First stop was to Spat and Cookie's place in Lakewood where he showed me how to remove the bench seat from my Patrol. Yes, I had to ask, I'd failed to spot the nut which secures the front of the seat onto the bike. After a bit of chatting about the bikes, their dog and upcoming plans, it was time to head south.
Morrison Road led me to one of my favorite ride destinations, Red Rocks Park. The place was packed with cagers and bicyclists as the weather was quite warm today. I even met a fellow examiner, Ray, his byline is as Classic Motorcycle Examiner. He was riding a gorgeous Phantom Black 2011 Triumph Street Triple R that he rescued after it was "totaled".
Valencia near Creation Rock
The crowds precluded much photography on my part. I left Red Rocks Park and continued heading over to another fellow Uralista's place. Craig H. has been instrumental in the conversion of Yoshie, my V-Strom Sidecar Rig to using car tires and is a highly experienced Ural driver and fellow rider.
There was more chatting about our rigs, he pointed out some things to watch for...showed me a good technique to learn in terms of engaging and disengaging the 2WD on my Patrol.
After taking up too much of Craig's time with my questions, I went on with my "showing off Valencia" tour by riding over to Oscar's house which was pretty close to Craig's house. You may remember Oscar, he's rescued my rigs several times in the past, and his mechanical skills and tools have always been readily offered and accepted by me.
Oscar and Janet, Oscar didn't believe a big guy like him would fit in
the sidecar, I corrected that belief.
After visiting with Oscar and Janet, I left to take a picture of a sign at the intersection where I was hit on the 24th of February. The driver of the Corolla, aka Fat Cow, really was oblivious to everything that morning, to include blowing past the sign that said: No left turn at next intersection!
The above is looking south, the lane closest to the curb is governed
not by the stop lights but by the sign by the crosswalk.
Using the silver car above as an example; the Corolla which hit me
was in same position when I spotted it.
So basically, she not only ignored the "no left turn" sign, didn't look to see if she was clear and just went to cross over the solid white line and three lanes, ending up side-swiping me. Nice huh?
I think I'll email these pictures to her insurance representative, to help them finalize their "investigation". As it is, I somehow managed to retrieve the police report faster than the insurance reps, and ended up sending same to them.
Anyways, enough of that.
I have managed to rack up over 300 Km since I picked up Valencia from the dealer yesterday. She only had 39 Km on her odometer when I became her owner. So, I'm a fifth of the way to ride her past her 1500 Km engine break-in period.
Everyone seemed to like Valencia's looks very much, it was interesting as they pointed up the differences and upgrades between their Ural's and mine.