First Ride

kwj23452

Well travelled
Well, flew into DFW on 01 November and caught an Uber just 18 minutes north of the airport to Flower Mound, TX. I had pre-shipped my tail bag with riding gear to the seller's house, and this guy was awesome from day one, thanks PK! He had a buddy there working on his house and his handheld grind wheel helped get the bag brackets slots edged just enough so I could fit them where I wanted on the rear rack. Riding out of town was an adventure only because I stopped at least three times in 10 miles to either adjust something/gas up/or check my route. After 20 years of not riding, there were a few "Oh yeah" moments. After that, it occurred to me that I had packed a phone mount too... Yeah, that age thing'll do that to ya... So I mounted the phone and headed out.
Love the way she handles, I'm not in a big enough hurry to worry about the brakes (and no traffic forced me to test those limits). I thought the seat was fine for the first few hours, then I started getting fidgety in the saddle. Don't know if it's the seat or the antique derrière I'm sporting, but I'll def upgrade for the next long ride. Shout out to ILM riding gear. Helmet, jacket, and riding pants were comfy, warm, and dry. Modular was nice, but I noticed some visor noise, I'll see if I can find a fix.
Although this wasn't a BDR route, the weather and the length of the ride coupled with Google maps "no highways, tolls, or ferries" gave me all the "adventure" I wanted for two days!
I did get to see my son's family in OK City and was treated to some excellent Ramen! Levi and Angela house 1st Himi trip.jpg

Leaving OK City about 0800L, I was treated to a few red dirt and gravel roads compliments of Google maps, and the Himi made me want to find some more! Of course, with more than 300 miles and rain to go through today, I was willing to wait for another day to "get my dirt on". LOL
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I'm definitely happy with my choice, and finding a 2018 with only 351 miles on it was a bonus! It's good to have a place to chat with like-minded folks! Thanks
 

Robert

Well travelled
Location
Holland
Congratulations with the bike, it looks good! Just like my bike, be it that I have a smaller top box.:)
I don't think that one can really forget how to ride, it is just a bit uneasy the first few miles....
Enjoy the ride!
 

kwj23452

Well travelled
Congratulations with the bike, it looks good! Just like my bike, be it that I have a smaller top box.:)
I don't think that one can really forget how to ride, it is just a bit uneasy the first few miles....
Enjoy the ride!
Yep, didn't forget how to ride. Just things like, "Oh yeah, gotta have a place for my phone to sit", "oh yeah, phone's gonna' need some electricity in 10 hours", yada, yada, yada... In all fairness, there weren't any phone mounts or google maps happening back in the day! 🤔👴
 

petespace1

Well travelled
Location
NSW Aus
Congratulations on your new acquisition KWJ
(sorry don’t know your first name).
Great little story to go with it too 👍
Welcome and happy riding.
Cheers
Pete
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
NW USA
Hello and Congratulations on the 2018 Himmy find. Sounds like a wonderful trip. I bought my Himmy new back in 2018 and wouldn’t trade it for a new one.
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
NW USA
Some people are left-brained, some are right-brained. Then there's people like me who can't find either! I'll take simpler any day of the week Morgan!🤓
As my Grandpa used to say “The simpler it is the less things there is to go wrong.”
 

kwj23452

Well travelled
What roads did you take. I am assuming that you stayed off the I-35?
John in Texas
Wow, long time since I've been in here! Thanks John, and nope! No interstates... since one of my sons is in OK City area, that was halfway for me. Don't recall all the roads, but put "no Highways, no tolls, no ferries" in Google Maps from Dallas to OK City, and then to Kansas City, and you'll get an idea.
 
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