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Gordon, I copied one of your links and tried to paste it into the "insert photo" mechanism.... didn't work.


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Originally Posted by Richrd
Our new Hampshire boys and gumby are featured on advrider, jomama, killboy thread!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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you have to be logged in to get to jo moma then go back a few pages to find them
https://advrider.com/f/threads/killboy-failure-dragon-fest.454662/page-4001

Its been so long since I've been there I'd forgotten my password!

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In keeping with the nature of what Gordon wanted this gathering to be about I found these old shots from an OSMR ride a few years back

https://i.ibb.co/wdB9v55/2013-OSMR075.jpg
Ben-a man who never seemed to loose interest in the ride. I miss him.


https://i.ibb.co/xSLMPYV/2012-OSMR015.jpg

My lovely wife Laurie before she gave up riding. She did really well on that Suzuki.

https://i.ibb.co/wy3WWyy/P9281292.jpg

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Originally Posted by Dick Page
Gumby,
how often you drag that pipe?

Never. The RH foot peg, the center stand or the outside edge of my boots let me know when I'm "Close To The Edge". The solid foot pegs are a BSA safety design feature to prevent a "Normie" from leaning too much on period tires (Made in England K70 and Dunlop TT100)*. So to get more *turn* I weight shift and point my elbow off the inside handle bar - not a graceful thing but I'm trying to learn and go right to this position as best I can when I am pushing it. Maybe I'll finally get my knee to the ground at Kershaw or Little Tally. At the moment I'm pretty far away.

I know its all mental. There is a lean angle I cannot go beyond. It drives me Krazo. The only time I exceeded this angle is one time on the CBR600 with its Michelin radials chasing a Ducati and a Ninja up TN68. I got into a nice corner too deep and fast and was faced with a choice: brake and go into the weeds or learn more and turn to the straight. I leaned more and the bike *turned* instead of slide/crash my brain was certain was going to follow.

I have yet to really push the Heidenaus around unless there is oil on the road in the wet. I don't have the confidence or the smoothness to carry enough speed into the corner to test this limit. The Hornet is calling and it is actually harder: the race Heidenaus and the 10.5:1 compression are much stickier than the street Heidenaus and 9:1 compression. The higher the compression and the stickier the tire the harder/the more finesse it takes to be smooth/fast. Unfortunately I have a street Heidenau 9:1 brain. This is preventing me from going really fast and challenging Mike Baker and his Triumph or the really fast riders who have been racing since they were kids. IF you press them, they just turn on that part of their brain that allows them to block out the rest of the world and go Really fast and they are gone. And you end up riding alone.

*(At the beginning of my Motorcycle life I could not afford the Michelin PZ2 (?) or Pirelli Phantom. I could only afford old Continental tires hard as rocks and easy to push.)

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Here is a short video of us huddled under the tent during that worst part of the storm

[video:youtube]https://youtu.be/DuvMcld9jWk[/video]

Two Wheels of Suches rainstorm


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Man oh man.......I'm still having photo Hosting problems but you guys are sure KILLING IT!!!! THANK YOU.

YES, Mike G........that's exactly what I'm talking about......great photos and even greater people. Mr Ben was and will always be one of my heroes.

Saturday.....we got past the grits and the weather was looking good. Boys rode off in different directions.....Bill (aka no name man) and Greg (aka GA Cracker) came back in shortly after leaving. Bill was hot as a firecracker and Greg was a bit shook. My take on what happened....bikes turned a corner ( just across the street from the campground) Bill was following and looked over at the gas station for just a second because one of the group had pulled to refuel......when he turned his back around......BIKES!!!! YIKES!!!! and he grabbed a handful of front brake. Being that he was on his modern Triumph ( he normally rides vintage when he is with us).....the brake actually worked!!!!! Front end washed out.....bike and Bill hit the road at (thank goodness) at a very low speed. He suffered a bit of road rash on one knee....and a good bump on the knee and shoulder. For the most part he stayed off of it the rest of the day and by the next morning.....he musta been sore but he was acting/walking normal again. It could and HAS happened to a lot of us.

We dodged the bullet on that storm Friday night. All I had to do today was to make one more supply run for our Saturday evening dinner. Robert (aka ob1) was able to come in from SC after a change of plans at work. I was tickled for a couple of reasons.....one of which he can actually COOK and had agreed to cooking the evening meal. Nothing special.....but a re-make of the Saturday meal we used to do at Mid-Ohio. Burgers and brats with fixings. Robert did a bang up job all around. Thank you sir. We fed 125 people the last Mid-Ohio I hosted....this one was just as enjoyable.

This was reunion........for BritBike.com events/get togethers TSMR, BIBR, Mid-Ohio and OSMR. Richrd had a slideshow that had 300+ photos that captured the group over the years. I went through them at least 3 times over the weekend. We've done a lot together over the years. MANY lasting friendships have been made. We've lost friends.....and made new ones.

Thank you ALL for being a BIG part of my life over the past 20+ years........memories are all a fellow will have in the end and you guys/gals have sure given me plenty.

We're not quite done.......still a bit more yet.

to be continued............

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No problem buddy!

I decided to play with my nav devices on the trip. Set my Garmin and Google maps to "avoid highways. On the trip up, I switched them on at the Thomson GA exit from i20, had a very nice ride through Athens to Suches.

On the way home, I took off on unknown roads headed east for a few hours, then switched on the nav. Ended up coming through Augusta, rejoined the slab/ rural roads mix, watching my My Radar app.

Wasn't able to evade the rain, but knew right when to get off and don the rain gear!

Great weekend!


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Yeah well, the Hinckley Trident is a fun motorcycle with an excellent motor. And really good brakes! Easy ride down from Ohio. Thanks Marlin for putting me and Rich up on the way down. And the ground cloth. Sleeping bag was almost dry the second night. And Mike for the same for me on the way back north. Injuries minor except for the bruised ego. Thanks Gordon for the idea and the organization skills. Not to mention the mother hen-ness. Really good to see everybody as there hasn't been enough of that this year.


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I finally got everything stored away from the camp. I’m going through a “ purge” here and letting those canopies go was part of it. Wade mentioned an “end of an era”. Well part of the purge was hauling all the TSMR direction signage off to the landfill......I did keep a couple of signs for target practice...Marlin gifted me a really nice Gamo air rifle. That sucker is sweet!! But letting this stuff go is a bit tough goes against what makes me..me.

With every ending there is a new beginning.

Gordon who’s breaking out the cooler bags again.

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Originally Posted by Gordon Gray
Gordon who’s breaking out the cooler bags again.

Filling the cooler bags up with beer, throwing them in the sidehack rig and hitting the road?? shocked

I'm sorry, I know you're not but I had to say it facepalm


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This is such a cool pic. Bob and me waiting on MikeG at the Shell Station in Tellico Plains. I swear it looked darker.

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Originally Posted by MikeG
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Gordon who’s breaking out the cooler bags again.

Filling the cooler bags up with beer, throwing them in the sidehack rig and hitting the road?? shocked

I'm sorry, I know you're not but I had to say it facepalm

Mike......we did a ride in camp at Iron Horse one year and I made a beer run for the boys. Cooler bags were full of beer and ice. I have photographic proof...just can’t post a photo right now. We’re planning an October camp and I’m going to ride in to that one. I have a couple of other hard bag options but the cooler bags are fun. Best way ever to NOT get bugged by BMW or Harley riders at a gas station. You pull in with those things mounted and it’s a 100% guarantee neither of those folks will approach you.

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Originally Posted by Semper Gumby
This is such a cool pic. Bob and me waiting on MikeG at the Shell Station in Tellico Plains. I swear it looked darker.

It was darker......much darker


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Photographic proof the cooler bags are dual sport.

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Wonder if I could get those on the GW?


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And chance being drummed out of the Gold Wing society forever? Surely you jest.

Cooler bags are not for everyone. You must have a tad bit of trailer trash in ya to pull it off. Oh and don’t mind being made fun of.

They started off as a joke....... they pretty much still are.

I have been “one upped” though......by the fellow who showed up at Mid-Ohio one year with plastic cat litter boxes mounted. That was freaking epic.

Gordon

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They said I had to have a handlebar cup holder and a much larger waistline!


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I understand the waist line thing but for the life of me.........a cup holder?

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...and a stereo with speakers, and armrests...


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Originally Posted by ricochetrider
I had an absolute blast riding in the area, rain and all. Northern Georgia is one of theist kept secrets in U.S> motorcycling, near as I can tell. Well OK the word is out I suppose, judging by the number of folks riding around. Maybe having all those Ducatis and whatnot on hand helped, but I'm hard pressed to remember being any other place where not only the numbers of bikes was high, but the variety of different kinds of motorcycles out there during our time in camp was mind bending.
As good as that is, riding around in the corner of GA-SC-NC is even better. Sorry that I was in no condition to lead a pack around my neck of the woods.

If there is ever anyone or any group who'd like to try it, as you saw during the visit to my shop we have plenty of grassy areas for camping, indoor plumbing, and of course lots of tools and bike tinkering space. You guys are always welcome.

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Wide to Whatleys?? (as in silly wabbit)

Please thank your brother for me for retrieving my cooking pot!!!

You get well soon.

A few years back we mapped out and rode what we called the “Cracker 3 State”. NC, GA and SC. My guess is it might have been around some of the area you’re referring to. I still have all the mapping and direction arrows. Threw everything else away but just couldn’t toss that out. My daughter and I spent hours/days setting it up.......as a group we rode it once. Didn't concentrate on riding the best roads but a 200 mile loop passing through those three States.....it did have some fun spots....at least for me.

Take care Mr Whatley.....you’re one of the good guys.

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Show of hands........how many of you have ridden this road? I will tell you this.....IMO it makes the "Goat Path" look like I-95

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If you tell me where it is...I'll ride it. Better yet, show me the entire loop, if you please.


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Originally Posted by HughdeMann
If you tell me where it is...I'll ride it. Better yet, show me the entire loop, if you please.

Let me take a break from punching holes in paper wink and I’ll do that.

Gordon

PS: I hate red lights so I “think” this was part of the detour around Clayton after a short trip through a corner of SC.

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Originally Posted by Gordon Gray
This was reunion........for BritBike.com events/get togethers TSMR, BIBR, Mid-Ohio and OSMR. Richrd had a slideshow that had 300+ photos that captured the group over the years. I went through them at least 3 times over the weekend. We've done a lot together over the years. MANY lasting friendships have been made. We've lost friends.....and made new ones.

Thank you ALL for being a BIG part of my life over the past 20+ years........memories are all a fellow will have in the end and you guys/gals have sure given me plenty.

We're not quite done.......still a bit more yet.

to be continued............

Gordon -

A few days late and dollars short, BUT and that's a big ole pimpled butt, thank YOU for all your efforts to organize and facilitate this gathering. While I wasn't there 20 years ago, I'm glad I'm around now to help y'all slide in to home plate: dirty, battered and bruised. The ONLY way to go out.

Thanks also to Marlin for his grill-assembly skills, Richrd for his knife skills and fund-raising skills, Bob for his burger, and chicken, and bacon, and eggs, and.....skills, Greg for the pulled pork and last but not least, Gordon for the fine Grits and "go-withs".

Speaking of battered and bruised, I avoided a slight mishap. I somehow managed to cheat those hell-hounds on Friday coming back from Hillbilly's place. All I can remember is looking up coming into a downhill left turn and realizing (much too late) that I miscalculated the radius on the turn....the wheels went off the road and ended up in the grassy shoulder. Beyond that, a ditch and steep uphill with lots of rocks. How I kept it rubber side down and managed to get back on the road I don't know (grass is where the TT100 tires pay off!) but I haven't felt that much adrenaline coursing through my bloodstream in a very long time! You cannot take your eyes off those kind of roads for even a fraction of a second. Lesson learned.

"To be continued" sounds intriguing. Say when and where and I'm there!

Here's to one of the good guys beerchug

Cheers,

Steve

p.s. I'll post up some pics later on tonite....

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Originally Posted by Ob1quixote
Chasing David Saturday


That was a fun ride!

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