Comments on the PHOTO above ... What can I say? Most of us have been there! A more technical section was about five miles prior to this little muddy area and both of the FSSNOCers featured above did just fine through there, but, alas, a few miles from the end, this little slick mud spot got them both! The red KLR had already been righted when this photo was taken, the XR650L is in the process thereof. In all fairness, this mud is very slippery and falling down isn't that hard to do... this shot was taken by Mark Goertz late Saturday afternoon near the end of our local club's Dirt Road Ramble.
Thank You, Mark! More details below... Jack, #000
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*LATEST DIALOGUE UPDATE: Conversation for the week of February 10 - 17, 2016
(Site Instructions:) Hello Thumper Enthusiasts, I'm Jack Robinson (FSSNOC #000), your club Director. It is an honor to introduce you to our own version of an online bulletin board that FSSNOC folks affectionately call THE THUMPER GARAGE. This mini-venue is in addition to our legendary hard copy THUMPER NEWS quarterly magazine. After viewing this page, please visit our other pages on this site.
You may thump by the THUMPER GARAGE anytime. Generally, I ride by on "Thumper Thursdays!". That's when I update the Garage with the latest happenings in the club. Contact us anytime 24/7 with your comments, conversation, stories, or questions via a mailed letter, a phone call or an e-mail. When you E-mail, please give us your first name, your FSSNOC member number, and your state. You'll receive a courtesy confirmation E-mail back. Our actual response to your E-mail will generally be posted on the following Thursday's THUMPER GARAGE posting so be sure to tune back in then...
To join our club: Complete the application found elsewhere on this site (click on "more" above) and mail it to us with $40 dues for a 12 month membership or save a few bucks by sending $75 for a 24 month membership. Include your shirt size so we can gift you a FREE club t-shirt if this is your initial membership. A subscription to the famous THUMPER NEWS magazine, mailed to your mailbox, is included in your membership as well. Our U.S. POSTAL address is: THE THUMPER GARAGE c/o FSSNOC P.O. Box 1809, Hutchinson, Ks 67504-1809. To call our club, phone 620-663-1869 or you may E-mail: FSSNOCTHUMPERS@yahoo.com **Be sure to tell us your FSSNOC member number and your first name and state. NOTICE: Please understand that your E-mail may be reproduced on this site. Any/all subject matter and information may be used in-part or edited and will become the property of the Four-Stroke Singles National Owners Club and FSSNOC,INC. All included content is solely for entertainment, not advise.
................................................................... The Thumper Garage starts here:
8PM - 52 degrees ........... Feb. 10th through Feb. 17th, 2016
Welcome to the:
From the desk of our Club's Director:
As most of you know, I'm located smack-dab in the middle of the USA ... in ThumperVille! (Actually, Hutchinson, Ks.)
What an amazing day! Here is a bit of a report of the local goings-on:
We had 70+ degrees for an afternoon high and very little wind. Bob, FSSNOC #5330 (KS) and I did a 100 mile loop, well ... Bob did 175 miles because he lives about 40 miles east of me and we went west to a Wet Lands area. I made it home about 3:30PM, so I jumped on the Enfield, not as in riding it, but as in changing the tires. Not nearly as fun, believe me!! Started at 3:45Pm, finished at 7:45PM. All I have is two tire irons. I'm wasted (!) so if I slur my words, that's why...
The back tire came off pretty easy, you may recall our conversation a few weeks back... I inquired of the membership what tires I should buy but didn't get much help as the only comment I got was from my best friend, Ken, who said basically "What IS the big deal? Black, round, and holds air! Good enough!" Thank You, Ken ... for that sage wisdom (grin)!
Today, the back tire went on and wheel remounted pretty easy, but I was fresh and it was a beautiful day to do it, warm and sunny. I did have a bit of an issue with how the rear brake line was routed, couldn't remember as I've slept several times since I had removed the rear shock to get the tire out and I had popped the brake line out of its holders to move the brake caliper. Close quarters back there! Anyway, after three tries, I got it right, it goes under the rear shock ... who'd a thought?
The front tire, the original Made in Brazil Pirelli Sport Demon, was horrible!!! I removed the wheel from the bike with ease, but as I swung it away from the bike, I muttered to no one in particular, "Wow, this thing is heavy!" It reminded me of a front wheel of an old 750 Honda! Wonder what makes it so heavy...?
I found out! Royal Enfield recommends just 20 psi in the front tire and 30 psi in the rear. Now, at least for me, and with most bikes, 20 psi in the front makes the bike steer like a pig and 30 psi in the back doesn't support the load like it should. I never questioned it though, and I ran the recommended pressures without issue. I recall buying a new SV650 Suzuki a number of years ago. I almost killed myself on the way home as the front tire had only 15psi, and later I discovered that if I ran less than 35psi in the front tire, it was downright scary in a turn!
How can Enfield do this? Easy ... that tire weighs a ton! Really, 2000 pounds, or so it feels. You can dribble it like a basket ball when you f-i-n-a-l-l-y get it pried off the rim, if you have the energy, that is ... bet it is 1/4" thick!! Maybe it could be ran with zero psi, I dunno. It must be for the really bad roads in India, you think! It says it is a Pirelli Sport Demon but now that I know how hard and thick it is, I worry that I trusted it in some fast-for-me turns! I thought it was sticky, but definitely not the case from my view now. Of note, the front tube was a Made in China Metzler, the rear was a Made in China Michelin.
The original back tire, also a Made in Brazil Pirelli Sport Demon, wasn't nearly so bad to get off the rim, but to be fair, it was worn down to the cords so the carcass was no doubt somewhat compromised. At 6000 miles, the front still had reasonable tread depth, maybe 3/32nds or so. The hardest part was getting it off the rim AFTER I had one side off and the tube removed. I always throw the tire that I've just removed out across the driveway, mostly out of frustration and as a victory celebration, ME vs. the TIRE! This one I REALLY threw it, almost to the street and when it landed flat on the drive, it bounced back up off the drive surface ... a Continental lands flat and stays there, makes a hollow plonk sound. I hope I never have to do another one as hard as that one!
I mounted a 410x18 Dunlop K81 TT100 on the front and a 425x18 Dunlop K81 TT100 on the rear. I gotta say, Sports fans ... they look tire-rific!! It was too late to ride the bike when I finished as I needed to come in and do the website so, hopefully, the new tires will still have the correct psi come tomorrow morning and I'll get to go brake them in a bit. It has been way too long since I've ridden the Enfield!
I've got more to share from the home front but I'll continue with that at the end of today's update, watch for the ( * ).
We have some fun stuff from the national front so we need to get the THUMPER GARAGE:
"OPEN FOR BUSINESS"
From : Phil, #0162 (OK)
Subject: The BikeBandit Blog | The Small ADV Bike You've Been Wanting...From the Company You Didn't Expect!
Jack. Whats up. I’m on vacation in Florida and had a senior moment before I left and forgot to send in my dues. I’ll try to get the dough to you in the next couple of days but I can’t remember my membership number.(they say the first thing to go is your memory…) I think it's #995. Anyway I would hate to have a lapse and lose my number. Letter and check should be in the mail soon. Gordon (MI)
Hey, Gordon... You are FSSNOC #944. That is a very good number and it isn't going anywhere. You came due in February so no problem, I'll hold your number... Enjoy the vacation and come home with a tan! Thump On! - #000.
What are the tentative dates and locations?
Thanks ... Nate, FSSNOC #4511 (OR)
Hi Ya, Nate... Still riding that red and white Husky? I'm thinking that you are asking about our FSSNOC event dates for 2016.
We are having an East coast ThumperCafe in June, the 25th, a Saturday in PA. - and to keep the world in balance, we are having a West coast event, a ThumperCafe in WA. on August 27th, also a Saturday. The locations haven't been finalized just yet but, hopefully, there will be information coming in the Thumper News mailed in early March and maybe earlier, at least for the June event, on this website...
Tentative information puts us somewhere in rural Washington on or very near highway 20 for the West Coast T/C and for the East coast event, somewhere near Bedford, PA. So, mark the dates and make your plans to attend, it'd be really great to see you again. I think your last event was in the mountains of New Mexico a couple of years back, so hope you can make one or both.
Keep Thumpin, Nate! - #000.
( * More to share from the home front ... continued ... #000)
Last week ... I talked about our Dirt Road Ramble here in ThumperVille and that a faction of our local club was asking the Club President to "make" us dual-sport guys provide a paved route and a destination for the street bikes. (See Last Week's Posts below...) Well, sure enough, it did come up. They pleaded their cause and we, ours ... how can a "Dirt Road" event have a paved route? The end result was that the membership nixed the paved route and our Saturday's event went off without a hitch ... well, other than some mud, sand, and tears , errrr - gears!
We had a 100 mile run on some of the area's rustic back roads, starting with nine riders from Hutchinson, Goddard, Partridge, Inman, and GT. Bend, Kansas at 11AM at the local Honda Shop. The Shop generously provided us with coffee and cookies, Thank You Great Plains Honda (620-663-7166 -- 412 So. Main St. in South Hutchinson, Ks. 67505).
It was a fun time though most participants were likely a bit stiff and sore on Sunday or Monday. This was our second of five dirt road events scheduled and hosted through our local motorcycle club, the Prairie Pups Motorcycle Club (PPMC) ... one each month, January through May of 2016. The upcoming March run is scheduled for Saturday, March 5th. PPMC club events are for members only.
Speaking of our local club, membership is climbing which is strange for wintertime. Perhaps the mild weather so far this year has inspired local motorcyclists to stay more active than normal. If you live within range of a tank of gas of ThumperVille (Hutchinson, Ks.) and you'd enjoy becoming a member, I invite you to contact me, Jack, at 620-663-1869 and I'll hook you up. I've been an active member since 1968, non-stop. Membership in a regional club doesn't replace your national membership in FSSNOC but having a regional club to provide regularly scheduled regional events is a definite bonus.
This club is very active and will give you, as a PPMC member, lots of in-state opportunities to ride your motorcycle, and isn't that a good thing? The annual dues are just $20.00 per year, January through December, so join now and get the most bang for your bucks. Many area FSSNOC members belong to this club so there are always lots of Thumpers in the bike mix.
This FRIDAY, Feb. 12 is Lincoln's Birthday - Looks like a good day for Old Abe and I to go for a ride and get some lunch ... if you want to go along or meet us there, give me a shout at 620-663-1869. Friday's forecast is 48 degrees and partly sunny - good enough, right? Well, that's it for this week at the THUMPER GARAGE. Thanks for sliding by, see you next week, same time and as always, on a Thumper! - Jack, FSSNOC #000/Director Stay Dusty, my friends!
******( LAST WEEK'S POSTS are below: .... just in case you missed your weekly "thumper-fix")******
FYTI ... (For Your Thumping Information): Report from the Homeland
Hey, that worked pretty good! That FYTI thing. Last week I didn't have a clue which way to ride for lunch on Friday, which is my norm ... so I just put on last weeks website update, "Call me if you want to do lunch on Friday..." and four guys showed up! We had burgers at the Swedish Crown in nearby, maybe 50 miles, Lindsborg, Ks. It was a great day of riding and shootin' the thumper breeze with like-minded friends and fellow FSSNOCers. One of the guys on a Honda CBR300F (or is it CB300F?), I'm going with the former ... anyway, he got in over 200 miles on a winter day in January! Awesome!!
This week, the forecast is for 48 degrees for a high on Friday. Anybody that wants to go, give me a call on the FSSNOC fone at 620-663-1869, okay? Right now, I'm thinking Chinese eat-in...
This weekend is another Dirt Road Ramble here in ThumperVille, put on by our local club, the Prairie Pups Motorcycle Club. Now the mean age of this outfit is ... ahhhh, well, let's just say, I'm one of the youngsters, okay? Uhhh, to some anyway. But, come to think of it, there are quite a few who are younger than me as well ... but most act older, okay?
So Saturday, maybe six or seven of us will meet and head out as a group, using dirt back roads where the speeds are lower, the trees closer to the road, and all this makes one feel a little warmer, at least that is what we tell ourselves. We run it kinda like an enduro with checkpoints and stuff, except the checkpoints are to thaw one's fingers out and to down a coffee or three ... and some of these guys are from the younger-than-I-am part of the club, this organized (?) dirt thing is all new to them, and that's alright, I understand...
If you think about it, the emphasis in motorcycling hasn't been on dirt riding in a long, long, time and that's a shame. Is it the same where you live? Our club, established in 1940, definitely has dirt in its DNA, but the guy that started riding within the last several years? Nope, not since maybe a mini-trail in Grandpa's driveway.
In the old days, (did I really have to say THAT?) In the old days, we all had two bikes, at least! One for the road and the other for some sort of dirt riding, such as MotoCross, Hare Scrambles, Trials or Trails ... and we would ride mostly roads in the warm months and off-road type stuff and/or racing events through the winter, usually never missing a weekend ... but nowdays, most members only have one bike, and,of course, 99 times out of 100, it is some sort of paved road machine or maybe one of those behemoth ADV bikes that are so popular these days.
Anyway, it is being reported that now some of the road guys want to come along on our dirt road event? Are they nuts? Can you spell "broken collarbone"? No? How about "turn-signals, tank, and bodywork", then? Our normal dirt road is a rutted and sandy mess, sometimes leading you unannounced straight, well ... sorta straight, into a muddy clay area where staying vertical is only a dream! Ever try to ride a bike that the front wheel won't rotate? Put a foot down and come up with a 30 pound mud covered foot! Put it down again and we have a 60 pound foot...
One suggestion was to incorporate a paved route into our events. Yeah ... really? A paved route in the "Dirt Road Ramble"? How's that going to work?? How about a poker run or a Gold Wing light show during the Dakar, okay? I say, let'em buy a dual-sport like the rest of our Ramble guys. They will thank us later for expanding their motorcycling spectrum and it won't cost them much more than that broken collarbone!
It is said that in the face of adversity, we are to keep an open mind ... well, I'm told that a brain works off electrical impulses ... so what does an "open" do for that?
It all comes to a head (pun intended...) on Thursday evening when we have our monthly meeting.
We'll see what shakes out...
All for now, enjoy the rest of the show. I'm gonna go take a cold shower..... - #000 (not really!)
From Maynard Hershon (#1196 - CO.)
...Thanks, Maynard. Doesn't take the aftermarket long to get some goodies in the mix, huh?
I was a member of FSSNOC when I bought my first Single, a 1986 Yamaha SRX600. That was in 2003. I was only a member that one year, as there were so many 'clubs' out there to take advantage of, it got to be expensive.
Back then, you guys held an annual get-together in Hutchinson, Kansas. It looks that has changed, and now there is a East Coast and a West Coast function instead?
Reason I ask, is that it is the 30th Anniversary for the U.S. spec Yamaha SRX600. Japan and France held their 30th anniversaries last year (they got the 1985 model bikes).
I was hoping that there might be some interest among the US and Canadian owners for our own 30th, and where to have it somewhere centrally located. Thoughts? Thank you -Drew
Reply to Drew... Great to hear from you again, Drew. Yep, 1986 was a special year! The Yamaha SRX-6 is still alive and well in the rank and file here at FSSNOC. Some members are on their third or fourth example. I have owned and ridden three separate machines over the years, always enjoyed them, for sure. As for a celebration for the 30th year of the SRX-6, nothing planned exclusively for the SRX-6 on this end ... though we do have plans to incorporate the SRX-6 into our own celebration of being a national club since 1986. Our club continues to embrace the popular Yamaha 600 Single and have used its likeness on several different t-shirts and paper products over the years.
As for your inquiry about an annual get-together in Kansas, we try to differ our FSSNOC event schedule each year, for example, in 2015, we had six events and, indeed, one was held here in Kansas, however, this year's schedule is, as you say, a West coast and an East coast. In our 30 years, we've hosted FSSNOC members at club events in 45 states and two countries, well over 100 events.
We'd love to have you back on board, Drew, should you like to re-join. An application is available on this website, just click on the "More" and a drop box comes down, click on "member application", print it and send with your check made out to FSSNOC. If you hurry, we still have a few 2016 Thumper Calendar issues left on the shelf, one of which could be yours...
In any case, keep us informed if something materializes, SRX-6 wise, okay? Thanks Much and Best Wishes... Jack, #000.
P.S. Our ThumperCafe for the East Coast (June 25th) is to be in the state of PA. which would be really convenient for you. As you may recall, FSSNOC events are for members only so Join up and come show us your SRX?
There's a good ole fashioned upper mid-west (Wisconsin ) snow storm going on right now, so this is a good time to pass this along...
A few weeks ago I posted a question (on this website) to the membership as to their dealings with The Vintage Spoke---ease of ordering, length of wait time for an order, etc. My experience, for whatever reason, had been a bit lacking. I never did get much of a response from the membership, but I sure did from The Vintage Spoke!!
This week I received a small "gift box" and a personal hand written letter from the Spoke's main man (Chad Chebultz), apologizing for the issues that I had been having with my orders from The Vintage Spoke!! To say that I was surprised and a bit blown away is an understatement.
A organization that is concerned about their customers experience with their company in this day and age is a rare thing. When was the last time you got a hand written letter from anyone at Amazon.com; let alone the head man?? Hats off to the good folks at The Vintage Spoke!! I will continue to use them during my 1978 Yamaha SR500 street tracker build, and would recommend them to the other club members as well!! ...Later, "Maynard" FSSNOC #5208 (WI.)
Reply to Maynard... Thanks for sharing, as Paul Harvey was fond of saying, "the rest of the story", Maynard. Keep warm, keep workin' on that SR500 project bike, too ... we want to see it one of the days, maybe come summertime, eh? Best to Ya! - #000.
FYI ... The Vintage Spoke is an active member of our club and is an ongoing advertiser on the back cover of our Thumper News quarterly magazine/newsletter. To call: 785-263-1948 or www.TheVintageSpoke.com
(Two week's ago posts are below...)
Here’s a new use for a Thumper. Can’t quite decide what kind it is, but I’m leaning towards BMW or Guzzi. https://www.facebook.com/chainsawss/videos/871481206302677/
Reply... This one comes from SRX Sam, #1042 (KS)... Sam, is that You?
When I talk of sawing logs, I'm not doing what this guy is doing... - #000
Hey Jack, Marc from Colorado here, # 2166.
I have been negligent in telling you thank you for printing my KTM Duke article and featuring my bike with your tasteful edits on the cover! Still riding the KTM and putting miles on it. I will say I have slowed down a bit with the weather, I am not as hardy as your Kansas crew that rides everyday.
Was on the webpage and have seen no mention of 2016 destinations, wanted to know when you might post those. Looking forward to going to 1 or 2 this year and would like to start the planning! Enjoy your winter rides but I am
now waiting for late March to get thumping again! See you this summer. - Marc.
Reply to KTM390 Marc... Great to hear from you, Marc! It is I who should be "Thanking You" for that fantastic shot of your KTM on the cover of TN#120 ... absolutely awesome! The tasteful edits that Marc is referring to? Our artful use of the license plate to show the Issue number (TN120) and the addition of "FSSNOC" on the back side of his helmet. If you missed this bit of trickery, and many did, get that issue back out and look again. Warning, Warning ... you may feel foolish.
As for those event dates, the initial semi-official schedule (Dates and States) was printed in TN#121, our 2016 calendar. One has to look at the date portion of the pages for June and August, NOT the pictures for June and August. Many missed this, as even I probably would have, 'cause who cares about the date pages on a motorcycle calendar until they become pertinent, right?
We've chatted about our schedule for 2016 almost weekly here on The Thumper Garage but I always welcome another opportunity to visit about it, so Thank You for your inquiry...
ThumperCafe-East is to be in PA. on Saturday, June 25th.
ThumperCafe-West is to be in WA. on Saturday, August 27th.
Exact details have yet to be shared as things are still being worked out, however we are planning to be in the area of PA. near Bedford, PA for the June event. As for the Washington (state) event, we hope to be in a rural setting on or near Highway 20, in the middle to eastern part of the state.
Firm details are very near to reality and current plans are for publication on or our next issue of Thumper Snooze, #122. Keep an eye on this site as we may utilize The Thumper Garage as the initial release vehicle for our 2016 ThumperCafe schedule.
Go ahead and mark your calendar for both of these worthy destinations, Marc - either, or should I say ... both, will afford you excellent routes coming and going and who can ask for more? It'd be fun to see you again! Best Wishes! - #000.
Hi Ya, Curley...
Just for grins I clicked on the link that I sent in an email for last week's Thumper Garage, that I thought would take you to a good Ural to Alaska photo story. It didn't - quite. It links to an article about carrying extra fuel on a BMW RT.
So then I Googled: "A Redleg's Rides Alaska By Ural - The Movie". That will take you to the movie version of the trip. Worth the effort (pretty much - see below), nice photos of places many of us have been. Sorry for the confusion.
So much for the "work saving device" (computer) making it easy. Good grief, sure hope it's Spring here before too much longer...... That work saving device is causing me even more cabin fever.
Ken, aka: BMW/KLR Larry #4800 Montaaaanna
Reply... Hi Ya, Larry (as in the 3-Stooges?) Hey, I did that and it worked fine. I sorta scanned lightly over all that multi-cylinder stuff, (you know, maybe if they weren't feeding all those extra cylinders, extra gas wouldn't be such an issue. I learned on the farm back in the day that four horses eat way more oats than one horse ... simple, eh?) I then clicked on "Alaska - the movie" (which really ain't no movie...) and tuhhh-duhhh, there it was.
I did enjoy seeing many beautiful scenes that I remembered viewing from the saddle of my KLR back in 2001 when we had the pilot event for our current ThumperCafe series (Meet-Greet-Eat, go home via the scenic route) in Tok, Alaska. I remember making the first announcement in Thumper News about a year early, really! I told everyone that on June 15, 2001, I would be sitting in Fast Eddie's in Tok, Alaska and if their Thumper had long legs, come join me for lunch at high noon.
Twelve FSSNOC folks from all over the USA showed up for lunch ... riding some 40,000 miles one-way collectively to arrive in Fast Eddies at high noon for a group lunch. Quite a tasty meal, expensive but tasty. Wife Carrie and I stayed after the event to explore the state for nine more days. The total trip was 11,000 miles - 36 days in length but unmeasurable in educational value and fond memories. So many stories ... don't get me started!!
Hello Jack , A very clean looking S40 indeed. My online name is Ruttly but you can call me Pat. Think your club applies to me in a big way , currently own 6 Singles , 1 Suzuki , 1 Yamaha , 2 Hondas , 2 BSAs , ok ... and a Sportster. Been riding Singles for 40 years and nothing gives me the thrill like a big Single. My latest project is a '96 LS650 RYCA street tracker with a 695 cc engine nearing the end of a 2+ year project, have dubbed it the RDR695( Ryca Done Right). Plan on joining as soon as I go back to work. Just wanted to say Hi and I am watching. Thanks Ruttly (Patrick Fenisey)
Hi Pat ... Your greeting reminds me of that old (bad) vaudeville joke, "My name is _______, but you can call me anything you like,
as long as you call me to dinner!" (grin)
We're looking forward to your membership, Pat. It'd be fun to review your project bike in Thumper News for all our members to enjoy, so keep track of the details, take some photos, and maybe some day we can do just that, okay? Be sure, when you find that job, to reserve time off to ride that newly completed RDR695 to a ThumperCafe event so we can all see it in person!
Thanks for your compliments on my old S-40 as featured in our masthead photo last week! Fundamentally, the S-40/Savage (both named the LS650 by Suzuki) is as much a "Thumper" as about anything out there in today's market. While it's not everyone's cup of tea in the stock cruiser form, it has so much potential to be whatever one wants it to be ... the many faces of the LS650 Suzuki.
Good to hear from you, Pat! Keep in touch and keep beatin' the bushes for a job so you can join us, okay? Thump On! - #000.
##### Our FSSNOC FYI-AD portion of the THUMPER GARAGE is below: #####
FYI - Old Man on a Bike ... a travel book by Simon Gandolfi is available on Kindle for 99 cents reports Dwain, #5174 (KS).
Dwain also added that as he reads, he traces Simon's route by looking up each town on google as he goes - neat idea. This is a road tale, well, actually a report, about a 73 year old man who, after having two heart attacks, decides to ride a Honda 125cc motorcycle from the USA to the southernmost tip of South America. In my own opinion after reading the book, Simon is living proof that common people can do uncommon things if they become inspired ... check it out, then pack your own bags? - #000.
( The above link is of interest if you like photography, awesome shots of a family of three on a trip in Europe in a Sidecar)
The Old Man on a Bike, the book ... is finally history. Simon Gandolfi can be an opinionated, grumpy, out-of-sorts- type of guy. If you read the book ... get used to it. He often, as in always, blames the USA for anything from no electricity in his overnite room to world peace or the lack thereof ... get used to it. His choice of ride is as mundane as his self-image; a Honda 125 "Pizza" bike, as he calls it. He describes himself as a writer of mediocre novels. That he was "hiding" within his fictional stories instead of living life.
There is nothing mundane or mediocre about his planned trip destination, that being to ride the tiny Honda all the way to Terra Del Fuego, the southern most tip of land in South America. His eleven month ride was apparently just prior to 2008, a time when travel in that part of the world was and is routinely described as dangerous. I finished Simon's book and set it aside.
At first, nothing ... then as the days past, I began to realize that I missed reading that book! I miss my daily traveling with Simon! He, as a writer, has the ability to take the reader along with him moment by moment. This immediacy of writing style will take you away from that park bench in your hometown, transporting you in minutes to a back street cafe in a tiny town in Colombia. I now even sort of miss the ole coot ... and, you know what, I think knowing that would make him happy.
For Sale - 2008 Moto Guzzi 750 Breva, 80 miles total since new ( yes, eight zero). Factory options are, lower seat,center stand, flyscreen. Hangar all its life. Includes some new maintenance parts, service docs-both paper and digital, parts catalogs, and comprehensive tech files. Located SW FL. Contact me at <email@example.com> and I will send pics.
May consider trade for unmolested big Single. Don Black, #00118 (FL) - 30 yr member
I am forced to put my beloved 2002 KLR 650 up for sale. It has 17K+ miles on it and runs perfectly. It has never been down, and, has never seen rain! I have modified it for better street use, although all modifications could be easily reversed.
This bike includes an additional set of front forks, stock and lowering links (1-3 inches), lowered front fender, EM Fork brace, taller front windscreen, factory manuals (both), Wolfman "Explorer" tank bag, Meyer "Day Long" saddle, EM balancer lever ("dohickey",installed), (all tools for installation included), Progressive fork springs, Thermo-Bob, De-Tweeted stock muffler, center stand, and detailed maintenance log, engine guard and highway pegs, soft saddlebag braces. Additional parts and accessories also included with sale.
This bike has been run on full synthetic oil since 8,000 miles, uses and leaks no oil between changes. Bad knee is forcing me to sell this fine motorcycle. It's located in Newnan, GA, about 35 miles S-E of Atlanta, GA
$3,000 , call for additional details. (770) 683-7982 Robert L. Brewer, FSSNOC #5273 (GA)
One of the world's main problems is that "The foolish are full of certainty, while the wise are full of self doubt.
THE CLUB STORE ... CLICK ON IT WHEN YOU ARE DONE HERE? Yes ... it is Winter ... time to get some toasty club gear, eh? Order yourself a bright new yellow and black club cap, a couple cotton t-shirts, and at least one cozy sweatshirt to wear under your riding gear. Remember, every day is FSSNOC gear day. Tell the world about us by wearing our stuff... Thanks!
..... YOU'VE JUST VISITED THE THUMPER GARAGE. PLEASE CLICK ON THE "MORE" ON THE MASTHEAD ABOVE ... AND CHECK OUT ALL THE OTHER PAGES OF THIS SITE. PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE FOUR-STROKE SINGLES NATIONAL OWNERS CLUB (FSSNOC) TODAY ... Thank You! - Jack, FSSNOC #000/Director