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Ol’ Yeller to the rescue!!!

That’s right, the old beast came through on the year’s biggest ride!

I had the Repi all prepped and ready for this year’s Friendship Ride… lines bled, parts lubed, and even some old parts replaced… followed up by a good scrub and polish. Well, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, and come Saturday morning the battery decided it was done. I guess nine years of starts was all it was able to take. Time was running out, didn’t know what to do. Should I continue on with the Repi, knowing that I would have to be push started after each stop and face the ridicule from all my battery tending friends? Oh, HELL NO!!!!

I quickly pulled the cover off Ol’ Yeller, dusted off the parts that were dusty. Wiped down all the gruff from the previous rides, checked the tire pressure and when I went to start it up… nothing. Damn, I had unplugged the tender to use for some other, at the time “necessary” electric device and forgot to plug it back in. No worries, I knew that the battery was good so with a quick jump from the wife’s car, we were on our way.

That’s right, no prep, no fancy new parts, no clean and polish, just wake up, shake the bugs off and go. I did require a little help on my first stop/start, but after the first leg Ol’ Yeller was starting and stopping like the best of them. Still had to endure a day of ridicule and jabs from the mob, but I held my head up high with the fact that my oldest, slowest, most outdated bike still took care of business. I just love this thing, and I’m probably the most comfortable on the bike after owning and riding it for the past 21 years.

Here’s to old friendships that never let you down.

Friendship Ride
http://friendshipride.com

Biker Friendly
http://bikerfriend.org

Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park
http://www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org

#FPRacingUSA #RaceTech #PenskeRacingShocks #GalferUSA #BridgestoneTires #DrivenRacing #D.I.D.MotorcycleChains #Vortex #MicronExhaust #MaximaRacingOils #TripageLED

Global Warming?

Oh yeah, it was hot, Hot, HOT today! Spent Sunday night with old and new friends, BBQ Tri Tip and Chicken did not disappoint. We stayed up way to late and woke up to light sprinkles in the morning. Hard to believe as it was already well into the 70’s. 🙂

I really enjoyed the track today, spent my time working on controlling the throttle in corners, and still trying to get my butt off the seat. As the temps rose, it was clear that our time together was limited. After the lunch break it was just too dang hot to enjoy the track, so we all decided to pack it in and save it for a cooler day.

I’m going to have to keep my track time limited to Spring and Fall, as the Summer months are just too devastating. I’m going to try to get in a few more dates before the end of the year. Let’s Ride is such a great group to ride with, and I look forward to our next day together!

Let’s Ride Track Days
http://www.letsridetrackdays.com

Buttonwillow Raceway Park
http://buttonwillowraceway.com

Janman Shop
http://www.janmanshop.com

#AttackPerformance #Bazzaz #Brembo #Dunlop #Carrozzeria #CoreMoto #FPRacing #Galfer #JanmanShop #MaximaRacingOils #Öhlins #RaceTech #Shorai #Yoshimura #Yoyodyne



Ready, willing, and able!

All packed up for another track day on Labor Day. I’m looking forward to a great ride, although the forecast is well over 100 degree temps on Monday. Still, always good times hanging out with friends and I’ve been missing my track time with Juicy.

Let’s Ride Track Days
http://www.letsridetrackdays.com

Buttonwillow Raceway Park
http://buttonwillowraceway.com

Janman Shop
http://www.janmanshop.com

#AttackPerformance #Bazzaz #Brembo #Dunlop #Carrozzeria #CoreMoto #FPRacing #Galfer #JanmanShop #MaximaRacingOils #Öhlins #RaceTech #Shorai #Yoshimura #Yoyodyne

Still Kickin’

Still Kickin'

Bought Ol’ Yeller just over 21 years ago, still as fun to ride today as the day I rode it home. So many miles, so many good times, and so many more smiles still to come.

The Forks Resort
http://www.theforksresort.com

Bass Lake
https://www.basslake.com

#FPRacingUSA #RaceTech #PenskeRacingShocks #GalferUSA #BridgestoneTires #DrivenRacing #D.I.D.MotorcycleChains #Vortex #MicronExhaust #MaximaRacingOils #TripageLED

Finally, all set for another day at the track

Juicy is ready to ride! Can’t wait to get back out on the track. Where did the summer go? Didn’t get much riding time on either street or track this year. I really need to change that.

Since the last track day, I have replaced the bad radiator, switched out to an HRC overflow bottle, HRC rear brake reservoir kit, and a Core Moto braided rear brake line.

 

Let’s Ride Track Days
http://www.letsridetrackdays.com

Buttonwillow Raceway Park
http://buttonwillowraceway.com

CaliPhotography
http://www.caliphotography.com

Janman Shop
http://www.janmanshop.com

#AttackPerformance #Bazzaz #Brembo #Dunlop #Carrozzeria #CoreMoto #FPRacing #Galfer #JanmanShop #MaximaRacingOils #Öhlins #RaceTech #Shorai #Yoshimura #Yoyodyne

Sunday, bummed day…

Sunday, bummed day...

Well damn… had to replace the front tire after finding it flat this morning and now it looks like my radiator took a hit and sprung a leak. My weekend is officially done.

Had a great weekend though, the bike was feeling really good and I absolutely love this track.

Can’t wait to get back here and run some more laps. It may be a long drive to get here, but I’d definitely do it again.

Until next time…

SoCal Track Days
http://www.socaltrackdays.com

Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
http://www.chuckwallavalleyraceway.com

Janman Shop
http://www.janmanshop.com

CaliPhotography
http://www.caliphotography.com

#AttackPerformance #Bazzaz #Brembo #Dunlop #Carrozzeria #FPRacing #Galfer #JanmanShop #MaximaRacingOils #Öhlins #RaceTech #Shorai #Yoshimura #Yoyodyne

Who’s riding this weekend?

Who's riding this weekend?

It was a long drive, but we have finally reached the gates of Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Looking forward to getting eveything set up, and start the weekend.

SoCal Track Days
http://www.socaltrackdays.com

Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
http://www.chuckwallavalleyraceway.com

Janman Shop
http://www.janmanshop.com

CaliPhotography
http://www.caliphotography.com

#AttackPerformance #Bazzaz #Brembo #Dunlop #Carrozzeria #FPRacing #Galfer #JanmanShop #MaximaRacingOils #Öhlins #RaceTech #Shorai #Yoshimura #Yoyodyne

Here we go again!

Here we go again!

I’ll primed and ready for this weekend’s festivities with SoCal Track Days at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Can’t wait to get back out on the track, spending two days at this open track day. New track for me, zero sessions, ride as much as I want.

SoCal Track Days
http://www.socaltrackdays.com

Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
http://www.chuckwallavalleyraceway.com

Janman Shop
http://www.janmanshop.com

CaliPhotography
http://www.caliphotography.com

#AttackPerformance #Bazzaz #Brembo #Dunlop #Carrozzeria #FPRacing #Galfer #JanmanShop #MaximaRacingOils #Öhlins #RaceTech #Shorai #Yoshimura #Yoyodyne

That’s it, I’m out!

That’s it, I’m out!

Well, at least for this year.  🙂  Another great day at the track, the temperature was perfect and for the first time in recent years I was able to enjoy the day without rain, cold or blistering hot temps.

I was so happy to see Dave Moss there as I’ve been wanted to get his hands on Juicy to work out the kinks I’ve had since the git go.  “Best 40 bucks you’ll spend on your bike”, so true. Dave is a genius at setting up bikes and after the first few session, he had the bike feeling so much better and I enjoyed the rest of the day working on the cornering tips he provided.

I’m quickly realizing that I need to work harder to get in better shape as these days really take their toll by the mid afternoon sessions.  Over winter I’m going to increasing my cardio program so next year I’ll have more endurance throughout the day.

Although I’m not planning any more track days for 2017, I can’t wait to get back out there.  I feel my progress has been slowed a bit as I adjust to the new bike, but with each new ride I feel more and more confident.  Looking forward to working harder in 2018 and maybe finally getting that knee on the ground.  🙂

Cali Photography was there to capture my moves, and Let’s Ride put on another great event. We agreed as a group that we need to check out Chuckwalla Valley Raceway next year, and I’m hoping we can all work it out to ride together.

That's it, I'm out!That's it, I'm out!That's it, I'm out!That's it, I'm out!That's it, I'm out!That's it, I'm out!

That’s it for me, and this will finish out the track pictures for the year.  😉 I need to get the street bikes out before the rains come and post some street action here on the site.  Kobe run anybody???

Whether you’re riding the street or the track, ride safe my friends.

Dave Moss Tuning
http://feelthetrack.com

Janman Shop
http://www.janmanshop.com

CaliPhotography
http://www.caliphotography.com

Let’s Ride Track Days
http://www.letsridetrackdays.com

Buttonwillow Raceway Park
http://buttonwillowraceway.com

#AttackPerformance #Bazzaz #Brembo #Dunlop #Carrozzeria #FPRacing #Galfer #JanmanShop #MaximaRacingOils #Öhlins #RaceTech #Shorai #Yoshimura #Yoyodyne

Monday, fun day!

Monday, fun day!All packed up for another great day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park with Let’s Ride Track Days. My buddy with the motovan decided to take a snooze so I had to get my bike to the track on my own. No problem, with a long ramp, a tight grip on the bars, and a whole lot of prayers I got Juicy up into The Beast without breaking a sweat. Now that I know I can do this on my own, I see more track days in my future.

Here we go again, see you there.

CaliPhotography
http://www.caliphotography.com

Let’s Ride Track Days
https://www.letsridetrackdays.com

Buttonwillow Raceway Park
http://buttonwillowraceway.com

#AttackPerformance #Bazzaz #Brembo #Dunlop #Carrozzeria #FPRacing #Galfer #JanmanShop #MaximaRacingOils #Öhlins #RaceTech #Shorai #Yoshimura #Yoyodyne

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