Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I Ride the Indian Scout

     I went to the International Motorcycle Show at San Mateo.  There were several of the big manufacturers giving test rides.  I wanted to ride the new Indian Scout and the line was short so...

     I signed up to ride and the bike I got to ride was this blood red model.
     The test ride was about a half hour and covered a good distance both in town and on freeways.  I really liked the Scout.  It is supposed to have around 100 hp and it is fast and very smooth.  The seat is comfortable and the riding position feels like you could put on a lot of miles without fatigue.  The bike could use a better fork.
     With a price tag around 11 grand, I'm not sure I would buy one, but, like I said, I really liked the bike.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Took My Ol' Harley for a Three Day Cruise

     My friend Greg called to say he had three days off.  A three day cruise sounded terrific.   

     Three days is the perfect amount of time for a rambling cruise through the Sierras. 

     Ebbetts Pass is about 200 miles from my home in wine country.  To get there, cruise through the Sacramento Delta and through the California Gold Country, then into the High Sierras on Highway 4.  Much of the road over the pass is a very winding one lane road.
     Once over Ebbetts Pass we stopped at the Wolf Creek Inn at Markleeville, a tiny town on the eastern side of the Sierras.  Then it was on to Monitor Pass.


     After Monitor pass we hit Hwy 395 near Topaz Lake and turned north to Reno.  We stayed in Reno, total distance about 250 miles, a great days ride.

     Next day we left Reno headed north to Highway 70 where we turned west toward Quincy.  It was hot in Quincy, it always is during the summer, so we gassed up and headed into the Feather River Canyon.
    We spent the second night in Chico and hit the Sierra Nevada brewery.  Then an easy ride home, perfect three day cruise.