Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

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

  1. norton73

    norton73 drinkin' in the garage Supporter

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    That's not going to be an easy repair. I suppose someone could heliarc a patch.
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  2. 2372ighost

    2372ighost Been here awhile Supporter

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    First, kudos to Rudy having the JB weld onboard to do an “in the field “ fix to get him home.
    Second, where did you go to pick up a rock big enough to dent a bash plate and crack an engine case.
    ......now I have to rethink my onboard supplies when following Win.
  3. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I think he is going to try to find a replacement part. He is also planning on rebuilding the engine. In the meantime he has other bikes to ride. Well, he will when he gets back to California. Tomorrow he will still be here and I will do my best to infect him with the scooter virus:D
  4. staticPort

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    You guys musta been flyin' . . . :twitch
    Other than oil seepage, looks like a lovely day's ride though!
  5. klaviator

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    The OEM skidplate on that bike is pretty flimsy. He tried to find a aftermarket skid plate but couldn't find one.

    BTW, that happened on Van Zandt road which you have followed me through several times.

    Rudy was very well prepared. I think I need to add to my tool kit.
  6. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    We went out to capture the sunset this evening. The clouds which might have made for a spectacular sunset had mostly disappeared. I'm am looking forward to seeing Rudy's pics which I am sure turned out much better than mine. Here's a few of mine.

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  7. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem Supporter

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    i just take mine out of the box and go, someday i'm gonna take the time to figure out all the cool features
  8. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem Supporter

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    the camping trip looked like a blast
  9. klaviator

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    That's what I did. Except now that I have had it for quite a while I still haven't figured out the cool features.
  10. klaviator

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    The plan for today was to do another dual sport ride.

    Oops, we only have one operable dual sport bike so time for plan B. I was going to do my best to infect Rudy with the scooter virus:D

    We had a cold front pass through and really drop the temperatures. When I got up this morning it was 40 degrees:vardy Yeah, I know you guys up north are laughing at me but 40 is cold for Alabama in late April. I also rained early this morning and the day started overcast and gloomy. But this is Alabama, if you don't like the weather just wait a few hours! Rudy got to my house around 11:00 and we talked about photography. Well, mostly he talked and I listened. My cameras have so many features I knew next to nothing about. The camera I use the most is my Olympus TG5. I have been pretty happy with it most of the time but I am not getting the most out of it. I rarely use my Sony because it does a poor job of showing colors. Rudy thinks I should be able to get better pics with the Sony than the Olympus. That would be nice but time will tell. I'll get a filter that should help with the colors and see what happens. The other thing he suggested is to use the manual modes instead of just leaving it in auto. He took some pics to show what the Sony could do.

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    While the bike is crisp, the colors are pretty dull. I tried a little processing.

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    This next picture didn't need any processing.

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    We talked a bit more then headed out for a ride. I wanted to show Rudy some local sights and spend some time taking pics. This was our first stop just a few miles from my house.

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    I took a bunch of pics from here using manual settings. Most of the pics were crap so I won't post them. This was the only one that I liked and even it doesn't have very good color.

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  11. klaviator

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    Back on the road. I took some shots on the go.

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    We ended up in the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. We were going dual sport riding after all:ricky:ricky We stopped for some pics.

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  12. klaviator

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    We headed down the gravel road along the Tennessee River. This road is easy on a dual sport bike but on a scooter it helps to avoid the bigger potholes. It was very colorful with all the yellow flowers. We stopped to take some pics towards the river but that would be facing the sun. Rudy suggested shooting the other way so I moved the Like to get it in the picture.

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    Then we rode to another spot.

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    I took a bunch of pics with my Sony but they were crap compared to the Olympus pics.

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    Then we headed back out the way we came.

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  13. klaviator

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    Our next stop was historic Mooresville.

    I took this pic with the Sony.

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    And this with the Olympus.

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    More Olympus pics.

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  14. klaviator

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    Mooresville is a tiny town, just a few blocks. We rode up and down the streets. At the end of one of the streets is a dirt road into the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. Around 9 or 10 years ago I rode down that road on my Super 8. Since then I have tried to ride it again but the gate was always closed. Today it was open so it was time for some adventure riding to check it out.

    We came to the end of the road. Actually it looked like it continued when the water was lower.

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    One of the few Sony shots worth posting.

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    Some shots on the way back out.

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    Rudy said he was impressed where we could go on these scooters.

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    We stopped for some more pics of Mooresville.

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  15. klaviator

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    We rode around Mooresville some more. We decided to try some action shots since I had some issues with that on the Bankhead ride with many of my shots turning out blurry.

    Here Rudy is explaining the process to me.

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    Then he turned around and headed down the road so he could do another U turn and come riding by so I could get a pic at the spot he was at but this time he would be in motion.

    That was the plan.

    Remember what Forest Gump said?

    You remember right??

    SHIT HAPPENS!!

    As Rudy was making his U turn the Like died:(

    This has happened to me a few times recently but mostly it was just a brief power loss of a second or less. A couple of times it died but restarted and got me home. This time it didn't want to re start. It would crank but the fuel pump was not running. Maybe it would start if we waited a bit.

    Rudy got a shot of me on the Majesty.

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    The Like still wouldn't start:dirtdog

    Time for me to ride home and get the truck. It was only 12 miles to my house. When I got back Rudy said that the scooter had started just a couple of minutes ago. He followed me home. It saved us from having to load the scooter in the truck but it would be much easier to troubleshoot if it just stayed dead! I'm thinking it's a fuel pump going bad but it could be some other electrical issue. I'll call Max Motorsports and see if Mathew has any ideas.
  16. chethro

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    Very nice, I really like the flower shot of both bikes with the water in the background! :thumb
  17. sealsam

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    Wonderful stuff Win!

    Glad to see Rudy on the twist-n-go.
  18. TheSweeper

    TheSweeper Been here awhile

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    If you need a loaner, just give me a shout.
  19. klaviator

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    I got a call from Rudy this morning. He forgot his cap in the under seat storage on the Like. He swung by and picked it up on his way back to California. I took the opportunity to get a pic of him by his rig.

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    He has all his camping gear well organized in the bed of his truck. I've been thinking of getting a hitch carrier and doing the same thing. Well, not exactly the same because I will never be that well organized:D While I would prefer to stay in motels, traveling this way is much easier on the wallet.
  20. klaviator

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    Two days of riding, two days of bike issues. Yes it would have been better if they hadn't happened but I still thoroughly enjoyed those days. While I love my bikes and I love to ride, the people who I have had the pleasure to meet through riding over the years are just as important to me as the bikes and the riding. It was a real pleasure to meet Rudy and spend some time with him, even if some of that time was spent broke down on the side of the road. We would never have met if not for this forum. Rudy had read my You only live twice thread some time ago. Because of my time in San Diego all those years ago I checked out the thread he was doing in SoCal a few years ago. Soon we were "talking" on each others threads. It was great to finally get together. I am looking forward to when, not if, we get together in the future again. Next time may be out west or maybe somewhere here in the Southeast, hopefully both.

    If you want to check out Rudy's great photography, videos and ride report, his latest thread is here.

    So Rudy, have a safe and pleasant drive home. It was an honor and a pleasure to meet, ride and spend some time with you. Thanks for all the photography tips! Looking forward to our next meeting.