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I have a GL-1500 here, 1989, Commodore Blue Green, that's being kept for a friend until it's picked up. It's been about two weeks since I've fired it up and I wanted to let it breathe a little.

I had a meeting in Irvine, CA at 1PM, and that requires me to leave the house here, and travel the Ortega Highway to San Juan Capistrano and travel up I-5. 50-miles one way.

I fired it up, checked the tire pressure while it sat purring. It's got non-stock exhaust, so it purrs a tad bit louder than a stock GL-1500. (but not MUCH louder.)

Proceeded up and over the Ortega. Leaving Lake Elsinore, the first bit is an uphill twistie bit for 5 miles. Because of the Noontime departure, traffic was light and I was able to laneshare around those cars that were in my path. :action:

All I can say is - for those that run their GL-1500s at seldom-more-than-3k-RPM, you're missing out. I ran it mostly 3rd gear up the Ortega. Temperatures stayed bang-on where they belonged, and the powerplant seems turbine-like. When you're sitting at 3,500 RPM with a car in front of you, a quick laneshare to his 12-O'clock is just a blip away. The 1500 revs up to 4,500 or 5k easily and reminds you that you're sitting on quite a powerful beast with buttery-smooth jet-like power-delivery.

Curves marked 30mph dominate the next portion of the Ortega, and taking them at 65 to 70mph is no problem. You do have to hang-off that those speeds to avoid touching-down a footpeg. Not a problem, as I was having a ball and keeping sane around other cars.

Some of you are saying: "What the %*^&?, hanging off a GL-1500? over 3k rpm? revving to 5000 rpm?"

All I can say in return is..... yes.

I think I blasted through 3 gallons of gas in my 100 mile round trip, but neither the rider nor the trusty mount are worse for the wear. (In fact I think the mount idles a bit smoother.)

And the rider is smiling. (whilst I look at a Barbados Blue 93SE example sitting here needing a carb rebuild before it can do the same).

Tomorrow - time to go flying in the air instead of on the ground.
 

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All I can say is WOW! After you said, "All I can say is", I hung on every word. It almost felt like I was there. I love to stretch my bikes legs every now and then myself. I guess I'll be thinking about that until I turn in tonight.

What a great ride.
 

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shnev wrote:
All I can say is WOW! After you said, "All I can say is", I hung on every word. It almost felt like I was there. I love to stretch my bikes legs every now and then myself. I guess I'll be thinking about that until I turn in tonight.

What a great ride.
Head West with your wing, young man.

We'll duplicate that ride, and I'll buy lunch on the San Juan Capistrano side.

Then we'll go to Mexico and I'll show you a variation of the same. :)
 

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I appreciate your sincere invitation. I am planning one more ride this year, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I'll have to put the wing in storage for a year shortly after that. If I am lucky I will be able to take her out for some fresh air during my two week R&R from Iraq. After that, well, I my just head out west to see what we can see.
 

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Rusty,

Recall my post a short while back about following Redwinger up Mount Palamar?

My bike stayed in the near red zone nearly all the way up. 3rd gear was the tallest gear it saw. Most of it in 2nd and 3rd, staying on the tail end of an 1800 piloted by a demon :cheeky1:

but, I stuck with him... :clapper:
 

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You got me beat. When I do Palomar it's either the Triumph or an airplane. :)
 

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shnev wrote:
I appreciate your sincere invitation. I am planning one more ride this year, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I'll have to put the wing in storage for a year shortly after that. If I am lucky I will be able to take her out for some fresh air during my two week R&R from Iraq. After that, well, I my just head out west to see what we can see.
Thank you Sir for your service . May the Lord watch over and keep you safe in your deployment.
 
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