Posts by Andy Hatch

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    From our patient:

    Thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts. Greg had a follow up check up last week and immediately got sent by ambulance back to the hospital. They did a procedure which neither of us can describe intelligently in which they stop the heart for five seconds, then restart it and see what works and what doesn't. They actually disabled a small part in his heart and sent him home. He is now feeling 120% better (his words) and when I spoke to him around 0700 his wife was giving him a haircut. Guess he wants to look pretty when I see him tomorrow. Again, your kind thoughts have really lifted his spirits. Now I just have to get him back in slingin condition.

    My first, and best sounding aftermarket exhaust back around 2/15 was by Full Blown. It now resides in DocG's Sling since I went to the Alpha side exit which came from WraithSS. Musical mufflers, not chairs. Good thing I already had DDM S/C when those great looking headers came out or they might be on DocG's sling also.

    After visiting with DocG-Greg, I wanted to let all his friends know what is going on with him. Early AM on Sunday the 4th he suffered a massive heart attack at home. His wife Michelle bought him back to life but his heart stopped again as he arrived at the hospital. He was revived there and was in the ICU at Mary Washington in Fredericksburg for two days before being transferred to another hospital in Arlington, VA. Glad to report he is now home and has 90 days of non work status. He had to be intubated in the ambulance when they came to his house so his throat is still sore and he is a little hoarse. The good news is that his throat discomfort is helping him to stay off cigs for good (I hope). I have enjoyed many a cheeseburger at his house but they too will be off the menu for a while as Michelle is doing a good job of being the diet Nazi. I have been drafted to keep his sling and Goldwing trike limber until he can be back in the saddle and help chauffeur him when needed to spell his angel wife. He has asked me to be a contact for him temporarily while his strength comes back. Sucks because he was scheduled for back surgery to fix old issues and that is now off indefinitely.

    Whether you are a fellow veteran, he was one of those crazy submariners, keep Greg in your thoughts as he gets back into riding form. A great guy whose default response when I or anybody else needed a favor was always 'Absolutely'.

    That video with them blowing up gives me a new respect for tires.....during inflation...pretty scary ...



    Also notice on the airplane wheels/tires....the grooves are just straight to remove water. Not fancy like on cars....makes me wonder if those curved grooves is just a sales gimmick....

    Bigdog,,

    Keep a sharp overhead lookout for aircraft when on Tail of the Dragon.

    No charge for this info-a public service.

    Funny you should mention a crew ride. I just got back from a two hour blast through the foothills around home while getting weather warnings on the Garmin. Next Saturday (I know, a holiday weekend) the weather looks pretty sweet. I hereby call a swarm with a meetup in Front Royal, either at Spelunkers or McAlisters. Open to any and all suggestions but not to excuses. Didn't get any riding from November through March like I normally would on decent days since the SS was apart for painting and special surprise mod(s).

    Edward,


    It well still be slower than the old plug, but let it run at idle for five minutes and it takes about ten minutes to drain. I do jack up the drivers side to facilitate draining fully, or close to it.

    Don't waste your time trying to reason with him, he will find a way to argue that his Chinese knock off is the same quality as metrics just because they have some visual similarity.

    Right on, my friend. At first I considered replying again but it's rather obvious that forum members have already drawn their own conclusions about both Bigdog and Metricks. I just got home from Dougs' shop and was admiring the handiwork of the gang. For those really interested, call Doug at 703-330-8883 and tell him your are a friend of mine. He has really helped me in the past and I'm waiting for a nice Saturday that fits his schedule for some more projects.

    You will not regret getting a fender from Doug at Metricks. After I bought my sling 11/14 his fender was my first major mod. Now happily on my second one since I went to a 345 rear. Some day I will learn how to load pics and show that and his other handiwork on my baby.


    Bigdog,, I seem to recall that you bought your fender off of Ebay and had a litany of problems with it. Don't compare yours and its' poor quality with a picture off of a website. I can assure you there is no comparison with each and every rock solid component of a Metricks fender and the POS you thought was such a great value. Anyone who has bought a product of any kind from them will attest to the quality of the workmanship.

    when google fails, try

    http://www.metricks.us

    You will not regret getting a fender from Doug at Metricks. After I bought my sling 11/14 his fender was my first major mod. Now happily on my second one since I went to a 345 rear. Some day I will learn how to load pics and show that and his other handiwork on my baby.


    Bigdog,, I seem to recall that you bought your fender off of Ebay and had a litany of problems with it. Don't compare yours and its' poor quality with a picture off of a website. I can assure you there is no comparison with each and every rock solid component of a Metricks fender and the POS you thought was such a great value. Anyone who has bought a product of any kind from them will attest to the quality of the workmanship.