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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. jetmechmarty

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

    In another place, that's true. Down on the Delta, I didn't encounter any traffic or people who would have owned a motorcycle. I got gas in Crenshaw.
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    This is what it looks like pointed north on highway 3. I need to explore it more, especially the food. My gas stop was just out of the picture to the right. Ethanol free! I never saw a motorcycle on my 150 mile jaunt. Mostly, I encountered very few cars. As it turns out, riding a motorcycle around here isn't bad at all. There's a lot of variety. Three hour can have me in the Ozarks.
    Last stop, on my way home, I picked up some dinner.
    upload_2021-4-11_9-8-26.jpeg It's a trailer about a mile and a half from my house. Yum!
     
  2. David Toll

    David Toll Reliving my youth? Top Contributor

    Crenshaw looks like a Hollywood set for Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men". Period architecture that seems to 'holla' Depression - probably just my Aussie perspective although I see that nearly 30% of the population live below the poverty line. I'd grab a bagful of that crayfish though - Mississippi cuisine is legendary even here. Fascinating Marty!
     
  3. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

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    Sunshine is for more test rides right?
    Running and riding as well as hoped for so far. Slight drip near that clutch push rod seal.. carbs are close but can't be fully trusted to idle. Adjustments needed.
    Side covers are staying on so far.
    Very fun XS to corner on. Flys down the highway with ease but with those super sturdy bar end mirrors being small means you better watch the mirrors! But they don't shake or move! Good investment there.
    Handlebars are so nice! Instrument's are working well and accurately.
    Really having fun riding again :cool:
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  4. David Toll

    David Toll Reliving my youth? Top Contributor

    Looks good Randy. You look kinda happy yourself. You make a great couple!
    Cheers
     
  5. gggGary

    gggGary When a whole one is just too much. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    QUOTE David Toll,

    Crenshaw looks like a Hollywood set for Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men". Period architecture that seems to 'holla' Depression - probably just my Aussie perspective
    End QUOTE

    There's an awful lot of dying small towns in rural america, the industrialization of ag took away their main reason to exist. We tend to backroad in our travels and see them everywhere. Some find a different way to keep going, but so many just fade away.
     
  6. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Looks great Randy. Wish the weather would cooperate up here so I could get a good ride in. Right now it’s 20 minutes to 1/2 hour then back home. Still a bit cool and today rain all day.
     
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  7. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Every time I see a scene like that , I hear Bruce Springsteen’s melancholy song “ My Hometown” playing in my head. As Gary said that scenario plays out over and over again all across America. The small farming towns of my youth have fallen into disrepair. Years ago my wife and I traveled to Cleveland where she’s from, it used to be a manufacturing town. Now the factories are all boarded up and the jobs are gone. It’s all so sad really.


    “Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores
    Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more
    They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
    Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown”

     
  8. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Fearless Flyer rides again! Looking sharp Randy!
     
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  9. jetmechmarty

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

    Weather permitting, I'm going to give the XS650 a good shakedown this coming weekend. RON at Vicksburg. It should put about 13 hours on the bike.
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  10. Jim

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

    With spring in full bloom, this has the makings of an epic "picture story." :D
     
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  11. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    13 hours... dang, sun up to sundown is a long XS ride.
    Kudos
     
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  12. jetmechmarty

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

    Two days! There's a nice steak dinner waiting for me in Vicksburg. I'll stay close to the river as I return north.
     
  13. Jim

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

    RON= Rest Overnight
     
  14. Team Junk

    Team Junk XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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  15. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Vicksburg is on my list of places to visit someday.
     
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  16. jetmechmarty

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

    Let's go! This will be my 3rd visit and I have left a lot on the table.
     
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  17. jetmechmarty

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

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  18. madmax-im

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

    Took a 75 mile fun roads ride...perfect 70°
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  19. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    776
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    North GA
    Finally got the 650 out for a brewery run. Just 31 miles round trip but she ran perfect except for an elusive neutral when stopped.
    Stillfire Brewery had an abused KZ400 parked inside. Strangely enough, this is only the 2nd KZ400 I've ever seen besides my own.
    Came home to see oil leaking from the cylinder head. Sigh... IMG_1654.JPG IMG_1655 (1).JPG
     
  20. XsNash

    XsNash XS650 Enthusiast

    Checking in to say hello from Nashville, not too far from ya! Jealous of this ride you've got planned. Always wanted to ride the Trace southward myself. Be safe and if you're ever in the Nashville area stop by and say hey.
     
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