You Only Live Twice

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    I finished off the month of October by riding around the world:eek7

    On my little Super 8 no less:eek7:eek7

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    It's 24,901 miles around the Earth. It only took me just under 6 years to do it. Not bad for a little 150cc, 10.3 HP, aircooled scooter.

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  2. klaviator

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    November 2016

    On a chilly but beautiful morning I headed over to the Blue Plate Cafe on the other side of Huntsville. There were two different groups meeting there on this morning. There was the Vintage club which always has breakfast there on Saturday mornings.

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    The star attraction this morning was this 1915 Harley.

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    This bike recently competed the Cannonball Run and the owner would be giving a presentation. A couple more pics.

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    As you would expect this bike had no electric starter. It also had no kick starter. The owner fire it up by getting on it while it was on the rear stand and used the bicycle pedals to start it. Then he took it off the stand and rode away.

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    Interesting bike. I'm sure it had to be quite a challenge to ride this bike or others like it from coast to coast. I would have liked to hear his presentation but the group I was riding with had breakfast in a different room in the restaurant so I missed it.

    The group I was riding with was the "Friends Who Ride" group on facebook. My last ride with them was back in the Spring. It's a nice group of people who always choose the back roads over the more direct main roads to get somewhere. Today's destination would be Lynchburg, Tn for some BBQ.

    After breakfast we lined up to get ready to head out. I didn't count but I think we had 10-15 bikes.

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    Most of the bikes were big Harley dressers but there were a mix of other bikes as well and there is no brand snobbery here. I was on my mighty 395cc scooter, by far the smallest bike here with a 750cc Honda Shadow being the next smallest.

    We headed out. After a few miles of city traffic we spent most of the ride on two lane back roads. Due to the dry weather many of the leaves were just turning brown and falling off but there was still some nice color.

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    Lunch was at the Barrel House BBQ in Lynchburg. The weather was about perfect, mid 70s and sunny so we ate outside.

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    After lunch We spent a little time in Lynchburg and then headed back on some more nice roads.

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    We turned down a county road.

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    It was a great day for riding and it was good to get out. I rode a few roads for the first time. Mileage for the day for me was around 235 miles.
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    The next weekend and more beautiful weather in Alabama. I took advantage by going for a ride again. As much as I was enjoying the weather I was hoping for some rain as the Southeast was in a severe drought and parts of were are literally burning up.

    It was still in the 40s when I got on the road and headed for the Huddle House in Guntersville. As always the views across the water going into Guntersville where great.

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    After a great breakfast we headed out. I had posted this ride on Bamarides as Photo and Video Ride take 3. Only three of us showed up and no one brought a video camera but that' OK. I had high hopes we we get some great pics with all the colorful leaves out there.

    I started out by leading the way to Wyeth Drive where we did find some great color.

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    We stopped in one curvy section of the road to get some pics. Not one vehicle went by in the 10 minutes or so we were there.

    Johnny made a few passes for the camera.

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    I gave my camera to Paxton who shot a few of me.

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    Then we continued on. I brought up the rear so I could get some pics with the other bikes in them. we rode 227 and 67 towards Scottsboro.

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    We took a break by the water and took some pics. This one was taken by on of the other riders.

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    Then we rode some more.

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    The rider on the BMW had never seen the Rock Zoo so we stopped there.

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    On to Crow Mountain.

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    Probably my favorite pic of the ride. These two bikes couldn't be more different. It didn't matter as we all rode the same roads and all had fun.

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  6. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    THAT's a great shot, 'picture frame and hanging in the garage' type of shot!

    Beautiful klav!
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  7. klaviator

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    Another November ride. It was a bit chilly but I headed across the river to Decatur.

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    My destination was Allsport Powersports in Decatur to meet some other riders for a breakfast ride. This was the second breakfast ride and was organized by their new Social Media marketing director. There is an interesting story here in that the marketing director worked at Allsport for several years before going off and getting his Marketing degree. Now he was back working at Allsport as their first Social Media Marketing director. The thing he was trying to do was get their customers out riding and interacting with each other as well as the people who work there. This is the type of thing that has worked well for Harley but is often ignored by the Japanese bike dealers. This is something that I always felt dealers should do.

    I was the first one to arrive.

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    I took advantage of the rising sun to try to get some pics.

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    Seth and his XT600.

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    And soon @Nice Goat showed up.

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    It was a cold morning but we headed out on some back roads over to Huntsville.

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    Taking a break to thaw out our fingers.

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    We met a few others at the Blue Plate Cafe and had a great breakfast and some interesting conversation.

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  8. kantuckid

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    A few of those riders are older than dirt?:rofl
    Thanks for the pics Klaviator!
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  9. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    still catching up klaviator, it was at this point I realized we have visited the same places in our career.... been stationed in San Diego multiple times, Sigonella, Rota, stationed at Camp Fuji Japan and have been to Atsugi and the other cluster bases in the area, been stationed on Elmendorf AFB good to see all these pics... like walking down memory lane...
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  10. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for taking me back in time by seeing photos of San Diego from the early 80s... I didn't make it out here until 1994...

    I liked how you transitioned from one riding style to the next over the years; from sport bikes, to adventure, to dirt, and then scooter/adventure bike...

    I'm at the adventure bike saga and looking at something smaller in the future. Hopefully Honda will release the X-ADV here in the states soon... that looks interesting...

    Cheers klaviator....
  11. klaviator

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    So were you Navy too?

    One of the common responses to this thread has been that we often have a lot in common and have been the same places or done the same things. One of the things I have really enjoyed from this thread are all those responses. Thanks for your inputs. Maybe someday our paths will cross again. It's a small world.....and I really want some of that Julian Apple Pie:lol3

    I also want to do the ride out to Julian, some bread from Dudley's and a few runs up and down Palomar Mtn:ricky:ricky
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    Sorta,

    I was a Marine by choice (does Dept of the Navy count?) so we shared commonality in many ways; duty stations, MOS, lingo just to name a few... have done my share of being deployed on cruises enough to get sea pay and even guarded sensitive areas at NAS Brunswick, ME in the late 80s....

    In the latter years off my career just before retirement at 30 years, I was attached to the airwing on Camp Pendleton - so when you started listing your ground billets I chuckled and even laughed when you got dowsed on your last flight - that tradition is still alive and well. I love the banter that goes on in the ready room...

    I was the Group SgtMaj (Cmd Master Chief) for one of the MAGs and thoroughly loved my time with the Wing...

    cheers Rudy
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    NickW1 Been here awhile

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    So good to see riders of various brands riding together. Very nice pictures, what filter are you using on the edit? Thanks and keep it coming.
  14. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    We often have not just different brands but totally different styles of bikes on the same ride. As for the pictures, my camera has different modes which alter the pictures. Many of my pics are take using the "dramatic" Mode. I often take pics in both a regular mode as well as dramatic then choose whichever I like best to post.

    Thanks for checking in!
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