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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 01:21 PM
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Views: 99
Posted By Hondarider
Question Regarding Suspension Adjustments

So I sent out the front and rear suspension from my XR650L this winter to be reworked for my weight, age, riding style, terrain, etc... New springs, new valving (maybe), new oil, new seals, and...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-22-2015, 03:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,240
Posted By Hondarider
LOL. I know that pile of manure at 2:25 all too...

LOL. I know that pile of manure at 2:25 all too well! I think the Berkshire Big Adventure Ride covers some of these roads. Great video.
Forum: Ride reports 05-17-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
Of course, LaDue shoots me an email tonight to...

Of course, LaDue shoots me an email tonight to let me know he's considering the purchase of a WR250R...the exact bike that I've been thinking about...prick! I'm pretty sure that it was him that...
Forum: Ride reports 05-17-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
After being sidetracked a bit by Jeep repairs for...

After being sidetracked a bit by Jeep repairs for my mother, I was able to get my XR all buttoned up and put back together. So, I think I've covered the following:

- revalve, respring, reseal,...
Forum: Ride reports 04-26-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
Pleased with my new acquisition and feeling good...

Pleased with my new acquisition and feeling good about my chances for making it out to Colorado in one piece, I did notice one shortcoming. Visibility of the tail lights and the license plate are...
Forum: Ride reports 04-26-2015, 03:43 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
The Jeep dipped about 4" under the load...not...

The Jeep dipped about 4" under the load...not unexpected considering this vehicle is not rated for a great deal of tongue weight...but I think it might fair better with a pair of airbags in the rear...
Forum: Ride reports 04-26-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
Time to try it with an actual motorcycle. ...

Time to try it with an actual motorcycle.

My XR is in pieces; scattered all around the garage...so I rolled out a substitute load...quite a few pounds heavier than the XR...if you can imagine it....
Forum: Ride reports 04-26-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
After the main tube is secured to the receiver,...

After the main tube is secured to the receiver, you can also adjust the distance of the bike from the back of the vehicle. The whole thing slides in or out by at least a foot; allowing you to...
Forum: Ride reports 04-26-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
First thing this morning, despite the 35 degree...

First thing this morning, despite the 35 degree temps, I was anxious to try out my new toy. Unfortunately, I'd removed the trailer hitch from my Jeep in preparation for trade-in so I'd have to use...
Forum: Ride reports 04-26-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
I found a few cheap offerings available nearby. ...

I found a few cheap offerings available nearby. They were of the Harbor Freight ilk...perfectly fine for hauling your motocross bike 10 miles to the local riding spot...but a bit less substantially...
Forum: Ride reports 04-26-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
So...I've been giving quite a bit of thought to...

So...I've been giving quite a bit of thought to how I'm going to get my dirt bike out to Colorado for this trip. Clearly, I won't be riding from here to there on an XR650L with knobby tires...it...
Forum: Ride reports 04-25-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
I've got a bit of a Storm Trooper motif going on....

I've got a bit of a Storm Trooper motif going on. I like white vehicles...they always match your boat and clear coat scratches show up as white...win, win. My white bike is going to match perfectly...
Forum: Ride reports 04-25-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
Thanks! I hope this won't be a disappointment. ...

Thanks! I hope this won't be a disappointment. It may be months before there's any "actual" action and I'm not sure that this extended prologue is all that exciting...but I'll do my best.
Forum: Ride reports 04-24-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,064
Posted By Hondarider
UPDATE - I've decided that a Jeep Rubicon with...

UPDATE - I've decided that a Jeep Rubicon with 4.10 gears and mud terrain tires is no way to enjoy a high speed cross-country jaunt. Anything over 65mph and the engine just sounds like its...
Forum: Ride reports 04-22-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
I definitely knew about it...its a main...

I definitely knew about it...its a main attraction on Cape Breton and its in every tourist guide...but I really don't care for whisky and I didn't want to waste prime riding time taking a tour. In...
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
When I spotted Tom's bike, it was parked in front...

When I spotted Tom's bike, it was parked in front of this Visitor Center. I was tempted to just drive right past and spend the rest of the day enjoying the Cabot Trail by myself. After all,...
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
We cruised through Inverness without seeing...

We cruised through Inverness without seeing anything noteworthy and we pressed on northward until we finally reached the end of the Ceilidh Trail and intersected with the famed Cabot Trail. After 20...
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
That's "bouzouki"...not...

That's "bouzouki"...not "boukaki":evil
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
Nah! We just rode right by. We're not going to...

Nah! We just rode right by. We're not going to let culture get in the way of our travels to a foreign land...where's the nearest Burger King?
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
After that, we stopped at the Celtic Music...

After that, we stopped at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre for an interpretive dance workshop and an Irish Bozouki lesson.
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
A little further up the road, we gained some...

A little further up the road, we gained some elevation and the ocean was finally in view. "Look at the beautiful view" is what I would have said to Tom if we had headsets...instead, we rode on in...
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2015, 08:49 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
Anxious to get off of the Trans-Canada Highway,...

Anxious to get off of the Trans-Canada Highway, we broke left at Port Hastings and headed north of Rt. 19 (The Ceilidh Trail) along the west coast of the island. This 2 lane roadway cuts through...
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
A quick stop for gas and a Mountain Dew (no...

A quick stop for gas and a Mountain Dew (no coffee for me...I prefer the official drink of meth-heads instead) and we were on the road. The sun broke free of the clouds as we motored along toward...
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2015, 11:15 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
The next morning brought drying roads and a hint...

The next morning brought drying roads and a hint of potential sunshine. It was still a little cold, but I had plenty of warm clothing...as long as I could stay dry, I might just find happiness. ...
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2015, 08:49 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
We finished our pizza and called the taxi company...

We finished our pizza and called the taxi company for a ride back to the motel. They dispatched another "independent contractor" who arrived shortly after in another clapped out heap of automotive...
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
Still...Tom did talk about his own daughter in...

Still...Tom did talk about his own daughter in college...his time in college...the options for someone pursuing a career in finance...the value of a post grad degree...maybe he was being genuine. I...
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
The rain had subsided to just a mist by this...

The rain had subsided to just a mist by this point, so we decided to explore the small downtown area on foot. Unfortunately, every bar we found was either closed or completely empty. It probably had...
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2015, 05:57 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
As I drink my beer, wondering if Tom is some sort...

As I drink my beer, wondering if Tom is some sort of evil mastermind, it occurrs to me that I might be the bad person here...for not taking the time to really learn about every person I meet in...
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2015, 05:32 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
No way! I'm going through Missouri and Kansas...

No way! I'm going through Missouri and Kansas this time around!:rofl
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
Once we were dry and warm, sensations that just a...

Once we were dry and warm, sensations that just a couple hours earlier, I feared I might never experience again, we were ready to redirect our focus to FOOD...a lot of food...mountains of food if...
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2015, 03:51 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
We rolled the bikes over to our assigned parking...

We rolled the bikes over to our assigned parking spot, unloaded all of our belongings, and parked them for the night. We didn't know what we were going to do in Antigonish, but we were sure that we...
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2015, 03:38 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
We must have looked like refuges as we stumbled...

We must have looked like refuges as we stumbled into the tiny lobby and announced our arrival, but the woman working behind the small counter was exceedingly pleasant and immediately took pity on us....
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2015, 03:27 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
After a day of slogging through the rain in...

After a day of slogging through the rain in abject misery...cold and wet from the waist down and steamed from the neck up...we were ready to be done. We rolled into Antigonish in the pouring rain...
Forum: Ride reports 04-16-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
When we finally got back out on the highway, I...

When we finally got back out on the highway, I was ecstatic! Unfortunately, the rain continued and my legs were now completely wet. Tom was battling fogged up sunglasses and an open face helmet. ...
Forum: Ride reports 04-16-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
Having reviewed Google Maps and the atlas over...

Having reviewed Google Maps and the atlas over breakfast, I was aware of the quickest route to Antigonish, but I grew tired of the rain and the highway rather quickly and started thinking about more...
Forum: Ride reports 04-16-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
The first segment of the ride was rather...

The first segment of the ride was rather uninspiring. The road was relatively straight with scrub forest all around and very little to look at. I would have killed for a Wall Drug sign. The rain...
Forum: Ride reports 04-16-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
So...off we go into the moist unknown...overcast...

So...off we go into the moist unknown...overcast and grey...cold and rainy...

Not exactly how I imagined my first day in the Atlantic Provinces. I hope it gets better as we press north and east...
Forum: Ride reports 04-16-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
After a little bit of investigation and an...

After a little bit of investigation and an internet search or two, I was able to figure out why my GPS crapped out when we arrived in Nova Scotia. Apparently, my GPS is not loaded with maps for...
Forum: Ride reports 04-16-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
After stalling about as long as we could, we paid...

After stalling about as long as we could, we paid an exorbitant amount for our very basic breakfasts and went about packing the bikes. The rain had let up a bit and become a steady mist...temps in...
Forum: Ride reports 04-16-2015, 07:22 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 25,715
Posted By Hondarider
Finally, the excitement of a new destination...

Finally, the excitement of a new destination overwhelmed my aversion to riding in the cold rain and I got up. Tom was up and moving as well...packing bags and getting ready to start the day. It was...
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