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Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« on: April 02, 2020, 05:45:44 AM »
You know, I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to debating trifling issues regarding high school Physics, or pointing out insignificant spelling errors and rabbiting on about largely unnecessary modifications ad nauseum, to the point where I occasionally forget why I indulge in this magical motor biking caper.
Then it just stands up and slaps you in the face .
You see it all went like this...
Because I live in Australia a leisurely ride from Roper’s place, I get to have him stroke my Norge with his great greasy paws and have a quiet few moments with it, so I decided on a whim to head up his way to avail myself of just that privilege. It’s similar to having your wife “spend the night” with Ron Jeremy.
I left in the late afternoon and did three quarters of the trip and took a room for the evening, with a view to completing the last two hours in the pre dawn on the Hume freeway the following day.
I awoke to my alarm at 4.30 and after nice coffee, headed downstairs to my waiting Norge and that’s when the magic started..
The Australian pre dawn air was crisp and held the promise of a great day ahead.
Eucalyptus scent pervaded every cubic millimetre of the universe it seemed and the brilliant moonlight draped itself gently over the sillouhetted form of my lovely bike like a translucent silk sheet, accentuating every curve that I know so well.
Something about the sheer perfection of the snapshot of my life that I was experiencing, caused me to pause and reflect at how much this bike has enriched my existence.
The silver glow of the moon struck the bike in such a way that the chrome and polished alloy blended with the red curves and I wondered if she could have looked better..
I think not..
The life scars that were added in various parts of Europe and Australia over 180,000 k’s were invisible and she looked “younger”, yet I could have put my hand on any one of them in the near dark, we know each other well..
Touching the starter brought the wonderfully familiar Shikook...Shikook.. ..Shikook....Purrr. ...
                                                                                                                                                                       Blasting out over the New South Wales hills with the air temp gauge reading 8 degrees, I wound the engine out to 6,000 just to feel the muscular authority of a Beetle mapped 1200 Norge...Intoxicatin g.
It seemed that every sensory treat that is routinely savoured on this bike had been magnified and as I looked at my image on the embankment beside me at 140 kph, I could see the dawn sun throwing a shadow with the spinning discs and rims, separated by the invisible spokes as the bike threw itself effortlessly towards the Australian horizon..
I felt privileged..
After bacon and eggs with coffee at the Tarcutta roadhouse, I realised again that I love touring on this bike in Australia and Europe...
The V85 has some big shoes to fill.
Everything was perfect, and still is.





« Last Edit: March 21, 2021, 03:00:27 PM by Huzo »

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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2020, 07:08:34 AM »
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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2020, 07:25:43 AM »
So how far of a ride is it to Pete's place?

In MILES please, I didn't go to math school...
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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2020, 07:52:27 AM »
So how far of a ride is it to Pete's place?

In MILES please, I didn't go to math school...
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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2020, 08:40:01 AM »
Great post!  I enjoyed it.  You have a way with words
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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2020, 09:02:09 AM »
Lovely Huzo, thank you sir.

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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2020, 10:42:20 AM »
Thank you for posting and for reminding us of those days that keep us riding!  :thumb:
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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2020, 11:02:14 AM »
What a fun and beautiful trip...I do miss Australia and this really makes me want to return...When all this virus mess is over, I will be taking a trip to Australia!
Huzo what a great write up; wish I could write like that...
T

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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2020, 12:26:02 PM »
What a fun and beautiful trip...I do miss Australia and this really makes me want to return...When all this virus mess is over, I will be taking a trip to Australia!
Huzo what a great write up; wish I could write like that...
T
If you come to Victoria, I’ll collect you at Melbourne International (Tullamarine), and bring you one hour North to stay at my place in the hills for some R & R.
Then you can take my V85 or Mk 2 away and explore Australia...(I’d take the V85 option).

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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2020, 12:57:31 PM »
Thank you for posting and for reminding us of those days that keep us riding!  :thumb:
For me, the magic will find you if you just keep putting yourself out there, sometimes completely unexpectedly.
I see a curious parallel to this and meeting a life partner..
If you try to engineer a meeting or contrive a relationship, it’s doomed to ultimate failure.
I can give my bike something it cannot do for itself




and it can do the same in return..


The image of the spinning wheels took on a metaphorical form as I thought about it a bit more..
The rims are the connection with the ground and the bike is the connection with me, but for that moment the two were  separated by a film of invisibility, and that’s one of the reasons why I like the spokes..
On mornings like that, my Norge seems to know what I want and although the early air was cold, there were punctuated moments of relative warmness and the engine was alive taking in the crystal mountain air while the Staintune sung with a staccato bass tone.
I was reminded of Andrea Bocelli...
As I crested onto the high plains around Yass, I could see the panorama ahead was bathed in the first full dawn Sun and I knew the warmth would begin to soak into my bones. I don’t think I turned the throttle, I just squeezed it in a subliminal desire to get to the golden hills ahead and my Norge threw itself willingly towards Bungendore.
I know what my Norge needs, my Norge knows what I want...
I think she knew where she was going.
These are romantic and memorable times...
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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2020, 03:16:15 PM »
If you come to Victoria, I’ll collect you at Melbourne International (Tullamarine), and bring you one hour North to stay at my place in the hills for some R & R.
Then you can take my V85 or Mk 2 away and explore Australia...(I’d take the V85 option).

WOW, Thank you!  What a great offer!  Now I am missing Australia even more!  Thanks again and stay safe!
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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2020, 04:12:47 PM »
WOW, Thank you!  What a great offer!  Now I am missing Australia even more!  Thanks again and stay safe!
Tony
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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2020, 08:45:28 PM »
Shame on me. I have always ridden way too fast. Through your beautiful prose I thought of a kinship. But at 450 miles, an overnight and all that luggage, aboard I know I'm doing it wrong.
Are there too many animals wandering about, in the night?
One after another gigantic truck trains?
Speeding penalties too steep?
Too few stops for fuel?
Damn. I miss it - a lot.  Be well Huzo.  R3~

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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2020, 08:57:25 PM »
great read Huzo.

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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2020, 08:34:16 AM »
There are some things that contain a magic for me, that defy even my twisted sense of logic..
When your bike is sitting outside a motel room and you’re weaving your way back across the road on foot, from the restaurant on the opposite side, what would make you want to just sit and stare at it...?
In the morning as the first rush of air starts to build when you roll up through the gears, I love to see the condensation dissipating on the screen with the morning breeze and last nights memories shrinking away behind.
It’s a dynamic thing..
Yesterday is in the mirrors, now is on the seat and tomorrow is over the fairing screen.
A metaphor if you will, of your journey through life..
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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2020, 08:57:51 AM »
 :bow:  Well said, Huzo!

That brought me back to my childhood on horseback.  We used to camp under the redwoods not far from a small eucalyptus grove.  Sounds strange that the two would coexist, but California is special that way.

The predawn breeze would carry the heady scents of eucalyptus, redwoods and dew.  We’d sit, whispering occasionally, watching the horses, sheep and deer graze or nap, waiting for the sunrise.  Sometimes a bobcat would slink past, paying us little attention.   

Me needs to gear up and go for a ride (social distancing at its best).  :bike-037:
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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2020, 11:27:45 AM »
There are some things that contain a magic for me, that defy even my twisted sense of logic..
When your bike is sitting outside a motel room and you’re weaving your way back across the road on foot, from the restaurant on the opposite side, why would you just sit and stare at it...?
In the morning as the first rush of air starts to build when you roll up through the gears, I love to see the condensation dissipating on the screen with the morning breeze and last nights memories shrinking away behind.
It’s a dynamic thing..
Yesterday is in the mirrors, now is on the seat and tomorrow is over the fairing screen.
A metaphor if you will, of your journey through life..

You are in the Zone!  Enjoy it completely!
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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2020, 07:30:27 PM »
When your wife is happy, everyone is happy!
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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2020, 07:52:59 PM »
When your wife is happy, everyone is happy!
Never a truer word..
They usually don’t ask for much.

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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2020, 08:52:47 PM »
Huzo,
Would that I could live in your world.   :bike-037: 


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« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2020, 10:35:58 PM »
Huzo,
Would that I could live in your world.   :bike-037: 


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Re: Sometimes it all just lines up perfectly.
« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2020, 10:37:51 PM »
Great post!  I enjoyed it.  You have a way with words

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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2020, 10:41:53 PM »
Eganesque. Thank you for your great imagery.
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« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2020, 11:28:04 PM »
Eganesque. Thank you for your great imagery.
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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2020, 11:55:00 PM »
Nice thanks Huzo.

Hope the Honourable Mr Roper is in fine fettle.
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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2020, 12:23:53 AM »
Nice thanks Huzo.

Hope the Honourable Mr Roper is in fine fettle.
Grumpy old bastard, devoid of any semblance of humour and semi skilled at best...
Nothing new to see there... :grin: :kiss: :bow: :thumb:
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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2020, 03:26:44 AM »
Huzo,  nice to read your ramblings in times of lockdown. Makes me want to ride down to Hunterville and see my older brother again.

Its just short of 200 k's from Taupo, over the desert road to Waiouru then on to Taihape, Mangaweka (my old home town) then a skip and a jump to Hunterville to see my old bro.

I love riding through this country.

Cheers
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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #27 on: April 04, 2020, 04:17:59 AM »
Huzo,  nice to read your ramblings in times of lockdown. Makes me want to ride down to Hunterville and see my older brother again.

Its just short of 200 k's from Taupo, over the desert road to Waiouru then on to Taihape, Mangaweka (my old home town) then a skip and a jump to Hunterville to see my old bro.
Cheers
Kev

Don't know what its like in Taupo Kev but it's pretty quiet here. I heard a Harley rumbling in the distance earlier today.  We live just off one of the gateways in to Chch and there is just no traffic.  Dead. Deserted.

I felt quite envious of Huzo's ride.  I normally shoot up to Golden Bay on the bike for Easter but it ain't happening this year. :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2020, 07:08:28 AM »
Who’s he ?
Sorry Huzo. Peter Egan - American motojournalist. There is a great collection of his pieces called “Leanings.”
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Re: Sometimes it all lines up just perfectly.
« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2020, 12:19:37 PM »
Yes, perfectly!

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