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The Fat Guy 24 June 2018 01:13

I went out tonight and rode for the first time at night. I did pretty good, I went about 150 miles. I rode from 2000 until about 2245. I am thinking maybe some clear goggles? Also bought a full face helmet (Bell Bullit)

hawkdrver 24 June 2018 02:10

Do the assless chaps come with the Harley, or do you have to buy those separately? :biggrin:

Cool that you're doing a lot of riding. I've had mine out a lot this summer after a couple of seasons off, didn't realize how much I missed it until I got on the road the first time.

Never been much of a Harley guy, but have been scheming on a Royal Enfield, because apparently I don't have enough internal combustion engines in my life.

The Fat Guy 24 June 2018 09:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by hawkdrver (Post 1058732579)
Do the assless chaps come with the Harley, or do you have to buy those separately? :biggrin:

Cool that you're doing a lot of riding. I've had mine out a lot this summer after a couple of seasons off, didn't realize how much I missed it until I got on the road the first time.

Never been much of a Harley guy, but have been scheming on a Royal Enfield, because apparently I don't have enough internal combustion engines in my life.

I bought them from Hot Mess, had them sanitized before I wore them. Its kinds hot right now for them, though. What's a Royal Enfield?

The Fat Guy 24 June 2018 09:47

Quote:

Originally Posted by KidA (Post 1058729791)
Group rides: Don't do them.

If you have to do them/want to do them for a cause: stay in the back and keep distance until you have miles and miles under your butt not only alone, but also in the back of the group ride pack.

The bad thing about people who do a lot of group rides is they sometimes get the mentality that everyone in the group can ride as good (as bad?) as they do so they may assume you are keeping a tight line when you aren't, etc, etc. It's like a NASCAR race, almost all the time everyone can read and understand exactly what everyone else is doing and is going to do at 170mph mere inches from each other. Then there's that one time someone does something unexpected....

The Harley Owners Group has rides specifically for New Riders. I missed one yesterday, but that's my plan to start.

CAP MARINE 24 June 2018 10:28

Royal Enfield
A rifle? :wink

hawkdrver 24 June 2018 14:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Fat Guy (Post 1058732595)
What's a Royal Enfield?

Royal Enfield

https://i.imgur.com/MzljFcX.jpg?1

The original British company went out of business but the Indians still manufacture them on license. Unfortunately you can't import them because they are super cheap there, but as of a couple years ago there is a US headquarters in Milwaukee.

I have absolutely no need for one so I'll post pictures when I decide which one I'm getting.

Quote:

Originally Posted by CAP MARINE (Post 1058732600)
Royal Enfield
A rifle? :wink

You know it. Company motto:

https://i.imgur.com/ZJG6Sae.jpg?2

CAP MARINE 24 June 2018 14:39

Nice bike
Indian is coming out with street legal FTR1200!not sure exactly what that entails?
My Scout 60 does me just fine.

CDRODA396 24 June 2018 15:18

The Royal Enfield Himalayan made for the US is supposed to be a very capable "Adventure Bike" (on/off road) despite its rather low horsepower. Apparently, the made for India models were not well received due to poor build quality, and they decided to fix this before they released them in the US. They are available in the US since earlier this year through about 80 dealers nationwide and have some pretty good reviews on advrider.xxx Several owners in Australia also reviewed the bike positively. I really like the "retro" look of the bike, and the price is great, if the bike turns out to be as durable as claimed.

hawkdrver 24 June 2018 21:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by CDRODA396 (Post 1058732625)
The Royal Enfield Himalayan made for the US is supposed to be a very capable "Adventure Bike" (on/off road) despite its rather low horsepower. Apparently, the made for India models were not well received due to poor build quality, and they decided to fix this before they released them in the US. They are available in the US since earlier this year through about 80 dealers nationwide and have some pretty good reviews on advrider.xxx Several owners in Australia also reviewed the bike positively. I really like the "retro" look of the bike, and the price is great, if the bike turns out to be as durable as claimed.

I haven't done a lot of research on the models available in India and Nepal other than I see them everywhere, they're cheap and apparently impossible to import, but the Asian market quality issue isn't surprising. From what I've seen, the models available in the US are reasonable enough that it wouldn't be worth the effort to try to import one anyway.

Another one I've thought about occasionally is a Ural, with or without sidecar.

I won't get into some of the other shit I have in my garage. I own a lot of .45 GAP but in motorized vehicles.

Hoepoe 24 June 2018 23:54

The Himalayan is the same model in all markets; simply it was released in India first, and then, after fixes, released to the rest of the world. A new Himalayan in India is the same bike as in US and EU. Traditionally, the differences between markets is in the exhaust emissions.

Dark Helmet 3 July 2018 21:33

Meanwhile, at TFG's ranch....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS01nVTDKuE

KidA 3 July 2018 21:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dark Helmet (Post 1058734614)
Meanwhile, at TFG's ranch....

With enough road time I'm sure he'll appear in a later version of this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr2NTql7knk

The Fat Guy 16 July 2018 03:00

So I went on my first group ride with the Harley Owner's Group Yesterday. Only about 65 miles, but it was definitely different than what I was used to. I was near the back, you definitely have to pay attention, no mindless cruising. I met some good Americans and a few veterans. I am planning my first long distance trip. Almost at 2500 miles on my bike so far.

hawkdrver 16 July 2018 03:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Fat Guy (Post 1058736915)
So I went on my first group ride with the Harley Owner's Group Yesterday. Only about 65 miles, but it was definitely different than what I was used to.

So it was mostly heterosexual. Nice.

What are you looking at for the long distance trip?

The Fat Guy 16 July 2018 04:13

Initially, something 300 - 500 miles, like maybe to Branson and back. There is also a guy on Social Media named Adam Sandoval who rides across America to raise money for veterans. (He and Harley Davidson gave away 7 brand new bikes to veterans last year) He has a small campground in Oklahoma. I may ride down there, try and meet him, spend the night and come back.

CV 16 July 2018 06:32

That sounds like an awesome trip.

t10Guy 16 July 2018 09:41

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Fat Guy (Post 1058736915)
So I went on my first group ride with the Harley Owner's Group Yesterday.

Good on you, getting out there.

Tell me (since we get new riders that have never been in groups before) what did you find the most challenging during the group ride?

Also (sorry if you covered this earlier) did your bike have the power that the other bikes in the group had? sometimes I see new riders with us running smaller bikes and they have to lay into the throttle some to keep up.

The Fat Guy 17 July 2018 08:30

The challenges I had were constantly monitoring my mirrors and the group ahead, I had a few times I ran up on the guy to my left, but never overtook him or came side by side. As I said, you have to ride the entire time, no cruising and whistling to your self. Ref, the power, my bike has the 114 cubic inch Milwaukee 8 motor, so power was never an issue.

FWIW, I spent the few days before riding both on the left and right sides of the lane, as if I had someone to my off front and rear. That helped.

leopardprey 17 July 2018 08:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by hawkdrver (Post 1058732615)
Royal Enfield

https://i.imgur.com/MzljFcX.jpg?1

The original British company went out of business but the Indians still manufacture them on license. Unfortunately you can't import them because they are super cheap there, but as of a couple years ago there is a US headquarters in Milwaukee.

I have absolutely no need for one so I'll post pictures when I decide which one I'm getting.



You know it. Company motto:

https://i.imgur.com/ZJG6Sae.jpg?2

When I was backpacking/trekking around India made good friends with two Norwegians who had traveled to India and bought two Enfields then spent several months touring India. Very common it seems for many foreigners to do the same. 3-22 month long bike tours through India , and Nepal. Then either sell the bike when done or as my two friends did ship it back to Norway.

Cool bikes for sure.

The Fat Guy 17 July 2018 08:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by hawkdrver (Post 1058736917)
So it was mostly heterosexual. Nice.

What are you looking at for the long distance trip?

Sadly, there was a few pilots there, so the homosexuality was ever present. ;)

leopardprey 20 July 2018 18:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by hawkdrver (Post 1058732685)
I haven't done a lot of research on the models available in India and Nepal other than I see them everywhere, they're cheap and apparently impossible to import, but the Asian market quality issue isn't surprising. From what I've seen, the models available in the US are reasonable enough that it wouldn't be worth the effort to try to import one anyway.

Another one I've thought about occasionally is a Ural, with or without sidecar.

I won't get into some of the other shit I have in my garage. I own a lot of .45 GAP but in motorized vehicles.

I am really liking the Urals with side car also. Get my Boxer a set of giggles and throw him in the side car and we are set! My brother had a vintage Chinese version with side car when he lived in Beijing, China several years ago. Use to throw his two youngest in the side car and race around the neighborhood and then down the street to Starbucks, McDonald's or ice cream with the kids. Great fun. He use to get a lot of waves and cheers from the Chinese. Lol

CV 15 August 2018 06:19

I got a new seat for the bike from Sargent Seats. Game changer in terms of comfort. This is an odd-ball set up. Normally I ride with a 40L bag to carry all of my stuff

https://78.media.tumblr.com/54910c3c...dzwo1_1280.jpg

DaveP 15 August 2018 07:18

^^
So clean! Do you even ride, bro? :cool:

You've got hard cases too, right? Lots of carry capacity - nice setup.

Yeah, seat upgrade. Overdue here, but it looks Sargent doesn't do F650 earlier than '08, which seems to be a common theme for aftermarket BMW gear.

On another note, I finally put together a FA kit for the bike, since I get a little twitchy without one nearby. Understanding space limits rule out a first-responder/blowout kit and that an IFAK for a wreck will only include things you can walk away from, I've got: two small chem cold packs, buncha Telfa sterile pads, 2% lido gel, small btl saline for rinse, gauze wrap, small Izzy, tape, small kerlix.
Enough for a road-rash fix. Any other ideas from folks?

DaveP

CV 15 August 2018 07:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by DaveP (Post 1058742294)
^^
So clean! Do you even ride, bro? :cool:

You've got hard cases too, right? Lots of carry capacity - nice setup.

Yeah, seat upgrade. Overdue here, but it looks Sargent doesn't do F650 earlier than '08, which seems to be a common theme for aftermarket BMW gear.

On another note, I finally put together a FA kit for the bike, since I get a little twitchy without one nearby. Understanding space limits rule out a first-responder/blowout kit and that an IFAK for a wreck will only include things you can walk away from, I've got: two small chem cold packs, buncha Telfa sterile pads, 2% lido gel, small btl saline for rinse, gauze wrap, small Izzy, tape, small kerlix.
Enough for a road-rash fix. Any other ideas from folks?

DaveP

I just cleaned her up (literally just WD40 all over the bike and wiping it off :p). I have panniers that are usually attached but took them off after I snapped a bolt on one. I just need to fix it and get them back on. They're mighty convenient!

DaveP 1 September 2018 06:35

Our ridiculous warm wx finally broke and a temp inversion made the ride into work yesterday morning a mix of dense fog in the hollows and intense smells.

In no particular order: horse barn, roadkill skunk, woodstove (pussies!), tetted late second cut, spread chicken shit, hot patch, low tide on the Sheepscot, and Half and Half pipe tobacco from the roached pickup I got stuck behind.

Ride safe.
DaveP

DaveP 3 September 2018 21:14

Gratuitous bike porn.
Local museum had its annual vintage bike show this weekend; missed Sat, usually the more attended, but got some pics from early Sunday before work called.

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...psz6hbr8sw.jpg

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...psp2vc4cis.jpg

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...pspwminzmc.jpg

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...psd4povuvz.jpg


More if interested.
DaveP

CV 4 September 2018 18:12

Quote:

Originally Posted by DaveP (Post 1058746374)

This pig is glorious. I love it!

DaveP 4 September 2018 19:22

Yeah, it is. That front fender alone could tell stories for days.

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...pseh4r0z8g.jpg
Dig the cruiser pegs.

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...psgosveri4.jpg

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...ps9ce2fhu1.jpg

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/f...psfnjuhjvv.jpg

DaveP

1RiserSlip 4 September 2018 21:30

Probably my first post in this thread.

I was looking hard at at Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom LT today. It was very tempting. I rode a buddies Kaw 900 back in the early 80's. It hauled balls. They look a little different now. I talked myself out of it and got something else more practical for me.

Pick it up tomorrow. But it's not a cruiser.

Hoepoe 4 September 2018 23:59

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1RiserSlip (Post 1058746585)
...

Pick it up tomorrow. But it's not a cruiser.

What did you choose?

Whatever it is, ride safe and enjoy!

H

1RiserSlip 5 September 2018 00:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hoepoe (Post 1058746596)
What did you choose?

Whatever it is, ride safe and enjoy!

H


Well, it won't fit this thread... but a 2018 Kawasaki KLX 250. Lots of trails here and rural roads I can ride to the local corner store and get 80 mpg outta that puppy.

Probably hand it off to a Grandson after I get done playing with it.

Thanks

DaveP 5 September 2018 05:01

^^
You'll be making excuses to ride by the third day.
"Oh, we're out of Corn Flakes? I'll get right on that...."

Wheelie pics mandatory!
DaveP

Hoepoe 5 September 2018 05:26

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1RiserSlip (Post 1058746597)
Well, it won't fit this thread... but a 2018 Kawasaki KLX 250. Lots of trails here and rural roads I can ride to the local corner store and get 80 mpg outta that puppy.

Probably hand it off to a Grandson after I get done playing with it.

Thanks

Awesome bike, enjoy!

1RiserSlip 5 September 2018 05:35

Quote:

Originally Posted by DaveP (Post 1058746604)
^^
You'll be making excuses to ride by the third day.
"Oh, we're out of Corn Flakes? I'll get right on that...."

Wheelie pics mandatory!
DaveP

Yea, probably. I did it on a whim. The spouse unit had no input at all. I just came home and was trying to think how to break the news to her. She was all kinds of pissed off for awhile.

Then I told her it gets like 80 mpg.

https://youtu.be/zo-YVqV0v4Q

She's better looking than Harry though.

The Fat Guy 5 September 2018 09:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by DaveP (Post 1058746604)
^^
You'll be making excuses to ride by the third day.
"Oh, we're out of Corn Flakes? I'll get right on that...."

Wheelie pics mandatory!
DaveP

Sadly, this is my affliction. My wife now understands that a trip to the Pharmacy means a trip to the storage locker, getting the bike out and then running to the store and then reverse the process before coming home.

CV 5 September 2018 22:48

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1RiserSlip (Post 1058746597)
Well, it won't fit this thread... but a 2018 Kawasaki KLX 250. Lots of trails here and rural roads I can ride to the local corner store and get 80 mpg outta that puppy.

I love adventure bikes. Some posts a bit back, I showed off my Africa Twin. She's a beast, but really fun on rural roads, off-road, and on the highway.

https://78.media.tumblr.com/eac7d8be...dzwo1_1280.jpg

CAP MARINE 6 September 2018 08:28

If any of you read ROAD RUNNER magazine, a writer for them is Bill Dragoo. He lives here in Norman, is a friend. He teaches trail riding and takes people around the world. He lives right behind my mom!

1RiserSlip 6 September 2018 09:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by CAP MARINE (Post 1058746904)
If any of you read ROAD RUNNER magazine, a writer for them is Bill Dragoo. He lives here in Norman, is a friend. He teaches trail riding and takes people around the world. He lives right behind my mom!


That's cool and all but I just look at the pictures.

CAP MARINE 6 September 2018 10:14

HEHEHEHE

CAP MARINE 6 September 2018 10:27

Bill was teaching a local class on trail riding, blew out his knee, bad. He’s back to teaching, riding. Quite a sports guy, all around


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