Chethro's WV & Nearby Travels

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chethro, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. KennyV

    KennyV Been here awhile Supporter

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    Home from our visit to Marlinton. Didn't get in as much riding as I hoped to. We are keeping our granddog for awhile and had pet setter issue so we brought him along with us. Unfortunately we had to take turns riding and dog watching. I did get to explore some of the Cranberry Wilderness area. The FS roads that go through the area are all gated and closed, but there is nice loop that goes around the parimeter of the area using 150, 39 and connecting FS roads. The FS road #86 that I was looking forward to the most was closed for maintenence preventing me from making the entire loop. All of the FS roads i did ride were very well maintained and had a great ride.

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  2. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    Nice looking ride! At least you were able to get some riding in. :thumb
  3. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    Finally made it out for a ride, the wife and I have been sick for a little over a week with the Covid. We are both feeling better and for me it was like a cold and for Susan a little tougher like a typical flu. We had to miss our camping trip to Little Beaver SP, but I did still take my vacation and get some things done on the bike. Heated grips were installed. The GTM SAS block off kit was installed. I changed the air filter and adjusted the valves. I have been waiting to remove the tank to make all these jobs a little easier and save double work. This is my first bike with heated grips and I really liked having them this morning since it was 52F when I left. The SAS block off kit did reduce the decel popping a lot! I still get some, but they aren't as loud or as long. I would guesstimate a 70% reduction. Well worth the money to me.

    I traveled 230 miles today and only got off the bike once for 5 minutes during a 5 hour ride.. I had 5 people across the double yellow on curves today. It was so close I only had time to give one of them the single finger salute. One red mustang had all four wheels on my side of the road. Lucky for me, it was a wide section of RT4 and I squeezed by. Not many pics and really nothing that great or new, but you can see the leaves are starting to turn.

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    I ended up just using the Oxford controller instead of wiring the grips into the stock harness. I bought the wrong size Molex connector and didn't want to splice into the harness during the warranty period, so I mounted a 12V relay under the seat and used the USB connector to trigger it to power the grips and the GPS. Instead of reaming the ID of the right grip I used 60 grit sandpaper to remove material from the throttle tube. It took about a half hour, but I removed about 0.030". Then I slathered on some germex hand sanitizer and jammed the right grip onto the tube. It worked great. :rofl

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  4. Sonny S.

    Sonny S. Long timer

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    Dang buddy sorry to hear about the Covid.
    Sounds like y'all are pulling through it ok. That's a good thing.
    I know those rides where you just don't want to stop !
  5. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    I've just come across this thread, I've got as far as page 14 today. I'm really enjoying your photos, a lot of WV seems to look like England.

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  6. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    I need to tell my wife that. It will save some travel money in the future! :D I enjoy yours too. Looking forward to you getting out again.

    Enjoy the pics I like stopping to take them, so I need to put them somewhere. :lol3
  7. Iron Cross Junction

    Iron Cross Junction Long timer

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    So, Bud Lite is the Official Litter of Bristol, too? :augie

    Just kidding, Chet, so don't send some Almost Heaven bubbas to beat up on me. :D

    Bill
  8. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    DR day! Only 120 miles but it took me 5 hours. I was going slow to protect my back and I made without any pain. The leaves are just yellow here and there, so no great fall pics yet. I tucked Susan's DSLR around my neck and into the jacket. :D

    First stop was the road to Buffalo Church.

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    I sure hope I catch this view with some color...

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  9. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    East of Elizabeth the DNR area gate was open, so I was able to explore some roads I haven't been on before. It was a bit challenging with a little mud, rocky ruts and a couple trees to jump over.

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  10. Higher Logic

    Higher Logic Delightfully Altered

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    When I see some of the backwater places you poke around, I cant help but think of the folks like the Whitakers who live in Odd.

    I honestly dont know what I would do if I ran across something like it........... other than slowly roll on and stay low in case of gunfire ! :uhoh



  11. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    Don't ride fast around homes, don't go thru any gate on private land (even if open), stay on the road and if you hear banjo's playing high tail it out of there and don't look back! :ricky

    I can't even take pics in some spots since it is always dark and the sun never shines until winter...

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  12. Sonny S.

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    I've watched those guys on YouTube and they do a heck of a job !
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  13. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    I was hoping to take the TT out for a ride but a thunderstorm came thru at 8am, so I think I will go out and change the rear tire on the TT and ride tomorrow. I was hoping to get the tubeless rims in before changing the rear, but the tire is completely smooth in the center. I could probably get one more ride on it, but if I run into any rain it could be bad. New rims will no doubt come in next week now....:doh
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  14. CJSRider

    CJSRider Been here awhile

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    How many miles are you getting on ur tires?
  15. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    The stock rear was at 6700 miles and I could have put maybe another 500 on it on dry roads, but the center 2-3' is smooth and squared off now. The front looks like it will go 2-3000 miles more. Slowing down quick coming into curves the rear was doing a small fish tail at times, so better off to change it. The wear bars are gone. :dunno I didn't run it to @SoloRider73 levels tho. :lol3

    The new tire is on and I'm letting it sit right now to make sure the tube didn't get pinched. I'm sure as soon as I mount it back on the bike Cadre will call and tell me my new rims are in...:fpalm
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  16. CJSRider

    CJSRider Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I was wondering about how long the stock tires will last. Good information. I know everyone rides different and I tend to get more miles out of my tires than the average rider. I agree with you on changing your tires when it's time and bring safe.
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  17. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    Beautiful countryside :clap
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  18. Higher Logic

    Higher Logic Delightfully Altered

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    I hear ya ! There are area's here where some of that applies. Especially the dont go through the open gate thing if you are not sure its public land and open to motorized vehicals

    And Steve n Seagulls is a band out of Finland !! Mighty crazy, and they are a dominant ethnicity in all the Yoop by me. How on earth they ever decided to go american hillbilly / hard rock is beyond my guess ! :lol3

    Another cool cat is Billy Strings. Although primarily a acoustic guitar player, he is a talented banjo player also.



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  19. VADUALSPORT

    VADUALSPORT Adventurer

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    I used to work near the Whitakers. The one guy would chase after you like a dog. They are harmless people. No worries.
  20. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    A long ride today. 310 miles in 8 hours. I only stopped to P and get gas once. I lost over an hour trying to find a "shortcut", but I ended up at a cell tower with nothing but mud roads from there. 20 miles of gravel with 3 creek crossings up then the same crossings back. That took up all my time for pics in the last half of the day. I went down Rt16 from Chimney corners via a few other roads to Rt3 then home. It was a nice ride and the leaves are starting to simmer. :D

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    The fog had lifted by the time I reached Big Chimney.

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    My gravel escapade.

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    Kanawha Falls below the falls.

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    Above the falls. Camp sites on the rock if you can get your camper there....

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