Let's Ride! Death Valley Dirt on Chief & Tiger

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by SFMCjohn, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. zataomm

    zataomm Been here awhile

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    Yikes! Gas is around $3.40 in our neck of the woods. On the other hand the scenery is not nearly as nice, unless you like flat, straight roads and lots of water.

    Thanks for posting this in Old's Cool and not the Ride Reports forum, I probably would have missed it. That Triumph is a beauty; my old Tiger is the only bike I genuinely regret selling.

    Looking forward to your next trip!
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  2. SFMCjohn

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    Hi zataomm,

    Crazy gas prices in Death Valley ... we're at about $4/gallon here in San Francisco now ...

    I usually post in our area ADV thread, the Bay Area Adventure Rider's Club in the West Regional Forum, but that's a thread on the decline after the OP moved on to a different hobby ... the old bike ride reports just seem to fit better here in Old's Cool ...

    I love my Tiger, too ... hopefully I can get the charging system figgured out over the winter! :ricky

    see you around the campfire,
    -- SFMCjohn
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  3. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Thanks for posting those brilliant photos, I don't stop along the way like I used to, gotta stop & smell the roses again! :lol3
    By the way, if I ever manage to make it to the states, would ya mind if an old XS650 rider tagged along with you blokes for a ride around that bit of country, :eek1
    Cheers
    Baza
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  4. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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  5. SFMCjohn

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    Hey Baza,

    Thanks for reading and posting!

    XS650s rock, I love to look at the adventure rides you guys do on those ol' bikes in Australia ... would love to go for a ride sometime, either in California or Australia ... wouldn't that be fun? :ricky

    see you around the campfire,
    -- SFMCjohn
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  6. SFMCjohn

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  7. Garbln

    Garbln Been here awhile

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    I just saw this thread, great job taking those old bikes out. I just got a 73 Tiger this spring and spent the summer sorting it out. Looks just like yours! The last month I've been riding mine a lot, and I think I could now ride it anyplace I want without changing anything. Regarding your charging problem, I finally gave up on my stock Zener diode and separate rectifier and went to the Podtronics rectifier regulator. I would recommend it.
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  8. Ironhead

    Ironhead But Itsa Dry Heat

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    I saw that bunch of bikes in Beatty at the park.
    The Vindian really got my attention, I would be interested in the story on that one.
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  9. SFMCjohn

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    Hi Garbln,

    Congrats on the Tiger! Love mine ... I've owned it for maybe eight years now ... Got it so I could go on the organized vintage rides we have here in California, usually two or three days and 500 to 900 miles ... lots of fun ...

    I'll probably try the Podtronics on your recommendation, I'd love to finally wrestle my charging/ignition systems to the ground ... ha. I came up in motorcycle in the '80s and this is my first vintage bike, so I'm learning a lot ...

    I'd love to find a '73 500 to set up for dual-sport and Baja someday ... :ricky

    see you around the campfire,
    -- SFMCjohn
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  10. SFMCjohn

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    Hi Ironhead,

    What Dennis Magri tells me is that Indian actually went so far as to construct a single prototype Vindian at the factory in the '50s as they were struggling to update their model line ... Dennis built the bike in the photos from his famous parts pile, and the finished bike works very well, cruising easily at 80 mph ...

    See you in the parking lot,
    -- SFMCjohn
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  11. Velocipede

    Velocipede Been here awhile

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  12. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    Great ride. Nice post, thanks.
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  13. Ironhead

    Ironhead But Itsa Dry Heat

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    Thank you for the story.
    I knew about the prototype Vindian. I was walking past and looking the bikes over, I glanced at the Cheif thinking that it was a nice looking bike and turned to keep walking then thought WTF did I just see:lol3
    Dennis has some skills , he did a beautiful job building it, looked like it belonged there. I bet it is a fun bike to ride:D
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  14. SFMCjohn

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    Hi Velocipede,

    I'm sure my Triumph betters know more than I do, but I've been told the '73 500 has had the right upgrades regarding crank bearings etc to make it a good, durable race motor for flat tracking, etc ...

    Thanks, Twotaildog, for reading and posting! :ricky

    see you around the campfire,
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  15. SFMCjohn

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    Phil Irving on the Vindian ...

    Hi Ironhead,

    Just came across this regarding the history of Indian, Vincent and the Vindian:
    http://www.myvincent.co.uk/bikes/vindian/pcvonvindian.php

    Pretty interesting ...

    We're going for a tour of Dennis Magri's shop in San Francisco this Sunday, if you want to come along ... or anyone else reading this ... :deal

    see you around the campfire,
    -- SFMCjohn
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  16. Velocipede

    Velocipede Been here awhile

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  17. zataomm

    zataomm Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to the photos!
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