I picked the bike up in Lynville, TN last Tuesday, then headed for Chattanooga to meet with Brett (thanks again for your warm hospitality).
Next day was between 950-100 miles without incidents and a nice weather.
Trouble began on Wednesady morning, about 150 miles from Weatherford where I spent the night. I was carefully watching my rear tire as it was seriously worn, and then the thread started showing. Try finding a tire in that size in the middle of Texas!!!
Kathy was on the phone talking to every dealer she could find. the" (where xxx ranges from 2-7 days). Finally She located one somewhere between Midland and Odessa, at Midessa Motorcycles where I got gouged on labor.
Made it to Las Cruces for the night. On Friday I ran into more trouble when the bike wouldn't crank when I press the starter button. Dying battery.
The young gas attendant, toting a nice helmet and about to get on a GSX told me there was a Suzuki dealer just 3 miles up the road. After getting help in push starting the F650... I never made it to the dealer. About half-way the bike stalled... across from a Walmart who just happened to carry my battery. That cost me over 2-3 hours and by then the wind in AZ had picked up tremendously. The ride to and past Phoenix was horrendous, the bike leaning seriously to the left. I even lost a saddlebag in the strong wind, made aware of that fact by cagers. I got off the next exit and went back to get my bag, which was no easy task in that weather.
Made it home in los Angeles on Saturday around 1:00 am. safe and sound. The on-off rain that accompanied me in the last 60 miles washed the bugs off the bike and the sleeves of my Cortech jacket.
While the F650 is no touring bike (not even close) it is a great little trooper that wants to go-go-go...! I felt the lack of weather protection, and noticed the tremendous difference between 70 mph and 80 mph when it comes to wind resistance. Also at 90 mph the gas mileage got really bad, so I cruised mostly at 80 (except during the AZ episode - 50-60 mph). I never felt the lack of power except once when I couldn't go faster than 80mph uphill with strong headwind.
The F650 gets
for good measure!
Gilles & Kathy
2011 Ostra Gray RT
06 Mercedes-Benz E350 Estate (parts and people hauler)
2012 BMW X3 (parts and people hauler)
86 Porsche 911 Cabriolet (my "new" baby)
For her I climbed the highest mountain!
For her I swam across the deepest ocean! For her I walked through the largest desert!
And then she left me... She said I was never home!!!
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