Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by murph, Oct 28, 2013.
I’m still riding, no bikes in the basement yet.
It's 2C here (in Vernon) this morning with a bit of 'freezing mist'. Insurance comes off today and I don't see any point of risking a "last ride" LOL.
My 'riding season' consisted of one three week trip up North and a few day trips here and there. One of the highlights was a side trip out to Telegraph Creek on the way South back Hwy 37 this year. Here's what that road looks like now:
Got out yesterday for probably my last multi hour ride. Took the 1100S for a spin over to Port Rexton to have a quick visit with Townieglen. Good run back only 2 hours $ 45 min even with the last hour up from the highway in the dark. I did not stop for any scenery but I did end up with 4 gas stops. I was pleased to find it runs just fine on regular gas. Hit some wet roads and a little sprinkling near Clarenville. It was still 11° when I got home!
The new 12” screen works well, I tested it up to 200kmh on the clock and the side benefit seems to be a little more wind on my shoulders taking a little weight off my wrists. My hands did not fall asleep at all in 6.5 hrs and they were in 1/2 hour with the 17” screen.
That’s a sharp looking bike, Mike.
It is amazing how a few small tweaks in ergonomics can result in big gain in comfort.
Enjoy the last of the riding season out there.
It can be a long Winter!
Thanks buddy, it’s a pleasure to ride too. Fun little beast, I’m reminded why I fell in love with them 20 years ago.
Took a rare break from working on the new Condo in Phoenix to get the Trophy out for a ride NW of town. Hot Air Balloon rides are popular with the Tourists this time of year, but this one was not looking to end well, as it was losing altitude quickly, surrounded by homes. I didn't stick around for the outcome. All in all, it was nice to get out for a little while on a beautiful day.
Thought you might all like a little distraction, given current weather conditions, but let me know if you would rather not. I took a 250km ride to the North of Phoenix today. The wildflowers are blooming out in the Sonoran Desert. Turned 21,000 miles on the Trophy on the way back home.
fuck you Steve!
Thank you Steve. I have never seen a desert in bloom in person.
Nice pic! Just looking at my wife's notes from July 29, 2013. She says we left San Franscisco at 11:30 am and arrived at Sonora 6:15pm. It was 45 Celcius in Oakdale. Had to do laundry that night as we were pouring water over ourselves during the ride. We'd heard that riding zipped up with the visor down was the cooler than having everything open and it worked (relatively) well for us.
Love it... thinking about the smell of the sage brush in Montana this morning. Looking forward to the desert.
Seeing desert blooms is nice
Thanks for the replies, folks!
Luckily the high temperature yesterday was about 26 degrees C., about ideal.
By the end of this week it’s predicted to get well into the 30s C., at which point I will be checking the forecasts for the route back home. On our first motorcycle trip to the SW on separate motorcycles in 1984, Mrs. Trash and I encountered a record temperature of 123 degrees F. (51 C.) as we came down from the mountains into Phoenix in June. What were we thinking? The cooling fans on her Honda GL500 Silver Wing and my Honda Sabre 750 never shut off, and as Bob mentioned, we also discovered that the only way to survive was to wear our jackets with all vents closed, and shields closed on the helmets in order to keep relatively hydrated.
I learned that one many years ago riding from Jasper eventually home. Cruising through Montana I tried riding no helmet and a t-shirt. It didn't take long to learn it was much more comfortable being in a full face and jacket over long distance.
Finally got the new license plate for the KTM in the mail today. It’s been a 2+ week process due to counter service being discontinued at the DMV due to Covid. Had to get the bike registered in NL, pay the NL portion of the HST, etc.
Less than 60 mins later the plate was fastened, Moto gear pulled from the closet and we were off. It was a brisk 6 degrees at best on the West Coast today. Left Corner Brook and headed to the North Shore of the Bay of Islands and all the way to the end of the road at Cox’s Cove. The recent snow from two days ago is still fresh on the Blow Me Down mountains, for which I had a great view from the north side of the bay. Very impressed with how the KTM handles and the smooth delivery of power.
Turned around at Cox’s Cove and found myself back in Corner Brook in short order. Not ready to call it quits, a quick spin to Deer Lake was had to check out the KTM’s highway manners.
I had quite the chill at the end of my 216 kms but a great first ride for 2020.
Funny how a new bike can motivate one for a ride when conditions might not be ideal...
Nice bike Brian.... Have to get some mileage on it
Got the bug and went for a ride as far a Salmoneer Line on the weekend. It was wonderful. This winter felt like it was never going to end.
Saying you " Got the bug" has a major negative connotation these days.
Good to see you were out.
I got out for a little spin on Monday afternoon. Left Mount Pearl and dropped off some essentials to my sister and BIL in Paradise. Proceeded to Portugal Cove - St Philips and back to the East end via Indian Meal Line. Stopped into Princess Auto to stock up on some Brake & Parts cleaner as well as shop towels. Back to Mount Pearl via the downtown and Brookfield Road.
Not a long ride by any means, but long enough to find out the new KTM has two fuel petcocks and it helps if both are open...
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