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« Reply #50 on: April 28, 2012, 06:35:29 pm »
A quick report from my tired old ass........

Godzilla made it to Georgia.

A very successful handoff at Barber today.  Big thanks to jtb for being a great host and the Barber folks were way cool.  Lefty was impressed. Pics up tomorrow. Bluezboy even had his "good" camera gear( he almost made it back with the tripod intact....not quite though).

next stop for Zilla is Lookout Mountain TN.
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« Reply #51 on: April 29, 2012, 06:25:34 am »
Well, Saturday the 28th arrived, cloudy and cool.  I had an early chore to perform for my civic club, and by the time that was over, it was starting to burn off and warm up.  Here's GZ waiting for the sun...


Bill (Bluto) texted that they were running late, so I decided a little wax and polish was in order, then Bill texted again that they had jumped on to I-20, and would likely make the 11:30 arrival time.  I headed for Barbers about 10:45, and they arrived about 11;15.  Jeff Ray, the museum director, met us and had us line up beneath the logo on the museum for pics.  He says they plan to have an article in their newsletter about the relay and with hand-off pics.  After the pictures, he led us into the park and to the paddock and turned us loose.  It was sport bike track day, so we couldn't get on the track itself, but we got a couple pics and rode around the park without 5000 vehicles on the road.  Thanks, Jeff for you great hospitality.

In front of the museum...


In front of the paddock...


On the road across from the swap meet area...


New art, the lady in the lake...

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After making the rounds of the park, we headed to Vandiver, AL to Courtyard 25 for lunch and a perusal of the grounds and bikes.  The guys said highway 25 made them think of the North Georgia mountains.  Courtyard 25 was packed, with almost every style of bike you can imagine.  Here's a cafe'd CB750 that was parked on the apron...
 

After lunch we took a few back roads to get to Highway 78 and the boys on their way home.

I had and easy day this time, and really enjoyed it.  GZ miles on my bike, 12.  My total for the day was an easy 87.

As always, it's great to meet up with other SOHC4 members to ride and socialize.

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« Reply #52 on: April 30, 2012, 08:31:45 am »
Sorry about the delay posting my photos. First, we had a great ride to Birmingham, until we hit the 15 mile stretch of yard sales along on route, so we were forced to slab it to meet  John in time.  We didn't have enough time to tour the museum this trip because we had to be back in ATl. Unlike the first attempt at doing the relay and the trip to Barber last year where my bike failed me, she ran like a fine Swiss watch both ways, points will do that for you I guess. Here's a few of my photos, from the ride. I'm too lazy and tired to caption them right now, bus driver hours.

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« Reply #53 on: April 30, 2012, 08:36:40 am »
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« Reply #55 on: April 30, 2012, 08:41:37 am »
 I  couldn't believe that movie was playing  here, so I went back around the block and got a photo even though I was 3 hours late getting home, I was already in trouble with my wife anyways!

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« Reply #56 on: April 30, 2012, 10:01:19 am »
Lefty wanted chicken for lunch today.

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« Reply #57 on: May 05, 2012, 02:39:02 pm »
Captured this video today on the Hwy 136 connector between Sugar Valley and Rock Springs Georgia. Part of the Atlanta to Chattanooga 2012 Rally Ride!

Pardon the wind. It's a bit loud.  8)

Godzilla Vision: 2012 SOHC4.net World Rally Ride

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« Reply #58 on: May 06, 2012, 08:01:51 am »
Bluto aka Bill here..............

A sad end to a perfect day.  After the great ride me Vern and Adam had up to Chattanooga, The end of the day went like this:

Adam (Rocker) and I split up at Hwy 20 and I-575.  I got off on Hwy 20 and came up on some slow traffic, I slowed to around 10mph when.....outa nowhere.....I got rear ended by a pickup truck.  The bumper on the truck Hit directly on my back tire and litteralt knocked my bike out from under me.  I had just enough time to tuck and roll off to the left and then I had to lay there and watch my bike continue on riderless.  My bike cruised another 60 yards and...as it started to slow and vear to the left it smacked a car that had stopped and pretty much slammed over on it's right side.  At this point the #$%%%$## that hit me took off.  No worries though, the fine men of the Canton Police force had him in cuffs within 10 minuets.  Don't know if he was drunk...drugggin...no insurance.  A this point I just have to wait on the police report.  I am fine (sort of) I got a fractured Fibula and a nice sprained ankle.  I was big time lucky and BIG TIME glad I had my jacket on.  I convinced that I would be mess had it not been for elbow and shoulder armour.  Now on to the sad part...........

My bike has all the cosmetic damage you would expect......along with.....something broke inside the motor  :(   The kick starter will go down...but it's crazy stiff.  Allmost like the motor is seizing up.  Thoughts??  Ideas??

She will no doubt end up at Larry's....but, I gotta deal with the whole insurance nightmare first.  Good news....I'll live.  Bad news.....I'm not sure about my original owner 1976 Vintage baby.

Major thank you to Adam and Laura and the girls.  He was there with his trailer about 2 mins after I called him.  My wife Tammy came and picked me and the bike up in my truck and then we spent the rest of the night in the ER.

Zilla made it and the show goes on.........

I'll keep y'all posted........WEAR YOUR DAMN RIDING GEAR...........ALLWAYS!!

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« Reply #59 on: May 07, 2012, 05:26:50 pm »
Nashville PseudoMoto ride report. Our route: http://g.co/maps/xyb6j

5.5.12
Nashville --> Chattanooga-->Robbinsville, NC
Spanner1(Ray), Gruffles (Jonathan), Tugboat (Josh), Music City Metalcraft (Michael) + Ray's wife Karin
4 CB750s + CB650 Nighthawk

It was raining at 7:30, when I was supposed to be leaving my house. Spanner1 (Ray) and I decided to push our meet-up time out an hour to see if the rain would clear. Sure enough, about 8am it tapered off. We met at the TA Travel Center at exit the Old Hickory exit off I-24 at 9am. Stands up about 9:30. Uneventful and pleasant blast down the interstate, over Monteagle and into Chattanooga around 12:30 eastern.


L-->R: Josh, Michael, Jonathan, Karin (where's Ray? Oh, there he is...)

The Atlanta crew (Bluto/Bill, Bluezboy/Vern & Rocker/Adam) arrived at the Tennessee Aquarium around 1:30. Ray and I knew Bill and Vern from Barber, so it was great to see them again and to finally meet Adam.


L-->R: Bluezboy, Music City Metalcraft, Gruffles, Karin, Tugboat, Rocker, Spanner1, Bluto



We lunched across from the Aquarium at Cheeburger! Cheeburger! where GZ helped Vern finish off the Pounder burger. Vern got his picture on their Wall Of Fame!





We left Chattanooga around 2:45pm. The Atlanta crew headed home, and the rest of us headed to Robbinsille, NC via the Cherohala Skyway and SR30. Gorgeous ride! Fantastic sweepers up to about 5500 ft elevation that just kept swirling on and on.... (Seriously. I dreamt that night of riding a left turn that just kept going on forever!!) Without a doubt the best road I've ever ridden on.





Stayed at Two Wheel Inn in Robbinsville - they have personal garages for yr bikes. $80/night for double-occupancy. Recommended. NOTE: ROBBINSVILLE IS A DRY TOWN! Bring your own beer! :)

It being Cinco de Mayo, we had dinner at the El Pacifico Mexican restaurant. Since they didn't serve any booze, we actually had a productive conversation with GZ and Michael explaining the correct way to navigate the Dragon, or just twisties in general. A knife was involved... and some salsa.







Short ride back to the hotel, capped off with some well-deserved beers we'd bought in Tellico Plains.

5.6.12
Tail of the Dragon/Cherohala Skyway/Chattanooga/Nashville
 
Early morning for Michael, Jonathan and I. We were pretty much packed and ready to go when Ray and Karin finally got up! :)





Breakfast at McD's around 9:30, then we rode the Tail of the Dragon (US 129) twice, which was fantastic! A total exercise in concentration though.. I don't think I got out of 2nd gear the entire time and kept it under 45 mph. Great fun though! Got done by noon, before the squids showed up :)











Then back over the Skyway again and back through Chattanooga, stopping at Tellico Cats for a delicious lunch.



Seriously - do yourself a favor and trailer your bike there if you have to.. but make sure you ride the Smokies at some point in your lifetime.

Dropped my camera doing about 60 down SR30, so no more pics for now. Just outside of Chattanooga, some Harley a-hole dropped his bike on Jonathan's bike at a gas station. Douche. The bikes all ran great, except for Jonathan's after he stirred up some gunk in his tank when he knocked HIS bike over into a cop car on the Dragon when Michael got pulled over for speeding. Michael didn't get a ticket and Jonathan didn't get the beat-down. Well-done kids!

It started raining about 70 miles from home.. What's with us and the Rally and RAIN?!? Huge downpour with a delightful lightning show. But with rain suits on, we braved it and all made it home safe and sound.

615 mi roundtrip for me
471 mi for GZ

5.7.12
My house in East Nashville to Athens Family Restaurant on 8th, then part of the way to Clarksville
Spanner1(Ray) + Tugboat(Josh) + Coke(Bob) + Karin
2 CB750's + CB350/4 + CB650 Nighthawk

Got word last night after we got home that Coke/Bob had stopped somewhere in West Nashville after braving the rain and wind for as long as he could, coming from Van Buren, AR, through Memphis and up to Music City on his trusty CB350. Super nice fella with a cool bike to boot! I think it was the first 350/4 I'd ever seen.. maybe one at Barber? Hmmmm.. Anyway we had breakfast at the Athens Family Restaurant in the Melrose section of town, and then escorted Bob and GZ almost to Clarksville via Clarksville Highway (route: http://g.co/maps/e5cqv)





75 mile roundtrip for me
43 miles for GZ

My total rally miles: 690
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« Reply #60 on: May 09, 2012, 09:55:21 am »
Great shots and story Tugboat.  I made it through KY, IL, MO, and into AR before I stopped for the night at Hardy on 64/412.  I messed up and cross threaded a plug in the morning but the 350f still fired and carried me home ... I still have the handoff to TaxiScooter to accomplish this week in Tulsa when we can make arrangements. 

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« Reply #61 on: May 20, 2012, 01:19:06 pm »
Just a quick update: GZ made it from Tulsa OK through Wichita KS and he's now kickin' back in Lincoln Nebraska. I had a great time meeting some SOHC4 members and making new friends along the way. The Kansas Motorcycle rally in Marquette was a blast!
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« Reply #62 on: August 06, 2012, 02:00:07 pm »
Well, here comes some bad writing and even worse photography...I now realize I should have taken a lot more pictures because when I think back to all that I saw and did, what I got doesn't seem sufficient.  Anyway, on  sat Aug. 4, I rode my cb750 from Kalamazoo, MI. down around the bottom of Lake Michigan, through Chicago, and north to Milwaukee, WI, to attend the motorcycle street party known as Rockerbox...and meet up with a bunch of fellow sohc4 forum members in an effort to keep the 2012 relay going.  I also planned to spend the night with friends in Milwaukee and make it back to Gingerman Raceway in South Haven MI. in time to see the Cycle X vintage superbike compete.
     I left my house about 6:30 am grabbed some breakfast at my favorite greasy spoon and headed out on the familiar roads of MI.  My travel goals generally involve a total avoidance of freeways, and today was no exception.  In a lot of ways, Michigan and Indiana were my favorite parts of the ride-nice scenery, it was still bearably cool, and I felt comfortable blasting down two lane blacktops with little traffic.  U.S. 12 through the Indiana dunes is a recommended ride if you are ever in the area.  The contrast between some of the heaviest industry in the country and the raw beauty of a good sized State Park and Wildlife preserve is striking.  Caught sight of this cool old Stude, driven by a hot young lady, at a gas stop...sorry no pic of the lady :'(
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« Reply #63 on: August 06, 2012, 02:40:26 pm »
After the dunes, you are pretty much in Gary, Indiana.  Yechh!!, polluted air land and water, endless miles of oil refineries, steel mills, and total economic decay.  Hammond Illinois is more of the same but more densely populated.  By now I had lost the cool morning air, and the traffic was approaching the hectic level.  Tried to quickly scoot through Chicago's south side to jump on Lake Shore Drive, but I missed the sign for 41 n. and got mildly lost.  Fortunately, Chicago isn't impossible to find your way around if you have been there a few times, and after wasting a half an hour hitting every stoplight I was back on track.  I still made it to my meet up with BankerDanny right on time...10:30am.  From here (North Side of Chicago) I would follow Danny in his kick ass MGBGT through the North Shore district of Chicago, right up the coast of Wisconsin to Milwaukee.  It was good to get out of Chicago, but our route was little relief due to muggy temperatures in the 90's, and low speed limit roads with a good amount of obedient traffic.
    Literally, hours later we rolled into the neigborhood of Rockerbox to be greeted by an impressively large turn out, and a huge number of bikes.  It wasn't long before we linked up with Old Scrambler, Tews19, Grasscutter, and  Skamageddon.  I was over heated, mildly stressed, and road weary, causing me to fail at getting pictures of forum members.  Also, I don't know if anyone reading this has been following that silly thread, This Forum is a Bit Clicky, started by LostMykeys but I am beginning to agree, as I recognized several other forum members bikes but the owners were not to be found for an intro and a hand shake.  Ah well, seems they just didn't want to enter my reality bubble, just wanting to remain an obscure dream on a computer screen. ::) ::)   ...more pics... First one is Old Scrambler's original owner k3...the rest are just bikes I dug enough to snap pics of.
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« Reply #64 on: August 06, 2012, 02:47:14 pm »
Old Scrambler gets the first pic again, if not the first prize.  This is his LSR bike, which he set a record with.  I believe it is Triumph 250 based.  Hopefully, he will bust in with some more details.
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« Reply #65 on: August 06, 2012, 02:52:23 pm »
Fingers getting tired and hungry...more to come...stay tuned for CycleX at Gingerman...
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« Reply #66 on: August 06, 2012, 08:33:25 pm »
Well. then it kinda clouded up and was looking like a storm was blowing in, so guys were hustlin' them trailer queens all over the place.  I didn't care, the clouds were cooling me off finally, and the rain would even more so.  I met up with my friend Olivia, she got lost on the way to her place on the other side of town.  She has only recently moved to Milwaukee...so I ended up riding around about three times farther than necessary and getting very wet.  I changed my clothes and had dinner at the little restaurant Olivia lives above.  Then she took me to the cocktail bar she works at, Bryants.  This place Bryant's is my favorite bar in the whole world right now, and I like lots of 'em!  It's really dark inside, hasn't been remodeled since about 1972, has absolutely no TV's anywhere, just vintage jazz, soul, blues, and R&B on the stereo, and fantastic drinks.  I could just tell the bartender what I wanted to taste, and he would mix and shake up something to perfection.  I could have stayed there all night but we went to a couple other bars.  Had a good time meeting some funny Italian guys who's band was on tour...I got real tired long before closing time so I ended up crashing out pretty early.  Second pic is Olivia in the middle, Emily on the right...In all the commotion, I kinda forgot about Godzilla, he was pissed...
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« Reply #67 on: August 06, 2012, 09:23:21 pm »
Somehow, I woke up bright and early the next day...which is good 'cuz I had a #$%* ton of riding to do if I wanted to see the baddest sohc4 road race bike going.  Thankfully, the severe mugginess had vanished with the rain...nothing but clear skies, and clean, dry, uncongested pavement between me and South Haven MI.  I had to stop for this photo op...a totally abandoned and unfinished section of highway, near Skokie? Illinois, I think?  Made it through Chicago without getting totally lost this time, although I did screw up trying to get from the south end of Lakeshore Dr. over to I94.  I've made a new resolution to never ride a motorcycle through the city of Chicago ever again.  Jumped on the freeway(I94) to speed past the south side, Hammond, and Gary, but got off too early and still had to ride through the gnarliest part of Gary.  Once again this ride illustrated some terrifying contrasts we have in this country...there is literally nothing left, financially, of Gary, ...and only 60 miles North on Sheridan rd., I had been riding past some of the most expensive real estate in the country...Anyway, no politics here, right?  Caught another photo op back in the Indiana Dunes...Godzilla sizing up a little train station visible from one of my gas stops.  I really wish I had stopped for photos both on Sheridan road and in Gary.  I realize I was too scared in both places...one I was scared of desparate outlaws, and the other I was scared of being taken for a desparate outlaw...
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« Reply #68 on: August 07, 2012, 09:29:47 pm »
Ok.  *sigh*  Wow.  After a day to decompress and reflect....that was epic.
For all the statistic geeks: (guess that must include me...since I put the numbers together!)
Miles: 1342.  Round-trip.  587 w/ GZ.
Fuel used: 27.539 gal.
Fuel cost: $103.33
Food: $73.44
Misc Travel, camp & ferry fees, souvenirs, etc: $74.

Total 4 day, 3 night trip: $254.26

Memories: Priceless!  ;D


Now I'll try to condense the trip report:  (yeah, right...this is going to be looooooong)
  GZ arrives and makes a serious mess!Seriously?
  You born in a barn??  Oh wait... your GZ.  You were born to DESTROY!!!!!
  Sitting on my 04 955i.  Swear I heard him say, "Momma... all I want to do is go Faaaaaasssst!"
  Doing his pre-flight inspection.

As most of you know by now, I had clutch failure early Friday morning.  Limped it home, and started to do the clutch.  Already had disks ready for another CB650 project.  (see it helps to have more than 1 project going @ a time!!) 
It wasn't going to be successful, due to a torn clutch cover gasket.  Thought I would RTV it, but....I'm going 1300+ miles.  Would really suck for the RTV to fail, out on the road.  I hate oil leaks!
  Clutch trashed.


So, loaded up my 1981 GL500i Silverwing and took off.
Hot and humid morning, and my mind is still dwelling on the clutch issue, so I miss my exit on the north side of Des Moines, to connect up with HWY330 to Cedar Rapids.
End up riding I-80 an extra hr or so.  Its got to be close to 100deg, and I always ride with a armored jacket...um..yeah... Was coming up with all kinds of creative ways to drink water while riding, wearing a full face helmet.  I'm downing, bottle after bottle of water.  I-80 is a horribly boring ride.

Through Cedar Rapids, up 151 all the way to Madison.  Been through Madison a few times, and definitely want to come back and explore it @ a more relaxed pace.

Through Madison up to Columbus WI, and couldn't find my campground.  Saw an older farm couple working in their garden, which was right by the highway, so I pulled in, waved, and asked for directions.  After a nice conversation, the guy says, 'heck, follow me, I'll show you where it is, its right down the road.'  He jumps in his pick-up and I follow.  Yup, right down the road.  Must have passed by it 3 times!  We stop @ the park entrance and chat a bit more, then off he goes.  His name was John.  Told him, if I had a beer with me, you could come on down to my campground and have a drink with me and we can tell some lies!  He laughs and says, 'yeah, I'd like that.  If you pass this way again, come up and knock on the door.'  Pretty cool.

Hot.  Humid.  No breeze.  Lots of drunk campers on a Friday night.  Definitely did not get much sleep.

Luckily they had good showers, and the campground was nice enough, I'd be back. 
Packed up quickly and hit the road Saturday a.m.

Not a GPS user, so stopped and got a new WI map, and left in open in my top tank bag pocket, so I could find my way through Milwaukee.  Made it through town and to RockerBox with no problems.  Its still crazy hot and humid and I'm exhausted when I get there.
Motorcycle is loaded with all my traveling gear, so I decided not to venture too far from it, while I make a few calls to Bruce (oldschool), Dennis (oldscrambler) and others, to let them know I'm here.

Connect up with Dennis, and we unload my stuff in his van.  Now I can relax, that no one is going to swipe my gear! 

We chat a bit, walk the show and meet-up with various other sohc/4 guys through out the day.

Rockerbox is a show, you have to attend.  The atmosphere was perfect.  Tattoo'd girls everywhere.  Motorcycle eye candy galore.  All nestled in an eclectic part of town.  I'm going back next year!! 
  Interesting take on customizing a Ruckus!
  Where are all the turbo kits they sold, back in the day??  (So I don't overflood this post with pics.... I'll let other guys do a write-up with pics of the RockerBox show.)

Since this is where I part company with skamaggedon, seanbarney, bankerdanny and tews19... I'll put my thanks to each of you now.

*Tews19:  You're right...I was exhausted.  Done a lot of cross country tours, but the heat and lack of sleep was wearing on me, by the time I got to RockerBox.  Thanks for the pint of Spotted Cow.  It hit the spot!
*Skamaggedon:  Didn't get to chat much, but was good to make your acquaintance.  Ballsy dude riding to RockerBox on a fresh rebuild engine!
*Bankerdanny:  Nice MG.  Thanks for letting us pop the hood and be engine geeks for a few minutes.  Plus GZ needed to sit on English Roadster @ least once!
*Seanbarney:  I'm coming back to RockerBox next year, lets plan to ride together.  Would love to do the Lake Express and check out the roads on MI side.  Plus, I got a feeling you and could put back a few dark beers (or 6)!  Ha.  Good to meet you!

Left RockerBox, heading to Dennis house.  About an hr.  We kind of beat the rain.  Was a light, but steady rain, but really started to come down after we got to his house.  Met his bro. and sis. in-law.  We sat around, told stories, and got acquainted.  Went to a local place for burgers and boy... they went down fast!  Tasty.

Sat. a.m., Dennis and I do an 2 hr tour of misc. State park roads, head to Sheboygan, tour part of the coast of Lake MI. 
  Outside Kettle Moraine State Park.
  Photo op by Lake MI.  Yup, was riding on the sidewalk!

Was a great morning ride.  We get back to his house and chat about a route back home.  He suggests a specific state park on the WI / IA border that shouldn't be missed.
So, I pack up and leave his place around 2:30. 

(Dennis:  Boy...I sure got lost leaving your house.  I ended up taking hwy 57 north.  By time I realized it, I backtracked and ended up back @ your place.  Lost about an hr. total on that 'detour'!)

Wyalusing state park for my saturday evening.  Wow.  Spectacular campground.  Sunning spots overlooking the river, high up on some bluffs.  (Note to self:  I need to get to bed earlier.... The sun comes up @ like 5:30...an in a tent... um.. yeah, can't really pulled the shades down and hit snooze.) 

Woke up to see the sun coming up, and heavy fog coming up off the MS river.  Pics look like I was above the clouds.  Phenomenal!
  Camping above the clouds.
 
Crazy temperature shift too.  Was mid to high 90's Sat. afternoon, and when I woke up Sunday morning it was about 51deg!  Sure was loving the windshield on the GL500!  Stayed cool most of the day, til mid-afternoon.

Headed to Cassville WI to take the ferry across to IA.    Train was stopped on the tracks, so took opportunity to hit up a local breakfast cafe.  Met another rider, named Eric.  In his late 60's touring on a newer GS BMW.  His route was:  Atlanta, VA (don't remember which one), NY, WI, IA, up to WA!  Doing what he called a 'credit card tour'.  Hotels all the way!  We chatted over breakfast about riding, motorcycles, etc.  Finished up breakfast and rode down to wait for the ferry.

Its me and 2 other cars for this trip across.  $8 for motorcycles.  Meet 2 guys from the Netherlands on holiday.  (Why do we say vacation instead of Holiday?  Holiday sounds like more of an adventure.  An excursion!)  He's some famous scientist that came to Chicago for a lecture, and then him and his son were spending 2 weeks driving around exploring America.  They said the heat over the last week was nothing they had ever experienced before.  He put his hands on his head... and said 'oy..sooooo oppressive'.  Yeah, that about sums it up.    (me & the 2 from netherlands)

Met another couple from Alaska that were on a road trip with their 3 girls.  Nice couple...although I kept having to watch what I said... The husband made me nervous, when he said he was a Alaska State Trooper.  I joking said, 'oh crap, now I gotta watch what I say, right?'  Don't think he really laughed!

Then rolled on towards Cedar Rapids.  Stopped for a broke down motorcyclist, coming into Anamosa, IA.  Worked with him for about an hr.  Traced the problem back to a fuel pump issue.  (2004 Royal Star Yamaha).  Got his #, and headed into town to try and find him a tow service or motorcycle shop.  Spent about 2 hrs @ the motorcycle museum  (well worth the $7!), while I waited around to make sure he got taken care of.  Was about 3 hrs. before I got back on the road.

(Side note regarding the Museum):  Even though the have tons of Metric bikes there, there are a lot of Harleys.  Realized how much I really don't like Harleys.  All the Harley race bikes they had on display were from private owners, who built them themselves., in their basements, improving the multitude of Harley errors.  Maybe if Harley actually had a factory race program, they could have worked out more of the bugs, OIL LEAKS, and other items, and had a reliable motorcycle.  But....got to give it to them... they are real good @ selling an image.)  Ok, rant done.  I'll still stick my hand down and wave @ any biker.  Harleys included!

After Anamosa, its on through Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and back home.  The last 2 hrs was painful.  Had done all I the riding I could handle for the day.  Was doing all I could to stay focused.  Stood up on the pegs, to stretch the legs.  Cranked the stereo.  Put feet on back pegs to change position.  It was crazy hot & humid again, and now I'm hating the stupid windshield.  Ugh.  Love it during cold temps.  Hate it when its hot.

Then I'm home.  Drink a beer.  Crash. 

Glad to have played a part for the 2nd GZ tour.   Since I had to ride a v-twin liquid...Does this mean that the HTTA (Honda Transverse Twin Association) was represented for GZ 2012!?  :)

Misc. thank you's that I may have missed: Dennis- oldscrambler.  Had a blast meeting and hanging with you.  Looking forward to meeting up in IA in a few weeks.
Shane72:  Sorry my clutch issue put me behind schedule, so that we couldn't meet and ride.  Appreciate the suggestions regarding hwy330, 30 and 151.  Much better that sticking to I-80!

All in all....was a great ride.  Got 2 more similar trips before end of year, and then a Key West trip sometime between Jan-March 2013.  Going to make it a 15000 mile year.

Talk to you all later.

****Will update this when I get the pic from Dennis, of me handing GZ to him.  Then I can add it and the hand off to Sean Barney, and this post will be complete.






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Re: 2012 Relay Ride Riders Logs **Rider's Logs Only**
« Reply #69 on: August 10, 2012, 12:26:41 pm »
Great write ups Sean and Zak, it was great to see you, Dennis, Nick (Tewes19) and Scamagedon at Rockerbox. If was fun driving the MG up, but I definitely miss my 550.

I'm embarassed to say that I never did write up the 1400 miles I rode with GZ, Sean and MJ last year and only posted a small handful of the pictures I took.
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« Reply #70 on: August 12, 2012, 11:52:36 am »
Quick picture additions:  Hand-offs from me to Dennis.  Dennis to SeanBarney.  Couple misc. of Skamaggedon, and tews19.  Not leaving you out bankerdanny.  Don't have any pics of you, except your MG. 

  Me passing GZ baton to Dennis.

  Dennis doing hand-off to Sean Barney.

  Skameggedon chatting with Dennis.

  Tews19 (red shirt) and Sean.

  GZ hitching a quick bumper ride on BankerDannys MG. 

That about wraps up the pics of the folks involved with the Rockerbox hand-off.

Finally:  2 other misc. pics of 2 radical sohcs @ Rockerbox.  (Picture credit to Dennis)



   Check out the name.  If my french is correct... "Phydeaux", would translate to FIDO!  Love it!
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« Reply #71 on: August 15, 2012, 05:15:30 pm »
Great write-ups Zak and Sean 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

I don't have an actual ride report because I did not put any miles on with GZ :-[

I did put about 100 miles on my CB750K3 just to meet up with GZ ::)

That last pic of the FIDO is a CB750A.....and it WON BEST OF SHOW 8) 8) 8) 8)
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« Reply #72 on: August 15, 2012, 09:57:22 pm »
My apologies to anyone who has been waiting for this...the last stop on my travels home from Milwaukee and Rockerbox was a race track in South Haven Michigan, named Gingerman Raceway.  It just so happened, that on this day, the AHRMA was in town, and the CycleX vintage superbike heavyweight was participating  in the event.  I made it to the track about 1:30 pm sunday, and had only missed a few of the classes.  I watched a couple races. wandered about the track, strolled the paddock...then found this....
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« Reply #73 on: August 15, 2012, 10:23:02 pm »
...I introduced myself to some guy hangin' around an it turned out to be Ken, the owner of CycleX.  He was very friendly and happy to talk to me for a few.  We chatted for a few about how bad his bike was beatin' up on the other bikes the day before.  Apparently, they won the first race by over a minute...in a three lap race!  We also talked about the high cost of racing, how nobody wants to give you any parts (until you win a few!), a story about a bike he built that won a trophy at Rockerbox (he left the trophy there!), and how he is generally mildly fed up with internet forums and rarely posts on them.  Seemed like a very genuine and cool guy.  I got to meet his son, and his helper, member here Beer Guy (forgot the name).  I didn't get a chance to meet his rider, Kevin.
     Eventually, it was time for the Superbike heavyweight class...and yes, the CycleX bike was far and away the fastest bike on the track that day, looked as good as anybody else in the corners...and in the straights?, it looked like a top fuel dragster vs. a bunch of mopeds.  Unfortunately, they experienced what appeared to be fueling or ignition troubles on the last lap.  I'm not sure if they finished the race or not.
    I watched a couple more races and headed for home.  Gingerman Raceway was only about a 40 minute ride from my home.
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« Reply #74 on: November 07, 2012, 07:42:59 pm »
Well ladies and gents, seems that perhaps the rider logs may be in the regional blogs but this SHOULD be the correct place sooooo....................

Who was it that sang "Mama I'm coming home"? OZzie I believe. Must be related to GZzie. Wibur, he's headed your way, back home. GZII aka Lefty is in Atlanta awaiting a meeting with his evil twin GZ the First TOMORROW in Valdosta. Bluezboy Vern came by my sister's place tonight and brought Lefty. It was really FANTASTIC meeting Vern for the first time. This is one of the times that a person has lived up to my 'virtual' picture of him. Great guy. Vern, it was a pleasure and I'm looking forward to riding the Blue Ridge Parkway and Tail of the Dragon with you  :)

Lefty will be riding a Turbo 750 from Atlanta to Valdosta in the morning!


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