Today was my 4th time out on the new sled...So much stoke...and, so many parallels to when I bought the Wee-Strom in Alaska around 2005. I had street motorcycles on and off much of my adult life but the perfect storm was as I was trying to develop my photography skill set in stock/adventure/travel I found myself sitting on a Wee-Strom on the dealer's showroom floor. Unpretentious, but, I somehow thought it was sexy as hell. Immediately I was transported to places all over the world in my mind before I even drove out the door. It was soon thereafter I stumbled on ADVRIDER....and, OMG. What I thought was a single divine inspiration it soon be apparent that there were 1000's of adventure freaks just like me looking for unique access that maybe the inexperienced 1500cc V-Twin rider might not seek out.
As so many people have attested to Baldy's aka @Chris miracle platform, there was this juggle of time from spending freeking hours reading tremendous ride reports from all around the globe to actually riding. Oh, and having to work. Some trip reports seemed absolutely inconceivable and other seemed like your best buddies you had not met yet down the street doing something fresh on their two wheels. Then, the addiction to farkling that was always justified by another hour of reading another trip report. Such a great experience!
As I started to meet folks in Alaska that wanted to ride together, in our second year it seemed that riders knew that I was always armed with a camera and we were all looking for the stoker shot...thus, I attribute 98% of my enthusiasm to shoot fellow riders as the glue that grew our group that led to our first winter rider group on hand-studded tires at -20below.
I must mention that I know now Baldy was diluted with requests to qualify to make the proverbial rotating homepage slideshow. I almost feel like putting on my professional resume that I had three shots on the slideshow - But, my riding buddies where more excited if they were the rider in the shot that made the rotation. I mean why else would you get five guys out on a -20below day to ride? hahahah
Not this shot but another shot was a shot that made the rotation which seemed to justify our efforts for that particular day but it was never enough!