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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by The Opa, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. Flasher

    Flasher Been here awhile

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    Damn if he didn't give it to me also.
  2. bluestar

    bluestar sheep shagger

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    Nice pix. :clap
  3. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider Supporter

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    Looks like you had a good time. Once you guys get well, we need to schedule a ride. It has been too long!

    Numa
  4. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider Supporter

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    Rumor has it that you are sporting a new set of wheels. Let's see some photos.

    Numa
  5. giganova

    giganova Been here awhile

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    I didn't know SC is so beautiful!


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  6. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Loose lips sink ships..........
    That said, it is not rumor, but my wife and I just went up to Chattanooga yesterday. That was the first time I saw it. Brought it home today. I am still in denial. I tried to post up last night from my phone, which I have done before, but all I accomplished was to kill the phone battery.
    I will post before too long, but in the mean time my wife showed me a pic on - Pandora's European Motorsports (Chattanooga) Face Book Page. I don't do Face or twit or any of that stuff.

    To quote one of my riding buds ... Dayum, what a motorsickle :bmwrider:happay
  7. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Come to think of it, I'm home now with my trusty pc.

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    At the US 64/74 rest area,at Andrews, NC. The lovely Oma in her pickup.

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  8. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider Supporter

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    Beautiful bike, Loren! Congratulations. We'll have to go riding soon so we can get that beast dirty.

    Numa
  9. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    What chu smokin' boy? Actually I did about 1 1/2 mile of gravel, unintentionally, today..:lol3
    If I can convince myself it is worth the effort, I will finish up the story of 'that ''clean'' beast.'
  10. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    I Won A Motorcycle


    I've not been too efficient at chronicling the events of my life, mostly just life happens. But, I am feeling the urge to share this. I won a motorcycle. No, I won the motorcycle I have lusted after since I was a kid (forgive me my Father). And this motorcycle hadn't been made yet (but it's elders had).
    What the heck is that I thought. Later discovered it was called a … BMW. Boxer twin. The heck you say. Now this had to have been in the 1958 – 1959 time frame, and I had yet to have moved on from bicycles. (Although a scant few years later I removed a brake cable from a Schwinn to hook to the improperly working automatic choke on my '56 DeSoto, got an extra 4-5 mpg out of it).
    A motorcycle the likes of which I had never seen. Or (not) heard. No Milwaukee iron that! Wonder how he shifts it? But quicker than I could get the thoughts thinking, that thing of mechanical beauty was gone. Not forgotten.
    First 'motorcycle' I rode was a Vespa, man that thing would fly. Then the owner of the home town dairy I worked at had a 3 wheel delivery scooter we would terrorize the alley with. Oooeeee!
    I think the first one I owned (I think I owned it) was a Honda 50, not a step through. I believe the next was a Honda 305 Scrambler, traded that one for a set of brand new Wide Ovals for my '62 BelAir. I may have those two turned around, what with the purple haze of high school, college, wars and what not.
    First new bike was a 1968 Suzuki 305. It was a two cylinder, two stroke street bike. Once rode it from Iowa to the Rio Grande Valley. Brought it home in Grampa's travel trailer.
    Then off to the Senior Trip in SE Asia. I did at least get (once) to ride the barber's Honda 50 step thru.
    Once back to the 'world' it was on to the world of dirt bike riding/racing. Speed and Sport (Ames, IA) had hopped up/modified a Suzuki 250 Hustler for track use. It was mine. Then shortly Suzuki started making the TM models. Mine were 250s.
    Then my first German bike, 1974 Maico 250. Oh, yeah.
    Back into the Army, trade the Maico for a '68 Triumph Trophy Tiger. It didn't leak oil, but did drink a little.
    Back to civilian, 1978 Yamaha SR 500, same motorcycle Yamaha just brought back as a 400.
    Quite a few Mxers, mostly for the kids, although I still tried to ride a mid '90s KX 500. Even won the Over 40 class championship the first year Victory Sports (maybe better known as Muddy Creek Raceway) offered it. Then the fast guys got old enough to ride it.....
    I then suffered a long period without any motorcycle. But I did make payments on some big trucks (tractor/trailer type).
    Then circumstance brought a 1997 BMW F650ST into my garage. I think 2008 or so. The Chain Gang, now F650.com taught me the proper care and feeding of this machine. I expect this was to learn how to check then adjust valves the BMW Motorrad way. It had 11,100 miles when I got it, has 85,400 now, and it finally sprung a water pump seal leak. Solid, solid motorcycle.
    In 2013 I decided to join the BMWMOA. I wanted the Platinum Upgrade in case I had trouble off somewhere. Needed it for a ruined tire too. When it was time to renew, the MOA membership they had a raffle going on.
    I won. On the second of two tickets I got, the one without the extra year's membership. I am still stunned, amazed, dazed, in denial, and that after I have done the 600 mile service.
    I praise God, and sincerely thank the BMWMOA (and Foundation), and all the really swell people at Pandora's European Motorsports, in Chattanooga.
    Kinda long winded, but I really wanted to say thanks.


    Loren




    2015 BMW R1200GS


    First time on a GS, not running.




    First time on a GS, running.
  11. Flasher

    Flasher Been here awhile

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  12. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    We had a nice warm weekend past, so we did a little ride. Augiedog, Flasher and I rode some on Saturday, then BlueRidgeRider joined us for the long leg on Sunday. We stayed in the flat lands. I was trying to learn to shoot a photo on the run, so that's what some of these are. The three of us filed a new tag photo on Saturday, then the four of us rode to Charleston to grab the tag. My Sunday ride said 457 miles; I believe Numa probably had a little more than me.

    Outside Pacolet, SC

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    The new tag

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    Couple renditons of Flasher

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    Some shots around Burnt Mill...........don't ask

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    Sunday morning meet up

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    Spanish moss

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    Goin' down the road

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    Perimeter around bomb range......... I missed the signs that said so......

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    Flat land gravel

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    Boats and water

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    The objet d'art.......I didn't even get a donut :huh

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    Last fuel stop of the day, Light was fading quickly.

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  13. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider Supporter

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    Thanks for letting me "tag" along on Sunday. That was a fun day of riding! Love your new bike.

    Numa
  14. Flasher

    Flasher Been here awhile

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    Another great ride. Helps to have friends along to make it even better.
  15. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University Supporter

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  16. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    I have been remiss in keeping this thread up! Augiedog and I went to California in March, and I still haven't posted up any of those photos. Ah well. Here are some from this year's Thumper Thaw, (an F650.com aka Chain Gang event).

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    A pair of old truckers with a different view from the 'rocking chair'

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  17. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    It was a gray and rainy start

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    and end to the first day

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    Day two was still wet

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    Patches of blue sky

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    A thoroughly delightful road

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    Blue skies trying to break through

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    Ran this day out of daylight

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  18. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Finishing the southern end of Natchez Trace Parkway

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    Mississippi River Bridge, Natchez, MS

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    Red River

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    Couple of shots in Leesville, LA, home of Ft Polk, which was my home for a couple of months back in '69.

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    Louisiana into Texas

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    Check out two lane highway speed limit!

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    Neches River/Steinhagen Lake

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  19. The Opa

    The Opa experienced

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    Found a nice rest area

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    Turned around and saw that we were at the entrance to the 'Texas White House' , LBJ's ranch. One room school house


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    Cows have right of way

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    Texas Hill Country

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  20. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    You're doing it right!! :clap


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