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3 months 5 days ago - 3 months 14 hours ago #5050 by 16813
I've been a member for a couple of years now and my 3 week trip that ended in 2 days last year prevented me from getting to last year's in Des Moines. Now I'm determined and I'm scheduled to give a couple of presentations about Newfoundland at the rally. The vendor list is insane and there are seminars on all topics as well. I'm looking forward to doing a little volunteering including pouring beers in the beer tent. Should be fun. My ferry is booked and the bike is packed a little on the heavy side to set up in comfort down there. I did remember to crank up the preload a little. Liftoff.


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2 months 4 weeks ago - 2 months 4 weeks ago #5073 by 16813
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Anyway...the fun is over and I’m on my way home, sitting in the Montreal airport so I guess I should continue the story. Day one was Thursday, I was ready to go on my vintage bike dressed in vintage leather with vintage me. I was just about to roll out when I noticed one of my auxiliary lights was a hair loose so I went to the basement to grab a wrench. My helmet was on and flipped up so of course I hit my head on the stairs. I was an hour down the road before I realized the beak on my brand new Schuberth E1 wasn’t on the helmet. Damn! So it goes, at least it wasn’t too cold. I pinged townieglen to see if he remembered the range as it was his first bike, nope. First gas stop I filled my Giant Loop one gallon gas bag and was glad I had it when I ran out about 10 km’s shy of Deer Lake. Now I know reserve comes on around 270. Nothing else of note on the drone across the island, my leather was comfy and I felt fine on a bike I’d never ridden more than 3 hours before. Running gear was good so I felt good to go further and get on the boat.

Who ever takes pics of that 900 km run we all hate so much? Not me, until now.


So I hop back on to go to the boat, turn on the key and no power! Fuck! I start wiggling wires and looking for the relay all to no avail, I’m thinking my starter gremlin has finally killed it. This goes on for about 10 minutes when I realize the kill switch hidden behind the GPS was on. Idiot! All’s well that ends well, time to get a beer and on the boat.
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2 months 4 weeks ago - 2 months 4 weeks ago #5078 by 16813
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Day two starts as usual on the ferry, I was near the front with a full tank of gas as was glad to get off before the crowds, with a long day ahead of me I opted to take the main highway. My little bike was cruising along nicely at 120 on the GPS. The weather was good getting off the boat but I hit fog in Port Hawksbury and it didn’t let up until Antigonish. I came very close to pulling off to put on warmer gloves.

My hot idle was revving very high at 4500 and was really loud. I was having starter issues and as the day went on the gremlin would come out where when you hit the button there would be nothing. At the border the agent asked me to turn off the bike so I warned him it wouldn’t start again, he said he’d give me a push. Business concluded he certainly did give me a push for an easy bump start. Thanks dude.

I got to my friend Jerry’s in Pittsfield Maine in good time and had some good beer waiting for me. We shot the shit, had a cigar and pulled the starter switch to make sure that wasn’t the problem. Sadly no.

He and his wife kindly took me out for dinner, yummy burger topped with prime rib


This was a big day, I had a few aches and pains to show for it.
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2 months 3 weeks ago - 2 months 3 weeks ago #5086 by 16813
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Of course I forgot to get a pic of Jerry before I left but he was kind enough to lead the way to Max BMW in Portsmouth where they said they’d fit me in but didn’t know when as they were very busy. Through a bunch of discussion we concluded the problem must be the starter relay. Not wanting to wait around at Max I bought the relay and hit the road to ADV inmate joshuaz223. I found him on tent thread on what I figured was a decent route and with only a day’s notice he said to come on by. On my way to his place just north of Syracuse routes different from my map led my 40 miles in the wrong direction so I got there later than expected for another long day.

Roy was an interesting guy with a lifetime on bikes and at least 6 or 8 floating around his yard. He used to work for Ducati at the GP races and had lots of good stories. When I told him about our B&B plans he offered me a little token for it. This wee banner was given to him by Pierre Terblanche from his office so a cool bit of swag.

Up early for another day on the road.
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2 months 3 weeks ago #5090 by 16813
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I left Roy’s early to get on the road looking forward to a bit shorter of a day. Somewhere in New York State very near Watkins Glen I was pulled over, mr policeman said he got me doing 75 in a 55. I told you my little bike was running well. He tells me that’s a $1000 fine so knocks it down to 65. When I got home I had a good look at the long printed ticket thing and in one place it says 65 but in another it says 75, maybe printed right from the radar? I mailed it in, we’ll see what they come back with to decide if I’ll pay it or not.

Further down the road I missed a split on the freeway and ended up going 40 miles out of my way again! Damn! Oh well. I rolled into MCCOYBOY’s later than expected and Chris set me up in his shed in case it rained. It hadn’t occurred to me to stop for food so I had nothing until I remembered the missus had sent me away with a bag of homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, not too bad a supper. I was up early again and the starter was being pesky so I swapped in the new starter relay, it felt like my problem was solved. At least it did until a little later that day when it was back to bump starting it.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #5095 by 16813
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We were up fairly early the next morning and I was packing the bike to go when Rick asked if it would cramp my style if he rode with me? I said it was more likely I’d be cramping his style. He said he was going to go down to the restaurant at the bottom for breakfast. Sounded like a great idea to me as it was going to be a short day to get to Lebanon for the rally. Off we went with him leading and soon we were into the tight technical twisties. At only 08:00 I was happy to see one Killboy tent and one 129 tent of them taking photos as I wanted one of me on my own bike hopefully looking like I had a clue of what I was at.

We had a good run and it was quickly obvious how well Rick knew the road as he never used his brakes! He was nice enough to go slow enough to keep me in sight and my only real goal was not to cross the Center line which is harder that you might think. I did hit a patch of broken pavement in the bottom of a right hander that totally unglued the front end and bounced me about a foot across but luckily there was a long sight line to the next corner to see anything oncoming so no issue.

Going early morning on a Tuesday was nice as there was no traffic. We got down to the cafe where I happily bought Rick breakfast and we chatted with a couple of his friends who rolled it. Certainly all the staff knew him well. Keith rolled in with his yellow sidecar rig and I instantly recognized Glenlivet’s ride as I’ve been reading his sidecar dog stories on and off for years. Cool to meet him in person, he too was headed to the rally.

From there Rick sent me off to the Cherahola Skyway which is 43 miles of beautiful twisty sweepers as opposed to the technical turns of the Dragon. I came up on about 40 cruisers which took awhile to pass in those turns. When I got closer to the front they were pulling over to let me by. Thank fuck I wasn’t riding with them, I’d be off my head! Great run through there then back on the interstate to the rally.

Not far from Lebanon I had the idea to see what my bike would do, I wound it up on a long downgrade that went into a left hand bend and around 90 mph I was getting the wobbles pretty bad so I backed off until a bit later when I had a good straight where I wound it up again. I buried the redline and got 162 on my GPS for a true ton. Original spec rated my little LS at 50 hp with a top speed of 108. If I’d know than then I would have kept it wound a little longer. Still I was impressed by my little machine’s willingness to giv ‘er.

I rolled into Lebanon and quickly found the fairground where I was directed to the non club affiliated camping field. I rolled up to the only flat ground I could see and shut off my bike to start pitching camp.

We’re having some fun now testing the chicken strips!

Look at that textbook head angle!


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