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post #1 of 12 Old 09-08-2009, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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The Ride Home From Indy

Not sure if this is the right section or not, but oh well. Wanted to share a few pics from the trip home. I didn't stop and take any on the way since I was rushing to make good time, but I still want to share what I have.

Here is one of me and Mark right before I left his house:


These are at the second to last gas stop that happened to be in the final stretches of Kentucky before getting back to the green hills of Tennessee.


Without the flash:





Made it in safely at 12:30AM EST. Thanks to all my new found friends in Indy for a great time and I can't wait again till next year! One last story, late that night within 40 minutes from my house I clipped it up to about 120 mph for a second before backing down and smiled since I was on an open clear stretch of I-81N and glance into my mirror after backing down to 90 mph to see flashing lights RACING into view in the distance.........instantly my heart skipped a beat and thoughts of "where was he? Did I pass him doing 120 or 90? Oh God....make it all the way home and punch it up just once and I get nailed.....serves me right..." then after backing off to 80, he passes me like I'm on the brakes.....wasn't after me at all. I remember thinking "damn, someone must be in a bad way up the road for that trooper to be in that much of a hurry." Well sure enough, less then 10 miles later I slow down as I crest a hill and there are Tennessee State Troopers EVERYWHERE! The whole southbound lanes are shut down and there is debris in the left lane of the northbound side as well. There was a medivac helicopter on the southbound lanes that was shut down (I assumed not a good thing) and a smashed trooper car that had been hit by a tractor trailer and another wrecked truck as well. There were those reflector road things everywhere for almost 1-2 tenths of a mile. What a mess. I said a little prayer for them and kept on my way. I researched online and found out that this is what it was: LINK TO STORY

Ride safe guys/gals!

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 04:31 AM
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Sounds like you had a good trip. Nice photos. Quite an ending to your ride. Hopefully everyone comes out of the accident all right.

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Glad you made it home sweet home safe. It was great to meet you and I hope to see you again next year. Sure was a great weekend. Jim

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Was glad to see your text at 12:45am that you'd made it home safely Billy, long ride after dark. Congrats on building a very cool custom 919 and then immediately putting it to the test with a long road trip, that's a testament to your bike building skills!

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Glad you made it home safely. Now.... about that tank bag, did they make a bigger one?

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Ride looks great man. I mean those Kentucky gas stations are really top notch.

The bike does look good. Looks like you packed for a week!

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Glad you made it home safely. Now.... about that tank bag, did they make a bigger one?
LOL! My buddy and I have a joke about how you literally can "pack the kitchen sink" in that one! It's expandable, but it was great since it blocked the wind and allowed me to have a head rest

Scott,

Yeah man, sorry for the late text, but I just wanted to let you know for sure I got home since I sent you a pic message from that gas station and I was traveling alone. I think I copied it to Mark and Jared as well as a friend from West TN. I got to thinking about how I neglected to bring a repair kit had I picked up a flat............while traveling through the KY mountains......"you got a perty mouth boy...." hahaha! Oh well, I look forward to next year and hitting up Spencer's again. I've already been telling my buddies that it reminds me of the atmosphere of Moe's in Charleston, one of my favorite wind down bars.

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Ride looks great man. I mean those Kentucky gas stations are really top notch.

The bike does look good. Looks like you packed for a week!
I was up there for almost a week.....plus I have a tent/sleeping bag packed inside (that I didn't use)

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Id like to see a photo of you riding with all that luggage on the bike. Im sure someone took a picture as you were cruising.

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Very nice bike! I took that ride from Ga last year, I have to say throwing the bike in the back of the truck this year was very nice! I felt like I was cheating in a way tho....

Your 919 isnt in the local craigslist adds is it? I'd love to pick up the one I saw if I didnt already have the 599.

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Very nice bike! I took that ride from Ga last year, I have to say throwing the bike in the back of the truck this year was very nice! I felt like I was cheating in a way tho....

Your 919 isnt in the local craigslist adds is it? I'd love to pick up the one I saw if I didnt already have the 599.
It's in the ATL craigslist in the "OTP NORTH" section.

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yup I see it every day...its a shame its not selling as fast as you would like, beautiful bike!

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