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Aug 25, 2005 - 06:40pm PT
I've been thinking about the parallels between riding and free-soloing quite a bit lately. Both are behaviours that bring me incredible highs and act as stress-reducers. The feeling I get way off the deck with only my hands and feet for safety feels a lot like the sensation of tearing up some twisty roads at high speeds; both are situations where one must live fully in the moment and remain totally in control. Both have objective hazards that must be watched for; soloing has loose holds (and down south, wasps), biking has gravelly corners and a million morons in cages trying to kill you.
The best of both worlds was always tossing the shoes and chalk on the bike (BMW F650GS, baby) and zoomin' on out to the crags, the relaxation of the ride perfectly accentuated by the calming effect of getting a bunch of pitches in on perfect S.E. sandstone.
In the decades I've done it I've never had a bad fall free-soloing. I finally met the idiot driver with my name on her SUV a few months back; I'm finally walking, and just now starting to climb again (a bit of roped stuff, but a lot of easy solo).
I also just bought a new bike (F650GS Dakar, baby).
Here's to risk taking. Who wants to live forever?
Spinmaster K-Rove

Trad climber
Stuck Under the Kor Roof
Aug 25, 2005 - 06:56pm PT
I ride a 1994 Honda Shadow 1100 withthe big potato pipes on them that got them sued by Harley. I love it.

Social climber
The Deli
Aug 26, 2005 - 10:22pm PT
"Yeah, but you always end up at the same place you started: your truck."

And my truck can go a long ways away from the pavement.

Or, you just ride out of your driveway or your buddy's driveway... except in California, that is...

So, I suppose there is something special about street bikes where they don't always end up where they started? Maybe that's when they get hauled off to the wreckage yard? You're familiar with that, aren't you Klaus?

Klaus, you still need to get a dirt bike.


Dec 10, 2005 - 09:23pm PT
good choice Radical.
ride safe (like you are invisible) :)

Trad climber
San Francisco
Dec 10, 2005 - 09:35pm PT
Klaus you posted 43 times on this thread, thats almost half of the posts!I personally think bikes suck, cause broken bones suck, and I dropped my scooter when i was 15, after that i vowed never to get on a crotchrocket they equal death, I'll take a steel cage on four wheels thank you very much. plus I saw some dudes brains hangin out all over Ceasar Chavez St. when I was young cause he wrecked his bike.

Big Wall climber
Dec 11, 2005 - 03:06am PT
2001 BMW GS1150 R

Trad climber
Dec 11, 2005 - 10:19am PT
2002 Suzuki SV650 (naked, non S)
1998 Kawasaki KLR 650 Dual Sport thumper, dirt and street

I don't winterize my bikes, I winterride them. When I didn't have to wear a suit to work everyday, I rode my bikes all but about 5 days one year. Going around a sharp curve and thinking, "sh##, is that dark spot ice?" will warm you up some.


Big Wall climber
hiding in plain sight
Dec 11, 2005 - 10:44am PT
The only thing better than clipping a cam overhead,
is reving an overhead cam.

Trad climber
Providence, RI
Dec 11, 2005 - 12:24pm PT
The paramedics I ride with call them "donorcycles". But hey: go out happy, and leave your organs to some good people with a few bad parts. It's not too bad.
Of course, most of my personal motorcycle use is the engine we're using in our Formula car.
The Mad Irishman

Trad climber
VA alpine capital of the world
Dec 26, 2005 - 12:22pm PT
I started riding in 89.
Yamaha 89 FZR 600.
Yamaha 99 R1.
Yamaha 99 R6.
Suzuki 01 GSXR 750.
Yamaha 91 SP 750 AMA superbike.

I raced but stopped after I shortened my left arm half an inch. Track days are loads of fun but once I started riding on the track, riding on the street was no fun.
These kinda bikes can't be ridden close to their limitations on the street. On the track, you can start to appreciate their design and horsepower. Just when you think you can ride, some guy on an old piece of sh#t blows you away in a corner. It's all in the rider.

I would love to have a Dakar for commuting to work but all my money is tired up in climbing and bicycling at the moment.

Dec 26, 2005 - 06:28pm PT
Going to ride to Cabo Saturday form Modesto California.

Anybody want to go along?

I ride a BMW GS Adventure.


Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 27, 2005 - 12:15am PT
1976 Yamaha RD 250
1974 Triumph T140V Trident
1978 Triumph Bonneville 750
1978 H-D FXE SuperGlide
de eee

Mountain climber
Dec 27, 2005 - 01:03pm PT
I rode up Saddleback (Santiago Pk.) on my XR400 yesterday afternoon. It was cold, cloudy and windy on top.

Dec 27, 2005 - 09:47pm PT
honda 90
homebrew brigsnstraton
hodaka 100
suzuki rm125
yamaha 400 enduro
79 cb750
79 fx harley (current basket case restoring)
95 zx11 (current basket case after spinning main bearing)
02 DL1000 (current)


Social climber
The West
Dec 29, 2005 - 04:48pm PT
Name this, almost, famous climber, especially those from Truckke or Maybe SLO

or this one

Note haulbag

Trad climber
Sh#t Hole, Brooklyn, NY
Dec 30, 2005 - 07:34am PT
Is that an old Yamaha IT?

I used to have a (new) 1979 IT175. Loved it! Sold it and got a 1981 Kawasaki GPZ550.

For some reason dirt bikes have been edging into my fantasies lately (and I live in Brooklyn).

First priority is a van!

Sport climber
That one arete, HP40, AL
Dec 30, 2005 - 09:46am PT
Jaybro...Mr. Big himself?

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 18, 2012 - 04:16pm PT
Owned the Ducati, rode the others:

Ducati Mark III Diana
Ducati Mark III Diana
Credit: zBrown

Norton 750 <br/>
Norton 750

Credit: zBrown


Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Nov 18, 2012 - 07:27pm PT

Like I said back in 05, my next HD is on the way and I've been on this champ for over a year now.

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Nov 18, 2012 - 07:34pm PT
My baby on the left, in Nevada a couple weeks ago.

I'm doing a story on, it's not quite done yet. Link below.
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