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    Just checking in

    Hi Guys,

    Just saying hey, from hot and sunny Texas....I'm over here again for their harvest season, we've finished the wheat season, now have 5 or 6 weeks until the corn season kicks in.

    Sold my beloved ST1300 (The Orient Express) and my short lived DR before coming here and have just invested in some American Iron - ie a GL1800, built in Maryland, Ohio

    Went for a nice spin last weekend, 580 kms around the Texas Panhandle on a charity run, mainly Harley's but also a sprinkle of Jappers

    Bloody hot ride, - and the straights make me feel homesick for Kiwi curves, but hey - it's Summer, right??!!

    Popped in to look at the new Indians last week - the Chieftan (top of the range) advertised at $US23,000 - in NZ at $NZ34,995 I believe

    Anyway, enjoy the pics

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    A few more photographs...Click image for larger version. 

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    Sounds like you are having a blast dude, good times. Loving the piggy back trucking.
    For a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. Keep an open mind, just dont let your brains fall out.

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    Is one of the bikes in the second lot of photos missing it's back wheel?

    4 Wheels move the body. 2 Wheels move the soul

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    Quote Originally Posted by STJim View Post
    Pete
    Is one of the bikes in the second lot of photos missing it's back wheel?
    Thought it was another sinkhole victim at first glance.

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    Nice pics.
    VN 900 Classic- STOCK!!!!

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    Having fun making us jealous, ya bastard
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by STJim View Post
    Pete
    Is one of the bikes in the second lot of photos missing it's back wheel?
    No Jim, photo was taken at a Mexican run custom cycle workshop in Amarillo - it's got an airbag set up like the customised US cars from the 50/60/70s they pimp

    Crazy huh

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    Quote Originally Posted by unstuck View Post
    Sounds like you are having a blast dude, good times. Loving the piggy back trucking.
    Yeah the piggy backing is COOL huh, - quite common but amuses me every time (big kid)

    Saw two lots on the weekend, 4 x Volvo sleeper cabs and either a pickup or van on the back of the last one!
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    Is it mainly big trucks with bigger wheels as the average driver's transport ,or a misconception?
    And do they make everything bigger in Texas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MIXONE View Post
    Is it mainly big trucks with bigger wheels as the average driver's transport ,or a misconception?
    And do they make everything bigger in Texas?
    Yeah, in Texas I reckon there are more big ass 'Pick ups' than cars - many are badged 'Texas Edition' - Toyota make their cool V8 Tundras here, a successful marketing ploy

    Nissan have a couple of V8s out too, but obviously most are Chevys/Fords/Dodges etc

    Plenty of cowboy hats/huge belt buckles and cowboy boots

    Being the biggest State besides Alaska, everything is scaled up - worlds largest Dairy Farm near us for example, but it's cos they have 10,000's so acres as their trump card and not a lot of anything else, like rainfall.....
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    I've got a Texan buddy and he is 6'2" and 150+kg so I s'pose he's the norm.
    Never too old to Rock n Roll.
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    So, with vacation time upon us, we hit the road with intercoms sorted and a phone charger installed....

    I'm not goina detail everything but welcome questions from anyone genuinely interested, I'm just
    Enjoying soaking everything up - search my previous threads for lotsa detail of US riding

    So, after buying my GL1800 from Houston, (Southern US border) we're now almost at the USA's northern border - tonight languishing in Sturgis
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    Looks nice and warm anyway, enjoy the ride dude.
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    Just back from a decent ride > Dalhart [Northern tip of Texas] > thru the top of Oklahoma > Colorado > Cheyenne (story here!) > South Dakota and a stay in Sturgis > North Dakota (to say I'd done all the Sth to Nth States) > Red Lodge Montana (Stumbled across the Beartooth Rally, cool) > Beartooth Pass to Wyoming (wow) > into And thru Yellowstone (Wife's dream) > out thru Grand Teton Nat Park > Ouray then over the Million Dollar highway - we've done It the other way and incredible > back to Dalhart

    Bloody brill - as could be expected the GL1800 performed awesomely, Jude loved it

    Highlights:

    Yellowstone
    Million Dollar Highway
    Beartooth Pass
    Waving a Dodge past me at 80 mph, who copped a ticket 30 seconds later
    Beers in Alamosa
    Missing a severe hailstorm in Cheyenne by minutes (arrived to see 10" piles of hail in the gutters!!!)
    Surviving cyclonic winds approaching Cheyenne
    $80 motel in Sturgis which is $340 a night in a week or so.....

    Lowlights:

    120 miles plus in a straight line in South Dakota except for TWO slight bends!

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