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Short ride out on the B50 #569148 10/26/14 2:45 pm
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Finally got caught up on the B44 outfit and with my wood cutting/splitting/stacking and figured it was a good time to give the B50 a go.

I got the Trail Tech Endurance II hooked up so now I can tell how fast I'm going....I'm going to have to get a better helmet. smile

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This Trail Tech is the second generation...I have the first on my B44 and after all these years it's still doing what it's supposed to do.

I just made a loop around the county, a little under 100 miles and the weather was beautiful and the colors were too.

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The colors (leaves) will be gone soon and everything will look cold and bleak. Will have to pull the cold weather gear out so I can still get some seat time in.

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Thanks to the kind Richard Hunt in the UK....I now have a beautiful B50 Home Market tank and the correct seat. Can't wait to get those sorted.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed this fall weather.

Take care..just checking in...Gordon in NC


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Re: Short ride out on the B50 [Re: Gordon Gray] #569158 10/26/14 3:43 pm
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Hi Gordon
Real pretty! So is the bike! We are well ahead of you up here in the frozen north. Went on at breakfast run this morning, about 45F, so the cold weather gear is already in use.
Soon it will be time to hang it up due to the cold and snow.
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Re: Short ride out on the B50 [Re: Gordon Gray] #569186 10/26/14 7:05 pm
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Lookin' good!

'bout ready to pull the trigger on my B44, get that shifting problem straightened out and remove the OE tires for something a bit newer...

Can I interest you in an adventure ride around here? Pavement and dirt roads, no trail?


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Re: Short ride out on the B50 [Re: Don Leaming] #569197 10/26/14 8:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Don Leaming
<snip> Soon it will be time to hang it up due to the cold and snow. Cheers Don


That's just more proof Don that the good Lord hates everybody that lives north of the Mason Dixon line!!! laughing

I'm still trying to figure out why in the heck anybody would go "ice fishing".....what kind of bait does ice hit on? confused laughing

Ob......could you come up with a route I could do on my outfit? Don't have much room on the B50 to haul stuff...but I REALLY like the idea of doing something this fall....and South Carolina's fall and winters are very doable. :bigt

Do you need anything for you're B44???.....I got plenty of gear sets.

Pokey (aka Gordon in NC)

Re: Short ride out on the B50 [Re: Gordon Gray] #569200 10/26/14 8:29 pm
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Dunno on needs quite yet, thinking it is a problem with the quadrant.

Got an organized ride in January, adding an adventure ride to the present dual sport event.
I would be more than happy to lend you a bed in my camper and a seat by my fire, and a spot on the ride as my guest {nice thing being a longstanding board member with my club!} Adventure ride is Saturday, while the DS is Saturday and Sunday.

Your rig will do just fine on the adventure route. It will be as much dirt roads as we can string together and pavement connections as required. There will be a theme to the en route destinations, not decided yet, but probably historical sites with photographic potential. Guessing in the 120-140 mile range.

We'll be putting out a flyer for the adventure ride soon, but the important info is on this DS flyer.

carolinadualsporters.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/broxton-ds-2015-rev-2-1pdf.pdf

Let me know, so's I can reserve your bed, or give it to someone else!

Oh, and you'll need one of these...

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/30152/i/moose-racing-trophy-roll-chart-holder


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Re: Short ride out on the B50 [Re: Gordon Gray] #569203 10/26/14 8:46 pm
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Went for the first test ride today on a b44 I resto'ed. It was the first time I ever started one with the first kick. It was so much fun I came home and threw a large porterhouse on the grill and opened a bottle of Smithwick.



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Re: Short ride out on the B50 [Re: Richrd] #569206 10/26/14 9:05 pm
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Ata boy Richrd.....BUT....pics or it didn't happen laughing

Ob.....looks like I'm out. Resigned my AMA membership (been a member for decades) when the AMA booted AHRMA....and I won't go back.

SC in the winter is wonderful.....most of the tourist are gone and so are a lot of the bugs. I'd still be interested in a trip down....it's just a hop, skip and a jump from here.

Pokey.....who proved again to himself today that the B50 hot start myth is just that....a myth.

Re: Short ride out on the B50 [Re: Gordon Gray] #569208 10/26/14 9:09 pm
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AMA membership is not required.


When singing "Kung Fu Fighting" is outlawed, only outlaws will sing "Kung Fu Fighting"
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Originally Posted by Ob1quixote
AMA membership is not required.


Okay.....I'm in. Just save me room by the fire and I'll bring camping gear.

January......and you'll keep me in the loop (pun intended).

Just gota figure out a route to stay off of 77/26/95 but I've traveled that part of the world a LOT.....and know there are plenty of two lane roads headed that way.

Pokey

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Trust me, I have no love of AMA. But, they do offer promoters rather attractive rates for insuring events.

Dont sweat the camping gear, bringing my camp trailer.

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Re: Short ride out on the B50 [Re: Gordon Gray] #569257 10/27/14 7:30 am
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Originally Posted by Gordon Gray
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<snip> Soon it will be time to hang it up due to the cold and snow. Cheers Don


I'm still trying to figure out why in the heck anybody would go "ice fishing".....what kind of bait does ice hit on? confused laughing

Pokey (aka Gordon in NC)


Mostly we would bring lots of beer and scotch when we go "ice" fishing.
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Originally Posted by Gordon Gray
Originally Posted by Don Leaming
<snip> Soon it will be time to hang it up due to the cold and snow. Cheers Don


That's just more proof Don that the good Lord hates everybody that lives north of the Mason Dixon line!!! laughing

I'm still trying to figure out why in the heck anybody would go "ice fishing".....what kind of bait does ice hit on? confused laughing


Pokey (aka Gordon in NC)


Every time I look at your pictures from this time of year I wonder the same thing myself......I'm about 2/3 of the way through cutting splitting and stacking my winter wood and it's kicking my a$$ this year...and the wife likes a warm house eek


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Re: Short ride out on the B50 [Re: MikeG] #569338 10/27/14 8:29 pm
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Sorry, MikeG, but I can't help it.....thanks largely to a gentleman friend cleaning a wood-lot, and the fact that I own 1/2 interest in a wood-splitter, I have 10 cords split and stacked under cover! Heehee....

The rest of the story? This is probably the first time *ever* that I have two years worth of wood done before January, and I've had wood heat for about 40 years......

I was gonna mention that the wood was free, but upon reflection, it cost me a couple bottles of bourbon....(Gotta be creative with wood--Bella the Bonnie needs a new tire, and "First things first", right?)


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Re: Short ride out on the B50 [Re: Ob1quixote] #569340 10/27/14 8:33 pm
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Ob...why would take a TV camping???? laughing That's what the fire's for.

Looks like it's less than 250 miles.....I can do that with my eyes closed.

Ice fishing.......I don't think I'll ever figure that one out. smile

Mike I used up two winters worth of wood last year...sure hope this year isn't the same. frown

I love my B50 and since Bill let me ride his at the OSMR I now have something to compare it to.

Best riding unit single BSA made IMO....hands down.

I will always have a soft spot for the Enduro Stars and Victor Specials.....but for now I'm okay with the B44VR and B50....nice combo to have and ride.

Pokey

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GG, I play movies on the big screen Saturday nights, cycle oriented flix, entertain the campers.
Even got a popcorn machine!

I show up at the site on Thursday, finish up arrowing/staking/ribboning my section, and more than a bit of screwing around and campfire time. Load up and roll out Sunday about sundown.


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Originally Posted by Ob1quixote
GG, I play movies on the big screen Saturday nights, cycle oriented flix, entertain the campers.
Even got a popcorn machine! <snip>


Sounds like a hoot :bigt. I'll plan on taking Friday off and leave out of here early AM. 250 miles....with no mountains between here and there should be an easy day. Been down those roads a lot...601, 301, 321.....getting through Columbia (or maybe around it?) on a Friday is not going to be fun....but I'm up for the challenge. Heck, with all that straight flat road I should be able to make good time. Good thing peanut season will be over....they have some of the BEST boiled peanuts in that part of the country....little place on 321 just out of Columbia...man oh man I'd never make it all the way if the season was in.

Looking forward to it.....pokey

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That is one beautiful, sorted-looking motorcycle!

Lit the first fire of the year tonight. Went completely through my woodstove last weekend, cleaning it, patching a hole in the heat exchanger, cleaning out the catalytic combustor .... twenty years and the stove still looks like new despite constant use. I'll try for another 20 and then I'll be 80 years old and convert to propane!!

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Lannis, perhaps we are getting a bit wimpey, but the fire on GARNET has been burning for 3 weeks! You have to remember that a steel hull rapidly cools to water temperature overnight (been some single digit nights too) and we got rather used to central heating with 35+ years in Ontario!
Nice bike Gordon, I am envious.


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I've said before that my B44 is my favorite ride. It doesn't go as fast as the T140, but the single is something special. Beautiful bike Gordon.






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Boys....I want to thank you for the kind words. I'm happy with the way the bike turned out but it's still a 20 footer laughing.

If you get too close you'll find the scruffy bits. I wanted a rider....one I wouldn't have to worry to death over. Got nothing against REALLY nice bikes but they are not in the cards for me.

I would have thought that the B50 was just a B44 with a little more kick (pun intended) but I've found out it's a completely different bike altogether. IMO they are as different as night and day. I love my B44....always will, but this B50 has found a spot in my heart too.

Thanks again for the kind words, I'd be lying if I said it didn't mean anything to me to hear them. smile

Take care....Pokey (aka Gordon in NC)

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Originally Posted by Gordon Gray
If you get too close you'll find the scruffy bits. I wanted a rider....one I wouldn't have to worry to death over. Got nothing against REALLY nice bikes but they are not in the cards for me.


Very nice, Gordon, and, my sentiments exactly!

Is that a GIVI screen?

On the TrailTech, can you show & tell some details of the speedo sensor-sending installation? I'm thinking of one of those for my Bitsa 650.

Thanks,


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Kurt...the windscreens I've used for years are Slip Streamer's "Spitfire". Never in all this time and many miles have I ever had a problem with them. Easy on and off and if mounted correctly no need for any other hardware than what comes with them. Because of the way it blocks the wind off your body core I can ride in at least 20 degree colder weather than without one.

I'll get a chance this weekend to take some pics of the pick up for the Trail Tech. The newer version is hooked to the battery so it stays backlit as long as your moving....with the older version you have to press a button to turn on the back light.
Keep in mind these are NOT bicycle speedos...they are made for motorcycles. I really like the info they keep stored for you and the easy to read display. I get about 2 years out of a battery...but with the new version...I'm not sure how that works because there's a battery in them too...plus a hook up to the bike's battery. I'll have to wait and see how well that works.

Photos later this weekend.....Pokey

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Man that really is one sweet bike. I bet it's a real hoot to ride!
Thanks for posting, Gordon. Sorry it took me so long to see this.


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Originally Posted by kurt fischer
<snip> On the TrailTech, can you show & tell some details of the speedo sensor-sending installation? I'm thinking of one of those for my Bitsa 650. Thanks,


Sorry for taking so long to reply kurt. To be honest I was sort of embarrassed at the close up of the sensor on my B44...a close up of 47 year old paint...ain't pretty.

You just have to get the magnet close to the end of the sensor..on the B44 it was easy. Once you find a good spot...just add a little JB Weld ( or your choice of sticky stuff ) to help hold it in place. The B50 was a little harder to do but I ended up sticking the magnet to the end of a spoke and glueing it in place.

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IMO...best money I ever spent on speedos.

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Yep....Ya'll know I'll reply to myself. smile

After looking at my OWN photos I ran back down to the shop and replaced that zip tie on the B50 that was on the sensor cable...and put it on the metal sensor instead, like the B44.

Thank's to me for helping me save me from me. confused

Pokey

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