Still Wandering in Indiana

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  1. radianrider

    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    Trying out a new thing...at least for me.

    Took a jaunt this morning while the heat and humidity were low.
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    Only took one picture, but it was a really nice time of day to ride. [​IMG]
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    Is that Rever or a similar app?
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    It is called Ride with GPS.
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    Well, today I asked myself the age-old question--what do to when your house is full of women for a bridal shower? I suspect your answer would be the same as mine--go for a loooong ride.

    Here's the overview...[​IMG]

    There wasn't much new in the ride--after all this time I've hit most of these roads multiple times, but it was still an excellent day of riding. It had a bit of everything. Windy roads, tree-lined country lanes, a teenager getting his truck pulled out of ditch after overestimating his ability to go around a corner and cows on a hill. [​IMG]

    Oh, yeah...and random roses growing by the side of the road. [​IMG]

    I've been to Hall before and it is always accidental. I never get there when I try to find it. Weird, but true. [​IMG]

    About the time I left Hall I was low on gas and I need some liquid refreshment, so off to Martinsville for gas and something cold to drink at Starbucks. I was sitting in the shade enjoying my drink when a couple came around the building and asked if I was riding the Triumph. They were as excited as I was to meet another Triumph rider. Jim had a Rocket III and Lisa was on her new Triumph Bobber.

    We had a great time talking bikes and riding. Meet Jim and Lisa (pretty sure I got that right--I have a terrible time with names. I often tell my students it will be six weeks before I get all the names right.) Great couple, married 40 years and still seemed to like each other.:lol3

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    I invited them to join the conversation, so they might jump in at some point!

    May all your roads look this inviting.
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    Yes, an exciting meet with another Triumph rider. We are now following, so we’ll get to see all of your exciting rides and conversations ❤️
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    Glad to have you along!
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    The bobber looks very cool. More on the line of Bhuff’s Scout bobber. I wonder if her lean angle is restricted like the Indian?

    Really digging your tracks. I like the idea of finding out where you’ve been “after” you get home.
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    I have often wondered where I've been.:lol3
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    I’m going to try that app when I get home. I’ve tried using MyMaps in Google Maps but they keep changing the features so you never know exactly what works and what doesn’t.

    Looks like a nice ride.

    Mrs.RD and I are on our way home from visiting her mother in Utah. We did not stop at every Harley dealer but almost. :D

    Virtually no bikes at all out touring which is probably the right thing to do for now. A lot of restaurants still don’t have indoor dining open.

    We came back through Yellowstone today and had an hour’s worth of heavy rain and snowfall. Write it down: June is NOT the month to ride YNP. (We camped here for a week in early June years ago; It was cool but not cold like today.). I did get to test the waterproof claims of my new Olympia riding jacket since it was the only thing I brought warm enough for being out in the low thirties.

    I’ll likely be down to Indy before too long.

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    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    I like the app so far, but I'm not using it the way I'm supposed to. I just capture a screenshot on my phone to share. There is a website that has a share function. I'm bypassing that part of it.

    Make sure you give me a holler when you head this way.
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    Triumph pictures for you from the Motorcycle Museum in Sturgis. Check out the length of those turn signal stems on that ‘79. They must have made a killing selling replacements.

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    The remains of some tropical storm or another were on the way to Indiana, but they weren't supposed to hit until about noon. That left a couple of hours to ride this a.m. after the coffee set in.

    MondayDad was on board, so I headed up to his house on the Triumph. I thought about taking the KLX since we were planning to hit the ridges above Martinsville. Those roads are not set up for high speed and I figured the KLX would do okay.

    On the other hand, a tall, skinny, light-weight bike is very subject to getting tossed around by wind gust--and we were already feeling that before I left. I think the Triumph turned out to be the right bike.

    No pictures...other than the track shot. I saw several old barns I would love to have shot, but stopping for pics is not easy when you are riding with a partner. I might need to invest in a Senna.

    We were bopping along and about to hit a corner when a cardinal just about bounced off Bob's helmet. I thought for sure it hit him, but he said it was a near miss.

    We decided to head back when the skies started to get dark and the wind picked up. We stopped in Wilbur for a moment and a guy started chatting about bikes. He needs to sell his. Suffers from a blood disease that requires a lot of blood thinners. Doctor said he could bleed out if he hits his head even with a helmet. Made me grateful to be relatively healthy. He clearly enjoys bikes and riding.

    We headed out at a bit more rapid pace as the skies were definitely looking more threatening. Made it home dry and then things cleared up for a few hours. Started raining after 4:00.
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    It was a good ride and I had a great time--as usual. :D
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    Headed for the garage this morning to balance the front wheel on the KLX. Couldn't for the life of me find my motorcycle jack. Spent ten minutes trying to remember what I had done with it and then remembered that my SIL had borrowed it to jack up his lawn mower.

    Well, then...the only thing to do was ride it instead. Stopped to get gas and started out again, but remembered that I hadn't started the apps I wanted to use. I have the route map one you've see in the last few posts and a speedometer app. The KLX speedo is way off and I want to ride, not do math, so I use the speedo app to make sure I'm not too far under the speed limit. (It is a 250. :lol3)

    I pulled over, grabbed my phone and saw that my colleague- seen several posts ago with his GS1200--had sent me a text saying he was buying paint in Brownsburg. We arranged to meet at the Lowe's and I headed that way. Thought about swinging by the house for the Triumph, but stuck with the cheap and cheerful KLX.

    Denis had 3 gallons of paint, a new roller pan and some rollers in his panniers. Those things are HUGE.

    He lives on the north side of Indy and was not at all familiar with the west side, to I took the lead. We headed out through the backroads towards Danville, then north on 39 to 236 to North Salem. I took a picture of the bikes at a gas station and was going to call it Beauty and the Beast. On reflection I decided there was no Beauty, so here is Beast and Wee Beastie. [​IMG]
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    I decided to take him around Heritage Lake and we stopped at the Marina and chatted for awhile. We have really only talked a few times, so it was nice to get to know him a bit. He hasn't had a bike for a long time, so the slower pace of the 250 seemed perfectly okay with him.

    I know I have mentioned how loud the aftermarket exhaust is on the KLX, but today kinda' sealed that deal for me. For some reason the volume of certain frequencies really affects my left ear...the side away from the exhaust. No idea why, but even with earplugs, the ride was a bit painful.

    I may end up swapping the pipe for a stock exhaust. It is MUCH quieter, though heavier. I'll give up a bit of performance to protect my hearing.

    The weather was spectacular, the roads were dry and clear and the company was great. All I needed for a good day of riding.
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    I made a few Sherwin Williams runs with the VStrom. Guy at the store remembered me - no easy feat.

    The 48 liter panniers are huge. I went with the smaller thirty-some odd liter ones and had plenty of space even on my trip to Indiana. The bigger ones are only necessary if you are camping or are an insufferable hoarder who can’t leave anything at home.

    If you don’t like doing the math constantly - do not ride in Canada. .625, .625, .625!

    One of these days you are going to get home from a ride and find a route map of an artistic version of a bodily appendage or other pornographic scene. The Rorschach maps will reveal your psychological issues...just saying you might be on the lookout for those. I mean... we like you... but we don’t want to know that much about you.:D

    First day back to work for me in 8 business days. Took a short ride on Elvis last night to get back in the swing of it. Found a short tar snake section of a favorite road was repaved while I was gone. Win. Typical country road commute to/from work today.

    Surprised still nobody actually showing up at work. Was told one particular young fellow considered it too dangerous. Dude served a full four years in the US Navy on a Los Angeles class attack submarine - that’s six months at a time under water or polar ice sleeping in communal beds and he thinks coming to work in a cubicle is dangerous?!
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    :lol3:lol3:lol3
    The only ones you will see will indicate that I am a "stable genius."

    The app switches to kilometers, so no .625 for me!

    I always feared the cubicle--that's one reason I do what I do.:D
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    And a far more stable, and a far more genius one than that other guy!

    I was shocked, totally flabbergasted the other day when he used the word "intimated" in a Tweet. Makes me question whether he doesn't have a ghost Tweeter now. :ricky

    But - YOU RIDE A MOTORCYCLE! How could you be afraid of a cubicle?! Are you sure you didn't mean "cuticle", Mr. Stable Genius?

    What is hilarious is that cubicle walls used to be around 60 inches tall to afford a small measure of privacy but the trend over the last ten years has been toward 48 inches to reduce privacy so that people could not surf their phones at work without someone noticing - basically a return to the 1950's and 60's when big bullpens of desk workers could be literally watched over by prison warden-like supervisors. The 80's and 90's brought in an era of trust, "self-directed work teams", and minimal supervision which lasted all of a decade. (Ask me sometime why I got laid off from my first professional job.) But now with the corona virus, people won't come to work because the 48 inch walls aren't tall enough to impede transmission of the virus. Complicating matters is that ergonomics is now an important part of the workplace and cubicles have stand-up desks which place the workers' nose and mouth well over the top of the partition between cubicles. Literally one ill-timed cough could infect six or more co-workers.

    You were misguided to ever fear working in a cubicle. Your true fear should have been of the stupidity of the people working in the offices (of which I have been one for about two decades now). Their idiocy is far more damaging than a cubicle, cuticle, or any virus short of ebola. :grim
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    I had planned on getting the DSLR out for this ride...but I charged the battery for a camera I don't particularly like. I decided to use my cell phone.

    I had plenty of time, so I decided to head toward Brown County and see what there was to see. The weather was fantastic and the roads were relatively empty for most of the ride.
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    I hit Martinsville about lunch time and stopped at Taco Bell because riding a motorcycle is not risky enough. Actually it was pretty close to a road I wanted to ride, Mahalasville Road.

    Stopped for shot of this church. Slightly overexposed, but here ya' go. [​IMG]
    I wasn't sure where I would end up, but that part of the trip ended in Morgantown. I headed south toward Bean Blossom and IN-45. I headed east on 45 and it turned into a narrow twisty road. Excellent riding. You can follow the track and see where I ended up near Nashville.

    Just before I hit Nashville I saw what looked like a resort area. Turned out to be the brewery owned by Big Woods restaurants. Kinda' pointless for me, since I don't drink, but it was a pretty cool setup. I didn't edit the pictures, so this isn't level--but it is one of the buildings on site. [​IMG]

    I took a few wrong turns and had to back track when the roads came to dead ends. It really is a pretty area with lots of windy roads. I also wanted to see how far the Story Inn is from Nashville, so I hit 135 south. Once I got close to Story I started seeing signs warning that the "next 11 miles are high motorcycle accident areas." Well, I have no interest in adding to statistical information, so I took it easy. Made to Story and took a shot in front of a barn just beyond the Inn pictured above in an earlier post (on the ride with Jim and Brian.)[​IMG]

    It was about 1:30 or so and I wanted some time off the bike. I went back to Nashville and stopped for a chocolate shake. [​IMG]

    I stopped at an overlook on the ridge above Nashville and took a shot aiming toward the northwest. [​IMG]

    I turned left onto IN-45 in Bean Blossom and hit Helmsburg. Not a lot going on in this little town. [​IMG][​IMG]

    I kept heading south on 45 and then turned slightly right onto South Shore Drive around Lake Lemon. The low fuel light came on and I had no idea how far I was from a gas station. I used the GPS to map out a route to get gas. Unfortunately, that required a stint on I-69. I filled up in Martinsville and headed home.
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    I've been complaining about how loud the KLX is, so I did something about it. Found a never-used muffler from a 2013 KLX insurance claim on FB Marketplace in Missouri. Almost worked out a swap for a used one in Virginia, but decided to buy the unused one. I'll give the FMF to the guy in VA for the cost of shipping--paying it forward.

    Wasn't sure the 2013 would fit, but pulled the FMF off today and the 2013 matched up all the bolt holes. Looks like I might need an adaptor to get the pipes to match OD's, but it sounds exactly like I had hoped--nice and quiet.

    May need to re-jet. The paperwork with the bike from the PO says there is a 124 main installed. The paperwork that came with the Dyno-Jet kit says to run the DJ 116 with the stock exhaust and a modified airbox. A common mod is to remove the restrictive snorkel and that has been done to the bike.

    I know I'll lose some HP by clamping down on the exhaust, but my hearing is safer and my pleasure while riding will be enhanced.
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    Good on ya Joel. I've always been a fan of stock exhausts. Not that I haven't had a few A/M's but not only does the packing need redone on a regular basis it changes the tuning as it burns out of the pipe.

    Kim and I have had several successful rock and fossil trips to the area just north of Lake Lemon. Glad to see you are getting out. Just finished the last of the customer work I had in the shop. Anxious to get back in ride mode.
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    Summer goes fast. Ride when you can.

    Bike sounds like an angry sewing machine.

    Perfect!

    I took it out to a remote area and used the GPS to check the top speed. Might have lost a bit as it topped out at 67 mph. Not that much fun running it at that speed, so I won't miss any of the top end.

    Much more enjoyable to ride at 55-60 mph, or less, and just check out the ride.
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