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The Geezer Factor

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Metalcarver, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Wow! You're flat putting the miles down! And yes. Lewiston is at the butt end of Hells's Canyon. Now, when somebody says its really hot you can look over the top of your glasses and smile to yourself. I'm heading out on my big one at the end of the month.

    Working on the knobbies.

    All the girls wanted was to get at the bike, not me.

    Dammit.

    All the campgrounds on the peninsula were packed when I was out on Wednesday. But if you wanted dispersed camping there didn't seem to be much traffic down the forest roads. Despite all the extra people there's nowhere near the back road traffic as you find in Idaho. And none of the road rhino trains like you see in Yellowstone. The parks are all full, so head for the forest.
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  2. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    One observation on my new ride. Changed too many variables to draw a conclusion but I also ditched my ds helmet (which I thought was modular but in fact was only rated open face so threw away chin gaurd) and had Fly and some other helmet before in the last ten years, riding on cx500, xr650l, vstrom, ural. I just thought having your head banged around by the wind was part of the game. For neck exercise turn your head sideways with a beak on your helmet.

    So I got a ls2 arrow carbon (designed by racers etc. etc.). They're closing them out and snagged one for $250. And though still some heft to it much lighter feeling than any other helmet I have had. But on the HAT and the new helmet I slip through the air like the sleek feral animal that I am... :D There is wind noise and have always had that but no shake, no buffeting, just look around at the spectacular show the universe dreamed up for you. The ds roost beaks never worked for me anyway and I still definitely need the sunglasses but no sore neck at the end of the ride.
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  3. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    FR2918 Olympic National Forest. Labor day and only two pickemups, the rest to myself.

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    Crescent Lake. Got rid of the superhero graphics. No, I am not going to get a Honda tat.

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  4. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    Really liking that new hack! Probably not as much as you! So I suppose its a complete front suspension they install on there and nothing is left of the Honda stuff eh? Wheres front suspension made?
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  5. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    It's a DMC sidecar. Jay posts on the hack vendors forum. They built the leading link forks too. Build quality is excellent and the handling is spot on. Both on road and off.
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  6. ZigzagguzzI

    ZigzagguzzI Been here awhile Supporter

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    Did miss the details on the new rig? Almost looks like one of the offroad eml hacks from years ago. Cool! Does it have a subframe for the scoot?
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  7. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Had the pics posted on the hack forum:

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    Early onset stage IV extramarital farkelingus indicated.
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  8. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Oh yeah, the guy with the babe.

    That was back when I was an inverted wedge of muscle, bone, and bad intent. Babe magnet.

    :rilla
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  9. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    Hahahaha!!!
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  10. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    A systemic problem for motorcycle riders:






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    Protuberating from the posterior is the range extender/ballast.


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    And some boxes and self extraction gear. Maasdam rope puller + 100' rope and rappel shit.

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    And a lil feller tried to tie it down.

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    So off on a test run .

    Taylor cutoff to Lost Mt rd to Slab Camp Rd up to FR2870 Upper Dungeness trail head roads. The last part of it is on the closure list for this year so maybe I'm the last sidehack there.

    Going on forest roads on the Olympic Peninsula is like pulling a comfy blanket around you sometimes. Long deep tunnels of giant trees.

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    And then you one of those Olympic Mountains WTF moments.

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    And those nice little trees along the road are actually 100 ft high.

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    And an abrupt dead end like all good logging roads do.

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    And skedaddle on back.

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    Edit: Saw a nice ol black bear near here. Very well fed and pretty but he ran off. Must have been the bike cause I look like a friendly lawn gnome.
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  11. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    A very apt analogy for the mature folk who still ride and thanks for the pics thereof.
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  12. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Now WAAAAAIT a minute sir. I may be aging but I don't think anyone ever accuses me of being "mature". I subscribe to the theory that the only difference between teenagers and seniors is that seniors don't have all those responsibilities.:deal:happay
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  13. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    Here's the 1848 map of the West after John C. Fremont circumnavigated the Great Basin in 1844-45 . There's a spot on there marked " unexplored". Gonna head on down there in a little bit and make sure . Got my kit sorted.

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    I think if you click on the pic it goes to full size and you can see first phonetic spellings of a lot of the features of the west.
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  14. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    In case anyone might be interested in 3 - 4 weeks of 80% dirt big bike friendlly adventures, my crew has fallen victim to surgeons and lawyers . Short notice, looking at leaving from Bend, Oregon by the end of the month. PM me if interested and I can supply all the tracks. Very remote in places. Several 200+ mile stages without gas . I think the longest was 273 miles gas to gas. 3800+ miles. First running so every day is a brand new day.


    More details HERE
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  15. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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    Just fell into this thread. I guess I qualify as a geezer and have had some recent health issues. Cardiologist wants me to come in tomorrow and talk about something on my recent TEE. That Dr. said my heart was great..sorry, not whining, I know, TMI. I'm just a little pissed and a bit anxious.

    Loving this thread. What's the thing about the magpie, I missed that someplace.

    Keep it coming. I'll shut up.
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  16. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    The magpie is a goofy mascot I guess. It came from a discussion about how we needed to honor the simple creature that cleans up the road after us. And I know about parts and warranties. One of my partners is going in for a valve job. Then there was the time in Madras, Or. I hit an unmarked cable in a parking lot that body slammed me causing a dissection of the vertebral artery and a clot killed a tiny part of my brain. Parts is parts. And then my college roommate, yoga instructor, ageless athlete, got pneumonia and died. All a guy can do is keep on keepin' on.
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  17. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    "Truckin like the doo-dah man
    once told me 'You got to play your hand.
    Sometimes the cards ain't worth a dime
    if you don't lay 'em down.'"
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  18. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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    I was going to call the upcoming trip "The John C. Fremont Memorial Great Basin Trophy Dash"

    So naw.

    It's The Great Basin Boogie !
    :popeOf course I know it! I WROTE the damn route!:dllama:
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  19. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer Supporter

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    I am sooo looking forward to this chronicle.:wings Fremont's "Memories of My Life" penned from his journals by his more ambitious and articulate wife Jessie (Benton), is a great read about the early federally sponsored exploration of the Great Basin area. I've moved my copy within reach of the confuser.
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  20. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker Supporter

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