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  • in reply to: 800 Pound Coronavirus Gorilla #18670
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    You’ll either love it or hate it……………..With all the COVID-19 updates coming out daily on the situation across our great country, I want to retract my initial statement of allowing those who want to participate to do the ride.  I want to be the first person on this forum to publicly state CANCEL THE RIDE.   This is not an 800 pound gorilla but an 800,000 pound gorilla.  This makes King Kong look like a spider monkey.  Isn’t it better to error on the side of safety?  Today’s overreaction may be tomorrow’s under reaction.

    in reply to: Oil Changes ? Service Along Central route #18655
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    My bike manufacturer, Victory, recommends oil change every 5k miles.  I change my oil and filter every 5k miles.  AmsOil states their synthetic can go 10k miles on an oil change.  I also use the AmsOil oil filter due to it’s superior filtering ability than stock or other aftermarket oil filters.  Along with all of this, I have a very strong magnetic oil drain plug as well as a penny-size, strong flat magnet I attach to the oil filter.  I do an oil and oil filter change just before the ride and do another change upon getting home.  I’ve ridden over 6k on an oil change when riding the run.

    in reply to: 800 Pound Coronavirus Gorilla #18612
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    As I’m sure residents of Arlington county and DC can tell you, the situation here in Arlington and DC is not good.  With 3 routes crossing the country and riders numbering in the hundreds, it won’t take much to expose riders to a bad situation.  I say let the ride go on.  Let the riders decide if they want to make the ride.  Leadership needs to assure those that choose to participate with specific plans that will minimize corona virus exposure and the specific plan for those riders who show corona virus symptoms.  I don’t believe there can be no virus exposure.  The fact is the situation will get worse before it gets better.  KSU is 9 weeks away.  15 MAY will be here sooner than you think.

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    in reply to: Non veteran rider #9184
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    I’m a non-veteran and consider it a privilege to support the RFTW mission.  I was a FNG last year.  This year will be my second ATW.  This year I began participating with the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) and like RFTW, consider it a privilege to participate with the PGR.  Welcome!

    in reply to: Rain Gear #8924
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    I use rain gear that performs and packs small.  When temps are in the 30s and 40s (Flagstaff, Williams, Angel Fire), my rain gear being wind proof, I’ll wear it to help with warmth.  That’s less cold gear to pack and easy to get off once it warms up.  If your rain jacket can be your riding jacket as well, better yet.  You can wear it and not have to pack it.  Gore Tex lined jackets tend to be a little more bulky.

    in reply to: SR Camping Info for 2018 #8536
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    LOVE THE PICS!!!  Thanks for the packing info.

    in reply to: Is your bikr ready #8497
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    Last year was my FNG year.  I put on 6000+ miles going all the way and back home.  I changed oil just prior to leaving on the ride and made no oil change until getting home.  Although I choose to change oil at the bike manufacturer’s recommended 5k interval, the oil manufacturer says their oil can go 10k miles between oil changes.  I also use the oil manufacturer’s oil filter.  I use the bike manufacturer’s recommended oil weight.  I’ve been using this brand of oil for 36 years…..even before they had motorcycle specific oils.  IMHO, best oil you can use in your ride.   AMSOIL !!!

    in reply to: Is your bikr ready #8495
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    Lots of good points have been made.  I’d like to say SADDLE TIME.  There is not substitute for saddle time.  Weather permitting, RIDE, RIDE, RIDE.  Practice your skills.  Slow speed, high speed.  If you are considering riding SxS and are new to this type of riding, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.  IMHO, SxS riding requires much more concentration and focus than staggered riding.  You can’t practice enough.  Ride with people who have great SxS riding skills.  I’ve seen many 18 handicap husbands teaching their wife to play golf.  BAD IDEA.  How can someone who has poor golf skills teach someone else to play the game.  Learn from the pros.  And that’s my $.02.

    in reply to: Store is up and running #7953
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    NEW logo men’s t-shirts and caps?  Only see women’s shirt and men’s polo.

    in reply to: Ever have an issue with the storage of that gas cap ? #7665
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    When the gas attendant hands you the nozzle, hand him/her your gas cap.  Reverse the operation upon completion.  How’s that?

    in reply to: COLD oil change! #7194
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    I like the cold drain idea enough that I did my most recent oil change that way and will continue doing all my oil changes cold.  Giving it some thought, it makes sense to me.  Contaminants should drain down with the hot oil after the motor is turned off……gravity.   If contaminants stay in suspension, it should come out at draining.  I believe the short time the internal parts are without oil at startup is basically no different than starting a cold engine.  Yes, oil in very cold temp is less viscous that oil in a warmer temp.  I live in a climate that allows me to ride all year round.  If I lived in a very cold climate my bike would be parked for the winter so no oil change.  I’d change my oil before putting my bike away for the winter or in the spring after temps are more reasonable.  Makes sense to me!  But I ain’t the sharpest pencil in the container either.  🙂         

    in reply to: Reiki offered southern Route 2018 #7001
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    Love Reiki!  I fall asleep every time my wife does Reiki on me. And I don’t know I’m asleep!  Go figure. For those of you who have never had Reiki, you need to try it.

    in reply to: CENTRAL ROUTE ROOMMATE WANTED #4604
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    I’m interested in room share. I’m riding all the way. Does this include hotel in Ontario?

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