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    2019 Ninja 400
    2013 Vulcan 900 Classic

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  1. Tpoppa

    unOFFICIAL Thanks Trump thread.

    This guy talks about deregulation driving the economy, wages, low unemployment, growth...so I looked it up. Pretty Interesting. https://www.brookings.edu/interactives/tracking-deregulation-in-the-trump-era/
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    There is longish offroad trail in Ohio called the TOT. That's where @theroamr and I started to develop some basic off road skills. It's not very challenging (except for 1 or 2 sections), and you "probably" won't drop your bike 😄
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    Keep an eye on the weather if you attempt the KAT. There are some low areas that are prone to flooding. The water can get too deep to pass very quickly. In some sections, if the clay/mud gets too wet you won't be able to get enough traction to ride up the inclines. We had a GS1200, Triumph Tiger, GS800, and my CB500x all get stuck on the same hill. We had to back the bikes down the hill in defeat. And that was only after about 20 minutes of moderate rain. The KAT is the most challenging thing I've attempted on 2 wheels. I'd do it again, but only if there was no rain in the forecast 😄 edit...I had the least off road experience in our group. Even the guys that rode the KAT before struggled in the wet. Every bike went down at least once after it rain started.
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    I went through water that was higher than the air intake on the CB500x. I had to go fast enough to create a wake. If I would have lost momentum, it would have sucked water into the intake, and that CB likely would have been abandoned in KY. At one point, I had so much mud stuck to the tires that the front wheel wouldn't turn. There was 500 foot(?) incline that was about a 35-40% grade where the trail was made up of rocks the size of baseballs. I made it about half way up before I lost all forward traction and was just shooting rocks downhill with my rear tire.
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    If you are looking for a challenge, take a look at the Kentucky Adventure Trail. The GS is pretty much built for it, but polish up your off road skills first. I did about half of it a few years ago (the whole loop is about 1000 miles, IIRC). It was fun and challenging even though some stretches were a little above my off roads skills.
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    I would have done the same.
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    unOFFICIAL Thanks Trump thread.

    This guy (yes him) has a good grasp on why the economy is doing well right now.'
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    I'll bet. Did she say it was "fine?" When he ask what was wrong did she say "nothing?" 😄 This might be a talking point in all their future arguments 🤣
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    Sounds like he totally understands women.
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    What did you do to your bike today?

    What is that like to ride?
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    Pick my tattoo.

    That place is a couple minutes from my house. I know the owner from years ago. Who did the tattoo?
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    Investing 2020 Election Year???

    The only reason I think it's an advantage is you are avoiding a degree of risk by limiting your exposure during the cycle when gains are less likely. If there is an correction or overall market drop you can go back in during a low point and come out ahead. The converse is also true and you could miss out on market gains, but historically there seems to be less chance of that. There seems to be many flavors of that strategy Buy and hold is another fine strategy. That's what I've done for years.
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    Investing 2020 Election Year???

    I don't know that I'd call it market timing. It doesn't happen every year, but it's a trend that's been recognized for a long time. I've never done it, but I know someone who's followed it for years (with a few tweaks) with some impressive results. Also, 5-10% in precious metal is a pretty standard hedge. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/30/sell-in-may-and-go-away-maybe-not-this-year.html An investor putting $10,000 into the S&P 500 between May 1 and Oct. 31, 1950 to the present would have $4,138, an astonishing loss of $5,862. An investor putting $10,000 into the S&P 500 from Nov. 1 to April 20 over the same time period would have a gain of $2,836,350. That is not a typo. We are talking about a gain of $2,836,350, versus a loss of $5,862.
  14. Does anyone have any interesting investment plans for the 2020 election year? I fully expect a trade deal with China will get completed before the election (the timing of that deal likely won't be a coincidence). I've read predictions that a China trade deal could lead to a 5-8% stock market run-up followed by a period uncertainty. I've talked to a few people that follow the "sell in may and go away" addage. I've never done it before, but they almost have me talked into it for 2020. Almost. At some point in 2020, I'll move 5-10% of my portfolio into gold & silver. Other than that, I'm undecided if I'll make any changes or not
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