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Old 05-23-2008, 09:12 PM   #1
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Ah, Spring.
When an old fat man's fancy turns to thoughts of something new.
Saw a K2 'Strom for sale in the Flea Market by Alexh2k here on the forum.
Sounded like a good guy on the phone, so I took a chance and flew to Atlanta.
Figured I'd ask my wife to drive me to Detroit, fly to Atlanta, ride up to Nashville to my brother's place on Saturday, and then ride from N-Ville to GR on Sunday.

Naturally, Friday night, my wife's car springs a coolant leak. It's the sensor at the bottom of the radiator.
Great.
Dad to the rescue with a loan of his Acura TL ... sweet!

Took off from GR about 5:30 Saturday morning for my 10:26 flight out of DTW. Made it in plenty of time and found a bar close to my gate.
Good thing it was close by! They paged me to the gate 'cause they wanted to leave 30 minutes early - wow, that's a first.
I get on and the plane was packed. Here's my seat-mate:

That's right - I had two to myself. Awesome. Things are looking up.
We were first in line for take-off and got to Charlotte 45 minutes ahead of schedule. Amazing.

On the way up out of DTW. If you're into shots from the air.


On the way down into Charlotte NC.
Didn't Charlotte just get ranked as one of the best cities?


As we were getting into Charlotte, I kept thinking things were going too well - what's the catch?
Once we were on the ground, it occurred to me that the only time I arrive early, it just means a longer layover!
Then the plane caught on fire.
It blew an oil line and there was a lot of smoke - we were almost evacuated, but they got it under control.
The plane was totally dead, though. No lights and no ventilation.
It began to get quite hot on the plane.
A Russian-sounding lady in the seat in front of me started to lose it - became real agitated and complained that she couldn't breathe ... even tried to get off the plane.
They got her some ice and put her back into her seat. I spent the next twenty minutes fanning her with the in-flight magazine so she didn't freak out (finally, a use for the in-flight magazine!).
Eventually, they towed us to the gate.
I "arrived" right about on time afterall.
I knew the trip had gotten off to too good of a start.
Now I felt much better about my prospects.

Back to the bar for my hour-long layover.
Dang! My next flight to ATL left early, too!
And was first in line for take off.
I ended up getting there early after all.
Now I was nervous again.

A shot coming into ATL ... saw a few quarries on the way.


Alex was circling the airport and met me right out front as I exited baggage claim. Sweet.
I threw my bags in the trunk and climbed into his nice Accord coupe for the short ride to his pad all up in the 'hood.

The bike seemed to be as-represented. Thanks, Alex!
I'm not gonna' lie to you, his low post count made me a little nervous.
No need to worry, though - he was 100% honest and cool.
He's got a nice stable, by the way!
Let's see ... a Honda XR 650R street-motard; an Aprilia Tuono; some track bike that, in my excitement, I didn't get a good look at; and what seemed to be some sort of vintage-looking project bike (?) off to the side.
Yowee.
Anyway, when he said he needed to sell the 'Strom to get some room in his garage, he wasn't kidding!

Here's Alex donating some bungee cords to hold the Two Brothers slip-ons to the bike (they're in the box). That's his motard behind the tree.


Better pic of Alex:


Pic of the new owner (uh, me):


I stopped north of Atlanta for gas, and couldn't see any oil in the window ... I was afraid it was low, so I called Alex. He told me to the proper way to check it and even offered to come up and help me out if I needed.
Wow.
That was pretty swell of him.
Would I buy a used motorcycle from this man? Yes!
That motard would be pretty nice, actually. He's got the dirt rims, too ...

Off to Nashville - I just slabbed it, so nothing to report - except for some INCREDIBLE wind noise from the stock screen.

Hmmm ... Hey, Alex - You been taking my bike to any track days?


Felt good to get off the stock seat at my Bro's place.
Got in about 9:30 local time and hopped right into here:


Woke up to this (CAUTION: Obligatory food pic follows):

Yum!

A lot better than what I usually eat:



Let me introduce you to "the boys."

Here's buddy with his new garage sale find:

I believe this satisfies the stuffed animal pic requirement.


Another shot of Budrick - he's such a sweetie:

That pic doesn't do him justice. Danes are BIG.

Here's Poncho in his favorite position - he's my little baby. I wanted to take him home with me so bad. He would fit in one of the cases ...

Poms are so cute!

The stock screen had to go.
The noise and turbulence was deafening - even with 30 db earplugs.
The turbulence actually frayed the edges of the reflective Halo I have on my helmet!

Time for the Dremel.

That's my Bro (Chris) gettin' it ready.

A good start:


Used the leftover stock piece to trace out the stock profile and cut that off, too:


The leftovers:


"Before:"


After:

I'll finish the sanding later!
This was a huge improvement.
Still too loud (I need to go shorter), but okay for the rest of the ride home.

Back into here:

to get all loosey-goosey before my Bro's girlfriend (Jules - a massage therapist) worked the road kinks out on here:

Ahhhhsome.
I meant to get a pic of her, too, but I was so noodley I forgot!
Too bad. She's kind of hottish.
If you like six-foot-plus redheads, that is.


I had my GPS in the map window of my tank bag like usual, but the bag kept sliding around and was scratching my tank, so another mod was in order before I hit the road.
One ziplock sandwich bag and some duct tape later, and I had the Garmin attached to my handlebar clamps and was ready to go.


I decided that I had time for two brief respites from the slabbing ... whose idea was it to NOT take Monday off, anyway?
Talk about poor planning.
I was torn between a brief tour around the Mammoth Cave park and checking out this place that sounded kind of cool: Lost River Cave.
I decided to go to Lost River Cave.
Oops.
It's just a place where you take an underground boat ride. Sounds cool and all, but not what I was hoping for.

Oh well, here's a pic anyway.


Here's a self-portrait of yours truly that I took near Lost River Cave, KY.
I think the 'Strom is a really nice-looking bike. Its design has aged well.
Even I look good on it!


Well, after the Lost River Cave debacle, I decided that I wouldn't count it as anything but a gas stop and took another side trip into Bowling Green.
Pretty area and I rode around a bit.

They also made a Mammoth Cave brand!


Grape's my favorite!


Forgotten flavors:


Am I the only one who thinks this is a good idea?

I know I'd do it just to get out for a while!

I decided to count my stop in Elizabethtown for lunch as side-trip #2.
This was a nice little diversion - lotsa' historical markers.


A view from the top of College/Reservoir Hill:


One of the homes of the wife of a guy who knew some famous people:


Shoulda' stayed put:


Okay, okay - last one. I'm fascinated by Abe Lincoln, BTW.


Back to the slab.

Saw one of these on the road.
It's an Escalaidtorest!


Sunset over Somewhere, IN:

Sorry so blurry.

I had an Indiana rant here, but I took it out ... nothing to see.
I think I need to make Indiana a destination one of these times and ride it - instead of it always just being "in the way."
Maybe it has some redeeming qualities.
Any Hoosiers want to invite me down and show me around?

Finally got back to Michigan.
I knew I was home when it got cold, started to rain, and the roads looked like crap.

Stopped by Sturgis (MI) to remove the fake plate I'd been using and warm up a bit. Needed to bundle up against the cold and rain, too!

Hey, Sailor! Come here often?

At least the extra layers on my butt made the stock seat feel better - that might need to be upgraded before any long trips.

Yikes.
Yep. My first-ever $20.00+ tank of gas on a bike.

Yay.

Finally got around to introducing the new guy to the other bikes:


KLX seems to like 'Strom okay.


'Coast takes a sniff ...


Uh oh!
Looks like the 'Strom's musk is too strong - 'Coast seems a little submissive.

Maybe it knows what's coming ...

I'm not saying 'Strom's a little wide in the hips, but ...

Dang, Girl! Have a salad once in a while!

Stock pipes off to the shelves to make room for the titanium slip-ons.

Umm - they sound awesome.

Some new EBC HH pads:


New filter and some oil I was told I should try:


Just the first of the mods to come!

When I downloaded the pix, I found a couple self-portraits that my daughter had sent me on my way with:

What a goof-nuts!

Aww!

Little honyock.



I gotta' say: good trip overall.
Even if I was just mostly making time.
Alex is the man, 'Strom is the bike, and I'm home and happy.


-Slo

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Old 05-23-2008, 09:36 PM   #2
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Eggcellent!

I see you still have the 400, which was a question I posed to you on Stromtrooper.com and you never answered, you flicking plick!

You need to sign up for Cannonshot III in the UP June 11 - 15. All the cool kids are doing it and that 400 is the ticket, yo!

Re: 5.5+ gallons of gas... I think the tank is only 5.5 gallons. You squeked that one out, bro!
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:37 PM   #3
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Great RR

I got to some of our country I have not seen before - and frankly some I never want to see.

thanks again
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:14 PM   #4
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I see you still have the 400, which was a question I posed to you on Xxxxxxxxxxxx.com and you never answered, you flicking plick!

I think this is the only question you asked me ... on another forum which I won't mention:


Quote:
Craig?




WTF?

You bought a Strom???????????????????

Mark
By the way, it's a 439 now - I had the big bore kit put it when it blew up right after I got it from you!


I think it's s'poda be 5.8 gals ... I pushed it about as far as I dare that time!
I was wondering if anyone would notice that :)
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:17 AM   #5
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Actually I replied to your introduction post with the query. The message you quoted is from my apparently not-so-private message.
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Old 05-24-2008, 07:12 AM   #6
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Congrats!! A great way to bond with your new ride!! Thanks for the report and pics
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Old 05-24-2008, 09:35 AM   #7
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Good Brother

Wow! Nice ride ,Great report,but your brother takes the cake. Lets see he mods your sheild, provides the hot tub ,fixs breky, provides the hot tub again,then his tall redhead and hot gf rubs the kinks out. Want to trade brothers?
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Old 05-24-2008, 10:22 AM   #8
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He bought the beer, too!
I think I'll keep him!


Quote:
Actually I replied to your introduction post with the query.
So you did!
I never went back to that thread.
I finally replied :-)
I'll be doin' the Driver Ed thing the week of the UP ride. That sux.

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