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  1. Happy Birthday buddy.
  2. Yep same here on the wife. Can't complain much because she sure spent a lot of time on the back of my bike years ago. Now, she'll only go if its something special like a concert at the Shed and then it has to be a band she likes. Probably my all time favorite bike was my 79' Kz750. Top end was 135 mph and did it many times. Now I drive a car with a top end of 155 which it will probably never see. That old 750 was a bit buzzy though. It use to make my right hand go completely numb on a long haul even with foam grips. Held the pavement really well though better than most bikes I've owned. My Scout reminds me a lot of that bike in the way it performs and handles. As for bucket list, the old farts theme song is "Take it to the Limit" one more time.
  3. Yeah, a typo on my part 130/60 R19s. Lot's of folks list the size but they're out of stock right now. Even option 2 at Harley, the Michelin, are out of stock. Since I'm going through tires so fast due to riding so much, I actually wanted to try the Scorchers this set to see how I like them. Yep, going back to the 60's riding, I've had a crap load of bikes too. I was hung up on the mid-sizes, 500-600lbs, for decades but now I prefer the comfort of the heavies and keep a mid-size around for fun. Interesting new bikes for me is the new Indian Challenger which is a shark nose liquid cooled full size bagger but its hard for me now to switch. I have so many clamp on options for my four point docking system. That's the problem with Harleys is there's so many options, you just keep adding and adding, upgrading and upgrading. The other I like is a mid-size, the Kawasaki Z900 retro CAFE, which is retro looking as hell but is anything but. Its liquid cooled inline 4 sounds like a crotch rocket engine and is on the road programmable. BTW, the Challenger is also a newer on the road programmable engine. I'd still like to have an old late 70's early 80's monster bike like a Kz 1,000 or Honda 750-4. Not on my list but honorable mention for new bikes is the Harley Pan American. Man is that a sharp Adventure bike and what I hear its getting rave reviews from guys who have them. High end, best compared to the BMWs, which btw a buddy of mine has the hots for the new BMW R18. Man what a monster that is. 1800ccs of opposed cylinders on a cruiser frame, its like a BMW Road King. My problem really is I like so many motorcycles, if I had the room, I'd own a crap load. Harley's are just a different animal. I call them "The diesels of motorcycles" because riding them compared to a metric is like switching from a gasoline engine in a pickup to a diesel. The torque is in the lower Rs and the vibration is lower but with more displacement. Compared to all my other bikes I've owned, I feel all James Dean on my Harley. Absolutely, almost every Harley given time is a custom. Hell I didn't have mine a week I put a Mustang touring seat on it. I upgraded the output to a stage I with Screaming Eagle thunders (nice mufflers) and have three docking station options, backrest, luggage rack, and trunk. Oh yeah, upgraded all the lights to LED including the inbetween the bag light adder and front white to yellow running/turn signals. Other stuff too like Kuyuakin Ergo throttle boss grips and heck I have crap I haven't even put on yet like ERGO levers and LED ferring intake light. Its a never ending quest. In my youth, I rode dirt. Miss the old school two strokers. I'm getting too damn old to do that anymore. One thing cool about where I live is we're probably the motorcycle capital of the world and easily the number 1 destination in the US. I get to see hundreds of bikes and talk to folks almost every day. This weekend is the Grom invasion. There will be 100s of those little bikes in the mountains this weekend. We see them all. Last weekend it was Ducattis and Apprillas. Not many bike snobs around here. There are so many bikes, anything different is a hit. Living here, you get to know folks that only come here once a year. My fav are the guys from New Zealand. Due to tarriffs, they fly into CA every year or so, buy a Harley, ride the US, then ship the Harley's back home where they tell me the savings almost pays for their trip. They then sell the Harley and repeat the process. Pretty cool, Of course, Covid kept them out last season and probably this one but they'll be back. The Cubans come up from Miami about twice a season and Mexicans from Mexico City about every other year. The Europeans fly in and rent bikes. Then you get the local weekenders that are still working which I look forward to seeing and catching up with every spring. Me? I ride all winter weather permitting.
  4. The rear is a 180/65 R16 which right now I could find many places all sorts of brands. The front is 160/60 R19 which is a bear to find during good times and downright impossible right now. My bike is a 2014 Street Glide which was a Harley Rushmore Project. The Rushmore Project, Harley made a lot of changes in their tour bikes, all sorts of things like frame with more lean, motor the 103 cu in with high out put valves so that the engine could more easily be rebuilt when its time, stereo, etc. A biggie for the Street Glide was that 19' tire. Its not only designed to look better but combined with the work they did with Dunlop and now Michelin both the back and the front tire are designed to wear out at the same time. They do pretty much too which is the first bike in my life they do. They said the rubber compound was a big part of it but I'd say it was the tire sizes. Now one change this tire purchase is the Dunlop Multitreads I bought are the D408s, a designation that's been around along time but recently the multitread formula has been changed to better suit the newer larger displacement and higher performance tour bikes. Keeping in mind, life is not just a matter of what tire you have but how and where you ride, we'll see on life because its only me I can compare to honestly. Also keeping in mind, you always get a pronounced ride difference when you replace old tires with new. This bike I've owned enough and rode enough, this isn't my first rodeo. These seem to me anyway to be a lot more rounded than my last couple sets of tires. Anyway I had a blast yesterday riding my usual circle which is 146 miles through the Smoky Mountains and TN Valley. My baby got a new pair of shoes. By all means, I'm not a bike snob. I've owned more bikes than I can remember easily and rode most of them an average of 6,000 miles a year and this one after being retired 14,000 a season. I've never known a bike as well as I know this Harley. First, riding an air cooled bike even the old inline 4s, you get to know them a lot better than the modern liquid cools because temperature impacts than so much more. In short, you pay a lot more attention to the bike. I call it the bike "Cussing at me" My Harley due to another Rushmore change for emissions starts cussing at me in temps over 90 degrees. Its hell on oil life. I haven't got the recommended 5,000 mile oil change since I bought the bike. Right now my 2nd bike is a lighter faster Indian Scout which is liquid cooled machine and got my eye on a Kawasaki Z900 RS Cafe as my third which is a new retro style inline 900 liquid cooled. I'm hesitant though because I always end back riding the Harley more. Seems the older I get, the more I like my comfort and longer distances I ride. Today is a rain day so the plan is a three hole oil change, another Harley thingy. Then, I will be ready for tour season. Still working on the where but at my age that seems to be not as important as the what. Tj
  5. Picking up my bike today with a new set of tires. That's a second set since I've retired, averaging 14,000 miles a set, in about 12 months or riding over 18 months. Yes, I've gone biker apeshit crazy! Availability and price out there is out the deep end man. Tires I use to be able to get online for way less then the Harley dealer, I either can't get my size or the cost is almost to the penny the same as the dealer. Talking to a few folks, they just can't get them. Even at my dealer, the number 1 Harley dealer in the US, out of the two OE HD tires, I could only get one, the Dunlop. (Not that the Dunlop HD tires is bad. That's what I've been running and this is my third set on this bike.) This is silly expensive so, just in case, this winter I plan to buy tires and have them ready so Joe Bob Shade tree can put them on for me next season. Tj
  6. Don't know if they did honestly. I read them when I was a kid. My grandfather had them. I don't know who inherited them. The original picture of him (above), my uncles widow has, but she refuses to sell or return it to the family. There was a lot of bitterness over who got the farm. It went to one son, all of it. You know how family can be. Entertaining story, shortly before my uncle that inherited the farm passed, I went to go see him. My cousin, his chosen so to say, corners me and says all on guard like, "I'm going to inherit this farm." I just laugh and reply, "Buddy by the time you inherit this farm, you would have earned ten times over and if I wanted a farm I'd buy one and it wouldn't be here." The look on his face was priceless. Poor guy, living all those years in I mean nowhere an hour from a hospital, working that farm like a dog, and the whole time worried the family wanted it. It never crossed his mind, we don't and wouldn't. Anyway, we get along much better now. I still go back and visit the family plot which is on the original farm long ago not in family hands anymore. The family that lives there now, generations in the area are super nice folks and quite interestingly downright historians on everyone buried there. I've written down a ton of stories of life in rural Appalachia from that area late 1800's early 1900's, I got from various folks. In fact, so rural, it hadn't changed much when I was a small boy. Boy it has now. Its a bunch of decent homes and nobody knows nobody like everywhere else. Honestly I prefer the old multidoor wood houses on stilts, everyone poor, but everyone knew everyone.
  7. Usually one or two under cover in my drive so took the opportunity to take a pic and share. 2008 Dodge 2500 TRX off road package with 6.7L Cummins diesel engine. Bought this truck after trying to pull my boat with my gasser and thinking the poor squirrels were going to die. Bought it new, $11,000 off sticker, big rebate, and using an employee discount of one my forum buddies. Its a 6 speed standard transmission. Absolutely not a cowboy caddy, the truck only has 26,000 miles on it. Features you may find interesting, that's Power Wagon fender wheel skirts, a Besttop soft topper, and it has "Lifetime Sirrus". Hands down easily the best purchase of my life. With all this DEF crap on diesels now and the high cost of new diesels, this truck is still worth more than I paid for it. 2020 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T Newest member of the fleet, the cars a riot to drive. There were many changes to the Challenger in the 2017-2020 model time periods. This car features a 375 hp Hemi mated to an 8 speed fully electronic transmission and active exhaust. It rides like a decent luxury car till you hit the fun button. Then the 2" exhaust opens up to 2.5", then it sounds and feels like a 1970 Hemi Challenger with a 440 six pack, which btw is dead nuts on the same hp as. I'm still amazed by the intuitive computer driven 8 speed transmission. Its like its got a brain knowing when to engine brake. Unlike my 2012 Challenger, the Sport/fun button is actually usable. It doesn't rev up to almost red line before it shifts and seems to know when to shift. It'll bark em in four gears. Not that that's a good idea. The cars rated to 155 mph so has $338 each tires. Still sub 5 0-60mph and low 13s in the 1/4 make it one very very fun car. 1980 L82 Corvette. This was a couldn't walk away from it when I found it. A barn find, its a factory original L82 with 65,000 miles on it. Corvettes known for being anemic in 1980, the L82 was the top model of three models that year featuring a conservative 50 more hp than the base model. Its the sleeper of the C3 models that year. Base models had no markings and the middle model was marked L48. Needless to say, sitting in a barn for decades is hard on a car. Its our restoration project but runs great. Its about what you would think, everything rubber has gone to shat. Fortunately one of the countries best Corvette part stores is nearby and features about anything you can think of for Vettes. We bought this for doing the local "Drive in" car shows where folks drive their collectables in, sit, and BS. She's a head turner but it takes a Vette head to know really what she is. Still a dinner out then show the car is fun.
  8. On this Memorial Day, I would like to commemorate my great-great Grandfather Southwell. His family two generations Ohio River boatmen, Southwell was raised pretty much on the river. When the Civil War broke out, Southwell answered the call and received a commission as a river boat Captain in the Union forces, Apparently, some commissions truly were based on your experience rather than who your daddy was or how much money you had. New uniform in hand, to get to his commission, he first had to travel to get to his boat which at that time was on the Tennessee River. Not much is known of this time other than it did involve a route through eastern Kentucky where he not only fell in love with the area but an Indian maiden. The next letter my family had from Southwell, he eventually got his boat, a river motor boat, more of a barge with a motor, and was stationed off Vicksburg during the siege of that city. It was there one day while under fire from shore, a lucky shot hit the boats boiler. Losing steam pressure, the boat couldn't hold its position against the current and began to drift. Southwell went into action by grabbing a wooden spike they kept for stopping various leaks and a hammer. Under fire, he rushed to the boiler driving the spike into the hole but got shot in the neck for his effort. When he came to, his boat was beached, unfortunately on the wrong side of the river. He and his men would have to make their way through Confederate lines to get back to union lines. Upon reaching the confederate lines, the soldiers were just eating breakfast, bacon and biscuits. Southwell derived this plan he and his men would pretend to be an entire regiment attacking in hopes the confederate soldiers would disperse and they could slip through. One of the funniest lines in his letters was, "They simply sat their frying pans down and took us prisoner." Southwell would spend the rest of the war as a POW. After the war and a pocket full of back pay, Soutwell went back to eastern Ky and married his Indian Maiden, my great-great grandmother. Stories persist to this day of how Southwell would gross the little children out by letting them put their finger in the hole in his neck where the bullet hit him during the war. My great grandfather was born shortly after the war and his wife, my great grandmother, lived with us when I was a child. I would spend many a night listening to her stories of the late 1800's Appalachian life. She and my great grandmother and buried beside old Southwell himself and his wife in the family cemetery. This was my maternal side of the family. All we know of my father's side during that time in history was my ancestor from eastern Ky was a Sargent in Sherman's Army. In fact, almost all of Appalachia even into where I live now, TN, was predominately Union supporters. Coal miners and tobacco farmers were not big on owning slaves for that matter neither were river boatmen out of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. When I got out of the Army myself, I went home to eastern Ky thinking surely I could get a job in one of the many plants and steel mills in my hometown to be only told I could not because I was white and they had to meet racial quotas. In fact, to my shame now, I once lied and said I was Hispanic in hopes of getting a job opening that I, once again was the most qualified candidate but was refused. After two years, I packed my wife and everything I owned and moved 1,500 miles to Texas and never have returned to my home town. I grew up in the Army and it taught me a lot. One of those was a strong work ethic and not only the ability to take risks but have confidence you can succeed through determination. This can give you a little insight to why I take such offense to the entire "White Privilege" and "Critical Race Theory" BS. Below is a picture of Southwell, his wife, and an example of the typical motor boat he commanded in the Civil War.
  9. You ever hear my "Big Rat!" story? It's middle of the night and I'm wakened by my wife screaming "Big Rat! Come quick." I got running into the kitchen and there's a young possum on our kitchen table. Obviously sometimes they don't just wander in my yard, they come through the doggie door for a snack and some water. Anyway better a possum than a raccoon. I simply got a kitchen mitt, picked the little guy up by the tail, and escorted him to the woods. Try that with a racoon, he'll take your arm off. Hell of a night here last night. First it was 3AM, multiple sirens just outside. Then my neighbor's dogs went ape around 4 followed by my idiot dog at 5. Just when I thought "its over", the damn birds started up. Man can you tell springs here now. Tj
  10. No kidding, the lack of respect for President Biden world wide worries the hell out of me. I still figure Russia will invade Ukraine end of May or June and when the Biden's see some of their family cash flow in jeopardy, God help us.
  11. You jinxed me buddy. Its been two mornings now Turkey's have invaded my yard and got mine and the neighbors dogs going ape. Last night it was 3AM. The neighbor dogs went nuts then my little half Yorkie half Chihuahua dashed out the doggie door and started raising hell. Good thing I didn't leave my garage door open last night. They're big enough it would have set off my alarm system for sure.
  12. I hear you buddy. I moved here in TN from IL over 30 years ago myself. Moving here was like getting asylum back in the cold war from the USSR. TN governor Bill Lee never did have a state wide mask mandate so obviously no need for a "no mask" one. He left it up to us from the get go and other than the usual left national compliance companies, we did when we should and haven't when we shouldn't. Anyway in over 30 years almost every day something reminds me of how much better it is here than there. For example, today I have to go to my mom's to swap out a circuit breaker and possibly wire or two which in the Chicago area it would be I needed an electrician and inspection. Every time I throw away a soda can and not facing a fine for not recycling, I'm reminded. Not even to go down the too many to list lack of gun laws. Tj
  13. Its spring. I never gave it a second thought. He's a lot like me. My theme song is "Take it to the limit" one more time. I just naturally figured he was out there having an adventure.
  14. Now that's funny because the real mass euthanasia plan is for more insidious. Its called "Managed Healthcare".
  15. When the Christian Newsom murders here in TN were caught, what you will not read on the internet was when asked "Why?" one of them replied, because "They were white so deserved it." This racial hate based on skin color the left and media is pushing is going to create more racial crime and what crime there is is going to worse. Condensed to its core, they're teaching blacks are perpetual victims and whites are the cause. Now there's always been crime but in the bigger picture what we're going to see as a result of this "Critical Race Theory" is a return to race segregation undoing the Civil Rights Movement and pissing on MLK's grave. Combined with this "Defund Police" movement, its turning our cities into cesspools where ultimately the biggest victims will be people of color. Here we go again seeing a young black man who bought into the lie being a gangster is a culture thing commit some horrendous crime with racial overtones encouraged by the left. We Americans need to ignore this rhetoric and take personal responsibility not only for our actions but our own safety. This poor family just learned video cameras are like cops. They can't protect you and are going to show up after the fact to make record of what happened. There's little solace in knowing a bad guy will be caught someday compared to should have been stopped in the first place. Tj
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