Northern VA Chatter Thread

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

  1. Refuz

    Refuz n00b

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    I bought a bike from them this summer and helped a friend buy a bike there in September. Its likely that I will be upgrading my wife's bike there next spring. There was the standard dealer BS but they treated my wife like an actual rider and are generous with their test rides. Its clear that the staff actually care about riding(not just looking cool) and it was really great to talk to people who owned my bike about the decision.
  2. dmun

    dmun dmun

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    have a bent front wheel. George at BUA says there is a place in Alexandria that does repairs. any one know of it? google wasn't much help.
  3. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Reckon George had these guys in mind?

    http://crossroadscycle.blogspot.com/

    No recommendation; I've only "kicked the tires" of motorcycles in stock there; a friend had 'em fabricate custom brake lines satisfactorily.
  4. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    A colleague suggested I might go there to get some work done. I have not done it yet but will consider them.
  5. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    My first thought was crossroads as well. But there is also EUBMW at the bottom of the beltway. Maybe them, although I would think George would know his name? Even I have heard of Khanh
  6. hankmoody

    hankmoody Ummmmm?? REALLY?!

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    OK! Im DONE!! I Love George (BUA) and LOVE (hate) my 1200gs.... But Im at a point where I'm sick of chasing down mysterious electrical / starter issues. Sweating my final drive failing etc.... I'm gonna sell this thing in the spring or sooner. I'm looking very seriously at the Honda VFR1200x (Crosstourer for the Euro's)

    My needs are SUPER reliability. LONG legs and load carrying. I travel all summer, 12-15000 miles loaded with about 100lbs of gear plus bags. Occasionally week long two up. I prefer 80-90mph ability on the slab and minor dirt road ability.

    I'm considering the Y-S10 as well, but really prefer the VFR for its looks as well as Honda reputation for reliability.

    Hell....I'm seeing new for between $12 and $15k.

    Soooooo...Does anyone in NOVA have one of these about which they can relate their experience?
  7. davesax36

    davesax36 Been here awhile

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    I just went out for another nice ride on my S10 today. It'll go all day without hitch. Probably a better aftermarket than the Honda, and if you see what Nick Sanders did to his Tenere, you wouldn't worry about anything. You'll get crappy mileage at those speeds (mid 30s).
  8. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    FWIW a BMW mechanic told me I should have purchased an S10 after I bought my Triumph. He said the S10 is a really good bike and well-made. I hadn't considered the S10 since it's really big and heavy for me, but I keep thinking back to what he said.

    I don't know anything about the Honda, sorry, but it's a sharp-looking bike.
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  9. hankmoody

    hankmoody Ummmmm?? REALLY?!

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    MPG is not a big factor for me. My GS only got about 36-38 on the slab anyway. I'll take another look at the S10....Price point seems ridiculously low too! bonus
  10. dmun

    dmun dmun

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    not crossroads. took my Radian to them several years ago and wasn't happy with results. personally wouldn't recommend them but Yelp seems to have more positive than negative reviews. george recommended asking on the bmw bmw site. not yet a member so thought I'd ask here first.
  11. ridin gaijin

    ridin gaijin riding > posting

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    Expensive Xmas cards!

    Got myself a Reckless on 123, heading to Tysons late this morning in moderate traffic (to get some Xmas cards of course). A late model black Ford pickup began pressing in on me from behind. This driver then moved to my right and began crowding my lane from the right. I took action by accelerating to leave my lane, and then dodged so as to put several cars between him and myself. An officer some distance behind noticed, maybe in part because I signaled each lane shift with the Skene LEDs. Unfortunately he did not see the Ford driver's aggression or inattention, whichever it was. Reckless for lane-splitting & a court date for me bright n early Jan 8th.

    Only thing on my record is the lane-splitting Reckless from six years ago :umph... points at +2 but not, I guess, for long.
  12. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    Condolences.

    An observation: From experience (retired LEO); most folks perception of a traffic stop starts when the officer closes up in preparation for the actual stop - closing up to read the tag, calling the stop in to dispatch, etc.). He/she may have more observations than mentioned at the stop on the side of the road.

    And couple of suggestions:

    1: while it is still fresh in your mind write out a detailed summary of what happened...don't let little details fade. Anything you said with the Officer is important, even simple comments.
    2: Get an attorney - you can't afford not to for a RD in VA...especially with a prior.
    3: There may be value in taking a DMV certified drivers improvement course BEFORE your court date.
  13. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    That is sort of like in hockey. The original offender gets off but the one who retaliates gets the penalty.
  14. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    Somebody recommended these guys to me. I have not used them:

    http://www.myerscycle.com/
  15. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Long timer

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    Anybody sample the new I-66 toll lanes at rush hour yet? I've teleworked so far this week but the Guzzi and I will be headed eastbound and down 66 tomorrow morning. So far all the local traffic media can talk about is the high toll amounts, which bother me not in the least--higher the better, if it keeps the cars away, speaking self- (and moto-)centeredly.
  16. Capt CF

    Capt CF Pontificating Nobody

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    Yep, been on them east and west bound every day this week to and from DC (around 6:45 ish am eastbound and 4:45 ish pm westbound). Traffic is about the same as it was pre-toll so I don't think you will see much of a difference. Well, except there are a heck of a lot less clean fuel plates clogging up the left lane. :lol3
  17. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Long timer

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    Fewer Pious rolling roadblocks? I like that.
  18. Capt CF

    Capt CF Pontificating Nobody

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    Yep... so far a win for motos, but a little early to call it with only 2 days in.
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  19. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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  20. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    I read in the post where the toll climbed the first day to $34.50!!!