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#121 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:27 pm

Just because I haven't updated in awhile:
My new winter gear was comfortable at 44*F the other night. Much better than the other stuff. Thick gloves still "pee" me off, I accidentally hit the horn on occasion because of my fat thumbs.
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#122 Unread post by mgdavis » Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:27 pm

Dammit, I misread the paperwork that went with my PTO cash-in. Looks like the Strom won't be paid off till the end of next month.
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#123 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Oct 27, 2007 11:12 pm

I'd like to take a moment to pimp my new blog:
beersbikesetc.blogspot.com

edit: I don't know why the url isn't working right. Copy and paste.

re-edit: Link fixed. Enjoy.
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#124 Unread post by mgdavis » Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:34 am

I'm a tad disappointed with the weather forecaster from the morning news. She said there was a possibility of snow tonight, so I came to work in the truck instead of on the bike. No precipitation as of the last time I walked past a window. That's a riding day wasted. :frusty:
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#125 Unread post by mgdavis » Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:12 pm

Got the Strom's title in the mail yesterday. I'm happy that it's all mine now, I don't have to share it with the bank.
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#126 Unread post by Flesher » Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:50 am

Grats on the full ownership MG! :) and happy holidays.

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#127 Unread post by mgdavis » Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:06 pm

It's been a bit since I've posted over here. Couple reasons for that: I moved a couple weeks ago, was not saving any money while living by myself, going to stay with my folks for a while (:oops:) and save money for a career change. The other reason is that the Strom has a space in the garage now, and it's a PITA to pull out, especially with work only three miles away now.

Posting is still happening on the other blog, so come check it out occasionally.
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#128 Unread post by mgdavis » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:55 pm

Peeled those big shiny Suzuki "S"es (how the hell do you pluralize "S"?) off the Strom yesterday. I think the bike looks a lot cleaner now. The emblems are just stickers, they peeled off easily with just a bit of heat and patience. They did leave a bit of residue around the edges, but it should come off easily enough when I wash the bike.
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#129 Unread post by mgdavis » Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:51 pm

I went down to Gerbing's today and picked up a couple things. More details on the blog.
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#130 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:32 pm

While I was browsing around the web today I discovered a couple outfits that rent motorcycles in the Seattle area. One is Mountain to Sound Motorcycle Adventures, and the other is http://www.vstroms.com. I've decided that I'm going to talk my Dad into riding up Mt. St. Helens, or somewhere equally scenic, sometime this summer.
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#131 Unread post by mgdavis » Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:54 am

Went for a 345 mile ride around the Olympic peninsula today. The Strom did great. The blog post is up at the other place.
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#132 Unread post by mgdavis » Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:35 pm

I got a package in the mail today, one that I've been anticipating for a while. On the 21st of February I ordered a TMW t-shirt, which finally showed up today, the 11th of March. The packaging looked like it went to Hell and back, that probably explains the longish wait. (What's the shipping time to Hell?) At any rate, the shirt wasn't damaged, and it looks great. I'll see if I can snap a couple pictures of it soon. Mike also threw a couple TMW stickers in the envelope, so I might have to clean the mud off the back of my bike so I can stick one on.
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#133 Unread post by mgdavis » Sun Mar 23, 2008 11:08 pm

I've been so busy with work that I haven't been on the Strom in two weeks! I'm definitely going to catch up tomorrow. Not at all decided where I'm going to ride, but I'll be out on two wheels.

Also, I'm officially debt-free as of tomorrow! Time to start saving money and planning the next few steps of my life.
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#134 Unread post by mgdavis » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:15 pm

Went and cruised around Bainbridge Island today. Nice day, and a nice ride. Tried to go to Fort Ward State Park, but it was "Closed for the Winter". Saw about a thousand Volvos, I'm pretty sure Bainbridge could support a Volvo dealer by themselves.
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#135 Unread post by mgdavis » Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:38 pm

I spent all yesterday working, catching glimpses of a sunlit sky through the windows. I had a serious need to get out on the bike, swore I'd spend all day today riding. When I woke up this morning it was cloudy, with just a few spatters of rain falling.
"That's fine," I said to myself, "I can ride in the rain."
I started web surfing and working on my first cup of coffee. After a bit I looked up and saw, much to my displeasure, significant amounts of snow falling from the sky. It's 36*F out, too warm for the snow to stick, but I'd sure feel foolish if I managed to find an icy patch. No riding for now, I guess I'll go get the oil changed in my truck instead.

I'm telling you, sometimes Washington tests my patience. It's the end of March, just a few miles west of Seattle, and it's SNOWING fer chrissakes. WTF?
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#136 Unread post by mgdavis » Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:25 pm

I'm in Texas :tada:

Staying around Wichita Falls for 1.5 weeks for a class. No riding, as I flew down; they wouldn't have let me check the Strom as my second piece of luggage.

Apparently Oklahoma has no helmet law. It was strange to see people riding around with no lid, it looks really uncomfortable.
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#137 Unread post by AZRider » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:21 pm

mgdavis wrote:
Apparently Oklahoma has no helmet law. It was strange to see people riding around with no lid, it looks really uncomfortable.
It isnt.
Kawi VN1600

I dont give a damn what the name on the bike is..........Just ride it.

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#138 Unread post by mgdavis » Sat May 10, 2008 4:49 pm

Just got the renewal notice from my insurance company. Looks like I'll be paying $275.00 to insure the Strom for the next 12 months, which isn't bad, considering that the same coverage cost me twice that amount last year.
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#139 Unread post by Shorts » Sat May 10, 2008 5:52 pm

mgdavis wrote:I'm in Texas :tada:

Staying around Wichita Falls for 1.5 weeks for a class. No riding, as I flew down; they wouldn't have let me check the Strom as my second piece of luggage.

Apparently Oklahoma has no helmet law. It was strange to see people riding around with no lid, it looks really uncomfortable.

I noticed that when I went down to TX too. Lots of people running with no cover. I was surprised.

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#140 Unread post by mgdavis » Sun May 11, 2008 1:53 pm

I was talking to my Mom today, and she mentioned that my great-great-grandfather had a motorcycle. He was the Police Chief of New Ulm, Minnesota at the time. The way she said it, it sounded like he used the bike as his official transportation. I'll have to poke around a bit and see if I can dig up anymore information, but it sounds like I have an early motorcycle cop in my family tree. Way cool.
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