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Old Aug 5th 2015, 01:14 PM   #581
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[QUOTE=Montfort;219976]The question we all have to consider when making any choice is whether or not the ultimate outcome will best suit the memories we wish to generate while alive.

Well said and true, just like the song said, scars heal, pain fades, all that's left are the memories we made.
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Old Aug 5th 2015, 03:52 PM   #582
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Centeroff, just to clarify, the quote is Antihero's not mine.
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Old Aug 5th 2015, 06:44 PM   #583
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Health update:

I had surgery on Monday. I've exchanged one category of agony for another, but should be feeling better soon. The pints of disgusting alabaster liquid I've been blowing out of my nose (and into my helmet) every 20 minutes have now been replaced by projectiles of liver and dried kidney.

I'll just put the links to the disgusting--but fascinating--things that have been coming out of my head post-surgery now:

Disgusting picture number 1

Disgusting pic number 2

And, as I posted on Instagram, this one looks like a beautifully seared, miniature .2 oz filet mignon, but is really just a placenta-esque glob of mystery head meat.

MMMMMMMM
Hope your doing better and all is well...
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Old Aug 14th 2015, 02:57 PM   #584
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Would love to break away but many of us of so embedded in the rat race of mundane life that to break away for even a half day is like breaking all the rules of what we have been taught to be successful. I think I will try your idea now and break out the R and go for an aimless ride Thanks for the encouraging words, always.


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Those reading along and living vicariously no doubt have little difficulty imagining what it might feel like to be doing what I'm doing. I tend to avoid my subjective opinions that could interfere with your idea of what the experience is like. I don't intend to ruin it now after all this time, but I do think it merits at least an overview that I hope won't spoil any of the fun.

It's been 3 years now since I've been on the road in one form or another. Clearly I'm not miserable. But all the great suggestions above on where to go and what to see illustrate one of the more serious side effects of travel: the inability to do it all. Turning right instead of left, going straight vs. stopping, heading north instead of south lead to destinations that, no matter how incredible or disastrous, can't help but leave me curious as to what would have happened had I chosen a different course (which includes not moving at all). The world is filled with a potential of experience that, yes, can even be discovered in the real world, even if that reality is diluted by a 40 hour work week, pragmatic concerns and obligations of responsibility.

I started writing this post with the intention of providing insight into the nature of this kind of life, but I've changed my mind. For those sitting at your desk reading this instead of working, dreaming of what this life is like, here's something better: after work, break routine (or just leave now). Walk out the door and go. A mile away, 50 miles away. No maps, no rehearsing, no planning, no thinking. Just go. Lie to anyone who might wonder where you are (they'll never get it). Head to the hills or the beach or desert or gritty urban areas. Look for parks, lakes, rivers, interesting roads, isolated, empty sections of land. Get out. Sit on a bench. Stare. Break routine. Go where you've not gone before. Because, when it comes down to it, that's all I'm doing.
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Old Aug 18th 2015, 09:39 PM   #585
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Hey guys, long overdue on an update, but let us return to Copenhagen:



Basically I had nothing to do and nowhere to go. The aimlessness kind of sums up the entire trip, but Copenhagen was a little different: I had nothing to do and nowhere to go, but I couldn't go anywhere else. As I mentioned before, my chain/sprocket kit were destroying themselves and Ducati dealers couldn't get me in for 1-2 weeks. I hit up the Panigale forum and within hours had a guy in Denmark willing to help. Problem solved....just had to screw around a little bit so he could fit me into his schedule. Not a problem at all. But it was strange....this wandering around on a leash, so to speak.











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Old Aug 18th 2015, 09:42 PM   #586
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Still was running ragged, though. So I didn't last long. Headed back to my hotel room, where my friends--the happiest outlets in the world--awaited my return.



Unable to sit still, I went out for a walk.















As pure as the experience of motorcycling is, I must say that wandering on foot is purer still. Made me think about what it would be like to travel Europe the old, old, old fashioned way....
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Old Aug 18th 2015, 11:49 PM   #587
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Lovely pics, yep I ponder that and wish I had the time to stop and stare! Would love to have the time to walk round the coast of the UK. If we all won the lottery we could probably do it we could throw away our watches and vehicles and enjoy simple pleasures!
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Old Sep 4th 2015, 04:11 AM   #588
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Hey Bud as always very jealous of your life adventure and your travel pics are amazing, quick question looking to start doing a couple little trips my self. Besides carrying a tire plug repair kit what other handy tools to you carry with you to aid in any repairs.
Cheers in advance and ride safe brother

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As pure as the experience of motorcycling is, I must say that wandering on foot is purer still. Made me think about what it would be like to travel Europe the old, old, old fashioned way....[/QUOTE]

Wander the earth like Kane? then you'de be a bum Jules.
I couldn't resist, walking sucks, takes too long and you just can't cover enough ground. Great photos.
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Old Sep 4th 2015, 12:06 PM   #590
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Originally Posted by luke666 View Post
Hey Bud as always very jealous of your life adventure and your travel pics are amazing, quick question looking to start doing a couple little trips my self. Besides carrying a tire plug repair kit what other handy tools to you carry with you to aid in any repairs.
Cheers in advance and ride safe brother

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I don't carry a tire plug repair kit. Had one nail in Italy. Slow leak, made it to a tire shop who plugged it. In my FJ I carry tire repair shit....just don't have the space on the Panigale and have only had one nail in 200,000 miles of riding.

Tools, however--different story. I carry a small set of open ended wrenches (mostly for clutch and brake bleeds), the multi-screwdriver from the Pani tool kit, allen keys (including one for the rear hub) and a long screwdriver (good weapon, plus using it with a rock or brick is how I adjust the chain).

Simply put: don't need very much unless you're going way off-road.
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