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Re: Nice ride today
« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2016, 12:19:25 AM »
To fix a flat in a tubeless tire you need to carry a tube.  Otherwise it is nearly impossible to seat the bead of the tubless tire.  Not so hard with a tube. 
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Re: Nice ride today
« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2017, 01:47:54 AM »
And yet another nice ride yesterday!  Four of us left the Denny's Diner in Newcastle about 10:00 am and wandered north through the foothills and angled down toward the valley floor and crossed the dam at the Camp Far West reservoir and rode on up to Marysville and across the Sacramento River, through Yuba City and west on Highway 20 for a few miles to the turnoff for Sutter.  Sutter is a small town that seems lost in the 1950s, and is nestled near the south eastern foot of the Sutter buttes.  We have done this ride before but had not measured the distance around the Buttes, so this time we did and found it's 42 miles to go from Sutter, around the Buttes, and back to Sutter.  Fortunately there is a pretty good Mexican grill (restaurant and bar) where we filled up with a nice meal and a Mexican beer. 

To return home we took Highway 20 toward Grass Valley which is mainly flat and straight on the valley floor but begins to rise and fall as it winds up into the foothills.  It is a pretty nice road now, but 30 years ago and before it was a narrow and rough road with frequent tight turns up in the hills, so it is much improved and a joy to ride if there is no traffic in the way.  All in all it was a very pleasant way to spend a few hours on a beautiful sunny day.  It was raining two days ago and will again tonight, so we were fortunate to catch the break in the weather.
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Re: Nice ride today
« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2018, 11:22:17 PM »
Well, Friday!  We again had breakfast at the Coloma Club in Coloma.  Coloma is famous for being the spot where Johan Sutter had a water powered lumber mill operated by John Marshall, and it was John Marshall that found gold right there in the river.  This started the gold rush of 1849.  It is mostly a state park now, but just north out of 'town' just across the river is where the Coloma Club  and a few other businesses are situated.  Again we took the Marshall grade up to Georgetown and on east to Icehouse Rd. and back down Hwy. 50 to Placerville where we went on some back roads that lead back to Coloma and the Coloma Club for an afternoon refreshment.  Three of us this day, which to my mind is about the best number for a group ride.  Two works very well also.  Two KLR 650s and a Ducati Panigale this time.

Going over the same route might seem like a boring activity but the road changes through the seasons and depending on the level of activity of the loggers.  I think it's rather like practicing yoga, where you do the same exercises or poses every time and like my friend, Rick, says, "it like a mental enema" and clears out your mind.  Rick was in the Army in Viet Nam back when that was happening and has a significant dose of PTSD, so these rides are very welcome therapy for him especially but for me too.
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Re: Nice ride today
« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2019, 02:30:25 AM »
Chilly beginning to the day at 9:00am.  Frozen bird bath and animal water pans as I started my KLR650 to let it warm up.  But when I put it in gear the engine went dark.  After a few attempts to get on my way and each time the gear lever is engaged the engine dies.  I had read about the side stand safety lock outs on many bikes and made a little 'jumper' to eliminate the safety switch, and things looked up from there.  Into gear and on my way in the frosty morning.  My finger tips got pretty cold by the time I was going up the American River Canyon section of Hwy 49 on my way to meet up with my friends, Rick and Joe at the Coloma Club, our frequent meeting place.  After a leisurely breakfast and warm up time we set off toward Pilot Hill and the Salmon Falls road.  On through ElDorado Hills and Latrobe and up through Plymouth where we got on Hwy 49 headed north.  Rick is familiar with that area so he led us through Shingle Springs and back to the Coloma Club for some refreshment about 1:30.

After breakfast our ride was quite enjoyable, as the day had warmed up some and was no longer biting like an ice pick.  It was a very good day. ;)
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Re: Nice ride today
« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2019, 08:38:02 PM »
Sometimes the plunger on those safety switches get sluggish - especially in cooler weather.
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Re: Nice ride today
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2019, 03:47:37 AM »
Yeah, I think some WD-40 should be in order.  Old dirty chain goo can drip on that mechanism and dry up, so now I am armed with the knowledge to deal with the problem. 8)
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Re: Nice ride today
« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2019, 08:11:38 PM »
 I was out for alittle ride today after coffee with a friend at the Peet's in Eldorado hills. Salmon Falls road over to 49, then down into the Auburn Canyon to Auburn. Then to Loomis and some back roads home. Only about 60 miles, but the sun was out and the road was callin. Not on my Vision today, I was on a 68 BSA 441 Shooting Star. Nope, I didn't have to call the sag wagon.  That old BSA really enjoys the back roads.
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Re: Nice ride today
« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2019, 12:50:15 AM »
Nice use of the day, Ken.  I'm envious as I spent the morning with a chain saw and a big old oak tree that blew down a couple years ago.  I saw it  when it was freshly down a couple years ago and meant to get up the hill to it to cut it up for firewood, but other things just seem to take priority as we go through our days and months.  I did get up to check it out a few months after it came down, and found a stripped carcass of a deer on the ground between the two large trunks (we have mountain lions around here).  Two years later the bones are still mostly there but scattered around now.  My saw just barely gets through the lower part of the trunk (saw has 16" bar).  The wood is dry mostly, and the bugs have made their appearance, though not as much as I had feared.  Around here oak doesn'r last very long  once it's juices stop flowing, as the bugs move in and bring fungus with them.  It's the fungus that really destroys the wood and makes it all punky.  You can't drive to where the tree is, so I cut rounds off and let them roll down the hill, where I have to find them and round them up to where i can drive my lawn tractor/mower and trailer to pick them up and move them to where they get split and stacked.  It's a lot of physical work but I'm too cheap to get a pellet stove, and we have twenty acres of woods to supply us with firewood.  It's nice that the poison oak hasn't leaved out yet.
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