Newbie Riders on 1000cc bikes
Yesterday, it was a glorious 75+ degrees by the coast on Hwy 1. (North of San Francisco, toward Stinson Beach and Point Reyes Sta.) For those who have ridden this road, you know that when the Tarmac gets warm, it is like a wet dream come true. Warm days (79+) in San Francisco are akin to seeing a super hot girl walking and heading straight for you to ask you out on a date. Not going to happen.
So, I lubed up my trusty links, greased the forks on the Mille and decided to leave early for Jenner, CA.
Mt. Tam, all good. You know those days when you are just feeling "so right". The engine is singing to you and the tires are sticking so well that you wonder how much you are going to have to yank the throttle to break the rear a bit. Lines are so clear, that you just point and shoot.
I get down to Stinson Beach, and see this large pack of riders. So I go up to one of the guys and ask him if it is ok to ride with them. He says yes, then I ask where they are from and he says Walnut Creek. I think cool. New crew. Gotta watch.
We proceed to start riding. I am third behind a Tuono with what looked like a cargo bag on the back. And the head guy is on a Gixxer Thou. We start clipping along and get to the Bolinas Lagoon and all of a sudden, F*ck*ng Marin County Sheriff right in front of us. I know these guys and how they operate (LAW ENFORCEMENT = REVENUE GENERATION). So we take it slow all the way to Point Reyes Station. In the meantime, I am watching the guy on the Gixxer and he is acting up already. (That should have been my clue).
Once we pass Point Reyes Station, the guy on the Gixxer starts really gunning. I am thinking about the Sheriff and he must have really stepped on the gas, because we did not seem him anymore. So we start gassing and I pass the guy on the Mille. Now, I am by no means a Ben Spies, but I have been riding hwy 1 for about 30 years or so and know this road really well. I know pretty much where you can goose it and where you can't. I know that there are some descending radius turns where I have seen other riders die. Amongst other weird tarmarc inconsistencies.
Well after passing the Tuono, I am just ready to clear out. I come up on the tail of the gixxer dude who by now is taking the silliest lines and doing all sorts of stupid shit. Then as I am RIGHT behind him we go into a corner at about 75+ and all of a sudden, Gixxer dude sees the Sheriff Wagon and decides to SLAM on his brakes MID-CORNER !!!!! As he does this, he looks behind and by this time I can not slow down fast enough. I yank the Mille over to the right, and by the protection and grace of the lord, I end up just barely touching his rear tailpiece with my clip-on. It could have been ugly. Now everyone slows down and the Sheriff sees all this in his rear-view. I decide that this is enough and make a U and head back to PRS to gather myself. A total wake up call. I'd like to hear people's feedback on this. Was I at fault for following too close? Should he have continued without braking? I have ridden with a lot of people and have never experienced this.
Glad I am still here to tell the story !!!!
Last edited by classpath_sf; 05-07-2007 at 07:19 PM.