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Never ride a bike you are not able to afford and how I aquired a GS

Submitted by on Sunday, 19 October 2008No Comment

In 2007 though, something happened that pretty much changed the bikes we rode. A friend of mine gave a the DVD of “Long way Round”. Wow, I was blown away. Even though there adventure was followed by a support crew, I felt like I was in their living their dreams. I even got to say that I feel like I was traveling with them.

Long Way Round (LWR) is a documentary television series, DVD set and book documenting the 19,000 mile (31,000 km) journey of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman from London to New York on motorcycles. They traveled eastwards through Europe and Asia, flew to Alaska and continued by road from there to New York.

Before watching this documentary I never thought of putting two of my favorite things together: Motorcycles and adventure traveling. It was way too exciting. I looked on the net for this bikes and felt in love immediately. But, yes there is always a but, I couldn’t see myself paying close to 20K to own one of this monsters. It was on the back of my mind though, haunting me.

I sent the DVD to my friend Lloyd and he and his brother whom both share my same passions were blown away as well. Shortly after, my friend Lloyd and his brother Murphy moved to Colorado temporarily for work. He was the poster boy for Harley & Marlboro. Free seeker riding his bad ass custom hard tail Harley.

Steve and I decided to go visit while he was there. I had never been to Colorado so it sounded great. A couple of months before the trip, Lloyd called me and said: Murphy trade his Harley for a 2002 BMW R1150GS adventure… This guy has been riding a Harley all his life and here it goes.

When I got to Colorado, I was surprised by one thing: My friend Lloyd had trade his Harley for a 2002 bumble bee r1150GS Adventure too. Ohhh man I couldn’t believe it. And Lloyd love it. He said he didn’t know how he rode his Harley all his life when the BMW was such a superior bike. I had my trusty Honda VTX and while we were on the trip I made a mistake: I traded bikes for an hour or so with Lloyd. Never ride a bike you are not able to afford.

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