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  1. As some of you know, I’ve been pretty distance on the forum over the last year or so. I sold my bikes, got married and this week I became a parent for the first time. Life has been hectic but hopefully 2021 i will be fortunate enough to get back into riding, back the way my riding began. Southeast Ohio day rides. I don’t see much long travels in the near future. Anyways, here is my new baby girl Karlie...
    12 points
  2. Hey all. I'm planning to host at least one group ride a month next season. These rides will be very beginner friendly, but not at all boring. There are roads around here that are low traffic, decent pavement and good signage and sightlines. These are the roads upon which I built my fundamentals. I was privi to some very cool riders that were more than happy to offer help and correct mistakes before they became muscle memory. I still ride with a couple of these riders fifteen years later and we still have a great time. I want to invite you to that brotherhood. I am grateful for the friendships I have with these folks and the folks I have met on this board. I know we seem to be at each others throats this season. I am certainly in the camp of brown crayon mouth and letting shit get to me that I cannot control. No good ever comes from trying to bend the will of natural law. It's been a long, hard 6 months for me. For perspective, I rode almost 20k miles last season and even a couple work trips were taken on my Voyager. This year? Maybe a couple thousand? I have noticed the lack of time in my helmet equals less time for me to decompress and work shit out. My brain gets cramped with minutia and other people's bullshit. I enjoy life a little less. I am less grateful for what I have. I lose myself for too long. Riding is the treatment for what ails me. It forces me to focus on right now. Right here. If I blew a corner, I have to let it go. I can't think about the next corner, either. I have one two seconds from now that requires all of my focus. The only thing that matters when I am in "zoom" mode, is the here and now of Pauly's life. No distractions. I said that so I could say this.. I know three kind of new riders. The first rider is the one looking to become a better motorcyclist. They want to enjoy the sport. These are teachable riders. The slightly less teachable riders are the riders that can't check themselves and those that refuse to push themselves. All of these rider styles are welcome on these rides. I bet the title to my bike that I know something you don't that can change riding for you in a positive way. These rides will be focused on the new riders. They will be tailored to suit your comfort level so you can focus on fundamentals of street riding. If you wish to discuss your particular trouble areas before that day, feel free to PM me and we can chat about it. Whatever makes you more comfortable and able to focus on the task at hand. Riding changed my life for the better. I would like to help you along the same journey to being alone in your helmet. Disclaimer: The racetrack is the ideal environment to learn the fundamentals of street riding. I plan to ride this Monday. I am extending this invite to everyone, but take note that if a new rider RSVPs, the ride will be tailored to that rider. Feel free to PM me and RSVP in private, too. I am cool with whatever makes you less apprehensive. I am also willing to meet you where you are comfortable riding to, within the NEO limits. I can't be riding to Columbus or Dayton. Maybe someone from that region will start their own rides. Groups will be small, though. Large group rides are distracting enough for veteran riders. These are rides that can be done comfortably in jeans, boots, jacket, glove and a helmet. No land speed records are being set. Just a nice ride across some tasty curves to preferably somewhere not disgusting to have lunch, and back on the road for the home stretch. Nothing fancy. No bait and switch, either. I can guarantee no matter how fast the rest of the riders go, I will stay at your pace for as long as you feel comfortable. This has been a problem in the past and I feel too many new riders are left out due to one reason or another. I can't promise great weather, but I can promise crooked roads, tasty food and a relaxed pace. Lastly, as long as the doctors are recommending masks, I will be wearing one. You can do whatever you want, but please be courteous and respectful to me and other riders. Also, this is a ride. It is not a Biden/Trump death match and politics are verboten. I get enough of myself and the rest of you online. I do not care who you vote for. I care that you want to ride bikes. I hope to see you outside next season.
    12 points
  3. We swapped bikes for a short bit on Monday. Before we took off he asked if I was prepared to spend $20k on a bike. I wasn't, but that ended up being irrelevant, because I spent the next 3 days searching for one. He and I zoomed to Nielsen Motorsports in Lake Villa, Illinois Friday night. We spooned all night, had Starbucks for breakfast and zoomed to the dealership Saturday when they opened. It was ready to roll, except for the system update Jim was prepared to install for me, but they jumped on it with the quickness. I got my tutorial from the salesman and some more pertinent pointers from Jim. Rode it 445 miles home yesterday and put another couple hundred on it today. It just keeps getting better. If you are in the market for a sport touring mount, then go look at one of these. Ride one before you write it off. This bike is incredibly nimble and can be pushed hard all day with little fatigue. It takes everything I can throw at it and just eats miles at speed with ease. The brakes are awesome. Six-piston front calipers and 320mm dual discs stop this thing in its tracks. The new front end is the shining star of the bike, but the flat-6 and delicious exhaust note are nice touch. Also, Honda is offering .9%/60 month financing on leftover 2018 models for the rest of this month. That made the decision a little easier for me.
    11 points
  4. Day 1 Left this morning at 7AM and arrived in Marion, VA at 6:30PM 512 miles later.
    9 points
  5. Day 2 included The Snake, BRP, Diamondback, Devil’s Whip and Tail only 416 miles today. Tory’s favorite was Diamondback. Her comment was we owned that road.
    9 points
  6. Took mine for a little 1900 mile stroll this weekend.
    8 points
  7. Engine guard supports. Fancy folding mirrors that I am not 100% sure are making the cut. Final drive breather relocated in higher position. With a little luck, I will not slide it down a mountain face only to have it crammed up my ass at the bottom.
    8 points
  8. ok boys I had to post it as im super happy.... Last fall I yard sale'd my bike counterclockwise at Grattan during a WERA race. the Covid made getting parts a bit difficult at first but here she is in 99%of her glory... -Decals by Pop Shadow Decals -Bodywork and paint by MotoXpRicambi everything else was sourced as I normally had them. vortex, renthal, driven, woodcraft, Penske , GP suspension and misc other goodies.. still a pump gas 126hp at the rear monster SuperStock motor Still have to get the wheels Powder coated to the same neon flouro orange and some misc decals and new seat pad Everything off that was broken
    8 points
  9. Casinos have a system where you can be banned if you have a gambling problem. I wonder if there is something similar for motorcycle dealers.
    7 points
  10. Day 3 We ran a version of Tonik’s route today. We had a little bit of rain, but nothing too serious. Definitely beat on the Concours today and made a CBR style run on the skyway once we hit dry pavement. Definitely the best day of the trip, 437miles.
    7 points
  11. Took the Concours out for 400 plus miles today. I’m definitely getting comfortable with the big girl. Dragging the left peg was an eye opener.
    7 points
  12. I too have stepped up my game.
    7 points
  13. We took they kids out for a quick ride today. KTM is still being broke in.
    7 points
  14. I took my usual route down to Zanesville and headed out 146. Jumped on 284 south, it was in bad shape from mowing and storm debris, plus a lot of gravel. Took 78 to 536 south. The first 2/3rds of 536 was nice, after that there were two spots that were one lane from construction. Stopped at the locks in Hannibal and then headed north on 800. 350 miles for the day. The bike turned over 95,000 miles today.
    7 points
  15. I just want to take a moment to thank @TimTheAzn and @Jester_ for pulling into track days after nearly 9 -10 yrs since last track day. Without tim making the day easy to sign up and join etc i would never have been able to join. Whats with these asian guys helping you to make your first track day easy - must be a culture thing. Hi ... How you doing.... let’s go for a track day ? ( @jbot ) Last year end on a cold fall day got to do one in PIRC. Wanted to do one more with you guys before i left But i couldnt. But i really enjoyed the day, less stressful and lot of fun all because you guys and big timmy and others where there. And i went ahead and did one more this summer here in NC and just wanted to share a brief write up. Even for this one, tim made it easy by arranging sign up all the way from ohio short review of track day day I did before the blistering summer heat started. This first para for who ever dont want to read big wall of text: I will never be a track junkie , will always enjoy street ride. I don’t have the competitive edge or aggressiveness or the desire for high velocity straights, but corners.... man corners I love them. And the big difference is i think i will slow way down in the streets and enjoy the destination and travel and leave the speed and adrenaline to the track where it was safer. Is track costly, repetitive and boring for a street touring fan, yes if you look at it that way. But if you look at it in a way where you pay speeding ticket money up front for a max speed licence and pushing your limit with as much protection as possible. Exorcism of your speed demon in a chapel meant for it. Big win long version The track : NCCar is all about smooth flat rounded ones. There are tricky ones like double apex decreasing ones and my favorite an almost 360 non stop circle. A very high horse power liter bike friendly track. Covid difference: I can almost say this was perfect place to be for a covid time entertainment. every one is restricted to their own individual canopy spaced at least 10 feets apart and carrying your own food. The rider meeting was open space short and spread out. Few including me still wore a mask and plus the quintessential funny look due to that from few. Otherwise there is never a moment where you interact or have contact with others, except the bathrooms where you have to be careful. The rider: The bike handled so beautifully that after couple warm up session I am literally passing everyone in novice without even trying. Esp on the outside of the long 360. (the only place where they allowed corner passing) Destroyed the pucks by the end of the day, again remember I am no track junkie and this technically first track day in a year and first time in this track in this bike. Still the bike gave me so much confidence and it’s so fluid. Body position is difficult compared to full sports bike but manageable. Race tuck and straight ways I will need suspension adjusted for me and a heavy oil mod for steering dampener. A set of adjustable rear set might help, I was able to improve my bad habit of toes sticking out a bit by the end of the day still not 100% confident in these rubber pegs and still dragging end of toe sliders. The bike: Tires full grip from power cup2 front and Michelin GP rear. Pics of the tires at the end of the day attached. Ran a higher cold pressure of 31 33 and it still gripped well and didn’t get destroyed. No mechanical issue, heating never went above 4 bars. The small screen definitely helps me. Brakes never faded but I hardly used it except for the long straights. But thats mainly due to the track layout. Everywhere else it was almost throttle play to keep it smooth. QS works best in this high speed high rpm Environment. Flips through the corners Easy, transition in S turns is a breeze, late brake into corners inside other high power bike and still no panic and can make the corner without running wide. All in all, makes it enjoyable and not intimidating to do a track day. Logistics: just a short word on this, bike is so light that this is the first bike I felt comfortable loading on to the back of truck. Very easy to just push it around and work with it. At the end of the day when your dead tired this was quite helpful. Final verdict: this bike just went from 10/10 in my favorite list to 11/10. it made me love something I never thought I would like, ... track days. Now I am kind of hooked. Definitely this bike made it a very enjoyable experience. Will be making at least a handful of track days if schedule and budget allows.
    7 points
  16. took my race bike from oh no to oh yo! still more to do but yeeees!
    7 points
  17. @redbarron77 has all the images. Gist of my understanding of ORdN. Don't use real names or call people by them Leg hump until the girl leaves or toughens up... or Stay in the kitchen until given a pass Go 1.80 on the highway doing a wheelie and flipping the bird It's Dads fault All sales are GLWS LBTS No thread is permitted to stay on topic Hookers and blow Gen got peni and left CBR girl requested a few to leave... And they are gone If your ex-boyfriend has your bike, don't play with midgets First one to pass out gets the hotdog photo .... There are more rules but this will get you started... Last one... Nothing is to be taken serious on the internet ORdN will protect, help and share all they can in real life to help someone... They are all a little soft on the inside...
    7 points
  18. Follow up CT scan today. All clear. Now switching to 6 month scans.
    7 points
  19. Stickers are from the fairing's original owner. Haven't gotten around to taking them off yet. To his credit he did an actual GYTR build... dang crazy money spent. This isn't 100% finished, I want to do something with the belly pan and probably the sides. Nothing major but some sort of color that follows the angle of the subframe/tail section.
    7 points
  20. Some photos from the Tail photographers
    6 points
  21. Busted out of Hocking Hills at 9am in a NE direction on curvy back roads with little traffic. Slipped under New Lexington on secondary roads while turning more north passing Crooksville and Roseville turning up to the river crossing at Philo then thru Chandlersville to our coffee stop in New Concord (Chapmans Coffee). Fueled up and headed south on 83 picking up 313 east around Senecaville Lake to 800 south thru Woodsfield jumping on 255 to our lunch spot in Sardis, Marv’s place. To our surprise it was closed. The man living next door stated that they closed last week, unable to find workers. So hungry and disappointed we jammed down the shoreline to FLY, (Riverview Diner) Lunch sucked but we were at the Ferry so across the river into Sisterville for a trip back north to the bridge at New Martinsville/Hannibal. After crossing back into Ohio we jumped on 536 to 78 and Blasted 78 home to the HOCK. Just under 300miles for the day of great asphalt roads and very little traffic.
    6 points
  22. Got to ride Nelsons last weekend and not work or coach. Was able to work on my own riding which was nice. Rode the Friday twilight and Saturday. Got a lot of open track.
    6 points
  23. Rode with @Likwid for a few miles today. Ran into a slew of OR.net miscreants in New Concord. Zoomed past my crash site and came across a white tractor hauling a tanker trailer. Kind of creepy but at least it didn't hit me. Had a pork sundae in Bolivar with Matt and then scurried home before the rest of society rolled out of bed.
    6 points
  24. So last night as we were leaving Coal Smokehouse I pointed to this really shitty Econolodge and said that's our hotel. Wife was not happy, and I don't balme her. Went one exit north to our real hotel....couple hours later @2talltim checks in on Facebook...at the Econolodge.
    6 points
  25. Not my bike but the bike I’m riding to the gap Thursday. Getting everything looked over to make sure it’s ready. Dad and I are riding down and meeting my wife and mother for a long weekend at Gatlinburg, but we’re gonna ride for a little bit.
    6 points
  26. Made it back from WVA.&VA. Loop visiting old friends from time gone by. Cold and fog the first day but two day's of warm curvy back roads. 621miles. Moto-Mac https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsBAaDfZkbxULiV3c5MohnA/videos?view=0&sort=da&flow=grid
    6 points
  27. Similar ride to @Pauly... Left around 7:15 am to meet the rest of the crew in Canton at depart by 8:30. Definitely chilly this morning, makes me want to get done heated great. Headed down to 751/93/83 to the muskie bucket. Took 78/377/555/676 into Marrietta. Had lunch at Arby's took 26/260/565/145 then cut through a back road to 78/379/147/800 the bolted up 800/799/250/646/212/77 and back home. Got home at 7 pm with 458 miles.
    6 points
  28. Rode it 360+ miles at a sane-ish pace. Took 76W to Lodi and picked up 83/78/377/550/26/260/800 and 77N to the house. Left the house with a full tank and didn't see my low fuel warning until Barnesville. I did stop in McConnelsville for water and a Snickers. Saw 92 degrees on the dash at one point. Was a warm one but glad to be back in the game. Time for Skyway and ice cream.
    6 points
  29. Giving the BMW some love. Driveshaft had a very slight bit of surface rust on two u-joint caps, but the splines looked good and well greased. I wiped down the driveshaft and fogged the housing with WD-40. Hopefully that will help with condensation. I flush and filled the final drive and inspected the drain magnet. Everything looks in order out back. I will have street rubber mounted next week. Time to shake off that crash and get back on my high horse.
    6 points
  30. Jesus man, they murdered police officers, planted pipe bombs, tried to over throw the election results and thus over throw the legitimate president elect. So yea, they are terrorists by any sane definition of the word. Textbook definition.
    6 points
  31. 48 hours and this thread isn't on page 8 of comments yet. I miss the old OR
    6 points
  32. Picked up a 2009 Concours today. Less than 7600 miles on it. Rode it like 30 miles. Definitely a different feel than the CBR. It will take some getting used to. I’m guessing it’ll slow me down a bit. It doesn’t seem to beg to be ridden faster like the CBR does. It will scoot, however, if you want it to. Runs up to triple digits right quick. It’s definitely more comfortable, especially with a passenger. My daughter went with me to get the bike and test rode it with me. She was way more comfortable as a passenger as well. I hope I can get her mother to ride with me too.
    6 points
  33. 743 miles for the first 2 days. Rode the Rattler and NC 215. Planning on doing the northern Georgia run tomorrow. At the the San Ran in Robbinsville for the next 2 nights.
    6 points
  34. Wish you had told me that sooner. I just spent today riding WV with him. I could have beat his ass or something if I had known.
    6 points
  35. 266K "possible" cases and only 1 confirmed death. Still safer than going to Portland for the protests (cough, riots). 😁
    6 points
  36. 6 points
  37. Anyone that can't take the heat should stay on reddit where they belong. Not everything needs to pander to the least common denominator. I am tired of accommodating people I do not know that feel I owe them something. The door swings both ways. Suit up, throw a leg over.. or piss off.
    6 points
  38. Instead of fighting the trolls, I made them mods. 😂
    6 points
  39. How about not locking the thread in the first place. Who in the hell posts here thinking that any thread will stay on topic let alone complain that it hasn't. That's some baby bullshit and coddled by an overactive moderator.
    6 points
  40. Wish I could grow up, but the CBR is still my kind of motorcycle. It slices corners and accelerates like no other. It puts a smile on my face from ear to ear. It still runs like a champ with nearly 60,000 miles.
    5 points
  41. Do I have to listen to that music at fuel stop?
    5 points
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