Ol’ Yeller’s last stand?

Ol' Yeller's last stand?

Wow, what a great day. Temps were HOT, but on the track everything was cool. I had a little hiccup after the first session as I noticed my back tire was going flat. Took the bike over to Jason at Dunlop Race Tire Services but unfortunately he didn’t have a tire to fit my aging 18 year old bike. While I was contemplating my options of calling it a day, or making the drive to Bakersfield to pick up a new tire and try to salvage the rest of the day, Jason came through and somehow found a replacement tire for Ol’ Yeller. It was even the same make and model tire that had gone flat. Thankfully, the rest of the day went smoothly and without any more drama and it was fun enjoying the track with good friends and family. Thank you Jason, you really saved the day!

Dave Moss had Ol’ Yeller dialed in and after a few sessions had me glued to the track. If you haven’t use his service at the track, I highly suggest spending the $40 full a full day of adjustments. Dave has incredible knowledge and won’t make you feel like an idiot when you ask him stupid questions. 🙂

I’m thinking I may have to retire Ol’ Yeller from future tack days as I think maybe it’s time to bring out a more modern bike even though the Repsol is over 11 years old. 🙂

Let’s Ride Track Days runs a great event and I’m looking forward to our next track day together.

Dunlop Race Tire Services
http://dunlopracing.com

Dave Moss Tuning
http://feelthetrack.com

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

Buttonwillow Raceway Park
http://buttonwillowraceway.com

#Dunlop #RaceTech #PenskeRacingShocks #BridgestoneTires #DrivenRacing #D.I.D.MotorcycleChains #MaximaRacingOils

Back to the track!

Back to the track!
I can’t believe it’s been nearly eight months since my last track day. Can’t wait to get out there again and take some corners with some good friends. Ol’ Yeller is ready and willing and I’m looking forward to getting the old dog back on the track.

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

Buttonwillow Raceway Park
http://buttonwillowraceway.com

#RaceTech #PenskeRacingShocks #BridgestoneTires #DrivenRacing #D.I.D.MotorcycleChains #MaximaRacingOils

Friendship Ride 2016

Friendship Ride 2016
What a great day. Took another trip with an awesome group of riders this year. A bit smaller than what we are used to, but all good friends having a great time enjoying our awesome mountain roads. Wildfire smoke was at its lowest in years, traffic was smooth and flowing and the temperature was nearly perfect.

We ended the ride again this year at the Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park where Ian and Becca had ready some tasty BBQ pulled pork and chili beans. Michele and Skip got there early to set everything up and Michele also provided some awesome side dishes. Thanks to Elaine for providing the delicious chocolate chip cookies again this year, such a treat after a big ride and a big meal.

This ride never disappoints. What a great venue for spending the day with friends and family. Looking forward to years to come, riding with friends and remembering those that have left us too soon. Thank you to all those that have stood by me all these years. I could not do this without your help, you are truly appreciated.

Until next year my friends, ride safe.

Friendship Ride
http://friendshipride.com

Biker Friendly
http://bikerfriend.org

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

Are you ready?

Are you ready?
Only two days before Friendship Ride 2016. Get the bikes out, clean ’em up, and let’s roll. The smoke from neighboring fires is pretty low this year and the temps should be great for another awesome ride. BBQ to follow as usual. Hoping to see you all on Saturday!

Friendship Ride
http://friendshipride.com

Biker Friendly
http://bikerfriend.org

Let the fun begin!

Let the fun begin!
Yeah I know, I’m such a slacker… but I finally got the new shoes mounted. The Repsol has been begging for a ride, seems its time is near. Let the fun begin!

Moto Mummy
http://www.motomummy.com

Bridgestone Tires
http://www.bridgestone.com

Mission complete!

Mission complete!
What a great day! Weather was great, roads were pretty clear and my Kobe burger was excellent. We met at Oakbucks, hung out a little longer than we should have. Got to Sonora at the busy lunch hour, but we found some seats at the bar. The road back was a bit sketchy after the sun heated up all the tar snakes that caltrans had left on the Little Dragon. For the first time since I can remember, I slipped on numerous patches sometimes sending me way off line. I simple reduction in throttle and much more concentration on my lines proved enough to enjoy the rest of our travels. Another great day with good friends.

The Diamondback Grill
http://thediamondbackgrill.com

All cleaned up and ready to ride

All cleaned up and ready to ride
I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve taken Ol’ Yeller out for a street ride. My tummy’s been rumbling for some sweet Kobe beef so tomorrow it’s off to one of our favorite destinations, The Diamondback Grill in Sonora, CA.  The bike has a couple track days under its belt so a bath was certainly on order. All washed up and a quick system check has proven that this old dog is clean and running better than ever. Looking forward to spending some time with my old friend on some of our favorite roads. Now, get out and ride.

The Diamondback Grill
http://thediamondbackgrill.com

And then there were two…

And then there were two...

Well, the day I though would never come, did.  The Runt is off to its new home.  Although not the fastest, sleekest, or fanciest bike, I sure enjoyed our time together.  There is much to be said about riding such a light bike.  So much different than the bigger bikes I’ve grown accustom too. This thing was such fun to ride, I will truly miss our trips together.

New shoes for the new season!

New shoes for the new season!

Picked up these from MotoMummy.com.  They had an incredible sale on the Battlax Hypersport S21 tires.  I’ve been running the BT-S20 on Ol’ Yeller for a while now, and love how they perform on both the street and track.  So I figured the updated triple compound rear might be just what I’m looking for when it comes to good street performance for the Repsol. Well, the wait is over, Moto Mummy had these delivered to my door in just a few days. Looks like it’s time to give the Repsol some much needed TLC and get it ready to thoroughly enjoy the new riding season.

Moto Mummy
http://www.motomummy.com

Bridgestone Tires
http://www.bridgestone.com

End to a great day at the track

End to a great day at the track
As the afternoon temperatures started to drop, we decided to call it a day. This was my third track day, and it was a pretty good day. Let’s Ride Track Days puts on a great event, and since it was the last track day of the year, they followed up with a great BBQ. Not sure how many days I’ll get in next year, but I’m looking forward to visiting Buttonwillow Raceway Park as well as some of the other tracks that California has to offer.

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

Buttonwillow Raceway Park
http://buttonwillowraceway.com

#RaceTech #PenskeRacingShocks #BridgestoneTires #DrivenRacing #D.I.D.MotorcycleChains #MaximaRacingOils

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