Monday, June 2, 2008
A beautiful morning in the Delta Area of Northern California. We have been riding through grape vineyards, and all sorts of agriculture so far. Some of the homes at the winery's are just amazing. We even passed one large vineyard that had roses in full bloom, planed in front of each row! I'm riding one of Don's BMW bikes, a 750K model. He's on his 900 Triumph. We're enjoying the scenery, on the way to breakfast out in the Delta in an old town named Isletown, a place that in the old days was inhabited by the Chinese.
When we had breakfast in Isletown, the people at the River's Edge gave Don some fresh, still hot from the oven Cherry Cobbler to take to his mother. Like a good son, he delivered it. I may have not made it all the way home, but Don was afraid they would mention it to her, and he's have to confess
. She has a beautiful large home, and is in great shape. Don and his parents have a VERY interesting history, I'd highly recommend a good visit with him sometime. They are really fine people.
A New York steak was my entree'. Don chose the roasted lamb. There were some pictures of baby sheep right over our table, you had to have a real hard heart to munch of the tender lamb. But, I didn't have any trouble with the lamp stew, the minestrone soup, the fresh home made bread, the green salad, and potato salad, Beans, French fries and all the wonderful basque condiments that came with it. Also the red wine, as much as you wanted, was included with the meal. Not a bad lunch
Some booths in Wizards cafe. Three walls are lined with booths, and there is a lot of seating in the cneter. The walls are covered with pictures and posters given to Mike by Politicians, Actors, Race car drivers and famous motorcycle riders. Even some personal ones from some of the better known groups we think of as Outlaws. He's been a friend of the California Governor for many years, he used to sell him body building equipment. (looks like it worked, or he would have been terminated:-)
One of Mike Corbin's personal bikes, the the one he rides the most. It's a Yamaha MR2 or something like that. This one came in from Belgium, with some sort of special import permission. It's not available here in the US. I noticed the tires were as worn on the sides as they were in the center, I think Mike likes to hit the California curves regularly. It was pretty 'tricked out' too !
6 AM on the 30th of May 08. I was the first 'ride in' of the day. They have 9 or 10 slots for ride ins, there ended up 6 today, all in by 8 AM. Here, they are removing the stock seat. The order as already gone in to production for the new one that will be built totally this morning from raw material here in the plant.
Mike Corbin and I have been acquaintences for over 20 years. It was nice talking about "old times" and how things have changed in the industry. Mike has come a long way, both in his business and his personal education. He has an MBA from Harvard (pretty impressive to me).
He's a very special person.
He's a very special person.
Installing the first try. The writing says, "Ride in, Julio" on it. This one was rebuilt because of the rider backrest. It had a lump where the hardware was, and there wasn't much that could be done because of the frame of the bike. So, they took it out, and it turned out perfect. They left the passenger back rest hardware in just in case I remove the factory one sometime.
The final inspector. Each seat is checked by a quality control person at several stages, then if it gets this far, it goes through a final check before going out to the customer. There are lots of seats everyday that have to go back to be corrected or done over. They are totally into sending out products that are made as good as humanly possible.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Don (vsp), Josh, Howard (Nitelite) and his son Brian. It was nice that Howard could come out and join us before we took off on the bikes. Josh was the ride leader of the day, since he lives close to the route we took and knows the roads. He's pretty new to VROC, and although he hadn't met any of us, he fit in fine and did a good job on the ride...Glad to have you in the group, Josh!
A little blurry, but this is where Rad ran off the road. The ditch was pretty deep, and the bike flipped almost all the way around and sort of went up the hill. Highway 1 is pretty busy, there was a lot of traffic going by as we got the bike up and across the highway to park and work on it.