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Old 04-01-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
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A few years ago I had the chance to ride with a guy who's been riding motos almost everyday for 18 years. Not just riding to work, riding for work. Colin used to be a dispatch rider in London, and now operates a taxi bike between the west side of London and Heathrow. All that "filtering" (Brit-speak for lanesharing/splitting) on an ST1300 develops one's sense of spatial relations.

Anyway, I invited Colin over to try riding in California. He arrived on Friday, and we spent the last 4 days riding around. Saturday up in Marin and Sonoma, and Sunday through Tuesday scouting routes for the BARF rally. He's out doing more of the same today. Anyway, here are a few shots of our time out riding during the California spring.

Colin picked up a nicely equipped DL650 from the folks at Wild West @ Subterranean. Those saddlebags came in handy for me, because I stashed a 2 gallon gas can in there.



The HyperMoTour was equipped for the three day ride too.



Colin's like me in that once he starts riding he doesn't like to stop. Here's our first break on Sunday, alongside the road on Peachtree.



I've never seen so many vehicles on Peachtree, most notably, a group of about 8 scooters trailed by a chase truck! In all, we probably saw about 15 vehicles between the scooters, the motos, and an occasional car or pickup.

That was it for photos on Sunday. No photos of the Paso Robles Motel 6.
No photos of Old Creek Rd or Santa Rosa Creek Rd either. For the former we were losing light. For the latter it was dark.

(to be continued)
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:40 PM   #2
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Day 2 kicked off by running some backroads just west of Paso Robles, and once that was out of the way, we headed for 229. I had been telling Colin about Rossi's Driveway, so he had to wear his Rossi t-shirt, and pose in it alongside the driveway itself.



Then we had to ride it!





229 was followed by a trip out Park Hill Rd to get to Pozo from the backside. Fun road.

At a gas stop in Paso Robles we called the moto museum in Solvang to see if we could get an appointment (needed mid-week), and the answer was to be there in 2 hours. Uncertain whether we could hit both Tepusquet and Foxen Canyon in the time allowed, we put off Tepusquet to day 3, and headed for the museum via Foxen Canyon.

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Old 04-01-2009, 03:00 PM   #3
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The HyperMoTour was equipped for the three day ride too.


Proof--with enough determination, you can tour on ANYTHING.
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Yes, there's more! :teeth

Every trip to the museum has to be documented by a lame photo of the Britten.



The other requirement is to take a photo of one of the Ferraris of motorycles for littlebeast.



This is a shot of 2 of the 4 carbs on a 500 (I think). It's interesting because of the common float bowl.

They have a couple of new additions that caught my eye. First, a TZ700, the precursor to the TZ750 monoshock that was such a dominant production racer in the 70's. KR won lots of races on these, IIRC.



There's also a Benelli 4cyl racer similar to the one Renzo Pasolini was riding in that youtube vid I posted some weeks back. Very cool!



After the museum and an ice cream, the next stop was our overnight stop at a cool little B&B outside of Los Alamos. Great place, but my photos of it don't really capture it. Set amongst vineyards, with beautiful grounds, it looks like maybe it was once some sort of guest ranch. Just a couple of shots of the place.





Once checked in and unloaded, we looked for a couple more canyons. We found Alisos Canyon, Cat Canyon, and Palmer Rd, then headed to Orcutt for supper at Chef Rick's, a place recently profiled in Friction Zone. Two thumbs up for dinner.
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I really hardly ever stop it seems. Our only photo stop was on Nacimiento-Ferguson. We stopped earlier to look at the elephant seals, but I left the camera on the bike.

Anyway, a few from Nacimiento-Ferguson before we got to the gate and had to produce our documents.

Colin overlooking Hwy 1.



Another shot of 1, but it doesn't look as steep as it does in person.



Looking back down the road.



That's it. Hope to see you in June.
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Sweet! I love Nacimiento I remember stumbling on that gem in an effort for something new along the coast. Pics really don't do justice to how intensely steep the accent is when you look back over big blue.

Turns out a speeding ticket doesn't end up on your driving record within the base since it's federal land. Not that I'd encourage such behavior or would have 1st hand experience with that
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Are the anal beads slippery when your riding?

Isn't that like spraying Armorall on your seat mate?

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Are the anal beads slippery when your riding?

Isn't that like spraying Armorall on your seat mate?

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Anal beads? My motto is, "combine your pleasures".

Yeah, the beads allow me to move around more than I'd like, but I just squeeze the tank harder. On multi-day rides it makes quite a difference in comfort. We rode for 11 hours on Tuesday. It holds off the dreaded monkey-butt on a day like that.

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Anal beads? My motto is, "combine your pleasures".

How does the beadrider (aka anal beedz) cover compare to, say a sheepskin cover in terms of comfort?

And yes, nice pics--when you did manage to stop, that is. What is the tank range on the Hyper? I imagine it was greatly assisted by Colin's spare gas can.
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How does the beadrider (aka anal beedz) cover compare to, say a sheepskin cover in terms of comfort?

And yes, nice pics--when you did manage to stop, that is. What is the tank range on the Hyper? I imagine it was greatly assisted by Colin's spare gas can.
For me, on this bike, the beadrider works better. I've tried both. Less slipping and sliding around with the sheepskin, but more comfort with the beadrider, and when you're putting in days like we did, that matters.

FWIW, this is not the stock seat, it's the racing seat. It's more comfortable than stock for a 200 mile day, but a little lacking for a 400 mile day. The gel seat didn't do the trick for me, and I don't like the aftermarket alternatives like Mayer, et al for the the amount of moving around on the bike I like to do. Renazco might be a good alternative, but this works.

Low fuel light was coming on at 90-100 miles. Yes, we used the big can. Twice.
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