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Happy Friday: DRZ 400 Parts Installed, Now Let’s Go Riding!

Happy Friday: DRZ 400 Parts Installed, Now Let’s Go Riding!

All of the bits and bobs that the Fedex man delivered to my office last week have now been installed on the DRZ. With temperatures slated to be near 50 degrees over the weekend, I’m hoping to get out and do a little poking around on the bike. Wishing you much of the same. Enjoy your weekend riding. Happy Friday!

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Suzuki DRZ 400: The Fedex Man Cometh

Suzuki DRZ 400: The Fedex Man Cometh

The Fedex man is always much more sexy to me when he comes with a box full of motorcycle parts. Or shoes. Yesterday morning he came sauntering in to the office real smooth-like and dropped off a mystery box for me. It turned out to be some bits for the DRZ.

What’s Was in the Box?

  • Unabiker Radiator Guards
  • Bark Busters
  • Skid Plate
  • Case Covers
Thumper Talk Case Covers DRZ 400 DRZ 400 Skid Plate

I’m a lucky girl!

It’s almost like I have a motorcycle faerie. I didn’t actually order anything for the bike myself. The DRZ just showed up for my birthday and now this. If I knew what I did to deserve all this, I would’ve started doing it a long time ago!

Even though I am a nail-biting poser at this time, I’ll be ready to get out there and try some dualsport riding again soon! …I think.

Suzuki DRZ 400 Dualsport Motorcycle Long Island

Suzuki DRZ 400: My Very First Dualsport Ride

Suzuki DRZ 400: My Very First Dualsport Ride

Today marked a new chapter in the book of my riding life. Under the patient tutelage of some of the guys at ADVrider, I went on my first dualsport ride.

Being a complete noob, I put myself firmly at the tail end of the group of bikes when we pulled away in the morning. As I focused on the line of bikes in front of me, I could see the tarmac fall away and puddles of water began to speckle the roadway.  Before I knew it, there I was in the sandy mud.

Long Island Sandy Muddy Road

The moment my wheels crested into the mud the bike started to gently squirm around under me. I felt like a new rider again. I was filled with fear, excitement and adrenaline. The fast guys up at the front of the line disappeared out of my view. I went into hyper “concentrate on what you’re doing!” mode.

There seemed to be more and more water coming at me. I would be lying if I said I didn’t find that completely alarming. I tried to focus on the tracks that had gone through ahead of me and to follow them. I opted to skip a big puddle that swallowed one of the KTM 950s and went around the outside through the downed reeds. This was when things got really shaky for me.

With only street riding to compare to, all that squishing and wiggling going on below me was setting off all sorts of alarms in my head. I had one goal, one focus – keep moving forward! Somehow that is what I managed to keep doing. I wish it was skill, I wish it was confidence but I think it was just pure luck that carried me out to the other side.

When I finally putt-putted my way to the end of the road, 3 of the guys were waiting. It’s funny how experience changes your perception of these moments. To those 3 guys sitting there, this wet, sandy loop was just a walk in the park. On the other hand I felt like I accomplished something big. I felt like I climbed my own personal mental Everest.

These guys were all patient and knowledgeable and made my day really fun. I really appreciate that they were willing to take a baby bird on the first flight out of the nest. I hope they’ll have me along again.

Things I Need to Remember

  • I won’t always be afraid everything.
  • I will learn to accept the bike moving around underneath me without panicking
  • Sometimes slowing down isn’t the answer
  • I won’t always be afraid everything.
  • Eyes up!
  • Get up on those pegs!
  • I won’t always be afraid everything.
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Suzuki DRZ 400 Dualsport Ride Long Island Long Island Great South Bay Dualsport Motorcycle Ride Fuzzygalore First Dualsport Motorcycle Ride
Long Island: Where the Buffalo Roam

Long Island: Where the Buffalo Roam

Long Island is home to some unusual residents. In the town of Riverhead, sits the North Quarter Buffalo Farm. Though the island seems like an unlikely place for them to thrive, the herd is said to be about 300 strong. Each time we are out that way I love to stop by and watch them from the road. A few of them seemed as interested in us as we were in them.

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Two black buffaloes are born on North Fork farm

Long Island Buffalo Farm Long Island Buffalo Farm Riverhead Long Island Buffalo Farm
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