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Thread: Mid-South ride, eat, and meet

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    I'm trying to put a '87 K100 together as a good cross country touring machine. I put about 50,000 miles on it years ago, when it was an RT. Ditched the RT fairing years ago. Good fairing, it just didn't fit me. Got all the front end stuff secured. Now I'm working on the middle and back end of the bike. I was looking at Paul Glaves now departed 'Ol Smokey. Liked the solo seat, large rear rack.
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    This a pretty solid oem LT seat, might be a good candidate for the rear 1/3 to be bobbed off into a solo seat, and the front 2/3 recovered into a solo Russell RDL seat. He removed the whole tail piece and used a Airhead taillight section. I might just use a Reynolds K- bike rear rack if I can find one. Heavy duty stuff. I want to use the bike as a Rally bike. Carry a fair amount of camping gear and be comfortable. I havn't been a Rally Rat on a bike in some years. Will see.
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    What's the old saying measure twice and cut once.

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    Don't worry, ain't going to do anything stupid. Will do this project in an organized process, a little at a time. Will put the front end pieces on first. Get the bike running and then start the back end transformation a little at a time.

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    MOA Patch

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    Plain
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    Roundel

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    Plain-Roundel. Roundel-Plain. M&M's Plain or Peanuts. I like the Patch with with a Peanut, I mean Roundel.

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    Stopped in at the MOA HQ in Baldwin, Mo. some years back, good folks and they rounded me up some paraphernalia, the MOA Patch was part of the stuff.

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    Rides, Runs, Rallies

    I used to be a regular at this stuff. Couldn't wait for the weekend to get here and hit the road. Attending a new rally or an old one. Seeing the same folks at the rallies, catching up with all their stories about their rides. What was the latest happening. Something about being on the road, it was a thrill. The ride there, taking a new route, just being in the wind and free.
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    By about my there rally, I felt like a veteran. I was hitting rallies generally up to 300 miles out. Meeting up with guys from up north, New England, West Coast. Real riders, I was jealous. We're going to the Top of the Rockies Rally next month, are you coming? I'd kinda himandhaw. I knew I wasn't. But I sure wanted to. These guys road everywhere, they knew everybody.

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    I knew I had to up my game. The first thing I had to address was the old R90. Long in the tooth. Rough around the edges and everywhere in between. Time for an overhaul. Where to start, how to begin, I need help.

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    By about my there rally, What? Who writes this junk? Me, I; all by myself. Proof read. Nah. I'm a literary giant in my little knatsize brain.

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    You are also quite the comedian! Thanks for the laughs. And the informative posts.

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    Thanks much. I'm pretty boring actually. But I can laugh at myself for some of the goofy stuff I text. One of these days I'm going to learn proper English Composition; Nah. I've got my 11th grade English Comp book around here somewhere. I'm going to get it out and and look at it. I'm not wasting my time studying it. Ain't happening. Yep, just look at it. ps I'll find it and post a pic. We can all have a good laugh.

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    My '74 R90/6

    I started riding in '84. Started on a '71 R50/5. By '88 I was ready for a bigger bike, the highway was beacon ing me for longer runs. Was over at my Geru, Leo; I need a bigger bike. A buddy of mine has got the bike for you a '74 R90/6. Bought it on site; $1250 bucks. A little rough around the edges, but a good rider.
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    I was off an running. And I was a pioneer in Hi-Viz. Ran Hi-Viz before it was the in thing. The pioneers take the arrows. Yep, gotta put that funny stuff in.

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    Since the bike was a little rough, I rode it rough. All over Arkansas on them rough gravel roads, down to the river edge. Steep and curvy down them roads, usually after dark. Get down there and set up camp in the dark. I would start setting up and all of a sudden a couple of guys would be over with their mag lites, to help. The next day, they could really see the bike. You rode that down here. Unbelievable. Yeah, half way down, I stopped and thought, if those guys ain't down there, it's going to be a lonely campsite. Yes, rode with the hardcore adventure riders and Harley riders. They liked me. You carry more cold beer than all us put together. Yes and I share, as long as you like cold Budweiser.
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    Wilderness Rally Campground. By now I had totally destroyed the stock Sidestand. Installed the sturdy Brown. For about a year, I used the centerstand or propped the bike on a tree. Good that I found the Brown, the centerstand was about to collapse as the two legs were about to collapse thru. The two contact points were sand papered with holes in the centerstand legs. You can see in this pic, I had graduated from flattened beer can to a home built foot. I see in this pic I hadn't started useing a string on the foot to handlebar reminder. I saw a few of those and kinda laughed about it. After I left a few of those feet behind, started using the string. Don't think I lost another foot.

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    The buddy who started me riding got an invite to ride with some guys to Mexico for the winter. In fact I set him up with those guys. I was working in a machine shop at the time. Got a nice piece of aluminum flat stock. Machined it down to perfect size square, a perfect foot. Got my stamp kit out. Stamped his name, address, the bike he rode, a beautiful '75 R90/6 and the date I made it. I even drilled a small hole and put a small bend in the corner, perfect to tie a string. That bike was to nice for Mexico. He's the guy who started me riding. Any way, the last time I saw him, I handed him the foot. He thought it was pretty cool. I mentioned to him to get a string and tie it to the foot. Hang the other end over the handle bar. A reminder to always retrieve the foot. First thing outa his mouth, I don't need a string; I won't forget it. I kinda raised my eyes, but I didn't say anything. About 6 months later we hooked up on bikes. He had just about destroyed that bike in Mexico. We road over to a bar to get a beer. He got off his bike, looked around for a can to stomp into a foot. Uh, Hey Buddy, where's that foot I made for U. Oh, Barry It worked great till I forgot it somewhere down in Mexico. Uh huh. What ever you do don't use a string as a reminder. I didn't say anything. What's the point.

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    1975 bmw r90/6

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    The bike my buddy rode to to Mexico. Circa 1988/89. The bike was nice and in excellent shape at that time. Those saddle bags were kinda neat. They had one draw back. They had latches on both ends, not a hinge. I casually suggested that he attach a security strings in case the lids blew off. Well, you know where that went. One lid blew off and was long gone. Some people don't have the ability to comprehend good advise. But on that day he rode over to see me that bike was nice.

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