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Old 05-23-2005, 12:48 PM   #43
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Some say that there is a house on the land. ( Whatever ! )
Too funny, we bought our Argosy to park on our land
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Old 05-23-2005, 01:12 PM   #44
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I think the REAL mid life crisis comes when you realize that all the toys in the world don't do it for you! Then what?
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Old 05-23-2005, 01:14 PM   #45
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Mid Life Crisis it's a great excuse

Hey Yukionna, Congrats on the Motorcycle. Its good to hear that you are out there putting miles on your bike and practicing what you learned in the safety class. It's funny but when I took the safety course there were only 2 guys in the class of 12 the rest were all women of every age group. Nothing is sexier than a woman with her own bike. As for Mid life crisis, I'm 42 and I use the excuse everytime I "need" a new toy. First I moved to the county, then the John Deere tractor with the frontend loader, then my 78 Argosy MH, Then my Yamaha 1600 Road Star with the trailer of course so that I could tow it with my MH. As for my boat, my wife said my canoe with a 9hp outboard is all I'm allowed right now. Anyway keep it safe and enjoy life is tooooo short.

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Old 05-23-2005, 02:59 PM   #46
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I saw JohnHD's post on the 8' bed for traveling with the bike. I only have the 6' bed in my GMC Sierra so am thinking about either cocking the front wheel so I can close the tailgate (is this a safe and secure solution?) or removing the tailgate so I can keep the bike straight in the bed (the rear wheel sits 2" inside the end of the truck bed (is this safe?).
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any way you can get it in the bed with or without the tailgate is ok. as long as you do the following...

bike straight up, do not leave it on the kickstand!

4 quality tiedowns, the ratchet type are the best.

leave the bike in neutral, leaving it in gear will allow the minor movements of travel to loosen your drive sprocket and/or parts inside the transmission.

blocking up the front wheel to keep it straight, some folks do this, i find no need with good tiedowns. you also run the risk of damaging the front tire on long trips.

good luck and happy biking!

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Old 05-23-2005, 07:03 PM   #47
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I kinda hate to mention it but.... the average life expectancy of men is 77.2 according to the latest gov facts....

77.2 / 2 = 38.6. You're there!
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sheesh if I was 77.1 I'd be a little nervous!
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Old 05-23-2005, 07:58 PM   #48
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sheesh if I was 77.1 I'd be a little nervous!
Not to worry alansd - YOU are not average - ever.
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Old 05-24-2005, 05:07 PM   #49
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I bought a '91 BMW K75RT a couple of years ago. My first (and only, to date) bike. Best thing I ever did was take the rider course. In my opinion, whenever you read about the all-to-frequent single bike crashes, it could well be that the rider never learned how to (counter) steer and stop quickly.

Page and I have adressed our mid-life crises by gearing up to be retired. Got the Airstream, the new tow, and got the nut covered. Still working a little part-time, but we are done with the full-time grind.

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Old 06-02-2005, 07:26 PM   #50
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The pan head looks great as a tower. a couple of questions - 1 why buy an Airstream compaired to the new 5th wheels these days. Costs are compairable but, much more room in a 5th wheel. ???? Why and Airstream over these ????
I can tow an Airstream with my truck now but ,would need a NEW RIG FOR A 5TH WHEEL
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Old 06-02-2005, 07:31 PM   #51
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Nice Bike !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[ Nice Bike !!! Is your truck a short bed ??? and if so, how will it tow with your bike in the truck ??? Why an Airstream vs. a big 5th wheel ???? Costs are compairable buy, 5th wheels now have it all ??? We are shopping and would appreciate any imput. Thanks Norm
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the nice thing about airstreams vs 5er's is that you can have a lighter tow vehicle.

can't say that about a 1 ton dually.

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Old 06-03-2005, 10:14 AM   #53
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[Why an Airstream vs. a big 5th wheel ???? Costs are compairable buy, 5th wheels now have it all ??? We are shopping and would appreciate any imput. Thanks Norm
Airstreams tend to hang together, longer than a comparable fifth wheeler. The price is about the same, but when you factor in Airstream's longer life cycle, and higher resale value, it comes out less money in the long run. Also, you wouldn't need to buy a dualie truck to haul an Airstream. I am told (by a salesman, so it should be taken for what it might be) that Airstreams are about the only travel trailer that banks will give 15 year loans on.
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Old 09-09-2005, 06:59 AM   #54
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Mid-life crisis update

I broke 1,000 miles on my bike last weekend and am feeling much more comfortable on the bike! Woohoo! After being laid up for two months this summer with a broken ankle, it felt good to get back on the bike in August.

Signs that I'm more comfortable:
1) I no longer hold onto the bike with a "death grip"
2) I plan my routes on back roads with curves in them
3) I try to ride everyday
4) I still talk out loud to myself, but not so much now
5) I tried the highway
6) I look forward to riding after dark
7) I don't fear the rain
8) I've been told by my riding partners that I now "accelerate aggressively thru the gears" from a stop (I'm not sure I totally agree with that statement, tho )
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Old 09-09-2005, 08:22 AM   #55
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Our mid life crisis included getting married, changing jobs/getting certified to teach, and having a baby. After the baby the airstream. Now we get asked if we're our son's grandparents all the time-- I say no honey, great-grandparents!! I wonder what we'll do when we're seniors to top this?? LOL.
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I kinda hate to mention it but.... the average life expectancy of men is 77.2 according to the latest gov facts....

77.2 / 2 = 38.6. You're there!

Mid life has arrived. Go out and buy stuff - now!
Being 38.8 that info doesnt thrill me all that much. Am I allowed only one midlife crisis? My crisises manifest themselves more in how I spend my time than in what I buy (although there is some obvious overlap ie airstream trailer) . As long as mine remain non-materially based in nature, I guess they are for the better. On the other hand, I have come to worry more about the folks who are to numb to even have a crisis.
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