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Old 10-22-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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2 days and 700 miles on a Speed Triple

A few weeks ago I bought a Speedy 3 somewhat on a whim. I had test ridden one and knew I loved it but my brain was looking for a bonnie/scrambler.

My room mate and I had been planning a trip up to the Sequoias for some time and I was going to take my BMW.... but now I HAD to take the Triple.

He has a pretty well looked after Honda 599 which is a bike that i think has been overlooked by the American market. It's a great little bike.

5am - half asleep and trying to get the wheels up





We leave Los Angeles and take some twisties up to the Tehachapi wind farm by dawn. No pics taken because it was about 30 and I was freezing my balls off being so spoiled by the Beemers heated grips and other comfy amenities....

Our first stop was one of a billion gas stops seeing as the Speed goes about 90 miles before needing fuel...







Chris was freezing too



from there we headed up Caliente-Bodfish to Kernville - again sorry no pics because there was no freakin way im upzipping my jacket under 60 degrees.



They were having some kind of car show that day....





it started to warm up so I started shooting a bit









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Chris tests the camouflage properties of his Fieldsheer jacket



my home for the weekend

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took a little hike to see how a Giant Sequoia shatters when it hits the ground.






some seriously big trees





stopped in Springville for burgers and gas





Sequoia national park











I was hoping to wait a little while longer before having to take the Speedy III off road....

not my choice for the dirt. I have a KTM for this...





Montecito Lodge where we stayed the night







off and running for day two

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lots of massive trees







about 500 miles in.... getting tired



time for sandwich





headed back...






























So all in all we did just shy of 700 miles in two days. The Triple performed brilliantly. The previous owner had geared it WAYYY down and I didnt understand that until I got on the freeway for more than 10 minutes and realized at 75 it was at about 5500.
I need to go down about two teeth in the back and I think that will fix it. Either way it was a blast and the Trip is a surprisingly comfortable sport touring mount!



- cheers
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:30 PM   #2
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Great pics. I used to live near there and spent a lot of time in the sequoias. Great place to ride.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:59 PM   #3
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Great pics. I used to live near there and spent a lot of time in the sequoias. Great place to ride.
it was a pretty awesome ride for a first timer for sure!



Although, I feel like a jerk riding a bike that noisy through a national forest..... I could hear it echoing through the trees sometimes.

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:55 PM   #4
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Speed trips, burgers, sandwiches and great scenery - I'm in heaven.

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