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Old 08-27-2013, 04:59 PM   #76
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Hello again!


My apologies for the long time gap since my last update but this summer has been very very busy. First off, at the end of June my sister got married! She married a wonderful man that really treats her well and honestly, if he is still with her after 5 years, then he has my upmost respect… my sister is a P.I.T.A. to say the least. Family came from the other side of the world to visit and having 21 ppl in a single house was definitely an interesting experience. Good thing we are all family and can tolerate each other.. some more than others but let's not get picky!

The wedding itself was fantastic and the everything went perfectly as planned… surprising with my family. My side of the family did 98% of the planning and set up for the ceremony and the reception of the wedding. The 2% the other family had to take care of, we ended up absorbing that too so i guess we did all of it. But aside from the stress and exhaustion, it was a gorgeous wedding! Open bar was the best part...

I would post an image of the groom and bride but neither have responded to my text asking so it will have to wait… Sorry!

So after the wedding they left on their honeymoon and i was left with the family and requested a week of work off to enjoy them. The day before my first day of vacation, i get a new job. I'm super ecstatic about the new job, but bummed about not passing time with the family. I start the first monday (i was thursday) and that was that. Since i couldn't spend the time with the family, my cousin rented a motorcycle (Tiger Roadie) and i took my KLR. We did some 300 miles in a single day of simply windy roads and tried smoking a Ducati in the process… got close but the Ducati driver was a little less experienced than us but not enough to lose him. It was absolutely a blast! This weekend i will be editing the videos we took and posting them. I have a big test thursday so no time at the moment.

Family left, i kept working… Saw an opportunity to make a dream of mine come true. I have always wanted a Triumph Tiger 800 XC. I have been reading forums and pages for 2 years non-stop now and have fallen in love. Test rode it a few times and just couldn't settle for anything else. With the new job and promising future with them, I decided it was time to make this happen! I figured out my finances and convinced my parents i needed it. I would paying for it and everything else in full myself without help from them but as a family we have always made big decisions like these as a family, so their consent was kind of important to me. They indirectly said ok but that was enough for me The entire drive there and for the first hour there they still tried to convince me to think about it but i knew what i wanted. When everything in front of us, i asked if they approved yes or no... after long pause they gave me a ... let's just say the sales guy loved my reaction

So now, i have adopted a new baby! Her name is Daisy Duke!! Daisy for short.

I was so happy to finally have my dream bike that i was screaming in my helmet the entire way home! I was just dancing n singing in my head! The bike handled amazingly and just like excepted! I bring it in home, and show it off to neighbors and friends.

Keep in my mind i have been riding 6 years by myself and have never laid any bike down. Never gotten in an accident and have been riding long enough and am comfortable enough riding to scrape some metal off my KLR pegs and my boots from the amount of lean i ut in my turns. So i wouldn't say i am the most oexperienced, but after 40k accumulated miles, i'd say i'm decent.

Come sunday morning, i decided to ride to Monterey via Highway 1 (for those of you who don't know, it's a very common and one of the oldest roads in Califronia that goes all along the West Coast to Oregon and I think washington). There was no one of the roads... except that one moron. I start getting on the onramp to hit the freeway, knowing the right side is kinda slippery, i check behind me, and since i was in a single turning lane onto the onramp, i assumed i was clear. Checked the mirror, no one in sight... as i start to merge, check my blind spot, a car had cut through the Gore section of the lane and tried to pass me up on the on-ramp. I say this too late, tried to correct my turn. The bike slipped from under me due to new slippery tires and a slippery lane i was trying to avoid from the beginning... I realized i was going to bail and pushed with my legs the bike away from me to make sure i wasn't pinning my leg under it. The bike and i slid about 40-50 feet and finally came to a stop, luckily no cars immeditaely behind me. I jumped on my feet right way and checked my body. I was ok. Ran to kill the engine on my bike and tried to lift it. I think from the shock, i wasn't able to really get it up. Lucky for me, some guy stopped to help me get the bike up and move it to the side. I was asked by a dozen or so ppl if i was ok, and i was. Called my parents to come get me. Thought for a second my mom was going to die, i reassured her i was prefectly fine and had no pain anywhere and i was on my feet, she calmed down a little. They came, tried to do a police report, but since i couldn't get a plate and had no witnesses, it was useless. Dropped the bike off at home and went to the ER (yup priorities are in place )

Once at the ER, they took an Xray, did their poking around me all over to make sure i was ok. Turns out there might be a tiny change i fractured a bone in my wrist, but since i feel less and less pain i am starting to think that i am fine, i am going back next week though. Just to be sure it didn't worsen, they put a brace on me and told me to not take it off. Here's what i look like!

Other than that i have a little friction burn on my elbow from my jacket rubbing.

The bike still running but the front side, windshield, console, headlight, and most cosmetic things on the right side are beat up bad.
Poor Daisy...


Working with the insurance to get her all fixed.

I can't appreciate all the years i forced myself to wear my full gear and be lucky that today, it's just like wearing a seat belt... it's second nature. I can honestly said that without the pants, gloves, leather jacket, boots and helmet, i wouldn't definitely not be here. I wasn't going more than 30mph when i went down but it was enough to tear up my right side of my jacket and a little of my pants... It's a scary thought to imagine what would have happened had i not been geared up...

But all in all, even though i wasn't technically at fault, i am the one who went down... just because i assumed some idiot wouldn't cross illegally into my lane. My mistake was letting my guard down just because it was a Sunday with few people out on the roads. I guess this was just a wake up call after 6 years of nothing happening to me. Just keep in mind fellow riders... it is NEVER too hot to wear the gear.... i wouldn't be writing this had it not been for that gear.

So yeah! Hopefully Daisy will be up and running asap and i will take her for another, safer ride!

Till Next time!
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:09 PM   #77
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You didn't give me time to congratulate you on the new bike before giving condolences for the crash. You're quick! At least it doesn't look like any serious damage was done to the important parts, so it should be good as new after repairs. Good call wearing the gear.

Sorry to hear you haven't had time to get the tires broken in to really appreciate them. I have the same Pirelli Scorpions on my Aprilia Dorsoduro, and find them to be brilliant on tarmac. For an adventure bike in the Bay Area, they are the perfect balance.

I suppose you'll be looking for some good adventure spots soon. When you get a free weekend, head through Gilroy over Pacheco Pass (careful of the wind gusts) to the Sierra and check out some of the mountain passes. You can camp on the other side, and ride back Sunday. There are a lot of forest roads on the west Sierra, and wide open spaces on the east. If you like to fish, its time to invest in a hikers fishing pole that packs small. PM me, and I'll show you around Sonora Pass.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:24 PM   #78
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You didn't give me time to congratulate you on the new bike before giving condolences for the crash. You're quick! At least it doesn't look like any serious damage was done to the important parts, so it should be good as new after repairs. Good call wearing the gear.

Sorry to hear you haven't had time to get the tires broken in to really appreciate them. I have the same Pirelli Scorpions on my Aprilia Dorsoduro, and find them to be brilliant on tarmac. For an adventure bike in the Bay Area, they are the perfect balance.

I suppose you'll be looking for some good adventure spots soon. When you get a free weekend, head through Gilroy over Pacheco Pass (careful of the wind gusts) to the Sierra and check out some of the mountain passes. You can camp on the other side, and ride back Sunday. There are a lot of forest roads on the west Sierra, and wide open spaces on the east. If you like to fish, its time to invest in a hikers fishing pole that packs small. PM me, and I'll show you around Sonora Pass.
Ha! Sorry! I in a sense didn't have time to appreciate the mere look of the bike until it went down. Daisy is in need of some serious bandaids! Luckily, everything worked out and the insurance is covering it all!

Yeah the scorpions are WAY more street oriented than i am used to. Personally like the look of the Shinko 705
I had these on both KLRs and have worn off the edges more than the middle... I love these hand down but i am not sure if they make them on the Tiger. I have always had these types of tires all my bikes, (even tried getting em on my Vulcan 800). But i do like the look of the Scorpions as well. idk man i already got a good amount of work to do in order to wear these bad boys down. How do they handle in the wet? I am gonna try to avoid the rain... sometimes i just ignore the weather man and get caught in the rain.. I personally love riding in the rain. Not the first few but middle of rainy season wet rides are really cool imo.

yeah though man i am down to go! I was supposed to ride highway 1 all the way to Ventura this weekend... but that ain't gonna happen But i got weekends off now so i will have a better chance to go on rides I actually plan on riding to Tahoe in October for Oktoberfest! Two days of riding and one full day of drinking! Three days of awesomeness! Let me know if you are down!!

Any other takers are more than welcome!
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:59 AM   #79
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What? They have Oktoberfest in Tahoe? Sweeeet! I'll look into it. My last Fest was in Cotati (up near Petaluma). We stayed at the KOA, and rode our mountain bikes to the park many miles away. We came back after dark, hammered off my ass, and I wiped out on the side of the road. Good times!

I haven't ridden the Scorpions in the rain much, but they are supposedly designed for all weather/all roads. They come stock on the Ducati Multistrada as well as your bike. The only terrain they don't work on is mud and sand. My next set will be Continental TKC-80 tires, since I would like to get farther off road.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:54 AM   #80
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HA Yes they do sir!! It is at camp Richardson and we usually stay at fallen leaf lake campground. It's a 10 minute walk between the two camps. We try to avoid stay at richardson just because we don't wanna deal with the noise and shit all night But its pretty neat!! Where you located? I'm in Fremont! HERE is the info for the Fest. Oh there is the salmon down the road as well the same weekend! It's where thousands of salmons go up the river to to lay their eggs. It's pretty neat to see so many fish! That's all within a 15 minute walk to our campground!

Oh i see. Yeah they all say that but i don't always trust them i have definitley looked at the TKC 80 and LOVE the look... i have some weird obsession with tire designs. But if i can't get the shinko 705s for my bike, then i will be getting the TKCs... they are kinda pricy though... Rear Shinko for my KLR cost me $68.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:45 AM   #81
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Good call on the Fallen Leaf campground. Camp Richardson looked a bit close to the highway.

I'm in Sonora, so Tahoe is about 3.5-4 hours north of me. The salmon run near me in a little town called Knights Ferry. Pretty cool to see.

If you are into bluegrass music, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are also playing that weekend at the Montbleu Resort Casino. Yup, the actor Steve Martin.

edit: We're going! Not sure about the bluegrass concert, but will be camping and drinking.

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Old 09-04-2013, 11:04 AM   #82
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Haha fantastic! We can maybe do the salmon festival Sunday and Oktoberfest Saturday. I'm coming from Fremont so takes the same amount of time. Invited some friends of mine too so we will probably end up driving as well! Beer time!

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Old 09-04-2013, 03:29 PM   #83
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By the way; I started an Oktoberfest thread:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...2#post22251122

I mentioned the Tahoe event to see if there are any other inmates interested in going, but also asked about other Oktoberfest events for other dates (or years).
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:12 PM   #84
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First overnight trip... didn't go as planned at all!

i left my house Saturday morning thinking it i was doing an overnighter camping trip. First time for me. I was stoked for camping!

I knew it was going to rain but i checked different sites and all said it was going to rain around 3 or 4 in the afternoon and stop in the middle of night... only one was true.

I was about 50 miles East of Stockton along highway 4 when the rain started. At first it was just drizzles and drops here and there, no issue. Then it started to rain cats and dogs! I stopped for lunch in hopes of waiting out the rain... i checked the radar on my phone and got THIS...

To my surprise, it stopped raining. I got mback outside to get my gear on, and at this point i realize my gloves and jacket were literally dripping water! this is was no bueno. But i figured it was that chilly so i would be ok.. i could deal with cold. Eventually I got to 7200 ft elevation... and the rain came back full force. At this point the temperature had dropped to low 40s... and i was soaked from head to toe! Against my urge to ride, I decided ot get a hotel room in the first lodge i see. I ask if they have anything and they say yes starting at $75... but no electricity or heater... i look and her with my gear dripping and say " I need a heater lady" so the next price was $275 for a six person cabin!! I asked if there was anywhere else i could go and she directed me down the road, and off i went reeaally fast! The hotel clerk at the other lodge was very nice. I notice he had a little of an accent.... an accent I'm very familiar with, French. I asked him if he was from France, he said yes! At first he wasn't very enthused by my asking, but when I spoke to him in French, he quickly lightened up. We went on speaking about and where we currently lived and blah blah blah. So after some taking he said they had a room available for $135 with taxes. Now for a Lodge that ain't half bad! But for me, that s wayyyyyy to much. I asked if he had any cheaper or if there was a lodge close by that might have cheaper. He looked at me, in my literally stopping soaking wet gear and said, " let me see something." Typed some stuff on the computer and said he gave me the condo owner discount, coming to $50!!! That French connection helped I'm sure! :lol I asked him to book it! While he was typing up the stuff on the computer, I asked him if there was somewhere covered to Park my bike. He gave me his personally key to a locked garage for actual condo owners! I was shocked by his hospitality! This really made me realize that there are still good people or there!

Shortly after stepping into my room, I see huge flash outside (keep in mind its noon) and then a loud rumble.... LIGHTENING! That was awesome! I then started cleaning up my stuff and hanging up my gear to dry. I was able to squeeze a glass full of water from each sleeve of my jacket! After I loss feeding on my hands while riding, i figured it was time to quit... But I Gotta say, I didn't expect THAT much water!

After hanging up and don't all my Stuff, I decided to go downstairs. On my way down I noticed there was something heavier than train falling from the sky, it's hailing now! I thought that was also quite awesome! I went downstairs n, dips some reading for my classes and noticed Oahe the Window rider war something different falling from the sky, it's SNOWING!? The It's a good inch of snow on the ground now and I'm sitting here with 5 other bikes wondering how on earth we are going to get out of here tomorrow!!

We had another 20-30 folks come in because the pass was now closed due to snow. i am SO glad i stopped when i did... it could have been hell! So we all spent the night drinking and laughing with the other bikes, some folks i met from the UK and a whole bunch of others! What. A. Night!


The following day though, i got up around 8, everything was melting away... fast! I took my time to give the snow more time to melt and by the time i left at 10, the roads were almost completely dry! The scenery was fantastic and the ride was absolutely amazing! I was supposed to ride 4, to 89 to 135, back down to 120 and then home, but i went up 4 and came right back down.. i did that A because of time and B) i didnt really get the enjoy the ride there so i figured might as well try it again! All in all, it was a FANTASTIC adventure... i can say it was certainly that... an adventure lol it was just amazing!

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Old 09-24-2013, 04:05 PM   #85
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Great ride report! Boy did you pick a day for that ride. I was thinking of riding, but had to spend the day changing the throw out bearing in my truck so it would be ready for the Tahoe Oktoberfest. I watched the downpour outside the garage most of the day.

Sounds like it all worked out, and you managed to get a genuine adventure out of it. Way to break in the new bike.

See you in a couple of weeks!
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Great ride report! Boy did you pick a day for that ride. I was thinking of riding, but had to spend the day changing the throw out bearing in my truck so it would be ready for the Tahoe Oktoberfest. I watched the downpour outside the garage most of the day.

Sounds like it all worked out, and you managed to get a genuine adventure out of it. Way to break in the new bike.

See you in a couple of weeks!
Thanks!

Yeah everything turned out really well! I was pleased with the adventure. Gorgeous ride home too!

Woohoo! Oktoberfest!
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Goodies for Daisy!

So here's what i go on Daisy so far! Hand down best purchases yet are the pelican top case and the bar risers... WHAT A DIFFERENCE!


Ok so the OEM fog lights are first. I really really like these especially since i commute, it make me much more visible even the day time! I can post some pictures of the difference between with and without the lights at night if anyone is interested. But definitely a great purchase.



Triumph crash bars. Nothing fancy but needed for the simple offroading i will do. I went on a small ride two weeks ago. Laid her down due discalculating the ditch depth. She landed on these, handlebars and topcase. No damage at all, but then again i was completely stopped.



Tops case and how i mounted it. Pelican case 1510. Absolutely love this thing! Submerged it with some rocks for 48 hours at the bottom of my pool and not a single leak. I mounted them with nuts i could easily remove in an event i would need to remove them... i would proud of myself for thinking of these!




The dash. Nothing too fancy. Have small ball mount that i got from my gps and last three bikes. I found an adapter plate which i super glued to a cheap iphone case that way if i needed just small navy or somewhere to place my phone to charge i could just clip it in.


This is the mount for the iphone. Super simple, cost me $5 and works extrmemly well. Super glued the piece to the case just to be sure. Works like a charm!


Powerlet to 12v cigarette lighter. Plugged a 12v to usb thingy and got the retractable iphone charger on ebay for i think $2. With that i can just plug it and leave the phone charging either on the mount, or even in my pocket! The cable is long enough and this way there is no mess of dangling wires.


Last but certainly not least, the Rox bar risers. These things are fantastic! I just tested them today on my way to work and these are fantastic! Makes a huge different!

That's all for now! Got a huge list but gotta wait. This is probably much less fancy than what you other fellas might have but i found stuff that are cheap and make my life easier. Next bug purchase though are side racks (probably twisted throttle) and Sea Horse 720s.
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Just a heads up to everyone still following, i have moved to another thread... this one had too many random stuff lol the new one is call Daisy the Tiger and Frenchie. Move over to that one if you wish!
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