Saturday afternoon in Red Wing....
Marty had my new Shinko 244's mounted on my Himalaya rims so we're a bit more prepared for the softer, gooier trail conditions. I like these tires and this must be my 3rd, maybe my 4th set. The Trail Pack was something I was only recently made aware of on the Himalaya ADV forum. Marty happened to have a couple of sets on the shelf and he wondered if I might be interested. I most certainly was. I've installed them and they look like they're going to work very well.
The Himalaya has been propped up on its center stand all week with this wheel truing stand that I machined quite a few years ago holding the front forks off the ground. The construct was reasonably stable but I'm glad, as Mike had put it...."as long as we don't have any seismic activity". The front wheel is now back on the bike so we're ready for at least a small amount of earth shaking. There's a new rear sprocket ordered and on its way from England or the back wheel would already be hooked up as well.
Last night (Saturday evening) was our Minnesota Moto Guzzi Banquet and hopefully due to the weather, turnout was a bit sparse. There were 5 of us...passing the bread and relishes was quite easy. I was the only one that didn't do the half-cow or quarter-cow prime rib though my choice was enjoyed immensely. Plenty of time to talk, enjoy each other's company and look over Jeff's 2019 riding/rally calendar that he kindly shared with us all. I gather in various groups...brands, riding styles, coffee drinkers and non but it was especially cool last night that we 5 had all shared last June's Grand Marais MN Guzzi Rally. I'm calling that fact something novel based on past experience.
This morning's email from Cycle World Magazine, the headline stating.....and a good thing!
Now I ask you, when is Gross Torque not a good thing??
Unbelievable, I blew snow for almost an hour without gloves on today....my hands have been more uncomfortable in late June on a motorcycle!