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Everything posted by Earache

  1. 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.
  2. I'll guess a Super Tenere'
  3. Volunteering - I don't have any knees left to ride bicycles <gg>. Might ride out to Pelotonia and ride to Tennessee after that on the way home.
  4. I'm not that bored. Probably not gonna be back east until next year for Pelotonia - at least that's the plan.
  5. I have never been this bored in my entire adult life.
  6. Yup - pick a date and destination and let's go. I need to score a new bike this Spring and will be ready to ride a bit after that. Anyone else wanna go?
  7. Yes . Both bikes pull up, hand over the pass and two ID;'s and you're both in. As are the passengers - if any -on your bikes. I've used it this way for 9 years with no issues at all. Canyonlands Park Ranger told me to do it this way. Mt. Evans Ranger let 5 bikes in on my pass once (late in the day).
  8. Here's the back side fo the current pass showing the places for two pass holder signatures (I deleted the sigs on mine)
  9. There are two spaces for names and signatures on the back o fthe card. Each one of you can sign it and produce two ID's that match the names and signatures and you're in. This has worked at every National Park that I've been to without exception.
  10. One annual pass will work for two bikes. There are two signature / name blanks on each pass, so it'll only cost ya $40 each. The annual pass isn't supposed to go up in price - but you could buy one now just to be sure. They will also give you a sticker for bikes so you don't have to fumble aroudn with your pass in your wallet, but you have to ask for the sticker.
  11. I think you'd be surprised what you can do with a minimum amount of tools. Could always borrow some tools to help you complete a project.
  12. Wasn't finished yet - duct tape to keep the razor blade edges from slicing your pants. Leg isn't welded on either in this pic. We used leather patches on the corners and polished the entire this eventually....
  13. ^ This! There's no end to whiners about whatever it is you make. Can't do it themselves, but they tell you how to do. I started making furniture full time a few years ago. Started out making some stuff for a local interior design firm and was amazed at the cash I could get for simple shit. Bikes parts take forever to make and I don't get shit for them. I can do a dining table in 3 days and get $3,500 for it. So now I'm a furniture designer <gg>. Just wish bike parts apid more as I'd rather make them. Some stuff I made...
  14. Did a few fuel cells as well but these were made to Iron Butt Association requirements and were specific to each bike - as they were only allowed to carry around 11.5 gallons at the time. Had internal baffles welded in, tip over valves, electrical grounding block, etc. Powdercaoted this one to match a bike - ugly as shit. Usually powdered them black. I used Summit Racing car fuel cells and cut them open to add baffles and reduce them in size. It was cheaper to buy from them than to buy aluminum sheet stock and completely make my own. Plus, I got the fittings with them , etc.
  15. And the infamous camera tower for Kevin Schwantz Racing School...
  16. I used to make all sorts of crap for bikes; rearsets, bar ends, luggage racks, valve racks.....
  17. Never met the man, but I do wish the best for Jerry. No negative waves, man!
  18. I totally get the "ride across the country" thing. I rode to California from Indiana about 8 times and did Colorado / Utah another 8-9 times. I only trailered once as my wife wanted to go along and didn't want to ride across the boring parts. Hate to admit, but she was right. Still think the biggest advantage is that you spend more of your valuable riding time in areas that are worth a shit and not crossing the flats of Kansas in 100F+ heat and cops every 8 miles, searching for non-existant fuel every 200 miles and getting a sore ass in the process. Ride there once to get it outta yo
  19. I've ridden the midwest to the west coast more times than I care to remember. Given a 10 day vacation, 4 days are spent on the slab just going as fast as you can. In a truck, with two drivers, Ohio to Colorado can be done in an easy day. Last week we did Zanesville to Black Hawk in about 18 hours with no problem. not even trying hard. On bike, it can be done as well - but you're too tired for a day or so after that to do much. Truck / trailering makes a lot more sense. It's almost cheaper, easier on your body, saves hotel room expense for two nights, etc.
  20. I have loads of room for trucks and trailers here at the house - better off trailering out. Crossing Kansas /Eastern Colorado sucks all sorts of balls. The house is right in the middle fo the good riding areas = great place to start and end your rides.
  21. We need to do an OR Rides the Rockies event next summer - a mixture of on and off road riding,
  22. Cool thing about Colorado is that the cops and locals don't hassle dirt bikes at all. My bike isn't exactly street legal - just has a headlight and a tail light and a worthless mirror - but cops don't give you a second look. Little towns liek having the additional tourist money, too.
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