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Old 08-27-2014, 05:31 AM   #466
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Saw this leaving work this morning so I decided to take this pic to fill that request for aviation related pics. I'm still using my Super 8 for daily transportation. It's got over 17,500 miles on it and it's still running strong.

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Old 08-27-2014, 05:39 AM   #467
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Saw this leaving work this morning so I decided to take this pic to fill that request for aviation related pics. I'm still using my Super 8 for daily transportation. It's got over 17,500 miles on it and it's still running strong.

Is this HSV? Do you work out there?

I'm also in the area and find myself hanging out at a friend's hangar out there from time to time
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:51 AM   #468
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Is this HSV? Do you work out there?

I'm also in the area and find myself hanging out at a friend's hangar out there from time to time
It is HSV and I do work there.
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:00 PM   #469
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Got most of my luggage mounted so I took the Versys out to run some errands around town. I think the Versys is a great bike but for running around town, either of my scooters is just much better and more fun. It just take too much restraint to stay near the speed limit on the Versys. The scooters, especially the kymco are way more fun to ride around town. But then, that's not what I bought the Versys for. Some longer trips are coming up soon

I'll be picking up a tank bag tomorrow.

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Old 08-28-2014, 03:29 PM   #470
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Wow! The Versys is really coming along for touring.
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:46 PM   #471
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What vest are you using for cooling? The heat is killing me. I have to dig into those skins you can wet down that supposedly work well. Have you tried those?
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:47 PM   #472
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Myself and one other rider took our 150cc scooters out riding with over 20 others on much bigger bikes.





It was a very interesting ride. We were not sure how far we would lag behind although we knew they would wait at all turns. It turns out that we weren't the slowest riders on this ride. We did fall behind most of the group on long straights but had no problems keeping up in the curves.

A few pics showing the diversity of riders & bikes on this ride.


















There's a lot more pics here: http://bamarides.com/ride/ride-repor...d-ride-report/
Small world (town)... Just spotted your buddy's scoot at the stars game.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:55 AM   #473
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I think that's a REO Speedwagon. At least that's what the tour guide said when I took the tour 25+ years ago.
It's pretty cool. Check out the drive sprocket and chain; it's more like a motorcycle than some modern motorcycles!
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:55 AM   #474
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I think that's a REO Speedwagon. At least that's what the tour guide said when I took the tour 25+ years ago.
It's pretty cool. Check out the drive sprocket and chain; it's more like a motorcycle than some modern motorcycles!
I had always just assumed the REO Speedwagon was a rock band. So I did a little searching on the Web. You are correct about this being an REO speedwagon. Wikipedia uses this pic as an example:



Some more interesting info from wikipedia:

The rock and roll band REO Speedwagon took its name from this vehicle, but pronouncing the name with each individual letter instead of as a single word. Founding band member Neal Doughty recalls seeing the name written on the board in his History of Transportation class at the University of Illinois and later suggesting it to his bandmates.

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Old 08-30-2014, 03:56 PM   #475
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Ransom Eli Olds was a pioneer of the American automotive industry, for whom both the Oldsmobile and REO brands were named. He claimed to have built his first steam car as early as 1894, and his first gasoline–powered car in 1896. Wikipedia
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Old 09-01-2014, 07:15 PM   #476
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Flew by your house the other day on the way to Redstone.

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Old 09-01-2014, 08:20 PM   #477
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Flew by your house the other day on the way to Redstone.

OK, how did you get this selfie of yourself flying the Blackhawk?
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:51 PM   #478
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I added a couple of more things to the Versys, a tank back and Airhawk on the passenger seat. Took my wife for a ride today and discovered that the airhawk, while comfortable, had her sliding around in curves and when I was on the brakes. I also discovered that twisting the throttle hard in second gear would quickly bring the front wheel up off the ground with a passenger onboard

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Old 09-01-2014, 09:17 PM   #479
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The Versys looks great.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:44 AM   #480
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The Versys looks great.
Thanks. I still have a few things to add to it but it's ready for a trip now. I'll be heading up to the TN, NC and VA mountains in about a week for 5 days of twisty road riding.
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