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Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:32 am
by Tomcatfixer
I had lent Waffl6 some tools to get his rig running and he wanted to meet up to return them, plus, ride with new Uralista, pete1163, so we planned to meet at the monthly Bikes and Breakfast (http://www.bikesandbreakfast.com/) motorcycle gathering in Clifton, Virginia.

While this was a convenient location for Waffl6 and pete1163, it was two-hour Ural ride from me.
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BORING PART ABOUT MY BIKE

SO, I set out to depart at 6am for our eight o'clock rendezvous, taking the 2001 Patrol 650 on it's first major excursion while in my ownership. To hedge my bets against calamity, I installed the trailer hitch on my truck and prepared my trailer, in case I needed to call the missus for a rescue. Of course, in doing this, I ensured that there would be no mechanical drama and there was not. :)

Leaving so early, the sun had not yet risen, so this would be my first night ride on the Patrol. Of course, when I fired the bike up, it had no headlight, running lights, or speedometer lights, so I shut 'er down, strapped an LED head-lamp to my forehead, and removed the bike's headlight. I took pliers and squeezed the electrical contacts on each of the wires connected to the ignition switch, which did the trick!

I've installed a CHT gauge and a tachometer on the Patrol, but I have not yet installed the illumination kit in the CHT gauge and I have not been able to get the tachometer light to work. The speedometer had the typical faint blue-green glow, through which I could see the needle "wave", but could not make out any speed reference numerals. Since this bike's speedometer is so wildly inaccurate, I installed a bicycle speedometer, which has a light on the display, but each time I depressed the button to check my speed, the damned thing switch to another screen showing my "rate" (?) and how many calories I've burned ( :lol: ). SO, basically, I just had to guess how fast I was going until the sun came up.

I've become spoiled by the GPS navigation I have on the Mobile Chernobyl. For this ride, I just looked at the route on Google Maps, memorized a road or two ahead, then at a traffic light or roadside stop, pulled out the smartphone to memorize the next two moves. It worked pretty well. I only missed one turn.

RESUME RIDE REPORT HERE

The roads in and out of Clifton, Virginia were great! Smooth asphalt snaking through hilly woods with gorgeous houses tucked here and there. The town is small and quaint, which made finding the event easy.

Upon arrival, I cruised through the gauntlet of two-wheelers on "main" street, scanning for another Ural, when I spotted pete1163 and his Green 2006 Patrol in a side lot, parked in front of a caboose. Shortly after my arrival, Waffl6 showed up.
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As always, the Urals were a hit. Plenty of fellow motorcyclists had to come over and check 'em out. To add a bit of flair to the display, I kept my Patrol parked on it's side, which amused the spectators.

Eventually, additional Uralista showed up, with a total of seven Urals making an appearance! (Only six at any one time, though)
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The event was great, with a nice variety of bikes to see. I wish I had taken more pictures of them. There seemed to me to be a disproportionate amount of Ducati bikes represented. One that caught my eye was an old bevel gear driven cam Duck with a window that allowed you to see the gears in action. I should've snapped a pic. It was way cool.

Shortly before this event, I became aware of another event I the local area that I decided to check out during the ride home. Fortunately, a few of the other Uralista were already planning to attend, so we had a little four-Ural convoy to the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles' 2019 Open House. It was better than I imagined!
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They had a considerable amount of armor from different countries and different eras, with volunteers in period uniforms. There were cavalry mounted on horses, there were firearms displays, there was a Churchill Crocodile flamethrower tank being worked on; it was great!
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More images in next post...

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:52 am
by Tomcatfixer
They had a Chang Jiang.
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And a Harley-Davidson.
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And a BMW.
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And a bicycle with a grenade compartment, plus racks for a couple panzerfaust. Nice panzerschreck on the ground, too.
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German T-55 tank.
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Swedish MBT S-103c
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Mortar-launching troop transport.
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They also fired up and drove their T-34 around. I filmed a little bit.



It was a really fun time.

Hopefully some of the other can offer their perspective and images!

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:06 am
by Manscout
Looks like a great time! I've probably said it before, but I really like the color on that Patrol. At least in the pics, it looks really sharp!

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:14 am
by Tomcatfixer
It's a glossy ruby metallic. It looks more 'red' in sunlight and more 'burgundy' in the shade.

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:49 am
by Lokiboy
Great photos and ride report. If I wasn’t out of state I’d have been there.

You know your German anti-tank weapons :)

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:09 pm
by Tomcatfixer
If I wasn’t out of state I’d have been there.
This will definitely need to be a Ural ride destination next year!

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:55 pm
by Mr Wazzock
Fab! :thumbsup:
For this ride, I just looked at the route on Google Maps, memorized a road or two ahead, then at a traffic light or roadside stop, pulled out the smartphone to memorize the next two moves. It worked pretty well. I only missed one turn.
Pretty much how I do it too. Not yet been seduced by the Sat-Nav demon. :D

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:52 pm
by Pete1163
It was awesome meeting some fellow Uralists from the area and going on my first outing other then errands to the grocery store. Although I wasn't able to ride to the tank farm with you guys, it was nice to see you guys there with my family.

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:15 pm
by Peter Pan
new camouflaged look... pensioneers have the right to wear muscle brushes.
Enjoy your rides.
Sven

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:39 pm
by Tomcatfixer
new camouflaged look... pensioneers have the right to wear muscle brushes.
I have been waiting 26 years to grow this beard, Sven. :wink:

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:02 pm
by Peter Pan
Quite a few days of service.:devildog: Enjoy what comes ahead, every day is a gift. :kumbaya:

The brother of one of the many brother's in law came out of service at age 42. First thing a beard like you. At age 52 he visited us in CR already white. :old: Phantom desease? Hopefully there is not something like a Tomcat desease :deal:
Hope to met you someday again.
Sven

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:35 pm
by Geno89074
Sweet Ride Report Chad!!

I am digging the kickstand!!!!

I might wait until i scratch my engine guard up a little more before performing the chad sidestand parking mod :lol:

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:37 pm
by Tomcatfixer
Thank you.

You could always take a piece of old inner tube and use rubber cement to glue it to the lower portion of your cylinder guard, then you won't have to worry about scratches. :idea:

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:05 pm
by Geno89074
:shock: like i NEED Bad Behaviours to be encouraged Hahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahaahahaa

i am so in trouble now, should just mount a metal racing puck to it and try riding like that to see sparks....... :twisted:

Re: Bikes and Breakfast and Tanks!

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:16 pm
by Peter Pan
The day my Sophie rose for the first time sparks on left the s/c wheel rubber passed about 2-4cm beside the window of a car door that got opened in that moment.
No biggy, just a good double emergency sway gets you to that point.
pucker pucker.