REAL Beemers in the Zone

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  1. fish

    fish Banned

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    (previously posted to another list on 6/14/01)

    Gather 'round, sheepshaggers, and let me tell you what "real" is.

    Real is the hookey ride me, biff-boy, and BDC (all 1150GSes) took
    yesterday. We met at BDC's house, helped him adjust his valves, learned
    how to use the twinmax, and synched everyone's TBs. After a greasy burger and
    fries, we hit the road for testing. West is
    where we headed. Up Page Mill Road to Skyline, across to Old Alpine Road,
    to Pescadero Road. North on Stage Rd to La Honda Rd and back home.
    Real is not the ride, but it's what happened during the ride. Biffy and
    I exchanged leads several times, absolutely flying over these goat trails
    they call roads. Old Alpine Rd is a very tight, twisty, poorly graded,
    and maintained bit of asphalt that absolutely scares squids. There are
    dents in the cliffs and missing bark on the redwood trees where confident
    squids on their new plastic rockets misjudged the road and went ballistic.
    These roads are the domain of the big twin GS. Every one of those 85
    mighty ponies can be put to the tarmac if you are brave and skilled enough.
    ABS is absolutely required to stay on the rubber, as far as I'm concerned.
    But none of that is real. What's real is flying through a blind downhill
    off-cambered turn marked at 15mph at 40, listening to the front tire chirping
    as the ABS cycles, while leaned over and the rear Tourance is sliding toward
    the outside on the gravel. Real is finding a pothole right smack dab in
    front of the front tire which compresses the front shock to the stop as
    the brakes are released, then reapplied only to have the rear wheel lose
    all contact with the ground, then flop over to the otherside of the bike,
    pivoting about the tank and doing it again, and again, and again until
    forearms ache and the front rotors get hot enough to boil water. Real
    is stopping after 150 of these turns under the redwoods, pulling off the
    helmet with a HUGE grin, and waiting for the riders behind you to catch
    up. First biffy shows up and we squeal like little schoolgirls about
    being in the ZONE. Where's BDC? Nowhere. Not good. Not real.
    We look at eachother after coming to the same conclusion, blink once,
    then start gearing up to go find him. Running off the wrong place on
    that road will not just kill you, but turn you into a stain. Just as
    we fire up the boxers, here comes BDC, slowly and very dusty
    pulling up behind us. He overcooked one of the nastier turns, focused
    on the runoff instead of through the turn, and gave up on the brakes and
    traction, choosing to lowside. Tires still had chicken strips...he
    could have made it but *chose* not to. Hard to understand...hard to
    get inside his brain. But he was lucky. It wasn't a fast turn and he
    wasn't trying to catch up with us, because we were so far ahead. He
    just didn't get in the Zone. That's fucking REAL my friends.

    BTW, biffy is the Real Deal (tm).
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  2. cRAsH

    cRAsH Banned

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    Fo' real.

    When we gonna do it again?
    We can leave out the crashing part,though...
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  3. fish

    fish Banned

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    how bout in oregon next week?

    fish
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  4. cRAsH

    cRAsH Banned

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    you betcha!:D
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  5. fish

    fish Banned

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    yer comin' in from Idaho, right (snicker...I da ho) when.
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  6. JUIJITSU

    JUIJITSU FACTOTUM

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    Hey Fish, Do you live in Oregon?
    Just wondering, I do.
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  7. fish

    fish Banned

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    Nope...California.
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  8. JUIJITSU

    JUIJITSU FACTOTUM

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    I see there right under your name you live in CA.....
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  9. fish

    fish Banned

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    can't put anything past you, huh juijitsu?
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  10. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Old Alpine is a great road, any time of year.
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  11. Ostrich

    Ostrich Jaded and Happy

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    Did you move hoser boy? I might be riding up to your new neck of the woods this summer for a night. Not sure if it is going to work yet, but I'm working on it.
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