GS / ST Trippin', Trials and an Evolution !

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by GAS GUY, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. GAS GUY

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    They both have their pro's and con's. Overall the GSA is more versatile and nothing beats large top loading panniers for living out of while on the road. The GSA is lighter and more lively. The GSA emanates no intrusive heat onto the rider.

    But .... nothing devours miles so easily as the mighty ST-1300. Another huge plus for the ST is the lighting. Those huge dual reflector housings light up the night and greatly reduce eye fatigue. Especially with the LED bulbs that I've installed.

    The only thing I struggled with on the 3 Iron Butt rides on the GSA was eye fatigue. My eyes have been getting weaker anyway, so they start getting batty from all the artificial light sources on the road. The ST showers so much more low beam light out there, that my eyes are not as affected.

    That being said, the ST may be moving on to a friend and co-worker very soon. That may help me slow down and quit obssessing over Iron Butt rides. Especially if I also install dual-sport tires on the GSA. I'll just have to screw around and ride more leisurely. It's not easy being me. :D
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    It's funny, as much and as long as I've been into Harley's, I've never desired to attend Sturgis or any other big bike event. First off, I'm not a big crowd guy. But also, I'd always envisioned it being so busy as not to be able to use the bathroom or move around freely.

    That wasn't the case and I was pleasantly surprised that despite the huge turnout and crowded streets, that you could still find a place to park. There were plenty of clean porta-johns to accomodate everyone easily. We were able to negotiate our way in and out of stores - and even the Harley Davidson dealership.

    Like I'd said, we didn't plan the Sturgis stop, but I'm glad it became incorporated into our ride. I'd go back.

    On our way out, we just made it in the door of the Sturgus Coffee Company before they locked up. It was our lucky day, they handed us our coffee's and some stickers and said, "No charge, now get on outta here."


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    Saturday afternoon, the Road King and I ran down to Northeast Ohio for a couple hundred mile ride. After sustaining the beating from the Michigan roads on the way down, relief was found on the smooth Ohio pavement.

    Stopped into Signature Harley Davidson in Toledo. Figured I'd better find out what all the hoopla is about with this new Milwaukee Eight Electra Glide. Handed the salesman my drivers license and said, "Let's go for a ride."

    He rolled out a 2017 Black Ultra Limited and led me on a test ride with his Road Glide.

    My only real gripe with the bike is when taking off in first gear. This Harley motor is different. After almost stalling it out a few times, I realized you have to rev this engine more. Every Harley motor prior to this has so much off idle torque that you can damn near let the clutch out with no throttle and chug away. Something (the Milwaukee Eight intricacies) you would most likely adapt to rather quickly.

    The thing that blew me away on this bike was the suspension. It was perfect. Absolutely incredible. Plush yet compliant. My sore back was digging that Ultra Classic ride.

    The new engine is so smooth that the bike almost doesn't feel like a Harley anymore. More like a Goldwing. Silky smooth and plenty of power. This would be a mile eating machine. But, 26K for an Ultra. This Limited that I had rode was probably pushing 30K. Too rich for my blood. I'll just have to keep taking Ibuprofin for my lower back when bombing around Michigan's broken roads on the old King. The best suspension money will buy for the old King still can't come close to those new dressers. Amazing machines.

    Then I stopped in to see the 'Tiger Man' in Stoney Ridge. Pulled up a chair outside his barn near his old farm house and listened for a couple of hours on a beautiful summer day. It pays to be a good listener. Kenny Hetric is a good story teller. His stories are for real too. He is one of a short list left from the old bar brawler era. Same time frame as my dad, although they battled in different areas and never crossed. Dad knew who he was though, and said you didn't want to cross him back then. Tough as nails still (around 70) Beside's nasty bar brawls that often turned into clubbings and knifings, he was a boxer. He trained his two boys who ended up going pro. He still has an impressive gym in his old farmhouse. He retired from Chrysler back in the day and then became a Walbridge cop when he was 50. Now he is completely retired.

    Ever since I was a young teen, he has always had bears and tigers. When I visited him with my mother in the 80's he had a black panther living in the house. Local horse people would donate him their horses when they died and he would butcher them up right at home on a huge pole and chainfall; freezing the meat to feed his animals. He is a bit down lately, as his animals have been confiscated. He still has two Timber Wolves though. The old male Wolf is impressive looking. So rangy and wild. Big face and gnarly frame and structure. He will come up to the fence and lick and nip at your hand, but Ken says he won't even let him get near enough to touch the old wolf. I'm not a proponent for caging animals, but I accept that it is a reality. My heart tells me any wild animal would rather be free or dead - even more so than a human.

    We walked around looking at his old bikes. He has a little Harley shop on the back of the barn. He showed me that back in the 80's. Not much changes with Ohio country folk. After admiring his old 1972 FLH, he showed me his original Vespa Stella scooter. Said he once rode it all the way to Florida. Mentioned that it was so smooth, it didn't beat you up like a Harley. He also has a modern Indian; maybe 10 years old. His latest project is an old Triumph that he was riding and working on. He is a rough hombre and an interesting cat for sure.


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    Vintage Motorcycle Days in Owosso, Michigan this weekend. Friday night and Saturday. If nothing comes up to interfere, I'll ride out there on the Road King Saturday.
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    GlennJ Been here awhile

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    I'm in!
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    hey cuz, if you go i'll meet up with you there later in the day. I'm goingto take the wing to my friends shop when he opens up, going to drop it off so I can replace the wheel bearings but I'm just dropping it off cause I still need to get parts
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    Sounds like a good time with some nice cool weather, I'll send you a text Saturday morning! Lets find a better place for lunch this time though, no Chinese.
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    I'm in for "later in the day" also. I'll be over in Greenville for the Snoshow earlier Saturday. Hope I can catch up with you guys.

    Sing to Him who rides across the heavens, his mighty voice thundering from the sky Ps 68:33
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    Not sure how late I'll hang around. Probably shoot for arriving at a coffee house in the vicinity around 10am. Hang out, get lunch, look around some more, then head out towards home by 2pm or so. Got to position myself for the big fight Saturday evening.
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    Sunday's trials event in Flushing at the Bent Fenders property has been postponed and rescheduled; and I was hoping to make it out there and knock off some cobwebs.
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    Looked online and Guido's Coffee House looks enticing. If it's not overly crowded.
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    Perhaps we can meet at the coffee shop, have to look up what's there. Foster Coffee Company 115 S Washington St, Owosso, MI 48867. Let's try this place, I'll be there by 10:30 or before! Or Guido's is fine!
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    Fosters will do. Fosters it is. If we can get in.
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    The pictures in Detroit remind you of Sarajevo...hard to phantom that was one of our great industrial cities within our life time. God willing it comes back! Great pictures of your rides. Gives me the inspiration to get on my GSA and log some miles. Thanks!!!
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    GasGuy; where is the Pere Marquette steam engine located that you posted pictures of in Popcycles thread? Are there any more railroad cars or station there as well?
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    Steam Railroading Institute: Home of the authentic Polar Express !

    This interesting point of interest was stumbled upon while attending the Owosso Vintage Motorcycle venue. I was pleasantly surprised when I then realized it was the home of the Polar Express.

    This fact has extra significance to me because the Polar Express was the first movie that I took my first born daughter to see at the theater. She sat in amazement, never taking her eyes off the screen, with a bucket of popcorn on her lap that almost equaled her size.


    There is a very knowledgeable docent there, who takes you out into the yard on a golf cart and fills your head with way more information than you can retain. Free tour. Donations accepted. A small but interesting stop.

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    Engine number 1225 (The Polar Express) is well maintained and still making runs. It just recently returned from Howell, Michigan. All the sounds for the movie were recorded here. Even the kid sliding down the pile of coal in the coal car. The docent said it took a few times to get the right sound of the coal movement.

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    Turning spanners on a Saturday.

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    Look to the far right. See the stripped down engine ? It is the same as what is under the 1225.

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    I reached up and held my camera in the hole ...

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    ... and snapped a picture of the inside.

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    You knew I was holding out more pictures, didn't you Dave ? :D They are posted now. Hope you enjoy them.