Centrailia PA Ride 9-23-17

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  1. fatcaaat

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    Despite having a torn bicept tendon, I have been repaired enough to go for a ride. A buddy and I loaded the bikes into the back of the truck and explored the region I grew up in. We took a few pictures of Grafitti Road, which is old Highway PA61 that was shut down due to mine fire. Look up the history of the town and what's left.

    Anyway, here's a few interesting shots.
     

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    Glad to hear that you're recovering quickly. Who would have ever thought that we'd get July/August weather in late September? Just a couple of weeks ago we were seeing overnight lows in the 30s and daytime highs in the 50s...after a gray summer with what seemed a constant threat of rain.

    Former mining towns provide some great places to ride. The background scenery in your pix bears a close resemblance to some of my favorite riding locales, in northern MI. Wind farms are there, too, there's a huge one near the iron mining ghost town of Fayette.

    Your orange bike looks to be pretty seriously outfitted...ready to churn out 150 miles at a shot, if the rider can take that much uninterrupted seat time. :whistle: Interesting how well your auxiliary tank blends into the lines of the bike, even better than I thought it would. I am curious to know the effects of the windshield. Does it add any mph, or mpg?
     
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    Well, i put the original steel version of the tank on this bike primarily due to timing...i haven't yet purchased the plumbing for the fancy aluminum tanks, so i moved this tank over. I'm pleased to report I logged over 100 miles total and had more than enough fuel between the rear tank and the normal tank. I never touched the side aux tank.

    The suspension on this thing really soaks up the mild offroading I did. Had my arm been healed or otherwise fine, I would have tested this out on some more serious offroading but when we saw the trail become full of fist and football sized rocks everywhere, i decided to turn around. Another day, another time.

    As for the windshield, it is more experimental. I purchased this for my R75/6 and was unhappy with the protection it offered, so I took it off there and purchased a larger screen. I had it left over and added it here. I don't know what it does for top speed or MPG as I was not monitoring either on this ride. I will say that it certainly absorbed a ton of bugs that otherwise would have been on me. So that made it worth it.
     
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    I've been down trails with football-sized rocks as virtual pavement, tough to negotiate on a bike with 18" diameter tires...without damaging anything.

    Back in the early 1980s, bicycle windshields were banned from competition. A mini-windshield, just big enough to cover the handlebars, was good for something like 3mph. That might not sound like much but, when average race speeds for 100 miles are 22-25mph (depending on the course), that's a huge advantage.

    On these bikes, normal rider position makes one hell of an effective air-brake. Diverting airflow around the the rider's torso should have a measurable effect.
     

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