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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, October 29, 2011

New rider New ride.

We finally get to see the motorcycle Dan Conner bought after finishing his MSF class a while ago.  I thought I was pretty good at finding deals on Craigslist, but Dan is the winner with this deal.  It's a Suzuki C-50 (800 cc) model year 2007 and it had about 100, yes 100 miles on it sitting in a guys back yard.  Seems the original owner bought it and just never could get into riding it, so there it sat.  After paying off the loan balance and usual DMV fees Dan was into it for LESS than $2,400 TOTAL.  I am so in awe of his waiting to find just the right motorcycle for a beginner and at such an unbelievable price, you have no idea. 

To celebrate we took off and headed for Santiago Canyon as Dan's inaugural road trip after putting on about 450 miles around town.  I thought it would be best if he took the lead on Santiago so he could set his own pace and away he went.  Really handled the road quite well for a beginner and I'm sure it won't be long before he will be out on longer trips.  Next thing you know he will be looking for more power...of course, but the C-50 is a very good beginner/moderate motorcycle for just about anyone.  Oh yes and good thing I checked the tire pressure, seems they were down to 22 and 25 lbs. not a good idea, so we filled them to 38-40.

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