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Riding => Maxi Scoots => Topic started by: redeye on October 26, 2019, 05:13:49 PM



Title: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on October 26, 2019, 05:13:49 PM
While driving through Alabama, minding my own business  :crazyeyes, I suddenly heard and felt a gentle thud from the bed of my Dodge pickup truck. Unexpectedly, a 2009 Yamaha TMax descended from the sky and landed in the correct position on the truck bed, then connected all of the appropriate straps for the journey back to Georgia.

(https://i.imgur.com/s0qcrU3.jpg)

The parts about driving in Alabama and the journey back to Georgia are true. As some may have surmised already, much of the first paragraph is a tad fanciful. However, the pictured TMax has now joined the 'Yamaherd' in north Georgia along with my Morphous and FZ-09.

(https://i.imgur.com/t39ncCK.jpg)

Most likely, the convenient but unattractive top box will disappear soon. With a plate that expired last October, the TMax was parked for a year according to the seller. Lots of TLC and services are just ahead, and I'm looking forward to a long ride.




Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: CathyN on October 26, 2019, 06:54:46 PM
Nice looking TMax redeye.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Expat47 on October 26, 2019, 07:29:28 PM
Wow!! You had me fooled about where that scoot came from.
Congrats on the new BLUE ride.
You know, blue is the fastest color afterall.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: minimac on October 26, 2019, 08:22:57 PM
Looking good!  With the limited underseat storage, I'd leave the top case, unless you really hate it.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: jdbrot on October 26, 2019, 11:44:56 PM
Congratulations!


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Virginian on October 27, 2019, 12:33:28 AM
That's awesome, you're going to love it!


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on October 27, 2019, 02:10:41 PM
Looking good!  With the limited underseat storage, I'd leave the top case, unless you really hate it.

Good thought. I'll remove the top box, but keep it in storage for future reconsideration.

Wow!! You had me fooled about where that scoot came from.

OK, neat. I wanted to keep the story close to the edge of believable Very Happy.

All, thank you for your comments and observations. This is my first MC/scooter purchase since 2013.
Insurance is already in place. I'll visit the county office for title transfer and registration tomorrow.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Maggie on October 27, 2019, 03:22:47 PM
Awesome!!!


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Maggie on October 27, 2019, 03:23:47 PM
PS: Get rid of that hideous TBox.   Sell it and replace with:

https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-4B5-W0750-00-00-Console-Bag-TMAX/dp/B007CMQC06 (https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-4B5-W0750-00-00-Console-Bag-TMAX/dp/B007CMQC06)


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on October 27, 2019, 08:28:24 PM
Five bolts and an electrical connection, and the top box removal was simple... and easily reversible.

(https://i.imgur.com/4s8pGAI.jpg)

Wasn't sure what to do with the top box bracket mounting bolts behind the seat, so I ran them back in finger tight to the rubber washers that formerly separated the tupperware from the top box bracket. Two of the bolts were unexpectedly long, three inches or so.

My guess is there's a permanently secured bracket where those bolts attached and, if I can find some plastic caps or something similar for the tupperware, the bracket won't be free to move about or rattle without the bolts in their current position. The three bolt heads are easily visible.

A service manual is on the way, but if anyone has knowledge of the TMax underseat structure, I will appreciate any information on the bolt bracket.

The rear tupperware, light lenses, etc. all returned to a bright shine with Honda Detailer spray. There are a few flaws in the paint, but a tube of touch-up paint with the tiny paint brush included should render them barely noticeable.

PS: Get rid of that hideous TBox.   Sell it and replace with:

Thank you for the link. That's a nice idea.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Expat47 on October 28, 2019, 06:43:53 AM
I've got a great big Yamaha dealer right down the street if you need some small parts give me a shout.

Have you YouTubed "Tmax Top Box"?

youtubed v. to have done a search or watched a video on the internet site YouTube


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: sailingskier on October 28, 2019, 01:19:40 PM
Nice addition .... congrats !

So -  fun, fun, fun to come; and no T-Bird involved ... but a T-Max instead.

Mike


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Virginian on October 28, 2019, 07:11:09 PM
I'm fairly familiar with the '09 Tmax as I've resurrected one from the grave. You are missing several parts that were removed to accommodate the topbox.

Here's a quick glace off the top of my head.

2 - #21
1 - #18
1 - #19
1 - #22
2 - #23

(https://photos.smugmug.com/09-Yamaha-Tmax/i-ThPqFW5/0/60b380db/XL/Tmax1-XL.png) (https://ejohnson-photography.smugmug.com/09-Yamaha-Tmax/i-ThPqFW5/A)

https://www.partzilla.com/catalog/yamaha/scooter/2009/tmax-xp500yl/side-cover (https://www.partzilla.com/catalog/yamaha/scooter/2009/tmax-xp500yl/side-cover)

Ask away and I'll do my best to help you.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on October 29, 2019, 06:05:04 PM
Thank you for the information and offers of assistance. I truly appreciate them and will have more to do 'down the road.'

The TMax is now officially a street legal Georgia resident, rolling through the inspection process with ease. 'Ease' means this part of Georgia has no vehicle inspection, at registration or any time periodically, for any reason. Provide the properly signed title, proof of liability insurance, then pay the initial registration fee, title fee, and plate fee, and off you go until registration renewal time.

(https://i.imgur.com/ofnYA2M.jpg)

*** TMax in Blue Ridge ***

(https://i.imgur.com/Xf2wHiB.jpg)

The top of the service list included engine oil and filter replacement, immediately followed by replacing the final drive oil, done yesterday and this morning. The other fluids will receive attention soon, and the front tire tread isn't far above the wear bars. The age and octane of the 1/4 tank of gasoline were unknown, so 1.5 gallons of fresh 93 octane E0 went in.

The TMax seems to run a bit better, but I will readily admit that's what I want to believe. Might just be wishful thinking.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: klaviator on October 30, 2019, 06:24:51 PM
Nice!  I think the Tail box looks good and would just leave it on.  It's so nice to be able to park and just put your helmet, glove and maybe jacket into the box and walk away.  I'd never have a scooter without a top box. 


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Expat47 on October 30, 2019, 06:33:14 PM
Nice!  I think the Tail box looks good and would just leave it on.  It's so nice to be able to park and just put your helmet, glove and maybe jacket into the box and walk away.  I'd never have a scooter without a top box. 

My machines have all done shopping duty and other sundried hauling jobs as was required so the top box is a standard, must have, item. Currently I've got a 43ltr model and it just qualifies as enough.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Spike on November 02, 2019, 04:20:23 AM
Congrats on the Yamaha 3-fer.  I like the T-max as well (maybe someday)...


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on November 02, 2019, 03:45:19 PM
Thank you for the continued comments and suggestions.
A final configuration for the TMax is still in the works, but considering and trying different ideas helps a lot.
An issue attracting attention very early in my ownership is the tall windscreen.

I recall a similarly tall windscreen on my Honda Silverwing years ago, helpful on cold mornings but otherwise much less.
My Morphous has the very short stock screen again, with the fairly tall Cee Bailey windscreen long gone.
My FZ-09 has no windscreen and, after six years of ownership, I have no interest in adding one.

Unlike many riders' preference, tall windscreens don't suit me well.
For another reversible change, I notice a 'TMax Windscreen Delete' video on YouTube and follow the author's steps.

Off comes the tall windscreen...
(https://i.imgur.com/uJgAmfc.jpg)

The disassembled appearance reminds me of 'Toothless' from 'How to Train Your Dragon'...
(https://i.imgur.com/EYCdlCz.jpg)

With all except the windscreen reinstalled, a road test confirms my preference for windscreen-less operation at all speeds.

For now, the tall windscreen goes into storage, awaiting a final decision...
(https://i.imgur.com/JRDlIZ2.jpg)

However, I expect the final configuration to include a dark tint cover that extends a couple inches past the TMax's gauges.

maxi-scoots.com includes great TMax posts over the years, many of them from Skutorr, EZMark, plus a few others.
Thank you for your thoughts, observations, and contributions; I find them very helpful.




Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Virginian on November 02, 2019, 08:13:41 PM
Okay, the toothless dragon analogy made me LOL. Looking good.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: EZMark on November 02, 2019, 08:42:20 PM
One tip for messing with the windshield.
When you tighten those plastic screws around that rubber apron, grab your screwdriver by the shaft, not the handle.
If you use the screwdriver handle, you will still have too much torque and strip those little suckers.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: SilverBullet on November 02, 2019, 11:20:42 PM
Congrats Steve!!


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Navydad on November 04, 2019, 02:25:30 AM
I was just through Fannin County three weeks ago riding from Maggie Valley to the Barber Museum. Nice riding in that area. Congrats on the T-Max. I have an 09 with 33,000 miles on it and I love it. I have the Yamaha luggage rack and backrest on mine which makes installing and removing the Givi trunk a ten second ordeal. It seems things like luggage racks, backrests, and windshields are hard to come by for these great scoots. I prefer a taller shield, but then it's probably due to the cooler weather we get in Ohio. That shield is like the Dodo bird so keep it around. I am always have my eyes open for T-Max parts or accessories.




















(https://i.postimg.cc/sGXwW8nH/tmax.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sGXwW8nH)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nXccD1Zj/trip2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/nXccD1Zj)


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Maggie on November 05, 2019, 05:13:33 PM
One more thought.... do you know if the fuel pump has been replaced??

http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=2500.msg39783#msg39783 (http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=2500.msg39783#msg39783)


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on November 05, 2019, 05:37:54 PM
One more thought.... do you know if the fuel pump has been replaced??

[url]http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=2500.msg39783#msg39783[/url] ([url]http://maxi-scoots.com/scoot/index.php?topic=2500.msg39783#msg39783[/url])

No, and thank you for the link. I'll ask the local Yamaha shop to review the service history.

One tip for messing with the windshield.
When you tighten those plastic screws around that rubber apron, grab your screwdriver by the shaft, not the handle.
If you use the screwdriver handle, you will still have too much torque and strip those little suckers.

Thank you. I have 'beheaded' a couple of those screws on my Morphous over the years. One of the screws in the TMax was already headless upon disassembly, but removal was fast work for the needle nose pliers. Also, two or three of the TMax's screws were missing, so I need to replenish my supply of them. Holding the screwdriver by the shaft is a great tip for tightening.

I have the Yamaha luggage rack and backrest on mine which makes installing and removing the Givi trunk a ten second ordeal.

The Yamaha luggage rack on your TMax looks much better than mine, and the backrest is neat.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on November 30, 2019, 03:26:14 PM
Several weeks of waiting finally brings results as a new, very nicely packaged TMax wind deflector arrives from an overseas purchase. On a pleasant day after Thanksgiving, I unpack the deflector and perform the installation.

(https://i.imgur.com/ivjge8z.jpg)

The deflector, rising to roughly the same height as the stock mirrors, suits my preference.

(https://i.imgur.com/EmgPDB8.jpg)

The deflector's price is more than agreeable, controlling the outlay on a 10+ year old ride.

(https://i.imgur.com/XUt5OJB.jpg)

On the highway, the deflector performs quite well, allowing the expected air flow to my torso and pleasingly little to my helmet.

During installation, I notice some missing fasteners under the front fender, exhausting my garage supply of 6mm nylon rivets before replacing all of the missing ones. A new batch is already on the way!

So far, so good. Noticeably different than my FZ-09 and Morphous, the TMax is an excellent ride and should prove a long-term addition to the Yamaherd.




Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Expat47 on November 30, 2019, 03:50:32 PM
Looks good & the tint should keep your identity well hidden from prying eyes.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: SilverBullet on December 02, 2019, 12:11:30 AM
Looks really nice on that bike!  :2tu:


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Skutorr on December 04, 2019, 03:26:54 AM
Now go for flush Euro turn signals to finish the look!


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Dan on April 13, 2020, 06:49:46 PM
I know it's an older post but I did not realize you got a new scoot, Redeye.  Love your choice, the TMax has always been my favorite and I love what you've done by removing the top box and putting on the shorter screen, looks great.  And just a bit of trivia, the Maxi-Scoot logo is a profile of a TMax.  Happy riding.

Oh, and "Yamaherd", thanks for the giggle.  I either have a Hondasaki or a Kawaonda herd.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on April 14, 2020, 10:24:05 PM
I know it's an older post but I did not realize you got a new scoot, Redeye.  Love your choice, the TMax has always been my favorite and I love what you've done by removing the top box and putting on the shorter screen, looks great.  And just a bit of trivia, the Maxi-Scoot logo is a profile of a TMax.  Happy riding.

Oh, and "Yamaherd", thanks for the giggle.  I either have a Hondasaki or a Kawaonda herd.

Dan, although a few years have passed, I recall you adding the TMax profile to this site. A great addition!

Bringing an older post up to date can be very interesting. And I haven’t been very active here recently, so a few updates follow. After removing the top box, installing the deflector, and some routine services, the mostly worn front tire experienced a puncture. With replacement moving from high priority to top of the list, and pleased with Pirelli Angel GT tires on the FZ-09 over the years, I decided on a Pirelli Angel as the TMax’s replacement front tire.

(https://i.imgur.com/nZeGioJ.jpg)

The TMax also received a pair of ‘auxiliary springs’ for the gas-operated seat struts, which essentially restores the functionality of the depleted (gassed out?) gas cylinders. The springs are apparently more durable than a replacement set of gas struts, which in turn fail in other owners’ experience. Many thanks to Skutorr for posting a description of this inexpensive and effective repair.

(https://i.imgur.com/g7vBOsA.jpg)

I have held off on other TMax modifications, not wanting to add much more on what started out as an inexpensive initial purchase. I canceled my plan to powder coat the wheels, although similar work on the Morphous looks great. A tube of touch-up paint is on the way but, for now anyway, future expenses are limited to maintenance and repairs. This decision is subject to change at any time.  Very Happy

On some of the fantastic roads in this area, the Angel front tire performes superbly, as many other tires brands would surely do. As always, a new front tire inspires confidence, and with little doubt the TMax's performance capability exceeds this rider's skill level. How-some-ever, on a couple occasions, riders of a certain type of motorcycle endeavor to ‘test’ the nearby 'lowly' scooter’s capability. Confessing a ‘measure of pleasure’, I usually find the results amusing.

On the other hand, the Morphous attracts just as much attention in Georgia as anywhere else. But the Morphous’ acceleration is little threat to anyone’s vehicular pride on the highway except mine. With my high-viz gear and the Morph’s brilliant stripes and wheels, we look like little else on the road.

(https://i.imgur.com/ChBOouo.jpg)

Not long ago, I am waiting at a red light in the right lane of the highway passing through Blue Ridge. A few seconds later, a Georgia State Patrol Dodge Charger pulls up next to me in the passing lane. Although not really much of a ‘car guy’, I consider these cruisers/interceptors to be among the coolest looking law enforcement vehicles, and I cast an admiring, nodding gaze from front to rear.

(https://i.imgur.com/hmqcb2y.jpg)

The light turns green, and we accelerate towards the posted 55 MPH speed limit. In my peripheral vision, I notice the trooper making no effort to pass me. With a head turn toward him, and noting his head turn with a smile toward me, both of us still below the speed limit, I initiate a series of exaggerated but simulated throttle twists, as though challenging him.

In return, the trooper nudges his gas pedal, audibly increasing the Charger’s exhaust note and causing just a bit of front end lift, but for a moment we’re still side by side in what must be the silliest looking non-race in recent memory. Returning my wave, he accelerates and proceeds to complete the pass and continue his patrol.

A minor event in the grand scheme of things, but this made my day. For many reasons, I'm very happy living here in north Georgia.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Expat47 on April 15, 2020, 07:09:03 AM
Thanks for the ride-along.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on April 17, 2020, 12:30:52 AM
Thanks for the ride-along.

You're welcome!

The month of April continues to be a good one for servicing and preparing the Yamaherd. After the TMax's service, the FZ-09's number comes up for tire replacement. With a refreshing supply of Pibb Zero on hand and Electric Light Orchestra booming from the bluetooth speaker, off comes the rear tire/wheel. Don't Bring Me Down!

(https://i.imgur.com/KC8bwkA.jpg)

The tire tread is into the wear bars, farther than I usually let them go. Normally I would spoon the tires off and on, then balance them myself. However, our local Yamaha dealer offers fast service via 'no contact' drop-off, pay by phone, and pick-up. A couple of hours and less than $24 later, the mounted and balanced tire/wheel returns to my possession, ready for final installation on the FZ-09.

Except for the originals years ago, I use Pirelli Angel GT tires and almost choose the same model again. After contemplating and almost rejecting the additional $30 expense, I accept an offer on the Angel GT II.

(https://i.imgur.com/juiKBer.jpg)

Returning my attention to the TMax, I remove the rear cover and re-visit the hardware that would hold the top box rack in place. After a couple of months, I'm increasingly sure this option isn't for me. However, the top box, rack, and mounting hardware are on a nearby shelf... just in case. The top box appears in the first photo of this post, visible above the TMax's left mirror and deflector.

(https://i.imgur.com/qwrKvjk.jpg)

Removing the rear cover, I expect to find three unused threaded openings, which is exactly what I find. Two of them are part of the hardware attaching the seat to the frame. This must not continue. The original bolts are nowhere in sight, which isn't surprising after the rack removal.

(https://i.imgur.com/TDUj0Eu.jpg)

Time for the containers of miscellaneous small hardware to come out for inspection. They contain nuts, bolts, screws, etc. from scrapped or discarded items over the years but have, although not always, an unfortunate tendency to be incompatible with whatever current project may be underway.

However, fortune smiles today! The black button head bolt, pictured with the yellow arrow, matches the thread and hex socket size of originals in the TMax. An empty opening, pictured with the white arrow, and its partner on the right side but out of view, receive their matching bolts from the containers of treasure.

Motorcycle TLC makes social distancing much less of a burden! And... the Morphous is calling...  Very Happy


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on April 22, 2020, 01:20:50 AM
Many of my rides since moving to Georgia include crossing the North Carolina and Tennessee state lines before returning home. One of my new favorites is today's ride around Blue Ridge Lake, just over 30 miles, all within Fannin County. The roughly circular ride starts southward on Aska Road to the lake’s west, about a mile from the Old US 76 intersection in Blue Ridge. Riding the TMax through the ‘Aska Adventure Area’ provides a nice warm-up, with rolling hills and moderate curves, a useful preparation for more challenging road features farther ahead.

Although not yet a Georgia resident for a full year, I am familiar with an increasing number of landmarks along the Toccoa River. These include opportunities for tubing, kayaking, hiking, bicycling and cabin rentals. Restaurants and stores are also available, but not in great numbers. However, the city of Blue Ridge requires only a modest drive for a greater range of options.

Now south of Blue Ridge Lake and traveling east, I stop at Van Zandt’s Store. Mary and I met the owners and enjoyed a delicious lunch in late 2019, just prior to the store’s closure for the season. The store, as with the businesses mentioned previously, is still closed, and traffic in the area is minimal. A return visit to Van Zandt’s upon reopening is high on the priority list.

(https://i.imgur.com/8iwjuHb.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/W14esmS.jpg)

Leaving Van Zandt’s Store, I cross the Toccoa River and soon pass two motorcycles parked on the side of the road. Their dismounted riders/passengers and I pleasantly exchange waves on my way to the Route 60 highway intersection. This section of highway connects Suches and Morganton. One day, hopefully very soon, I will turn right towards Suches, but today a left turn towards Morganton continues the circle around Blue Ridge Lake. On several occasions, the highway provides fast, straight approaches to much lower speed curves.

(https://i.imgur.com/Vhfvr2C.jpg)

I now coach myself rather than students with phrases from Basic Rider Course classes; turn your head, press and lean, look though the turn, and others. And they work! Farther ahead, a few miles from Morganton, a series of increasingly sharp curves await, so ride your own ride. On the last section of highway prior to Morganton, I spot a wonderful photo opportunity and a safe area to stop.

(https://i.imgur.com/1pgatAP.jpg)

This photo looks toward home in the distance. Just as my cell phone returns to my jacket pocket, I hear a motorcycle approaching on Route 60. The engine sound doesn’t seem quite right out here, and the rider turns out to be a youngster on probably no more than a 100cc trail bike. He seems to be King of the Road for a few moments, and with so little traffic perhaps indeed he is. Still stopped, I admire his riding technique around the curve near my photo op location. However, my attempt to retrieve the cell phone for another photo was too late.

By the time I return to the highway in the same direction as the trail bike rider, he is gone, so I ride alone into Morganton. The remaining ride is uneventful, but crossing the bridge over the Blue Ridge Lake Dam is always a pleasure. In a few moments, I turn left onto Aska Road, the starting and ending point of today’s adventure.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on April 30, 2020, 02:53:20 AM
The ride around Blue Ridge Lake passes many landmarks and, after my TMax journey, the Morphous is ready to roll. With a much less powerful engine, the Morphous really benefits from not giving up too much speed in curves prior to an uphill section of road. The experience is similar, but enjoyably different, from the same route on the TMax.

A brief detour on my route takes me across the Shallowford Bridge, built in 1918. The steel bridge has a seven ton weight limit, and provides access to many vacation rental cabins along the Toccoa River. All of the cabins are empty for a couple more days, so riding around here is remarkably easy.

(https://i.imgur.com/Nu2vi5i.jpg)

Keeping the wheels on the elevated sections of the bridge deck seems preferable, but I have seen riders on the middle section of similar bridge decks go down when moving to one side or the other.

Three photos of my Morphous on the Shallowford Bridge over the Toccoa River follow:

(https://i.imgur.com/LvEvdN4.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Avg4KOz.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/x8AT4lq.jpg)

Turning around at the other end of the bridge, I stop for one more photo of Shallowford Bridge, looking towards Aska Road.

(https://i.imgur.com/9CW9vEi.jpg)

Another stop at Van Zandt's Store, the same location with my TMax on a previous post, but now with my Morphous.

(https://i.imgur.com/8d8L2cA.jpg)

This is another ride that could go on and on. But there will be more!



Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Expat47 on April 30, 2020, 06:10:02 AM
 :2tu:


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: minimac on April 30, 2020, 04:34:41 PM
Makes me anxious to finish the motor work on my Morphous.  I really like the powdercoated wheels. :2tu:


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Murf on April 30, 2020, 07:37:34 PM
Nice looking ride. I wish Florida rained TMAX's.  Enjoy the day and ride your ass off.  I might upgrade my SW with the GIVI windshield.  My previous SW had on and the weather/wind protection was excellent.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: CathyN on April 30, 2020, 10:58:58 PM
Nice picks redeye.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: klaviator on May 05, 2020, 06:12:27 PM
Hey Redeye, I'll be in your area from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning.  You want to meet up sometime?  


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on May 05, 2020, 09:11:50 PM
Hey Redeye, I'll be in your area from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning.  You want to meet up sometime? 

Sounds like great idea! I'll send my phone number.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on May 09, 2020, 04:52:11 AM
Thursday the 7th is a wonderful spring day in north Georgia. The temperature is a few degrees less than the summer preview warmth from earlier in the week, but near ideal riding weather. Win (klaviator) travels from Alabama to Georgia and visits Steve (not this Steve, but another one), who lives less than 15 minutes from my home. Small world.

After a visit to the local Yamaha dealership, lunch together, and a brief stop to set up our ride, we travel through the Aska Adventure Area and stop for photographs at, among other places, the Shallowford Bridge, a location from one of my recent posts in this thread. Win and Steve are both riding Kymco Like 150i scooters of similar but not identical appearance, as I ride my Yamaha Morphous.

(https://i.imgur.com/QJfqx8Z.jpg)

We proceed to Route 60 and, although the first time for me, we make the right turn onto Route 60 for a fuel stop and then until we reach Two Wheels of Suches. The following photo includes a Kymco Downtown 300i nearest the viewer. Another rider, Doug, joins us at Two Wheels on the 300i for the rest of the ride.

(https://i.imgur.com/Waspug3.jpg)

Two Wheels is still closed, but hopefully the closure ends soon. This place reminds me of Steel Steeds from the 2012 Pennsylvania rally and, even considering the eight year interval, Two Wheels seems the preferable location.

(https://i.imgur.com/cqlxASp.jpg)

After a pleasant visit, the arrival of an additional rider mentioned previously (Doug), and plenty of conversation, we proceed on Route 180 towards Blairsville. My previous rides to Blairsville are limited to four lane highway travel. This ride is much different, with near continuous curves and elevation changes that leave me admiring the other riders' skills... from an increasing distance behind.

For a few minutes on our return to Blue Ridge, Win and I exchange rides. After a few moments addressing the unfamiliar seating position and inadvertently 'testing' the horn, I find the Kymco Like 150i a very impressive ride. Returning to an already familiar section of Route 60 near Morganton, we stop for an additional photo op.

(https://i.imgur.com/SvXorpB.jpg)

Another stop, this time at the Blue Ridge Marina, provides a setting for a 'Morphous of the Lake' moment and more conversation.

(https://i.imgur.com/l87vlln.jpg)

Five or six hours somehow pass unexpectedly fast, and late afternoon arrives. Our ride approaches its end, but this is such a great ride!


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Expat47 on May 09, 2020, 05:54:45 AM
Good stuff! Thanks for the ride-along.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: klaviator on May 11, 2020, 03:43:24 AM
Steve, it was nice meeting you in person.  Here's a few more pics from that day.

A restaurant we could actually eat in....something most of the readers probably can't relate to.

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Hopefully we can do this again before too long.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: minimac on May 12, 2020, 05:08:58 PM
Great shots, guys!  It makes me sorry I couldn't join you  :crying:


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on May 17, 2020, 12:16:55 AM
Saturday provides a warm sunny day, with temperature climbing into the 80s, in north Georgia and southeast Tennessee. The planned short ride on my Morphous turns into a much longer one, with several stops including one on my growing list of favorite places... McCaysville, Georgia.

Looking across the Route 5 bridge in, by a very short distance, Georgia.
(https://i.imgur.com/vFqxSib.jpg)

My Morphous is always ready for a photo!  Very Happy
(https://i.imgur.com/MknZVES.jpg)


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: CathyN on May 17, 2020, 06:44:43 PM
Looks like you had a beautiful day to ride.  Thanks for sharing.  I remember Bob and I riding very close to where you live redeye.  You were just starting to build your house I think.  Or maybe it was earlier but it was close.  Beautiful country down there.


Title: And TMax Makes Three (Tour de Tractor Supply)
Post by: redeye on May 24, 2020, 05:18:07 PM
Saturday the 23rd includes what turns out to be my 'Tour de Tractor Supply'. For Olivia's deployment this summer, including regular shifts in a ship's engine spaces, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy recommends a supply of five canvas utility work pants. Tractor Supply happens to have one of the recommended brands on sale. All we need are four more to go with the one she already owns.

Fortunately, I have an account with Tractor Supply. On Friday, I order them on-line from our local store. Later, the store cancels the order as the pants in her size are no longer in stock. Regardless of the order quantity, the same result occurs in three more stores in north Georgia and southeast Tennessee. This is apparently a popular sale.

Partial success arrives as one is available in Murphy, North Carolina and ready for pickup. One down, three to go. Tractor Supply will ship the item from store to store for an additional $20 fee, which doesn't interest me. Saturday's forecast looks spectacular, and a ride to Murphy is always a pleasure. A road trip sounds wonderful.

The stores in Weaverville, North Carolina and Dawsonville, Georgia accept and then cancel my orders due to stockouts. Then the winds of shopping results turn yet again. Canton, Georgia has two Tractor Supply stores. One of them accepts my order for two, and other accepts my order for one. The waiting continues... cancel or ready for pickup?

E-mails from both stores arrive with the same message... ready for pickup for a grand total of four! Woo-hoo! The road trip now looks like 200+ miles with plenty of highway travel, and internal storage preferred. TMax time arrives.

Saturday's ride to Murphy normally takes just over a half hour, but this is not a normal ride. Over an hour later while riding through Blairsville, Georgia before crossing into North Carolina with a couple of light showers on the way, I arrive at the Tractor Supply store apparently just as heavier rain leaves the area.

(https://i.imgur.com/VIV8gp7.jpg)

The longest leg of the journey follows, but the temptation to cross into Tennessee towards Ducktown rather than follow a more direct route to Canton, Georgia proves irresistible. Visiting Copperhill, Tennessee and McCaysville, Georgia is, as always, a welcome ride. Clouds and the chance of rain mostly disappear as brilliant sunshine takes their place.

My route continues to Blue Ridge, and then south on the very crowded highway Routes 76, 515, and 575 towards Ellijay, Jasper, Ball Ground, and beyond. Canton is a rapidly growing city in Georgia and, after exiting the highway, the traffic is bumper to bumper in many places. Out of my regular riding area, map software becomes necessary. Where are these two stores? Fortunately, they are right where the map software indicates.

(https://i.imgur.com/DMatRme.jpg)

This should be a very fast stop. I'll go in the store, get the item, and leave. The store staff is very pleasant, and all goes well. Walking outside, I notice a few people gathered around the TMax, but several feet away. 10 or 15 minutes of conversation ("I've never heard of a TMax, but I like it.") follow as I attempt to answer the questions, which is no hardship at all.  Very Happy

One more stop remains on the schedule, this time for two pants rather than just one. I stop a couple times to check my route, but the other Canton store comes into view. Again, the store staff is excellent and I emerge to find people admiring the TMax.

(https://i.imgur.com/SbqNrPa.jpg)

Raising the seat and showing the internal storage draws favorable comments. As others disperse, one fellow about my age (a young guy!), mentions owning three motorcycles including a Honda Hawk. More discussion follows on such an interesting subject. His wife, perhaps suspecting an impromptu, extended parking lot conversation on a hot Saturday afternoon, politely draws him away from the TMax.

With knowing smiles and best wishes, we part company and head our separate ways. My return ride to Blue Ridge is reasonably uneventful, once again with heavy traffic most of the way. 200+ miles and most of the day later, my 'Tour de Tractor Supply' is complete, and a success.



Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: sonuvabug on May 24, 2020, 09:40:16 PM
Man ... you guys get to ride the Blue Ridge just to run errands.  I wish ... I'd be gone for WEEKS!


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Expat47 on May 25, 2020, 05:45:17 AM
Wow!! Your T-Max looks almost like my AK550!! Same great, fast color too!


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Maggie on May 26, 2020, 02:11:43 PM
Awesome you guys got together!! 


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on July 19, 2020, 10:37:03 PM
Completing another day's organizing of the storage shed sooner than expected presents an opportunity to bring out my FZ-09. And after considering this option for some time I receive a front 'fender extender' in the mail. Now installed, the extender is an excellent fit, pleasingly unnoticeable, and keeps most road debris away from the radiator.

(https://i.imgur.com/aNsMg7U.jpg)

Today's ride follows a familiar route around Blue Ridge Lake, now with summer traffic and vehicles parked on both sides of the road in some locations. With hot summer days in north Georgia, motorcycles are not as plentiful on the road in early afternoon. Every now and then, small groups of motorcycles appear. A pair of Grom riders, wearing helmets but no other gear, weave about in the lane ahead of me, but turn right towards Suches as I turn left towards Morganton. Later, a group of four riders, better geared than the two Grom riders, pass by my photo op location.

(https://i.imgur.com/cUmbVTk.jpg)

Although not a new location for photos, this is probably my first FZ-09 photo here. Now with more practice, my ride through this section of road is a lot of fun, and amply demonstrates the performance differences between my FZ-09, TMax and Morphous. The new Angel GT II rear tire inspires great confidence and compares favorably with the also superb Angel GT.

(https://i.imgur.com/Gt0djnw.jpg)

Before departing, I add one more view of the FZ-09 and resolve to get out there on two wheels more often.

(https://i.imgur.com/QyPT6B4.jpg)



Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Expat47 on July 20, 2020, 06:17:23 AM
Purdy country up that'a way.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: 09TMaxFL on July 21, 2020, 04:56:07 PM
Just joined the forums and good seeing another TMax lurking in the wild. Not many of them in Florida and I got pretty lucky to find mine about roughly an hour north of my location. Nice variety you have!


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on July 22, 2020, 04:09:24 AM
Just joined the forums and good seeing another TMax lurking in the wild. Not many of them in Florida and I got pretty lucky to find mine about roughly an hour north of my location. Nice variety you have!

Used TMax listings sure don't seem to last very long. After missing out on a couple of them, luck was on my side and I happened to be searching about the same time the seller created his listing. He wanted to sell fast, and priced the TMax fairly considering some minor needed work.

My credit union has an office along the route to his home, so gathering the cash wasn't a problem. We completed the transaction by the end of the day. While at the seller's home, he received several more calls about the TMax and he deleted the listing long before loading and departure.

More than half a year later, no regrets on the purchase and, with 20/20 hindsight, I would happily repeat the process. The seller is a good guy and very easy to work with.

You mentioned variety, and got it just right! My TMax is a near ideal complement to my Morphous and FZ-09, and impulsively referring to them as the 'Yamaherd' in a prior post seems a fitting description.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on July 22, 2020, 04:11:43 AM
Purdy country up that'a way.

You're 100% correct, and one of my goals is to never take it for granted.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: 09TMaxFL on July 22, 2020, 04:30:01 AM
I paid more than I wanted at $3,500, but it was the nicest low mileage unit I could find. With only 4,116 miles at the time of purchase, I think I got a deal and he gave me a new rear tire, new mirrors, and an OEM belt. If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay and what exactly was needed as far as TLC goes?


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on July 22, 2020, 07:50:41 PM
I paid more than I wanted at $3,500, but it was the nicest low mileage unit I could find. With only 4,116 miles at the time of purchase, I think I got a deal and he gave me a new rear tire, new mirrors, and an OEM belt. If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay and what exactly was needed as far as TLC goes?

Unless your TMax has some major cosmetic flaws, hopefully not, your deal sounds very good to me.

My TMax had a few minor issues. The battery was weak and wouldn't start the TMax after a couple months. Fortunately, all of my Yamahas use the same battery model, so the TMax received a transplant until I purchased a new battery.

The front tire had a slow air leak, but since the tread was 80%+ worn, I replaced the tire and solved two issues at once. The gas struts for the seat were weak, not holding the seat in the raised position. The TMax now has a pair of auxiliary springs boosting the gassed-out struts, and the seat raises and lowers just as expected.

A number of plastic rivets and metal bolts were missing up front, and some of the body panels seemed misaligned. One day, I removed body panels from the front, also learning what goes where in the front of a TMax. Finally, I reached a part which may be the "Inner Panel" (looking at an exploded diagram, so not 100% sure) with a socket-like opening that appeared intended to connect to a metal pin on the frame. They weren't connected, and the part wasn't centered. After reinstalling that part, all the rest, including the gauge cluster, fit as expected. Now with a supply of plastic rivets and screws on hand, I replaced all the missing ones.

The TMax was stored in a garage for at least a year and needed a thorough detailing. I agreed to the owner's asking price of $2,700. Other changes, such as fluid and filter replacements, removing the top box and replacing the windscreen, were personal preferences rather than issues with the TMax.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: 09TMaxFL on July 23, 2020, 03:48:01 PM
I paid more than I wanted at $3,500, but it was the nicest low mileage unit I could find. With only 4,116 miles at the time of purchase, I think I got a deal and he gave me a new rear tire, new mirrors, and an OEM belt. If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay and what exactly was needed as far as TLC goes?

Unless your TMax has some major cosmetic flaws, hopefully not, your deal sounds very good to me.

My TMax had a few minor issues. The battery was weak and wouldn't start the TMax after a couple months. Fortunately, all of my Yamahas use the same battery model, so the TMax received a transplant until I purchased a new battery.

The front tire had a slow air leak, but since the tread was 80%+ worn, I replaced the tire and solved two issues at once. The gas struts for the seat were weak, not holding the seat in the raised position. The TMax now has a pair of auxiliary springs boosting the gassed-out struts, and the seat raises and lowers just as expected.

A number of plastic rivets and metal bolts were missing up front, and some of the body panels seemed misaligned. One day, I removed body panels from the front, also learning what goes where in the front of a TMax. Finally, I reached a part which may be the "Inner Panel" (looking at an exploded diagram, so not 100% sure) with a socket-like opening that appeared intended to connect to a metal pin on the frame. They weren't connected, and the part wasn't centered. After reinstalling that part, all the rest, including the gauge cluster, fit as expected. Now with a supply of plastic rivets and screws on hand, I replaced all the missing ones.

The TMax was stored in a garage for at least a year and needed a thorough detailing. I agreed to the owner's asking price of $2,700. Other changes, such as fluid and filter replacements, removing the top box and replacing the windscreen, were personal preferences rather than issues with the TMax.

Aesthetically, there were only a couple minor flaws, but overall, it looked like new. I had to replace tires right away, but only had to buy the matching front to my rear he gave me. All fluids were recently changed prior to my purchase, so everything was good on that end.

I've done a few aesthetic mods to change the look of the bike. Added a shorty Givi black screen, bar-end mirrors, tail tidy fender delete kit, spindle wrap, Euro blinkers, and full LED conversion. I think it gives the bike so much more character. I'll be creating a post outline what is done to both of my scoots probably over the weekend.

I don't know if you are planning on doing any sort of CVT modifications, but I would definitely recommend Dr. Pulley 16g sliders. It changed how the scoot takes off in all the right places. Amazing for only $60.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on August 20, 2020, 12:33:40 AM
Somewhere previously in this thread, I proposed limiting my TMax expenses after purchase. For the most part, the limits have held up fairly well. However, one issue kept attracting my attention, but the cost of correcting the issue continuously hovered above my go/no-go threshold... until recently.

(https://i.imgur.com/fCjlfXl.jpg)

The top box and rack were the first items off the TMax, but the three remaining holes were a distracting reminder of that unwanted installation. Sure, I could cover the holes and use touch-up paint as part of a likely very inexpensive solution. That's how the project began... and then paused.

Late one evening, I decided to have a look on-line and see if any replacement part prices had dropped to a point justifying further interest. Good luck was on my side, along with a very reasonable price.

The seller correctly claimed the top cover had no related hardware or the Yamaha lettering, and the price had recently decreased by over 60%. Adding the Yamaha emblem could wait, so I decided this was a non-issue. The price was right, and 'Go Time' had arrived. With the purchase transaction complete, a possibly never used top cover was soon on its way from the overseas seller.

(https://i.imgur.com/RRkFJft.jpg)

Opening the package revealed the intact part, with no marring, no attaching hardware or Yamaha lettering. With some effort, the two clips and six spring nuts separated from the original top cover. With very little effort, the rubber flange cover separated as well. Then, over to the new top cover these nine items went.

(https://i.imgur.com/Lq6YeIo.jpg)

As a replacement with the same part number should, the new top cover went into position. Two plastic rivets completed the installation and the project.

(https://i.imgur.com/zT7rCPe.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/A7YazXS.jpg)

Maybe installing the Yamaha emblem should follow, but I'm very pleased with how the project turned out. With my satisfaction to expense ratio on this project rather high, the new top cover will probably remain as it currently appears.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: 09TMaxFL on August 20, 2020, 05:41:29 PM
I am actually considering replacing mine with a carbon fiber piece. I still have a bunch of stuff needing to be installed before I go on another part buying binge. It definitely looks naked without the Yamaha sticker, but still looks good overall. 


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on August 30, 2020, 01:19:38 AM
The last few weeks have included much less riding than I had expected. The happy explanation is several family members and guests enjoyed extended visits to the cabin recently. However, in the last week or two, the place has emptied quite a bit. Notably, our daughter Alison spent two weeks with us in Georgia before returning to Alaska. After on-line instruction since mid-March interrupted only by 10 days on campus earlier in the summer, our youngest daughter Olivia received orders to an ocean-going merchant vessel for summer training and is now on board.

After clearing some dust off the FZ-09 earlier today, I rode towards Blairsville but followed a section of 'old Route 76' rather than the four-lane. This is a more interesting ride, but other vehicles more frequently enter, exit, and cross the roadway. Upon reaching Blairsville, Route 129 took me to Murphy, North Carolina as it has many times before.

On this journey, I decided to spend some time downtown rather than on the bypass road. Murphy is the westernmost city in North Carolina, less than a half hour ride from either the Georgia or Tennessee state lines. Parking on the main road through Murphy, I initially focused attention on the FZ-09.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZzeQNSF.jpg)

Looking northeast, the 1st United Methodist Church's property fronts a curve in the road, from a distance almost giving the appearance of being in the road.

(https://i.imgur.com/D4my7Ja.jpg)

Now turning southwest towards the square, buildings, traffic, landscape, sky, and a last moment idea to include just the top of my FZ-09 combined to provide an interesting image.

(https://i.imgur.com/3jvvE3E.jpg)

Less than a mile in the direction of the previous photo, a bridge crosses the Hiwassee River and, on the far side, an interesting opportunity for more photos came into view. On a stunning day, the river was beautiful, and spending time there was a pleasure. And what could the small slab of concrete at the lower left be?

(https://i.imgur.com/eKMtYUC.jpg)

The small slab of concrete is actually a large slab, a public boat ramp into the river. Looks like a fine place for a future kayaking expedition to begin or end.

(https://i.imgur.com/6GhqqVB.jpg)

Today's ride wasn't a long one, but a very pleasant one. In addition to the boat ramp, I found a few places to hopefully revisit soon.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: CathyN on August 31, 2020, 04:58:07 AM
Nice pics redeye.  I hear you on not so much riding this season. Quite the bummer.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Virginian on August 31, 2020, 06:27:43 PM
Really nice pics and narrative, thanks for sharing.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on October 16, 2020, 02:38:31 AM
In a welcome turn of events, the Yamaherd recently moved in to new quarters. I was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time when a 750 square foot rental unit became available on short notice. With our cabin having no garage and little storage space, we had postponed any decision about construction on our property due to both contractor availability and cost. Now we are in the process of consolidating multiple storage units into a combined warehouse (back), workshop (left), and garage (center and right) with lights, 120 and 240 volt outlets, and skylights. Plans for garage/storage construction on our property are on hold, perhaps permanently.

(https://i.imgur.com/NmxvR0w.jpg)

Lots of work remains setting the place up; it's still a mess. Fortunately, the new unit is only a few paces from three significantly smaller units, so much of the moving required little time. Not visible in the photo is a steel walk-in door, which has new, high-quality security doorknob hardware and a re-keyed deadbolt, to the left of the 12x12 roll-up garage door. Just for fun, I might set up a switch and plug in the lighted, plastic Christmas figures above the office; an outlet is nicely located near them.

With a new workshop available and a long delayed package finally arriving in the mail, one of my first projects was a small one to replace the TMax mirrors. The plastic covering the mirror stalks cracked in several locations. The mirror glass and rubber boots had also seen better days.

(https://i.imgur.com/zTfejL5.jpg)

The OEM replacement would have required only a few minutes under almost any circumstances, but having all of my tools readily available was a pleasure.

(https://i.imgur.com/PYY9agv.jpg)

After the mirror replacement, I decided a 100 mile TMax ride would be a blast.

(https://i.imgur.com/dnRRmbl.jpg)

The ride was indeed a blast!



Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: EZMark on October 16, 2020, 04:36:43 AM
Both of my mirror stalks cracked on my 09 Tmax.
Luckily while it was still under warranty.
I tried that short shield also.
Loved all the air, but I couldn't stand the wind noise.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on November 14, 2020, 01:45:18 AM
After the remnants of Hurricane Zeta blasted through Fannin County, leaving most of the county without power for several hours and our cabin without power for several days, milder weather returned with some delightfully warm days.

(https://i.imgur.com/YDfSnud.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/SJC9xtg.jpg)

The garage/workshop/warehouse now has much better organization. A recently arrived shipment of rafter hooks installed under the 'boardwalk' (a 10' x 12' deck elevated 8' above the concrete floor) allows easily accessible storage of frequently used items without using shelf space for them or having concerns about them inadvertently falling to the floor.

(https://i.imgur.com/p1gZnpM.jpg)

Fortunately, riding motorcycles and scooters has become a much more frequent, almost daily, occurrence. Today was no exception, and the FZ-09 emerged for a sunny, pleasant afternoon ride. My route followed some of my favorite, preferred roads around Blue Ridge Lake. My first photo location was near Shallowford Bridge, at the Iron Bridge General Store Cafe,

(https://i.imgur.com/Yk2A0Hk.jpg)

where my FZ-09 exchanged greetings and stories with a couple of fine looking Hondas in the parking lot. Continuing around the southern end of Blue Ridge Lake and crossing the Toccoa River, I enjoyed the curves and elevation changes on Route 60 before proceeding to Morganton Point Recreation Area on the lake.

Dismounting and stepping away from my FZ-09 while bringing out my camera, I noticed a pair of C-130 transports crossing the lake.

(https://i.imgur.com/zaPcu3a.jpg)

Sometimes, I am convinced Air Force pilots instinctively know someone is taking photos and manage to show up as if on cue. Actually, they frequently train in the northern Georgia mountains in C-130s, C-17s, occasionally in fighter jets, and they're always an awesome, welcome sight (and sound).

(https://i.imgur.com/YhzOFEk.jpg)

The FZ-09's shadow gets longer. The final few miles from the Recreation Area and a ride through heavy afternoon traffic in Blue Ridge confirms another very busy weekend is arriving. The weather forecast for tomorrow looks great, so another ride is likely then.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: Expat47 on November 14, 2020, 07:48:03 AM
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Sometimes, I am convinced Air Force pilots instinctively know someone is taking photos and manage to show up as if on cue.

Having served the AF Zoomies over here I can confirm your suspicion.


Title: Re: And TMax Makes Three
Post by: redeye on November 15, 2020, 04:25:31 AM
As in the forecast from yesterday, Saturday was another sunny and pleasant mid-November day. The day looked like a tremendous opportunity to ride the TMax from Blue Ridge to Morganton, then down Route 60 to Two Wheels of Suches. This was much of the route Win and Raptor Steve led several months ago as I rode the Morphous. This ride felt profoundly different. Although the TMax unsurprisingly has more engine power, its superb handling at speed was the main event today, and Two Wheels of Suches appeared much more quickly than remembered.

(https://i.imgur.com/21OdYcu.jpg)

In the first photo, the TMax is the sixth motorcycle form the left.

(https://i.imgur.com/IFJci3i.jpg)

The gentleman standing left of center in the second photo, wearing the hi-viz jacket, owns the red Ducati Multistrada at left center. We're about the same age, and both fairly new Georgia residents from 'up north', and we spent several minutes conversing about our relocations to the South. We admired each others' rides for a few moments and, like many others in the past, he was surprised at the TMax's engine size. We agreed our relocations were among the best decisions of our lives.

After a pleasant visit, I reversed my route for the return to Blue Ridge, except for a stop at Blue Ridge Marina for a TMax photo opportunity.

(https://i.imgur.com/ujRekVD.jpg)

A great day, and a great ride.