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  1. #6521
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    Quote Originally Posted by GS1150Pilot View Post
    Took a 40 mile out and back to the Arizona Historical Museum today. No pretty scenery, but probably the last sub-100 day here in the Valley of the Sun until October.



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    I would wither in that heat. I would just give up on life, curl up and call it quits. How does anyone survive that?
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    I spent my childhood in Cleveland, and still visit a couple of times a year when I can. I don't love the heat, but the worst of it is from June through August, and I ride up north more during these months (30 degree difference between Flagstaff and Phoenix; Flag is at 7000 feet), making longer trips and foregoing more than short very early morning sorties on two wheels in the Valley.

    96 degrees is really not too bad out on the bike. It's an old saw, but there's truth to the dry heat thing.
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    My bride and I spent a few hours in the saddle today. Actually we think it might be her highest mileage day, at about 103.
    Did not know that we were going to pass this site, but when we saw the sign, we had to stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GS1150Pilot View Post
    I spent my childhood in Cleveland, and still visit a couple of times a year when I can. I don't love the heat, but the worst of it is from June through August, and I ride up north more during these months (30 degree difference between Flagstaff and Phoenix; Flag is at 7000 feet), making longer trips and foregoing more than short very early morning sorties on two wheels in the Valley.

    96 degrees is really not too bad out on the bike. It's an old saw, but there's truth to the dry heat thing.
    You could soak your mesh jacket in water before you ride, and every half hour if you can. I did that once on a 90+ day, real chilly but it dries fast.
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    I got caught cranking on the Kanc. I didn't notice the guy half way through the turn and CLICK... HAHAH

    (Laconia) Bike week has been a blast, Living out of my back pack for now. Racking as many miles as I can... I will be hitting 5K miles on the new Harley by the end of the weekend. It has some flaws but all in all this bike has been very good to me. It also is a great bike to just shed miles out on.


    Getting poured on right now so I'm doing some forum surfing then once we break 60' I'll be getting the rain gear on and finding some dry spots. Think I'll head over to Lake placid, Less rain in the forecast

    Some pics so far:
    Wednesday I met up with my sister and bro-in law. They rode all day with their Road-glide. Awesome time!!



    I hit the test ride tents in Louden! Tried the new Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber... It was interesting. Don't get the hype for the Guzzi's but it was a nice bike. My Bro in law and my sister test rode the Flying fortress behind it. My brother is a huge HD fanatic but he was thinking about a change up on the next bike, the flying fortress being #1 in his mind now... HAHA

    I didn't test ride it but after having some saddle time in the Road Glide I may consider this as a replacement once the ZG1400 is up to the 100K mile mark.

    The new Yammy Venture Intercontinental... What a phenomenal looking bike. Shan and I need a more comfortable bike for long trips, I'm starting to grow out of the I-4 crazy fast sport touring bikes. I think this might be the next ticket... Still 4-5 years down the road. I'll have the Connie for a bit more time .

    Good weekend so far!!! Hitting the shower, breaking out the rain gear and continuing this adventure!!!
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    Cool is defined differently by different people... I'm sure the new rider down the block thinks his Ninja 250 is cool and why shouldn't he? Bikes are just cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedz123 View Post
    I got caught cranking on the Kanc. I didn't notice the guy half way through the turn and CLICK... HAHAH

    (Laconia) Bike week has been a blast, Living out of my back pack for now. Racking as many miles as I can... I will be hitting 5K miles on the new Harley by the end of the weekend. It has some flaws but all in all this bike has been very good to me. It also is a great bike to just shed miles out on.


    Getting poured on right now so I'm doing some forum surfing then once we break 60' I'll be getting the rain gear on and finding some dry spots. Think I'll head over to Lake placid, Less rain in the forecast

    Whaaaatttt??????!!! Hardley-Ableson FINALLY figured out that they are missing out on massive sales by not making anything resembling a good cornering machine????
    I rode with a guy who had a new Sportster with inverted forks. I was impressed. Until he was profusely apologizing for almost crashing in front of me in Cherokee National Forest when he hit a little dip in the road at the full lean angle of the bike and scraped exhaust very hard... full lean angle with the Harley exhaust/footpegs/overall very minimal cornering clearance was still not a very aggressive lean angle... and the thing was still fairly heavy... BUT... I guess I can't talk trash about 100% of Hardley-Ableson's new bikes anymore, darnit!!!!
    Most people around here in Ohio either have sport bikes or Harley cruisers that just don't seem like much fun for an adrenaline junkie such as myself to ride. My rides on FXR's and late 1990's early 2000's Sportsters left a whole lot to be desired. The Sporty wasnt that bad but not my idea of ideal. The FXR rides made me feel like I was riding a 60 year old bike that had a few hundred pounds of lead weights hidden in it somewhere!!! Only good power off the line then rapidly dies off to a weak cough... 1337cc 56hp 98mph top speed when perfectly tuned (vs GS550 548cc 51hp 450lbs way way faster way better stopping and cornering STOCK!) no brakes, no handling, no cornering clearance! My wife laid the 86 FXR down while following me on a North Carolina mountain road on a stretch that I was going much slower than usual on... frightening to corner aggressively on! The last person I'd want on an ill handling machine following me on a twisty mountain road... but she wouldn't listen to me (on the novelty bike purchase, after running her gs550 out of oil)

    Finally a Harley that is Chuck-proof.... hahaha
    sorry for the negative attitude on the harley brand, but it is definitely something I boycott! The whole harley culture and "Biker" culture, not my idea of fun on two wheels. Lets ride some killer SE Ohio twisties in 4 weeks, Justin!!!!
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    FUN TIMES IN MAY 2017! (that's me in the black leathers and GS)


















    US129 was definitely worth all the hype... just have to hit it on off hours on weekdays, and wait to enter the good part of the road until no slow vehicles have entered for several minutes...

    I ground a flat spot on my exhaust collector mostly from that trip, even after making a new bracket to torque the pipe up higher for more clearance. I immediately ordered a new Delkevic high clearance stainless steel straight muffler road race style pipe after getting home, and re-evaluated my shock length (need longer, swingarm angle is flat when powering out of turns, I did not realize this until I had photos taken of me riding for me to scrutinize!)

    '77 GS750 920cc 4-1, 18" Sun rims, GS1100E swinger, susp.& brake mods
    '74 Rickman VR250MX
    '99 Kawasaki KDX220 rugged terrain ripper
    PROJECTS:
    '77 Suzuki PE250B "Pure Enduro" trail beast, ported + Wiseco piston, susp. mods
    '76 Rickman CR GS1000-1105cc roadracer Yoshi cams& pipe, 89 GSXR1100K fork, 310mm discs, Fox Shox
    '79 GS425 489cc, megacycle cams, GS500 fork Fox Shox 310mm disc, DID rims, GS1100E swinger,
    '77 GS550's - 650-740cc susp/brake mods

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    Haha yeah you can't. My Street-Rod 750 SMOKED my brother's Road Glide flat out. We touched them off on the interstate and It's nothing to bury the 120mph speedo.I flew by him and kept after it... Taking the stock muffler off woke this thing up.

    This thing shines in the twisties. It's not a fast Motorcycle but it is a good handling one.

    I think Hardley held back a touch on this one so it doesn't "outperform" the new (more expensive) Sporster-Roadster. But the handling and power delivery are night and day. I keep my XG in the upper revs 5-6K and bring it to it's 9K redline quite often. More SV sounding the a Harley in that room band.

    129 is awesome! I plan to hit it on my way back from Ohio. Just need to find a riding mate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hayabuser
    Cool is defined differently by different people... I'm sure the new rider down the block thinks his Ninja 250 is cool and why shouldn't he? Bikes are just cool.
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    Sunday night..... the best night of the week regarding all things traffic related, as in very quiet. Took a ride out to get rid of some crabbiness.... I saw what I thought would be a cool pic over the winter picking up my son from a friends house. It turned out not as good tonight with background streetlights now on killing off the vibrant blue.



    Hit the empty highway out and cruised in the 1150's 75-80 mph sweet spot there. Smelled some sweet ocean air, then meandered the back roads home. A nice calming ride. Now enjoying some Father's Day Shiraz and listening to Brant Bjork's Jalamanta CD. A nice weekend ender.
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    Nothing spectacular, just a shortish ride with a fellow from one of the local fb groups. It was both fun and educational. And by educational, i mean that i learned very quickly how the m109r is not the kz1000 or gs650g i started riding on, mostly cause of the real-estate the rear tire takes up
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