Originally Posted by Logiks
Hammer: Nice man. 3 Bikes? Loaded up! SF are ya? I am in San Jose, been riding around the hills here and there. It's pretty fun. Do you still ride quite often? ANd how is that XR 650? Also, I never heard of Mike Velasco pipes. I used to work for Cycle Gear shipping and receiving and I've never seen that brand before. Is that more along a custom style/build?
After college, I lived in San Jose for a year, then moved to Mountain View. Lived there for a year, then moved to San Francisco, married my wife, stayed there for four years, then moved to Washington.
I try to ride every day, usually just to the post office to check my PO Box, but if I miss a few days I get cranky. It's tough to ride everyday up here with the winter rain, but I do my best.
There are tons of great riding roads where you are. My favorite route was from Mountain View, up to skyline blvd and Alice's restaraunt (try the monterey jack and green chile omelette). There are usually hundreds of bikes up there on the weekend. Then I'd head to half moon bay (Three Amigo's makes awesome burritos), then either go North to San Francisco, or south to Santa Cruz and loop back home.
I'll probably be riding the Honda down to Laguna Seca this July for the MotoGP weekend.
The XR650 is an absolute blast. I've never owned a dirt bike before, but I had to buy one due to the trails up here in the Olympic forest. It's road legal too, so when the weather is bad, I ride it around town. You should see the looks I get when riding it in the snow...
Mike Velasco was Freddie Spencer's mechanic when he rode for Erv Kanemoto. He has a shop up here in Bremerton Washington. The pipe I bought is ceramic coated, and has a carbon can. Sounds incredible, and is way lighter than the Honda stainless 4-2-1-2 system. I'd guess the whole system weighs less than one of the original honda cans.Here's an interview with him, his shop is now part of Brothers Honda in Bremerton.