We had plans to see a play (The Gin Game) at 3 PM in SJ so that only afforded us a little bit of time to ride.
I took the WR250X yesterday and it is getting chillier. We went the back way to Pinnacles and then back home again.
We saw a lot of bikes out, a lot of Harley riders as well. Two went down about 2 minutes ahead of us on this decreasing radius near my house that always gets me. I usually just throw it in and think, Ack! I forget just how sharp this turn is!! Well it got these two guys and one of them had a passenger (a female) lying face down in the dirt. One of the big guys was pulled up by his friend and shook a ton of dirt off of him. The couple who went down ware still down when we passed slowly by. Nothing like putting your expensive bagger in the dirt. : (
Made it to the play , albeit 30 minutes late because of the horrible traffic nightmare that has become the South bay area. We had to listen through the door (small theater) and then we got in after the intermission. Then a wonderful dinner at Maggiano’s and even a mini cupcake at Kara’s afterwards. We need more date nights, er days!
So stop by and say hi to Shawn and Phuc! I won’t be there.
Shorai Inc., the leader in the design, development and manufacture of lithium starter batteries, announced the company will be in attendance at the fourth-annual American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), the powersports industry’s largest trade and consumer show in North America. Shorai will be showcasing its LFX™ batteries alongside OEMs, distributors, parts and accessories manufacturers and dealers to celebrate motorcycling, the motorcycling lifestyle and the business of motorcycling with consumers and media. The AIMExpo will take place Oct. 13-16, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Shorai will be in booth #2116.
And tired, and out of shape. My last physical therapy appointment was yesterday and she said I was healing better than average. If all keeps going well, I can get my hardware out in about 8 months to a year, depending upon what the surgeon says. Although, it is kind of cool to have hardware, it does impede some range of motion (or maybe it is the stiffness still, it has been 5 months). Like one of my Shorai customers said, it gives me ‘street cred’ (he was joking).
I did some streetriding Sunday and was so hot and exhausted. I can’t imagine wearing leathers right now but hell, they are too tight anyway. I am free to exercise as I can stand it now so I have no excuse.
Week before last I did some very easy dirtriding. I classify it as dirtriding only because it was on the dirt and I only did a few jumps, but I was on the Zero MX, with street tires, so hey. But dirtride I did!
And then there was the hiking in Yosemite, and Point Lobos, and roadbiking in Monterey, and kayaking with the leopard sharks at Bolinas Lagoon. Yeah, Shawn had me going all over the place because his kids were in town and how to best break back into being active than to just go full throttle right out the start gate?? AIGH I FEEL SO OLD! You know how they says the older you get the faster you were. Seriously, it is true. How did I get here? ?
2013 was an INSANE year. It was very difficult, life threw me some curves. Can I get a do over. please? Someone also broke into my truck and stole my tire warmers, a spare Shorai battery, and two ShoeiX11 helmets. My insurance refused to pay for anything, and I even had to pay for the broken glass, which I am STILL finding in my truck. I couldn’t race without a helmet, so I had to buy another (a Shoei X12 WOO!!). Thankfully, I received a 50% discount. I still don’t have tire warmers, so I borrowed them for the rest of the year.
I won the WERA West Women’s Super Stock Novice Championship and now have to go to Expert status. I also got 5th in B Superstock Novice and 6th in C Superstock Novice. I didn’t make it to the last Las Vegas Round, but I DID make it to Miller. Which is the best track EVER.
I was till packed from Miller, so me and my take-off-shod C Horse took off to race a round out at Streets of Willow for Motowest GP. I think all of us who went to Miller for WERA were still itching like mad to race, so we all kinda crashed the MotoWest party. I took home 2nd place in Mediumweight with the boys, heehee. Not bad for a track I haven’t been on in years and with barely any practice. I had a minor, and totally preventable, mechanical on Sunday morning so I was stuck with my bike’s guts hanging out during practice. While changing a throttle cam, a “helpful” hand pushed the throttle cable in and it looped on the guard. So, off the airbox went and then some. I KNOW better than to change things before a race, too. Now it is set in stone with me.
I realized that I would reeeeally like a ZX6R. I am tired of the C horse. I mean, I like her. I just need more bike. Just a little more, not like liter bike status. Just UPDATED!! Plus I find that I am having brake fade now. I have decreased my times and sometimes I would like a bit more stopping power without coming unglued in the rear.
I also competed in my first true Enduro. OMG. It was like 70 miles or something insane like that. Through the high desert, for hours. Uphill. Both ways, in fact. I don’t even know what I placed because it was a timed trial and I didn’t have the little timer dealie to roll across the line at the precise second you should be. So, I was about 5 minutes behind everyone. I had no clue when to start after my fuel break. I just drank a Monster, poured in fuel waited when I saw the group I had started with cross over the start after their own fuel break. Not exact science, but it was a ton of fun. I crashed 3 times, once into a cactus, once in sand, and the other time going up a huge hill and getting cross-rutted.
So, here are the pics…
What happened, you ask? Uh, racing. Really, I have no excuse other than I was racing. And general life responsibilities. BUT, I did get the 2011/2012/2013 Novice Women’s Superstock Championship (I know, I know, I have to move up to expert). Although I didn’t get to attend the last round in Las Vegas, I finished 5th in B Superstock Novice and 6th in C Superstock Novice. I was hoping for 3rd, but the old C-horse just couldn’t keep up on the bigger tracks and I simply could not make it to Las Vegas. I made it to every round except the final. Incidentally, Miller was FANFARGINTASTIC!!!
So, yeah. I acted like the horse that got itself out of the paddock and went bonkers. Why am I not going bonkers now? Because I can’t afford to race this year 😉 And if I do, I will be racing AFM on some tracks I have never even been on.
Honestly, I also need another bike. I would looooove the Kawasaki ZX6R. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to test the 2013 ZX6R at Autoclub Speedway and it was glorious. I had been on the 2005 ZX10R and the 2011 ZX10R regularly before testing a customer’s 636 and I tell you what…the first time I touched my left knee in T13 (on street tires), I heard the trumpets of angels. This was NOT my old 2003 636, nosireebob. You know the old, and familiar, clunky shifting into 1st gear from neutral. NO more. That schtuff got sorted. In fact, I often wondered if I had even gone into gear. The first time I put it into first gear, expecting that nasty *CHUNK*, but instead experienced the quiet, I immediately thought “what sorcery is this??” It was like the engineers finally got rid of the thorn in kawa owners’ sides. Now, if Honda could just get onto the bandwagon and add a slipper clutch, we’d be in business.
So, yes. I was cheating on the seahorse and testing bikes up, down, and sideways. And not only Kawas. I rode a few others as well. Did not like the few R6’es I tried. Granted, they were set up for racers I knew and I am sure it would have felt more stable at speed, but I was not going to pin it on another’s bike. I tried three R6’es and, laughingly, I found that a street version with cruddy tires, felt the most comfortable.
I also tried a GSXR. No. Your tank is too tall. Fail.
I tried a Triumph. I cannot afford you and your parts are more difficult to get than an older inline 4. I am sorry.
The KTM RC8R – Didn’t test it, just had to ride it for the sighting laps for Fastrackriders (and only after I signed a paper stating that if I break, I buy). That’s a whole lotta bike that I don’t need, it is a bit tippy for my taste, the brakes are AWESOME, but the power delivery seemed a bit off with the throttle. With an aftermarket cam system, I’d have been happier. It feels like a 600 in weight and flickability, but it has the bite of a liter bike I had to respect. I need more seat time to really say whether or not I like it. Plus money, money, money…and all sorts of other excuses to stay on a Honda.
Except for you, sweet Yamaha WR250X, I love thee and would never abandon ye. Wait, what? I didn’t tell you I bought a 2009 WR250X Motard?? I did, I bought Eric’s WR off of him awhile back. And I LOVE it. It is my favorite bike, for the street. I also bought a CRF150R and raced a few times on it (one Enduro, and the Elsinore GP), as well as a 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 that is being fixed up. Geez. I have been MIA.
The reason I decided to make a post after such a long break was also because I took off on my first real weekend ride of the season and had so much to share about it. The weather is amazing in the Bay Area (oh yeah, I moved.) The green moss is so velvety and it is covering almost everything. The springs and rivers are running, the temperatures are just getting warm enough. Yes, folks, it’s that time again to get your streetbikes out of the garage and take off on a little adventure. Or two.
I will post a bit in the following days about rides, routes, the obligatory maintenance, and, of course, warnings. Until then, stay safe!
From a follow Twitter user and motorcycle racing enthusiast website, Asphalt & Rubber (A&R): (www.asphaltandrubber.com)
“I got a strange email today…which isn’t that strange in of itself, because I get strange emails on a regular basis, but the email contained a link to Motorcyclist Online, the internet version of Motorcyclist Magazine, which is owned by Source Interlink Media. Clicking onto the link I see an article that was written this morning, published in its full text. “That’s funny” I think to myself, because we certainly never gave Motorcyclist permission to use our articles…”
And it doesn’t stop there, read the updates since the article has been written. What’s worse is that the duplicate content lowers rankings and the original publisher/writer is punished. I have had this happen MANY TIMES, as in the thousands. I ran a large network of information websites (since 1998 (unrelated content) which were (and still are) routinely stolen from in full, or in part. When the numbers are this great, it takes an entire armada of legal professionals to deal with this sort of thing. Or there are servics that monitor your content on the web. However, for bloggers these services are not efficient, nor can you justify the costs. But I do think that people should be punished, and usually are if a profit that is made by the offender can be proven. I have even had trademarked mottos stolen, placed on T-shirts and sold for profit. However, the cost to go after the offenders has been to great. I have since sold the network so it is not really my problem anymore, but I still hate it since these offenders are implying credit for my hard work.
In short? It’s shitty, that’s all I can say. Fortunately the author, Jensen Beeler, is an Intellectual Property attorney. So good for him, KICK THEIR ASS, JENSEN!!