My First lesson was 11/2004- took MSF beginner class in Fullerton and I'm ready to roll out for more miles, new adventures and to meet new friends ever since. . 2009 Yamaha Road Star Silverado "S", lots of chrome on handlebar controls and forks, now with 43,115 miles.
"The Ride is the destination"
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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.
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A first time ride with some new and
familiar friends from Star Chapter 422 Saddleback Valley in South Orange County
first attracted my attention via e-mail as an impromptu group ride that was
being rescheduled from the week before.I woke up Friday and it was dark and early but also foggy and quite damp
out.On top of that I was having some
concern about a possible electrical issue with the Road Star as I had 3 bulbs
and my high beam headlight all burn out over a period of a few short weeks.OK, let’s list all the reasons not to go on
this ride and stay in bed, it’s wet, cold and misty out, maybe the motorcycle
is having a possible problem, and yesterday Thanksgiving, I notice what appears
to be a blood spot in my eye with a possible tiny tear in the retina, balance
all that against having asked my friend Wayne if he would like to go along, this
was a really good group of folks and it seemed like a fun ride.The decision was a no brainer, we ride, and
that’s what this is all about.If I don’t
ride what did I buy the motorcycle for in the first place?
Here's Colin looking at the camera -photo by Denny's
Right about 7:00 AM I arrive at
the Denny’s on El Toro in Lake Forest and pull in behind Wayne just as he is
arriving from his home 3 miles away while I rode all the way on the freeway
with wet pavement to contend with.Inside, there is one 422 member already waiting and soon more join us
for breakfast which at Denny’s means that whatever you order here is exactly what
you get at any Denny’s- consistent menu and easy choices. In talking with two 422 members Stephen and Leonard about the light bulbs, both are engineers and know a lot about electrical problems such as regulators on a motorcycle and offered some insight into possible issues. My friend Johney will be taking a look so there is little concern.
From Denny’s it’s a short hop to
Wing Stuff a local temple of all things Gold Wing, a cornucopia, a veritable
delight of parts and equipment to any and all Honda Gold Wing motorcycle owners
for miles around and on the internet. We arrive and a couple more riders join
in making a group of 9 motorcycles, all riders and no passengers.Our route will take us very near my home in
Placentia making me think I could have just waited for them to pass by on
Imperial Blvd. and join in, that’s not how it’s done however and for good
The ride pace, speed, spacing and
leadership are all spot on and I feel right at home riding with this STAR group
as my own chapter 230.We did make a
couple U-turns on our way to Temecula and as you look at the map you will
notice we cover a lot of territory on this relatively short ride of 275 miles
or so. The routing on the map is not complete due to some issues with fixing the stops, but it covers nearly every turn we made.The consistency of choices for
stops and gas is noticeable in comparing the two different groups.Chevron gas is top of the list but 76 or
Mobil are likely choices for both, also having a Starbucks at a stop seems
to be a favorite. A 76 station is our first gas stop and while parked and
changing my gear I reach back and impale my finger on some thorns from a rose
bush.Luckily I have a First-Aid kit and
patch it up.It also occurs to me I
wonder how many riders carry a first aid kit on their rides.
Our destination for lunch in
old town Temecula is Sweet Lumpy’s BBQ a place I have never been and it amazes me that of the
several times I have had lunch in Temecula this place never came up. I remember once being dragged to some place on
Main Street for lunch and found it offering little reason to make it a special
stop. Lunch goes well, even Wayne
ordered a sandwich, but they added what appeared to be a 20% tip to the bill
which seemed a little pretentious considering the overall place and service,
decent BBQ, good food, OK service, still, I would go back. On the way here one rider, Glen peeled off at the Ortega Highway as he planned to go only part way.
On the return we retrace part of
our path into the hills toward DeLuz Canyon and head for Fallbrook which leads
us to Highway 76 connecting to the I-5 near Oceanside. What I found interesting on the return ride
heading toward Fallbrook was being able to start composing my Blog report,
while the curves and twists were there, the pace was relaxing enough that I
found myself going over what I would cover in this report, it added an extra
component to the total on-the-road experience making it all the more relaxing
and rewarding. Another delight is that
the road improvements taking years to complete on Hwy. 76 seem to have finally
opened up providing a very nice two lane in each direction compared to the old
one lane each way narrow road and slow traffic.
At this final gas stop I think I took $.87
worth of gas or it just seemed that’s all I needed, but really took on a little
over a gallon and then we scooted a few yards to the Starbucks (of course)
across the street in the shopping center.Based on the length of the last stop, I mentioned I saw a Dry Cleaner
and asked if I had enough time to have my jacket cleaned and pressed while we
relaxed sipping coffee or whatever. The answer was, OK wise guy!
From here it was about 65 miles
home leaving enough time to start writing the report. This along with some photos are all the
evidence needed to prove we all had a great time meeting, riding and sharing
the road with a group of STAR Touring friends.
2007 Yamaha Stratoliner S, Mint condition California Bike. Always garaged,
driven in dry whether only. Full Maintenance. Two new tires. Extras are: front
and rear engine guard,and fender chrome.Two auxiliary front lights.Luggage
rack.Cruiser handle bars. Bike has a $ 500 Low Jack anti theft device that is
transferable. This is the Stratoliner S model which comes with $ 3000 of extra
chrome from Yamaha. $8,500.00 8182572774
There is nothing quite like our
STAR Chapter 230 Holiday Party and this year like every year, the 2012 party
was as good as it gets, a smashing success.A few people put in a lot of work to make it as much fun as it turned
out to be, so right off a special very big thanks to President Ed and (Mrs.
President) Susan, plus V.P. Chuck and (Mrs. V.P.) Patti who all went beyond the
extra mile to make it happen.Both
spouses deserve a big thank you for all the help and effort they contributed.
Somehow I kept thinking it
started at 6:00 PM but actually the social hour started at about 5:00 PM, so we
missed all that, arriving right at 6 o’clock at the Spaghetti Factory.Everything was already under way but we had a
chance to say hello to just about everyone before food was served, although I
think we missed a few, but were able to catch up as the evening
progressed.The table we sat at included
Mark & Evlee, Keith & Staci, Mike and Vicki and us, and as amazing as
it sounds the conversation was about motorcycles.I think we could have been sitting at any of
the tables and felt just the same among really good friends. You come to a
motorcycle group party and talk about what else motorcycles and of course it is
safer than politics or many other topics that get boring.
A few arrived after we did and
the very last person to make her grand entrance was none other than her red
hotness Carolyn our resident wind chime maker.Dinner went well with Spaghetti and meat balls or Chicken Marsala or
Lasagna as an entrée choice.When dinner
was over Ed hands out gifts to officers and mileage rockers for those that
qualified with at least 5,000 chapter miles.I was really surprised, impressed and grateful that I was given a plaque
for my efforts as Bike Night Coordinator for scheduling the 3 weekly Thursday
bike night meetings along with a 5,000 mile rocker for chapter rides; I must
thank President Ed for appreciating my write-up and blog entries.I can tell you it means a lot that my writing
efforts are recognized as having some merit in helping make the chapter the success
it is.The internet, my personal blog
and Facebook have all had a hand in my being noticed along with giving me the
opportunity to put in writing some topics that seem entertaining-mostly to me.I never really know what might pop up for
material in my articles; I just hope it is well received.
The party really gets going once
we start our ever popular and a bit crazy White Elephant Gift Exchange, where
we each bring a gift worth about $25; then choose either a hidden gift or take one
that has already been picked.Some of
the more choice items can often change hands up to the maximum three times
before it is locked.A couple of the
items this year were beyond strange and if you can tell from the photo, Carol
had to go back for a new item and picked a weird turkey hat or ornament that
wiggles it’s legs, I can’t imagine that being a gift, or why. Even stranger, Vicki had a chance for another
gift choice and picked the turkey hat thing from Carol, I was surprised at her
humanitarian effort in saving Carol. Lots of alcoholic beverages of all sort seemed
to be very popular this year and we even had a couple batches of lottery
tickets along with a variety of tools and other household items.
Only a few fans of old WWII movies or MI-6 might get this reference. I posted a different message on Facebook-"The red hen is in the farmhouse. the drop is at midnight" and Vince was the only person that responded correctly...impressive.
Ed was busy all night working the gift exchange program
The famous turkey
This is a motorcycle with chimes attached, I can only guess who might have made or provided this, lots of people wanted it.
Two different cases of beer were among the
items and both Scott and Barb were ready to defend their ownership to the
bitter end.Stan wound up with a huge bottle
of vodka; Daveta Jo had lottery tickets taken away but then went back finding a
bank that looked like William sitting on a motorcycle.Dan was very pleased with his scoring a
bottle of 12 year old whiskey of some sort.Ed tried for the two bottles of flavored whiskey then lost them to
Stacey but I think she also lost them.Carolyn had a gift box of chocolates filled with Jim Beam whiskey after
losing some toy motorcycles along the way.We picked a Snap-on tool set with various pliers and two bottles of
Looking at the photos you will
see there was a lack of lighting making it rather difficult to get a good shot
but these are about the best we could do. Many of the pictures were either too dark or
too shaky to include.
We are wishing all the best
to our Chapter 230 friends for another stupendous year of riding coming up in 2013.I think we will
have a couple of rides that will make history if the routes and destinations are on the list for 2013.