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Offline Ingramite

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New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« on: August 02, 2017, 01:15:20 am »
Hello everyone-

My name is Tom and I live between Ingram and Hunt Texas, along the Guadalupe River.

I am picking my (new to me) Connie on Saturday. A beautiful red ABS model
I'm a long time rider that is new to sport touring. My background is on Harleys but most lately, an Indian Vintage.

From lurking for a few days, I'm impressed with all of the information and activities.
It seems like a very friendly and also active place. Lots to learn too.

Hey, a National Rally right here in my own backyard....how is that for timing?
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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2017, 12:36:50 pm »
I recently traded a Harley for my C14. You're going to love that liquid cooled motor in this Texas heat!

I live in San Antonio and venture out into the hill country from time to time. Beautiful country out there.

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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2017, 01:05:12 pm »
Welcome, Tom! You live in a beautiful part of Texas. Every spring around the first of April we have the Wildflower ride there. We stay at the River Inn Resort and have a couple of meals there together. We ride the Three Sisters, the Willow City Loop and go up to Llano for that great Cooper's barbecue. Check out the calendar for events. This fall there is an annual ride in Arkansas and another one in Big Bend.
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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2017, 01:34:33 pm »
Hello everyone-

My name is Tom and I live between Ingram and Hunt Texas, along the Guadalupe River.

I am picking my (new to me) Connie on Saturday. A beautiful red ABS model
I'm a long time rider that is new to sport touring. My background is on Harleys but most lately, an Indian Vintage.

From lurking for a few days, I'm impressed with all of the information and activities.
It seems like a very friendly and also active place. Lots to learn too.

Hey, a National Rally right here in my own backyard....how is that for timing?

Looking forward to meeting you and seeing you new scoot! :motonoises:

If you can, come join us for Big Bend in October, or a possible RTE to Coopers in Llano...I know you love riding on FM 783 with all the loose bovines!!!!

Ride free,

Craig
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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2017, 08:21:26 pm »
I recently traded a Harley for my C14. You're going to love that liquid cooled motor in this Texas heat!

I live in San Antonio and venture out into the hill country from time to time. Beautiful country out there.

I sure won't miss that V-Twin heat pump. lol
I commute everyday to the south side of San Antonio....Von Ormy.
If it wasn't so beautiful here I would be complaining about the long haul.

I'm a little concerned about the seating position on the C-14 as I am accustomed to the cruiser posture.
I know it will sort out with a few farkels and a little reading here to get things dialed in.

Thanks for the welcome!
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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2017, 08:29:12 pm »
Welcome, Tom! You live in a beautiful part of Texas. Every spring around the first of April we have the Wildflower ride there. We stay at the River Inn Resort and have a couple of meals there together. We ride the Three Sisters, the Willow City Loop and go up to Llano for that great Cooper's barbecue. Check out the calendar for events. This fall there is an annual ride in Arkansas and another one in Big Bend.

Yes, I know all of those spots well.
My favorite BBQ (besides my own) is a little place out on FM 1340, called Buddy's BBQ.
They are only open on Friday aqnd Saturday afternoons until they run out.

My maiden voyage on my C-14 will be from Austin to Hunt this Saturday.
I can't wait. I will be riding my Indian up there to trade it in and will be returning on Miss Scarlett....2014 in Cardinal Red
Luckily for me, I've never been much for the Pirate costumes of the V-Twin crowd, so I should be set from a wardrobe standpoint
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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2017, 08:43:53 pm »
Hello everyone-

My name is Tom and I live between Ingram and Hunt Texas, along the Guadalupe River.

I am picking my (new to me) Connie on Saturday. A beautiful red ABS model
I'm a long time rider that is new to sport touring. My background is on Harleys but most lately, an Indian Vintage.

From lurking for a few days, I'm impressed with all of the information and activities.
It seems like a very friendly and also active place. Lots to learn too.

Hey, a National Rally right here in my own backyard....how is that for timing?

Looking forward to meeting you and seeing you new scoot! :motonoises:

If you can, come join us for Big Bend in October, or a possible RTE to Coopers in Llano...I know you love riding on FM 783 with all the loose bovines!!!!

Ride free,

Craig

Hi Craig -

We have deer like people in the city have pigeons and rats.
I begin my daily commute into San Antonio before dawn every morning and I lose count of the number of deer that I see along the shoulder of Interstate 10.
In this little development where I live the people hand feed them and they become like yard dogs. When I pull up in the driveway they come running. Crazy.

This is a destination area.
Winter Texans and snowbirds in the cool months and campers and tourists in the warm months.
Every week end it is a different group, may be a Corvette Club one weekend and Packards the next weekend.
And challenging roads? Boy howdy. I ride most of them on weekdays afternoons to avoid the crowds of visitors on the weekends.

We moved here about 3 years ago from New Orleans and we love it.
I'm looking forward to meeting you too.
Thanks for the welcome
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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2017, 09:01:40 pm »
Well, looks like I may finally have found some C-14 riding buddies.  I live in SA and ride almost exclusively in the Hill Country.  Most of my riding is by myself cause it's hard to find good riding partners.  Once you get settled in on your new bike, we will set up a ride and hopefully Haring_Araw can meet up as well.

Call me excited!! :-\ :-\ :-\

Steve
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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2017, 10:39:46 pm »
Well, looks like I may finally have found some C-14 riding buddies.  I live in SA and ride almost exclusively in the Hill Country.  Most of my riding is by myself cause it's hard to find good riding partners.  Once you get settled in on your new bike, we will set up a ride and hopefully Haring_Araw can meet up as well.

Call me excited!! :-\ :-\ :-\

Steve

That's great Steve!
I can't wait to get this chapter of the book started.
I spent about 15 minutes on a C-14 last weekend and it was a totally different experience for me.
The seating position was slightly leaning forward with weight on the bars....not used to that.
Once I got up to about 60mph with the windscreen all the way down it felt pretty good.
The smooth power, wow. I didn't really crank on it either.

I'm looking forward to meeting you too.
Thanks for the welcome
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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2017, 11:07:53 pm »
Let the fun begin!!   There are tons of farkels you can add to your bike to customize it to your liking.  If you have been lurking the forum, you have no doubt already heard about Steve's Flash.  Highly recommend it.  As far as the leaning forward, you can install bar risers if you want to sit a little straighter up.  One of the first things I did was add the AST risers which bring the bars up and back.  Made it much more comfortable for me.  The list just goes on and on.  But hey, that's part of the fun of owning a bike and COG is a treasure trove of ideas.

Looking forward to meeting you and enjoy the ride home from Austin.

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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2017, 02:15:21 pm »
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I can't wait to get this chapter of the book started.

Sounds like a plan ...  man. 

Knowing that your region is hosting the National Rally next year, and you want lots of C14 input from the experts... you should join COG!

You get a ton of benefits that focus specifically on mods and tweaks to the bike, as well as riders (on lots of different bikes) in your region to ride with, chat with, even call for emergencies.  The motto is .... Come for the bike, stay for the people.

Welcome to a great chapter !!!   :)

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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2017, 01:10:51 pm »
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I can't wait to get this chapter of the book started.

Sounds like a plan ...  man. 

Knowing that your region is hosting the National Rally next year, and you want lots of C14 input from the experts... you should join COG!

You get a ton of benefits that focus specifically on mods and tweaks to the bike, as well as riders (on lots of different bikes) in your region to ride with, chat with, even call for emergencies.  The motto is .... Come for the bike, stay for the people.

Welcome to a great chapter !!!   :)

Thanks for the warm welcome and also the sales pitch.
I didn't realize it was necessary to proceed past the introductory membership, but you got me thinking and reading.

Then there was my ride home from Austin yesterday.
My ride into the dealership to trade in my Indian vintage was bittersweet.
She was a beautiful showboat that never failed to turn heads and get thumbs up from passing cars.
Tons of leather and chrome spoke wheels with whitewalls.....lots of work to keep nice.

I have to admit, I was having second and third thoughts about my move to a Connie.
Was I acting too fast? Had I really thought this thing through?
After all, I have been a Harley guy for over 30 years and then an Indian guy for only 3 years.
The net sum was my whole life spent kicked back with my feet out in front of me.

Can you spell trepidation?
I had about a two and a half hours to talk myself out of what I was about to do.
I must have gotten a dozen thumbs up, some pictures taken of all my fringe fluttering in the wind.
One old guy at my fuel stop had to tell me about the 1940's Chief that he courted his wife on after the war.

When I got to the dealership my red Connie (Miss Scarlett) was waiting for me.
I walked up and she asked me "what in the hell has taken you so long?"
Tapping her toe, like I was long late for a date. Like she had been waiting for me to get to where I was yesterday morning.
Waiting for years.

I threw a leg over her and instantly missed the rumble and shake of my V-Twin childhood.
Her handlebars were narrow and her pegs high.
A quick rap of her throttle was like a bee sting.
I was sitting up so high that my feet could just barely flatfoot.....what in the hell was I doing?

Then she took my hand and led me to the freeway.

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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2017, 02:11:23 pm »
Another Texan!! Yahooo!!!

Welcome Ingramite, your gonna like it here!!
Pretty soon, Rev will be along to say hello. He lived in the area for many years.

I see you picked the best C-14;  2014/Cardinal Red...
Looks almost like mine. Add farkles and it will be an even closer match..
  {I just happen to have a few suggestions}

NOTE: On the ride position, don't change anything until you get some miles in the seat.

One of the things we might miss on the welcomes is to invite new folks to join the club.
Maybe that's our error, but we try not to be pushy.

Being pushy; I highly recommend you {and your new San Antonio buddies} join COG and become COGgers.
                    Worth every penny and it helps pay for some of the COG expenses. {For instance this Forum}

NOTE: I'll be in Kerrville in early/mid Oct for a Model T Ford Rally.
           We're staying at the YO that week. (Oct 11 - 14)
          Come on by and say hello. {Have you ever rode in a 100 year old car?)
               We can do a ride in the "T", swap stories about our bikes, I can tell ya about COG, drink a cold beer, and talk bad
                about Steve, Rev, and Craig.. <evil grin>
                                             >:D

Ride safe, Ted
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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2017, 11:58:32 am »
I think I better show up just to keep Ted in check.  He has been known to exaggerate slightly  :) :).  Ted, are you going to bring your Connie or is this strictly a Model T weekend?  Temps should hopefully be a bit cooler by then, so we could get some riding in. 

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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2017, 02:20:55 pm »
I never exaggerate nor lie.
I merely tell the truth, "my way"...    :great:

This is the original Texas "T" Party. {We started calling it that before it became political}
I won't have the bike. We'll be driving the cars every day.
Should be about 80 T's there this year.

If ya'll can make it, let me know and I'll be looking for you. I'll have cold beer in the trailer..
Most there will know me if you ask at the Motel, or look for me at the car/trailer.
   My car is a blue 1912 with white tires.

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Re: New guy in The Texas Hill Country
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2017, 07:27:50 pm »
I never exaggerate nor lie.
I merely tell the truth, "my way"...    :great:

This is the original Texas "T" Party. {We started calling it that before it became political}
I won't have the bike. We'll be driving the cars every day.
Should be about 80 T's there this year.

If ya'll can make it, let me know and I'll be looking for you. I'll have cold beer in the trailer..
Most there will know me if you ask at the Motel, or look for me at the car/trailer.
   My car is a blue 1912 with white tires.

Ride safe, Ted

That sounds great Ted.
I'm looking forward to it!
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