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Your favorite ride ever and the bike and who you were with

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I started this thread to supplement the Bucket list thread. I hope to get many ideas.

Viet Nam Veterans memorial by way of the Blue Ridge parkway and the tail-the ride was planned in 1968 and ridden more than 30 years later.
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I had to be alone for this ride.
 
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My dad and I took a pretty awesome trip out to the Blue Ridge Parkway, where we also rode the Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon. It's tempting to choose that ride because it was a big undertaking, involved lots of planning and it was *my dad*, but it wasn't my favorite ride ever.

I think the best was my second trip out here to scout out home sites in New Mexico with my wife. We were both on our Guzzis, we had a lot of free time to explore wherever and it involved us planning and dreaming a lot of important stuff for our future.

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Favorite #1 is Alaska for 5 weeks in 83. On an 81 GoldWing. With my friend Bob Lake from Tulsa.
I have about a hundred favorites though. :sun:
 
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Northern California PCH, no contest. 2000 miles on my K1200s with 2 long term riding buds. I will do it again.

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Mine is last year's ride through Colorado, starting at Raton, NM and returning there 6 days later. It was in mid September and the weather was incredible as was the mostly deserted roads. My first time living out of saddle bags, a trip I will always remember.
 
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I've had a number of memorable rides over the years. Colorado, Montana, Swiss Alps, and others. All of them hard-wired into my memory.

But my favorite ride was with my then 13 year old son on a 2003 Concours. It was our first long father-son-only ride together and we rode up to Wisconsion for the Oshkosh Fly-In.

He now rides his own, '07 FZ1, we attended yesterday's pie run in Godley. Also rode down to the Hill Country in April for his first time to ride the 3 Twisted Sisters.
 

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:tab Wow... favorite ride... :ponder: That is NOT an easy question!! There have been favorite trips, favorite days within trips, etc,... I don't think I could pick just one. Heck, even a top ten would be tough, hehe.

:tab Way back in 2002, I did a weekend run up to Arkansas to ride as many roads as I could in three days of hard riding. Each day of riding was one of those days where I hit every apex perfect, was smooth, etc,... Beth came up for the last day and we did 540 miles two up on the VFR, blasting all over Northern Arkansas. Even with her on the bike, I was just in that groove and she was there to enjoy it with me. The roads were great, the weather great, and the company great... That day is definitely up there if not the top...

:tab Then there are several big trips to North Carolina, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Mexico. All of them were incredible adventures with great folks. The VFR 800's, R1150GS, and KLR 650 have all been great bikes.
 

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Last summer I trucked the Transalp to Knoxville TN. My daughter was going to spend the week at a church camp there. We drove the Natchez Trace on the way up then I left her and the truck in Knoxville and rode the tail of the Dragon, parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway, through Smokey Mountain NP, and a side trip to visit family in Columbia SC. The drive home with the daughter took us through Nashville, on parts of the Trace we skipped on the way up, and Vicksburg to see the battlefield.

All and all one of my favorite vacations. I got some fantastic riding in and got to show my daughter parts of the country she'd never seen. Plus we did it slow enough to enjoy it.

The fact that I only got to do part of the Blue Ridge is why it is on my bucket list.
 

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1972. XL250. Tennessee to California to Alaska, to Quebec to Nova Scotia to New York to North Carolina to Tennessee. Just under 17,000 miles. 12 weeks.
 
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Mexico trip (Big Bend, Copper Canyon, Mazatlan, Ferry, Baja, LA & Vegas) in February of 08 with a near-lifelong friend; both on KLR's. I've gone back to Mexico a few times since but that trip was the best.

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1972. XL250. Tennessee to California to Alaska, to Quebec to Nova Scotia to New York to North Carolina to Tennessee. Just under 17,000 miles. 12 weeks.
Wow. I rode a 250 from coast to coast (then shipped to Hawaii) and thought that was an accomplishment. I bow down to you O king of the small bike/long trip.
 

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Wow. I rode a 250 from coast to coast (then shipped to Hawaii) and thought that was an accomplishment. I bow down to you O king of the small bike/long trip.
Small bike touring is easier for me. Heavy bikes are too much work on back roads with lower speed limits. I like to slow down and smell the road kill. Today my weapon of choice is a TW 200, which has toted me through many 400-700 mile days, even 1024 miles in 21 hours.
 
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Favorite ride was a solo one taking me from San Antonio through to Utah, then over to Nebraska. About 3700 miles in 4 days, on my 2000 ZX9R. There was plenty to see on that one, but Utah was by far the most varied and scenic segment. I also experienced my first ride through an honest to goodness sandstorm in southern Utah.
 
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Mine was way back in 1973. I was headed east from San Francisco until the sun went down. I ended up east of Ely, Nevada on a two lane (little used) road so I pulled off.

Put my 73 Triumph Daytona on its side stand, rolled up my jacket for a pillow, unrolled my blanket, laid down next to the bike in the ditch. Perfectly clear night without a soul in site, I stared up at the milky way until falling asleep. I felt like the only person on earth, because there was not a sound from civilization all night.
 
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It's a toss up so far - rode home from Breckenrideg, CO to Plano, TX riding 700+ miles in one day. The temps were 36 degrees in CO when I left and 100+ all the way across Texas. It was my first long ride and I proved to myself that I could do it. On this ride I was on the GoldWing which is an amazing long distance machine.

In April of this year I rode the Triumph Sprint to the Ozark Mountain Rat Raid - that was a great trip too. Below are some pictures from the Rat Raid.

In July of this year my wife went with me to Eureka Springs and we rode all over NW Arkansas for a couple of days. That was a lot of fun too.

But maybe the best is yet to come. I'm flying into SLC, UT and picking up an Electra Glide and spending a week riding through UT and CO - so looking forward to getting away from this heat. Then I'll do a mad dash from CO back home - praying this heat is over when the time comes for the trip.
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For sure, the 50 First Dates ride, 7 weeks and just shy of 7000 miles with good times in most of the western states.

Burgmans rock.
 
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I know mine is puny compared to everyone else's, but I don't feel bad since my riding experience is equally puny. ;-)

In the month or two I've been riding, my absolute favorite so far was my first time getting out on highway 67 and really opening up a little bit. My little Ninja 500 isn't any kind of fearsome beast, but twisting my wrist and watching the needle climb on the big, flat, straightaways was a real thrill after sticking to 45-50 mph for the most part.

The "holy crap, I'm going this fast and it's just me, no windshield, no seat belts, no nothing..." really made me feel like I was flying low, for a while. I couldn't stop grinning.
 
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Road to Lake City, CO south from HWY 50. 1992 TDM850, by myself.
Next best, Big Bend TX, 1986 Ninja 600, my buddies from San Antonio
back when you could ride the park faster than 45MPH w/o going to jail.
 
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Every ride I ever took with my brother. He passed away three years ago, much too young, from an illness. He loved riding more than anyone I've ever known. I sure do miss those rides.
 
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Has to be my first trip to Big Bend, December 2007. Rode around the desert on my XR-250, with Elzi on her Sherpa. Roger led us around to the good spots. Rode nearly every day, sometimes as little as eleven miles and then walking, looking, and photographing where we were. To borrow words from an old John Denver song it was like "coming home to a place I'd never been before".
 
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My favorite ride would be the 9 day trip I did to Colorado in June of 2008 with 4 of my riding buddies on our Burgman 650s. We did the long hot ride across West Texas to get there in one day then had 7 wonderful cool days to make a big loop around the state before the long ride back across West Texas to get home. In that one week we road in everything from 104 degrees with 50 mph wind and blowing dust in the Texas Panhandle to snow and 31 degrees up in the mountains.
 
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Unlike Scott, this is an easy one for me. Did a 10 day 4500 mile trip in the middle of winter with 3 buddies out to CA then on the way back through the Big Bend area and into Mexico. I was on the Busa and they were on liter bikes. The funniest part is 2 of them split off and went through the Grand Canyon, while I and the other rider did the Guggenheim motorcycle exhibit in Las Vegas On Christmas Day. Two days later we came up on them as we were coming into Las Cruces NM. :lol2: They were completely beat up after dealing with way too much ice and snow, so they bailed on the BB/Mexico part. I remember pulling into the garage and just sitting there on the bike for like 5 minutes not wanting to get off because I didn't want the trip to be over.
 
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Never done anything but day trips on a bike. However - 1976 while stationed in Pirmasens, Germany - exploring from Kaiserslautern to Speyer, and along the Rhine River, to the edges of the Black Forest, on a Yamaha 360 Enduro. I wish now I'd ridden the Really Scary road through the forest from Baden Baden to Freudenstadt. I also wished I'd brought the bike home instead of selling it.
 

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Arkansas trip with my son about two years ago. My brother and a few friends were along, but my son made it for me. Our first trip together and I hope to have many more. Planning one for this fall - hopefully!!! The trip was full of mechanical failures with one of the guys, but it was still enjoyable.
 

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How about it? Got an all time favorite ride or experience on a bike that really just stands out from all the rest?
 
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My first time two-up and my first time just touring/cruising. The lady is a friend from work, she was/is wanting to get her motorcycle license and wanted to see if she liked riding a bike or just the idea of it. We were about 2 hours or so in, and had just loaded up from stopping for lunch. I think her face says it all.
 

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My first time two-up and my first time just touring/cruising. The lady is a friend from work, she was/is wanting to get her motorcycle license and wanted to see if she liked riding a bike or just the idea of it. We were about 2 hours or so in, and had just loaded up from stopping for lunch. I think her face says it all.
That pretty cool. It is fun seeing someone REALLY get it! I took a foreign exchange student for a ride on my GS. I ran a brisk but relaxed pace and also ran down some of my favorite local dirt roads. I pulled over when he started screaming like a little girl. I thought something was wrong! Turns out he was just having so much fun he couldn't contain himself :lol2: He'd never been on a bike before.
 

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Over 20 years ago. When Aprilia was setting up a dealer network in the U.S. The guy who was setting up the network in the US (southern US maybe) and the folks who started "Ride Texas" magazine were going on a "test" ride of the new Aprilia and doing the Twisted Sisters. I was invited along with two or three others. (I was on a new, at the time, Speed Triple)

This was my introduction to the Twisted Sisters. I grew up in Central Texas but I never knew....

It was a glorious day. A glorious day. I was pretty young. 19 or 20 and not the best rider. Everyone else was on the good side but they were very kind and I learned much in that one day. The idea that something like that was "so close" was like finding religion. :)
 

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I'm new and have only ridden about 14,000 miles so far in the last 9 months.

So far the highlights for me have been:

- Kerrville to Lost Maples to Vanderpool to Leakey with my daughter
- Arkansas dirt ride with @Simmons1, @misterk, @BADTEX and @Birdman44 (minus the K-Trail :))
- TWT Arkansas pavement trip with @MacDaddy (before the rain)
- Dirt North of Fredericksburg with @Messenjah
 
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The last time I was on a bike is my favorite ride. Which will sound funny to many, but that would be my ride to work today. Tonight it will be my ride home work. I enjoy riding so much that I can't pick a an all time favorite ride. I love them all and any time I am riding versus doing anything else. Each ride and each trip is different in its own right, they can't really be compared for me.
 

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Every ride with my son. Unfortunately, it has only been three trips over the years, but all were SUPER trips for me. One in the hill country, one in Arkansas, and one in Colorado. All great fun. Colorado was fraught with problems, but after conquering the issues and getting back home - we agreed it was special.

Others close behind? Those with my dad and brother. See a pattern here?
 
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Favorite so far is our two week trip riding thru out New Mexico, Arizona, Utah & Colorado on the Goldwing with my wife, did some camping, some B&B's and vists with friends & relatives.
 

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What is it that makes a ride REALLY memorable or at the top of your list?

Good roads?
Good scenery?
Who you ride with (or don't ride with)?
What you are riding?
Particular challenges of the ride?
 
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What is it that makes a ride REALLY memorable or at the top of your list?

Good roads? Good scenery? Who you ride with (or don't ride with)? What you are riding? Particular challenges of the ride?
For me its good roads & scenery first - since I tend to ride solo most of the time, followed by having good companions when riding with others.
 

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I crashed soon after starting motorcycling. I bought a new bike and started again. It really clicked to me when a guy on some forums decided he wanted to ride around with me after I told my story.

It was the first time after the learners course someone provided detailed feedback of my riding on real, curvy roads. I learned a lot that day and it's stuff I still practice this very day. It made me a better and safer rider.

Close second: First time I rode on the dirt with the Austin TARA crew. Same day I crossed the James river.
 

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For me its good roads & scenery first - since I tend to ride solo most of the time, followed by having good companions when riding with others.
This pretty much. Scenery is big for me. Trees, hills, rivers, etc. That's why I struggle with going to Big Bend. I don't really like moon scenery.

Coming from bicycle touring, I really like the "get from point A to B" aspect of rides too. Ride from this town to that town and spend the night, get up ride to next town and spend the night. I enjoy that more than starting from a central point and doing loops out and back every day.

My favorite day of the TWT Arkansas trip was not the one on the "good" roads, it was the day we rode from home to Clarksville for 450 miles. I'd like to do more of that type of stuff.
 

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At this point on extended trips, I prefer more street riding, but welcome an occasional dirt road. Like to stop and look at things, visit the occasional coffee shop, good conversation with friends, and more riding and looking around. Not too interested in riding for the sake of riding any more. Been there, done that since 1969. Riding in and of itself is not my bag anymore. Now it is the small town, scenery, site seeing, coffee shops, throw in a little camping, and FRIENDS/friendships/comradery
 
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First reading this old thread I realized Bean Counter and I were at the 2010 RAT Raid in Arkansas on Srint ST 1050's. Mine was a silver 06 still with my HK plate from Germany.

My favorite road trip was solo to the Brno Moto GP, Venice, Pisa, and then to Garmisch for a Poker Run in the Alps. All two lane back roads.

Sorry no pics on iPad, but they are on my open Facebook. Bradley Charles Nelson.
 

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Sorry no pics on iPad, but they are on my open Facebook.
Do this,

[img]link to facebook image[/img]

After you save the post, the linked images will be converted to attachments and permanently stored here on the TWT server. That way when the FB links expire, the images will still display here.
 
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I guess my favorite ride changes with my mood, but this one comes to mind frequently. I had just bought an older R1100RT and we were on our first trip along with 4JRanch and his wife, Mrs. 4J. We left the Brenham / La Grange area and headed toward Kerrville taking the Devil's Backbone and 473 along the way. We stopped in Sisterdale to visit the winery (photo.) The following day we rode the Sisters.

Anyone who knows the 4Js know they are fast and it was work riding two up on that old RT to keep up with their ST1300s, but keep up we did. It was supposed to rain that day and we had the Sisters to ourselves. The old RT must have bottomed out several times along 335. I rode too fast and fully expected my wife to get off the bike for ever. But no, this was her first trip and she had a blast.

We stayed in Kerrville, hiked a mile to Mamacitas for Texmex and Margaritas that night - drinking and riding don't mix. On the way home the promised rain hit, blinding rain, and I learned that the HES sensor was bad, leaving us stranded in New Braunfels. A 100 mile AAA tow got us back to the farm. Adventure isn't about what you get into, but about how well you deal with it. This trip, my Mrs handled it well.

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One thing this thread makes clear is: I need to get out and ride more! I'm inspired by many of the places and trips you folks have listed

Second, I don't really have a favorite, but the top rides are all very special for different reasons. I grew up riding from Texas to Colorado on the back of my dad's GS850 every other summer (my brother got the other years). The ride to Amarillo was always brutal, but after Raton pass it was great. Most memorable was the ride into Ouray, CO in a pouring rain. My dad told me not to move and I felt like I didn't flex a single muscle for 45 minutes. That trip had all the beauty of the Rocky Mountains through Ouray, Silverton, Durango, Craig, and Estes Park. That time with my dad was the best and can't be replicated.

My other favorites are all with my wife. We took the dirtbikes (CRF250x & CRF 150) to Ouray and rode Imogene & Engineer and a few others. She had never ridden before we got together and learned only 2 years before this trip. She rode well and saw things she'd never otherwise have seen. Sharing that with her and seeing her skills rise to the occasion was better than any other off-road experience I've had. On road with her was our honeymoon, an Edelweiss tour of New Zealand (R1150RT). The roads and scenery were amazing and the people were great. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary on an Edelweiss Tour of Tuscany (R1200RT). Great food, roads, and scenery. For the latter, we had the benefit of Bluetooth intercoms which was a game changer.

I'm shooting for a Celtic Rider Ireland tour this summer if a few things fall into place - maybe it will make the favorites list.
 
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