One Shade of Grey ~ Sunday 3/16 @ 9:30AM, STP

One Shade of Grey

Who needs fifty shades of grey when one is enough?



•  When: Sunday 3/16/14

• Time: Arrive by 9:30 for coffee & gossip,  KSU 10 AM

Where: Skywood Trading Post (STP)



17287 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, CA (arrive with full tank and empty bladder)

Pace: Not too slow.  Not too fast.  Just right.

Gear: Head to toe, please.

Motorcycle: Yes, bring one with you :-)

Route: ~  135 (+/-)  miles of great back-roads of Santa Cruz Mtns. Lunch in 831 area code.  Ride Ends around 4 PM back in civilization.  Not recommended for total newbies, but ok for those with 12+ months and 6k miles experience.

• Rain:  Rain will cancel.  But follow this ancient no-more-rain dance to ensure dry skies and dry roads :-)

Words of Wisdom:



~ Please review Liability Release statement at THIS LINK

~ Proper gear, a working machine and gas in the tank is highly recommended.



~ Ride within your comfort zone and leave room for bad karma.



~ Leads may pass slower traffic when it's safe. You don't have to. Remember, someone will wait for you at turns, so just relax and have fun.



~ Leads will maintain the Pace according to road conditions with safety of all riders in mind. Be mindful of others in the group. Let faster riders get ahead of you by moving to the right and signaling them to pass you. And if you want to pass the rider(s) who are in front of you, make sure to do so safely and without startling them.



~ If you know the area and would like to sweep for the group (AM shift, PM shift or both), please tell the Lead.



~ Good stuff to read before going on group rides (CLICK).



~ Keep an eye for the rider(s) behind you so they won't take a wrong turn.











Bay Area Weather Outlook:





 

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  • Tex L.

    Once again, another great GRF ride! Cruising down from the mountains, then back up to STP, I still encountered a bit of the morning chill. But, as usual, it was nicer in that micro-climate that STP and Alice's seem to order up every weekend! I know a lot of riders either were tempted or actually did de-gear a bit, but I kept all mine on at the start because I've learned from past experience how fickle that mountain weather can be. Sure enough, as we neared the coast, here comes the heavy fog rolling in! Fortunately, out fearless leader took us back inland and we were back in the sunshine in no time! And by the time we hit Davenport for lunch, any lingering wisps were long gone. Our PM travels got slightly delayed by one get off, but the intrepid rider got back on and made it home, a little bit worse for wear and via a different route, but still in the saddle! Very glad he wasn't hurt badly.
    Thanx go out to our Lead, Sweep & Road Marshals for their efforts.
    See you on the road!

    2 · March 20, 2014

  • Carol

    Thank you to all the wonderful riders who helped hubs after his low side. I don't know all your names but am grateful you all were there to figure out what to do and upright the bike and get it de-tweaked so he could ride it. He's sore but will recover and wants to continue riding. Special thanks to Steven Mc for escorting us to the town of Saratoga.

    4 · March 17, 2014

    • Bradley

      No problem. Glad I could play a small part in helping in his time of need. That part of why I like riding in a group. You've always got people looking out for you and willing to lend a helping hand where needed. Glad he is okay and didn't suffer any serious injuries.

      3 · March 17, 2014

    • Mehran

      Carol, Glad to hear Randy is wanting to get back on the saddle. That cruiser is a handful. His nimble FZ9 will be much easier to handle in the back-roads.

      March 17, 2014

  • Peter

    As usual, love it, thx and until next time.

    March 17, 2014

  • Brian S

    Great ride, roads and people. Many thanks to Mehran and the road marshals.

    March 17, 2014

  • Grady F.

    A fine spring ride indeed.

    March 16, 2014

  • Jay

    Fantastic day for an outstanding ride - I really enjoyed the day and the crowd. Thanks Mehran!

    March 16, 2014

  • Randy G.

    We made it home safely.

    3 · March 16, 2014

    • Chris H.

      Glad you are OK Randy, sorry to hear about the fall.

      March 16, 2014

    • Mehran

      Glad you are ok Randy. Looking forward to seeing the FZ9 next time.

      March 16, 2014

  • Bradley

    Had a great time today despite getting separated from the group briefly. Glad nobody was hurt during the Jamison incident. The weather was typical Spring California weather. Hope the other "Road Marshall Only" ride was as much fun. ;)

    March 16, 2014

  • wout

    Excellent as always!!

    March 16, 2014

  • Chris H.

    Great day of riding, loved going through Big Basin.

    March 16, 2014

  • Mehran

    Thanks to all who came out to ride with us. Except for a few who were left behind (but found their way) and a bike which had slight gravity issues (but otherwise ok) we had a nice day of riding. Thanks to our newly recruited Marshals (Andrea, Dave, Jay, and Jim) who stepped up and helped our usual suspects Alan, Brad, Dave, Gerardo, Grady, John, Paul and Wout. Thanks to Tex as well for making sure no one was left behind. These rides are possible with their help. See you all next time.

    3 · March 16, 2014

    • GERARDO

      I didn't see any incidents. Awesome ride !!!

      March 16, 2014

    • GERARDO

      Btw thanks to Richard who came back looking for John and me. This group is rock solid !!!

      March 16, 2014

  • Ron S.

    Sorry I flaked AGAIN. I went and installed my new Roxrisers and was pumped to ride. But I'm close to healing an elbow injury. Still lacking full range of motion and dealing with a considerable loss of arm strength. I did not want to risk riding in such a debilitated physical state.

    Next one!

    March 16, 2014

  • Aaron

    'Very nice to bump into you all today. Thank you, Mehran, for the invitation to join, and thank you all for a glorious ride from Davenport to Skyline. Be well. We'll ride again!

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Tom V.

    Great ride and companies... Thanks Mehran and the Road Marshalls.

    March 16, 2014

  • Mehran

    A few of our road marshals have abandoned us to go ride elsewhere. But there are enough of us to herd the group safely. In other words, ZOOM ZOOM !!

    March 16, 2014

    • Richard

      They didn't even bother to swing by Davenport at lunch and say 'hi' this time.. sheesh. ;)

      March 16, 2014

    • Mehran

      "Shame" kept them away ;-)

      March 16, 2014

  • Jean M.

    Yet another great fun group ride !
    Thanks to all, but especially to Mehran and his Merry Men !
    I could really get used to this !

    March 16, 2014

  • Tom V.

    Mehran,
    Do you mean there are other group rides worth our Road Marshalls jumped ship? :-((.
    Just kidding.. :-))

    March 16, 2014

  • Tom V.

    Mehran,

    Depends what road we travel, I can help as a Road Marshall. :-))

    March 16, 2014

  • Paul W.

    Hate when they call me into work at last the last minute.

    March 16, 2014

  • Mehran

    Kids, remember that there are usually 30-40 bikes at STP. If this is your first time riding with us and you don't know any of the usual suspects, look for us near the "front door" of Skywood Trading Post (closer to their gas pumps). Keep shouting "I am here for a Group Ride" and we'll find you ; ~ )

    1 · March 14, 2014

    • Mehran

      We need a few more BMW's.

      1 · March 15, 2014

    • Tex L.

      I'll bring mine! :-)

      1 · March 15, 2014

  • Abhay B.

    Tax return filed, tire pressure checked and chain lubed. I am all set for tomorrow. :-) Zoom zoom!

    March 15, 2014

  • Mehran

    Those who can, bring a sandwich or snacks. No single restaurant can feed so many of us in an hour. Road Marshals and Usual Suspects .... we'll try something new tomorrow to get the group out of STP parking lot safely and keep'em going. Get plenty of rest tonight. You'll need it ;-)

    March 15, 2014

  • Jim K.

    All depends on if I get my new battery on Fri. The old batt is 7 yrs old and has severed me well! Finally gave up the ghost!?! Time for Lithium Iron for the Harley iron!

    1 · March 13, 2014

    • Bradley

      Beats going on a diet!

      March 14, 2014

    • Jim K.

      Hey Bradley! Yea, don't tell the Jenny Craig's people. If it gets out...she'll be out of business!!! Much easier than eating veggie's!

      March 14, 2014

  • Sam

    My ungrateful Ducati responds to the gift of a nice sticky new front tire by manifesting a catastrophic fuel system failure! OK, be like that, I'll run off and play with the trusty old Beemer -- she's old, but always delivers.

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Bob R.

    Can't go, new tires not in yet, and current back tire is so providing unexpectedly thrilling behavior in all conditions-have lots of fun

    March 12, 2014

    • Bob R.

      Waiting on both front and rear Continental Sport Attack Evo-they are apparently brand new...difficult tire is front for Vstrom because it is 110/90-19 I think..rear is 150/17...Toni, if you see this...and have a reasonably economical rear tire for my V...let's just say I would ride down to Santa Clara, and ride back...then when the new ones come in you can install those, and I have a spare-(this is known as twisted logic to ride) :)

      March 13, 2014

    • Marty M.

      I think this is the one you mean, http://www.conti-onli...­ I can find no Sport Attack Evo tire on the Conti web site only the one above. They make your rear size but not the front size as far as I can see.

      March 13, 2014

  • Marty M.

    Oh, rumor has it that one of our members will be on his "new to him" 2011 Multistrada in beautiful Black. Be there Sunday to see who it is and congratulate him on his new bike.

    3 · March 12, 2014

    • Dan

      another multi in this group? love it!!

      March 12, 2014

    • Mehran

      Cool :-)

      March 13, 2014

  • Tony C.

    Not gonna make this one folks. I'll be performing\monitoring Microsoft Updates for my clients this weekend. I forgot this was Patch Tuesday week. It's a living that will allow me to ride with you all another day. Be safe out there and scrape some pegs for me!!

    Tony

    March 12, 2014

  • Rich D.

    If I get my bike back from the shop I am in

    March 12, 2014

  • Mike d.

    I'm still out of commission.
    Safe ride all.

    March 11, 2014

  • Tony C.

    didn't take long to fill this one up. you all ride safe and enjoy the day!

    March 10, 2014

    • Mehran

      Yeap. Keep your smart phone under your pillow. You never know when you must RSVP ;-)

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Alexis A.

    Yikes, forgot I'll be in Pescadero next weekend =( Have fun all!

    March 4, 2014

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