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Guaire

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DC - MD - VA ride
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:18:31 PM »
  Scorch, of ninja250forum.com, and I will be meeting Saturday, April 20, 12:30 PM in Rockville to get out for a day ride. We will meet at the parking lot of the Bank of America in Town Center, Rockville, MD. You don't have to be on any particular bike. Anyone who can ride is welcome.

Here's a link to the initial post.
http://www.ninja250forum.com/forum/index.php?topic=6916.msg42609;topicseen#new

Beale St & North Washington St
255 North Washington Street, Rockville, MD 20850

There's a gas station across the street, so you can show up and gas up!

Cheers,
Bill

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2013, 08:54:01 AM »
Sorry can't make this weekend have to work on my daughters house but please keep us informed of future rides.
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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2013, 09:32:32 AM »
Will do, Gunbunny. We'll do more rides. I'll be taking my Honda ST1100 on this run. I've got to figure a route from north Arlington, VA to Rockville, MD, avoiding freeways. Our runs mainly go through rural roads and small towns, ideal for an Enfield.

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2013, 10:27:12 AM »
I have to miss this one.
If you don't mind lights and slow traffic it shouldn't be too hard to go through DC and straight up Wisconsin Ave/355 or N. Capital and cross over.  The slow alternative to avoid the Beltway is all the way up to Leesburg, across 15 to Point of Rocks, and back down the side roads like Rte 28 to Rockville.  Personally I don't like the Beltway on a bike but, through DC and Bethesda will give your left hand and clutch a work out.
Have fun and be safe!
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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2013, 08:34:59 PM »
  That's funny. I've been exactly where you said. I used to commute across Chain Bridge to the near side of Bethesda and back each day.
  I can't wait to show up sometime soon on my Bullet. The EX250 and the Bullet make close to the same peak power. Except, the EX makes revs while the Enfield is punching torque across the rev range.
  I still have to get my K70s installed and 'tune' my Mikuni. Soon.

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2013, 07:53:45 PM »
Anybody going to the British & European classic motorcycle day at High point farm, Clarksburg, Md. on May 19th? I'll be heading up there and hope to see all the local Enfield riders.
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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2013, 08:20:17 PM »
I just put it in my calendar. Gotta get my carb parts!!!

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2013, 10:15:18 AM »
Here's the website link:
http://classicmotorcycleday.org/
Directions are on the website.  It's near Little Bennet Regional Park just off 270.
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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2013, 08:35:09 PM »
I rode to the classic motorcycle day at High Point Farm at Clarksburg, MD today. There was an outstanding Royal Enfield presence there. After all, we have a factory still making our bikes and parts!!!  There's a gradual change taking place at this event. It's not all nostalgia anymore. Royal Enfield Bullets have the 'classic' thing down, but there are brand new bikes for sale. The dealer from the Winchester, VA area was there with new ones.
  On the way home I noticed what looked like a BMW driving in back of me. I figured he liked the sound of a big single. When we stopped he told me his brother had done a tour in India on a Royal Enfield. I asked him if the road we were on went to River Road. I was in need of getting back to Chain Bridge. He said he would go with me to River Road. I had my own K1600 escort to known parts. Royal Enfields must be saying something that is primal to motorcycles in general, to whoever sees and hears them. It's more than just a vintage era machine. It's also a here and now machine.
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Bill

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2013, 09:49:07 PM »
Hi Bill I was at the bike show, didn't see you there. Sorry I missed you.
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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2013, 10:39:58 PM »
No worries, Robert. We'll get together. I WILL put on my new tires this week, (K70s). I'm going to add Auto-RX (auto-rx.com) to my oil too. I'll be needing to do a 1000 mile treatment. I'll be riding everywhere!
  Recently I have changed oil in = crankcase, primary, gearbox and forks. And, I replaced the the main jet in my giant 34mm Mikuni. I still have more leaning to do next week.
  Also, last Wednesday I rode my Bullet to the monthly meeting of the National Potomac Yacht Club at Columbia Island Marina. Friends asked me to park off the parking lot and by the lighted tables at the patio so they could see it. Nothing like showing off the motorcycle equivalent of a time machine. Apparently, boat owners like Royal Enfields too....

  Was that your chair rig with the blue ribbon on it?

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2013, 11:16:07 PM »
You must have put 75 miles on your bike today.  Seems to be reasonably reliable.  I got sidetracked and had to miss the meet.
You'll like the K70s.  Look better, better in the wet, and handle the curves stupendously better.
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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2013, 08:12:37 PM »
The K70s are great. the sidecar rig belongs to my friend Chris. Mine is the red deluxe with the fly screen. I managed to snag 1st place.
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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2013, 04:05:34 PM »
Great meeting everyone at the Classic Motorcycle Day last weekend!  This is John with the 06 Enfield Bullet Deluxe.  Looking forward to future rides and next year's show already.

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2013, 10:05:24 AM »
Hey all...I met John at the British European Bike Show but missed meeting everyone else.  I didn't arrive until 2:30.  I look forward to seeing you sometime.  I am from Fredericksburg, VA and have a 2006 Royal Enfield Bullet. 8)

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2013, 11:40:17 AM »
For you adventure riders...
http://www.dcsportbikes.net/forum/f57/memorial-day-dc-wva-ride-80271/

I will be on my '04 RE, not my ST1100. If I can do it, you can too. My buddy, "Scorch" that did this posting tells me he likes to keep his EX250 between 50 and 60 on freeway sections. I explained to him the do's and don'ts of iron barrel Enfields. Here's one of his ideas for destinations.
http://goo.gl/maps/PlozV
  We're looking to do camping. Everyone is welcome for all or part of the trip if you have limited time or if Motel 6 is your idea of camping. I'm looking forward to scrubbing my brand new K70s.
Cheers,
Bill

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2013, 09:06:14 PM »
Hi UniqueGirl sorry we missed you, maybe next time.
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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2013, 04:49:12 PM »
We left from Sheetz at Haymarket, off Rt 66. It was grey and chilly. It stayed that way. Instead of camping we stayed at best deal inn at Covington, VA. My friend, Scorch and I had been stopping regularly so I could check my oil. It developed this magic disappearing act. I ended up covering 700 miles in two days. In that part of Virginia you can get plenty of non-ethanol fuel. Looks like my future will include a flat slide carb.
While stopped at Paint Bank, VA, I watched a rider pull up on a Thruxton from Hinckley. He had a custom swing arm and front end. What a rig. Earl said he can handle the Triumph as good as anyone along those roads. He lives near Roanoke in an area that he claims, "You can ride whatever you like". Meaning, you don't have to ride 300 miles of freeway to get to the roads that are good to ride. He recommended the road west. That it had a buffalo ranching, streams and beautiful country. He was right. Apparently, at 70 years old, he has some things figured out really well.
  We were back and forth across the West Virginia and Virginia borders. Down in the toe of VA, we had to turn back toward RT 11 to get me and the RE back to Arlington. I didn't shoot much, but there was a "Humpback Bridge". It bears the same name as the Boundary Channel Bridge on the George Washington Parkway, just north of Rt 95/14th Street bridge on the Arlington side.
  We got around to Rt 11. Lots of memories there for me. My grandfather was born in Grottoes. I worked two summers at a mountain lake camp near Ladd and Greenville. The old towns of Waynesboro and Harrisonburg have grown up and don't feel isolated at all. I could watch the counties go by one by one. Scorch figured, brilliantly, that we could use the last of the daylight to get over the hump on 33 onto 29 for a straight shot back at Falls Church. The technical sections through tight turns, major drop offs, tree lined Isle of Man style, don't make a mistake here, places went a little bit better by having some light.
  Route 29 was a free throw. More counties came and went. We got by Warrenton, a great visit in its own right and we kept pressing. We stopped at gas station near Culpepper. We got to see a Virginia State Trooper not give a ticket to a driver from Maryland. The girl at the cash register that sold me some peanut butter crackers and water said lots of people from DC come down to Culpepper on holidays. And that, he of the Trooper with the compact car, always sat there by the station. Now you know. I topped of the gas and added 20 50.
  Down the road, we were coming up on a connection to 66 and stopped at a station in outer Fairfax. Scorch said he would split to 66 so he could take the Beltway back to Maryland. "Did I know my way home?" Yeah. This is Lee Highway. It goes straight back to Falls Church. I took the little back roads of suburbia around the big roads of Lee Highway and Leesburg Pike. Then there it was. My driveway and the cover shelter. All trip long the back side pack made my non side stand bike difficult to dismount the whole trip. While stopped in the driveway, I leaned over and braced myself on a big plastic recycling bin. Finally, it was easy to dismount and lift onto the center stand. I walked my duster into the house, found Sidney the cat and my made myself a Portsmouth CoolAid. That's Bourbon & Diet. It was good to get out, yet it was also good to get back.
Cheers,
Bill

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2013, 07:35:45 PM »
A few more pix, that I didn't shoot!

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2013, 07:45:53 PM »
Cool!
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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2013, 01:01:41 PM »
Sorry I missed the ride with the camp out. Let me know if anyone plans something in the future. I was at the Clarksburg MD show too. I rode the bike with the dog in the sidecar. The dog and I went camping over the long weekend and rode the bike. It was a long ride and the Enfield did OK. We got wet, but still had a great time camping in the mountains. I did have some problems getting the bike started on the way home. The dog kept looking at me while I was kicking the bike like "Well let's get going! What's wrong with you? I'm ready to ride!" I finally got it started and after it warmed up it ran OK. Fortunately "Gunbunny" came over after we got home and let me know what the problem is. So now I'm waiting on parts to come in the mail. After I get the bike sorted out we will be ready for our next ride.         

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Re: DC - MD - VA ride
« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2013, 08:08:37 PM »
anyone going to the Charm city Mods & Rockers meet in Dundalk Md on Saturday the 24th. for the link go to the campfire section.
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