Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

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

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    The freezer has been on that circuit for 8 years with no problems until now. I'll keep an eye on it as there is no simple way to get it on another circuit.

    Getting back to motorcycle/scooter related stuff. Remember all the discussion about fixing flat tires? I picked this up at Wally World:

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    Sorry for the blurry pic. There is a better one at this link: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hyper-Tough-DC-3-7V-Cordless-Bicycle-Tire-Inflator-Rechargeable-Portable-Car-Motorcycle-Football-Handheld-Pump-Mini-Air-Compressor-Doubles-Power-Bank/809330959?irgwc=1&sourceid=imp_3em01HXzQxyLTC:R-c2cOwRmUkB357WpQSb:Sw0&veh=aff&wmlspartner=imp_150372&clickid=3em01HXzQxyLTC:R-c2cOwRmUkB357WpQSb:Sw0&sharedid=&affiliates_ad_id=568840&campaign_id=9383

    It's a rechargeable air pump and costs a whopping $29.99. After fully charging it I topped off all of the tires in my garage; 2 motorcycles, 2 scooters and 1 bicycle. None of them needed a lot of air. Then I added 3-4 pounds to all four tires on my truck. Those are much bigger than motorcycle tires but the pump handled it just fine. It's now showing between 20 and 50% charge. I think it will easily handle at least a couple of motorcycle tires.
  2. dp064

    dp064 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I have a similar unit that I bought from amazon.. wasn't aware of this one. I like the fact that it will double as a power supply!
  3. klaviator

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    My buddy @Raptorman bought one and used it on Rich's bike in Little Switzerland. I probably would never have found it otherwise. BTW, it is also a flashlight although I haven't tried it in the dark to see how bright it is. Its hard to beat for only 30 bucks!
  4. TheSweeper

    TheSweeper Been here awhile

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    I got one like it but not rechargeable. $20 and it works great. I figured all of my bikes have battery tender plugs and I have bad luck with rechargeable tools being dead when I really need them. Still have to gather the rest of the tools I need to fix a flat. I can't stay focused!
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    Win; is the GFI built into the receptacle? Just replace it with a regular one.
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  6. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    No, it's on another receptacle in the circuit. The circuit includes two receptacles in the garage and two outside. The overhead lights in the garage are on another circuit and I could run power from there but I'm not an electrician so it wouldn't be easy for me.

    Getting back to the topic of RIDING. It looks like there will be a good turnout for tomorrow. I set up lunch at Chef Troy's in Houston. I'll also be leading a ride there from Allsport in Decatur. This is more of a social event but the ride should be pretty good too. I'm hoping to see some of the people I have been riding with regularly, see a few I haven't in a while and meet a few for the first time.
  7. klaviator

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    I headed to Decatur this morning. I wanted to be at Allsport early before the rest of the riders arrived. I also wanted to pre-ride part of the route to make sure I didn't make a wrong turn and get us lost! I made a small detour off the route and circled Lake Chula Vista. I even got to do a water crossing!

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    I got to Allsport at 9:15 but a couple of people beat me there. We talked for a while and looked at bikes. Randy showed up on his new (to him) CB500X and discovered that his bike was melting....literally!!

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    I talked to Steve, the owner, and he told me if I had given him a heads up he would have had donuts for us! I'll try to remember that. He also said they would have a cookout for us on August 7th. I'll plan on setting up a ride to get there.

    Getting ready to head out. We had around a dozen bikes.

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  8. klaviator

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    Since it was only about 40 miles from Allsport to our lunch stop I added a few zigs and zags to make it a bit more of a ride. I found a couple of roads with some nice curves to add to the route.

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    We even lucked out and didn't get stuck behind slow cars on those roads:-)

    We stopped in Wren to take a break and socialize a bit. Many of the people on this ride had not met before. Some had not ridden with any of us.

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    Then we continued to our lunch stop. Our luck ran out as far as slow traffic as we were stuck behind a couple of slow trucks for a while but eventually we turned off on to another road and were able to enjoy the curves:ricky:ricky

    When we got to Chef Troy's in Houston, there were some bikes and riders waiting for us.

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    I think we had 18 people total for lunch. Chef Troy's is a little hole in the wall restaurant but has great food.

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  9. TheSweeper

    TheSweeper Been here awhile

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    I should have been wearing my glasses when I put the shock in. I created a short at the relay somehow. Good thing I only rode fifteen minutes to Allsport! Had a great time today, thanks Win.
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    Some of us hung out after lunch, talked bikes and told some lies.

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    We all admired this bike.

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    @Nice Goat getting ready to leave on his DR350.

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    We had no real plan after lunch. Some people just headed home on their own. @Nice Goat led a couple of riders who had ridden here with me on a dual sport ride.

    Six of us headed North on 63 which has some nice sweepers.

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    When we got to 33, half headed south 33 and three of us headed North. From 33 we turned on to Leola Rd which also has some nice curves.

    One last pic a few miles from home.

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    As rides go this one was fun but nothing special. This was more about getting a bunch of riders together and having a chance to socialize.
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    That stinks, especially on a new bike. Love your attitude though :thumb
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    Luckily he was able to sort things out and do the ride with us:-)
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    It was great to meet some new people. Greg, Rich, and I rode some backroads up to meet a friend of mine, Robert, in Crane Hill. He had the Ducati. We rode some new to me roads with only a couple of missed turns. We returned to B'ham by way of Jasper and Sipsey. I did a total of 250 miles.
  14. klaviator

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    I forgot how much fun it is to change a tire so I replaced the rear tire on my KLX this morning. I put another Dunlop 605 on as I have been happy with that tire. The one I replaced had over 3600 miles on it. I could have stretched it to 4000 miles but I'll be heading for Maggie Valley on Sunday for three days of riding on Monday - Wednesday. I just looked at the weather forecast for the days we will be there. Highs between 71 and 74 and lows in the 50s. Keep in mind that this is July in the south.:rayof
  15. TheSweeper

    TheSweeper Been here awhile

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    Hate that I’m missing this one! Got my dad moved yesterday and will be chasing issues for a bit to help him settle. Y’all be safe and have a great time.
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  16. klaviator

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    We'll be going back to MV the second week in August. It's not too late for you to get a scooter and come join us:D
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    I think I might have found a scooter that would work for me.:D
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    I did the same this week, front and rear, for our impending ride in MV. 89BB7CAA-D0C8-4A74-AD4C-DC3AD642804F.jpeg 46683365-D507-4CAB-8811-3781EC03FCB3.jpeg
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    Based on a changing weather forecast we have changed our Maggie Valley trip to Mon - Fri. We'll be riding T, W & TH. Maybe a short ride on Monday early evening.
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    I had a good time checking out the area at the top of Black Camp Gap rd., on the Cherokee end of Maggie. Pretty good riding up there.
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