T120 Adventures and Playlists

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by tjt94, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. tjt94

    tjt94 Long timer Supporter

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    Short Sunday morning ride today.

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    100 years of separation. My 2018 T120 with a 1918 Montgomery Ward house in Holtville, California. I think it’s the same model that family friends grew up in in Montana.



    Howard told me his parents ordered the house from the “Monkey Wards” catalog and it was delivered by the railroad in pre-cut form. They just had to assembly it.

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    I’m not a user of anything mind altering but I am interested in how much things have changed with states legalizing pot. This is a 30 acre field of weed right outside of Holtville, California, a sleepy but very conservative small town. This is the first field of weed I’ve seen here and I only noticed it because I recognized the smell while riding past it. It’s pretty short and scrubby but maybe by design to reduce the amount of stems at maturity?

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  2. tjt94

    tjt94 Long timer Supporter

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    The playlist for the ride above was short:

    The Band Plays On - Backstreet Crawler

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    tjt94 Long timer Supporter

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    The Stay at Home order has kept me from going out until this weekend. I felt that I needed to comply with the order and not go out but it seems things are sort of easing up. I also made the decision that I would not riding into any towns that had gatherings (Julian) and not stop in any places where people were gathered. Keep things moving, enjoy the weather and scenery, and see how my new Norman Hyde Toga silencers performed.

    This last week I installed a set of Norman Hyde Toga's. They are significantly lighter and have a much more open flow (they are straight through with the same diameter from front to back. The stock ones were straight through but with a small pipe running down the center). The catalytic converter on the T120 does most of the muffling. One could run open pipes and not have as loud of a bike as many Harley's on the road but the open pipe has not a very good sound. The Norman Hydes are providing me with a deeper and much better sound. They really are only a little louder. That is what I was looking for.

    Anyway, it was a nice day and a nice 200 mile morning loop.

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  4. BadDogMax

    BadDogMax Been here awhile

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    I did almost same ride on my DR650 yesterday. Thanks for sharing!
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    Hemp is a wonderful fibre..... Methinks the main reason a plant that had been cultivated for centuries, was made illicit on the pretext of being dangerously inind altering, was to remove competition for the recently invented synthetic fibres that Big Oil wanted to market.
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  6. tjt94

    tjt94 Long timer Supporter

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    I escaped the heat of the desert only to fight heavy wind climbing the westbound 8 into San Diego County to find cloudy and cool conditions. I shortened my ride a little due to the impending rain and just not feeling it. However, I did not see any other motorcycles on the backroads but my riding was great!

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    Somehow I have never done the Palomar Observatory ride so today I knocked it off. Quick 240 mile ride with surprisingly light traffic (other than a herd of new Supra's and a small group of Harley's running into Julian).

    The weather is hot down here in the desert but was actually a little cool up above 4000 feet. The road is great, the bike is running phenomenal. I have to say that the sprocket change (39 tooth rear) has improved my T120 way more than expected. It has only increased the RPM's by about 200 in 6th but now 3rd gear is so much more usable. My fuel economy has increased as well. Double bonus!

    As usual, I was home by 12:30. Very nice ride!

    Playlist: Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue/Bambu; Steve Earle - Jerusalem; Drive-By Truckers - Georgia Theater

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  8. RJ44

    RJ44 Been here awhile

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    Great stuff. Love the T120 and the amazing scenery. Looking forward to seeing more.

    Rob
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    tjt94 Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks! I obviously haven't posted in a long while. I need to get back to it. I'm putting in Race Tech springs and an emulator this weekend so maybe soon........
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    I took a short ride this morning just to get out of the house and see what was happening on S-2. I recently installed a set of Race Tech springs and an emulator and wanted to see how they ride. Prior to these, I had a set of TEC progressive springs in the forks and a set of YSS shocks on the rear. The Race Tech set up definitely improved the ride considerably. One unexpected factor was that the YSS shocks now feel better. The TEC springs were under sprung for my weight and the shocks were built for my weight. The result was a harsh backend and ok forks. Now, it seems like the suspension is working in concert. The one size fits all TEC springs evidently don't. They are one size fits small.

    The weather was a little too cold in the mountains for my taste so I stuck to the desert. It was a sunny, albeit a little chilly, day but a little windy. Regardless, the ride was a nice couple of hours of saddle time. I am fortunate to live near some great roads to ride, even though I complain about 30 minutes of freeway to get to them. I fully realize that is nothing compared to most places.

    Playlist: The Black Crows Greatest Hits, Humble Pie - Extended Versions

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    I'm glad to not be up in the Laguna Mountains with the snow!

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    A rock pile on the roadside yielded some great pics.

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  12. tjt94

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    It's time for a historical ride report. 35 years ago today (it was a Monday) I left on my 1982 FXR from Great Falls, Montana to ride to my home in Frostburg, Maryland, where I was the band director at Frostburg State College. I left GF in upper 40 degree weather but was soon greeted with spitting snow and slush. The last 40 miles into Billings was a full blown blizzard. I just prayed that people would understand there was a fool on a Harley on the road. I skidded down Rimrock and went to a friend's place to stay. On Wednesday I attempted to head south to get to I-80 and warmer weather but ice going into Wyoming forced me to turn back. I absolutely needed to leave Billings on Thursday in order to make the 2000 miles before school started again on Monday. Unfortunately I ended up traveling on the northern route across North Dakota. The storm I had ridden into on Monday was a slow moving cold front so I was in very cold weather all the way to Wisconsin (it was 15 degrees and a lot of snow on the ground in St. Cloud, MN when I arrived there on Friday night). The SU carb stack was actually heavily frosted.

    In addition to the cold weather adventure, I got the pleasure of going into Gary, Indiana late on Saturday night for gas; I was nearly out and all of the fuel stops on the toll road were closed for remodeling. Gary is not nice in the day let along at 10 PM on a Saturday.

    Oh, and I forgot to include that I was preparing for a faculty trombone recital so I had my horn with me and practiced in all of the motel rooms I stayed in.
    I arrived in Frostburg on Sunday evening and swore I was done riding those kind of long rides. Guess that didn't stick but I definitely will not ride a northern route in the late winter.

    As for my playlist, I bought a Sony Walkman from a friend right before I left. I was listening to Zappa's "Bongo Fury," REM, The Band, Joe Cocker's "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," and ???

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    eaglescan Borrego rocks

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    You put the A in adv with that story! Liked your trip on S-2 , there is a mutant barrel cactus with about 8 heads,just of the road at about mile 36 , wondered if you have seen it? Steve
  14. Rob R.

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    Really enjoy this thread and photos. What motorcycle adventure trips are all about.
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    tjt94 Long timer Supporter

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    I haven’t. I will go look for it. Thanks!
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    Super nice day today so it was a super great day to do a morning ride. Nothing too huge, just a run up into the Laguna Mountains. I am very pleased with my fork upgrade with the RaceTech springs and emulator. I also discovered a couple of artists I didn't know before so today may have been as much about listening to the albums and enjoying the ride.

    Incidentally, the Google map distance is EXACTLY the same as my odometer! The speedometer may be off a little but not the mileage.

    Anyway, I hope to get a longer day in sometime soon but these short 4 hour rides are pretty nice.

    Playlist: Soul Jazz Unit - Old School Recipes (nice jazz/funk album); Betty Davis - Betty Davis; Betty Davis - They Say I'm Different; Betty Davis - Nasty Gal (Great find from a short documentary on Netflix. She was Miles Davis' wife. Beyond funky and great!); Tom Petty - Wildflowers.

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    I took the little detour up Kitchen Creek Road. It's been a while and I am glad I did. Very scenic and nice!

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    The meadows and mountains around Campo are green!

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    184 mile loop knocked off on a Saturday morning. As I've said before, I'm blessed to have such great roads around me to enjoy. I did the route counterclockwise, S2 to the Banner Grade, a quick loop into Julian (already getting crowded at 10 am), and then down the Sunrise Highway. Fantastic weather and ride!

    Today may have been as much about the playlist though. Live music is always best yet recordings of concerts for albums is often lacking. However, there are exceptions and today's list is definitely representative of good live recordings.

    Playlist: Drive By Truckers - DBT Live at the Jefferson Theater; The Gourds - Live at Bluebird Theater.

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