RKA at the AMA Superbike race up at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. Sonoma is beautiful around this time of the year, if it's not raining, and Infienon Raceway is a great place to watch a race as it provides numerous awesome viewing points.
Since RKA wanted our K1200S as one of their demo bikes, I happily rode the K1200S up on Thursday afternoon.
My plan was to break up the ride into two; ride till dark on Thursday, find a place to stay, and finish up the ride on Friday via US99 as it offered more lodging options along the way than Interstate 5.
I made it up to Madera without seeing a single cop while averaging 77mph moving speed, and that's including splitting traffic getting out of LA and gas breaks!
The next morning I finished up the ride before noon, and got to work and had a great time at the raceway the next couple of days.
After the last race ended on Sunday, it was time to hit the road again. I left the raceway fairly late in the afternoon. It had been raining on and off throughout the day and I figured I'll just ride as far as I can until either I get tired, it gets dark, or the when the weather turns for the worse.
I came across at least 4 CHPs in the first hour of the ride, before I got to the 5. The traffic on the 5 was relatively heavy and I was zipping by other vehicles on the road cautiously as I had expected CHPs out in force based on what I saw before I even got to the 5.
The ride was cold but at least dry. Just as I had passed an exit to a small town called Patterson, I came across an uphill with a right bend on the road. I was doing about 90+ comfortably on the BMW and passing vehicles left and right. All of a sudden, the TPX Detector went off on a short burst of Ka band. I backed off on the throttle immediately and dropped my speed down to just over 70. The Ka went away quickly, but since I was heading uphill with a bend coming up, I thought I'd stay at that speed until I get past the bend. As I got past the bend, sure enough, there was a CHP on the side of the road, running his radar on instant-on monitoring the traffic. I know that had I not picked up that instant-on Ka band, I would've been toast because I was for sure the fastest vehicle on the road at that time. Count that as a definite save on the TPX Detector.
Shortly after the close encounter, it started to get dark and I literally caught up to the storm. Luckily, I only got to ride in the rain and darkness for about 10 minutes as i came across a hotel and called it a night.
I finished up the ride the next day without any close encounters, although did see numerous CHPs on the other side of the road.
All in all, it was a good weekend. Got the SBK race at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend at Tooele, UT, and I'm riding there... can't wait!