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Discussion in 'Great Lakes U.S.' started by Cafe Murdock, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. another really really nice day nice and warm went light breeze out and here in Appalachia helmets meet the wife up from work and she works at Captain D's seafood restaurant and I got the best wife in the whole wide world to her and she liked getting on the back of the cafe and cruising but when I pulled in the drive through to get some food full day couldn't hear me so I pulled up to the window and comes right from the kitchen up to the window and takes my order and then doesn't charge me and brings me out all the shrimp that I got the greatest wife in the world also I just made that new seat yesterday let me know what you think in the comments section things below let me know what you think of that seat guys said it's all handmade custom one-of-a-kind
     

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  2. GLJ

    GLJ If you can't laugh at youself you shouldn't laugh Top Contributor

    Beautiful day for a ride today. Mid 70s, no rain in sight. Rode to the Mississippi Palisade State Park. 2500 acres along the Mississippi River. 60 smiles one way. Not as epic a ride as gggGary had. It was the farthest I have ventured from home with it since I got it running. Normally you can watch eagles soaring over the river. Didn't see any. Must have Mondays off. Gnats were out in full force. Bike ran sweet.:rock:

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  3. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Very pretty country GLJ - nice ride!
     
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  4. Hell yea I'm right on Ohio River across from West Virginia where the mothman got started
     
  5. GLJ

    GLJ If you can't laugh at youself you shouldn't laugh Top Contributor

    The northwest corner of IL is scenic. Doesn't hold a candle to the north side of Lake Superior. Have ridden around Superior 3 times. Great ride. Other than when a ore truck dropped a rock that took a chunk out of my windshield and then smashed into my hand. Plus you get to go through the town where Winnie-the-Pooh is from.
     
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  6. Rasputin

    Rasputin XS650 Addict

    2ECBA0B6-ED55-4C1D-BCEE-3A37BB96D4DA.jpeg 34ACB057-5FBB-4D01-BA9C-35C6F935AE7B.jpeg D9918793-709A-4A47-9545-04AFE22CA313.jpeg 6633626D-A22C-4981-A603-941B5B57F541.jpeg B9E60B7F-3BA3-4224-893F-0311CE335878.jpeg B9E60B7F-3BA3-4224-893F-0311CE335878.jpeg Nice day for a little spin today. Where to go? I went to check on a guy who has Bristol Centaurus engines that he runs at shows etc, the Bristol engines were all covered up but he did have a couple of big radials he has acquired.
    I guess his intention is to restore these engines to running order, they have been stood a long time so it won’t happen overnight. I’m looking forward to seeing these baby’s run again. Anyone of you airplane buffs point out what’s going off at the rear? I find it more fascinating than the front.
     

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  7. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Is that a P&W R2800 as found in a large number of US aircraft such as the P47 Thunderbolt, the F6F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat and F8F Bearcat and among others, the Canadair CL215 Waterbomber?
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    Anyhow - at the rear would be a carburetor and a bunch of accessory drives for alternators, hydraulic pumps for landing gear, flaps etc.

    Even without the actual "engine" bits like the crank, connecting rods and the pistons etc., these things are like a watch - a REALLY BIG watch - but still, with lots of gears and shafts and pushrods, supercharger drives and clutches, fuel pumps and chains and other mechanisms whirling around inside, they are like a watch.
     
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  8. Rasputin

    Rasputin XS650 Addict

    I am led to believe these are Wright R 3350 engines. Fascinating.
     
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  9. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Ahhh...the mighty Wright R3350. These big boys have more than twice the displacement of the Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 (3350 cu.in. versus 1640) and in the later Turbo-Compound version, they cranked out 3500 loud, oil-leaking horsepower. The TC had three exhaust driven turbines that were geared to the crankshaft to put exhaust energy to work helping the conventional part of the engine to drive the prop.

    These are the engines that were used on B29s, the Douglas AD Skyraider and several other US aircraft ...and of course on the highly regarded Montreal-built Canadair CP107 Argus patrol bomber (which was actually based on the Bristol Britannia airliner but with piston engines replacing the Tyne turboprops for better fuel burn). The Argus could stay aloft for more than 24 hours without refueling - and that must have rattled the teeth right out of the poor crews.

    The Argus was a genuine Cold Warrior - they were very active during the Cuban Missile Crist of the early 1960s.
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    Sorry guys, there is always a Canadian angle....;)

    Pete
     
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  10. GLJ

    GLJ If you can't laugh at youself you shouldn't laugh Top Contributor

    Fear the leaf!o_O
     
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  11. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

  12. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter

    Jumped on the café bike this afternoon to visit a brewery I like but had never been to in the mountains of North GA. The 650 handled it with aplomb. What a fantastic bike. Had a crowd around me as soon as I parked LOL. Oh, and the beer was great... IMG_0740.JPG
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    Next week I'll make another trip and hopefully the leaves will be changing.
     
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  13. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I loves me that bike Jim....
     
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  14. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter

    Thanks Pete. I should have let you ride it at the VYR.
    I really like it too except for the kickstand that seems to have a mind of it's own :cussing:
     
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