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post #21 of 45 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 2019, 8:08 am
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There are decent roads from Stockbridge to Hell then back to Dexter too, Mike.

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post #22 of 45 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 2019, 9:35 am
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Last Friday and Saturday a friend with a membership here Club Motorsports | Best Track in America
invited me up for a couple of fun days at the motorheads countryclub. It was great fun to ride a new track so close to home with perfect pavement and almost no one else on track for much of it.

Only down side was I am finding a track where my poor little 750 carby is working too hard on one of the sectors, horsepower hill is not a good sign when you only have 60rwhp. That said as I get more comfortable with the track and my speed increases I started to find a point to have the throttle pinned open and not have the rpms dropping as I climb the hill...lol This bike still has many lessons for me to learn.

That said it was a little frustrating being towed around by a aprilia RSV4 factory with 3 times the Rwhp as he couldnt understand why I would be with him until he opened the throttle. ..lol

Oh and I almost forgot to add a highlight was getting a ride in a factory five cobra for a few laps. I am not a car guy but that 302 was singing and sounded as beautiful as any other motor I love.
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Just commuting on the Multistrada. 900 is still in pieces in the shop, hoping I'll have more free time to work on it after this week is over.

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Last Friday and Saturday a friend with a membership here Club Motorsports | Best Track in America
invited me up for a couple of fun days at the motorheads countryclub. It was great fun to ride a new track so close to home with perfect pavement and almost no one else on track for much of it.

Only down side was I am finding a track where my poor little 750 carby is working too hard on one of the sectors, horsepower hill is not a good sign when you only have 60rwhp. That said as I get more comfortable with the track and my speed increases I started to find a point to have the throttle pinned open and not have the rpms dropping as I climb the hill...lol This bike still has many lessons for me to learn.

That said it was a little frustrating being towed around by a aprilia RSV4 factory with 3 times the Rwhp as he couldnt understand why I would be with him until he opened the throttle. ..lol

Oh and I almost forgot to add a highlight was getting a ride in a factory five cobra for a few laps. I am not a car guy but that 302 was singing and sounded as beautiful as any other motor I love.
Sounds like you're proving the truth of the saying "It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow".

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last ride ...

Got in a 93 mile ride this morning before it got too hot here in STL. Went on some two lane, no center line, roads in the woods and hills to the southwest. Little traffic, one litter brigade picking up trash with police cars lights going at each end. Saw a couple of dozen m/c and bicyclists doing the same thing I was doing, enjoying the ride. A couple of stretches of new blacktop, roads in fairly good repair for the most part.

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post #26 of 45 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 2019, 7:37 am
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granted I'm still in the honeymoon phase, but yesterday's "get to 600 mile service before track day" ride was quite grin inducing, haven't felt that way in quite a while. around 11am, weaving (not too stupidly) through moderate traffic on I-95, just love being able to just get where I wanna be instantly with just a faint twist of throttle, so much pull from 75-105 (oops), reminds me of what I missed after selling my pikes peak. OK, no tickets...not pushing my luck.
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tell us about your last ride...

My last ride occurred over the 4th of July holiday weekend, 2,314 miles round trip on my xDiavel S. Road from Salem Oregon to Porter Ranch California using Hwy 101 and Hwy-1 mostly. I used my GoPro to document as much of the trip as possible. And would upload the videos each night as I traveled.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...5e3hfY8eicn6B3

This is one of my fav roads in northern cal. Hwy 1 northbound from ft Bragg to 101. Skip forward to the 4 min mark if you want to skip past the warmup traffic to where I get open roads to ride.


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My last ride was June 28. Just commuting 100 mile round trip on the Interstate.

June 30 I was in a car accident (my fault) where my car was totaled with my daughter in the car. Airbags blown, minor injury for me alone from the airbag, etc. Everyone basically walked away shaken but unhurt.

Haven't been on any of the bikes since, physically no issue. Mentally is a different matter. The violence of that hit has me thinking about what it would have been like, not if I repeated my role while riding but if the other guy had been on a bike. More specifically if it was me on a bike in the same situation. Would have been a fatality, no question.

I replaced my car with the same model, I know for a fact they can take a hit.

I find myself questioning what I could have done differently, but more importantly taking a hard look if my vision (night, peripheral) and reaction time means I am endangering myself as I age.

If I ride again (I probably will as the memory fades and rationalization & prior fatalistic reasoning are utilized), she will never ride with me again.
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20 minute ride home in the rain after work yesterday. Before that about a 200 mile trip the Saturday before, all country back roads!
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I sure hope it wasn't my last ride.

My most recent ride was my usual Sunday loop via mostly 2 lane roads and minimal slab.
Up to Acton and back again, for a total of a little over 100 miles. If it's not at least 100 miles it does not feel like a "real" ride.

I have some other local routes too. Want to do a longer multi day trip sooner than later.
Need to plan, I guess.
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