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What Have You Seen From the Saddle of a Bike?

  • An ocean

    Votes: 17 70.8%
  • A desert

    Votes: 16 66.7%
  • Serious hail

    Votes: 12 50.0%
  • Snow on the road

    Votes: 16 66.7%
  • Temps below 35

    Votes: 21 87.5%
  • Temps above 105

    Votes: 18 75.0%
  • Five or more states

    Votes: 18 75.0%
  • Another country

    Votes: 12 50.0%
  • A national park

    Votes: 17 70.8%
  • A cattle feedlot

    Votes: 17 70.8%
  • A mile+ long bridge

    Votes: 13 54.2%
  • The clock at midnight

    Votes: 15 62.5%
  • A bank drive-up window

    Votes: 18 75.0%
  • A fast food drive-up window

    Votes: 12 50.0%
  • A Mail Pouch tobacco barn

    Votes: 5 20.8%
  • A big snake on the road

    Votes: 14 58.3%
  • A train riding the rails next to you

    Votes: 23 95.8%
  • An accident happen in front of you

    Votes: 13 54.2%
  • The police having you pull over

    Votes: 16 66.7%
  • Your tires on a 5+ mile dirt road

    Votes: 10 41.7%
  • The downtown of a city with 2 million+ population

    Votes: 17 70.8%
  • A crop dusting plane dusting a field next to you

    Votes: 9 37.5%
  • 50+ riders in front of you, 50+ riders behind you

    Votes: 17 70.8%

  • Total voters
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Here's another useless poll. I'm good at useless posts. What have you seen while on a ride? Some random sights polled. If you have a story, mention it!
 

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My all time favorite is....

Watching the sunrise and sunset from the saddle.;)

There is a ride we do down here that takes about 12-14 hours.
It starts on the east coast watching the sun rise.
Then, you ride to the west coast to see the sun set.
My absolute favorite thing to do (on the bike) is watch the sun come up.

To me, it reminds me that there is a higher power that created all this and he is up there looking down on us. ;-)
 

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Pretty much done them all except:
A mile+ long bridge
The clock at midnight (that I can remember anyway)
A Mail Pouch tobacco barn (dunno what that is)
and A big snake on the road

Probably the most unusual police pulling you over was when I got out of the military and moved to LA for awhile. Got pulled over for having a blue dot tail light. The motorcycle cop started to hassle me over that saying that only cops were allowed to have blue dots in CA, for anyone else, theyre illegal. Asking me where I got it etc... Ordered it from Custom Chrome.

Then he notices my license plate which was home made, spray painted yellow with black letters/numbers. I was stationed in the UK prior to getting out, and all license plates in the UK are home made, or you pay someone to make one for you....

So I tell him all that, and he asks what branch of the service I was in (Air Force). Then he goes, I'm ex-Marine, but I won't hold that against you, and tells me to have a nice night and be safe....

All that over a blue-dot tail light, and he didn't even care about the home made license plate, or the 1 3/4" drag pipes I was running!

The blue-dot tail light and 1 3/4 drags are still on the bike, and I still have that license plate stuffed away somewhere. :D
 

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What is " A Mail Pouch tobacco barn "
Back in the day..................:rolleyes:

Mail Pouch was one of the biggest to provide the "service". People representing Mail Pouch would travel the roads and pick barns that:

1. Needed painting

2. Had high visibility from the road

They would paint the entire side of the barn facing the road with a barn-size replica of a Mail Pouch chewing tobacco package.

Mail Pouch didn't pay for the billboard and the farmer got (at least) one side of his barn painted.

You still see them sometimes in the midwest but not nearly as many as there used to be as the barns fall down or the paint fades.
 

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All but the long dirt road. The V-Rod isn't happy on non-paved surfaces.

Now, back in the day, I had a 500 Triumph set up for dirt roads. Don't know if I hit one long enough to qualify....
 

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We all are involved with one charity or another. It seems to be part of the lifestyle.


Almost 20 years ago I was approached by a pediatrician with a request for help. He was new to Scott & White and wanted to tke the Pediatric Oncology patients to summer camp.

I had ten or so couriers working for me so I didn't have a shortage of volunteers to drive a couple of vans I was able to borrow from one of the clinics. That first year we hauled about 18 kids to camp. Over the years it has grown. The first couple of years we just added a vehicle where needed. First my truck and then later, my truck and trailer to haul luggage and supplies.

Several years ago I got the local HOG involved and as a treat for the kids, we escorted the (by now) two team school busses and attendant fleet of counselors, and sponsers to and from the weeklong camp.

The kids just love the bikes and the "parade". Every year we give them doo rags and temporary tattoos and about $10,000 we have raised over the year to help keep things going. Every year they give us a camp t-shirt.


This year we will probably have about 135 kids and at least that many motorcycles.

Leading that ride is one of the best days I have in any year and certainly one of the best night's sleep that night. There is one spot on the ride where there is a long curve up a grade that allows me to see the entire procession in my year view mirror. I have yet to see it clearly. There seems to be some kind of atmospheric anomaly that causes my mirrors to fog up there every year.

A couple of years ago I had one little guy, clearly displaying the effects of the chemo treatments and the surgeries, say to me, "We are the luckiest kids in the world." Not knowing how else to respond to that, I merely asked, "Why?" With a big old smile he answered, " 'Cause we're the only ones with their own motorcycle gang."

We lost him last year. It's a fact of life. Every year we see some new ones and every year we see some missing.

But I promise that every year their motorcycle gang will be riding.
 

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I have to admit much of the ones I voted for weren't on my bike. When I'm in philippines I always rent a bike for the whole time I'm there and I've seen plenty around the islands of PI.

And riding when it starts to hail SUCKS!!! that happened here of course, no hail in PI.
 

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Back in the day..................:rolleyes:

Mail Pouch was one of the biggest to provide the "service". People representing Mail Pouch would travel the roads and pick barns that:

1. Needed painting

2. Had high visibility from the road

They would paint the entire side of the barn facing the road with a barn-size replica of a Mail Pouch chewing tobacco package.

Mail Pouch didn't pay for the billboard and the farmer got (at least) one side of his barn painted.

You still see them sometimes in the midwest but not nearly as many as there used to be as the barns fall down or the paint fades.
Thanks for the info and great story you got there! I could get into that for sure!
 

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Steve how did I know you would not only have photos but magazine quality at that! Thanks for the explaination.

Well I did most all on the list with the exceptions of a crop duster, a snake and a 5+ mile dirt road. As Dan said the V doesnt like dirt roads. The Mail Pouch barn is a maybe.
 

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I have done most of them.
How big does the hail have to be if 1/8' counts, i was there. The TV said it was 40 deg. but I didn't believe it. And where I am on the road I can't stay awake till midnight. No Mail Pouch tobacco barns but a lot of other kinds. I don't try to do dirt but when I was young, 10 feet tall and bullet proof I lived at the end of 4 miles of gravel and did that twice a day and night. Had the handle bars on a 1949 74" break doing 40 to 50 mph. Big pucker factor!! And don't ask me about 6' alligators. The young cop that stopped me for doing 58 in a 50 zone just wanted to talk and find out where I had been and was going.

Bill:ride
 

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Me and my brother were coming back from somewhere and while at a stop light we hear the tornado sirens come on. We looked at each other and decided to try to make it as far as possible, we got almost home and stoped at a gas station, we sat there for a bit and the sirens were still going off but the wind died down quite a bit so we decided to make it to my house. About a mile from my house it started hailing dime size bits of ice, we stopped on the side of the road (no cover) and figured we might as well go home. IT SUCKED!!! Worst mile of my life :D

edit: oh and it was raining before the hail, and the wind was blowing pieces of trees straight across the road. at one point we saw a street sign fall over the road, luckily it stayed in the ground and didn't fly in front of us.
 

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Egads. 2/3's of you have been through a fast food drive-up window on the bike!?! :)

I hope you weren't trying to munch that crunchy taco from Taco Bell while going down the road. :rofl:
 

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Mail pouch tobacco barn vs some REAL tobacco barns, from my old Kentucky home days.
..and to honor the stories my dad has told about spending entire days, day after day, straddling the broadest distance you possibly could, 30 or 40 feet up in the very crown of a tobacco barn, while other guys handed rack after rack after rack of freshly cut, heavy green tobacco, racked for drying until the barn is so full of racks of tobacco, that pigeons can't even roost in it, then the black painted barns are closed to bake the tobacco in the sun, and vented walls opened to let out the steam. Riders in Ky will see real tobacco barns.
The sideways jalousie-windows venting built into the sides of the barn is the giveaway that it is a tobacco barn.
Notice the last pix, 1x1 hardwood racks loaded heavy with green tobacco, the whole plant mass, cut by hand in those days from the roots, is racked upside down so all of the plant's juices migrate down to the leaf tips as the plant dries. Notice how densely packed the racks are, they couldn't get tighter w/o some sort of mechanical compression. An entire barn would be packed that tight from top to bottom.
 

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I am very thankful I haven't seen serious hail from the saddle. I have felt some rain that was unbearable, don't even want to know how serious hail would feel.
 

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I am very thankful I haven't seen serious hail from the saddle. I have felt some rain that was unbearable, don't even want to know how serious hail would feel.
Me too. I forgot no hail and I hope I dont ever.
 
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