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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jim, May 10, 2019.

  1. Yes, it's own topic in the Forums

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  2. Nah... threads good enough.

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  1. fixthe

    fixthe XS650 Enthusiast

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    Haven't been around the forums too much recently - that's a good thing though, means nothing has gone wrong with the bike!

    Unfortunately the weather has been absolute shit for a few weeks now with over night lows below freezing, daytime highs around 10C, and mad wind, so I haven't done much pleasure riding. Decided to say screw it yesterday as days are limited and went for a three hour ride out of town. Temperature was perfect but man, that wind. More than a few times I thought I was going to have to get off the highway and wait it out for a bit, crosswind bursts were pushing me around hard. After a half hour or so we finally changed direction and it was bearable going into the wind in a full tuck.

    Still, an enjoyable ride all things considered. Ended up stopping at a nice little river - next year I plan on figuring out how I can secure my fishing rod to my bike.
     

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  2. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    This weekend I made the maiden test ride on my 75. I decided to head into town and take in some of the local artwork. Ft Wayne has always been big on the arts. It’s only about 20 miles from the little village that I reside in. Below are just a few of the many building murals in our downtown area. Many are hidden in alley ways, but there are probably more than 20 in the area. Some really talented works out there! It was a good opportunity to get some good test miles on the scoot though.
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  3. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Congratulations on your XS What a Beauty ! You've put in so much effort and it looks like you hit a home run there. -RT
     

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  4. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I vote for either of the two sidestand pictures for the calendar. :heart:
     
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  5. fixthe

    fixthe XS650 Enthusiast

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    Stunner of a bike!
     
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  6. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Great photos! Some calendar worthy for sure! :thumbsup:
     
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  7. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Thanks for the compliments guys. I grabbed a couple of pretty good pictures for the calendar during this ride. The weather here this weekend was absolutely beautiful averaging in the upper 60’s to low 70’s. I just didn’t want to post them all up beforehand. These were all pictures that I determined did not make the calendar cut.
     
  8. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Confession; we were hiking not riding, but fall is here and color is starting to pop. High Cliff State Park northeast end of Lake Winnebago, WI
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  9. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    wow upper 70's, start of fall colors so went out and looked for calendar settings for Johns legacy...
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    It was fun.
     
  10. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Nice shots there Gary!
     
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  11. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Really nice photos Gary! Looks like you had a beautiful day!
     
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  12. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Natchez Trace in the morning! BE433FA1-EEEF-4155-885D-A212AF339166.jpeg
     
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  13. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    gggGary, the first one with the bridge is brlliant!
     
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  14. madmax-im

    madmax-im Yamaha...Go your own way... XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Gary..#1...#2..#3 and #6..Best colour and background ..and lighting..;)
     
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  15. XsJosh

    XsJosh XS650 Addict

    Granby CT with the wife
     

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  16. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Things were going so good,

    I took off this morning didn’t really have a plan, I just felt like riding. I headed South through the desert, and crossed into farmland, just enjoying little two lane roads with no traffic. Then I saw a sign that said Palo Verde Rd. I knew that turning on to that road would take me to the sleepy little town of Palo Verde Az, so that’s where I went.
    Palo Verde is nothing more than a few farmhouses and a school, I blew right through it. Next stop the town of Arlington , if you can call this a town.
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    The post office is about to be swallowed up by these old salt cedar trees. I’m right on the corner of Nowhere and Vine. :laugh2:
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    This two lane road I’m riding on, the Old Highway 80, used to be a main highway before it was replaced with a super slab. The new highway is packed with semi trucks and travelers. The Old Highway hardly has a car on it and it meanders nicely.
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    While I was stopped here, I pulled out my phone to check some distances. The town of Gila Bend is 35 miles further, I decide to continue on. About 5 miles down the road, I was riding at 55 mph and it felt like a rock hit my throat , about two seconds later, an intense burning. I knew immediately what happened. I pulled over in front of an old building and quickly pulled off my helmet and gloves. I looked in the mirror and I could see the bee stinger stuck in my Adam’s apple. I pulled out a credit card and scraped it off.
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    Well that ended my day, I was 50 miles from home and I turned around. Before I even made it home my throat was starting to tighten up. So ended my big adventure! :( ( At least I got a hundred miles in! )
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  17. XsJosh

    XsJosh XS650 Addict

    IMG_20200927_171459_330.jpg Pinchot sycamore, largest tree in CT
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  18. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Holly crap MM you squeaked by that time!
     
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  19. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Ouch!! :yikes:
     
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  20. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Well, I got that Fall ride in this morning. Sadly (and as expected) I missed the peak of color. The rain and windstorm we had last week stripped a lot of the trees.

    Still, it was a good ride, mid-60's, a few puffy clouds, dry roads and only got snagged in traffic once.

    I hope to do one more on my birthday before putting the bike up for the Winter. Just seems appropriate to go for a ride on my 70th birthday. Sort of like flipping Old Man Time the Bird...
     
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