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Tax Man
Posted 6/2/2016 11:14 AM (#89341 - in reply to #89340)
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If you haven't ridden US 12 across Idaho you should include it in your itinerary.
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Reardan Tom
Posted 6/2/2016 6:47 PM (#89353 - in reply to #85180)
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Thanks Don, done it several times but not any time recently.
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jwshort
Posted 6/3/2016 1:48 PM (#89365 - in reply to #85180)
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Dana:
I see that you have 3 BMW's and a fake BMW. Are you a member of the BMWMOA? They are leaning on us again to find out if we qualify as charter club.

If you are an MOA member what is your membership no.?
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DirtyDR
Posted 6/3/2016 3:36 PM (#89368 - in reply to #85180)
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The old 650 flat head Urals were fake Beemers, I suppose, but the OHV 750s are all Ural. For the record Harley and Indian made flat opposed twins before BMW was even in existence, along with a couple of others.

Yes I am a BMWMOA member and it has already been posted in the appropriate thread.
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jwshort
Posted 6/3/2016 4:49 PM (#89369 - in reply to #85180)
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Thanks Dana!! The fake Beemer crack was based on the reverse engineering of the Ural from the WWII Beemer. Yes - it has evolved from there for the better but that is where it started as with a couple of other Russian brands.
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Tax Man
Posted 6/3/2016 7:07 PM (#89370 - in reply to #89368)
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I visited the HD museum in Milwaukee a few years ago and was surprised to see a horizontally opposed engine on one of the bikes.

I spent 25 months of my active duty time in the Army in a Field Artillery Target Acquisition Battalion. HQ battery had a drone aircraft platoon used primarily for photo reconnaissance. They were metal skinned, fixed wing aircraft with a 13' wingspan and were powered by an air-cooled horizontally opposed engine, though I don't remember now if they were 2- or 4-cylinder. Even though they were an expendable item, I would have been in big trouble if I had brought one home with me.
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Al Olme
Posted 6/3/2016 7:58 PM (#89371 - in reply to #89370)
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In the horizontally opposed frame of reference... The Pioneer Village Museum in Cameron, WI has a washing machine that is powered by a horizontally opposed twin that was purpose built for the job. There are lots on BMW engines [often with a Rotax gearbox] used in ultralight aircraft.
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DirtyDR
Posted 6/3/2016 9:17 PM (#89373 - in reply to #85180)
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We will have to continue the Ural thread elsewhere but it did get some action in the thread.

And for the record the flatheads were 750s not 650s, surprised no one called me on that, too laid back over here I guess.
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DirtyDR
Posted 6/6/2016 10:19 AM (#89377 - in reply to #85180)
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Ok everyone if you have not registered yet and want a T shirt for the rally speak now and I will get it in the order. I don't need money until the rally I just need to know you want one as I will not be ordering a bunch of extras.
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DirtyDR
Posted 6/6/2016 10:34 AM (#89381 - in reply to #85180)
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I took the K100/EML rig over to Palisade for the annual vintage show.



A nice ride back home to Hotchkiss.

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Bob Herman
Posted 6/6/2016 10:36 AM (#89382 - in reply to #85180)
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Dana, I saw your rig at the show. I didn't see anyone hanging near it so don't know if I saw you!
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DirtyDR
Posted 6/6/2016 10:38 AM (#89383 - in reply to #85180)
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For those of you coming in from Grand Junction be very careful coming down Highway 50 from Grand Junction to Delta. This is a divide 4 lane highway that was made for cruising but the speed limit is only 65 and anything over 70 will get you a ticket as the Colorado State Patrol have a very definite presence and they have no mercy. Just a note of caution for your friendly rally tip today.
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DirtyDR
Posted 6/6/2016 10:42 AM (#89384 - in reply to #85180)
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When I was not wandering the show looking at bikes I was sitting on a bench in the shade by the bakery across from the rig.

I did see you pull in but by the time I got motivated to walk over you disappeared.
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Joe Kelly
Posted 6/6/2016 12:24 PM (#89387 - in reply to #85180)
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I just had a stroke and will be unable to attend, will you send me my packet and by the way the Redwood may have a room I released mine.
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spat
Posted 6/6/2016 12:45 PM (#89388 - in reply to #89384)
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I was at the Palisade as well then rode back down to Hotchkiss with Dana. Sunday morning we sat at the fair grounds discussing the rally and setup, I am getting excited, it's only a month away and it's beautify riding in every direction.
I left Hotchkiss late morning north over McClure pass to Glenwood Springs and 70 west. Glenwood near I70 gets a bit congested. On I70 construction spotty thru Glenwood Canyon (this has got to be one of the prettiest stretches on all of I70) and down to single lane in spots around Vail, not too bad of a delay the last 2 weekends I've been thru there. Also the east bound side of vail pass has shoulder work causing no delays but it is a construction zone. I remember near Idaho Springs some construction but caused no delays and why I am not sure of the location. Traffic into Denver Sunday afternoon gets very heavy and will slow to a crawl for 30 miles between Georgetown and Denver. Prime time 2-6pm. There is a toll lane to easy your pain and lighten your wallet. It's a floating rate depending on the traffic volume. This Sunday it was 4 buck and I only saw 2 vehicles in it but I
hear it can get pricey. Traffic was heavy but moving well be it only about 30-40 mph for me. The price is post, they snap your picture then send you a bill.
On the North side of McClure Pass is the historic town of Redstone. It is just the other side of the river but you would never know it if not the turn off sign at both ends, the single road thru town is about 2 miles and your back on 133 from either side. A good size restaurant, a general store and has public restrooms next to the town park. I hit the general store for water and a snack of a killer double chocolate brownie and time to settle my mind for the rest of the trip. I was on 2 wheels and I was having fun over McClure as the traffic was minimal which I thought was pretty unusual and took advantage of it. There is NO gas in Redstone or between Paonia and Carbondale about 60 miles. On I 70 Gas in the mountains is a bit more. Dillon has fair size gas stops on both sides of I70. On the East side of the Divide Georgetown has a good rest stop and gas, I hit Idaho Springs and found the gas more than in the mountains. I would not advise bringing a bigger RV and trailer to either of those 2 stops. A 76 fuel station and truck stop as you hit the west end of the Denver suburbs is probably the best bet for the large rigs. Then a couple more on the east side of town as well.
230'ish miles Hotchkiss to the west side of Denver took me around 5 hours
Travel safe and see ya soon.
John

Edited by spat 6/6/2016 12:46 PM
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Reardan Tom
Posted 6/6/2016 12:51 PM (#89390 - in reply to #85180)
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Holy cow Joe!! Good luck to ya and here's to a speedy recovery!!! And Spat, thanks much for the information!!
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DirtyDR
Posted 6/6/2016 1:45 PM (#89392 - in reply to #85180)
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Just to reinforce what Spat posted; if you are coming in through Glenwood Springs and Carbondale over McClure Pass then pay heed to the sign leaving Carbondale that states Next fuel 60 miles.
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Tax Man
Posted 6/6/2016 2:59 PM (#89393 - in reply to #89392)
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Joe, I'm also sorry to hear of your stroke and that you will not be attending Rigs in the Rockies.

Spat, Dana, and others: keep those riding tips coming. We are down to less than 1 month until we leave for Hotchkiss.
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dholaday
Posted 6/11/2016 7:09 PM (#89445 - in reply to #89340)
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Tom: 

 If I were coming from Spokane, I'd try either 95 or 195 to Lewiston, then 95 down to New Meadows, then 55 to Boise and I84. 

 Then to Pocatello via either 84/86 or 84/20/26 [if the latter, a quick stop in Craters of the Moon]. Then 30 out of Pocatello to Kemmerer, 189 - 412 - 414 out of Idaho to 43 in Utah then 44 to Red Canyon and 191 to US 40 in Vernal. That gets you around Salt Lake City; 40 to Dinosaur, then CO64 to Rangely and 139 to Loma, then I70 - US50 to Hotchkiss.

 IF [BIG IF] things work out for me and I'm able to make the rally, I plan on following at least part of that route myself.

Hope to see y'all there 

 Duncan

 

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Reardan Tom
Posted 6/11/2016 9:05 PM (#89446 - in reply to #85180)
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Sounds good Duncan. Thanks. I get to the Pocatello/Blackfoot ID area somewhat regularly, having relatives in SE Idaho. And I've been to Vernal a couple times. Beers H-D is a good stop in Vernal. Been to Grand Junction as well but have no actual memory of the route we took to get there. Other than coming over a very high pass before dropping down into Grand Junction.
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DirtyDR
Posted 6/13/2016 10:45 AM (#89461 - in reply to #85180)
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I took a little ride up Grand Mesa yesterday afternoon. The end of this road is about 20 miles from the fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. I was only around 10,000' but when you get up high there is still a lot snow.









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DirtyDR
Posted 6/13/2016 11:00 AM (#89462 - in reply to #85180)
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And for today's public service message be careful out there. I passed a dozen deer or more riding around and driving back to Edwards in the van so keep an eye out. Also keep a wary eye on the road as there are a lot of rocks falling on the roads this time of year as things are thawed out.

One last note watch for farm equipment on the roads as it is that time of year. This is a very rural area and the roads are narrow, hilly and twisty. If you round a corner or come over a hill there may be large farm equipment coming down the road and the sidecar will lose against the combine every time.

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Tax Man
Posted 6/13/2016 1:12 PM (#89463 - in reply to #89462)
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Thanks for the warning. This is not too uncommon a sight in my area except the tractor has triples of the rear, and duals on the front. We generally use duals on the rear and either singles or duals on the front. A set of the tractor tires alone would cost somewhere around $8,000-$10,000 to replace. I've never seen the implement he is pulling. I assume it is for preparing a seed bed or for firming the ground after seeding.

We went for a ride on Saturday in a loop through NW Iowa and saw dead deer and raccoons along the road, so we have some of those wildlife hazards too.
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DirtyDR
Posted 6/13/2016 2:12 PM (#89465 - in reply to #85180)
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They have a lot of specialized equipment over there for the peach, apple and cherry orchards and grape fields so there is no telling what you will see. There are a lot of vegetable fields also around.

Should be plenty of fresh fruit and veggies about rally time.
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DirtyDR
Posted 6/13/2016 2:16 PM (#89466 - in reply to #85180)
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Our Saturday night entertainment, https://www.reverbnation.com/dukesheppard , will be playing from 6:00 to 9:00 out on the deck at Revolution Brewing in Paonia, http://www.revolution-brewing.com/ , on Friday night if anyone is looking for something to do with some brews on Friday evening.
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