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General Banter / Re: It's not my ride.
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:01:32 PM »
I wonder if these cars were part of those "elite speeders" the local press has talked about recently. Given there was a large group of these high-end cars, they clearly were organized in some way. 

I take it that they were pace driving and keeping a safe distance between cars. They were driving their own drive right.

General Banter / Re: It's not my ride.
« on: August 15, 2018, 09:25:51 PM »
So at the end of a 500 mile day this is what it ended up looking like.

General Banter / It's not my ride.
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:47:28 PM »
So Sunday I went on a ride with some others. Not my ride but 9 showed up. We left in 2 groups. One was longer than the other. Both going to the same place to meet up for lunch. I choose to go on the longer one. I showed up with a tire that couldn't make the shorter ride. But I like a good challenge. And this tire was a race only tire I used that last time I entered a race. Dam those tires are expensive. Off we go.

One guy stepped up to lead. I had heard on the WS roads he goes kind of slow. This will be good for tire management for sure. I was thinking that at lunch I would have to straight line it home because there would be no tire left at all. Also I remember that race tire was a medium race. So I pumped it up to 42 lbs so it would be on the cool running side of things.

So anyway 5 were with me. We go all over the place. When we stop for gas. We were all thinking that by the time we get to lunch the others will have eaten and left. I look at my tire. Hey I can still tell what it is. I'm feeling pretty good. Better not let it go to my head. One full throttle hit and the tire is toast. You know fueling up with real gas and throttle management I'm getting some good gas mileage. 40+.

We are at the 2nd gas stop now. Tanking up and cleaning face shields. We are talking that the other group now for sure had eaten and probably left. It was only 140 mile them to get there and we have gone 200 miles and we still have maybe 40 to 50 yet to go.

Wait a group of bikes are going by. I think I know them. Yep it's them the other group. WTH. If we are going that fast I'm afraid to look at my rear tire. Well I open my eyes and. Oh look it is just down to the wear bars. Hey I'm good. We all decide to have chicken and call ahead. We all leave together.

Now some how we get lost. I went to STAR. And this is the exact spot we got out the map to see where the hell we are and where we need to go. Off we go again. We end up in a town and we were not suppose to be there. Yep you guessed it. Lost again.  And this was the same town at the STAR event we had to get out the map. We get out the map. We sure over shot that town again. We decide to eat in this town.

After lunch 4 decide to ride straight up 35. Not good for me and tire management. The center of my tire would be gone. So I went with the slow guy and go to P. Lets ride it both ways we say. Hmm. Not sure I can even do it one way. Anyway we get to the front door of it and we didn't take it. We still rode a lot of great roads.

We stop in Arcadia for gas and to cool off. As we are BSing I think out loud. You know were going to run the hill. You know that takes all of the 175 hp my bike makes to get to the top. Our leader says we can take C and go around to Alma. Boy that was close. I feel better now.

We finally get on 35 but turn off North of Alma and we loose one rider. At Pepin we do a quick stop to clean face shields. We turn off here and loose another one. We are down to just the 3 of us now. We ride some more great roads. We get back on to 35 and I don't want to look at my tire. Can only be bad. This is some of the better part of 35 so I could say to hell with tire management. No matter what I can get any tire 50 more miles to home.

Now the ride really was getting boring. But with about 5 miles to Prescott the best part of 35 was about to come. You guest it. Time to put some power down and rip up that tire. WTH there is a truck in the way. A hill is just up ahead. Double yellow line won't stop us from passing. As soon as we can see power on.

Why is there a SUV down in the ditch facing us. You know we were going fast before we started to pass the truck. So you know we were going just a we bit faster now. You know I didn't even get back in my lane before he turned on his lights. He was so for in the ditch he had to four wheel it to get out and onto the road. Now the funny part about this. There is a funny part. The car we caught up to in the pass. Thought they were speeding and pulled over. So the car and the 3 of us pulled over. Well wait who is the one he is after here. Maybe it's the car. So as everyone was pulling over and I was the last one I passed everyone. The rest stopped. I kept going. But then the cop passed everyone and came after me. Yep damit. So I stopped and got off the bike. He starts talking to me and I can't hear him. He keeps repeating himself. He finally says take your helmet off. OK. I go back to my bike and I see trouble. I have a slick on the rear. Not good at all. Then he starts talking to me again and he has to keep repeating himself. I say just wait I have ear plugs in. He starts to laugh. This is a good sign. Then all the usual talk like. Do you know how fast you were going. No I was passing. He's laughing still. Tells me how fast and I say but I wanted to get back in my lane as soon as possible. I know you did but you still can't go that fast. Yea I know. Well stay here while I check you out. This is going to be awhile so I said I have to pee. Can I go in the trees. Sure and laugh and says I am going to go get your buddies. Oh no now they are going to get into trouble. That didn't like I thought it would.
I went into the trees and waited for a time. When I came back our the other 2 were by my bike. All of us got a talk about speed. But our leader says and it was a good one. I'm going to keep this to myself. Because it was good and I want to us it the next time this happens. Lets just say the truck driver was drunk. Well the cop says it doesn't matter you were still speeding. He check our records and said to slow down and be careful. I shook his hand and off we went. While we were there backup showed up. Good thing we were finished. Backup might have changed his mind. 

Back to the Freedom Station and the end of the ride. 490+ miles door to door. Thanks to the organizer for posting. Thanks to the leaders for leading the way.

No cords were showing on that tire. Now that it is a perfect slick. I'm going to the track. Always wanted to try a slick.


Safety and Riding Tips / Re: making small talk
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:57:09 PM »
That's the best used up tire I have ever done. I'm going to keep it like a trophy.

Safety and Riding Tips / Re: making small talk
« on: August 12, 2018, 10:32:19 PM »
Tire management

General Banter / Re: The "Devil Child" on top AGAIN!!??
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:38:15 PM »
If you watch this race closely. The camera shots are great. You will notice how many times the front runners lose the front end. And they still didn't fall or even have to change their line in the corner.
Also it is clear that there were 3 riders that are way better than the rest of the field. And they were all on different bikes.
And who were those 3. Watch the race and see for yourself.

General Banter / Re: Colour me old...
« on: June 18, 2018, 02:43:13 PM »
In my day there was no ridding staggered. Because the law said you could ride along side another rider you did. And because of this you did it in the corners as well. Then the AMA came out with safe ridding rules. Ridding staggered was the way to do it. Boy did that go against the grain. And now it is the only way I ride.

Routes / Re: STAR 2018 in La Crosse Routes
« on: June 14, 2018, 02:16:02 PM »
Should have posted on rides and get together.
Did you make it down there.

General Banter / Re: Volunteering at STAR 2018
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:57:32 PM »
I volunteered months ago.

General Banter / Re: The Doctor Prevails!!
« on: June 02, 2018, 08:50:49 PM »
So romantic.

General Banter / Re: Spring Green aka TWiStar
« on: May 29, 2018, 11:26:46 AM »
When one person does all the work by himself for years. You can burn out.

Introductions / Re: Warming Up...
« on: April 25, 2018, 07:13:48 AM »
Hello and welcome.

General Banter / Re: Radar Detectors
« on: April 23, 2018, 06:31:53 PM »
I'm usually going to fast for them to come after me. If I am going slow enough for them I will stop. Then I talk my way out of it. I have an escort sitting on the shelve. Been there for years and I just never use it. And even if my eyes are not as good as a decade ago. I see those guys right away and get slowed down most of the time.

General Banter / Re: So close, yet ...
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:01:31 PM »
I didn't think of it before. But if you get a H2 SX SE. You can leave the bags on and use the cruise control and plow through the wind. Take the bags off and you the throttle to control all that power and you can slice wind all day if you like. I would buy a new seat either way if you slice or plow the wind.

General Banter / Re: So close, yet ...
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:42:13 PM »
Well you had two bikes at one time. This bike does both. Ride with bags or without. Full power or something less. Cheap to run also. Bike gets 50 mpg. Dam good. I'm Sure there is cheap loans out there. With all the stuff on it. You can make it a 200k bike. And I am sure it will kick any Honda ass.
St. Boni has one. Also Kawi is offering loan deals and cash back. Now is the time to buy.

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