FBAD: Life on the Blue Ridge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Fast Ferris

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    Nice new Beemer, buddy - thanks for allowing me to ride with you! :D
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  2. Fast Ferris

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    Yep, happy, with the caveat that I haven't ridden at night with it yet. Great reviews online, made here in America. Plug 'n play.

    Including the four so-called D lights (two of them burn on low, the other two come on on high; they're very bright all by themselves), on high beam you've got a total of six LED light sources. Great color, I'm guessing in the 5000-6000 K range (i.e., bright daylight), makes the yellowish halogen headlight it replaced look like a candle.

    There's a lot of reviews on YouTube. The 8700 Evo 2 Dual-Burn consistently retails for $299.00, I shopped around and found one for $249.00.
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  3. Fast Ferris

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    Review of the J.W. Speaker 8700 Evo 2:




    7" round LED headlight shootout:




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    +1 on that nice looking new Beamer. Congratulations!

    And Farris, I really like that picture of your bike along the grassy 2 track.
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  5. twowheeledgator

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  6. Fast Ferris

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    ^ Great pix, glad y'all are putting the Ninja to good use!
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    It is such a fun, little around town bike. We really are enjoying it. Me as much as Bec.
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  8. Fast Ferris

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    Glad to hear! I always enjoyed riding it, even though it's so different than what I'm accustomed to. Denise loved that bike, but just never could find the time to put it to good use, and we're both glad it has gone to a good home. :):)

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  9. Fast Ferris

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    Pretty day up here in the mountains today, much too warm and humid for my liking, but pretty nonetheless:

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    Bartimus, if you're lurking, here's a vivid example of the difference in the color of light between my new JW Speaker LED headlight, and the halogen-bulbed spotlights on either side:

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    The headlight I replaced was a dual-halogen-bulb affair that I purchased from Harley several years ago, supposedly the shiznit (and priced accordingly...), but it absolutely sucked at night. It displayed the same warm candlelight color as the spots above, and had very little "punch" to speak of.

    I don't care much for riding at night, but I know one of these days I'll get caught out after dark, and I'm fairly confident the new LED headlight (and accompanying LED spotlights, which I hope to be ordering soon) will be a game changer.
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  11. Fireman1000

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    Rented a convertible and headed north to the BRP over the weekend.
    Bucket list item checked!
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  12. Fast Ferris

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    Outstanding! Great pix, beautiful family, memories for a lifetime. Well done! :clap

    (PS: Love your youngest's "got bullets?" t-shirt. :D)
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    Yep!! We have one more, 17 year old daughter who doesn't care to detach from her boyfriend for more that a day. The sunset was spectacular, and the first one I've seen from the BRP.

    P.S. My youngest is the one you want with you in any survival situation.:D
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  14. Fast Ferris

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    Yeah, in spite of his young age, he has that "don't mess with me!" look! Please tell him for me, "Yes, I sure do." :gun1

    Glad y'all could come up; this is special country up here. The pix looks like they were taken a little below Craggy Gardens, just north of Asheville?
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    They were actually taken south of 276, BRP intersection. We stayed in Maggie Valley and explored the area. Took them up to Sliding Rock. Adjustments.jpg
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    How were things in Maggie Valley? Were places like restaurants back open or still closed?
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    From this evening's ride, during a quick pit stop right before sunset, demonstrating the might of my new LED headlight:

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    My wife went out on her second ride today. About 80 miles over a big bridge, some back roads, waterfront, town riding. Nice day
    @Fast Ferris you may notice the first thing we did when we brought the Ninja in the garage is break that blinker (GRRRRR!!!). Now to find another one.

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  19. Fast Ferris

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    ^ Well done, congrats! Bummer about the turn signal. The one I busted and replaced was the right front. The good thing is they're relatively cheap, and easy to swap out.

    The extent of my riding of late has been severely limited due to our daily afternoon electrical monsoons. Several times in the past couple weeks I've barely ventured more than 10-15 minutes from the house, just basically doing giant laps of the neighborhood, navigating my way around the incessant rain and lightning.

    Thanks for the great pix! Denise and I send our best regards to you both. :):)
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    This is from this evening's 75-mile ride, an example of the typical riding conditions up here in the mountains of late:

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    This is down the Parkway a bit, about 15 minutes from home, and things are collapsing rapidly.

    I only got a little wet...