I missed DSM8's recent tech day but met him while talking KTM exhausts recently. He knows bikes. He mentioned he hadn't been on a street ride since moving here. What?!?! So we put aside this Saturday as a time to do that. I asked a few others if they'd like to come along and an eclectic crew responded.
We had some very cool people show up in La Mesa yesterday morning, all sorts of bikes and riders. Dave (DSM8) on his V Strom, me on my fat Triumph and others on a GS, a Vulcan, a Harley bigger, a very fast Connie and a faster CBR650F (140 on The S1 vs 142 on the S2). Kelly and Jim were there on their ADV bikes, which was very cool to see. A true San Diego Asphalt Riders get together!
We met Mikey and Bob on a Duc and KLR @ the Sunrise Highway entrance. We then stopped at the Kwaaymii Point hang glider overlook and memorial for a quick break. I always enjoy those spectacular desert views from way up high.
When we joined up with The Oracle in Julian, we were at 16 people on 14 bikes. Now usually, that would be a cluster screw, but not with this group. Half took off and hit the twisties on the Banner Grade at an impressive--yet legal--speed. The rest of us just cruised it down to the intersection of the 78 and S-2 . A quick headcount and we were off across the desert to Ocotillo (I'm told it was 107 degrees midway).
Another quick stop at the Chevron where everyone was smiling, even in the "dry" heat, then up the hill to Jacumba. We tripled the dining population at Jay's Southern Cafe where we attacked the BBQ and iced tea. It was loud and fun in there. I really enjoyed hearing the mix of bike stories and laughs and gun talk and ride planning. And the cue was super tasty, too. Hey, Bob, how 'bout them ribs?!?!
There were no mechanical issues except for the guy with that big fat Rocket. Appears a battery terminal had come loose but Jimbo and Dave had that fixed in under 3 minutes. Which brings me to another issue: One of the SDAR guys we all know and love couldn't make the ride but said, "I have a truck and a trailer so let me know if there are any mechanical problems and I'll roll your way." How cool is that? And he'd just officiated at a wedding...
Some of us took the 94 back; the others hustled it back on the I-8. A wee longer than a "noonish" return I'd predicted but no one complained.
Just a fantastic group of people. I do hope everyone had a great time like I did, even in the heat.
Where next, Dave?
(BTW: All of the good photos are by Jimbo. The rest are my snapshots.)