Still Wandering in Indiana

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

  1. JB2

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    Joel - PM'ed Brian to let him know we are anticipating his purchase of a new Ducati Scrambler. Holy Macaroni! Did you see how many variants of the Ducati Scrambler they offer?

    Hopefully you and I, or us three, can revisit some of those roads in bridge country this fall. If not there then I'd like to do some of the roads in the Morgan/Brown/Monroe County areas.

    Still dialing in the new Yamaha to suit me. Hopefully I'll have the brake pedal issue adjusted/resolved this weekend.
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  2. radianrider

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    Lol! Bet he's happy we are here to help him spend his money!
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  3. radianrider

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    Dropped off the SV at my nephew's house a few minutes ago. End of era, and it was a good one. The SV is still a very nice ride (I took the long way to drop it off) and I enjoyed owning it.

    The ride did demonstrate that time and technology have moved on. Everything about the Scrambler is smoother and easier to operate. The SV, as good as it is, feels a bit crude in comparison.

    I'd have made the same choice if required to do so. Love the Scrambler.

    Hope to have some ride photos over the weekend, but lots of rain in the area for the next several days.
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    Labor Day! Had hoped to ride early this morning, but things kept getting in the way. Enjoyed a grill session and subsequent eating with my family, went to my daughter's home to work on the doorbell and finally hit the road at about three p.m..

    It has been really hot in Indiana this weekend and that is made that much better by including high humidity. Woot.

    Still, it was a beautiful day to ride. Headed out toward North Salem via the long way round. Had hoped to get there in time to get some shots from "Old Fashioned Days"--an annual thing in NS. Arrived late and they were tearing everything down in preparation for the start of a work week. Ah, well.

    Sat on the old guys U.N. bench (see the post above) and hydrated. Seems you can get pretty dry via evaporative cooling while riding. Mostly just wandered after a bottle of water.

    Spotted this old barn and decided to try a study in editing--three photos from the same shot. The magic of cropping.
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    Lots of fairly sharp corners around a variety of bean and cornfields.
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    Most of the time riding in the area is a lot of straight roads, followed by those type corners.
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    Liked the red barn, the blue sky and white clouds.

    Never had any allergies until I moved to IN. Goldenrod is the most likely culprit. Red and burning eyes, cold-like symptoms and lots of money for over the counter meds. Starts now and ends with the first hard freeze. Still, riding the bike or driving with the top down in the Miata is worth the hassle.
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    Hope you all had a good holiday and got to enjoy a ride.
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  5. JB2

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    Joel - Didn't get out this past weekend but I sure spent a lot of time loving on motorcycles. Your back-country photos are pretty spectacular. We have some good friends coming up from NC this coming weekend but it looks like Sunday I may get an afternoon to ride. Clinton County is half distance for both of us. Interested? Looks to be some gravel roads in the area but not much else to find other than the chance to stumble on some old barns or unique structures.
  6. radianrider

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    I'll check with my social director :lol3

    We are supposed to getting a lot of leftover rain from the storm hitting the southern states right now all weekend, aren't we? (And yes, I'm being a weeny.)
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    Yeah but... didn't we buy them to get them dirty? :D Yes, I thought of that prospect with the tropical storm coming in. However, with my schedule as of late I'm looking for any reason to just go riding. :thumb
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    Sounds good. I'll get back to you asap.
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    JB2 wrote about this ride in his thread AND he has better pictures at https://advrider.com/f/threads/mis-adventures-of-a-hoosierbilly-motorcycle-tramp.925117/

    But here's my take.

    We have been talking about getting together for a ride on our new rides. Both of us arrived at scrambler-land sort of independently of each other, but I think it is a shared desire to see what is beyond the tarmac.

    JB2 has been there for a while--he was riding a KLR when I met him--but all of my bikes since '85 have been street bikes. I still expect to ride street most of the time (not a ton a dirt or gravel around here) but the opportunity to keep going when pavement ends had me looking at options to the SV 650.

    Then Triumph brought out the Street Scrambler. Sold.

    We had tried to get together earlier this summer, but life happened. I had this last weekend open decided to see if I could get Jim interested in a meet-up-for-breakfast-and-ride.

    Turns out, he was interested.

    We agreed to meet in Frankfort at nine. As the day got closer I started to see weather reports of temps in the upper '40's at daybreak. The coldest weather since May.

    I headed out a bit late, but stopped worrying about that when my adam's apple started to freeze over at speed. I had drug out my multi-layer jacket, insulated gloves and my riding jeans that are too hot for most of my summer riding.

    The skies were bright blue and there were few clouds. It promised to be a great day once it warmed up.

    I arrived at the Downtown Diner in Frankfort a few minutes behind Jim and we got look at the new bikes.

    Not a great shot, but it was cold and I wanted coffee.
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    After a decent breakfast we headed out. Neither of us had ridden this area, but Jim had his trusty handwritten notes. We ended up where he intended, so no complaints here.

    We stopped near an iron bridge and it turned out to be near the bluff where Tecumseh had camped with the Native American tribes to try to hammer out a confederation to fight back the rising tide of Europeans heading west. [​IMG]

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    We then headed over to Battleground, IN to see the battleground. https://imgur.com/F3nOZxT

    About the time we arrived the low gas gauge came on and we decided to look for a station. No problem...my phone has GPS. Okay, so it usually says, "No GPS Lock," but how bad could it be?

    Well, I took lead and we got lost. Huh. Didn't see that coming.

    We ended up in Brookston and fueled up. By this time, the day had warmed up nicely and the riding was excellent.

    We headed out and decided to swap bikes for a bit. Jim took off on the Triumph and let it rip. I tend to ride a bit more conservatively (okay, slower) but it was fun to watch him fling it through the corners when I could see him.

    The Yamaha SCR 950 is a fun ride. It seems to sit up a bit more in the front than my Triumph, but it was a very comfortable position. Lots of torque to play with once I figured out where the gearshift lever was located. The footpeg position felt like Jim's KLR to me. Just a bit forward from where they are on the Triumph. Like that too.

    The thing that surprised me was how little the airbox bothered me. I had climbed an SCR at a local dealer and thought the airbox would really be in the way. Turns out I didn't even think about it while actually riding.

    We dodged an SUV (see his post for details) and swapped back. I had no idea where we were and the aforementioned GPS was less than useful. We eventually ended up on IN-26 in Lafayette and rode back to where 421 and 39 split.

    We stopped for water and a chat before heading out on our own for our homes.

    Fantastic day of riding and one for the memory banks.
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    72 Yamaha RD350 Been here awhile

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    I did the Prophets Town and battlefield visit a few years ago on a trip with my youngest son. It might have been the same year we toured the Subaru factory in Lafayette (2012) or after. I had not wandered much in northern Indiana so that I was a first.

    I too sat on a SCR900 and bitched about the air box hitting my knee. Nice to know it’s not really a problem.

    I was out yesterday for what might be my last 100 mile ride of the season. The temp is dropping fast toward winter up here in the Northland and the forecast is for an unusual amount of rain. I would like to finish the season with 10k on the bike but as of today it is sitting a dozen or so short of 9,500.

    Both of those scramblers are attractive bikes.
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  11. radianrider

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    Think I just turned over 1500 on the new bike. Looks like I've got some riding to do to catch up.
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    Excellent RR Joel. You got all the pics I didn't get. My photog work literally sucked that day but it was for a good reason. When the road and the good weather is calling and you have a good friend to ride with who has time for photos?

    I know I forgot to say this Sunday and certainly left it out of my RR but... its good to have you on knobbies! Many new roads ahead!
  13. 72 Yamaha RD350

    72 Yamaha RD350 Been here awhile

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    I use the Strom to commute and for weekend adventures. Commuting is the majority of the miles. Most days - the ride in and the ride home is the best part of my day. But lately the weather has not been cooperating.
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    We've still got a while to ride here, but I can see the end a 'comin'.

    Hope to get out tomorrow afternoon for a while.

    I could commute, but I get to focused on what I have to do that day. Plus, seems to me that my fellow commuters are crazier in the evenings when I'm headed home.
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    It's been 20 degrees F below normal for the past three weeks and a lot of rain. Tomorrow looks like it might be the last riding day of season and there's rain in the forecast. I was in PHX last Thursday and the temperature was 104F at 5pm when I arrived which was about 2x what I left in Minneapolis. It's been that cool of a September. Last year I rode comfortably until November 1st.

    Commuting forces me to keep work at work for at least the 30-45 minutes each way. I've done a fairly good job of keeping my head in the moment while I'm commuting on the bike but every once is awhile there is a ride home fighting distraction over something that happened during the day. Fortunately I have at least three route choices, two of which are very low density beyond the burbs scenic routes through horse and hobby farm country. The primary option is a 60mph four lane which is handy at times and still fairly safe compared to what one would expect. The miles add up quick at 40 per day.

    I hope you continue to have decent weather and can get in a few more rides before winter officially arrives.
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    I had no idea the weather was so cool up north this early this year. Looks like we still have some time here as the leaves are just starting to turn. It has been in mid-70's to low-80's with low humidity here and the riding--what little I have had time for--has been pretty spectacular.

    Sorry to rub it in. :)

    It is nice to have options to ride the commute, but mine are limited to expressways or one usually reasonable backroad. Unfortunately, I-465 on the southside is closed for repairs (not that I'd take it anyway) and that has forced drivers to find alternate roads. The backroad (144 from Franklin to Mooresville) was really packed last night and full of stupid, so no way am I taking the bike on it right now.
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    I don't mind if you enjoy your weather and get in a few more rides. Our summer is what makes it worth living here. Seventeen hours of daylight with moderate temperatures the entire day is worth something... maybe not -15F in January... but something.

    So much for sunshine and 70F today. I was planning to leave work at 1pm to go home and ride while it was comfortable. Unfortunately the view out my window revealed heavy cloud cover and rain even if it was 70F. The forecast was unusually inaccurate - just my luck. By 2pm it looked like it might clear up so I left work at 2:30pm and, after a couple chores, was on the bike by 4pm headed west.

    About 50 miles west of me is the edge of the Plains. I was going to the 45 mile point. And you know what they say about the Plains - they're windy... and that wind doesn't magically stop just because it gets to the eastern end of the Plains. I've made trips in the car out that way and it isn't uncommon to get 6 mpg worse mileage headed west and 6 mpg better headed east. Today was one of those day only I wasn't in a car. The struggle was real when the gusts or the road changed directions. A few times I thought my Schuberth was going to get ripped off my head. No amount of wind tunnel testing can improve the effects of a 40mph gust hitting the side of the helmet.

    My destination was an Indian dealer an hour west of me. Since Polaris HQ is near where I live they have this particular dealer sell their display and demo units. I wanted to see this beauty in person. I didn't graduate from IU but these colors make me wish I did. It's a 2016 with 1 mile on it.

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    The ride home was much more pleasant - with the tailwind it was almost impossible to stay below 70mph.

    I'll start cleaning up the basement area where the bike sleeps in winter. I might get one or two short rides in before the end of the month but commuting is over and its time to put it away until Spring.
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    That sounds like a wild ride!

    The Indian looks like a lot of bike. You thinking about it? Or just looking?

    Would be a comfortable way to cover a lot of ground.
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    My wife likes to ride but she needs to be comfortable. I was thinking a Road King or Springfield but after sitting on the back of a Springfield with a backrest yesterday - I didn't find it particularly comfortable. Hence the looking at something with a tour pack backrest - which, of everything on my Strom, the top case is the most used. It sucks carrying a helmet around and putting it in the top case every day reminds me how much it sucked carrying a helmet around even if it was just to my office from the parking lot. Maybe that's why more HD/Indian riders don't wear a helmet. [The top case is virtually empty while I ride so it doesn't impact handling at all. All three cases reduce mpg from 56mpg without to 50mpg with - not enough to worry my wallet.] The Strom is really a great machine even if it got hit by every ugly stick on the tree.

    After nearly 10,000 miles I am still uncertain of my goals as a motorcycle rider. I don't know whether I'm doing this for nostalgia (glory days), whether I'm going on a grand adventure someday (North to Alaska!), just enjoy feeling young again (that's why my wife enjoys riding), increasing the useful life of my car, or endulging in escaping from work fantasies. Maybe a bit of all of the above with a great deal of the last one.

    For now, the riding season is effectively over. New (2017 model) skis are on order. As my wife says, "Are you watching motorcycle porn or ski porn tonight?".
  20. radianrider

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    Got ya'. Always fun looking for the next bike.

    If you spot any deals on skis--mine were new in '00. Might be time. :)