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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Friday, December 29, 2006

On the road to:

Boron California! Here is the only picture we took on this trip on Thursday Dec 7, 2006. Other rider was Jim/Nubiker from Azusa. He was riding his Honda VLX 600cc, really does very well on it, and a fun riding buddy. I Left Placentia about 8:30 arrived up in La Verne and met Jim at about 9:30. We took off on the 210 Fwy heading east up to the 15 going up the Cajon Pass. Exited the 15 Fwy at the 395 exit. 395 is a busy road with 2 lane each way for several miles then it's down to one lane each way and full of trucks. Lots of new homes going up along the 395 heading north out of Hesperia. The trucks were usually going at a good speed so not really backed up. I got in front of one truck as we entered a passing zone and I just knew I better get out of his way so I pulled over in front of a Crystal Geyser truck and sure enough the semi behind me just shot ahead. He was empty and wanted to get there fast. It's about 42 miles to Boron and Hwy 58 which arrived in no time it seemed. We stopped at a Burger King and after I sat down realized I was more tired than I thought. Maybe it was the cold temps along with keeping up with traffic but I noticed it right after I sat down.

After a break and gas (1.4 gal) we headed out east on 58 to Barstow. Didn't actually go to Boron as it is west on Hwy 58 a couple miles. Here's a Google Earth image of beautiful downtown Boron.

The road to Barstow was very open, good riding and little traffic but a lot of desert on both sides. We hit U.S. 15 at Lenwood and stopped at the outlet shopping center for a break and then headed over to old Rte 66 back to Victorville. Very interesting road, still some old buildings that probably go way back, maybe even to when I came to California with my parents on Hwy 66 back in 1952!

We connected back to the 15 and then on down the Cajon Pass back to the 210 and we parted company. I headed on home to Placentia. Stopped one more time for gas and needed 3.4 gal. Total miles approx. 250, and arrived back at around 3:30 for about 6 hour total.

Saturday, September 23, 2006


Finally made the ride up to Wrightwood and it turned into a big and fun trip of over 150 miles. Went with Jimmy, who is a very experienced rider and we finally made a successful trip on Rte 138, even if it was going the other way. Headed up the 15 Freeway to 138 turn-off then headed west to Lone Pine Rd. whichs heads directly up to Wrightwood. It parallels the San Andreas fault for quite a way along a low ridge just east of the road. There are some twists and turns but none too severe and I handled them all with little or no problem. Always concerned about going to fast or too slow for the cars behind me but it went well. My new leaning skills are really paying off in better control going into turns and curves. It has really made a difference. I had been fighting the natural lean and weight of the motorcycle so it made turns choppier or at least had less control.

Drove around in Wrightwood, had lunch at the Grizzly Cafe and took the pictures above and then headed back down Rte 2 the Angeles Crest Hwy back to 138. At 138, the road was blocked to the south so we headed north into Phelan and Hesperia. Connected up with 15 again but this time at the TOP of Cajon Pass. Well it turned out to be a piece of cake after all. Traffic was light and we headed back to Jimmy's home in Upland and I proceeded on to Orange County via the 10 Freeway to the 57 and south on the 57 to Chapman Ave. Took about 4 hours with stops.

TOTAL MILES ON THE V-STAR 1100 NOW OVER 5,500. Came with 1,370 when I bought it.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

current miles

now up to 4760 miles approximately. Need to do more and longer trips.

Friday, June 23, 2006

4000 mile service

Actually 4,400 miles now and it needs service. Running rough and MPG dropped to 34mpg which is very poor. Tank not leaking so it must need some adjustment. Hope to improve mileage back to around 40+ mpg.
That's it for now

Friday, May 26, 2006

Here are a couple pictures of tank after removing that pesky mfg. label

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Here's my first passenger, took a trip around the neighborhood streets. This is Maude, a friend from Upland and very daring to say the least. Riding with a passenger takes a bit of getting used to the difference in weight and also with lean issues, but it went very well and we both survived.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Received a birthday report and it has some interesting facts about my birthday and year.

Popular songs: "A Tisket A Tasket" performed by Ella Fitzgerald, "Change Partners" sung by Irving Berlin, another was "Love Walked In" by Ira Gershwin.

What Things Cost when I was born:
Car: $700
Gasoline: 20 cents/gal, yes that's for a GALLON
House: $6,400 an entire house and land. Small, with one bathroom
Bread: 9 cents/loaf
Milk: 50 cents/gal
Postage Stamp: 3 cents
Stock Market: 155
Average Annual Salary: $1,700, yep that's a YEAR!

And yes, the Civil war was over!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Sent to me by "lilbear" from forum. A "doo-rag" but it looks great here on the passenger back rest.

Has U.S. Navy logo on it!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Half a league, half a league,Half a league onward,All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred."Forward, the Light Brigade!Charge for the guns!" he said:Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.

"Forward, the Light Brigade!"Was there a man dismayed?Not tho' the soldiers knew Someone had blundered:Theirs was not to make reply,Theirs was not to reason why,Theirs was but to do and die:Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to the right of them,Cannon to the left of them,Cannon in front of them Volleyed and thunder'd;Storm'd at with shot and shell,Boldly they rode and well,Into the jaws of Death,Into the mouth of Hell, Rode the six hundred.

Flashed all their sabres bare,Flashed as they turned in air,Sab'ring the gunners there,Charging and army, while All the world wondered:Plunging in the battery smoke,Right through the line they broke;Cossack and RussianReeled from the sabre-stroke Shattered and sundered.Then they rode back, but not-- Not the six hundred.

Cannon to the right of them,Cannon to the left of them,Cannon in front of them Volleyed and thundered;Stormed at with shot and shell,While horse and hero fell,They that fought so well,Came thro' the jaws of Death,Back from the mouth of Hell,All that was left of them, Left of the six hundred.

When can their glory fade?Oh, the wild charge they made! All the world wondered. Honor the charge they made! Honor the Light Brigade, Noble Six Hundred!
Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)