Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Littleton, CO, USA
Well, I'm back from my Western solo tour. First, the daily details in Trip, Mileage/Average MPH/Average MPG ( the values generated by my computer):
Denver-Green River UT 356/68.6/53.3
Green River-St. George UT 314/62.1/52.2
St. George-Victorville CA 352/60.4/54.7
Holy crap - cost of gas in California!
Victorville-Ojai CA 275/56.0/56.0
Destination 1 - Rocky Mayer made me a saddle the next day. If you ever get a chance to ride 33 south in California into Ojai, do it - it's a fabulous stretch of road.
Ojai-Monteray-Morgan Hill CA 359/50.2/49
Ran from Ojai to Santa Barbara and picked up 1 at Morro Bay (Pacific Coast Highway). Rooms unavailable in Carmel or Monteray, so I went inland where I knew I could get a room.
Morgan Hill-San Francisco GG Bridge
back to 1 to Eureka CA 387/45.2/49
Fabulous ride thru the giant redwoods .
Portland to Sandpoint ID 427/60.3/51.1
(Destination 2) 306/49.5/54.7
Another fabulous set of roads, all the way from Idaho to Banff thru British Columbia and into Alberta.
Day of rest. Toured Lake Louise.
Banff-Livingston MT 571/63.5/49.0
87 from Great Falls to Livingston a great ride.
Livingston-Casper WY 401/71.9/48.0
Casper-Denver (Home) 304/70.1/49.0
Except for the last 3 days, usually tried to stay off of slabs.
Bike report: flawless performance, 0 failures of any kind. Even the long days were comfortable (especially after the changes to the stock seat). A real blast along route 1 and some of the other twisty roads along the route. The ability to go from Comfort to Sport mode on the fly is fab.
Counted 3 broken down bikes along the way; all HDs. There was some sort of HD rally in Montana; for amusement, counted the number of vehicles trailering their bikes to the rally: 14.
Saw numerous other BMWs, but no other GTs.
Summary report for GT from the first 6 weeks of ownership:
23 States, two Canadian provinces, ~9500 total miles to date, 145.76 average smiles per mile.
Michelin Road Pilots (replaced Bridgestones after Atlanta trip) performed very well. Front seems to be wearing faster than the rear (?), but the head shake on slotted roadways that I experienced with the 020s was gone as soon as I switched to the Pilots. Will try the Metzlers next; will probably go to new tires at 12,000 in a few weeks.
That's about it!
The Touring Professor
2012 Victory Cross Country Tour
2007 Honda Gold Wing
2004 Honda Rune
1999 H-D Dyna-Glide Conv.
1996 Porsche 993 Turbo
1991 Acura NSX
Gone But Not Forgotten:
2005 Triumph Rocket
2002 1800 VTX
1999 HD Sportster
1988 HD Softail Custom
1975 Yamaha 100cc