So I went to Brad’s house last night. He used to work as an engineer for one of the biggest tire companies. His job was test driver. Can you imagine??? Get new cars and bikes, and test new tires on them. As he explains it though the grass is always greener. Brad is another super nice guy. He and his wife are always nice to talk to. The night was made even nicer since Todd and Jill came over to load Todd’s bike. So, we basically hung out in the garage for 5 hours working on and talking about bikes and our trip. Of course we started dreaming of the next trip!
Before we even started carving the tires, we saw this snapping turtle walking through his yard. The neighbor told us it was probably 55-60 years old. I was amazed by the size of its fingernails.
Brad standing a safe distance from the snapping turtle
Check out those fingernails!
So after that fun, we got to work carving the tires.
This is the Dunlop D616 as it came
After we made the first couple of cuts
The finished product
As Brad was working on the tire, Todd and I replaced the turn signal that the saddle bag broke, and we replaced the missing screws in the hand guard. I’m not sure if Ducati covered these under the warranty, or if Northern Ohio Ducati covered them. Either way, I was happy to have the parts.
Next step was taking all the gear off of Todd’s bike, and loading both bikes into the truck. What an ordeal. We are taking a Chevy Avalanche, and it has a narrow bed. This made loading 2 bikes with hand guards difficult. Fortunately, we had 4 people working on it, because it still took us another hour.
I felt kind of bad for Brad and Jill. I don’t think any of us had dinner last night. and we are all hot and tired from the days activities. At least Todd and I were excited that we are about to leave on a big adventure, but Brad and Jill were just doing the work, with no reward. I hope to be able to repay them in some big way.
So, we got the bikes loaded into the truck, and we got Todd’s gear in the back seat. Brad set our tire pressures in the bikes and truck (old habits die-hard), and I went home very tired.
Chevy Avalanche loaded with BMW F650, and Ducati Hypermotard