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radioguylogs
Posted 2018-01-11 3:53 PM (#153555)
Subject: 2018 Vintage Yamaha Rally



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Well, it's time to think ahead.

I met up with Jerry (FreeTriple) around the campfire last year.
I know David (Griz86) was contemplating joining us this year.
I’ll be disappointed if Ian (IanDMacDonald) can’t make it.

Check out the website:

http://www.vintageyamaharally.com/

Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club is now participating in the rally. Although this is still a riding rally, VJMC plans to add a Vintage Yamaha show with judging.

Reserve a room or a campsite before they are gone.




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TomRob
Posted 2018-01-12 10:03 PM (#153557 - in reply to #153555)
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Thanks for the advanced notice Mike. I hope to have my carb rebuild completed and my bike running later this month. I should be able to make this rally. Sounds like a great time. And thanks again for the carb.

Tom Roberts (TomRob)
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radioguylogs
Posted 2018-01-12 10:46 PM (#153558 - in reply to #153557)
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Hi Tom:

You're welcome.

If you show me my carb, I'll show you your fender!

I'm thinking about bring the same XS750 to the rally this year because (shhhhh) it was more fun than the XS1100s I took the previous 2 years.

I really hope to meet you at the Rally.

If you wish, you can send in an RSVP on the Rally website and you'll receive periodic updates. The RSVP is not a commitment of any kind, just away to keep people informed.

-Mike
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TomRob
Posted 2018-01-13 7:52 AM (#153559 - in reply to #153555)
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RSVP submitted. I forgot you were the one that got the fenders.
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griz86
Posted 2018-01-19 1:41 PM (#153574 - in reply to #153555)
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Unfortunately I am going to have knee surgery this year probably in May. The doctor says to expect a three month recovery so I will not be able to attend. I probably will not even ride this year. I would love to though.
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radioguylogs
Posted 2018-01-19 10:06 PM (#153577 - in reply to #153574)
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David:

Sorry you can't join us this year.



Good luck with the knee surgery.

Thanks for the update.

-Mike

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radioguylogs
Posted 2018-05-22 10:02 PM (#153829 - in reply to #153577)
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“All Motorcyclists and their passengers are operating their vehicles at their own risk. All attendees are expected to operate legally registered motorcycles with insurance coverages in force. All of those participating in rides or other functions during this weekend rally do so at their own risk”.
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Posted 2018-05-23 8:38 AM (#153830 - in reply to #153555)
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They need to run one of these on the west coast sometme...
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Posted 2018-05-23 1:51 PM (#153831 - in reply to #153555)
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I've RSVP'd. I'll try to make it. Prolly take the triple.
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Posted 2018-05-23 11:33 PM (#153832 - in reply to #153831)
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Devotee:

That's great news.

My brother-in-law bought Harold "Dutchman"'s bike, and I am pretty sure he will come with me.

Tom Rob was planning to attend from Massachusetts.

Usually a couple of Triples show up that are not active on this forum

The Triples crowd is gaining momentum. I have to warn you the accommodations are filling up. There are only a couple of bunkhouse beds and a couple of campsites left at the Iron Horse. There is a Tuskeegee Motel about 5 miles away if you don't find something at the Iron Horse.

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Posted 2018-05-23 11:39 PM (#153833 - in reply to #153830)
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Retro:

One guy rode from California last year. A couple of guys rode from Canada. You're welcome to join us!

-Mike

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Posted 2018-08-17 9:05 AM (#153963 - in reply to #153833)
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Misc info for the fortunate 2018 VYR attendees:





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TomRob
Posted 2018-09-21 10:03 PM (#154023 - in reply to #153574)
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Hey Dave...how did your knee surgery and recovery go?
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radioguylogs
Posted 2018-09-22 1:06 AM (#154024 - in reply to #154023)
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Speaking of the rally, I've had my share of trauma getting ready.

I am still working, so I trailer to the rally. Since Nick (BIL) and I are travelling together, I ordered a new trailer in July to accommodate 2 bikes. I picked it up in southern Georgia over Labor day weekend. Drove 30 hours in 3 days. I outfitted it with chocks and hold-downs.

Didn't get any advice from my "Windscreen" post, so I improved the windshield mounting by installing a kit to mount the Slipstream S03 to the headlight fork brackets. I left the turn signal brackets on, so it has double mounting at the bottom now. That really improved the bouncing situation and made it work quite well.

Replaced a bent kickstand. The original one had a cracked weld 10 years ago, and the replacement I got from e-Bay had always been bent so badly it was scary to use. Ironically the re-re-replacement from e-Bay was also bent, so I got a refund and bought a fourth one on e-Bay. Now it's fixed!

I decided to fix a minor oil leak in that bearing holder just behind the LH crankcase cover of my SF. The cover has to come off to get to it. Fortunately, the leak was fixed by the new O-ring I installed. I checked my clutch pushrod seal and the XS650 replacement from Mikes XS is working out just fine after ~5k miles.

After fixing he oil leak, the bike started cutting out at high RPM. I just went through he same thing on my other SF a few weeks ago (my "Corroded Carbs" thread). I fund the exact same corrosion in the carbs of the rally bike, so I had to disassemble them completely and cleaned them. I think I have to blame ethanol.

After I reinstalled the carbs, the bike runs great. Time to stop working on it and put on some miles to build confidence.

I'm polishing it up now and counting the hours 'till I head south.

P.S. Time get your dinner orders into Iron Horse.

-Mike

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griz86
Posted 2018-09-25 1:18 PM (#154027 - in reply to #154023)
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Actually, I never had the surgery. The knee started to feel better and everyone who I asked who had knee surgery said if you can stand it, then don't get it "Fixed". It doesn't really hurt anymore but it still feels like a slightly loose joint. My plan now is to wait and see. Hopefully it will last into retirement and I won't be losing months of paychecks. I would love to go to the vintage rally next year. Perhaps ride back home with Jerry to see the new digs and then meander back home. We will see. I didn't even take the cover off the bike this year. I should probably shoot some more oil in the cylinders. Retirement date is 4/25/19. Can't stinking wait.
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TomRob
Posted 2018-09-26 9:45 PM (#154036 - in reply to #154027)
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I retired May 2016. Love it. Looks like I'll be using my rain suit a bit on the way down to the rally. Looking forward to riding the Tail of the Dragon and going to the Wheels Through Time museum. I have a motel room fortunately, so I don't have to worry about that. Glad you didn't have to get the knee surgery. The rehab can be worse that the surgery.
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griz86
Posted 2018-10-03 12:44 PM (#154044 - in reply to #154036)
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So, How was it? I want to read all about it.
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Posted 2018-10-03 11:09 PM (#154045 - in reply to #154044)
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I've been waiting for Nick to send me a few particular pictures before I posted my report. I'll post more pictures when they are gathered together.

The rally was attended by about 120 bikes. The variety of nice vintage Yamahas was really enjoyable. I saw 9 Triples, including a fully dressed SF for sale by the original owner. It was the nicest looking Triple I have seen in 30 years.

The deluge of rain stopped just in time for us to enjoy riding on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

I met TomRob, FreeTriple, and Devotee. I didn't have a chance to ride with Tom, but Devotee (David), my brother-in-law Nick, and I had chance to ride our Triples together on Sunday. We were joined by Kurt and his wife Nancy, friends from the XS11 forum. We rode the Cherohala Skyway, had lunch in Tellico Plains, then rode back through the Dragon. We met another XS11 fellow from the rally at Deals Gap who was looking for company to join him on his first trip through the Dragon. David and I obliged, while our other comrades retuned to the Iron Horse. That turned out to be a fateful decision for me, as a Smoky Smokey clocked me coming out a curve at 51MPH. Officer Huckabee was a nice guy despite my involuntary visit with him. He wrote me up for 14 over, and today I discovered that translates into $257!

Nick won an interesting award at the ceremony Saturday night. Earlier in the day, a group of us had passed thought the Dragon on a loop around the Smokies and through the middle on Route 441. Nick had some trouble on the Dragon and went off-road, into a ditch, up the side of the mountain, back though the ditch, and then popped back onto the road upright. I didn't see it, but the guy behind him was really cheering him loudly. Consequently Nick was presented with a new award, the "Lucky" award. It was so funny, you had to be there. Don't tell Harold his former bike has off-road capability.

Like I said, I'll post a few more pictures when I receive them.



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shrommee
Posted 2018-10-04 6:40 PM (#154046 - in reply to #153555)
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Great story. In some of those states if they write you up for too much over the speed limit you have to go to Court. $257 is steep but at least you don't have to return until the next gathering.
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griz86
Posted 2018-10-05 12:03 PM (#154047 - in reply to #154045)
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MS must be a lucky bike. Harold had a close call during one of his early rides. I think it was the Dixie Highway ride. I wasn't there, but I recall him writing that he had to pull off the road to gather his courage once more to continue the journey. I hope MS is none the worse for wear.
The only time I was on the dragon, I was fully loaded with luggage and pretty much scared s***less by other bikers screaming past me. The road is soooo curvey that they were on top of me before I knew it. Not too much time was spent looking in the rear view. Needless to say I rarely got up to 5 mph over the limit. I'll stick to the skyway. I liked that much better.

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radioguylogs
Posted 2018-10-11 1:33 PM (#154058 - in reply to #154047)
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As promised, I gathered more pictures.

The first picture is (left to right) MSRyder80 (Nick), then Radioguylogs (me), then my XS11 friend Kurt, then Devotee (David). On Sunday, the day this picture was taken, we rode the Cherohala Skyway, and looped back through the Dragon. The day started foggy with a threat of drizzle, but it cleared up nicely for a memorable ride.

The second picture is TomRob (Tom), I didn't have a picture so I had to find the best picture I could from another attendee.

I didn't find a picture of Freetriple (Jerry) yet, but I saw him at the rally.

So that's the our Triples forum representation at the rally.





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radioguylogs
Posted 2018-10-11 2:14 PM (#154059 - in reply to #154058)
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On Friday, MSRyder80 (Nick) and I rode from Iron Horse to the Fontana Dam, and then on to Deal Gap. We rode the Dragon both directions, then rode south on 129 to Robbinsville; then back to the Iron Horse Lodge to welcome other guests.





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griz86
Posted 2018-10-15 11:39 AM (#154061 - in reply to #154059)
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Is that Harold's MS ridden by MSRyder80 (Nick)? If so I like the look of the original seat back on it.
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radioguylogs
Posted 2018-10-15 9:55 PM (#154062 - in reply to #154061)
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Yes, that's Nick (MSRyder80) on MS.

You will notice he also put the correct fenders back on after he polished them nicely.

The footpegs, turn signals, and mirrors are fixed up.

He had trouble with carbs leaking and he had to take them apart twice to stop some leaks. He adjusted the float levels and synced the carbs.

We swapped bikes for several miles during the rally, and I was jealous at how well it is running.

Nick plans to re-shim the valves this winter- who know when they were last done?

Nick could report these thing himself if we had an administrator to give him a password and let him in.

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TomRob
Posted 2018-10-17 9:50 PM (#154066 - in reply to #154058)
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Nice pictures Mike. I think I'm losing weight! You missed a good time David. Hope you can make it next year. I made it home OK...1,414 miles, but I think I'll trailer my bike next year. My bike turned 40 this year and I really wanted to ride it to the rally. The odometer went over 50,000 miles on the way back. I don't know if the seat is getting less comfortable or my butt is just getting older, but I was beat when I got home. It was nice to get back on my Road King. Its like a recliner on two wheels. I got to ride the Dragon and visit Wheels Through Time. I'm looking forward to riding the other roads next year. See you all then.
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