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post #1 of 17 Old Apr 28th, 2015, 11:57 am Thread Starter
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Talking Back from a 9-day trip to NM/AZ

Still working on the photos, but Google Plus created a "story" for me. While I am writing my ride report (ETA next week), feel free to take a look at the G+ 'story' (all automatically generated; I just backed up my photos to Google Drive, and Google Photos did the rest - pretty slick, albeit not perfect )

My 2015 Spring NM/AZ Trip

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The link to Google was pretty cool.

Thanks for sharing!!!
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Awesome pics, looks like you had great fun! beautiful bike. I was wondering what was that low profile case you got there on tail ? I like get one of those. Where ?
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Looks like you had a great time on What I am considering for my next bike. Any issues with the bike and do they make cup holders for it. I noticed the header pipes seem to be turning color in some of the photos is this normal with these bikes?
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Awesome pics, looks like you had great fun! beautiful bike. I was wondering what was that low profile case you got there on tail ? I like get one of those. Where ?
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It's a ZTechnik "Storage Pod". I bought it locally, but I think a Google search for the name should bring up some online sellers...

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Looks like you had a great time on What I am considering for my next bike. Any issues with the bike and do they make cup holders for it. I noticed the header pipes seem to be turning color in some of the photos is this normal with these bikes?

No issues with bike whatsoever. No idea about cup holders. Yes, the pipes will turn colors, that's normal.

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Great pictures
How many miles? Picked a fine time weather wise. Where was your cam?
Very good multi-tasking.
OK is the camp location top secret was that NM or Zona?
ride safe
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Great pictures

How many miles? Picked a fine time weather wise. Where was your cam?

Very good multi-tasking.

OK is the camp location top secret was that NM or Zona?

ride safe

In order ...

Slightly over 3,600 miles in total.

Camera was on a lanyard around my neck.

EDIT - Here's the coordinates of that awesome 'secret' camping spot

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I put together a video of the handheld clips I shot during my NM/AZ ride in April. Keep in mind this is no GoPro... I used my Olympus Stylus SH-50 mostly held in the left/clutch hand while riding to shoot these clips. Usually, the camera hangs on a lanyard around my neck, so it's easy to pick up and take photos.

This trip I tried to add some video, and at the same time experimented with the new features on the RT - Hill Assist and Shift Assist (or whatever they are called)... I found that shift assist works great when your clutch hand is busy holding a camera e.g. and you need to shift before a curve . Also found hill assist to be great when stopping on the side of the road to take a photo (both hands), and you need to 'immobilize' the bike .



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It's a ZTechnik "Storage Pod". I bought it locally, but I think a Google search for the name should bring up some online sellers...
Thanks for the pointer

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Summary of Days 1 and 2 up on the blog...

'Getting there' - My April 2015 Tour...

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I am a former AZ resident, and I loved exploring the southwest. That was before BMW ownership, so all longer trips were on 4 wheels. Great photos, thanks for bringing back some fond memories!

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Just Amazing is right

Absolutely loved that story board.


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Great story! Thanks so much for sharing. I've been out of town almost entirely since buying my new bike so I haven't been able to ride much at all. Seeing your story has allowed me to do a little "riding" until I can get back and do the real thing!
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Thatcher, AZ loop - Must Ride! http://motorcycletripplanning.com/april-2015-tour-3/

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Thatcher to Holbrook...

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