Still Wandering in Indiana

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by radianrider, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Bhuff

    Bhuff Adventurer

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    A couple of years ago was about the last time I rode. That is about to change. I will be getting new bike in a few weeks, gonna ride to NC with JB2 and then will be looking for a cup of coffee. Maybe you know of some good places?
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  2. Frenchman83

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    When will you be heading to NC? I'm headed down there the week 23 September.
  3. Bhuff

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    28th thru the 1st. Maggie Valley
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  4. Frenchman83

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    Fun place to ride around!
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  5. radianrider

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    Glad you are getting back on the bike. So what did you settle on?

    If I Idid know of any I'd probably get tea!

    Betting we can find a good cup somewhere!

    Black Hills really is bikers' paradise...and I'm in a Sentra. Sigh
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  6. Bhuff

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    Bobber Black Smoke 1.jpg
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  7. radianrider

    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    Beautiful bike!
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  8. 72 Yamaha RD350

    72 Yamaha RD350 Been here awhile

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    Criminal. Absolutely criminal.
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    72 Yamaha RD350 Been here awhile

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  10. Bhuff

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    Can't wait. Being shipped on monday.
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  11. 72 Yamaha RD350

    72 Yamaha RD350 Been here awhile

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    Joel: I found this for you.

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  12. radianrider

    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    Thanks Mike! I wrote to Chris and watched all his videos when I was trying to figure out if I was going to buy one.
  13. radianrider

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    Spent yesterday wandering the Black Hills in a Polaris UTV. Rental guy said we said a new record for miles covered.

    Lots of roads perfect for a scrambler...some were 4x4 suitable and I'm not sure I'd have taken my bike on them. Softball-sized rocks and I could see it being very difficult on a bigger bike. A 250cc would have been better.
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  14. JB2

    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    You're talking roads like this? Gentleman Jim and I have hit almost every gravel road in the Badlands... twice. If there's some we missed it wasn't because we weren't looking for them.

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    Badlands, SD. September 2015

    @Bhuff 's new bike looks like it could use some dirt tires don't you think? :*sip*
  15. radianrider

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    I'd have been on that road in a heart beat!

    If you have Google Earth you can look up Spearfish Canyon Lodge. Follow the dirt road that runs beside it. Leads to hundreds of miles of dirt/gravel roads. Some of them only accessible on small bike or a 4x4--or a better rider than I am!
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  16. 72 Yamaha RD350

    72 Yamaha RD350 Been here awhile

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    I owned a 98 Jeep Wrangler for ten years. Loved every minute of it. But my bones are too old for rockin’, shakin’, and bouncin’ over rocks and rough terrain. There’s rough country out West. I’ve had my fill of it.
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  17. radianrider

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    And Brian's bike with TKC 80's! (No wonder he never asks our advice about these things)
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  18. radianrider

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    Spent the day driving around this corner of SD and WY. Went over to Devil's Tower.

    Lots off bikes on the road, but only spotted one Bonneville.

    Lots of HD and Goldwings...a few BMW's and one Ducati.
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  20. 72 Yamaha RD350

    72 Yamaha RD350 Been here awhile

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    Having lived in Phoenix for 14 years and been everywhere west of the Mississippi, I can tell you The West is a mighty Big Place and you don’t want anything less than a full size touring bike when the nearest destination is at least five hours away. Harley Touring models eat that up for breakfast and leave you in good enough shape to repeat it in the afternoon. Beemer GS/RT’s and Goldwings too. All big, heavy bikes with cruise control that still handle amazingly well. And there is no requirement to change the exhaust on a Harley to make it loud. Plenty of owners are satisfied with no stage kits.

    Of course, if you are retired and have the time there is no reason not to take a smaller bike. Outside my hotel room last night were four Harley’s and a GW doing the Superior Loop. Tonight it’s an NC700 and CB500X. The first night it was two Indian Scouts (trailered to a starting point).

    I enjoy Tewster2’s YT series “Tiny Bike to Alaska”. Really good storyline.

    There’s a kid currently riding Prudhoe to Ushuaia on a Grom.

    My RD350 conditioned me to hate high frequency vibration. The Strom was better in that regard up to 60mph but not higher.

    Harley’s may shake a bit at idle but I’ve never felt a vibration out of my 107. It’s the motorcycle equivalent of a V8 muscle car doing legal speeds - totally smooth and understressed. Exactly what you want for The West. Or Alaska.