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Old 05-21-2008, 07:35 AM   #1
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I got abducted!

They weren't exactly aliens. They didn't even speak Spanish. A couple of friends from the Pashnit forum came by to couch surf at my house at the beginning of a multi-day loop around California. Over dinner on Sunday night they convinced me to take a mental health day (too late, I know) from work, and join them for day one of their trip. Since there was a new bike in the driveway that I had only ridden solo, it seemed like a golden opportunity to try it out riding with a familiar group.

Their first day's plan shot them straight out to the coast on Monday morning, but it was cool and foggy at my house, so I convinced them to head inland until it warmed up, then head to the coast.

We popped over to a familiar spot to many BARF'ers - Cordelia - topped up the tanks and headed up Wooden Valley to 121 to Posers'. At that point it was warming up, so we knew we'd be heading west soon, but not before riding 128, Chiles - Pope Valley, and Howell Mountain Road to Anqwin. Then we hit a road I'd never been on before, Spring Mountain - St. Helena. That road is fun!, but we had to surf between groups of cagers for a while.

When that concluded it appeared to be time to go to the coast. Our route was pretty dull down to Guerneville for an early lunch of spicy pork rice bowls, before looking for the Bohemian Hwy to get us to Coleman Valley Rd. then down to Hwy 1. Hwy 1 was its typical self. A bit cloudy, sometimes fun, sometimes dull, sometimes clogged with cagers. When we got to Meyers Grade we popped off of 1 and headed back into the sun and clear roads. That led to Seaview Rd and down to Timber Cove, for more of Hwy 1.

My bike has no range at all, so there is a constant need to be aware of gas availability, so we headed to Gualala to top up. We tried an alternative out of Gualala, but it was dull. However, we did try out a road further north that took us back to Booneville. Mountain View Road is major fun! Nice combination of good road and goat trail.

We got to Booneville it was ~4PM, and my abductors decided to let me go. Since I was suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, this made me sad. I pled with them to take me with them, and even promised to change my name to Tania and rob a bank, but they were resolute. Where they were going, I could not follow (Comptche Road). The route home was 128 out to Cloverdale, then the long slab home, free from my abductors, but having to go back to work on Tuesday.

We stopped on Mountain View for a few crappy pics of my abductors, our motos, and the road beckoning us onward.

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Old 05-21-2008, 07:39 AM   #2
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Mountain View Rd. is fun. Sounds like you had a fun mental day. And congrats on the new bike, Tania!
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Mountain View Rd. is fun. Sounds like you had a fun mental day.
Mental. Definitely mental!

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I wasn't sure how many BARF'ers would get the Tania reference, but it's funny anyway.
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:18 AM   #4
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you had the most fun bike out there!

how you gettin along with that thing?
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how you gettin along with that thing?
Neal,

I'm loving it! Really. It's far from perfect. I read the comparo in Motorcyclist after I bought it, and I largely agree with what they wrote. I would have made the same decision anyway, but that's for personal reasons. I'm willing to believe that based on their criteria that the 950 SM is a better bike.

Okay, what don't I like:
  • The mirrors are kind of silly
  • Not enough range (but I'm figuring it out)
  • The rear shock is on my upgrade list (I demo'd an "S", and the Ohlins is much nicer - duh)
  • I'll probably put an aftermarket seat on it

Next, what I like:
  • Call me shallow, but I like its looks
  • Love the sound of a 90 degree V-twin, and this is my first
  • Riding position (with legroom!!!)
  • Front fork - great feedback, excellent tracking
  • Handling - the harder you push it, the better it rides - treat it like a big dirtbike, throw it around, it works better and better
  • On a goat trail I can just "check out" compared to other bikes I've ridden
  • Nice linear power, good gearbox

Bought it Friday, had 600 miles on it by Monday. It goes in for its first service tomorrow. So far, it has not revealed any really bad habits. I've gotten it to twitch a few times (hitting a wet cattle grate while leaned over, for example) but it settles right down.

Bluntly, I'm a decent rider, but far from the fastest rider I know. Other riders may find the bike wanting beyond the shortcomings I've outlined above. For the kind of riding I most love to do - playing on goat trails, often far from my home - the bike just rocks.

Next steps include frame sliders, and when the stock BT-014's wear out, I plan to put some Pirelli Sync's on it to improve its dirt road capability. It's been off pavement already, but I'm afraid to drop my new bike. Still, with that linear power, and great chassis, and upright position, it feels like a born flattracker to me, so I will have to get used to the idea. Beyond those changes, some suspension work will be good, not because the suspension is bad, but because I like good suspension.

Gonna go riding after work today!

Thanks for asking!
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I like its looks, too. I could never have a Duc again, but they sure are something to behold!
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Hello, Shallow!

I like its looks, too.
You know me!

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I'm hoping my feelings don't end up there....
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Cool trip, sounds like fun!
Here are some pics for mod ideas for that DUC. I got my latest issue of Cycle World a couple weeks ago and this was in there.
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