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Old 09-02-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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Labor Day Weekend 2014 592 miles of back roads in Maine

So this labor day I decided to get the hell out of Portland and visit some friends. It was the Owl's Head Transportation Museum's Vintage Motorbike Rally, a lady I am dating was inviting me to her camp in Mt. Vernon, my uncle and friends were at their camp in East Hancock, 30 miles into the brush, and I had an itch to adventure.

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Ron and his chainsawed seat and passenger bear (he's a chainsaw carver by trade) - 1974 BMW R90/6
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:57 PM   #2
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:00 PM   #3
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Getting ready to head to Mt. Vernon, camping on Kimball Pond, with 8 miles of dirt access roads to get in/out.
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I got a bit inebriated and LOST MY KEYS that night. After two hours of searching with a hangover Sunday morning, I decided to cut the harness and hot wire my bike, due to being inaccessible for a tow truck/locksmith, and I wanted to continue with my adventure!
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:03 PM   #4
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200 miles and 4 hours later, I veered off pavement onto the Alligator Road in Great Pond, Maine; just NE of Amherst. 25-30 miles of dirt track ensued, resulting in the final bit of shock fluid to leak out of my already blown rear (OEM original) monoshock. Handling the bumps, dirt, bike and gear on street metzlers and a springy rear end resulted in some pretty tricky skills :0) Name:  studmill1.jpg
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I beat the rain into camp by only a half hour :0)
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:06 PM   #5
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Leaving camp, I tallied 592 miles, 70 of which were off-road access road, 50 of which were highway, and the remainder were state routes and back roads. 67 towns/townships and three days of solo adventuring.

The new shock will arrive on Friday, and I have a choice between a shinko tourmaster 230 or a shinko trailmaster for the rear tire in my closet. I'm leaning more towards the off-road tires every day. Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail are looking good in two weeks!
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:10 PM   #6
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Riding out of Kimball Pond, Mt. Vernon, ME with a hotwired R80!
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:16 PM   #7
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:24 PM   #8
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Great start. Looking forward to more.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:29 PM   #9
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Unfortunately I didn't stop too often to snap photos. The 85 Mono handled the dirt well, even with tire pressure at highway PSI (I didn't bring a pump) and the rear shock needing to be replaced.

The Progressive 462 shock is in the mail, and I'm pondering putting progressive front springs with gaiters over my fork tubes at the same time. I just installed heated hand grips (Bike Master) on Friday; a blessing on Saturday morning's 7:30 start on the highway with temps < 60*F.
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