Richmond Va chatter

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by mikeinrichmond, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Good job Jeff.

    I can somewhat relate to this young man's journey at this time of year. I rode up to Edison, NJ in January of 1973 to attend a Kawasaki Service School. This was back when I was working at a Kawasaki shop in Lynchburg.

    Since my family only had one vehicle at the time, I left the car for my (then) wife and rode up on a 750 H2 triple that got terrible gas mileage…. like right around 20MPG. This was before they swapped out the carbs during a sticking slide recall and the mileage immediately jumped up to around 45MPG. This was all pre-riding gear of any type for me and I wound up putting on my rain suit somewhere in NJ to help keep the cold wind on me to a minimum. Dayam it was cold.

    After class let out on Friday evening, I headed home. I was doing fine until I got on a stretch of Rte. 29 right around Charlottesville and it began to snow. I remember passing houses along the way being envious they were all snuggled up in their warm beds, and I was out here freezing my arse off. I finally pulled up to the house just as the sun was coming up in about 2” of snow. My knees were so cold I almost couldn’t get off the bike; they weren’t working.

    The next trip up to a service school in January of ‘74 I drove a car. :lol3

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  2. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    Ah. That explains why it never really failed on me, just got sticky. My garage has heat, and the trailer ride was the first time it's been really cold.
  3. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    Speaking of ugly VStroms, here's what followed me home today:

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  4. Charles

    Charles Formerly known as Dr Whipit

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    I think you already ordered the Adventure but I thought I'd chime in. I was set on getting the Sidi Adventure at a Mortons club day (15% off) but when I tried them on I thought they were too stiff and somewhat bulky under jeans. I was more pleased with the Sidi Discovery. I initially disregarded them because I normally like the "notch" formed by a raised heel, and thought I would miss the easy placement of my foot on the foot peg using the front edge of the heel as a reference. Not an issue. I've had them under water a number of times, including over the top of the boot and they stayed dry. The elastic around the top really does it's job. They are very comfortable to walk in as well. And they were about $50 less.
  5. Guy Young

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    Another little weird thing I've experience with both of my Connies is carb icing. Even tho' the temps were above freezing, when conditions were just right (humidity, etc.) carb ice would form and the bike wouldn't idle worth a poo. This usually showed up on my morning commute just as I was pulling into the main toll plaza on the Powhite.

    European versions actually had special carbs where (heated) coolant was piped into a jacket in the float bowls. Think carb heat on aircraft. Only diff is that aircraft divert some exhaust heat into the intake ducting.

    Stopping the bike for 5 or less minutes was usually enough to get rid of the icing. Had this same issue with a '67 MG I had that had SU carbs.

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  6. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    My DT50 actually has that feature.
  7. Guy Young

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    Really?

    The first time I became aware of this "feature" was when a European COG member sent my some pictures of his bike. I was clueless until he told me what the extra plumbing was for.

    This was pre-digital to us common folk, so I probably have that picture floating around here somewhere.

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  8. toddzacker

    toddzacker Just the Shame

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    Oh yeah Chuck...you just got back from a trip of a lifetime...don't give me shit...

    Boots- I got the Sidi adventure Goretex. Wow!!! Is all I can say. They are the most comfortable boots I've ever had. To driving rain storms, twice in the mud road, & 6 water crossings in the mountains and never wet feet. I have to replace a buckle from my crash, but the best all around boots I've ever owned.
  9. JHVA

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    Just ordered a pair! :D

    Thanks, Mike for the ebay link!
  10. DirtDoctor

    DirtDoctor Been here awhile

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    You guys rock Jeff and Tony!! No better place to land than the CB&PH. Safe travels Tom. You gotta love ADVers.Cheers fellas! :freaky

    On another note, I just got the Sidi Adventure Goretex boots from the same place as Mike on ebay and it was a great deal. Love the boots. :thumb
  11. bloochdog

    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    Hi Chuck,
    I have a couple pairs of the Gaerne oiled balance boots.. The most comfy boots I have ever owned. The draw back is the offer very little protection for off road riding. I wore them while riding and hunting in Africa but was concerned about no real support around ankles. Great go to boot for light stuff and impromptu dirt but the boot I feel safer for long trips is the sidi adventure rain...

    I won't give up the gaerne boots though..
  12. skychs

    skychs chuck smith

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    Hey Blooch
    I told Linda I thought you had a pair of the Oiled Boots. Thanks for responding. As much as I like the Gaerne my instinct (and your description of the lack of protection) tells me to go with the Sidi Adventure Gortex .... especially at the price Mike found them for. Thanks Mike. It will be the first time I have ordered boots via mail because of my weird feet but my fingers are crossed. Thanks everyone for your input.

    Yesterday I finally broke down and bought a Battery Tender. The GS seems to hold its charge but the DRZ is a power hog for some reason. Maybe its the small battery it takes. I don't know. I went with the Pep Boys brand (Shumacher) instead of the Battery Tender brand at the advise of the salesman in the store and because it was half the price. At 1.5 amp it seems to work well.

    Have a great week everyone.
  13. bastardbiker

    bastardbiker Lost in the Void

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    You're talking about the DRZ400 I'm assuming, right? Did you correct the regulator/rectifier "poor connection" issue? That's supposed to increase your charging output from .3 - .5 volts. Let me know if you need a link.
  14. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Always dreaming of the next big ride!

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    Thanks for the heads up! Just ordered a pair! :clap I guess I can stop trying to gorilla glue my old ones back together after every ride!
  15. MotoMujer

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    Does anyone around here have any experience w/ one-way bike rental in Europe? I'll ask over on some Europe threads, but it would be great to pick brains around here if any of y'all have been there done that in recent years, or know someone who has.
  16. Downer

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    I never had to rent since I lived there but Dexheimer BMW rented bikes about an hour from Frankfurt. I did get a loaner from them a couple of times.

    Not sure how much that helps since I am not sure where you are going to be.
  17. MotoMujer

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    Endpoint Zurich. Start anyplace between Krakow and Zurich, maybe Vienna, if crossborder oneway rentals are feasible.. if not, maybe Vienna to someplace in western Austria, then train on to Zurich. Thanks for the name. Even if they aren't on my path of travel a) they might know of some rental companies that are, and b) they might be able to help me get my head around the crossborder question, insurance, etc.
  18. Jeff Munn

    Jeff Munn Just along for the ride..

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    Brenda,
    If you are a member of the BMWMOA, on their webpage there is an entire section called Global Touring. It has sections on rentals, tour operators, insurance, shipping, etc. There are over 50 tour operators listed and almost a hundred rental places.

    You might want to consider a bike exchange. There is a global network of bike owners who exchange bikes, just like the home exchange you've used. Here is what I copied from the BMWMOA site. Try contacting Tom and see if he has any ideas.

    TransAtlantic BikeShare-Worldwide. (Tom Burklow)
    Tel/fax 513-398-9424, bikeshare@aol.com; www.bikeshareworld.com; 8268 Winters Lane, Mason OH 45040.


    I've never heard of any one-way bike rentals, especially cross borders, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. All the borders you mentioned are open because of the EU, except for Switzerland, but their requirements are basically that you buy the vignette to operator a vehicle on their autobahns. If you stay off the super highways you don't have to buy it.

    jeff
  19. MotoMujer

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    Well shoot, looks like I need to re-up my BMWMOA membership. And bike exchange is a thing? S-WEET!!! Will definitely look into that. Thanks Jeff!
  20. Downer

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    I know most if not all the rental car companies would not let you take a car into Poland. Apparently they wanted it back.

    If you do call Dexheimer Uwe was always helpful when I was there. He understood Americans.