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  1. That's the truth ! I did a U-turn up to a pump once, thinking there was a puddle of water, that turned out to be diesel, my front tire hits it and the next thing I know I'm standing there and the bike's layin on it's side next to the pump:confused24: Happened so quick it took a second to realize what had happened.
  2. We were in yellowstone 2 weeks ago and encountered just about every type of weather. Sun, rain, snow and sleet. The south entrance was closed for about 6 hours because of snow. By mid morning it had reopened and we continued on to Jackson Hole. If you are considering going to Thermopolis be aware that US 26/287 is under construction somewhere between Dubois and Riverton and is dirt/mud/rocks for about 6 miles. If it's been raining it's treacherous, many bikes went down the day before we went through. Be careful around the Bison, they are in rut and can be unpredictable. If you get over the Beartooth be careful on 212 North of Red Lodge, the deer are as thick as flies. Have a great time.
  3. They both ran off I had to rough it and eat at the Steak house. We were on the way to dinner when we hit the deer, it was an expensive meal, all told. I sure hope I don't hunt any more critters with the scoot.
  4. Deadwood is in a beautiful location. If you like bars and casinos it's a nice place to stop.
  5. It's been fun so far. Yesterday we went thru Spearfish, Deadwood and Sturgis, spent the night in Custer StatePark. Today we saw the Crazy Horse memorial, Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and Wall Drug. Spending the night in Wall. Tomorrow we High Tail it for home. Almost 3 weeks on the road, I'm ready for a night in my own bed.
  6. I hit one on US 212 just outside Red Lodge, Mt. Friday night. Minor damage to the RSV. A buckled front fender and turn signal trim ring and visor. Hard on the brake and swerved so I only got the rear leg of the deer "WHEW" . The wife and I are OK, so is the deer.
  7. Just finished a 1250 mile trip over the Beartooth pass, through Yellowstone, down to Jackson Hole then through Wind River Canyon, over the Beartooth pass and back to Roberts, Montana. I hardly knew the trailer was behind the bike ! We encountered rain, wind, sleet and snow, never once did I feel uncomfortable about the trailer being behind me. I did have several encounters with the wild life of the area. First we hit a groundhog that ran into our path on the way up Beartooth, BUMP, no chance to avoid it. Then 4 days later we hit a Deer that darted out of the bush on US 212 just north of Red Lodge! Buckled my front fender and the turn signal trim ring and visor are now the property of a Montana ditch. We were only going about 10 mph at impact so I was able to swerve and only hit it's rear hoof. Kept the bike up,but , I do have a head injury from the wife slapping the back of my helmet repeatedly, Lol . If it were not for the increased stopping distance caused by the additional weight of the trailer we would have missed it completely. Yes the deer is fine. Can't wait for the next trip.
  8. I joined the national before each state started their own "state" web forum. If you joined the national you are by default a PGR member of the PGR in your state. Weather you join your state's web forum or not, you are a member of the PGR. The benefit of being a Registered member of your states forum is that it's easier for you to find out about missions within your area, state and surrounding states. Indiana has a great group of state leaders. I am from Michigan, but have been on several missions " south of the border". It is both exhilirating and emotionally draining at times, but, never have any doubt about it being the "Right thing to Do" . As far as flags and stickers or banners go, fly what you want. If in doubt at any time just ask any RC, they will be happy to advise you on protocol.
  9. I'll try and fit in the rides you mentioned. We passed the Locks twice, even turned around and went up the senic overlook to get a better view but when we saw that we had to walk out to see them, we just kept riding, it was too darn hot and humid for a walk . I'd love to get a close up and brief lesson on how it all works, Thanks for the offer. If I do go back it will be the 8th or 9th.
  10. I'm home now, but, we will mosy likely be back in 2 weeks to finish Tell City and Bedford. I still have to ride 150, several people recommended it and 37 south of Bedford, to, Paioli (sp)?
  11. Thanks for offering up those rides Bummer. 66 was a great ride east to the overlook, great views and food. We had to go back a second time because they closed a 8pm and we got there about 8:30. A fun road for sure.
  12. Here are a few of the vistas you will be treated to while riding the Beartooth. I'll be back there at the end of this month for 10 more days. http://a.imageshack.us/img22/3526/montana809jayscam255.jpg http://a.imageshack.us/img193/7973/montana809jayscam249.jpg http://a.imageshack.us/img10/3482/montana809jayscam147.jpg http://a.imageshack.us/img121/6110/montana809jayscam043.jpg http://a.imageshack.us/img121/553/montana809jayscam146.jpg
  13. Thanks to everyone who responded to my question about high altitude riding. I'm glad I won't have to mess with the carbs. I have to agree with everyone, the Beartooth is an awesome ride. When we were there last year the road was under construction and a good portion of it was gravel, it should be alot more fun this year, with some good blacktop.
  14. While we're talking about The Beartooth pass, How will a stock jetted '01 RSV do at the 11,000 foot summit ? Will re-jetting be needed because of the thin air? I don't want any problems up there with my wife on the back.
  15. What they said + If you get to Thermopilis be sure and ride Wind River Canyon. Go south out of Yellowstone and down to Jackson Hole, Wy. to see and ride thru The Teton mt. range. We are going to be in the area Aug 27- Sept. 7 then north to Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, Spearfish, Sturgis.
  16. We are going to Bedford Sunday night to work 1 day there then down to Tell City either Mon. night or Tues. We'll be in Tell City the rest of the week, working at the Wal-Mart in town converting the Kids fun center into a cell phone store. We will try to ride a different route everyday after work. If you need an excuse to ride, stop by the store or call if you have time.
  17. I'll be going down to tell City for work and will be bringing the RSV. Anyone from the area there that can suggest some good roads to ride in the area? Also, good eats?
  18. Bought a set last week, installed them today. Simple install. I marked the location on the floorboard bracket with a scribe then removed the brackets to drill them, 1.5 hours start to finish. I didn't want to risk scratching any chrome by drilling them in place. Thanks Larry Jay
  19. Hello everyone, Figured my first post should contribute, so I hope this is something new. I didn't see anything similar here. I just bought an 01 RSV and my first addition is Sirius Satellite Radio, here's how I mounted it. Being one to use what's available rather than buy, if possible. I used parts of the suction cup mount that came with the reciever. I'll post some pics and if you have questions I'd be happy to answer them. Jay
  20. I have E3's on my ride now and am not all that impressed with the handling or noise. I have seen that dvd before, lots of great tips and tricks. If I can't shoot sparks off the floorboards then I may as well ride a Schwinn .
  21. Thanks for the tips everyone, after I posted I found lots of info on the forums talking about my concerns. I'll be looking at the bike soon.
  22. Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum. I hope i'm posting this in the proper spot. I am considering the purchase of a '99 RSV that has 18K on the clock. My first concern is the seat height of the RSV. I am 5' 7" and am wondering if I'll be able to handle the bike? Are there any other vertically challenged Venture riders out there that can give me some insight about this ? I have owned many Yamaha snowmobiles and they have all served me well. Figured it was time to try their 2 wheelers. Thanks, Jay
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