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Forum: Road warriors 07-14-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,756
Posted By TN3Sport
Rosie

My XR650l is called "Rosie".

"she ain't exactly pretty, she ain't exactly small"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8fZeaUHsjw
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 07-07-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 29,951
Views: 2,215,366
Posted By TN3Sport
Sorry I missed the Sunday ride. Wife vetoed my...

Sorry I missed the Sunday ride. Wife vetoed my plans. But, got several hours in on Saturday.
Last time I was at Windy Gap, ole Doulos kicked a hornet nest that had fallen on the trail. By the time I...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-30-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 29,951
Views: 2,215,366
Posted By TN3Sport
I should be able to join you Sunday 9am Windy Gap...

I should be able to join you Sunday 9am Windy Gap parking lot.
I've seen that creek crossing a couple times. Doulos and I studied it for a while. I don't see a way across it. He does, but it was a...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-26-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 29,951
Views: 2,215,366
Posted By TN3Sport
Would likely start on the Southern or lower side...

Would likely start on the Southern or lower side of Windy Gap OHV. Then, ride UP Tibbs. There were numerous quads out there last weekend and they are starting to create some 'cheat' trails around the...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-26-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 29,951
Views: 2,215,366
Posted By TN3Sport
Count me in. Rosy, with tools and fully fueled...

Count me in.
Rosy, with tools and fully fueled is likely coming in around 360 pounds.
But, she hasn't failed to tote my carcass around most obstacles. All is fine until I have to pick the bitch...
Forum: Equipment 06-25-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,018
Posted By TN3Sport
Lived in a relatively high crime section of Tampa...

Lived in a relatively high crime section of Tampa once.

One night, two vehicles pulled into the apartment complex and stole 9 bikes in under an hour. (By police estimates...)
The first vehicle...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-25-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 29,951
Views: 2,215,366
Posted By TN3Sport
They call it Mr. Tibbs

The conditions on upper Tibbs have deteriorated. If you start at the bottom and work your way up, it gets worse as you get closer to the top. Something to remember if you are having issues in the...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-19-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 1,103
Views: 50,752
Posted By TN3Sport
Rumor has it Doulos is putting together a Sunday...

Rumor has it Doulos is putting together a Sunday ride. I'm in DC until Saturday, so don't have any details, but I mentioned the mysterious road halfway up Tibbs and I think there is some interest. If...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-18-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 1,103
Views: 50,752
Posted By TN3Sport
Yeah, sure. I'll bring the zip line... cause...

Yeah, sure. I'll bring the zip line... cause that's about the only way I'd make it across that stream. But, I do wanna know where that road goes...
Forum: Beasts 06-11-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,924
Posted By TN3Sport
It depends on what you want to spend. S10 is in a...

It depends on what you want to spend. S10 is in a different category. I think all in all its the better bike for 2 up riding.

However, its not uncommon to find the DL650 at dealers for $7,300 USD....
Forum: Beasts 06-09-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 53,300
Posted By TN3Sport
Great looking bike. What side cases are those? I...

Great looking bike. What side cases are those? I dont see those on the GIVIUSA website. They look like a top open plastic case. How do you like them?
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-08-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 29,951
Views: 2,215,366
Posted By TN3Sport
Had a very similar ride myself today. Same...

Had a very similar ride myself today. Same roads. How about that grapefruit sized gravel on FS 630. That stuff sucks.

Noticed Rocky Flats OHV was closed...

Saw a bear on the road leading...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-23-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 1,103
Views: 50,752
Posted By TN3Sport
Cohutta loop

Did the Cohutta loop on the XRL yesterday.

The two bridges (large earth covered culverts) on the eastern side are complete. The heavy equipment was loading up as I mosied by. So, you can do the...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-12-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,029
Posted By TN3Sport
Im interested in seeing where this thread goes as...

Im interested in seeing where this thread goes as I'm drawing some unfortunate conclusions in my reality that I can't likely drop everything and take a big adventure.

Hard to drop everything when...
Forum: Americas 05-11-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Posted By TN3Sport
When you hit Tellico Plains, its worth the day...

When you hit Tellico Plains, its worth the day trip to take 68 (subtle twisty, low traffic, wide sweeping turns) south to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Eat lunch in Blue Ridge, GA on the...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-11-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,914
Posted By TN3Sport
I've lived in three different states for...

I've lived in three different states for significant amounts of time and like eastern TN the best.

One thing you have to get over is that TN, as a whole, ranks low in almost every national...
Forum: Beasts 05-11-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 522
Views: 440,696
Posted By TN3Sport
Hey, those sidecases look sharp. I was...

Hey, those sidecases look sharp. I was considering traditional rectangular aluminum cases until I saw these photos.

How did you get the color on them? Did Givi offer a color-coded option or did...
Forum: Beasts 05-08-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 647,838
Posted By TN3Sport
I use ADVMonster lights. They have a discount...

I use ADVMonster lights. They have a discount code in the vendor section. Ive had them on my XRL for over a year with no problems. That's my off-road abuse bike. So, I know they are pretty durable. ...
Forum: Beasts 05-07-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 647,838
Posted By TN3Sport
I think the Vstrom stock lighting is excellent....

I think the Vstrom stock lighting is excellent. Especially compared to other dual sport type bikes. However, many of my one day sorties mean a return trip home through the Cherokee and Nantahala...
Forum: Beasts 05-07-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 647,838
Posted By TN3Sport
Yep. I was hesitant to order it, given the price....

Yep. I was hesitant to order it, given the price.
But, I finally did when I started reading about wiring up aux lights. I figured once I was in there wiring up my aux lights, I could use the relays...
Forum: Beasts 05-07-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 647,838
Posted By TN3Sport
Folks, I added the relay based light wiring kit....

Folks, I added the relay based light wiring kit. It inserts two relays to drive the lights. The stock system does not have relays. I've heard to melting wires and light failure. So, this is a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-04-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,103
Posted By TN3Sport
I think you mean well in your suggestion and it...

I think you mean well in your suggestion and it has me thinking.

We have the same debate in a bicycling racing forum I follow. The frequency that our peers are getting killed on a national or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-04-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,577
Posted By TN3Sport
I had to ride during major feed time last night...

I had to ride during major feed time last night through a section of N. Carolina that is a deer-strike target rich environment. i.e. dense woods with well groomed DOT supplied grassy areas adjacent...
Forum: Ride reports 04-28-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 408
Views: 79,639
Posted By TN3Sport
Looking forward to the reports. How about some...

Looking forward to the reports.
How about some background info? i.e. bikes, bike setup, gear carried, maybe even some info on your ages, plans for food, recently retired???, is this your first...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-11-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 1,103
Views: 50,752
Posted By TN3Sport
Its this awesome Spring weather. Everyone is out...

Its this awesome Spring weather. Everyone is out riding.
Over the last week, I've logged many miles.
200 miles off-road on XRL
400 on-road Stroming
150 off-road last night on VStrom
25 miles on...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-11-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 361
Views: 18,769
Posted By TN3Sport
Was thinking of going to the VStrom rally in May,...

Was thinking of going to the VStrom rally in May, but if there's a big-bike/slow-bike contingent in the works, I'd rather hit the beaver. Only so many days I can take off...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-10-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 18,769
Posted By TN3Sport
Are you suggesting 'Rosie' is too big for these...

Are you suggesting 'Rosie' is too big for these rides?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8fZeaUHsjw
Forum: Equipment 04-09-2014, 05:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,954
Posted By TN3Sport
While I appreciate the information, it...

While I appreciate the information, it immediately raised some concerns.
You're delicately implying the polyester mesh is not safe.
I had to do some reading on Tour Master's 1680 denier ballistic...
Forum: Equipment 04-08-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,954
Posted By TN3Sport
Outstanding review you put out there on the...

Outstanding review you put out there on the Firstgear Adventure Mesh Jacket.

Would you please buy the TourMaster Sonora and do the same review???... and then a comparison???:D

On the Firstgear,...
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 73,768
Views: 7,632,861
Posted By TN3Sport
I raised my handlebars in two steps. 1) Added a...

I raised my handlebars in two steps.
1) Added a 1.25 inch extender. Had decent results and used it that way for about 2 years with the stock bars.
2) Recently, I added Fly Racing Mini Steel bars....
Forum: Equipment 04-08-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,954
Posted By TN3Sport
Summer protective mesh gear?

Looking for some help with protective mesh for summer riding.
Living in the south, it gets hot, and mesh is the only real option.

I've had success using Klim mesh pants (Mohave) and a mesh...
Forum: Equipment 04-08-2014, 03:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 432
Posted By TN3Sport
I used the same setup for about a year. Different...

I used the same setup for about a year. Different brands, but almost identical setup. (Thor 50/50 boot with shin/knee guards)
I ride in gravel and rocky areas and the protection was spot on. I could...
Forum: Equipment 04-08-2014, 03:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,075
Posted By TN3Sport
All advise above is spot on... They provide...

All advise above is spot on... They provide balanced heat to both sides.
You can wire them directly into the Vstrom factory heated grip plug tapped to the upper left side of radiator. No relays...
Forum: Thumpers 04-06-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 73,768
Views: 7,632,861
Posted By TN3Sport
Running the same (14/48) I can cruise at 65 no...

Running the same (14/48) I can cruise at 65 no problem. Occasionally hitting 70. I left the chain stock chain guide in. Stock chain set at 12 on the tensioner dial. However, I have nearly 10k miles...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-05-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 29,951
Views: 2,215,366
Posted By TN3Sport
Saw the same accident. When I went by there was a...

Saw the same accident. When I went by there was a single LEO truck directing traffic, but no emergency personnel there yet. Couldn't really tell what happened....Just the result...

Great day for...
Forum: Americas 03-26-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,256
Posted By TN3Sport
As said before, Nashville traffic sucks. So,...

As said before, Nashville traffic sucks. So, unless you have a reason for going there (the night life is pretty good) I would by-pass it to the south and go through Chattanooga.

After taking the...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-23-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 1,103
Views: 50,752
Posted By TN3Sport
I cut my balls off today. Talked it over with...

I cut my balls off today.
Talked it over with the wife and she was fully supportive of the decision.

I will not be taking my balls with me on any future rides.

If you are the least bit...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-22-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 1,103
Views: 50,752
Posted By TN3Sport
Great riding w/ you guys today. Enjoyed every...

Great riding w/ you guys today. Enjoyed every minute of it. Weather ended up being fantastic.

We were making quite a few stops throughout the ride. So, I decided I would play with the rear...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-21-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 1,103
Views: 50,752
Posted By TN3Sport
These OHV areas have no charge. Hardee's has...

These OHV areas have no charge.
Hardee's has an extended lot where I've parked my trailer several times. No charge for that, but I usually eat there and leave a Hardee's coffee cup on the dash.......
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-18-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 29,951
Views: 2,215,366
Posted By TN3Sport
Chattsworth Saturday March 22

North Georgia ride posted in Scenic City forum for Saturday March 22.
10am Chattsworth Hardees.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=837457&page=67
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