Bike Swap

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RedMenace, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Larryboy and I had worked out a deal to swap bikes. He would ride his KLR 685 up from Sacramento http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49825&page=232
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    And I would ride my Bandit 600 from Hood River and we'd meet near Grants Pass to do the trade.
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    I spent the week prior working on the bike. I had been using it for classes and had set it up for slow speed handling. This made it a handful at freeway speeds. To prepare for the long slog down I-5 I lowered the front end by slipping the fork tubes up in the triple trees and putting a lower profile tire on the front. I changed the alignment, adding toe in and a bunch more lean out.
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    I was pleased with the test rides: the sweet spot moved up-handling was neutral above 50mph
    Friday I left after work to head to the southern end of the state. It was beautiful day, the first hot day this year. No wind. Perfect day for a ride. I went to Dallas and spent the night with my friends, Rob and Sandy.
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  2. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Saturday, bright and early I hopped on the Suzuki and headed down I-5. The plan was to meet at Wolf Creek Inn for lunch.

    Tawm reccomended I stop at Rice Hill for ice cream, which was a good tip!
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    I found Larryboy waiting for me at the Wolf Creek exit...
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    We stopped at the Inn for lunch. Built in 1883 the Inn has hosted a number of celebrities over the years. Clark Gable, Douglas Fairbanks and Jack London have all stopped here. And now they can add Larryboy and the Red Menace to that illustrious roster.
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    After lunch we rode each others bikes around the park. Then we rode to my friends, Pete and Kerry, who live near Gold Hill. I unpacked the sidecar and we took the bikes out for a more extended test ride. When we returned we did the paperwork and officially traded bikes. I watched as Larryboy rode off on Yellow Suzi...

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  3. Tindjin

    Tindjin Old No. 7

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    HAHA Love the song.. That hack looks like fun.. How do you like the SuperKLR?
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  4. motorbike.ventures

    motorbike.ventures n00best of the n00b

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    I love the chinese writing!! :) My friend has that on his Suzuki Intruder Classic (except it is Japenese)

    Thanks for sharing!
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  5. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    It was fun to finally get to see Pete and Kerry's place. They had four generations wandering around the place last weekend and I got the distinct impression it was business as usual at the Droesch Ranch

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    Jesse and Pete brought out the guns and I even got to do some plinking!

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  6. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Sunday Pete cooked the clan breakfast
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  7. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    After breakfast I strapped a metric buttload of crap to the back of the KLR. Playing on sidecars for so long, I had allowed some of my solo bike skills to get a little rusty. The first to become glaringly apparent was the ability to pack light:rofl
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  8. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Had never heard the "Larrry Boy" soundtrack . . . . .

    That's just wayyyyy kewwwl - a theme song! :clap :clap :clap

    Looks like a great trade - Congrats to both of you.
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  9. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    When I left Pete's I went down to the crossroads to gas up. I almost dumped the bike leaving the pumps! I absent mindedly let it lean over after I put the sidestand up. With a full tank of gas and all my crap strapped on the back, it wanted to keep on going. I would be damned if I was gonna drop the thing in front of God and everybody less than five miles from starting. I grunted and forced it back on it's wheels and wobbled off:rofl

    Out on the freeway the big single ate up the pavement at a steady 75mph. The lumpy knobs and my lack of practice felt a little insecure, but the bike handled just fine. I stopped once more for gas at Sutherland and didn't stop again until I got off the freeway at Jefferson

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    I angled NE by E over to Stayton where I stopped for lunch. After I ate I ran North, stoping in Sublimity for gas and going East to Silver Falls Park, where i rented a cabinfor the night
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  10. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Awsome soundtrack.........
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  11. GB

    GB . Administrator

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  12. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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  13. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    I got up early Monday morning and went for a short hike. I wanted to get on the road so I didn't do the entire 8 mile waterfalls trail loop, but South Falls was worth taking time to see...

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  14. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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  15. Camas

    Camas Rooster Bastid

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    Nice. I can't wait to see a two wheeled wheelie once the hack is installed. :clap
    No one can say you don't do a fantastic trip report. :wink:
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  16. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    It took forever to get packed and on the road again. It was raining by the time I started and it rained all the way home, except when it snowed and hailed.

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  17. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    I stopped in Colton to warm up and eat. They said in the diner that it had been snowing just before I got there. After lunch I headed through Estacada and over to Sandy. It hailed on me as I neared Sandy. From there I headed over to I-84 and up the Columbia Gorge towards home. It stopped raining when I pulled into Hood River.

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  18. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Awesome job on the videos, Vernon!!!! :super

    Mind if I just throw my trip in here with you?
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  19. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Do it! I want to hear about your ride!
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  20. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Okay.


    Here we go. I didn't get a bunch of pics, tired and on the gas on the first day.

    Fought the wind up to Oregon. Took the old highway from Rogue River into Grants Pass. I stopped to see what they were doing to the dam, starting to take it out it looks like.


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    Made it to my pal Darrell's house to stay for the night. His cat Sam thinks he is human and talks constantly..funny cat.

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    My other buddy Norval came over and the three of us went out for breakfast Saturday morning. I used to work with these guys, then they retired and I left Oregon for the land of happy cows. Darrell on the right, Norv on the left.


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    I had a bunch of time before meeting up with Vernon, so I rode some old haunts. Went out Granite Hill Road, passed a couple slow Harleys at Mach3..got a mad look from the dude and realized I knew them.:scratch Eh, he'll get over it. Went up Winona Road pulling a perfect 60 MPH wheelie over the camel humps. :ricky

    I took the turn north at Jack Creek and went over the pass into Sunny Valley at Grave Creek.

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