Northern VA Chatter Thread

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

  1. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    A friend of mine just moved here from Germany, and is jonesing for a Triumph. What are folks’ thoughts on Motorcycles of Dulles?
  2. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    "Gentlemen of Leisure" eh? I like the sound of that! Leisure, of sure. Gentlemen only by an act of Congress-and they don't do that anymore!

    If any of you GoL back there want to try some slightly different routes and rides, consider a short trip out west-it's only about 3K mile, one way . . . A little jaunt through the "American Alps", a Mountains to the Sea excursion (6,000' in the Olympics, then sea level at Dungenous Spit an hour later. Side trips, with designated driver of course, to any/all of the breweries within half an hour of GoL Central (5 in Poulsbo alone), 8 wineries on Bainbridge Island . . . . I could on and on. We've even got a couple of spare rooms as long as the chillun stay gainfully employed. :super

    Of course it rains all winter, and the forests burn all summer . . . but iff'n y'all can dodge those two bullets, the inn is open.

    Well, when I'm not out riding myself . . . :muutt
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  3. Capt CF

    Capt CF Pontificating Nobody

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  4. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Thanks for your most generous invitation, ORexpat! Your suggestions may just be within the realm of possibility; Gentlemen of Leisure members have ridden as far away as Japan and Australia since their epic tour of the southern Appalachians. Merely 3,000 miles appears well within plausible range.

    Looking forward to riding with you again.
  5. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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  6. Porcupine224

    Porcupine224 Somewhere West of Goose Creek

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    Stop it!,,,I hate it when you talk like that !
    I just spent 10 days in southern VA and NC and Damn we got have some GREAT roads!!!!
    However I will admit when when you add the rain and fires, OK you got Something!
    Therefore....I'm not going back out there until next year.
    I might ship a bike so I have more time to confirm the rumors you spread about "great" riding.

    Sorry to hear you are still struggling with retirement.

    Ed
  7. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    3 MOL; originally posted by VACommuter:

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    Quick lunch reunion at El Paso in Springfield with the original Three Men Of Leisure. Many enchiladas were harmed.
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  8. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Damn, what a motley lookin' crew . . . . are y'all sure your passports are valid on this, the correct side of the Mississippi?
    Now Porcupine, on the other hand, ain't nearly so motley, and we've done checked his "Cross the Big Muddy" passport . . . his works like a champ!











    :hide :rofl:rofl:rofl
  9. mudcrutch

    mudcrutch Been here awhile

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    I went on a group ride last spring with a bunch of folks. We met up at Spitoney's out on 29. The young man in the photo, the one on the far left holding the t-shirt was on that ride. Rode a new KTM 690 as I recall. We all worked our way down to the water crossing at Jeb Stuart? I'm on a KLR that's had no T-mod done, no way I'm crossing. He scoots right past everybody like it was a mud puddle. Then hung out on the other side while some folks dipped their toe's. We all u-turned it and headed back out towards Bull Run Mountain. He went off on his own.

    If I had his experience and skills, I wouldn't ride with us pussies either. I see he has a wing on the mend. Best of luck with that Sir.
  10. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    'Twas a great ride, mudcrutch!

    Actually, FAW3 softened up the water crossing for me; I just followed his T-modded KLR650's wake! A Fredericksburg Adventure Rider enjoyed a little rustic Splashdown Water Park play time too, as I remember.

    Water went over the top of my SIDI Adventure Rain Boots; seems like it took 'em a MONTH to dry out! They may keep water OUT, but they certainly keep it IN.

    Thanks for the good wishes for my health (recovering from shoulder replacement surgery); next time we're at Spitoney's I'll tell you about my accident (if you PROMISE not to tell anyone else!).
  11. mudcrutch

    mudcrutch Been here awhile

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    I wondered about those boots. From the dry side of the creek crossing, it looked like your feet were high and dry. Doesn't matter now. You crossed and your pride is intact. Socks are cheap. Best wishes on a speedy shoulder recovery.
  12. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Ahh, OK, here is my ADV Salute story... Readers Digest version since probably nobody cares.

    So we all know ADV makes the world a much smaller place. I am talking to some guy in a Pikes Peak thread as I was going out to race my 560 SMR in the unlimited class. He says he'll look for me at tech inspection, is on a GSA, be nice to say hello face to face.

    I am wandering around, and I see about the time and location that I expect, a GSA with the ADV sticker. I see a HUGE dude, looks like a 1% biker, waaaaay over 6ft tall with the bike. I smile and flip him the salute.

    He stares... Says "I get that a lot, I have no idea what it means"....

    Oops. This might be an interesting day.

    Turns out, he is not the dude I'm looking for. He is a very cool guy, former "biker", that retired very young from building custom choppers. Was a died in the wool HD lover until a BMW dude said "ride this GS across the cornfield as fast as you can, and then tell me HDs are better". He now tours on a GSA, and is a huge fan.

    We had a good laugh and a nice talk after I explained that the sticker will get you the Salute. He got the bike with the sticker on it, and the guy didn't explain it, or the Salutes that would come.

    Good times...

    Barry
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  13. LudemJo

    LudemJo Iron Butt Dreamer

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    I have nothing but good things to say about Motorcycles of Dulles. The only reason I own a BMW is because they opened the store near me. Ken gave me a great deal on my 2015 RT, and it has been serviced there three times now. If you have any issues with the service department or parts, you need to go talk to Ken, he is in charge and has always done right by me.

    It is unfortunate that some have had a bad experience, but take everything you read, including this, with a grain of salt. Just like motorcycles, some dealers have fans and haters, it is best to go check them out for yourself.

    John
  14. SteelB12

    SteelB12 Our Purity of Essence

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    They don't sell KLRs, so that means they SUCK!
  15. TheBlueDog

    TheBlueDog Adventurer

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    Yeah. Gravelmap is intended for mountain bikers.
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  16. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Well that makes sense.
  17. SxyRdr

    SxyRdr Been here awhile

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    Apparently my son added a 2017 Suzuki DRZ400S to the stable on Tuesday.

    Stupid kids with their Fairfax Fire Department money....
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  18. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    That bike's a hoot! You should take it for a spin.
  19. SxyRdr

    SxyRdr Been here awhile

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    I'm sure it is... but unfortunately I don't fit on it. There are certain demos in the BRC that I cannot do on the DR200 because I can't reach the ground. :muutt
  20. Joey Stalin

    Joey Stalin Been here awhile

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    Head over to Thumpertalk, their DRZ400 section is very active and has a wealth of information. Would be glad to answer any questions he may have!