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Under the Gun

Yesterday I was riding I-280, killing time and having fun until I needed to be at Ray Mueller’s meet -and-greet in San Carlos. The traffic was going maybe 10 MPH more than the speed limit but no one was going bizarrely fast. All of a sudden, though, it slowed down

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The Kindness of Strangers towards White-Haired Guys

I found a fun new local ride last week. And I learned, once again, there are lots of kind-hearted people in the world. The route was a new and different way of getting over to CA-9 at Boulder Creek. From there, taking 9 up to Skyline Boulevard (aka CA-35) and

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Bring the Antimatter Injectors Back Online and Rig for Warp Drive

Since originally posting this I realized the dynamometer data I was using measured the torque being produced at the wheel not at the engine crankshaft. Consequently, my reducing the “engine torque” to reflect drive train losses was incorrect (I was double-counting the effective losses). I’ve updated the files and charts

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That Wouldn’t Be Good…

I was kinda bummed when I missed out on some good riding weather last week. Why didn’t I get out? Well, because Yamaha announced a safety recall on my FJR-1300. Apparently, under high enough load, the second gear can, uhh, disintegrate. Which has the unfortunate side effect of locking up

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Make It So!

Finally got my new motorcycle license plate! See if you can guess what inspired it: And yes, I inquired about using an exclamation point instead of a ‘9’. Unfortunately, California does not allow it in license plates.

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Clear Lake via Lake Berryessa

I’d been meaning to do this ride for a while. The Covid-19 pandemic and then some ferocious wildfires delayed doing it until early December. A nice one night ride! As always, click on the motorcycle icons for comments and pictures from along the route.

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Made It!

…in a couple of ways :). Yesterday I finally got around to completing my “ride around the Bay” tour, which was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This time I picked up from where I left off and road around the southern part of the Bay. Here’s the route I took

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Can You Spot the Bent Handle?

Because I sure didn’t until the other day. And neither did two or three different technicians who serviced my bike before the new place I went to yesterday did. I’m pretty sure the clutch handle (the bent one, on the left) got damaged a couple of years ago, a day

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Uh oh…

Yesterday I took my second stay-within-5-miles ride, this time starting south down 101 to Marsh Road and looping around 280 to 92 to 101 to home. A fun time because of the near total lack of traffic! Well, except for when, early on, I glanced over at my phone —

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North Bay Ride

It’s been a while since I did a longer ride (multiple, albeit minor, surgeries will do that do you — memo to file: don’t grow old :)). My schedule right now isn’t such that I could do a multi-day ride. Besides, it’s winter in California and there’s no guarantee our

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