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Old 02-07-2013, 01:45 PM   #11
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I no longer participate in charity rides. Too many posers bringing out their "Garage Queens" that see the road two or three times per year. Most don't know how to ride in a group. Seen too many accidents. Last charity ride I was on had some idiot pass me to the left (I was in the right lane of the staggered formation), cut in front of me then pass my wife (to my left diagonally) and cut her off to get up next to his buddy. We left the ride at the next safe turn off. I'd rather just donate to a charity and go for a fun ride with my wife and/or close friends.
That's a shame to hear, but is understandable. I know with the Baltimore/Washington ride, I've heard a couple of things happen. But, I've never actually ridden. I am there as a parent of one of the Stars. She rides with a volunteer. Though, my wife, in-laws have all ridden (either on his bike when he had one or with volunteers).
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:00 PM   #12
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If I were to get back into motor cycles (unlikely at 71 years old) there would only be one choice for me - a late model, electric start, 850 Norton Commando. Before I emigrated to the US to join Boeing in 1968, I spent the last 20 months or so in the UK, working in the R&D department at Norton-Villiers.

To me, the Commando is one of the best designs of the era, but manufacturing limitations and the company's decline into insolvency made for a difficult and nasty demise.

I'd have to get one of the electric-start models, because I don't think I'm strong enough to kick one of those beasties into life. During my (approx) 30,000 miles of test riding, I only had to step off once, with just minor scrapes.

I did have one major scare, when doing high-speed endurance tests at the Motor Industries Research Association track. I was on the high banking of the track, doing about 105 mph, when the 1/4" drive chain snapped. Engine revs went off the clock (the tach needle was bent) and all kinds of parts that should have been inside were outside. We switched to a 3/8 drive chain on the production models, but I thought we should have goe to 1/2". We were adjusting the chain on the test bikes every time we stopped for fuel.

I was lucky to get off the high banking without a problem, because Aston Martin were testing the prototype DB7 and he was coming up behind me at about 160 mph.

The engine was turned into a boat anchor!
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:20 PM   #13
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I live very close to Calgary, maybe see you in Bragg Creek sometime
I live in NW Calgary, lots of riding out that way, and I also do some riding with a meetup group called Calgary Motorcycle Riders group, who do both day or evening rides, generally out of S.W. corner of Calgary, and also multi day trips.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:47 PM   #14
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Nice bikes Night Wolf! I have a friend with a wee and he loves it. I'm looking to get an Adv bike and I'm tempted by the new Wee. I've ridden the Super Tenere but it's a beast. I wish Yamaha would bring the Tenere XT660 to the US. Currently I'm leaving towards the Triumph 800XC.

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I no longer participate in charity rides. Too many posers bringing out their "Garage Queens" that see the road two or three times per year. Most don't know how to ride in a group. Seen too many accidents. Last charity ride I was on had some idiot pass me to the left (I was in the right lane of the staggered formation), cut in front of me then pass my wife (to my left diagonally) and cut her off to get up next to his buddy. We left the ride at the next safe turn off. I'd rather just donate to a charity and go for a fun ride with my wife and/or close friends.
I don't blame you. I don't do group rides with people I don't know anymore. Too many people do not know how to ride or know proper etiquette.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:11 AM   #15
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I live in NW Calgary, lots of riding out that way, and I also do some riding with a meetup group called Calgary Motorcycle Riders group, who do both day or evening rides, generally out of S.W. corner of Calgary, and also multi day trips.
Joined the Meetup group; hope to meet you at one of the rides/meetings
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Nice bikes Night Wolf! I have a friend with a wee and he loves it. I'm looking to get an Adv bike and I'm tempted by the new Wee. I've ridden the Super Tenere but it's a beast. I wish Yamaha would bring the Tenere XT660 to the US. Currently I'm leaving towards the Triumph 800XC.

Have about 40,000mi on a pair of Wee Stroms and love the bike. The newest version is a little tall for me. I can ride it fine, but loading a passenger can be a challenge when you are smaller and on your tippy toes. One of my buddy's has the Tenere and let me take it for a spin; very nice bike, but at a price I don't want to spend. I'm actually thinking of adding a 3rd bike to the stable and while initially looking at the Triumph 1200 Adventure, I'm seriously looking at Honda's newest 500X Adventure bike. Have the Strom for travel, the Intruder for "posing" and the Honda would be for loading in the toy hauler to take with us
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:30 PM   #17
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Joined the Meetup group; hope to meet you at one of the rides/meetings
Glad U joined. lots of variety of both ride types and individuals.
Look forward to seeing you either at a ride or at one of the other meetups before riding resumes. I'm under the alias John Malkovich (it's a Simona, (the meetup organizer) thing< LOL!
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After riding for the last 40 Years, I find it hard to ride with some people that should not even drive a car!!! I ride with my wife all of the time, and donate before the charity rides around Dallas and chose not to go on the runs.
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If I were to get back into motor cycles (unlikely at 71 years old) there would only be one choice for me - a late model, electric start, 850 Norton Commando. Before I emigrated to the US to join Boeing in 1968, I spent the last 20 months or so in the UK, working in the R&D department at Norton-Villiers.

To me, the Commando is one of the best designs of the era, but manufacturing limitations and the company's decline into insolvency made for a difficult and nasty demise.

I'd have to get one of the electric-start models, because I don't think I'm strong enough to kick one of those beasties into life. During my (approx) 30,000 miles of test riding, I only had to step off once, with just minor scrapes.

I did have one major scare, when doing high-speed endurance tests at the Motor Industries Research Association track. I was on the high banking of the track, doing about 105 mph, when the 1/4" drive chain snapped. Engine revs went off the clock (the tach needle was bent) and all kinds of parts that should have been inside were outside. We switched to a 3/8 drive chain on the production models, but I thought we should have goe to 1/2". We were adjusting the chain on the test bikes every time we stopped for fuel.

I was lucky to get off the high banking without a problem, because Aston Martin were testing the prototype DB7 and he was coming up behind me at about 160 mph.

The engine was turned into a boat anchor!
The electric start Commando- is that the one made in Oregon? I forget the guys name that started that- Kenny something I think. Or is there a different new Norton?
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Have about 40,000mi on a pair of Wee Stroms and love the bike. The newest version is a little tall for me. I can ride it fine, but loading a passenger can be a challenge when you are smaller and on your tippy toes. One of my buddy's has the Tenere and let me take it for a spin; very nice bike, but at a price I don't want to spend. I'm actually thinking of adding a 3rd bike to the stable and while initially looking at the Triumph 1200 Adventure, I'm seriously looking at Honda's newest 500X Adventure bike. Have the Strom for travel, the Intruder for "posing" and the Honda would be for loading in the toy hauler to take with us
Man I like that little Honda 500. I keep looking at that for commuting around town and riding to/from work. I've also been looking at the new Ninja 300 for commuting, but I'd probably take it to the track.
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