Richmond Va chatter

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

  1. toddzacker

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    So got the TKC's ordered...be here tomorrow... Matt at Street Rockets of Va hooked me up with both front & rear under $300. Now where to get them put on? I heard of two guys put by West Point, can someone PM me the guys?

    Eddy- I was looking at Jan for the BMW school. I have a $650 credit there I need to use.
  2. Guy Young

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    Todd, you have a PM.

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  3. JHVA

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    I found a place online where I can buy 6061-T6 1/4" Aluminum plate for < $90 w/shipping and thinking of making a skid plate.I figure since I don't have a brake I can bend the aluminum with my hydraulic press. Hate the thought of spending $240 for a Touratech, etc. Just need the time to make it. :D
  4. Sic Semper Tyrannis

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

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    Go out to BMG metals and dig through their drop pile....MUCH cheaper.

    http://www.bmgmetals.com/contact_Richmond.php

    Call them first to get addy of the aluminum shop...it isn't the masonic lane address.
  5. Eddy Alvarez

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    Todd, the 2013 schedule isn't even out yet, it should be sent out in the next week or two. Even SC would be kind of chilly in Jan! Especially after a water crossing gone wrong! :vardy I was thinking April or May... Be sure to call and confirm that Bill Conger will be teaching the session you are considering. You should go down with me in the Spring!


    "Hate the thought of spending $240 for a Touratech"
    John, the $220 is just for the skidplate, the reinforcment kit is another $130...You are better off getting the Black Dog skidplate that is less $$$ and built better. Yes, it's $350 but it doesn't attach anywhere on the motor. It's built like a Panzer! I want one now that I've ripped off the cardboard BMW skidplate! Log crossings and large rocks bouncing off the bottom of my case after the plate had been lost yesterday made terrible sounds and raised my anxiety about suddenly seeing pools of oil under my bike!

    http://blackdogcw.com/black-dog-shop/bike/bmw-r1200gs/bdcw-skid-plate-for-the-r1200gs-gsa-detail.html
  6. Guy Young

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    It's at the corner of 7 Hills Blvd and Gorman Road

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  7. ddlewis

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    After that big hit I took a few weeks back, thinking about going 2-ply aluminum on the bottom directly beneath the motor. Can't find a skid plate more than 3/16" thick which is what I have now. Like to double that.

    8" square for $9 from that place JHVA pointed to should do it.. :evil
  8. Jeff Munn

    Jeff Munn Just along for the ride..

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    Zack,
    If I were home in Va, you could change the tires at my place,( for my weight in Sam's....) we could even balance them if you wanted.

    But don't let the siren song of knobbies make you think it's the only way to be invincible. Slap a TKC on the front, and run a Tourance rear, and you can hang in 90% of the stuff most do, at $200 less cost. Trust me, it is the front that goes the majority of the time.

    Just my .02 cents from a true poverty rider....

    (if I'm in town, my shop is yours. My advice and tools? Now that is another matter entirely...)

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  9. toddzacker

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    Jeff,

    As you know I greatly appreciate any help and advice that I can get...:ear and will always pull what ever wisdom I can from the people more experienced than I...I'm learning to say that over"older than me"...:D

    The TKCs front and back is for the training and experience of pushing harder off-road and building confidence at the same time. I may switch it up as my experience grows.

    Halfplate has me thinking that Shoe Creek is do-able with the GS...:huhI just need to put the time in the saddle on the challenging terrain.

    Anyway, hope you had a great holiday...Let me know when your back into so we can do a ride out to the mountains..
  10. ddlewis

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    yup, that's what I've been doing also out of cheapness, of course. Except cheaper still with Shinkos @ $100/pair shipped. :evil And it does work pretty good as long as you can avoid mud. Slip around a little but not too bad and get better road manners and mileage.

    I've heard people call it (knobbyish front + road biased rear) a "mullet". So my bike has a mullet. I hereby name it Joe DRt. :D
  11. btblueskies

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    It's awesome to see some good riding just down the road by Martins..... Cannot wait to try it. Bummer tomorrow is supposed to be rainy or I'd be over there at lunch ;)

    I am new to this forum... first post. Looking fwd to meeting some of you. :1drink
  12. toddzacker

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    I thought it was Joe Dirtet...I think that's French...
  13. toddzacker

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    Welcome btblueskies!!! Hey guys I'm not the nOOb any more..:clapat least to the forum...the way it looks on his Avatar though I'm still the nOOb on the GS..:cry
  14. jgiacobbe

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    So yesterday on the way home I remembered the thing I didn't like about the Shinko 244. You run out of tread if you lean to far. From the dirt on the tires, I could see I came within 1/4 inch of the edge of the tread on the front just riding home on Parham from Martins to Regency. Not like I was pushing it. I've seen you ride, you would find the edge. The 700s allow for much more lean angle. The TW302 on the back looked like I had stood up straight the whole way home. On the other hand it could just be I need air in the front tire.:lol3
  15. HalfPlate

    HalfPlate What? Where?

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    Toddzacker,

    Jeff is 100% spot on with the tourance tkc combo recommendation. I used to run that combo on my V-Strom and will be going that way again on the GS. An interesting aspect of that set-up is your front and rear will both wear at the same rate, so at about 10k +/- you will need both.

    Shoe Creek is very do-able on a GS, and honestly isn't all that bad. If you want to give it a try I would recommend starting with a few days over at the newly found "training area" here in town. I would also highly recommend waiting until the creeks drop in the summer and riding with a partner. I was being stupid when I tried it for the first time, 1 it was spring and the creeks where up, 2 I rode it alone, 3 my rear tourance was completely bald.

    Anytime you want to give the training area a go on the GS just let me know, its a hoot out there!! Only thing keeping away this weekend is the absence of a skid plate, courtesy of last weekend.
  16. HalfPlate

    HalfPlate What? Where?

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    That's Great!!! :lol3 My bike needs a mullet!!! Although I guess its kind of in reverse, party in the front business in the back.
  17. toddzacker

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    After I wear the TKC rear I was planning on trying the recommendation of Jeff on TKC front & Tourance on the rear.

    I am planning on the training area Saturday for sure & maybe Friday a little. I have all the parts & pieces for the stock skid plate if you would like to use it & them I get you by. I will be in town Wednesday & Friday if you want me to bring it up. Let me know its just collecting dust.

    On Shoe Creek, would a dry late fallow a reasonable run? Before to much snow & to cold of temps? If I feel comfortable after this weekend, I would like to run up and do a little more challenging stuff Dec 7-9, weather permitting.
  18. HalfPlate

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    Todd,

    I think I am going to wait until I get a new skid plate before going back out there. A broken case on a Yamaha at the last Cat Herders Campout has got me spooked.

    I would stay away from Shoe Creek until this Spring if I were you. The stuff out at the "training area" is plenty challenging.
  19. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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    How did I live without making one of these before?
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    USB Mini (GPS) and Micro (Phone) fast charging from either USB adaptor or 12V socket.

    I suppose I could have added a switch to toggle between fast charging and data mode, but I think simple is better for this. It's awesome. I'll never not have the right cable. Well, unless I lose it, but I still do have the trident 3-way charger I made a few years ago. It's a linear regulator, though, so not nearly as efficient as a the buck converter on this one and doesn't have USB charging.
  20. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    Are you taking Ambien again? j/k

    Actually looks pretty cool. Only question is why bother with the separate 12v cig plug. I have a 12v to USB plugs that I use to power my GPS via a USB cable as it is. All I have to do now is have the right cable and I am good to swap.

    I do like the idea of having a single USB cable with both ends and configured for fast charge though. I might have to google what to do to make one. I know you posted it before. One of my grips is my GPS spending a minute trying to make a USB data connection when I plug it in. Disconnecting the data pins would take care of that i think.