THE MECHANICAL TOYS
(Page Updated in November 2007)
So what are the mechanical toys? Well, see below....photo taken in June 2007....
They are (left to right)
Tiger - Triumph Tiger. Great to ride, best for long distance riding (but see "Story of Tiger" below).
Speedmaster - Triumph Speedmaster. The lip curling cruiser. Too noisy says my wife. See UPDATE below.
Bonnie - Triumph Bonneville. My first motorbike (but in 2003!). Great fun to ride and attracts a lot of attention.
Sprint - Triumph Sprint RS. Fast, light, great fun. Probably the most fun to ride.
UPDATE: November 2007. Speedmaster has left the stable, and returned to her original owner! I bought her when he moved overseas, but now returning (either to England or the US) he has bought her back. I know she has returned to a loving home......
The Story of "Tiger"
Tiger was bought in Los Angeles (actually in Brea). She was purchased over the phone, and I took a flight down to LA to pick her up. A good friend drove me from LAX Airport to Brea, where I picked up the bike. Now to ride home....only 380 miles.
Problem was, it was mid July. Having seen the weather forecast, I knew I was going to roast. I had bought some summer riding gear (aerated jacket and pants, perforated gloves and a drip vest) but even so, the quickest route back was going to be the best. That meant Interstate-5 over the Grapevine and up the Central Valley.
The table below shows times and temperatures....as you see, HOT wasn't the word!
SimonPhoto.Net - June 19th 2007
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