Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

Postby Barbie & Skipper » Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:34 pm

Here's looking forward to a great 2019!

We have the our traditional NYD ride out to Tortilla Flat, AZ scheduled for tomorrow. It's raining right now, but it's supposed to be clear and sunny tomorrow, albeit a bit chilly. The roads had deteriorated badly, and I haven't done the pilgrimage for about 5 years. The roads have been resurfaced, so it should be good. In the past, 200-500 bikes would make the trip, but the numbers dropped dramatically with the bad roads. Over the years, I've seen a lot of cool bikes out there.
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Skipper - 90 VTR250 - 37k+, black & white, two-part project working 22 years after first parked
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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby ExTex77 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:33 pm

Happy New Year.

Hope you have a good turn-out for the ride and that everyone rides safely.

Our January Ride will be over the weekend in order to benefit from better weather.
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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby squirrelman » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:19 pm

Barbie & Skipper wrote:Here's looking forward to a great 2019!

We have the our traditional NYD ride out to Tortilla Flat, AZ scheduled for tomorrow. It's raining right now, but it's supposed to be clear and sunny tomorrow, albeit a bit chilly. The roads had deteriorated badly, and I haven't done the pilgrimage for about 5 years. The roads have been resurfaced, so it should be good. In the past, 200-500 bikes would make the trip, but the numbers dropped dramatically with the bad roads. Over the years, I've seen a lot of cool bikes out there.


i didn't know you were in PHX area ! i did that ride at new year's 2 or 3 times in mid-90's while i was spending the winter there. ;)

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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby Barbie & Skipper » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:23 pm

You would have enjoyed it today. I met a couple who came on an 86 VFR750 in red, white, & blue. He also has a white VFR700. She rides an 88 VTR250, but they were there today 2-up on the VFR.

We had a good group today (7 of us on 6 bikes), with 60 bike there when we arrived. No idea of the total count for the day, but I expect probably 100-200 bikes made the trip. Once the word gets out how nice the roads are, the numbers should go up. We had rain until about 2200 last night, and it was cold (for Phoenix) today, so that probably kept a few people at home.

Our group consisted of my VTR250, a Duke 390, a Triumph Scrambler, a Tiger Explorer 1200, and 2 H-D's. Five old guys (50+), and a younger married couple (mid-late 30's).
Barbie - 89 VTR250 - 7k+, back on the road after 3 1/2 year vacation
Skipper - 90 VTR250 - 37k+, black & white, two-part project working 22 years after first parked
Parts bike - 90 VTR250 - 20k+, "maintained" by idiots
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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby squirrelman » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:55 pm

there's no place better than az in the winter. riding to bartlett lake on a sunday was my favorite way to spend a day.



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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby Barbie & Skipper » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:46 pm

Well, there's a sad sequel to this story. My friend Johnny (Duke 390) died in his sleep on the night of the 12th/morning of the 13th. That was the first time I'd ridden with him, though we had been friends for about 12 years. His funeral is this Thursday, and a few of us who went on the NYD ride are planning to accompany him on his last ride to the cemetery. Johnny was pretty young (51), but both of his parents died at the same age as well.

My friend who helped me work on Skipper today is planning on going with us on the funeral ride. His bike is completely apart right now, so we're planning on riding both my VTR's.
Barbie - 89 VTR250 - 7k+, back on the road after 3 1/2 year vacation
Skipper - 90 VTR250 - 37k+, black & white, two-part project working 22 years after first parked
Parts bike - 90 VTR250 - 20k+, "maintained" by idiots
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