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Old 05-30-2013, 07:49 PM   #23956
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Conducted business at, within, and while associating with the following agencies, esteemed individuals, and points of contact;
  • Observed and discussed job descriptions within FBI's Ballistic Research Lab and engineering department.
  • Contributed specialized ammunition to the above
  • Discussed proposed weapons system, and observed existing facets of associated systems relative to components within FBI's Weapons Vault
  • Examined (by invitation) Major E.J. Land's personal sniper rifle and sniper scope collection
  • Autographed USMC Rifle team memorabilia.
  • Hosted by U.S. State Department official.
  • Observed USMC's new Precision Weapons Section facility (Much improved facility from when I worked there!!)
  • Observed USMC's new long range and short range weapons maintenance, build components, and mobile support unit
  • Participated in rifle match at range 4 aboard Weapons Training Battalion on Saturday May 25th, 2013 (Utilized the same rifle last used by the late Kevin R. Kistler, of whom there is now a trophy in his likeness. He had met my mother at an NRA convention while I was away overseas, and she thought very highly of him.)
  • Met with Mr. Bethards, former team mate of mine (from my assignment to he 1999 USMC pistol Team) and future All-Star cast member of Top Shot.
  • Getting to experiment and tinker with items developed by the late Paris Theodore. Paris Theodore and Carlos Hathcock BOTH took residence in the same room where I stayed in during my visit. The room is within the home once owned by Major E.J. Land, who was Carlos Hatcock's OIC during Vietnam. (This was also my room from 1999-2003.)
Just in case you were curious.
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Somewhere in Connecticut riding with Adam B. He and his wife flew down last January and bought the KTM you see along side the Ural. They picked me up at the airport in Connecticut and took me to the Ural dealership to get the new bike;






Slept with a minor (cat was ONLY 17 years old)


The Ural of New England staff opened their shop to me, and most of the staff were from Russia, including the mechanics who staunchly oppose having their photos taken... didn't ask why;


I broke the sink in the background when I sat on it holding the owner's son, who was agonizing over a nasty fall that banged his knee up pretty good during the Ural Rally that was in full swing on May 18th


After 500km (through upper Connecticut and back to Boxborough) they performed the first service


...and replaced the modern rubber oil pan gasket with a superior conventional fiber gasket, which fixed a verrrry slow minor leak


After which I refined upgrading to the retro lights


Ural of NE made provisions for deeply discounted rooms at the Holiday Inn Express, but I chose to rough it in mid 30's weather out near the woods


next to a storage container (I think it was a Ural egg ready to hatch)


Then along came Jimmy at 3AM for the rally the next morning... I believe he rolled in from Vermont, with two bells on his battleship grey Ural. He promptly removed one and instructed me to source a zip tie to affix it to my undercarriage


...once in compliance, he rewarded the occasion with three beers, and too many shots of Tequila to count. He was the coolest liberal I ever met!

BTW... They sell European cars, and immaculately restored Unimogs.


Dmitry in orange (owner), and Tiago (foreground) Ural accessories guru extraordinaire!


3 UP!!! An annual attendee of the rally;




Not a Ural, but with a 100cc motor, and electric start, and turn signals, Who could resist! Good thing I didn't have a trailer.




Here's a damn good dude! His wife is especially gracious and kind as well, allowing us to chew the fat until late at night, smoking cigars (even though we are both espoused NON-smokers), and cooking very healthy organic burgers and salads to counteract the smelly smoke. Adam and Ella epitomize why America still has hope. Upwardly mobile, educated, industrious and conservative to boot. I'd be proud as a peacock if they were my kids. Alas Adam is more like a little brother.


Adam's mom liked the Ural. Promptly tried to swindle me out of it contemplating a trade (SERIOUSLY !) I thought nah.... until she opened her garage...

She asked me if I wondered how she came to own this flawless 1955 BelAire, equipped with shaved trunk, doors, and an extraordinarily clean LT1 Vette motor. Why yes I had wondered. To which she explained it was won on a raffle ticket from a Casino she and her late husband were fortunate enough to have purchased on a whim, never really expecting to win. That was twelve years ago. They enjoyed it often, and I am fairly convinced she looks as cool in it as she would on my Ural had I traded. I probably couldn't handle all that LT-1 motor so she keeps the car.

Headed south... Everything was going well until the hand shifter slapped my knee on the NJ Turnpike


Seems the grub screw, ran away, and the end screw that holds the cross-over linkage to the hex-shaft tried to escape as well


Fixed it beside the road, a little blue loc-tite and a star lock washer to supersede the inadequate split washer held the rest of the trip.

Once in Quantico E.J. Land III's dog let me know it was HIS house. I bled a little, and promptly found a leash, ran him around thinking HE would get tired... I got tired first. By then we were buds though




Static display in the FBI's weapons vault


The esteemed Mr. Bethards and former USMC Pistol Team team mate of mine in 1999 (mentioned in the first paragraph)




No one thinks its funny when you ask where to find Skully or Mulder around here... hmmmm.




One of the "orange-eyed" cicadas from the legendary 17 year swarm trying to hitch a ride to Florida.


Imagine lopping off a rhino's foot for a shooting trophy in today's PC mind-set. Damn our fore-fathers had all the cool stuff !!


Kevin R. Kistler Trophy. (see link in first paragraph)
I knew him, shot with him, he was a mentor and good friend.


1,000 yard line, range 4, Weapons Training Batallion, Quantico, VA
Got a lot of ticks laying on those firing lines for a living, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003.
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Our team repair truck use to be an old cattle car. They must have found some money after I left


Inside the same truck, smithing on an old M40-A1


Fog light burned out. Zinc Primered the insides and re-wired connectors for good measure


Gearing up (all borrowed gear) the night before May 25th match


Yes Sir !! It all fit under the sidecar's cover :)


My old stomping grounds


Match opening ceremony




Some of the permanent personnel Big Dogs (that use to be me)


I beat the guy in red to win the Tenn State Championship years ago. He still shoots as a paid competitor for a big company... he was the only civilian to beat me this time. Kudos Mr Duitsman !


Myself and retired Marine Officer Stephen Beck. A more selfless event coordinator cannot be found. He and I shot together for 29 Palms MTU back in the late 90's


John Arcularius on the left. His father is a combat Veteran of a few wars, as is John. He and I served together. He now works for the FBI (seen here in reservist role) The gentleman in the middle was a 14 year old competitor at National Championships in 1998 when we scored each others targets. He is now an active duty O-3 in the Army. Salute to the one time whipper-snapper !


A speech commemorating the Fallen Heroes, of Whom the match is in honor


The renovated pitts.


OK. Put the rifle away and resume trip home.
Just short of Charlotte decided to service the final drive, widely heralded as the Ural's weak link




About what I expected... foul but not awry




Cleaned up and patronized the owners of the lavatory


Somewhere in North Carolina


Later that night, on a two lane.... Stealth camping



Next day rolled all the way back to Pensacola.
Back to work.
CRAP !!!
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:08 PM   #23957
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Hey 500exc folks! Thinking about getting a 500 or 690. Hard choice I sat on a 690 today but they didn't have a 500. Do any of you ride the 500 on the street? I like to ride my 625 to work sometimes and that means fighting down hwy85 at 80 for 20 miles. Would the 500 stand up to the abuse? Also the 690 felt slightly lighter than my 625 and I already have high speed wobbles sometimes. Do you hugs notice this with the 500? Thanks for your input...
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:16 PM   #23958
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Outstanding!

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

The Ural is so awesome. Cant wait to see it.

What ya doing with the 350?
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:28 PM   #23959
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Hey 500exc folks! Thinking about getting a 500 or 690. Hard choice I sat on a 690 today but they didn't have a 500. Do any of you ride the 500 on the street? I like to ride my 625 to work sometimes and that means fighting down hwy85 at 80 for 20 miles. Would the 500 stand up to the abuse? Also the 690 felt slightly lighter than my 625 and I already have high speed wobbles sometimes. Do you hugs notice this with the 500? Thanks for your input...
Papa Wheelie is the expert since he has both the 690 and the 450 (super close to the 500) BUT I can tell you that I cannot imagine the 500 EXC as a decent road bike under any circumstances. I love this scoot but its too light and too tall for the road. You can gear it up and put different tires on it but all you did was ruin a really good dirt bike.

Some of our n00bs are riding them on the road but I can't believe they really like it.

If you can only have one bike and you must dual purpose it ... 690 IMHO.

I am lucky enough to have the best of both worlds and don't try to mix the two.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:15 PM   #23960
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Thanks vic that's really what I was thinking...I was surprised how tall the 690 was- I could only tiptoe it. Alittle taller than the sxc. I am selling the 625 sxc if anyone is interested.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:21 PM   #23961
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Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

The Ural is so awesome. Cant wait to see it.

What ya doing with the 350?
Haven't even fired up the 350 since our ride.
Ordered and installed (mostly);
  • Ironman 14/50 sprocket set per your recomendation,
  • billet disk protectors front and rear
  • FMF Ti front to back with Mega Bomb headers
  • new chain
  • Mojave Bag,
  • Scott's stabilizer
  • Highway DirtBikes clamp-bar protector-integrated turn signals on hand-shields
  • Tidy rear fender kit with flush turn signals
  • SeatConcepts cushion and cover
  • Auxiliary fan (KTM)
  • KTM Skid plate
  • Chain guide (forgot brand)

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Old 05-31-2013, 04:33 AM   #23962
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Enjoyed that report Kip!
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:46 AM   #23963
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Nice report! Proud to have been able to be part of your journey! Can't wait to meet again soon.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:11 AM   #23964
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Eting, what are your plans for your stock cushion and cover? I'm making a seat for my girls motorcycle and am looking for spare stuff. Will gladly buy from if you don't plan on keeping it.

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Haven't even fired up the 350 since our ride.
Ordered and installed (mostly);
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:36 AM   #23965
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Great Report

I'd like to see some urban gargoyle try to hold you up with your side car loaded like it was......!

That bike is swa-eeet for sure. Maybe we need to do another breakfast rendezvous at Aces in Milton so we can slobber as we look at it!

I'm curious Kip, how'd it handle at speed on the Turnpike?
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:35 AM   #23966
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Eting, what are your plans for your stock cushion and cover? I'm making a seat for my girls motorcycle and am looking for spare stuff. Will gladly buy from if you don't plan on keeping it.
They're yours! (no charge)
Now I just need to do the swap in order to have your parts bagged for you. Keep in mind it is just a cusshion and cover. The kit I have re-uses the seat pan. Hope that still helps your project.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:39 AM   #23967
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I'd like to see some urban gargoyle try to hold you up with your side car loaded like it was......!

That bike is swa-eeet for sure. Maybe we need to do another breakfast rendezvous at Aces in Milton so we can slobber as we look at it!

I'm curious Kip, how'd it handle at speed on the Turnpike?
Deal!!!

The Ural will be at P'Cola HD/Ural shop for a few weeks though. Minor details that require parts on order.
Until then we could ride and I'd bring this......
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:50 AM   #23968
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Greatly appreciate it. No seat pan needed. I'm making that out of wood. Should be interesting project.


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They're yours! (no charge)
Now I just need to do the swap in order to have your parts bagged for you. Keep in mind it is just a cusshion and cover. The kit I have re-uses the seat pan. Hope that still helps your project.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:56 AM   #23969
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Its Friday - ride plans?

What's the call for the weekend? I think we have some takers for Sunday. Perhaps at Timbercreek area?

Early morning roll out will be best since we are in the Heat Zone.

Im gonna ride somewhere...
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:03 AM   #23970
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I'm about to go do some exploring around BW, or somewhere. I'd also like to do some riding this weekend.
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