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MOONSHINE!!!
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:54:45 PM »
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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014, 05:11:06 AM »
Nope....got better things to do.

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014, 07:18:23 AM »
Nope....got better things to do.


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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014, 08:50:38 AM »
Nope..... Just heading to Long Beach....you know.. For warm fun.. ;)

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2014, 08:52:13 AM »
Plus I'd need to borrow a bike.. ;) :couch:

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2014, 08:53:19 AM »
I know someone that has one for sale.
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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2014, 08:56:37 AM »
I know someone that has one for sale.

All reasonable offers refused.  :lol:

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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2014, 09:00:20 AM »
I know someone that has one for sale.

All reasonable offers refused.  :lol:

If you're talking about mine, I'll consider any reasonable offer between $2,500.00-$3,000.00. I haven't had any offers to refuse.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2014, 09:21:34 AM »
Can we get back on topic please? Thanks


Moonshine time! I noticed that the site for this year was up so I thought that I would share it for those that like to do this! Start planning now! April will be here before you know it.

http://moonshine-run.com/Moonshine/


So who's going?

Cheers
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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2014, 09:28:05 AM »
10th Annual
Moonshine Lunch Run
12 April 2014 in Moonshine, IL


Nope.  Not going.

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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2014, 09:31:14 AM »
1300 miles round trip for a burger.....only if Ed's there.

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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2014, 09:49:36 AM »
I know someone that has one for sale.

All reasonable offers refused.  :lol:

Stop that.  I got Coke out the nose with salad chunks mixed in.   :lol:
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2014, 09:55:06 AM »
 :threadjacked:

Don't thread jack the thread jacker's thread... :'(

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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2014, 09:58:31 AM »
I know someone that has one for sale.

All reasonable offers refused.  :lol:

 :rolf:  I know it's 11, but the coffee is going to take a bit to clean up now... 
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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2014, 10:03:16 AM »
:threadjacked:

Don't thread jack the thread jacker's thread... :'(


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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2014, 11:49:17 AM »
I know someone that has one for sale.

All reasonable offers refused.  :lol:

 :rolf:  I know it's 11, but the coffee is going to take a bit to clean up now...

I accepted your offer. Are you retracting it?
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« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2014, 12:51:37 PM »
Every year I say it is my last.  Last years highlight for me was the Rough Road Ride.  Said it was the last year.

But I have noted it in the calendar and will most likely be found staying at the farm Fri-Sunday.
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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2014, 09:55:27 PM »
I know someone that has one for sale.

All reasonable offers refused.  :lol:

 :rolf:  I know it's 11, but the coffee is going to take a bit to clean up now...

I accepted your offer. Are you retracting it?

 :lol:  I was joking, but at $2300 I might have to take a serious look...   :thumbsup:
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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2014, 10:16:26 PM »


Okay. Let me know. Either way is fine.
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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2014, 10:18:36 PM »
Back to the topic at hand, the last I looked they had 126 people registered.  :thumbsup:
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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2014, 10:12:58 PM »
My daughter and I plan on going.

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« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2014, 10:14:52 PM »
My daughter and I plan on going.

Excellent! Maybe we'll see you there. Weather permitting of course!
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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2014, 10:17:55 PM »
Back to the topic at hand, the last I looked they had 126 people registered.  :thumbsup:

Up to 304 registered, already!
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« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2014, 07:01:30 AM »
I will be riding out with a friend of mine. Need to order up a shirt before I forget.

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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2014, 07:28:56 AM »
At the rate this winter is going, we'll all be taking snowmobiles !

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« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2014, 04:10:34 PM »
37 days to post time!!!
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« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2014, 08:44:54 PM »
At the rate this winter is going, we'll all be taking snowmobiles !


Well they've managed to get enough snow in central Illinois that it could be a possibility.
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« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2014, 12:24:25 PM »
At the rate this winter is going, we'll all be taking snowmobiles !


Well they've managed to get enough snow in central Illinois that it could be a possibility.

It'll all be gone in a few weeks.
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« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2014, 05:21:44 AM »
Less than a month to go!
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« Reply #29 on: March 14, 2014, 07:29:37 AM »
Come on semi spring like weather!!!!

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« Reply #30 on: March 14, 2014, 07:58:27 AM »
 :lol:
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« Reply #31 on: March 31, 2014, 04:15:29 PM »
Next weekend!
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« Reply #32 on: April 08, 2014, 06:17:59 AM »
It looks like the weather will be descent on Saturday at least...
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« Reply #33 on: April 08, 2014, 09:44:31 AM »
It appears you retracted your "giving up motorcycles" just in time.   :thumbsup:

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« Reply #34 on: April 08, 2014, 10:19:21 AM »
Weather be damned I'm hitting the road at 4 am Friday and will be there Friday night.

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Moonshine Trip Report. Part 1 of 2
« Reply #35 on: April 14, 2014, 10:55:39 AM »
My trip report...it was written for the group I ride with, so using the peoples names casually you obviously do not know them, but get the gist.  Pics here:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9kbdk030kz0pwdx/6D2UbItDtU

Friday 3:45 AM…the ride begins…

Woke up at 3:15 AM, and you know, I do not care what anyone says, no matter what time you go to bed, getting up at 3:15 AM is EARLY and you will be TIRED!  But I was pumped, a quick shower, some coffee and out the door.  The bike was all packed and my gear was ready to go, like the first day of school when I was a kid.

Opened the garage door, backed the bike out and the first thing that hit me was WOW, it is warm out.  Looked at the temp at the bike was ready 55 degrees, nice!  Really nice considering Thursday morning the temps were about 28 degrees at 7 AM.  The next thing I see are about 250 deer staring at me from across the road, daring me to come their way; but alas I was going the opposite direction, so next time you phuckers, next time.

Hit the highway to meet Ken, bike is running good, temps are great and I am comfy with no heat on and just my FirstGear Jaunt with liner and FirstGear TPG Escape pants with liner, also wearing my Held Freezer gloves (but not needed) and Sidi On Road Gor-Tex boots.  (more on gear performance later).

I arrived at the designated meeting point, the pull off rest spot at exactly 4:15 AM…no Ken, so I stopped and waited.  About 10 minutes later I see this glow coming from far away, that grew in intensity; honestly I thought an airplane was coming in for a landing on route 84, as it grew brighter and thus closer I see it pull into the rest area, low and behold it is Ken on his ST1300 with more light being thrown down the road than anyone has any business doing.  Just ask the trucker who flipped on his rear back up spot lights as Ken passed him, or the number of cars jumping out of his way for fear of radiation poisoning as we motored on down the highway…for this reason I gave Ken the point at the start.

A quick sniff of the tailpipes to ensure we knew each other and a quick sync of the Sena intercoms (more on that later) and we were off with full tanks, high hopes, 850 miles and a 5 PM deadline to meet Gene in someplace called Franklin, Indiana ahead of us.

Ken and I agreed to burn the first tank and then eat breakfast, which is exactly what we did.  Roads were empty, but horrible for the first 100 miles thanks to pot holes and frost heaves having Ken and I wishing we were on GS’s, and the temps stayed in the 50’s for a while, but started to slowly creep down into the upper 40’s, which felt a lot colder than you would think.  Anyway, about 230 miles in, we stopped for a bite and some fuel, I had a small breakfast, just eggs whites on an English muffin, Ken…OMG packed in sausage, eggs, pancakes and more!!!!.  As the sun was now up, I started to swap my clear screen for the tinted screen when Ken pointed out a huge black line in the sky…this prompted me to put on my heated liner.  Although I wasn’t cold, I didn’t want to have a chill if it started to rain and then need to stop again.

Ken debated about leaving his rain gear on and decided to take it off.  A mistake….not more than 30 minutes into the ride from breakfast it started to rain and we ditched into a rest area for Ken to suit up.

At some point I took the lead and this is where cruise control really helps.  You know, you try to maintain a certain speed on the highway, not too fast that you will get a ticket, but above the speed limit enough to keep moving through traffic and keep a good pace.  As the leader I could set my cruise for somewhere in the 70’s and just relax, this allowed Ken to use his throttle lock as needed without having me having to manual adjust my speed as his bike sped up and slowed down.  It worked well, and I used the cruise for 100’s of miles.

We were in and out of rain for the next 4 hours or so, up until the next fuel stop, the rain was heavy at times, but didn’t slow things down really.  At the next fuel stop we pushed it to about 250 miles and needed a slightly longer break.  As I ate some greek yogurt and a protein bar, Ken enjoyed about six pounds of candy and peanuts, lol.  Then commented that I drink a lot of coffee, hey we all have our vices!

One more gas stop and short beverage and we were back on the road and into the sun shine….and the WIND!  Holy crap, it got windy.  Crossing into Indiana the sun was out and the temps were up into the low 60’s, felt great.  We motored on to meet Gene, running about 20 minutes behind schedule thanks to an accident in Ohio that backed traffic up a bit and massive construction and rush hour traffic in Indianapolis.  That sucked as it was getting hot out.  But we got through that, and after going through Franklin, Indiana where they seemed to have 200 stop signs, we met up with Gene at the gas station.

As we pull in there is Gene, parts in one hand and tools in another, seems his mirror was rotating and wouldn’t snug down enough.  He had an idea to try and use part of a receipt paper…I told him it wouldn’t work and to use some electrical tape…but Gene being Gene didn’t want to spend the $1 and tried the paper…it didn’t work, the electrical tape did. Lol.  Oh and his Sena…still home NIB!

As we get ready to leave the gas station Ken and I had a GPS duel, his said left, mine said right and since his said 30 miles further than mine, we followed mine.  Arriving at the hotel we find it is practically brand new, awesome location, with a great steak house just next door, just off the highway, 15 minutes from the burger event meeting spot with big rooms, wifi, huge LED TV’s in the room and in the lobby, lots of good riders hanging out and free breakfast.  Who could want more?

We unpack and head to dinner.  It was GREAT.  Owned by the same family who owned the hotel, the food and service were fantastic.  Ken being able to enjoy 34 ounces of beer for $6 seemed to be just what he needed after a long ride…

Saturday, time to eat, MORE WIND!

Saturday morning I was up at 4 AM and in the lobby.  The room was HOT, we forgot to put the air on and both Ken and Gene snore…sorry guys, you do!  Since I cannot sleep with ANY noise, I was up, and since I didn’t want to wake the guys, I went down to the lobby for some coffee (yeah I drink too much).  I met another sleepless rider from Indiana and we chatted about his 100,000 mile HD.  Nice guy, rides a lot.

Had a lite breakfast and we pack up to head to the first meeting spot at the Days Inn, in Casey, IL, you would think such a short ride would be no big deal, well after 850 miles on the bike, I have to say, getting on the highway and having the GPS say 19 miles to the exit pissed me off…and then of course the winds were smashing you around like a plastic bag.  We get there about 9ish and there is a good crowd of bikes.  We head in for the famous Cinnamon rolls and they were, indeed, all they claimed to be and more.  I had mine with raisins but no icing.  Ken and Gene went whole hog sticky bun!  Ken picked up his shirt that he pre-ordered, since I missed the pre-order deadline I was DELIGHTED to find they had some available in my size.  Only a hoody and long sleeved versions, but still, I am glad I got them.  I also made a small donation for the buns.

We checked out some bikes in the Days Inn lot, there were a few hundred at least.  What struck me, aside from how nice everyone was, was the diversity of bikes.  You name it, it was there, and usually a few of them.  This wasn’t a single bike or single group event, this was a truly diversified event, with riders from all over on all sorts or machines.  It was also an older crowd, no squids, no sport bikes really.  Most riders appeared to be between 40 and 65 years old.  I enjoyed that a lot.

Burger anyone?  So we ride off to the Moonshine store, home of the burger, expecting long lines and long waits.  HA HA HA, hardly!  We arrived after a nice short ride and walked right up, got a burger, got something to drink and sat down to chat with an interesting, if not odd dude from Wisconsin.  Burger was good, very good in fact and again, everyone was nice, lots of people to chat with and lots of people were open to chat.  We spoke with a guy from NC on a new Trophy who claimed 50 plus MPG and over 10k on stock tires…we weren’t sure we believed him.  Spoke to a few BMW riders, a nice couple from Indiana and more.

Aside from burgers they had more shirts and hats for sale (I couldn’t resist and picked up a hat) and a few other odds and ends, including some local Mennonites selling what looked like deliciously homemade pies and cakes.  I did not partake…but really wanted too.
 
After about an hour or so, we decided to leave and ride the oh so straight roads.  On the way to the Moonshine store we enjoyed how WIDE OPEN the spaces were and so scenic it was.  With miles and miles of open road and open fields, it was surreal in some sense.  The roads are pin straight for the most part and deserted of most human life.  Boring in some ways, but enjoyable in others…except for the wind.  The wind was a constant 30 to 50 MPH from the south and I mean constant and from the south.  Being the roads were so straight, if you turned one way, as soon as you turned you were blasted from one side or the other with the wind.  At some times we were literally riding on a 45 degree angle and if you passed a break or truck, you would shoot from one side of the road to the other!  I am not kidding!!!

So as we leave the burger spot about 11:30 or so, here come the crowds.  The Moonshine store is at the intersection of three roads and those three roads, for as long as the eye could see were lined with parked bikes and further lined with bikes coming in.  I never saw so many bikes in one spot.  One more women in a minivan was literally land locked by bikes trying to get down the road, I have no idea where they all thought they were going instead of just parking and walking.

Anyway, we got out okay and for miles upon miles we would pass groups and lines of bikes 30,40, 50 at a time.  Then came cop cars with lights and sirens, ut oh??  No big deal, turns out one bike crashed, minor injury and the rest was for crowd control.  Last we heard about 3200 burgers were served, so some crowd control and one small accident for that size event, with no fights, no stunts, no arguments, is impressive and the way it should be!

We decided to site see, so we just meandered left and right, here and there for a while, no real direction.  We were literally in the middle of nowhere and every road was dead straight for miles and miles.  We played a bit, but the high winds meant no high speed runs were in order.  We DID FIND TWO CURVES, and wouldn’t you know it, I blew the second one and ran wide, lol.

Seeing oil pumps in what was called “The oil fields of Illinois” was interesting and they stunk to high hell.

We started to get thirsty and needed a break from the wind, so I searched my GPS for a town…we routed to that town and well, it was two closed stores and a defunct gas station….prefaced by a sign that said “business district” lol.

What made that disappointment worse is the ride to that town; as I said the winds were terrible and the roads were dead straight and empty, so imagine my surprise when at 60 MPH the road goes from paved to deep gravel.  Pucker moment anyone?  I think I heard Gene yell out “yeeeee hawwww” but I am not sure.  Since we only had 1.4 miles to go on the gravel, I persevered and prayed it ended back on pavement.  Of course, in that 1.4 miles I think we crossed two railroad tracks, in fact I crossed more railroad tracks that day then I have in my entire riding career.  Fortunately, the road turned back to pavement and we were on our way again.  However, every corner and every intersection had a good amount of gravel and dirt in it, caution was in order.

Finally, I got us to a place called “The red brick café”, a small town diner on, well, an old red brick road.  Pretty neat.  We had a light snack, Gene and I sharing a pulled pork sandwich and caramel sundae, while Ken enjoyed a chocolate cake all to himself.  Ken, as we were learning, doesn’t like to share. 

We motored back to the hotel to relax a bit before the next meet, which was the Chili dinner.  Located at the high school and hosted by the fire department, we enjoyed a nice bowl of chili, hot dogs, chips, deserts, etc.  Very nice people, all you can eat, and decent tasting.  Ken, somehow, being in the right place was allowed to eat free.  We are still unsure how he swung that.

During the day we had been speaking about high mileage bikes and Ken kept bringing up this IBA rider with over 300k on his ST1100.  Sure enough, as we checked the bikes in the parking lot there it was, 329,000 miles and well equipped with multiple GPS, aux tanks, lights etc.  To demonstrate the crowd and location, most bikes in the parking lot had the GPS and other gadgets left on the bikes while the riders were inside and most people left their gear on the bikes too.  Trust amongst riders is still a big thing and a good thing.

Bellies full of chili we decide to cap it off with a beer back at the hotel restaurant.  Arriving back the and hotel, Gene declared he didn’t want to hear Ken snore again and didn’t enjoy my company and decided to head home early….in truth, he was facing severe thunderstorms and winds for the next day and it was a wise call to leave that night rather than fight the weather the next day.  We bid Gene a good bye with the promise to meet in NC and perhaps a summer ride in Arkansas….

Ken and I enjoyed a final beer, me with a single bottle of Blue Moon, Ken with a gallon of Miller lite, packed up the bikes and off to bed.  Ken asked me what time I set the alarm for, and when I said 3 AM, I could hear him grumble under his breath that I was a PITA and a idiot…..its okay, it worked out!!!

Sunday, time to go home…

So up at 3 AM, showered and with a yogurt in my belly I am ready to ride, facing another 850 miles and more winds I was not looking forward to it, but wanted to get home.  We hit the road and made good time.  At about 240 miles Ken darted off the highway and right into a Waffle House….good call I said to myself.  I had a HUGE breakfast, ham and eggs and oatmeal, it held me over the entire day!  Not that I had much choice, Ken didn’t want to stop longer than 20 minutes the rest of the way home.

The winds lessoned but never gave way all the way home and it got HOT.  At one point we were at 86 degrees and I was in the wrong gear for that heat.  Generally we went about 225 to 250 miles between fuel, toilet and water stops.  We would stop, get gas, hit the restroom, chug water and go.

Then it hit, TRAFFIC!  I hate highways, and I hate highways in PA and I hate route 80 and 81 in PA the most.  Damn thing is always under construction.  Sure enough, dead stop, facing what we heard was a six mile back up, sitting in cold weather gear on an air cooled bike, I knew and expressed to Ken I could not sit in the traffic.  Having moved just 2 tenths of a mile in over 40 minutes it was time to go.  We decided to make a u-turn and head back the other way and find an alternate route.  We stopped and set the GPS to route us home avoiding interstates.  That turned what was just a 90 minute ride home to 2 ½ hours!!!  But I had a plan.  After about 15 minutes of back roads, I took the avoidances off and rerouted us home.  The GPS put us back on the highway about 8 miles up the road, and sure enough, ahead of whatever was causing the slow downs.  We were moving again, but traffic was thick and annoying.

With traffic finally thinning and a renewed focus on getting home, we moved along, with me rolling in at 6:10 PM, just about 13 hours from when we started.

Bike Comments:

The RT is indeed a mile eater.  Having a Russell Day Long seat with back rest is amazing and the fold out highway pegs really helped, but not eliminated my knee pain.  I didn’t have many more miles in me at the 800 mile mark.  However, my butt, back, arms, shoulders, etc all felt great, no complaints.  Just my knees really ached.

Heated seats and grips help a ton in the cool weather, having a heated jacket with the back rest allows you to treat it like a heating pad.

The cupped tires sucked as they made the bike vibrate more than it should, adding in the wind you were always fighting and the ride quality was not as good as it could have been and yet the suspension, even at 20k miles worked well and absorbed bumps wonderfully.  I think the shocks still have life in them for sure.

The bike didn’t not use a drop of oil, I am pleased about that; especially since I was running lighter 10w40 oil for the colder weather, I will be switching back to 20w50 with this weeks oil change.

The bike is dirty beyond comprehension and, despite my best efforts to wash it during the trip I could not, it will be cleaned this week!  What is amazing is that while the windscreen is covered in bugs, my helmet and face shield had not one bug on them.  In fact I was able to ride with the entire front of the helmet up with nothing hitting my face but a nice breeze and nothing grabbing the helmet.  Gene had asked about wind management, and initially I told him it seemed oaky….then later that day I ripped one nasty fart and that stench sat in a still pocket of air, offending my nose far longer than it has business doing so….and this was on the highway!  So yeah, wind management is pretty good.

Cruise control is a must have on trips like this.  Period.

I had a dual USB port to plug into the bikes power sockets to charge my phone and Sena, worked wonderfully, except I only brought one USB cable with me so I had to swap out occasionally.  Seems in the entire city of Casey, IL and the surrounding area, no one sells just a micro USB cable.

I enjoyed the top case and glove box the most.  Love being able to open the top case, grab or throw crap in and lock it up.  The glove box, well, that and the wind management and cruise control allowed me to pull out USB charging cables and or a snack, do what I had to do, eat, connect the phone charger, put the phone away in the rain, etc, WHILE RIDING!
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« Reply #36 on: April 14, 2014, 10:56:11 AM »
Gear Comments:

My gear consisted of the following:

1.   Held Caliber gloves
2.   Held Freezer gloves
3.   Gerbing heated gloves
4.   Gerbing heated socks
5.   Gerbing heated jacket
6.   FirstGear Jaunt jacket with liner
7.   FirstGear TPG Escape pants with liner
8.   Sidi On Road Gor-Tex boots
9.   Garmin Zumo 550 GPS
10.   Sena BT headset


I never used the heated gloves and socks, not needed.  The heated jacket was only used early morning Friday and Sunday and really, it wasn’t needed.  The Jaunt jacket was amazing, for the price I paid I am blown away.  It was warm with just the liner in down into the 40’s and comfortable with the liner out up into the mid 70’s.  It is 100 percent waterproof, no doubt and has enough pockets and adjustments to make it fit well and carry your crap.

It is not perfect however.  The neck strap is hard and rubbed my adams apple, so I had to keep the zipper open a bit and fold the neck strap to its “parked” position.  This was fine in the warm weather and it wasn’t an issue in the cold if I had my heated liner on as the neck comes up enough to cover, but it can be an issue.  Also, the venting, while conceptually good with two chest vents and two back exit vents, did not vent as well since there was no way to keep the chest vents open to scoop air…they kept closing.  I do know both of these issues have been corrected with the Jaunt II jacket and if it goes on closeout I may get one.  It is a VERY GOOD JACKET and goes to show you good usable everyday gear does NOT have to be expensive.

The Escape pants are awesome, with the liner in they are warm and comfortable, with the liner out and the vents open they are comfortable in temps into the 70’s but here too, they are not hot weather pants and temps in the 80’s had me wanting mesh, especially on the RT with its wind protection.  The pants are also 100 percent waterproof and the d3O armor is very comfortable.

The Sidi boots are what Sidi boots always are; comfortable, waterproof and fully functional, zero complaints.

The Held Freezer gloves are awesome.  Super comfortable, warm in temps in the 40’s with heated grips and fully waterproof in the rain.  But once the temps get into the 50’s they get warm and I switch to the Caliber glove.  Not insulated and not waterproof, but a comfortable glove up to about 80 degrees.  After that I wanted my mesh gloves, which I didn’t have with me.

And then there is the Sena.  What am amazing piece of tech.  The way I have it set up, my phone pairs with my Zumo and then the Zumo and my phone pair with the Sean.  With this setup, I was able to stream Pandora, local music and podcasts from my phone to the Sena in stereo and crystal clear.  When directions came up, the music would mute and the directions came from the Zumo to my headset.  If I wanted to make a call or received a call, I could do so via the Zumo and the people couldn’t tell I was on a bike, the sound quality on both sides was amazing. Finally, when I wanted to talk to Ken, a simple tap of the Sena job dial and boom, music muted, there was Ken, even from a pretty good distance away, I could still hear him, the intercom was so clear, no wind noise and it was as if he was standing in front of me chatting.

Really an amazing bit of technology.

Final Thoughts:

The event itself was fun, well organized, well attended and as I said, with a mature diverse crowd, but bike wise and geography wise it made for an interesting and fun event.  The location, while interesting, is not the best for a post meet ride.  The roads in the area are just too straight to be enjoyable for anything more than a couple of hours.  The ride to and from the event is long, and to get there with nothing to enjoy but a bit of food and some conversation you need more.

I would do this event again, but only if I changed it up.  Next time I would leave Thursday late morning after a good and full night sleep, getting up early three days in a row kills you.  As I said to Ken heading home, trying to keep the pace, in the heat, after riding the number of miles we rode on the sleep I had was difficult and dangerous.  So leaving Thursday and taking a secondary highway and stopping around 8 PM for another good night sleep.

Finishing the ride Friday, perhaps with highways once in western Ohio and Indiana, making more frequent stops, instead of every 4 hours, tank to tank, having intermediate stops, every two hours.  Sure, it adds to the time, but if you keep the stops short, 15 minutes for each, with a longer 30 to 45 minute stop for lunch can make a world of difference.

On Saturday, instead of just farting the day around waiting for chili, after the burger start heading home.  Again, mix of highway and secondary roads, stopping around 8 or 9 PM with more stops on both Saturday and Sunday.

I believe this is the future of my distance riding; no longer just focused like a laser on getting to and from the destination, but making the destination a via point on an overall longer loop of a ride.  Stopping to enjoy things more and not punishing my body for no reason at all.
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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #37 on: April 14, 2014, 01:25:57 PM »
 :thumbsup:

I wish I could've made the trip. The prick that I was supposed to ride w/ bailed on me & I don't feel comfortable riding any distance solo since my last get off.
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« Reply #38 on: April 14, 2014, 01:29:40 PM »
:thumbsup:

I wish I could've made the trip. The prick that I was supposed to ride w/ bailed on me & I don't feel comfortable riding any distance solo since my last get off.


You say that like he doesn't associate himself with this forum.
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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #39 on: April 14, 2014, 01:49:56 PM »
:thumbsup:

I wish I could've made the trip. The prick that I was supposed to ride w/ bailed on me & I don't feel comfortable riding any distance solo since my last get off.


You say that like he doesn't associate himself with this forum.

He does not.
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« Reply #40 on: April 14, 2014, 01:50:33 PM »
Plus, I don't give a shit if he does.
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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #41 on: April 18, 2014, 11:55:08 AM »
Surprise..... Lol

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« Reply #42 on: April 18, 2014, 12:31:19 PM »
snarf

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Re: MOONSHINE!!!
« Reply #43 on: April 18, 2014, 12:42:44 PM »
:thumbsup:

I wish I could've made the trip. The prick that I was supposed to ride w/ bailed on me & I don't feel comfortable riding any distance solo since my last get off.

You could have, but you chose not to.  So, that guy is a prick for saying he's going to go to Moonshine but then didn't actually go...is that right?

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« Reply #44 on: April 18, 2014, 01:07:29 PM »
:thumbsup:

I wish I could've made the trip. The prick that I was supposed to ride w/ bailed on me & I don't feel comfortable riding any distance solo since my last get off.

You could have, but you chose not to.  So, that guy is a prick for saying he's going to go to Moonshine but then didn't actually go...is that right?

 :popcorn:

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« Reply #45 on: April 18, 2014, 01:17:50 PM »
:thumbsup:

I wish I could've made the trip. The prick that I was supposed to ride w/ bailed on me & I don't feel comfortable riding any distance solo since my last get off.

You could have, but you chose not to.  So, that guy is a prick for saying he's going to go to Moonshine but then didn't actually go...is that right?

 :popcorn:

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« Reply #46 on: April 18, 2014, 01:21:13 PM »
 :thumbsup:

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« Reply #47 on: April 18, 2014, 02:07:07 PM »
  Cheers! Pussy.

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« Reply #48 on: April 18, 2014, 03:45:50 PM »
Cheers

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« Reply #49 on: April 18, 2014, 03:46:44 PM »
At the risk of encouraging him, I agree with Cookie.   "Bomber"

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