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Old 08-29-2011, 08:53 AM   #31
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700,000 in Virginia and 2,000,000 total still without.
And shitloads of road closures up here in Vermont, including lots of washouts. Its going to be complicated to get from point A to point B here for some time to come.

Luckily you shouldn't have that problem heading west. Get this show on the road and enjoy your trip!

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Old 08-29-2011, 09:12 AM   #32
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That is one hell of a Versys! I'm gonna have to go check out that thread.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:45 PM   #33
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And shitloads of road closures up here in Vermont...
biggest natural disaster in last 100 years according to your governor.

discussion about whether the storm was "overhyped" by the media. i guess you just had to be there.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:47 PM   #34
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That is one hell of a Versys! I'm gonna have to go check out that thread.
genuine Versys...ok, i did make a few changes.
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:28 AM   #35
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Yeah, just a few changes....

JD, ride safe and enjoy your toy.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:11 PM   #36
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genuine Versys...ok, i did make a few changes.
Are you in West Branch yet?
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:42 PM   #37
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Just a reminder to put up your spot link when you get the chance.

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Old 08-30-2011, 08:25 PM   #38
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Just a reminder to put up your spot link when you get the chance.

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how the heck did i forget that? must have been distracted by building that trebouchet.


it's there now, hope it works.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:27 PM   #39
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600 miles SW, report to follow.

nothing fell off the bike so far, including me.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:46 PM   #40
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Hope you got to listen to some music in Nashville while you were there JD. Can't wait to see your build thread on the trebuchet! ;)
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:41 PM   #41
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Hope you got to listen to some music in Nashville while you were there JD. Can't wait to see your build thread on the trebuchet! ;)
the music i was hearing was 6,000RPM making 85MPH on I40...somewhere between a high pitch turbo whine and the sounds Amy Winehouse used to make after sprinting up on stage and grabbing the mike, R.I.P., ya know, kind of a high frequency shriek combined with a chuffy growl on the downshift to overdrive 5.

500 mile plus run at 85, 100d heat. no enforcement, but 85 seemed to be a self imposed limit, folks being civic minded and all.

try that with a thumper...i envision fireballs, ghostly sirens, ricocheting strobe lights...the works.

anyway, speaking of trebouchets...
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:54 PM   #42
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You be sure to check in when you get up here my friend. Ride safe.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:50 PM   #43
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Day 1, 9/30: Home to Blowing Rock, NC-608 miles

I always say an early start, but I also know it will never happen. It has to do with my wife, who I can honestly describe as a better woman than any man could possibly deserve...face it, she doesn't let go that easily. I understand.

The early morning was spent with updates on the the doings of family and friends, business matters, last minute do list items, and a huge departure breakfast. Granted, she was stalling, and ya know what, I let her. Finally, the last few items in the tank bag, time to go....


The bike, yeah, that beast. How to describe it, well, many saw it get built so i can't pass it off as a stone axe. At the same time there's a primal, old school flavor to the machine. Unfaired, you bet. Buffeting, sure, throw ya clean off the bike if you're not paying attention. Heated stuff, you're kidding, right? Doodads galore, sorry, ain't none.


Does it run, dear God yes, it will run. The analogy will never be AMG Benz to econobox, frankly, I can’t build to that level. So something might be said about what’s not there, yup, left the vanilla out.


Packed, loaded, ready, got the green launch light…





I know that duffle looks a little lumpy, but got a snowmobile suit, arctic boots, and a bear gun in there.


As you might remember, I built a huge trebouchet behind the shed in advance of hurricane Irene just in case access to my house was washed away. Back story, when I got those uprights in the air, the phone rang, Verizon wanted to mount a cell repeater on the side of it. It was pretty big. I didn’t want to waste all that effort, so man, what a novel way to start a trip.


I loaded the trbouchet with the bike, me aboard, gave my tearful wife the “I’ll call you” sign, yelled “Puuuull!”, and she gave a mighty tug on the trigger lanyard. With a big whoosh, we were shot westerly, a tumbling mass of HiViz and Hot Rod Red. Cleared the water, and then stuck the landing, rubber side down, right next to a startled Mrs. IForgetHerName, out tending her rose bushes. No harm, no foul.


Turned the key, hit the starter button, punched the shifter, grabbed a whole lot of gas, bike pointed west. She won’t have to mow the grass around there for a while, looks like it was hit with a freakin’ rototiller.


Other than a hurricane and a trebouchet launch, it was a dull couple days, but heck, now the party’s started, lets ride.

(to be continued)

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Old 08-31-2011, 10:37 PM   #44
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Cool way to make use of that trebouchet to lauch the ride. I got my popcorn cause its going to be a good one.



With the late start are you extending the end date, or do you have the same deadline?

Ride fast, ride hard.

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Old 08-31-2011, 11:36 PM   #45
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