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St. Stephen last won the day on April 14 2018

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About St. Stephen

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    Factory Team Rider

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    Sonoma County, CA
  • In My Garage:
    03 RC-51,
    17 Ducati Multistrada S.
    Missing from the garage:
    85 VF700, 02 VFR800, 10 VFR1200

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  1. Heading down from the north bay early Sunday a.m., then overnight in Monterey. Honda continues to suck in WSBK so I guess I'll root for Rea to continue his comeback, or VDM.
  2. Great shot. When I lived on the east coast time off from work meant Skyline-->BRP-->Dragon-->Cherohala. The southern half of the BRP is particularly fun.
  3. I'm headed to Laguna Seca early Sunday morning 7/14, so Sat. 7/13 will probably work for me. At worst I'll bail early. Don't take Brian's availability too seriously, he probably just has to visit a gf in Fresno. 😎 Remember the CHP officer who pointed out the suicide Aprilia on the rocks to us?
  4. So right Sweeper. The two-page spread reviewing $500 watches was probably the last straw! Cogs, I agree. A few print articles led fairly quickly to a VFR purchase, see below. Now, the thrill (of a new mag) is mostly gone.
  5. A few minutes ago my final issue of Motorcyclist arrived. I've only been reading it for maybe 10 years, not like Cycle World, Cycle News, or, back in the day, Cycle. But I enjoyed it. I knew it was toast, but it was kind of jarring to see: Yeah, I have two years left on my subscription (the refund will be here any minute I'm sure), but it kinda shows me, again, that Bonnier does not have a clue. It would be fun to know how many actually sent back a card to subscribe!
  6. Great route Jeff, thanks for organizing. 365 miles for me, got back at 7 after dodging that 680 traffic with you, and now I'm the proud owner of a brand new stylish yellow bungee cord!
  7. Wow, Brian is back from the dead. Or at least reincarnated. And I didn't even know KTM made a "Road King," who knew.
  8. Hey Jeff! Glad you are in North America. I'm in, see you on 6/22.
  9. Why wouldn't you check and adjust the valves every few years as Honda proscribes? That you--and the engine--survived just fine doesn't really answer the question. Time and money, obviously, but that's true of all improvements we make on our bikes. Seems weird to upgrade to carbon fiber or lighter wheels or a clear clutch cover, but be happy to ride with a few slightly tight exhaust valves. Minor incremental performance and rider satisfaction in both instances.
  10. St. Stephen

    Peel's Ferry

    What a fun trip. Leave KCMO, lunch in Springfield, some fun on 125 (finally some curves!), and then on to the Peel Ferry! (which is in Arkansas). Then...Push Mountain Road aka 341! Still one of my top five roads, anywhere.
  11. +1 Igrok (Heinlein reference?) and MooseMoose, great suggestions. Phil, we need to know time of year (some great passes are snowed in to June, 5M tourists at Yosemite in the summer, etc.), and how long your trip will be--a week, a month? Longer? Sounds great, you have to promise to post pics!
  12. Ouch! Glad you are OK Jim, impressed you kept it upright! And your beautiful 7th gen, sad to see it banged up, you really had that bike looking great.
  13. Thanks for posting the dyno chart, fun stuff. And it's reassuring to know that your windmills come in official Castrol colors.
  14. I have not camped at Sonoma since I live 30 minutes away, but I attended MotoAmerica last year, as well as several other races there, and have also done a Sonoma track day. It's mostly giant RV's but I think you will have a great time with a bike and a tent. The RV's are mainly motorcycle people anyway, such as the Keigwins/Carters track day RV's. There's a lot of room up in the NE corner above the track. I will try to attach a video of that area from last year so you can get a feel of the wide-open spaces at a MotoAmerica event: IMG_4113.MOV
  15. Congratulations vfrcapn! I too admire all that red in your garage. You may want to look at new sprockets and chain, going to 15/41 if the previous owner didn't lower the gearing. After a quick refresh, then a spring run over to Icehouse and Wentworth Springs I'd guess. Enjoy.
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