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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!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

What the Patriot Guard is all about

Watch the video. Patriot Guard vs the Westboro church crazies.  I have 7 mission tags on the motorcycle so far.  Can be very difficult but it may lighten the terrible burden the family has dropped on them.

7 mission tags, one is hidden behing the light.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Navy Hymn

Nothing to do with motorcycles, but a favorite hymn.  The only one actually.  Had to cancel trip to Laughlin this coming Thursday due to Angioplasty scheduled for Tuesday. Hope to be back riding very shortly.

Monday, April 18, 2011

A cheese run to Winchester

Late Saturday John (Cuyo) calls with a ride plan for Sunday.  We are going to visit a cheese making dairy in Winchester and meet up with some folks from Southern Cruisers Riding Club, including CSI Jim and another Jim both from previous rides with SCRC.  John and I head out at 9:40 am Sunday and head for the 215 Freeway south of the 60 to turn off on highway 74 and south on Hwy 79 to the Winchester Dairy.  It's a pleasant ride on a really gorgeous day.  We get to the turn off to the dairy and it's a dirt road, at that very moment John on his long distance touring Yamaha Venture with a big 6 gallon gas tank announces he only has about 10 miles worth of gas...WHAT?  I take out my I-Phone and find there is a gas station behind us about 2.5 miles, or one ahead of us 5-6 miles further on.  Guess which way we go, yes you got it, the 6 mile one. 
Look at this road to the dairy, doesn't that look inviting on a two wheel vehicle?
Away we go, find the station, gas up and head back.  Just as we get there, we see CSI-Jim on his 2006 Road Star Silverado (just like my old one), turning down the very same dirt road so we follow.  After waiting a while, three other riders join us and we visit the little modular building that is the sales office.  This must be the world wide headquarters of the Gouda Cheese cartel, because all they sell is Gouda cheese.  Anyway I buy a slice of mild Gouda, why I don't know, I just do. 

Looking into the cheese processing room.

From here our group of now 5 riders including a couple, he's riding a Victory Vision and she is on a V-Star 1300 plus the other jim on his Harley. We ride up to the Winchester road side market and wait for four more riders from Mt. Palomar-San Diego. I definitely need names here so help me out and drop a note and any photos you have to me at
rich 403 B at .  (squeeze that together of course)
Winchester Market on Hwy 79 

After getting acquainted, John and I split off to head for Murrieta and some friends of mine for a short visit after lunch.  For some reason it is important to John that we eat at the Swing Inn Cafe in downtown Temecula where I get an egg salad sandwich.
The members of SCRC that I have met through John are a really great bunch to get to know and I am getting over my negative experience from a ride well over a year ago with one particular situation.

Friday, April 08, 2011

New horn addition

I originally upgraded the stock horn on the 2009 Road Star to a Stebel Nautilus air horn as I had on the 2006 Road Star.  They are loud and very effective in warning another vehicle to get out of the way or don't crowd me on the road.  The problem this time seems to be that wind pressure when going over 70 mph renders the Stebel silent.  The little compressor cannot overcome the wind blowing into the horn so it cannot "TOOT" at those speeds and above.  

Solution: buy a horn with two trumpets that have a cap on the end to keep the wind and air pressure out so it can blow.  That is the Wolo Air Splitter horn.  Bought on Amazon for $47, but it comes with no real mounting hardware except for the tubing, a splitter and a seperate compressor.  Luckily we have Chuck on board and he has a knack for making brackets and attachments of all sorts.

As a result we now have the horn mounted and it works.  My only slight concern is that the brackets holding the horn parts shakes a bit at certain idle speeds but hopefully it will not affect the internal mechanism.

The video does not convey the full sound you get off these horns, it's a blaster for sure and can be heard on the freeway at any speed.  

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Where are all the Poppies? -230 April Ride

First thing that happened as I coasted down my driveway to the street on Saturday April 2, 2011 at about 7:30 AM was noticing my odometer on the Road Star.  20,000, yes 20,000 miles exactly on the meter.   All those miles in 14 months since I bought it last February 2010.  Had to stop for a picture.   
Took the picture and it's off to our group gathering in the Best Buy parking lot to meet some of my very best friends and serious acquaintances.  If you wonder what a "serious acquaintance" is, we will have to get back to you on that.  Since adding a new and bigger chip in the camera I am trying to do longer videos and will eventually be forced to learn how to edit them as well.  This is part of our ride briefing and general meeting as led by Terry our esteemed President.
Looks like it's another big group with at least 30 motorcycles, and riders plus additional passengers.

 Photo above, that's Matthew and his Dad Ed riding with us today.  They were on the ride to Ventura just this past week.  Is Matthew having a good time or what?

 The Black FJR belongs to Rick Wade, he and wife Lori on their first ride with 230.  There's more to this story below.
OK, this is funny, at least to me anyway.  I get talking to Lori a new guest about her very nice V-Star 950 Touring model.  It's really loaded and she tells me she just bought it at LeBard's Yamaha in La Habra and got a good deal on it, which I concurred with.  Turns out a friend of mine just getting in the idea of riding a motorcycle after taking the beginner course, had looked at the very same motorcycle on sale as a hardly used model with just 1,500 miles at LeBard's.  I had even gone to see the same motorcycle when I stopped in at the dealer and told him it was a very good package and the price was reasonable.  He later e-mailed me stating he saw this lady riding by on that motorcycle and assumed correctly it had been sold.  Well, as it turns out this is the lady and this is the motorcycle on her first ride with STAR 230.   HERE THEY ARE...
Lori and her very nicely loaded V-Star 950!
Small World.
 A gas stop in Sunland heading for the mountains and on to Lancaster area to the Poppy Reserve.
We arrive after getting some very stiff breezes as we get closer to our primary destination, but where are the poppies?

 Yes, there is a poppy!

You can really hear the wind whipping around us.
We paid $5 to stand around and look at the weeds, you had to be there to appreciate the moment.  Now it's off to our lunch destination- the Rock Inn on the old road to Bakersfield near Lake Elizabeth.

As usual our President Terry and Mrs. President Vicki figured the wait at the Rock Inn would be long, so they collected all the money in advance and we get to pick one of 4 sandwiches to help speed up thing for our large group.   ***** I rate the strategy 5 out of 5 STARS for thinking ahead on this one.  We get there and within just a couple minutes food is being brought out, sandwiches distributed, drinks poured and we are all happy campers.  Not only that but we park in a convenient location even though on dirt, making it easy to exit.  My exit maneuver however was terrible as I pull out and cross over the double yellow while vehicles are passing, Darn Darn.

 Very good BBQ Tri-tip plus fries and ice tea total $15 for everything, a really smart move.
 Our own almost private dining area.

 Here's Lori again ready to pull out with group 1.  My friend is going to be so jealous.
Coming back we go through the crazy Sand Canyon Road south of the 14 Freeway.  It's a difficult twisty road that really wore me out the previous two times I traversed it. 
 This time, much better to say the least.  Gary, one of our tailgunners even noticed the major improvement and provided very positive feedback.  He has not been on a ride for quite a while so just had not noticed how well I am doing with riding skills these days.  Total of about 260 miles for me.  Added photos from Rose Cossart