RI & Eastern CT Big Bike Drop-o-rama

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by mrt10x, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Turtledub

    Turtledub Been here awhile

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    I'll be there too.
  2. jgormley

    jgormley Been here awhile

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    Get the Gear!
  3. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    "Energy bars? I'll make some" lol
  4. lilolita

    lilolita fahr mit mir

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    Ok, looks like I gotta write up a route. See ya FFs at Seven Stars!
  5. stromper

    stromper Been here awhile

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  6. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    Thank to Lilolita and crew for the great ride today, even if I did start off somewhat sideways.
    Special double thank to Dimitri for saving my day, I owe you a big bottle of something tasty and alcoholic...

    Just as I'd arrived at Seven Hipsters, I felt a rhythmic clunk in my bike. Upon inspection, the wheel had all sorts of play at 12/6 and 3/9. I instantly assumed the final drive big bearing had failed (its got 104k miles and I had disassembled the unit not long ago for inspection and a new seal) and I was making plans to get it brought down from Probblydense to the garage I keep a spare FD at. Dimitri suspected loose wheel bolts, an idea which I dismissed at first. And then I checked and all four weren't even finger tight.

    OOPS.

    Normally, I zap the bolts home with an impact wrench and make sure they're snug with a breaker bar and socket. I don't recall doing that on New Year's Eve when I installed the wheel, so I suspect I did not do so. Dimitri left and returned very shortly with a tool (my toolkit is on the desk in front of me, where it does the most good when I'm not home) and put a full turn on each bolt.

    The final drive hadn't failed.
  7. Turtledub

    Turtledub Been here awhile

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    Interesting ride today. Thanks Lil.
  8. MATPOC

    MATPOC Long timer

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    it was fun even with limited participation and on 4 wheels
  9. Hurricane Bob

    Hurricane Bob Long timer

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    Any photos?.......:lurk
  10. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    This is the part of the ride where we stand around and take pictures of us taking pictures of our motorcycles. In a cemetery.
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    I can probably crop this one into a decent shot.
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    Lilolita mugging for the camera.
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    Roger Williams, on a hill overlooking the city. His hand is stretched out to the state house as if to say "What the hell have you done with the place? It was nice when I gave it to you!"
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    Turtledub not mugging for the camera.
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    The Fox Point Hurricane Barrier. It appears to work, who knew...
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    I need this.
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    Great folks, great ride, great food.
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  11. Bikenstitches

    Bikenstitches Been here awhile

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    Looks like a great time, but the weather was certainly disappointing. I rode down to the shore area to work on the Brit Jam prize motorcycle, hoping for a dry ride home. Not to be, as it was even more misty on the way back. Even managed to get pulled over by Clinton's finest, and got by with a warning. They were going to ticket me for waiting in the intersection (under a green light) to turn left while traffic cleared, and then making the turn when the other side got the red light. Potential infraction, running a red light. Never heard of that scam before :deal.
  12. jgormley

    jgormley Been here awhile

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  13. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    We had a nice (damp) ride around the Newport area today. I didn't keep track of the mileage, but I burned about 7 gallons of gas. That puts me at around 280 miles for the day. This is the only picture I got today. It was taken after the ride when the fog wasn't so thick.

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    The one below was taken before the ride, kind of cool I suppose.

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  14. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    Thats not Newport :patch
  15. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    That's where my ride started and ended. It's 2 miles from my house,.
  16. MATPOC

    MATPOC Long timer

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    About 150 miles for me, enjoyed every soggy minute of it, it was nice to be back on a saddle after a long 4 weeks, also a bit of nostalgia once again riding the Hawk

    only group photo of the day

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    this was for the Tag game on another forum

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    RI, the birth place of Big Red Cock

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  17. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    Tough day to see any views.. but a nice warmish day to get out on the road.

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  18. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Seeing the newly cleared beach from Sandy was surreal. There was nothing but small stones and sand where many structures once were. Hell, part of the road was still filled in and unpaved. A good place to let the back tire get a little loose. :D
  19. go2cnavy

    go2cnavy Dont Worry Be Brappy

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    Thanks for the ride. Rob, you're right, the damage was shocking. Best part of the day was watching the ol' Hawk being dual sported.
  20. MATPOC

    MATPOC Long timer

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    this is a week or two after Sandy, Narragansett beach

    https://contour.com/videos/watch/file0867--4

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