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A Test Ride today - A Rear Tire and a New Road

Post by bigjohnsd » Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:50 pm

A little jaunt today on Freya, wanted to check out the Shinko 705 that I re-installed on the rear wheel. This tire, that I originally installed at the Reuben Run last year, was what drove me to send the wheels to Woody's Wheel Works last winter for straightening and truing. I wasn't 100% certain that the tire was good, it turned out to be fine, no vibration like i had when i put it on at ray's last year. In addition to testing the tire, I wanted to ride a road that I hadn't ridden before to determine if I should add it to my standard Black Hills Touring route for visitors.

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This the entire route, 134 miles, the first section was gravel across the Maitland Rd to Central City/Blacktail, then down HWY 385 to Sheridan Lake and Sheridan Lake Rd which in the 25 years I've lived here I don't ever recall having been on.

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This is Sheridan Lake Road.
The first 15 miles of the Sheridan Lake Rd were great, good twisties and a 50 mph speed limit with lots of 20 mph marked curves, then we hit some serious road construction. a series of stop and waits, dirt roads, mud, and soft gravel, I was over it by the time I got through it.

As I headed up HWY 44 to Johnson Siding I ran through a thundershower that rinsed off most of the mud on Freya.

Norris Peak Road was wet and the tar snakes were both wet and slippery. The Nemo Road was good as always and i even took a few pix for you guys. From Nemo, I went North on the Vanocker Canyon Rd to avoid thunderstorms to the West. Stayed dry, passed two USFS trucks, and otherwise had an unimpeded run to Sturgis. Slabbed home to beat the storm, which I did.


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Nemo Road
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I love this valley
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Steamboat Rock

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Vanocker Canyon Road

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Custer Camped here in 1876, now they feed Pirates Beer and Spaghetti

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Commander Cluck (seen from the rear here) just loves this road!

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Re: A Test Ride today - A Rear Tire and a New Road

Post by Hppants » Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:42 am

That looks heavenly. Wide open with no traffic. Not so technical that you can't afford to take your eyes off the road for even one split second. Plenty of view before each apex.

That's a great "touring" road to me.
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Re: A Test Ride today - A Rear Tire and a New Road

Post by escapefjrtist » Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:29 am

Nice roads and pics BigJohn. Looks like a great day for social distancing!

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Re: A Test Ride today - A Rear Tire and a New Road

Post by bigjohnsd » Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:58 pm

Hppants wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:42 am
That looks heavenly. Wide open with no traffic. Not so technical that you can't afford to take your eyes off the road for even one split second. Plenty of view before each apex.

That's a great "touring" road to me.
The Technical end is at the North, the last 6 miles into Sturgis require both hands, thus no more pix.
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Re: A Test Ride today - A Rear Tire and a New Road

Post by fontanaman » Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:47 pm

Very nice John. The pavement looks smooth. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: A Test Ride today - A Rear Tire and a New Road

Post by raYzerman » Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:15 am

Gotta get me out to the Black Hills and the PNW again... I like that road, nice high speed sport touring road. Need one of those once in a while.
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Re: A Test Ride today - A Rear Tire and a New Road

Post by Bugnatr » Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:42 am

Must have been tough timing those pictures when no cages were coming.

Good stuff John.

Btw the New rear 705 came today for Redlodge. Looks like 2 rear to one front. Like!
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Re: A Test Ride today - A Rear Tire and a New Road

Post by bigjohnsd » Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:07 am

Doug, I don't think I saw 5 cars in 40 miles.
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