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HeadShrinker 01-28-2012 02:07 PM

Can you ride a big bike on the beach in the Outer Banks?
 
I am a busy man. I am so busy that I barely have time to replace my final drive when it gets worn down. But, most importantly, I do change my TKCs often.

Honestly, my bike rarely even ventures out of my 5 mile radius.

But today was different.

I woke up this morning with an aching in my heart and a nagging question in my brain.

Can you ride a big bike on the beach in the Outer Banks???

I said goodbye to my wife, wondering if I'd return to see her again. I have a pic, but, of course, it's NSFW.

Then I went and uncovered my sorry excuse for a V-Strom...
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0009.jpg
I cruised down the strip like I always do, past all of the big adventure bikes parked at Starbucks.
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0017.jpg
I blasted under the river...
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0021.jpg
About 45 minutes later, I arrived in the OBX...
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0024.jpg

HeadShrinker 01-28-2012 02:12 PM

Man, these roads are exciting.
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0055.jpg
They're so much more fun in the summer...
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0060.jpg
Such good riding to be had in the OBX, if you know whatimean...
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0093.jpg

Don't you hate it when people answer their own questions?
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0094.jpg

HeadShrinker 01-28-2012 02:26 PM

Wasn't there a law passed recently that you can't ride a motorcycle on the beach in the Outer Banks?

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0105.jpg

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0106.jpg

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0115.jpg
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0123.jpg

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0126.jpg
It sort of marks up the sand...(Note the excellent traction of the Heidi, folks.)
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...C/FILE0128.jpg

I hope I survive the winter here this year. It's been a rough one.

jbcaddy 01-28-2012 02:40 PM

never been there, but it does remind me of Padre Island on the gulf coast of Texas. When I was in the army, P.I. was one of the places I frequently visited to help keep me sane:D Well, there are those that feel it was already too late for that :evil JB

TankCommander 01-28-2012 02:54 PM

Nice pictures!

HeadShrinker 01-28-2012 02:59 PM

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Weldman 01-28-2012 03:12 PM

Man I'll tell ya I've ridden a mountain bike on the
 
beach and I remember what the combination of sand and saltwater did to my sprockets and chain and whatnot ...
Shaft drive on a beach would be O.K. but I'd never subject my precious DR to that sand/salt combo ... I mean it's a metal-eating monster! :lol3
Sure as hell looks like fun though ...:D

HeadShrinker 01-28-2012 07:06 PM

Oh, I remember now...

It was your DR that was parked at Starbucks this morning! :D

WeazyBuddha 01-28-2012 07:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jbcaddy (Post 17855458)
never been there, but it does remind me of Padre Island on the gulf coast of Texas. When I was in the army, P.I. was one of the places I frequently visited to help keep me sane:D Well, there are those that feel it was already too late for that :evil JB

Hey, that's a thought; I should ride the GS out there one of these days.

PonyExpres 01-29-2012 09:29 AM

A Salty Tale with a bad ending...?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Weldman (Post 17855625)
beach and I remember what the combination of sand and saltwater did to my sprockets and chain and whatnot ...
Shaft drive on a beach would be O.K. but I'd never subject my precious DR to that sand/salt combo ... I mean it's a metal-eating monster! :lol3
Sure as hell looks like fun though ...:D

My first bike was a brand new Yamaha Enduro 100. I was 14 years old and in heaven. One weekend I loaded it into my cousins pick up truck and off to Galveston we went on a beach bash/fishing trip.

I had a blast riding that bike all over the beach. Within 2 days of returning home everything on the bike was rusting including the silver colored head and black exhaust pipe... :eek1

I was devistated... One of my gear head buddies came over and we managed rub the rust off of the rims and spokes and then we painted the head and pipe with black rustoleum...

:huh Looked OK I guess... Before I could burn the paint off of the head and the pipe I promptly sold that Yamaha and bought a Honda XL 100 never to be seen anywhere near salt water again.

I hope your beechend does not result in damage to your bike...

lytle1gw 01-29-2012 05:03 PM

thought this was about a "big" bike on the beach? What is it a 650.

HeadShrinker 01-29-2012 05:10 PM

The bike is completely toast as of today. The final drive is rusted through completely and the staintune can looks like an '85 Caddy that survived 25 Detroit winters.

My wife told me I was an idiot for even thinking about this whole adventure.

Any help from you wise guys would be greatly appreciated.

I may never venture out again.

PonyExpres 01-29-2012 06:10 PM

Rest in Pieces dear friend...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PonyExpres (Post 17860730)
I was devistated... One of my gear head buddies came over and we managed rub the rust off of the rims and spokes and then we painted the head and pipe with black rustoleum...

:huh Looked OK I guess... Before I could burn the paint off of the head and the pipe I promptly sold that Yamaha and bought a Honda XL 100 never to be seen anywhere near salt water again.

This is what worked for me... Fix the bike as best you can and as cheap as you can, sell it, buy another bike and move on. May all of your future beach adventures be fresh water... :freaky

gastone 01-29-2012 06:16 PM

What kind of a moran are you? That bike of yours is toast. I wouldn't even give you two bills for it.

HeadShrinker 01-29-2012 06:37 PM

Sort of sums it all up
 
http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/90e9bee2.jpg


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