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Hey Guys,

We have had quite a bit of snow in CT. Already, I am seeing tons of road damage such as pot holes all over the place - much more than usual. Some of these holes are looking mighty big and deep. Today, I just missed one with the car that probably would have ruined my front end.

Anyways, just an early heads-up to anyone the might be traveling in CT, especially on your bike. Early spring riding should be interesting this year.

I would guess that other NE states are seeing this as well

Thanks,

Bruce
 

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That sucks!! I usually do most of my early spring riding in CT cuz the roads up here in Mass are in MUCH worse shape. It's June before most of the holes get filled. It's one of the reasons I do most of my riding in the Fall.

Later...Bill
 

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Fortunately we just keep our potholes filled with ice and snow in Boston. Its the 5-7 foot snowbanks with magically appearing cars at every intersection that is the real hazard at this point...:yikes:
 

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One of my dotters destroyed a wheel rim and tire today near Boston by hitting one of the annual landmines. Thankfully she was on 4 wheels and not two.
 

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Fortunately we just keep our potholes filled with ice and snow in Boston. Its the 5-7 foot snowbanks with magically appearing cars at every intersection that is the real hazard at this point...:yikes:
Same here with those high snowbanks. I usually ride my bike in the winter - keeping it ready for spring. I decided that I won't ride until those snowbanks are no longer hazardous.
 

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Hey Bruce, glad to see you're still riding! You too Tom! Vermont has found a new way to fund road repairs this year. Unfortunately I didn't have the hay to pay the toll today. She wasn't happy.

 

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Hey Bruce, glad to see you're still riding! You too Tom! Vermont has found a new way to fund road repairs this year. Unfortunately I didn't have the hay to pay the toll today. She wasn't happy.
Hey Tom,
I'm still riding. I fooled around with a few other bikes and came back to the DL650. It's just a great bike and fun to ride.
I'm sure I will get up there again and hopefully, get a ride in with you guys.

I see that Jack and Tom are still around. Where's JohnS. and Dan(dmf109 ) any Idea?


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NY City is the same

New York City is just as bad... potholes everywhere.
Local roads and highway (I95 looks like a mine field)
Be Safe out there.

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Hey Tom,
I'm still riding. I fooled around with a few other bikes and came back to the DL650. It's just a great bike and fun to ride.
I'm sure I will get up there again and hopefully, get a ride in with you guys.

I see that Jack and Tom are still around. Where's JohnS. and Dan(dmf109 ) any Idea?


Bruce
Hi Bruce, maybe I should check in here a little more often. Jack and I are still riding buddies looking forward to doing some dual sport riding. He's got a DR650 and I have a DR-Z400s. We still have the DL's too. I just can't be without one. This is going to be a VERY good season if the snow ever stops falling.:headbang: I don't know what happened to a lot of the guys who used to hang out here, but I hope they're still riding some kind of motorcycle. I've been making rear luggage racks for the DR-Z400s and selling them on different DS forums and fleabay.

Here's what I'm looking forward to very soon.



 

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Hi Bruce, maybe I should check in here a little more often. Jack and I are still riding buddies looking forward to doing some dual sport riding. He's got a DR650 and I have a DR-Z400s. We still have the DL's too. I just can't be without one. This is going to be a VERY good season if the snow ever stops falling.:headbang: I don't know what happened to a lot of the guys who used to hang out here, but I hope they're still riding some kind of motorcycle. I've been making rear luggage racks for the DR-Z400s and selling them on different DS forums and fleabay.
I checked out your product on EBay - Very Nice:thumbup:
From your ad, it sounds like a very well thought out product.
 

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Yo BH, plan on doing any vids this year? :fineprint: I enjoyed your earlier efforts. :thumbup:
Hey BCStrom,

Thanks for the compliment.

I am not sure about another video. Since my last video, I have 7 new grandchildren, with another one on the way. They keep me busy. But, I'm not complaining, I love the constant action. And, they keep you young at heart.

I am seriously considering a summer ride to Canada, Saint Joseph's Oratory. I would probably make a video of that trip. I also plan a family vacation on one of the Adirondack lakes. That would be another great video op.

Bruce
 

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Good looking rack, Tom. I bought a small one for the KLX250SF from somebody calling themselves Nomadic. It's well made. 2008+ Kawasaki KLX 250S, SF Dual Sport cargo rack 250 - eBay (item 270699688686 end time Feb-17-11 09:10:47 PST)

I also have a small CooCase from the Twisted guys to mount on top of it. That will about do it for luggage on this bike. I already have a mule-bike for the highway. Must still get a small tank bag, Wolfman Enduro seems to be the one.

In the meantime, I pulled the carb yesterday. The bike is impossible to start at 50 degrees. Drilling one of the jets is the forum fix. .018 is a drill bit I'm not looking forward to using. High risk of breaking the bit.
 

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In the meantime, I pulled the carb yesterday. The bike is impossible to start at 50 degrees. Drilling one of the jets is the forum fix. .018 is a drill bit I'm not looking forward to using. High risk of breaking the bit.
I almost never offer the labor of others, but one of the guys in my honda forum is a dentist and could probably drill the bit for you if I ask him. He's in needham, but you could drop it off here.

Good looking rack, Tom.
I must say, I've never heard that combination of words in my life.

Later,
Chris
 

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I suppose I should rephrase that!

Thanks for the offer, Chris, I went ahead and drilled it out a couple of days ago -- waiting on a rain free day to put the carb back on the bike. It sucks to have to work in the driveway all the time.
 

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I checked out your product on EBay - Very Nice:thumbup:
From your ad, it sounds like a very well thought out product.
Thanks Bruce, I hope to get to ride with you again this year. That is if you can find the energy after playing with all those grand kids!

Good looking rack, Tom. I bought a small one for the KLX250SF from somebody calling themselves Nomadic. It's well made. 2008+ Kawasaki KLX 250S, SF Dual Sport cargo rack 250 - eBay (item 270699688686 end time Feb-17-11 09:10:47 PST)

I also have a small CooCase from the Twisted guys to mount on top of it. That will about do it for luggage on this bike. I already have a mule-bike for the highway. Must still get a small tank bag, Wolfman Enduro seems to be the one.

In the meantime, I pulled the carb yesterday. The bike is impossible to start at 50 degrees. Drilling one of the jets is the forum fix. .018 is a drill bit I'm not looking forward to using. High risk of breaking the bit.
Thanks Tom, The CooCase and the Wolfman should give you enough storage space for day trips. Too bad there isn't a larger jet available. Drilling should be fairly easy with the jet out of the carb and using a super high speed drill.
 

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Tom, I read on the KLX forum that you got it drilled out and it started at 33 degrees. Great, how is it running now?
 

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Miss You Guys

Do Old Stromtroopers Die? No, We just go lurk; it's better than fading away. You asked what I've been up to, so I'll share a bit of good news and bad news, and we can predict a return later in the future.

First, the good news. Last year I became a father. My daughter AndreaS is now a walking squalking 1 year old. Since much of my riding was riding to work, and it was now required of me to drop her off at daycare, my annual mileage and free time both dropped. I also got a promotion at work (hopefully unrelated to not showing up on the bike as often as I used to) so between the two I was a pretty busy guy.

Now the bad news. Last year I put enough miles on the DL1k to have to lube the chain once. Once. Sad I know, but I thought I had a good reasons to drop from 10k+ mi/yr (read above). So I was excited for 2011, back to riding. Then, in February I had an accident while working on my car. I ended up stuck/trapped/pinned beneath it when the ramp setup supporting the vehicle failed. I laid there in the cold, in the wet, in pain, until the local Fire Department could extricate me; it was a long 45 minutes. I was home alone at the time; mental note: keep your cell phone on your person, not on the nearby workbench. Regardless, I completely crushed my clutch hand; and count myself as extraordinarily lucky to still be among the living.

Last week, a friend and I put up the strom for long term storage, likely until the 2012 season when I may be able to ride again. I debated just selling it, but holding out hope I heal fast. Unable to ride, and unable to play my pipes, I have plenty of time to devote to my PT and healing. So far I am progressing at a good rate, but don't want to set myself up with unreachable targets. F%$*ing cars.

In the meantime, everyone ride (and work) safe. I'll be checking back periodically, even if I don't type it in.
 

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New York City is just as bad... potholes everywhere.
Local roads and highway (I95 looks like a mine field)
Be Safe out there.

Julien-
The biggest pothole I ever saw was in NYC, the middle of a busy street. Someone put a shopping cart in the pothole as a "warning marker". Sitting in the pothole, only about 1/3 of the shopping cart was visible. I love New York ingenuity.
 
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