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76  General Category / Events / Re: Nov beer night next week? on: November 19, 2015, 12:25:02 PM
Sorry folks, I'll not be joining you tonight.
77  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Mr Reick in Hospital on: November 19, 2015, 08:32:14 AM
Speedy recovery, Mike!

Peter, I agree, he is likely thinking of porting now:-)

We will have a brew for his health tonight!

Cheers to all!
78  General Category / General Discussion / Re: You know that feeling.... on: November 17, 2015, 11:14:40 AM
Beautifully written!

Here is to many more of those evenings! Cheers!
79  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i on: November 16, 2015, 01:34:04 PM
Thanks, Ben!
80  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i on: November 16, 2015, 11:16:49 AM
Thanks, Andy. I will get the Triumph into my shed at the end of the season when I winterize the CB750.

Here are a few pictures of the XRX from yesterday.

First with the CB750 :-)

And here is a cropped image

81  General Category / Ride Planning / Re: From St. Louis to LA on: November 15, 2015, 09:32:39 AM
Excellent eye, Andy! It was JetBlue and I wasn't at all blue with their services. This was only the third time I flew with them and I believe they are the best US airline.

Thanks, Bethanie! Glad you had fun reading and looking at the photos. Now, go there!;-)

82  General Category / Ride Planning / Re: From St. Louis to LA on: November 13, 2015, 02:41:45 PM
Just a few last photos:

Vlad leaving in early in the morning:

Then it was Ben's turn:

And then it was mine:


83  General Category / Ride Planning / Re: From St. Louis to LA on: November 13, 2015, 02:34:25 PM
I totally agree, Ben! Thanks for the picture!

84  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i on: November 12, 2015, 05:02:53 PM
Some of you might have heard it through the vines that I have acquired a 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i - Centennial Edition. I have known this particular bike for a few years now. It belonged to my friend Mark, who owned it for I think 5 years or so and has maintain it very, very well. However, his true love is ZRX1200. He used to own one years ago, but sold it to get an ZZR. He regretted it very much and every time we talked about motorcycles, which is every time we see each other, he would sob after his ZRX. He sold the ZZR and got Versys. Yes, the same Versys as mine. It was funny riding together. Anyway, at beginning of last year he found one ZRX in pristine condition and he bought it. Since then, the Triumph just sat in his garage, missing the attention and love it needed. He has offered it to me a few times, but for one reason or another I didn’t buy it. Well, he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and now it is mine! Since the gas in it was over a year old, even though it was treated, we decided to pump it out and replace it with new one. We did so, but to make sure that we ran the new gas through the jets, we needed to start the bike. Now, everyone knows, you can’t just start an engine without properly heat it up. What is one to do but take it for a spin! And what a better place than the Blue Hills reservation and Chickatawbut road!
Here are a few pictures. Yes, I know - it doesn’t have fairings!

And here is how it used to look:

Impressions? Scary! I love the triple! The power is certainly plentiful, but yet sooo smooth! It accelerates faster than one realizes, but it handles effortlessly even in the scary speeds, the suspension is a bit hard, but very assuring and the brakes are simply amazing! If I ever had the slightest doubt about the purchase, it disappeared very quickly! I love it!
Now, I just have to get rid of the ridiculous headlights and make a proper street fighter;-0

Here are the specification:
- 2002 Triumph Centennial Edition Daytona 955i
Triumph Centennial Edition Daytona 955i
It is only fitting that the flagship model of Triumph's modern success story should receive the centenary treatment too. The power-packed Centennial Edition Daytona keeps the 2002 engine and chassis modifications but reverts to a single-sided swing-arm for this special edition. A colour-matched seat cowl and carbon fibre side panels and cockpit infills set-off the sensational one-off Aston Green paint scheme. A special milestone centenary badge completes the look.
Colour - Aston Green
Weight - 191kg (420lb)
Wheelbase - 1426mm (56.1in)
Rake/Trail - 22.5º / 78.7mm
Swingwarm - Single-sided, aluminium alloy with eccentric chain adjuster
Rear Wheel - 17 x 6.0in, 190 / 50 ZR17 tyre
Rear Brake - Single 320mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Front Brake - Twin 320mm floating discs, 4 piston calipers
Frame Tubular, fabricated aluminium alloy perimeter
Swingarm single-sided, aluminium alloy
Wheels FrontRear Alloy 3 spoke, 17 x 3.5inAlloy 3 spoke, 17 x 5.5in
Tyres FrontRear 120/70 ZR 17180/55 ZR 17
Suspension FrontRear 45mm forks with dual rate springs and adjustable pre-load, compression and rebound dampingMonoshock with adjustable pre-load, compression and rebound damping

Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity 955cc
Bore/Stroke 79 x 65mm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Ignition Digital - inductive type - via electronic engine management system
Primary Drive Gear
Final Drive X ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed
Length 2072mm (81.6in)
Width (handlebars) 725mm (28.5in)
Height 1165mm (45.9in)
Seat Height 815mm (32.1in)
Wheelbase 1417mm (55.8in)
Rake / Trail 22.8º / 81mm
Weight (Dry) 188kg (414lb)
Fuel Tank Capacity 21 litres (5.5 gal US)
(measured at crankshaft to DIN 70020)
Maximum Power 149PS (147bhp) at 10,700 rpm
Maximum Torque 100Nm (74ft.lbf) at 8,200 rpm

See you on the road!
85  General Category / Events / Re: Nov beer night next week? on: November 12, 2015, 12:48:19 PM
I liked the The Village Manor. Most of you have not been there...

427 Sprague Street
Dedham, MA 02026
86  General Category / Events / Re: Nov beer night next week? on: November 11, 2015, 07:20:26 PM
Now that's an offer!
87  General Category / Events / Re: Nov beer night next week? on: November 11, 2015, 09:00:25 AM
I'm game both days as well!
88  General Category / Ride Planning / Re: From St. Louis to LA on: November 04, 2015, 05:03:17 PM
Day 9 - Saturday, September 26th. Silverado, CA

Silverado, CA! What a great little town it is! About 800 people or so. Great atmosphere. Folks all know each other, help each other, do things together. I would love to live in a town such as this. Ben felt the same way.

This day we all did different things. Vlad stayed at the house to work a bit and then went to visit friends in Pasadena. Ben I went to Paul's place for a hearty, hospitable breakfast. We met his grand children and his wife Jane. What a lovable family! Ben took a picture. I will post it here when he sends to me.
After breakfast, Ben opted to go and bleed his brakes, clutch and do some general maintenance on his bike. Paul, I and his friend Tony went for a ride. A word about Tony! He is originally from New Zealand, ex racer and get that, ex sidecar monkey! Shocked What a great fellow! Which is to be expected as he is Paul's friend!

So, back to the ride. After few options we picked Angeles Forest Highway! To get there from Silverado was all highway with a lot of traffic! One might think this is a disaster. Au contraire mes amis! We were splitting traffic at speeds exceeding wise riding! What a trill! Conveniently, there is a gas station right at the bottom of the hill leading to the Angeles Forest Highway. Naturally it serves as a meeting point for riders!

After we topped off our thanks, had a refreshing drink and emptied the bladders, we had onto what turned out to be the greatest ride I have ever had! It was miles and miles of race track like curves, with an  occasional obstacle here and there - like cars or slower motorcycles:-) This is the first time on this trip I was sorry I didn't bring my GoPro! I have never ridden quite like this before! For a first time in awhile the bike was unloaded and it was handling and running fantastic, the weather was just perfect, the Rt' 66 trip was completed etc. I was happy for so many reasons!
Unfortunately, or not, the canyon pass was closed on the other side so we rode to the top of it and sat in the cafe. My CB750 immediately drew attention and few people came out to check it out. One was so amazed I rode from Massachusetts, he just wouldn't leave me alone;) I wish I took a picture of him.

Inside the cafe

Someone was a Rossi fan

Then we rode back down and we were flying! No chicken strips on my tires;-) Just an incredible, incredible ride. Never to be forgotten!

We again stopped at the gas station on the bottom, topped off and went to play with the cars on highway for couple of hours. Arrived at Paul's place where I'd leave my moto till next year.

Meet Paul!

And his horse

Vlad had a nice time visiting his friends. Ben's bike was as new. I was bikeless. Paul, Jane and Tony joined us for dinner at our house, as well as Ben's brother in law and his wife. No pictures, unfortunately.

We had a great time! After we cleaned up, Ben and Vlad started preparing for their trip, and I tried to finish the bourbon.

89  General Category / Ride Planning / Re: From St. Louis to LA on: November 04, 2015, 03:21:34 PM
Courtesy of Vlad!
90  General Category / Ride Planning / Re: From St. Louis to LA on: November 04, 2015, 03:20:05 PM
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