The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Hard to believe I have not posted anything since April of this year. A lot of things have happened I could share:
In November, Mark McCaffrey was killed on his Tiger 800 as a San Diego Police Department (SDPD) car made a U-Turn in front of him. Mark was the owner of Rocket Motors, our local Triumph dealer. Mark was one of the most sincere people I have had the pleasure to know. He was well known for restoring old British motorcycles. He will be sorely missed by many.
In September, a good high school buddy of mine, Rodney Box, passed away in Texas. He and I had parallel interests all our lives, even though we had not seen each other for almost 40 years. He rode a modern Triumph Bonneville, was a Machinists Mate in the Navy, and was stationed on one of the ships I had also served on (USS Blue Ridge LCC19). I had just gone to Texas in August and visited him, so it came as a big shock to hear of his passing just a few weeks after our visit. I was really looking forward to riding with him.
I quit working in May to concentrate on my physical health and start my retirement. I sold my Suzuki SuperMoto bike and now all I have are my Triumphs (Tiger 800 and Bonneville). The Tiger has 35k miles and still performs as the workhorse it is. The Bonneville is my garage queen and only has 600 miles. I only take it out on special rides or occasions.
I am keeping my RiderCoach certification active for a couple more years and may help out at some of the local schools from time to time. It is a very enjoyable experience as every class is different. Since 2008 , I have done over 450 Basic Rider Courses and over 130 Advanced Rider Courses. That is almost 6000 riders. One of my good friends, Victor, finally became a RiderCoach and he is enjoying it tremendously.
This will probably be my last post for the year, so I will close with MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR wishes for all!
My Job can get very interesting at times. Today, I set up our range on an “unnamed” military base in Southern California. As I was waiting in the shade for my students to show up, a large military vehicle showed up and dispersed its crew around the perimeter of the range. I think my motorcycle (Triumph Tiger 800) was very protected!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 46,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals
I really loved my 2010 Bonneville T100. It was my 1st ever fuel injected motorcycle and I had many memories of it, especially my round trip to Texas a couple years ago. But about a year ago, a very good friend of mine wanted it and he paid my asking price, so I let it go, knowing that I would buy another Bonneville in the future. The T100 had a lot of chrome. I mean a lot more than I ever care to have on a motorcycle. The T100 is a beautiful bike, but I am not to well known for keeping my motorcycles perfectly clean. It also had spoke wheels, which adds to the beauty, but I am also about function. I was lucky enough to never have had a flat on the road while I owned it. I have had 3 tire punctures on my Tiger 800 in the past 15 months (24650 miles). Each time, I was able to plug it up, inflate with CO2 or with my Slime pump, and go on my merry way. Tubeless is the way I want to go.
I took my Tiger in for its 24K checkup at Rocket Motorcycles in San Diego on December 1st, and while I was there my eyes ventured over to the new 2013 Bonneville. Tubeless tires on mag wheels, and not so much chrome. I knew right then, it was mine! Lance and I did all the paperwork and I rode it home last Tuesday. I must add that the 17 inch front wheel makes the Triumph more responsive to steering input than the T100 which has the 19 inch front wheel. Same beautiful exhaust note and smooth as silk vertical twin. Some may not like the color, but I love it and reminds me of the same color made available back in the 60′s on the Triumph. The sun finally came out after a few days of much needed rain here in San Diego, so I took a couple pictures and I think this one was the best to put on my blog.
Rode up to Long Beach yesterday and met some friends at the convention center. Nothing really sparked my interest at the show. I just bought a new Triumph Bonneville this past week at Rocket Motorcycles. Was hoping to find some Mobile Warming battery operated heated leather gloves, which no one seems to have for the past year.
Honda displayed their new CB1100 and their new 500 series (sport, naked and adventure) motorcycles. Suzuki had their new 250cc naked fuel injected twin, and they started making the DRZ400 SM again after a couple years of not.
Ural had a sidecar outfit complete with a paddle; the sidecar can be detached and floats.
Yamaha had their adventure offering outfitted with a winch. What will they think of next?
Did take a few pictures of my buddies Rob and Cody having fun, plus some of the items I mentioned above.
We had fun and look forward to next year!
I was privileged to attend the 2 day Jason Pridmore’s STAR school at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center, Ca a week or so ago. I rented a Suzuki GSXR 600 and camped out in the pits on Sunday and Monday night. I had a few friends with me there; Wally, Scott, “Cowboy” and Kevin, who came with me with his CBR 1 million.
I also met a few people that I will never forget, as they made this event unforgettable. First, I want to say Jason Pridmore is the NICEST person you will ever meet in the world! He has so much knowledge and experiences to share with absolutely no ego. Always smiling and just beams positive energy at all times. The fastest I will ever go around Chuckwalla was as a passenger with Jason on his GSXR 1000. A ride I will never forget. He takes anyone, who wishes, 2 laps around the track. I could only manage 1 lap and I was ready to stop. The adrenaline rush and sheer excitement of trying to hold on and this old man was wore out and did not think I could of held on another lap, which I heard he does faster than the 1st. BTW, the last time I was a passenger on the back of a motorcycle was in 1977, and it did not end well.
Wally, my arch rival, was there on his GSXR 1 million, and although we are near equals in Supermoto, he is light years ahead of me on the road race course. My respect continues to grow for my friend and his riding abilities.
Kevin; thanks for 2 days of fun! It was great to watch you progress and I am sure many will learn from your experience on how not to panic when running off the track at over 80mph. You just kept on going, scaring the track photographer in the process, and got back on the track at another point. If you were racing, I think this is called taking a short cut, and you would have been penalized. Great fun!
“Cowboy”; Although I have known (or thought I knew) you for almost 3 years, I did not know you were “Cowboy”. What a revelation. Smooth rider too, But we all knew that.
It was a pleasure to meet Mike, Wally’s friend, who came down from up north to ride for the 1st time in many years. It was nice to see someone “get back in the saddle” again and enjoy themselves so much.
Scott; You are riding so well and I am happy you are enjoying your FZ1 so much! Thanks for following me a short while and filming my antics!
I also met Tony, who came in with Scott. A very studious gentleman interested in riding his BMW 1000 to the fullest. He was fun to be around and I hope to run into him again out on the road (when he is not “working”).
Greg White; what can I say? This man is a blast to be around. I cannot ride my motorcycle very long without his voice saying “little chicks”! Those who were at the school will know what this is about and I will be forever grateful for his demonstration and explanations of this concept. Thank you Greg!
I also met Joni Avery, who was with her sons at the school. She was recently awarded a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in Hollywood for her work over the years as a stunt woman. She has been in over 300 movies and looks too young to have accomplished all these things. It was a genuine pleasure to hang out with her a short while and see her positive glowing personality.
I also met Suzette, a very nice lady who, not knowing me from Adam, allowed me to clean my spectacles with the tail of her flannel shirt in the pits the 1st day. She was there riding with her daughter, and I think both of them passed me up on a few occasions! I also want to add that Suzette and I were both born in the same year! It’s nice to know that there are a few ladies from my generation still into performance riding.
As for the school, I learned that there is always something you can still learn no matter how long or how much you have ridden. I picked up a few things that I would of never thought of. I am not going to explain, you need to take the school to experience it for yourself. It is well worth the money! Plus you get to meet all kinds of neat riders!
The last person I want to mention that I observed and did not really get to speak with, is Benny Solis. He a current AMA racer and only 16 or 17 years old. Very soft spoken and nice, and a couple days after the school, set a new track record, on a 600 at that. May you have a great career in racing young man!
So here is a parting shot. Ride safe!