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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, March 03, 2012

A Gorgeous day for a motorcycle ride 3/3/2012

A Gorgeous day for a motorcycle ride with some of my closest friends.

It’s the first Saturday morning in March 2012 and I get going early and have plenty of time for everything including a bowl of instant maple flavored oatmeal that takes nearly two minutes to heat the water and add some raisins.  Got my cold weather lined jeans as we were told it will be chilly in Oak Glen, plus the Tourmaster Sabre Jacket and my heavy gloves, I am ready for the cold weather, which it is at 7 AM.  As I park in the Best Buy parking lot the group starts arriving and eventually about 33 motorcycles join us for a STAR Chapter 230 ride to Oak Glen for lunch.  A small problem is starting to become apparent in that it is warming up very nicely prior to departure and I really don’t need all the heavy gear.

[Remember, this is my personal ride report and is not in any way affiliated with STAR or Chapter 230 and does not represent the views or opinions of anyone but me.]

During the morning meeting all the birthday people- me, Larry and Terry get serenaded with a seriously off tune rendition of “Happy birthday,” we pay no royalties for the use of the song and considering the vocals we owe the writers estate nothing. 

Among the group we have a contingent of riders from STAR Chapter 415 Los Angeles, as well as a new trike rider and his wife from Brea.  He has had the Harley trike for all of two weeks, plus a couple of other riders here for the first time.  I still am terrible with names so as I get updates will add names to the info.  If you really want your name in here just tip the blog writer in order to get an elaborate mention.

The route is similar to one that Johney and I did with my new Stratoliner over a week ago, except for dropping Idyllwild from the route as the recent new snow and road cinders would be a little too much for this type of group. I’m in group 3 and we take off down the 5 Fwy to Ortega Hwy, over to the 215 up to Ramona Expressway, east to Hwy 79 north where we head into Beaumont and hit some substantial wind bursts.  We go straight through Beaumont right on up to Oak Glen where we park for lunch at Apple Annie’s. 
 Barry and daughter Jackie.

 Dining Al Fresco at Apple Annie's the 415 group.

It is pleasantly warm up here in Oak Glen, I remove the liner and get ready for a warm ride home through Carbon Canyon.

 Getting ready to ride, Patty back on the V-Star 950 and Carolyn finally figured out which way was down hill.
The restaurant was told of a big group coming in for lunch but it still took quite a while for all to get through the meal.  I ordered a senior turkey dinner plate and really could barely finish it.  Waiting for lunch, Chapter President Ed came over and visited for a few minutes and I find that very impressive that he would take the time to check on me, Luis and minita plus likely stopping by other tables as well.
Now how did I do on the Stratoliner and am I adjusting to the new ride?  I got a lot of questions in that regard.  I can report it definitely is getting better and handling it through the mountain roads certainly is gratifying to feel how well it was taking the curves.  It still is bigger as well as heavy and parking lot maneuvers are a little troublesome plus the ride is rather bouncy compared to the Road Star.  Over all I am getting used to it and it may just be a matter of more seat time and miles traveled to warm up to the behemoth.  Otherwise there are no significant outstanding issues other than attaching an air horn, Brakeaway throttle lock and the new GPS Navigation.  With the wider stock handle bars the throttle lock will come in handy. Did I mention it is bigger than the Road Star?  My friend John (Cuyo) asked about the lower windshields  that were added and it's a case of out of sight, out of mind.  The wind and buffeting were gone so it was no longer an issue and I forgot all about it.

Yamaha is missing a bet with so many of us older riders buying motorcycles, think of the merchandise tie-ins.  Not just a membership in STAR for buying a new motorcycle, but how about adding AARP, plus send out a packet of coupons for things like all-day-rider Depends (keep riding no matter what), oxygen tank holders for your motorcycle, in chrome of course, and a combo battery charger and cardiac resuscitation device, just in case.  With a gadget like that, either way you should be able to make it home no matter if the battery dies, or the heart goes into Cardiac Arrest.  Since this purchase was not a new motorcycle I did not receive any of the above.
 The rider on that red flamed Harley was disappointed when I mentioned it looked pretty, he thought for sure I was referring to him.

Ride wraps up back at El Torito and all arrive safe.  Now have over 1,000 miles on the Strat.

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