Popular Post mpb1 Posted August 8, 2020 Popular Post Share Posted August 8, 2020 I took delivrry of my bike about a month ago. It has seen 1600 miles and a flip-over (all the way over) so far. I had a longish weekend and decided to see if i could get to the northern border as part of my plan to see Canada and Mexico on the bike in my first summer with it. Today went awesome. Stopped at 4 or 5 shops looking for better gloves (an excuse i suppose). I started on i15 headed north but i just hate interstate riding so i got off as soon as i could. I took 93 up the Salmon River, what a ride! It must have been 200 miles of river canyon 80mph smooth turn after turn. And no traffic. I thought I could get to Missoula, MT today, but i didnt get started until 1:00, so im camped right now up in the mountains east of Corvallis. I did 474 miles in 9 hours 52 minutes. I tried to stop every 100 miles or so just to keep fresh. Tomorrow i will get an early start and i hope to get up to the Canadian border by mid day, then back to Flathead Lake in Montana for Saturday night. That will lwave a 550 mile day on Sunday and shouldnt be too much trouble. Things i learned today -Just buy an Arai XD4, i tried several helmets before giving up and spending the money. It was worth all $619 usd. -Cardo Freecom bluetooth unit is amazing for adv riding. I have 4 for family dirtbike trips, and it is even better for the long road. Had 80% battery after 10 hours of full volume music. -Wsar ear plugs starting at the beginning. I was in a hurry and waited too long to put them in, and I regretted it after 150 miles of 90mph into a 30mph headwind. Thought i had an ear infection it hurt so bad. -Dont over analyze internet opinions. The gage cluster bounces, its under-sprung, it doesnt like to downshift st low rpms, blah blah blah. It got me 500 miles in an afternoon after flipping over a few weeks ago. The thing is already becoming an old friend. -leave room in panniers when packing, and just set a bungee web up on the rear seat for snacks and whatevers you pick up. Good for half drunk drinks and half eaten snacks. -stop over planning. I decided to go Friday on Thursday for a 1300 mile trip and be back to work Monday. Just go. Pics are coming. Poor service in the mountains. 10 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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