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post #1 of 13 Old Jul 8th, 2006, 9:49 am Thread Starter
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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
Eureka-Portland 428/56.9/50.0

Fabulous ride thru the giant redwoods .

Portland to Sandpoint ID 427/60.3/51.1
Sandpoint-Banff Alberta
(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!

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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

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post #2 of 13 Old Jul 8th, 2006, 12:31 pm
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Here is a link to the pictures from Jeff's Trip
i'll post some directly here later....
but they will all be at this link

http://savel.smugmug.com/gallery/1644213

here is one:


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These are nice pictures!!!
Such a contrast between grand Canyon and Banff, all seen in just a matter of days on a bike!
Oh... I almost forgot: nice bike too!

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For her I swam across the deepest ocean!
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Bike report: flawless performance, 0 failures of any kind. Even the long days were comfortable, I didnt see any long days..... Just kiddin,sounds like you had a fantastic trip. You covered a lot of the great riding areas in one trip, What are you going to do for an encore? It is so nice to take a long trip through paradise like that and have no bike problems.

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Thanks for the report! Would be interested to see how you like the Metzler tires compared to the Mich and Bridges?

How do you like the top bag? Is it not to big? Does it change the handling of the bike?

Thanks again and stay safe!
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These are nice pictures!!!
Such a contrast between grand Canyon and Banff, all seen in just a matter of days on a bike!
Oh... I almost forgot: nice bike too!
True, my longer days are not of the Iron Butt variety... I do think on the day I went from Banff to Livingston, though, I could easily have continued on the Billings for a 600+ day; I checked into the hotel at 3:30, and the GT on the open road is a mile-eater.

Not certain about the next trip as yet.

Not only no problems; no worries about rear end drive failure, shift linkage failure, etc. etc. What I really appreciated were all those times I was in tight spots at low speed without the high COG.

Finally, I often tell folks that at my age, I'm more concerned with 60 to zero than 0 to 60 times. In Canada, on my way to Banff, 4 elk started to cross the road about 40 yards ahead of me. They wheeled around and returned to the woods, but I had already come to a highly controlled stop from about 65 mph. I love this bike.

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1996 Porsche 993 Turbo
1991 Acura NSX

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2003 Hayabusa
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These are nice pictures!!!
Such a contrast between grand Canyon and Banff, all seen in just a matter of days on a bike!
Oh... I almost forgot: nice bike too!
That is not he Grand Canyon. It is a beautiful canyon in a state park in Utah, on a great sport touring route east of Cedar City.

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2007 Honda Gold Wing
2004 Honda Rune
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1996 Porsche 993 Turbo
1991 Acura NSX

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2005 Triumph Rocket
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2002 K1200LT
2003 Hayabusa
2002 1800 VTX
1999 HD Sportster
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The loaded top case and the T-bag on my rear seat changed the handling (to me) no differently than if I was riding two up versus one up.

YMMV

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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:

2006 K1200GT
2005 Triumph Rocket
2001 K1200LT
2002 K1200LT
2003 Hayabusa
2002 1800 VTX
1999 HD Sportster
1988 HD Softail Custom
1975 Yamaha 100cc
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That is not he Grand Canyon. It is a beautiful canyon in a state park in Utah, on a great sport touring route east of Cedar City.
Could you post a map? I'd love to go that route...
Reminded me of the Grand Canyon, which I visited with my twin daughters 2 years ago. We have never taken a road trip to Utah... but now I have a destination!

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And then she left me... She said I was never home!!!


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excellent report and pix....love to do that someday...


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Thankyou for sharing your trip with the rest of us....................
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Could you post a map? I'd love to go that route...
Reminded me of the Grand Canyon, which I visited with my twin daughters 2 years ago. We have never taken a road trip to Utah... but now I have a destination!
Map attached. This is a close-up of southwestern Utah. The road you are looking for is 148, which runs between 143 and 14. The site is the Cedar Breaks national monument (identified on map). All three of these roads (highlighted) are great.
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2007 Honda Gold Wing
2004 Honda Rune
1999 H-D Dyna-Glide Conv.
1996 Porsche 993 Turbo
1991 Acura NSX

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2001 K1200LT
2002 K1200LT
2003 Hayabusa
2002 1800 VTX
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1988 HD Softail Custom
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Thx!

Thanks for the map Jeffrey!

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For her I climbed the highest mountain!
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And then she left me... She said I was never home!!!


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