You were having a bad day and I am just tried of the typical negative commentary that dominates this and most other forums. When you’re having a #10 day who really wants to hear from the person having the negative one.

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Did not even take offense with your comment. You were kind of sucked into it as part of AliMar’s reply.

Jayjacobson, DoD (Dr of Dumasses).

Such wit from behind that keyboard. Your specific commentary must speak from years of personal (as in first hand) experience in that area of anatomy. You have such insight into just who I am, I can’t wait to meet you in person so you can explain this astounding ability. Then again maybe I just took your input wrong. Were you are attempting some kind of anal humor, trying to suck up to “jvalny” or just had an uncontrollable need to inject something, anything, to get your post count higher? If that is the case just disregard this reply. Because as we all know “ it’s all in fun” right? By the way who are you and where exactly do you live. Other then your name there is no valid information in your bio? As “jvalny” stated in his reply, and you already knew, my request is not intended to offend you, but maybe to find and share some commonality. Like maybe age and location and year of your ride.

May we never find the end of the road!

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Perry you said you were born in Torrance, did you live here too? I went to high school here with a Mike Ridgway any relation?

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Must......Be......Nice. Have a safe trip and take lots of pictures.

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Perry,

Pay no attention to Jay. He seems to have a male panty fetish, and likes to poke at the hornets nest then run away.

But be careful crossing SoCal, as you're likely to run into him out on the road somewhere, red and blue lights blazing, as he keeps us all safe from socialists and other miscreants.

BTW, I enjoyed your original post.

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Meese,

If he is in law enforcement it makes perfect sense to me. In my prior life I interacted professionally with law enforcement agencies at a national level. I have met few officers who did not have a quirky or sarcastic sense of humor or commentary. I believe it is their way of defusing the less then savory situations they often deal with. On the extreme side, if you have ever had to interact internally with homicide detectives, they have it down to a fine art. You have to respect what law enforcement does and what it must take not to bring the job home with them.

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Perry,

Pay no attention to Jay. He seems to have a male panty fetish, and likes to poke at the hornets nest then run away.

But be careful crossing SoCal, as you're likely to run into him out on the road somewhere, red and blue lights blazing, as he keeps us all safe from socialists and other miscreants.

BTW, I enjoyed your original post.
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Have a great ride Perry! I'll be heading out to the Bay Area after CCR to visit my Dad in San Mateo and Sister in Marin. I am really looking forward to it as I am sure are you. Be safe.

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Hey Perry,

What kind of trailer is that? Never seen that one before and I think it is very cool.

And don't let the sarcasm and remarks get to you. It's all fun and games until someone blows a Final Drive !!

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If your intent was to poke the pile to see if you can get a rise, I probably fell into the trap. I can understand your intent, even appreciate it and you did close as you stated on a positive and civil note. At 53 any and all rises are a good thing. You were having a bad day and I am just tried of the typical negative commentary that dominates this and most other forums. When you’re having a #10 day who really wants to hear from the person having the negative one.
Perry - If you ever going to be up in my neck of the woods feel free to give me a shout. I would be more than happy, even honored to have you by for a coffee and a chew of the fat over our bikes, family and/or special pets. Providing it's raining that is. If the weather's nice, we'll just ride!

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....Then again maybe I just took your input wrong....If that is the case just disregard this reply. Because as we all know “ it’s all in fun” right?....
See Perry, I KNEW I could get you to lighten up a bit! I'm the same asshole in person as behind the keyboard! A smile for everyone I meet. It confuses people!
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....Pay no attention to Jay. He seems to have a male panty fetish, and likes to poke at the hornets nest then run away.

But be careful crossing SoCal, as you're likely to run into him out on the road somewhere, red and blue lights blazing, as he keeps us all safe from socialists and other miscreants. ....
Well, not just ANY pair of panties, there, big boy!

These "colors" never run! BUT, on occasion, a "tactical" retreat is logical.

I can't "blaze" my red and blue lights because the drunks speed up and swerve!

There's no protection from socialists because they "A TAX" you at any time and without warning! The other "miscreants" are just my partners and they're harmless.
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....If he is in law enforcement it makes perfect sense to me....I have met few officers who did not have a quirky or sarcastic sense of humor or commentary. I believe it is their way of defusing the less then savory situations they often deal with. On the extreme side, if you have ever had to interact internally with homicide detectives, they have it down to a fine art. You have to respect what law enforcement does and what it must take not to bring the job home with them....
Excellent analysis, Perry. Right on the money! AND, at the end of that 24 hour shift, PRIOR to NOT talking the job home with you, that little old lady STILL needs help to cross the street....

Ken and I have been going back and forth for, probably, well over a year now. I don't think you'll find one thread where we were actually serious.

That's why I love this site: it's the most fun you can have while OFF your BMW! (Well, almost).

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