Indiana Exploits

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Signal 13, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Today I decided to ride Indiana SR 450 from Bedford to Shoals. I chose this route mostly because it's maybe 5 minutes from my place, but also because I read a good review of it here. The bike is new, and still in the running in stage, so I figured this would also be a good ride to help fill the 310 total miles the bike needs prior to the first service.

    Attractions along the route were Williams Covered Bridge and Williams Dam.

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    Once I got to Shoals I stopped for a break next to this sign.

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    I saw a few signs for something called Jug Rock and was thinking it was a rock group in the town and someone in the group played the jug...you know...someone blew into a jug to make the sound. Turns out is some sort of rock formation, so I was way off. I was going to check it out, and came to a sign that said "Jug Rock" with an arrow pointing down a hiking path. Unfortunately though, the sign did not say just how far down the path I needed to go, and I didn't feel like hiking, so i didn't bother.

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    I took a slightly different route on the way back, but it was just as nice. It was US 50 to Huron and Williams Road, which led back to SR 450. Once back at the start, I shot down SR 37 to Mitchell so I could go to Spring Mill State Park, where I'm thinking of camping next week so I can test out some new gear. The park looks nice and I found a good campsite. There's a $7 park entrance fee and a $12 primitive campsite fee.

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    The leaves are finally starting to change color and making the area look good.

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    The ride to Shoals and back didn't take long, although I took it easy due to all the blind turns. I didn't have to go down to 1st, but I spent a lot of time in 3rd and 4th gear and had to drop down to 2nd once in a section with 9 sharp turns back to back just after entering Dover Hill. It's certainly a ride I enjoyed enough to do again, but next time I may plan to have lunch in Shoals and hike to Jug Rock.

    I shot video of the entire ride, but cannot upload it here due to my computer not being able to handle the video (apparently my camera -GoPro Hero7 Black- is better than my computer). Not to mention I don't have a YouTube account. As soon as I sort out the video editing and get a YouTube account, I'll be able to add videos.

    I've attached a track for anyone who wants to ride the route.

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  2. beer_in_beard

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    Thanks for the ride review! I am planning some southern Indiana rides for next year, and will add this to the list for sure! I'm up in Muncie, and there's not much but flat around here!
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  3. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    I feel your pain...moved down here a few months ago from Fishers...flat there too.

    I’ll continue exploring this area for as long as the weather will let me and post up what I find.
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  4. JB2

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    Great ride report Signal 13! I've squinted and re-read your post trying to figure out what kind of bike you're riding... forgive me for asking but what is it? I live just north of beer_in_beard in Hartford City. I've been riding with another inmate from Avon recently. Looks like we have more than a handful of Hoosiers here which is great. Lots to see in our state but most folks traveling through would never guess that.
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  5. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    It’s a Himalayan. I’ve only had it about two weeks, but am really enjoying it.

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    There are some nice rides down here. One road in particular from French Lick to Bedford will get you airborne (2-lane through the forest with terrific scenery). Perhaps I’ll ride that next and share some info on that.

    I think most who travel the state do so on the interstates and state roads, thus missing quite a bit of what IN has to offer. Seems like there’s plenty of adv bikes around though. I saw a BMW and and V-Strom riding together on 37 headed north from Bedford the other day and wondered if they were on this forum.
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  6. JB2

    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    Signal 13 - I'll really be interested how well you like your bike as you rack up the miles. I've been looking for something uniquely different and had considered it but bought the Yamaha SCR950.

    There is a ton of great riding especially in southern Indiana. We used to ride there a lot but not so much in the past few years. I really need to get back that way and plan on doing so when summer rolls around again. 135, 46 and other routes come to mind as favorites from the past. Anything in the Hoosier National Forest is good too.

    Looking forward to more of your reports!
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  7. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Since it's still in the running in stage, I've not pushed the bike much. Heck, I'm still in the running in stage myself after having taken some years off from riding, so I'm not pushing myself yet either. :lol3 Having come from a Jeep background, where I was having a blast while rock crawling at 3mph, I don't mind taking it slow and enjoying the scenery.

    I've been up to 70mph on the bike, but only for a minute or two, as I don't believe that's a good idea on a brand new bike. Mostly just been varying the speeds and RPMs and not riding at one speed for any significant length of time. The running in period will be over by Monday, then Tuesday I'll run up to Indy for the first service. That will be just in time for the Loose Nut ride the following weekend, and I can ride it like I stole it. :ricky Kidding, of course, given my inexperience. I'll likely try to took up with some slower cats who aren't looking to break any land speed records...if they'll have me.

    I've changed the name of the thread and will just do a running trip report as opposed to a new one for every ride. Seems others here do that and I like that I can check out their exploits in one thread as opposed to trying to find the various ones they've made over the months/years.
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  8. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    I see you're on a Himalayan as well. There's an inmate in south-Indy who rides a Himalayan too and he may shoot down here for a ride on Veteran's Day weekend. Will ride Sunday, camp that night at Spring Mill State Park, then ride some more Monday before heading home. He's waiting to see if he'll be off from work that Monday.

    I don't know what your schedule is like, but you're free to come down if you want to ride too. I know that's a bit of a hike from Muncie though, so we can meet up for some riding another time if you cannot make it in November.
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  9. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    I've got a hankering for Denny's. But not the Denny's 5 minutes from me, as what fun would that be? No...I've got a hankering for the Denny's in French Lick. It's right across from the hotel/casino and looks quite nice. I can think of few things better than a full stomach right before a night of camping, so I'm going to shoot down there and hit that up on Monday, then head to Spring Mill State Park for a night under the stars so I can test out my new gear. I need to get that done prior to the Loose Nut ride at Turkey Run State Park the following weekend.

    The last of my gear arrived today and I'm excited to see how it fits on the bike. Up until now, I've been hammock camping, but am tired of that for many reasons and decided to change things up. The change from hiking-camping to moto-camping has opened up new options, such as being able to carry more weight, so I wanted to try out cot-life. Thus far, it's looking promising!

    I set up my gear today in my basement to ensure I liked it so I can return it if I didn't think it would work for me, but I don't think I'll have that issue. With test-fitting done, it's time for a live fire mission at the state park down the road a bit from me. Here's what I'll be using...

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    I introduce you all to the Kelty cot...18 pounds 15 ounces of pure, unadulterated, comfort! It's 83 x 32 x 20 assembled and 41 x 8.5 x 8.5 packed. It's also rated for 300 pounds, which means I can park both me and a squirrel on the thing without concern. The side rails of the cot are 19" off the ground, which makes for a great chair as well.

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    Next is the Kamp-Rite Insect Protection System. This thing is awesome! It's roughly the same size as the cot, and I attached the corners to the cot with velcro straps so the wind won't blow it off when I'm not inside. There's an amazing 38" of headroom in there, as measured from the bottom to the top-center.

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    Thankfully, a rainfly is included, which attaches to the other part with buckles at each corner. It should help keep me toasty, as well as dry.

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    And for an encore, I added a Kelty sleeping bag, which is a bit oversized, fits in the IPS wonderfully, and is rated to -20 degrees because I don't plan on living the life of a hermit while awaiting spring weather.

    Mission launch is set for Monday or Tuesday morning, depending on what Mission Control (aka my wife, aka Signal 20) has going on those days. Oh...maybe I'll clue you all in...Signal 13 is cop code for Suspicious Person. Signal 20 is cop code for Crazy Person. Just don't tell my wife I said that or I'll be Signal 5 (murdered). :lol3 In all seriousness, Signal 20, I mean, my wife, is terrific and very supportive of my newfound hobby of moto-camping.

    That's all for now. I'll post up a pic of it all packed on the bike once I figure out how to strap it all on there, which will likely take me a few days of trial and error.
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  10. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    I've been messing around with my GoPro mounts in an attempt to determine the best place for it on the bike, and since I never attended film school, your feedback would help.

    In this first screenshot, the GoPro is mounted on the left blinker assembly. I like that you can see part of the windshield, the Royal Enfield name, and sometimes the front fender. However, I don't like that everything to the right is blocked.

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    In these other screenshots, the GoPro is mounted on the center of the handlebars. If I keep it in this spot, I'll obviously have to remove the AdvRider sticker from the windshield. Aside from that, I like this spot, although I'm not sure I like how much of the instrument cluster is shown. I feel like that blocks a lot of the scenery. But, maybe some people like seeing the speedometer, tachometer, time, gear, mileage, and temperature readouts? I kind of like that you can see my face (well, my helmet anyway).

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    If I keep the GoPro in the second location, I'll likely move it over to the right a bit, just to center the view.
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  11. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    I didn’t get to ride yesterday as hoped. Signal 20 had me take her, twiddle dee and twiddle dum (7yo and 1yo) up to Indy. First thing we did was hit up the zoo.

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    We then went to a few random shops, which worked out well because I was able to pick up a RAM mount for my phone, meaning no more navigating via The Force.

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    I’ve also been working on a packing plan for my camping gear.

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    I’ve got 2 of those black bags one on either side, and I’m liking them quite a bit. A bonus I didn’t count on was they do a good job blocking the cold wind on my knees.

    I’m back up in Indy again today, this time on the bike so I could get it serviced (first time for that). Was a bit on the chilly side, but not too bad. It will be warmer during the ride home. The ride up 37 was nicer than usual thanks to all the color in the trees. Fall has finally come to Indiana...better late than never.

    Kinda bummed about not getting to test out my camping gear prior to the Loose Nut Ride this weekend at Turkey Run State Park, but shit happens, and I just roll with the punches.

    At the least, I’m going to set up the tarp when I get home today because I’ve never set one up without the use of trees, and want to try it without trees since that’s how I’ll likely use it from now on.
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  12. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Well, aside from my bike’s first service, it got aluminum handlebars and new bar weights. It’s an added bonus that the bars are black...the OEM bars are not.

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    Once I got home, I decided to try out the tarp. The first attempt didn’t fair well...too much sag.

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    Take two proved better, which was accomplished by lowering the non-pole corners.

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    That’s as good as it’s gonna get. I should have either got the 8’ poles or a smaller tarp. I’m working with a 12’ square tarp and 6’ poles.

    Really need to take care of all those leaves, but have more pressing issues at the moment, so the leaves can wait until Monday or Tuesday. :D
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  13. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Last night I downloaded BaseCamp from the Garmin website and messed around with that for a bit. I was able to upload tracks for this weekend into BaseCamp and check them out. It was easy enough, although I'm sure making my own tracks will prove to be more difficult.

    Then today my Garmin Zumo 396 LMT-S was delivered, so I installed that.

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    Once that was done, I plugged it into my computer and transferred the tracks for this weekend's ride from BaseCamp to the GPS. The tracks look really good with plenty of photo ops and covered bridges to check out. Saturday is shaping up to have some good weather, but there's a 60% chance of rain on Sunday. Unless it's an absolute torrential downpour, I'll still ride the tracks on Sunday. The area is a little over two hours from me, and I'll not likely make it back there before winter hits, so I want to make the best of the time I'll have in that area.

    It's currently raining...has been since 8:30am...and is supposed to continue to rain until sometime tomorrow. So, I decided not to commute to work today, tomorrow and Friday, but rather just take some time to ensure the camping gear is ready to go and is secured on the bike in a manner where it won't come loose while riding (the cot is gonna be tricky).
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  14. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    All packed up and ready to head out for the 2018 Loose Nut event being held in Parke County, IN this weekend. Am hoping to get there by 8:30am, set up camp, then ride the tracks. I'll camp in Turkey Run State Park that night, ride the tracks Sunday, then head home. There's been a lot of rain over the past few days, which should make things interesting, and a chance of more rain on Sunday. Am actually wondering just how many will ride Sunday's tracks knowing rain will be inbound, but I'm going to give it a shot regardless if I have someone to ride with or not.

    Here's how the bike looks loaded up.
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    The trash bag wrapped around the cot and then taped with duck tape isn't the most elegant looking, but at least it will keep the cot dry, which is about all I care about as far as that's concerned. While there's not a cheaper method to accomplish that, I'm wondering if there's a better method to accomplish that. All I have to do is ensure I bring one trash bag per day, so when I rip the current one apart to take the cot out, I'll have a replacement for the ride home.
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  15. JB2

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    Mosko-Moto has several dry bag options for tents and such. I believe Aerostitch has other brands in their arsenal too. Maybe one is big enough for your cot but yours looks pretty wide/long so it may be a tough size to find.

    With a couple of spare tires thrown on the back it looks like you could take off for a huge adventure! :D You certainly are putting the Himalayan to the test so far as max capacity goes. There's frost on the Pumpkin this morning and I just read that @radianrider is holed up in his living room waiting for the sun to warm things up a bit. I'm anxious to see how your weekend goes. I'm not far from Turkey Run but obligations in the shop call today so I'll have to wait yet another year.

    Ride Safe and have fun!
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  16. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Was a cold ride up to Turkey Run State Park this morning. Got to the park safe though, if just a bit frozen, then set up camp.

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    I then rode all over Parke County and got the bike properly detailed.

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    Bike did well enough...horn don’t work now for some reason, but aside from that, I’m pleased with it. It was obvious to me the bike is beyond my skill level. Went through quite a bit of water with no problems, but the bike felt squirrely in gravel and the mud was slicker than chicken shit. Dropped the bike in the mud...twice..,just didn’t have the traction needed in that stuff.

    I’ll post up some more pictures tomorrow. I’m hoping I will go through some rain showers tomorrow to help wash the mud off my bike. :lol3
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  17. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Some photos from the ride...

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  18. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Got the Himalayan dirty...



    Then gave it a bubble bath...

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    Followed by a rincing and then blow dry at 70mph.

    Even after all that, it’s still not entirely clean. That’s okay though...it ain’t no show bike.
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  19. Signal 13

    Signal 13 Been here awhile

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    Been a while since I posted here, mostly because it's been a while since the bike has been out of the garage. I awoke one morning last week to a flat tire and went about sourcing the needed items to get that changed...tube, tire irons, valve stem removal tool, etc. A few days back, with everything having been delivered, I tackled the chore of fixing the flat. Then last night, I went ahead and cleaned up the rear of the bike since that's easier to do with the rear tire off.

    I woke up this morning at 8am, intending to remount the tire and go for a ride before work this afternoon, and discovered the rear tire was flat once again. As you can imagine, I was unimpressed. Thankfully I had ordered 2 tubes, so I still had one left. This time, I removed the tire completely from the wheel and found the foreign object I missed during the first tire change...sum bitch was tiny, so it's no surprised I missed it.

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    This little contraption worked great for making the tire easy to remove due to the weight of the tire not being on the axle, but it didn't do much for me when it was time to remount the tire.

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    I also used a dowel to knock the axle out.

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    At any rate, the tire is now remounted and I'm looking forward to riding the bike again soon.

    Something else I did recently was mount some storage tubs to the bike. The below video only shows one tube, but I put another one on the left side of the bike as well. I'm using them for tools.



    I also recently wired my GPS charger to the bike.



    Feels good to get these little things done, and each chance I get to mess around with the bike is another learning experience for me.

    My next day off is Tuesday and while I was wanting to take a ride down to the West Baden / French Lick area, I think I'm going to head out 50 east to 135 and take that north from Brownstown up to Nashville. It goes through the Hoosier National Forest and on the map it looks like it would be a nice ride. High on Tuesday is forecasted to be 33 degrees, but at least it will give me a chance to test out the cold weather riding gear (hat, face/neck protector, and glove inserts) that I recently bought.
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  20. JB2

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    Signal 13 - 135 is a great road. Lots of riding options on the side roads that run off to the west side of 135. Don't forget the Bean Blossom Bridge on the north side of Bean Blossom and a stop in Story at the old Inn.

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