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Re: One Picture, One Story. Rebooted!
« Reply #50 on: February 08, 2016, 11:18:16 AM »
Saturday morning in the Mojave desert.  Early stages of our annual Phrostbite ridden February 6th.

Dawn on the famous Route 66, in beautiful Amboy, CA.

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« Reply #51 on: February 08, 2016, 11:25:56 AM »
Miles invited a fine Gent named Jim along.  He joined us for the first leg of the trip before pealing off to go to Death Valley.
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« Reply #52 on: February 08, 2016, 11:41:24 AM »
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« Reply #53 on: February 08, 2016, 11:53:08 AM »
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« Reply #54 on: April 03, 2016, 03:40:03 PM »
So as documented in the Rant thread and the Grumpy thread, we have a bunch of bad girls and cancelled vacation plans. However we managed to get one of the bad girls fixed to join the good girl for a nice flower-sniffing ride. The original plan was to go out to the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve but a quick look at their site revealed the poppies had been hosed by the lack of rain at the critical time. So.... we still went out that direction and saw quite a few poppies, lupine, and many other flowers that I can't name. Saw some indian paintbrush as well. But these were all in populated areas with people parking and tromping around with their big DSLRs.

We headed out to some remote places we knew of and found our own damned poppies.

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And a field of yellow....
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OK I know that's two pictures, but one is from me and one is from M.Brane.  :bigsmile:
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Re: One Picture, One Story. Rebooted!
« Reply #55 on: April 03, 2016, 08:19:39 PM »
So as documented in the Rant thread and the Grumpy thread, we have a bunch of bad girls and cancelled vacation plans. However we managed to get one of the bad girls fixed to join the good girl for a nice flower-sniffing ride. The original plan was to go out to the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve but a quick look at their site revealed the poppies had been hosed by the lack of rain at the critical time. So.... we still went out that direction and saw quite a few poppies, lupine, and many other flowers that I can't name. Saw some indian paintbrush as well. But these were all in populated areas with people parking and tromping around with their big DSLRs.

We headed out to some remote places we knew of and found our own damned poppies.

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And a field of yellow....
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OK I know that's two pictures, but one is from me and one is from M.Brane.  :bigsmile:


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« Reply #56 on: April 27, 2016, 03:52:22 PM »
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Because we all need something to dream about...
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« Reply #57 on: July 31, 2016, 03:09:18 PM »
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Inspired by R Doug's "America's Stelio" thread, BMW-K and I set out to do some riding in the southern Sierras.  This photo was taken on the western side of Sherman Pass.  Look at the fire-killed trees- that fire rolled through six years ago, IIRC.  Interestingly, we rode over Sherman Pass soon after that fire was put out, but there was still quite a bit of smoke and ash.  I looked for any photos, but I couldn't find any.

I can't believe I haven't posted here with something like the following. This is not America's Stelvio. This is Italy's real Stelvio. I took the picture. Have a nice day. :)
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Something to dream about...  :bigsmile:

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The story: I posted a picture from somewhere on the Passo dello Stelvio road or summit. The picture was taken July '16. Photobucket stopped supporting 3rd party hosting - bastids. My photo went away. I went back to Stelvio this year (July '17). This is a frame from my Stelvio video. That's a guy who either went to church quite a lot. Or is a drunk and/or fool - God watches out for drunks and fools.
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« Reply #58 on: August 15, 2016, 12:21:24 PM »



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T minus 17 days...
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Re: One Picture, One Story. Rebooted!
« Reply #59 on: August 15, 2016, 12:31:48 PM »
Looks like you're loaded for bear. Are you sure they're gonna let you in again?
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« Reply #60 on: August 15, 2016, 12:38:56 PM »
Looks like you're loaded for bear. Are you sure they're gonna let you in again?

Yes, sir. Absolutely. I’ve learned my lesson. I can honestly say I’m a changed man. I’m no longer a danger to society. That’s the God’s honest truth. No doubt about it.

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Re: One Picture, One Story. Rebooted!
« Reply #61 on: August 15, 2016, 07:58:27 PM »
No lack of good sense keeps me from posting... OK, eight pictures, one location, one photographer (who engraved his company name on these otherwise fine pictures). The story? I saw the photographer as I approached, figured he'd laugh himself silly as I tottered past his vantage point. There are things to be improved but, damn, I look though I almost know what I'm doing.  :beerchug:
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« Reply #62 on: August 15, 2016, 09:07:16 PM »
It amazes me how many people will pick a full on touring bike when they know they'll be taking multiple first gear 20 mph hairpin turns. 


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« Reply #63 on: August 16, 2016, 07:54:55 AM »
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My biggest problem going up was getting good lines for turns (this turn was better than some) and shifting weight to get the needed lean. I'm a little surprised that I at least got my weight outside of the turn a bit. But enough about me.

With the bike over, off the center of the tires, steering wasn't hard at all. Before the trip I got lots of "ooooohh... big bike like that... gooood luck" comments. It simply wasn't a problem. Some of the earlier passes were enough to get me oriented for hairpins. Once I got my head out of my... and went back to riding as I had earlier... not a problem. I keep in touch with a guy riding the passes on a K1600GT - no worries. Ditto for two guys in the group on Harleys (referring to a big bike can't do passes, not email contact). It's all in the riding, not in horsing the bike around.
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Re: One Picture, One Story. Rebooted!
« Reply #64 on: August 16, 2016, 10:36:49 AM »
It amazes me how many people will pick a full on touring bike when they know they'll be taking multiple first gear 20 mph hairpin turns. 


You didn't fall down so you must know what you're doing.

Being used to the wide bars on my GSA, the steering on my wife's RT always feels a little heavy when I first get on it.  But that passes quickly enough and the RT is actually a pretty nimble bike.

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« Reply #65 on: August 16, 2016, 11:12:06 AM »
What he said.  :beerchug:

Truth is, my two big gripes are a) the boxer motor, BMW and owner claims aside, just plain vibrates and buzzes too darn much, and 2) the motor has no real meat below about 2500-2750, demanding a lot of gear jamming to stay above that "floor". That said, on the power curve, it's surprisingly easy to lift the front tire with a little too much ...ah... torque on the right-side handlebar grip. Oh my yes. And in the hairpins, it's drop to second (on a clean entry) and let the sucker scream until out of the turn. Guessing wrong and dropping to first somewhere in the turn (always a bad idea) is made more interesting because the box has all the subtly of a 2x4 applied to the frontal lobe. Sorry, radon222, I just can't get behind this motor/tranny combo. I had an F650GS loaner for a few days - once we made peace with each other, it turned out to be a neat "2nd bike" for fire trails, etc. Even on back roads it was a fun ride, but the higher CG made me uncomfortable with really bending it in tighter curves. The motor pulled like a freight train, even with 200 lbs plus (with gear) on board. So, yeah, lots to be said for the GS' steering (among other stuff).
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« Reply #66 on: September 08, 2016, 07:51:47 PM »
Not a riding photo, but amazing nonetheless. A plaque to honor a guy that got his ass kicked big-time, but went down fighting for what he believed in. All hono(u)r to Daniel Auger De Subercase.

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« Reply #68 on: October 01, 2017, 09:54:58 PM »
Didn't ride to here but still a photo with a story:

Driving to Vegas for a week-long conference that begins tomorrow.  Took a rather indirect route that passed us by Searchlight, NV.

13m South of Searchlight is the old location for the Searchlight Loran Station.

Being a radio geek I wanted to see the place from where my aviation nav signals from the 80s and 90s came.

More info on LORAN for the uninitiated:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loran-C

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« Reply #69 on: October 01, 2017, 10:29:28 PM »
It's amazing how far we've come since ground based locators.
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Sport-touring Central America, 1984.  I was a young punk, 18 years old and afraid of nothing, riding solo on the cheap.  I took this shot in some small town near Oaxaca, where I'd just gotten a flat repaired.

I made it as far as Panama City before heading back to El Norte.
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Sport-touring Central America, 1984.  I was a young punk, 18 years old and afraid of nothing, riding solo on the cheap.  I took this shot in some small town near Oaxaca, where I'd just gotten a flat repaired.

I made it as far as Panama City before heading back to El Norte.

Damn, you were good looking back then!
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« Reply #73 on: January 24, 2018, 08:44:40 AM »
Remember when you could travel the world on a UJM and a stack of paper maps!?
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« Reply #74 on: February 04, 2018, 09:06:11 PM »
I'll start.

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BMW-K just bought a new bike, a 765 Street Triple RS.  As is our riding group's tradition with new bike purchases, that meant an Iron Butt Association Saddle Sore 1k ride was in order to break it in properly.

BMW-K and I (and also often some other friends as well) traditionally do a ride we call the Phrostbite the first weekend in February.  It started out many years ago as a Death Valley run (DV gets mighty cold in the winter), but has since evolved onto a two-day ride anywhere east and north of SoCal.

This year we took the Phrostbite weekend to do a lap of the state of Nevada, with the intention of 1000+ miles on Saturday and then another 500+ miles on Sunday, taking it 1500+ miles in 36 hours for the IBA Bun Burner certificate on the new bike.

This picture was taken on Nevada's Highway 50, called "The Loneliest Road," at sunset. 

And yes, we finished the ride with more than 1500 miles in the 36 hours.
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« Reply #75 on: February 05, 2018, 04:33:48 PM »
Props. Great pic too.
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« Reply #76 on: February 06, 2018, 09:40:52 PM »
Yeaaa New ride !!! Congrats Robert

Miles, wonderful picture and a hell of a good tradition  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #77 on: February 06, 2018, 10:42:43 PM »
P.S. Robert what happened to the Duck?


It did what Ducatis do- complete catastrophic mid-ride failure.
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« Reply #78 on: February 07, 2018, 05:21:24 PM »


P.S. Robert what happened to the Duck?

Thanks Andrew!

Well, the Duc is sitting the garage as a mystery.  We have spark...we have fuel...it's not the injectors...the oil looks fine and doesn't smell...I tested an ECU swap and it's not that either.  There are no issues with air leakage around the throttle body boots and there are no mechanical sounds out of place.  It's almost behaving as if the spark timing is off - as if it's sparking when there's no fuel in the cylinder.  Best guess at the moment is that there is a sensor driven near the timing belt that came loose...but I haven't gotten there yet. 

/shrug.  Time is on my side at this point.  I filed it as a non-operator with the DMV and took it off insurance.  I'll keep digging on it slowly but surely.  I figure I'll check the belts next and maybe something around the timing. 

Total mystery. 
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« Reply #79 on: February 07, 2018, 08:26:43 PM »
TIme to take the T-belt covers off, the code you had is related to engine timing.  But then time is on your side, relax slow and simple
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« Reply #80 on: July 13, 2019, 09:01:02 PM »
Crossing Northern Nevada mid-summer seems like a bad idea- and honestly, it was a bit uncomfortably warm.
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« Reply #81 on: July 13, 2019, 10:00:10 PM »
Rode down to Titusville, FL a couple of weeks ago to see the SpaceX Falcon Heavy / STP2 launch.    The temps for the ride down just got hotter and hotter all day.   Started in the low 70s at 6:30 AM and was in the upper 90s by noon.    The thermometer on the bike said 102 or higher all afternoon.  The launch was delayed from 11:30 PM to 2:30 AM and this allowed the moon to rise behind the Kennedy Space Center.    Launch Complex 39A and the Falcon Heavy are at the left in the bright white lights.   The Vehicle Assembly Building is to the far right.    The launch and the booster landings were spectacular.

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« Reply #82 on: July 13, 2019, 10:11:13 PM »
Outstanding!
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A couple of years ago, a good riding friend of mine moved from here in San Diego to San Antonio, TX for work.  He dearly misses the riding here, so two weeks ago he rode out from Central Texas to get his California road fix.

A mutual friend of ours and I were to meet him in Park City, Utah and the three of us would enjoy a couple of days of riding on our way back to the West Coast.

From San Diego to Park City, our plan was to leave after work on wednesday evening and grind out way up the freeway to Las Vegas (about five hours), then get on the road at the crack of dawn to beat the heat (projected to hit about 110f (43c).

Well, my friend Seth had some family entanglements and so we didn't actually leave San Diego until 8:30 at night.  Which was fine, really.  It just meant we'd get a couple of hours less sleep.

Well, tooling along the freeway about an hour later, my iPhone fell out of the holder on my handlebar.  The holder that had gripped my phone securely for over a thousand miles of dirt roads in Canada, held it for any number of rough roads here in the US and Mexico, held the phone without fail despite a hard low side... well, it simply let go on a smooth chunk of freeway.  At 9:30 at night.  In the fast lane.

I tried to signal Seth, but he didn't see my lights flash and just kept riding even as I pulled over almost immediately.  I walked back on the left shoulder (that's the fast lane side) and looked for it in the fast lane or on the shoulder by the oncoming traffic headlights, but despite ten minutes search just couldn't find it.  It was in one of those otter box 'Life Proof" cases, so if it didn't get run over it would be OK despite the fall.

Well, I couldn't find it, so I imagined it must have made its way into the weeds next to the road. 

I jumped back on my bike and looked for Seth, who I figured would have pulled over once he realized my headlights weren't behind him.  I didn't see him for a few exits, so I pulled off and found a mini mart.  I explained that I'd lost my phone and asked to use the phone there, and the guy behind the counter helpfully lent me their land line to call my wife- who of course, didn't answer an unknown number at 10;00 at night.  I left a voice message explaining what had happened and asked her to call Seth and tell him I'd meet him in Baker, CA, a couple of hours down the road.

I chose Baker because the whole town is no more than five blocks long, and so there is no way we could miss each other there.

At 11;00 I used the phone in another mini mart to call my wife again, and this time she answered.  She told me that she'd gotten ahold of Seth, and he went back to where the phone had gotten lost and was using the "find phone" app to locate it, but would meet me in Baker.

Well, he never found it, despite wandering up and down the shoulder of the freeway with a flashlight for over half an hour.  He quit when he noticed that the last ping my phone had sent was 54 minutes old- clearly the phone had actually been destroyed and the location info was simply old news.

What with all of his heroic efforts, I had a long wait in Baker.  The pic is of my bike at 3 AM in a small town in the Mojave desert. 

Baker is famous for two things.  The first being the southern gateway to the Death Valley National Park, and the second is the world's tallest thermometer (which read 96f at the time).
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« Reply #84 on: July 30, 2019, 12:30:28 AM »

Baker is famous for two things.  The first being the southern gateway to the Death Valley National Park, and the second is the world's tallest thermometer (which read 96f at the time).

And a pretty good Greek restaurant which used to be open 24 hours a day.    Might still be.    Here is one picture of my rig parked out back of the Mad Greek Cafe after a week of riding and training in the desert with a group of international rally crazies.   

And sorry to hear about the phone.

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« Reply #85 on: July 30, 2019, 12:35:51 AM »
And while I'm at it, here's one picture from one of our rides.

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Re: One Picture, One Story. Rebooted!
« Reply #86 on: July 30, 2019, 12:45:00 AM »

Baker is famous for two things.  The first being the southern gateway to the Death Valley National Park, and the second is the world's tallest thermometer (which read 96f at the time).

And a pretty good Greek restaurant which used to be open 24 hours a day.    Might still be.    Here is one picture of my rig parked out back of the Mad Greek Cafe after a week of riding and training in the desert with a group of international rally crazies.   

And sorry to hear about the phone.

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The Mad Greek is still open 24 hours a day, but it's never actually been good.
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Re: One Picture, One Story. Rebooted!
« Reply #87 on: July 30, 2019, 10:20:24 AM »
My dash the last time I was through Baker:

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Re: One Picture, One Story. Rebooted!
« Reply #88 on: August 03, 2019, 02:31:55 PM »
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My GPS just told me to turn left, then turn left, then turn left, then turn left.
So if I go too far left do I end up right?