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Old 08-31-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
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My A-Tempt(er) On The Sierras

I have a thread on Old Skool about this bike and decided to put my rides with it here. Seems appropriate. Been along time since it was a pile of boxes. Here's the bike.




Here's the story behind it.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=204237

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Old 08-31-2010, 06:08 PM   #2
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I got up at 4am so I could make it for the 8am breakfast.




See how blurry eyed I am?

Starting mileage.



Hope I don't wake the neighbors too much.



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Old 08-31-2010, 06:17 PM   #3
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Crossed the San Mateo bridge in the dark and onto 580 east.




Coming up to the Benicia Bridge. Gotta pay $5 now.





You may just be able to make out the mothball fleet out there in the Suisun Bay.






You can just make out the refineries.



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Old 08-31-2010, 06:23 PM   #4
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Gas stop and a quick bite to eat.



Hmm, mileage is pretty bad, but need to include the 21 miles I had on before I took the first odo picture. Still, that would only equal 41mpg.



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Old 08-31-2010, 06:37 PM   #5
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Look closely, those little dots are hot air ballons, probably about 10 or 12 of them.



Sun is coming up and finally starting to warm me up. Really making me miss my Ulysses with built in heat (whether you want it or not ) windscreen, plug in for my Warm and Safe jacket and heated grips. I had to hunch over and place my left hand on the cylinder head to warm up.







I finally turn off the slab of I80 and onto highway 113 towards Woodland. Much better for the bike and me.







I finally make it to breakfast. The Waffle Barn!

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Old 08-31-2010, 06:44 PM   #6
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I get a table with the group and make a few greetings, but I'm hungry and the breakfast special is steak and eggs for $7.95!! Yea, medium rare, eggs over medium. Wheat toast and water is fine. Oh boy, gonna feast! Larry tells me to hurry up and pack it away, we're getting ready to leave. Whaaaa???? Mam, change that order to oatmeal. I gobble the quaker oats down and head out to the parking lot.









I find out we're waiting for a couple more people and they are running late.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:25 PM   #7
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Here's the map of the loop. Look closely and see all those awesome turns!


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Old 08-31-2010, 07:36 PM   #8
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Time for a rest stop as some folks requested more stops and a bit slower pace than last year. I wasn't there last year so...



The ride leader in yellow conferring with his son and some newcomers. See that girl on the CB350? She rails on the twisties! Her and that little CB tortured me all day on the road. Goes to show that she's either a good rider or I'm really that bad.



Obligatory shot of my bike.





I really like Doug's GL650.



Dude's 750.



Another CB750, a couple was riding this one.



Looks like a serious conference.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:47 PM   #9
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Back on the road to Brownsville where we gas up.











Ah, this is more like it, 53mpg. Your probably wondering why I keep taking pictures of the mileage and fuel amount, well the trip is messing up and I'm too lazy to write down the miles and figure out the mpg.

While waiting for the group to get ready, this was flying around.

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Old 08-31-2010, 08:07 PM   #10
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Man, sure do like those vintage bikes. Wish I still had my 1st. 1976 Z-1

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Old 08-31-2010, 08:15 PM   #11
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We come into this cool town of Challenge. Pretty neat and wishing I was riding a Norton or a BSA. Something really vintage.





A bit further down the road we enter Strawberry Valley.







Apparently, there's a very cool Hupmobile that was supercharged behind this field. I missed it.







Mosquito abatement equipment.







This was really cool and was running strong even on old gas.

The CB350 Hmm, wonder why it's so fast and I'm so slow?









Don't let this 84 year old fool you or his single cylinder, he can ride that thing.
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:21 PM   #12
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Man, sure do like those vintage bikes. Wish I still had my 1st. 1976 Z-1

Sweet bike GT!
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:28 PM   #13
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Here's La Porte.















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Old 08-31-2010, 08:45 PM   #14
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Here are some views of Onion Valley









Ok, we're all hungry so we high tail it to Quincy. This piece of road is something else! Great twisties, good traction and a good pace.


Zoom in on Quincy-La Porte RD.


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We get into Quincy our halfway point and denied the lunch place the leader set aside for us, seems they closed early sunday. Not any sunday, just THIS one. Guess they didn't want a Hollister event in their place from us thugs. They do suggest another place, probably their competition hoping we'll ransack the place. So we head off to the Plumas Cafe.



I get the roast beef sandwich, although the french dip looked pretty good too. Next to a burrito, this made for an effective sleeping pill.



Lunch is done and time to hit the road, people are starting the smell the barn and getting gas for the final assault.





Whoo-hooo, 67mpg!
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:02 PM   #15
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Final leg of the loop.





It's getting late for everyone so the tempo starts to pickup and the weather actually gets a little damp.

So we make pretty quick work to get to the bridge at Lake Oroville.





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Me and the GL650 rider decide to go on ahead and head for home. No more ribbon highway, it's interstate now.











Doug drops off into Sacramento and I hit I80 with all the home bound folks on a late sunday afternoon.


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I get home around 9pm, long day, but glad I went and the bike proved itself on it's first long ride. But I think anything longer and the Ulysses is the right tool.




Bleary eyed once again. 526 miles today. Sure doesn't sound like much, but it certainly felt like alot more.
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