New Year's Eve ride report - Big Adventure!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by JohnTM, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    Sometimes the most mundane day can lead to great adventures. A common errand run can be a trip into places you have never seen, yet you have been there many times. Today, it was my duty to deliver some things to the Rally Registration Chair, Polly. Wasn't a lot of stuff, Wasn't too far, so I figured I'd slow down a bit and make a little chore into something more, well, adventurous!

















    Beautiful day out - I think I'll hop on the R 0050 GS Adventure and see where the ride takes me.

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    Wow! This is gonna be some big-time fun! Let's go slay some dragons! First, I gotta make it to the end of the road...

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    Staying off the major highways (always a good idea when you can't get over 40 mph) you see things the average tourist doesn't. And ain't that what "Adventure" means? This is the underside of the Natches Trace Parkway...

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    Of course, no-one says you can't get just a little wild when you are out smelling the roses. That speedo says 38 mph, baby!

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    Sometimes the scenery is bland, sometimes it is thrilling, and sometimes it is just plain ugly. But then, others may find beauty where I see utility. Hope my balls don't shrivel up from the ELF exposure...

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    Some places are too damn scary to go slow through. This is where a tornado went through two years ago. Before that, you couldnt see past the trees, even in winter. Now there are no trees...

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    Now I'm somewhere I shouldn't ought to be. Let's find a side road quick!

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    Ahhhhh! That's better!

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    I feel right at home.

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    Cruising right along. Some curvies, some straight stretches, and a couple of good square corners. Those are fun on my Adventure. Here comes one now!

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    Whoa! Stop! Somebody dropped their balls! Sometimes it pays to go slow and look around (or down).

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    Well, lets just take our little trophy with us! :thumb

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    Wheeeeeeeee!

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    And here we are! Polly is waiting with a smile (and probably some cookies!).

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    I pass by some places so often, but never see what is there. At half my normal speed I see things I don't have time for otherwise. This bridge foundation dates from who-knows-when, is right by the road, but not in a place I normally look. This is cool!

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    This sign is at the end of one of my favorite little roads. Seems I'm not the only one fond of it. The Hysterical Society likes it too...

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    Now comes the time for the one part I know I ain't gonna like. The hill back home. The GSA drops down to about 15mph for most of this hill. Maybe I'll help a bit with some legwork. Nah.

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    Well, almost home. Head in, unpack, and see my wife. It's been so long!
    Happy New Year All!
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  2. Cossi

    Cossi 2nd Stringer, Team Retard

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    Oh man that was great! Really enjoyed it!
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  3. NAVIGATOR

    NAVIGATOR Wanderer

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    That´s the Mexican flag on your helmet!!! :thumb
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  4. richard cabesa

    richard cabesa The Mayor

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    I've always liked the bumble bee versions :thumb

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  5. Neil E.

    Neil E. Been here awhile

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    Slow can be lots of fun too. If you start soon you will arrive at the "Honda Hoot" on time. June 22-25 Knoxville, TN.
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  6. deaconjones

    deaconjones Been here awhile

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    More, more!!!!!! :thumb
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  7. Jerrykap

    Jerrykap Motorbike mishugana

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    It's a slow day out here with crappy weather to boot, drizzling rain, windy & overcast. Temps. hi 40's, low 50's We're just waiting around till after dinner to commence the party revelry for the new year...Tell me about that gorgeous helmet! Is it some kind of commeritive Agostini model? And if so, what Italian exotics do you harbor?

    Screw `04, happy `05, C-ya, Jer
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  8. KL5A

    KL5A Bugs are the new black

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    I like it!
    Do another report after you've had a chance to pipe that bad boy, maybe take the restrictor off the carb, bore it out, and most important-GRIP HEATERS!!
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  9. ridetwistyroads

    ridetwistyroads tailwind please

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    Not to mention some aftermarket shocks - for ground clearance....:nod



    Cool 'scoot, man! :wink:
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  10. Motoplaner

    Motoplaner PNW Heel Rounder

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    Cool. I see the wild Ruckus has begun. I always thought that those slow children at play would go a little faster if they wore shoes and regular pants.
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  11. johnsotl

    johnsotl Adventurer

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    I was a bit surprised to see where you were. Waddell Hollow road is a road I've ridden hundreds of times. Albeit mostly on a bicycle but on the GS too. Cool area to ride in. Waddell Hollow, over to Fernvale, Leipers Forks and on and on...
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  12. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    Bicycle,huh? That's aged way to get squashed in this area. I ge cycle cruising on my truck every Thursday night about midnight. Don't be out then....

    BTW, I live In Fire Tower Rd. Come on up and visit! Just not on a bicycle.... :evil
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  13. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    Small, but effective.
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  14. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    On my way! You organizing it?
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  15. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    (Please pardon any misspellingses, I'm a bit under the weather...)

    The helmet is an Agostini replica Arai RX7 that I had a striper paint when I finally realized that not only was that the Italian flag colors, but the Mexican Flag colors too. George (of The Visual Edge) did the emblem from a piss-poor printout that had been enlarged about 50 times. He does GREAT work! He also did the pinstriping on the Dover White 1969 R60/2 I restored.

    I wore that helmet the last time I went riding in Mexico. Everyone down there gave me a thumbs-up, everyone in Texas gave me smiles, and the forking order gaurds didn't want to let me back into the USA! Pricks figured I must bought the helmet in Mexico and wanted me to pay duty on it. What happened to NAFTA? When I showed them how nasty the inside was, they figured maybe I was telling the truth...
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  16. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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  17. KL5A

    KL5A Bugs are the new black

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  18. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    John--that really put a smile on my face---yes sometimes we need to slow down and smell the roses---I'm thinkin' one of those would be great on my upcoming Continental Divide ride----I could just pick it up and carry it thru the rough stuff :) :rofl
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  19. Mango Man

    Mango Man Long timer

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    Nice report, made me homesick for those country roads

    Mango
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  20. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    fire tower road eh? i went right by that sign today while taking the long way to the mother in law's place. you gots a nice neighborhood.
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