- 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.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Pines to Palms-STAR ride to Palm Desert
The new 2009 Road Star really whips through some rather tight turns going up hill into the mountains and handles very nicely going down into the desert as well. This is my second time on a motorcycle through this downhill portion into the desert and it is much easier and a lot less intimidating than the first time. I know my skill level has improved this past year but I think some of this recent improvement has to do with the effect of fuel injection on the new motorcycle. Comments from Tail-Gunner Jim R. indicate that spacing and riding from every one was very good on the whole trip out to Palm Desert.
The trip leaving Palm Desert is not quite as comfortable or relaxing as it was going however. First off, it's very warm at our lunch stop-about 80 deg. so guess what, I take off the outer jacket and just leave the Mesh-Tex jacket and liner on. Not a smart idea as it turns out. I now know that when the temperature drops below 70 degrees or so, wear the extra jacket or take the heavier Tourmaster jacket. When we leave Palm Desert and get on the 10 Freeway heading west, almost immediately we start hitting headwinds. The reason all those propellers are out along the freeway is that the wind pushing those propellers can generate electricity and today they were making lots of it. As we headed further west toward Whitewater Junction it became rather fierce actually. I know I was reaching the edge of my speed - buffeting - fear level and while trying to keep up, did fall back. The wind made it difficult to keep speed up anyway and the result was burning a lot of gas. Luis, on his son's Stratoliner had to fall way back as his gas level dropped dramatically due to the wind resistance. As we head into more wind, the brake light on our Ride Captain Keith's Stratoliner start flickering off and on and stay on for long periods as we travel. A short in the electrical system maybe? The answer when we stop for gas. Suddenly to our right here comes Lynne and Glen on his red Harley down an on-ramp, apparently she had to pull out and change to a sturdier pair of glasses or goggles due to the wind.
Looks like the trip was about 280 miles start to finish, arriving back home right around 5:00pm. All in all, a very good but windy and very cool return ride. FROM JOHNEY'S NAV SYSTEM: Total miles from Starbuck’s/Best Buy to his house, round trip: 255.9 Moving average speed was 50.4, Total ride time: 7hrs 30 min. Total stopped time: 1 hr. 18 min (actually more like 2 hours, due to battery down), Moving time: 6 hrs 11 min