“Pardon Our Noise. It’s The Sound Of Freedom!” A lot of riders could relate
to these words on the sign that once stood — complete with the picture of an
F18 Hornet fighter — at the turnoff to the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
But in fact, with boring Hwys 20 and 525 chock full of pylons, the only real
freedom pilots of CB900F Hornet street fighters can find around here is on the
many side roads that make up this DH. If you want to follow their contrails,
here’s your pre-flight: Twistiness provides some good banking opportunities,
Pavement is top flight and Engineering is generally turbulence free.
Waterside, you’ll find some wide-blue-yonder Scenery but housing flak
effectively targets Remoteness throughout. And if you fly extra sorties on the
TEs, your flight plan will cover pretty much all the decent airspace on the
island. Often, all the island’s secondary routes are blanketed by
speed-restricting no-fly zones. So unless you’re on a stealth bike or armed
with Sidewinder missiles, keep an eye out for bandits locking radar on you.
Okay, you’re cleared for take-off. Feel free to make some noise.