Sunday was a gorgeously sunny day here in Colorado and the temperatures were nicely cool in the morning as I rode down the I-25 slab on Yoshie, my V-Strom Sidecar Rig, towards the Cañon City's Skyline Drive.
Yoshie's powerful 1 liter motor, coupled to the strongest drive chain that I could find, hummed along without protests at speeds reaching 80 MPH at times. In less than two hours, I made it down to Cañon City and tanked up again.
Things had heated up a bit in terms of ambient temperatures but still, not so forbidding as to detract from what would be a great riding day.
Below are two videos I shot with my GoPro camera, the first one with the standard forward-looking perspective but from higher up than usual. I'd cobbled together a camera perch of sorts for the occasion as I wanted you to get a good view of the narrow road that is Skyline Drive.
The second video is of the same road, but this time the GoPro camera was pointed backwards showing the view of the road I'd just ridden.
I was done with the filming shortly after lunch, and the temperatures had gotten a bit warm as I rode onwards to the Shelf Road. This is a dirt road cut out of the side of the mountains that form the walls of a canyon. It was the route between the mining in the Cripple Creek area to the railroad in Cañon City back in the day.
More on the Shelf Road in the next posting.
Yoshie continues to do fine as I test out the ability of the new chain and sprockets to bear the loads imposed by side car duties.