Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Genoa, Nevada, USA 89411
A mountain ride
I was out with the family in the RV this weekend in the Twin Lakes area above Bridgeport, CA. Truly spectacular alpine scenery and the Aspens are just starting to change color. Lovely.
Being the bright boy I am, I loaded the DRZ-400 on the back of the coach in case I was able to steal a couple hours of freedom. Mid-morning on Saturday, our host insisted I take the bike out (what a great friend) and report how the road conditions were up on the Sonora Pass (9,700'). Going in from the eastern slope there was no traffic at all. Rt 108 is a very twisty snake through the mountains just north of Yosemite.
The DRZ was truly in its' element on this road. The twists and turns had me hootin' and hollarin' with delight. I usually ride an Aprilia Futura, which is a superb handling bike, but the DRZ gave me a rush like I haven't had in years. The lightness, quick drive out of the corners and lack of hyper-speed made for a two-hour dose of 2-wheeled heaven. It was also a great benefit to be on a freshly resurfaced road.
I passed a number of heavyweight bikes heading the other way over the pass...wings and harleys. While I'm sure they enjoyed the scenery, there was no way they had the fun I did! When I turned around at Kennedy Meadows, I chatted with a couple fellows on cruisers. They were fascinated with the SM bike and appreciated how much more fun it would be on a 250 lb bike, rather than 700 pounds of chrome. Maybe I recruited some converts.
I've run into fellows over the years that have foresworn liter-bikes in favor of KTM Dukes or SV650's. After Saturday, I have a much greater appreciation for "little" bikes.
Just thought I'd share a little joy.
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