Western CT & New England on a F800R

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by xxguitarist, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. magicmark1

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    Great write up! Love to see when people pursue their dream careers!
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  2. E-man

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    Those were great shots, love the NE scenery.
    you might have said it {I dont usually read all the comments :lol3} but what camera u use?

    Cool filtering in the snaps
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  3. xxguitarist

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    Thanks!

    I think it's important to be happy in what you do every day. For me, a creative job & a bike to ride if the weather cooperates, goes a long way towards that.

    E-man,
    I'm using a now-antique Nikon D70, with a similarly old and lower end Quantaray 28-90, which has recently been becoming progressively softer.

    I edit in Gimp, an open source photoshop equivalent that is native in linux, but has a mac/windows version too. Lots of these photos just have a "curve" adjustment, but some I did take farther.

    I have my sights set on a Nikon 18-200 VR, and a D300 to follow. Both can be found used for pretty good prices, and would give a lot more options and quality.
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  4. xxguitarist

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    Traded my top box for stripes today at the dealership.

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    ..Not really, it's a loaner/courtesy bike while they're checking on my front end shake @ 40mph. Would have been a lousy trade! My shoulder was sore from rock climbing, and it sure did not appreciate the weight of the messenger bag, especially since I apparently decided on taking the scenic route home.. So much for glancing over the googlemaps directions (no GPS on loaner bike) and thinking I had it memorized. Here's my highly efficient route!

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    Yeah. About that.

    Amusing moment- Older guy in a BMW 5 series rolls up next to me, "my beemer is a bit larger than yours!"

    Few seconds of wondering if he has a R12GS later, I realize that he's in a 4 wheeled BMW, laugh, agree, and move along.

    Home now, drink poured (rye, tonight), and my girlfriend has sushi en route.
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  5. xxguitarist

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    Got my bike back from the dealership on Friday, took the shorter route home this time :D

    The front end shake was an odd source, and one that the dealership had trouble figuring out too.. The top box! Must be a speed specific buffeting off of my body to the case. Shame, but oh well.

    No time to ride over the weekend, between leaves/lawn, installing the wiring for my girlfriends (car) heated seat, some ikea furniture, assembling all the plumbing for my new homebrew beer equipment (haven't brewed in 2 years, but did ~40 gal before then), and an oil change on each the miata & F800R.

    Busy but rewarding weekend.

    Here's the science fair project:
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    The ride to work today was the "reset" that I needed.
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  6. Luckyguy

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    Guitar,
    Thanks again for the great images! The Western Connecticut shots brought me back to my childhood but the BI shots are my favorite. My parents run a B&B out there, have for years and my inlaws live there too. I met my wife there, got married there, baptized my babies there and my wife and children still spend their summers there and I get up when works allows. I've ridden some out there on friend's bikes but anything bigger than a 250 is wasted out there. I had a plated crf230f I thought about leaving up there but never did. I still may! Thanks again for the images and I think it's time you road tripped to Colorado Springs so I can great images of my college years! :freaky Thank you again for the great images,

    Lucky
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  7. Avocet

    Avocet Been here awhile

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    Great pictures. I live on Long Island but also got my bike from Max in Ct. Whenever I bring the bike up there for service I take the opportunity to ride around Connecticut a bit. Have been to many of the places you have pictures of, but you also showed me some new places to go. Thanks. It's a beautiful area.
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  8. xxguitarist

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    Lucky,
    I love BI, have been out there a handful of times. Usually do a lot more running around, but this time we just hid out at the beach past the north light. Sounds like you have even quite a bit better association than I!
    Don't know about colorado springs, I think it might be a bit cold by now & I'd need a better long distance bike!


    Avocet,
    I do enjoy the area. Hopefully I'll get out a few more times before it freezes over, maybe find a few destinations for you to add. Max treated me well on the work I had done there.
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  9. juliandres

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    Why is it that I don't ever see the F800R ? I feel like that bike is hugely underrated I find it beautiful! Anyway, awesome pictures , from Florida keep riding and sharing those sites!

    Also, what kind of work were you doing with the electric motorcycle company? That sounds like my dream job, currently a mechanical engineering major at Florida State!
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  10. xxguitarist

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    Don't know why they're as rare as they are, but it's lots of fun!

    Will keep posting photos as I get them.

    I was doing some race team stuff, some systems testing, lots of reliability testing, some motor tuning. Also worked with the battery team for a bit. Company is Brammo. Great job, fun people, and over 10k miles in my two years there without gas. It's annoying now having to go to the gas station!
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  11. juliandres

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    Seriously, I have never seen one in person but to me they are perfect. Also in white ... too nice. I just got my first bike last mobth :raabia an '03 suzuki dr200. It has street tires but next purchase is going to be dual sport tires so I can have some fun on the weekends. :clap

    And whoah that is amazing man! Good for you dude, any words of an advice to a fellow engineering student? What is the best way to get my foot in the door for Brammo? That is one of the companies I have been following haha.
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  12. xxguitarist

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    Enjoy the little DR- They look like useful bikes, just a little outside of my world. I bet the DS tires will give you a lot more possibilities.
    I'll PM you my email, keep it on file until you're close to graduating. I still have plenty of friends / contacts who can print your resume out and put it on my old boss' desk.

    Tips: Passion, Diversity, Can-do (even if you're not sure how) attitude. Persistence. Having hobbies that you can turn into a job.



    In other news, I'm taking tomorrow afternoon off to go ride. Hope to get some good photos & find some new areas!
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  13. juliandres

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    I hear ya, getting a dual sport was the only way I could mentally compromise with my mom. Me justifying that I would use it for more offroad let her be at ease haha then I just convinced myself after that was the route to go. I will be planning a trip to Georgia somewhere and go exploring soon.

    And man that would be amazing! Thank you so much honestly, just offering your e-mail as a resource is huge to me right now. I previously e-mailed Brammo for upcoming internship opportunities but they told me nothing was available at the time. I will e-mail you right now so you can know my e-mail as well but I will most certainly keep your information for the future, I'm a sophomore now but things are good so far!

    Sorry for the block writing ^ that was my inner excitement taking over haha, and please post some more photos with your bike in them as well! :nod

    Thanks again man, I really appreciate it.
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  14. xxguitarist

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    I made my planned escape from work today only a few minutes behind schedule. Almost got hung up with a circuit board troubleshoot, then packing up solidworks files for quote & prototyping.

    I headed out towards Sharon CT, knowing that it was a good destination to avoid major highways.

    Got this surprise early on- I think they must have been making good use of the cold nights to make snow!
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    Continued on past Wononpakook (had to post google that one) lake.

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    Then continued to attempt to find my way to the meeting point of NY, CT, and MA. Canvassing the area with my GPS on seems to show that it's somewhere at a top of a hill. Hm. Not for me on the F8R.

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    Rode a bit further, wandering through southwest MA.

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    This was a new one for me. Snowmobile-only bridge.

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    And the promise of..Curves?

    Reality wasn't as good as promised, but it was still an enjoyable stretch of road.

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  15. ktrout01

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    That must be the snowmobile bridge up on RT 8 south of Otis, MA. RT 8 can be a lot of fun if you don't get stuck behind a slow poke.
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  16. xxguitarist

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    That sounds right to me.
    Rt8 was good, maybe every bit as good as anything I've found out here, but I do still long for the true "canyon carving" from out west. Areas with 55 mph speed limits, but corners that are only 45 on a bike, and rated for 30.
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  17. xxguitarist

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    Got out for an evening ride in today's drastically unseasonable warmth. We'd been sitting around 30F, and today was 60! Earlier in the day I was underneath my car, replacing sway bar bushings, then running some errands. I wasn't about to let the lack of sun keep me from hopping on the F800R for a little ride.

    Dramatic bridge & dam on the Housatonic
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    And a nearby christmas tree.
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  18. Mikey97d

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  19. TT72

    TT72 Been here awhile

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    Nice pics.love to ride on Litchfield county to.
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  20. xxguitarist

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    Thanks guys,
    Riding has been cut a bit short lately.. weather and all that. Got out for a little one last weekend, but not very long.

    My commute to work is up 34. Nice drive. Better ride.

    I'll have a look at rt 301- Thanks! Been short on curves out here relative to what I was used to in Southern OR. No canyons here!
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