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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Jul 13, 2012.
Spoken like a true Ironman. Some of the thoughts that got me through the finish line!
get me an italian super chick too!
great ride reports I like your style. If you get in the north Texas area Dallas Ft Worth let me know.
Thanks for all the encouragement, guys. I'll try to keep the momentum going. :)
First of all, there's a road here in Boulder unlike any other I've been on. Flagstaff Rd. to the Amphitheater (thanks for the recommendation dpeagle!). Super tight, twisty, smooth and technical. Just look at the upper left section--it's hairpin after hairpin after hairpin! Nuts.
I went up yesterday (and then again today). And unlike most killer driving roads, there were so few cars (each time there were two cars I passed on the way up and one or two on the way down. DESOLATE!).
The scenery was beautiful, which was dangerous. It's the kind of road that takes all your concentration (most of it is marked 20mph, with back to back 10mph hairpins strung together). Instead of Flagstaff it should be called "lower intestine" road.
Today when I got to the top to take a few shots a Patrol SUV rolled by, then turned around and parked behind me. I was just hanging out taking in the scenery....but like SF I worried that I'd get a scolding. (I was by no means pretending I was Racer X, but I think I did probably go over the speed limit by 1 or 2 mph). He stayed there for a minute (running my new plates?) and then drove off.
Boulder is just amazing. It's no wonder everyone here (almost) is thin, fit and tan. With running and biking backdrops like these in 3DHD, why stay at home on the couch?
There's even picnic tables up here! All sorts of surprises.
I have to admit that even when the scenery is beautiful, when the Panigale is in the picture I'm kind of blind to the background.
And at the end of a long, hot day, nothing is quite as refreshing as Kaffir Lime Hangar 1 Vodka on the rocks.
One more thing I can check off my list of 'things to do before I die': ADV Inmate Salute. After years of reading ride reports from everyone else I'm finally a member.
Welcome to the asylum
I really enjoy your writing style!!! Thanks!
Btw, beautiful Ducati!!!
I have some shared views on choice of ride and touring. I bought my S1000RR in 2010 with the intent that it will take me wherever I want to be going: to the restaurant, to the cottage, across the continent. I got back two weeks ago from a ride to the west coast of Canada and back - a little more than 10,000 kms (6,000 miles). Me, the bike and a pack across the back seat. Loved it.
Only thing I don't get about your approach is how you can ride reasonably comfortably with a large pack on your back. My German supermodel may have slightly wider hips and a slightly bigger bum but she does allow me to put my gear back there.
While you're in Boulder you may want to stop by Boulder Motorsports. Say hi to the guys and look at all the race Ducs http://www.bouldermotorsports.com/ I ride 200 miles one way to have them work on my '02 ST4s.
f'king oath!! I'm so glad you wrote this; I've been umming & ahing over which bike to get for my European stint next year, you just answered that question Thanks.
AntiHero, you are tough as nails...loving this RR! Taking a brand new Italian superbike and riding the wheels off it cross-country through inclement weather, dirt roads, whatever comes your way - amazing. I rode sportbikes for over 20 years and can't imagine how badly your wrists, back, neck and ass hurt after a few hours on that thing. Serious testicular fortitude there. This report is making me miss sportbikes, maybe an S1000RR is in my near future. Can't drag knee or peg the speedo at 186mph on a 990 Adventure, but it's the best all-around bike I've ever owned. Keep it coming and safe travels man
:). I keep thinking about continuing on to Europe with the Panigale and now you might have just convinced me.
If it couldn't get worse, I broke my back (L2)...and all the bones in my left hand (destroying most of the ligaments and tendons in the process). Some injuries are just always going to hurt no matter what.
When life gives you lemons and no sugar, just add vodka.
anti we havent seen anything from you in a few days. Are you just relaxing in Boulder, or are you out tearing up the mountains? Hows the lady treating you?
Getting ready for the next series of posts--LA was hectic and then I was back in Boulder, then did Pikes Peak (so awesome!), then made it through WY and am now in Nebraska. SD is next!
I was saving my first post for my own ride report, but yours has been amazing and enjoyable to read. As others have said, you have a great writing style and your adventures on and off the bike are truly inspiring.
I'm a bit behind. LA threw me off and by the time I got back it's been a zoo on fire. Now I'm in Rapid City listening to all the hogs 'potato potato potato' into town wishing I had just gone east to avoid all the trailered-in bikers heading to Sturgis. I picked the wrong day to be here.
Anyhow, so after LA (which I'll get to later), I took Tuesday off of work and wanted to head up to Pikes Peak. Flynbulldog offered to take me there via some awesome local backroads.
We met up in I don't know where, gassed up and took off. I normally don't ride with other riders because, 1) I don't know too many; 2) someone always crashes or 3) the ride pace is off. Mr. Bulldog and I have very similar riding styles, though--meaning slow in the straights (mostly) and fast in the turns. Worked out perfectly.
The roads were smooth and mostly car-less, just like most of Colorado mountain asphalt. And the scenery still looked like what it would look like if we were riding tiny motorcycles through a giant model train diorama, complete with trees so perfect they looked fake.
Our intent was to hit up Pikes Peak, but the roads we took were some of the best I've been on anywhere. I kind of wanted to turn around and retrace our steps, but Pikes Peak was calling.