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I need three volunteers to put on some seminars in Duluth:


A Pillion's Perspective - What's going on in the head and body of the person behind you? Talk about your experiences and suggestions for being a passenger.


Long Touring Trip Success - Planning, executing, surviving, and enjoying a two-up adventure.


Making GPS Maps - Mapping software for Mac and PC made easy.
 

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Uh, helllllooooooooooo.....................

Seriously, 100+ people looked at this and not a single volunteer? :mad:

Nobody rides as a passenger and has a decent story to tell?

Most of you guys are bar hoppers, so nobody can share an hour of their time to discuss how to prepare for a long haul?

I didn't expect there to be an Apple Genius' on this forum, but nobody makes maps on Mac? You PC guys are no better.

79 days to go. Lets sign up and give back.




HarleyBrad08 said:
I need three volunteers to put on some seminars in Duluth:


A Pillion's Perspective - What's going on in the head and body of the person behind you? Talk about your experiences and suggestions for being a passenger.


Long Touring Trip Success - Planning, executing, surviving, and enjoying a two-up adventure.


Making GPS Maps - Mapping software for Mac and PC made easy.
 

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HarleyBrad08 said:
Uh, helllllooooooooooo.....................

Seriously, 100+ people looked at this and not a single volunteer? :mad:

Nobody rides as a passenger and has a decent story to tell?

Most of you guys are bar hoppers, so nobody can share an hour of their time to discuss how to prepare for a long haul?

I didn't expect there to be an Apple Genius' on this forum, but nobody makes maps on Mac? You PC guys are no better.

79 days to go. Lets sign up and give back.
Hi Brad,

Well, it's been a few days since you've written this prodding message and still no replies. :confused: Having read the original, I have to mention that my first thought was that I wouldn't be attending these seminars based on the topics. Please don't take this as anything other than "my" personal opinion. I'm sure there are others that feel differently.
The mapping seminar would be the most interesting to me, but I'm so absorbed in every mile I map, going back and forth between RoadTrip and Google maps, that I wouldn't think anyone would want to put in that kind of time or effort. Let alone have someone present that laborious process.
I have provided feedback when asked what topic would be of interest to me. I'd like to know more about the ABS, but more importantly, I'd attend seminars that were specific to LTs. That's a major reason I'm attending this year's CCR, to discuss the LT with other owners.
Having said that, I certainly appreciate those that can teach/present. It's my worst nightmare in life. Unless there's barley beverages beforehand, I'm usually in the back of the crowd staying out of everyone's way.

Best of luck with the recruiting,
Jer
 

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Thanks for the feedback Jerry.

I think you'll be very happy with the Technical Sessions, where the bike is the focus.

Our seminars tend to focus on motorcycle-related stuff - from reading weather signs while on the road to things like we've listed this year, which were all favorably suggested when the asked about proposed topics.

If nobody volunteers to talk, we'll just cancel the seminars and everyone can ride instead.


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Hi Brad,

Well, it's been a few days since you've written this prodding message and still no replies. :confused: Having read the original, I have to mention that my first thought was that I wouldn't be attending these seminars based on the topics. Please don't take this as anything other than "my" personal opinion. I'm sure there are others that feel differently.
The mapping seminar would be the most interesting to me, but I'm so absorbed in every mile I map, going back and forth between RoadTrip and Google maps, that I wouldn't think anyone would want to put in that kind of time or effort. Let alone have someone present that laborious process.
I have provided feedback when asked what topic would be of interest to me. I'd like to know more about the ABS, but more importantly, I'd attend seminars that were specific to LTs. That's a major reason I'm attending this year's CCR, to discuss the LT with other owners.
Having said that, I certainly appreciate those that can teach/present. It's my worst nightmare in life. Unless there's barley beverages beforehand, I'm usually in the back of the crowd staying out of everyone's way.

Best of luck with the recruiting,
Jer
 

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HarleyBrad08 said:
A Pillion's Perspective - What's going on in the head and body of the person behind you? Talk about your experiences and suggestions for being a passenger.


Long Touring Trip Success - Planning, executing, surviving, and enjoying a two-up adventure.


Making GPS Maps - Mapping software for Mac and PC made easy.
Brad,
Just so you'll know we're reading, understanding, and not just scanning/ignoring your thread, I'll add my 2 cents worth.

1. My wife doesn't ride. She has "no interest in riding a motorcycle that far", she doesn't "know why anyone would ride a motorcycle that far and you're not going either!" The quotes are hers from when I asked her to go to Rapid City in '09. Any presentation from her would be terribly short, but to the point. :D

2. My wife still doesn't ride. I don't expect the trip would be as enjoyable if she did.

3. I have routed myself with mapquest, Garmin's mapping program, etc., but have never loaded the routes into my GPS. If the route from A to B doesn't take me the way I want to go, I just tell it to take me to some other place as a route, then the original location becomes the second route. I know I'm not using the GPS to its potential, but I just don't have the time or inclination to learn all of it's tricks.
 

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HarleyBrad08 said:
I need three volunteers to put on some seminars in Duluth:


A Pillion's Perspective - What's going on in the head and body of the person behind you? Talk about your experiences and suggestions for being a passenger.
From my wife's perspective: Being able to see over the drivers head is a big plus. On my RT she could not on the LT she can.

Drive safely: Try not to make any sudden unexpected moves. This scares the passenger which can then cause them to move unexpectedly and upset the balance of the bike and irritate the driver.

Install a communication system: Allows your passenger to talk to you and makes her feel like she is more than a sack of potatoes you are hauling around. Also allows her to make route or stop suggestions.

Make the pillion area as comfortable as you can for her. If she ain't comfortable, she is not going to enjoy the ride.

HarleyBrad08 said:
Long Touring Trip Success - Planning, executing, surviving, and enjoying a two-up adventure.


Making GPS Maps - Mapping software for Mac and PC made easy.
I have never used a GPS to plan a route so not much help their.

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Folks - I'm going to make a last request for someone to pull together a presentation on mapping. John Zeiler's poll indicates participants want to hear how to make good travel maps for Mac and PC.

If we don't have a volunteer, I'll just cull it from the schedule. I'll give it until Friday.
 

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Brad, me and the wife have done a lot of two-up riding in most weather conditions, even a little snow, but I wouldn't have enough information to make a decent (or interesting) program!

Just make sure the bike itself is prepared, pack as lightly as you can with the proper clothing needed for where you are going and for how long (we ship our clothes out ahead of time when we attend CCR with a return UPS Label); like someone else said, my wife gets bored sometimes as she can't see over my big head! :histerica

Make the needed hotel reservations out and back well in advance......

She does take a nap or two on those 750+ miles days even when cruising at 80+ mph! :D

Back to the thread now........
 
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