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86129squids
Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 01:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Might've been a breeze when Gale took those pics.
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 06:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Might have.
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Tootal
Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Wow, with the matching shirts you guys look like a couple!! Glad you had a nice day and a nice ride. Sometimes getting lost just isn't that bad!
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86129squids
Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 03:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

So- why am I thinking that maybe RoadCrust might have a new riding partner?? She's kinda cute!! ; )
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 03:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

She's definitely cute, but I don't think she's looking for a riding partner.

This was more like a visit to meet somebody who's been giving me all kinds of good advice for a few years. She definitely would make a good Badweb member if she was into Buells. She has the right attitude.
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86129squids
Posted on Friday, May 04, 2018 - 11:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

That works too. But hey! It's been years since I had MY Buell, sadly a majority of us no longer have one, including you, buddy! What does she ride? I'm guessing a Sporty of some sort...
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Wolfridgerider
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2018 - 03:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Just saw this on facebook and thought of you...



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Crusty
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2018 - 04:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

That's an ugly looking pileup.
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86129squids
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2018 - 04:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)



Talk about a HIGH side!!! Wonder what was going through dude's mind as he did that "Iron Man" impersonation... owie.
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Shoggin
Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 12:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

He was just standing there and the 'expelling' made him fly that high!


Wow, thats a crazy pic.
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Adrenaline_junkie
Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 09:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Does anyone know how the guys in the photo faired?
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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 09:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I take back my original comment. I think that was at the Ft. Worth 1/2 Mile a couple of weeks ago. Steve Bonsey is the rider in the air. Jake Johnson is the rider in blue and white, #64 is Danny Eslick and the rider in black is Brian Smith. Eslick and Johnson are fine, Smith has a broken fibula and will be out for a couple of races and I'm not sure about Bonsey. I think he wasn't hurt badly, but I can't find any info on him.

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Adrenaline_junkie
Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 02:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thanks Crusty. This picture has funny meme written all over it but I hate to make jokes if someone was seriously injured.
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Akbuell
Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 03:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

In keeping w/the above photo, best wishes to Sandriana Shipman for a full and speedy recovery. Washed out the front end at the Texas(?) 1/2 mile and got hit by other riders.

Hope to see her back soon; racing deserves more women on the track.
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Etennuly
Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 04:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Wow. I hate to see that. I was watching flat track in the late 70' s in Welland Canada. One guy hit a rut lap after lap sideways WFO, until it caught. It launched him, like this guy, but much higher. He was on his way down from orbit When he hit the top of the outside retaining fence. The fence sprung back and threw him spring loaded like, onto the track. He did not make it.

From that moment I have had a serious distain for watching any of those incredible wreck films. I still love racing though.
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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 07:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Writers Block


The Muse has left me. Iím having a very hard time hacking out anything thatís readable. Iíve started writing a Snippet a few times this past week, but after a short paragraph or so, my mind goes blank.
Itís not that I donít have things to write about; quite the contrary. There are a bunch of things that have happened and are happening, but I just canít seem to put anything coherent together.

I want to write about the Sportster Rally Iím going to attend and the neat idea I have for a give away for Buelltoberfest. Each time I try, the wording is clumsy and disjointed.

I especially want to write about my new laptop. The other day, I came home and saw a package on my front porch. When I opened it, there was a laptop inside. It was a gift from a friend. (I donít know if he wants to remain anonymous, but Iíd rather err on the side of caution). I donít know if itís new (it looks it), I hope it was a refurb, Ďcause it looks like a fairly expensive model. Itís a pretty sweet little computer. And I donít know how to use all its features. Iím learning, but my Computer Literacy level is on a par with Hooked On Phonics. The screen pivots so it can become a tablet. Size wise, itís a little smaller and thinner than the Macbook Iíve been using. The person who sent it said that my old laptop was almost as old as my bike and, "computers donít age as well as a HarleyĒ.

Iím feeling pretty overwhelmed by this act of generosity. Iím astounded and humbled that I have people like this in my life. Now I have to work on figuring out how to Pay It Forward.

In any event, thereís a lot to write about, and now I have a new laptop to do it with.

I sure feel Blessed.
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Ourdee
Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 09:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You are very blessed John. I have discovered one simple thing in my short life. Gifts look like the receiver is getting all the reward. Quite the opposite is the case. The giver receives the blessing. People that never give can't comprehend how it works, and they miss out on life. Generous people put others before themselves. The word magnanimous comes from two latin words (loosely translated) "great" and "spirit or soul". Be magnanimous to one another. When I get a gift, I graciously receive it and say thank you. To do otherwise is to steal their blessing.
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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 08:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I wrote this in January of 2015, but it still holds true for me. I already have my tickets for both Springfield Miles this year and I'm looking forward to being there for the race.


Springfield





I learned to ride motorcycles in 1969 and I immediately fell in love with riding. I started learning as much as I could about pretty much all facets of motorcycles. I started buying all the magazines at the Newsstand and explored a whole new world with enthusiasm. I read about Old (Vintage) bikes and New bikes, I learned about famous riders like Ed Kretz and ďIron ManĒ Fred Ham, I read articles on Vincents and even Indian Vincents, Munch Mammuts and Seeley Condors. I fell in love with the Royal Enfield Mark 2 Interceptor. I read about Racing of all types. I read about people like Dave Aldana, Gene Romero, Gary Nixon and Dick Mann. I learned about the different types of motorcycle races. I learned the history of AMA Racing and how the National #1 plate was awarded to the winner of the Springfield Mile up until 1954. I read about places like Ascot and the San Jose Mile and the Castle Rock TT and the Houston Astrodome Short Track. There was a whole lot to learn, and I jumped into the deep end of the knowledge pool with enthusiasm.



In 1973, I saw my first Dirt Track race (the Colorado Springs Mile), and it was instant love all over again. I would attend as many Nationals as I could over the next few years, and I loved watching all of them. I met retired racers and learned about what it was like to race back in the Ď50s and Ď60s. I had my heroes, and would cheer them on at every race I attended.



In the early Ď80s, the Springfield Mile returned. The Legendary Springfield Mile. The place where, in the Old Days, the #1 Plate was awarded. I read about it in the magazines, and decided that, one day I would go to see it. One Tuesday in May of 1984, I was reading a magazine and discovered that the Springfield Mile was going to be held on the upcoming Sunday, May 20. I was unemployed at the time, and I had the money to go, so I left on Thursday for Illinois. I found the Fairgrounds on Saturday, and went to the window to get a ticket for Sundayís race. When I told the guy at the window that I had just ridden out from Boston, he was amazed and he took me into the Grandstands so that I could see the track. It was groomed to perfection, and I could just tell that the race was going to be a really good one. The track had a real aura; Magical or Electric both come to mind, but however you want to describe it, I could feel it.



However, around midnight that night, it started to rain. I was in my tent at the KOA, and I could hear it. It wasnít a heavy rain and it would stop then restart, but it was enough to worry me. I got up around 7:00 and rode into town to get breakfast at the Howard Johnsonís. Jay Springsteen, Scotty Parker and their wives were eating in the booth behind me, and I shamelessly eavesdropped on their conversation. I remember Jay saying that he hoped the officials would cancel early so he could head for home, and that just made me feel worse. I had come out from Massachusetts and I wasnít going to see the race. It was going to be a Rain out.



I left the restaurant, and headed downtown on my way to the Fairgrounds, and the sky just opened up. I wound up stopping in another restaurant just to get out of the rain, it was pouring so bad. I was waiting to get a seat and watching a puddle grow around me as the water drained out of my Levis when I looked over and Ricky Graham was standing next to me. I was getting to have breakfast with three of my heroes, and my mood was so foul, I wouldnít talk to them. I was bummed. (besides, what do you say to one of your heroes? ďGee, I think youíre cool!Ē? That only embarrasses both you and him.)



Anyway, the rain quit shortly after that, and the sun came out. I rode out to the fairgrounds around noon, and there was a sign on the ticket window saying Rain Date May 27. The doors to the stands were wide open, so I went in and looked at the track. There was a set of footprints about six inches deep in the mud where somebody had walked across the front straight. I could understand why the race had been cancelled, but I didnít like it. I thought about just hanging around Springfield for a week so that I could see the race, but then my common sense kicked in and I realized that was not really feasible.



I went back to the KOA, and discovered that the wind had blown my tent down, and my sleeping bag and clothes were soaked. I was camped away from all the Rudabagos and off by the edge of the Kampground, so I hung my wet clothes on the fence behind my tent, and spread my bag out on the picnic table and let the wind dry them. The next morning, I got up early and headed home.



I later discovered that not hanging around was the best thing I could have done. The race got rained out again the following week. If I had stayed, I still wouldnít have gotten to see it. It took four tries that year to finally get the Mile in.



However, just seeing the track had been enough to get me to come back the following year. And the race in 1985 was good enough to have me returning almost every year for the next 25+ years.



I havenít been to Springfield for a few years, now. Circumstances and health issues have kept me away. This year though, Iíve already talked to the very nice lady at the IMDA and there will be a ticket for me waiting at the Will Call window on both Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.



Iíve said it many times over the years, and it still holds true; if I could only see one race for the rest of my life, it would be the Springfield Mile.



If youíve never been to it, you donít know what youíre missing. }
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Crusty
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 10:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

A Short Spontaneous Ride


Yesterday, the weather was flawless. I went to the Sunday Morning meeting and I was talking a couple of guys who ride and while talking with them I decided that maybe a ride over to Rabbit Hash was in order. Itís a popular destination for riders in the Tri-State area. Of course, since I made the decision spontaneously while I was out, I didnít have my camera with me, but I wasnít going to let a minor detail like that stop me.

So I rode over to the Anderson Ferry and took that across the river. Now that the I-71/75 bridge has all its lanes open, the wait for the ferry isnít nearly as long, even though theyíre down to using only one ferry instead of two. I enjoy taking ferries with the Roadster. It just feels good to be that close to the River.

Once over the river, I took the long way to Rabbit Hash. I stayed as close to the river as I could and just enjoyed the road as it rose and fell and twisted. Roads by the river match any twisty roads in the mountains and I just fell into a comfortable rhythm. There was little traffic and all the trees are fully leafed. It felt like Summer. Simply Magnificent! I got to Rabbit Hash just before 1:00 and, since I hadnít eaten anything for breakfast, I bought a Pulled Pork sandwich from the Scalded Hog. It was acceptable for Que around here. In other parts of the country, Iíd say it was really good, but BBQ is an Art from here on South. The General Store opened at 1:00 (they were opening late because it was Mothersí Day), so I went in and bought a can of Pepsi. At the register was a bowl of marshmallows dipped in caramel. I bought two (I love caramel) and they were very enjoyable. I sat on the front porch of the store and watched the bikes come and go, drinking my Pepsi and eating the candy for a while before deciding to get back on the road.

Since the ride was spontaneous, I also didnít have my maps with me. I didnít want to take the same route back, but I wasnít sure which way to go; so I just went. I was rewarded with even more wonderful roads. Eventually, I got into more populated areas and I wound up getting on the Interstate to cross back over the river into Cincinnati. The ride lasted only a few hours, but is was a heavenly few hours.

When I finally got back home about five hours later than I had originally planned when I went out, I had time to use up the last of the Chocolate brown paint on the trim in the 3 foot hallway which was pretty much all I was really planning to do for the day.

So; I got my ďhouseworkĒ accomplished and also got in another sweet ride. I think that next time, I might just go up river towards Marysville. There are more great roads that way.

(Message edited by Crusty on May 14, 2018)
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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 04:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Oh Boy! I just found a little item that I've been trying to find for a couple of decades now. They would make a good give away at a rally. It's a good thing I bought a quantity of them. They're expensive, though; they cost me almost $0.25 each! That's OK; they're worth that much to me.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 08:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Great post, thanks for making my day better!
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Crusty
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 02:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

WTF??!?


Iím experiencing a bit of weird luck, lately. Itís not the first time itís happened, but it is noticeable to me. I hope it doesnít become a streak, but you never know.

My friend Don is going to come down from Buffalo bringing some tools that I donít have; a chain saw, and electric pole saw and a hammer drill. The hammer drill is so that I can install some bolt anchors in my basement floor. The anchors require a 5/8Ē drill bit which Don doesnít have, so I ordered one from Home Depot. On Thursday, I got an e-mail saying it was in at the local store. A couple of hours later, I got an e-mail saying that the shipment was delayed and I wouldnít get it until a couple of weeks from now. I went to the store and it was at the service counter. I donít know what that second e-mail was all about.

My bike has been making a loud clunk whenever I hit a pothole or bump in the road. I determined that it was the gas cap, so I bought one of those low profile pop up gas caps from fleaBay. It was supposed to arrive by Friday. This is what I see when I go to the USPS web site to track it:


May 19, 2018
In Transit to Next Facility
The item is currently in transit to the next facility as of May 19, 2018.
________________________________________
May 18, 2018, 7:32 pm
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
FAYETTEVILLE NC DISTRIBUTION CENTER ANNEX
________________________________________
May 18, 2018, 5:30 pm
Departed USPS Regional Facility
RALEIGH NC DISTRIBUTION CENTER
________________________________________
May 18, 2018, 4:42 pm
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
RALEIGH NC DISTRIBUTION CENTER
________________________________________
May 18, 2018, 2:42 pm
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
GREENSBORO NC DISTRIBUTION CENTER
________________________________________
May 18, 2018, 6:21 am
Departed USPS Regional Facility
CINCINNATI OH NETWORK DISTRIBUTION CENTER
________________________________________
May 17, 2018, 7:14 pm
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
CINCINNATI OH NETWORK DISTRIBUTION CENTER
________________________________________
May 17, 2018, 5:59 pm
Accepted at USPS Origin Facility
WALTON, KY 41094


It originated about 20 miles south of here, just over the Ohio River. It was in Cincinnati, and now itís taking a tour of North Carolina. By the time I get it, that gas cap will have a yearís worth of mileage on it.

I know that the USPS is a very efficient operation; Iíve had several worse experiences with both Fed EX and UPS. However, this one has me scratching my head. Iím wondering if maybe a loose piece of tape snagged my package and itís stuck to something going somewhere else?

Well; whatever the reason, I hope it gets here soon. Iím heading for the Springfield Mile this coming weekend. It would be nice to have it on my bike then.
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Froggy
Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 08:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

What I find to be odd is that it never departed the Walton KY facility, usually you get a message that it departed then shortly later you will get the arrived in Cinic. It is possible it was dropped off at the wrong post office or never initially scanned in, which will create weirdness at the start of the trip. After that point, my guess is the box ended up in the wrong bin, they use giant bins with wheels to sort where it is going before throwing it on the next truck, I'm guessing it got tossed on the NC truck instead of the one that brings it to your local post office.

I'm not familiar with the routing out your way, it is possible there is no direct truck back to Ohio, but it is also very possible the information was typed in wrong and it thinks it wants to go to a different zip code. When you drop off a package that wasn't prepaid, they manually type in the zip code, which gets embeded in the label their register prints out, and it uses that for sorting and such. If this is the case, someone may have noticed it and attempted to correct it manually but several steps away.

I dealt with the ended up on the wrong truck scenario a few weeks ago, had a package from St Paul Harley get to New York then instead of getting sent to the hub near me, it detoured to Jersey. I still got it, just took an extra 2 days.
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Court
Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 09:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I used "Express Mail" 5 times the last year . . . supposed to be overnight . . . best we've done, thus far, is 5 days.

I no longer rely on the USPS for anything important.
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Etennuly
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 01:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Makes me wonder.....what would it cost to send something on this route intentionally?
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Crusty
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 04:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I tried that. It's still circling around the globe somewhere. I think.
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Natexlh1000
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 09:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Maybe just hovering in an expensive helicopter for hours, not going anywhere but maintaining an altitude of 150 feet.
I doesn't actually get anywhere but it does so in style.
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Ourdee
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 10:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

We talking about a package or Court?
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