T120 Adventures and Playlists

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by tjt94, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. tjt94

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    Our region had some thunderstorms a couple of weeks ago and the result is the octillos have green leaves.

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    Rolling through Hemet I thought that maybe I had dropped into some kind of time space vortex as video stores are a thing of the past. This one seems to be right at the point where the ones of the past closed up. It is open, fully stocked, and no customers..........

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    My classic inspired T120 on the classic road CA-74 above Hemet.

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    Lake Hemet

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    More of CA-74 heading down towards Palm Springs. It is such a great road and actually wasn't overly crowded for a nice Saturday.

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    As always, my playlist is a big part of my ride and today was no different. Here is the playlist with a lot of '70's emphasis for today:

    George Duke - "Don't Let Go"
    Frank Zappa - "Bongo Fury"
    Gill Scott Heron, Brian Jackson - "Bridges"
    Grand Funk Railroad - "We're An American Band"
    Drive-By Truckers - "Georgia Theater Live"
    The Fabulous Thunderbirds - "Girls Go Wild"

    Here's the route (I covered 295 miles by odometer, 291 by Google Maps but specific starting and stopping points were not entered so it amazes me just how close the two numbers are):

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    I took a 210 mile ride today to have a look at a road I have not been on before. I have often wondered what the road is that travels up along the mountain to the north of the Viejas Casino on I-8 in Alpine, California. It is the Viejas Grade. Somehow I always seem to find gravel roads and today was no exception. This one, however, was in good condition and without deep sand or gravel. Also, it was only six miles of gravel.

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    Not only was the day a nice one for riding, it was a nice one for grazing too.


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    East San Diego County has some of the most beautiful vistas and motorcycle roads I have ever ridden. Despite having ridden most of them several times, it is always nice to get out there and enjoy the weather and the place near where I live.

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    My playlist for today consisted of the following:

    Drive By Truckers - "Pizza Deliverance"
    Tommy Bolin - "Private Eyes"
    Steve Miller Band - "Greatest Hits"
    The Grateful Dead - "American Beauty"
    The Grateful Dead - "Europe '72"

    The route - Home to Viejas Grade then south then east home.

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    Yes, I agree with you on that note!
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    It's been awhile since I posted. I lost some riding time due to having 12, yes TWELVE, broken spokes on the rear wheel of my T120. Triumph of America stepped up and replaced the wheel. We don't know what caused them to break. All broke at the head and only seemed to be loose. Surprisingly it did not seem to affect the handling much (or I'm just really insensitive) but I am thankful that I didn't have a catastrophic event.

    So today I took a 290 mile ride up to Pioneertown. I really did not have any great MC roads today but the scenery was good and I enjoyed the ride.

    Along with a new rear wheel, I have a new set of YSS shocks that are providing a very good, compliant, and planted ride. Fantatstic deal from Ted Porter's Beemershop - $429 for the set.

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    Pioneertown seemed smaller then I expected but provides a destination and some fun. It took a little longer getting there then expected so I did not fully explore all the offerings and did not get anything to eat there so no recommendations this time.

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    The route

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    Today's playlist:

    "Bongo Fury" - Frank Zappa
    "Someday Soon" - Joe Marson and the Satisfied Mind
    "Tennessee" - Lucero
    "Lickety Split" - Robert Randolph & The Family Band
    "Revelutions: The Very Best of Steve Winwood"
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    Good to hear that Triumph stepped up to to fix the issue with the spokes.

    Curious though, was it still under warranty or did they do it for sh!ts and giggles??

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    It was out of warranty by 6 months. There really wasn't any drama associated. I just had to pay for the mounting and balancing, $38. Had Triumph not replaced the wheel, I was prepared to send it to Woody's for a rebuild. They only wanted $250 for that (plus shipping both ways) but that seemed reasonable. If I again have issues, then I will be going the Woody's route.
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    300 mile ride today to Cap Rock in Joshua Tree NP. Nice weather and scenery.

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    This is on Highway 86 in Desert Shores, California (near Salton City). The south wall of an abandoned building. Amazing work even though I'm not much for paintings with snakes.

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    The lettuce fields just prior to entering into the box canyon of Box Canyon Road.

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    I chose to go to Cap Rock because of the story of Gram Parsons being haphazardly partially cremated there by friends that were just trying to do what Gram wanted. Unfortunately they were distraught, drunk, and thought that five gallons of gas poured into the coffin would suffice. It didn't. It did cause quite an explosion though.

    From Desert Road Tripping, Sept. 14, 2015, by Mojo on the Mojave

    Gram Parsons was considered a pioneer of the country rock movement of the late 1960’s into the 1970’s until his death on September 19, 1973 at the age of 26. Though Gram achieved some success in his lifetime, he was never a superstar — but he did influence many bands including The Eagles and The Rolling Stones. He was a member of two country rock bands, The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers; he later became a solo artist, and often performed with Emmylou Harris. In the years after his death he has become a legend. You may ask, why is this a DesertUSA blog and what does Gram Parsons have to do with the Mojave Desert? Keep reading to find out a small part of the interesting life story of a Byrd and a Burrito named Gram Parsons and how it is related to the Mojave Desert.

    In the late 1960’s, the Joshua Tree National Monument, later to become a National Park, became the hangout for many celebrities and musicians because this out of the way haven was only a few hours drive from Los Angeles. Gram Parsons was introduced to the Mojave Desert around this time and would frequent the Joshua Tree area on the weekends, often accompanied by his road manager, Phil Kaufman, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones; in-fact, some of Gram’s country influence can be heard in music of The Rolling Stones at that time, in the early 1970’s. Gram loved the Hi-Desert and did many photo shoots in it. He used to hang out at local bars and would often stay at the Joshua Tree Inn. He would visit the National Monument at night looking at the stars and searching the heavens for UFOs.


    During a friend’s funeral in 1973, a few months before Parsons’ own death, it was discussed between Parsons and Kaufman that if either of them were to die prematurely, they wanted their body taken to the desert at Joshua Tree. They were to have one last drink with the corpse and then burn the body in the desert. This was the pact that led to the events I will now describe.

    A few months after this pact had been discussed Gram checked into room 8 at the Joshua Tree Inn on September 17th, 1973 for a couple days with a few friends. During this visit Gram consumed alot of drugs and alcohol. Kaufman was not there on this trip, and after two days of heavy partying, on the 19th Gram overdosed on both morphine and alcohol. As Kaufman was Parsons’ road manager and good friend, he was immediately called but by the time he got to the Inn, Gram’s body was already removed and was in the morgue of the hospital in Yucca Valley. Kaufman gathered up Gram’s belongings, cleaned up any drug evidence and headed back home to Los Angeles. After a day of drinking and thinking about their pact and remembering Gram’s dislike for his step-father in Louisiana and also thinking of his words at the friend’s funeral a few months earlier that he had not wanted a long, depressing, religious service with family and friends, Kaufman went into action.

    Kaufman called the mortuary in Yucca Valley and found out that the body would be driven to the Los Angeles International Airport and then flown on Continental Airlines to New Orleans. He called the airline’s mortuary service and found out that the body would arrive that evening, then recruited several friends that knew about the pact and borrowed a hearse that was used for camping trips. It had no license plates and several broken windows, but he thought that it would do. They tried on suits, but decided they looked so ridiculous that they changed into their tour clothes, Levi’s, cowboy boots, cowboy hats, and jackets with “Sin City” stitched on the back. They loaded the hearse up with beer and Jack Daniels and headed for the airport.


    Kaufman and his friend Michael Martin arrived at the loading dock just as a flatbed truck rolled up with the Parsons casket. A drunken Kaufman somehow persuaded an airline employee that the Parsons family had changed its plans and wanted to ship the body privately on a chartered flight. While Kaufman was in the office signing the paperwork with a phony name a policeman pulled up blocking the hangar door. Seeing this Kaufman was sure that he would be caught but the officer suspected nothing, he just sat there. Kaufman walked over toward him and waved his copies of the paperwork and said, “hey, can you move that car”? The officer apologized and moved the car and then actually helped him load the casket onto a gurney and into the back of the unlicensed, liquor filled hearse. Martin got in the hearse and attempted to drive out of the hangar only to run into the wall on his way out. The officer observed all this, and commented, “I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes now”, then he left. The two drunk body snatchers left the airport with the body of their friend; they stopped at a gas station in Cabazon near the Interstate 10 dinosaurs in the years before Casino Morongo existed. They filled a gas can and they headed back to Joshua Tree with the body of Gram Parsons.

    They reached Joshua Tree and drove until they were too drunk to drive any farther. They stopped at Cap Rock in The Joshua Tree National Monument, a landmark geological formation, and unloaded their friend’s coffin, then Kaufman saw car lights in the distance and concluded the police were coming. He quickly opened the casket, played a personal joke on the dead Parsons that they used to do to each other in life, doused Gram with the gasoline and threw a match in the casket. The two watched as a giant fireball rose from the coffin, the skin on Grams naked body began blistering, the ashes rising into the desert night. As the headlights in the distance got closer the pair quickly drove off and headed for home in Los Angeles.

    After a trip home filled with close calls, Kaufman and Martin laid low. The morning after their return, the newspapers were full of the story of the rock star’s hijacked and burnt corpse, speculating that the amateur cremation may have been a satanic ritual.

    Kaufman knew the police were looking for him, so after a few weeks, he and Martin just turned themselves in. They appeared in Court on Parsons’ 27th birthday, November 5, 1973. At the time there was no law against stealing a corpse and since a corpse has no intrinsic value, the two were charged with misdemeanor theft for stealing the coffin and given a slap on the wrist, $708 in damages for the coffin, and a $300 fine for each of the body snatchers. A few years after the incident, Kaufman ran into Keith Richards and Keith thanked him and said “I heard that you took care of our pal”. Kaufman’s adventure has been legendary in rock and country music circles ever since.


    Read more: https://www.desertusa.com/dusablog/...ons-funeral-in-joshua-tree.html#ixzz6EqBNvzQi


    It's reported that between that Joshua Tree and the rock is where the "cremation" took place.

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    More pictures from the day. Incidentally, I did hit 16000 on my bike. It's a 2018 and I've owned it just one week short of 32 months.

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    Strangely, my playlist did not include anything with Gram Parsons on it today. Regardless, here is the list:

    "Live Sky" - Crack the Sky
    "Mulennium" Discs 2 and 3 - Govt Mule
    "Joshua Tree" - U2
    "Extended Versions" - Humble Pie
    "Europe '72" - The Grateful Dead
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    Look how that worked out.:doh
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