Post Master General
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Bowling Green, VA
I Ride: '09 ZX6R
2-24 2 hour ride
I keep forgetting how many civil war battlefields are in the same part of VA as I am..... took the bike out for a ride on this ridiculously nice Feb day; no specific direction or objective -- just riding at the pace I wanted to, without worrying about much of anything. I usually do this within 20 miles of the house -- I can ride for more than an hour and not touch any of the same roads, doing this.
This time, I went West, towards lake Anna, then North into Orange county, then East back into Fredericksburg, and south to Ladysmith, then East into my typical stomping grounds. I know for a fact this put me through at least 5 different battlefields, and is likely to have been nearer a dozen.
Coming from the West Coast, this all seems so surreal.....
I covered about 100 miles in just about 2 hours, on mostly 45 MPH posted roads. I more or less stayed within shouting distance of posted limits, rarely exceeding 150%. Didn't violate any double yellow lines, or drift into the oncoming lane. Rarely did I need to hit the brakes.
More than enough to let the bike rip in 2nd and 3rd. Sight lines in rolling countryside with blind turns, driveways, and farm equipment will keep you honest, if you want to make it back to the barn in the same condition you left it. Always limit your speed to that which you can stop from, in the space that you can see.......
This is the first time this year I have ridden in my summer weight gear. Pulled the chin guard and the breath deflector out of the bucket, opened all the vents.... rode in my mesh jacket, mesh pants, armored gauntlets. (Along with eye protection, steel toed boots, and ear plugs.)
Before I departed, I had to bleed the front brakes again, the lever was mushy after sitting for a week or two. That valve at the MC is my favorite piece of gear, I think. The tires were considerably down in pressure as well, probably in the mid 20's front and rear. I had spent the time to go over the drive chain pretty throughly in the last few days -- running gear was perfectly smooth.
Handling was sharp and precise, braking well controlled, ride quality perfectly adequate.
All in all, a good run.
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