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Old 06-05-2007, 09:00 PM   #1
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Smile Why we ride. A Pashnit Tour.

Why do you ride?

It was one of those blind-sides. A humdinger. She asked the question and it floated in the air, waiting for that snappy answer. That flowing wordsmith ladden arrangement of flowery juxtaposition that would somehow explain what it is.

The why. Why we do what we do.

Meanwhile, the TV camera atop its tripod sat patiently awaiting my response.

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:07 PM   #2
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So it was, the usual suspects. The fast. The slow. The relaxed. The ones there to become immersed in that magic land of motorcycle travel.



A varied group of riders, with over half of them on the tour being riders Tim & I had ridden with before. This being their 2nd, 3rd, even 4th tour with us.

Robert had ridden down from British Columbia & Steve from Oregon (3rd, 4th ride? I'm losing track Steve!)



Al from Washington & the remainder hailed from all over California.

Richard flew in from Australia, Max came on over from England. Both of them on their 2nd ride.

Robert on the Ducati had ridden on the same tour one year prior with Max & Steve, The 10-Day MotoGP Tour, and were reunited on this ride.

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:12 PM   #3
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The bikes of course were the usual varied pashnit sort.



Every color of the rainbow.

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:34 PM   #4
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Re: Why we ride. A Pashnit Tour.

It's not a ride without a VStrom Or a large cruiser.





Do you need the fanciest latest hardware? Hell no.

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:39 PM   #5
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Re: Why we ride. A Pashnit Tour.

Though a few gadgets never hurt.

Looks as though Tim will be...
1. rockin' to some cool tunes (on his cassette tape )
2. never get a ticket
3. always know what the temperature is
4. and the time
5. can open his garage door from afar
6. always be warm
7. can ride right on through those pesky toll booths
8. oh and don't forget the reading glasses for reading those maps.

Tim, no GPS? Okay, okay, it's on order.




Kevin on the other hand likes to keep things simple.

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:47 PM   #6
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Squeeze in that safety brief




A quick pic of the Busa, and we're off!

4 Days and 1200 Miles. Let's ride.

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:52 PM   #7
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Re: Why we ride. A Pashnit Tour.

Within minutes, above the foggy marine layer, already in awe.



With a view that stretches for miles. This is Bolinas Ridge just north of San Francisco. Mt Tamalpias is short distance to the south of us.




Portrait? Landscape? You pick.




And the road? Like it? Want to experience it?

Clicky--> WATCH THE RIDE VIDEO - 17M

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:56 PM   #8
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She shines.




The Panoramic. It's a sight to behold. Love this short stretch of road.

At left under that marine layer is the Pacific Ocean & Point Reyes.

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:59 PM   #9
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In winter and Spring, these hills are a brilliant green layer of wavy grass. That tuff of land at top left is San Francisco.

Rest of that is all ocean.






Shot this same photo quite a few times over the years. Looks a bit different depending on the time of year.

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Old 06-05-2007, 10:11 PM   #10
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The grassy hillsides abrubtly end and into the redwood forest



Winding down the ridgeline



To the reservoir at the bottom



My buddy Jeff up from LA and riding with us once more on that Tuono.

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