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Hello to all,
Name is Tom Culpepper, retired Navy, got my first HD in July of 2001, Heritage Classic, been riding ever since. Just turned over 20,000 with wife right behind me. Now she had a Honda Shadow 650 and learning to ride herself. Looking forward to some good conversation and maybe some good ride ideas. Keep it coming.



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Welcome Tom,
Enjoy the boards, post often. Be sure to check out Vet Roll Call......
 

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Welcome Tom,

We'll pipe you aboard and stand ready to assist. Look forward to hearing from you and I think you'll find everyone friendly and willing to help. Wasn't in but worked for them long enough to be a seasoned sand crab.

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Thanks Guys, I appreciate the welcome. Will be trying to find my way around as I go, so if I screw up let me know LOL.
Anyone found any good winter gloves, all the ones I find that keep your hands warm are too bulky to use, either cramps your hand or gets in the way of the controls.
 

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I just bought the Harley Windshielder Gloves. They have Windtex® laminated to DuPont Thermolite® for superior wind resistance. Or so they are advertised. I only wore them one day and it was 55-62 degrees. So I cannot comment yet on whether they are good when it is really cold. My hands were warm the whole time.



 

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Thanks for info Fatboy, I will check them out at the local HD shop, gotta a ride this weekend to New Orleans and need a good pair as temps are supposed to be in low to mid 30s.

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Hey Tom, welcome aboard. I bought the $25 HD gortex looking glove. They work pretty good, but not well enough below 35 degrees. They are waterproof at least. As for being bulky, they take some getting use to.

Different subject . . . If you're interested in locating some of your old Navy buddies, try www.military.com. I was able to find two of mine just this year and we were able to get together again after 30 years (1971-1975).
 

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Thanks for the link Stray Dog, will look up some of my old buddies. As a matter of fact going to one old buddies retirement this weekend in New Orleans.
 

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Straydog said:
I bought the $25 HD gortex looking glove.
Ain't no such thing as a 25 dollar pair of HD gloves:D (musta been mis-marked).

I also have a pair of the HD goretex rain gloves...waterproof the ain't (found out the hard way on my trip to biketoberfest.

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Just called my local HD Dealer and they don't have my size, might be in by Thursday if lucky, $75.00 a pair for the Windshield Gloves from Harley. If they keep your fingers from hurting and you can still operate the bike they will be worth it. I know that the temp here is suppose to be close to 30 on Friday when we leave for New Orleans.
 

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I have worn the windshielder's in 35 degree weather with no problems. They are a little thick, which takes some getting use to, but work pretty well.
 

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Thanks FLHR-1, can you operate all controls okay. The pair of LL Beans I am using now make it a little uncomfortable on the clutch and brake.

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Welcome NavyHarley. I retired from the Navy 7/00. Bought my first HD, 2000 Sportster Custom that October AND my wife bought me a 2002 Heritage Classic last November. Love my bike. I don't have 20,000 on her but she's been to Sturgis, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota. It's nice being retired and not having to PCS every 3-4 years. Live close to the Great Lakes so medical is not an issue. Checks arrive like clockwork. You'll have to share some of your ride experiences and give us some ideas. Welcome aboard, Mate.
 

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Thanks Ray,
Good to see another swabbie aboard. I retired in 95, thought about bike thing but never could make the plunge till 2001. We've been all over the Southeast, the most distance has been either Jacksonville (still have a few Navy buddies there) or Biloxi MS. Love the area, nice riding, hooked up with the Southern Cruisers here, might want to look them up at Great Lakes, I'm sure there is a chapter near. Also ride with the Blue Knights, law enforcement group as I am a reserve Deputy Sheriff in my county. Yes the checks arrive like clockwork, but then they should for what we put up with LOL.

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Ray King said:
Welcome NavyHarley. I retired from the Navy 7/00. Bought my first HD, 2000 Sportster Custom that October AND my wife bought me a 2002 Heritage Classic last November. Love my bike. I don't have 20,000 on her but she's been to Sturgis, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota. It's nice being retired and not having to PCS every 3-4 years. Live close to the Great Lakes so medical is not an issue. Checks arrive like clockwork. You'll have to share some of your ride experiences and give us some ideas. Welcome aboard, Mate.
Where ya at Ray, I am just north of Great Lakes?
 
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