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Old 04-10-2009, 09:25 AM   #1
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Happy Birthday to me! (A short ride report...)

The gift I gave myself is the gift of the Angeles National Forest. It is my backyard playground, a stone's throw away and home to some of the greatest paved roads, dirt roads and views. So, my boss (me!) gave me the whole month of April off as my wife and I await our second son to be born, which of course will be a more important April birthday than mine!
So, just to get some last rides in before my time gets consumed with diapers, I explored some dirt roads...


Then, of course, I did some wrenching with my little rebel...





Then I enjoyed a little birthday ride on Hwy 2. The Angeles Crest Hwy is a local favorite. It has recently been the scene of a tragic big rig accident at its base at Foothill Blvd in La Canada, the result of some poor choices by the truck driver and a mechanical failure of brakes. Hwy 2 is also all too often a cauldron of bad drivers, looking for snow or mountain recreation and not accustomed to mountain roads, as well as squids on overpowered race bikes on weekends. BUT, when you catch it on a weekday, it is a joy to ride...



The views in the Angeles National Forest never disappoint...


The stop at the top is also a local favorite, Newcombs Ranch.


Packed with every bike under the sun on any given Sunday, today it was only a handful of machines, and the K12S was keeping VERY good company!



All in all, a great birthday ride and a great weekday NOT working! Thanks, boss!
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Old 04-10-2009, 05:27 PM   #2
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Looks like fun. Happy Birthday!
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:46 PM   #3
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Very nice...have a good one! I'll have a cold one for you.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:11 AM   #4
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:24 AM   #5
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You made your special day that much more special! Glorious sunny ride, Happy B-D!
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:09 PM   #6
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During the week is when the high end sport bikes come out and play. Damn those are nice bikes. Ill still smoke them on the old R1. Hey I have to tell myself that to keep me from upgrading. Happy birthday and congrats on the on the new baby. Ben
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Old 04-12-2009, 08:03 PM   #7
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Red Bike............

Will that beemer keep up with that red bike?

Happy Birthday.........
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Old 04-12-2009, 08:56 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Buffalo Bill
Will that beemer keep up with that red bike?

Short answer: NO ^$#@! WAY
Long answer: It always depends on the rider. I have a LOT of fun with that black bike, it is a true sleeper. Very well rounded, which serves it well on harsh, constantly changing real world mountain roads. AND...it is a HELL of a lot cheaper than $80,000.00.

Besides, on most roads I have been laying off the go fast thing. Unless I really am out in the middle of nowhere. Too many bad drivers, riders, deer, gravel...you name it. It is true when they say if you go fast on the track you find yourself going slower on the road.
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