Author Topic: Hello from Colorado Springs  (Read 3254 times)

AncientMariner

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Hello from Colorado Springs
« on: January 25, 2015, 12:32:12 PM »
Hey, I miss you guys.  It's been a long time since I attended a DDSR rally.  In 2013 I moved from Alliance, NE (reasonably close to the Black Hills) to Colorado Springs, making it a bit more of a commute.  I've added a couple of Moto Guzzis and a Kaw Nomad to the stable since my last rally.  While the weight and lack of clearance (and travel) of the Nomad makes it seem the least likely vehicle for unpaved surfaces, I'd like to point out that the Suzuki Savage I had was far more stable on sandy roads than my Vstrom 1000,  not that I'm planning to attack any single track on a bagger.  I actually did some trail riding on the Savage at Elko NV.  Aside from the preposterous ergonomics, it did pretty well.

'01 TTR125L, '01 WR426 plated, '00 Super Sherpa, '81 KM100, '80 SR500, '78 XS650, '06 DL650, '10 MG V7C, '12 MG Griso 8V SE, '12 Kaw Nomad -John

Hank

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Re: Hello from Colorado Springs
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2015, 01:08:27 PM »
Hi John, nice to hear from you again!   You still got that WR426 too?     How is the trail riding around Co. Springs?

AncientMariner

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Re: Hello from Colorado Springs
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2015, 04:55:27 PM »
Sad to say, Hank, I haven't even researched where to ride down here.  I have noted a few unpaved passes that look pretty interesting but so far I haven't found anything as appealing as riding the Black Hills.  The 426 isn't starting.  I suspect smegma in the pilot jet.  One of these days I'll get around to firing it up again.  Pitifully, that time I had it at the Fish & Fry is the only time it's been ridden.  For jeep trails, I think the Weestrom is the better choice because I can ride it there and back.  The 426 is a bit punishing to ride on the street.  I still love it, though.  Heck, I love them all.

Here's a picture of another "Hank," me pappy, circa 1936:
'01 TTR125L, '01 WR426 plated, '00 Super Sherpa, '81 KM100, '80 SR500, '78 XS650, '06 DL650, '10 MG V7C, '12 MG Griso 8V SE, '12 Kaw Nomad -John

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Re: Hello from Colorado Springs
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2015, 05:35:28 PM »
Great to hear from ya and that is a neat old picture. 



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Hank

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Re: Hello from Colorado Springs
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2015, 09:31:07 PM »
Absolutely, that's a great old picture.   What's he riding?

My dad had a 40's Harley back in the 50s, but I'm not sure I know of any pictures of it.

John hope you manage to find some time to do some trails out there.   It's got to be a nice place to live.   Are you retired from the ship's engineer business?

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Re: Hello from Colorado Springs
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2015, 01:33:59 AM »
Love that old photo. What a great way to remember someone.
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