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Hello to all. I ridden 3 wings since 1993. All where new and my last new one is 2001 1800 Hot rod Yellow... around 67K on it now.
I been a Honda bike rider for years, and rode their dirt bikes and now adventure bikes. Yes even the CBR RR liter track bikes two of them. I am a pilot, electrical technician for planes and autos. I even do suspension mods for bikes including wings. My wing has the traxxion dynamics full Monte they call it, front and rear with new triple clamp.
I found how to cure the low speed wobble on these bikes and maintain 5 wings for friends.
I have ridden over 150k on just wings over the years and toured 40 of our 50 states.

Once you ride a wing it’s hard to ride any other touring bike. They are not perfect, need some love but for the money, miles ridden,
Cost of ownership they are hard to beet. My 5 friends love their bikes. Classic Honda what else can be said.

Mine is acting odd and very intermittent issue with it. I posted this in the tech forum. If it turns to be an ECM, I can’t really complain for how long I have owned it, and spent hardly any money on repairs. The suspension was my largest investment and afterwards asked myself why didn’t I do it sooner.

with a little love they wiill last a long time. 19 years now for mine.

g day

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he is near, or in:
Keller, Texas using a broadband cable connection.
 

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Thanks guy, he tracked my provider down!
yep, Haslet Tx, just north of Ft Worth.

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Thanks guy, he tracked my provider down!
yep, Haslet Tx, just north of Ft Worth.

Tex

Dang,
aren't you the lucky one. You have a Cabela's right close by. 🙃
 

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AZgl1800,

It’s sure is around the corner. My had to freeze my Cabalas card and just stay out of that place. It as bad, as heading to the Honda shop... for sure.


Hot rod yellow I see in your profile pic ... what year / miles?

When I bought mine and told some
friends about picking It up, one said it isn’t that Yellow one is it? I said yep! Sure is.
Talk about yellow egg on his face...
He rode the other girls friend brand of bike, and I let him ride this one ... he owns a 06-07 kinda one year only Texas A|M burt orange ... color with GPS Nav built in with ABS.





Funny think, my buddies Slingshot get the looks and girls asking what’s that...


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Mine is an '02 in Hot Rod Yellow, I explicitly waited while searching for an 1800 until I could find one in Hot Rod Yellow...... after a Semi merged me into the center median wall, I wanted something folks could see.......... ( still no guarantee, but it is more visible ) the pix was taken Jan 2008 by the motor officer who did the Investigation.


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that was my '94SE which was still very young and not even broken in at 75,000 miles.
Left work at 1500 hrs and at 1505 that semi hit me while I was headed for home.
 

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Holley crud guy.
Wow, you are alive. That’s a total loss of a bike it looks and hopefully you walked away!

I would hope Minor injuries at worst. Yeah idiots all over and with cell phone use and driver distractions you have to be careful. Doesn’t matter your fault their fault you loose.

I worked with Ridesmart Track day school a lot and got to know the instructors really well. I tried dragging every street rider I could to the track with me to help teach more skills to apply on the open road. From being smooth on and off the brakes / gas to body position, lines , trail braking, ect to give more tools to the rider.

I even rode old yellow on the track before on cruisers day, with my friends.
Applying suspension dynamics to reading tires, I leaned to understand suspension is critical for better safer operation. I tried to lean why people crashed on the track, decision making, tires, suspension all plays a part in the overall safety.

As a professional airline captain pilot and flight instructor, training is essential for good safety. We as pilots use safety acronyms
To help a identify threats. I try and use these when I ride too. I want bore you with those details... the instructor in me coming out.

It saddens me to see a bike on its side like that. When I rode Colorado I am surprised I don’t see a lot... compared to Twisted Sisters in the San Antonio area that I have seen.

glad you are riding again! Yea...

My wife and I have toured 40
Of our 50 States. We use to ride a Two tome teal SE 951500 wing ourselves. I sold
It to but this one we have now.

in the miles we have ridden, only once we had to do a panic brake stop. Car cut through a line of cars out in front of us. We stopped ... thankfully and nothing bad happened. A wake up call for sure!

take care guy...

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I did not fare so well in the Injury department.

Loss of Short Term memory, I have to go over what I heard 14 times to remember it long enough to write it down.

The gland that controls body temperature is broken now, I have to find Air Conditioning when it gets too hot for me to stay cool, that is at 85*F. IF, I leave the windscreen down low at dash level, my jacket open and just wear blue jeans, I can handle up to about 90*F..... I have an ice chest that fits on a Hitch Rack filled with Ice Water, I wear a Phase Change vest in warm weather. lasts about 1.5 to 2 hrs dependent on humidity and temps.

. oh, loss of balance, in the house, I have to hold onto the walls to keep from tripping over stuff... outside if nothing close, I can walk a twisted straight line.
 

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Guy I am sorry to hear this... sound like you are finding work around to have some quality of life.

I myself was rear ended by a drunk, fell asleep and hit my customers car, he was driving at the time, and we where stopped. The drunk never tapped his brakes at freeway speed. We where the 1st car hit. I owned and operated a independent repair shop and specialist in electrical , computer, Ac, state inspections “back the start of sniff test for Texas” and general service. For 10 years all was well and road my wings and got married. All came to an end one Saturday, and crushed two disc in my back, two years in a wheel chair, and 5 off work. Radical back fusion surgery changed my entire life... pain was horrible and life as I knew it stopped. Determined to walk again , got back walking and year 6 learned how to fly. By year 9 started instruction students. Year 7 gave my time working in a aircraft shop and learn everything I could. Eventually started avionics installs in aircraft, and working on
Airplanes. Went to the airlines in 2008, and laid off , delivered airplanes all over the world. 2008-2013 I contracted out to help builders complete their projects. 2013 I started instructing a couple students and gave them rides in experimental airplanes I worked on. 2013 I was contracted to build a Rv7 completely for my student / client. 2017 back to airlines and made captain.

I say this when you close one door and it look horrible, one will open and if you take the step new opportunities will come.

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Her is that airplane I built.

I hope insurance helped In some Fi way. I tell you I maxed 3 policies completely out and it wants nearly enough.

I forgot to ask where you live?

Tex


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I'm in Oologah, OK about 30 miles north of Tulsa, OK.
I love flying, used to own a Piper TriPacer PA-22,
I bought a 160 Lyc for it, zero time since OH.
at the same time, bought the McAllen Gullwing Tips and had them installed.

Dramatically changed the way that dog could fly... when I bought it, I was told do NOT dare to try and land below 90 kts.... huh? the manual says 60 kts.... turned out the kids I bought it from were scared of it.

I took it home and landed it on the gravel road in front of my house, turned thru the cattle guards and parked it under a big ole Elm Tree for shade..... owned it for six years and enjoyed every minute of it...

Took the bungee cords off the rudder so I could fly it like a Tail Dragger.... made a practice of every landing is a Short Field landing..... made the Tail Skid drag before I let the Main gear touch down .....

and every takeoff is a Short Field takeoff.... amazed a lot of folks who did not believe a TriPacer could land at ~40 kts or less w/o stalling..... could touch ground and full stop at 160 feet....

Take offs, depending on winds averaged around 350-400 feet.... contrast that to the kids using up the whole damn airfield to get it off the ground. I once made the mistake of telling the FAA that I used a couple of meds once in a while, and they killed my medical..... didn't need the meds a year later, but the damage was done, and after the accident I just did not feel 100% flying in controlled airspace with the Skyharbor crap at Phx, AZ..... I lived at Mesa, AZ at the time and flew out of that airstrip....

wife asked me to sell the TriPacer to buy a house, worst mistake of my life. did not make a dent in expenses and I lost the love of my life .... :(

I've thought about getting a little puddle jumper to keep here on my acreage, but keeping an airplane and bike going at the same time costs more than my retirement can afford.

wish I had some pictures of that airplane, all lost many years ago though.
 

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Yeah the FAA is not your lawyer or your priest, what you tell them is not sacred.

Every 6 months for me for medical 1st class now... I still get white coat syndrome walking in.

Wow north or Tulsa, I use to fly pipeline 2007 all low level stuff through OK once a month. 5000 miles of pipe ...

Tri pacer, seen them but never flew one... and a tail dragged to boot! Wheel on the correct end, Right!

I learned in a American champion citabria myself. I ended up buying one along with an IRF 150... I did my instrument training in.

I got a ride in an Rv... wow talk about a grin on your face. Land 500 feet and take off 500 ft, 8 gal per hr 160 knots true. A Fun airplane to fly not expensive to own. Hence “experimental” but no two are the same.
Where I come in.

Yeah, funny a boat owners happiest days
Day he buys a boat and the day he sales it.

Airplanes are not like that. Owned two myself nothing to speak much about, did the job and learned a lot with them. Had fun trips the wife and I. Flew the Citabria to North LasVegas before and back. Took the 150 to Cheyenne , Michigan and Florida ...
why my wing set.. and did not ride it much anymore. Good times....

That Rv7 needs a condition inspection and it just to dam hot to do it ... in experimental they don’t get annuals , because they do not meet a type certificate... they get a conduction inspection. Can be done by an A&P. Doesn’t have to be an IA.

Howdy fellow pilot...

I am thinking about a trip and pull my quick Camp trailer out , yeah I have one... and take a ride north .

I just got back on a 26 day trip, my two buddies loaded out adventure bikes in his 4x4, drove to Mexican Hat Utah, unloaded and rode the back country discovery route through Utah. We ended in Idaho at Bear lake. Continued over on the bikes with out friend following us, to join the Idaho BDR. Snow kept us out of 1/2 of it and we cut out and loaded the bikes and drove to Missoula Mt- Bozeman. Went to Yellowstone to Rawlings Wy, unloaded and rode the Continental Divide trial to almost New Mexico . Loaded the bikes the game home

26 days
25 nights 18 hotels / 7 camp nights
4850 miles gone
2380 miles ridden off road

Wife’s did not pack our stuff and have it on the curb when we returned.

I want to head to Montana / Wyoming now .. cooler weather on my wing in August. My 3 weeks of vacation starts then. Last year I went to Italy and rode the Apls , omg Beautiful... but travel is no at this time ... so north from here... cooler ...

Nice to talk with you

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I did not convert the TriPacer to a Tail Dragger, what I meant was that with taking off the bungee cords from the Rudder, that lets you use the Rudder pedals to full Advantage W/O the damn Ailerons wagging at the same time....

I would bring it in slow, 1500 rpm at with the stick near my belt, and wait for the Tail Skid to drag before I let the Main gear fall to the ground by releasing the Flaps.... then it would finally nose over onto the Nose Gear.... the Positive Push Rod steering on the nose gear made for the Strongest tri-gear airplane ever made. It can, and did, land in a field of cactus knocking them to the side, turn around, and take off the way I came in......

You cannot do that with any Cessna product, it will flip and crash.

That Cactus landing? I was coming into to land on my "home strip" which was the gravel road headed west... to the north of me was the Natural Gas pipeline pumping station that I worked at... it was a mild summer day, but the pumping engines are all water cooled with Water Towers and they blow off steam all the time...... with the vagaries of the winds in West Text, the wind shifted and blew the steam across my path and I could not see the road anymore..... there is a Barb Wire fence at the end of the road...... on the 150/160 hp Lycomings, the manual says Carb Heat is never needed, and I never used it.... but, that ONE TIME, it should have been used, because I was throttled back to 1000 rpm and the steam blew across in front of me......

that was okay, Except, I could not see and decided to Go Around, not attempt to land.....
She took off like she should, made about 350 feet up and died dead, iced up.....
All good pilots know their environment, or should..... to the west straight ahead was ravines, not good.
To my left about 30 degrees was a nice little sloping down hill gully about 300 feet wide....
I nosed it over fast, got my airspeed up from 65 to 80 and headed down that ravine.... prop windmilling.
just as I was about to touch the ground with the Nose Gear, I hit Full Flaps and pulled the stick into my belly..... made a perfect landing throwing Cactus left and right.....

got out, looked it over, nary a bit of damage any where..... so, I pushed the Tail down, and rotated the aircraft 180 degrees..... and BTW, the engine caught and kept on idling before I could get out of the airplane to do my inspection.....

Hit full throttle, brakes on until it topped out on RPMs and let her go..... just as the wheels topped the ravine she was flying again...... I had lots of fun in the ole girl, I really really do miss her.

I sure would love to have an Experimental, may just look around and see if I can find one cheap enough for me to own it......
 

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If you ever get even close to Tulsa, let me know in Advance, and we will meet up.
My ph# is 918-613-95-Tharee-Zaro

.if you call me, TEXT ME first and let me know you are calling.
My phone automatically ignores all incoming calls that are NOT in my Contact List.
 

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I hear Ignore incoming calls not on your list!

I try and answer my phone and regret at times doing so. Word of mouth customers and they will call. I try and not use voice mail when someone is calling me for service.

Yeah, my block list is quite long... And gets longer every week.


Carb heat - ice ... that dance on a lycoming and it almost won. I haven’t had an carb icing yet, but yep I tend to not use it on a Lycoming.

Oh I misunderstood about the tail dragger.
You basically did a full stall landing / tail skid 1st! The bungee cords do make your feet lazy I see in students of the past.

Flying pipeline, the little plane I flew was a flying gas van... 150hp 152 with stol kit, long range tanks, and 15 gal aux tank that pumped fuel into the right main . Unlike piper this plane has off or on for both tank. No left / right. Brand new flying these routes and west Texas pan handle area, Flat plowed farm land everywhere. I listened to my coworker say go here, here and their , and stop here for gas. Ok, here I go! Busy major winds heading west to the Lubbock area.
Do as advised, went to stop for fuel OUT saw a plane land and take back off so I ask if they had fuel, no fuel. I am on the pipeline getting concerned, new to this plane and normally fly on a watch time, and I at pushing 5 hrs! Normal fuel burn 152 7 gph 8 maybe, 150 hp 9-10... I am getting worried now. 4:40 mins into the flight... last gas stop behind me No fuel. This pipeline runs along the Hiway. To plainview tx. I bank to make a turn and I fell her spudder... ok this is real now. Headed to the field, cut the fuel and landed ... like yourself , slow full flaps, almost tail skid 1st in a plowed field. Farmer was on his tractor plowing next to me! The plane did not flip... but threw dirt up from the tires onto the horizontal stabilizer, and under the wings!! No wheel pants on this one...
I jumped out and said I take it!

Farmer stopped his tractor and asked “Son can I help you”. I said yep! You have have some gasoline do you I could buy !

5 gallons went in the tank, the farmer asked me how are you going to take off? I asked does that gate open? He said yep... we opened the gate, thanked the man, I cranked up taxied the plane to the side road and it was was kinda muddy... 20 degrees of Flaps and off I went . Landed in plain-view and filled up. Tried cleaning the mud off the wings and stab the best I could.

Needless to say, I told my coworker you plan your own routes ! I will plan my own. Boss asked me, what’s this mud on the plane, I said well you know that airport called Floydata, it was out of fuel. I got some
From a farmer...

He said, you see all those gas cans, I said yep, west test flying and out of gas at airfield too....

He smiled, and said welcome to pipeline flying!!

Yep, that never happened again! 4hrs to the min I was in the ground after that!


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I love getting together and talking about the old "war stories".....
My wife never did really like to fly.....
we lived in Stinnet, TX when this occurred....

flew the Tripacer to Hutchinson, KS for a Meet 'n Greet with friends....
on the way home, the Wx man lied to us, bald face lie !!!!

the "calm winds" turned into Vertical Cliffs of Air.... stuff on the floor hit the ceiling, and then back to the floor..... she got sick.... I went down to Ground Effect and told her we would land at a friend's farm house about 10 miles in front of us..... Left her with our friends there, got back in the plane and flew on home for an hour to get the car....

Drove us back home and she told me right there, that is the LAST TIME she will ever get in an air plane, and she meant it.

.got more stories of course, give me a call anytime.
 

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I have wished many times, that I chose Aviation for a career.
 

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I have to do that... got your number ...

Let me finish a project and send you a message... check if you are busy...

I shipped the wife to Las Vegas, yesterday. Her family is there... sick member.


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I have to do that... got your number ...

Let me finish a project and send you a message... check if you are busy...

I shipped the wife to Las Vegas, yesterday. Her family is there... sick member.


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my phone had a notification "Theresa Thorn" made a Message Request.
never seen that before, was that you?
I turned off Unknown number block until after I hear from you.

I will be in the house the rest of the evening, too hot to be outside. we picked up some tree limbs for a bit, then came back in.
 
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