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ESTO 2017 -- Alleghany Inn / Sparta, NC -- Official Info
« Reply #50 on: August 03, 2017, 03:36:12 PM »
He's coming down the coast in his yacht.

No. Too far north for us. We won't be stopping until just North of North Myrtle Beach. Unless we need fuel.
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« Reply #51 on: August 03, 2017, 03:47:44 PM »
Well, the whole being land locked thing might be a consideration, too. :)
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« Reply #52 on: August 03, 2017, 03:49:28 PM »
Well, the whole being land locked thing might be a consideration, too. :)

Yeah, I don't think there is a port near the hotel(Alleghany Inn)...

I guess that answers that then. We are definitely not coming.

Thanks for the heads up, Chris!
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« Reply #53 on: August 06, 2017, 07:57:59 PM »
I'm getting pumped up for the trip. Ordering a new rear tire this week and helping Chris prep the Speed Triple this weekend. I need a week off from the zoo. Can't wait.
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« Reply #54 on: August 08, 2017, 07:17:32 AM »
I reckon I need to get a room...

Ya'll got t-shirts and BBQ?

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« Reply #55 on: August 08, 2017, 09:18:29 AM »
I reckon I need to get a room...

Ya'll got t-shirts and BBQ?

The STO group is a little more laissez faire about these matters.  I'm not sure we've done shirts and group dinners much since the last event you attended in Sparta.

Rides and dinner have been more ad hoc and the real magic comes with the kicking of tires and enjoying tasty adult beverages (credit to Garry) in the evenings. 

I look forward to seeing you!
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« Reply #56 on: August 08, 2017, 09:37:25 PM »
And for the record the host of that event actually greeted everyone with a tasty beverage on Friday night, and had so much that he had to take some home with him because people didn't drink at all! Hahaha

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« Reply #57 on: August 09, 2017, 11:13:28 AM »
And for the record the host of that event actually greeted everyone with a tasty beverage on Friday night, and had so much that he had to take some home with him because people didn't drink at all! Hahaha


Who was this great host?  I'm looking through old pictures to find a shot of him.  Do you know this guy?   :)  :lol:
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« Reply #58 on: August 09, 2017, 02:51:00 PM »
Dunno, but he really loved Lemmy...

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« Reply #59 on: August 10, 2017, 06:54:20 AM »
I started to plot the route into Garmin's Basecamp and it shows less time to complete. 
While the route is less than 40% dirt roads, I have no idea what our pace will be on those sections. 

You have the Garmin GPX files available? Email if you want. I'm probably in for this ride if dry..

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« Reply #60 on: August 14, 2017, 08:08:51 AM »
I sure wonder where I put my Garmin 550 after my TAT trip... for the life of me I can't find it.. is it in my storage in NC, or in my household goods coming from Korea?  Sigh... I really don't want to have to buy another just for ESTO17.. I will probably navigate by map and stars.. .and a little memory...  ;)

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« Reply #61 on: August 14, 2017, 08:16:57 AM »
A phone mount!  a-ha!  I'm so behind the times!!!

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« Reply #62 on: August 14, 2017, 11:11:08 AM »
A phone mount!  a-ha!  I'm so behind the times!!!

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« Reply #63 on: August 14, 2017, 10:42:56 PM »
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« Reply #64 on: August 16, 2017, 06:33:12 AM »
I'm really looking forward to spending a week on the road with my son (OH, WV, KY, VA, TN, GA, NC), finishing up in Sparta for ESTO. I'm guessing about 2700 miles over 8 days.

A new rear TKC70 arrived yesterday. The TKC80 on the front is almost new. I just need to mount it and do an oil change and the 1190 will be good to go. All my hotel reservations are made. I still have to go over my GPS routes and clean them up (fix stupid Basecamp shortcuts, etc.) to be sure every mile of every day is exactly correct.
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« Reply #65 on: August 22, 2017, 05:41:06 PM »
Looking forward to the ride .Had to make a call to confirm the room no email. Good to go new back tire mounted see you all Friday.



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« Reply #66 on: September 01, 2017, 05:56:07 PM »
If I can get my new tires spooned on Tuesday, I'll arrive in Sparta Thursday.   8)

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« Reply #67 on: September 01, 2017, 06:21:58 PM »
For those who have PM'd me asking for this and other who would like it, please find the attached GPX file of the planned Saturday twisties and dirt road tour.

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« Reply #68 on: September 02, 2017, 09:23:44 AM »
All Basecamp routes are plotted.  2,442 miles, only about 4 hours of highway.  Should be a fun week!
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« Reply #69 on: September 02, 2017, 01:36:25 PM »
If I can get my new tires spooned on Tuesday, I'll arrive in Sparta Thursday.   8)

Chris and I will be arriving in Sparta on Thursday as well. Short hop up the BRP from Maggie Valley. Just have to put the clothes in the luggage and I'm leaving in the morning. Chris is on his way down from NY as I type.
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« Reply #70 on: September 04, 2017, 08:54:11 AM »
For those who have PM'd me asking for this and other who would like it, please find the attached GPX file of the planned Saturday twisties and dirt road tour.
I wish I would have caught you earlier.  I have all of the routes from ESTN07 which are still great rides.  Have not compared them to your routes but I'd bet they are very close to the same.  Also have a bunch of routes from MSTA, they hold their Tristar in Sparta in the Spring every year.   Actually, the roads are in much better condition than back in 07.  Looks like great weather and great roads. 
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« Reply #71 on: September 04, 2017, 03:13:19 PM »
Well, one of us should post them, although I don't think this group really needs them. 
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« Reply #72 on: September 04, 2017, 06:07:40 PM »
Have fun all and take lots of pics please.
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« Reply #73 on: September 04, 2017, 06:41:06 PM »
Well, one of us should post them, although I don't think this group really needs them.
You are right Skee.  Since the 2007 event (which was one of the best events I ever participated in) I have gone to something like six MSTA(HSTA) events every spring in Sparta plus run the area with COFSTA, Caroline Old Farts Sport Touring Association, riders mainly out of Charlotte.  Still, riding out of Sparta hasn't become boring.  Just don't need the GPS, LOL.

HSTA has multiple routes that go down to areas along the face of the Blue Ridge N. of Mt. Airey and up around Indian Valley.  They usually have 60 to 70 riders so they need more choices.  Doug's route looks excellent.  The COFSTRA run almost every week and have taken me to all kinds of twisties I never knew existed. Too many great roads and too little time.
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« Reply #74 on: September 05, 2017, 08:41:26 AM »
New guy.  Should be along Friday afternoon.  Looking forward to meeting the group.
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« Reply #75 on: September 05, 2017, 08:56:04 AM »
New guy.  Should be along Friday afternoon.  Looking forward to meeting the group.


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« Reply #76 on: September 05, 2017, 11:14:39 AM »
Got the new tires on the wheels, put the wheels on the bike.  I'm good to go! 8)

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« Reply #77 on: September 05, 2017, 11:28:26 AM »
I'm still in, but it just became a $*&!@#)ING working vacation, at best. We'll see how the week progresses.
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« Reply #78 on: September 05, 2017, 06:05:07 PM »
Heading out in the morning.  I'll make it as far south as Oakland, MD tomorrow.

Apparently, I have booked the last NS room available for Thursday night.

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« Reply #79 on: September 06, 2017, 12:34:39 PM »
Hotel room booked.  I've got one other coming with me, arriving Friday evening.  See you guys then.


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« Reply #80 on: September 06, 2017, 02:39:51 PM »
Hotel room booked.  I've got one other coming with me, arriving Friday evening.  See you guys then.

Second round is on you.   :beerchug:


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« Reply #81 on: September 07, 2017, 04:53:56 AM »
Leaving in about 20 minutes.  Just thought you wanted to know. See you Friday
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« Reply #82 on: September 07, 2017, 12:17:40 PM »
Have fun and wish I could be there with you all...

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« Reply #83 on: September 07, 2017, 04:40:45 PM »
Chris and I arrived just after 5pm with Smoker in tow. Bubbles sighting in the parking.
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« Reply #84 on: September 07, 2017, 05:04:43 PM »
Enjoy the roads STOners. 

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« Reply #85 on: September 07, 2017, 05:46:26 PM »
Enjoy and take lots of pics!
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« Reply #86 on: September 07, 2017, 07:01:48 PM »
I was close to scrambling to make it up there tonight.  For me, it's under 2 hours using the most direct slabby shot.  But, I had some things to do and that's okay.  I have a long scenic way planned to there tomorrow heading towards Asheville and making my way north to Sparta.

I did have time to fill the "share with friends" travel flask.

How much does it hold?  Good question.



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« Reply #87 on: September 07, 2017, 07:10:43 PM »
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« Reply #88 on: September 07, 2017, 07:11:07 PM »
I was close to scrambling to make it up there tonight.  For me, it's under 2 hours using the most direct slabby shot.  But, I had some things to do and that's okay.  I have a long scenic way planned to there tomorrow heading towards Asheville and making my way north to Sparta.

I did have time to fill the "share with friends" travel flask.

How much does it hold?  Good question.



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« Reply #89 on: September 07, 2017, 08:18:33 PM »
Eric, there a small chance that Irma will ruin our trip.  :)
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« Reply #90 on: September 08, 2017, 07:06:36 AM »
Eric, there s small chance that Irma will ruin our trip.  :)

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« Reply #91 on: September 08, 2017, 09:00:37 PM »
Eric, there s small chance that Irma will ruin our trip.  :)

75 and sunny grasshopper..........75 and sunny   :bigsmile:


I figured with "Rain" Doug attending, the weather would turn.  But, hey, I actually didn't show and ruin anyone's weather! 


In short, my bike is a 2013 with the original battery.  It cranked funny in the morning when I left (like it barely had enough juice) and did the same thing a few times through the day.  After a few odd cranks, I called around and found a place that had my battery in stock in the middle of my ride.  Upon arrival, the guy told me he went to charge and test the battery on his shelf and it would not hold a charge (that was nice of him).  Since I already had my battery pulled from my bike, he tested it.  It was fine.  Huh.  Could it be something else?  Could it?


When I started to reinstall my battery, I accidentally connect things to the wrong posts.  I got a quick spark and a horn beep when I touched the ground to the post.  Yes, the horn beeped with the key out of the ignition.  I immediately caught that I started to connect things to the wrong posts.  Things were sorted out, the battery was slid into its hole, I got on the bike, turned the key, all of the dash test thingie BMW does was done, and I cranked it.  The bike started right up!

Then, just as I was about to put the bike in gear, I heard (and felt) a pop from under my seat.  Next, I could smell hot electrics and a battery warning light flashing on my dash.  I shut off the bike and the rectifier was literally on fire.  We got it out quickly but the thing was SO hot it melted out of its factory bracket (metal clips connected to plastic) and it fell with the wires connected. 



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The good news is the two wiring harnesses going to and form the rectifier still look good.  I just hope the only electrical damage was the rectifier.   FINGERS CROSSED



Because I was only 2 hours away from home, I asked Sheri if she would connect the trailer and come get me.  I got home at 9:30 this evening.



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If the local BMW shop doesn't have a rectifier in stock, I'll get in my car and make a day of it driving to Sparta to see everyone tomorrow evening.  Other than the bike issues, I had a great day of riding!



I had so much fun today, I literally blistered the tires going down and back up Rt. 181.  Here's a snap of the front.



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« Reply #92 on: September 09, 2017, 04:41:08 AM »


The good news is the two wiring harnesses going to and form the rectifier still look good.  I just hope the only electrical damage was the rectifier.   FINGERS CROSSED





Good news part 1 of 2...


I connected everything back up to the battery this morning and turned on the ignition.  Everything lit up and without a warning light.  The bike even started.  Yea, there doesn't appear to be any electronic gremlins other than the fried rectifier.  Of course, without the rectifier connected, there's zero way to charge the battery as I ride so, I still need that.  Frankly, I am surprised the bike light up and fired up without the rectifier connected.  My main goal was to connect the battery to see if anything else was shorted out and get the battery connected to the Battery Tender. 


Good news 2 of 2 is TBD on whether or not I can find a rectifier this morning.  My local BMW dealer (~ an hour drive away) opens at 9.  I may go back to bed for now.  :)


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« Reply #93 on: September 09, 2017, 08:38:03 AM »
None in stock.  It would have to be ordered. 


Yikes.  This is what they said I'll need.


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« Reply #94 on: September 09, 2017, 10:04:35 PM »
Wow! That's terrible Doug. Let us know how it turns out. I'm in Kitty hawk and had a beautiful days ride. When I get time I'll post up my adventures in the Vespa thread. Good luck!

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« Reply #95 on: September 10, 2017, 06:57:42 AM »
Wow! That's terrible Doug. Let us know how it turns out. I'm in Kitty hawk and had a beautiful days ride. When I get time I'll post up my adventures in the Vespa thread. Good luck!
Eric

Yep Doug, that sucks.  :thumbsdown: (B M fecKing W)

Eric, love to share your adventure.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #96 on: September 10, 2017, 07:22:28 AM »
That sucks Doug! Lucky you were close enough for Sheri to come get you. Hope you get it fixed soon.  When did Honda start making charging systems for BMW?  :crazy:

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« Reply #97 on: September 10, 2017, 01:21:02 PM »
I was able to catch up with everyone yesterday afternoon after a nice 300 mile drive


Two months in and I do love this car.  But, it's confirming my belief that a car can never be as fun as a motorcycle.  It's more comfortable and quicker (especially in the corners).  But, it's not more fun than riding.




A clear road and very squiggly lines on the GPS.   This is when the "Sports Touring" car is in its element. 


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« Reply #98 on: September 10, 2017, 05:35:08 PM »
Chris and I got back to Pittsburgh about 5:30. Wow was that cold this morning: upper 30s and fairly dense fog in the valleys. We stopped in Wytheville to warm up and have another cup of coffee, then it was good to go. Great weekend with everyone (as always) and a great trip getting there earlier in the week. Now off to dinner and beers with wifey.
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Whew!!!!  when if first saw this i thought "Doug and another piece of german machinery broken down on the side of the road"   :rolf:

Glad you got to enjoy the roads one way or another Doug.  :bigok: