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Damnut
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 05:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

And a Crusty...........
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Bill


Bill was my oldest friend. I first met him sometime before Kindergarten. He lived next door to my aunt and uncle, and when weíd go over to visit, I go play with him. We had several interests in common when we were growing up. One was our love for riding bicycles. We would ride all over Waltham and the surrounding cities and towns.

I remember one time, back in High School when Brother Terrance (our teachers were Christian Brothers) organized a ride out to Walden Pond during Spring Break. By then, most of the other kids had given up on bicycles, and were waiting to get their Driverís Licenses so they could be cool and drive around. It was about 10 miles over hilly and twisty roads. Bill and I ran away from the group who were straining and panting on their 10 speeds while Bill and I were just cruising on out 3 speeds. We got to the Pond, then turned around and rode back to the group who were about a mile behind us. Once we got there with the group, Bill and I rode around the Pond on a trail through the woods.

Bill and I went our separate ways for a while after High School. He went off to college and I went to work. However, during that time, we both discovered motorcycles. I was into British bikes and Bill was into Harleys. However, our friendship rekindled around motorcycles.

I remember one night in particular when Iíd had a very disappointing day while trying to get my í53 Triump up and running. Bill had left his í72 Superglide at my house for a couple of days while he replaced the broken bolt that held the ignition advance in place. He had both his car and the bike at the house and asked me to ride the bike over to his place. That ride was magical for me. It was the first time I felt what he felt riding it. It washed all the disappointment of my day away. I never forgot that ride and years later it influenced me so that I bought a Superglide of my own.

Bill had also had a memorable influence toward his choice in motorcycles. One day, when he was 10 or 12 or so, he was in the family car (a í57 Chevy) with his mother and aunt. His aunt was a miserable old bat to didít like anybody or anything. They were sitting at a traffic light, and a guy on a red Sportster pulled up beside them. Bill looked at the bike and thought it was the coolest thing heíd ever seen. His aunt made the usual negative comments about riffraff, but Bill was enthralled when the light changed and the Sportster pulled away and he promised himself that one day, heíd own a bike like that.

In 1978, Bill finally got a Red XLH. He flat loved that bike. He was working in the family store six days a week, and would spend hours looking at maps and plotting out routes that he could take on Sunday.
His highlight ride was a trip he took from Massachusetts out to western Nevada. It wasnít his longest ride, but it was the Ride that really Hit Home for him.

In the meantime, I moved back to Massachusetts and bought a used í78 FXE with low miles. Bill and I started doing a bit of traveling together. He bought a Superglide tank for his bike (the factory offered a kit) and he continued to ride the bike.

Life, however moved on, as it always does, and Bill sold the Sportster. He had gotten his Masters Degree in Geology and went to work in that field and didnít have time to ride any more. It didnít take long before he regretted it. He went through a series of bikes, but wasnít really happy with any of them, but he finally bought an í85 Sportster.

This bike was the antithesis of everything that Bill believe a bike should be. It had way too much chrome, and Ape hangers and it was festooned with every possible variation of Live To Ride - Ride To Live emblems, covers etc. The night Bill bought it, I went with him and I rode the bike to the Shop where Bill had Guido go over it.

About that time, Bill moved out to California. The Sportster was a project, and it was going to take a while to get up and running. In the meantime, Bill bought a couple of other bikes, but he was focused on the Sportster. He would regularly keep me informed on his progress. The Bozo heíd bought it from had done everything half assed. If something was supposed to have three bolts, heíd only used two. Little by little Bill was cleaning up the mess.

One morning, Bill was sitting in a coffee shop and overheard a conversation by a bunch of guys who were sitting behind him. They were talking about the Laughlin run. they were all going to trailer their bikes because they didnít want to get them dirty; and besides, itís 400 miles away. Thatís too far to ride. Thatís when he decided to build a bike that would look better the dirtier it got, and would be comfortable enough for long rides.

He decided that the bike would have no chrome, and it would be painted in Army surplus Olive Drab paint. He put a lot of thought into the bike and eventually, the Desert Rat became a reality. He found a good painter once he had everything sorted and the bike became a reality. His inspiration was a military look of around WW2 and he pulled it off really well.

The Rat became his daily rider And he got a Lot of compliments and even entered it in a show and got 1st place, but he still missed the í78. So he started looking on eBay and finally found one that was pretty close to stock. He was eventually going to convert it to a replica of his old XLH. Bill shipped the í78 to the shop where he was going to have Guido go through it and get it right, mechanically. We also began talking about a cross country trip on Sportsters. Bill wanted to ride the Desert Rat from LA to Boston, then he and I (on the í78) would ride to LA while visiting various places on the trip.

Unfortunately, he died before we could do that. After he passed, his sister gave the í78 to me. Iím hoping that some day Iíll get it rebuilt to look like Billís old í78 as a tribute to an old friend.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of pictures of Bill and the Desert Rat:







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Fb1
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 03:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

^ Nice, Crusty, one of your best.

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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 04:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

psÖ


I found a photo of Bill on his í78 that was taken in 1982. New England had gotten a fairly large amount of snow, and after getting all the shoveling done, Kathryn and Sandy had come by to visit on their cross country skis. Bill and I took out bikes out and took a few photos. I knew I had pictures of the í78, but this is the only one with a good view of the sissy bar. One of the denizens of the XL Forum offered to check his stash of sissy bars, and if he has one, will let me have it for the resto. Anyway, hereís Bill on the í78 during the winter of Ď82

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Oldfartnbuell
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 04:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Crusty, NICE!
I have to ask, did this Quido that you speak of once live in Denver and work on Bikes?

I once knew a Guido bike mechanic there.
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 05:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

No. Guido's real name is Guy. He uses Guido so as to not be confused with his son, whose name is also Guy. Guido has been the owner of an independent motorcycle shop ever since I first met him in 1972. The shop's name changed from Mack's Motorcycles to GP Motorcycles when it moved from Everett, Massachusetts to Chelsea, MA. A few years ago, it moved once again from Chelsea to Malden.

Guido is a true Master when it comes to Sportsters. He's one of the very few people I'd trust to work on my bike. I sent Bill to see him back in '79 and he solved a problem with Bill's engine that two different Officially Licensed Dealers couldn't fix. Bill didn't trust anybody else as much as he trusted Guido. Maybe I'll do a Snippet on him, one of these days.
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Oldfartnbuell
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 05:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ok, thx for jogging my memory. Now I do remember you speaking of him many times in your posts.
It's just not that common of a name.
O.F.
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Buellish
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 06:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

That is cool! I would ride that bike!
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86129squids
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 07:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Outstanding. Bill's aesthetic would work on several of the Sportster builds my old boss has done here in Mur-Vil.
He now owns the #1 dealership in the company, also on the board of directors.

John, if you get to pass through and we can coordinate efforts, I'd love for the two of you to meet. One of my coolest bosses EVAR, and a brother from another mother.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 09:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

John, this was a really great post. Thank you so much for sharing your old friend's story with us. Reminds me of Pinner Dave, whom I visited in Colorado recently. Good times.









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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 07:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

March 6


Today is an Important anniversary for me. On March 6, 2012 (six years ago), Surgeons at U Mass Memorial Hospital cut the Aortic Valve out of my heart and replaced it with a Carbon and Stainless mechanical valve. Because of that, I have had some of the best years of my life, with more to come in the future.

Modern Medicine has sure come a long way. When I was a kid, such a surgery was unheard of; now itís commonplace. I sure am glad that I live in this era, and it makes me wonder just how good medicine will be in the not so distant future.

Just something else to be grateful for!
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Tootal
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 11:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

My bionic hero!
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1313
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 12:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

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86129squids
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 02:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yay Crusticle!!!
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Ourdee
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 04:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

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Pwnzor
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You're a cyborg.
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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 09:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

A Rough Ride


I planned on putting in a 500 mile day today, but I only was able to do 400. I rode through snow and temps that were well below freezing and things didnít start getting warmer until I was halfway through Tennessee. I made more stops than usual; I alternated between gas and food stops; one each hour.

I stopped to get a coffee in Calhoun, GA and realized that I didnít have either the energy or presence of mind to continue, so I got a room at the Motel 6.

I guess that Iím out of shape, but I really thought that 500 miles was not an excessive dayís ride. To only get in 400 miles is a bit of a disappointment.

Well; that means that Iíll just have to put in 500 miles tomorrow. However; right now, Iím exhausted and Iím going to get some sleep.
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Buellish
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 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)

John,you are around 40 miles north of where traffic may start getting bad in the morning.I would urge you to use google maps on your phone or at the least check channel 5 for traffic reports.Rush hour through Metro Atlanta can last 3 hours or more.It would add a fair amount of time but Hwy 53 to Rome then US 27 all the way down to Tallahassee and east on I-10,would be a much more pleasant ride that rush hour through Atlanta and 75 south.
Let me know if you come back through the Dahlonega area after Bike Week,your always welcome here.
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Etennuly
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

400 miles below and near freezing is equivalent to probably 600+ miles at 70F degrees.

The energy expended staying warm is the difference. Good on ya for listening to that ol body you live in John.

I'm proud of you for kicking the cold's ass today! BTDT it ain't easy!
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Froggy
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)


quote:

I would urge you to use google maps on your phone




You have seen his phone right?!
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Buellish
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 05:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Frank,I was lying in bed at 3:30,unable to sleep and flashed on John pulling his phone out in front of TWOS and came to the realization that in some cases technology does not march on......
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Pwnzor
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 06:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

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Etennuly
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 07:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

hey! Back off! The man has a lap top!

Some of us humans don't suffer the need to perpetually be forced to techno geek up. We waste our time actually face to face conversing with friends and family.

We move along at the speed of "the Damn thing doesn't work anymore". This as I put down my XP pc system.
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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 07:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

My phone works just fine. I can call people and receive calls with it. That's all I want my phone to do. If I want to take a picture, I use a camera and if I want to plot a route to somewhere, a map works just fine.

In the words of Monty Python, "Bugger off, ya bunch of bloody wankers!"
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Ourdee
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

+1 John.
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1313
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

John ROCKS!!!

Plain and simple.
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Tootal
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I kept my flip phone for a long time while I was admonished for it. It never bothered me, I would just throw my military grade phone in the air and let it hit the ground. I'd pick it up and it worked fine. Then I would challenge anybody to do the same with their iphone. I never had a taker!

However, when I retired I decided I'd treat myself to a smart phone and I will say, being able to put in ear buds on the edge of an unknown city and put in my destination and listen to directions while looking where I'm going instead of a map has been a wonderful thing! But I always have a map as a backup!
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Tootal
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

As far as Crusty's day, I applaud his vigor even though he didn't have a choice! I'd a had my bike on a trailer because I have that option. Also considering John's fiscal dilema his phone is just fine! I've ridden to Daytona several times in 28 degrees. It's not fun until you get there! One year I decided to trailer and on the way home the highway was shut down with 7" of snow! I was really glad I was in a warm 4WD vehicle!

Hope you have great weather on the way home John!

(Message edited by tootal on March 14, 2018)
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Oldfartnbuell
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 01:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hang in there John. Flip phones and maps work fine for me too! Might have something to do with my age.
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Crusty
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 08:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Palm Trees, Spanish Moss And A Huge Racetrack


Iím here. I made it. My tent is set up between turns 3 and 4. I found out where the showers are and Iím hearing the sounds of thundering exhausts constantly. It had to be close to 60ļ F when I got here around 6:00. I had a bit of trouble finding out how to get into the Infield, but eventually, I ran into an employee in a golf cart and he led me to the track entrance. Once inside, it took about 10 minutes to go from the entrance tunnel under Turn 1 to the Tent campground over between Turns 3 & 4. The track is that big.

Anyhow, I didnít stop for BBQ even though I must have passed a hundred different joints. I was pushing for time; I didnít know how long it was going to take me and I really didnít want to set up the tent in the dark. I made it with sunlight to spare, so my efforts werenít wasted.

Right now, Iím in a Starbucks just east of the track drinking a Flat White coffee. I donít know if I want to go back to the tent yet; If I go to sleep this early, Iíll be wide awake long before sunrise.

I do have to be cautious with my spending until I get back. A scam artist at one of my gas stops tried to whack me for $120.00 on my MasterCard. Capitol One sent me an e-mail asking about it, and I reported it as a fraudulent charge. So they froze my card and are mailing a new one to me at my home address. My card is useless for now. Fortunately, I have access to my savings and can get cash from an ATM if I have to. I donít think I will need to, though. I think I have enough cash to get home without too much trouble.

This Flat White was wonderful. Iíd get another, but five bucks and change is a little steep for a cup of coffee. Iím use to Mickey Dís Senior Coffee price - $0.71 with free refills.

I think that Iím going to try to get a few photos of the area tomorrow. If I do, Iíll share them with you all.
Now, itís time to go That Way!
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