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Old 12-29-2013, 04:18 PM   #1381
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Our next stop was the next day not far from our church.



By the time we got there they had taken down several tents and some signs !



This is looking back up the dirt road we came down.
Trucks, campers, trailers and of course motorcycles everywhere.



The bonfire was not quite bon-ing while we were there.



A couple of the guys I know from the Tag-O-Rama Games were here so we really came here to see them.
After waiting here a while we road around the campsites on the grass area by the main road.
But at the time we were here our friends were still out in the woods riding.

The street sign at the entrance to this area I had been to before back on page 27.
The sign was for Franckles' Lane and this is sometimes referred to as Franckles Hammer Run.
But it looks like it is more officially known as the
Tri-County Sportsmen's Hammer Club, Inc. presents
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:25 PM   #1382
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The rider who got the Hammer Run Tag dropped the new Tag at the "official" gas station of the Hammer Run.

Which happens to be the closest gas station out here in the middle of nowhere.





This was a little hard to look up.

The best name we could come up with was Cumberland Country Store.

Beings it is in Cumberland County and has no official website that seems to be what people call it.

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Old 12-29-2013, 04:30 PM   #1383
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Steve...I have a ST1100 not 1300...I prefer the 1100...it is more like your PC because the throttles and carbs are similar...the 1300 is fuel injected and it takes some getting used to the throttle inputs.
Glad you at least tried it...I have seen a few pristine examples of the PC800 forsale...either locally or here on this forum...maybe you just need a nicer PC Oh and unless you dont care about wasting your money...I would never buy from a dealer...or brand new
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So a nice ride down Route 49 we head for Tuckahoe.

And come to the Tuckahoe Chesecake Factory.



Yes, it is more like a house than an actual "factory".

But they make a lot of cheesecake here !



Yes, I thought this was a pretty steep price myself.



But it was good !





Tuckahoe is the name of the town they are in.

They have been in business for over 30 years.

They say they are the "Original" Tuckahoe Cheesecake Factory.
I am guessing they had someone try and steal their name at some point !

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Steve...I have a ST1100 not 1300...I prefer the 1100...it is more like your PC because the throttles and carbs are similar...the 1300 is fuel injected and it takes some getting used to the throttle inputs.
Glad you at least tried it...I have seen a few pristine examples of the PC800 forsale...either locally or here on this forum...maybe you just need a nicer PC Oh and unless you dont care about wasting your money...I would never buy from a dealer...or brand new
I know you had an ST1100, but I also thought for some reason you had a 1300 at some point too !

Montgomeryville also had an ST1100, in red, on the lot, but I want to get something newer.
If it were not for the parts issue I would just keep fixing my PC.
But if I can not get parts then it is counterproductive to depend upon it as much as I use it.
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We then took a look at some more bikes at DHY, which stands for Deptford Honda Yamaha.



I had originally come here to look at the Yamaha FJR1300.

They did have one on the floor, and it was a nice bike, but once again my wife had problems getting on the back of it.
I had thought this was the way for me to go.
I did find a passenger foo peg lowering kit so that would have helped.
But the back seat was pretty short, and with a top box it would be hard for her to get on.

The problem here was I could not find anyplace to get a test ride and I was concerned about having the same issues as the Honda ST1300.

So we looked around some more and they also sell the Vicotry Motorcycles.

This was interesting.



Lots of storage, which we like.

These two are their touring motorcycles.



I like the weather protection too on these.

The vast amounts of chrome area a downer for me because I do not get around to cleaning my stuff very often.
I would rather ride the bike than a cleaning rag !



The more I read up on these the riders who were taller were having back problems.
Seems that comes from the cruising ridding position they are set up with.
AS you can see above, the floorboard below the riders seat is for the passengers feet.

It just a mater of what you like and don't like.

I was lined up for a test ride on one of these too, but it rained the day I had time.
And I have since talked myself out of one of these.
Mostly due to the riding position.

But they are still nice bikes.



They also had a "real" GOLDwing.





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Old 12-29-2013, 05:07 PM   #1387
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You have to test ride a GL1800...I loved it...just too much $ for me...
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Another bike I was interested in was the Triumph Trophy SE.

The one place closest, or should I say the easiest, to get to for us did not have one in their store.

A new bike shop that sells Ducati and Triiump had opened where Cycle World of Cherry Hill was so I called them up and asked if they had one.
They said yes, would you like to take a test ride ?



Wellllll, Yaaaaaahhhhhhh !!!!!!!

So we went over there.



This has a 1215 three cylinder engine.
So I was kind of expecting the same issues as the Honda.
But why not try it anyway.



We tried the seats out and they were pretty good.



One of the owners had us follow him and their counter girl on a Ducati.

He had us out on the interstate too !
Not my most favorite kind of road, but it would be good to try it out there anyway.





Can you tell if my wife liked it ???







Now this was a nice bike.
It responded pretty much like my PC does as far as torque and engine breaking, which is minimal.

I must say that I really enjoyed riding this motorcycle.
Plenty of power, but completely manageable for me.

My only issues were the indent in the gas tank area is supposed to be for your knees.
Mine were on the outside of that, which means cold knees in the winter.
The bags would take some getting use to.
Seems that when you would open them everything would fall out, especially all the stuff in the kickstand side bag.

You can get a pretty decent sized top box so that is not a problem.

So far this is looking very promising for us.

Except the new price tag.
2013 is the first year for this bike, so there are no used ones available.

The bike has all kinds of stuff on it:
1215cc Three Cylinder Engine
Three ride modes
Six SpeedTransmission
ABS
Traction Control
Electronically adjustable suspension
6.9 Gallon Gas Tank
And all kinds of electronic goodies

I really like it.
But I am not sure I want to pay the price !

I am still mulling this one over in my head.

I think if it were not for my knee issues I would probably already have one.

Cherry Hill Motorsports

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Old 01-03-2014, 12:55 PM   #1389
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Next stop a few days later, still on the PC !



This is a new natural area they just recently opened up and put some hiking trails in.



I am where it says "YOU ARE HERE" at the upper left !



The gray line is Kettle Run Road, which I take home from the store most of the time because this
is the only curvy road in my area that is of any use in honing your motorcycle leaning skills !



The gray line at the bottom named Borton's Road is a dirt road, all of the other gray lines are paved roads.



At the base of this brand new sign I see this !



Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! New Jersey !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



This is the intersection by the sign.



Does this look familiar ?



Back on page 32 there was a "Your Open Space Tax Dollars At Work" sign here.

So I guess these are "Official" trails now !



You can see the trash at the bottom of the sign in the above picture too !

I thought the Bike Route sign was nice because I use this with my bike !





Friends of the Black Run Preserve web site.

Here is a nice video on their website.

I don't know where they got the bird sounds.
You need to listen hard to hear birds around here !

Turns out that the Black Run is a stream that runs through this area in Evesham Township.

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So off to see some wildlife !



Just can't bear it can you ?



All I have to say is that this is one UGLY looking bear !



Hurrrrr-der-durrrrrr !!!!



Looks much better from the back !



I have no idea why this bear statue is at this location.



This was a caterers for wedding receptions and such things.





I guess the Country House part is where the bear comes in !



I tried to get the poor thing to ride my bike.



But to no avail !!!

Oooooo ! Look ! A Fire Engine !!!



This building is for sale so no sense in looking up a web site.
I don't remember finding one anyway !

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Time for some new tires !



I am trying the marshmallow man's tires this time!



I did not let this set get as bad as my previous sets of tires.

Front

Still looked pretty good !

Rear

Was wearing a bit.
Some places look more worn than others !?

With my previous statistics I came up with a mere 13,524 miles on my second set of new tires !

Let's see how good these Michelins last.

And the PC has just over 90,000 miles on it total !
Giving me just over 51,000 miles of seat time on the PC.

While I was picking up my bike he had this in his shop.





And it is Two Wheel Drive !!!!







This is one of the breaks !





The bike is designed to get into the woods.
Kind of like a Motorcycle Jeep or Moto-tractor as some call it !
It does not go very fast.
So the two small breaks are sufficient for what it does.

ROKON 2-Wheel Drive Motorcycles website

They are said to average about 20 MPH.
Some can go 35 or a bit more,
but they are said to be able to go uphill at an astonishingly slow speed of 0.5 MPH !!!!
Wikipedia

It was very interesting to look over and study.
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So with some new tires I head out for a very close destination !



The weather was not cooperating, so no long distance stuff, ...... YET !
Plus we were near Thanksgiving at this point.
Actually I think I did this after work the day before Thanksgiving.

This place makes custom choppers.
They have a lot of bikes stuffed in this little shop.
And they just moved here to get more space !



I liked their sign and logo.



I came back during the day and got some better pictures.



The "clown" on the sign on the left was interesting !





No clowning around here ! ! !

Their trailers are very unique.





Must go with the custom paint guy next door !



Distinctive & Radical Choppers in Voorhees.

Check out some of their creations on their Gallery Tab.

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So on the way home I stopped at this custom chopper !









I came back here during the day also to to get some clearer pictures.



They moved here recently too, and they used parts from their old sign for their new sign.



The frame here is a lot smaller than their old one !!!!

I had been in their old building, which is only about 3 miles from here, and found some glove liners that I use a lot during the winter.

American Biker Image, seems to have changed their name to American Biker Gear and I could only find a facebook page.

If you are into Harley items they had a lot of stuff along those lines.
Some pretty neat stuff too.

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While searching for a new motorcycle I had heard about the Triumph Sprint.

I saw one at a nearby store and went to check it out to see if it would work for us.



The back seat was a little short, and the foot pegs were pretty high for my wife.
Not extreme, but looked like it was not going to work for us.
Plus the gas tank hump was in a precarious position !




So a few pictures and I was outta there !
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This was the day after Thanksgiving and I really do not remember why I wanted to go see Quaker Bridge.



So here I am 4 miles back in the woods of the Pine Barrens on a cold damp day on a one
lane dirt/sand road at the precipice of a steel grate bridge looking over the Batsto River.





When I was in the Boy Scouts we hiked past here on the Botona Trail and Canoed under this bridge on canoe trips.
Back then the bridge was not steel grated, but rather, from what I remember, thick wooden planks.

Looking back at the bridge, same direction as the first picture.
I had pulled up to the top of the bridge and takem the first picture.
I knew that the sand was very soft on the other side of the bridge,
so I backed the bike down the hill and parked on the side of the road,
and walked back over the bridge to get some more pictures.



Must have been some budget cuts !



This is New Jersey after all !



Like I said, the Botona Trail goes right by here !
BATONA standing for BAck TO NAture



Back then the trail started just south of Ong's Hat and ended at Batsto making it 30 miles.

This is the soft sand I was not wanting to get stuck in right in front of the sign.



It was not as bad as it has been in the past.
Probably due to the weather.
During very dry periods this is very difficult for anyone to get through.

In fact, a small car came over the bridge while I was there and got stuck here.
I thought I was going to have to help him push it out, after I had taken a picture,
which I can not find for some reason, but he got out somehow !

On this side of the bridge the road branches off into many directions looking away from the bridge.



If you look on the map you can see A LOT of roads branching off from Quaker Bridge.
I never noticed this before for some reason.
I know there were some roads here, but not this many.
Must have been an important crossing back in the day.

A Quaker family built a Tavern here back in the 1700's, hence giving the bridge and the area it's name.
The Quakers used this road to get from one meeting house to another and eventually built a bridge here.

The river looks calm enough, but they are usually very deep in the middle, even though they are not very wide.
I have swam, swum, swimmed, swimmeded, swamed, taken a dunk in, these rivers so I know.
I am 6'4" and I could not touch the bottom in almost every place I have been in these rivers.

I had been looking for the location of the old Tavern/Inn that was here, but the Pine Barons have reclaimed where ever it was.

The pink trail blazes are for the Botona Trail.
This is also looking back at the bridge.
And as best I can tell the Tavern/Inn was off to the right of this picture in those woods.



This post on NJPineBarrens is very detailed about this area and even has a map of right where I am,
which is why I said the Tavern/Inn, which they call a Motel, was off to the right.

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