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  • Birthday 02/17/1960

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  1. The route was ambitious and the daylight was ending, so we cut it short to just 401.1 miles on the odometer (405.1 according to the gps). The pic shows the roads we were scouting. Earlier this year a Harley rider in Proctorville had told us that he'll never ride 775 again, there are just too many curves on that road. He was half right. He should stay off that road and leave it to us. Lunch at the Mothman and Urban Legends Bar and Grille (the 'e' on the end makes it classy ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) was burgers and sandwiches - not fancy, but good.
  2. I haven't told any non-motorcycle friends yet (except my wife). No one has inquired as to the well-being of the deer. They know the score when it comes to hoofrats. A few days ago a friend was riding in VA at around 10am when a deer struck the side of his R1200GS resulting in $4k damage and a sore leg for the rider. He did not otherwise crash. Keep the shiny side up, friends!
  3. Wild wildlife! It was a mixed weekend for me and wild animals. Previously I had never struck any animal larger than a song bird while riding. A couple of near misses with turkey vultures and one with a deer were years prior. The odds caught up to me big time. Early Friday in southern WV one of the many squirrels we saw dodged the wrong way and went under my bike only to be struck by my left foot peg and boot heel. Not long after that a small black snake slithered very quickly into my path. I was unable to avoid running over it. Iโ€™m not overly fond of squirrels in the road, but I am a fan of snakes and their effect on rodent populations, an inadvertent benefit to humans. I felt bad about the snake all afternoon until I saw the bear. On VA 311 west of New Castle I topped a small hill within 20 yards of a bear that seemed to have just crossed the road. It was small, about the size of a large dog. I saw the bear look at me, stand halfway and dash into the woods. I was very happy with the sighting, however my buddy Jim behind me saw nothing but the plywood silhouette of a bear in a driveway across the road. I'm not sure he believed me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The bear sighting was the most memorable moment of my weekend until I hit a deer. Hoofrats! In the twilight of Sunday evening near Lore City, OH, when I still had my sunglasses on and was thinking I should stop and take them off, a smallish doe jumped from the dim verge into the road in front of me. I had time to brace for impact and picture myself flying over the handlebars before the solid BANG of the collision whacked the bars into my hands. The front wheel did not deflect from its course. The forks did not dive. I had the cruise control engaged and the bike did not slow perceptibly. Over the Blue Tooth communicator Jim asked, โ€œYou all right?โ€ I said I was and he told me that the deer was spinning in the road as he passed. We both figured the bike had struck the deerโ€™s hind legs โ€“ almost a near miss. Under the lights of a gas station a cracked front fender with fur sticking to it was the only damage we found. In my garage I also identified a lost plastic rivet that connects the side panel of the fairing to the radiator. I washed, inspected and rode the bike on Monday and found everything else to be normal. I know I got off lucky.
  4. The roads, the weather and the fun were as good or better than they have ever been. While there was a little scattered rain on Saturday, maybe only one group of three riders got truly wet. Attendance was light, however, especially Saturday evening when the hotel was booked up for a concert. I rode 1400 miles and none of that was on straight roads for long. On Thursday I rode from Columbus on state routes and county roads both new and familiar. I arrived in plenty of time for the Thursday group dinner at Food and Friends. On a sunny Friday two friends and I rode Fall Colors Route 4, 301 miles of curves that included 60 miles of the BRP sandwiched between very satisfying series of twisty roads. Saturday was ghost town day. I led a ride to visit Thurmond, WV which took us through Prince and past Winona, Sewell and Nuttallburg. Saturday evening it seemed that everyone walked across the hotel parking lot to Ruby Tuesday for dinner, where our table was entertained with tales of run-ins with airport security. (Note: if you work with explosives the dogs will smell it on you. Also, be sure to pack chocolate protein powder for your trip, as vanilla tests positive for nitrates and will introduce you to the same folks as the explosive smell does.) On Sunday a friend and I made a long day of the ride home. We went through the Monongahela National Forest, Smoke Hole Canyon - we saw 2 FJ-Tracers just after leaving Smoke Hole Road, and across the North Woods-like scenery from Mt. Storm Lake to Davis, WV before slipping into Maryland and finally going via the curves to Cambridge, OH. There we split up and headed home. Unlike last year with the stock suspension, the FJ with K-Tech forks and shock was the right tool for all the roads we encountered.
  5. I had steel braided lines installed and I felt no difference. I switched to HH brake pads and that gave the brakes some bite.
  6. It was a beautiful day and a fun ride! I started the day by running out of gas half way to the gas station. A couple of miles from home I felt the sputter. I looked down and saw 193 miles on the odometer. I stowed my gear in the GIVI trunk and called a friend who was headed to the ride. "Don't wait for me, I'll see you at lunch." Before I could start walking a man stopped and asked if he could help. He said he'd bring back gas. Ten minutes later he arrived with his lawn mower gas. I thanked him profusely and paid him despite his protests. .... I was half an hour late by the time I gassed up entirely, so I took the boring express route down US 23 from Columbus to Piketon (about an hour) to make up time. Then I jumped into my planned gps route. This inadvertently put me well ahead of the ten riders I was supposed to be leading. Seventeen people showed up eventually and we were scattered about the restaurant.... I should have photographed the mountain of meat I mistakenly ordered. Nobody told me that their ribs were more like big pork chops. I ordered 3 bones thinking it would be a lunch-sized portion. Wrong! I ate 1 of the three "bones." Pat's photo above shows one of the two steak choices - you can get one or two 16 oz. ribeyes. Everyone was happy with the restaurant. The ride after lunch was great. The route took curvy state routes from Portsmouth east to Rio Grande, north to OH 56 and west to Laurelville. The only bummer was that the fruit market was closed and we got no cider... Bikes on the after lunch ride included 2 FJ09s, a Super Tenere, a Goldwing and an SSR Buccaneer Classic 250. In all I rode 342 miles after running out of gas.
  7. I ride in Standard mode around town and on the highway. If the road is open enough for sustained acceleration, then A mode is good. A lot of the roads I ride have long series of sharp corners and I find STD lets me enjoy the flow better there. I have only ridden in the rain in B mode once and didn't need it to my knowledge.
  8. Looking very stealthy on Roan Mtn.
  9. One note of caution: TPMS has led to temporary paranoia in 2 of my riding buddies. The tires don't hold much air and the pressures go up or down a pound or two as we ride. The display seems handy to check before a ride but a distraction to look at all day.
  10. The Fall Colors Ride is a weekend MSTA event held in the 2011 "Coolest Small Town in America" Lewisburg, WV. The riding is great in every direction. The restaurants downtown are excellent. And the ride to and from the event is great, too. It's always a good time, even though we might encounter a little rain that late in the season. Ask people about the weather we had back when this event was at Snowshoe! Things to see - Greenbank National Radio Observatory is a very interesting place to visit, as are the Cass Scenic Railway (steam locomotive goes through switchbacks to get to the top of a mountain) and the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine (you don't need a "canary bird"). Also within easy reach are Seneca Rocks, the John Henry Memorial and what we've come to call the "world's best Dairy Queen." There is no registration fee. All are welcome. For more info go to: MSTA Fall Colors
  11. Ohio MSTA is taking our monthly Lunch Ride to Portsmouth, OH and The Scioto Ribber restaurant. They serve, you guessed it, BBQ ribs along with steaks, chicken, salads, sandwiches, etc... The Ribber opens at NOON on Sunday, so if we're early we'll look at the murals on the flood wall before lunch. The Scioto Ribber 1026 Gallia St, Portsmouth, OH 45662 Central Ohio riders can meet at the Portside Cafe (where we have our monthly breakfast meet) on US 23 just south of OH 665. Gassed up and Ready to Ride at 9 am.
  12. I had mine flashed by JD Hord at www.hordpower.com. Throttle response is much smoother in A mode now, making it useable in town (it wasn't when stock) and more fun on the open road. JD is a great guy, who has worked on several of my bikes. He is meticulous about quality and he likes a flat torque curve.
  13. The Fly-by was great! Weather this nice has never occurred in August in Marietta. Temps barely got into the 80's F with low humidity. Around 100 registered participants rode all over southeast Ohio and WV. (I went to Helvetia one day, Holly River State Park another and then rode around south of Parkersburg just hitting the good roads before heading home Sunday.) Lots of friends were there. Stories were told, laughs were heard everywhere. Burgers and brats Friday night were followed by kebabs on Saturday. Good times!
  14. You could drop a line to these guys. MSTA Kentucky. They do breakfast and lunch rides on weekends. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1000078980012020/?fref=gs&dti=61335846587&hc_location=group Or contact Pat Mogavero - kyzrex@aol.com
  15. The party is in Marietta this weekend. ๐Ÿ˜‰