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  1. Just curious, as I'm pre-planning a summer road trip- Chicago to Georgia (the US one ) to Eastern Front er, Shore, Va. I'm thinking of being up that way to see the in-laws, and there's a rally in Parksley mid-August that looks like fun, and I haven't seen the family there for a bunch of years, and it's about time. For routing the Bay Bridge-Tunnel looks preferable to going up to either DC or Baltimore but I've done the B-T twice in a cage, and got pretty wind-blown, fighting the SUV every time we were out in the sun. So- has anyone from the area done the Bridge-tunnel? Anything to be really worried about? Safety issues? How to NOT be so wind-affected? Alternative auto transport ferry from one side to the other? Thanks in advance, vic in chicagoland
  2. There's another Uralisti in Chicago???? What kind of rig was it, did you notice? Not many in the city area; Me up North, ChicagoRandy out near Midway, FencerMatt (not sure if he still has his rig or not) and a few more in the further western suburbs. If there's any others, I haven't seen them on any of the message boards. Either way, I was out Tuesday for a few hours up North, but missed out on the best two days this week because I overdid it (against medical advice) and am paying for it until maybe Thurs or Fri. Vic in Evanston, 05 Gear Up
  3. Shawn at Ural Chicago has treated me well the times I've had my rig in the shop. If you're just looking for parts, there's a rig being parted out on the mothership board http://imzwa.secureforum.com look in classifieds for "1996 Ural Tourist for parts" vic in Evanston
  4. I use a set of fleece-lined ATV/Snowmobile mitts (Fleet Farm specials @ $15) with a pair of thin spandex driving gloves (Totes brand about $25). Kept the fingers toasty warm down to about 30F at 50mph. Any lower and I might be tempted to toss in one of those instant heat packets- the mitts have pocket warmer pocket in each side. I've seen the same or similar mitts at most of the AutoMegaMarts and ATV shops within about $5 of what I paid a couple of years ago. You need to take off the mirrors, slit a hole into the mitt, heat-seal it, and replace the mirrors. My biggest problem with winter riding has been the wind chilling the thighs and shins. Even with the guards, my lower legs get frozen fast. Found a set of Swiss Mil Surplus gaiters for cheap that will insulate and stop the wind chill on the shins. Still looking for the right solution (inexpensive lap robe) to keep the upper legs warm. vic
  5. My Gear Up has a "rated" dry weight of about 850lbs, but with a trunk full of the usual junk I tote around it has a REAL dry weight of just a hair under 1000 pounds. Add in the 100 or so pounds of not-so-usual stuff that gets stowed in the hack whilst trailering, a crate full of fluids and other junk tossed on, straps, extra ramps, etc... the little things all add up fast. Don't forget to include weight of any ballast you might add. 5 by 8 is a good MINIMUM size- driving on without guides and stops might be amusing. I've already dinged up my little 5x8 trailer by being a little enthusiastic driving the rig onto it (no videos, sorry). I don't know that I'd trust the little wheels on swivels at highway speeds, but the base idea looks interesting for short-haul around the city tows.
  6. In my completely unscientific tests, milage went up after getting rid of the sidecar windscreen. Maybe 2 or 3 mpg. When I took off the bike windscreen milage again went up, maybe about 5 mpg. Dropped by about the same 5mpg when I put back the bikes screen as I cannot ride without it. Still have the sidecar windshield, but it's hanging off a peg in the basement. I don't usually carry anyone, so no issue with a regular monkey, and my son just puts on the "AfrikaKorps" goggles, and lets the wind do what it will. IF I really need it, it's just a 5 minute job tossing it back on. Mostly short runs, urban driving 40-45 mph, and I'm NOT a little person, so the bike does carry a bit of weight. Top speed (not downhill or on a trailer) I've gotten has been about 55 sustained, with a little extra throttle, and that was with the bike screen on. Unscientific guess... with a weighted down bike, no windscreens maybe 35 mpgs. With bike screen about 30. Hope this helps, vic
  7. I was going through my son's collection of BMW manuals from school (he's a certified BMW Tech from MMI), and between us couldn't see many places where it's specific enough to be useful. As a general guide, I supose any shop manual for almost any brand would work as a jump-off spot.... sort of the if it's doing THIS, look at THAT... trouble shooting list. Other than that, he said the collection of BMW paper would make good ballast. There's an online "unofficial" shop manual, I think it's in the links section or look in some of the other wrenching threads.
  8. Why is it almost always the brats with stick fingers that get into the hack, or play with the grips and windscreen. Had a couple of them climbing all over my Gear Up outside a Culver's (ice cream and heart-attack burgers) in Northern Wisc. Drippy cone in one hand and drool over everything. I don't have a DI voice, but have been told that my 'Range Officer' voice makes DI's homesick. Had the manager call the local cops for attempted theft of a vehicle before I went outside to let the parent know how displeased I was, in similar words to pigdog's. I think I used the phrase crotch-fruit, though. Parent tried to leave, but I let them know the cops were on the way and it might be not-so-good leaving the scene of an attempted theft. Parent got off with a warning and had to clean the goo off the rig, brats got a lesson in manners, and Mr Occifer and I got to talking- he had a hack rig in his younger days and asked to take the Gearup for a spin around the block. A little UDF, a butter burger, raspberry smoothie, and making a LEO happy. Almost worth the drooly brats in the first place vic
  9. I dunno there emag... they're a whole lot cuter than most of the Ural wrenches I've seen. Somewhere i've got a pic of my son about the same age helping with some home repairs. Can't beat the memories and time spent together.
  10. vradin


    AAAAARRRRGGGGGGGGGhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....... Figures. Just as I'm packing to leave for the summer, and can't do it. That would have made a great first bike for my son and a nice graduation giftie. That seems to be a good price, and I'm sure it won't last the summer until I get back :mad: and I probably shouldn't just buy him a bike without him trying it on to see if his legs aren't too long for it (he's 6'3" and rail-thin). Randy- if you don't have any buyers from here, try chicago.craigslist.org You could probably ask a bit over 1k and "settle" for a little less
  11. Nice review and video, thanks for the link.
  12. These are great links, thanks.Bookmarked and already passed along on another forum for someone looking for ATV and off-roading in Ohio. Little ripples, ya know?
  13. Just a little TMI... didn't need THAT mental image this early (or ever, thankyouverymuch). Would someone please pass the brain bleach. OK, seriously- POLO SHIRT ! ! ! ! ! ! In black so the grease doesn't show. (neither will food stains, but that's a bonus) I'd even take blue, dark green, blood red... anything but white. Small RIMC logo on the front left side, about the size of Charlie's small patch (4"). It's not because I neeed them for work or anything- I'm being terribly selfish, as I can't wear shirts that come up to neck level- they cover the gills, ya know..
  14. Right now I've got a couple of old T-shirts (rags) on the bottom to prevent dings and wick moisture away from the tub, seems to be working for the last year. Ural tool rolls and small spares are in a toolbox, with extra tools, and I also carry the el-cheapo auto kit from the partsmegamart for sockets and other stuff.There's also a couple of towels in there to cushion the rest of the junk from getting too carried away. Sometime this summer I'll use up that can of plastidip & grip and paint on a thin layer in the trunk when I get around to moving the stock gas can and adding the 3 ammo boxes, a 5-gallon fuel can, and rifle scabbard mounts. Now if I could only figure out the best location to mount the box my blackpowder lives in...
  15. Sure, Kermi... that's OK for you lightweight guys, but what about us horizontally enhanced individuals We need that counter-balance or we'll make like the little laugh in guy and fall right over. Yup- tools, spares, fuel, oils, other stuff... plus a canvas rain cover. Plenty of room for potential monkey babe, or (more likely) camping gear. I started out with a dealer suggested 2 big bags of pea gravel, and the rig still felt like it was tipping over to the left. Then I readjusted the lean for ME. Set it so it was about 1* out whilst I was sitting on the bike, or about 5-8* IN when empty. Now it tracks like a charm, no falling over feeling, and better wear patterns on the tires. Moved the pea gravel to the garden, and made all sorts of extra room for fishing gear in there.
  16. Yup- works really well for that, as long as you're not moving. Any decent sized flag in that location will have the bad habit of 1) blocking any view to the right and/or 2) being blown directly across the eyes of whoever is driving at the moment. Even at slow speed (10mph) the flag will decide the best time to obstruct the eyes whilst a tree decides it's time to jump out of the forest and bite the hack tire and fender. Not that anything like that would happen to me, ya understand You can also use the holder for picnic umbrellas, double-grill hibachis (the single-leg fits perfectly), A small stash of arrows (about 6 or 8 IIRC), or 2 Atlatl darts. It also works very nicely for holding my muzzleloading field rods, cleaning rods, or the head off a trap that busted its legs. More on topic... Last time I "washed" the rig was was when it was parked out in a rain storm. Unless you count wiping off the windscreen and mirrors?.
  17. Thanks for the love, ya cheeseheads All these years of going up there, and them telling me FIB was for "Friendly Illinois Buddy" I'm so disillusioned Looks like I'll be using route 8 to do the west-bound trip, and then a side-trip down down to St Croix on the way back to check the goodies and spend some of the copious volunteer dollars I'll be getting. Not sure of the casino thing... I learned to only gamble with what I could afford to lose, and right now that's about $1.75, not quite enough for a high roller's night out- it's not even enough for a stop to cool off the engine. I'll have to settle for Mole Lake when I head up to the gun shop outside of Crandon. Speaking of FIBs coming moving up... There's been a huge influx into the Pickeral/Pearson area near where the camp is- property values have gone stratospheric, as have taxes, and some of the houses being built are absolutely decadent with amenities and ruining good habitat and hunting areas. We get more than a fair share of the Lexus-driving soccermom-mobiles coming up to camp and making life miserable for the staffers when we DO get into town... ---> Hey Gavno, like I always ask my buddy (and your neighbor) Bob... do ya live north or south of the sign? 'course, his place is for sale, and I might have to look at it when/if the SSDI kicks in, but it's definately SOUTH of the sign so I won't feel too out of place.
  18. vradin


    Back about 24 or 25 years ago I got a similar device, worked on a ditsy little 9 volt radio battery- I still have it here in my desk: The name on it is "PARALI / AZERĀ®" I had my own business, and guns being verboten in Chicago, this was a minimally less illegal method of self defense. With a like way of thinking as the hero in the original story, it needed testing to verify the actual working and results of the device. Not having a dog to test it on, and only being 3 years married the wife was right out as a subject, I locked the shop, pulled the shades, and gave myself a similar jolt to the leg. I was, however, wearing Levi's. I don't care what anyone says- that thing still hurt like the demons of the sixth level of Dante's Hell had taken a bite from my calf. I didn't have the Jesse Ventura effect, but rather more a fall over and let the leg twitch for about 20 or 30 minutes. At least it was proven to work. I carried it daily for about 2 years then relageted it to the desk drawer where it resides to this day, batteryless and waiting. I used it twice, both times on stray dogs that had a "reputation" for nibbling passerby when given an chance, and my son had used it once on a neer-do-well on the El in Chicago whilst returning home from a late-night concert. The train mugger was given a long jolt to the exposed skin on the neck, and my son reported that "he went down like a $50 hooker" (his exact words). It's still a darned funny story.
  19. So... I'll be up in the Northwoods again this year doing the Scout Camp thing, and since the Gear Up is running properly and I'm more comfortable with it, as opposed to last year when I was a completely newbie to mo'sickles and nervous and unsure of the beasty. I decided to take it on a long (for me) ride. I'm trailering up with my other gear, then leaving truck and trailer in camp at Pearson and taking the rig and a weeks worth of supplies and me out for a jaunt to Camp School on the other side of the state just north of Rice Lake in Haugen. I know there's quite a few foilheads up there, so what's the concensus on best hack-friendly roads to get across the state? Looks like Route 8 would take me where I want to go, but is there a better route? Maybe a side-trip to meet up for coffee? Cows that need waved at? or suggest any dealers or service on the way just in case? Unfortunately I'm on a schedule so will probably make the ride Friday to arrive Haugen around 6 or 7pm on June 1, then plan on leaving Haugen the following Firday, when I have until Sunday to get back to Pearson. Suggestions and reccomendations welcome... especially for nice places to stop for pie along the way. thanks in advance,
  20. You furriners.... yer just jealous that your own grand poobah isn't nearly as funny as ours.
  21. Well said Rich. I know that my son also learned early that firearms are not toys but tools, to be treated as such and he got his curiosity about them satisfied at a very young age. He learned to handle them, shoot, clean, etc. The mystique was taken away and replaced with knowledge. When he found out that his high school USED TO have a nationally ranked shooting team, he went and found the old shooting range in the school basement- now used for storage. When he asked about it, and maybe getting a team back together... I got a calll from the dean of students about it. I know of at least three times that my son has put himself between a bully and someone weaker. Defusing the situation. Fortunately none involved guns, but the threat of physical violence was there, and he responded in a way that put him above the wimps and pusses of the world who would have taken it or walked away ignoring it. It reflects on the way he was raised- and his own sense of right and wrong. On the thought of none of the VA tech students fighting back, I recieved two articles today via email about that very subject. One was about a young man who was shot and performed first aid on himself, including a tournequet to the leg. Here's the first article: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07108/778891-84.stm The second article is more direct and does answer the question: it can be found here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...41601810_2.html The relevant section: Yeah, while I would hate to be in that kind of situation or have my son in that situation and have to make that kind of decision, it is comforting to know that the training and knowledge is there if it ever does become a choice. More's the pity for those who did not have the ability to make that choice because of lack of knowledge.
  22. Let's see... Chicago has a strict firearms law: No handguns after 1981 at all, and annual licenses after that. There's absolutely NO handgun violence in Chicago. New York has strict firearm laws, the City even more stringent. There's absolutely NO firearm violence in New York. My little town of Evanston has a no Hangun law, and some very draconian weapon laws too. There are absolutely NO instances of violence here either. Stricter controls do absolutely NOTHING to remove the guns from the hands of those that want them. More laws only serve to erode what little freedom we pretend to have here in the People's Republik of homeland insecurities. Besides, he purchased the guns legally. WITH proper identification and required federal checks. Why wasn't the perpatrator of this latest violence 1) locked up for mental illness in the jfirst place. He had a history of stalking, threatening behavior, etc. OH, sorry, can't lock him up- he's not nuts, he's just "troubled". Who got paid off when he was taken by the campus police the first time for "counsleing" and let go? Had he been hospitalized or 'tagged" tihe a mental health problem the first time, it would have shown up during a REQUIRED check whenever anyone buys a firearm. Who do you blame? The gun? The bullet? Society? The parents? the counselor who let him off the first time? ---> I know, let's blame everyone but the wacko who actually did it. Find the easiest scapegoat with deepest pockets to sue. That'll fix everything- let's sue everyone and enact more useless laws. Sheesh.
  23. And the Miss America pagent has announced that only 49 of the 50 states will be represented. They couldn't get an entrant willing to wear the "IDAHO" sash. True story: Radio station in NY, reporter trying to read obit for Don, kept getting the automatic 'bleep' everytime she tries to say his last name. SIGH... Garden implements, Hawaiian singers... what's next?
  24. I went the frugal (cheap) route and borrowed the idea from Randy's first trailer- a Harbor Fright special 4x8' folding thing with a width-extended floor (addepd a few inches off the left side). The rig just fits on the thing, and needs some serious strapping to keep it in place and a winch to get the rig on and off. But it works, was cheap, and isn't used but a couple of times a year. I pull it behind a POS Dodge Dakota Ex-Cab pickup. I did try to get the rig into the bed of the truck once. It almost fits but the price of good ramps that would work for the height and weight needed was about the same as the HF trailer.
  25. Maybe he doesn't have much to say... his profile shows last login as [4th April 2007 - 12:16 PM] He's probably just busy having too much fun in the desert.
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