Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by murph, Oct 28, 2013.
March 31 and 17 degrees in Brigus. Actually peaked at 20 degrees passing through CBS
I finally got the first ride of the year today. 'Twern't far and it was on the scooter but it felt good to get it done.
After 20 years living and working on skis I think I can still keep it.
What would I change it to? "ropeguy"
I don't know.
Went for my first ride of the year on Sunday. Was just going for gas and ended up at Duffy’s Well. All the ponds were still frozen along the way but the temperature remained above 15 deg. Felt good.
No, that's more Sarah, I could turn into "tourguide"
I finally finagled the GS out of the driveway, and took my first couple rides of the year Friday and yesterday.
With low temperatures overnight still well below freezing, I didn’t hit the road until 10:30 both days.
I headed NE of home on Rte. 182, and ventured onto secondary County roads starting in Mercer. For some reason, Wisconsin County roads are designated with letters instead of numbers, and they change as you cross County lines. Maybe they did it to help young passengers while away the time by learning their alphabets? Either way, they usually wind around the many lakes, all of which were still frozen. The sweepers had yet to show up in Vilas County, making the curves treacherous with the residual sand from Winter. With our record snowfall this Winter, the road crews ran out of salt, and had to resort to the plentiful sand as an alternative. Stopped in to visit with my buddies Rich (BMW GTL) and Mike (Victory Vision) at Coontail Sports in Boulder Junction, where they sell and service bicycles, then met my sometimes neighbor Mike (Triumph Bonneville) at Bad Bones BBQ in Woodruff. I am getting used to the less cramped ergonomics of the GS, after having spent the Winter on the Trophy...
All in all, about 450km for the first two days riding up here, and it’s great to be alive!
Good One Murph!
After winning the “First Motorcycle of the Year” Pie Crown for the last five consecutive years, the Delta Diner elected to retire the award, due to lack of competition.
That, and the Pie Lady retired...
Whenever the weather is questionable, always head towards CBS. Plus 7 when I left airport heights and 14 when I got to CBS.
With the forecast going downhill again, I decided to venture into the U.P. of Michigan for an extended ride yesterday. Plenty of snow still melting on the shoulders of the road made for a damp and chilly ride. There is a Continental Divide running East - West along the Iron Range close to the Wisconsin border, so the Rivers flow North to Lake Superior.
Once I got back into Wisconsin, there was significant flooding everywhere from last weeks rain plus the snow melt. All that water eventually ends up in the Gulf of Mexico.
All in all, a great 500km day on the GS.
Pulled the Tiger out of the shed today. First use of a clutch this year. Took my time and checked the tires and fluids. Warmed it up and tried to not be that guy who goes too fast remembering years past when my first ride gave me some startling moments due to rusty handling skills. Checked the paperwork was in order and toolkit was with me. Slowly got dressed and not excited to get out making sure I had extra clothes for highway warmth. Puttered down the road warming up the tires and slowly headed to the on ramp for the highway. Then all hell broke loose as I wound the shit out of the 955 triple and made that bitch howl up through the gears.
Goddamit.... grow up man.
After I calmed myself I had nice little scoot around to CBS and did some visiting and errands through the Goulds before tucking it away in the shed again.
Yee-Haw, way to go Murph!
Finally flew back to KC on Thursday, and rode down to Arkansas to meet some of my fellow Triumph Trophy Owners, and enjoy some great riding in the Ozarks. Good Times! On the way back home now.
28C here today so took Lollipop out to kill a few flies with her new Alaskan Flyswatter. 30C tomorrow so the swatting will continue.
Couple of friendly locals with Supermoto setups.
Beautiful day today.
Got my 40K service done yesterday and rode West Side Road from Bentley Motorrad Kelowna back to Vernon. By way of comparison, Bentley is the "Toy Box" of the Okanagan Valley if you know what I mean. Wifey took Hwy 97 back to Vernon as it's usually faster but not this time due to May24 traffic.
Nice people at Bentley... Bob, is the Westside Road as bad as people say or is it mightily improved in the recent past?
Is Kelowna really this bad?
“....Some citizens view Kelowna as a relatively safe place to live; a growing city that hasn’t completely lost its small-town vibe. Others might worry about the fact that Kelowna has been considered a major crime capital in the past, like in 2012 when it had the highest reported crime rate in all of Canada.
In 2016, Kelowna still ranks high as a census metropolitan area with one of the highest overall crime rates in the country.”
That’s a mighty fine looking GS you’ve got there Bob!
I imagine that the 40,000 km service includes a valves inspection, doesn’t it?
If so, did any of them require adjustment? I will be coming up on that Service in July.
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