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    John Charles Ryan R.I.P.

    I just received a call from Susan Drillock, John's older sister in New Jersey. I have nothing but the worst of news about John.

    Details are scarce, because it is so close to the time that...
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    Passing of Bruno Haus

    Many folks have inquired about funeral arrangements, etc., for Bruno Haus. Helmut has had so many calls that he finally had to turn off his phone.

    There are no plans for funeral arrangements at...
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    Remembering Bruno Haus

    I am saddened today to learn of the passing of an old motorcycle riding friend, Bruno Haus, of Wiarton, Ontario Canada. Bruno (yes, a lady) was the enthusiastic and spirited half of a couple I have...
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    A little poetry for the wanderer

    Alone in Hell's Canyon

    Out here in the desert
    I smell smoke from a fire someone made
    thinking he had the exclusive company
    of the wildflowers
    that bloom every hundred years.

    Perhaps he too...
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    Teach

    I was hanging around after Chris "Teach" McNeil's early show on Saturday. He was signing photos, but not too many folks around. So, I had a chance to speak with him. He seems a nice guy, pleasant,...
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    My Garmin 660 came with that sort of harness. We...

    My Garmin 660 came with that sort of harness. We routed the cable along a frame member, under the tank, with zip ties. The power wires and inline fuse go to the battery, and the other three...
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    Agreed

    I had one GPS on switched power from the wire to the taillight. PITA. I just had a 660 installed, and we wired it straight to the battery (via the inline fuse that Garmin supplies).

    It's pretty...
  8. Thread: Long Way Down

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    Video aliasing

    I suspect what you see is the result of aliasing in the video camera/codec/etc. Most small video cameras do not 'snap' an instant complete image for each frame, and rapid motion can provide a...
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    New Sony Action Vid Cam announced today

    Sony introduced a new action video camera today, targeting users who might use or be tempted to buy one of the GoPro Hero series, etc.

    The features list is impressive, but we won't have any test...
  10. Success

    Looks as though I have a bunk arranged for the rally. See you there, creek not risin'.
  11. Any space in a bunkhouse?

    I got the word his week that all of the bunkhouses are booked by local clubs for Finger Lakes. Since I don't tent camp anymore, I guess I'll cancel any plan I had to attend. The arthritis has made it...
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    Get well, Paul

    Are you considering membership in MedJet Assist, yet?

    In 2010, I became ill in the tiny town of Malta, MT. They flew me home, had me checked into the Cleveland Clinc that same day, and brought my...
  13. I'm looking at the weather, first

    Yep, I've been at Finger Lakes for some stormy weekends, but I'm planning to ride over this year. I will check the weatherguesser, first. And second.

    How early to I have to get there to cop a bunk...
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    Amen

    And... trying to explain torque and horsepower to the average rider is a fool's errand. It's why horsepower numbers are vague and confusing. The torque curve is a good measure of how much enjoyment...
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    Yep, it's a couple of hundred RPMs higher than...

    Yep, it's a couple of hundred RPMs higher than the F650 (twin - gotta say 'twin' or BMW wins the confusion contest). What makes the F650 Twin a good compromise is that the torque is similar to the...
  16. I'd ride to Chichen Itza in Yucatan, and stay in...

    I'd ride to Chichen Itza in Yucatan, and stay in my favorite hotel in the whole world, The Mayaland.

    Might as well be at the place the Mayans wrote that calendar when it all folds inward on us.
    ...
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    Spot on

    I am thinking about an F650GS or the newer F700GS, because I want something lighter. At several getogethers, I have quizzed a number of F650GS owners. None of them will sell me their bike.

    They...
  18. Consider

    In SE Ohio, I might use Rt 800 rather than I-77.
    http://goo.gl/maps/icHt
  19. Thread: 2001 r1150gs

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    I had problem 1 on my first '01 1150GS. To fix...

    I had problem 1 on my first '01 1150GS. To fix it, my dealer took it to a radiator shop to have it cleaned out, etched, and recoated. Worked fine until 122000 miles, when I sold it. It was out of...
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    BMW AG suffers greatly from invariably being...

    BMW AG suffers greatly from invariably being unerringly right in everything they do, model misdesignations included. Anyone questioning that in Germany is itching for a fight.

    Anyone in America...
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    Bravo! Encore.

    Bravo! Encore.
  23. Thread: AAA Towing

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    Yes, they tow from home, and 'grace' period

    I suppose they have too many wannabe frauds who scam their system by waiting until their vehicle breaks down, and then joining AAA for a free tow.

    To Paul Glaves, who raised the question: AAA has...
  24. Thread: AAA Towing

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    AAA Premium RV

    I've had Ohio AAA Premium RV membership for about 5 years. Ohio AAA allows towing of cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, and motorcycles. Currently, they allow up to 5 tows a year of <100 miles, but one can...
  25. Go or think about going

    There are always those who do, and those who think about doing. I don't find fault with either, and I do both. It's who you are, how you hang, and I don't think you need to be too self conscious...
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