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PostSubject: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:17 pm

Cold as hell, as usual, road conditions sub-par due to the winter season, but an epic ride, as always, our annual tradition continues. Steak took lots of pictures which I'm sure he'll post here shortly along with a more detailed ride report, but I'll tell you that we had thirteen riders, all on Italian bikes; eleven Guzzis including three Ghetto members, Steak, Street and Fresh Egg, plus one Aprilia and one Ducati. Here's a picture of the entire gang at our lunch spot at the By The Bay Cafe in Sekiu, Washington, eighteen miles from our ultimate destination of Neah Bay, the northwesternmost town in the continental US.

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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:27 pm

It was cold (27-34 ℉), the roads were wet, or icy, or covered in slick de-icer.  It was the scariest ride I've ever been on out to Neah Bay!  With 8 rookies on this ride, I'm surprised as hell that not a single bike went down.  Still, it was a fantastic way to start out a new Guzzi year!

Here are some photos.

Karl prepping his '69 Ambassador on New Years Eve...
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A few shots from the ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island.
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From the bow.
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From the stern.
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A look south to Mt. Rainier.
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Nearing Bainbridge dock.
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About to disembark, 8:22 am - 33℉
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Met up with some riders from the north and south for a top off before heading to the peninsula.  Now 8:54 am and 27℉
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Two GRiSOs, a Stelvio, and an Aprilia Futura
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Another panorama...
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A customized 1100 Sport, Fresh Egg's GRiSO, an Eldorado, and two Norges.
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You've got to bundle-up and plug-in or you're going to be miserable on this ride...
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Roy and his classic Eldorado were still hanging on to the Christmas spirit...
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The Bistecca Corse Diavolo Nero...
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At 40 with his 69 Ambassador, Karl was the youngest rider on the oldest bike.  He absolutely rides the shit out of a loop frame...
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Fresh Egg on the prep...
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Street's GRiSO Rosso and a peek at the Diavolo Nero.
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It's official, it's a New Years Day Cabal...
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This bike is a gorgeous labor of love, more photos on this one later...
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James' nicely re-birthed Eldorado.  One of the three loop-frame Guzzis that made the trip.
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Dick's Stelvio NTX and the Aprilia Futura.
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Maybe stopped too long in Port Angeles, it's really cold...
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Karl's Ambassador surrounded by three flavours of GRiSO...
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The fast group waits for group 2 before making the turn to head out to Sekiu and Neah Bay.  Although fast is a definite misnomer on this ride...
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From the head of the line...  (Notice Rudolf out front...)
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Stopping for lunch in Sekiu, just short of Neah Bay and the Makah tribal reservation.
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Fresh Egg (Jin) cuts a mighty fine figure...
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Which always begs the question, does Jin have a brother named Ken?


Now a few more shots from Sekiu...
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Our little ghetto on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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Pete and Jin.
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GRiSOs are still pretty, even when they're filthy.
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Panoramica...
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More detailed photos on the hand laid bodywork on that 95 1100 Sport...
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Kind of funny, the youngest rider was on the oldest bike, and the oldest rider was on the newest bike...
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The loops...
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The Sport Tourers...
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We have odd Salmon runs out this way...
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Now that's Italian!
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It felt good to warm up and eat...
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A row of mugs.
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On both sides of the table.
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Pete and Dick yucking it up.
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The whole enchilada!
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Better late than never, Tony "catches up" to us on his Ducati Multistrada.  He had passed us in Port Angeles and rode all the way out to Neah Bay before turning back and finding us bellied up in Sekiu only 20 minutes after we arrived.  (He started out 30 minutes behind.  He's a beast!)
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Tony's Multistrada, still steaming from chasing us down.
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Turned out to be a very nice day out on the point.
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On to the terminus of Neah Bay, just a few quick shots before heading back.  We wanted to get a move on as darkness falls too soon this time of year.

A selfie with a pirate patch...
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All lined up at the Quay.
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Last one, no time for any more photos on the trip back...
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Finished off the trip at the 9lb Hammer for some welcome beer upon returning to Seattle!

Happy New Year to all of the Bravi!

ghetto

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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:33 pm

ghetto

Top photos Steak. Did you make a boo-boo with the 'pirate patch' selfie pic?
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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:42 pm

Gees, I'd have to buy some new kit to ride with you lot. Been thinking of how to refrigerate my jacket over here to stop melting.
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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:31 pm

Nice work guys. Hope I get o do the ride some year myself.
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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:48 pm

Great photos Steak. You should edit this to show everybody the pirate patch, too funny. And that video - KEN LEEEE, ouch that hurts my ribs! I'm going to have that fucking song stuck in my head for days!

Mini Me - damn self timer!

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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:23 pm

beetle wrote:
ghetto

Top photos Steak. Did you make a boo-boo with the 'pirate patch' selfie pic?

Yep, fixed it... Arrrrgh... pirat

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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:48 pm

You make me jealous!!   I have taken the little red Honda out of the shed this morning.  50 cm snow by the evening, and still falling... GRiSO is sleeping under her sheet and probably dreaming of warm spring days.

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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:31 am

Looks like a great turnout. Was able to do a 100+ miler on New Years Day with several other riders.
Was quite cold...32*, but the Gerbings did the trick.

Was on the GS, tongue not the GRiSO. The next day I fitted the GRiSO with the Gerbings pigtail and took it out for another ride.

...was not aware that beards are requisite for Guzzi riding. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:01 pm

CPB wrote:
...was not aware that beards are requisite for Guzzi riding.  Wink

Only for the boys...
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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:51 pm

Looks like a great days riding Steak and the rest of the crew, A great selection of cool bikes, pirat
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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:19 pm

Bioman, I like playing in the snow and would love to have a white xmas at least once in my life, but the reality of being snowed in for six months would send me bonkers. I get cabin fever here if it just rains for 3 days in a row.
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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:59 pm

ghezzi wrote:
the reality of being snowed in for six months would send me bonkers. I get cabin fever here if it just rains for 3 days in a row.

Unfortunately I agree with you.  Can't wait for the kids to grow up so that we can spend these 6 winter months in (much) sunnier places.  Then again, if you like to ski, this is the place to be.
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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:35 pm

Street wrote:
CPB wrote:
...was not aware that beards are requisite for Guzzi riding.  Wink

Only for the boys...

Viva la Fiesta
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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:39 pm

...we do make an exception for the ladies.
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PostSubject: Re: New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay   New Year's Day ride to Neah Bay Icon_minitime1Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:11 am

Hi guys,

very nice pics of that cold winter ride.
I won't do that anymore, drove only motorbike for more than 20 years...
My GRiSO is settled near to his heater in the garage, the garage isn't getting colder as 5°C (41°F).
And I really don't like it anymore to ride my G12, which I tender..., on salty roads.  No
He has to stay in perfect condition, inside and outside.

I hate all that winter stuff, I hope to move (over some years) to a place where's allmost no winter.  Cool
My wife and I like to be somewhere in the middel to south of Italy or Spain.  sunny

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