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Forum: Americas 04-01-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 417
Posted By BUZZARD II
Oh BTW, by Newfound Rd. do you mean Newfound Gap...

Oh BTW, by Newfound Rd. do you mean Newfound Gap (Rt. 441) in the middle of the Smokey's? It's a very nice road but can be a traffic nightmare with steep, twisty roads, very few passing zones and...
Forum: Americas 04-01-2015, 08:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 417
Posted By BUZZARD II
Here's a little known road that might be on your...

Here's a little known road that might be on your way. Look on the map in NE Tennessee just to the east of I-75 look for La Follette. Route 63 runs along the south side of the Cumberland Gap. It's a...
Forum: Americas 03-21-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 831
Posted By BUZZARD II
I took a trip like that in '78 and quite frankly...

I took a trip like that in '78 and quite frankly it will be the ride I'll be remembering on my death bed. I've been trying to match it ever since.

Since even taking many months to complete you...
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 995
Posted By BUZZARD II
I don't know what's wrong in the Roanoke Valley. ...

I don't know what's wrong in the Roanoke Valley. But up here in the Shenandoah Valley I bought my new edition five months ago for $5,250. That's an awful lot off of list. I can't call my dealer a...
Forum: Americas 03-07-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Posted By BUZZARD II
Sure it's spring. You turn your clock ahead...

Sure it's spring. You turn your clock ahead Sunday night. I'm in Virginia and I can see the top of my mailbox. The daffodils at the base are under three feet of snow and eight inches of dirt.
...
Forum: Americas 03-07-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,578
Posted By BUZZARD II
Slowpoke, I lived in North Jersey for 58 years...

Slowpoke, I lived in North Jersey for 58 years until I retired in NoVA to be near great riding. Since you have not been there you should consider riding Skyline Drive and all of the BRP. Asheville...
Forum: Americas 03-06-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 760
Posted By BUZZARD II
Long Donger, It is said that there are tourists...

Long Donger, It is said that there are tourists and there are travelers. Anyone who's been to the Coon Dog Graveyard twice is either a traveler or a coon hunter. I suspect you might be both. When...
Forum: Americas 03-06-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 760
Posted By BUZZARD II
Yamarocket, Symba doesn't say where in Ohio. That...

Yamarocket, Symba doesn't say where in Ohio. That first section of the Trace is nothing compared to some of the roads in SE Ohio. Have you ever heard of the Triple Nickel? Rt. 555 is an awesome fun...
Forum: Americas 03-05-2015, 03:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 760
Posted By BUZZARD II
Oh yeah, If you head to Muscle Shoals there's the...

Oh yeah, If you head to Muscle Shoals there's the world famous Coon Dog Graveyard nearby and not to far off the Trace. I bet you've never been there. In fact I don't think anyone reading this post...
Forum: Americas 03-05-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 760
Posted By BUZZARD II
Or you can head up Highway 61 (the blues highway)...

Or you can head up Highway 61 (the blues highway) to 1 to 61 then the Delta Blues Museum (the crossroads), Memphis with Graceland and Beale St and back to Nashville. This is a music tour. From...
Forum: Americas 03-05-2015, 09:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,725
Posted By BUZZARD II
After ten years of riding just in the northeast I...

After ten years of riding just in the northeast I was prepping for a cross country trip. I spent the winter with a atlas highlighting all of the interesting places and twisty roads I could find. ...
Forum: Americas 03-03-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 706
Posted By BUZZARD II
If you go to the Finger Lakes you have to also...

If you go to the Finger Lakes you have to also ride the Adirondacks. Check out the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake. Corner of Rt. 30 and 28.

But, it is nothing like the twisties of...
Forum: Americas 02-27-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,300
Posted By BUZZARD II
Metalcarver, I appreciate your helpful suggestion...

Metalcarver, I appreciate your helpful suggestion that might allow me to one again enjoy the pleasure of camping. Sadly, while I must admit my that my personal plumbing does not work as well as it...
Forum: Americas 02-27-2015, 07:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,362
Posted By BUZZARD II
Lots of good info here, but it comes down to...

Lots of good info here, but it comes down to this; Start the breathing, stop the bleeding. In that order. Everything else is secondary.

Just like packing tools in a tool kit, don't bring...
Forum: Americas 02-27-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 558
Posted By BUZZARD II
DyrWolf, Greetings from the north, of Virginia. ...

DyrWolf, Greetings from the north, of Virginia. When I was a kid around 18 and that was oh, 48 years ago, my buddies and I would go up to Algonquin for canoe tripping. We did this for years.

...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 02-15-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 650
Views: 35,618
Posted By BUZZARD II
So a couple of days ago while the snow squalls...

So a couple of days ago while the snow squalls were blowing I hop on the KLR and take a ride. I pass a snow covered Volvo while pulling out of Lake Frederick and I later learn it was my wife, saying...
Forum: Americas 02-14-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,008
Posted By BUZZARD II
Academy, Sorry I did not know you meant me. As I...

Academy, Sorry I did not know you meant me. As I said in the post the photo was taken on August 5th. on a very sunny, clear day. We lucked out and had no rain for two plus weeks. Just a little in...
Forum: Americas 02-13-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,588
Posted By BUZZARD II
From my front porch I can see the first ridge on...

From my front porch I can see the first ridge on Skyline Drive. I ride there in March all the time, the BRP too. Except when there's a surprise dump of snow and that can happen well into April.
...
Forum: Americas 02-12-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,300
Posted By BUZZARD II
Countdown brings up another point too. 40 years...

Countdown brings up another point too. 40 years ago I motorcycle camped all across the US and most of Canada. Now I can't imagine crawling out of a sleeping bag and tent on cold arthritic knees...
Forum: Americas 02-12-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,300
Posted By BUZZARD II
As a social security collecting retired geezer I...

As a social security collecting retired geezer I can only say, don't be surprised when the old farts jump in front of you and spin the knobbies in a pile of horse poop.

Be really careful around...
Forum: Americas 02-10-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,008
Posted By BUZZARD II
I did some of that last summer, crossing into...

I did some of that last summer, crossing into Canada at the Thousand Islands. Took 17 out of Ottawa to North Bay then 11 to 101 to Timmins. Our mistake was taking 101 to Wawa. Out of the first...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 02-10-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 544
Posted By BUZZARD II
I know it's the south, but they get snow too. ...

I know it's the south, but they get snow too. Check the weather.
Forum: Americas 02-10-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 871
Posted By BUZZARD II
Forget the handgun and bring money instead. ...

Forget the handgun and bring money instead. Lot's of it, the further out you go the more expensive it will be. Last summer my trip worked out to about 50% more for gas and motels and around 75%...
Forum: Americas 02-07-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 278
Posted By BUZZARD II
Since that's still snow season to the NE...

Since that's still snow season to the NE including PA. I'd head south.
But it's also snow season on Skyline Drive and the BRP. They can be closed at anytime.

So, Think about riding down the...
Forum: Americas 02-06-2015, 02:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 463
Posted By BUZZARD II
Depending on which is closer, hop on 522 or 219...

Depending on which is closer, hop on 522 or 219 (better) and head south to Rt. 50. Head west. Take all the bypass routes around the big cities. Go to Colorado, then drop south on 285.

BTW...
Forum: Thumpers 02-04-2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,820
Posted By BUZZARD II
400 mile highway trips get a 16 tooth...

400 mile highway trips get a 16 tooth countershaft sprocket.
Forum: Thumpers 02-04-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,796
Posted By BUZZARD II
"Grinding out asphalt" and linking gravel roads...

"Grinding out asphalt" and linking gravel roads with a kid on the back calls for the KLR.

BTW I had a F-650 Dakar. Cheap to maintain it is not. While it does get good mileage it's a pain to...
Forum: Americas 02-03-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 852
Posted By BUZZARD II
No chance of snow on the road but it can get damn...

No chance of snow on the road but it can get damn cold with the rain up at 5-6,000 feet. Have good rain gear and a electric vest. 4Paws mentioned some of the best side roads so I'll just say you...
Forum: Equipment 01-14-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,951
Posted By BUZZARD II
In your first post you list the options you want,...

In your first post you list the options you want, Bomber style, brown, but with tall collar not bomber style, pit zips, etc.

I too have a Langlitz Columbia, with certain options, goat skin,...
Forum: Equipment 01-12-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,262
Posted By BUZZARD II
I'll address your BMW maintenance part of the...

I'll address your BMW maintenance part of the post. Spend around $120. for a Cruz Tools, Road Tech Kit for BMW's. Available from Whitehorse Gear, Aerostich or Amazon. Do all your maintenance from...
Forum: Equipment 01-12-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,034
Posted By BUZZARD II
Depending on the type of crash bars you have,...

Depending on the type of crash bars you have, military sustainment bags should snap on. Or reinforce with zip ties. Anyway, a standard 1 gallon plastic jug fits perfect, cans too.

Woodland...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,705
Posted By BUZZARD II
Oh, one other thing. Have you tried Mobic? Bad...

Oh, one other thing. Have you tried Mobic? Bad for the liver but it can keep you going. Good luck, I feel your pain.
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,705
Posted By BUZZARD II
I'm a geezer with arthritis in both wrists and...

I'm a geezer with arthritis in both wrists and thumbs. I've also owned both a '01 Bonnie and a F-650 Dakar. Unless your really going to do a lot of dirt road riding I'd stick with the Triumph. It...
Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,283
Posted By BUZZARD II
I have a FLHTC 96 cube twinky. It's my state to...

I have a FLHTC 96 cube twinky. It's my state to state and country to country bike. Also have a 14.5 NE KLR. It my back road/dirt road bike. The NE has a great seat the older ones not so good. ...
Forum: Americas 01-10-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,836
Posted By BUZZARD II
Unless your camping, forget that $100 a day...

Unless your camping, forget that $100 a day budget. I'd go with the $200-250. What Tuckers said about the motel pricing is spot on. Don't forget the food bill goes uphill too. A very steep hill at...
Forum: Americas 01-10-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 736
Posted By BUZZARD II
I'd head for the BRP too. Only taking Skyline...

I'd head for the BRP too. Only taking Skyline Drive first. Skyline you have to hit early in the morning and it's best on a weekday. If you've done Skyline and want to avoid it, take 55 west out of...
Forum: Americas 01-07-2015, 07:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 872
Posted By BUZZARD II
Maximus, Sorry I'm a geezer and a luddite. I am...

Maximus, Sorry I'm a geezer and a luddite. I am not hep to this computer wiz stuff. If I tried to post a photo or map my keyboard would meltdown or something.

Shoot me a PM with your e-mail...
Forum: Americas 01-06-2015, 02:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By BUZZARD II
Long, cold winter evenings are when I do most of...

Long, cold winter evenings are when I do most of my planning. I use an atlas, I like the National Geographic Adventure Atlas myself. With highlighter in hand I mark up every interesting site that I...
Forum: Thumpers 01-06-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 16,554
Views: 1,888,331
Posted By BUZZARD II
MetalBender, You bring up something that even...

MetalBender, You bring up something that even with your engine upgrades needs considering. Just how much power do you need to have to spin a tire in dirt or sand? I learned in the '60's, not...
Forum: Americas 01-05-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 872
Posted By BUZZARD II
Since you mention 2-up touring I'll tell you that...

Since you mention 2-up touring I'll tell you that there are 22 paved passes over 10,000 foot. When marked off and highlighted they form sort of a double set of figure 8's with very little back...
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