Hampton Roads Chatter

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by roger123, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. ChildlikeWonder

    ChildlikeWonder Been here awhile

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    In my experience, high performance car tires are slick in the wet when new too (heck, they can be short on grip in the dry when brand new). As long as I'm mindful of that, any serious worry on the roads I mentioned?
  2. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    have them deliver the bike to your house as a courtesy. new rider, new bike, new tires...pick a better day for your intro ride.

    as the poon said, Tourances are a great tire, but should be scuffed in.
  3. ChildlikeWonder

    ChildlikeWonder Been here awhile

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    Eh, from a philosophical standpoint I'm opposed to a vehicle being put on a trailer. The dealer's attitude, and one I like, is the new rider courtesy is spending a couple of hours with me when I pick it up going over the bike and riding techniques. I might wait for a better day, but I think I'll at least go down there and try riding it around the empty-ish road behind the shop and see how it feels.
  4. stoked steve

    stoked steve Tag-o-holic

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    When I got my new Wee last year, it was getting ready to rain buckets and the idea of riding a new bike with new tires in the rain didn't sound like a good way to get acquainted. I grabbed a Uhaul trailer to bring it home.

    It would really suck to lay down a brand new bike, and remember no matter how careful you are, a situation could come up where you need to grab some serious brake and you don't want to be afraid to do so, regardless of ABS.

    Enjoy your GS, I'm sure it will be awesome! Do post some pics when you get it.
  5. MGB

    MGB ex. BmwDuc

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    Personally, I'd go pick it up and ride the interstate home. It's a short ride, it won't affect the engine bed in purpose. I'd avoid the back roads with the new tires, but even then if you take your time and behave yourself you shouldn't have a problem. Don't overthink the whole thing, just behave yourself.

  6. Tidewater KLR

    Tidewater KLR High Speed Hiker

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    CLW, I think your route is pretty good, however 58 will be highway for a few miles to get past the executive airport and into greater Suffolk. Or take 664 briefly to get to 17/Bridge road. Just depends on how familiar you are with the area - there are city streets to avoid freeway entirely through that area if you really don't want to get up to 60+ mph.

    Might want to consider taking the MMBT across the James. Your route has you crossing the JRR Steel Mesh Deck. It's not the most comforatble feeling and the possibility of rain with new tires complicates things a bit. The MM would be my preferred route, despite being on the Freeway a bit longer. Remember, the divided highway system is way safer than a two lane road because all traffic is headed in the same direction and there are multiple lanes of travel. You can drive your own pace, accelerate/then engine brake some without isssue on the slab.

    Best Wishes and Enjoy.

    TKLR
  7. BlakKrauStudios

    BlakKrauStudios I'm cool... right?

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    A good dealership would deliver your brand new bike, and have someone go over the bike with you at your home. I'm just saying.

    To me, this sounds like a bad idea that's getting worse. New rider. New bike. New tires. Bad weather. Weekday traffic.

    I know you're eager to get the bike, and I know you want to show it off. But seriously consider waiting for the weather to clear. That's a lot of bike for someone who's never been outside of a parking lot to be throwing down the highway in the rain.

    PLEASE rethink your decision.
  8. ChildlikeWonder

    ChildlikeWonder Been here awhile

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    Well, I am going to feel it out. I think delivering the bike is a ridiculous concept though. As ridiculous as I think people who tow a car to a racetrack are. Also, it will be mid-day, so light traffic. New tires and weather are the concern, but worst case scenario I feel it out, say no, and go back on Friday.
  9. BlakKrauStudios

    BlakKrauStudios I'm cool... right?

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    Why is delivering the bike a rediculous concept? :huh I realize that some people are so "hardcore" that they don't want to give the impression that their bike is a trailer queen. Or perhaps it's a pride thing, where people don't want their bike compared to other weekend warriors. Or maybe it has something to do with the penis. Who knows.

    I trailer my bike to TN every year. Why? It's not practical to ride out there with everything I need to take. I delivered plenty of bikes for customers to DC, NC, and points west, simply because they didn't have the time to drive down here and pick up their bike. Or, their bike wasn't running when we picked it up, and now it is. Does this make me less of a motorbiker than everyone else? In some people's eyes, I'm sure it does. But I'll still say I love motorbiking just as much as the next guy, and dare to say I have the mileage to prove it. :D

    I think the second rule of motorbiking is to put the stigmas, stereotypes, and machismo associated with the hobby aside, and realize that we all like riding.
  10. Henderson757

    Henderson757 Living the American Dream

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    I like where this Conversation is going. :rofl I say that since you put the money down on the BMW then if you want to ride it into the ocean or even you garage it is all up to you. Welcome to the Area and don't worry most of us are just looking for a good time. :evil. All this talk about your bike I want to see some PICS!!!


    Matt does YOUTUBE hate you or something, Where the Hell-O is the Video :clap
  11. ChildlikeWonder

    ChildlikeWonder Been here awhile

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    I guess maybe ridiculous isn't the right word. It just isn't my vision for the bike. It's a 1200GS after all. I'm already planning to join an Ironbutt coworker to and through Mexico next year. How could I make that bike's first voyage be in a trailer?


    Sadly, only cell phone pics so far.
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  12. Henderson757

    Henderson757 Living the American Dream

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    Wow, Dont ride that thing anywhere. Put it in a glass case and begin to drool! :lol3
  13. dljocky

    dljocky Been here awhile

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    That is a nice looking GS. Congrats!
  14. dawgwhat

    dawgwhat No Earthy Idea

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    I didn't :deal
  15. Hack

    Hack .......

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    CLW.Throwing in my 2 cents. Take some sand paper or a sanding pad. Scuff the tires a bit at the very least. Good luck with the new bike.

    I worked at a motorcycle shop for a couple years. In that short time I had to help pick up 4 brand spankin new bikes. One guy was not so lucky. He pulled out in front of a truck and totalled the bike. The engine was ripped out of the frame. Luckily somehow he did not even get a scratch.

    One lady refused to let her husband ride the bike home or have us deliver it. She bought a new helmet,jacket, gloves etc. She popped the clutch, pulled an awesome wheelie, ran into our building breaking through a glass door. She was ok but the bike never left the shop afterwards. I think that ended her riding days.

    I think people just get extra excited/nervous and make mistakes that they might not normally make.

    We are not doubting your ability but rather looking out for a fellow riders safety. Good luck hope to meet you and see that beautiful bike someday.
  16. Tidewater KLR

    Tidewater KLR High Speed Hiker

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    I get it CLW... I like your style and recommend you at least wait for better weather. I trailered my KLR home from the dealership in CA because I had absolutely no road experience and the drive was too far for me to be comfortable learning on the way. I spent the first week riding around the neighborhoos and on the abandoned air field at NAS Alameda before I started abusing the Oakland Hills. :evil

    My VStrom purchase last year was different, I drove to Richmond, bought the bike and drove the 100+ miles back to my house, on RT5 & RT10. I also had 30K miles under my belt.

    Getting the bike home and in your posession is the goal right? The bike was carried to the dealership too, so you could consider this part of the delivery. I have a lot of stuff delivered to my house come to think of it...

    TKLR
  17. nxdirtbag

    nxdirtbag Commuter Adventurer

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    Not sure where you are picking up 17 to the JRB, but be sure to watch the paving on 17 in Isle of Wight. Each day there is a new section where it is not advisable to change lanes due to the height difference between the old and new road surfaces.
  18. BlakKrauStudios

    BlakKrauStudios I'm cool... right?

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    This is where I'm coming from. Saw my share of brand new bikes wadded up from new riders on a new machine. Sometimes it's right out of the lot. Sometimes it's 6 blocks from the shop.

    And I always told people, I'd rather you swallow your pride and let me bring you the bike, and go over everything with your new machine int he comfort of your driveway, than try and drag your heap into the back of the van, and spend the next month with insurance and repairs, leaving you without anything to ride.

    A good shop will provide a new rider with everything they need, which isn't just gear and fuel. I always planned on at least a 15 minute conversation with the new owner about all the aspects of their new bike. No question they had was too stupid, and no concern went unanswered.

    We were all new riders at one point in our lives, so looking down on someone for not being knowledgeable isn't something to take pride in. But that shouldn't be mistaken for genuine concern for someone who may not be thinking things through for whatever reason.

    I'm just concerned, because of what I've seen a lot of.
  19. moymurfs

    moymurfs Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!

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    Very nice, what is the difference between the 12gs "Ralleye" and a standard GS?
  20. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    bng........bold new graphics... :D!