​​​BamaRider

BamaRider Stable

Exploring North America...One Road at a Time

2004 Honda ST 1300 ABS

​2005 BMW 1200 RT

2014 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES

BamaRider- the people, places, and roads of North America.  Online since 2001!

​​​2017 Honda CB 1100 EX

Great Video from Honda!  Required viewing for all Long Riders. ----------->





​           Yamaha Cycles of Life Video!------------>
          Pretty much sums up MY life!


​​The BMW take on Long Riding.  Makes
me want to go RIDE!---------------------->
About Me
Personal- I was born in Norfolk, Va in 1955.  My mother was from Alabama and our family moved here in 1966, and from that time forward I have been a true deep south boy.

Professional- I served 27 years in the Prattville Fire Department and retired in 2005 at the age of 49 to devote more time to riding and the other things I enjoy in life.  My career in the fire department was the defining moment of my life.  It was a career I loved and was devoted to.  I miss it greatly but I enjoy this life chapter.

My son went to college on a baseball scholarship, graduated with a marketing degree, went into the private sector, and a few years later entered seminary and was ordained a Catholic priest in 2016.   We are very proud of him.

I've completed 6 marathons (last in 2012).  But currently in lull with running as my focus has turned to my riding.

You will notice last few years not been as many tours, while I've concentrated on the other things in life.  We recently built our new dream home and that swallowed up all of 2015.  

What I hope to accomplish-  I don't really know.  I often receive a email from someone who said it was BamaRider who inspired them to make their own long rides.  When that happens than all the effort is worth it.  I want everyone to know what it is like to live your dream as I do.   It is special.

Welcome to my website!  My name is Guy Boutin but many call me the BamaRider.  In 1969 my father delivered a 1970 Honda CL 70 into my possesion, and ever since I have been addicted to 2 wheels.  I was 14 years old, and dreamed of one day being a Long Rider.  To travel the country at will with no regard for time or place.   To ride to a place far away just because I could.

I'm happy to report I surpassed every dream I ever had when it comes to riding motorcycles across North America. BamaRider went on line in 2001 and herein lies the documentation of 12 cross country rides, 5 rides to Canada, a tour of the UK, and many regional travels.

I currently own 3 top of the line Sport Touring Bikes.  A 2014 Yamaha 1300 FJR ES, 2005 BMW 1200 RT, a 2004 Honda ST 1300 ABS and a 2017 Honda CB 1100 EX. I ride all 4 bikes often and far.

You will also find tips about Long Distance riding, learn about the motorcycles I own/owned, equipment I use, and how to plan a long ride of your own.

firfytr@aol.com


 



 
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Updates

Other News

  Feb. 2018-  I've completed the migration of BamaRider from the old Frontpage software to the new modern cloud software.  It feels good to finish that daunting task.

For the last 16 months I worked on the migration a couple hours a day.  Sometimes less, sometimes more.  Unless I was away from home, I came to my office and logged in, even if I could only do one page, believing something is always better than nothing.

I cut and pasted hundreds of pages and photos, it was tedious and time comsuming.  Each page had to be formatted, setup then cut and paste the old on the new, all the while creating new folders to organize the hundreds of pictures.

I now have a couple extra hours a day I plan to use wisely.   BamaRider was/is important to me.  So much is captured here in these pages, that I had no choice but undertake the job.  Great memories and new to come adventures needed a place to occupy.  They are now safe and secure in the cloud.  

I worked out of Frontpage 2001 until I just couldn't.  The server had a backdoor to allow me to keep using Frontpage but it was complicated and still wouldn't solve the problem of anything higher than Windows 7 not being compatible.  I kept my old Dell 7 around just to manage my website, and if that computer died, what would I do?  Otherwise I might have stayed with the FTP option. 

All pages should now display correctly in any browser, and mobile device.  I don't know how many of  y'all still read about my tours from way back, but that's ok,  I still do on occasion, and if nobody reads about them but me,  well alright, they are there for me if, no other reason.  

Thanks for y'alls patience in this endeavor.

 Upcoming Tours-  I'm planning a 7 day spring ride in early May to the Mid Atlantic on the ST 1300!  Stay tuned!