I better write this up before I forget the details, some memories do NOT last: running out of gas before getting to the rendezvous, two sprained ankles. Some memories will last, a great ride, new friends, etc.
And there were tales that will have to be left for campfires. Moral conundrums.
I didn’t spend as much time taking pix here as I possibly should have. The muffler came off twice. The reason being that I didn’t take the spacers out of the main muffler hanger and it was just hanging on the end of the mid-pipe, but that muffler clamp is slightly stripped. Michael and a couple of the other guys helped me put it together the way I should have originally done it…. which (long story short) is why I didn’t want to delay the group taking pictures. Not that I was the only one who caused delays.
… oh right, you probably want to know about the out-of-gas and sprained ankles (teasers).
The DRZ has no fuel gauge, and when I put the bike back together I had the fuel petcock set to prime (dry carburator). I forgot to put that back (partly because I can’t read the labels). I didn’t have a Sunday (very early) ride lined up when I took the test ride, or I probably would have remembered to fill it. And on Sunday morning I was planning to fill when I got to the Langford rendezvous. Ran out of gas 5 or 10 km short going up the hill just past the Colwood overpass. Pushed the bike across the median and coasted down to the Shell. Fortunately, I still made the Langford rendezvous aproximately on time.
The first ankle was simply me going too fast. Four or five months waiting to get a light bike back on the trails can make me push it harder than I should have. I was braking for a left corner and the back end went out… so a classic low-side. Then I took a long-cut on the way home so I could run through the Mt Wood power-lines. Despite several warnings I got into a classic whisky-throttle, and due to the luggage behind me got tangled with the crashing bike. The DRZ is so narrow I find it hard to hang onto, which results in me being farther back than I should, and the front end coming up… seriously considering getting some Skeg Pegz.
Who was there? Gerrit (BMW 800), Luke (Husky 701), Scott (BMW 800), Darren (BMW 1200), John (CRF250L), Michael (Triumph 800), and a older fellowon a DR650. I can’t remember his name despite being told it multiple times :( [ Dennis. ]