Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lighthouses of Maine

Photo essay part 3: The lighthouses of Maine

I should probably just call this Pemiquid point and two other lighthouses we found in Portland.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Bug Light, mouth of the Fore River

more Pemaquid Point
Two Lights State Park
Cape Elezibeth Lighthouse, Two Lights State Park
photo credit: Mrs North

Mrs North by the sea

more Pemaquid Point

there's a theme here


the beach at Pemiquid Point

Mrs North's contribution to the beach.

The view from the light at Pemiquid Point

Maine is truly the land of "that one little out-of-the-way, hole-in-the-wall, detour that led to something great." If you ever go, try not to plan too much. One maybe two concrete plans a day is a good pace.

- Ride North

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Good night St Paul

- Ride North

XS 500: oil filter adapters (an update)

* UPDATE  10/10/2017*

Brad's FilterFix

I checked in with Brad about the availability of his FilterFix, here's what he had to say, "I just sold the last one I had about two weeks ago, [Sept. 2017] and it looks like that will be it for now. "

Brad followed up with a post to the forum thanking everyone who purchased the now limited edition FilterFix:


It appears that the Tru-Vantage is no longer available. From CrouchyUK, the forum admin, "...was marketing the Tur-Vantage adapter for someone else- I am sure I read somewhere he can no longer get them."  I looked around and it appears to be no longer available.

I just have to say that this is a hobby not a business and many thank yous to Brad and Uncle Fuzz for going way out of your way to have these parts manufactured and all the logistics it takes getting them sold and delivered.

It appears that the torch is available.

In the mean time, keep an eye out on ebay for NOS adapters. (part number are below) and/or change your oil frequently to get the most out of your old-OS filters.

- RideNorth

See the original post here: 

The parts:

the kit:     99999-02689-00
adapter:   371-13447-09
plate:       90201-422F3
gasket:     371-13449-11
o-ring:     93210-45578
oil filter:  Fram PH6607 (Yamaha 3FV-13440-00 will not fit)
drain plug gasket/ crush washer: 256-15353-00-00

Monday, October 9, 2017

The shacks of Maine

Photo "essay" part 2: the shacks of Maine

The tumble-down shacks of Maine are an attraction in their own right. (and probably out of my price range) The locals are wondering why this nut is taking pictures of their homes. It's a little creepy but the everyday architecture of a place is a constant reminder that you are away.


A B&B - recorded for a future trip

View from the B&B

Breakfast pie in Portland.

Part 3 is on its way. Thanks for tuning in.

- Ride North

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Riding in the rain

I've got who, what, where, and why locked up but when is a cruel mistress. Sometimes you just need to get out for an hour or two. Actually, I love riding in the rain. I like how it smells. Anyone can walk outside on a sunny day and see a blue sky but when the clouds roll in things get interesting.

Camper cabins available for rent through Dakota County Parks.

For the majority of the ride it was just a gentle rain and some spectacular clouds. I did get caught out in a downpour on the way back but it wasn't too bad. It’s all just an elaborate ruse to make the coffee taste better.

carpe diem!

- Ride North

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The docks of Maine

Not really a "riding" post, but north none the less.

Mr. & Mrs. North
August 2017
5 days Thursday - Monday
Flight into Boston
3 cylinder rental car to Portland, ME
Air B&B (yep, we rented someone's bedroom)

If you ever get a chance to go to Maine, take it.

Photo "essay" part 1: the docks of Maine

Maine is the land of hidden gems.

- Ride North