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Yes, I know that FART '16 is still going on, however, I needed to start this thread.

 

While I spend 2 days in Asheville with those that arrived on Wednesday night and had a great time with many of the group at 1 of the 57 breweries that Asheville has on Thursday night, I arrived back home in DC tonight around 4 P.M.

 

Some of you know that I noted a slight loss of oil for the first time during my 70,000 plus miles on my K1200RS while at this year's UnRally as the result of a leaking engine seal. After consulting with a BMW "master" mechanic that I highly respect he drilled a small hole at the bottom of the engine and we noted no oil under the clutch. Since I had no issues except for a very slight loss of oil he thought it would be safe to ride the bike until he could schedule the repairs (about a 1 & 1/2 day job) to replace the seals and proactively replace the original clutch plates.

 

Mark Mayhew (Marcopolo) and I road down I-81 to Ashville on Wednesday. Had no problems until we got off the interstate and onto one of Ken's routes up over Roan Mountain. I began to notice that when I down shifted going into a turn the bike had no engine braking/slowdown. I quickly suspected a clutch problem and over our Sena intercoms suggested to Mark we change plans and head for the hotel that was about 50 miles away. Within another few miles I had no clutch engagement at all and the bike was simply coasting down the mountain. Fortunately it was all down hill and I spotted a gas station about 1/8th mile away on our side of the road. I was going 1 or 2 miles an hour when I got to the gas station!

 

Had the bike towed to Asheville Eurosport/BMW dealership were the diagnosis was confirmed. Unfortunately they were backlogged with work and could not even start the repairs for 2 weeks. They were very helpful and said I could leave the bike there for as long as needed, etc.

 

With Mark's help the next morning - went to 3 different U-Haul locations and finally picked up a truck, went to a Wal-Mart for heavy-duty straps, and back to the dealer to pick up the bike. By 3:00 PM on Thursday I was finally feeling better about the situation and ready for one of Asheville's breweries! :grin:

 

Departed Ashville just after 6:00 AM this morning dropped off the bike at the independent BMW shop in Manassas, VA around 3 PM and back home at 4 PM.

 

I am planning on attending and hope to seeing many of you at START '16 and/or at UnRally '16.

 

Be safe out there!!

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Bob,

 

I'm sorry you had a short FART....that stinks.

 

I had to leave a day early, so I'm home as of 1:00 Saturday.

 

I'll be sure not to give Chris Kinney another route he doesn't like and maybe I won't have a black eye next time :dopeslap:

 

It was great to see everyone and look for the START announcement in a week or so. :clap:

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I'll be sure not to give Chris Kinney another route he doesn't like and maybe I won't have a black eye next time :dopeslap:

 

I was affraid to ask you how you got that black eye! :grin:

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I left at 8am and finally got out of rain near Dillsboro, NC. I made it to my reunion on time and a good time was had by all. Just on cue, as we were leaving the reunion, the rain caught up to me. I guess the weather wanted to make me feel like everything was back to normal.

 

Craig, Ken thanks for putting on another one. Mother nature thanks for the tropical depression, I never had ridden in one before!

 

Alan

 

 

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Home safely, turning around to the airport. The fun never stops!

 

Big thanks to Ken, Craig, Terri and any of your minions that made this trip possible. Weather be damned, we had a great time.

 

And went home with a little extra protection too, thanks to BW!

 

Cheers!

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We're home.

Always START out w/raingear on if you want to at least appear smart.

Or, you can do it my way and stop a couple miles from the hotel.

:grin:

After we both donned rain gear the weather co-operated and rained for the next 275 miles.

Made it thru Athens even though the Dawgs were home and winning big so many were leaving early and on the road.

Kept going to Perry, Ga. where we stopped to watch college football.

Left in the morning sans rain gear, and then had to stop right up the road and put it on.

:dopeslap:

Rain slacked off a bit so I stopped to take rain gear off.

Off course it started again but we pushed on the last 150 miles

in the rain and mist.

Had fun in Asheville.

It was great to see so many folks and reminisce 'bout the past, catch up on the present and plan for the future.

Bike ran great.

 

Thanks Craig and Ken.

 

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Left the hotel parking lot at 7:52 this morning after packing away the present the Blair Witch left on my seat (and any others still there this morning).

 

529 miles and 8 hours later I am home safe and sound. Over 200 of those miles were in rain, so all my gear is drying out.

 

Chief Rain Cloud

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Chased Chris & Nancy back to ATL and never caught them. The Parkway was ugly but finally found some dry roads. This FART was a super opportunity to work on our smooth technique! Got to ATL about 3:30. Thanks to the FART Team awesome job much appreciated!

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Christine and I just rolled in. Another tough morning on the Parkway but still enjoyable in a different sort of way as I heeded the Public Safety Message from BW. I was really looking forward to Ken's routes and Craig's game but I'll save those for another time.

 

As always, great seeing everyone and meeting some new folks. Thanks to team Craig and Ken (who I never saw) for the thoughtfulness and creativity put into the event. Still a success by any measure despite the weather.

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Left Asheville at 07:55 and arrived home at 4:20. The first two hours were rain-free, then it was wet for about five hours. The last hour and a bit were "dry".

 

I missed riding back with Bob (Endobobdds), though. Better luck next time, Bob.

 

Had a great time. Thanks again to Ken and Craig for all that they did. It is much appreciated.

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Wow, my "no show" was way less exciting than others. I was in Fontana Dam area the week without cell/internet service and still work found me. So, I had to boogie and missed getting to check in with you all.

 

Hope folks had a great time... at least some :)

 

Cheers all and hope to connect another time.

 

Crapped out on FARTing this fall, but perhaps another time!

Kirsten

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Home safely, WET FARTing was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Good to see and chat with everyone, great dinner last night.

 

Thanks to Ken, Craig, and all who participated as well as Joel for the sticker.

 

Terry

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Pulled out around 7 or so. I decided to take NC-215 across the BRP to US-64 and into SC and GA. I lost a lot of time trying to slug through the ground up mush of leaves, mud, branches and other stuff. Slick as snort. Several large branches on the road. Roads and traction got better on US-64 and into SC and GA. Home around 5 PM.

Thank you very much to Ken and Craig for organizing everything and laying out some nice routes. The weather was not to bad and even though the roads where a little iffy, it sure made for some extensive time practicing being extremely smooth with the throttle, steering inputs and the brakes.

Oh by the way it didn't rain all the time.

This picture was taken on Friday in TN of US-321.

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Terri and I home by 7:00 pm.

 

We had a blast despite the rain this past weekend! Thanks to all who showed up and made this event fun ... rain or no. For those who couldn't make it ... you were missed and we hope you all can join us next spring.

 

Thanks all for the kind words, but I assure you it is entirely our pleasure.

 

Pics to come later. Homework to work on the rest of this evening.

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Unlike most of you, I stayed dry the entire way back to Clarksville. :clap: And the Cherohala was dry and sunny. Thanks as always to Craig and Ken.

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Joe Frickin' Friday
I dropped Mitch off at his house at 6:00 PM...

 

And then I had to chase Burt down to retrieve my helmet, which I had left in the backseat of his truck.

 

:dopeslap:

 

Thanks, Ken/Craig, for another fun event. :thumbsup:

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Rain hung with me for 300+ miles on my westward trek. Finally let up just after hitting the VA state line.

 

Despite the rain, enjoyed meeting up with the group and loved the riding--first-time dragon slayer!

 

Big thanks to Craig and Ken for your efforts and hope to see you all again the spring--if not sooner!

 

Slyder

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Hope everyone made the best of the weather.

 

I was headed there Friday through chilly heavy rain when I discovered my waterproof pants no-longer were. With cold rain soaking my under britches and no spare riding pants on board, I decided my couch + football was the better option given the forecast for the weekend.

 

I'll keep my eyes peeled for spring plans. Hope to see y'all soon.

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Having departed Saturday, I had a surprisingly dry ride once past Tellico Plains. I had a GREAT time FARTing and it was great to meet so many from the board and put faces with names and bikes. A Laurel & Hardy GREAT Job and job well done to Greg and Ken and others behind the scenes. I hope this will the first of many BMWST events for me, and the tipping point for some of my riding buddies - one of whom is a new convert (The Pope did his magic) closing a deal on a 2015 RT this week.

 

Big shout out to Jake for reaching out and taking me under his wing and to Keith for pushing through the NAV3 issues.

 

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.....I had a GREAT time FARTing and it was great to meet so many from the board and put faces with names and bikes. ......

 

hope this will the first of many BMWST events for me, and the tipping point for some of my riding buddies - one of whom is a new convert (The Pope did his magic) closing a deal on a 2015 RT this week.......

 

We hope to see you again soon as well! Great pictures!! Thanks for sharing! :thumbsup::clap:

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Thank you Craig and Ken for another fun event. Great location for us NC native FARTrs. Arrived home 4:30ish drenched but happy to have a new supply of protection from BW to make it home safely. May need a new supply when I START.

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A great big thank you to Craig & Ken for another fine FART. Despite the weather, I think most of us managed to have a very fine time (I know I did, and even made some (more) new friends and got to rock out a bit to some new/bluegrass. Bob seemed to have had the worst of it, though, and we can only hope that the clutch debacle will soon be resolved. Hats off to Mark for helping our favorite endodontist out through thick & thin.

 

As for me, I didn't have to worry about removing and reapplying rain gear on my (most of the) way home on Saturday, as it rained steadily the whole way up to Wintergreen (a ski resort just southwest of Charlotte where I overnighted), with occasional heavy downpours and gusty wind to keep things interesting. At about 7 hours, that was the shank of the return trip, though, and Sunday's shorter (4 or so hours) run home from there was cloudy, uneventful, and pretty much entirely dry. Which is to say, it was a wet FART, it was a dry FART.... it was the best of FARTS. But then, they all are in one way or another.

 

So great seeing and spending time with everyone; hope we'll all be in good health and fine form so we can do it again in the spring.

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Been too long (or short depending on who you are); needed a chance to reach out and offer some protecton. See you next time!

 

The Witch

 

Hi BW! Yes, it has been a while indeed, you old fart! It would appear that as far as protection goes during this very wet FART, you've got us all covered! :thumbsup::rofl:

 

 

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Pics to come later.

And here are a few ...

 

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^ Me casually defying traffic to hit me at the Cullasaja Falls pull-over.

 

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^ Cullasaja Falls on the way to Highlands on Saturday (no rain!).

 

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^ Dry Falls, a bit closer to Highlands. Note the path that goes underneath the falls. We'd have taken it, but for the boots, the riding pants, the jackets, and most importantly ... the need to find a rest room.)

 

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^ Many of the most intrepid FARTers ... those who remained behind on Saturday ... many of whom enjoyed a dry FART for the majority of Saturday!

 

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^ Brian (left), who we embraced warmly into the BMWST fold, had the good fortune to regale us with his account of motorcycle misfortune ... a cager had pulled into his path in a driving rain. Big T, Christine, & Mark were on the scene, helped him get his gear and wits "collected," and then invited him to join us at the venue while he awaited prognosis of his certain-to-be-totaled '99 RT (which btw had a BMWRT sticker on it from a prior owner).

 

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^ One end of the group meal table (Thanks to Terri for taking charge of that very confused situation :thumbsup: )

 

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^ The other end of the table at FATZ. Not a bad chain restaurant, but certainly the one with the worst management pass-down I've ever worked with! But in they end, with Terri's persistence and the diligence of the night manager, FATZ pulled off dinner for 30 with no notice.

 

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^ Craig & Terri's room just before Saturday night's festivities (me having previously accepted custody of Bud's Maker's Mark). Saturday night was tame compared to Thursday night ... well, certainly quieter and not as long into the night. The Woodford and Basil's were killed by ... yes, you guessed it ... Herr Bottle Killer Frank. The remainder of the RB & Russell's were taken to good homes as strays. There's still a whole lot of Maker's left as I maintain custody of The Bottle. Will it last?

 

 

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Thanks Ken and Craig for another great event. Arrived home today around 10:30am after deciding to skip my plan to ride in Ky. Took the scenic route home via deals gap and the cherohala and had only a drzzle for the first 30 min. Also had a low rear tire when I left (thanks TPM) which held air once I refilled the tire. Turned out to be a sharp pointed rock so new tire today. Good to see everyone and looking forward to START

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Seeing Dave's pictures of All The Usual Suspects made me sad that I missed out.

 

Looks like a good time was had by all (even with some apparent mishaps along the way)

 

Is it too early to think about STARTing????

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^ The other end of the table at FATZ. Not a bad chain restaurant, but certainly the one with the worst management pass-down I've ever worked with! But in they end, with Terri's persistence and the diligence of the night manager, FATZ pulled off dinner for 30 with no notice.

 

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^ Craig & Terri's room just before Saturday night's festivities (me having previously accepted custody of Bud's Maker's Mark). Saturday night was tame compared to Thursday night ... well, certainly quieter and not as long into the night. The Woodford and Basil's were killed by ... yes, you guessed it ... Herr Bottle Killer Frank. The remainder of the RB & Russell's were taken to good homes as strays. There's still a whole lot of Maker's left as I maintain custody of The Bottle. Will it last?

 

Sorry I missed this gathering - I should have stayed a couple more days before trucking the bike back home! :)

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Sorry I missed this gathering - I should have stayed a couple more days before trucking the bike back home! :)

 

You were missed, Bob. We did, though, gather a stray for dinner on Saturday. A fellow on a '99 RT was hit by a car on the Blue Ridge at the Mount Mitchell entrance/exit road. Some folks in the group came upon the accident and helped him out. His bike (likely to be written off, it would seem), was carted to the dealer and he ended up coming to the Red Roof Inn. I couldn't believe it when Blair, from Eurosprt Asheville, pulls up in a truck and unloads this fellow (Brian from Long Island), along with his damaged panniers. We invited him along to dinner at Fatz, and I ended up sitting beside him. Quite an interesting fellow.

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You were missed, Bob. We did, though, gather a stray for dinner on Saturday. A fellow on a '99 RT was hit by a car on the Blue Ridge at the Mount Mitchell entrance/exit road. Some folks in the group came upon the accident and helped him out. His bike (likely to be written off, it would seem), was carted to the dealer and he ended up coming to the Red Roof Inn. I couldn't believe it when Blair, from Eurosprt Asheville, pulls up in a truck and unloads this fellow (Brian from Long Island), along with his damaged panniers. We invited him along to dinner at Fatz, and I ended up sitting beside him. Quite an interesting fellow.

 

Glad Brain was not hurt and that he found our group! I suspect that Blair, from Eurosport, made sure he dropped Brain off with all of his gear! :thumbsup: For those FARTer's that might not know, Brain is the same individual from Eurosport BMW Ashville that helped get my gear to the RedRoof Inn after my bike was towed to Eurosport. Unfortunately he failed to take the soft bag with all of my clothes out of one of his side boxes. :dopeslap:

I ended up borrowing a pair of pants from Mark to use until the next morning when Mark drove me back to Eurosport to retrieve my clothes.

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Pics to come later.

And here are a few ...

 

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^ Many of the most intrepid FARTers ... those who remained behind on Saturday ... many of whom enjoyed a dry FART for the majority of Saturday!

 

Looks to be quite the FART!! Can't wait to enjoy meeting the riders and the commodore of the East!

:wave:

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Looks to be quite the FART!! Can't wait to enjoy meeting the riders and the commodore of the East!

:wave:

 

Are you implying that you're heading back east for an event in the near future (say, for an east coast UN or an upcoming START/FART) or are saying that you moving back east? Either way, you're welcome to join in and add to the camaraderie.

 

Slyder_Steve just moved in from Utah and will now likely be a regular at START/FART events (until he's stationed elsewhere again).

 

Or are you saying something completely different?

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Joe Frickin' Friday

Finally got my pics sorted out. Not a lot, just a few good ones.

 

I've been coming to these southeast events since Baker put on the first El Paseo back in 2003, but this was the first time I actually trailered my bike (not counting a mechanical failure enroute to the '04 Un in Cody). Burt Jones came from Grand Rapids with his GS in a trailer and picked up me and my RT in Ann Arbor. It was a tight squeeze:

 

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Once we got my bike backed in, it took some serious gymnastics for me to get forward of the bikes so I could cinch the tie-downs. Trailering was a nice change from the usual solo two-wheeled commute: Burt and I enjoyed each other's company, and we arrived relatively rested and pain-free. :thumbsup:

 

Lookin' good, Jake, lookin' good:

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Fun times at Wicked Weed:

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Big-T is popular even when he doesn't bring the 'shine:

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Shawn and me, reflected in the motel window:

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The motel's laundry dryer vent put out prodigious amounts of warm air, making it a great place to dry rain-soaked gear. Here I am, getting my pants and gloves dry:

 

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Just so we're clear, I wasn't actually IN the pants at the time:

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Dear Rukka,

 

I love your stuff, but if I see one more pic of me wearing your gear with man-boobishness qualities, I'm heading over to KLIM and I'm bringing all of my friends with me.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jake

 

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Bob,

Wish you had stayed around.

Recovering from a root canal procedure.

Last Thursday was a lot more fun FARTing.

:wave:

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Bob,

Wish you had stayed around.

Recovering from a root canal procedure.

Last Thursday was a lot more fun FARTing.

:wave:

 

Tim - wish I had stayed around too! Hope your dental issues were handled and all is okay with your smile. :thumbsup:

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Here is a video I recorded on my way home from FART 2015, after the rains stopped.

I know it's a little long, but it sure is a fun road.

Enjoy!

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Most of my video from FART didn't work out very well.

 

Mostly from too much water in front of the lens, but also because I was recording in Narrow mode to test that setting and apparently I bumped my GoPro a bit forward and so it was recording more of the road than anything else.

 

Next time I'm going to try the middle FOV and see what that setting looks like.

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