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General Banter / Random bytes, worth what you paid to read them.
« on: June 17, 2019, 01:30:37 PM »
Hello Fellow Riders. I thought I’d drop in, say hello and broach a few topics.

On a person note, I’m going to mention this. As I discussed in this thread,,1960.0.html, I fulfilled my promise (mostly) last year with 3 open forum rides, and one large private ride. If others don’t step up and post a ride, this forum is effective dead regarding group rides. Organizing a ride takes a lot of work and it does open you up for slings and arrows thrown by those in the peanut gallery that never post rides. A few of the complaints will be deserved, most will not. 

Ray and I have organized more open forum rides, via this group and the 3 other dominant groups over the last 17 years, than any other person. Others have posted rides, some more than others, but none more than Ray and I. This isn’t boasting (lol, believe me!), just stating fact. These opinions I’m about to write about are worth what you paid to read them.  Zip, nada, the big goose egg. :)

The national MSTA FB group had a recent post that caught my attention. The fellow mentioned that we are a very diverse group of people, sometimes with nothing else in common other than our shared love of motorcycles / motorcycling. And even with my previous sentence, you see some of these differences. Some of us love the motorcycle more, and some love motorcycling more. (Neither is better than the other, just different).

That fact that we are a VERY diverse group of people in our personality makeup, in addition to our differences in what constitutes a “group ride”, mandates that what makes a “group ride” effective is INFORMATION. 
If a person were to post on a skiing forum, “Hey, let’s get together and go skiing”, most would show up at the resort, and then splinter off into subgroups. The black diamond skiers, the blue square and green circle (expert, average, and beginner) skiers will rarely ski together. This is an example of why I feel it’s important to lay out what exactly your posted ride is going to be.

These examples are presented only to show the vast differences of rides and I’m not applying worth to any of them over the other.
1.   Iron butt ride! Let’s get out and do a 1000 mile day!
2.   Twisties all day: Let’s get out and do 75 miles legs, few short gas stops, one hour lunch. Speeds reasonable in the straights, “do your own thing” in the corners
3.   Flying kites! Let’s get out, listen to some Peter, Paul and Mary, smell some flowers and enjoy the day.
4.   Kickstands and kicking tires: Let’s get together for lunch on our motorcycles and swap riding stories.

Just as a beginner skier doesn’t want to ski the mogul hill and the black diamond skier doesn’t want to ski bunny slopes, riders of different tastes as described above will not want to ride the other styles of rides. (AGAIN, I’m not assigning worth to these styles)
Given all of us have various commitments outside riding, the days we DO get off to ride should be as we hoped them to be. Hence: Information.

I’ve learned 2 important things from RR and RK (abbreviations to protect the guilty, but you know who these folks are) regarding group riding over the past 17 years. The importance of stressing the “ride your own ride” philosophy as well as the fact that people like to ride WITH others. BOTH can be accomplished via the methods I laid out above.

General Banter / Work / Fun
« on: May 26, 2019, 06:21:14 AM »
There is a LOT of work involved in our version of fun. But it is worth it.  :)

General Banter / Huh? What?
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:48:22 AM »
Recently had a hearing test, 40% hearing loss in my right ear. Most likely due to a lot of loud music, both live and recorded throughout my life. I'm sure motorcycling played a part in it as well.

Good things have a price. I wouldn't change a thing. :)

General Banter / Curious Thread
« on: November 15, 2018, 07:16:35 AM »
Curious thread over at the national MSTA Facebook page of posting a picture of yourself and referencing your age. A person finally posted a counter thought on the trend, which has provoked a lively debate. I see both sides of the argument.

General Banter / Various Ozark Bliss
« on: October 24, 2018, 10:06:34 AM »

General Banter / If
« on: October 16, 2018, 08:11:51 AM »
If this website falls off the face of the earth without warning, remember the parent MSTA can be found here.

General Banter / Very rare HWY 7 bliss
« on: September 18, 2018, 05:42:32 PM »
Using highway 7 from Jasper to Harrison is often troublesome. A great stretch of road, but almost always cluttered.  I often use it as either the first or last 20 miles of a route getting in or out if Harrison.
Well, today we had it almost all to ourselves and brand new pavement as well. Road Gods smiled on us today.

General Banter / Yep
« on: August 25, 2018, 02:10:23 PM »
Go fast, curvy roads, empty head, fill soul, BE!


General Banter / Riding with others
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:38:15 AM »
One of the reasons I enjoy riding with other riders who are similar in skill levels and style of riding is that when riding in a group of a few riders we are a larger entity to be "seen". As in "start seeing motorcyclists ".
I will add other reasons to this thread later. Share some of your reasons!

Enjoy your day, and ride! :)

General Banter / Pledge
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:39:05 AM »
In the interest of keeping this group alive and even growing it's numbers,  I pledge to organize 4 open-forum rides this season.  Will others join me in a commitment of their own?


General Banter / So close, yet ...
« on: March 11, 2018, 10:42:14 AM »
It's 90% of what I wanted it to be. Where it starts to show it's flaws are at speeds that I sometimes like to ride. I feel it "pushing" through the air versus slicing through the air like my sportbikes did. Also surprising is the gas mileage. While 35-40 mpg is still ok, I could slice the corners all day on my CBR and get 40-45.
A 350 mile day is more comfortable, but ...... maybe I didn't mind the "uncomfort" given it's a trade off. A Cadillac is more comfortable, but a Corvette is more fun. I'll rest when I'm dead. 

We'll see.

Greg not Steve

General Banter / More is ..... stupid
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:32:12 PM »
This is just a concept bike at this point, yes? Christ, before you know it motorCYCLES will have FOUR wheels. Oh, wait .... we already have those.


General Banter / Multiple bikes
« on: April 05, 2017, 07:44:19 AM »
I don't know how folks with multiple bikes of different classes do it. After just 8 months with 2 bikes I'm facing a dilemma. While riding my sportbike I never have a feeling of "I wish I was on my sport-touring bike", yet while I enjoy my Sprint ST I do on occasion get a feeling of "I wish I was on my CBR".

General Banter / Favorite roads
« on: March 18, 2017, 02:08:04 PM »
In an interest in livening things up around here, I will start a thread about favorite roads. Tell us somethings about the road. Why you like it, what makes it great for you.

I will start with a lesser known road in Arkansas. HWY 14 runs between Omaha (Ar) and Mountain View and is one of my favorites in Arkansas. It is a state highway, so posted speeds are 55. As many of you know, Arkansas does not use gravel on it's shoulders so corners rarely if ever have any gravel. HWY 14 covers some ground and is a great, fun choice getting across the state.
As throughout most of Arkansas, police presence in rural areas is almost negligible. No further comment needed.  :)
Super grippy pavement as well.

More later.

General Banter / Hey Tony!
« on: November 16, 2016, 09:32:48 PM »
The picture of you and Mark (Tumbler) at the Veterans Day dinner attracted a whole lot of attention on Facebook. As you're not on FB, I thought I'd paste the response thread here:

Paul Kolbo Tony Doom?
Like · Reply · November 11 at 8:35pm · Edited
Paul Kolbo
Paul Kolbo
Please say hi for me (from social media which he hates.)
Like · Reply · November 11 at 8:36pm
Thomas Greg Yager
Thomas Greg Yager TK! He was special oops in Vietnam. Ask him about it and he'll deny it, but it's true.
Like · Reply · 1 · November 11 at 8:45pm
Lyhov Anderson
Lyhov Anderson
How is Tony, haven't seen him this year at all.
Like · Reply · November 11 at 8:45pm
Jon Peterson
Jon Peterson
Like · Reply · 1 · November 11 at 8:51pm
John Meyer
John Meyer
That's one good looking shirt, TK!! #forzadoom
Like · Reply · November 11 at 8:51pm
Mikey Borgstrom
Mikey Borgstrom
TK!!!!! How's he doing?
Like · Reply · November 11 at 8:58pm
Vincent Johnson
Vincent Johnson
Tk. He is doing just fine.
Like · Reply · 1 · November 11 at 9:02pm
Vincent Johnson
Vincent Johnson
I should say he is still smiling.
Like · Reply · November 11 at 9:09pm
Ray Kang
Ray Kang
Hope you vets enjoyed your free grub! Thanks again for your service.
Like · Reply · 2 · November 11 at 9:17pm
Vincent Johnson
Vincent Johnson
Thanks to Applebee's for the free dinner. It was a full house.
Like · Reply · 1 · November 11 at 9:19pm
Ed Fitch
Ed Fitch
Hey Tony
Like · Reply · November 11 at 9:43pm
Ian Ellis
Ian Ellis
Hey a TK sighting! he looks well.
Like · Reply · 2 · November 11 at 9:53pm
Matthew Bursch
Matthew Bursch

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