Moto Road Trip and Biker Stories
Welcome! Please. Please do come in. You are looking for moto road trip or biker stories, you say?
Yes? You've come to the right place. My name is Dan and I will be delighted to steer you in the right direction. Lets take a road trip together. First, you should get comfortable and turn off your moto for a time. I find that vibration decreases the enjoyment of biker story diversions, don't you? There. That's nice. Much better. Now where were we?
Am I a biker you ask? Well, my friend, I grew up in Newell, SD just 24 miles from the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally & Races. I have been around bikes all of my life.
My Dad had several bikes. My first recollection of one of the bikes dad had was a red 1956 80ci Indian Chief. Dad would carry two of us on that bike and take a tour of the main street in Newell (population 1000). Dad led the Sturgis Jackpine Gypsies Parade during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 1957.
My dad and mom took many biker trips together, and many with good biker friends. Their last trip together was when dad was 75. They took a trip that was over 2000 miles - along with their good friends and long time riding partners, Lee & Janice. Mom never rode with Dad again after that trip.
Dad is now 85 and says his bike riding days are over. He did ride his Goldwing some last summer.
(Do you know of any other bikers who are 84+ and still riding? Please let me and our readers, know....use the form below to tell your story...)
Later that fall, I moved to Brookings SD to attend South Dakota State University. My trusty Honda 90 went with me and, again, was the only transportation I had that fall, winter, and spring. I purchased a 2 door black 1957 Ford Fairlaine and my Honda 90 went back to Newell where my brothers used it.
Later in 1968, I purchased a 250cc Yamaha dirt bike. I rode this bike on and off road, in the gravel pits, jumped it and dumped it for the next two years.
I purchased a 1973 Kawasaki Kz900 triple (most powerful and fastest bike I ever rode). I kept and rode this bike until 1983 when I purchased a 1200cc Yamaha Venture. I rode this bike for many years putting on over 83,000 miles. Most miles I put on this bike was 13,100 miles in one year.
I enjoy ballroom dancing and New Years Eve, 2004, it was 19 degrees. I rode my "Venture" to Atlanta 50 some miles to dance and then returned to Gainsville. It took me what seemed an eternity to warm up enough to sleep that early morning the 1st of January 2004.
I purchased another 83 Yamaha Venture on ebay in 2004 and rode that Venture another 26k miles. I sold that bike when I moved back to Sturgis SD in 2009.
I currently do not own a motorcycle, but my Dad does occasionally let me ride his Honda Goldwing...
Dad has now given me his Honda 1977 Goldwing 1000. It has 64,000 miles on it. I shall keep it forever in loving memory of my Dad and his loving rider, MOM.
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