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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by knybanjo, Aug 23, 2010.
Better! We got no sun all weekend!
Well it only took me two months to finish up the post trip maint. on the Strom, all the exhaust valves were at a tight minimum so I decided to get some shims and bring them all back to mid or beyond....along with regular stuff like filters and oil and coolant and a couple of o-rings. Tires, brakes, chain and sprockets should all be good until it's time for the long hauls again next summer..
Just a little mid day ride down to Woods Ferry in the Sumter NF and back....but it looks like I missed peak leaf color down there this year, oh well here's a couple of bushes that had a bit in em.
Lots of green too though...so maybe it's still too early there?
Parting shed shot for the day.
Not sure if I'll get back out again tomorrow or not.....it's forecast to be nice though and maybe the back roads around Lake Lure will be popping....but the main roads around there will be crowded and no fun to ride on....and I have stuff to do....
I ended up splitting the difference...so to speak and got some stuff done before and after a little two hour lunch break on the Sportster.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving week everybody!!
Here in the middle of SC many trees still haven't turned fall colors....
The past couple of weeks didn't include any riding more than a lunch run on one of my days off and I must not have seen anything I haven't already taken at least ten pics of.
Took a little longer lunch run today, about a 200 mile loop with a lunch stop at the Straightaway Cafe which was the half way point too.
Not much color left....here's a splash from the Upstate and a shed that I've probably only taken 3 or 4 pics of.
It's looking like Wintertime in Lake Lure already...
Pretty nice day for a December 1st ride....it did get cloudy and cooler north of the lake and all along the South Mtns on the return...but no precip and not too cold.
The best part of the day......being greeted by puppies at the Straightaway Cafe!!
Looks like they have mooching down to a science
There hasn't been much riding for me this month...but back on Dec 8th I did haul a bike over the mountain on NC181 in the back of the truck.
That road is more fun on the bike....without the snow.
Then crossed back over Sam's Gap without the extra traction giving weight of the bike but survived, may or may not have gotten snowed in overnight at a birthday party for @HappyRiding at @kennyanc 's house though.
Happy to report making it safely home to sunny SC on the 9th despite a major blizzard in my front yard.
There doesn't appear to be any photo evidence of anything moto related on Dec 15, 16 so it must not have happened. There was however, a short half hourish ride on the old Dr650 on Dec 22nd when I had to go back through suburban hell to retrieve my truck after purchasing myself a Christmas present.
Yeah, more proof that I'm still stoopid....being the proud new owner of an old Burke County Sheriff's car.
Also happy to report that the old EBT Toyota was passed on to a new home today and I celebrated by taking both the KTM and the Strom out for some exercise.
I certainly hope y'all have had and are having a very happy holiday season (I hate it) and here's to a great 2018 for all!!
I cycled the battery tender.
New car is badass. Always wanted a cop car myself, but never wanted to be a cop, heh.
Happy New Year!
I was about 30 miles from your house for about 3 hours today. I saw one bike on Jonas Ridge and one likker sikkle in Lincolnton. The New Year's musket shooters were out in full force in Cherryville trying to bring good luck and scare away haints. Mom said hey.
Like the new wheels Kevin
Here's to a Much better and Happier 2018 !
After driving several of those Crown Vics (CMPD retired) I don't recall ever seeing one that didn't have transmission problems. Of course, they ran pretty much 24/7 and saw a lot of abuse. I could never get mine to go more than 109 mph, no matter how bad I wanted to catch the bad guys or go back another officer who was yelling for help... Hope you didn't pay a lot for it.
And suddenly I'm reminded of the movie "The Blues Brothers"
Thanks for bursting my bubble.
No, I didn't pay much for it, in fact I went to look at some local York Co. cars that were being auctioned off online on the 3rd before I bought this one...the auction car I liked the best was 2 years older with 33k more miles and it sold for about a grand more than what I paid for this one...without the big deer bumper. I figured these things were subject to quite a bit of abuse but it currently runs, drives and shifts fine so I'm hoping it's got a few good miles left in it before anything major lets go...like the trans or intake manifold. This one is an '08 with 120k miles and 1,5xx idle hours which seems to be lower than most that are being retired...but it's got a banged up driver's door, I muscled it back into serviceable shape but it's still scared up.
Bottom corners front and back were pulled out and the front edge rubbed on the fender, although the fender wasn't damaged. I parked it next to a post and worked the front edge with a jack and pushed/hammered it and the corners back in where it would close better without rubbing...
Then that big dent mostly popped out with a suction cup.
Good enough for who it's for.
I don't think it was 'wrecked'....looks more like it was backed up with the door open and jammed into the ground (or something) and then driven back and forth to free it?
Definitely looks like Deputy Tommy Boy hyper extended it a little bit.
The good thing about a county deputy's patrol car is that it was usually only driven by that one person. City officers usually share a car for 3 shifts, only parked when one of the 3 is on a few days/nights off. I've banged up my share of city metal but as long as the maintenance has been consistent, the exterior is of little regard. Looks like you have a grasp on the mechanical side of things so I fear not that you will make that vehicle happy once again.
Snowmaggedeon '18 is upon us here in sunny SC and having seen it coming in the forecast I swapped the rest of the week off from work so as to not 'have' to deal driving in it.
It aint fit for even an old cop car out there today.
But it's perfectly fine for mini-bikes!
I figured the kids that lived close to this schoolyard would have the little hill tracked up into a mud run by now....but I was the first to make tracks on it.
Roads were wet and sloppy not to mention a bit slick...and there were just too many cars out there for me to want to ride very far so I doubled back to the house and hooned around the back yard a few times and came back inside to thaw out.
I suppose there's about 2 inches here so far, it's not over yet but should be pretty soon....then it's forecast to drop down into the teens overnight so I expect a skating rink out there tomorrow morning.
Glad I decided to wait to take my Christmas vacation now.
The dreaded 'snowmagedeon' is all but over......it topped out at darn near 60 today and is forecast to be in the mid 60 tomorrow.
There was, however, still a few shady places to be cautious of on my first ride of the day today.....
They'll all be gone by mid-day tomorrow...is my guess.
Dirt roads were quite sloppy.....and could change to shushy ice on any slope that faced northward.
The old DR hadn't been dirty in quite awhile and I kinda think she liked it.
Good example of the difference between sun and shade today.
Poor ol girl was starting to look a little grimy at this point.
But how bad could it be.....there was a big 'ol HD full dresser at my local burger joint.
Turned out to be ridden by a fellow adventurer though, our very own @augiedog
After lunch I merely rode back to the house and rinsed the slop off the old DR...but it was still mid afternoon and very nice out...and I had a good idea what roads were dry and not too salty so the 'other' Suzuki 650 also made it out for some exercise.
There probably won't be any pics to go with it but I'm hoping to take the KTM and Sporty out for a bit of exercise after work over the next few days while we're still in the 'heat wave'
See ya in the funny pages!