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Eighteen Years In The Making

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by AdvNuma, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. AdvNuma

    AdvNuma Long Rider Supporter

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    They had a large collection of Montesa trials bikes...

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    ...including one signed by multi-time World Trials Champion Doug Lampkin.


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    Numa
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    More interesting bikes...

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    Ossa

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    Gilera

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    Indian

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    While in Europe, we navigated our rental Peugeot...

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    ...using the BMW Nav V GPS off of my BMW R1200GS Adventure. Before leaving for Spain, I purchased the car adaptor, downloaded European maps on it, and saved waypoints for the hotels and sites we wanted to visit.

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    Vintage Bultaco motorcycles were popular display props in shops around Spain.

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    An Andorra license plate on a KTM I saw in Andorra la Vella.

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    Great trip! I don't know how we would have done it without the Nav V GPS. Cell phone service was very spotty and we spent a chunk of time driving in the Pyrenees Mountains. Google Maps would not have been a viable solution for navigating.



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    The Pyrenees mountains were beautiful! We saw many motorcycles -- a large percentage of them BMW GS bikes -- enjoying the narrow, twisty mountain roads and spectacular views. On our last day in the car, I saw one of the new Yamaha Tenere 700 adventure bikes parked on the sidewalk in a little village. We were pressed for time to meet our deadline for turning in the rental car back in Barcelona so I didn't stop to take pictures of the Tenere. Cool looking bike.

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    AdvNuma Long Rider Supporter

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    A couple more photos from Museu Moto in Basella, Spain.

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    The new KLR is taking shape. Race Tech suspension, Kouba lowering link, JNS Engineering skid plate, SW-Motech crashbars, Sargent saddle and Caribou saddlebags.

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    Just a few more little items to add and it'll be the perfect setup.



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    From this morning's ride.

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    AdvNuma Long Rider Supporter

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    One of my fellow riders on last year’s Edelweiss Mediterranean Alps Extreme Tour (David Hughes) just posted some video from last year’s ride. This should give you a pretty good idea of the area where we rode.









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    My brother came down for a visit last weekend and we went riding Saturday and Sunday. (My wife was out of town.) On the way back from the mountains Saturday, we stopped by Team Charlotte Motorsports so I could look at the new Moto Guzzi V85TT Adventure. The sales representative offered me a test ride, but they were very busy and it was getting pretty hot outside.

    This morning I met my buddy Jon for breakfast in Charlotte and then we headed up to Team Charlotte so I could take a test ride. They had a regular TT (not the Adventure) as their demo and encouraged me to take it for more than just a short 5 minute ride.

    Jon rode his BMW GS and joined me for a counter-clockwise loop.

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    Very nice riding bike! I like the seating position, dash, handling, brakes, ride modes and the fact that it weighs about 100 lbs less than my GS Adventure. The 80 hp motor pulls strong and has a magnificent sound!

    The Adventure model comes with two-tone paint (I like the red and white livery), adventure tires, saddlebags and top case for about $1,000 more than the non-adventure model.

    I liked it enough that one might be added to my stable at some point in the future. My motorcycle parking spots are full right now. I will have to determine if I can live without one of them in order to open up a spot for a TT Adventure.



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    Nice looking bike Numa. Glad you enjoyed the test ride.
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    I haven’t been riding near as much as I’d like to lately. Between work and the Covid, I’ve mainly taken some short rides close to home and haven’t taken many photos when I was out. My son and I postponed our August 2020 trip to ride in Europe. The Swiss, German and Austrian Alps will have to wait until at least 2021.

    A couple of weeks ago, I did go for my first group ride in quite some time. Met my riding buddies on the north side of Charlotte and we practiced social distancing while riding up into Virginia to ride the Back of the Dragon. Rainy weather with some fog up in the mountains.

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    We stopped in Tazewell, VA for lunch and found a place with tables outside so we could space ourselves apart while eating. Here are the bikes parked in the rain.

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    Yesterday, I rode solo back up to the Back of the Dragon area and rode some roads to the west of the Dragon. The weather was much nicer yesterday.

    This photo was taken at the same location as my first photo in the previous post.

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    I rode a loop that was approximately 115 miles round trip out of Marion, VA. Rt 601 west off of Rt 16, then Rt 91 north, Routes 609 and 603 west, Rt 80 south and then turned northeast on Rt 611 N Fork River Rd. Routes 91 and 42 east got me back to Rt 16 just north of Marion. About 12 miles of the above route was gravel, but it was nicely graded and easy to ride. The route contains some nice twisty roads up in the mountains and winding roads running parallel to streams while in the valleys. Some nice scenery along the way.

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    I wanted to ride a couple more roads east of Rt 16, but the weather forecast called for thunderstorms to roll into Marion around 2 PM. I headed south as the skies started to cloud and rode back into Charlotte without a drop of rain falling on my KLR.


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    Flasher Been here awhile

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    Good to see you taking the old girl out for a ride.
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    I love my KLR! It’s a great bike.


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    Numa Jr came down from the Washington, DC area for a visit. We went for a nice ride today over in Uwharrie. Stopped by Pisgah Covered Bridge while out today.

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    Closeup of the moss growing on the roof of the bridge.

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    It was hot riding today, but we had a good time. Got both bikes coated with dust today riding on gravel roads in the area.

    Great spending time with my son after not seeing him for over seven months!

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    Have to stay close to home today because of a work commitment later in the day. Played around this morning with a FLIR infrared camera and took some shots of my KLR and BMW GS Adventure. These photos were taken while warming up the motor of each bike sitting in my driveway.

    The resulting images aren't very big as the FLIR camera has a limited pixel sensor, but I think the photos are interesting. The temperature in the upper left hand corner of the image is the temperature reading from the circle in the middle of the photo.

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    Right side of the KLR with circle on exhaust pipe

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    Left side of the GS Adventure

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    Right side GSA

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    Front GSA with circle on the right exhaust

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    Exhaust temp on left side of GSA


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    I also thought they were interesting.

    On the right side photo of the KLR, the bulk of the heat is coming off of the exhaust pipe. If you look down and in front of the motor you can see the heat from water for the cooling system running through the hoses. On the left side of the KLR you can see the radiator omitting heat in front of the engine. The heat spot to the right of the engine is apparently the exhaust pipe from the opposite side of the bike showing through a gap in the frame/body work.

    I also like the way heat is showing on the valve cover on the right side photo of the GS. I admit to being a bit of a geek, but it's cool stuff!




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