24 May 2009

Tech day

Tech Day
A unique opportunity presented itself for me and the bike this weekend.

I recently joined a KLR650 forum (there seems to be a forum for just about everything nowadays) and one of the local members hosted an Eastern Washington Tech day in my neck of the woods. I decided that this would be a great opportunity to drop in to meet some of my fellow "KLRistas".

99% of my rides in the past have been mostly solitary; I don't expect many folks to log the non-stop saddle time that I have an addiction for, therefore, most of my rides end up as lonely affairs, just me and the bike and 500 or so miles together before the day is over.

My bike socializing with some of her own breed

I arrived a little late to the tech part of the day, because of this, I missed out on most of the "fun" of watching the various valve and chain adjustments and a couple of doohickey replacements (doohickey:KLR slangterm for the cam chain tensioner or something like that, I'm sure that I will be corrected by somebody on this).

At the end of the day, we took a quick ride south up to the summit of Steptoe butte (big friggin hill in the area).

We did okay for a spell, me and my bike that is, until we got about 15 miles into the ride. I don't know if it's the thousands of miles of solitary time that I am so comfortable with that coaxed me into breaking from the pack of Kawasaki's or the challenge of taking a shortcut to get far enough ahead of the group to buy enough time to dismount, pull out the camera and get a shot of everybody riding together. In the interest of not appearing to be a total social introvert, I will go with the group photo excuse. Whatever the reason, that's what I did and yes I did get stopped and the camera out just in time to get the shot.

The group riding south to Steptoe butte

More of the group

My bike is obviously not quite used to social situations like these just yet, I think that must be why she was sitting a little bit away from the pack.

More pictures of the event can be found on this link


All in all, I had a great time getting together with this group of folks, I would like to thank Joe for hosting the event, it was a fantastic experience to be able to spend the afternoon with a group of riders who all share a common interest. As a lifelong solo rider, I look forward to more days socializing like this and if any of these guys are as stubborn as I am and have developed that special callous (where the sun don't shine) that's neccesary to be able to drain that legendary "ship of the desert" tank two or more times in a single day, you are more than welcome to join me and my bike.

Ride well



Baron's Life said...

It sure looks like you all had a good time..Excellent photography and reporting. Thanks for sharing

R.G. said...

Boy can I relate. I always thought riding with others would be pretty cool so I joined a local meetup group for a ride to the coast last year. Not my cup of tea. You become a slave to the pack. stop for gas when everyone does, needed or not. go the speed that the least experienced one is comfortable with even if it is 10 mph below the posted limit. well you get the picture. I think 3 or four experienced riders would be about the limit for me.
Love the picture of your anti social bike.

Lance said...

Earl, I can totally understand your feelings, since it's been just you and your bike for many miles. But it looked like both you and her enjoyed the company. Thanks as always for the post and pictures.

Charlie said...

I am glad you were able to show up and hang out with the group for a bit. I myself do find in my short life span as a motorcyclist that it is very enjoyable to ride with only your thoughts and concern in your head. I find on my days off when I can get out a bit before I know it I have 150 miles on and feel like I just got on. You know I bought that thing so we could do some riding so let's hit up MT next month and get the heck outta here.


Touring Motorcycle exhausts said...

You know what i always think, just like riders have lots of stories to tell on where they have ridden and what they have been up to, bikes too talk a lot when together. But in their own language! they got stories to tell. Its a good thing you gave yours some time to interact. I am sure it had fun!