Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

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

  1. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

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    The FJ! A dream bike from my youth. Was it a fun ride?
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  2. klaviator

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    When the FJ1100 came out in 84 it was my dream bike although way out of my financial reach. In 1985 I had the money to buy my dream bike, although it was slightly used. Of course it was a fun ride. The whole story of my FJ is in my ride report: https://advrider.com/f/threads/you-only-live-twice.1042598/
  3. Mister Fixit

    Mister Fixit Think less, ride more

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    I wanted one too and also couldn’t afford it. I ended up buying an FJ600 instead. My first brand new bike and I rode it for 9 years.
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  4. klaviator

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    I remember the FJ600 well. I probably would have been better off on the smaller and lighter 600 instead of the 1100 but at the time I wanted the biggest and fastest.

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    I think the FJ660, especially in the color scheme above is a great looking bike, better than the 600 class bike of today.

    I'm glad I got the FJ1100 because I needed to get having a super fast bike out of my system and everyone needs to get their dream bike at least once!
  5. klaviator

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  6. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    That was, I suppose why I had a CBX, a GPz1100 and a ZR1100, all bought new.

    As per the photo, remember when rational sporting bikes had centre stands? All three I mentioned did. Kerker even made a pipe for the GPz which retained the centre stand.
  7. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    What year is that one. Very good looking bike
  8. klaviator

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    I'm not sure, I just pulled the pic off the internet. I'm guessing maybe an 84 since the color scheme is the same as my 84 FJ1100.
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    Thanks for setting the path on some good roads . I hope we didn’t hold you back too much but I was enjoying the scenery as well as the roads. I ended up at 378 miles for the day and enjoyed every mile.
  11. Mister Fixit

    Mister Fixit Think less, ride more

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    I had one on the black color scheme. My dream bike in the early 80’s was the CB1100F. I bought a used one in around ‘91. For a while I had the FJ and the CB until I sold them both for a GPZ1100. I was addicted to big motors until I bought my VFR. F78407F3-05A6-44C5-9650-3FBB81B4B2DB.jpeg DFCAEA39-2477-4EA3-A29F-0ACA52937A12.jpeg
  12. Mister Fixit

    Mister Fixit Think less, ride more

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    I was able to change my username from BobinCT. Pretty much describes my career.
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  13. klaviator

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    I headed out this evening in my never ending quest for the perfect sunset. I didn't find it but it wasn't a bad sunset.

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  14. klaviator

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    You didn't hold me back. If not for you guys I wouldn't have been motivated to go for a ride.
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    All those sunset pictures from all the years and no ufos in them?.
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  16. klaviator

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    I don't normally post the UFO pics but since you asked:D This was last night.

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    I headed out before 8 this morning. It was pretty cold and I didn't dress warm enough:vardy. It was nice and sunny when I left but I soon ran into off and on fog. It was much colder in the fog.

    Crossing the Tennessee River on 231.

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    It doesn't look like much in the next pic but it was pretty thick fog ahead.

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    I stopped at a gas station South of Arab and waited for a few other to show up. I forgot to take a pic but three others met me and we headed off. I got a pic on the go.

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    Despite the fog and cold it was a beautiful day and I was glad to be riding even if it wasn't on the most exciting of roads.

    Soon we arrived at out destination.

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    This was the parking lot behind the Bike Shop in Leeds where we would be having a Gymkhana today.

    The Thinwater clan unloading their bikes.

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    Riders here for the first time are asked to ride a 24 foot circle before going out on the course.

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    Johnny showing how its done on his big Harley.

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    Then it was time to head over to the course. The last few of these I hauled a small scooter down. This time I wanted to ride down which meant the Versys or Majesty. I've done a couple of Gymkhanas on the Versys but not the Majesty. I just felt like riding the Versys so that's what I rode. It is definitely way more work riding around the course that the Like or Super 8 which both felt like i was cheating. I was also faster on the scooters. The Versys has a snatchy throttle response at low speeds so I really had to work the clutch. It was still fun and very valuable practice.

    After riding for a bit I got my Sony out and took a bunch of pics.

    @Retro Iron who I first met in Maggie Valley on his Vespa was here on his NC700X doing some laps of the course. I told him he should have ridden the Vespa!

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    I was off my game today since I didn't manage to capture any napping bikes. Here's one that was just picked up.

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    left to right: David on his XT225, Natalee on her new Z400, and Zelia on her Agility 125.

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  20. klaviator

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    The course wasn't that crowded I just tried to take some pics with as many riders in them as possible.

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    David @enginebreak , despite being a fairly new rider was really tearing up the course.

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    Buzz, in the middle on the Van Van set up the course.

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