Let's Ride! NorCalTT on Tiger, Titan, R5 ...
We got a chance to ride some of our Old's Cool bikes here in California this weekend on the 7th Annual NorCalTT, a two-day, 500 mile ride for motorcycles made before 1975 ... here's a rough map of our route:
We met at DNA Pizza in San Francisco on Friday morning and were on the road by 9:30 am to wind our way to Auburn via Walnut Creek, Stockton, Copperopolis, Placerville and Cool ...
Purple Barry's 1970 Yamaha R5, which came over from Japan with a Sushi chef who put the bike in a container in Japan when coming to the States to prepare sushi in the city ... Barry's owned it for four years and it has two Moto Melees under its belt (a three day vintage ride for bikes made before 1971).
Jason's Suzuki Titan ... looks like the Titan was on the Moto Melee, too, in 2010 ...
And the 1973 Triumph Tiger 750, an oil-in-frame, front disk brake, five-speed, single carb model, the TR7V, I think ...
The Corner Saloon in Old Copperopolis, which was founded in the 1860s ... it was HOT by the time we got here and the food, air conditioning and drinks were required and first-rate ...
We made it to Auburn at around 5 pm after the Tiger struggled a bit with a low charging situation and the Titan made a stop at the Harley shop on 49 to beg some wheel weights which the front wheel had thrown ... so far the Yamaha R5 was running like a top ...
Next: Riders Meeting and on to Quincy ...
Auburn to Quincy
We stayed at the Best Western (which has a nice pool), east of Old Town and had a fine dinner at Lou La Bonte's, a local institution, where the waitresses treated us well while the twenty-two bikes and support trucks streamed in over the evening ...
Eight o'clock Saturday morning we gathered for coffee and the rider's meeting ...
Liz implores us to stay on the route, while Lola, Dave and Dennis look on ...
Some of the bikes:
Ivan Thelin's Scrambler ...
John's Laverda 750 ...
Danny's round-case 1974 Ducati 750, which he purchased new in '74 and has owned ever since ...
Adam's clean and fast bevel-drive Ducati 250 single, on which he's put 3000 miles since getting it together ... he won the "Best Bike" trophy at the end of the ride ...
Dennis's 1974 Moto Guzzi Eldorado ...
The only Harley this yearr, a nice example of a kick-start-only Shovel Head.
He won a trophy, too, for passing Dennis on one of the dirt sections, sideways with his foot down, and for being the only bike heavier than the Eldorado ... ha.
Matt's "parts-bike" 441 Victor ... 60 mpg ...
Dave Halpern's well-sorted oil-in-frame Bonneville ...
We were off about 9 am ... I'd fooled around with the headlight the night before and didn't put it back together well, and promptly lost it ... well, the bezel, bezel-ring, reflector and head light bulb, anyway ... didn't notice it for about ten miles, and doubling back to find it, I was on a frolic the rest of the day ... the low-charging issue seemed to be continuing ... my battery tested at 11.44 volts in Auburn, which is too low to keep the electronic ignition happy ... I charged it up in the motel room Friday night, but it still was not idling well on Saturday morning ...
An overlook above Sierravillle and exploring some dirt roads up off Golden Lakes Road at the end of the day ...
There was a BMW MOA rally in Quincy, so a lot of nice BMWs were cruising around ... We stayed at the charming Ranchito Motel, where we feasted on Pizza and enjoyed motorcycle movies at the ice-house picnic area in the woods behind the original motel that was built in 1946 using old barn timbers, and doors ...
The two-strokes of Barry and Jason needed the services of Kerrie's sag-wagon when their gas mileage plummeted as the elevation increased to 9000' over Sonora Pass, but no one needed to be loaded on the sag-wagons on this day ... although we did loose Danny and his round-case Ducati, who got separated from the group during the day and decided to find a motel after it got dark ... he got the Trophy for Rider-Lost-and-Found ...
Excellent ....more please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I made that tax disc thingy back when I was 22, sure do feel silly rockin' it as an old man now!
Fun three-day weekend ... we'll have to go for four next year, what with Blaze bragging about having done 900 miles ...
Don't worry about being an old man, whippersnapper, I'm blazin' a trail for ya. Ha.
See you on the 49 Mile Ride,
Thanks for reading and posting, it's always nice to get comments! :ricky
Should be able to finish this up tomorrow ...
See you around the campfire,
John, you should have included our day of riding up there too!
A map of our route on Friday ...
Handled ... Wolf Style! :ricky
Google Maps says that we did 219 miles on Friday, or 700 miles for the three days we rode the bikes ...
Thanks for the map link, Jason, very cool ... :clap
See you at the fountain,
The weather on Saturday had been cooler than predicted, at least above 6000 feet, which seems to have been the elevation sign I saw the most ...
We all met on the west end of town at a nice coffee place that had lots of room on the curb in front to park ...
The Ranchito Motel turned out to be a charming place. The front part had been built in 1946 using old barn timbers and pretty recycled wooden doors, and all the rooms had a porch out front ... the small set of rooms where I slept actuallly had a tiny babbling brook and footbridge right in front ...
Parking in front of the rooms ...
Jason fettling the Titan as Windsor looks on ... Jason would got the Trophy for Best New Rider on the NorCalTT in 2012 ... I think he impressed everyone by fooling with his timing in the parking lot in Auburn, rendering his engine un-startable for a while until he got the Chec ignition parts to remember their duty ...
John (Laverda), Windsor (Duc 900 "GTO") and Larry (BMW) ...
Windsor's Ducati 900SS based "GTO" with risers, handlebars and more reasonably placed footpegs ... he jokes that the "O" in GTO stands for "old-guy" because the goal of the build was to have a bike more forgiving than the SS for long days in the saddle ... Ivan helped with the graphics and Dennis painted the body work ... Windsor missed getting the "Favorite Bike" trophy by only a few votes, nipped by Adam's Ducati 250 single ...
I kicked my Tiger to life with the usual difficulty at Quincy's altitude and chilly mornings, and met the gang at the coffee shop in preparation for the roll down the Feather River Canyon to Oroville on the famous Route 70 ...
Glad you guys had fun. I ran into you guys in Quincy, at the old hotel at the end of town,,,,I was with a couple buddies, we were riding GS's and a Cagiva Elephant. Great to see the old stuff,,,,,us guys all have old stuff, we should try to join you guys some time.
BTW, hope you were able to find your buddy who went missing.
How did the R5 compare to the T500, performance wise?
We should try to join you, since most of us have BMWs ... ha. :D
Did you all ride down from BC ...? Wow.
We found Danny (round-case Ducati 750), he got caught out after dark and found a motel, and simply had trouble getting a phone message through ... finally made contact around 10pm after our motel provided him with a cell phone number of one of us who had good cell service in Quincy ...
We'd love to see one of your Nortons on the ride, we didn't have a single example this season ...
See you in Quincy,
Very cool! Love seeing old bikes on overnight trips, seeing as that's what I like to do myself. Also happy to see a T500, I just started restoring a '75 this weekend, and am planning on doing some touring on it.
The Titan tops out at 100 on it's speedo, which is probably closer to 90 mph. It was also having running problems and needs some more fine tuning to the electric ignition, which was not correctly set on this ride. As a result of all this, the Titan was keeping up with the R5 without getting out of 3rd (see next answer for more on that)
Unfortunately, I'm a lazy bastid, and despite the fact I've had this bike for 15 years, I haven't torn it down to make this modification. As a result, I baby it, and was rolling almost all of the ride in 1-3 gears, briefly touching 4th and occasionally 5th. The T500 handles 55 mph in 3rd on the power band.
Steve G, come down and join us for the 49 Mile ride in SF!
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