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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #330 on: July 16, 2008, 09:40:28 PM »
Tim Williams, 48 years old, from Cumming GA
Civil/Construction Engineer for a large national contractor working on the constant expansion of Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl Airport.
Married with no kids, two dogs and a cat.
Current bike is a black 2000 Bassa. Hobbies include lurking, swapping relays, torquing bolts, filing gas caps and installing hose clamps. Oh yeah, I also enjoy riding, camping and frisbee golf.
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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #331 on: July 17, 2008, 01:57:19 AM »
OK, guess I'll jump in here: 

Grew up in south Louisiana, attended LSU now and again while working as a parts clerk, warehouseman, truck driver, apprentice electrician, gas pump jockey, tech writer, industrial maintenance planner, computer salesman, lab technician, programmer, and software instructor.  Longer "careers" included twelve years in industrial instrumentation, and fifteen in my own real property appraisal business.  Volunteer gigs included several stints as a Boy Scout leader, soccer coach, weight trainer for teen athletes, guitar teacher, and an interim minister (now that’s a 4 sixpack story!) 
I finally discovered my “calling”  and headed back to Grad. School at Tulane, in my 40's. 

Thirty-one total years of marriage (two loong strikes, then a home run.)  Six kids, many dogs. 
Major Relocation in 1999 from God Nose to God’s Country, beautiful northern Idaho -- a state with more than 6000 named mountains, wonderful riding roads, and an almost charming way of being out of step with the "real world."

I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was 15, more on than off, and have owned maybe 18 bikes across the years. 
My Jackal, Oso, is my first Moto Guzzi.  It will likely be among my last bikes, too,
but may well get a stable-mate before Last Call. 

I’m 63 in countable years,
   and range from the age of 16 -- when next to a Harley at a stoplight --
   to maybe 85 -- each morning, before my first mug of Louisiana coffee. 

Family genetics point to at least another 40 years for me; “my people” tend to hang in there until they finally Get It Right. 

My wonderful wife Barb and I live near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with our quiet cat and two terrific dogs. 
We have a couple of grandchildren already, and several more promised soon. 

We ride our bicycles and hike, take the dogs ‘waaaaaaay out in the deep forest to run in the mountain streams, and camp every chance we get.  Our mutual passions are our family and our animals.  Every now and again, I pick up one my favorite guitars and let my fingers remember what my head has long since forgotten.  Like my riding, it's a trip through my life's time. 

Barb and I are both clinical psychotherapists; we co-own a small mental health clinic in Coeur d’Alene. 
Barb’s clients mostly refer to her as “wonderful.”
Mine mostly refer to me as the “psycho  therapist.” 

Now you know another reason why I ride . . . 


(right-click on my Avatar pic; select "View Image".  The little one's a FatBoy, in the twisties . . .  ) 


« Last Edit: July 17, 2008, 07:09:51 PM by Mountain Bob »

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #332 on: July 17, 2008, 08:39:45 AM »
Cave Luther  - Teeth are 62, mind is juvenile, knees/hips are older than dirt.
On a long, steep gravel road
Nedrow, NY (Near Syracuse)

Married 27 years (this time).  Two kids, two grandsons.  Two dogs.

I manage a campus grocery store for S.U. 
In addition to motorcycling I enjoy “wet” hiking (When Celebrex kicks in).  “Wet” as in tromping through creeks and climbing waterfalls.  Snowshoeing.  Unwinding in my two-story treehouse.

2004 Stone (With Windjammer III)
1964 Honda 305 Dream – in boxes and crates, waiting for me to retire

Former bikes
1973 Honda CB350
1974 Honda CB750-4 (With Windjammer II)
____ Honda 400 twin
____ Honda CX500 (Another one with a ‘Jammer)
1978 Honda CB750-SS
1984 Yamaha Virago 700
1997 Yamaha Virago 1100S


Some of my former cages
(just the ones I wish I had back)
1920 Ford Model “T” – ground-up restoration – (It was my Dad’s car but I did all the work on it [he paid the bills]).  I touched every nut and bolt...  poured the Babbitt, rewound the mag, recored the radiator, rebuilt the tranny..., etc.
1951 Crosley
1960 Renault 4CV
1954 Chevy
1969 Datsun 510 wagon  (Bolt for bolt, the best built car I’ve ever owned)
1953 Stude Commander
1970 VW bus (Twin carbs and Hurst - no kidding - shifter!)
1957 MGA – ground-up restoration – Anyone know any British wiring jokes?  They ain’t jokes!

Current tractor – 1953 Ford NAA w/front snow blade and 3-pt salt/sander

Former tractors
1953 Farmall Cub – ground-up restoration – trophy winner
1953 Oliver 880 row crop – baling wire and JB weld restoration  ::) – hard worker
Cave Luther
Syracuse, NY

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #333 on: July 17, 2008, 10:21:57 AM »
Barker Stein
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Union Occupied Northern Virginia
Army Vet (former helicopter pilot- UH-60s)
job= LEO
Married with no kids (yet) and no pets
I have a few Guzzis and love them all
Other passions include; shooting sports, history, vintage bicycles, and reading

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #333 on: July 17, 2008, 10:21:57 AM »

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #334 on: July 17, 2008, 12:39:40 PM »
Larry Belasco
53 years of living a dissolute lifestyle
Married to a tattooed red-headed goddess
Public Interest Attorney - represent children in abuse and neglect proceedings
Obsessive motorcyclist and snow skier
First motorcycle @ 13 - Hodaka Ace 100
Living in Reno, Nevada - but consider myself a chauvinistic Manhattanite
Animal lover (not literally)
Unrepentant liberal
Masochist - as witnessed by Guzzi, Triumph & BSA ownership  8)

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #335 on: July 17, 2008, 01:20:33 PM »
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St. Peter, MN

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #336 on: July 17, 2008, 01:40:18 PM »
Hello

John J. Cerilli ("JJ")

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Vice President Global Sales and Marketing, AXT, Inc.
www.axt.com
Fremont, CA

Married, no kids, two cats

Interests:
Motorcycles, sport touring, motorcycle memoribilia, wrist watches, (old and new), vintage motorcycles, www.vintagemotorcyc lesonline.com, antiques, pocketknives, guns, cars, (old and new), traveling, camping, enjoying life!

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #337 on: July 17, 2008, 02:31:33 PM »
Jeff Fox
Age 49
Minot ND
Information Security Specialist for ING http://www.ing-usa.com

Current Bike 98 EV
Former bike '77 Benelli SEI

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #338 on: July 17, 2008, 06:11:10 PM »

Jerry Ledbetter
age 57, retired but I volunteer as a computer class instructor a couple days a week.
Married and living near the grandchildren in North Charleston, South Carolina.
I've been riding motorcycles since 1971.  Currently own two Stones, 2002 and 2004.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #339 on: July 17, 2008, 07:42:38 PM »
I seem to have somehow missed this thread the first fourteen or so times it apparently popped up, so I'll jump in now.

Howard Rhinehart
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electrical engineer, at a (much too) small biotech company
Laurel, Maryland
Littlestown, PA  USA

1996 Sport 1100
1998 Centauro

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #340 on: July 17, 2008, 10:58:39 PM »
Mike Poeckes
Colorado Springs
Age 61
Utility Supervisor
One wifeof 33 years, two adult children, two grandaughters, two dogs, two cats
but only one Guzzi (96 Cali), Suzuki VX 800, and an SR500 frame hanging on the wall and boxes of parts.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #341 on: July 17, 2008, 11:39:59 PM »
We're supposed to have identities? OK

Steve Cox
Retired Navy Submarine Service
Semi Retired Computer Repair Business Owner
Married to a very patient lady,  have 3 adult kids... physically at least  ;D, and one grandson who will someday ride a motorcycle (or so he says when sitting on the Guzzi).
57 going on 39, for the 19th time.
Bikes:
'03 California EV Touring
'08 Triumph 675 Street Triple (talk about a different ride)
Been riding since 1968, still feels great to be in the saddle.
Hobbies: Enjoy photography (B&W film... yes it still exists) and target shooting. Varmint hunt when I can find the time.
Pets: '88 Jaguar XJ-SC V12 and two male Schnauzers Fritz und Schatz. The brothers from another planet.
Now aren't we all supposed to gather in a circle and sing Kumbaya, or something?
Reside in Kitsap County, Washington, but originally from the Bay Area down in the People's Republic of California.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #342 on: July 18, 2008, 12:51:30 AM »
 ;D Don Wilson, 44, Rigger/Truck driver, Port Ludlow,WA.
Port Ludlow,WA
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« Reply #343 on: July 18, 2008, 07:38:37 AM »
Bon Jour     Norm Prevost  married 30 years to my best friend,together 35. Two great kids #1 daughter-school teacher    son in law -law enforcement. #1 son Mrechant Marine-engine         50 years old  self employed janitor   own rental properties
  Lewiston,Maine

  Interest:fishing, boating ,coach competition rifle,member local school board
  1934 wooden sailboat         1976 850 LeMans
  1968 Cadillac Sedan de Ville   1979 Donzi X18                                        Beinvenue                                                                                       

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #344 on: July 18, 2008, 08:56:30 AM »
Love this forum - need it as the nearest competent dealer (IMHO) is 4 hrs away.

Dave LaBelle
Westby, WI
Age - 47
Manufacturing Manager for a large printing operation

Recently divorced after 25 yrs.   
5 kids - 3  grown and out of the house - the last 2 are still with me.  Four girls and a boy.  All played hockey. Yes, girls play hockey.  I'm actually going through withdrawl as #4 decided to give it up after 3 yrs of playing on a Tier 1 national level team.  Running the youngest for Softball now and am getting used to sitting in the warm sunshine.

Started riding in the early 70's when I saved up my newspaper route earnings for my first mini bike.  The 70's were great for that - Rupps, mini trails and then all the nice dirt bikes they were coming out with.  Got my first road bike (Yamaha RD125) at 16, actually took my drivers license test on my bike and not in a car.  Drove for a few more years, then got married and started having kids.  Didn't own a bike again until age 40 - it was long overdue.   Had a couple Asian cruisers and decided I needed something different.  I tell people riding and the $ for the new Norge is my divorce therapy. 

Interests:
My kids sports
Riding
Old Mercedes diesels 

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #345 on: July 18, 2008, 03:24:43 PM »
Keith

Age: 36

Occupation:  Art Director

Location:  Just North of Seattle Washington

Bikes:  Been riding on the street for 14 years, all sport bikes until the Griso. 15 years or so of dirt experiance as kid on top of that.

1994 GSX-R 750 Only transportation for a few years.

2000 Honda CBR 1100 XX  Decided I wanted something more comfortable...  Still my only transportation.

2002 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa  Decided I wanted something Evil and Black.  Love this Bike, finally have a car of my own.

2007 Moto Guzzi Griso, Decided it was time to grow up... But only a little tiny bit.   :)   This bike has put the fun back into riding.  Reminds me of why I started riding again. 

Interests:

Riding, Driving, Photography, Art, Shooting, Work...   

Happily married for the last 14 years or so, Prior Military, Prior Government, Currently employed in the Motor sports industry.

I'm loving the Pacific Northwest and The Griso...   


This Guy.  Me with both the Griso and my Busa.  A buddy of mine was up from Tampa and she was riding the Busa.   




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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #346 on: July 18, 2008, 04:18:00 PM »
Jim Guest
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Former Police officer (Patrol, Traffic, Detective (Burglary Division), SWAT team member, Police Academy Instructor (Defensive tactics and related topics)
Age 63
Unable to ride anything for the past three weeks due to a herniated disk (not bike related).  I typically ride every day so not riding is quite difficult.  I should be able to ride again next week.
Hobbies: Motorcycles, Martial arts - Shotokan karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kojasho, American Kenpo (Ed Parker's system), Krav Maga, and a bit of Aikido.
I was formerly owned by a 2000 Jackal that now owns Beaver
Currently owned by a BMW R1200RT
I love the RT and miss the Jackal every day, but I know it has an excellent home

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #347 on: July 18, 2008, 06:04:35 PM »
My name is Vaughn

Drank way too much grappa, wine, and beer at the rally. Met lots of great people. Somehow made it back to Salt Lake City

42 years been riding for 34 of them.

2007 California Vintage
2007 Ducati GT 1000
1975 BMW R90/6

Look forward to next years rally.


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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #348 on: November 19, 2008, 12:47:08 PM »
'S been too long with this Thread leaning against the back wall.
We've had quite a few Newbies since the last post here, so I'll toss it to the top: 




BUMP !!

OK -- tell us about yourselves !

MB


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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #349 on: November 19, 2008, 12:49:49 PM »
I did not find......Ohh - there you was.....

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For sale. Not me but the bike.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #350 on: November 19, 2008, 07:18:36 PM »
Luap McKeever
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Computer/Network engineer
Extreme SW corner of Missouri on top of the Ozark Mountains...Lookup Mountain, MO
Happily (re)married with 4 kids (2 at home)
6 year Air Force/Gulf War vet (1989 - 1995) with AMMO (Explosive Ordnance)
Currently have a 73 Eldo and 98 EV...May pick up a Stelvio soon.  Over 100K logged on Guzzis since 1997.
Hobbies: Riding, Hunting, Fishing.  The perfect vacation for me includes a Guzzi, my wife, a 7MM Remington Mag for plinking, and a fishing pole to catch dinner. Alaska maybe?
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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #351 on: November 19, 2008, 07:29:48 PM »
Doug Doolin
Hell of a guy..
Retired from Illinois Department Of Corrections.
52
hobbies: Motorcycles,quads,watching any type of racing except NASCAR.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #352 on: November 19, 2008, 07:31:55 PM »
Russell Reeves (Rusty)

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Charlotte,N.C.

Temporarily unemployed.

Currently working as caregiver for my father.

4 time grandpa :)

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« Reply #353 on: November 19, 2008, 08:34:47 PM »
I guess I never filled this out.

Mike Laubenstein
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Not Menominee or Menomonee Falls but those are other towns in Wisconsin.
As a good friend likes to say, I have 37 years of experience being 21.

Started out my working life as a Jaguar mechanic, retired with bad knees, worked as a motorcycle mechanic, then reschooled as a Computer Network Administrator.  Downsized.  Now I live on a lake and make a living selling your stuff on the Internet and teaching you how to do it yourself.  Did you know there's an online auction site for circus equipment?
Twice married but 32 years this time, Three kids, 5 grandkids.
I've had lots of bikes, started with Harley, eventually switched to Goldwings and now to Guzzi.
This is my first Guzzi and about my eighth sidecar.
Interests include kayaks, target shooting, sidecars, grandchildren, and fly fishing for anything but trout.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #354 on: November 19, 2008, 08:43:16 PM »
Paul Murray
Storrs, CT
High School English teacher, still dressing up as Sophocles  and Shakespeare to give background lectures
59 years old
Happily Married 27 years
One kid, an engineer, likes cars and bikes- pedal type
I enjoy building things, riding bikes, sailing, rowing, surfing
2001 Jackal- new to it
1965 Porsche 356 Coupe
and my cool barn!!!!! almost done building it!

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« Reply #355 on: November 19, 2008, 09:50:16 PM »
Name: Steve Farris
Age: 63
Occupation: Trail Contractor
Hobbies: Riding, Hiking, Eating.
Rode my first mini-bike in 1954; US Army Ranger 1964-1971; Got my first Guzzi, a V7, while stationed in Belgium in 1969; Never grew up, too late now, prolly die soon anyhow; 26 yrs with my Kiwi girlfriend; No known kids; My momma told me to go to school or I'd end up digging ditches. After the Army, I went.  Paid my way through school working for a wildcat miner; Taught elementary school, hated it and quit; Taught secondary school, hated it and quit; Taught college, hated it and quit;  Became a museum curator, got bored and quit; 22 yrs ago I packed two weeks worth of food and gear on my back,  hiked 18 miles into the wilderness, and got a job working on the trail.  Been at it since then (Look Ma, I'm a ditch digger!).  Every year I go into the woods for 6-8 months and build trails.  Rest of the year I ride and enjoy living in New Mexico.  I don't hate anything anymore and I'm never bored.
I like this site but I mostly lurk, also I'm wireless for at least half of every year.  I currently have
7 guzzi's. 

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #356 on: November 19, 2008, 10:17:57 PM »
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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #357 on: November 19, 2008, 10:24:07 PM »
Jim McDonald
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motorcycle mechanic last 5 years (before that worked as a mechanic on everything from Cadillacs to gas turbines)
married 23 years
Longtime lurker on this board,a lot of good information here.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #358 on: November 20, 2008, 04:10:56 AM »
Raphael Kogan (AKA Raph)
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Litchfield County, CT
I'm in Broadcast Engineering so by right my surroundings are unconventional (near a decade of IT and some Military Satcom before that in a prior life) I do a little traveling work alot of strange hours but at the end/beginning of the day I like to think it's worth it
Happily not married but have a great girlfriend that rides dirt (and eventually street) with me and is very supportive of my addiction and my sacrifices.
3yo German Shepherd which is smarter and better company than most people I know.
I learned to ride on a bucket of a theft recovered DR350 that I spent more time wrenching on than riding.  Got a 03 WR450 in my 20s and have ridden as far north as Canada and as far south as the Hatfield McCoy trails in WV.
I've taken at least one week off a year just for riding vacations ever since.  In the time being I've sat on nearly every bike that wasn't made in Milwaukee for the next 4 years trying to find that perfect fit for my transition to street.  Rode Stars, 919’s, VFRs, all lovely but nothing seemed to click. Moved away from the “City”  Found a local dealership that had Guzzi on the floor and found what I was looking for.  Took delivery of my 07 Griso barely a month ago, I've been unable to wipe off the perma-grin since.
I think that previous statement may have pigeon holed me as Kev's definition of a " Guzzi Poseur."  :D   I just don't want to appear as something for appearance's sake. I certainly don't want to appear to be a dentist or lawyer or associated with that ilk.
I don't want a pickle...

Hobbies: Riding, Skiing, Cooking, AV club (J/K), and Camping.
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« Reply #359 on: November 20, 2008, 11:31:31 AM »
Mike Whitlock
43, married forever, 2 Rottweilers at home
Retired USN, presently aerial survey helicopter pilot
Fishing, gunpowder, kempo karate
3 Guzzis, R75/5, Triumph 500, Norton 850

 

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