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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!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Chapter ride to Santa Paula


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Early (7:30-8:30 arrivals) and meet and greet.

 I should get a GPS system, this one looks well done.




"Rac" owns the red V-Star 1300 with the great light set up.


I thought Tehachapi was a complicated route, but today's first of the month chapter ride changed my mind about that.  Uphill and down, around tight curves and more tight curves. 


Approximately 22 motorcycles plus about 30 total riders in three groups head for Santa Paula, CA but we must take the long way and off we go.  This includes taking the 210 past Pasadena up to Sunland, getting on Foothill Blvd to Osborne Ave which turns into Little Tujunga and Sand Canyon a famous twisty road in these parts, then on to 126 via Bouquet Canyon and a straight shot more or less to Santa Paula.   I had stopped in Santa Paula on a weekday ride with John and Bob so I knew about the statue, but we were heading for Ventura Harbor on that ride.






 Our intended destination is supposed to be the Oil Museum in Santa Paula but I don't think anyone actually went there.












We all arrive back at our new end-of-ride meeting spot at Ball and State College. 
This trip was about 250 miles or so and I now have over 17,300 miles at the 1 year anniversary of Road Star ownership


Lesson learned: I'M REALLY GETTING RATHER GOOD AT THIS! Don't want to get overconfident or wear out my welcome but my riding skills have really improved over the past year. Johney is tired of hearing me go on and on about my new riding skills but he along with ride Captain Ed both mention I was doing a great job of keeping up and not allowing large spaces between me and the next motorcycle up front of me while in the really twisty parts of Sand Canyon and Little Tujunga Canyon. Remember this blog is all about me so of course I can do some bragging.

Other observations between this and the Tehachapi trip:  The lower plastic guards I added for wind protection are doing a fantastic job of keeping my legs from getting really cold.  I had not realized how beneficial they are until last Thursday's ride.

My Stebel horn does not work on the freeway due to excess wind somehow causing back pressure.  Working on solution.

When I ride and use the proper skill sets in the tight turns and twists, I get a lot less tired.



1 comment:

Rodney said...

I like the ride from Tom's Farm over the hill on 74. there are only a couple of tight places and the rest you can glide along and enjoy the scenery. Rac..