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The last time I came to hang out on the BTK forum, I was a fresh, new rider coach. That was a few years ago. I'm still a rider coach. The ranges where I've worked have gone through changes. The Nashville Superspeedway closed, so all the motorcycles and course equipment for Volunteer Motorcycle Training Services was put in storage until a new range can be secured.
Nashville Tech repaved the parking lots at the campus on White Bridge Rd in Nashville and didn't let the motorcycle ranges be repainted, so LearnToRide.ORG Home Page has relocated to parking lots next door, at TN Tech. That's where I work the most now.
The range at Vol State in Gallatin hasn't been changed. I coached one class there last year and hope to be on the schedule for a few more this year.
I still have my baby Vulc 500. I've only put around 17,500 miles on her in the last five years. I finally re-did the seat. I took the cover off and replaced the foam with softer foam and put the cover back on. I'm only 4' 11". I've been tippie-toeing my Vulcan. With the squishier foam, I can finally flat-foot it, making me more secure so I can let my six-year-old daughter ride two-up.
My other little fun scoot is a Buell Blast. I never thought I'd like one, but found one cheap on craigslist and nabbed it before anyone else could. It's an awful lot of fun. It's a lot lighter than the Vulcan and handles like a Nighthawk, one of the school bikes, so I'm having a good time making tight circles. After teaching so many weekends, playing with little bikes, I can finally make full circles both directions inside the box. I know, it's not one of our range exercises, but it takes a handful of control and is fun, probably the closest I'll get to trick riding.

Just thought I'd drop by, see if I could remember my login, and say "hi." Hi.
 

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Well howdy stranger! Long time no type!! Good to hear you're doing well and just puttin' along, mostly like the rest of us.
 

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Thanks. "Steady as she goes", I suppose, though sometimes things seem to move or change really quickly. The little old church schoolhouse at the end of our road has a colony of honey bees in the wall, that have been there a couple of years. The other folks at the church had been saying they'd just leave the bees alone, but now that we've remodeled the schoolhouse and are using it a lot more, they're saying they'd like the bees gone. I called a beekeeper and met him at the church last Saturday, thinking he'd extract the bee colony and take them with him. Within the space of a few sentences, we went from him taking the bees with him, to bringing them home with me, to MY HOME! Wham! I'm gonna be a beekeeper. WTH did I let my big mouth get myself into? All I said was, "We don't mind them being in the area." Now I've gotten a crash course on beekeeping and equipment and I've got a beginner's beekeeping kit from betterbee.com on order.
I may have been puttin' along, but soon I'll be buzzing.
 
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