Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Deals Gap Ride Report
Long time RT owner, this year I picked up a 2009 LT with 2900 miles loaded. So my wife and I packed it and headed to Deals Gap and just got back today. 7 days, 6 nights 2045 miles covered 9 states. Going was NY, PA, MD, WV, VA & TN. Coming home TN, GA, SC, NC, VA, WV, MD, PA & NY. Time on the motorcycle was about 36 hours, $175 in fuel cost. Cheapest gas was in SC $3.89, most expensive $4.29 in WV (all premium gas). Lowest tempreture riding 37F, highest 82F. There were 2 days, one going and one coming both in PA, low temps and rain really were a surprise and Olympia riding suits provided wind and water protection but without insulation we were caught off guard.he heated seats and grips took the edge off but still a tough 100 miles. In motel parking lot we could see our breath.
Deals Gap is a neat road and fun ride, but riding that road you pretty much have to focus on just riding, setting up for every turn and watching for overtaking and oncoming traffic, its worth it.
The LT ran non stop and never hiccupped once. Longest leg was 196 miles that I never touched the brakes or put my feet down. No oil consumption at all, coolant level never went down. The only problems were one of the screws that hold the windscreen to the travel arm backed all the way out, luckily the chrome cover held it but the wind screen was rattling. Had to stop and get an allen wrench to tighten, I checked them all and they all needed a quarter turn. On a mountain road in TN, I hit a bump and the left mirror fell off, the check cord caught it.
My wife said the passenger seat and backrest was pretty good, she said she sits a little closer to me compared to the RT. I think a Russell Day Long Saddle will be ordered at the end of the season. Kathy's bag liners worked well in and out of motels. I use the right saddle bag for tools, spare parts and a few extras, Left bag is my stuff, Top case is wifes. I would also plan to get Kathy's bag that attaches to the luggage rack soon.
Can't think of other information right now.
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