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Thanks to everyone I met....great group, great roads,
I am in heaven here.....thanks again.......

Aloha,
Retro.....
 

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Just got home...a little after 6.

300 miles, 10 hours. Great, great ride.

I'm beat and cold. Thick traffic on the freeway until Azusa. :(

I'll recap more later, I'm gonna crawl into the shower and thaw out.
 

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Good times, Retro. Your 620 Dark was haulin' booty down Bouquet :D

PCH was completely open all the way to Santa Monica on the ride back, and the temperature was actually quite agreeable. Drove my car to pick up a movie - quiet, smooth, warm, wearing clothes that don't stand up by themselves.... aaaahhh. Boiling water for a nice, large cup of Covent Garden as I'm typing this.

Life is good.

-R.
 

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Sorry to have missed you guys. Lucas and I met up at 8:30am in the drizzling rain and decided to punt. Probably not smart for me to run in my new tires on a cold wet day. Glad you guys had fun. Any tickets?

George
 
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Good times, Retro. Your 620 Dark was haulin' booty down Bouquet :D


-R.
I couldn't have been haulin too much booty, I was just following a guy with a bald rear tire ;D

yep good times!
It was nice to meet y'all....did I mention I had a blast!
ok well I had a blast.....did I mention I.....
 

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Well, Retro, I hope I wasn't holding you up too much. Usually get a bit of knee-dragging in on that stretch, just wasn't trusting my rubber enough to try that :) I noticed your reverse-shift setup, ever do trackdays on the Monster?

George, you and Lucas did miss out. The roads were dry all the way and clean for the most part. Somebody else, I believe Supafly, was on new rubber too and was keeping pace well with no problems. Oh, well, next time...

Going to order a new tire now...

-R.
 
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Well, Retro, I hope I wasn't holding you up too much.-R.
I hope you understood that my post meant if I am following a guy
on a bald tire and I can just barely keep up. it ain't me that's haulin' booty.
It was just a real pleasure being
there with you all yesterday!
yeah, I've had it out twice on the track but not real happy yet with the track set up....I think I am doing something wrong technically, and even with the c cats I was grinding the right side toe protector, before even coming close to gettin a knee down....so I need to take a class or sumthin to figure it out....unless you guys noticed anything I am doing funny....I also have a hard time on the tighter radius turns...hopefully since willow is close enough now I will learn how to ride better....
 

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I was in front of you most of the time so didn't notice anything funny about your riding. You seemed comfortable on your bike.

I, too, have a problem with tight turns. I think the trick is to just flick it and gass it through the turn. Once in a while I get it right and feel the rear wheel stabilize the bike through the turn, it's a blast when it works out right but ultimately frustrating if you keep succumbing to your survival instinct and go wide, let off the gas, etc. I also think I still haven't quite regained the necessary confidence in my tires after that lowside last February. More trackdays are in order, for sure.

Keep in mind that there are two Willows (three, in fact). The Streets of Willow, which are the tight stuff you're talking about. Great fun, very bumpy. I only got two sessions in on that one before I crashed there, can't wait to go back. Willow Springs Raceway (same facility, different track), which is superfast with one 5th-gear-throttle-pinned-decreasing-radius-sweeper. And Buttonwillow, which I haven't yet been to but which is rather technical as well.

Let me know when/ if you go, I want to go, too. Also planning on presenting myself with a school day or two this X-mas - Code or Pridmore. We'll see.

So much fun, so little money and time.

-R.

PS: I too am grinding my right toe slider on occasion, even with the Redline rearsets. Just have to hang off more. I also found that the secret to hanging off seems to be to rotate around the tank rather then just sliding your butt out. Think of your tank cap as a pivot point. Then bring your face down to kiss your inside mirror. You can stabilize your upper body by holding on to your tank with your outside elbow, a little tricky on the Monster because of the shape of the tank. Easier on the wide superbike tanks.
 

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LOL....Oh yeah, just what you guys need, a couple of classes and track days.... ;D

You two hooked up on Bouquet, I blinked my eyes, and you were nearly out of sight. Two more turns and you were gone........
 

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Sorry to have missed you guys. Lucas and I met up at 8:30am in the drizzling rain and decided to punt. Probably not smart for me to run in my new tires on a cold wet day. Glad you guys had fun. Any tickets?

George
The weather did look questionable, but it never went bad on us.
Would have been better with you guys coming along, but there will be other rides.

Nobody had to stop and talk to 'The Man' and nobody tipped over, so besides being really cold it was a perfect ride!

See you guys on the next ride.
 
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Thanks for the great ride guys, it's always nice to ride with new people and to put faces to the screen names.

I didn't have the new rubber Ryan it was Kevin(on the real 620) and Mr. Age. And as for keeping pace with no problems...my 620 was spinning for all she was worth to keep up with you guys. I show up to all these gun fights with my knife. Me vs. the S4's and Kevin's Cycle Cat sponsored 900.

I...am...glad...you...had....a...blast...Kevin...and....yes...you...mentioned...it...(jk....I...couldn't...resist)
 
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say I wanna be part of a ride at some point but...is this about racing each other or what?

the s4's ahead and the 600's behind?!
 

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From what I saw in the other group ride, everyone rides within their comfort zone. "Nobody gets left behind!" - right?

I'm bummed I couldn't make this one. I've never been on ACH and it would have been great to go with fellow riders. Next time for sure.

By the way, where are the pictures?
 
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It's not about racing, just having a good time and pushing your own limits and comfort levels with a group around you that can give tips and point out bad habits you might have.
Plus when you puke all over yourself (or just feel like it :-X) they come back looking for you. ;D

And I wasn't in the back with my 620. I usally ride in the 2 to 5th postion, and we all fit in where we feel we should be. I fell back when the masses ahead of me decided to break the speed of sound and I just kept thinking of a triple digit low-side with jeans on.
 

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Yeah dude, it's all in good fun. Absolutely no racing going on, just fooling around a bit. Part of the reason why I'm having so much fun with this group of Duc riders is that, contrary to the ricer crowd, they know to stay within their limits. Too many crashes on every R6/ CBR ride I've been on. Takes the fun out of things.

My 620 comment was an inside joke. You'll have to ride with Retro to see what I mean. And Retro, for a guy who was on a 620 AND on new tires (according to David) you WERE hauling booty :D

-R.
 
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I...am...glad...you...had....a...blast...Kevin...and....yes...you...mentioned...it...(jk....I...couldn't...resist)
hehe....those....are shift indicators..... ;D
 

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Shoot...Shawn just blew my cover.

I'll admit it, I'm the seldom seen superhero, SkinnyMan.
Master of refueling deception and U-Turns.... :)

Yet I still can't get more than about 5000 miles out of my tires...
 
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