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Hi All,

I live in NW MO and shortly after buying my used '03 LT about 5 years ago, I've wanted to ride it to FL. It's been on my bucket list quite awhile.
I'm 71 years young and thought I could do it OK as I like to ride and around here in MO a lot. I ride all year on days that the road sufaces are OK for a cycle.

Anyway, my friend Laton, gave me a 3 day perfect weather window on 11/1. I was pretty sure I could ride the 1500 miles in 3 days even by taking 2 lane roads part of the time. Going down, I accomplished that riding on RT 19 south through MO and avoided Memphis crossing the river on I-155. Wondered my way cattywompus south through Alabama with super riding in the tall pines and winding roads. YeeHaa. Arriving on I-10 in the FL panhandle, then I-75 on down to Avon Park, FL.
Never met one beemer LT.
Rode about 900 miles in central FL through orange groves, around Okachobee lake, up and down rt 441, a day on the coast on rt A1A, visited my sister, and then headed back north on the 14th.
Again my buddy Laton gave me a weather 3 day window, but with a 40% chance of rain for last tuesday the 15th of november and boy was he right. The first night heading north I spent near Birmingham. Tuesday morning was looking good, but since I chose to ride the interstates coming home, I rounded Memphis around noon and as soon as I was out of the city, the cats and dogs came falling out of the sky. 6 inch rain, they told me later! Lots of trucks were stirring up such a mess that after getting to the exit for Iceola, Arkansas, I gave up and got a Motel, took a nap, and got ready for the last stretch home on wednesday. 9 hours later (I starterd at daylight) I rolled into my driveway around 4 PM near King City, MO.
What a great 4000 mile trip. LT gave me no hassles at all. What a great bike.

Just thought I'd let what most of you already know and that is that this LT is a wonderfull touring bike.
I hope I didn't bore anyone....if I did, I'm sorry!
Vern


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Due to heart health, the Dr says not to ride under 40 degree air temp. Ugh! Now it is harder to get my 18000 miles a year in just in the summer. Guess that stopped my 20 degree rides now.
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Love this LT bike and still waiting for my first speeding ticket. LOL
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Great post Vern.

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying " I'll try again tomorrow".


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Congratulations for your trip. May as well ride it' 'till you can and you are surprisingly tough for a mature guy. Those were long hours in the saddle.
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Re: FL trip 11/1-11/16 by myself

Way to go VERN!!!!!

Wish I could get away to do that more often! And, you're right about the bike. I could never ride as many miles on another kind.

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What an awesome ride! You are a true inspiration for us pups.
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Yes, it was long hours in the saddle, but I only rode in the daylight.

Guess I was just anxious to see what was around the next curve or over the next hill. It was just plain fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheap GPS kept me on the right track.

On the big road, the cruise is really nice as I can switch hands, butt cheeks, slide front to back on the seat and the bead seat helps me massage my butt as well. Coffee, bottled electrolite water, and gas is all I needed. LOL

Sure beats the hell out of golf! Well, that's just my opinion.

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Love this LT bike and still waiting for my first speeding ticket. LOL
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Re: FL trip 11/1-11/16 by myself

Great post young man! When it's raining cats and dogs it is hard to figure out where the weather liars got the 40% number!

4,000 miles is a tremendous feat! Congratulations,

Loren

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Now you know what all the fuss is about....

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Hi Vern,

It was really nice to read about your trip ( I think that we all have a way of inserting ourselves in someones trip when we read about it) and the ride through my adopted home state. There are a lot of things that I love about Florida and I do have the ability to live just about anywhere I want to, but unfortunately, riding a motorcycle is not high on my list here. I really am glad that you came down and hope that you and many others will continue to ride here.

I do ride it just about every day, as it's my primary mode of transportation, and look forward to just about every moment on her, but I honestly have to say that the best part of riding in, as some say FLATLorida is when I am heading north and I cross the FL/GA state line.

There are nice and fun places to ride, but I don't think that Florida will ever be come a destination place to ride. It's a great place to live and visit, but the roads are just too FLAT an STRAIGHT to really get the inherent fun out of a motorcycle.

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Hi Vern,

It was really nice to read about your trip ( I think that we all have a way of inserting ourselves in someones trip when we read about it) and the ride through my adopted home state. There are a lot of things that I love about Florida and I do have the ability to live just about anywhere I want to, but unfortunately, riding a motorcycle is not high on my list here. I really am glad that you came down and hope that you and many others will continue to ride here.

I do ride it just about every day, as it's my primary mode of transportation, and look forward to just about every moment on her, but I honestly have to say that the best part of riding in, as some say FLATLorida is when I am heading north and I cross the FL/GA state line.

There are nice and fun places to ride, but I don't think that Florida will ever be come a destination place to ride. It's a great place to live and visit, but the roads are just too FLAT an STRAIGHT to really get the inherent fun out of a motorcycle.
Dano,
Yep, you are right about the straight and flat roads in FL, but I had to ride them anyway. I did find a couple rides right around Avon Park that had some curves in it and very little traffic. Glad I made the circle around Lake Okachobee on a Sunday as I didn't have to drive the 45 MPH they suggested for trucks coming and going as they weren't working on Sundays. My avatar pic has the lake in the background. I had to prove to my MO friends that I was actually there. LOL
I did call a couple of phone numbers in the anomynous book, but got no answer so didn't meet with any local BMW riders to exchange lies with while in the area. LOL

I wasn't sure my post was worth posting, but glad a few of you noticed.

Thanks all,
Vern


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Love this LT bike and still waiting for my first speeding ticket. LOL
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Hi Vern, nice and interesting thread. Makes me more confident in my scheduled trip for next Year in May. Bought an LT close to San Francisco we will go from Northern California down to LA and then over to the east coast, Fl. including Las Vegas, Grand Canyon part of Route 66 and other interesting parts. Looking forward to this event can't wait anymore.
Thanks for your thread.

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Re: FL trip 11/1-11/16 by myself

Thanks for your post, Vern. Always nice to hear of someone on the road to adventure! Get to kinda' vicariously ride along....

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