Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Raptorman

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    I didn't get any pics inside but I do have an interesting "it's a small world" story. During lunch I was talking to @motocopter . He mentioned that he had kept in touch with someone I had met in Utah back in 2015 and wanted to know if I wanted to say hi....

    What!!!

    OK, I'm still not sure I have the whole story straight so maybe Marc will chime in and straighten me out.

    Back in 2015 I met this couple in Arches N. P.

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    The gal on the right is @ktmtraveler . @motocopter also met them pretty close to the time that I did. We did not know each other until recently but here we were in the middle of nowhere and discovering that we met the same people on a trip on the other side of the country 5 years ago.

    It's a small world.[/QUOTE]

    I wonder who took that pic? :wave
  2. klaviator

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    After lunch most of the group headed for home. @Thinwater , his daughter, @Pepperlady and I continued on. We did a loop which brought us back to Delina. It was a bit different than the loop we did last weekend.

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    @Thinwater commented on the MA forum that he was dubbing the tree in the above pic the "Richard Nixon" tree:D I think that tree was on Delina Road.

    After a break at Delina we headed for Ardmore.

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    We took a shorter route to Ardmore than the morning route to Delina.

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    Cool clouds.

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    Stephen took the lead to show me some new roads.

    Natalee on her DR200:

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    The first of two tunnels:

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    Riding in the shade.

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    fun road:

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    Second tunnel:

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    That's the last of the pics I took. We took a break in Ardmore and then I followed them home where they showed me their scooter collection. They got a Kymco Agility 125 for their daughter to ride. They also had a Roketa 150 which was given to them.

    Then I headed home. I think I rode around 180 miles total.
  3. motocopter

    motocopter Long timer

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    Anyone have a location in that tunnel or others in the northern AL area?
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  4. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    Those tunnels where in TN not too far from Ardmore. I may work them into the next ride.
  5. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    @Raptorman joined me for 4 days on that trip. If you can believe it he took even more pics than I did!
  6. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    Often when I go on a ride there are few if any other people taking pics. On this ride it was nice having some others shooting pics & Video.

    @Nice Goat went ahead a couple of times and shot some action pics.

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    He got this pic of us at the Old Delina Country Stor.

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    I won't re-post all his pics. He took pics of everyone. If you wish to see them all they are here: http://www.motorcyclealabama.com/rides/index.php?topic=3852.15

    He also shot this short video:




    Thanks Glenn!
  7. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I ordered some Farkles on Thursday. ETA on all of them was sometime later this week so I was surprised to see a box from RevZilla at my door yesterday. 2 day shipping and Saturday delivery. Not bad for free delivery!

    This is the same Nelson Rigg tank bag as the one I put on my Versys 6 years ago. There have been some changes made to it, mostly positive. The mounting straps/buckles are better. Overall quality just seems better. The only step backwards was there is no longer reflective piping on it.

    Some pics.

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    It does expand, giving much more storage space.
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    I rode to Wally World and back. Normally I would do this on a scooter but I wanted to ride the KLX. I stuffed a back pack into the tank bag as well as my cap. I couldn't really tell the difference my rear shock adjustment made because I didn't ride anything really rough but it "seemed" a bit smoother. Rotating the bars forward put them in a better position for me. I think I'll go with 15mm risers as I don't know if the clutch cable will be too tight with taller risers.

    So I got my groceries but this bike will never be as convenient as my scooters for that sort of thing.
  8. ktmtraveler

    ktmtraveler Been here awhile

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    Hi @motocopter, hi @klaviator!

    Definitely a small world!
    Enjoyed the pictures of your ride and cool lunch place. Brought back some good memories of riding for five months criss cross through your beautiful country.
  9. klaviator

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    Wow! Five months of riding across the country. That must have been quite a trip!

    What I also find amazing is this forum. Sure we had a random meeting five years ago but without this forum, that would have been the end of it. I would have remembered because I have a picture but because of ADV we can talk again. Without ADV I doubt that Marc and I would have ever discovered that we both met you back then. It's pretty cool how this forum brings so many people around the world together.
  10. B10Dave

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    Win; you got the right style of Nelson Riggs tank bag; but the wrong colour for your bike.:D:D

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  11. klaviator

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    My Cheap IMS knockoff footpegs just came in. They weren't a perfect fit as the two mounting tabs were spaced a little further apart than stock. A little redneck engineering fixed that.

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    They were a bit of a PITA to replace but then that should be the last time I have to do that. I'll need to go out and "test" them to see how they work:D
  12. black 8

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    I installed those knock-offs on the XT250 and they made a world of difference...

    I'd also upgrade the side stand with a foot enlarger for soft dirt, wet grass, sand, hot asphalt if you haven't yet...

    they're pretty cheap on eBay...
  13. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I never thought of that. I usually can find a rock or something to put under the side stand but that isn't a bad idea.
  14. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I took a look at side stand foot enlargers. There's quite a range from around 15 bucks to over 100:eek7
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  15. klaviator

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    I had a tool kit all set up for the KLR but need to come up with a new one for the KLX. I have a nice 22mm wrench/tire iron but the KLX needs a different size. I measured the axle nut at 27mm. For some reason I decided to check out the cheap wrench that comes in the stock took kit. It said 27mm but wouldn't fit on the nut? 26.5 mm ? So I found an old one in the box of old tools I have and it fit just fine. Good thing I checked. I will get a motion pro t6 tire lever in 27mm but until I get it I'll keep the stock wrench in the kit.

    I took a pic of all three wrenches.

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  16. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I went out and rode about 30 miles, much of it dirt. The pegs were a big improvement.
  17. Chillis

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    Don't do like the one guy here on ADV with sandals on working on his bike. Ripped his toe nail off with the sidestand. Ouch!

    I should get one of the sidestand feet too. With all the time I spend looking for a rock to set the bike on.
  18. gulfcoaster

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    He's retired now, socks and sandals are allowed anywhere once you reach retirement. :lol3:lol3
  19. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I read about that. That guy has been living dangerously. Almost had a head on collision then started a thread in PL about it where a couple of dozen inmates jumped all over him!
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  20. Raptorman

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    Somehow I knew you would like them. I've always liked mine and for some reason I like the #22 on the pegs too. :jack BTW, when is that seat strap coming off? :dirtdog