Richmond Va chatter

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

  1. skychs

    skychs chuck smith

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    With the fall weather coming I decided to go more aggressive on the front tire. D606 installed. Shinko E804 removed. The Shinko is free to a good home if you want it. 90/90-21 off of an XR650L.

    I love the smell of new rubber.

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  2. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    You getting ready for some kind of >250 mile offroad private weekend in WV or something? Or are you just hoping to play on the forest roads that are getting opened up for the hunters?
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  3. Charles

    Charles Formerly known as Dr Whipit

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    You're going to feel the difference. worse on pavement and awesome on dirt.
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  4. skychs

    skychs chuck smith

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    WV. Not sure. Private? Not really. Local ADV’s. >250 miles? I hope not. Kraken induced? Absolutely! Details later.

    Charles..... there is always trade off. Dirt or street. For the XR660L I’m going full knobby. I’m going to need all the help I can get chasing the pro’s around.


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  5. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    I was just hinting that perhaps there was going to be a PMS 500 since I had not seen anything posted.
  6. skychs

    skychs chuck smith

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    No PMS 500 this year that I know of. Jeff will be out of the country. They keep talking about the Blue Ridge Trail. Something new to me. I’m still getting information.


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  7. blalor

    blalor Been here awhile

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    Has anyone here done the now-defunct TWVT or TET routes? Such a damn shame all that work went into them only for them to be unavailable now. I'd love to explore WV ADV-style.
  8. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    The southern section is back alive. Look in the GPS section for it is called SEAT.
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  9. RimBenty

    RimBenty Bender of Rims

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    I run the IRC Battle Rally on the front and a 606 on the rear of my WR.
    Didn't like the 606 front, could be the 606 front is more suited the the bigger bikes.
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  10. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    Anyone want a harbor freight tire changer? It has been in my garage for almost a year and I have not bothered to use it. I bought it used cheap off Craigslist. Make an offer and it is yours.
  11. MotoMujer

    MotoMujer Long timer

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    Went down to Overland Expo East last weekend. So much to ogle, so few photos. That said, a couple highlights...

    If the machine's snorkel is above head height, does that mean it comes with snorkels for the people too? :D
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    Best security solution ever! :-)
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    One thing I found notable around camp considering all the four-wheeled vehicles that doubled as shelters/kitchens/etc. was a lack of generator noise -- a lot of solar power was in use. Was very cool.

    Also, stumbled into my new favorite camping trinket: USB string lights. I grabbed a box, thinking they would be cool camp lighting... just plug 'em into the battery pack and voila, hours of portable pretty for the eyeballs after the sun goes down. But we quickly found that they also provide great ambient task lighting that complements directional headlamps (or headlights). For instance, they provided plenty of light to hook straps to the trailer and load the bikes in the dark -- which meant one less thing to take care of in the morning when breaking down camp. FTW!

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    And as for their size/scale when balled up, WONDERFULLY SMALL:
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    My only nit-pick is that unwinding the balled-up lights is kinda fiddly -- it is easy to criss-cross the wire loops when unrolling the strand, which means you have to back the mess up here and there to avoid pinches or knots. I'm sure I can come up with a decent solution to that, though I'm always up for learning about others' wire management solutions.
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  12. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    I think I've got an older copy of the TWVT route. Let me know if you want it.
  13. MAN OF BLUES

    MAN OF BLUES COG #5977 EX-TECH EDITOR

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    Cool... where did you get those?

    As for making that tangle free, or less prone to tangles, get a roll of 2" wide clear packing tape, stretch a long section out sticky side up on a long board, and lay the wires about 1/2" away from the edge, while folding the tape over onto itself, creating a laminated "strip", which will also protect those led's and wires... then you can roll the strip up on the leftover cardboard "spool/core", making a tangle free roll...
    Id be interested in having a couple of those strips, for use at home, like on my screened in porch...I probably have half a dozen various usb chargers sitting around.. very frugal.
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  14. RimBenty

    RimBenty Bender of Rims

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    I went by Greentop today, they are having a birthday event (I think). Lots of vendors and sales going on. Will still be there Sunday too.
    One guy was selling Rambo bicycles with battery assist. It drives from the front sprocket so you can still change gears to help the motor out on hills. He said you can get about 20 miles out of the battery.
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  15. MAN OF BLUES

    MAN OF BLUES COG #5977 EX-TECH EDITOR

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    How much $$$

    I've been hedging on buying a "fat tire" bike, now back here in Ohio, for fall woods riding, and winter use... really like them, and Nashbar (big discount bike parts and bikes supplier) is pretty close to my house... they have some fat tire bikes on super discount right now, but still they are in the $800 range.. outta my spare change budget...

    Wow... just went too check prices. Big spread...$1700 to $2700... sheeshr
  16. MotoMujer

    MotoMujer Long timer

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    They found us. Some kids hawking the things wrapped themselves up in them and bounced from one pseudo-campfire* to the next. Brilliant strategy really, selling twinkly lights to an audience that had a couple beers or other adult beverages in them at that point, an audience not going anywhere fast, and an audience warm to the idea of twinkly things in the middle of the otherwise pitch black. :lol2 The specific lights that we picked up are the dimmable Trail Hounds by Revel Gear.

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    If you noodle around online, you can find all sorts of variations... 100 ft / 200 ft, white light / the rainbow, dimmable / not, ... Definitely going to pick up another couple strands for around the house, stocking stuffers, etc.

    * Campfires as I know them were not allowed on the property. Some sort of propane-fueled proxies were thus found in use.

    Edit: 100 light / 200 light, or 30+ ft / 60+ ft. Meh, units. :doh
  17. ddlewis

    ddlewis Long timer

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    Me too, that IRC battle rally (aka TR8) it's my favorite front for a while now, great dual sport tire. sticking with 244 on back.
  18. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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    Pleasants Hardware on Patterson has them to the right of the checkout counter....I was eyeballing them this afternoon. Not 100% they are usb but looked very light weight and cool.
  19. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Not an immediate need, but was curious if there is anyone local that can make up SS cables (~1/8") crimping with Nico-type sleeves and similar thimbles like below?

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  20. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    I've used those with small cable clamps instead of crimping. Is crimping that much of a challenge?