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Old 09-19-2004, 04:56 PM   #811
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Mike was it your job to put the rudder lock in on the Stratocruiser
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02 GSA written off by a DRUNK in pickup.
04 GSA Written off by a pickup.
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Well it was a car this time #L/tib & fib in the same place as the previous F wit crushed it
Ducati making mechanics out of riders for 50 years
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Old 09-19-2004, 05:01 PM   #812
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Mike was it your job to put the rudder lock in on the Stratocruiser
You should've seen the state of the elevators...

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Old 09-19-2004, 05:05 PM   #813
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You should've seen the state of the elevators...

Mike
You mean you stuffed up there too.
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04 GSA Written off by a pickup.
06 GSA . SE. will try to stay away from pickups.
Well it was a car this time #L/tib & fib in the same place as the previous F wit crushed it
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Old 09-19-2004, 05:24 PM   #814
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MikeO once said...

While I’m starting the bike, a couple of local chaps ask me what type of bike it is, and look mystified when I tell them – they had no idea BMW made bikes....
I have a similar problem here in Colorado. It seems everyone knows of the BMW bikes and generally comment on how nice my BMW is, how I like my BMW or some other BMW comment along those lines. When I tell them it's a KTM, invariably they ask who makes it. After saying KTM is the manufacturer, some folks fail to grasp the concept and say, "So it's a Honda/Kawasaki/Suzuki?"

All the guys in my corner of the office ride Harley's, and after hearing their stories of Sturgis, they nearly convulsed in fear when I told them I had gone over Oh My God Road and Cottonwood Pass that weekend. They now think I am certifiably insane.
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Old 09-19-2004, 09:01 PM   #815
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This gets better every day. I don't know if you will ever be able to go back to work. Just start your own web site, charge a modest fee for membership, and keep doing this. You have a large fan club already. By the way the Impala is a 1964.
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Old 09-19-2004, 09:25 PM   #816
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Onward through the fog, mate. Just to jog your memory, since I now know you are older than I, here's a shot of one of the last of your rockies adv for this trip.



Sue and I rode the whole day today in rain. About 300 miles and we just kept repeating, "the brits do it all the time, the brits do it all the time...."
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Old 09-20-2004, 12:35 AM   #817
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Facial hair party?
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Old 09-20-2004, 12:59 AM   #818
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I start off by crossing back into Iowa, to visit Pikes Peak State Park… the name is very familiar to me
Mike, Pikes Peak probably rings a bell since it's home to the world's most famous hill climb:

http://ppihc.com/

That's at least where I knew the name from, as a fellow Euro-pilot.
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Old 09-20-2004, 03:41 AM   #819
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Facial hair party?
How is it the pom has better teeth than the others at the table?

Mike O, I hope your thread reaches 100 pages...before you put it to the grindstone.

Cheers,

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Old 09-20-2004, 12:46 PM   #820
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Howdy Mike,

I am curious to know if you resolved your front tire issue or simply chose to ride on? Myself and a friend just mounted up new front Tourances and now we both have the wobbles in the handle bar. He rides a V-Strom 1000. Both bikes were fine immediately before mounting the tires. His were mounted by a shop and I mounted my own. I don't think it is a dangerous condition, but it certainly is distracting at most any speed and especially when cornering. I think I will be checking with Metzler about this.

I may have missed it in this HUGE report, but have you yet to find your way into Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas? Given your penchant for old vehicles, this area is a goldmine of forgotten four wheeled contraptions. The roads are spectacular as well and there is a good bit of unpaved riding in the mountains as well.

I cannot wait for you to reach the New England area. Very much looking forward to your perspective on the little towns and roads.

Take care.

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Old 09-20-2004, 03:34 PM   #821
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20th September

I sleep well, turning out the light at just after 2200 and not stirring until 0730 – however, despite this, I still feel tired – it’s clearly taking longer than I anticipated to clear the effects of the Hofbru lager out of my system…

I’m packed and on the road, after making a few phone calls home, at 1030, and heading north east towards the Michigan border. It’s a beautiful day, with just a few mares tails of cloud in the sky and a cool onshore breeze blowing from Lake Michigan to the east. I follow the 41 through Green Bay, following the coast line of the lake – a road signed as ‘Lake Michigan Loop’. I’m into Michigan, in Menominee, before I actually catch sight of the lake, though…



The lake is vast – like a sea – and the towns here have a seaside feel to them – difficult to define exactly what it is, but there’s a maritime nature to the place. North of Menominee (didn’t the Muppets do a song about this place?), I spot this old gentleman…



…anyone care to hazard a guess*? By the look of it, it had a bit of a dazzle problem with that strip of chrome running down the centre of the bonnet (hood).

The coastline has miles of reed marshes, home to loads of wildfowl and other water birds…



At about 1600 (Eastern time – I’ve crossed another time zone – I’m beginning to suffer from GS-lag…), I come into Escabana (The Heart of Northern Michigan), which has a pleasant feel to it. It has an air of permanence about it which is unusual in US cities in my experience.

It has a nice old lighthouse…



…and a very reasonably priced room in the Econo-lodge.





*EDIT - 1953 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe - thanks Boundless
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Old 09-20-2004, 03:38 PM   #822
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Howdy Mike,

I am curious to know if you resolved your front tire issue or simply chose to ride on?
I've decided to ride with it - but I'm keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get worse.

In the case of my Adv it remains a slight headshake, only between 30-45 mph, which stops immediately you put so much as a finger's pressure on either grip...

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Old 09-20-2004, 03:53 PM   #823
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hah! you know, when you holed up here in Watsonville near BMW Santa Cruz back in May(?), you were right next door to unincorporated Freedom, California.
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Old 09-20-2004, 07:18 PM   #824
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Mike, I'm about 60 miles north of Esky, if you want to see Lake Superior give me a shout; any time (early, late -- whatever) is fine. PM'd with contact info.
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Old 09-20-2004, 08:18 PM   #825
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Escanaba....I only know the name from the Jeff Daniels movie Escanaba In Da Moonlight . Funnier than hell and weird also....As you know, that combo suits me well. Keep you head down Mike and dont walk into the woods at night.
You must seek out this movie at all costs when you get back to the UK.
Cheers,
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