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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-25-2017, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Beautiful Fall Day Ride

Rain is coming tomorrow and with it much cooler temps. Spent the last couple of days on the central coast where yesterday the high was 85 degrees right at the waters edge...that's right 85.

Back in Fresno and did 140 miles today up in the Sierra's. You could not script a better day for riding. Temps in the upper 70's, abundant sunshine and blue skies along with the colors of fall and light traffic.

Included a couple of pics so those of you who have already winterized and put away the bike can ride vicariously once more this year.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-25-2017, 07:08 PM
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Rain is coming tomorrow and with it much cooler temps. Spent the last couple of days on the central coast where yesterday the high was 85 degrees right at the waters edge...that's right 85.

Back in Fresno and did 140 miles today up in the Sierra's. You could not script a better day for riding. Temps in the upper 70's, abundant sunshine and blue skies along with the colors of fall and light traffic.

Included a couple of pics so those of you who have already winterized and put away the bike can ride vicariously once more this year.
Don't want to sound desperate but I was out a couple days ago, 44'F and gale force cross winds, saw some snow drifts in the northern part of my ride, total distance 350 KM, my ride before was 950 KM in 1 day, I was more tired from the 350 KM ride due to fighting the cross winds all day, than the 950 KM ride. So if we had upper 70 weather I may need to acclimatize to that
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It's also been beautiful up here outside Sacramento too but the rain is expected tomorrow, so I took a quick trip before the change. Lot's of fall colors, and people out hiking along the American River. Took a few shots near the confluence of the North and South forks of the American River. The shot from the road up to Forest Hill gives a good view of the river winding along. The Tall bridge you see in one picture is the Forest Hill bridge, 730 feet above the river. The bridge can be seen in the beginning of the 2002 film XXX in which Vin Diesel's character Xander Cage is seen driving a stolen red Chevrolet Corvette off of it, then jumping from the car mid-flight and parachuting to his accomplices at the bottom of the American River Canyon. It feel real spooky driving over that bridge on my bike!
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Wow cool stuff Bob. Thanks for the movie history. Don't think I ever saw that movie but sounds exciting.

Kinda James Bond like.

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Supposed to be near 70* here today so I'm going out for a ride.................not sure where to or for how long but I will ride.
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It was 35F on my weekend fall ride in Ohio....at least we had sun! Sierra's look beautiful.
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It was 35F on my weekend fall ride in Ohio....at least we had sun! Sierra's look beautiful.
35 degrees...yikes would kill the average man.

When temps get much below 50 this old guy is done.

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Mid to upper 60's yesterday.........130 miles and through Custer State Park. All kinds of critters out and on or near the road. Buffalo, deer, antelope and the ever present prairie dogs. Had to weave my way through a herd of about 50 buffalo.........big bulls, cows and calves. I could have reached out and touched them as I passed.
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Mid to upper 60's yesterday.........130 miles and through Custer State Park. All kinds of critters out and on or near the road. Buffalo, deer, antelope and the ever present prairie dogs. Had to weave my way through a herd of about 50 buffalo.........big bulls, cows and calves. I could have reached out and touched them as I passed.
Very cool! Need a video camera on your bike!
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Mid 50's and all sun today in Mid Ohio. Here's the sunset from Mt Jeez right down the road from Malabar Farm. Supposed to be a little warmer and all sun tomorrow!
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Very cool! Need a video camera on your bike!
It would have made an excellent video..................
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Mid to upper 60's yesterday.........130 miles and through Custer State Park. All kinds of critters out and on or near the road. Buffalo, deer, antelope and the ever present prairie dogs. Had to weave my way through a herd of about 50 buffalo.........big bulls, cows and calves. I could have reached out and touched them as I passed.
I suggest that it's not a good idea to ride thru a herd of buffalo, as they've been known to charge vehicles (which is GONNA HURT!).

I wish I could have taken pics when my buddy and I had a herd of them go into a stampede across the road (about 20 yards ahead of us) on the road to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the 29th October.

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I suggest that it's not a good idea to ride thru a herd of buffalo, as they've been known to charge vehicles (which is GONNA HURT!).

I wish I could have taken pics when my buddy and I had a herd of them go into a stampede across the road (about 20 yards ahead of us) on the road to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the 29th October.
Yeah, that's one of those "proceed at your own risk" sort of things. I wasn't about to try to spook them into leaving the road however. They didn't seem to mind the odd looking green, quiet thing that passed among them. One calf got a little skittish but that was it.
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Pittsburgh Pa checking in. 65*, clear and sunny. Not many of these left before the darker colder winter sets in. A beautiful day to ride a motorcycle, and that's exactly what I did. Nothing dramatic, just a usual loop of twisty, hilly, lightly traveled roads right here in northern suburbs, skirting the edge between developed and undeveloped land. Will see what tomorrow brings in weather. UPS is supposed to bring my winter jacket
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I suggest that it's not a good idea to ride thru a herd of buffalo, as they've been known to charge vehicles (which is GONNA HURT!).

I wish I could have taken pics when my buddy and I had a herd of them go into a stampede across the road (about 20 yards ahead of us) on the road to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the 29th October.
When I went through there in '12 on the Versys the buffalo were with calf. When the cars started putting pressure on them to move out of the way was my cue to get out of there.

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Yesterday was 64 degrees in middle Tennessee and it was a cold ride on the FZ-07. I am spoiled with heated grips on the Harleys. Think I will get some Oxfords for Christmas.

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Yesterday was 64 degrees in middle Tennessee and it was a cold ride on the FZ-07. I am spoiled with heated grips on the Harleys. Think I will get some Oxfords for Christmas.
Sounds like you have a garage full of bikes. FZ07 is a cool bike. I had a 14 FZ09 and it too was a neat little pocket rocket.

When I first "retired" back in 2015 I had a stable of 3. FZ09, Connie 14, and a WR450 dirt machine.

Now being in the poor farm just have the 15 Versys 650.

With just one to choose from it makes it real easy when it's time to ride. Plus it makes my garage seem really spacious.

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Sounds like you have a garage full of bikes. FZ07 is a cool bike. I had a 14 FZ09 and it too was a neat little pocket rocket.

When I first "retired" back in 2015 I had a stable of 3. FZ09, Connie 14, and a WR450 dirt machine.

Now being in the poor farm just have the 15 Versys 650.

With just one to choose from it makes it real easy when it's time to ride. Plus it makes my garage seem really spacious.
I've been running 6 to 8 bikes for several years now. I keep wracking my brain on if I had to get down to two bikes, what would they be. Too hard to decide.

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Looks like you replaced your Versys with the FZ07?

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Looks like you replaced your Versys with the FZ07?

Yes. During the 30,000 miles I owned the Versys I would tell people that if I could only keep one out of the stable of bikes I had alongside it, it would be the Versys. Then I started taking more work trips in the winter and hauling my 250 in the back of the truck just wasn't working out since it barely does a true 65 MPH. The Versys was too tall and killed fuel economy and required 3 ramps to load and unload safely. I started on the hunt for a 400 lb or less bike that could do a true 80 mph and short in stature. I settled on the FZ-07.






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