Elefant Sightings?

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by erappaport, May 24, 2006.

  1. Crisis management

    Crisis management Latte riders FTW!

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    You're having trouble with the lugs shearing on this tool?
    I assumed (possibly incorrectly) when I saw the tool, pin & bolt photo that the bolt was used to lock the tool & pin together by passing thru the pin centre & screwing into the tool.
    I may be miles of beam here but if that is possible it will make it a lot harder to shear the lugs off. Maybe that's worth a try?
  2. flygirl

    flygirl n00bius maximus

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    It may not be much in the way of a ride report, given the road I traveled, but it's pretty special to me. I just returned from picking up my new wheels, a 1995 Elefant :wings.

    I left for the St. Louis, MO area to buy the Elefant listed in this thread at the end of last week, and spent part of Friday and all of yesterday riding it back home to CO. I had hoped to find some fun roads along the way, but it was HOT and I have to be at work tomorrow, so I opted for speed over interest and simply sped along I-70.

    Meet "Stampy" and see pics here. (Note I'm wearing my Bidart Elefant gathering T-shirt for the occasion!:D)

    The bike rode beautifully, sounds great, looks awesome. I got comments and it got looks at every stop. I just love how much character this beast has, and despite being saddle sore and tired, I'm anxious to get back on and ride some more!:ricky

    Thanks go to Prodirtdale for going over this bike with such care, and for making the purchase so easy. It was a pleasure!:nod
  3. Adventure Kitty

    Adventure Kitty Tuna Gatita Blanca

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    [​IMG] Stampy is a very nice name! That was a very nice aventure!

    One of mine is Lumpy and the other is Baby Lump.

    This is Lumpy.
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    This is Baby Lump
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    Be sure to give Stampy a good bath and don't make her stay alone for very long. Heffalumps are social creatures and like attention. That's why mine live in the house!
  4. flygirl

    flygirl n00bius maximus

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    Adventure Kitty,

    I like Lumpy and Baby Lump. They are very nice!

    Stampy had his bath this morning, and he'll be coming to the house soon. I have to find someone to adopt a Virago so Stampy can have a spot in the house!

    Stampy says hi to your Heffalumps :smile6

  5. fallzboater

    fallzboater Kiss My Shiny Metal Ass

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    Very cool. You must also be a Simpsons fan; since you beat me I now have to think of a name other than "Stampy" for mine.

    I hope I'm so lucky to only get a warning if stopped going through CO in September. :deal
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  6. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    :thumb :ricky Welcome Stampy (and flygirl) to the herd.

    Great pix - looks like you found at least one place to open Stampy up and not heed the law. :ricky :uhoh

    :lol3
  7. flygirl

    flygirl n00bius maximus

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    LOL... well, let's just say it's a good thing nobody stopped me in KS. Doubt I'd have gotten away with just a warning!:eek1

    Have I mentioned I love this bike???:raabia

  8. RonS

    RonS Out there...

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    I have a picture just like that from Colorado last year. Love riding in Colorado but there are just too damn many of these for my taste:

    <img src="http://ronsatspokane.smugmug.com/photos/186037482_Vhbsv-M.jpg" />

    As far as being saddle sore, it looks like you've got the Corbin seat. That should be fairly comfortable but they are hard. Ride the pegs a bit more and you'll never get saddle sore again.
  9. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    Yeah, what's up with your speed limits there? Hwy 550 between Ouray and Silverton has a painfully slow speed limit. I was warned about how treacherous that road was. What a joke. I don't think I could have spilled a cup of coffee in my motorhome at the posted speed.

    I understand 'tourist dollars' but you're supposed to voluntarily leave your money. :D
  10. flygirl

    flygirl n00bius maximus

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    RonS,

    Funny story about the Corbin... I was trying to decide whether to ride with that or the stock seat all the way back, and while changing them out, the latch release cable broke, so I was stuck with the stock seat for the ride. I don't find it too uncomfortable, but an 11-hour day gets old even in an overstuffed armchair :lol3.

  11. RonS

    RonS Out there...

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    Ouch! I think straddling a balance beam all day would be more comfortable than the stock seat. Those things are bricks.
  12. MC-Leather

    MC-Leather Been here awhile

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    I broke the latch at the end of the cable. It took me 4 weeks and 3 tries to make a replacement out of a old knee slider. Riding with a unlatched seat was kinda fun... the Corbins are great.
  13. flygirl

    flygirl n00bius maximus

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    It's time to post my trip report of my first real ride on an Elefant, not counting a short practice run or two on a friend's. I'll (try to) include a select few pics here, and you can see the whole trip here.

    I left CO for Paris, France on June 21, via Chicago... <table style="width: auto;"><tbody><tr><td>[​IMG]</td></tr><tr><td style="font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-size: 11px; text-align: right;">From JourneyToElef...</td></tr></tbody></table>With the new baggage limitations, it was certainly interesting packing my riding gear, camping gear, and two weeks' worth of very pared down clothing. Managed it, and despite United Airlines' now signature delays, also made my (very tight) connection :thumb

    I dragged, shoved, lugged, and heaved my luggage from Chucky D. airport to Montmartre, where the fellow renting me the 900 Elefant lives. I arrived an utter sweaty, panting mess to find nobody home. An elderly neighbor kindly let me leave my bags with her while I went to find some sustenance.

    Turns out a soda across from the Moulin Rouge will cost ya nearly eight Euros. Wow. And I even speak the language fluently, can't imagine what they do to real tourists!:eek1

    I went back to the apartment, and Renaud and his wife Aline were back from getting groceries. We made smalltalk, then delved into the particulars of the bike rental. Renaud wanted to check me out on the bike, which involved me taking him as my first ever passenger on a motorcycle, through the narrow cobblestone streets and insane traffic of Paris, to a relatively quieter area to practice some basics. I don't think I impressed him at all.

    Fortunately, he still let me take the bike.

    So the next morning, I bought a prepaid cell phone in case of emergencies, and departed Paris (thanking deities, stars and demigods for my GPS)...
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    Go to Part II here
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  14. bongodave

    bongodave Join my cult!

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    Mine looked just like that! A '94.
  15. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    Awesome photos. I have to ask though: how did you end up flying all the way to France to take part in a rally for a motorcycle you didn't even own (and I assume, knew little about)? And after seeing so many Elefants laying on their side, why did you still buy one? You sat on the Multistrada. Was Pierre Terblanche's 'goiter styling' too much for you too? :D

    Adventure Kitty is sitting here wanting to look at the pictures of the horses and the donkey again. :rolleyes
  16. Fubars

    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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    Damn, I want to tour France. My French is non-existant. Always wanted to see an Elefant airbox/carb assembly uncovered. What's he doing here?

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  17. flygirl

    flygirl n00bius maximus

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    :roflBecause I am an utter idiot? :oscar

    Truth be told, I've wanted to 1. ride a motorcycle and 2. fly my plane all over the world. I dream of seeing Africa both ways. I could spend a lifetime winding my way through Europe if fuel prices allowed. Someday I'll do both wheels and wings from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.

    I met a guy in Boulder (the Andy featured in the pics) that seemed to be doing all the things I was wasting time dreaming about, so I got serious, asked a lot of questions, and started looking for ways to turn my imaginings into reality. He rides a 'fant, which is how I got to meet the beast. He let me try his out, and I promptly dumped it at the first stoplight (at that point, I had all of two years of a Virago under my belt). But despite the rocky start, I was intrigued by the bike and even more by his tales of riding around Europe every summer, and going to this gathering. It took me three years to save up enough dough and work out the logistics, but when I learned that the 2008 meet was to be in the Pyrenees.... well, I knew I had to go.

    So there you have it.

    As for why I still bought one, come now, Donkey Hotey, you of ALL people must know. Once you've ridden one you're smitten!:raabia

    The Multistrada? It made my ass look big :lol3

  18. flygirl

    flygirl n00bius maximus

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    I think he's squeezing the belt cover back through under the frame and fairing... When I get home I'll post a pic of the worn key.

    Speaking of... I can't seem to get the pics to show up in the post. How do you guys do that? (I'm using the insert image icon in the message composer, with the Picasa url)

  19. Donkey Hotey

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    It's an awesome bike but it wouldn't be my first choice as an 'only' bike. It took me over a year to find a set of footpeg brackets and they had to come from a burned bike in England. :cry

    That was an amazing trip. You should consider posting a real ride report. Those can't be all the photos you took either. Cough 'em up. Any more of the Lucky Strikes bikes or other exotic 'lumps?

    As for being smitten--I was only half involved in the purchase of the first one:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3989107#post3989107

    And I knew nothing of the second one until after I was commited:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4326817#post4326817

    Never leave yourself logged in to eBay when Adventure Kitty is around. :cry

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  20. flygirl

    flygirl n00bius maximus

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    I rode out of Paris on the N7, which took me through little towns and pretty countryside, through Nemours and its farmer's market (very cute place!) and eventually hopped onto the slab of A6 to cover some ground a little faster. Part way to Grenoble I met up with my friend Andy, who keeps a 750 Elefant in Europe, and happens to be a rather brilliant mechanic. Good thing, because my pachyderm was going to need his ministrations.
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    At this point, I couldn’t hold a fork in my left hand because I’d been struggling with the clutch lever for the better part of 12 hours –it was stiff and sticky, and the reach was just too long for me. So Andy let me ride his 750, which is tuned to perfection, to give my hand a break. We also stopped and bled the clutch and got new fluid. That helped matters immensely.

    Grenoble is a decent town, with a very fun little road that runs right along the river, down under the bridges. It’s also nestled among breathtaking views of the Alps, which I regret not having photographed. But we were trying to make Nice before nightfall, so we hopped on N85 southbound, a road also known as the “Route Napoleon.”

    Near Digne-les-Bains, N85 turns east, then makes a sharp turn to the southwest, before settling into a general southeasterly direction. We decided to let Garmin pick a “shortest distance” route to avoid backtracking. God love that GPS, it found us the coolest little stretch of dirt road we could have asked for. It ran literally through some farmhouses’ back yards, and the cattle came out to greet us. If I had been more confident on the bike, and it hadn’t been rented without insurance, I might have attempted to stop somewhere on the way to capture the scenes, but I was more focused on making it through my first stretch of dirt ever :eek1. It was a real highlight though, and I’ll have to find that road again someday.

    Back on N85, we were soon in the Gorges du Verdon, the French version of our Grand Canyon. Spectacular area, sweet twisties, awesome cliffs and rocks and views… I did, finally, stop to take some pics. :nod
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    It was time to give Andy his ride back, and get back on my 900. Riding out of Nice, we took the road along the red rock cliffs of the coast as far as Frejus. There’s more good road beyond, but we needed to make the Treffen by Friday, and it was already Wednesday afternoon, so we opted not to stray too far from the highway, in order to make the clicks go by faster. But when I got back on my bike, I started hearing things. I listened to it carefully, and somewhere around Arles, I asked Andy to take it back and have a listen. We took some cute country roads, visited a little airfield (we’re both pilots, and enjoy checking out planes and strips in new places), and found a campground for the night.

    When I asked Andy what he thought of the strange rattle I’d been hearing, he said “yeah, that bike sounds like crap.”
    When I got out of my tent the next morning, it was evident Andy had been at work on my bike for a little while…
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    (go to Part III)
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