Ride Report/Bike Review

Discussion in 'Texas Bikers' started by BiffB, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. BiffB

    BiffB Guest

    So I pulled out of the driveway about 3 or so with the air temperature
    reading 93 on the bike, and headed out 290 - Destination - The
    Watering Hole, Snook, TX(Cold Beer, Free Advice). The Watering Hole,
    Snook, TX(Cold Beer, Free Advice) is apparently the sister tavern to
    Yankee's, and I am not the type of person who won't check out
    someone's sister.

    Pulled off the road at the Brazos River bridge to snap a coupla pics
    of the mighty mighty Brazos churning her way to the coast.

    http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/biffb816/txmoto/?action=view&current=DSCF1013.jpg

    Not the greatest view, but I think you can get a sense of her awesome
    power.

    Stopped in Chappel Hill and bought some dried sausage at the little
    country store there next to the Chappel Hill cafe. I swear if I ever
    decide to hike the Appalachian Trail, or kill someone and have to go
    on the lam, I'm taking a backpack full of dried sausage and some Gold
    Bond powder, 'cause that's all a man should ever need to survive.

    Unfortunately I am not as good at taking pictures while riding as
    Louie, but I did stop to take a picture of this interesting road kill
    I saw.

    http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/biffb816/txmoto/?action=view&current=TrophySquirrel.jpg

    Ok, I didn't really see that, but I wish I had! So anyway, I didn't
    really take any more pictures until I got to The Watering Hole, Snook,
    TX (Cold Beer, Free Advice), but I did enjoy the company of my Pioneer
    portable XM thingy, and didn't find music to be nearly as distracting
    as I thought it might be. In fact, the earbuds kinda drowned out some
    of the road noise, making it somewhat easier to hear. The first song I
    heard was "F*ck Like a Beast" - Iron Maiden, and then I think I heard
    two Rush songs on the way there and back. Damn Rush has some long ass
    songs.

    Wound my way thru the back roads(towards Independence, Washington,
    etc, then over), and eventually ended up in Snook just in time for
    Snookfest or whatever it is they called the little celebration they
    were having today, parked the bike, and went in to The Watering Hole,
    Snook, TX (Cold Beer, Free Advice).

    http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/biffb816/txmoto/?action=view&current=DSCF1018.jpg
    http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/biffb816/txmoto/?action=view&current=DSCF1017.jpg
    http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/biffb816/txmoto/?action=view&current=DSCF1016.jpg

    The beer was indeed cold, but I cannot recommend the advice. Also, be
    advised, they do not have burgers like at Yankees. I learned this the
    hard way. Fortunately, I had about 20 pounds of dried sausage in the
    trunk of the bike.

    Rode on back home.

    @ 200 extremely satisfying miles, or as you people call it "a quick
    trip for a coupla beers"

    Observations
    The ST1300 heats up the back of your foot/leg pretty well at low to
    mid-range speeds, but this is easily alleviated by dropping your toes
    down a little to draw some air up.
    Plenty of pulling away grunt, even in 5th gear at 80+mph.
    No sign of the rumored "speed wobble" at speeds accelerating to 105
    with the Pan Euro trunk on back, but I had empty sidebags and the
    windscreen in the all the way down position. Did get some semi-
    interesting wiggles at a steady 85 with traffic turbulence and some
    cross wind, but I pretty much blame that on traffic turbulence and
    crosswinds, and it wasn't anything even remotely scary, even for a
    noob like me.
    At low speeds in town, it seems better to be in too high of a gear, to
    prevent lurching from poor throttle control/touchy throttle.
    Brakes are damned solid, and very little front end dive under braking
    like the Connie had.
    Pretty much like this bike even better now that I've had some ass time
    on it than I did when I brought it home.
    No pinky/ring finger numbness like the Connie, but some minor wrist
    pain due to poor conditioning.
    Seat seemed comfortable enough, but tight pants have no place on a
    motorcycle. Or maybe the pants were tight from the erection caused by
    the awesomeness of the ST.
    I need earbuds with a longer cord.
     
    BiffB, Jun 7, 2009
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  2. BiffB

    louie Guest


    Seems you are a satisfied, if not happy, Hondonesian. Your minor problems
    can be counseled out.

    good report btw..tks, nice bridge

    ...louie
     
    louie, Jun 7, 2009
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  3. BiffB

    SKooter Bum Guest

    Didn't know you were coming or I could have met you down there and
    showed you the real biker hangout down past the school at the end
    of the street. I'm not sure it even has a name. I got home from my
    2,900 mile ride about Friday noon and I would have been ready to
    ride on Saturday, having rested at least 18 hours. You get at least
    25 demerits for not alerting me to your future presence in the area.
    Glad to see you're liking the new bike and having fun on it.
    Ride Safe
    SKooter
     
    SKooter Bum, Jun 7, 2009
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  4. BiffB

    BiffB Guest

    I was actually pretty angry about that. Been crossing that bridge for
    as long as I can remember, but had never been down to the banks.
    Decided on a whim yesterday to swing down there and take a look, and
    that's what I got. There was a dirt path down to the banks, but it
    didn't look very ST friendly. The Brazos is sort of a landmark for me
    that marks when I'm officially away from home or officially almost
    home. Plus it means the Little Creamery In Brenham is just up the
    road.
     
    BiffB, Jun 7, 2009
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  5. BiffB

    BiffB Guest

    Sorry about that, I didn't check the Skooter GPS and figured you were
    still out of town.
    This ride was supposed to be much further, and possibly include a
    tent, but then I had to work Saturday morning.
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/colorado_bend/
     
    BiffB, Jun 7, 2009
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  6. BiffB

    Redshad Guest

    Any time you decide you dont like that bike, come up here and ride
    either mine or Louies Goldwing when its hot and windy and get back on
    yours and you will be in love with it all over again. You will wish
    you had the power we have but we wont mention that.

    Redshad
     
    Redshad, Jun 8, 2009
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  7. BiffB

    SKooter Bum Guest

    And when it's 48`f, rain mixed with hail, crosswinds at around 40mph
    in IN and you're on a HD you'll be kissing that Wing when you get
    home.
    I've found that with the vent in the windshield on my Wing and the
    "wind
    wings" on the sides of the fairing I have plenty of ventilation.
    There's
    sure no protection on the HD as evidenced by the little blue marks on
    my knees where the hail beat me up. Two lane road, no shoulders,
    visibility about 50ft, and no place to get off. Made for an
    interesting
    30 miles or so till the storm passed on by.
    SKooter
     
    SKooter Bum, Jun 8, 2009
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  8. BiffB

    BiffB Guest

    No doppler radar on the HD?
     
    BiffB, Jun 8, 2009
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  9. BiffB

    BiffB Guest

    I'm fairly happy with the power of the ST, but thanks for offering to
    let me ride Louie's bike :)
     
    BiffB, Jun 8, 2009
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  10. BiffB

    louie Guest

    I'm fairly happy with the power of the ST, but thanks for offering to
    let me ride Louie's bike :)
    =======================================================

    Well shit; I suspect you've already ridden the venturing royale by big eddy,
    if only in private.

    Come on up and I'll let you ride Pender's cussingtom HD (Harley-Davidson).

    .....louie
     
    louie, Jun 8, 2009
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  11. BiffB

    BiffB Guest

    BiffB, Jun 10, 2009
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  12. BiffB

    louie Guest

    louie, Jun 10, 2009
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  13. BiffB

    louie Guest

    DiAM p, sharp in a.m.


    ....louie
     
    louie, Jun 10, 2009
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