Clunking my CX Cross Country

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jlevers, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun

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    Yep, which I believe jacks up the price. It's more the insurance than the ticket though...oh well, can't do anything about it now.
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  2. bmp72

    bmp72 '16 NC750XD, '15 Wave110i, '15 WR250X, '81 FXB

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    Are you still following the kurviger.de route ? I plan to use its suggested route next month for a trip to visit my folks... it has already shown me a few good local roads I didn't know about.

    Ever though about getting the (more reliable :rofl) Italian version of your CX ?
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  3. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun

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    Not religiously, although when I have used it, it's been good...it does occasionally take you wayyyyyy out of your way, though, so watch out for that.

    And hah, I can't afford one of those, but otherwise, definitely!
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  4. ponytl

    ponytl even my new bike is old

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    30 years from now when you tell the story of this trip the only mention of that day will be "then i got this frick'n ticket" cheap price for a chapter... i once got 7 in one day... it involved a required trip to make a delivery 450 miles each way and a beach and girl i'd just met... spent 5 days with her... and no i do not remember her name... i later got a letter that stated... "your florida driving privileges have been revoked" think i was 17 or 18 at the time...
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  5. ponytl

    ponytl even my new bike is old

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    lol can you even use reliable and Italian in the same sentence?
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  6. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun

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    Hey, Italian food is reliably good!
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  7. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun

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    Just got to Murray's... The past few days worth of ride report should be up as soon as I get some decent WiFi.
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  8. 83BlackWing

    83BlackWing Been here awhile

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    Be sure to drool over some of the bikes he has there. If he can't figure out some of your strange noises...then they can't be figured out.
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  9. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun

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    Pro tip: don't ride the BRP in the dark, by yourself, and then drop your phone somewhere along the way...duh.

    Also, a bunch of updates coming your way soon!
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  10. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun

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    Day 5


    Little did I know, the first event of the day was getting sniped by Joe while I was sleeping.

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    The sniper himself:

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    After eating some eggs and bologna (Joe, your cooking rocks), topping off my oil and coolant, and fixing a mirror, I was on my way.

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    I wanted to put down some miles today, so in the morning, I looked at the Tent Space Map and decided to make it to @5punksdad in Front Royal, VA. I shot him a text, and he was game, so I set my sights there. I spent most of the day riding through looooots of rolling hills and farmland.

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    I passed this ATV park, which looked fun.

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    The roads were eh, and it seemed that every time I hit a twisty section I got stuck behind a caravan of slowness. However, the CX500 is just fast enough to pass most vehicles pretty easily, so I still got plenty of this when it was possible...there aren’t many pictures of the good parts cus I was busy going :ricky :ricky :ricky

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    At one point I had to stop to print out paper directions, because my phone kept dying, and I ended up walking into an elementary school to ask directions to a library :lol3 they were a little weirded out, but very friendly, and directed me to this library in Carlisle, PA:

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    I rode through much of Micheaux State Forest, which was very pretty.

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    Towards the end of the day, I ended up on a tiny back road in Maryland called Valley Road. I have never had so much fun on a road -- it was super narrow, ridiculously twisty, and so hilly that I legitimately got air multiple times. Holy shit that was awesome, even though it was only two miles long.

    I finally ended up on Rt. 340 in Maryland, going into Virginia, West Virginia, and back into Virginia again. As soon as I crossed the line into WV, I knew I had to check out the local roads, so I dropped onto a side road, and DAMN if it didn’t live up to expectations. Shoulda taken some pictures, but it was narrow, and I was both having fun and pretty ready to get where I was going.

    The day ended with a loooong haul down 340, which wasn’t that great, but I have the Shenandoahs to look forward to tomorrow!

    When I got to @5punksdad’s (aka Joe, but not the same one as at the beginning of this post), he hooked me up big time. I’m typing this from my own personal cabin, with electricity, on the Shenandoah river. Thanks so much Joe! He also has quite the collection of motorcycles and cars.

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    One thing I realized today is that if I want to take the route I planned in the amount of time I planned, I’m going to have to ride like 250mi/day. Having done a bit more than that today, I’m not sure I want to ride that far every day…I like to stop, take pictures, and explore, and it’s hard to do that when I’m riding as far as I did today. Plus, my butt hurts :tough we’ll see what I end up doing.

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    Start: Foglesville, PA
    End: Front Royal, VA
    Mileage: 257 miles
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  11. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun

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    Day 6


    Ho boy, was today an interesting day. I left Front Royal, and drove to a Starbucks to catch some wifi. While I was there, I adjusted my cam chain (forgot to take a picture of the actual carnage, so here it is afterwards).

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    Then, I headed south, somewhat paralleling Skyline Drive, which was both super scenic and suuuuuper twisty.

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    I’d been told by multiple people that Skyline Drive was slow and full of rubberneckers, deer, and cops, but still, I wanted to experience it for myself, so I hopped on at Rt. 211.

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    I traded pictures with a nice German couple:

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    When I wasn’t stuck behind people, I was having a great time :ricky....maybe a little too great. I was carving my way through a corner, and saw a ranger behind a line of cars going the other direction. Shit. I made the poor decision of looking behind me when I passed him to see what he was doing, which he later used against me as one of the reasons why he knew I was speeding. He didn’t get me until a few miles later, but I knew as soon as he got out of the cruiser that I knew I wasn’t getting out of this one. $128, plus insurance, to the National Park Service! It’s especially annoying since I swear every other road in Virginia is a 55. Live and learn...I wasn’t ballsy enough to take a picture of the scene.

    After getting off of Skyline Drive ASAP (which wasn’t very soon since there aren’t many entrances), I rode through a bunch of farmland on back roads. I wasn’t really in the mood for pictures. Eventually, I chilled out and checked my phone, and remembered that Steve from the CX500 forum had invited me over and I was really nearby! I headed to his house, where he gave me some fuses (my bike had already blown two that day -- never had happened before), a bunch of good food, and we chatted for a while. Thanks Steve, it was great to meet you!

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    Next up: the BRP! The road of legends :lol3 thank god for not having a 35mph speed limit...although it didn’t matter since I barely saw anyone the whole time I was on it. I got on kinda late, probably about 5:30pm.

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    Eventually though, my bike blew another fuse, this time in the middle of a corner :mrskbasa this time, I didn’t realize it was a fuse, so I was going over the bike, and in the midst of checking my oil, absentmindedly put my bike on the sidestand and spilled a big puddle of oil on the road. Goddammit...I wiped it up as best I could with leaves and grass, and put some branches over the area to get people to avoid that spot. Sorry, BRP users.

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    Murray had suggested removing some of my other fuses to see if those were causing the main fuse to blow. I took out the tailllight fuse, which is the only one the bike will start without, and rode like that, without stopping (since all my blown fuses had happened just after I stopped) all the way to Bedford, VA, hoping to get a) as close to Murray as possible, since I’m headed to his house tomorrow, and b) somewhere in civilization where I could get more fuses if need be. It was dark at this point, and I decided to call it a night, so I pitched my tent in my sketchiest yet stealth spot, in a field in direct view of some houses across the road, maybe 300 feet away. At least I’m behind a tree :lol3 I’m typing this from that spot. Gonna try to be gone before it’s light out.

    Sorry for the text heavy post, a lot happened today and I didn’t take a ton of pictures.
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    Start: Front Royal, VA
    End: Bedford, VA
    Mileage: 275 miles
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  12. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun

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    Wow, I'm pretty screwed. I just went back up to where "Find my phone" said my phone was, at Mount Mitchell on the BRP, and couldn't find it, and the ranger station said no one had turned one in. Without that phone, I can't find my way anywhere or contact anyone. Fuck.
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  13. ponytl

    ponytl even my new bike is old

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    if you make it to Memphis I have an extra Kyocera rugged phone with the GPS it is ATT just have to go get a chip, you are welcome to it,
    Might keep trying " find my phone" and it might show up... I'll PM you with some addresses and ways to contact me (even without a phone) if you make it to Memphis
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  14. jlevers

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    Thanks! I just sent you a PM.
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    jlevers Type 2 fun

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    Day 7


    After waking up in my sketchy field camping spot at 5am (to avoid the locals), I headed down to Roanoke, where I ate breakfast and then got back on the BRP. I went over my wiring harness to try to find the source of my blown fuses...my positive battery terminal was loose, so fingers crossed that was it.

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    I eventually got bored (that section is pretty straight and slow), so I hopped on some back roads, eventually ending up on this super pretty gravel road. I’m liking dirt/gravel more and more, even if I have a lot of “oh shit!” moments on them.

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    That gravel road led me back to the BRP, which I rode for a while, and then noodled my way down to Murray’s house (the guy from the CX500 forum). I found a couple great roads on the way. On this one, I scraped peg for the first time and was wayyyyy too proud :clap

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    At some point, I crossed into NC.

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    My speedo has been possessed!

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    Murray, being extremely generous as always, replaced my glass fuse setup with blade fuses, gave me a windshield and a throttle lock, and concluded that my weird noises are coming from my valves being adjusted improperly. He gave me a tool he made to make adjusting them easier. Also, I took a much needed shower at his house :raindance thanks Murray! He also told me I need new steering head bearings, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen until this trip is over.

    From Murray’s, I set my sights on Asheville, since some family friends live there. I didn’t have time to take the BRP there, so I hopped on I-40. Wow, does that windshield make a big difference...here’s my attempt at photography while riding. That’s what a motion picture is, right?

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    I didn’t want to completely miss all the good roads, so at about 7:30pm, I got off I-40 and headed up Route 80 into the mountains. I was a little worried about daylight, but not terribly so. Route 80 was INSAAAAANELY good. Like, damn.

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    I turned onto the BRP when 80 intersected it, and saw: Asheville, 40 miles. Hm. Well, let’s send it! I think I literally said that to myself in my helmet. It was foggy but beautiful.

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    About 10 miles in, I saw a bicyclist sitting at a scenic overlook, so I pulled in to make sure he was ok. At this point, it was going to get dark in like an hour and he was 30 miles from his car. Supposedly a ranger was coming to help him, but he said it’d been over an hour since the ranger was supposed to get there. Having received a crazy amount of free help and support recently, I thought I’d try to repay the karma gods a little...I told him I’d ride 5 miles further, and if I didn’t find a ranger, I’d come back and escort him down. So, I went 5 miles sans ranger, and turned around...but when I got back to the overlook, he wasn’t there anymore! What the hell, no good deed goes unpunished. Now it was gonna be dark really soon, and I started booking towards Asheville. Once it was really dark, though, I had to slow down because my headlight blows. Luckily, I managed to get behind a car so that I could use their headlights...once we were almost in Asheville, I went to check my phone to get directions to the house I was hoping to stay at, and...no phone. Fuuuuuck. I bummed a phone call and some directions, and found my way to our friends, Mike and Jann, who weren’t expecting me, and hadn’t seen me in 3 years, so when I knocked on their door at 10:30pm, they didn’t recognize me at first :hide but once they realized who I was, they were super duper nice, and I’m typing this from their house while I try to find a new phone! Thanks guys, most people wouldn’t be very happy to have a dirty 18 year old show up on their doorstep on a Friday night.

    Today, I’m just hunting around for a new phone...I went up to try to find mine, but no luck. Asheville sure is nice though! Also, I have a puppy to play with, so can’t complain...

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  16. ponytl

    ponytl even my new bike is old

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    ok if you have time try to detour to rock bridge baths VA or something like that... it's where John Boy and the Waltons lived... (tv reruns) very cool area with way cool roads I might be wrong on the name... but there are a ton cool side roads off the BRP... you should come out around Liberty University, then Bristol TN/VA then Knoxville TN, you should head to the Dragons while you are in the area... you can take I40 all the way to Memphis but that wouldn't be a lot of fun... the area around cookeville and nashville has some nice roads...
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  17. Ruud109

    Ruud109 Dutch in Barcelona

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    Take the road through Pisgah national forest to Tennessee!
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  18. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Enjoying your report. I used to own a CX500 and occasionally ride a CMT400 ;-). What a neat adventure for a young guy.
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  19. jlevers

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    I'm already wayyy south of VA -- I'm in Asheville NC. I'm definitely going to hit the Dragon, though...And hopefully the Cherohala Skyway.

    Unfortunately, that's pretty far out of my way, but I did ride Route 80 in the Pisgah National Forest, and the BRP, both of which were super fun!
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  20. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun

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    I have a dilemma...I wanna stop at the Wheels through Time museum in Maggie Valley, but I know I'll end up spending hours there and I don't really have time for that. Thoughts? Maybe I should just do it anyways.
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