Chessie's Rides....My favorite shots! PT. 3

Here are a few more photos I like...just for you to view!

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This is me...at the pinnacle of Roan Mountain.  I always feel on top of the world when I ride...a photo like this is worth a 1000 words.

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This shot is one that I hope helps the viewer understand a bit about being "behind the bars" and the views.

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This is from Cades Cove (Great Smoky Mountain Park). Perhaps my favorite shot from this day's ride.

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Well...perhaps not my favorite. This park is so beautiful. Amazing shots all around you.


MAN IN THE MIRROR, GOD AHEAD

Here's another shot from Cades Cove...yeah it's hard to pic the "Best" one of the day!

THE FOREST IS COVERED IN BRIGHT COLORFUL FLOWERS

People will tell you, "Don't go to Cades Cove on your motorcycle."  I'm here to tell ya, if you go early enough, and on a weekday... riding though Cades Cove is very rewarding. You sure can't stop and grab photos like this while driving your car through the loop.

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This has to be my all time favorite home.  It's on Flag Pond Road.  With Sam's Gap in the distance, and a grave yard up the hill.


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This is the deconstruction of the Iron bridge on Iron Bridge Road in Carter County, TN. I was sad to see this.

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I love being able to stop and notice "the little things" when I ride.  Something you don't normally do when riding in a 4 wheeler....

I hiked a small portion of the Appalachian trail. This is the mountain top from Stony Creek and Shady Valley. LOVELY

A short hike from TN 97 is this wonderful sight.  I parked my bike and hiked the AP Trail a short distance. Next year, I want to hike farther. I'm thinking of joining the local hiking club.

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Here we are at Grandfather Mountain. Perhaps one day I will get off the bucks to actually walk into the park and out to the sight seeing platform...???? NAAAAA

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This is a shot of the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virgina.  I'm down at the bottom of the gorge on an old iron bridge that crosses the New River...what a wonderful state WV is. I can't wait to do this again!

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This is Kanawa Falls in West Virgina.  I love that state for riding. What a grand time I had.

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This is a beautiful mill house in West Virgina.  Don't you agree about it's beauty?

I can go on forever...but it's best I don't! Did ya enjoy these shots? More to come!

The King with the peoples.

Some damm fine Norton Action...

Workin Indian

Moto Guzzi V7 Sport...

From the "Fave Favorites" list. Damm that's nice!

Too good not to post!

Wow!  Speaks for itself!  I'm out of town and just checking in and this is too good to pass up. 


Ola,again from Montreal 
I thought you might get a kick out of an old winter project of mine;A buddy dropped off an XL250 (that I quickly took the motor out of & gave away the rest). I happened to have an extra frame from a Z50 hanging around. The motor has a performance cam (because you can't go wrong with too much power, most of the time). I used triple trees from a Yamaha TT500 that  were gathering dust in my,tiny, workshop ( the head pipe came from the TT too. Hey, it fit right on !).. The rear sprocket was a McGyver 'special'. Footpegs are the old buddy pegs from my CBR900RR.Seat is the passenger saddle from the 900 too.Fuel cell is a modded propane cylinder ( don't try this at home kids !).I think the Supertrapp is off of the XL250 if memory serves.
Performance is....terrifying. Owing to the lack of suspension ( the forks are a joke ), you cannot hold the throttle open. Though when you try, the front wheel comes up...in EVERY gear! Great fun because it looks like a regular Z50 from the front (except for the TT500 clamps & bars) so folks don't appreciate what's about to catch & pass them.

Simple and spectacular!!  Thanks Again!!



Not a typo... A KLR 650 Cafe Racer...

There's a sentence I never thought I'd write... but you know it's not bad.



Here's one more.  It's all l've got

Excellent RZ/RD350 YPVS Conversion

LOTS of tasty upgrades on this beauty..

Update: Another in a long line of Virago Cafe Pics..

Lots of updates in the comments section. Be sure to check em out.

From the comments. You guys rock! Thanks for the link to the builder / owner with lots more info!

http://johnryland.posterous.com/reciprocity-xv750-under-the-lights

I stumbled across this on a message board. Not sure who's logo that is on the photo. Great Stuff though

1973 900 Z1. An Astounding Restoration!

I'm lifting this post straight out of The ADV rider thread I saw it in.  Too good to let it pass.  Thanks 1upand4down.


In 1973 my dad bought this 900 Z1 new. I was 16 years old and he would let
me ride it. He had other Kaw's he would let me ride like a 69 and 71 500 H1's.
But there was nothing like the Super four 900. He sold the Z1 in 1975 to a friend of mine brother-in-law and he sold to his son's friend a few years later.
I bought the Z1 back in 2005 and did a complete restro. Took about 3 years to
complete but was worth every minute and dollar. My dad got to ride it some that year and he really enjoyed it. He's 79 now and I'm not sure if he
will get to ride it any more but maybe. It's suppose to be in the next issue of Moto Retro Illustrated magazine. 


Merry Christmas to Everyone!!! ... in all the languages I could find :)



AFRIKAANS geseënde Kersfees
ALBANIAN gëzuar Krishtlindja
ALSATIAN gleckika Wïanachta
ARABIC ميلاد مجيد (miilaad majiid)
ARMENIAN Shnorhavor Surb tsnund
AZERI Noel bayraminiz mubarak
BASQUE Eguberri on
BELARUSIAN З Божым нараджэннем (Z Bozym naradzenniem)
BENGALI subho baradin
BOSNIAN sretan Božić
BRETON Nedeleg laouen
BULGARIAN весела коледа (vesela koleda)
BURMESE Christmas nay hma mue pyaw pa
CATALAN bon Nadal
CHEROKEE ulihelisdi danisdayohihvi
CHINESE 圣诞快乐 (shèng dàn kuài lè)
CORNISH Nadelek lowen
CORSICAN bon Natale
CROATIAN sretan Božić
CZECH veselé Vánoce
DANISH glædelig jul
DUTCH vrolijk Kerstfeest
ENGLISH merry Christmas
ESPERANTO gojan Kristnaskon
ESTONIAN häid jõule
FAROESE gleðilig jól
FINNISH hyvää joulua
FRENCH joyeux Noël
FRISIAN noflike Krystdagen
FRIULAN bon nadâl
GALICIAN bo Nadal
GEORGIAN Gilotsavt Shobas
GERMAN frohe Weihnachten / fröhliche Weihnachten
GREEK kala christougenna / kala xristougenna
HAITIAN CREOLE jwaye Nowel
HAWAIIAN mele Kalikimaka
HEBREW חג מולד שמח (hag molad saméa'h)
HINDI Krismas ki subhkamna
HUNGARIAN boldog karácsonyt
ICELANDIC gleðileg jól
IGBO annuri Ekeresimesi
ILOCANO naragsak a paskua
INDONESIAN selamat Natal
IRISH GAELIC Nollaig shona
ITALIAN buon Natale / gioioso Natale
JAVANESE sugeng Natal
JAPANESE merii kurisumasu
KABYLIAN assegass amegass
KINYARWANDA Noheli nziza
KIRUNDI Noheli nziza
KOREAN seun-tan chu-ka-hae-yo
KURDISH Noela we pîroz be
LAO souksan van Christmas
LATIN felix dies Nativitatis
LATVIAN priecīgus Ziemassvētkus
LIGURIAN bun Denâ / bun Natâle
LITHUANIAN su Kalėdomis / linksmų Kalėdų
LOW SAXON vrolik Kersfees
LUXEMBOURGEOIS schéi Chrëschtdeeg
MACEDONIAN среќен Божиќ (srećen Božić)
MALAGASY tratry ny Krismasy / arahabaina tratry ny Krismasy / arahaba tratry ny Krismasy
MALAY selamat hari natal
MALAYALAM Christmas ashamshagal
MALTESE il-milied it-tajjeb / milied hieni
MANX Nollick ghennal
MAORI meri Kirihimete
MONÉGASQUE bon Natale
NORWEGIAN god jul
OCCITAN bon Nadal
PERSIAN krissmas khojaste / krissmas farkhonde
POLISH Wesołych Świąt
PORTUGUESE feliz Natal
ROMANI baxtalo Krečuno
ROMANIAN un Crăciun fericit
RUKIGA Noheiri nungi / webale Noheiri
RUSSIAN С Рождеством Хрисовым (S Rojdesvom Khristovym)
SAMOAN ia manuia le Kerisimasi
SARDINIAN bona pasca’e Nadale (logudorese) / bona paschixedda (campidanese)
SCOTTISH GAELIC Nollaig chridheil
SERBIAN Срећан Божић (srecan bozic)
SHONA krisimas yakanaka
SINDHI Chrismas joon wadhayoon
SINHALESE suba nattalak wewa
SLOVAK vesele vianoce
SLOVENIAN vesel božič / vesele božične praznike
SOBOTA dobro dedek
SPANISH feliz Navidad
SWAHILI heri la Krismasi
SWEDISH god jul
TAGALOG maligayang pasko
TAHITIAN 'ia 'oa'oa e teie Noera
TAMIL Nathaar thina vaalthukal
THAI สุขสันต์วันคริสตร์มาส (souksaan wan Christmas)
TURKISH Noeliniz kutlu olsun
UDMURT Shuldyr Ymuśton
UKRAINIAN З Різдвом Христовим Z Rizdvom Khrystovym
VIETNAMESE Mừng Chúa Giáng Sinh
WALOON ("betchfessîs" spelling) djoyeus Noyé
WELSH Nadolig llawen
WEST INDIAN CREOLE jénwèl

Merry Christmas from the Wing Nuts!

A Friend of Mine Built Himself A Really Fun Little Honda Cafe from Spare Parts.

Nice Job Butch!

Reader Ride! GSX 1100 From Croatia!

Ivan from Croatia writes in:

Hi,
I like to read your blog, it's one of the first things I do each morning. Today I was surprised I
couldn't open it, but later it was accessible. It's great and you have a lot of great pics!
I'm sending you a photo of my work, so that you can see what we are doing through the winter, here
in Croatia.


Thank you Ivan!  Great bike!  I like the all the upgrades. 
We're all good now folks.  Looks like just a google glitch although from what I've read a lot of bloggers got it MUCH worse.


Back to or regularly scheduled programming...

I suppose I need to find ways to backup my entire blog (YEARS worth).  I don't see  way to get all the images I have stored on Picassa backed up in total and in order so I'm going to have to trust to the gods on that one.

It this blog does in fact disappear I WILL RETURN in some capacity (and likely with a slightly altered name) but it will likely be on another blog host like wordpress or tumbler etc.. but for now I'll ride this pony as far as it'll go.

It must be a curse.  I was actually bragging to a friend about the reliability of blogger/google yesterday.  Go figure.

Sorry for the inconvenience. I blame Google. Continuous Update!

Well according to my site meter it started at 5 am and ended this morning when I logged in.  




2nd update:  Apparently I'm one of the lucky ones.  According to this some folks have lost their blogs completely and since they are legitimate businesses they have lost significant revenue for the holidays!  Poor bastards.

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=5161eccac29c1be8&fid=5161eccac29c1be8000497502b39ff6e&hl=en



Update:  Well apparently it's not anything major. After doing some searching I've found a few references to this and it's not all that uncommon for google to pull this on people.  LOTS of speculation as to why but nothing concrete.

Here's a link to another fellow who had a similar (but not identical) thing happen.  Damm frustrating and very freaking scary!  Now I get to go change all my passwords everywhere.  Oh Joy!  Thanks a lot google.

http://www.labnol.org/internet/google-account-disabled-temporarily/13775/


To those of you who have checked to see my page missing I don't know what happened  I came in this morning and my G-mail account was disabled and I needed to re-verify all my passwords with a text message verification number.  I'm going to get after google to see what's going on but for now if you get any e-mails form my address

superduckz@gmail.com

please let me now if it was malicious.  I haven't sent anything out to anyone since yesterday evening (12-22)

Ha Ha! Funny! Regarding Classmates.com



Trail 90 Wanderlust! What A Cool Picture.

Adventure riding on a trail 90. Loaded up and rolling through the hills. What a great day this must have been. From over on ADV Rider.

"F" P.C. .... Merry Christmas!

Since I don't post every day, I didn't want to pass up this opportunity to wish each and every person who stumbles across this blog, or goes to it deliberately a "MERRY CHRISTMAS"!

This post was inspired as all posts are by something. That something was a Facebook post that a friend of mine from childhood did.

She said "I celebrate Christmas so feel free to say 'Merry Christmas!' to me without worry of offense. "

I replied to her as follows:

"People who get offended by hearing Merry Christmas (even if they don't celebrate it, or aren't Christian) are over reacting. In fact, I don't think many people actually take offence. I think more people worrying about being pollitically correct (businesses etc.) worry about it more than a non-Christian does. I'm guessing that roughly 75% of the American population is Christian. So those who are actually offended need to get over it. I'm not Jewish, but if someone said Happy Hanukkah to me, it wouldn't offend me. I don't partake in going out and trick or treating any more now than my children are older. And it doesn't offend me when someone says Happy Halloween. Hell, other than the really cute little ones on Halloween, the holiday in general with teenagers not even dressed in costumes, begging for free candy really actually bugs me. My point being; Me thinks people go a wee bit too far with the pollitically correct bullshit. Even if someone isn't Christian, take the phrase "Merry Christmas" in the spirit of the holiday season as a well wish, kind of like "Good morning". It's certainly not something you should take offense too. I can guarantee you any Christian wishing another person well wishes around the holiday season means no offense to any one when they say "Merry Christmas" to you.So yes, Sarah, Merry Christmas to you and yours."

And to all my readers. Merry Christmas to you.

The Bonhams 1938 Brough Superior 982cc SS100

Thought I'd pass along a recent e-mail I received to those of you who might be curious about the state of the high end vintage motorcycle market (and those of you who don't follow the Vintegent :-) ).  I was fortunate enough to get on the Bonhams Auction House mailing list  recently and just received this message (below) that touches on that very subject. In a nutshell business appears to be booming.  It looks like investors are putting their money into more "tangible" works of art these days and the high end automotive world is getting it's share. 

They were also kind enough to send me a beautiful and extremely high resolution jpeg of a 1938 Brough Superior SS100.   Enjoy!  And Thank you to Katherine Boyle for the information and photo:


Bonhams Motorcycle Department produced truly spectacular results for 2010 with a total of £5.6 ($8.7) million and selling in excess of 1200 machines to achieve this result, all with an unprecedented and industry leading percentage sold of 87% by lot and value.
As an illustration of how solid the market is for vintage motorcycles in these financially uncertain times, there were six new entries in to the Department top 20 results, the most since the division was founded with the exception of 2008, when two World records were set in consecutive months.
Brough Superior made up half of these new additions with a record for a 680 OHV being produced at our Oxford sale room in June, selling for £98,300, closely followed by another example at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in October, which went for £93,900. The best result of the year came, unsurprisingly, from the post-vintage 1938 Brough Superior SS100 which was offered at the April Stafford sale, and eventually sold for £157,700. The combined total for Broughs sold in 2010 was £393,200.
Another very special marque always keenly sought by the enthusiast and collector is the Vincent-HRD. And all 19 examples offered in 2010 sold for a total of £498,200.
In stark contrast to these ‘Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles’ and ‘superbikes of the 50s’, other superb results for year included the two Fath-URS engined machines. The ex-Helmut Fath, Horst Owesle, 1968 and 1971 World Championship-winning 1966 URS 498cc Racing Sidecar Outfit produced the second best result of the year when it sold for £102,700, and the ex-John Blanchard, Tony Jefferies, works 1967 Seeley-URS 500cc Racing Motorcycle raised £76,300.
The final high flyer of the year was one of the most historically significant motorcycles that has ever been offered by Bonhams, the first series production machine to be referred to as a ‘motorcycle’ (motorrad in German), the c.1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller, which, after a furious bidding battle, eventually went for £86,200, well in excess of £40,000-60,000 estimate. Not content with offering just one of these historically important motorcycles, the Department will be offering a second H&W, within the space of 12 months, at its inaugural Las Vegas sale on January 6th 2011.
This is the first in another superb line up of auctions for next year, with a huge variety of exciting and important machines already consigned for these future dates, ensuring 2011 will build on this year’s successes.
(Please find attached a) high resolution jpeg of a georgous Brough Superior.


thank you to the folks at Bhonams.

The TAFFYMOTO built "Black Pearl" CRF450R Supermoto.

I don't post a lot of Supermoto's on here. That's not a prejudice on my par cause I absolutely love them and am in the process of converting my DR650 over. But this bike is so freaking nice that I can't pass it by. It fairly legendary in the SM world. It's know as the "Black Pearl". If you're interested in more about the bike there's a good thread on it over on Supermotojunkie.com  This is an insanely nice build.

Here's the build thread if you're interested:

The Black Pearl

mtr tuned head
j+s high comp piston
stage three hotcam
boysen waterpump kit
stm slipper clutch
hinson billet clutch casing
powdercoated rocker cover (gloss black)
samco hoses (urban cammo)
five 10 engine plugs (black)
compflow oil filter and billet cover (black)
hammerhead designs rear brake lever (black)
hammerhead designs gear lever (black)
hammerhead designs case saver (black)
k+n filter setup with samco hose (urban cammo)
powdercoated kickstart (satin black)
troy corser oversize race radiators (gold)


powdercoated mainframe (satin black)
powdercoated swingarm (satin black)
powdercoated engine mounts (satin black)
tag triple clamps incorporating honda steering damper (black)
tag oversize handlebars (gold)
protaper bar pad
joker tornado 2 billet throttle (black)
fly racing billet engine kill switch (black)
cycra crm probend handguards/black low profile sheilds
bar mounted hotstart removed and replaced with carb pull switch
ohlins ttx rear shock
ohlins replica forks/revalved re-sprung


beringer bro 10 master cylinder (black)
beringer aerotec six pot calliper (black)
beringer cast front disk (black)
beringer clutch lever (black)


marchesini 17" forged aluminium supermoto wheels (black)
goldspeed ultra tyres
devil sprinter exhaust with dual carbon fibre cans and titanium header pipes


pro carbon lower fork guards
pro carbon fuel cap/gold vent cap
pro carbon fuel tank cover
pro carbon chain guide
pro carbon rear disk guard
lightspeed carbon fibre engine guards
lightspeed carbon fibre ignition cover
lightspeed carbon fibre frame guards
lightspeed carbon fibre sump guard
lightspeed carbon fibre front sprocket cover
sc racing carbon fibre rear shock guard


prairie city supermoto chain stay
t m designs slide+glide chain runner
gold front and rear axle sliders and crash bobbins
ufo footpeg sliders
talon sprockets
did chain
sdg step seat
one off custom graphics



Reader ride! Another Cafe BMW from Jay.

I really like the scrapes on the knee pucks AND especially the valve cover. Nice job! You've been putting her to work!



Reader Ride. Jay Sends In Another Fantastic Custom BMW .... This One's A Scrambler!

Damm That Is Sweet!  And stay tuned for another nice Cafe...