Twin Cities Area Campfire BS Thread

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Daggy, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    That DR is clearly falling to bits, and is a disaster. I'll come and take it away so that you don't have to worry about it any more.

    I did not go to Grumpys. Did valve checks on the Tiger. All valves good! Yay!
  2. Powershouse

    Powershouse Flower Sniffer

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    Ahem. I was on that road also.
  3. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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  4. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    Random fun.


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    From a UK TV show called "Big Train".

    You may recognise Simon Pegg (from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul)
  5. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Just re-read this. Thanks again for the post, I'm going to track this Jim guy down.

    Anyone want to meet up at the Viking Swap Meet this weekend at the North State Fairgrounds?
  6. Spikehead

    Spikehead Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    I'll email him to see if I can share his contact info with you.
  7. swann

    swann Just practicing...

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    Okay, a tiny bit of back story first. I've wanted a Rebel since I first rode one in my motorcycle safety class in 1994. They didn't have the license endorsement as part of the course back in those days. I took the class again a couple weeks ago and got my endorsement. So I've been wanting to ride for a very long time. Hubby finally said I could get one after I sent him a link to one for sale locally.

    So last night, I drove a motorcycle on a real road, all by myself! I rode from Buffalo through St. Michael and Albertville! :eek1 Big deal, right? :) It was to me. I've been a passenger on the street before but I've only been the rider in parking lots and the motorcycle safety class. I was surprised at the strength of the wind on my biceps and the helmet, and how the air swirled around and pulled on my helmet after a semi tractor cab passed me. I think I got up to a whopping 57 mph but I certainly wasn't the fastest thing on the road as I hovered between 50 and 55! I was mainly concerned about watching the road, traffic and anything approaching the road from the side, making sure I turned off the blinker, and my speed. Hubby followed me so I wasn't worried as long as he was the one behind me. I stayed between the lines and kept the shiny side up. And I didn't kill it once, not even when I took a left from the stop sign into traffic and I was apparently in second gear - huckhuckhuck my bike was either laughing or scolding me for that one. If my hubby wasn't so nervous about me, I'm sure he would have been laughing as he followed me home. I also learned that I'll need to practice shifting while driving since I wobbled around a little every time I changed gears. And I'll have to see if I can move the clutch lever closer to the handle because I have short fingers, and having to stretch my fingers may have been part of the reason for the wobbling. The rest of the reason was undoubtedly my incompetence.

    I wasn't expecting to get a bike until spring and I quickly realized there are some things I don't know as a newbie. Like filling the gas tank. The guy who sold it to me said it was low on gas so I headed straight for the gas station. I had never thought about it before, but it's not like a car or truck gas tank, where I can put in the nozzle, lock it open, and wait for the pump to automatically shut off. I had to hold the handle while pumping gas and look in the tank. I stopped when it looked like the tank was pretty full but not going to overflow. I tested it and the pump would stop if I kept the end in and the gas was deep enough to cover the tip of the nozzle. I ended up putting in about a gallon and a half. I wasn't sure how much to put in. I'll have to look up info on the Rebel to find out how much gas the tank is supposed to hold since it didn't come with an owners manual. I expect I'll find out more things I didn't know as I go along. I felt kinda stupid but filling up a motorcycle is different from filling up a car. Anyone have a "Student Driver" flag I can fly on my bike? :shog I'm sure I'll find more things I didn't know as I bumble along. I read through the whole noobs thread and don't remember seeing anything about filling the gas tank. When I feel confident in my gas filling technique, I'll post that there unless someone beats me to it and/or tells me how to fill the gas tank the right way.

    Just a warning, I've finally finished reading through all the Twin City photo tag postings, and I have a few destinations in mind. If I can get up my courage and the time, I will be popping up over there too.

    Now I'll see if I can follow the directions to upload a picture of me on the bike last night just before heading out for home!
  8. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    Swann - congratulations and well done. You have taken a step into one of the funnest things that you can do. Go easy and ride safe. Ask questions, we'll help you out any way we can.

    It is a very big deal. Your first solo motorcycle ride can be very tense. I know mine was. I'm sure it is for most people. It sounds like you did just fine. Keep riding, everything will start to get easier - gear changes etc. If you were taking off in second then your clutch control is good, so I'd say you're off to a good start.


    Good. The tag game provides a good reason to just go and ride somewhere. Unlike the new thumb of Michigan game, where they allow tagging using a car. :rolleyes

    As for the gas tank thing, you can fill up pretty full. I usually hold the end of the nozzle level with the bottom of the neck in the filler hole, and fill close to there. Different bikes vary a little bit, in general you want to be sort of just a little below the bottom of the neck. You'll figure it out. I don't lock the pump on when filling the bike, as there is no way to just leave the pump nozzle in place. Be ready for that situation where you accidentally bump the pump lock in place on the handle if that happens, just shove the nozzle in the tank quick to shut the pump off.

    Above all, have fun and ride safely. I look forward to seeing your bike at the meet and greet next week. :thumb
  9. Spikehead

    Spikehead Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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  10. safetybob

    safetybob Been here awhile

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    Awesome, simply awesome! that brought back memories long past gone in my memory bank i though dead by my beloved beer :rofl Awesome for you! And yes it is a big deal! very big deal. And a very special one. Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!! Many happy miles to you!!!!:freaky
  11. SSG B

    SSG B Rounds complete

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    I had just bought a 2004 Honda Shadow 600 from Mankato Honda. I had ridden a Yamaha 100 Enduro when I was younger. That was around the hay field and (be very quiet) I rode it down the gravel road on more than one occasion.

    My first ride on the Honda was down the streets of Le Sueur. I was nervous as hell, worrying I was going to dump it on its side, fall into on coming traffic and die on my very first ride. Had a blast!

    Then we had our first kid, by by Honda.

    Sold that bike to an old roommate, he parks it outside. It's rusting slowly, back in Mankato.
  12. Metallic Waste

    Metallic Waste Wearing the Cone Of Shame

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    Congrats, swann!!! :clap
    So, can we assume that the bike you got is a Rebel? If so, you and Lazyrider can be twinsies. :lol3

    Also, the one she bought has a really nice windshield on it. You should check it out, as it would help with potential fatigue from the wind.

    Now go start tagging and show the rest of these FF how it's done! :D
    -K
  13. LumpyOne

    LumpyOne Been here awhile

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    Yamaha put out is 2013 Street line up on their web site and it looks like the FZ8 didn't make the cut. Sad because everyone I talked to loves this bike and we only have one left at Tousley. I may have to add one to the stable
  14. FirstPath

    FirstPath Long timer

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    Congrats on becoming a motorcyclist! I didn't start riding until 4 or 5 years ago or so. I remember farting around on an old Rupp minibike as a kid but nothing really until I decided in my late 30's. I started out on a sidecar rig of all things which was nice as I didn't have to 'unlearn' how to ride a motorcycle to control a hack correctly (they don't lean).

    I'm always learning more every time I ride and expanding my skills with playing on dirt roads. A touring friendly dual sport of some sort is in my future for sure.

    Ride safe, always reset the tripometer after filling up with gas, have fun and ride your own ride. Don't feel you need to ride faster just to keep up with others. Never a good idea when you're learning and you can get in trouble pretty quick.

    See you out there...

    Scott in Shoreview
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  15. swann

    swann Just practicing...

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    Thanks for all the kind words! It's always fun to read people's stories about their experiences.

    Hope this works!

    http://s1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj593/_swann_/motorcycle/?action=view¤t=50f2a617.jpg&evt=user_media_share
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    Edit: Ok, that just shows the link. Back to reading other messages to see how to get the photo to appear in this post.

    Edit 4 or 5:
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    I click on the button shown on lonerockz's http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=459208&highlight=photobucket&page=3 that looks like a yellow postcard of a mountain and paste the link but all it shows is a broken document. Argh. I'll have to figure it out for the photo tag game but I've read through all the references to photobucket in that thread and none of them address this issue. So I'm sorry, you'll have to click on the link above if you are that anxious to see a picture of my motorcycle. :)
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  16. JackJack

    JackJack Dulce Periculum

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    From photobucket copy the IMG Code and paste that in. Don't use the image box. :freaky

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  17. swann

    swann Just practicing...

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    Thank you for the explanation JackJack. I was trying to use photobucket and tapatalk on my iphone. My tech skills have not kept up in the years since I was in IT. :lol3

    PS Can you maybe make the photo smaller, perhaps about 1/10 the current size? :shog
  18. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Seems about the right size. Good job, swann, you're in business!
  19. swann

    swann Just practicing...

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    Thanks Klay! Your parking lot demo of getting on a dual sport inspired me to check out a DR-Z for sale on the main drag of Albertville. I figured it doesn't hurt to ask, so I called and it turns out the owner is my plumber! He sure was surprised that I was looking at the bike and said it is probably too big for me. He said he can do wheelies in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear on it and that it would be too powerful and too high for me. (Reading back on that sounds so pompous, he was being very nice about it, not condescending at all.) He said he used to do trials and loves dirt riding. I couldn't even touch my tiptoes while seated on the bike. I told him maybe if I gained 100 pounds I could, that left him at a loss for words! :lol3 But since my hubby said yes to the Rebel, I figured I'll start with that.

    I don't know why but seeing the photo that big makes me feel shy. I don't often feel that way. I'm thinking reducing the photo to about the size of a postage stamp would be just about right. Maybe the size of a baseball...
  20. SSG B

    SSG B Rounds complete

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    Don't let the internet police scare you with the size of a picture. It is their fault they have slow internet and it takes too long for the picture to load.....



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