Editor’s Note: As a reminder – reader Jim R is going to be participating in an upcoming Moto Giro in May. He volunteered to share the experience of preparing for the ride and I took him up on it because I knew a lot of you would love to learn more about what a MotoGiro is and what’s required to get ready for one. Missed Part 2? Read it here.
Running the MotoGiro
Part 3 – Testing, Teething, and Seething
The preparation is finished so it’s time for a test ride to simulate North Carolina’s mountain roads. Steve picked a classic Richmond ride: out route 5 (the plantation trail), across the James River at Jordan Point, then back on route 10. We commonly refer to it as the ‘Five and Dime’, and it’s a well-used loop for riding, testing, and perhaps general hooligan behavior.
…away we go!
Aside from some fueling issues, we determined the range (and reserve) for the little Kawasaki’s. It was a blast cruising along at 50 miles per hour with all of us riding as a team for the first time. I had no doubt it would be like that, as Steve and Mark are solid riders, I’m really the loose cannon here…but hey, as the “kid” at 51 years of age, I will take the verbal abuse.
Right now, Steve is in Europe for a family gathering, Mark is Texas working, and I’m across the country delivering and picking up bikes. Bonus points if you can tell me where on my trip I was in the presence of the Fonzie Triumph. It’s official now, I’ve “jumped the shark.”
Stay tuned for reports from the North Carolina MotoGiro on May 12, 13, and 14!