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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #450 on: December 09, 2019, 08:45:50 PM »
Thank you Chris, very kind words and all the best to you and your family this Christmas.
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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #451 on: December 11, 2019, 07:41:00 PM »

A quick stop at Floozie's Pie Shop. The best pie ever!

Eric,

Enjoy reading about your adventures, projects, and seeing the fine photos.

When I saw photos of Floozie's pie shop, it looked familiar. We camped close to Louisa last spring, had lunch and bought a Pie at Floozie's! Fine food and nice folks!

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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #452 on: December 11, 2019, 09:07:34 PM »

A quick stop at Floozie's Pie Shop. The best pie ever!

Eric,

Enjoy reading about your adventures, projects, and seeing the fine photos.

When I saw photos of Floozie's pie shop, it looked familiar. We camped close to Louisa last spring, had lunch and bought a Pie at Floozie's! Fine food and nice folks!

Merry Christmas to you and your Family!

Wow! First thank you for the kind words on my posts. Second, I wish I had known you were so close by. Should your meanderings ever bring you this way again, please hit me up and I'll make sure you have a room with  view, a fine supper and something cold to drink. And a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #453 on: December 12, 2019, 08:55:16 AM »

Wow! First thank you for the kind words on my posts. Second, I wish I had known you were so close by. Should your meanderings ever bring you this way again, please hit me up and I'll make sure you have a room with  view, a fine supper and something cold to drink. And a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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Thanks!!!!!!!!!

We camp around the nation with our travel trailer rig. Had the pleasure of camping at Hungry Mother SP Marion, VA last October when the leaves were at peak, absolutely beautiful. Next exploring trip during 2020 to VA (no date set yet) we plan to take a motorcycle on a trailer and rent one of their cabins at Hungry Mother SP. The SP is next to RT. 16, "Back of the Dragon". Can't wait to take Debbie for a two up ride on Rt. 16. We also rode bicycles on the "Virginia Creeper" during this trip, want to go on another Creeper ride,  too. 

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Re: Vespa 946 Meanderings
« Reply #454 on: December 12, 2019, 02:35:55 PM »

Wow! First thank you for the kind words on my posts. Second, I wish I had known you were so close by. Should your meanderings ever bring you this way again, please hit me up and I'll make sure you have a room with  view, a fine supper and something cold to drink. And a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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Thanks!!!!!!!!!

We camp around the nation with our travel trailer rig. Had the pleasure of camping at Hungry Mother SP Marion, VA last October when the leaves were at peak, absolutely beautiful. Next exploring trip during 2020 to VA (no date set yet) we plan to take a motorcycle on a trailer and rent one of their cabins at Hungry Mother SP. The SP is next to RT. 16, "Back of the Dragon". Can't wait to take Debbie for a two up ride on Rt. 16. We also rode bicycles on the "Virginia Creeper" during this trip, want to go on another Creeper ride,  too. 

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Bill

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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #455 on: December 12, 2019, 02:37:56 PM »
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #456 on: December 24, 2019, 09:42:25 AM »
So I was telling Bourbon I've been good this year and Santa was going to hook me up. ... I don't think he's buying it...  :mad:
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #457 on: December 26, 2019, 02:09:16 PM »
So I was telling Bourbon I've been good this year and Santa was going to hook me up. ... I don't think he's buying it...  :mad:
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Bourbon looks like he was designed and fabricated by Tim Burton in that pic.  :)

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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #458 on: December 26, 2019, 02:13:02 PM »
So I was telling Bourbon I've been good this year and Santa was going to hook me up. ... I don't think he's buying it...  :mad:
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Bourbon looks like he was designed and fabricated by Tim Burton in that pic.  :)

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I snapped that pic in a the middle of a yawn and it looked like he was laughing.  ;)
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #459 on: December 26, 2019, 02:20:19 PM »
He's awesome.  Can't wait to meet him.
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #460 on: December 29, 2019, 08:44:00 AM »
It's raining pretty hard today as I've been riding during this unseasonably warm weather for the last week. So time for an update!

I'm planning a trip for 2020, either MOAB or hit up the south west, TBD. I want to make this ride once again from a minimalist point of view and thought long and hard about taking one of the Vespas but I fear it's a bad idea as the CVT transmission will have a tough go of it riding many dirt roads on the west trip and a no go on MOAB. So for the past year I've been trying to pick up a good used TW200 as I'm partial to the tuning fork. It amazes me how those 30 year old designed bikes retain their value.

After much debate I decided to work towards purchasing a new bike and spend this winter setting up for this trip. I've been looking at Honda CRF250L, Yamaha XT225 and Yamaha TW200.

So I was getting ready to buy beat up scooters and bikes and flip them to foot the bill, kind of what I do every winter to feed my addiction. But! When I was on my Vegas trip (I'm not much of a gambler) I was hitting the penny slots up. I had a tremendous win streak for 3 days in a row and cashed out and ran away. Mrs. V absconded most of it but I kept enough to literally pay for this bike.. Woohoo! It got so bad the the hotel was issuing me W2s. Crazy... Apparently if you win in anything gambling over the amount of $1,200 it's an automatic W2.
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Being an old school Harley rider I was super salty that the SOA slot wasn't paying anything ever!
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Spin forward to now I've been researching for which bike to to go with. I landed on the CRF250L Rally, larger tank and some weather protection. As luck would have it Honda has a warehouse full of non ABS 2018s and offered a $1,000 rebate. They started popping up on Cycletrader for incredible prices. I found one at a steal of a price at Track N' Trail up in PA close to State College. Road trip for 10 hours round trip.
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #461 on: December 29, 2019, 08:54:47 AM »
It was a little chilly on the ride home...
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A warm streak here in the east so away I go!
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I was out grabbing tags yesterday and was taking a pic of the racetrack and a sheriffs deputy rolled up on me. She was just checking on me to see if I was okay and was super nice! Even let me grab a pic with her.
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So that's the latest un-epic adventures of mine this week. I have some really cool ideas for setting up this bike and this will be my winter project this year.
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #462 on: December 29, 2019, 09:01:33 AM »
So last night Mrs. V and I went out for supper to celebrate life, also Daisy Mae's birthday and I had a nice ribeye with plenty left over for the pups when we got home.
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One parting shot, you know you live in the south when your local little league team is named the Biscuits!
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I wish all of you good health, happiness, and the best year of your life coming up in 2020. Happy New Year folks.

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« Reply #463 on: December 29, 2019, 10:54:49 AM »
Sweet. Let me know if you wanna polish your off road chops on that thing.  I have just the place.  Mrawesome and smoker are witnesses to the fun that can be had.  I hear it's supposed to be warm Wed.  😎
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #464 on: December 29, 2019, 02:27:54 PM »
Very cool new bike.   Congrats!   I noticed it in the Wyldkat thread and was wondering when we would get the formal introduction.   

They get great reviews and certainly have a well proven engine.   It should be a good, do-it-all, go-anywhere dual sport that's perfect for your trip out west.   

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« Reply #465 on: December 31, 2019, 07:24:31 AM »
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Here's the story behind this bike.

I believe I shared this story on the BMW thread a while back but I'll re-post it here if you didn't catch it there. As some of you may know my father was a test pilot and he wanted to have some fun with his new K100. In that photo of me absconding pop's bike to hit up the Ortega Hwy you can see the start of the transformation. He has Corbin make a gunfighter seat that kind of locked you in and the windshield is an Aeroflow.  Paige Ortiz, founder of Aeroflow was good friends with my parents and it wasn't unusual to see him kicking around on ride or us riding out to visit him. On the other side it's sporting a hand crafted muffler made by Matt Capri of Luftmeister in Long Beach. Matt Capri has been tuning BMWs since he helped build Reg Pridmore’s Daytona-winning boxer superbike in the Seventies. The name means “Air master”, and the firm from Long Beach in California has been making K-series models blow harder since 1988. He topped the 200 mph barrier on a K bike at Bonneville. Matt doesn't have a stellar reputation but that's another story... Pop loaned him that bike to do some R&D on making pipes for K bikes.
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Now the rest of the story is my parents were both very active in BMW-MOA. My mother wrote many articles for MOA during her tenure. Pop wanted to paint that bike like a fighter jet but the Airforce had boring battleship gray planes so he opted to do an F14 Tomcat theme. I should mention that there were no vinyl wraps back then and what you are looking at is hand painted.  (the Navy always had and still does the coolest paint schemes) Called up a friend that was an active F14 pilot and rode that bike down to Mirimar for a photo shoot that eventually made the cover of BMW-MOA May 1989.

The Navy or DoD (I don't remember) got a case of the ass about one of 'their' F14s being filmed with a German motorcycle. Dear sir curse you letters went back and forth and they got it sorted. Here's the cover of the magazine.
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And you can read the reference to issues at hand making this happen in a blurb in the magazine.
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One of the prints from that photo shoot that I need to get matted and framed one day. You can see better Matt's Luftmeister pipe  in this pic as well.
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My parents were pretty innovative folks in life and me, I'm just the skippy son with the mullet along for the ride. Sure their examples spurred me on to create my RD400 into a cool race bike but I pale by comparison. So to be clear when i share some of these pics we are laughing at, I was a starving broke young man trying to make my way through the world like most other folks. I just hit the lottery with my parents.

PS: Charles Bohner was the staff photographer for Douglas Aircraft and a friend of pop's. He was kind enough to drive down and take these beautiful pics and deserves to be remembered and a hardy shout out.

Happy New Year to each and every one of you. May 2020 be the best year of your life.

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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #466 on: December 31, 2019, 10:48:10 AM »
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Great story Eric, thanks for sharing.
I hope we'll be able to share a ride sometime, somewhere in 2020.  :thumbsup:

Happy New Year to you and your family.  :beerchug:
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« Reply #467 on: December 31, 2019, 01:49:22 PM »
Thanks for the stories! Please continue on in 2020.

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« Reply #468 on: December 31, 2019, 03:43:58 PM »
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Great story Eric, thanks for sharing.
I hope we'll be able to share a ride sometime, somewhere in 2020.  :thumbsup:

Happy New Year to you and your family.  :beerchug:

Sam,

I would enjoy that and I'll see what I can do to get up your way.

Thanks for the stories! Please continue on in 2020.

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« Reply #469 on: January 02, 2020, 07:39:58 AM »
Thanks for the stories. I always look forward to reading your posts. Sound like you had a couple of really cool parents.  8) That's pretty awesome.

Track N Trail...hmm. I'm pretty sure that's where I got my VFR from in 09. A bit of a drive from CT, but they had what I wanted at a price I liked. Don't remember much, if anything, about the dealership.


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« Reply #470 on: January 02, 2020, 11:35:44 AM »
It was that last of the State College PA dealers.  They've now moved out of "town" as well due to a planned development that will need their old space.

The new place is huge compared to the old one so I think they've really expanded their offerings.  Especially in the used dept.

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« Reply #471 on: January 02, 2020, 11:52:38 AM »
It was that last of the State College PA dealers.  They've now moved out of "town" as well due to a planned development that will need their old space.

The new place is huge compared to the old one so I think they've really expanded their offerings.  Especially in the used dept.

I want to say that the new facility was a concrete place and I did see over 50 used bikes on the showroom. (Roughly, I didn't count). Is Kissell still up by state college?

On a side note I took 81 up then cut over a mountain to get to this place. It looked like a killer m/c road and I can post if folks wish?

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« Reply #472 on: January 02, 2020, 12:41:59 PM »
Yup, it's been a few things over the years but one of the more recent tenants was a a concrete outfit.

Kissells has move down the road to Tyrone.


Was it 74 over the mountains?

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« Reply #473 on: January 02, 2020, 01:23:41 PM »
Yup, it's been a few things over the years but one of the more recent tenants was a a concrete outfit.

Kissells has move down the road to Tyrone.


Was it 74 over the mountains?
I think it was 75 that turned into 522.
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« Reply #474 on: January 06, 2020, 05:02:23 PM »
Okay, I kicked the HD off the lift and up went the CRF, I'll try to share how I'm rigging it.
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All my parts came in that I ordered from Erin & Scott at SRCmoto.com , all  the parts were very well packaged and made of quality materials.
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I'm not going to do a step by step tutorial here but here's the finished product. Top rack anchors to the 4 bolts that OEM use for tie downs off the rear of the bike. The pannier sides anchor to the top rack and then lastly there's a cross support on the rear that anchors to the pannier sides, combined it's rock solid. I added the tool tube and it anchors to the transition of the rack to the pannier. The tool tube is nothing but a plastic tube with a giant O-ring gasket to make it waterproof. The tool tube will house 2 inner tubes, patch kit, and hopefully tools.  Slick!
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Gas can tucks in nicely on the left side.
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As I stated earlier, full access to the tool box on the bike.
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Some of you have may seen me use the Kriega bags on my trips. I love them as they adapt to every bike I have and I don't need a set of luggage for each bike as I flip them in and out of my garage. They're literally bomb proof regarding being waterproof. I have ridden through monsoons with them and not a drop! The inside is 'white' so I can see what in in the bag in low light conditions, the liner is washable and is Velcro'd in and is also replaceable. I've been using mine for rough;y 10 years and they a functioning perfectly.
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This is for demonstration purposes so I didn't tuck all the straps but you get the idea on how nicely they mate up to just about any rack. Stack them, put them on the side of the bags, use your imagination to get a tailored fit in an 'off the rack' world we live in.
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And lastly, the must have ADV sticker!
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This rig with a tank bag will be all I ever need as I really don't carry much. Now regarding tip overs and damage to the 'rally's' Tupperware, this rack sticks out far enough to prevent most get offs and incurring damage. Put on some decent hand guards and the rack you should be good to go. I take pride in thinking 10 steps ahead when I'm building something and yes the plastic damage was most definitely on my radar and this is my solution. 

Shades of things to come. I have this dash panel mocked up and I'm working getting it installed soon.
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« Reply #475 on: January 06, 2020, 06:31:29 PM »
Out for a ride Saturday, about 200 miles on January 4th in the Old Dominion and it was 61*f.
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« Reply #476 on: January 12, 2020, 01:57:58 PM »
Dash plate installed and works a treat.
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January 12th and it's 68*F/20*C, time to ride.
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@Vantcptr  reached out to me on the forum and we got together for a ride today. One goal, Carolina BBQ! I took him on some of my lazy back country roads in my parts. Spectacular day for riding today. It's always a good day to meet another like minded rider especially close by. Thanks for reaching out to me.
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« Reply #477 on: January 17, 2020, 01:53:37 PM »
10 hours labor to install that drag bars, thread/hide all the wiring and install heated grips. I will never do another job like that one again. Simply put, it sucked... 37*F/2.7*C today so let's give it a go shall we?  :o I'm super happy to get this task off my work bench and onto the next one.
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #478 on: January 17, 2020, 01:58:59 PM »
For those of you that ride in very cold weather I thought I would throw this out there on your radar. Every year on the infamous Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales are going on I check the usual places that I buy my gear at for decent sales. I decided to upgrade my base layer this fall, Freeze-Out Warm'R shirt and britches. All I can say is wow! This ain't your grandpa's long johns. Wind chill was in the 20s today and they outperformed my expectations! I'm not going to win any fashion shows rocking these when I'm getting dressed but they're worth the coin in my opinion.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/freeze-out-warmr-shirt?utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=8160060&PublisherName=VigLink&cjevent=815dafa5396311ea81a801520a240611

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And some more parts showed up for the CRF!
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I have come to really enjoy winter here in VA as I finally take a step back and get to work on fun projects that keep me motivated when I choose not to ride much this time of year.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Eric

PS: The pinlock is amazing on the new helmet. Zero fogging on the face shield today which was an anomaly for me.
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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #479 on: January 21, 2020, 07:26:57 AM »
I used the Cycle Gear version of those Freeze-outs and that was a big help. Those look really good. Stay toasty.  8)

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Re: Virginian's Meanderings
« Reply #480 on: Yesterday at 12:41:22 PM »
I used the Cycle Gear version of those Freeze-outs and that was a big help. Those look really good. Stay toasty.  8)

Thanks Bryan!

So it appears that Mrs. Sandy Claws did hook me up for Xmas and I had a new helmet under the tree this year.  :banana: :chili: The HJC RPHA 79 ST Forvic helmet, some designer I've never heard of? But! I love the color scheme with the gray ghost and it was on closeout. It came with a pin-lock shield with it which I have never seen before. In the past I always had to order one for $30 to $50 bones. Also the finish is metal flake which it cool.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/hjc-rpha-70-st-forvic-helmet?utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=8160060&PublisherName=VigLink&cjevent=63d7d29f3e0f11ea816f012e0a24060c

So, I'll be rock'n this helmet this year on the Vespa. I have retired 3 of my helmets this year as they're getting long in the tooth and I want to say helmet manufacturers recommend replacing helmets every 5 years. Might be a good time to look at your helmet and spring for a new one, it's cheap insurance when your head hits the road at 60 mph/96 kph. Buy the best that you can afford!

Features:
Advanced P.I.M. Plus (Premium Integrated Matrix Plus) construction: carbon fiber and carbon-glass hybrid fabric for enhanced shock resistance
Intake and exhaust top vents for maximum air circulation
Rear vent switch for easy control of air flow
Anti-fog smoke tinted sunshield deploys quickly
RapidFire shield replacement system: quick, tool-less shield removal and installation
Emergency cheek pads removal
Multicool interior with advanced anti-bacteria fabric provides enhanced moisture wicking and quick drying
Crown and cheek pads are removable and washable
HJ-26 anti-fog lens prepared shield
Includes anti-fog insert lens
Glasses-friendly EPS design
DOT and ECE approved

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