- 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.
Monday, March 05, 2012
The Stratoliner so far...
The Stratoliner is basically complete with added Engine guards, saddlebag guards, luggage rack, passing lamps and of course “Wild Thing”. Still remaining are the Brakeaway throttle lock, air horns, and GPS and then it will be DONE. I am doing better on it and took a ride up to Angeles Crest Highway today with John EZ-Kruzer and Rac from Pasadena. We had a great ride through the cooler mountain air with snow along the road in spots, plenty of rocks and a sprinkling of pea gravel/cinders for snow traction. Parking lots are taking a bit longer to conquer and with some practice will not have to worry about dropping it.
The ride from La Canada past the turn off to Mt. Wilson and on to Newcombs Ranch went very well. John set a smooth comfortable pace that I was more than able to keep up with and we stopped for a quick break and then headed on to Wrightwood for lunch. The rocks out on the road beyond Newcomb’s can be tricky but we avoided just about all of them and arrived in Wrightwood for a lunch break then on back to Orange County for me. A quick 175 miles for the entire morning trip. I arrived at the Mobil station on Imperial with the reserve light on and it took 3.9 gal out of a total capacity of 4.5.
A few will recognize this view