I was planning to do at least 80 miles on the bike yesterday during the day. But that did not happen since I was waiting for the Porsche buyer to show up and do the final deed and transfer ownership (read collect payment).
Around 8:30 PM last night, I decided to take that ride and get those miles in so I could reach 600 for the first service. Left Sacramento and took US 50 up to Poor Reds (it was crowded there) and made a U turn in front of the bar and headed back home. Got home around 9:55 PM with 77 miles done.
Today I got up early, pulled the Porsche out from under the carport and parked it on the street. At 7:10 the new owner showed up and took possession. It went bye bye at 7:22 am. I had most of my gear on and the Multi was under the carport so it would stay dry until I got rolling.
Put my jacket on, gloves, glasses, helmet and rolled out at 7:27 am. Got fuel and went back to the house to bring the red key along in case there was a need to mess with the bike's brains.
Got back on the road at 7:38 am and made it to Modesto at 8:43 am with exactly 600 miles on the odometer. If you know the distance between my house and Modesto Ducati, you can figure out what speed I averaged in the rain. No performance awards obviously.
From about 9 am to 1:40 pm, I had my first service done, added hand guards and heated grips plus a tank protector. Rolled out of there and headed home. Got in around 3:00 pm. In the rain again. Firstgear Kilimanjaro and HT overpants did their job.
The bike seems to be running a bit smoother. Problem is the sweet spot in 6th gear is around 82-86 mph indicated and about 5k rpm minimum.
It's going to be tough keeping it below that, unless I ride in 4th and 5th.
All in all a great day riding and talking bikes etc.
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