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November ride to Firehole Canyon

November 14, 2013

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A couple of days ago I brought “Ninjette” back from the shop after adding new tires and brakes.  The weather – especially for the middle of November – was great for riding.  In keeping with my general plan of doing some riding in every month of the year I made a detour from my route back to the house and headed south towards Firehole campground, a part of Flaming Gorge Reservoir.  The campground is closed this late in the year, and the marina at the campground doesn’t get much use either.  The short of it is that there is a nice twisty road with very little traffic this time of year.  I would have a hard time coming up with a better way of testing out new tires and brakes on a short notice.

I have to admit, it has been quite a while since I took a sport bike out for a real ride.  As far as riding on the road goes, I have gotten used to riding over sized touring bikes that don’t exactly read my mind when the road gets, uhhh, fun.  At just over 350 pounds wet, this bike moves between turns quicker than any other bike I have ever owned.  At first, this nimbleness was a bit intimidating.  The bike was taking the turns much quicker than I planned.  After a few spirited runs I was fairly comfortable and was able to keep up an average speed much higher than any interested law enforcement officers would have liked.

Quick side note:  The handlebars need to be replaced, as the ones that came with the bike had been bent down by somebody cranking down too hard with ratchet straps.  When they are replaced the riding position will change and I may have to play on that road again in order to adjust to the new position.  Damn the luck…

This bike is still a work in progress.  I will keep a log of my progress here.  While I work on my other bikes too, this bike seems to be a bit easier to work on, so this is the bike I will document.

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