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About paulmbowers

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  • Birthday 08/06/1959

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    Dad, commercial/advertising photographer.


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  1. paulmbowers

    KTM Adventure windscreens

    I cut mine down on the 990. Just can't stomach the idea of landing on the edge of the windshield during a fall. 30-some thousand miles, still happy.
  2. Nah. He and his lovely wife now live in Idaho.
  3. Oh- one friend I met here on line- we became close enough I married him!
  4. paulmbowers

    3 of My Friends Got the 790 Adventure R

    Understood, and valid. Those short rides is why I have my 500. I've ridden the local areas on the 990, and had fun- but they're (for me) always more fun on the 500. Of course, my 5000 mile cross-country extravaganza last year would have SUCKED on the 500. Rides like the IBDR would have been fine on the 500 in the dirt, but SUCKED for the two highway days to return from Canada. Different bikes, different purposes.
  5. I contribute to the site because I take value from it. I've meet some of my best riding buddies here, learned a ton, and have enjoyed rides that I would not otherwise have experienced. To me, because I've received that value, I'm obligated to contribute, both financially and with whatever expertise and humor I might be able to offer. I'm here to exchange value, not just to take it. Over the years, I've respectfully disagreed with the management and operational side of the club and site- I think there's a lot of room for improvement. But it's not my site, and I've still had so many positive experiences- so I owe, and I shall continue to contribute.
  6. paulmbowers

    Signatures, Avatars, etc.

    Have tried on several occasions- but changes won't "stick".
  7. paulmbowers

    3 of My Friends Got the 790 Adventure R

    Here's the thing to consider for a big bike purchase: Time. Big bike rides take a lot of time. In San Diego, unless you go to Baja, you'll lose the better part of a day on the outbound leg (past LA or Vegas) and another on the inbound, to get to any decent places to ride. Baja is closer, and a perfect alternative. Then the rides are, by nature, longer multi-day affairs. While I LOVE that kind of riding, it takes a lot of planning and thought in carving out those precious days from work and family. Consequently, however much I adore my 990 (the finest motorcycle ever conceived by nonspecifichigherpower), it spends far too much time sitting in my garage mocking me when I approach. Just something to consider.
  8. Bring your "Get out of jail free" card with you.
  9. paulmbowers

    New SDAR Member from Ramona, CA

    Huh. You did two rides last week?
  10. paulmbowers

    Bought radios

    or this one https://www.amazon.com/Adhesive-Cable-Mounts-Holders-19-5mm/dp/B07F7Y9KGX/ref=pd_bxgy_img_3/140-2020465-1005215?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07F7Y9KGX&pd_rd_r=6fd2b71c-8be6-11e9-9c09-fd90ab935a9c&pd_rd_w=2v9sE&pd_rd_wg=qar6F&pf_rd_p=a2006322-0bc0-4db9-a08e-d168c18ce6f0&pf_rd_r=M8PSRMBXZXGW4FC4MB6V&psc=1&refRID=M8PSRMBXZXGW4FC4MB6V
  11. paulmbowers

    Bought radios

    Yup- electrical aisle- made by Gardner Bender. Here's the Amazon listing: https://www.amazon.com/Gardner-Bender-MB-20UVB-Management-Industrial/dp/B00ATODLJE/ref=asc_df_B00ATODLJE/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167122786755&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15639401494222137338&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9061181&hvtargid=pla-307978992609&psc=1
  12. Campfire with the Coachella Valley in the distance.