Author Topic: Where's everybody at?  (Read 948 times)

Offline wilcom

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Where's everybody at?
« on: April 06, 2020, 11:45:08 PM »
With the Corona virus having the World confined to our houses the forum should be over run with bored bikers. But it's not..........

I  was bored enough that I washed both bikes day before yesterday. The Governor  and my wife will kick my butt if I go anywhere. Got to figure out a way to sneak off to get some Baking Soda for the blaster and kill some time cleaning parts.


 











« Last Edit: April 07, 2020, 01:56:57 AM by wilcom »
Joe Wilkerson
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Menifee, CA

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1982 BMW R65LS 
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Offline tiggum

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2020, 02:29:34 AM »
Your high school English teacher would probably have replied to your question with "hiding behind the preposition" ("at").  But seriously, you must have a neighbor who's got some surplus baking soda you can "borrow".

We are under a shelter in place order here in Nashville, and now the police are beginning to enforce the rule, so when I told my wife that I needed some bath talc and some more Ibuprofen and was about to run over to Target, she said "sit down; I'm ordering it on line."

By the way, GOOD JOB!.....the bikes are absolutely gorgeous!

Offline wilcom

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2020, 02:41:17 AM »
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, you must have a neighbor who's got some surplus baking soda

Not in the quantity that I need, Most folks don't have a 25lb sack of Arm & Hammer lay'n round the kitchen.

Ah yes, I can still see my HS English teacher look'n at me and just shak'n her head. :'(
Joe Wilkerson
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Menifee, CA

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1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
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1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline Barry

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2020, 10:20:40 AM »
I commute with my bike right through the winter and was concerned about the 12 month old oil sitting in it. I always change it in the spring to get rid of the oil compromised through the short winter trips so I confess I used it to ride a few miles to a local place where we walk regularly and then did the oil change when we got home. It was all back roads and we saw only one car on the trip.

There is no law here against riding or driving to a place of exercise but it is being discouraged so I won't be doing it again. The bike can sleep this out now full of nice clean oil.

Edit:

The other thing I did of course is to empty the float bowls which would otherwise have started evaporating away even if left for only a few weeks.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2020, 11:04:16 AM by bhodgson »
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Offline wilcom

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2020, 12:21:03 PM »
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There is no law here against riding or driving to a place of exercise but it is being discouraged so I won't be doing it again

 Here in the States our lock down is not concerned with the mode of transportation just the reason for it. (tiggum)

As long as your trip is medical oriented or for groceries it doesn't much matter how you get there.
Joe Wilkerson
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Menifee, CA

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1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
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1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline skippyc

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2020, 08:40:30 PM »
It's a bit unfair about bike riding as your not with anybody else. I managed a couple of rides before they hit us with the stage 4 restrictions. Now i am thinking of firing up my forge and flattening some iron to relieve the boredom.

Offline Luca

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2020, 06:41:35 AM »
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Not in the quantity that I need, Most folks don't have a 25lb sack of Arm & Hammer lay'n round the kitchen.

I got a big sack of it once from an agricultural feed store, and the price was right.

Offline wilcom

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2020, 10:44:12 AM »
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Not in the quantity that I need, Most folks don't have a 25lb sack of Arm & Hammer lay'n round the kitchen.

I got a big sack of it once from an agricultural feed store, and the price was right.

I'm in a "low AG" area if you don't count MJ growing. My only outlet and closest was Harbor Frieght.

I was able to swing by harbor Freight as it was on my way to the Grocery store (wink wink)
Joe Wilkerson
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Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline Matt Chapter

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2020, 01:54:02 PM »
I suspect now that our bikes are approaching an average age of 40, they're fading from usage.

That said, I just got the right hand head done and rings replaced, and I've put almost two tanks of gas through it since.
'86 R65 with '84 motor ~67000 miles. ?SS lines, Spiegler rotor, Progressive monoshock, Keihan silencers, a piece of Pichler fairing.
'76 CB400F ~26000 miles. ?Weepy SS lines, big dent in the tank.

Offline wilcom

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2020, 05:46:07 PM »
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I suspect now that our bikes are approaching an average age of 40, they're fading from usage.

Your right Matt. AND..... the owners are getting a little long in the tooth also. At least me for sure at 75. I've said this before, all my friends or riding partners are getting older and have hung up the leathers or just gone off and died.

I'm still ready to go, you give me 30 minutes and I'll gather my stuff and we'll head out, but I don't find it much fun to go alone, so I just don't get out as much as before.

You can live long enough to run out of friends in your peer group.

Joe Wilkerson
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Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline Matt Chapter

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2020, 03:52:25 PM »
I'm just on the youthful side of 40 myself, my R65 is only 5 years younger than me. I usually ride alone, though.  Other people just aren't consistent enough.
'86 R65 with '84 motor ~67000 miles. ?SS lines, Spiegler rotor, Progressive monoshock, Keihan silencers, a piece of Pichler fairing.
'76 CB400F ~26000 miles. ?Weepy SS lines, big dent in the tank.

Offline skippyc

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2020, 05:45:29 PM »
I ride alone most times as organizing with others is not easy. I don't like riding in a close group anymore as my reaction aren't as good as they were and one of my mates hit the back wheel of his friend on a left turn and broke a few bones. just to clarify our left turn would be like you doing a right turn in the states.

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2020, 06:02:10 PM »
I am still ridding every weekend
I figure if I can go to work every day
Then I deserve to ride
Mrclubike
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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2020, 06:43:24 PM »
Unusually quiet here for this time of year .
I ride every day, the oilhead 4 days a week to work then the older bikes on weekends and major holidays due to having collector insurance on the older bikes .
I'm closing in on 64, been riding since 1972 .
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I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!

Offline orforester

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Re: Where's everybody at?
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2020, 09:26:41 PM »
Joe, in Oregon if we get stopped we just say we are going to the Weed shop!  For medical reasons only
Bob