Aint it good to be alive?

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by iDave, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. iDave

    iDave Been here awhile

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  2. C2W

    C2W Semi-Gnarly Adventurer

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    Dave you got no business being that "happy"...Get out in the garage and change out that chain.........:D

    Did much the same here in San Diego this weekend........Just gotta SMILE and go ride!
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  3. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    Amen, brother.
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  4. RT jim

    RT jim Long timer

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    Same thoughts were in my head riding NH & VT on my RT sat. Then dirt back roads today on KLR. Every bike owner was out riding.
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  5. 4SEVEN3

    4SEVEN3 Been here awhile

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    Its great! I carved corners, rode through flowering trees and on some smooth blacktop.........






















    then I got back to reality and continued to mow the lawn :bluduh
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  6. SST

    SST Lost again...

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    Spring Fever and luvin' it :D
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  7. 2ndSPACE

    2ndSPACE Long timer

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    already a statistic this year.
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  8. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Me too, so let's keep smiling and tell them all to fuck off!

    All yous fuck off!
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  9. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    On the Tiger?
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  10. strommer

    strommer Ride for balance

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    What a day Sunday was. Spring is finally here. Took 66 to 647 (picturesque ) to 522 to 211 (few nice curves leading to Skyline Drive) to Skyline. Had to pass a few cages on Skyline on the double yellow to enjoy the ride though.



    Made mental note to self: Winter has gotten me a little rusty. Felt less confident riding for the first few hours.



    I saw a black 650 V-Strom riding with a red Ducati (?) up and down 211 - could that be xsquiggy I wonder ?
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  11. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    I'll help you with that, come on down any time! :evil
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  12. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    The duck is slower than the GS with my fat ass on it. At least until Lindeman Egineering does shock and fork work on it.
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  13. strommer

    strommer Ride for balance

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    Yep, that was me, talking to my R1150R riding buddy who actually skipped riding in that weather to go have brunch with a girl he just met, can you believe it ?


    I was calling him to tell him where I was and how the riding was and in response I listened to the silence of a deeply depressed man on the other end. First thing this morning he comes in the office and asks me how the rest of the riding went and wants to hear more. I just grinned.



    Which brings me to another question for anyone with some experience; I have moved to this region not too long ago and am not sure as to what LEOs allow (meaning what they don’t ticket) on Skyline. That is a nice road but I feel it requires speeds well above the posted limit and the occasional passing on double yellow if you don’t want to fall asleep. Will they tolerate 60 mph for example? I understand the double yellow will not be forgiven.



    Any advice or experience ?
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  14. strommer

    strommer Ride for balance

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    "Do yourself a huge favor,,,,,,,DONT SPEED IN FAIRFAX COUNTY. It's THE Worst county in the freakin' USA to get popped for a traffic violation. My last infraction there cost over $2500 (including attorney's, fines, driving school, blah blah blah) and I still ended up with a wreckless fu@%ing bullshit ticket.[/QUOTE]



    Holly s@!t 2500 bucks ….Well I already made the Fairfax experience 2 months ago and know what you are saying about them being really keen on writing tickets. I got pulled over in my car for a 43 in a 25. Did not contest it because…well, it was true. I told him that was my first ticket ever etc. (easy when you have been in the US for only 18 months) but he would not let me off. 146 Bucks. Funny thing is it was almost like they had set up a shop there, in the 5 minutes I was waiting for the ticket to be written they pulled over 3 more cars, one was a soccer mom and the other an elderly gentleman.



    As a father myself I’m not in favor of inner city and suburb speeding or anything and truly reckless driving should be punished regardless but aren’t some of the speed limits here a little out of touch with the capabilities of modern braking systems and road engineering. Some of the limits on open roads are just unrealistic and few abide by them as I saw on 66 yesterday. Most were driving over 70 and quite a few at 80. Why not post a realistic limit and truly enforce it ?
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  15. strommer

    strommer Ride for balance

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    Revenue indeed.

    LEO's or not, it was a great day to ride.
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  16. OldnoGPS

    OldnoGPS Just a sightseer

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    How about a little reality check! VDOT posts speed limits based on several factors, the primary one being a little device with a swinging pendulum that's attached to the dashboard of one of their typical GMC Diesel 8' bed pickups. It has a little graph on it, when the pendulum swings over so far it tells them what to set the speed to. Maybe they have upgraded in the last few years but they had those and they were already paid for, so I doubt it. My wife had one of those trucks when she worked for VDOT, I wasn't allowed to ride in the truck and check it out but that's how she explained it to me. Probably when the truck heels over and the tires start squeeling it reads out "I'm skeered" and they back the limit down 25 mph. There is your "modern handling and braking system".
    Squiggy is right, Virginia will screw you for 20 over/double yellow. Skyline Drive is often heavily patrolled, 211 is very heavily patrolled and has a big squid population.
    That brings me to squids. Several years ago I had a 21 y/o kid do a 100+mph highside off his GXSR in the curve in front of my house, buried his bike into my front yard, rolled what was left of him around the corner and into the ditch. I heard him go down, ran out to render aid (I'm an ex-EMT), sent his 2 riding buddies to get my first aid gear and to the fire house close by. It was a very long time for me by myself rolling this kid over to get the blood and lung parts out of his helmet so he could get an airway (remember:ABC's - airways, breathing, circulation take precedence over taking a chance on other injuries). I had never really thought about the term "squid" much until I had to deal with the nearly dead bag of bones. In short, he bled all over me (I was in shorts and barefoot) and died in the helicopter on the way to U.Va. Think it was easy for me to get back on a bike?
    In honesty, I've already ridden too fast this year just like every one of you. Something about spring I guess. Be careful out there - the guy that has to scrape you up may be a fellow rider.
    Ted
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  17. MrE

    MrE computer driver

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    It sure is good to be alive and even better to have a bike that is running. I have had a bit of bad luck with the GS recently. Lost the back bearing on the right side piston so I dropped in a "new" engine from an R1100RT (with Anton Largadier's help), then cut a tire sufficiently to require two of the sticky rope plugs to get it to sort of hold air long enough to get home, then had what appeared to be a clogged fuel filter but turned out to be an unconnected altenator from our engine swap out. All told I have been left on the side of the road 4 times in the past 4 weeks (3 of those times were in 3 days). :huh

    So when I got everything sort out for good on Saturday night, then rode a good part of the day Sunday with no problems... I was one happy MF'er. :freaky

    Monday morning I had the permagrin. Come to think of it I STILL have the permagrin.

    Here are some picks of the badness:
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    Chipped Cam:
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    GS Carcass sans engine:
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    Definitely happy to have it running again.
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  18. John 10:10

    John 10:10 Been here awhile

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    When you are riding through those gorgeous Virginia mountains, remember the Creator that gave it to you, His grace and mercies are new every day. Imagine what His heaven is like....

    Also, Thank Him for giving us the unquenchable desire to be on two wheels instead of four...
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  19. storymitchell

    storymitchell Member of the proletariat

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    They're not very forgiving or understanding on Skyline. I was up there recently with a buddy, and we zipped past a rest area. One of the cops (Park Police?) roared out of the rest area, sat about a car length off my ass for five miles, and then hit his lights and roared past me. About ten miles later was 211 and as we came around the last turn we were already slowing down to get off at 211. Right on the other side of 211 was the cop, already out of his vehicle and ready to flag us down. We waved as we got off at 211.

    There are much better roads on which to exceed the speed limit.
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  20. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    What happened? Oil starvation?
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