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  1. Actually it's for an MV Agusta... might make one for my 3rd gen, so I can run the Ducati spindle, single nut, and forged wheel. 😉
  2. I would be up for that. Since I live near the base of Mt Hamilton, I will ride it both ways... 😀 I will bring Mason and Cam as well, it makes you feel younger when you ride with guys half your age - until they start talking about music, you tube and apps....
  3. That fairing mount is quite the piece, and the price is probably about the same as a nice 3rd gen. Aluminum is lighter than Ti and easier to work with. Neither would remain straight after a crash, so I would just have one made from aluminum. The VFR fairing mount has a ton of twists and turns, so not gonna be cheap to replicate. The rear subframe however, is very simple in comparison, and could be made from aluminum as well. While you're at the machine shop, have them make one of these for you too....
  4. 😄 Actually enjoying it... seems so tough to get together for a ride these days. At least we can talk about it...
  5. Good to hear! I was itching for the V4 version, then I heard they borrowed the "Chocolate Camshafts" from the earlier VFR's
  6. When I recently adjusted my valves on the 12 Hundo, I cracked one of them loose, and it popped a bit and spun loose 1/2 a turn. I wiggled it, and it made quite the racket just with my feeble hand movement. Maybe one of your valve rockers is loose, or has excessive play. Have you taken the rear cover off and taken a look in there? You might even be able to get it off without even removing the airbox - not so with the front. I have re-used my gasket twice without incident, just pay attention to the two little O-rings around the locating pins...
  7. Yes, the faster you ride the RC, the more it disappears and becomes one with the rider. I have commented a few times that right around the pace where the VFR ties itself in knots, is where the RC starts to make PERFECT sense... I rode the SD GT ans was doing third gear crossed up wheelies passing cars without trying, one hell of a beast! But as most beasts go, it is FUGLY! You made the right choice, as the Duc has aged very well. Has it been more reliable than the videos suggest the other models are, specifically the Hypermotard, and Panagale?
  8. Planning my trip for next year, I just noticed now there are 4 fires up near highway 96... 😨
  9. Maybe you misunderstood me, I do agree the RC is not very comfy for any length of ride over 1.5 hrs. I have not even had mine on the freeway for more than 15 minutes, so I am just extrapolating the experience to a longer timeline, guessing it only gets worse... Have not ridden a Multistrada yet, but if it's anything like the Superduke GT (better looking too) then it would be hard to beat as a top choice ride for almost every type of pavement. In fact, it's probably what it would be like to shoehorn the 1200 engine into the Tenere.
  10. ^ Thanks guys! Wow, just looked up 96 on the map and will make plans for next year! I didn't do any big trips the last 2 years because of all the fires... Noel: The RC can be ridden faster than all of those bikes, but only for about 20 minutes which ironically is the exact length of time for a track session The Tenere (7 & 12), VFR, and especially your Multistrada, are way more comfortable, and can be ridden almost as fast. With 2~3 hour long stints on each, covers ground with more efficiency and comfort leading to more smiles per mile in the long run. And less chiropractic issues... I was surprised at the pace we could hustle my Tenere with knobbies, through the tight winding turns, and medium sweepers all weekend. It actually only comes up short on the straightaways, and really high speed sweepers. I just ordered a set of the Donlop Traimax Mission tires, which should make it even better on the road.
  11. 36 and 299 are still on my bucket list!
  12. Good point! New tires have such a nice feel to them, and thanks to modern mold technology, no longer need 100 miles to "break them in." Yes, I tried the Roadsmarts and they almost killed me and my friends on the 1200 - they would let go at the limit and scare the bejesus out of you. The Roadsports were great, just didn't last very long, and I think the carcass is built more for sportbikes around 150~200 lbs less in weight. They never give up grip though!
  13. ^ I miss riding with you guys! We need to get another one in the books. Tell Brian he can use my Tenere...
  14. That's a haul for the RC! Range anxiety would creep in with my gearing as it's my dedicated track bike now - but they are actually more comfy than they look!
  15. Good riding, and camping at Gold Lake... always on the lookout for hidden gems!
  16. Yep, I don't ever miss Monitor Pass when I'm over there...
  17. We ride up the "New" side, as it is 4.8 miles and has ~55 turns (including kinks), then we ride down to "Old" side as it only has about 12 turns and kinks, is only ~1.9 miles, and not too exciting. So the STORY is, we do it at least twice, because it's one of the best pieces of tarmac I have ever ridden, and unless it's a holiday weekend, there are almost no cars. If there are, there are tons of places where you can see the next several turns, and most cars are going 20mph or less, so relative to us, they are standing still. I think you are correct on the picture, but it was some really quick shots, as we were having fun... During the lockdown, my buddy Mason and I spent the better part of an afternoon, and almost a whole tank of gas just on Priest Grade - only 1 car the whole day! 😀
  18. Bagby looking really dry! Mt Hamilton pre-sunset... Already looking forward to the next trip. Time to start planning...
  19. These turns have no banking, or camber, so if you are not careful you can drift to the outside...
  20. Day 3: We left Reno around 8am, and headed back up 80 to 89 in Truckee like the previous day, except we hooked a left on 49 through Sierra City, Downieville, Grass Valley, Auburn, Placerville, Diamond Springs, Jackson, Angels Camp, Jamestown and eventually up Priest Grade, which we hot-lapped twice! Gassed up and headed south through Coulterville where there was a rather large fire with 4 planes and 3 helicopters circling in a frenzy trying to stop it. We were not too far from the Yosemite fire as well. Further south we stopped at Bagby and watched the Helicopters and fire planes head back and forth for fuel stops. The Cal-Fire L1011 flew over as well, a quick google search will give you a good picture... After a break from the 106 degree heat, we headed West through Hornitos, and Merced Falls. Then across the Central Valley to Patterson, where we gassed up and took another break. Then we headed up 130 to The Junction, then left, up the back side of Mt. Hamilton. Took a pic at the top, and headed down for the final push. Got home right at 8:00pm after 12 hours of riding, and literally countless corners! Around 440 miles, 99% was backroads and 2 lane highways. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Rainbow+Ridge+Park,+1355+Rainbow+Ridge+Rd,+Reno,+NV+89523/Robertsville/@37.110728,-121.5231617,9.79z/data=!4m54!4m53!1m45!1m1!1s0x80994699614e24db:0xd6b938f7fb3da3ef!2m2!1d-119.87494!2d39.5250533!3m4!1m2!1d-120.7191552!2d39.5646947!3s0x809c7756f5c205b5:0x18a148afc1f96da9!3m4!1m2!1d-121.0893854!2d39.0602733!3s0x809b12985aa60dab:0xffe1d58556d1b349!3m4!1m2!1d-120.8078009!2d38.7345606!3s0x809a5734755960a3:0xea88c1d9317fafde!3m4!1m2!1d-120.5273845!2d38.0469719!3s0x80909561c90a1c7d:0x64b19c09f82edcbb!3m4!1m2!1d-120.2719917!2d37.8139846!3s0x8090d65cc1492b3d:0x8b8f3eb6f7d8c5ba!3m4!1m2!1d-120.1416473!2d37.5689532!3s0x8096cb3ceb3fdbcf:0xd1b0f2c7b383601e!3m4!1m2!1d-120.609102!2d37.551083!3s0x809119e5851b03e9:0x7b5012c0931fa5bf!3m4!1m2!1d-121.446478!2d37.3964263!3s0x8091cd91c937f5c9:0xd41e75ba16c0213c!1m5!1m1!1s0x808e33c1a7d3dd61:0x897203a8fde513aa!2m2!1d-121.8763427!2d37.2632766!3e0?hl=en
  21. My buddy John in Reno is quite the cook, so we gave him some cash and he made us Rib-Eyes, Filet Mignon, and Lobster Tails 😋 We had a few beers each night too, but kept it to a limit of 3, since we were riding in the heat all day... 😀
  22. Road pic is Quincy-LaPorte Highway Red cabins were from our much needed break in Graeagle on the way back.
  23. Day 2: We left Reno around 7am, and headed up 80 on the freeway to 89 in Truckee. We took 89 all the way to Graeagle, then took a left on Highway 70 to Quincy and gassed up. Then we headed down 70 all the way to Oroville, where we gassed up again. We then headed back through Forbestown, and up Quincy-La Porte Highway which is quite a ride! Took a right on 70 and backtracked to Graeagle, Truckee then Reno - around 340 miles. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Rainbow+Ridge+Park,+1355+Rainbow+Ridge+Rd,+Reno,+NV+89523/39.5013088,-121.5364426/Forbestown/39.9301619,-120.8848107/39.5241012,-119.8770009/@39.5049312,-120.9129013,9.21z/data=!4m32!4m31!1m15!1m1!1s0x80994699614e24db:0xd6b938f7fb3da3ef!2m2!1d-119.87494!2d39.5250533!3m4!1m2!1d-120.337274!2d39.5567574!3s0x809bf9db4941e993:0x87e8809779b4f319!3m4!1m2!1d-121.122265!2d40.02445!3s0x809d1cf6a52f5865:0x195d1e4c67737457!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x809c95dff7122203:0xc20e26a8f2a42918!2m2!1d-121.2671825!2d39.5171268!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-120.3687827!2d39.5841783!3s0x809bf7dd344bbc61:0x57723e24030b4b8c!1m0!3e0?hl=en
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