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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Oh Boy!

Now that is what I call, a sweet ride! I had to go back to the DMV to straighten out a glitch in the registration but since I already had the plates, I rode the Alp down to Hatch and back...a 75 mile ride on State Hwy. 187, the old hwy, a nice two laner through chile, cotton and pecan growing areas....

I have to say I am absolutely thrilled with this bike. It just wants to be ridden and the rider quickly becomes a part of the bike.

My Alp has a Supertrapp exhaust that sounds just like a moto a trumpet! I had a hard time keeping it down to speed limit or just wanted to rip.

I knew all this was true but it was quite a while ago in 1994 I last rode friend's first as I mentioned. It made an impression though and I am really amazed that riders didn't demand the Honda USA bring these in again.

Anyway, just a report of my first ride on Alpenglow and I can hardly wait to head out again....


Monday, April 22, 2013

A new family member... new-to-me 1990 Honda XL600V Transalp has made her appearance in the garage....she has been sorted out and tidied up a little and is ready for our first ride tomorrow morning.....

I have admired and desired one of these ever since I saw my friend and Alaskan riding buddy Doug C. bought one in the 90's....I rode it one time and fell in love with the model.

I bought this particular one from Doug...his third and am quite happy with it so far.

The model is one that Honda designed to compete with BMW  R80G/S back in the mid 80's...Honda brought it in to the USA for two years only, 89 and 90, sales were flat so they dropped the importation of them. The rest of the civilized world got them until as recently as 2008 possibly later, I'm not sure....

It was intended as a enduro with the emphasis on the road part but I know that that they hold their own on rough single track as well as the BMWs and the other heavy "Adventure Tourers" although none are designed as a technical off-road machine.

I may hang a hack on it but will keep it as is for a while...maybe pull a trailer so Dina can go with me....

More later,

Stay well and engaged,


Baja mellow

Baja Bri

Me and my buddy

Me and my buddy
Bri and "Dina Whitesocks the Dancing Dervish Dog"

B.O.B. and Dina

B.O.B. and Dina


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well, I am a 70 year old married man with a couple of sons and 4 grand kids and am currently wending my way around the planet in any way that I find interests me. I am a retired mechanic, certified motorcycle nut, ride a sidecar rig and practice living in the moment. I am a 31 year friend of Bill and Bob and have lived a life beyond my wildest dreams.