Over Ortega Hwy to Temecula 01-09-10
This was a fairly short ride considering we had to do a lot of chapter/charter reading details prior to getting out on the 5 freeway toward Route 74-Ortega Hwy. Total miles wound up at about 185 for the whole trip. Our ride leader is somewhat new and on a couple occasions while on the freeway, we moved over to the far right lane in preparation for our upcoming exit but it put us right in the path of oncoming traffic heading on to the freeway. I take issue with that as I don't want to be in the lane next to cars entering the freeway when we could have stayed in a lane or two over until after passing the on-ramp with heavy traffic. The trials of riding with larger groups I guess. There were no problems but still thought it might have been better handled.
Looks like S.T.A.B.
or Start Trying All Brands may become our new alternate STAR chapter name as there were at least 4 Honda Gold Wings and 4 Harleys, 1 Victory Vision and possibly 1 or two other brands in the parking lot Saturday morning. That really is no problem at all but an indication that Yamaha may be falling behind the times by not keeping the styling and technology up to date with their big cruiser/Tourers. I'm still happy with my Road Star and would only buy another one if something happened to this one. Don't ask Chuck what he would do, he dumped the V-Star 1300 and bought a new Gold Wing.
Turns out this was probably my best ride through Ortega since I only really lost sight of the motorcycle in front of me one or maybe two times while heading downhill but I caught up fairly rapidly so I did not hold up the rest of the group very much at all. At least that's how I perceived the ride and I got no negative feed back from anyone as I had when in another ride leaders group-I just don't ride in his group any more.
Pictures will be up shortly...HERE IS A LINK TO PICTURES OF THIS RIDE ALONG WITH A BUNCH OF PICTURES OF THE ROSE PARADE FLOATS IN PASADENA, 1 DAY AFTER THE ROSE PARADE.