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Old 05-26-2008, 10:10 PM   #1
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Some dual-sportin' and some heartbreak.

Sometimes you're the windshield, ...

Today started out great.
I woke up nice and early for my traditional Memorial Day ride.
The KLX is much more roadworthy since I made the WalMart upgrade:


I still wouldn't go for more than a couple hours without this, though:

Oh yeah. Can't have too much cush for the tush.

Ready to go. Note the after-rain sunnyness.


It had rained over night, and I was really hoping the sand at Tin Cup would be wet. I love wet sand!

It was warm in GR, but by about Pierson the sky had gone gray and the air turned damp and cold. Looked like this at my gas stop near Mt. Pleasant:

I was really hoping this would hold - the KLX gets a little hot on single track.

No such luck. As I approached the riding area, it got warm, sunny, and dry.
Like this:



A shot from the trailhead:



Looking down the trailhead:


Trail Pron


I decided to ride the Mixed Use loop first - it was a quick 21 miles.

Yes. Yes I did.


Fast and fun.
Dusty, though.


Did the single-track loop next:


Single-track Pron:

If there's one thing we've got plenty of in Michigan, it's sand and trees!

No. No I didn't.


Time for lunch.
I'm a sucker for the welcome signs. If I'm hunting, I stop at the place with the "Welcome Hunters" sign. Same for fishing. And riding.

There really is a Debbie!

My "security system."


Had several of these. I'll spare you the rest of the food pix.


There's a House of Style in GR ... wonder if it's his wife.


An example of his work?

JK!

Gotta' get back sometime!
72 miles? Time for my poor man's Airhawk camo cushion.


Dang Straight.


It's hard to make good time when I keep running into things like this ... I just have to go down it. Cool little road with some nice fast sweepers and a smooth surface.


Wow. The day started great!
On the road by 9:30 and home by 4:30.

After dinner, I needed to run up to work to get ready for tomorrow (since I won't be there). Hopped on the 'Strom. Made it about 2 miles before the oil light came on and the bike stalled. Only about 200 miles since Friday's oil change. Hardly any oil showing in the window, and it had foam on it.
Uh oh.
As I'm sitting there wondering WTF, this dude on a Harley (Brad) rolls up.
He offers me a ride home ... yep, I rode bitch on the back of a Harley.
It must've looked pretty funny with the fat ATGATT guy on the back!

A pic of Brad in my driveway after he gave me a ride home.


He waited with the kids while my wife took me over to get my truck.
Naturally, it had a flat tire.

Good googly moogly.

While I'm standing there, a neighbor shows up with a can of fix-A-flat and an air hose. Wow.

That's him. Wouldn't even let me pay him for the can of fix-A-flat.
Great guy.

Turns out the leak was from the valve stem. If I held it bent over, it didn't leak ... duct tape to the rescue:

Yes - it worked. I drove it around like that for the rest of the night.
It still has air in it!


Picked up my ramps and some straps and Brad helped me get the 'Strom into my truck.


This just isn't right. I've only had it 8 days!


There goes Brad. He, of course, refused all offers of remuneration.

Sheesh. He was just on his way to get cigarettes.
Great guy.

I added another piece of duct tape to the valve stem just to be sure, and drove the 'Strom over to the Wrench.
He's working on this Pulse AutoCar right now ... it seats two (one behind the other).


Another pic of the Auto Car ("Silver Bullet").


The canopy:


That's a GL 1100 engine in there:


This old Honda Matic is all set and heading home tonight:

He says it'll go 50 in first and 80 in second - if you dare!
Original tires .... yikes.

Checked the duct tape and drove home.
Can't wait to hear what went wrong with the 'Strom.

Doh! I still have to go into work!

Good thing I still have the 'Coast. I had already started using it for storage!
Tell you what, I love the 'Strom, but I had forgotten how nice that 'Coast is. Light controls, smooth as silk, nice air management for an evening ride.

Oh yeah - and it runs.

My good old girl got me to work. Just like always:

Hmmm ... maybe the dumpsters weren't the best backdrop.


Had a great morning.
Having the 'Strom go down pretty much sucks, though.
At least I met a couple pretty swell folks.
Amazing to have two problems like that and IMMEDIATELY get offers of help both times.
Karma.
Be good to everybody - it'll come back.


-Slo

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Old 05-27-2008, 12:45 AM   #2
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My family has a cabin about two miles from the Tin Cup trail. I spent the weekend up there riding around on my cousin's plated KLX 300. I didn't do the Tin Cup itself but ripped around the gravel and logging roads in the area.

I have a not so pleasant memory of the Tin Cup when I did it on a KE100 when I was about 14. A 100cc bike with dual sport tires is not fun on that sandy loop. I spent a lot of time walking along side the bike to get up the hills.

Did you see the hill climb just next to State Rd. (power line road) and M10? It's not difficult at all on a decent sized bike but is pretty impressive looking.

Sorry to hear about the Strom. I hope it works out for you.
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:56 AM   #3
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It looked like a great ride.. too bad about the Strom breakdown.

Did you figure out what's wrong with it?
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:38 AM   #4
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Did I see a Maggie and the Ferocious Beast reference in there?
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:39 PM   #6
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A 100cc bike with dual sport tires is not fun on that sandy loop.
I believe it!
The sand there is almost more like silt in some areas.


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Did you figure out what's wrong with it?
I think so!
It wasn't an oil issue - the manual guage showed 100 psi @ idle.
Once it was set to 1200 RPM, that is.
The idle was too low, and that was causing the problem.
Thank heavens - all I had to pay was for the wrench's time (and not much of that).
It's back to running pretty well.
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:02 PM   #7
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I grew up in Michigan, and got drunk alot...I mean went to college, up in Mt. Pleasant. Good to see some pics of the old playgrounds!
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:34 AM   #8
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I'm another ex-Michigander. Love the pics! I need to make a trip back home one of these days.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:50 AM   #9
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always nice to have a "spare" bike around though

Seriously though, hope it isn't anything crazy expensive.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:25 AM   #10
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Good times!
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:34 AM   #11
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'Bored and bred in Michigan. Live in Tennessee now. They're kinda the same (I live in the flat part of TN), only warmer here.

Thanks for the trip down memory sand-lane.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:19 PM   #12
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Couldn't help but notice, your friendly neighbour with the fix-a-flat?

Heck of a guy if he only needs the air hose. Looks like he's got an on-board compressor.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:35 PM   #13
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Thanks for the ride report - you've clearly built up some awesome bike karma to have stumbled upon all that help !
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Old 06-07-2008, 02:19 PM   #14
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Couldn't help but notice, your friendly neighbour with the fix-a-flat?

Heck of a guy if he only needs the air hose. Looks like he's got an on-board compressor.

He's doing a re-model and had the compressor right inside from his garage door for the nail gun.
I was gonna' make some crack about the hose running from his @$$, but it didn't seem very nice!
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Old 06-07-2008, 02:28 PM   #15
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Actually, the day ended pretty well, as far as I can see.

Yes, it sucks about the bike and the flat, but you met a whole bunch of people who are the type that restore my faith in humanity. Sometimes it's great to be reminded that not everyone's an asshole.
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