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Old 11-09-2012, 01:46 PM   #2086
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My 2003 F650GS Dakar is For Sale locally.

Seriously!?

Alright, whatcha gettin'??



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Old 11-10-2012, 01:43 AM   #2087
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I like this guys priorities, the bike belongs inside.
I've had this conversation with SHMBO about 13 years ago, before we had a garage.
In our case the bike was allowed to stay in the house...as long as I agreed to be on the sh** list.

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Old 11-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #2088
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Good vid

Worth the watch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTvYAcJOx3s
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:50 PM   #2089
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Nice weekend . . .

First part is a re-post from the Nova Weekend rides thread; the latter part is from Snickersville Turnpike coming back from the distillery.

Took the /5 out fro a run today to the Catoctin Creek distillery in Purcellville. Who know?? Not me, certainly. But happened to see an ad in a local developers rag so thought I'd visit on Veteran's Day--celebrate my 25 yrs, etc.

Saw that XDrag and others were meeting at the Cracker Barrel in Manassas. so stopped to see if anyone wanted to to to P-ville rather than do the water crossing on Peach Orchard. Y'all know the answer to that--so Great White and I made the run alone . . . . .

Cool place! Highly recommend a visit. They're closed Sunday, but open most other days. Tastings are free--the best kind.

Unpretentious--located in an industrial park.



Scott was there, serving up the three wee drams for tasting that the Commonwealth lets him serve.



I kinda prefer my moonshine West Virginia style (yeah-just sip it at Laurel Fork!) so found the Mosby's Spirit rather stark, but the rye was excellent. They also do a nice gin, plus some brandies and even a nicely flavored maple syrup. I think Scott said everything's organic. Rye sourced from Kansas, Juniper for the gin from Oregon (Yeah!), and the raw syrup from Pennsylvania. (And yes, I took home a bottle of the rye).



Not a big place--says they bottle about 40K bottles per year.



Still from Germany. He controls the distillation in one unit, so it doesn't have to go back through to be double or triple distilled.



About half their storage.




Would make an interesting Saturday meet-up. Plus, Scott told me about the single-malt distillery in Sperryville. Hmm. I see a pattern developing here . . . .

Cool place. If you're around Purcellville on any day but Sunday, stop by and say hi.

http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/



On the way back, had to stop at the Aldie Battle site.














And a couple more near where I'm living . . . . .



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Old 11-12-2012, 05:00 PM   #2090
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Hi Don,

Thanks for the info.

I found these in Va......fairly local...The Cats did a Ride To Brew....maybe a Ride to Taste?

http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/
http://www.copperfox.biz/
http://www.vadistillery.com/
http://moonshine.com/
http://www.virginiawhiskey.com/
http://www.chesapeakebaydistillery.com/
http://www.asmithbowman.com/

I think we can do these all in one day?

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Old 11-12-2012, 05:33 PM   #2091
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I'll personally vouch for the Copper Fox distillery; Wasmunds is some tasty stuff!
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:22 PM   #2092
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VStrom HID Install Report

Moved from the NoVA Weekend Rides thread...

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How'd the HID install go and a report. I'm interested in where you sourced your kit.
The HID install on my DL650 was actually much easier than I feared it would be. I had never taken apart the front end before and this install required completely removing the front fairings, instruments, headlight assembly, etc from the bike. My friend Nobie381 (from Stromtroopers) and I actually worked together to install these on both his and my bikes, both 2011 DL650 ABS models.

The kits we used are VVME slim ballast kits. We got them here: http://www.vvme.com/hid-headlights/b...conversion-kit

Some folks have mounted their ballasts to the flat part of the frame where the front end sub frame mounts to the bike's frame. This doesn't work well on ABS models in particular as you have clearance issues and can't turn to full lock. Instead we followed the lead of "johnofchar" from VSRI and mounted the ballasts up inside the front fairing in the dead space directly under the windscreen mount / behind the instruments. This required removing the sub frame from the fairing and drilling three small holes in it. Then used three 2" screws and some aluminum spacers along with lock nuts to secure them. (Johnofchar posted very good pics from his install on the VSRI forum)

A couple of notes about the install:

- We had to make small cuts in the boots that cover the headlight bulbs in order to slip them over the much larger HID bulbs. We made the slits at the bottom to minimize the chance of water getting in there. I don't think it will be an issue.

- We used 14 gauge wire and a couple of 14 - 16 gauge butt connectors to splice the wiring and extend the power back to the battery, actually back to a fuse block (Remember this is a kit meant for a car so the leads are short). Ran the wiring through tubing for additional heat shielding which was a bit of a pain. If I had to do it over again I'd order pre-heat shielded wiring online and pay a bit more for it to not have to suffer the pain in my fingers!

Results: WOW these things are bright! Nobie and I went for a night ride last night (Sunday) to give them a proper test. First of all, they're extremely bright. I thought the stock dual headlights of the VStrom were fairly bright but these are more than twice as bright. They don't light up the inside of the car in front of me but I still might need to adjust them down slightly. They also made a significant difference in the overall power draw of the bike. With heated jacket and gloves turned on, probably half way or a little more (it was relatively warm last night until we got out around Rte 50 & Rte 15 where it got pretty chilly for some reason) I never dropped below 12.7v even when stopped at a light with the brake and blinker on. To be fair I run LED tail/brake lights too so that's a few extra watts saved but still, the HIDs use considerably less power than the stock headlights.

So, in summary, they're 2-3x as bright as stock, use less power and include a relay which solves the problem with burning out the starter switch contacts.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:55 AM   #2093
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FYI...VA. State Police are looking for witnesses that may have seen a a rather rare Austin Healy ragtop being driven in the area of RT211 near Sperryville around 13:00 (1 PM) Sunday...the vehicle in question is pictured in the linked article, as is the POC for the VSP:

http://www.rappnews.com/2012/11/12/m...ts-car/107739/

This driver lost control and drove into a group of MC riders.

Driving behavior which occurred before the accident may provide key additional information for consideration for trial (criminal and/or civil).

I have no involvement with any party involved...but a co-worker came upon the accident a few minutes after it occurred... very bad . God bless the rider killed and those injured.

I'm posting this here as many of us NOVA riders use Rt211.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:12 AM   #2094
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FYI...VA. State Police are looking for witnesses that may have seen a a rather rare Austin Healy ragtop being driven in the area of RT211 near Sperryville around 13:00 (1 PM) Sunday...the vehicle in question is pictured in the linked article, as is the POC for the VSP:

http://www.rappnews.com/2012/11/12/m...ts-car/107739/

This driver lost control and drove into a group of MC riders.

Driving behavior which occurred before the accident may provide key additional information for consideration for trial (criminal and/or civil).

I have no involvement with any party involved...but a co-worker came upon the accident a few minutes after it occurred... very bad . God bless the rider killed and those injured.

I'm posting this here as many of us NOVA riders use Rt211.
Damn! A sad reminder, there will be times when you can't always find an "escape route" while riding, and when your time is up, it's up. RIP rider...

I recognize the curve. That's the easy part of the road! I hope they throw the book at the cage driver.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:16 AM   #2095
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The HID install on my DL650 was actually much easier than I feared it would be. I had never taken apart the front end before and this install required completely removing the front fairings, instruments, headlight assembly, etc from the bike. My friend Nobie381 (from Stromtroopers) and I actually worked together to install these on both his and my bikes, both 2011 DL650 ABS models.

The kits we used are VVME slim ballast kits. We got them here: http://www.vvme.com/hid-headlights/b...conversion-kit

Some folks have mounted their ballasts to the flat part of the frame where the front end sub frame mounts to the bike's frame. This doesn't work well on ABS models in particular as you have clearance issues and can't turn to full lock. Instead we followed the lead of "johnofchar" from VSRI and mounted the ballasts up inside the front fairing in the dead space directly under the windscreen mount / behind the instruments. This required removing the sub frame from the fairing and drilling three small holes in it. Then used three 2" screws and some aluminum spacers along with lock nuts to secure them. (Johnofchar posted very good pics from his install on the VSRI forum)

A couple of notes about the install:

- We had to make small cuts in the boots that cover the headlight bulbs in order to slip them over the much larger HID bulbs. We made the slits at the bottom to minimize the chance of water getting in there. I don't think it will be an issue.

- We used 14 gauge wire and a couple of 14 - 16 gauge butt connectors to splice the wiring and extend the power back to the battery, actually back to a fuse block (Remember this is a kit meant for a car so the leads are short). Ran the wiring through tubing for additional heat shielding which was a bit of a pain. If I had to do it over again I'd order pre-heat shielded wiring online and pay a bit more for it to not have to suffer the pain in my fingers!

Results: WOW these things are bright! Nobie and I went for a night ride last night (Sunday) to give them a proper test. First of all, they're extremely bright. I thought the stock dual headlights of the VStrom were fairly bright but these are more than twice as bright. They don't light up the inside of the car in front of me but I still might need to adjust them down slightly. They also made a significant difference in the overall power draw of the bike. With heated jacket and gloves turned on, probably half way or a little more (it was relatively warm last night until we got out around Rte 50 & Rte 15 where it got pretty chilly for some reason) I never dropped below 12.7v even when stopped at a light with the brake and blinker on. To be fair I run LED tail/brake lights too so that's a few extra watts saved but still, the HIDs use considerably less power than the stock headlights.

So, in summary, they're 2-3x as bright as stock, use less power and include a relay which solves the problem with burning out the starter switch contacts.
Thanks Camb - good install report. Have you updated you're rectifier/regulator to the MOSFET controlled model. This is a must do to the strom charging system - rectifies poor output issues and virtually eliminates stator failure.


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Old 11-15-2012, 05:52 PM   #2096
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Have you updated you're rectifier/regulator to the MOSFET controlled model. This is a must do to the strom charging system - rectifies poor output issues and virtually eliminates stator failure.
No, I hadn't seen anything about that. Now that you've mentioned it I went and googled it and read through the various posts about it. That might be one of my next projects. We'll see though, I'd sort of like a better rear suspension. The better shocks like the Elka and others are just so damn expensive though.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:17 AM   #2097
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No, I hadn't seen anything about that. Now that you've mentioned it I went and googled it and read through the various posts about it. That might be one of my next projects. We'll see though, I'd sort of like a better rear suspension. The better shocks like the Elka and others are just so damn expensive though.
Suspension mods are one of the biggest best bang for the buck mods for the Strom. If you can save your sheckles for the rear shock, you'll find well worth it. No need for expensive emulators for the front forks either - continuous rate springs (matched to your weight), 15wt oil, fork brace, and new rear shock (Elka 2-way in my case) turns the the Strom into one formidable handler.

Then you'll discover, how mushy to modulate your brakes actually are and find yourself upgrading the brake lines and installing the 4 piston calipers. It never ends this farkling thing.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:49 PM   #2098
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Suspension mods are one of the biggest best bang for the buck mods for the Strom. If you can save your sheckles for the rear shock, you'll find well worth it. No need for expensive emulators for the front forks either - continuous rate springs (matched to your weight), 15wt oil, fork brace, and new rear shock (Elka 2-way in my case) turns the the Strom into one formidable handler.

Then you'll discover, how mushy to modulate your brakes actually are and find yourself upgrading the brake lines and installing the 4 piston calipers. It never ends this farkling thing.
Yea, I hear ya. I actually did the front forks earlier this year (Sonic Springs .95 & 15wt oil), I already had a fork brace on it. Made a huge difference and virtually eliminated the ungodly dive on braking that the bike has in stock form. I will very likely upgrade the rear shock before my planned "2nd annual early spring Deal's Gap trip".

All this is why I was very seriously considering just going to a Super Tenere or maybe a new Tiger but honestly, I love my Strom. None of those other bikes are perfect (for me) either and they cost a whole lot more.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:00 AM   #2099
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I found this guy knocked out on the shoulder of 17 north of warrenton. I gave him a lift to the blue ridge wildlife center (boyce, va) and the ride in my car proved to be therapeutic. Call these guys if you have a wildlife emergency...

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Old 11-18-2012, 05:46 AM   #2100
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Call these guys if you have a wildlife emergency...


At first, thought you meant call the OWLS!

Got it; call the center.

Nice save, dentvet!
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