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Bike of the Month / Re: April 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by OnionDumper on April 01, 2020, 08:19:49 AM »
Congrats!.... :thumb
Bike of the Month / Re: April 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by luv2fly on April 01, 2020, 06:56:35 AM »
I remember that bike, one of the nicest ever.

Bike of the Month / April 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by FromMaine on April 01, 2020, 05:38:36 AM »
This months winner owned a true work of art. Although he eventually sold it on, it deserves a place here for sure.

I remember the first time I saw pics of this bike, all dreams of V65 Sabre glory I had crashed, and were left a smoldering pile of grey and red metal and plastic by the side of the road. I moved on and realized my 85 red/grey V65 Sabre would forever be the "Sister with a great personality" and we all know what that means.

The bike has a few subtle mods, Muzzy exhaust (I think) Sargent seat (ditto) bar end mirrors, but what Ichiro and his boys rolled out of the factory shines through.

So, EricD10563, your absolute pristine 85 V65 Sabre is April 2020's BOTM.

A link to the original post, and I encourage you to scroll through all the pics.

New England and Eastern Canada / Re: Trans Labrador Highway
« Last post by luv2fly on March 30, 2020, 03:36:28 PM »
Unfortunately no, I'm not a pilot.  Dream of mine as a kid and got to take the stick of a Cessna a few times, but never certified.  Embarassing to say this now, but that sig started with me when the internet was dawning - and I was into R/C aircraft.  Thats the long answer.  However hit up C420sailer. He's a pilot and then some!

My first big trip was getting into Canada via Port Huron, MI, over the lakes and back down into Minnesota.  There were a few spots where fuel was sparce.  Longest stretch was in the Nebraska desert >150 miles.  Couldn't agree more about seeing things up close and personal  That's what makes riding (specially solo) so appealing.  Stop at those places, take pics, stay as long or as short as you want.  I recall hiking back a long trail to see a waterfall because of a small sign by the road.  It was breath taking.  The history, the details, things preserved, its those little things that make these trips so much fun.

Last fall my wife and I went to Malta.  It claimed to have the oldest known human structures in the world and UNESCO sites all around.  That little island had more history on it than I'd ever seen.  Between 6 million B.C. to WW2, it was its own museum.  Game of Thrones was filmed there the first season or two and saw a lot of that.  They were intact structures with their own stories.  I'd go back in a millisecond.  Not conducive to bikes, but wow, what a place.
New England and Eastern Canada / Re: Trans Labrador Highway
« Last post by Traveler on March 26, 2020, 05:53:37 AM »
@ luv2fly: Thanks for the response. Are you a pilot? If so, me too. But given the choice for big trans-continental trips, I keep choosing my bike. It's a V45 but I have no doubt a V30 could have done the  job.

Actually the gas containers worked out perfectly. Canadian Walmarts stock top quality equipment cuz gas is serious business up there. Those are ~2.5 gallon cans. My V45 has a a 3.5 gallon tank with a non-reserve range of 120 miles. Multi-hundred mile legs with out gas are common . . . and then it can be an above ground tank with a credit card reader. Fuel planning was critical. I sat behind a school bus one time waiting for my turn at the tank. It's a way of life up there. For this trip's initial run up to Yellowknife, I had 3 containers. I always planned to have one container as a reserve. Nothing ever leaked and I never had to use the reserve. Mechanically, especially with critically stable gas mileage, that V45 was flawless.

It's an amazing view from 10,000 feet in a little 172 but even better from 10 feet. It's always fascinating to stumble on reminders of the deep history of this planet. I would have never spotted that ancient burial site while cruzing by in a little plane . . . . hoping the next airport would let me camp under my wing . . . and have food!

The adventure continued in Newfoundland. They have one east-west highway. At the east end is Newfoundland's capital St. John's. A couple miles east of town is Cape Spear,  my turn-around point: The most easterly point in North America. Google calculated it was 1500 miles to Ireland but 3500 mile back to LA. 

But just south down the coast is one of UNESCO's newest inductees "Mistaken Point." A coastal outcropping of rock was discovered to have the oldest known fossils of multi-cell life. That major event in the evolution of life took hold 600 million years ago during the Cambrian period. It was the genesis of All plant and All animal life. There is a raging debate among the scientists if these fossils are plant or animal. The truth is probably neither because the plant and animal kingdoms had not yet separated.

The tour led a caravan down 5 miles of dirt road, then a mile hike to the coast. We put on our booties and were allowed to walk around on that horizontal surface. With North Atlantic icy waves crashing on the edge of this outcropping just feet away, a misty fog settled over my group. We were then given a guide sheet so we could identify the fossils that we were admonished not to step on. 600 million year of history at our feet. Just another mile down that dirt road was the Marconi radio site that picked up the 1st distress signals from the Titanic. Get that from 10,000 feet! The wonders just would not end . .

On the west side of the island is Gros Morne National Park. It has a totally baron hilly range that is entirely composed of remnants of Earth's original crust from 4.5 Billion years ago. Remember Earth was originally a fiery ball of magma that finally cooled off. It's the only confirmed (scientifically dated) example of the initially cooled magma (basalt) that once was that original fireball of a young Earth.   

Then back to the northwest side, up by St. Anthony was the site of the 1st European landfall on North America 500 years before Columbus: Leif Erkson and his Nordic pals. Maybe I'll post a trip report about that  . . . But I'll never forget Tofino BC on the opposite side of the Canadian continent. It's a surfing mecca! . . . or Jasper National Park in the Rockies. . . or the Canadian great plains.

Life on a gen-1 V4. It can't be beat.
Bike of the Month / Re: March 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by alalien on March 23, 2020, 11:16:18 PM »
Holy !@#@#$ I just noticed this lol!

That [1] on the my messages is soooo small  :o


The seat, as far as I know, is stock. Same seat this guy has:
Bike of the Month / Re: March 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by luv2fly on March 23, 2020, 11:53:05 AM »
Very nice!
New England and Eastern Canada / Re: Trans Labrador Highway
« Last post by luv2fly on March 23, 2020, 10:25:03 AM »
Thanks for sharing your trip Traveler!  Sitting home sick (not C-19) and "catching up on my correspondence".  Your trip report was just what I needed.  Looked at every one of your pics.  Really liked the childs burial mound.  Its the little local sites like that you'll never get on a group trip who would roll right past it.  The scenery, LOVED the pic of your bike sitting between the paved and crushed rock transition.

I took a week or so and went up through Port Huron, MI, north and west shores into Minnesota, and back down through WI on my big Sabre.  I had a Hondaline fairing on mine.  The fact you did this on a V30 with a Plexishield, you've got my respect.  I heard over and over again 'men' saying how they needed a new Street Glide or a bike with a minimum of 1000cc to make any kind of a trip more than 50 miles from home. You read on ADVrider how some guys rode the TransCan on a CX500 40 years ago with no windshield and a leather jacket.

I'm curious how those plastic fuel tanks held up?  Especially laying on their side strapped up on those rough roads?  Obviously it worked for you, but it looks sketchy.  I'm surprised the plastic held up for you and didn't leak.

Anyway, really appreciate you sharing.  I haven't been on a long trip like that in a few years now and I'm long overdue.  Seeing yours on a V30 just pokes the bear in me a bit.  I gotta get out there!
Bike of the Month / Re: March 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by Malm on March 23, 2020, 12:12:37 AM »
What is that seat??
Looks like a Corbin, with a stock pad and cover on it?
Bike of the Month / Re: March 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by TarHeelV4Rider on March 22, 2020, 11:14:57 PM »
Beautiful!! Congrats!!
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