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Old 01-28-2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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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...

I cruised down the strip like I always do, past all of the big adventure bikes parked at Starbucks.

I blasted under the river...

About 45 minutes later, I arrived in the OBX...

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Old 01-28-2012, 01:12 PM   #2
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Man, these roads are exciting.

They're so much more fun in the summer...

Such good riding to be had in the OBX, if you know whatimean...


Don't you hate it when people answer their own questions?
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:26 PM   #3
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Wasn't there a law passed recently that you can't ride a motorcycle on the beach in the Outer Banks?









It sort of marks up the sand...(Note the excellent traction of the Heidi, folks.)


I hope I survive the winter here this year. It's been a rough one.
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:40 PM   #4
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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 Well, there are those that feel it was already too late for that JB
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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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 Well, there are those that feel it was already too late for that JB
Hey, that's a thought; I should ride the GS out there one of these days.
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:54 PM   #6
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:59 PM   #7
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:12 PM   #8
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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!
Sure as hell looks like fun though ...
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:06 PM   #9
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Oh, I remember now...

It was your DR that was parked at Starbucks this morning!
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:38 AM   #10
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Ouch!

heh

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It was your dr that was parked at starbucks this morning!"

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Old 01-31-2012, 04:59 AM   #11
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Next time you roll by Colley Starbucks, the latte is on me.
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:41 PM   #12
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No sir.

The java is on ME. Flag me down. Wave or yell ... Blooch called me anti-social for never stopping on my KLR ...
but I was a busier man last year. This year I'm on the blue DR that I just came to my senses not to sell ...

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Old 01-29-2012, 08:29 AM   #13
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A Salty Tale with a bad ending...?

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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!
Sure as hell looks like fun though ...
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...

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...

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...
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:10 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:16 PM   #15
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What kind of a moran are you? That bike of yours is toast. I wouldn't even give you two bills for it.
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