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I have tried for years to find that perfect ultralight fishing rig to use on the bike.. I've tried extendable rods, fishing kits that you put 4 sections together, short rods, etc.. All have sucked!! Too much time setting up, and too much hassle..

Well, I wanted to go trout fishing a few weeks ago and I wanted to use my standard Cabela's ultralight 1 pc rod, and a cheapo eBay reel that I've been using for years.. I grabbed my cooler and tossed in my tackle (#8 hooks and BB split shot) and a dozen night crawlers.. I also tossed in a couple ice packs and couple cans of soda..

Now, I could have taken my car, but that sucks.. It was a nice day and the bikes were YELLING at me to take one of them.


I pulled out the Wing and found that the rod fit PERFECTLY!! I dropped it in the passenger handle and pushed the rod between the seat and speaker.. It's locked in, goes no where, and pulls out in seconds!! The rod doesn't rub on anything, either..







Well, the first day I tried it out, I caught my limit of 3 trout.. The rod never moved during the 1 hour ride to and from my favorite stream, either..

Well, today I decided I needed to get out again.. I tossed my stuff on/in my Wing and headed out.. 1/2 hour after getting to the stream I again had my limit..



I gave one of the 12" trout to a local buddy, had the other 12" for dinner, and will be having the largest one tomorrow night..

Who knew all I had to do to get an easy to use fishing kit for the motorcycle was buy a new Goldwing??
 

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Nice, it looks like another antenna. Anyone sneaking up behind you will slow way down, thinking it's a cop bike!

And the fish look tasty!
 

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I take my bike fishing all the time. Rod doesn't fit that slick though. ;)

If you just wanted to jig along the bank, you could always break off the antenna. :)
 

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Kinda like going to the DollarStore in your Bentley!!!!!!!

Seriously, nice fish. Sounds like a good time was had by all.

There's an old thread where we talked about rod and rifle racks. You can make a good rod rack from a piece of properly sized PVC slipped on the passenger foot peg. (1 1/4 i think, working from memory - bikes not here). I wound up using a short piece that fitted up to the mounted reel and then bungeeing the rod to the rack - after taping a piece of foam to the rack to protect the rod.
 

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If you just wanted to jig along the bank, you could always break off the antenna. :)
Oh, I couldn't do that... Then I wouldn't have any way to get the Weather Band on my radio.. I do admit that I don't use the radio much, since it's got a MP3 input jack in the left front pocket.:)

I know the Wing seems like overkill, but I love riding it, as well as my old BMW and not so old KLR.. The biggest issue is deciding what bike I'm going to take!!:confused: I know.. It's far from a bad problem, but I really enjoy riding all three.. And the Russell Day Long seat on my KLR is actually more comfortable than the stock seat on my Wing.
 

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I could make the choice easier for you...I like that Wing. Just saying....:35a:
 

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I'll go beemer or benelli, love those classic euros...
For some reason, I don't have a pic of the ol' Benelli.. It's in pretty tough shape, as it's been sitting in a buddy's barn for years.. I NEED to take time and get it back to operating shape..

The Beemer's 24 years old and the carb floats are starting to not float. :( Having issues starting when warm, lately.. Guess it's time for a carb rebuild kit.. It's still reliable, but sometimes it starts hard and it shouldn't.. I'm ordering a kit tomorrow and hopefully will take the time this weekend to slap the new diaphram/o-rings/floats in it.. Only a couple hours worth of work, and it's expected with an older bike..



I addressed the KLR's rear flat tonight. Somehow I must have over tightened the valve stem nuts and I managed to break the stem. Stress, I guess.. Anyway, I tossed in a new tube tonight and the ol' fart is ready for some gravel road riding!!




And what does that top box come in handy for??


Hamms!!!


(and no, I don't drink and ride)

I know, the KLR seat is ugly, but it's beyond comfort!!

It could be worse.. At one time, 10 or so years ago, I was up to 7 bikes..:16a:
 

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That beemer is nice! Those old Bing carbs, once they start to act up, get real cranky. Like you said, the easiest way to fix them is a complete rebuild.

Love that KiLleR, too!
 

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That beemer is nice! Those old Bing carbs, once they start to act up, get real cranky. Like you said, the easiest way to fix them is a complete rebuild.

Love that KiLleR, too!
cranky due to not being used :)

32 years on my R100s and changed the diaphrams once because maybe I should but that was many years ago...
 

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cranky due to not being used :)

32 years on my R100s and changed the diaphrams once because maybe I should but that was many years ago...
You're spot on with that.. I bought the bike late last fall from a guy who didn't ride it, who bought it from a guy who didn't ride it.. (maybe because it was hard to start?:))

I bought it through eBay, and when I went to pay and pick the bike up, the guy sent me on a test ride.. I noticed very heavy steering and figured I'd sort it out when I got home (Central KY, back to the IL/WI state line).
I got home to find both tires at 18psi.. Sluggish steering issue solved.. Luckily, the 3 mile test ride was the furthest it went that day, since I hauled it back home in the back of my truck, as I didn't want to bother anyone with a 8 hour ride to the bike so I could ride it home.

:11a:

And the funny thing is, the last time I changed a diaphram in a Bing carb was on my 1978 R100S, about 15 years ago, and for the same reason.. Previous owner wasn't riding the bike much.
 

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After getting the KLR last summer and leaving the BMW to sunny Sundays the grounds started to corrode and act up a bit on the BMW after never having a problem all these years. Making it point to ride the BMW more this year and its doing better :) KLR is doing better since changing the doo last winter and finding a broken spring which by the sound of the engine was broke when I bought the bike last yr...:):):)


nice trout by the way...
 

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Yo Dan
How about flash freezing a few of those trout and sending them out to me:)
Tom, you've got those big trout in your back yard.. Salmon... These are little buggers...

On the other hand, (man, I'm way off topic now) I'm currently in Maine this week and managed to find time to munch down a 2 1/2# Lobster on Monday... That's good Eatin!!!:)
 

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Tom, you've got those big trout in your back yard.. Salmon... These are little buggers...

On the other hand, (man, I'm way off topic now) I'm currently in Maine this week and managed to find time to munch down a 2 1/2# Lobster on Monday... That's good Eatin!!!:)
you down Scarborough way or up in a mill?
 

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I used to live in Winslow, across the Kennebec from Waterville.

There was a Scott paper mill right next to the high school; it had a huge chip pile. Every once and again they'd lose a driver and Caterpiller in the pile.

We used to win football games easily because our opponents would choke on the sulfur fumes that blew in from the mill.

Chinet was up the river a ways, but I don't remember if their processing stunk the place up.

I heard they tore the dam out that was just upriver form the old Hathaway shirt factory and let the river return to what it was like 100 years ago. I fgure the pollution that was there when I was a kid must have cleared out by now. Never could fish that river.

Tom
 

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I used to live in Winslow, across the Kennebec from Waterville.

There was a Scott paper mill right next to the high school; it had a huge chip pile. Every once and again they'd lose a driver and Caterpiller in the pile.

We used to win football games easily because our opponents would choke on the sulfur fumes that blew in from the mill.

Chinet was up the river a ways, but I don't remember if their processing stunk the place up.

I heard they tore the dam out that was just upriver form the old Hathaway shirt factory and let the river return to what it was like 100 years ago. I fgure the pollution that was there when I was a kid must have cleared out by now. Never could fish that river.

Tom
The dam was out the last time I sat on the deck of the Lobster Trap in Winslow, about 8 months ago..
 

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I used to live in Winslow, across the Kennebec from Waterville.

There was a Scott paper mill right next to the high school; it had a huge chip pile. Every once and again they'd lose a driver and Caterpiller in the pile.

We used to win football games easily because our opponents would choke on the sulfur fumes that blew in from the mill.

Chinet was up the river a ways, but I don't remember if their processing stunk the place up.

I heard they tore the dam out that was just upriver form the old Hathaway shirt factory and let the river return to what it was like 100 years ago. I fgure the pollution that was there when I was a kid must have cleared out by now. Never could fish that river.

Tom
Maine rivers are cleaning up nicely from the age of "big paper". The Penobscot is becoming a nationally recogniized bass river. And the Androscoggin over near the NH border is producing some nice rainbows and browns. Of course the economy is in the tank and mill towns are struggling but all the laid off, underemployed mill workers have plenty of time to fish....:mad0235:

Paper- when you get near Bucksport, if you have time in the evening, I live just out side Bangor and can't ride the KLR and BMW at the same time.
 
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