One day them 1200's will be classics and Worth the same or more than what New Bikes cost in the Future. No Question.Lots of fun yesterday. Nice weather, I finally found the home that I'm going to buy. It needs a new roof on it, but since I'm paying cash. That gives me a lot more bargaining power also. But, the house is awesome. The closest neighbor is a hundred feet away. No grass to mow, City water, a new septic tank, new upgraded plumbing, with copper pipes through out, the house. With lots of pine trees, a garage, a river that runs all year around. That's maintained by the county. Because it's a major walking trail also. For people to walk with their friends, pets and so on. I'm getting it for a great price here in California too. I'm selling my other house, in Turlock California and buying this one in Sonora. Anyway I have some pictures that I need to download and show my new house off.
Now about my ride. I rode up 120 to 108 then into Sonora. It was kind of windy, but the weather was still nice though. Hardly any traffic on 108 and I just put 7,000 miles on my bike. I had new break, pads changed. Because, I had my big ole foot riding the back brake some and didn't realize it. My Triumph dealer said : to mainly use my front brakes for slowing down and then both brakes together for a complete stop. Instead of just using my rear brakes, more than my front brakes for all my stopping. It cost me a 100.00 bucks for the service. I would have done it myself. But, I don't own any metric tools right now. Which I will take care of around Christmas time, from Lowes. Now that they sell Craftsman tools. I'm also building a good relationship with my Triumph dealer to. Just by going in and saying hi and having them do some small things, that I can't do. Because, I don't have any metric tools yet. That's how I discovered, that I needed those brake pads. I was very lucky also, thanks the good lord. Because, I didn't have, but about forty miles left on those pads. Then it would have been metal to metal. So, I learned something, that I should have known. But I had forgotten about. But, that's still no excuse either. I should have paid more attention to my owners manual. So, I reread it again last night. I just didn't realize how important that front brake is. But now I do. So, I'm braking correctly now.
A funny little thing happened on my way back home yesterday. I was cruising along, at 55 miles per hour when this guy, hauling butt down the road on his HD. Passed me up like nothing. Only because, I was going 55 miles an hour and he was going over 80 miles an hour, down the road. So, I caught up with him at the next light and blew him out of the water, as soon as the light turned green. He was so shocked, that he never even tried to catch up with me. So, instead of being cool and the both of us riding together. He had to be a show off and I bought into that nonsense. But, I have to be honest though. It felt pretty darn good to shut him down. Because, of that I'm a hardcore biker attitude that some folks get. But, it's silly to be a motorcycle snob. Just because, you riding another brand of motorcycle and don't want to be seen with anybody, without the same brand as they have. Hell, I'll ride with anybody. Just as long, as they ride safely and don't take dumb unsafe chances. I don't care what kind of bike they have either. I just enjoy riding, not branding or being a brand snob.
We end up as speed humpsI sure like mine a lot. Anyway, I'm going for a ride to the Bay Area on Sunday. To see an old friend. I've got to be really careful down there too and pay extra attention to the people in their cars. Especially those Ev's with auto-pilot turned on, with the driver taking a catnaps at the wheel. Which, really disturbs me a lot. Because, of the accidents that have happened, with those auto-pilot's engaged while the driver's taking a catnap. Besides that, they have their music cranked up real loud and are in their own world. Oblivious, to what's going on, around them. The Bay Area has more of those self driving EV's on the road, than anywhere else. If I didn't have to go down there, I wouldn't. But, in the end, I'll just be glad to get out of there and get back home.
You have a good stallion, she likes UI made it back from the Bay Area yesterday in one piece. But, It was really windy on Hwy 5 and going down on Hwy 238. also. I got a couple of gust of wind that almost put me into the other lane, they were that strong of a gust. I was keeping my speed down to 55 to 60 and the speed limit was 70. But, even at 70 the wind was so strong, that it almost ripped of my face shield off. Once, I got into Livermore, the winds succeeded. Then, I was able to not worry about that wind situation again, until I came home. All this, with a short scale bass strapped on my back too. As I went down there for the ride and to jam with my good friends. It was a blast too, except for those darn heavy winds, coming and going. Man, I thought that my bike was fun before? But, now that I have 7,000 miles on her. She loves to get up and move and likes to cruise at 70 miles an hour on Hwy 5. I mean, it's like her comfort zone, that she likes to stay in. I try and keep her at 60 to 65 miles an hour and let people move on around me. But, if I don't watch it, she'll snick back up to 70 and stay there. It's kind of weird, it's like my bike has her own personality and we're really kind of bonded now. That's the only way to describe it. Either that, or I'm going nuts. No, I'm just really enjoying my Triumph alot and now, I know why Steve McQueen loved them so much too.
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