Wow! There was a great deal of clearing after I posted the last note, so I rode on in to Helimot. I figured I would be about 6th in line, based on the crowd last year, but I was the first one there by about a minute. Daffe was third in line.
Gary J. added a bit of preload to both ends and tweaked the compression and rebound settings a little. It's nice to have adjustable forks. He spent about half an hour on Daffe's bike. He immediately pronounced the rear preload to be good (the bike has been there twice before), then did a lot of work on the front end. There was a bit too much stiction in the forks, so he did several things to try to fix that, unsuccessfully. He then looked at the rebound on the rear and it was obviously way too strong. The adjustments didn't seem to do anything there. I think Daffe needs to drop his bike off at Aftershocks or Lindemann for some suspension work.
We didn't see any other Ducatis show up after hanging around for nearly an hour and a half, so we headed to 237 and took Calavaras Road past the reservoir and into Sunol. We then took the back roads into Pleasanton. We kept up a nice slow pace with the damp roads, but still enjoyed it. We had considered making a run through Palomares Road too, but my left hand was hurting a bit too much so we took the more direct route.
The rest of you who wimped out missed a nice morning activity.