We take for granted that the only thing we need to stop for is gas. Things we don’t have to stop for include: tickling our carburetors, kick-starting our bikes, patching tubes, re-setting our points, pulling spark plugs to keep from bending connecting rods because the GSX-R’s vacuum petcock let gas fill up the cylinders, bumpstarting the Ducati because its heat-soaked starter can’t quite turn it over. Motorcycles are boringly reliable, just the way we like it really.

And when we did have a problem with our Suzuki’s rear tire on this run, Anthony Wheat and Brandon Covarrubias at Cycle Gear San Luis Obispo graciously stayed open late to get us a new Dunlop Q3 mounted – above and beyond the call of duty.