We have some terrific countryside here in
After Al “El Coyote” Munguia and I made a cold, full-leather, multi-layer, vigorous run on the hogs in from
A Fog Hogs Road Captain “
First, the streets: We spent a couple hours negotiating them. As you may be aware, they wander all over the place with plenty of up-and-down hill runs. There were some good opportunities to practice clutch and brake maneuvers associated with starting from a stop while facing uphill on a steep incline.
The trick is to be able to operate the brake and throttle with your right hand at the same time. You can do it using your thumb and index finger to operate the throttle while your other fingers are working the brake. As we negotiated a few hills I was reminded of Steve McQueen’s famous chase scenes in Bullitt. I thought we might even round a corner and look up to see him double clutching in that ’69 Mustang!
During the run we actually did cruise
Next, the noise: Yup we made some. And among the close buildings in the city, the pipes can sound very loud. I am not suggesting this is a good thing but we set off many auto alarms that late Sunday morning. In fact I noticed one person in his window remotely turning off his car alarm as certain, unnamed riders sat at a red light and revved their engines attempting to get his alarm to go off… again.
Then the sights: One of the first areas we passed through was
After leaving the peaks we passed through or by many notable
The trip through the Presidio was very nice with beautiful landscaping everywhere and some very stately, well maintained old government buildings. The architecture throughout the city also seems more massive and striking when viewed from a Hog rather than a car. For example, you notice a lot more of the intricate workmanship in the construction of many of the buildings. Also, if you focus long and hard enough at that very same workmanship, you get to run into something!
Finally, the barbeque: At the boathouse at
"Fog Hog" and the streets of San Francisco - a remarkable experience... a lesson in skilled riding while absorbing your immediate surroundings... an up close look at one of the most amazing cities in the world. Not too shabby eh? Let's take a break and have a stogie!