Northern VA Chatter Thread

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by HBN, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. SteelB12

    SteelB12 Our Purity of Essence

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    EDIT: as of 9pm JAN 5 the jacket has a home



    I got a new riding jacket for christmas, so I'd like to dispose of my old one. I have an all black Xtra Large Cortech (by TourMaster) Advanced 3/4 jacket I am making available to any inmate in the NOVA area who is in need of a proper motorcycle jacket. It is heavy cordura with a full sleeve liner. Shoulder, elbow, back armor. Was claimed to be waterproof, but I wouldn't bet on it. On the left rear, where your shoulder blade would be, some of the stitching has come undone. An easy fix. I have never crash tested it. It is pretty warm with the liner in, perfect for the winter.

    So, If you are cruising around in a non armored, non-motorcycle jacket because you couldn't spare the coin for a proper motorcycle jacket, shoot me a PM and we can arrange a pick up. :1drink
  2. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Y'all do winter back there sometimes. Well, so do we out here in the Pacific Northwet. Well, sometimes, sorta winter . . .


    We get our periods of dismal rain, and there's nowhere near enough snowpack in the mountains, but today was the local Washington State Beemer Bubba meeting over the water in Mukliteo. Just had to get up early and go . . .

    Fields heavy with silver frost
    Fog creeping up Liberty Bay
    Road's good, mostly
    except for the spun-out Suburban
    Sun peaks over the ferry,
    Ramp's a little slick

    Gentle, gentle throttle on the GS
    Tire tracks are your friend.


    A little mid-winter 3-ferry ride around the Puget Sound.

    Kingston ferry, three riders looking for the sun

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    North Cascades in the background

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    Meeting was at a golf course club-house/restaurant . . . you mean they play golf in this stuff? I'd rather ride!

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    Waiting for the Mukilteo ferry

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    Here it is!

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    Mt Baker, behind my gull-ible friend.

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    a lighthouse on every point, and a point to every lighthouse . . . this one's the Mukilteo light.

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    Approaching Whidbey Island, where I was stationed as a young LTJG a couple of centuries ago.

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    North on Whidbey, towards Oak Harbor and the Naval Air Station, but turn right before you get there, towards the old coastal defense Ft Casey. There you catch:

    Port Townsend Ferry

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    To the right of the point, Strait of Juan De Fuca, a few miles further is Cape Flattery, then Japan. (Geography's compressed for old farts).

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    Port Townsend on the right, it's paper mill on the left, and the Olympic Mountains brooding over both.

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    Happy New Year to y'all!! :clap:clap:clap :freaky
  3. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    Very nice. :clap :clap :clap
  4. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    RIdin Gaijin,

    Bummer about the stripped valve cover bolt. I'll do some research to see what the options are and get back to you.
  5. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    Beautiful photos, ORexpat. Seems like a rider's paradise out there.

    Question for the masses - do you have any recs for sleeping pads that are well-insulated, comfortable, and pack compactly for motorcycle camping? I'm looking to do Laurel Fork in April and I hear it can get pretty cold. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
  6. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    If you decide on an inflatable pad, I have the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core pad. It packs small and I've used it as low as 12F this winter and stayed warm. They offer a lifetime warranty which I used to replace my uninsulated version of be pad
  7. ridin gaijin

    ridin gaijin riding > posting

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    Hey no problem man. It's what we noticed when we were checking the valves...looks like that cover doesn't reseal as we thought it would. Maybe the checking made it worse?

    I've been doing some homework trying to figure out how this would work too. Do you think this could be solved at Rex? If not, I'm thinking a call to Crossroads. At this point I don't want to ride alla way out to George's with it continually wetting itself and me (the big baby).

    For those playing from home...the inside of the cylinder is stripped almost smooth where one of those four long cylinder head cover bolts is supposed to secure it. HBN's initial thought was to get an insert of some kind in there; the threads on the bolt itself look fine.

    This bolt...

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    ...is no longer screwing into this hole:

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    Open to suggestions!
  8. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    I had a similar, stripped thread problem with my 1100 gs. (User error, based on incorrect reading of a new torque wrench...GAAAAH!!!!)


    I took it to Morton's and they repaired it. I think they did it while I waited too.

    I do not recall it costing a lot of money either.

    Good luck with it. Hopefully it will be an easy fix.
  9. WayneJ

    WayneJ Get Off My Lawn

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    Heli-Coil. Easy peasy. :deal

    If it's a M6x1, I've got inserts and the tools if you or HBN wants to borrow them.
  10. ridin gaijin

    ridin gaijin riding > posting

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    I've always camped with Thermarests. They can seem kinda pricey but you can get them in different thicknesses, and they pack down pretty small. A cheap space blanket underneath it will help insulate you, too, and also crushes down small.
  11. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    +1 Never used a thermarest myself but all my friends with them report good results. My pad packs to roughly the size of a nalgene bottle though.
  12. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    I recommend going to REI and checking out their demo pads. They let you inflate, deflate, lay-on etc in the store so you can get a feel before you buy. They have a shit-ton of different sizes, shapes, and thickness. Therm-A-rest and Big Agnes are the top brands on the market and both are quality companies.

    For my money, this is the pad: http://www.rei.com/product/829851/therm-a-rest-neoair-xlite-sleeping-pad

    This is also pretty nice and a little easier on the wallet: http://www.rei.com/product/846690/big-agnes-air-core-sleeping-pad
  13. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Yeah I like my agnes but would vote for the insulated one over the uninsulated (I've had both). REI has a great selection of pads/stuffsacks and wonderful staff to help. REIoutlet.com has some killer deals if you find a good piece of kit on there that fits.
  14. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    It's hard to beat the NeoAir in terms of weight, thickness, and insulation....assuming you can get past the cost :eek1
  15. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    And remember, while you might find a product cheaper online or some other place, REI has a very liberal return policy, which includes returning it years later for virtually any reason, which is how you can get great deals at their attic sales.
  16. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    They've actually changed their return policy because too many people abused it.... It's still amazing and better than most places but one needs a better excuse now.
  17. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Yeah not surprising, it was way too liberal.
  18. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    LL Bean on the other hand still has a lifetime return policy. REI is only a year now but specific gear mfgr's have their own warranties (North Face, Marmot, Big Agnes, etc).
  19. SteelB12

    SteelB12 Our Purity of Essence

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    Who is riding tomorrow?? I will want to grab some Pho for lunch :D
  20. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Out riding around tonight in layers. Little scooter is kicking ass slowly.

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    If be game for Pho75 in Arlington but I figure you'd hate coming in to the city.