Saturday, July 30, 2011

My Ninja is becoming my own "traveling garden gnome"

Had another good riding day with great weather.  Took my Ninja to couple more landmark places around my city, it is quickly becoming my very own "traveling garden gnome" :D  Highly doubt it will ever make its way around world's landmark though.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Completing a Sunday hat trick

Thoroughly enjoyed F1 German GP this morning then the MotoGP race at Laguna Seca in the afternoon, wrapped it all up by taking an early evening ride up a local mountain visiting a familiar place.  No I didn't try to imitate Stoner or Lorenzo, I ride sensibly and safely on the roads :D

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Added another 100km seat time alongside a buddy

This Sunday, I finally met up with a buddy visiting from hundreds of kilometers away.  We picked the perfect time for our ride as it stayed dry - dry enough for most of the time anyway.  Here are some snapshots after our moderate ride covering ~100km round trip.

A pair of bikes at opposite ends of performance scale :D

It's all accessorized for long road trip storage

Looks as beautiful as it is comfortable!

1198cc of goodness

Nice looking tailpipes

Sunday, July 3, 2011

1st group ride since "graduating"

Today I went on my 1st group ride (link to forum post) since "graduating" from PRS and completing my class 6 license.  What an experience!!  I must say it felt pretty cool to be one of the group riders that people were turning head to look at (some may be haters, but who cares LOL)

I was in awe with so many bikes and riders there at the starting meet location; only to be told that while it was a good turn-out but there have been and will be bigger attendance in group rides!  It's so exciting to see and hear all the cool bikes, I am glad I wasn't too excited and was able to ride safely :p

Even though I didn't ride the entire route (I did ~80% [correction: more like 65% in ride time] before departing at a pre-determined spot), the parts that I rode were already great; with some types of routes I had yet to experience before!  So far on all the solo rides that I have done, I did mostly open highway plus short distances on suburb residential streets getting on/off the highway.  Today, it was open highway: same stretch I have done prior, so no biggie, it was a nice warm-up; then some moderate twisties around the West edge of the city... next up, through the heart of downtown core... the busy intersections could get intense but that was all nice and good.

The next big highlight was some more twisties uphill and downhilll, fairly narrow at parts... one lane each direction.  I have never even driven a car through that part of town, so I was in for a bit of a surprise while winding my way through them.  I am sure I could have done better (i.e. smoother, NOT faster) and caused less worries for the tail rider (whom I still have to id and contact to thank!) in my group; but overall I really enjoyed it and fairly pleased with how I rode.  I will be back to ride that stretch and be better and better at it!