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Old 05-10-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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Off to Meet the Jews in LA then Mexico

Every year around Memorial Day, members of my tribe (the Jews) who ride motorcycles, come from around the world for what's called the "Ride 2 Remember". We eat, complain, argue, eat some more and support a chosen charity that promotes Holocaust education.

i usually design a ride, either leaving from my home in Brooklyn or my place in Nashville.These rides are slab free Last year the event was in Toronto and my route was 1600 miles long and included lots of nothern Quebec. I was joined on that ride by Richard from Australia (He's the fit one)




who rented a Goldwing,


but still dressed for the VFR he rides down under.

For a living , I drive a car carrier, when I went on the Canada trip, I left it on the street in Queens. 2 minutes after getting back to the truck I was surrounded by screaming cops. Seems they had to hire temporary receptionists just to handle all the complaints from homeowners about my truck. I was told not to park anywhere in that precinct if I didn't want the truck impounded. I own a former used car lot in Nashville where I can leave the truck so on this trip, I will get a load of cars going there and put the bike on the back. So which bike.

The route from Nashville to SoCal is all backroads, lots of mountains, some dirt. 3400 miles. My DL650A


Would be the perfect bike for this trip. Comfortable, great handling, zero mechanical issues. Dealer and aftermarket support anywhere in the world. Basically a bike that does everything well. Sure did fine in Canada


Then there's my other bike


The Victory Sport Cruiser. Only 500 of them were made 12 yars ago when Polaris was just learning the motorcycle business. Zero dealer support, heck they don't even know what it is. No aftermarket support, barely any dealers in the US, none in Mexico. Heavy, and feels heavier, eats rear tires every 3k miles, basically, a bike that excells at nothing, but i does look cool. I have reached a fork in the road and I look at the licence plate on the Victory

The Road Less Traveled! The Victory it is!

Since I hadn't ridden the bike for a year since I got the Wee, I bought a new battery, changed the oil and checked the air in the tires, replaced the unbearably loud D&D slipon with a merely annoyingly loud Victory carbon fibre one, heading to Nashville tomorrow.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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This is gonna be good .love the attitude.good bikes good buds = good times .
Win win win .lots of pics please for us vicarious armchair warriors.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:08 AM   #3
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Yea, good stuff
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:28 AM   #4
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Getting ready to head out to Nashvile tonight should be there Monday. I'll reregister the bike and throw the bags, tent, and extra tires on it and set out.

I would like to share my route here but I'm not sure how to do that. It's in a GPX format right now so if anyone can send me somewhere that I can put it on Google maps or some other format that I can post it her with, that would be great.

As for photos I am going to pick up a point and shoot camera when I get to Nashville, so far I'm using the phone which will limit quality. Any suggestions for a cheap (Itend to loose them) camera that takes above average photos would be helpful as well


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Old 05-12-2013, 07:18 AM   #5
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Hey Mitch,
Have a great trip and above all; when you get to Orange County avoid all right turns......
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:40 AM   #6
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Hola Mr Mitch,
So go ahead and post the .gpx file and I or one of the bazillion inmates will surely create a nice map or two for you to post. I find Garmin Base Camp to be pretty easy and there are some guys who post here who are absolute GURU's. ( I'm a green pea)
For a camera stick with a Nikon, very good lenses and they're readily available for a couple hun, and some now have wi-fi though you might end up finding that feature unnecessary for the $$
Also I live near LA and it would be fun to meet you and your Hebrew Biker Gang!
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:45 AM   #7
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Hi Mitch.

So typical you: taking the road less traveled and the bike less reliable.

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Old 05-14-2013, 09:41 AM   #8
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Left Brooklyn Sunday in the truck and I'm now at a truck stop outside Knoxville, TN, unfortunately the trip was more eventfull than anticipated.

Every time I've done this route I fill up in Jersey City and make it to the Flying J at the first exit in Virginia on I81. this time I ran out of fuel 4 miles before the exit! The reason i pushed it to get to that station is that Flying J and Pilot give you half a shower credit for every 25 gallons of fuel. other chains only give a full credit for 50 gallons and my truck only holds 32 gallons. I figured I'd need some showers on the trip especially if I stealth camped.

This was at 10pm and the State of West Va help truck came by and took me to the station to get 5 gallons of fuel. I put it in but the truck refused to start. The Help guy called a truck mechanic who charged $85 per hour to come figure out what was wrong. i'm more of a mechanic than this guy, but not as good a scammer! After 4 hours of dicking around he said my high pressure oil pump was shot and he could call a tow truck for me. After I paid hin $360 he left with a smile on his face. Tow truck took me 1/4 mile to the exit which had a diesel repair shop , another $125 and it's 3 am. When they open I tell my story and the guy says hell get me going in 5 minutes! He opens my fuel filter, puts a cup of diesel in it, tells me to start it, starts right up, blows black smoke for 30 seconds and smooths out.

Went on the the flying J and filled up 28 gallons and got my 1/2 shower credit, a $5 value. At the Flying J I saw a couple of guys standing by a V-Strom so I went over to say hello. Seems it was a sale transacton between 2 inmates from a post in the Flea Market. Sorry, forgot the user names, but if you see this, say hey.

Should be on 2 wheels day after tomorrow.

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Old 05-14-2013, 09:54 AM   #9
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Hola Mr Mitch,
So go ahead and post the .gpx file and I or one of the bazillion inmates will surely create a nice map or two for you to post. I find Garmin Base Camp to be pretty easy and there are some guys who post here who are absolute GURU's. ( I'm a green pea)
For a camera stick with a Nikon, very good lenses and they're readily available for a couple hun, and some now have wi-fi though you might end up finding that feature unnecessary for the $$
Also I live near LA and it would be fun to meet you and your Hebrew Biker Gang!
Cheers
How do I post the GPX file? There doesn't seem to be a way to attach it.

The "Ride2Remember" event is in Santa Ana at The Holiday Inn at the Orange county Airport between 5/30-6/2 so come by and say hi.

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Old 05-14-2013, 10:13 AM   #10
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Sorry to hear about your truck problems, $85 DOLLARS AN HOUR??? OY VAY!!

I feel your pain, lol, but glad the truck is now running, looking forward to following this thread, and seeing your pics.

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Old 05-14-2013, 10:18 AM   #11
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:29 AM   #12
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From one bike riding Yid to another, have a safe trip.

Another buddy of mine from the tribe use to have a plate that read: 1JOB which stood for One Jew On Bike.

Ride Safe and post up. I will be following along vicariously.

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Old 05-14-2013, 10:44 AM   #13
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When they open I tell my story and the guy says hell get me going in 5 minutes! He opens my fuel filter, puts a cup of diesel in it, tells me to start it, starts right up, blows black smoke for 30 seconds and smooths out.
Never fun running a diesel out of fuel. But if you run into that scenario again, you can crack an injector line or 2 open slightly, crank a bit to get the air out and get the pump reprimed, tighten the injector lines back up and the truck should fire up. Worst case might have to repeat. Granted filling the filter may be easier depending on the truck...
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:57 AM   #14
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:05 PM   #15
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I'm looking forward to the trip report!
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