First ride and new hobbies

Steve Northrop blackgpz at
Wed May 12 20:07:13 PDT 2010

>>(taught the BRC in the rain AND snow last weekend!)

My youngest daughter took and passed her MSF class in Portsmouth, NH last 
weekend as well. Weather wasn't much better there. I was in Boston last week 
(during the boil water advisory, couldn't get a cup of coffee for 2 
days -horrible!) and her and I went MC shopping. Ended up buying a new 
Vulcan 500 LTD and she is really excited. She's like the son I never 
had.....sniff, sniff

Steve in Western NY
'96 GPZ1100
'08 KLR 650
'08 Tuono Factory
"You Can't Fix Stupid", Ron White

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <coldinvt at>
To: "Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion" <gpzlist at>
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 6:35 PM
Subject: Re: First ride and new hobbies

Glad to hear you're finally riding, Michael! It's been a chilly spring
here too and I've done
only a little recreational riding and some commuting... looking forward to

Good for you on the handgun app. Good luck! I wish VT had one, but we
don't. Carry if you want to, as long as you're not a felon, mentally ill,
etc. 2nd Amendment = Freedom to carry.

Two good ways to feed your new hobby... 1). 9mm is WAY cheaper to shoot
than .45, and possibly better to teach the Mrs. with (though .22 is best
for that); and 2). See if there's a USPSA or IDPA club near you and go
check out one of their matches... Fun and informative!!

Ride safe, shoot straight!

> Well, after a scramble to get the GPZ legal, I had my first ride to work
> today.  Can't believe it's May right now, it feels like late March!  Damp,
> cold, and we had snow last Sunday.
> There have been a few things going on this year that almost kept the bike
> parked for the year.  The Jeep and car both need repairs (already dumped
> $800 in new struts in the Grand Am), the Jeep just needs brakes (unless I
> break something at the 4x4 101 event this weekend), but it ate up the tire
> budget I had for the GPZ.
> Luckily some friends came through.   A Co-worker gave me a Pirelli Diablo
> Supercorsa he used a couple times on the track.  Yes, I know all the
> arguements for and against using track-day take offs, but the tire is in
> great shape, I'm a VERY careful rider, and the price was right.  with
> luck, I'll be able to order a NEW set of Pirellis later this summer.
> My neighbor also offered me a BT front that looks to only have had about
> 100 miles on it.  He bought it to replace a flat he had, but then went
> with a brand new matched set for his bike, so this was taking up space.
> I've also decided this year will be the year I do many things I've wanted
> to, but could never afford.  The principle goal is to exercise my 2nd
> amendment Rights.  I've applied for a pistol permit with the Orleans
> County Sheriff.  There are many factors that led to this, not the least is
> being approached by (suspected) drug dealers when I come to work at
> oh-my-god-early in the morning, and a desire to go target shooting.  There
> is also a need to see how hard it will be to get, as I'd like my wife to
> get hers as well.  There was a kidnapping from the parking lot where she
> works, and I worry about her getting out of work at 7pm (used to be 10pm)
> and the company refuses to hire guards or add security cameras.
> if things work out like I hope (fate, the stars, and any deities willing),
> I'll be making a run over to Ulster County to pick up what I hope to be my
> very first pistol, a Smith & Wesson 45 caliber semi-auto.
> So, that's my year in a nutshell.  Going offroading this weekend, then
> have the required pistol safety course on Monday night.  then I need to
> get back into recreational riding.  It sucks to only use the bike for the
> daily commute.
> Michael (still alive) in Holley, NY

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