A different kinda ride!
This morning my bride and i headed out to our riding buddies place (he has a broken foot and can't ride. His bikes been in unplanned storage since October.) He (Eric) said it was October but, I'm thinking it was November... but anyways, ya get the idea. (he broke his foot at work, not in a m/c accident).
My bride and Eric took the MSF class together and both have been riding street for about 3 years. Eric started with a Sporty then switched out to a SGS. Lisa has not been behind the bars on anything larger than her 1200 Sporty. Until today.
Today when we (Lisa & I) stopped to top off the fuel tanks, she said she wanted to ride my Ultra in that big empty parking lot next to the gas station... So, to the lot we went.
She rode around that lot for 15-20 minutes. No issues at all. (Just the normal skittish.)
When we got to Eric's another riding buddy of ours was there, James. We all hung around BS'n and teasing.
Eric, wanted me to run his bike. To knock the flat spots out of the tires and stur the fluids.
We left the Sporty at Erics. Lisa on my Ultra and I rode Erics SGS. Rode around the neighborhood for a few laps.
Eric, called her out on riding the big bike... So then, she wanted to ride the Ultra for the day... She didn't want to attempt the freeway (especially in Temecula! (That's always a madhouse) We rode around the byways where the traffic was light. A few struggles with stopping smoothly, a quick lesson in releasing the front brake around 15-20 mph smoothed that right up.
We wound up in Wildomar, (a spot on the map between Lk. Elsinore and Temecula) So she wanted to ride over to visit her Mom at the other end of Temecula. Through town... Lots and lots of stops. Visited with her mom for a 1/2 hour or so, then back to Eric's to trade bikes back.
All n all right at 100 miles running around. She was very happy and we were all surprised just how well she did with her first time on a touring bike.
The weather was just perfect! 65 leaving the house, then the temps gradually climbed to 84 Bluebird day!
The last 5 miles or so the temps dropped 10 degrees. Now got the clouds rolling over..
Great time! Great friends!