That’s right, the old beast came through on the year’s biggest ride!
I had the Repi all prepped and ready for this year’s Friendship Ride… lines bled, parts lubed, and even some old parts replaced… followed up by a good scrub and polish. Well, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, and come Saturday morning the battery decided it was done. I guess nine years of starts was all it was able to take. Time was running out, didn’t know what to do. Should I continue on with the Repi, knowing that I would have to be push started after each stop and face the ridicule from all my battery tending friends? Oh, HELL NO!
I quickly pulled the cover off Ol’ Yeller, dusted off the parts that were dusty. Wiped down all the gruff from the previous rides, checked the tire pressure and when I went to start it up… nothing. Damn, I had unplugged the tender to use for some other, at the time “necessary” electric device and forgot to plug it back in. No worries, I knew that the battery was good so with a quick jump from the wife’s car, we were on our way.
That’s right, no prep, no fancy new parts, no clean and polish, just wake up, shake the bugs off and go. I did require a little help on my first stop/start, but after the first leg Ol’ Yeller was starting and stopping like the best of them. Still had to endure a day of ridicule and jabs from the mob, but I held my head up high with the fact that my oldest, slowest, most outdated bike still took care of business. I just love this thing, and I’m probably the most comfortable on the bike after owning and riding it for the past 21 years.
Here’s to old friendships that never let you down.
My ride for the week as my truck is awaiting some shop time… Not a bad position to be in and it seems ‘ol mother nature must have got the memo as she’s cooled down the heat this week which makes for a much more comfortable experience.
Thankfully I had just installed my new Galfer USA wave rotor and brake pads I picked up from FP Racing. I also went through and bled the brake and clutch lines with clean clear fluid and replaced the old worn out grips with new Pro Grip SCS grips. The bike is feeling better than ever.
I can’t believe this thing just turned 14 years old, it still gets my heart going like it did the day I brought it home.
Yesterday, our little girl received the Presidential Gold Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence for keeping a 4.0 for the year. What better way to celebrate the day but to take her out on her first motorcycle ride!
Today, the final day of elementary school, she wanted to ride in on the motorcycle.
She’s hooked, and loving every minute of it!
Bought Ol’ Yeller just over 21 years ago, still as fun to ride today as the day I rode it home. So many miles, so many good times, and so many more smiles still to come.
Taking the Rep out for warm spring day ride to work.
Spent the day with great friends, great weather and great roads. Thanks for making this year’s Friendship Ride such a great success.
Due to threat of fire, I had to evacuate the bikes to a buddy’s house.
Here’s to good friends who are always there when you need ’em!
Thank you for bringing so much happiness to so many fans.
Loving these new Kabuto Helmets.
Incredible fit and finish, one for street, and one for track.
Bring it on summer!
These two keep asking me when they can come out and play…
With the snow today and temps in the 30’s, I had to break it to them that it’ll still be a little while before they can get out and stretch their legs.
Broke my heart.
Temps were HOT, but on the track everything was cool. I had a little hiccup after the first session as I noticed my back tire was going flat. Took the bike over to Jason at Dunlop Race Tire Services but unfortunately he didn’t have a tire to fit my aging 18 year old bike.
While I was contemplating my options of calling it a day, or making the drive to Bakersfield to pick up a new tire and try to salvage the rest of the day, Jason came through and somehow found a replacement tire for Ol’ Yeller. It was even the same make and model tire that had gone flat.
Thankfully, the rest of the day went smoothly and without any more drama and it was fun enjoying the track with good friends and family. Thank you Jason, you really saved the day!
Dave Moss had Ol’ Yeller dialed in and after a few sessions had me glued to the track. If you haven’t use his service at the track, I highly suggest spending the $40 for a full day of adjustments. Dave has incredible knowledge and won’t make you feel like an idiot when you ask him stupid questions.
I’m thinking I may have to retire Ol’ Yeller from future track days as I think maybe it’s time to bring out a more modern bike even though the Repsol is over 11 years old.
Let’s Ride Trackdays runs a great event and I’m looking forward to our next track day together.
I can’t believe it’s been nearly eight months since my last track day. Can’t wait to get out there again and take some corners with some good friends.
Ol’ Yeller is ready and willing and I’m looking forward to getting the old dog back on the track.
What a great day. Took another trip with an awesome group of riders this year. A bit smaller than what we are used to, but all good friends having a great time enjoying our awesome mountain roads. Wildfire smoke was at its lowest in years, traffic was smooth and flowing and the temperature was nearly perfect.
We ended the ride again this year at the Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park where we had some tasty BBQ pulled pork and chili beans.
This ride never disappoints. What a great venue for spending the day with friends and family. Looking forward to years to come, riding with friends and remembering those that have left us too soon. Thank you to all those that have stood by me all these years. I could not do this without your help, you are truly appreciated.
Until next year my friends, ride safe.
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I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve taken Ol’ Yeller out for a street ride.
My tummy’s been rumbling for some sweet Kobe beef so tomorrow it’s off to one of our favorite destinations, The Diamondback Grill in Sonora, CA.
The bike has a couple track days under its belt so a bath was certainly on order.
All washed up and a quick system check has proved that this old dog is clean and running better than ever. Looking forward to spending some time with my old friend on some of our favorite roads.
Picked up these from Moto Mummy. They had an incredible sale on the Battlax Hypersport S21 tires.
I’ve been running the BT-S20 on Ol’ Yeller for a while now, and love how they perform on both the street and track. So I figured the updated triple compound rear might be just what I’m looking for when it comes to good street performance for the Repsol.
Well, the wait is over, Moto Mummy had these delivered to my door in just a few days.
Looks like it’s time to give the Repsol some much needed TLC and get it ready to thoroughly enjoy the new riding season.
I know this beast is getting old, but damn it loves to run!
Well, our patience paid off, the track dried up very nicely with only a few standing water puddles that were easily avoided. Most riders had already fled leaving a small number of riders who were ready to ride. At first they opened to track up to all riders and we took off on our first lap. Unfortunately, due to a few riders not playing by the rules, we were split up into grounds that alternated every 30 minutes. As it turns out, were were able to get in three sessions which actually equated to more than half a day of track time if we were able to meet our planned intervals.
Turned out to be a great day after all. The morning rain provided some time with friends that I haven’t seen in a while and enjoy some great food that people had been cooking up at the track. Although the track season is coming to an end, I look forward to the coming year, and many more track days to come.
Leaving for the track tonight, can’t wait to get there, unpack and get the BBQ going.
All prepped and ready for a great track day at Buttonwillow.