2 days and 700 miles on a Speed Triple

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by eatpasta, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    A few weeks ago I bought a Speedy 3 somewhat on a whim. I had test ridden one and knew I loved it but my brain was looking for a bonnie/scrambler.

    My room mate and I had been planning a trip up to the Sequoias for some time and I was going to take my BMW.... but now I HAD to take the Triple.

    He has a pretty well looked after Honda 599 which is a bike that i think has been overlooked by the American market. It's a great little bike.

    5am - half asleep and trying to get the wheels up

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    We leave Los Angeles and take some twisties up to the Tehachapi wind farm by dawn. No pics taken because it was about 30 and I was freezing my balls off being so spoiled by the Beemers heated grips and other comfy amenities....

    Our first stop was one of a billion gas stops seeing as the Speed goes about 90 miles before needing fuel...

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    Chris was freezing too

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    from there we headed up Caliente-Bodfish to Kernville - again sorry no pics because there was no freakin way im upzipping my jacket under 60 degrees.

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    They were having some kind of car show that day....

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    it started to warm up so I started shooting a bit

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    http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab46/eatpasta/Seqouia Ride/CIMG0159_zps46fa3391.jpg

    Chris tests the camouflage properties of his Fieldsheer jacket

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    my home for the weekend

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    took a little hike to see how a Giant Sequoia shatters when it hits the ground.


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    some seriously big trees

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    stopped in Springville for burgers and gas

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    Sequoia national park

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    I was hoping to wait a little while longer before having to take the Speedy III off road....

    not my choice for the dirt. I have a KTM for this...

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    Montecito Lodge where we stayed the night

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    off and running for day two

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    lots of massive trees



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    about 500 miles in.... getting tired

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    time for sandwich

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    headed back...

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    So all in all we did just shy of 700 miles in two days. The Triple performed brilliantly. The previous owner had geared it WAYYY down and I didnt understand that until I got on the freeway for more than 10 minutes and realized at 75 it was at about 5500.
    I need to go down about two teeth in the back and I think that will fix it. Either way it was a blast and the Trip is a surprisingly comfortable sport touring mount!

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    - cheers
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  2. westcoasttrekker

    westcoasttrekker Been here awhile

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    Great pics. I used to live near there and spent a lot of time in the sequoias. Great place to ride.
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  3. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    it was a pretty awesome ride for a first timer for sure!

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    Although, I feel like a jerk riding a bike that noisy through a national forest..... I could hear it echoing through the trees sometimes.

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  4. Matt

    Matt Dirt Virgin

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    Speed trips, burgers, sandwiches and great scenery - I'm in heaven.

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