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Old 09-12-2012, 09:23 AM   #6796
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That was Flash coming home from work! She took back roads yesterday to avoid the 30mph wind gusts on the freeway.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:45 AM   #6797
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She took back roads yesterday to avoid the 30mph wind gusts on the freeway.
This is what I love about women - you're smart. I'd have hopped on the interstate, getting blown all over the road and nearly run over by semis, and then whined about it.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:08 AM   #6798
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:12 AM   #6799
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:19 AM   #6800
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'Twas windy, indeed. I did jump on the innerstates, but had no real issues getting home. The DR is so much better in wind then the dreaded Ninjette.

However, I discovered that the DR's petcock is leaking. Ordered a Raptor petcock for it last night, so I hope to have that by the end of the week. Now I need to remember to turn the gas on and off. I think the Vespa is the only bike that I own with a manual petcock, at the moment.

Anyone go to the Grumpy's show yesterday?
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:23 AM   #6801
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That DR is clearly falling to bits, and is a disaster. I'll come and take it away so that you don't have to worry about it any more.

I did not go to Grumpys. Did valve checks on the Tiger. All valves good! Yay!
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:12 PM   #6802
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This is what I love about women - you're smart. I'd have hopped on the interstate, getting blown all over the road and nearly run over by semis, and then whined about it.
Ahem. I was on that road also.
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:39 PM   #6803
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Ahem. I was on that road also.
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:02 PM   #6804
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Random fun.




From a UK TV show called "Big Train".

You may recognise Simon Pegg (from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul)
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:07 AM   #6805
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Just re-read this. Thanks again for the post, I'm going to track this Jim guy down.

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Also, to the OP, if you're up in the arrowhead, I'd recommend making contact with Jim Ransom out of Duluth. Jim is a old bike guy, has some nice stuff and, I think, farms out the mechanical stuff. Perhaps you can find "his guy" and not have to make such a trip to get your work done.

His name escapes me right now, but there's a guy in Cameron or Chetek, WI who comes highly recommended by some. Not sure if he works on Brit stuff, but I don't know why not. PM inmate Codger for contact details.
Anyone want to meet up at the Viking Swap Meet this weekend at the North State Fairgrounds?
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:44 AM   #6806
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Just re-read this. Thanks again for the post, I'm going to track this Jim guy down.
I'll email him to see if I can share his contact info with you.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:15 AM   #6807
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I got my first motorcycle!!

Okay, a tiny bit of back story first. I've wanted a Rebel since I first rode one in my motorcycle safety class in 1994. They didn't have the license endorsement as part of the course back in those days. I took the class again a couple weeks ago and got my endorsement. So I've been wanting to ride for a very long time. Hubby finally said I could get one after I sent him a link to one for sale locally.

So last night, I drove a motorcycle on a real road, all by myself! I rode from Buffalo through St. Michael and Albertville! Big deal, right? :) It was to me. I've been a passenger on the street before but I've only been the rider in parking lots and the motorcycle safety class. I was surprised at the strength of the wind on my biceps and the helmet, and how the air swirled around and pulled on my helmet after a semi tractor cab passed me. I think I got up to a whopping 57 mph but I certainly wasn't the fastest thing on the road as I hovered between 50 and 55! I was mainly concerned about watching the road, traffic and anything approaching the road from the side, making sure I turned off the blinker, and my speed. Hubby followed me so I wasn't worried as long as he was the one behind me. I stayed between the lines and kept the shiny side up. And I didn't kill it once, not even when I took a left from the stop sign into traffic and I was apparently in second gear - huckhuckhuck my bike was either laughing or scolding me for that one. If my hubby wasn't so nervous about me, I'm sure he would have been laughing as he followed me home. I also learned that I'll need to practice shifting while driving since I wobbled around a little every time I changed gears. And I'll have to see if I can move the clutch lever closer to the handle because I have short fingers, and having to stretch my fingers may have been part of the reason for the wobbling. The rest of the reason was undoubtedly my incompetence.

I wasn't expecting to get a bike until spring and I quickly realized there are some things I don't know as a newbie. Like filling the gas tank. The guy who sold it to me said it was low on gas so I headed straight for the gas station. I had never thought about it before, but it's not like a car or truck gas tank, where I can put in the nozzle, lock it open, and wait for the pump to automatically shut off. I had to hold the handle while pumping gas and look in the tank. I stopped when it looked like the tank was pretty full but not going to overflow. I tested it and the pump would stop if I kept the end in and the gas was deep enough to cover the tip of the nozzle. I ended up putting in about a gallon and a half. I wasn't sure how much to put in. I'll have to look up info on the Rebel to find out how much gas the tank is supposed to hold since it didn't come with an owners manual. I expect I'll find out more things I didn't know as I go along. I felt kinda stupid but filling up a motorcycle is different from filling up a car. Anyone have a "Student Driver" flag I can fly on my bike? I'm sure I'll find more things I didn't know as I bumble along. I read through the whole noobs thread and don't remember seeing anything about filling the gas tank. When I feel confident in my gas filling technique, I'll post that there unless someone beats me to it and/or tells me how to fill the gas tank the right way.

Just a warning, I've finally finished reading through all the Twin City photo tag postings, and I have a few destinations in mind. If I can get up my courage and the time, I will be popping up over there too.

Now I'll see if I can follow the directions to upload a picture of me on the bike last night just before heading out for home!
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:24 AM   #6808
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Swann - congratulations and well done. You have taken a step into one of the funnest things that you can do. Go easy and ride safe. Ask questions, we'll help you out any way we can.

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Big deal, right? :) It was to me.
It is a very big deal. Your first solo motorcycle ride can be very tense. I know mine was. I'm sure it is for most people. It sounds like you did just fine. Keep riding, everything will start to get easier - gear changes etc. If you were taking off in second then your clutch control is good, so I'd say you're off to a good start.


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Just a warning, I've finally finished reading through all the Twin City photo tag postings, and I have a few destinations in mind. If I can get up my courage and the time, I will be popping up over there too.
Good. The tag game provides a good reason to just go and ride somewhere. Unlike the new thumb of Michigan game, where they allow tagging using a car.

As for the gas tank thing, you can fill up pretty full. I usually hold the end of the nozzle level with the bottom of the neck in the filler hole, and fill close to there. Different bikes vary a little bit, in general you want to be sort of just a little below the bottom of the neck. You'll figure it out. I don't lock the pump on when filling the bike, as there is no way to just leave the pump nozzle in place. Be ready for that situation where you accidentally bump the pump lock in place on the handle if that happens, just shove the nozzle in the tank quick to shut the pump off.

Above all, have fun and ride safely. I look forward to seeing your bike at the meet and greet next week.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:30 AM   #6809
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:51 AM   #6810
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So last night, I drove a motorcycle on a real road, all by myself! I rode from Buffalo through St. Michael and Albertville! Big deal, right? :) It was to me.

Awesome, simply awesome! that brought back memories long past gone in my memory bank i though dead by my beloved beer Awesome for you! And yes it is a big deal! very big deal. And a very special one. Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!! Many happy miles to you!!!!
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