After a week of high temps and fires all over San Diego County, we finally have a nice day in the 70’s and clear blue skies!
Finally took the Tiger in for it’s 36k checkup and some new tires this past week. It is my 3rd new front tire and 4th new rear tire. The engine runs like brand new with the recent valve adjustment. All the other checkups, the valves were within specification, but this time, they all needed some adjustment. I guess sticking with Amsoil and changing every 3000 miles does an engine good! I never did write a 2 year report, and here in a couple weeks, I have had the Tiger for 3 years. That in itself sets some kind of record for me. I usually trade them off in a couple years. The one exception was my Superhawk, which I had for 12 years. The Tiger has been a true workhorse and trouble free and I see it staying with me a long time. My Bonneville is still new as ever. Almost have 900 miles on it. Real garage queen, but, that is what I wanted it for.
Wow, as I was writing this, a neighbor, who has a small ranch about 15 minutes away, called and needed my assistance with a calf. I hopped on the Tiger and went to go help. Such a nice day out. The ride was nice and helping a neighbor is always good. Even though I don’t know much about cows and calf, I was able to do what he needed. Nice ride home. Gonna clean up and get ready for a date night with my wife!
Time sure does fly by!
Been taking it pretty easy and have done a few BRC classes here and there. I do not miss racing like I thought I would. I actually enjoy watching now. Rode up to Apex Raceway a while ago with Wally and watched some fine Supermoto racing action.
Still ride almost everywhere I go. I just don’t go out that much anymore since I am not working and am happy being a homebody.
I find it more difficult to be sharing our roads with those who still think that it is okay to use their handheld devices while driving. Maybe they are not thinking because they are air-heads or complete asshats. I know there are more important things in life to deal with, but this has gotten way out of control. It may be a reflection on how our society has become, and I am saddened by it.
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.