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Forum: Ride reports 12-12-2009, 09:38 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 16,361
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Jack & Russ, Stumbled across this while...

Jack & Russ,

Stumbled across this while hunting something else. Wow, it's excellent with the pics. I remember the trip when it was happening, the crashes and the phone calls to me at work. And...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-12-2009, 09:20 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,238
Posted By Doug Grosjean
I've just turned 47. While in my early 20s I...

I've just turned 47.

While in my early 20s I rode fast and hard, but sometimes friends would crash.

Then I got heavily involved in whitewater kayaking at age 24, and suddenly I was getting my...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2009, 07:18 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 16,516
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Ah, here's the long exposure of the inside of the...

Ah, here's the long exposure of the inside of the mine at Marble. I schlepped a tripod and medium-format camera on the GS (besides being 2-up, we had several antique cameras along) from Ohio to CO...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2009, 07:05 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 16,516
Posted By Doug Grosjean
In that same area, there's an alternate route...

In that same area, there's an alternate route between Marble / Crystal, called Lead King Basin. A look at a topo map or Google Earth would show it pretty clearly, it's a bit west of the shelf road...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2009, 06:57 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 16,516
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Here's another pano of the marble mine stockyards...

Here's another pano of the marble mine stockyards at the edge of Marble, CO.

I've got one looking down into the mine itself, taken with a tripod and long exposure. Not sure I have it on this...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2009, 06:51 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 16,516
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Here's a panoramic pic of Crystal, from Summer...

Here's a panoramic pic of Crystal, from Summer 2007 when my son Jean-Luc and I travelled the length of Route 66 in the Jeep, and picked up a side-trip to Crystal on our way back to Ohio. That's my...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2009, 06:43 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 16,516
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Very cool ride report. Excellent photos. In...

Very cool ride report. Excellent photos. In 1980, I did this on a 4-cylinder Kawasaki KZ-650 at age 17, just out of high school.... My big brother Ken was along on that trip, probably to keep me...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-22-2009, 04:43 PM
Replies: 7,960
Views: 3,100,353
Posted By Doug Grosjean
I may have posted this one back awhile ago, but...

I may have posted this one back awhile ago, but if not....

My 1992 GS, in Cumberland Pass, w/ my SO scratching her head trying to find our position on a normal roadmap....
Forum: Americas 04-01-2009, 04:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 937
Posted By Doug Grosjean
85% of old Route 66 still exists, according to...

85% of old Route 66 still exists, according to travel writers.

I jut did this trip in July 2007 in a softtop Jeep with my then 12 y/o son. Get the Jerry MacClanahan maps, and load the routes into...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-31-2009, 04:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,575
Posted By Doug Grosjean
A slightly different tack: I unicycle indoors...

A slightly different tack: I unicycle indoors during the winter here in Ohio. When I get back on the motorcycle in early spring, it feels as stable as a truck, and it doesn't seem possible to crash...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 02-20-2009, 02:23 PM
Replies: 67,821
Views: 5,359,423
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Dang.... Just went through this myself in...

Dang....

Just went through this myself in Clyde. Was off for 2 months.

Ended up at an engineering firm in Maumee, and back in college at Owens to finish my 2-year degree. I started in 1986,...
Forum: Equipment 12-24-2008, 01:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,954
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Variation was too wide for that to be a workable...

Variation was too wide for that to be a workable idea.

Plus that would have meant every single unit was a custom-made unit. So much for mass-production bringing costs down, or for replacement...
Forum: Equipment 11-09-2008, 01:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,954
Posted By Doug Grosjean
The suppliers of the fabric, Gorix, weren't able...

The suppliers of the fabric, Gorix, weren't able to control their manufacturing processes enough to produce fabric in the electrical resistance required. One batch of fabric would be X ohms, another...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-21-2008, 03:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,372
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Don't put it off too long. My 1992 R100gs...

Don't put it off too long.

My 1992 R100gs had the same symptom. I put it off. The swings got wider and wider, till the needle was bouncing off the far stop. Clink! Needle bent so that it was...
Forum: Americas 10-10-2008, 11:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,535
Posted By Doug Grosjean
USA state abbreviations: ...

USA state abbreviations:
http://www.usps.com/ncsc/lookups/usps_abbreviations.html

Thinking on the route some more.... If you arrived in New York City with motorcycle, and took a big oval tour of...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-10-2008, 09:29 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,997
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Congrats - I'm blown away! Very very cool.

Congrats - I'm blown away! Very very cool.
Forum: Americas 10-09-2008, 02:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,535
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Roger has a buncha decent tips. Route 66, if...

Roger has a buncha decent tips.

Route 66, if that's your pleasure.... there's a series of maps by Jerry McClanahan, available to purchase on the Net, that will take you down the old roads. About...
Forum: Americas 10-07-2008, 08:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,535
Posted By Doug Grosjean
I can't reccomend these routes for both E-W and...

I can't reccomend these routes for both E-W and W-E, but do some research on the Lincoln Highway and Route 66.

LH went NYC-SF.

66 went Chicago-LA.

More touristy stuff still exists along 66,...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-06-2008, 02:45 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,144
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Thanks for reply on tires..!

Thanks for reply on tires..!
Forum: Old's Cool 10-06-2008, 01:18 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,144
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Very nice Airhead GS, the Black/yellow, post...

Very nice Airhead GS, the Black/yellow, post above this one, in BC.

What tires are on it?
Forum: Old's Cool 10-02-2008, 07:13 PM
Replies: 7,960
Views: 3,100,353
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Actually, it was a fantastic trip. We'd like to...

Actually, it was a fantastic trip. We'd like to do another one like it, but some other dirt roads. The Pony Express trip posted recently in Ride Reports is intriguing, so are lost highways such as...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-02-2008, 04:09 PM
Replies: 67,821
Views: 5,359,423
Posted By Doug Grosjean
I think it's an ice warning... I know, 32F is...

I think it's an ice warning... I know, 32F is freezing. But I've played with a pyrometer, and not everything is the same temp at any given time..... 38F is when I just start to get concerned.
...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-02-2008, 04:03 PM
Replies: 7,960
Views: 3,100,353
Posted By Doug Grosjean
My 1992 R100gs, purchased by me in May 2005 with...

My 1992 R100gs, purchased by me in May 2005 with 40k miles, now at 93k miles. Photo taken in Cumberland Pass, in CO, August 2005. SO, studying map because she didn't believe me about our location...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-02-2008, 02:35 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,144
Posted By Doug Grosjean
My 1992 R100gs has nearly 93,000 miles on it. ...

My 1992 R100gs has nearly 93,000 miles on it.

First 40,000 miles, its history is unknown to me. 2-3 owners. Then I bought it in May 2005, and have been riding it as basic transportation (well,...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-02-2008, 09:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,632
Posted By Doug Grosjean
You're welcome. Be careful. I'm told (and I...

You're welcome.

Be careful. I'm told (and I believe it) that it's really easy to destroy entire trans; if the bearing disintegrates (mine didn't, but it's got prolly 1/8" play in it - dunno how...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-02-2008, 06:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,632
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Just had the same symptoms on my 1992 R100gs with...

Just had the same symptoms on my 1992 R100gs with 90,000 miles on odo, at time of failure.

Oil leaking from swingarm pivot, then from forward boot, then from rear boot, and finally from rear-end...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-29-2008, 01:29 PM
Replies: 67,821
Views: 5,359,423
Posted By Doug Grosjean
I was all set to do a trip like this from Toledo...

I was all set to do a trip like this from Toledo to Colorado, back in 2005, on my DR-350. I've got the soft luggage / storage, got the bike (though it currently has 52,000 miles on it), had a...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-27-2008, 08:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,104
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Bill, I can't make it, a check I was...

Bill,

I can't make it, a check I was expecting didn't arrive.

Sigh...

Will watch for the next event.
Forum: Americas 09-26-2008, 06:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Go here, Google images, and the first 12 pics are...

Go here, Google images, and the first 12 pics are mine from Route 66. Quite a few others on there are mine, too:

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=%22doug+grosjean%22+%22route+66%22&gbv=2
...
Forum: Alaska 09-26-2008, 05:51 AM
Replies: 687
Views: 68,675
Posted By Doug Grosjean
To Insureguy...

There is no perfect bike, and no silver bullet, to guarantee a glitch-free trip. It's a long way, and at any mile there's the possibility of something going wrong. It probably won't, but it...
Forum: Alaska 09-25-2008, 04:04 PM
Replies: 687
Views: 68,675
Posted By Doug Grosjean
I'm not AlcanRider, but I've had dinner with him....

I'm not AlcanRider, but I've had dinner with him. :):) I expect he'll correct me if I say anything wrong below....

I've only been to Alaska once, but I ride a dualsport bike most days (a 1992...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-25-2008, 02:32 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 32,116
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Thanks! You'll love yours. Those engines...

Thanks!

You'll love yours. Those engines are sooooooooooooo solid.

My KZ-650c was the first bike that I really *rode*. Lotta miles, and hard. Scraped the pegs, had it airborne at speed on...
Forum: Americas 09-22-2008, 01:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Just did this in July 2007 in a softtop Jeep with...

Just did this in July 2007 in a softtop Jeep with my 12 y/o son Jean-Luc. We took the oldest alignments while in rural areas, and the latest alignments in big cities so we'd have places to eat / gas...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-22-2008, 12:44 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,104
Posted By Doug Grosjean
I trust you, and will take your advice. Thanks! ...

I trust you, and will take your advice. Thanks!

The water crossings sound like fun. My son loves those in the Jeep. Will see how he likes them on the bike... :):)
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-22-2008, 05:12 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,104
Posted By Doug Grosjean
I'm hoping to go, will talk with my son Jean-Luc...

I'm hoping to go, will talk with my son Jean-Luc tonight. Last time you saw him Bill, he was just a toddler. Now he's 14 y/o, and a couple inches taller than me.

I remember when I was doing your...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-20-2008, 02:45 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 32,116
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Hi, Beautiful pic...! Had one identical -...

Hi,

Beautiful pic...! Had one identical - year, color, everything.

I'm a former owner of a 1979 KZ-650c3, and a 1984 GPz-550.

Put about 47k miles on the KZ, including a trip down extreme...
Forum: Alaska 09-19-2008, 09:20 AM
Replies: 687
Views: 68,675
Posted By Doug Grosjean
To Ragin Rabbi....

For my 26-day 1999 trip f.rom Ohio to the Dempster, and back, via the Alaska Ferry (see www.ibmwr.org, Doug Grosjean's Alaska Trip under Trip Reports), I calc'd it out to be about 350 miles per day,...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-18-2008, 04:00 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,104
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Thank you, on both counts. I'm hardly a hero...

Thank you, on both counts.

I'm hardly a hero offroad (or on, for that matter), so it sounds like the Adventure Ride is the one for me.

I wasn't sure which one was the hardcore ride, and...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-18-2008, 01:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,104
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Is this Bill K, of Logan? If so, Bill.... I...

Is this Bill K, of Logan?

If so, Bill.... I used to do these rides on my DR-350s. I'd ride down, camp at your farm, change the front sprocket, ride, break camp, and go home. I'm the guy that...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-18-2008, 01:02 PM
Replies: 67,821
Views: 5,359,423
Posted By Doug Grosjean
Hi all, Hey, I see that Bill Kaepner over in...

Hi all,

Hey, I see that Bill Kaepner over in Logan OH is hosting a dualsport ride on Sept. 27-28:
...
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