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Tootal
Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

True dat! Ever try to get around while stuck in overdrive! With proper clutch usage you can make any machine sound like it's got a CVT transmission! Let's just say I'm really glad that no officers of the law saw me run a whole lot of stop signs!! Today I'll get it on the lift and drain the trans and see if chunks come out or if it's just a broken spring. I tried to pull the lid off the tranny but it won't come off unless you pull the starter. You can't pull the starter unless you open up the primary. Fricken genius engineers!! Love to meet some of these morons in a dark alley!

So to those left standing, have a great time! Wish I was there.
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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 11:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

That's why I'm on a Sportster and not a Big Twin. Of course, with the non trap door cases, if I develop a transmission problem, I'm well and truly f***ed.

And the morons at the top wonder why sales are dropping...
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Buelltours
Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 12:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hugh, I'm planning to swing by Saturday AM to say Hi. When do you guys plan on going for a ride? Afternoons are pretty stormy these days...
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Hughlysses
Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 07:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Cornel- Weíll probably do a short ride early, like over to NC-80 and up to the BRP and back or something similar. Ceecee Clark (heís active on the BuellXB forum) is planning to ride over from the Knoxville area on an 1190RS and arrive about noon. If the weather holds, weíll do another ride in the afternoon.

Hope to see you Saturday morning.
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Glitch
Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 08:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

North Cove is where Ann and I lived during the 90s.
Y'all have fun and ride safe!
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Hughlysses
Posted on Friday, July 24, 2020 - 10:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Weather not looking to good here today:


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They update the forecast at least hourly, so itís useless as a planning tool. At 8 AM, there was 0 chance of rain until 3 PM. It started raining about 9 and the forecast was soon updated to show probability of rain all day.

Hopefully theyíll update it again to something more favorable for riding twisties before too long.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Friday, July 24, 2020 - 11:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Banners are up...

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...but itís still raining.

(Message edited by Hughlysses on July 24, 2020)
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Ratbuell
Posted on Friday, July 24, 2020 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

BADweatherbikers, right?
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Hughlysses
Posted on Friday, July 24, 2020 - 05:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Twig and I got in about 90 miles of riding this afternoon with just a trace of dampness.

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Here we are taking a break near the north end of Double Island Road north of Micaville, NC. A local wearing full Vanson leathers riding a funky Honda scooter stopped by to check on us. We traded a few riding tales. I should have gotten his picture, but the scooter looked like this.

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Whatever
Posted on Friday, July 24, 2020 - 05:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If I left here at 630 tomorrow, I could be there by 10 AM!

(Message edited by Whatever on July 24, 2020)
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Hughlysses
Posted on Friday, July 24, 2020 - 06:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Come on down!
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Buelltours
Posted on Friday, July 24, 2020 - 06:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

WeĎll show up around 11:30. X1 or S2? Iíll sleep on it...
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Hughlysses
Posted on Friday, July 24, 2020 - 07:11 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 Friday, July 24, 2020 - 10:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

DO it, Char! I'd go, but I've not sorted out this bike yet... kinda looks like the scooter's Daddy.



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Zac4mac
Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 08:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Brad, I didnít realize you bought that PCH.
Sorry I busted your balls about it.
I try really hard not to knock others rides.

Itís gotta be a bit hard to work on but I hope you enjoy riding it.
Thatís all thatís important.

Z
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86129squids
Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 10:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Zac, heyull, absolutely NBD, friend! Owning a PC800 comes with learning that many will think it's a weird bike... kinda like owning a Buell. ; )

And yes, it's a fun bike. Very quiet, but it handles very nicely. I ran Deal's Gap regularly on my first one. Honda occasionally goes out in a weird direction,
design-wise- this bike's cousin is the ST1100, same era, also a great bike. Today's agenda is a good long backroads ride to Benton's Hams in Madisonville, then back home with killer hot dogs, bacon, and other goodies. Bike's not carbureting as it should, gonna let it chug some high-test with a tall chaser of Seafoam. Hopefully that'll clear things, feels like the secondary and main jets are plugged. Still very rideable, just no hard acceleration yet.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

So, we had 3 Badwebbers and 2 Buell-designed motorcycles on site. Weather is beautiful right now but thunderstorms are promised for later.

Jim Byrd arrived on his S3T last night.

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Weíre riding while the sun is shining...
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Hughlysses
Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 12:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

We have a quorum of Buells!


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Hughlysses
Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 05:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Bad Weather Bikers...

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Tootal
Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 08:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Great picture with the flag and the rain moving in! Very cool! So I'm having a long distance beer with all ya'll! Cheers!



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Etennuly
Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 08:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Well me my son, and two grand sons got half way there in my pickup and got called back. Son got a call on a sale item so we had to turn back.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 09:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

^ Well dang, Vern! You get an honorable mention for attempted attendance.

I hope the repairs are proceeding okay, Greg. Sorry you couldnít make it.

Ceecee canceled this morning; I imagine he would have had a very wet ride if heíd come.

Iím pretty sure Cornel and Jim got soaked on their ride home even though they were headed in the opposite direction from the rain in the pic above.

Twig was up at Mount Mitchell and hit big rain on his way back. We actually had only light rain for an hour or so at the hotel this afternoon, so it was a pretty good day.

Tomorrow looks to be about the same weather as today, so hopefully weíll get a good ride or two in the morning.
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Buelltours
Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 10:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yep - you got that right: I got completely soaked in Hendersonville! Great time though
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Hughlysses
Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 01:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Weather today is great so far. Twig headed out for home about 10 AM and Jim apparently did about the same time.

I took a ride over to NC-80 this morning but got stuck behind slow traffic most of the way up. Iíll go back on a week day.


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This pic is from the tiny town of Penland, NC which is a few miles north of Spruce Pine. Penland Road shown here cuts over from 226 to 19E and is a nice little road. Thatís the former Clinchfield Railroad (now CSX); it climbs through the mountains to Erwin, TN. You encounter it often on backroads north of Spruce Pine.

Well, thatís it for BITA 10. I guess we did good to have a meet at all this year considering the current state of the world. It was great to see those of you that made it.
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Buellish
Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 02:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Brankin,myself and a few others stayed at Bear Den in Spruce Pine during the Riding the Ridge Adventure back in the 2000's.There are some nice roads in the area.I've been meaning to go back but health and finances kept getting in the way.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 03:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

^ Bear Den is about 5 miles away and is a good location to camp if you donít want to stay in the hotel.

Maybe you can make it next year!
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Hughlysses
Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 03:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

BTW- I posted the above photo on Facebook. Dave Guess says he has a brother that runs a pottery shop close by. Small world!
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Buellish
Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 04:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

We stayed in a large pull behind camper that they rent in Bear Den.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 09:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

My wife, our dogs, and I are staying up here for another week.

While driving back after hiking to a waterfall off NC-80 today, I spotted a Ulysses along the Parkway. Itís unfortunately getting to be a rare thing to see a Buell in the wild these days.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 05:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Well, weíre back home in hot, humid SC after 2 weeks in the mountains. Fortunately itís a cool, rainy afternoon so maybe thatíll give us a little time to adjust.

My ďnewĒ trailer worked out well and it was a lot more enjoyable riding 6 hours in an SUV than in a small pickup. I love riding the EBR in the twisties but I can take about 2 hours of it and I need a 2 hour break. Even in the midst of so many really twisty rods, I think my Uly is a better fit for me. I would have ventured a lot farther out to explore some new routes if Iíd had the Uly.

I met another Bueller on Thursday down in Old Fort. We were paying our second visit to Hillman Brewing (highly recommended) when a guy noticed my Buell t-shirt and came over and introduced himself. Apparently he owns a couple of tubers and lives nearby. He sounded very interested in our meet, so maybe weíll see him there next year.

Thatís it for the 10th annual Buells in the Alps meet. Go ahead and mark your calendar for next year: Buells in the Alps ELEVEN will be July 23-25, 2021

Of course, thatís assuming we survive 2020, the next election, and the aliens (which some recent news items seem to confirm the existence of) donít take over and outlaw motorcycle meets.

Later, yíall.
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86129squids
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2020 - 12:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Sorry I missed youn's this time around...

I've got a year to sort out my "new" PC800. #1 on the list is open up the motor. It has an 800cc V-Twin motor and drivetrain, most likely related to the Shadow VT series. Right now it's riedeable, enjoyable, but dang if it can't get out of its own way. I'd LOVE to make it into a sleeper... we shall see.

Metzeler tires seem to be the way to go. When the wheels and visible running gear are off, I'll see about powdercoating them.
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Hughlysses
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2020 - 08:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Brad- those are cool bikes. I believe the VT500FT Ascot V-twin, NT650 Hawk, Shadow (in various sizes) and your PC800 all have the same basic engine architecture: water-cooled V-twin, SOHC, 3-valves per cylinder (2 intake, 1 exhaust), 2 spark plugs per cylinder, and split crankpin to improve the balance..

Based on my experience with my Ascot, if it feels gutless, the first thing Iíd check is the carburetors. Ethanol gas causes issues, and the diaphragms can tear from age or abuse which will kill the power.

I have a friend that had a PC800 for several years; he may have some inside knowledge that would help.
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Buellish
Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2020 - 09:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

When I worked at Earl Small's Harley/Buell,our best salesman looked like an accountant,tall,thin ,clean cut and road a Pacific Coast.The rest of the HD riding,leather clad and tatooed riding staff didn't know what the hell to make of him,but boy could he sell motorcycles.That red PC really stood out in the sea of Harley's.Most people just assumed that it was a potential trade in.Every now and then someone would ask him what he road and when he said a PC,he would have to take them out to see it because most people had no clue.

Our best tech was much the same.Ben looked and talked like a hayseed but could diagnose circles around the rest of the shop.He had a Honda something,that didn't run at home and drove a clapped out Chevy Lumina to work.Most of the other tech's treated him like crap,probably because they were jealous of his skill and he didn't look like he fit in with the HD crowd.He is now running the motorcycle program at Chattahoochee Tech,he's the smartest hayseed I know.
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