The one you are riding when the pavement ends!
I was out with some friends for a ride and decided to continue past Barlow Pass on the Mountain Loop Highway and on to Darrington. The first couple of miles was full of potholes so I had to ride carefully there. After that it was smooth hard pack with only the occasional light gravel and I zipped along smartly. It is not the most scenic 14 miles you will ever ride but there are a few spots worthy of some pixels. Plenty of side roads to explore if you find yourself there with a real dual-sport bike. Camping spots too, if you are so inclined.
The Charming Gentleman’s Ride goes off the pavement
A pretty spot to pause and reflect
Another fine day for a ride on my XS650. Continue reading
On the third Wednesday of the month, March through October, in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle is Backfire Moto, a gathering of most interesting two-wheeled machines and their riders. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
To celebrate my friend Carl’s new-to-him Triumph Bonneville and my well-running 37yo Yamaha XS650 we decided to quickly establish a new club and meet halfway to work out bylaws and other details. Carl headed west from Spokane and I rode east from Seattle and with no more coordination than “I’ll see you at noon”, we arrived at our destination in Moxee nearly to the second of each other. What organization! What riding skill! What luck! I predict a great future for this new group.
And another fine day to ride an old XS650.
Lots of sunshine today. Not much snow in the mountains
I finally got both of the 1978 Yamaha XS650s roadworthy so we took them for a little shakedown ride. It was a beautiful day on the mountain.
Debb at Lake Tipsoo with her other blue bike.
Having replaced the rear shocks – much better – it was time to address the front. I decided on new springs and cartridge emulators from Race Tech for suspension and a completely new brake system along with my rebuilt caliper.
Front forks from my XS650 cleaned and ready for assembly.
I bought this bike a couple of years ago. It was a basket case and I am slowly rebuilding it. Today is new shocks. I chose Progressive shocks mostly due to cost. I don’t ride this bike every day and I certainly don’t race it, so these will last a long time.
These look okay but they are actually just springs with a shock body along for the ride. Bounce, bounce, bounce!