Showing posts with label Yoshie - Rides. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yoshie - Rides. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dawn Patrol with Yoshie

This morning, headed away from home as usual in the pre-dawn darkness of 6:00AM.

Today, I was with Yoshie, my 2006 Suzuki V-Strom DL1000/Dauntless Sidecar Rig as she'd not been ridden in quite a while and she needed the exercise.

The roads were dry once I left my neighborhood, yesterday's snow remained on the roads there but everywhere else, it was gone.

I was meeting my co-workers at an Encana Storage Yard north of the metro area, near Fort Lupton, CO.  We were going to survey some mobile fueling sites with the new project leader and logistics kind of dictated everyone use their own vehicle to meet up there.

On the way, near the junction of Quebec and 136th Street, the colors of the breaking dawn were just too much to ignore, truly the tints and hues were eye-catching.  I had to stop to pose Yoshie for pictures.

At the beginning of the photo taking session, the foreground had 
to be heavily "dodged" to make Yoshie visible, sorry about the "noise".

2-3 minutes later, the skies were brighter and the clouds were 
being painted with rosy and slightly orange hues

This was looking towards the west, as you can see the mountains.
As the sun rose in the sky in the east, the hues went from light
pink to the deeper tints you see above.

I managed to miss my turn so I was five minutes late for the meeting.  No one seemed perturbed, I think the sight of me showing up on Yoshie distracted them.  :)


Saturday, November 09, 2013

Yoshie is back home

Back in July, I dropped off Yoshie, my 2006 Suzuki V-Strom Sidecar Rig, at Unique Rides (the URAL dealer in Fort Collins) to have him try and sell her on consignment.

This week, I got a call from Unique Rides, asking me to take her back as they'd not been able to sell her and with Winter coming, they didn't see a sale happening during their slowest time of the year.

So today, I drove Martha's BMW X5 Urban Assault Vehicle with her, to Unique Rides up at Fort Collins.

Though they had some issues getting her to start (motorcycles really don't like sitting unused for long periods of time); she was running smoothly as I arrived.  I geared up and took her for a short test ride and she performed well, reminding me how powerful her 1000cc engine pushed the rig along smartly.

Though Yoshie could easily attain and maintain the 75 mph speeds along the I-25 Super Slab, I elected to drive here at more sedate speeds along frontage roads and less traveled state highways.  A much more enjoyable experience rather than mixing it up with cagers and trucks on the super slab.

Yoshie got me home with no issues and there followed some minor re-arranging of vehicles within the two bays of the garage to accommodate her.


At the moment, I will again view Yoshie as my spare sidecar rig.  She'll be more suited for foul weather commuting into Downtown Denver.  Though not as capable as Valencia in snowy conditions, she does just fine on plowed roads.

Perhaps, I'll put a "For Sale" sign on her as I ride her in daily commutes, in the hopes a  snow-bound rider will consider her for year-round riding.

Perhaps, I'll separate Yoshie from the sidecar and sell them separately.  I am told it might be easier this way.

Who knows?  In the meantime, she's back in the stable.

Previously: Brigitta and a Fiery Sunset

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dropping off Yoshie and a ride on a Scooter Sidecar Rig

Today, due to several factors but mainly because she's rarely ridden anymore, I rode Yoshie to Unique Rides in Fort Collins, CO to have them sell her on consignment.

I'd tried selling her before, you might recall if you've been on this blog for a while, without success.  I finally decided to let Unique Rides, the URAL dealer up at Fort Collins try and do it as folks go to them for, well, unique rides!  Yoshie, my 2006 Suzuki V-Strom/Dauntless Sidecar Rig sure fits that bill!



A bit to the left of the colorful display of Genuine and Sym brand scooters above, there was this rather nicely outfitted Genuine Stella model scooter with a Cozy Sidecar attached!  I'd seen her before on my visits to the dealership and today was the day for a test ride.

Some impressions, she's small!  I felt like there was nothing underneath me as I rode out of the dealership on the test drive!  The old fashioned Vespa-like clutch/shift grip on the left took some getting used to, never had ridden a vehicle with such an unusual (to me) clutch mechanism.

I rode her to to a nearby street with a field next to it, for the below pictures.





She sure is an eye-catcher isn't she?  Or was it the sight of a grown man, fully kitted out in black riding gear and helmet riding a little bitty scooter with a huge pickle shaped sidecar attached?  The world will never know.

No, I didn't buy the scooter, it sits at Unique Rides, waiting for some adventurous scooterista to come by and fall in love with it.  It's price is less than $5500 I believe so if you want it, give the folks at Unique Rides a call!

My loving wife Martha, who had a lunch date in Loveland about 25 minutes away, then came by later to pick me up from the dealership since I was leaving Yoshie with them.  No tearful goodbyes, I must say I never really bonded with Yoshie as I had done previously with Natasha (my '96 Ural Sportsman) or currently with Valencia, my 2011 URAL Patrol (though there's still trust issues between us).

I hope a caring owner will buy Yoshie and take her out riding as she was designed to do, we shall see.

Note: the heat wave continues to hold Colorado in its grip, it was damn hot here today, again.


Thursday, February 07, 2013

Lunch Ride with Yoshie

Just a short post, had a lunch ride with Yoshie, my 2006 Suzuki V-Strom/Dauntless Sidecar Rig.  It was her day for her weekly "exercise" and the weather was nice and sunny if a bit cool.

We had a small amount of snow overnight, nothing to speak of really, the roads were nice and clear.

 At the Blackstone Country Club

 A view of Mount Evans from County Line Road


Previous post: Groundhog Day Uraling

Friday, November 30, 2012

Planes at Lowry and Train History in Strasburg, CO

I found myself with time on my hands today as I had gone over the authorized 40 hours of billable time on my present contract.  What to do, what to do?

As you probably guessed, I went riding.  Another beautifully sunny day here in Colorado and I decided it was Yoshie's turn for some exercise.  Yoshie, is my 2006 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom/Dauntless Sidecar Rig aka "Hirohito's Revenge", a name given to her by Mr Jack Riepe of Twisted Roads fame.

The original thought in my brain was to cruise over to Harbor Freight to peruse their tools and gadgets but upon nearing the destination, Yoshie spoke to me and we continued past this purveyor of cheap tools and equipment and continued on towards the old site of Lowry Air Force Base.

I cruised about the gentrified and still new looking housing and apartment complexes that have sprung up in the land once used by the air force and also the old Denver airport.  It's quite nice actually, they've done a nice job of spiffing up the place.

Located in one of the two large remaining aircraft hangars left over from the air force days, is the Wings over the Rockies Aircraft Museum.  This museum is quite well stocked with vintage aircraft displays and a great way to spend a few hours when in Denver.  I'd visited this museum before with my sons, and today it was just a brief stop for some pictures of the B-52 Stratofortress Bomber located outside the museum's main entrance.


 Yoshie looks quite diminutive next to this huge aircraft



I wandered the area around the two hangars, one being the part of the museum as I'd mentioned before and the other now converted to commercial storage facilities.  Located next to the air museum though, were three glider trailers, one of which was uncovered to reveal this glider in "travel mode".


Pretty cool way to take one's glider "on the road" don't you think?

Next, Yoshie continued speaking to me, urging me slightly west of Lowry where we'd seen the golden dome of the Greek Orthodox Church on previous transits of the area near the intersection of Alameda and Leetsdale.  

 Greek Orthodox Church Dome


After the church, Yoshie decided we should head east now towards the small town of Strasburg, CO.  It's located near the I-70 Super Slab east of the Denver Metro Area.  Yoshie and I avoided the super slab by using CO36 which parallels the slab beginning just east of the E-470/I-70 junction.

The objective at Strasburg was to located and photograph the memorial marker where according to the Comanche Crossing Historical Society and Museum:

On August 15, 1870, the last 10¼ miles of track were laid by two crews, one working from the east and one from the west in a record-breaking nine hours.

Fifteen months earlier, the golden spike ceremony had been held in Utah, to note the joining by rail of the eastern United States with the west. But the tracks joined at Promontory Summit connected only Omaha and Sacramento in a continuous chain. 

With the completion of the rails at Strasburg it became possible, at last, to board a train in New York and travel all the way to San Francisco by rail.


So there, in spite of what you were told from the history books, the real joining of the country by a continuous railroad line was at a barely marked point in the little town of Strasburg, Colorado!

I first stopped at the museum on the west side of Strasburg, thinking the marker would be there, given its historical significance.  Nope, but there were several displays of old railroad equipment and such to be had even though the museum buildings themselves were closed.  Turns out the museum is only open July through August.



Ye Olde train station in Strasburg, located on the site
of the museum complex of buildings.


You'd think the above sign would be next to the marker 
wouldn't you?  Nope, it was further east.

After wandering through town a bit, I finally stumbled onto a street called Railroad Street.  "I bet..." said Yoshie: "that the marker is somewhere around here".  Dutifully, I turned her onto railroad street.  We first spotted this abandoned rail car on a side rail spur:


The railcar has seen better days, signs of vandalism were evident.

Continuing west on Railroad Street, past what looked like an old maintenance yard for the U&P and some old stores and a motel, Yoshie and I happened on Lyons Park and found the marker! 


At Lyons Park in Strasburg, CO



Quite the unremarkable marker don't you think?  I guess its an indicator of how the more publicized and reported event at Promontory Summit in Utah overshadowed the event that is part of Strasburg's history.

Riding once again past the U&P Railroad Maintenance Yard, Yoshie had me stop for a picture of this old train equipment towing engine:

Being in an old train maintenance yard, I assume it's something used to pull
railroad equipment.  For all I know though, it's just an old tractor.

I left quaint old Strasburg and its train history behind me as Yoshie led the way home via county roads both paved and unpaved.  There were times she was "feeling her oats" as we motored smoothly along dirt roads at higher speeds than what I am used to on the Ural, leaving a big plume of dust in our wake.

Got home shortly before the rest of the family came home from school.  A good day of mild wandering, with Yoshie speaking to me as we went.  In case you're wondering about all this conversations I was having with my sidecar rig, check out Jack Riepe's new book: "Conversations with a Motorcycle", you'll then understand.  

I was fortunate to get an early review copy of this book, my review is here: LINK


Monday, November 05, 2012

Yoshie does a camera search and rescue

This past Saturday, I'd been riding with fellow Uralista Darrell S. and while it would end up being a great ride encompassing three new passes for Darrell, I managed to lose my GoPro Video Camera.  Just go to the posting before this one on this blog.

After a night of mental debate, I woke early and headed out the door at 6:40AM (really 7:40AM but we gained an hour overnight due to daylight saving time.  It was not too dark and not too cold, as I headed out on Yoshie, my 2006 Suzuki DL1000/Dauntless Sidecar Rig.  I wanted to "make time" you see, and she's the sidecar for real highway speeds.

I made GREAT time on Yoshie, she eating up the miles and inclined spaced of US285 with very little effort and plenty of power.  It is amazing how having more than double the horsepower of the Ural can enable one to not only keep up with highway traffic but pass it at will!  I'd forgotten how intoxicating that can be.

In less than two hours, I was at the town of Como, CO and heading at "good speed" down the dirt road that leads one 10 miles later to the summit of Boreas Pass.  I did have to throttle down Yoshie's speed on the narrow portion of the road, it's quite narrow you see, not much room for error and empty space and a long fall awaits the careless.

Reaching the point where Darrell and I had first stopped for pictures, and where he'd taken the lead, I started slowly moving along the right edge of the road, scanning for my GoPro camera in its protective case.

Alas, there was no luck, as I slowly but surely made it to the site of the summit sign where I had photographed Valencia and not noticed the camera was gone.  I turned Yoshie around and this time hugging the left side of the road as I headed south, scanned once more as I slowly moved at just above idle speed down the road.

Again, no luck, I spotted nothing but the occasional bit of garbage, beer can, piece of hoses....etc.  Now it was time to head north once again on Boreas Pass Road, this time hugging the left side of the road.  Lucky for me, there was little to no traffic you see, still I moved with the hazard lights flashing on Yoshie, just in case.

Not even a half mile down the road, I came to a bend in the road where things narrow a bit and damn if the GoPro camera wasn't lying on the road right in front of me!  I'd spent so much time and effort scanning the right side edge of the road that I apparently missed it on the way up!

There it was, amazingly, no one ran it over.

The protective case did its job and protected the GoPro
Heck, the lens portion wasn't even scratched!

 Above and below pictures show where I found the camera.


Once I secured the camera into the camera case, I proceeded north on Boreas Pass Road and went past the summit sign.  In my joy at finding the camera, I'd remembered some scenic views of the mountain peaks visible from Boreas Pass Road.  Yesterday however, when I saw those views, I was bumming about the loss of the GoPro of course and had not stopped for pictures.  Not to mention, we'd wasted so much time looking for the camera then, and Darrell and I had to get back to Denver before 5:00PM.

So I give you the views one can enjoy when riding on Boreas Pass Road, north of the summit sign:










Yoshie sure looks good against those mountain peaks backgrounds eh?  Then again, I imagine any motorcycle would look good with backgrounds like that.  

Pictures done, I turned Yoshie southwards and made my way "with elan" down the dirt road, leaving behind me a large column of dust.  I made it back to Como in good order and time and soon enough I was motoring northbound on US285 heading back towards Jefferson.

I refueled in Jefferson and from there it was smooth and speedy sidecaring all the way back to the Denver Metro area and home.  To Boreas Pass Summit and back, with about 30 minutes of searching thrown in, in under 5 hours, not bad at all!  I fear that it would have taken a bit more time with Valencia but she had already gotten her exercise yesterday.

The motorcycling gods must truly have been smiling upon me today, found the camera, had a great ride on Yoshie, the weather was not too cold and traffic was light.  

Oh, and as you can see below, the GoPro survived along with the video I shot yesterday as Darrell and I descended from the summit of Georgia Pass:



Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall Colors on Boreas Pass - 2012

As it appears that Yoshie, my 2006 Suzuki V-Strom Dauntless Sidecar Rig is to be with me for a while, I decided it was her turn for a ride into the mountins to see the fall colors on Boreas Pass.

I'd forgotten how fast the DL1000's engine pulls the rig along on the super slabs, I was passing cars, using the far left lane, holding an indicated 75mph with ease while going up the inclined portions of the I-70 Super Slab, fun stuff.

I fueled up at Idaho Springs and shortly afterwards around the 90 minute mark from leaving home, I was crossing the Continental Divide by way of the Eisenhower Tunnel.  The weather was nice and cool, almost cold.  There were points were I turned on the heated grips on the low setting, just saying.

I arrived at the exit for Frisco and Breckenridge with no issues and transited Frisco south and cruised the nine miles to the ski town of Breckenridge before I knew it.  A slow ride though this tourist town and soon enough I saw the sign advertising Boreas Pass and I turned left to begin the scenic portion of the ride.

I say scenic but truly the town of Breckenridge was  beautifully festooned with its own fall coloring, and with the sun shining brightly upon the town as I was there, it was quite the leaf peeper's delight right there!

 There was a small park on the edge of Breckrenridge on Boreas Pass Road with
the above and below snow-clearing trains engines on display.



The wonderfully illuminated fall colors started almost immediately on Boreas Pass Road, and I had to stop often to take pictures.  Pretty soon, it became a rocky dirt road but nothing of much consequence, especially when you're on three wheels!

The road was not as full of cagers as was Guanella Pass Road last weekend, but the cagers there were seemed to be frantically racing down the narrow dirt roads, racing from leaf peeping spot to leaf peeping spot.  Some, apparently oblivious to the beauty around them were just racing along....probably for a late brunch in Breckenridge.  Slow down people, there's other folks on the road, and we're actually there to enjoy the scenery!

 At the start of Boreas Pass Road.
I think that's Goose Pasture Tarn Lake below.

 You can see the bare ski runs of the Breckenridge Ski Resort
in the distance behind Yoshie

 Nice vistas of far off peaks along Boreas Pass Road

 I loved the way the sun would "illuminate" the fall leaves
making them seem to glow in the sunlight

 Yep, we already have a dusting of snow in the higher mountain peaks.

 Above and below, approaching Mount Silverheels


The rest of the ride on Boreas Pass Road was under increasingly overcast skies and this made the fall coloring seemingly dull and lifeless to me as I motored past.  

A view of  briefly sunlit aspen trees, as they cascaded downhill towards the valley
as Boreas Pass Road descended down towards Como.

The rest of Boreas Road was mainly pine forest with the occasional burst of yellow leaves in their midst.  The road turned quite narrow and steep and I would soon find myself in the valley where the town of Como, Colorado is located.

 Como, Colorado, the southern end of Boreas Pass Road
 Fall Colors near the entrance of Baron Ranch, this is along US285
east of Grant, CO

I cruised, easily keeping up with traffic and at times powering past the slower stuff.  Near the Fitzimmons Middle School area, there was some annual biker rally I think in support of Cancer Research as I saw a lot of pink balloons and ribbons on the side of the road.  There were already hundreds of motorcycles in the school parking lot and I lost count of the motorcycles of all makes and models which were still streaming in from the east.

I was in Conifer, CO soon enough and I detoured onto Pleasant Park Road instead of continuing of US285 and it's steep twists and turns into the Denver Metro Area.  Pleasant Park Road is twisty enough for me and there was a lot less traffic on it as well.

One last shot of Fall Colors along Pleasant Park Road

Pleasant Park Road took me to High Grade Road and soon enough Yoshie and I were motoring our way along Deer Creek Canyon Road and back into the "civilized" portions of the Denver Metro Area.  Yoshie's powerful 1000cc's sped us along with seemingly little effort and we were home by 2:30PM.  It really cuts down on travel time on the slabs, when you can maintain over 75mph (indicated) when you want to!

I was cheered by the sight of the slight dusting of snow on the distant mountain peaks, can't wait for more snow to make its way to our mountains here in the great state of Colorado.