RR51: 2019 Sierra Pass Ride

This was a repeat route of the annual Sierra Pass ride (2011, 2015, 2017, 2018) with the following notable exceptions:

  • First time doing this route on a SuperDuke. I really enjoyed how light and easy this bike is to ride in the twisties. It produces tremendous power when you need it to, it turns quickly when you steer it and it stops almost immediately when you ask it to. What a fun bike!
  • First time with some snow around us! The winter of 2018-2019 was a very wet one and there was a lot of snow on the ground in June. Lake Alpine was still a bit icy. The temps were cool and it made for a very pleasant ride.
  • First time on a weekday – so no traffic at all in the Sierras, but a lot of commute traffic on Patterson Pass Road. We actually started early, at about 6am before the sun rose, so it was doubly difficult to ride on Patterson Pass.
  • First time for a couple of new riders (Ayon on his Triumph Speed Triple and Anil on his Suzuki  V-Strom), but everything went smoothly. No close calls, no crashes, no tickets.

 

 

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