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Two Wheels Better

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I sell a bit of RK chain & other products in my job working for a large, US-based motorbike supply house. I had a good year with it, but I had no clue I was on the short list of 350 other salesmen & women. I hit their numbers and am one of nine out of those 350 to get airfare and accommodation to the Twin Ring, courtesy of the vendor, to watch MotoGP mid-October. I have to say that the day I heard the news I couldn't concentrate on the job, and my legs were wobbly.

Anyone who knows me knows I don't watch or follow much in the way of sport, I don't know what a down is in American football, or what they mean by a biffer in cricket, or who they want to knock-forward in rugby, But I never miss a GP. On tele, at least. This is a dream come true. Now if I can only work out how to get the extra plane fare to Phillip Island the next weekend...

I am so very grateful for this opportunity. And Valentino might be back in the nick of time, too.


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1987 K100RS, '89 K100 w/K1100RS engine, '93 Framed K11/K12 engine 'Big Block', '96 K1100RS, '09 K1300GT, '07 K1200R, '95 R100 Mystic & '77 R75/7.

    

Garyk100

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Well done, that should be an amazing time, enjoy, 
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The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese

1991 K100rs16v
1993 K1100LT
    

RicK G

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Good to hear mate hope you have a good time and of course we will expect a detailed report.


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"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."  from Mencken's 1919 Prejudices

Bikes 1993 K1100 LT, 1998 K1100 LT, 1993 K75 RT, 1996 K75RT, 1986 K75 GS, 1979 Z1300 Kawasaki X 2 for now
    

Two Wheels Better

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Me and my mates are gunna do the dress up thing...trying to fit in in Japan.

I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Samura10


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1987 K100RS, '89 K100 w/K1100RS engine, '93 Framed K11/K12 engine 'Big Block', '96 K1100RS, '09 K1300GT, '07 K1200R, '95 R100 Mystic & '77 R75/7.

    

Ace Handler

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@Two Wheels Better wrote:Me and my mates are gunna do the dress up thing...trying to fit in in Japan.

I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Samura10
Lol - you boys will have the girls running...but perhaps the other way!

Best of luck - what a dream come true it would be!


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"The World is a Highway, and we are but merely Riders"
1992 K100RS Perlsilber 16v. VIN 6493830
    

Rickmeister

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Well done, Dazza!!!  Couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke!


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charlie99

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woohoo !!''
congratulations dazza

have a great time , and as others have said ....pics please !!

sounds like the change is agreeing with you

cheers mate


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cheezy grin whilst riding, kinda bloke ....oh the joy !!!! ...... ( brick aviator )

'86 K100 RT..#0090401 ..."Gerty" ( Gertrude Von Clickandshift ) --------O%OI've never won anything of consequence in my life. Au-log10
    

Ringfad

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Same as yourself the only thing I watch, so what a prize.

Your challenge is to get Valentino with a K cap  Very Happy


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I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Ir-log10

   ;BMW; K100RS Style Black 1987 105K Km     ;BMW; K1 Black 1993 51K Km     ;BMW; K1100RS Red 1993 70k miles  ;BMW; K100 16V Black (ex ElectricMonk)
    

jbt

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Selling chains and riding a drive shaft motorcycle. You don't deserve this award! Smile

    

Born Again Eccentric

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@jbt wrote:Selling chains and riding a drive shaft motorcycle. You don't deserve this award! Smile
Selling chains to people that ride shaft drive bikes...now that would make him the top salesman. Any eskimos inuits need any snow up there?

Nice one TWB - I'm sure you'll have a cracking time - enjoy.


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I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Uk-log10 I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Sco-lo15I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Eu-log10
                              Paul  I've never won anything of consequence in my life. 905546712

"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurance write-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red)  (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike).   June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

Two Wheels Better

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Unfortunately, I'm forced to sell bits for ATV, UTV(what I call redneck chariots), motocross, enduro, sport(s)bikes, cruisers, scooters, tourers, tiddlers, and even Hardly Abletoos.

If the world was shaft drive it'd require far less maintenance.

My bride says I'm "like a kid in a candy store." She's American, and very cute, so I must forgive her.


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1987 K100RS, '89 K100 w/K1100RS engine, '93 Framed K11/K12 engine 'Big Block', '96 K1100RS, '09 K1300GT, '07 K1200R, '95 R100 Mystic & '77 R75/7.

    

Two Wheels Better

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Off to Motegi this morning. Full report upon my return.


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1987 K100RS, '89 K100 w/K1100RS engine, '93 Framed K11/K12 engine 'Big Block', '96 K1100RS, '09 K1300GT, '07 K1200R, '95 R100 Mystic & '77 R75/7.

    

ERasberg

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Amazing ! 

Congratulations on outperforming everyone in your company AND I hope the GP will meet all your expecations.

Well done and thanks for sharing the story with us.

    

Two Wheels Better

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It was about a ten hour flight from San Francisco to Narita, not too bad considering the typical 14 or so hours from the US west coast to OZ, I usually take. I had a friendly seat mate from Arizona, the food was palatable, I took in a movie I'd been wanting to see (don't bother with the Dax Shepard/Michael Pena re-make of CHIPS), and also managed to sleep a few hours. The seats on long-haul aircraft (777) aren't really for comfort, but more for packing 'em in, tho' there's something ethereal about slicing through rare air at 12,000+ metres in a thin, aluminium tube with the vast blue of the Pacific and a wisp of moonlit clouds beneath you.

Landing at Narita, near Tokyo, the group of seven from our company and three Japanese from their company, took a bus for a couple of hours to Tsukuba, home to JAXA, Japan's version of NASA. On the bus, the esky (cooler) was full with snacks and drinks of varying 'hardness'. We stopped for the first two nights here, shuttling to and from Motegi due to location and the fact that a person couldn't get a room for many kilometres around over that particular weekend. Our hosts were ever eager to please us.
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In my comfy cubicle for the night, the TV sensed something entering the room, and greeted me with this view.
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Toto's excellent toilets. Cold seat? No problem. Two settings: warm and too warm. When you plant your backside, water automatically trickles to save the 'embarrassment' of your own trickle. Time to flush? No dramas. We have a warm water splash, a boot sole cleaner spray, or if you're praying to the porcelain gods after a tough night out, a jetstream will flush that 'awful taste' in your mouth, post spew. I simply unplugged the bloody overly complicated thing to simplify.
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A typical night out after our day's activities consisted of drinks to loosen up, then a multi-course meal of the exotic and the mundane. I had to steer clear of the raw egg over raw horsemeat. That sort of thing is not my 'gag', baby.
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Next morning, after much good food, many sips of sake, glugs of beer, and snorts of whiskey, and other merrymaking, with the guests doing their best to medicate their hangovers with thin, Japanese coffee, we boarded the bus for the famous Twin Ring, in the rain.
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The breakfast bento box held any hangover at bay for me. You don't see many large Japanese, even with the ubiguitous Macca's around the place.
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The anticipation of entering the famous Motegi Twin Ring for the GP was palpable, the buzz in the bus like a gaggle of schoolboys seated at the dinner table for dessert. We knew it would likely be a wet race. We were not disappointed. The rain continued throughout the weekend, unabated.
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I wandered the track in search of a good vantage point. There would be a lot of standing done, as we didn't have tickets for a seat, but were free to go just about anywhere except in front of the actual paddock where the 'big boys' were housed. In spite of this, I managed a few good photos of the rockstars out the back where they walk the gauntlet to their respective pit. You can tell straight away which one gets the most request for an autograph, with the Japanese fans almost rabid in guest for a scribble from their heroes.
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Motegi doesn't allow the clearest view at track level as Phillip Island does or Laguna Seca did. This was the closest I could get to the end of the front straightaway.
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The 'brolly' girls were quite accommodating.
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Since Honda built the track back in about '97, and it became a Grand Prix circuit in '99, conveniently, the Honda Collection museum is situated right near the main entrance. I scrambled over there as soon as there was a break in between free practice and qualifying on the Saturday. I was not disappointed. If you like anything two wheels, don't mind an exotic car or two, and are fascinated by engines in particular, this is a place to be gobsmacked!
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Who knew Honda made this flat twin scooter in the '50s?
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Soichiro Honda as a ride-along mechanic in a roadrace event from the '20s.
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Next up, the Sunday races, the beautiful Japanese countryside, museums & architecture, the RK chain factory, Tokyo, and the Shinkansen (bullet train).


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1987 K100RS, '89 K100 w/K1100RS engine, '93 Framed K11/K12 engine 'Big Block', '96 K1100RS, '09 K1300GT, '07 K1200R, '95 R100 Mystic & '77 R75/7.

    

Dai

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Typical practical Aussie response to the problem of the loo. I'd have sat (!) and played with it...


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'83 K100 upgraded to K100RS spec
Others...
'78 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, '79 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,'93 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California,
'03 Suzuki Blandit GSF600SK3 (NFS any more because wifey has claimed it)
    

charlie99

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we don't like things that come out of under toilet seat dai

ever heard of the song ...redback on the toilet seat ......about sums it up

so many creatures willing to bite you out here

giggles


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cheezy grin whilst riding, kinda bloke ....oh the joy !!!! ...... ( brick aviator )

'86 K100 RT..#0090401 ..."Gerty" ( Gertrude Von Clickandshift ) --------O%OI've never won anything of consequence in my life. Au-log10
    

Born Again Eccentric

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@charlie99 wrote:we don't like things that come out of under toilet seat dai

ever heard of the song ...redback on the toilet seat ......about sums it up

so many creatures willing to bite you out here

giggles
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I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Uk-log10 I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Sco-lo15I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Eu-log10
                              Paul  I've never won anything of consequence in my life. 905546712

"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurance write-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red)  (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike).   June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

Stan

Stan
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Yeah..those redbacks can be real bummers


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1983 K100 basic vin 0003960 colour red  GONE
1987 K100RT vin 0094685 colour, orange peel, sorry, pearl..GONE
F800R black
    

Dai

Dai
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'83 K100 upgraded to K100RS spec
Others...
'78 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, '79 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,'93 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California,
'03 Suzuki Blandit GSF600SK3 (NFS any more because wifey has claimed it)
    

92KK 84WW Olaf

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A fabulous report and thank you for the very entertaining post. Nice one indeed.

Brought back memories too. Many moons back when I had my nice Honda CB500-4 in my work in construction we were working on a burns unit and it had those toilets too, hot/cold and spray from underneath. I always felt that the camp guy in the Carry On movies got his laugh from encountering one of those without prior warning.......


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 96,650 miles
1983 K100RS 0011175 Fricka 29,495 miles Damn K Pox Its a Bat outta Hell
    

RicK G

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And just when you thought it was safe
I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Crocos10


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"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."  from Mencken's 1919 Prejudices

Bikes 1993 K1100 LT, 1998 K1100 LT, 1993 K75 RT, 1996 K75RT, 1986 K75 GS, 1979 Z1300 Kawasaki X 2 for now
    

Laitch

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I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Redbac10


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1995 K75T 73,000 miles
I've never won anything of consequence in my life. Usa-lo10
    

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