Adventures with Radare

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Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:43 pm

I've decided that, instead of giving you all ride reports everytime I ride, I'm going to start a ride thread to show my adventures. :D

So I've consolidated the other two threads and will add my future adventures here.

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Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:44 pm

Rode through Coal and Clear Creek Canyons! This is one of my favorite rides on my SV. I took the XJ through it this morning and holy hell. The bike is perfectly suited for the ride with the wide bars and desire to lean as far as I ask her too.

Started with the usual breakfast: Starbucks coffee and coffee cake in Golden.

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After that, I rode up Clear Creek Canyon to Blackhawk, turned north on the Peak to Peak highway and cut off at Coal Creek Canyon. Had one hell of a good time and met a guy on an older Streetfighter XJ600 ('91). Very similar bikes when compared side-by-side; you can see the evolution of design.

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Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:44 pm

I'm going to risk annoying Prafeston and post the pictures I took today. I rode thorugh Pike National Forest and down to Garden of the Gods on the XJ. Had a fun time. There were some steep gravel descents (15% grade) and the XJ did just fine.

The ride report can be found here.

Just west of Sedalia:
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Just inside Pike National Forest:
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Stint on the gravel road:
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(15% grade downslope :D )
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Platte River:
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Snack break in Woodland Park:
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Garden of the Gods:
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Lunch at Subway before heading home on HWY 105:
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Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:44 pm

Rode lefthand canyon with my buddy on Saturday. Had a great time. Decided to explore the roads north of Jamestown and found some awesome curves and nice scenery. On the way back, he took a corner a little hot and lowsided his Nighthawk. He was wearing full gear and it did it's job. He's fine other than a few abrasions. The bike needs a repaint, new handlebars, new mirrors, headlamp, signals and engine cover but it did make the 50 mile ride back to town.

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Here's the curve he went down on. The scrapes are from the side stand and the engine cover. He didn't want me to photograph him or the bike so I respected that wish. The gravel kept him and the bike from getting entangled in the guard rail. A nice pair of british men on an old Kawasaki stopped and helped us get things back on the road. Thanks guys!

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Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:45 pm

Tonight I rode through Deer Creek Canyon. Nice ride and I hit it right at dusk; beautiful. The only problem? Bugs. Popping on my helmet and sounding like rain. I've put a thousand miles on the XJ over the last week and a half. Great little bike.

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Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:45 pm

Rode through Golden Gate Canyon after work. I've been down this canyon several times but never at dusk. Traffic was almost non-existant, the weather was a cool 55 degrees, there was a full moon in front of me and a sunset to my back. It was the perfect place and time for this ride and I couldn't have had a better time.

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And a cameo mug-shot!
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Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:45 pm

Took the route from Morrison to Idaho Springs (up to Mt. Evans) this morning. It was a brisk 45F as I passed the turnoff to Mt. Evans' Summit. Beautiful ride and no rain this time.

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Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:46 pm

10ldman wrote:Hoowee, I'm breathing hard just looking at the pictures, what elevations were you at?
11,500 feet, give or take. If I ever remember to bring cash, I'll take the road to the Summit of Mt. Evans. That's a lick over 14,200 feet. I'm not entirely sure how the bike will run at that altitude but it'll be fun nonetheless.

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Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:46 pm

Took a ride out to Lyons, up Highway 7 toward Estes Park and then back on the Peak to Peak highway to break in the new back tire. Near Allenspark, I heard a clunk and pulled over immediately. The left chain tensioner had vibrated loose and managed to rotate itself into one of the sprocket nuts and then bent itself outward. It made a mess of the tensioner and the end of the swing-arm, but I salvaged the pieces and rode the remaining 60 miles without the tensioner in place. Lesson learned: Check the tension on those chain tensioners after installing the back wheel or doing chain work.

On a positive note the new Kenda Cruiser S/T back tire felt great and the bike's stability at speed seems to have improved!

Took these photos with my Cell phone:
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Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:46 pm

One thing I really needed for longer trips (like the one I have planned to Fairbanks Alaska next summer (yes, on my XJ)) is a good pair of saddlebags. I bought a set of Nelson Rigg Silverstreaks from NewEnough for $85 a few weeks ago and they're a good fit for the XJ. I am working on designing a side-bar that will go between them and the fairing to keep them from scratching the fairings. I'd highly recommend them if you're in the market for a pair.

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And as you know, I've also recently purchased a '99 BMW Funduro which I hope to use for some dual sport type rides. I'd like to get som experience with dirt and see some of Colorado which I currently am missing.

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Here's the first Adventure with my new AVenture bike ( ;) ). This is Grapevine Road, just after turning off I-70:
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Same road, much further south:
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Back onto Morrison Road, headed toward Morrison:
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