just puttin' around in WNC

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Cuttle, May 28, 2011.

  1. Cuttle

    Cuttle I may be using alternate facts

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    BRRRAAAPP BRAAAAPPP BRAAAAPPPP !!!! :D

    it runs again!!! and after putting out a small fire in the airbox :huh (note to husband: easy on the magic juice :deal) I finally was able to do a little test ride in the neighborhood:

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    no ride report (even if it's just a short ride) is complete w/o a few old houses and barns :norton

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    up the Grapevine

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    and down the Grapevine

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    they even "fixed it up" for the winter :lol3

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    in case you ever wondered what to do with the old Satellite Dish (I love the idea)

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    Big Laurel

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    that's for Banjo - I raise your two barns and give you three :deal
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    and the one just down the road form us in progress of being stripped down

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    the light was def not in my favor.... I need to take some more pics before it's totally stripped

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    just a short ride... but enough to make me smile :D
  2. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    :thumb

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  3. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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  4. localmoto

    localmoto Been here awhile

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    hey all...

    fyi,, wayehutta =Roy A Taylor ohv park (sylva) ,,est 30 miles of trails,,, that should close next week the 15th dec...

    so any folks want to meet next Sun-9th and or Monday-10th,, to sling some dirt!!!
    any off-road vechical ALLOWED,,if not tagged =must be hauled in...
    just need $5 and a helment, to ride all day..........

    will just meet in main parking lot of wayehutta about 10-12am,, to ride till dark or till you get tired....:evil

    we can go eat after wards,,if ya want too...:freaky


    anyone in/able ?????

    holler!!
  5. Cuttle

    Cuttle I may be using alternate facts

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    are you reading my mind??? :huh

    I just posted about riding there next Sunday in fb group page. :deal (guess you talked to Shane :norton)
  6. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Thanks Cuttle.I joind the FB page.I ride WNC but I don't know all the nooks that you guys ride.
  7. Grizzlyman

    Grizzlyman Been here awhile

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    Nice pics as always. The DR looks good!
  8. Cuttle

    Cuttle I may be using alternate facts

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    Thanks

    Wayahutta Sunday? :evil
  9. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Abcess makes the fart go Honda.-FEO

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    NICE!
    I love woods riding this time of year. The topography of the surrounding area is plain to see w/o the leaves. Makes me appreciate it more.


    Side note... attn Hunter.
    If you recall we had a discussion a while ago about lithium mx batteries. I bought a Ballistic 8 cell for my F650gs thumper and was loving all that weight savings up top. Well... I rode out west to do the Continental Divide last summer and the first time I got into the washboard it failed. Story here.
    The other day, I finally remembered to tell Balistic that I had a problem, and they are sending me a new one, no questions asked. Actually pretty cool.
    Question now is... do I try it again?:lol3
  10. BDXMPL

    BDXMPL The Sheriff

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    Personally, I'm sticking with the NON-exploding type batteries.

    Of course, the weight savings is a huge plus if you have to push your bike home. :lol3

    Hunter
  11. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Breezed through your backyard on Tuesday, great day for a ride, and a piece of Pie in Hot Springs.
  12. localmoto

    localmoto Been here awhile

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    Yes ,, all day rideing,, this sunday at wayehutta !!!!

    thinking of haul n, a tagged-klx ,cooler ,grill/food ,and maybe the pups..
    down about 10am...

    =IF you don't know= there is a central parking lot ,that all trails lead out of.. so easy to make loops, that bring ya back to the parking lot.. great for stopping for a cold drink :1drink,,gas up ,,pit stop ,,an hit n trail again:clap!!! or just sit out a bit :huh ??

    so any,, 4-wheeler ,ohv-4x4, pure dirt bike ,, has to be hauled in ,, BUT are welcomed too !!
    any tagged bike ,can ride on in!! = still $5 per rider/per vechical,, for all day pass ,,or (was) $30 for season = fyi..


    hope to see ya'll there !!!!
    -- close's 15th dec --
  13. Cuttle

    Cuttle I may be using alternate facts

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    Looking forward to it!

    See you by latest 11am in the parking lot :deal
  14. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG

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    I know I'm not a Western NC person, but I have met one of you and hope to ride with you guys sometime in the future. I rode my new to me DR for the first time today and I had to post somewhere.

    I've had the DR since late October, but she needed a few things cleaned up, repaired, and adjusted. Took her out for my first real ride today. We covered about 60 miles of country road with a little city thrown in at the end.

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    I set out early this morning, but when I accelerated with a little vim, she cut out and in. Great, new bike and I've already got problems. I turned back towards home and tried to reproduce the cut out. Then I remembered the tip about bypassing the kickstand switch. I put my foot down by the kickstand and gave it a lift. No more cut out. I pulled into the driveway and got out the tools, I removed the switch, cut the wires, spliced them together with butt connector and tucked the loose wires away with a zip tie.

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    I started out again, heading northward from my home towards a few of my favorite quiet roads. Being the first ride on the DR, I didn't want to worry about traffic etc. as I settled in to the new bike.

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    We swung by a local lake and then headed downtown.

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    As with any bike, there are new sounds to worry about and little quirks that are different from my Nighthawk, but after an hour, I think I was feeling a little more confidence. I enjoyed the first ride.

    Observations are:
    • I think I'll get the 14 tooth sprocket.
      The lowering was successful, but my mounting and dismounting is still an ugly sight.
      That engine makes a lot of washing machine sounds. (add to worry list)
      I like the light weight (as compared to the Nighthawk) and she handles fine.
      The Seat Concepts install is a success.
      Need to get a windshield and reconfigure a dash.

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  15. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    I like that high tech gazebo from the satellite dish.
  16. HalcyonDaze

    HalcyonDaze The Great Unwashed Mass

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    Looking good, Dale. Nice pics, pretty country over there.

    A bunch of us are going to an OHV park tomorrow, Cuttle included so I'm sure a bunch of pics are about to be posted here.
  17. Cuttle

    Cuttle I may be using alternate facts

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    Madsion County folks...



    gotta run, bikes are loaded :evil
  18. Cuttle

    Cuttle I may be using alternate facts

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    there are good days and bad days....

    well, today was a good day when it comes to hanging out with friends, and a bad day to operate motor-vehicles :huh

    first,l on the way to meet the guys, somebody thought it's a good idea to speed up if you see a yellow light in the distance...I tried to floor it to get out of his way, but he still got me and spun me out into the field (luckily I have witnesses that I had a green light).

    Great start to the day :bluduh

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    so, starting late and after getting lost for a bit, we finally made it... but apparently somebody forgot to get gas :lol3. Luckily I had enough.

    btw - wearing shorts in December, one less thing to complain about.

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    the light is patent pending....


    b00t and HalcyonDaze

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    sorry, didn't get any shots from the trail.

    Somehow I manged to stop on the wrong and steep, snoody spot... and slid backwards, and a bit more, and more, and more till I finally fell over :norton . No big deal, but every-time I tried to pick up the bike, I kept sliding out in the mud and and landing on my butt :lol3. So, after many tries and help I got back on the bike and made it up the hill... to follow it with a curtsey/synchronized drop for Rick :muutt:muutt (that, or run over him). I think that's where I grabbed the bike wrong and accidentally pulled the seat out of the tabs - which I discovered on top of the hill in a big whoops when the seat came off :p3rry and I binned it hard :umph.

    That was pretty much also the time when the bike started reffing up like nuts, and reacting very strange to the throttle/clutch (just like the ride on Buffalo Mt.) . So, I pretty much coasted downhill the second half of the 9 mile loop while holding down the seat with my ass.. (oh, and there where maybe one or two more drops :augie). Not sure which one was the reason for the stargazing bark-busters :huh

    Needless to say, I forgot to take pics till I was back:

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    so, I decide to chill instead and hang out with Rick and whoever didn't do a loop.

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    just before he got bit... :huh

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    and with his new best friend a few minutes later

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    ohh - and at least it wasn't my bike on the side this time :lol3

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  19. localmoto

    localmoto Been here awhile

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    oh ya today was fun...:clap

    sorry about your colisions today,, wish your bike was/is running better,,hope is just a dirty carb or hose= some thing fairly simple,, ok next time!!

    thanks for -ALL- doing the grill-n an watching after my little vicious attack dog :lol3 = i bout fell on floor laughing at those pixs (an your coments,, but really hope he didn't hurt any one too bad)...

    again nice to meet those ,who haven't met before,, nice rideing with you all......
    hope to do again!!:wink:
  20. Cuttle

    Cuttle I may be using alternate facts

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    hello again - glad you could make it out! I'll be back next spring for sure (aiming for less "ass-over-teakettle).

    and my "in-house mechanic" (aka BDXMPL) has a much better theory about the reffing issue than I do: bad clutch plates or throw-out-bearing. Makes more sense than what I came up with...