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Old 03-26-2004, 04:27 PM   #11
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Hmmmmm... I'm off to the Press Intro / 2- Day adventure touring excursion for the new BMW R 1200GS on April 12th. I wonder if BMW will let me....... nah!
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Old 03-26-2004, 05:08 PM   #12
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Bon voiyage, Sean.

Look forward to reading your impressions of the 1200 when you get back!
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Old 03-26-2004, 08:29 PM   #13
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How's that test/comparo with the new Sporty coming along? Looking forward to it, too.
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Old 03-27-2004, 01:58 AM   #14
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Of course, if some of us had the time, we could do Alaska TO Brazil - and then some more.



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Old 03-27-2004, 07:41 AM   #15
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Somebody actually did that trip on a BMW R69 back in the 60's. BMW had ads in Cycle World that chronicled the several month trip. What an adventure. Especially considering the roads back them. Imagine trying that an an AMF Harley. Or a BSA.
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Old 03-27-2004, 02:25 PM   #16
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Old 03-28-2004, 07:09 AM   #17
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Read "Riding the Edge" by Dave Barr if you would like a taste of tripping on an AMF Harley. There was also a web site showing guys in the 50's on their Panheads riding mountain trails in the snow and jumping them. Pretty cool stuff.
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Old 03-29-2004, 04:29 AM   #18
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Best bet. just get one, doesn't have to be a new one.
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Old 03-29-2004, 04:44 AM   #19
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Planning on going in July 2005 or 2006 myself. Been once (on an Electra Glide that turned 100K on the trip no less). Plan on doing it this time with a sidecar! Matter of fact, the mule for the sidecar is the same bike that made the trip in '93. Hoping it turns 200K on that trip. It is not that bad of a trip. 10 years ago only a couple of hundred miles of truly crappy road, but well worth the trip. Also, if you are thinking of taking a show boat up the highway, go right ahead. That crap they put on the highway to keep dust down sticks - permanently - on everything that it couches. have an old set of stock mufflers to prove it....nice shade of brown.....



Just a couple words of advice, double the amount of money you THINK it is going to take and get a copy of the Alaska Milepost (not to be confused with the OTHER milepost) and change you money from US to Canada at a Canadian Bank. They don't (usually) charge for this like US banks do. And if the main motif of the place you are stopping is skulls, well, you pays your money and takes your chances... Don't haul ass on the highway. It can sometimes have pot holes that will swallow your bike (especially in the Early part of summer, and yes, it happend to us back in '93) And finally, if they have a jug of water in a 'hotel' for brushing your teeth, don't take a shower from the tap...don't ask, just trust me on this one, ok? Took most of a week to get the smell of the "tap water" out of my helmet after one such stop.



Shoot, almost forgot the most important thing. Resist the temptation of taking a passenger. It is enough of a challenge solo (especially if you are on a street bike on a dirt portion and it rains), plus the passenger will be bored silly (unless of course you are boring silly nightly, and you won't, again, trust me)!



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Old 03-29-2004, 05:40 AM   #20
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Tudo Bem? I'almost staid in brazil when I vistited there for a 3- week vacation...Wich turned in to 3 months! -The most wonderful country I have seen! I'm in Switzerland now trying to put some money aside so I can go there...I would love to ride the whole coast of Brazil, stopping at all the nice Beaches and Have a few Caipirinhas and spend some time with the friendliest people on this planet-And of course: The most beautiful Girls!!! -You are a lucky man! I hope Lula is doing good things for this great country? Ciao!
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