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Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by mrt10x, Oct 5, 2010.
Respect the red cock.
sorry for the delay in posting!
2013 First BBDoR Ride -- the Renaissance City (Providence)
I still have no idea why jgormley wanted to do this ride, but I pulled together a half-assed tour of the Capital City. I really hate leading, and I really hate riding in town. So that made for a super-fun day (which it actually was because of the great people)!
Meet-up spot at Seven Stars Bakery, Hope Street
The lady standing in the background was just a grump-a-saurus. She had the cutest son who was digging around the in the dirty snow and running between our group as we talked...and she just stood there, sneering. There's a reason I don't live on the East Side anymore, and this lady personifies it.
Turtledub (TW200), Twilight Error (BMW 1150GS), jgormley (WR250R) and me on the Honda Elite 250
cheesebot's R75/5 and Festival Ballet in the background
Leaving Swan Point Cemetery off of Blackstone Blvd
Frances Street at the mall (Providence Place) and a fair bit of my glove
Always alert to traffic...eyes don't wander
South Water Street on our way to the Hurricane Barrier
Note the large steeple in the background, the First Baptist Church in America
My dad would be proud, bringing everyone to the industrial underbelly of the city -- this is Terminal Road where the Narragansett Bay Commission's wind turbines are located
Pee break at Thistle House -- that's Tiberius running towards me
Cranston Street Armory (from Dexter St)
Late lunchbreak at Trinity Brewhouse
Turtledub wanted to break off so I led him back to Seven Stars because, seriously, if you don't get lost in Providence, you're not human
jgormleyl, cheeseobt, Twilight Error
Back at the house for some Dakar watching
MATPOC, cheesebot, Twilight Error, tkeskin
MATPOC and son ... a bundle of energy!
Twilight Error heading back to CT ... brrrr
Dutch chilling out as the evening wound down
The best part? No one dropped!
What about me? pretty sure I'm in this photo, and that other guy who has TW, sorry forgot his name...
Tomorrow is looking ugly for us moto commuters, but Saturday could be up near 50 again. Anyone up for a ride?
Heading to NYC for IMS on Sat. DC show was pretty good, but no KTM or factory Ducati displays. They will be there in NYC.
how are you getting there?
I will be heading to NYC Saturday as well, in the past we took my minivan, but most likely driving the Accord this time, I got one confirmed passenger.
cheese and I are driving the Fit down on Friday, leaving PVD early evening. We're happy to take a couple of folks but you'll need a place to stay. We'll probably toss you out on the Throg's Neck.
Going to the show as early as I can muster on Saturday. Hoping for some German food in the afternoon. Mmmmm.
I meet up with some friends and drive to new havens union station. Then take Metro North to Grand Central. Usually a 6am train. Get there about an hour early. Go right to Javitz and downstairs there is a great breakfast joint. Made to order omelets and such. As of last nite DLR2013 code still works for a discount. Hopefully see some of you FFs there.
I cant stay with you and the Cheese.. I would be alone in the big city.. :eek1 I like the idea of catching a train in New Haven
Take lots of pictures at the show and post some. especially the size of the crowd. I was gonna go Friday, but I have a NETRA meeting in Marlboro, MA at 7pm so I'm skipping it. Never been. Hate crowds and cities so it's a real stretch for me to decide to go.
Mrs TMLee and I are headed down to NYC on Thursday and going to the IMS show on Friday and maybe again on Saturday if we ( I ) don't get everything in on Friday. We are staying in Manhattan through Sunday then back home to RI.
Maybe we will see you there!
For future years New England Cycle Works in Groton runs a bus down to the show.. $79 includes a ticket and the bus ride right to the front door. Leaves at 8am and returns at 6pm.. which gives 6 hours in the show. They are sold out this year, but for those of you sticking around it seems like an easy way to get there and back. They need about 10 more folks to bring a second bus this year if you want to give them a call and put your name on the waiting list.
Anyone interested in dropping some big bikes in colorado?
$600 is too steep for me and I don't like hotels.
We made it outta Nieuw Yahrk Sydee without any new bullet holes, yo yo yo!
It's been a few years since me and da cheese attended the IMS, and I'm glad I went this year. I had very specific reasons for attending, and yes, KTM did disappoint. I'm really interested in the Duke 390, but at least I know that it's coming "within the next 12 months" and the price will be released about 30 days before the bikes hit showroom floors. One of the sales guys kept saying, "Why do you want the 390? Look at the 690!" He actually said to me: Size does matter. My response was "I wouldn't make it to Sunday if I had the 690." Oh well, some boys know technique trumps size
On to Zero. Man, the bikes are HAWT. The guy said to me: I gotta get you on one. You'd buy one. And I sorta think he's right. I'm on the list for a test ride. Can you spell T-O-R-Q-U-E?
Yeah, we got sidetracked by the Wing...that would be Honda. I soooooo want to love Honda. Please Honda, I know that you have cool bikes IN OTHER COUNTRIES. I tried to convince myself that the CB500X was hot. But it isn't a bike that I have pictures hanging in my office. I think Honda missed the mark. But the CBR500 is a really nice looking bike. That's a winner, as is the CB1100 (even though the tank is an abomination). Judging from the old men trying it out, Honda is gonna sell a slew of 'em at just under $10k.
And finally HUSQVARNA. I threw my leg over the 449 and just fell in love. One of the sales guys started talking to me, but was edged out by another guy. Turns out it was Fred Hoess, Husky's Northeast sales manager and a TWENTY THREE time ISDE rider. What a fantastic guy! Now I'm even more confused than I was last week.
I gotta say that all the sales folks I saw were men. The Ducati women in skintight red ruched dresses walking around with iPads don't count. I'm sure they don't even realize you have to shift on a motorcycle. While it'd be nice to see some women as representatives for the companies, I will say that all the sales men I spoke with were cool. Not one of them started talking directly to the cheese when it was obvious I was the one looking for a new bike. Maybe they're finally starting to get it?
Lois Pryce was there, but I was too shy to ask for a picture. She knew how to spell my name, so that was cool.
On to the pics!
KTM 690 Duke
Zero DS (electric) ... I still don't get a DS version. The range just isn't there yet.
Zero motor ... I just thought this was so very cool
Zero XU ... I came back to this bike over and over. It's just so, so, hawt.
Couldn't resist sitting on a "new" DR-Z 400SM, 'cos you know Suzuki is doing so much research on advancing the design.
"I really like the color." The cheese likes grey bikes. We first saw this DR650 at the dealership in VA when my DRZ broke down.
Could I get the cheese on the trails with me?! DR200
me on a Harley ... how could I resist?!
no words needed
So Officer, can I sit on your bike? Sure, sure!
How could we not go in with a welcome this genuine?
A couple of drinks after the show ... OCD bartender.
He comes over to us and offers "a shot on the house." Now in my world, a shot is a shot. In this dude's world, it was a chance to show off his mixology skills. Alcohol is not a toy. We wound up drinking a shot of peach schnaps, green apple schnaps and cranberry juice which tasted a lot like a Jolly Rancher.
Dinner at Hallo Berlin...ein Currywurst ohne Sauce mit Senf und ein Glas Dunkel ... MMM!
Hallo Berlin is now on 10th Ave ... when did that happen?
Obligatory Hurricane Sandy damage: Long Beach, Lawn Guyland
The boardwalk is supposed to be in front of those buildings.
Bringing sifted sand back to the beach (on a Sunday!)
We were both flabbergasted at how bad things looked, the cheese moreso than me because I don't know the area very well. There were still huge piles of construction debris in front of houses (carpets, cabinets, drywall), and sand really far inland. I didn't make it down to my old neighborhood but I'm sure it's all cleaned up. Police cars in trees can't last too long in lower Manhattan.
What would you use the 449 for? It is not a viable DS bike because of the close ratio gear box.. I looked at them hard last year because you could pick up a brand new one for $5500... but they are really just a MX bike with a plate. Unless they fixed that in 2013 with their participation in Dakar with the 449... where they had a poor mechanical showing.. not that that means anything.
Regarding the Husqys, the answer is clear: One of each. And a Zero for good measure, because when you're trying to ride stealth, no exhaust is quite as quiet as no exhaust...
Thanks for all the pics. How were the crowds??
Lilo, what did you think of the Terra and Strada 650? They have a nice set of hard bags and top trunk for them. Wind screen, heated grips. Fred Hoess rocks. He finished with a gold medal this year in Germany on a 250. He told me I should be riding the TE 310 in New England on single track. Sweet ride.
Tops on my favorite list, The Triumph Explorer 1200 followed closely by the new watercooled GS1200 and then the Multistrada Gran Tourismo.
The crowd was ridiculous by 1pm Sat. At least the chopper craze is dead. Still worth the trip.