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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by SCQTT, Apr 16, 2009.
Not a squid, one of my riding buddies, plenty of track days under his belt, just trying to help folks out coming the opposite direction, never know it could of been you he was trying to help out.
A guy just picked up a used engine from me driving a 'turtletop' from NC, towing a trailer with a garden tractor on it! Oh, and he had installed a TDI engine in it; sounded awesome!
I drove one of those things all over Australia.
Loved driving it, 80-85kph was typical cruise, and once with a big tail wind I got it way over 100kph. Felt like we were flying. It was a seemingly rare fuel injected motor with automatic transmission. Feel like the trans really helped the wrong side driving issue. No need to figure out how to shift with my left hand. Great little vehicle and only found out we'd burned some exhaust valves when we went to sell it right before leaving.
In Darwin we had some ears made to direct more airflow into the engine compartment. You can kind of see them here..
... defintely kept the oil temp down, but it was probably too little too late as I think the drive from Adelaide to Darwin is what did the motor in.
I'd love to own one again with a real motor, and better suspension.
If Killboy doesn't post some new photos, I'm going to resort to posting random motorcycle-related pix. I swear I'll do it. Don't push me, man... don't push me. I'll do it. I really will do it.
Oh, the humanity!!!
Umm, welcome to winter, mountains of NC get cold, slayers stop coming, locals don't buy pics. Next pics he's likely to post are from his vacation in some nice, warm place.
Gap has salt/sand this time of year which means street bikes don't show, so KB is done til March/April.
The Gravel Dragon is still going strong, but no photogs or pirates to draw attention to it.
calling all cars! the big bad wolf wanted! last seen riding a blue motorcycle on the dragon!
Do you suppose he has one of these?
??? Wearing horsehide leather.
Reminds me of one of the times I was there on my (now sold) Ducati and "Yellow Wolf" was going for a 24 hour record on his big ass bright yellow Goldwing - passing me numerous times in the process while throwing up sparks from his big ass chrome pipes. Talk about an ego check...
So, whilst KB is chillin' for the Winter it's time to hit the Archives...
That has to humble you a little bit.
I'll remember that the next time that I'm sitting in my nice warm truck gassing up while its 25 degrees out and snowing sideways.
...Our gas is usually 40 cents below the national average for it
The hardest thing about it is remembering to get the fuck out and pump your own when you go to other states. I actually see people in PA with Jersey tags just sitting there waiting for "the guy" at the gas station. I understand I've done the same thing for about 5 minutes on the Turnpike.
How does that work? They originally got rid of gas station attendants to save money and keep prices down. Fewer employees = less overhead.
Lower gas taxes. Right now the price difference is about 15 cents / gallon comparing PA and NJ.