Skaggs-o-rama

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by kbasa, Oct 25, 2003.

  1. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    I didn't take many pictures, but I think some other folks have some.

    We had about a dozen bikes and folks.
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    Skaggs Springs Road heats tires fast, fast, fast
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    Cruz Ranch road - we brought some home.
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    Got a fresh new grind mark on the sidestand.
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    And to all the doods that came with us:
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    Tina and I had a ball and we're totally stoked we got to ride with you all!

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  2. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Dave, you are a perfect and gracious host. Thanks for the early morning coffee.
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    It was a good turnout, some familar faces, some new:
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    I chased Pierce from the Bovine, then lost him at Valley Ford, I went north through Freestone to Occidental, then had a blast on Willow Creek road, and somehow I made it to the Tandoori Palace before any of the rest of you. Anyone else notice the big "Road Closed" sign? Hah...
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    Sorry I don't have more pictures, I was too busy trying to keep up with these guys:
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    Chasing Crash and Pierce and rLovingJr on King Ridge Road was a true thrill, definitely pushed (pulled?) me to new levels on the bike. But what a workout, and then more on Stewart's/Skaggs... By the time I got to the end of Skaggs, I was spent, the damn motor was pinging, and the heat had just about wiped me out. I split off for lunch with my nephew on Westside Road.

    It was great to be part of a train of bobbing heads and weaving bikes on those tight narrow roads, no question I was able to go faster than usual with those leadfoots setting the pace. I hope to return the favor sometime.

    Glad everyone made it on home alright, nice to meet you all, and doesn't it simply suck to live here on the West Coast? :evil
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  3. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    YEAH! WHAT HE SAID.


    seriously, that was a fun ride. ok, I forgot my camera, so I'm gonna make you suffer through maps with my running dialog. tough. :rofl

    I left my scruzian habitat circa 0635, took the slab (17 to 85 to 280 to SF to 101 to marvy marin) and arrived at Casa Kbasa, a late 50's vintage Eichler house in in Marinwood at 0804, 95 miles later.

    I'm first there, so I got first dibs on their high-test caffeine.. but pretty soon everyone else is showing up was kbasa's silver RS, my red RS, 2 guys on klm adventure 950's, and a pile of r11xxGS bikes. and a K75. and a R1150RT. I can't keep all you eFin eFs straight so I'm not even gonna try and guess who all was there. cRAsH. LoneRider (or, wait, was that Turkish? damnit, I met them only once before and I'll be damned if I can remember which nick went on which face. heh. FYYFF.)

    After drinking all of mr and mrs kbasa's caffeine, we rolled out about 8:45, maybe 12 bikes strong, and headed out Lucas Valley Rd to Pt Reyes Station where we joined the mob at the Bovine Bakery for caffeine and pastries.
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    (miles: 19.1)

    apparently someone's brand new RT biffed at Bovines, I didn't see it. I was too busy oogling the nortons and ducatis that were coming and going at alarming frequencies.

    finally, I got tired of waiting for everyone to remember that we were on a ride, and it was hot in the sun, so I and yellow-R1150GS blasted on up the highway... I hadn't gassed since the night before, and it was 95 miles from my house to kbasas, so I figured I'd get gas in Tomales or.... ok, in Bodega Bay, just 5 miles past the turnoff we were taking, no biggie. I gas, double back, go up Bodega Hwy, and there's everone outside another caffeine-and-pastry-shop that had another 50 $$$$ bikes milling around.
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    (miles: 46.6)


    hoboy. They'd just arrived, so cool, my impromptu 10 mile detour for gas went nearly unnoticed. I have the regional map on my tankbag, so I consult with kbasa, and figure out what route they wanna take. cool. Ok, everyone is milling around, so FYYFF, I roll out with someone on a silver GS ADV, we blast on down the road... silver drops behind me because he doesn't know quite where we're going, I see the turnout, and we head up Joy Rd, which winds up a river (almost dry this time of year).
    We climbs the ridge and we congregate at the top of Willow Creek Rd, which is barely wide enough to stop on and peel off excess clothes and pee some of that caffeine. Sign says "Pavement Ends 2 miles ahead. RV's and Trailers Not Recommened". Cool!
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    (miles: 52.4)

    We go down Willow Creek. when we hit the dirt, one of the KTM guys goes ahead, I gladly let him... someone else slows us down, points ahead and makes a photo-taking gesture. AH, ok. we hang back. Eventually, there's Mr Ktm with Mr Digicam standing in the middle of the road snapping us.

    a few GS guys go on blasting ahead won the hill, along with the KTM guys. Me, I set what I thought was a sane pace for my 1/2 worn Z4's and full time ABS brakes and street suspension. whoa, there's a bunch of GS guys *behind* me??!? and they don't look like they wanna pass. ok, whatever. Perfectly reasonable smooth wide hard pack dirt road, hardly any sand, hardly any gravel, hardly any pot holes. I only got partially sideways a few times, had my ABS going absolutely nuts on a really steep hard switchback, etc etc. cool. Finally road levels out, follows the broad Russian River around a final big lazy bend, and blam. We are at highway 1, and the Tandoori place.
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    (miles 63.0)

    so, we all mill around the parking lot of the tandoori place aimlessly, shooting the breeze, etc. kbasa marks the windows of the place with some blue masking tape and fat black felt pen FYYFF just in case another AdvRider shows up, they'll know we was there!

    I show my map to captain kbasa, he shows me the route. I get tired of waiting for someone to take off, so I go. FYYFF. Someone else does too. Up 116 a few miles past Duncan Mills, and get on this way cool road that follows a winding dry river and goes to Cazadero (hey, they make great tequila... no wait, thats Cazadores. never mind!)
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    (milestone: 75.1)

    Just to make things fun, it comes to an intersection, and several guys zoom ahead and start up the hill to the left... I'm looking at the guy on my right, and my map, and going, uh, we go RIGHT ehre, don't we? he goes uh huh... I point at the guys disappearing up the hill, shrug... think about it for 2 seconds and go screw it, I'm going right, and take off up King Ridge Rd. Way WAY cool road. Mr Silver GS passes me, and sets a faster lead pace than I'd taken on this completely unfamiliar single lane sorta-paved road... cool, I'll watch him and know whats up ahead, he obviously knows this road... wow, over hill, over dale, up the ridge, across miles of hilly cow pastures, through ranches, have a few close encounters with Hamburger On The Hoof (mmMMOOOOOoooh!), and we stop at a T junction by a Tin Barn.
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    (milestone 91.1)

    Then we head down Kruse Ranch Rd and through the heart of the Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve. Too bad its fall, nothing is blooming. hey, its another 4 miles of dirt road! my RS/Z4's did OK on this one too, in fact, there weren't that many folks ahead of me, and noone passed me. cool. This takes us back to highway 1.
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    (milestone: 98.2)

    We head up and regroup at Stewarts Pt, where most everyone else gets gas. I get a cold can of Squirt and a candybar, its been awhile since breakfast.

    hokay. We launch up Skaggs Rd. Somehow, I again found myself in the lead, having taken the initiative to stop waiting for all the rest of the group ;-D

    oh crap, a few miles in, where its still narrow forest road, I come up behind a bigass CDF (California Department of Forestry) firetruck, running all lights and booking up the hill as fast as his bigass diesel could. hmmmm. not cool to pass. ok, finally get chance, krchunk into 2nd, vrrrWHRRRRROOOOM! and I'm gone before he could get pissed (firemen *really* don't like being passed when htey are code red). Ahhhh, Skaggs. I've only done this legendary moto road once before, and its as good as I remember. its a warm day, but not as hot as last time I was here (when it was in the 100s inland, yikes). Once past various rolling roadblocks, we made good time. I think I had cRAsH and someone else in pursuit... I set a quick but not stupid pace, and enjoyed the hell out of that 45 miles of turn after turn after turn... most of them are quite reasonable at around 60mph without feeling like you're gonna scrape something. I think my boots only touched down 2-3 times, the way my RS is sprung, I've *never* dragged my stand or pegs.... Anyways, eventually, we drop down to Lake Sonoma, I slow down to 'safe' speeds as we go past the park areas (and sheriff station), and cruise down Dry Creek Rd past all the wineries til we get to the Dry Creek General Store which is our lunch stop. There's a nice parking area with a big "HARLEY PARKING ONLY" sign, so I park right next to the lone hardley...
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    (milestone 148)

    we eat, we shoot the shit, hang out for awhile, finally, its like 3:30 or 4 or something, and everyone gotta be somewhere or something, and all the fun ways home are way too long and thats another day, so we slab it home.

    When I get to the GG bridge, I decided to go up road that overlooks the bay and the bridge from the Marin side, and take in the BREATHtaking view. damnit, no camera, ahh well, its a stock postcard shot. Ok, this is WAY too nice of a day, I went the coast the rest of the way home, and ended up at home around 7:30pm, a nice 13 hour day in the saddle. yeeehah. My personal mileage was about 420.
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  4. Renazco

    Renazco Formerly AKA Boejangles

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    I wish I had a chance to take more pictures but my camera battery was dying. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves especially down Willow Creek Rd and the dust storm we created. I bailed on the ride in Cazadero, gas warning light came on and I had to get back to town anyway. These are all the shots I squeezed out of the camera..
    This is Gato88 zipping down Willow Creek Rd on his orange 950, copycat! Nice guy though, you can barely see the rest of the gang in the background.
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    Here's the gang taking another small break on the corner of Willow Creek and Hwy 1.
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    Getting ready to roll again.

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    That's all I got, I seen other cameras being used maybe more photos will pop up soon.
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  5. Steve Glenn

    Steve Glenn Been here awhile

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    Look's like you Guys & Gals had a great time wish I was there.

    Regards Steve:1drink
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  6. Dick

    Dick Its a big old goofy world

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    I have no idea what you people are talking about that was the worst bunch of roads I have ever seen. For christ sake it was just one damn turn after another and the views were much too distracting to focus on all of the turns. :evil

    The morning started out very tranquil and serene in the sleepy hamlet of San Francisco. The golden gate looked magnificent and the Chopper, as it was referred to, was looking resplendent in the cool morning air.

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    First I want to thank the members of Team K, both of them, for letting us say hi to all of their neighbors. Hi neighbors :flip:flip

    The route had us headed up Lucas Valley then out through Nicasio and on to Point Reyes Station for some bowel blaster coffe and pastries. I had the triple bran, nine grain, prune muffin with my coffe and both were delcious.

    It was at this point that I found out how much fun it was to ride with this group. The pace was perfect - not one that had you fearing you would be pulling bikes out of the bushes but you could touch a toe to the pavement if the mood struck :ssmile

    Other folks have already descibed the route So I will just add my pictures at this point.

    Tandoori Stop on the Russion River
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    Mrs K. shows her dissapointment at the vandals
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    Nice place for a rest after a great ride up King Ridge Rd. Good spot for a pee break too!
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    kabasa asks "Is that cow shit on my new stitch?"
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    FYYHF - it's not a motorcycle it's a chopper
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    A little dust to remind me of the some of the worst roads I have ever ridden. :evil
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  7. vrago

    vrago Plays with dirt

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    A truly great road ride. Props to Dave and Tina for motivating it and being such a great hosts.

    By rights, at this point of year, there should have been dripping fog on all of the coastal sections including Willow Creek and Cazadero. Roads woul dhave been damp and slick in many, many places. (It usually starts getting that way in late August on Joy Road all the way to April.)

    We saw more bikes than cars on the whole route, more cows than cars on Willow Creek & King Ridge, and some great scenery throughout. Coastal roads, Forest Roads, a taste of alpine roads, and a little bit of graded dirt, show you the breadth of our area. If you did'nt find something to like...

    Few mishaps occured, I understand. A tippover, a deer encounter, unhappy Pickup Driver on Joy Road, uncooperative RVs on Rt. 1, and the typical youthfull exuberance exhibited by a critical mass of grown men on expensive toys, but no serious incident or damage is great.

    The really fast guy on the funny Italian Bike that joined us at the Bovine and stayed untill Willow Creek was Patrick Moriarty, test riding a dolled up Moto Guzzi for CityBike. He told me it was real work to ride the long goose hard, felt hinged in the middle, pogoed, wallowed, needed the dual Ohlins steering Damper it had, etc. etc. He then proceeded to smoke half of our pack and set a blazing pace at the head of the group up Rt. 1 toward Tomales. It ain't the bike.

    I made sure he saw how many of the GS's were running Ricardo's Bars. CityBike did a small piece previously, but I told him how awesome Ricardos bars are and how many ADV Riders swear... He got confused at Bodega and stayed with us to Willow Creek, I was pretty sure he was'nt gonna take the Goose down the dirt road. Wished him well as he ducked down toward Occidental on Coleman Valley.

    I wish I did not have to turn around at Tin Barn, but I did get to enjoy a nice picnic and a few games at a two year old's Birthday party.

    To the riders at the front of the pack on King Ridge, I apologize if the couple of passes I made in my haste to make it to the Tin Barn Junction before I had to leave, exposed anyone to more risk than was necessary. I should not have let my familiarity with the terrain and traffic be a reason to put anoyone other than myself at risk. Point taken, even if the signal to noise ratio made it difficult to act adult at the moment.

    I did not get enough folk's names, faces, handles connected durring the sopmetimes long breaks. Gotta work harder next time. I'm not a big fan of the handle thing on the forum.
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  8. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    :lol2 I forwarded this to my neighbors so they'd know what was going on here. I have to say, I have remarkably cool folks living in this neighborhood.

    I went for groceries this evening and ran into our next door neighbor. She was all smiles and, I believe, is pretty cool with bikes. When I started telling her where we went, she didn't recognize any of the road names. I think they've been living here for almost 30 years now.

    :):
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  9. doc riverz

    doc riverz anatra di seduta

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    Dave and miss Tina, you guys are the coolest! Thanks so much for your hospitality and great routemaking. You rawk!
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  10. gato88

    gato88 Adventurer

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    I want to thank Dave for his diabolical plans, and vincent for the
    roads!!!!!!!!!!
    Awesome, for me being new to your forum,I was pleasantly surprised to join into adventure styled riding.....
    Everthing couldn't be better,weather ,views and the roads
    bitchin!
    Rider competence rocked as well,as I was in the nose to
    tail train on ridge road
    Aside from a glitch or two,come on I know, all considered
    it rocked...........
    Till the fog recedes and next time
    Cheers to all
    Dave #?
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  11. cRAsH

    cRAsH Banned

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    I got a late start, pulled in to Chez Kbasa as everyone was mounting up - no time to piss, just enough time to whip out the camera and snap a few.

    Doc Rivers greets me with a proper "Good Morning"!

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    The boys were chomping at the bit...

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    The Remus-equipped Katoom (ROOOOOAAAARRRR!!)

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    Andrew in his sartorial splendor, squinting into the morning sun..

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    The train heading down Lucas Valley...

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    At the coffee stop, we run into an original ADVRider - Bogser John with his new Ducati.
    Good to see you again, John - sorry you couldn't join us. :(:

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    Lone*Star salute...

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    gato88...


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    Team Kbasa...
    (I took a bunch of these shots, unfortunately I had the settings wrong so this is the only halfway decent one. :splat)

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    Scaggs Springs Rd... :rabia

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    I was hoping to get an action shot of the basas, but I was fucking around with the camara settings when they came screaming around the corner... :pissed

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    Wrapping it up - this shot induced a salute and a horn-honk from a passer-by in a cage. Musta thought we were saluting him... :lol3

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    Thanks for putting it together, Dave and Tina. (We know it was Tina's idea... :evil)

    With one exception is was a great day - great riding, great roads, great group. :thumb
    Brownant - great to meet you and thanks for the toll at the GG. I owe ya one!

    My apologies to those who witnessed a sample of the cRAsH temper. More on that later.... :umph
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  12. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Damn, I sure make that GS look small....

    Say, anyone see today's SF Chronicle story on the Indian Casino planned for Stewart's Point tribe? Changes coming to the Coast, won't this be lovely.

    Read all about it

    I don't flat-out oppose the casinos, the tribes are near-destitute and need improved conditions, but I don't like the impact they have on rural California, either.
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  13. nachtflug

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    any pics of Andrew without his helmet? I've been wondering what the varmint looks like.
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  14. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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  15. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    hes prettier than I thought.
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  16. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    whats with them 2 red round things down by his exhaust headers. horns?
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  17. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    yup. Hella Supertone horns. damn loud, sound like big mercedes....
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  18. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    how fitting...
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  19. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Yup. Would you like a pair?

    Thread here

    Some pictures

    Don't tell Pierce, but they aren't wired up yet - the bark he heard were just the FIAMMs. When the Hellas are on there it'll be even louder. Stock horn is now under the rear seat, I'll put it on a special switch for tooting at the biker chicks.
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  20. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    finally the name has a face!

    and a flugface to boot.

    not bad. I give it a 7.

    kind of like hearing someone on the radio for years and finally seeing their face.

    thanks for the horn links, they be kind of high on the list of things I want for the GS, now that I am part of owner of Tribeless's dinged adventure gas tank, and as soon as I pay him the other half I'll be sole owner, and will have it mounted up next spring looking good as new, then it'll be time for horns, the stock one is so lame.

    hey post some more pics of your babe wife on that scotter too.
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