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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. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. I too have stepped up my game.
    7 points
  12. We took they kids out for a quick ride today. KTM is still being broke in.
    7 points
  13. Some photos from the Tail photographers
    6 points
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 48 hours and this thread isn't on page 8 of comments yet. I miss the old OR
    6 points
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 266K "possible" cases and only 1 confirmed death. Still safer than going to Portland for the protests (cough, riots). 😁
    6 points
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  30. Hello to all the guys and snot Long time no see, I did not make a guess bike thread but still tonic manages to skewer me some how haha. Quite obvious from the age of this thread busa has been a life long dream of mine. Something weird about Indians overall I guess, we like MJ, hayabusa and Arnold ‘sausenager’ , from very young age always liked the busa and finally pulled the trigger to get one once it came packed with safety net electronics. stylistically, statistically, economically, common sense wise this bike doesn’t make any sense at all for me and my type of riding. But May be exactly the antidote I need to behave as I don’t like straight line speed and enjoy faster cornering. Busa is build opposite to that. But I look at it as a lesser weight gold wing for my size, hefty long low plush suspension wind protection, low rpm highway mile munching, less comfortable but can be tweaked and not as horrible as a cruiser in handling. The weird irony of this is buying one fo the most powerful heavy bike to go slow is hard to explain, esp to ones wife. Don’t know I been seeing a lot of 🤦🏽‍♂️ When I talk about it lately haha this bike I will be keeping for long time since I bought new, full msrp and fluff fees and what not always bought gently used bikes and sold without much financial hit, this one I have to keep it… good thing I am loving it so far. @durk it was not me there, wish I could have made it to say hi to you. Next week if opportunities arise I might try to swing by dragon area and meet @Blitz @2talltim just have to get this bike to turn enough to get there in one piece 🤣 hopefully get to meet you all some day some where. May be in august I am trying to see if I can swing by Ohio one weekend for a ride. My be we can do an epic ride with all 15 or so remaining active members quintessential pictures. You guys know I love to take pictures and share.
    5 points
  31. Don't get on OR too much anymore, but do check in once in awhile. Hope you're all doing well. Got out for a ride around the neighborhood this week between snow storms. Can't go too far as the Passes aren't open yet but have some good rides close by. I'll try to post some more rides later in the summer.
    5 points
  32. Ordered a pair of Clearwater driving lights and a LED tail/brake light. I also ordered Dynamic Motorrad LED turn signal bulbs. Hoping to provide some proactive visibility to the BMW. I still think it was cheap on the part of zee Germans to not build the bike with LED signals from the factory, but what can you do? @RidersDiscount hooked me up with fresh Alpinestars Drystar jacket, pants and gloves and a new Arai XD4. I also have a Tech-Air 5 vest coming directly from Alpinestars. I am hopeful to be back on the road soon.
    5 points
  33. Not so much a bike thing, but I remedied my tool storage situation. I have been wrenching out of milk crates long enough.
    5 points
  34. 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
  35. Picked up a new bike for the stable. Presented it to my wife on her birthday today. Going to try and get her back on Two wheels and off the Spyder for some lite Forrest service road ADV riding. If she takes the bate I will buy another and build the shit out of it for me. Two Monkey will fit in the back of the truck and pull the camper to parts unknown.
    5 points
  36. It is very much worth it, one of the better riding area's around. I would suggest you get to Marietta and pick up 16 just south of it in WV and follow 16 all the way down. The whole thing is very epic, one of mine and everyone else here's favorite routes. At the very least you MUST pick up 16 in Beckley and ride it down to Virginia. https://goo.gl/maps/YRMAp7Wb3sqsVjWF6 No idea how much time you have but from Marion VA it is a not too far hop South West to Shady Valley and 'The Snake'. Not as epic as Back of the Dragon but a good run and lots of nice roads that will get you there. Keep asking questions, there are a lot of us here that ride that area a lot.
    5 points
  37. Isn't this what the previous president was doing? He was the biggest disruptor of the two party system there's been in a long time...There's no way to get into Washington if you're not on one of the big party tickets, however he broke through riding on the conservative ticket and disrupted all of Washington. If people could get past the hatred of the man and look at all the dirt he uncovered, the media bias, the political corruption... Most of what's been discussed in this thread is the direction we were moving, but the hate for one man over shadowed all of that. People don't like change even though that what they're crying for.
    5 points
  38. Been saying it for a while.. America is chock full o' stupid. Faith and feelings outweigh science and fact in celebratory ignorance as we dance to our own demise. And sorry if anyone disagrees, but they fit the FBI's definition if terrorism. I do feel sorry for the really dumb ones that were caught up in the romance of it all, but my dad used to tell me that the company I keep is a reflection of my own morals and to be careful who I associate with.
    5 points
  39. Recently stumbled on a leftover 2017 KTM 250 exc-f at a local dealer. Had to make it come home with me.
    5 points
  40. Thanks guys for the info. My father in law has 20 year old info from his experience too but thought it was mostly about checking replacement parts, receipts, and Vins. Didn’t think it involved a safety inspection. I’ve searched here a bit and it seems to go back and forth between the two. Feel like it depends who u get to inspect that day. I’ll keep every receipt I can muster because that seems to help. It’s very clean and other than the rear turn signal/brake unit I think I’m ok. Id rather not get back into the wiring to revert back to stock because: 1.) Although I’m a vintage guy and like to keep things stock these LED lights are MUCH brighter and probably safer. 2.) Ducati’s are historically known(at least the older ones) as not being that exceptional in the electrical department. It currently works, and I’d rather not tempt the Italian gremlins! I suppose a pic is an order. Here’s a dreary November pic from a quick test ride down to the Mohican covered bridge area. Good cornering restraint test ride! Thanks for your help!
    5 points
  41. I mounted my Snow Tire this AM. Heading down the Smokey Mountain 1000 track to do three days of riding in dem-dar-hills.
    5 points
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