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Group Rides / Low key meet up for 2019?
« on: January 01, 2019, 03:20:53 PM »
So who's actually still active on here? If you log in here and you're still close to CT, please post something in here, even if it's "Hi".

If we could get a decent turnout of around 4-5+ people we should do some sort of low key lunch/coffee meet up somewhere just so everyone can catch up. We'll figure out where everyone is located and then mutually agree on somewhere in the middle of everyone.

Is anyone interested?

Motorcycle Related / WTB Sena SMH10
« on: July 10, 2017, 05:32:51 PM »
Has anyone here upgraded to the new 20 and have an old 10 laying around they'd like to part with?

General For Sale / CTRiders Hoodie
« on: October 09, 2016, 12:26:41 PM »
Anyone have a use for a brand new (tags removed) light gray hoodie sweatshirt? It's labeled as a Large but I'd classify it as an XL. I bought it years ago but it was just too big for me. Let me know if you're interested and I'll mail it out.

Equipment / Riding Boots
« on: February 21, 2014, 03:28:21 PM »
What do you guys have? Are they waterproof, have they been rain tested?

I'm looking for something, not quite sure what yet. I want something with some decent ankle support, not some flimsy strictly road boot but not a full on motocross type boot you can barely walk in. I'm almost thinking Gore-Tex is a MUST if I want to stay dry. Other "waterproof" boots that don't have Gore-Tex still seem to seep water in according to reviews.

Bike Chat / One for Skiman
« on: February 21, 2014, 01:58:49 PM »
I know you've had an eye on these and it seems like the price is right. I'm almost tempted...

General Chat / Unexpected Winter Project
« on: December 23, 2013, 09:24:32 AM »
Some of you may have read my review on the AMA Roadside Assistance. Here is the aftermath of that event...

A faulty idler..

Led to this...

And this...

This complete timing belt replacement was done 50k ago with all new components, even that idler shown in the first picture. One reason not to trust just any aftermarket part, do your research before assuming they're comparable to OEM.

That idler let go and maxed the tensioner out which left slack in the timing belt which in turn caused the driver side head to jump time. Add an interference engine into the mix and you wind up with this.

Bike Chat / Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« on: October 11, 2013, 06:36:05 PM »
I got out today for a decent 230 mile ride. About 80 miles of them were on dirt roads and a few goat paths with signs saying "Road Closed". I was still able to make it through all the roads though. A few said "Bridge Out" but I pressed on to figure out that the bridges had been fixed but they failed to take the signs down that were nailed to the trees. The foliage out that way was unbelievable today and pictures just couldn't do some of the scenery justice so I only stopped for a few pictures. The roads/scenery the route puts you on are amazing, you're basically riding through a farmers fields at times it seems. It's stuff you'd never see on a just a random ride. I also realized my Nuvi GPS sucks for tracking a loaded route, one missed waypoint and the POS GPS tries to change the route. Luckily the waypoints stay on screen so then you have to just connect the flag/waypoints to get back on track. Not a big deal except for the fact that you're riding on less than stellar dirt roads at times. I'll have to do some GPS shopping and see if a Zumo will do what I want or if I need to get the Montana. The Montana may be more suited to my riding style, we'll see.

This bridge was very cool. I rounded a bend and came upon this sight, a one lane wooden deck bridge in the middle of nowhere.

General Chat / Camping
« on: June 16, 2013, 08:22:53 PM »
Hey Tim, did you go camping this weekend?

General For Sale / CL Find: 2008 KTM 990 Adventure at Motorsport Nation
« on: January 23, 2013, 02:20:10 PM »
Figured I'd pass it along. It might strike someones interest here.


Maintenance / Not Motorcycle Related But.... It Has an Engine!
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:36:00 PM »
This has been my semi off season project. I've been wanting a riding lawn tractor for quite a while now but the new stuff I see out there just doesn't impress. So I picked up this vintage Cub Cadet that was in need of some work. It's got a 10 HP Kohler that puffed more exhaust out the breather than the muffler. So a total tear down of the engine was in order. What was supposed to be a 0.010" ring gap was now a 0.080" gap. Believe it or not, the bore was in pretty good shape. So just a quick ridge break and a hone was all the block needed. The factory connecting rod was still all within spec. So I added a new piston, rings, gaskets and valve lap and put it all back together. It runs like a top now.

Once I took the engine out I found that the wiring harness had all been hacked, broken and cut up. I would have spent ages fabricating a new harness so I found a company that makes exact replacement harnesses. The harness was actually a perfect fit (hard to find that now a days) and made the installation very easy.

Right now the 48" mowing deck is all in pieces. I have already replaced a few bearings in the spindles. Now the deck will get fully sandblasted and repainted the factory white/tan color.

This was how it started out.

This is where it went.

Engine disassembly.

Where it is now, minus the deck.

Expired Ads / 99 VFR with Hard Luggage
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:16:24 AM »
This could make someone a nice cheap sport touring bike. Just figured I'd pass it along.


Group Rides / New Hampshire, White Mountains Ride 2012
« on: May 23, 2012, 08:19:29 PM »
So as of right now why don't we say  Friday ?/??- Sunday ?/??. Dates to be determined.

As of right now I've got a route planned to get us up to Gorham, NH the first day. That is only running a few mile stretch of RT89 and another short stretch of RT93. According to Google, from Stafford area it will be about 6 hours 30 minutes and about 250 miles.

As far as day 2, I'll create a back up ride just in case Mt Washington is a no-go. I've got some routes in mind and a couple town roads that I hear a pretty fun.

As far as motels, I have only stayed at one particular place with my dad a few years back that I thought was pretty nice. I'll post up a couple links to them.

This is the place I stayed in a few years ago. Shows a range of $50-$100 a night.

There is also this place. It has a restaurant and pub. Shows about $95 a night.

Another, $78-$88 a night.

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