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First day out this year .... #797567 02/05/20 1:47 am
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So (I know you’re not grammatically supposed to start a sentence with “So”, but it’s a habit), I know that Shaun is going to be on me soon about not posting any Ride Reports, so here's our Monday Outing yesterday.

This was a search for Family History. We were looking for somewhere to go that would take us no more than 100 miles or so, mainly just to blow the cobwebs off the Norton, which has lots of places to take us this year.

So we headed for the little old community of Rough Creek in Charlotte County, VA.

Rough Creek Road is gravel …

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and long …

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But the Norton handles that sort of thing even better than the Stelvio or Triumph does. It only weighs 400 pounds, has lots of low-end grunt, and is easy to handle on that kind of surface.

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I like the little rivers and creeks in Virginia, but they’re not very pretty in the wintertime – muddy and with fallen trees all in them. This is Cub Creek …

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and soon after we crossed it we came to the old community of Rough Creek.

Not much there now but a church ..

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and a cemetery and a few houses …

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BUT in the cemetery we found the cenotaph (that’s a tombstone put up when the body is somewhere else) of one of Fay’s cousins who was killed in action in Europe in 1945 and buried in Holland:

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Which we’d never seen and didn’t know was there, so that was interesting.

Then we headed for Charlotte Court House where we found the old “Bruce Library” still in use – one of the Bruce family built libraries in the 1930s in all the little Southside Virginia towns, beautiful brick buildings originally with slate roofs, and gave them to the town with the provision that they would not be segregated in any way or he’d take them back, and it seemed to work – they’re all still there.

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where we found photographs of Fay’s great-grandparents which we’d never seen …

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Wish I could look right in a mustache like that, men were men in those days ...

....and after that, we headed home.

Really nice day out on an old bike!

Lannis


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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: Lannis] #797614 02/05/20 6:23 pm
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Lovely pics Lannis!

Spent the day before yesterday getting the cylinder honed on the hornet race bike. Yesterday fixing tabs on the firebird motocrosser (gas tank, oil filter mount, and bash plate conversion - triumph to bsa OIF).

What riding I did was on the big Beemer K1600gt. The top case holds an A65 barrel quite nicely.


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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: Lannis] #797640 02/05/20 10:33 pm
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It looks like an excellent day out, although I wouldn't be too enthused with the gravel roads with other than a trail bike but with all said and done, I personally could have overlooked it with the amount of historical/family information taken in, which appears to be pretty significant ! Good for you and Fay, Lannis !!


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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: Lannis] #797645 02/05/20 11:24 pm
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It's interesting - when Fay and I are on the Triumph or the Stelvio (big, tall, heavy, 100+ HP bikes), I do anything to stay off of gravel roads, even though the Stelvio is styled as a "dual purpose" bike and lots of people put aggressive dirt-road tires on them.

But on the Norton or one of the BSAs, being on dirt or gravel isn't a big deal at all. I think the differences are:

1) These bikes have a "all-terrain" heritage ... Nortons and BSAs used to come as scramblers that were the Enduro and Desert Sled runners of the world when I were a lad. Their geometry is suited for loose surfaces.

2) They're much lower, with lower centers of gravity. If one of the big bikes starts to get away from you, you can't "catch up" with it - too tall and heavy. There's a big difference between a 650 pound bike with a 34" seat, and a 400 pound bike with a 31" seat.

3) You don't need a potential 100 HP to ride on dirt/gravel roads.

So if we're out exploring and don't know what kind of roads we might find ... we take an old Brit!

Lannis


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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: Lannis] #797648 02/05/20 11:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Lannis
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3) You don't need a potential 100 HP to ride on dirt/gravel roads.



My concern for gravel roads was possible chips in the tank paint...otherwise, carry on.


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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #797658 02/06/20 3:21 am
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Originally Posted by Jon W. Whitley
Originally Posted by Lannis
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3) You don't need a potential 100 HP to ride on dirt/gravel roads.



My concern for gravel roads was possible chips in the tank paint...


Too late for that to be a concern ... !!

Lannis


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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: Lannis] #797669 02/06/20 5:48 am
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Lanni's lad, worry not about me having a pop about no road ride trips. Worry more about no fettling yarns from you, shall we start with the V twin you got....?


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Thanks for taking me along on your ride Lannis

Rather more interesting than my Flash & a Box ride a few days ago.
It was my first time out on the road since DGR 29th Sept last year.
Just 29 miles Matlock, Matlock Bath, then a main road ride home.


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Very interesting family history Lannis lad. thanks for that


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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: Lannis] #797719 02/06/20 8:09 pm
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Lanni's lad, just having a play on the Crab Peeler, while I await sleep to come, as I sit in deepest darkest French France. And it came to me like a bolt from the sky.... shocked

We could go find Fay's cousin over there in Holland, a simple Quest if you will. Margraten is south of Valkenburg, a place the BSA lot had a rally at one time, and I'm SURE we'll pass that one again... thumbsup

So my lad, keep ya peepers peeled, and if I say I'm off to Holland. Simply stick the Quest in, and away we go camera at the ready.... wink


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Thanks for taking us along Lannis. Just the kind of thing I need to keep in minds eye as I watch it snow/sleet/rain here today. thumbsup


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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: Kent Shaun] #797751 02/07/20 3:11 am
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Originally Posted by Kent Shaun
Lanni's lad, just having a play on the Crab Peeler, while I await sleep to come, as I sit in deepest darkest French France. And it came to me like a bolt from the sky.... shocked

We could go find Fay's cousin over there in Holland, a simple Quest if you will. Margraten is south of Valkenburg, a place the BSA lot had a rally at one time, and I'm SURE we'll pass that one again... thumbsup

So my lad, keep ya peepers peeled, and if I say I'm off to Holland. Simply stick the Quest in, and away we go camera at the ready.... wink


Well, if you're ever over that way, it'd be kind of neat to stop off and take a quick picture .... !!

Lannis


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Nice portrait of you on the Norton, Lannis.

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I think me and that there Wade may have been to that US war cemetery when we went to Valkenbourg


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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: Kev.] #797818 02/07/20 10:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Kev.
I think me and that there Wade may have been to that US war cemetery when we went to Valkenbourg




BSAOC Netherlands Rally 2009

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Yes Kev, you and Wade were at an American War Graves Cemetery.

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This was about 15 miles from Valkenburg over the border in Belgium.

Lannis' Margraten Cemetary is much closer to Valkenburg, just 5 miles


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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: Lannis] #797847 02/08/20 5:44 am
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That cemetery we visited was the most somber and strangely proud moment in my life. The lives given to rid the world of evil (so we thought) Admirable in stopping it in its tracks , nonetheless was an incredible experience . It made me feel very small . Proud to be in the company of some of the best people I know ! And they are still some of the best people I know.... Kev - I didn't get to see you the last visit but we need to fix that the next time ... I enjoy learning more about the lives and personalities of those I consider my best friends. Your life Kev has taken a major turn since you last showed me the Ace and Sammy Millers , Fish and chips in Brighton and so much more . The Spread Eagle in Aberdeen . Those were so long ago now. We must make a new memory soon !! Hopefully Ill get see your new lifestyle on the river .


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I completely understand about the 600+ Lbs, 100 HP bikes. Scares me just turning the Beemer around in my gravel driveway, much less riding for miles on gravel road.
Nevertheless, I took Gustav out for some exercise on Monday. Down state route 68 past Watts Bar Dam and nuclear plant and up Hyw 58 to visit a friend in Kingston.
Watts Bar is one of TVA's smaller dams, more about navigation and flood control than power generation. They built the reactor for power, and they still use the old coal-fired plant about 30 miles up river from there.
After a good visit and some pizza I rode I-40 and US 70 back to Crossville. On the Interstate the Beemer is like having a kid in the car, it keeps saying, "Faster daddy, go faster."

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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: DavidP] #798407 02/15/20 9:33 pm
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Originally Posted by DavidP
I completely understand about the 600+ Lbs, 100 HP bikes. Scares me just turning the Beemer around in my gravel driveway, much less riding for miles on gravel road.
Nevertheless, I took Gustav out for some exercise on Monday. Down state route 68 past Watts Bar Dam and nuclear plant and up Hyw 58 to visit a friend in Kingston.
Watts Bar is one of TVA's smaller dams, more about navigation and flood control than power generation. They built the reactor for power, and they still use the old coal-fired plant about 30 miles up river from there.
After a good visit and some pizza I rode I-40 and US 70 back to Crossville. On the Interstate the Beemer is like having a kid in the car, it keeps saying, "Faster daddy, go faster."


Well, speaking of 600 pound 100 HP bikes, Fay and I took ours out today. Third Saturday, so time for our monthly Virginia Guzzi Lunch meet, this time at Amici's Italian Restaurant in Scottsville, VA.

Eighteen degrees when we woke up this morning, and 26 when Fay and I togged up (her in her Rukka outfit with an electric jacket liner, and me in my 'Stich gear, no electrics), rolled the Stelvio out of its warm bed, and took off.

Nice ride, but my hands got cold. I mean, I have a $120 pair of lined KLIM gore-tex snowmobile gloves, top of the line, and hand guards on the Stelvio, and I STILL had to warm my hands on the cylinder heads as we went down the road. Tex has already mentioned the solution - an electric vest so that my body heat can go to my hands rather than my core, but I'm just lazy. I think this day may have done it, though ...

Got to Amici's, where my pillioninamillion was still smiling and not cold ...

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and had a fun-to-be-with group to hang out with ...

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L to R, David Phillips, Allyn Chappell, Jay Gwaldis, yours truly, and Ron Komoroski. Fay and I split a Portofino Pizza, and everyone else enjoyed their meals too - Amici's serves good Italian food. David cut the ace of diamonds and had his meal paid for.

Just above freezing when we headed home through the Buckingham County countryside, and now in front of the fire with a cup of tea. Sort of like a day on the slopes but without the snow ... Stelvio's running like a good 'un.

Lannis


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Lannis, thanks for posting your ride-outs! I, for. one, haven't been riding this year at all, and didi darn little riding last year )compared to most years past). Need to get out more this summer and get some. work done here and there on the bikes- tires. on the K1200, Battery for the R100RSS.
The Commando is good to go, tho it could use a rear brake....

Carry on and post pix.


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Nice day yesterday so I decided to ride the Bonnie over to Cumberland Mountain State Park and round to the station with pure petrol on that side of town.
Bike started running poorly about half way to the park, but I kept going the last couple of miles. I wanted to get a picture of the bridge there.
I made it to the parking lot and found the problem. The drain plug had come loose from one carb. Fuel all over the left silencer, lucky I didn't catch on fire.
I called Geico for emergency road service only to find out that only my car is covered for that. They did get me in touch with a ride service, from 25 miles away. Had to wait a couple of hours for that and cost me $60 to get home.
I returned with the trailer to collect the bike today.
But, I did get my picture.

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Re: First day out this year .... [Re: Lannis] #798663 02/18/20 8:47 pm
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Nice pic.

I've had a couple folks with old Brit bikes recommend J.C. Taylor.
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Both of them mentioned 'towing is included'.


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Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgen
Nice pic.

I've had a couple folks with old Brit bikes recommend J.C. Taylor.
https://www.jctaylor.com/

Both of them mentioned 'towing is included'.


I've got JC Taylor, $200 a year total for 4 old bikes. You have to pay about $20 extra for the roadside service, though. I get my roadside service through the AMA - "free" if you automatically update your AMA membership each year with a credit card. Used it 4 times for bikes and cars, works good.

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That bridge/dam was built by the CCC during the Depression.
I'll look into JC Taylor once my current policy is close to expiration. I pay $150 a year for the three bikes which are currently covered. Don't know if Geico offers roadside service for bikes, it's part of the policy on my car and van. Maybe I could put a Toyota emblem on the Triumph?


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