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Old 02-01-2009, 05:23 AM   #76
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Tire changing class a couple of weeks ago

OK, first of all, although I was there, I missed just about the whole thing due to cooking duties. Luckily I have not had more than one flat so...I don't have a lot of experience in changing tires with tools in the bike kit. So, my rear MT21 had finally lost it gusto and was ready for a change so why not get the experience I need right?
The MT21 apparently had been on there awhile so it took some pretty hard jumping up and down on the edges to break the bead ( I weigh 200lbs.) After about 10 minutes of beating and cursing, the natural adhesion properties of pressurized rubber on metal gave up the ghost....on one side. Time for Did anyone mention that getting a tire off that has a rim lock can be a bit more difficult or does it matter? Please say it's more difficult, that would really help my wounded ego cause that *@#^**$^#!!!! was really hard to get off. Time for another and a cigar. Of course when I replaced the rim strip with electrical tape I forgot to cut the hole for the valve stem . Did anyone mention that if you forget to cut the hole for the valve stem it's more difficult to cut it open really well after the fact? Are MT21s harder to get on and off than say a Kenda K270? Someone please say yes cause that Kenda went on a lot easier than that MT21 and of course I put the rim lock on the work bench.
Here's the kicker. I start to put the wheel back on and can't find one of the axle spacers . Now, I'm doing all this out in the gravel driveway (and yard). I had placed the wheel in the grass to break the bead and on the back of the tailgate on the truck to remove the tire. So, there's only three places I could have misplaced a spacer right? The bed of the truck, the driveway or the grass. NOT THERE . I got down on my hands and knees in the gravel, in the grass, in the gravel, in the grass, etc.etc. NOT THERE After about 30 minutes of hunting I thought, where is the most bazaar place something like that could have dropped? Between the tailgate and truck bed. HHMMMMM...must be on the bumper. NOT THERE. Must be laying on the spare tire between the bumper and the spare. Yep.
I went inside and took a nap.
Next tire changing class, I'm the guinea pig.
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:17 PM   #77
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Just wanted to give Rick and Joyce (and kids whose names I forgot, sorry) a big thank you for a great time and a great breakfast.

Only a handfull of bikes though...
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:50 PM   #78
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Thank you!

We had a blast, 53 people showed up so that is a new record. All the old faces and some new! There were close to 10 bikes, We did a small ride after and another group went out earlier. It was nice to get out to ride, my first time out in a couple weeks.
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:06 AM   #79
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Hey Jerry, there's a reason I called Scott @ Acme about my last two tires!


I put a new Kenda 777F on the Sherpa and swore it would be my last.




Sorry to miss Rick's breakfast Sunday morning, but we were hittin' it out west about then....










Hey Norm, was that you and someone else in Etowah Sunday PM around dark? Silver/grey strom, silver jacket....


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Old 02-02-2009, 09:27 AM   #80
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Mel,

That was me and Jeannie heading home from Greenville.
He first good ride on her new HD.

We went down there for lunch, saw a bunch of bikes out.

Including this gnaaaarrrrrlllly beast:


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Old 02-02-2009, 10:03 AM   #81
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Mel,

That was me and Jeannie heading home from Greenville.
He first good ride on her new HD.

We went down there for lunch, saw a bunch of bikes out.

Including this gnaaaarrrrrlllly beast:


http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/l...g?t=1233589522



I figured so


Supercharged V Max, when you need just a little extra.....
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:55 PM   #82
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when are you guys doing that ride again , that trail looks awsome . im heading up there staying in candler in just a few weeks
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:32 PM   #83
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hey, i'm in candler. you gonna ride while you are here?
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:44 PM   #84
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hey, i'm in candler. you gonna ride while you are here?
hells to the yea , im gona ride the whole time im there , im staying with
my friend john he rides a new wr250r and knows some good places , id like to get a group ride going that weekend where in candler are you .
you could end up being his neighbor.
last time i was there it was awsome road all day then went to some brewerys at night had a great time
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:35 AM   #85
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i'm out on hwy 151 towards the pkwy. when are you gonna be here? I'm leaving the 21st to go to Cali for 3 weeks, but if youre here before that, we can at least get a beer.
let me know. dave
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:32 PM   #86
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Was thinkin of fashioning my own set of "emergency chains" to go on the rear. Or does somebody already make those?
I've read about spikes and I just don't think i want to ruin a set of tires like that. Besides, we don't get that much snow and ice.
So what your saying, Russ, is that I should have stayed home and added more accessories to my bike!

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Look what I found from a link to some crazy European winter rally.




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Old 02-05-2009, 07:51 PM   #87
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Check out these Hi-Tech Hippo Hands from link 2
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:07 PM   #88
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These guys are serious. They're not going to let a little snow stop them from riding, No Sirree!! Have skis, will ride.
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:00 AM   #89
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Look what I found from a link to some crazy European winter rally.
When I was a kid, we used to do bicycle tires like that. A short piece of chain and tie it across the rim with a piece of nylon string with the tire almost flat. Then reinflate and we were riding on the ice. No powerslides, though.

That piece of rubber in the photo doesn't look very substantial.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:12 AM   #90
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that's probably the Elefantentreffen - a bunch of folks I grew up with went there every year (they had MZ hacks for the winter).

Here's a ride report: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80627
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