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Old 05-27-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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Wink Sunday riding adventures...

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Today was an unusual riding day, but all's well that ends well. I swanned down 59 to church, but getting off 59N onto Hillcroft and the light: surprise there was a large (3 x 5 ft) pool of fresh oil. My left foot slipped and braking was squishy, but I kept the bike up. What kind of car can leave what looked like a quart of oil on the pavement? Sheesh. I eased myself away from the mess, and went on my merry way.

After Colombian breakfast and church Ed and I swanned outbound on 59 to Sugar Land, filled our tanks (he on the Ducati 1098). At the double-XX station an older couple walked up to me with smiles: hey do you think my wife could ride one of those? Is that a Ninja? So, I talked them up and said yes this is a prime beginners bike, consider the Ninja 250. She countered she wanted a Honda CBR 250R, and I admonished her to take Basic at Awesome Cycles, see if she really want to ride, get her M and then go bike shopping. They left me feeling some karma--I like to help.


Then we went to Brazos Bend park, a beautiful day, corn as high as an Heirophant's eye, fresh cut fields, a bit of breeze--life is grand.
The plan was for me to switch and ride his Ducati back home. After cooling off, drinking more water, and walking the park and admiring the birds and multitudes of huge blooming lily pads it was time to go home.

I noticed the Ducati had its rear brake/license light on. Hmm, said Ed the Italian sport bike owner and registered Engineer and executive, and he checked and yup, he left it in lighted park mode. But we had only been there an hour or so, and we thought, no problem.

Time to Ciao-Baby out of Brazos, I was getting itchy to try the Italian-Stallion, and Ed decided to start the Ducati up for me and the plan was for me to get the feel at low speed in the park, and then fly back. The Italian steed coughed...and went dead. The instruments were not lighting, zero, nada it was as if Mussolini himself had jackbooted the battery.

So, we decided to try a push start. Well, let me tell you something about those Ducati engines: they are very, very high compression. We would get a good roll, Ed would lightly engage the clutch, that big rear tire would skid and we could hardly turn the cylinders over.

Meanwhile the crowd of appreciative voyeurs watched, including a group of Harley riders (offering zero assistance).

Along came Mr. Park Officer on his bicycle, I flagged him down. He also tried to help us push start with a similar result. I asked: do you have a truck with jumper cables, he radioed for one. The next issue: get the left side fairing off the Ducati, and yup Mr. Officer had a hex key set that fit. So, we proceeded to remove the fairing, pull the battery cover, and the truck came. We plugged the Italian Thoroughbred into the Park mule and voila: the Ducati barked to life. Then we put all together again and we mutually decided: no Ducati 1098 ride for me today. Ed decided it was best to ride straight home.

The Harley guys did like the Ducati sound though and one young man grinned ear to ear.

Ed apologized and we hauled back to Houston and he made it home safe. Yeah, and I even took pictures but all of them have our license plates so I will not post them.

Five lessons: watch oily intersections on Hillcroft, help curious noobies who know what a Ninja is and want to learn to ride, pay attention to old batteries on fast Ducatis, and bring and drink a lot of water because we needed it. Finally--- Mr. Park Ranger is your friend.

It was a fabulously fun day! I have gone through two tanks so far this weekend. Monday I may just zone out, but then again the Kawa loves to roll and I need to put the new Zero Gravity screen on her. She watched the whole affair without any snide Japanese comments, and started right up.



keep the rubber down,
Lucydad

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Old 05-27-2012, 06:44 PM   #2
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:31 AM   #3
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Nice, sounds like a fun day.

I liked the 5 lessons at the end.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:40 AM   #4
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nice write up but i think the couple asking if it was a ninja just got lucky. i don't know how many dumb have asked me if my ZRX is a ninja.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:50 PM   #5
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Good point! They were very noobish, but had done enough research to be interested in the Honda CBR 250R. Given that I put on my new Zero Gravity windscreen today with proper sized well nuts. The fit is much better than the cheap knock off. I may go for a ride this evening---to try it out. Lesson learned: quality pays off in the end.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:06 PM   #6
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I'd have to agree.. most people relate "ninjas to sport bikes" so in their eyes, a sport bike, whichever brand is a ninja
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:36 PM   #7
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:01 PM   #8
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No doubt! The corn though looks a lot happier than last year at this time (burnt, drought)---
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