Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year! Redleg's Rides 2012 Year in Pictures

This year was a bit more sedate for me for the most part, though there was the uncalled excitement of the cager sideswipe while riding Yoshie to work in February; which was balanced out by the addition of Valencia to the stable.  I changed jobs for the better (mostly, it's still work...), Martha continues to put up with me and my two sons continue to grow and do well in school.

For 2012, I must confess I have once again slacked off on the riding, managing to accumulate only 16,915 miles.  This is down from 2011 where I accumulated 17,360 miles.  2012's meager totals bring me to a total of 131569 miles since 13AUG2006.   Sigh.  To be fair though, I've been working as a contractor since May of 2012 in a gig which involves working from home full time, no commute riding.

The most shameful point?  My '87 BMW R80 Airhead is still shy of the 100,000 Mile Mark!  Over 26 years old and her odometer reads: 97,982.  Of those, only 3998 were done in 2012.

Yoshie, my 2006 Suzuki V-Strom/Dauntless Sidecar Rig, sits in the garage waiting for more consistent riding when next I have a job that requires daily commutes.  37,551 Miles on her odometer, only 2565 miles done in 2012.

On the plus side, Valencia, my 2011 Ural Patrol which I picked up at the beginning of March 2012 with 39 Km on her odometer, got the majority of the miles for the year: 17,255 KM which works out to 10,353 Miles.

As with last year, I present to you a compilation of photos from 2012, all bundled in this youtube video.

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My family and I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Here's hoping you get the best rides and I look forward to reading about them.

May you and your motorcycle(s) find those special moments when both you and the machine are one, whether leaning joyfully into that tight curve or discovering that special place for quiet thinking.

Update: One last picture to finish out the year.....riding one of the few remaining snow-covered trails near here:



11 comments:

bob skoot said...

Dom:

A very Happy New Year to both you and Martha. I love your new Header but I worry that someone will come screaming down the hill and no way to stop.

Here's hoping that 2013 turns out to be all that you hope for . . .

see you on the road, maybe. I will be close but perhaps not as far south

bob
Riding the Wet Coast
My Flickr // My YouTube


RichardM said...

Really nice movie, You've seem to have a lot of adventure in the last year.

Happy New Year!

SonjaM said...

What a beautiful collection of 2012 pictures. It's not the mileage quantity that counts but the adventures you've had, and from the looks of it you got plenty.

Happy New Riding Year 2013!

SonjaM

Fuzzy said...

Beautiful pics, Dom. Thanks for sharing your part of the world with us.

All the best in 2013. Happy New Year!

Richard said...

Really enjoyed the movie. Nice music too.

Charlie6 said...

Hi Bob, no need for worry....I had just come down from the top and the one cager I saw had parked to go hiking.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Richard.....looking forward to your sidecar ride reports

Charlie6 said...

And to you and the hubby as well SonjaM!

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Fuzzy and a great year as well to you!

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Richard for your comments

George Ferreira said...

Happy New Year to you too. Wonderful pictures and nice music. Hope you have more miles in 2013.