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Old 10-01-2009, 10:47 PM   #1
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So, where in the world have YOU been? ... on your Harley, I mean

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There are lots and lots of incredible Ride Reports of trips to lots and lots
of places, near and far, on lots and lots of different bikes.

Let's make this one Harley-specific, shall we? Sportster, Dyna, Softail,
Touring, new, old, whatever ... JUST WHERE IN THE WORLD HAVE YOU
BEEN? ... Around the block or around the world? ... How'd you prepare?
... How long did you take? ... What would you do differently?

This will also be a great place for those who hesitate to start their own
long Ride Report thread to post a short version! ... Please don't do a
full-on, multi-page ride report, just a nice capsulization with a few photos
would be great.


Now, who'd like to be the first to share with the class? ...



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Old 10-01-2009, 11:00 PM   #2
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You've seen this RR, right?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=462017

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Old 10-01-2009, 11:03 PM   #3
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IMHO, best RR ever, and still going.


Also, this thread should be moved, it's not a RR but a request.
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:07 PM   #4
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IMHO, best RR ever, and still going.
Yep, and yep.

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Now, who'd like to be the first to share with the class? ...
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:27 PM   #5
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IMHO, best RR ever, and still going. ... Totally agree!


Also, this thread should be moved, it's not a RR but a request. ... Yeah, but where? And when we DO get some participants, it WILL be a report of lotsa rides (?)
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:43 PM   #6
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La La Land & Atl w/ North Ga, Tenn, NC (Dragon Ride)

On a rented HD Heritage Softail.

But I'll take my Honda VTR any day

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Old 10-02-2009, 09:53 AM   #7
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Spring of '08, USA perimeter

In the spring of '08 I took 2 months and my '02 HD Electra Glide for a little 14K (and change) run around the US. Left central VA and headed to Key West, Fl. From there to L.A., Ca to the Santa Monica pier, then up to a little north of Seatle, WA. (with a side trip out to Reno, NV to go see my brother). From Washington state I headed to Bangor, Maine and then back home. Stayed on secondary roads as much as possible and had a blast. Here are some pictures.

All set and ready to leave.


On one of several ferries that I took while on this trip. This one was in Louisiana.


The only Harley dealer I've ever seen in the US that also carried other brand motorcycles (besides Buell of course). This one was in Roswell, NM I think.


White Sands National Monument, NM.


Saguaro National park just outside of Tuscon, AZ.


Joshua Tree national park, CA.


Riding along the PCH, somewhere north of Cambria, CA.


Lincoln City, OR.


Alright, that's it. I think I've highjacked the thread enough. Hope y'all enjoy!
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:25 PM   #8
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Oh yes, we all have, but you're missing the point. Doug has one big ride report, which is awesome ... I've read the whole thing. What I'm looking for is a collection of short reports and a few photos from each all in one thread. It's a simple concept, no?
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:07 AM   #9
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Oh yes, we all have, but you're missing the point. Doug has one big ride report, which is awesome ... I've read the whole thing. What I'm looking for is a collection of short reports and a few photos from each all in one thread. It's a simple concept, no?
Since 1) this website is called ADVRider and 2) is geared a little more towards dual-sport and off-road bikes and 3) Harleys by and large are neither dual-sport nor offroad bikes, it's safe to assume that the ride reports on this site on a Harley are very small percentage of all epic rides on Harleys reported on the internet.

If you're looking for Harley-specific ride reports, maybe you should search other websites where those ride reports would be more likely to be found.

Or are you just stirring the pot to inflame some members?
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:21 PM   #10
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Stu, thank you so much! Your words have caused me to dig deep and to re-think my position on this matter of vital importance. You are absolutely right, an "adventure" on any machine but a "dual-sport" motorcycle or "off-road" bike cannot really be an adventure at all!

Which brings rise to the question, "Why is so much of ADVriders' site content, in the form of ride reports on such pathetically non-adventurous machines like Panhead choppers, GoldWings, Tiger 1050's, ST's, even the hallowed "R" and "K" road-only bikes, not to mention the prodigious and ever expanding "Road Warriors" section and others, dedicated to on-road machines?" Exactly what are these people thinking?

ADVriders of the World! Let us take Stu's Sayings of Wisdom to heart! We must act now to re-adjust our minds to the Stu-definition of true adventure! Let us all drink Stu's flavor of Kool-Aid and not delay! Only then will we attain to the true oneness of Stu's mind so as to experience Adventure in it's purest form! Raise your arms and shout, "Stu-True to the end!"
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NOT!

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I'm not sure what sort of dope you're smoking but it damn seems to be making you happy. You miss my point entirely. This site was not intended to attract mostly Harley riders. Therefore you're looking in the wrong place if your goal is to find lots of Harley-ridden ride reports.

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Old 10-06-2009, 02:49 PM   #11
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Dualsport Harley...

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Quote from Disco Stu:
I'm not sure what sort of dope you're smoking but it damn seems to be making you happy. You miss my point entirely. This site was not intended to attract mostly Harley riders. Therefore you're looking in the wrong place if your goal is to find lots of Harley-ridden ride reports.
Uuuuhhh. I once rode my 95 FXDL about five miles on a very sandy dirt road in Anza Borrego. Does that count? Of course, when the sand got really soft and deep, I had to make a 20 point turn on the side of the hill and ride back out the way I came.

Stu:
The point is not to turn this into a Harley site nor is it to inflame anyone. It is simply to provide a niche for those of us who frequent this site and ride Harleys, or as in my case, a Harley, a Suzuki dualsport and a Honda dualsport.

I don't understand the antagonism nor the constant disparagement of those of us who enjoy the staccato sound of the Harley V-twin or the relaxed pace of a long ride on a so-called "cruiser" or touring bike.

It is not our intent to be offensive or to "horn in" on what someone else considers "their territory".

I have ridden a large variety of motorized two wheeled conveyances since I started riding in 1967. I have NEVER ridden a motorcycle of any brand or type that I didn't have an ear-to-ear grin at some point during the ride.

As far as I'm concerned, it's ALL GOOD.

Relax and enjoy the adventure, no matter what flavor you like!
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Old 12-27-2009, 04:43 PM   #12
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I'm not sure what sort of dope you're smoking but it damn seems to be making you happy. You miss my point entirely. This site was not intended to attract mostly Harley riders. Therefore you're looking in the wrong place if your goal is to find lots of Harley-ridden ride reports.
Stu I think you miss the point, may have something to do with that 'lepoard skin pillbox hat' you wear, or maybe you been riding sewing machines too long. I think I'll belly up and smoke some of what 'round i GO' has!
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:15 PM   #13
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... How'd you prepare? ... How long did you take? ... What would you do differently?.
The longest ride on the RK so far was a little under ten thousand miles, just about a month on the road. Didn't do much "special" preparation. The left saddlebag houses two "Oh shit!" kits, including 12-volt air compressor, etc. The right saddlebag houses stuff that I need to access more often - different gloves, clothes for layering, camera, food, water, etc.

On short trips the right saddlebag also houses my RKA (magnetic) tankbag, but for the long trips I made a custom base for it so the bag can sit up on the tank like a normal tankbag, albeit the custom base lifts everything high enough off the console to clear the ignition switch.

On shorter trips I'll bungee a large Ortlieb dry bag down on the back seat, using the factory grab handles that I added for Denise as tie-down points. On longer rides when I need more carrying capacity, I chuck up a factory Tour Pak rack out back, and lash a second matching dry bag to it.

Set up thusly, I can carry a lot of kit, everything protected nicely from the weather.

I bought a Road King over a fairing-equipped Harley because I like the classic look of the RK front end and the big, chrome Hiawatha headlight assembly. The RK comes with a very high quality easy-on, easy-off windshield, but I've only used it twice in 38,000 miles. I don't like looking thru it (especially in the rain), and I dig being in the wind.

Speaking of which: For reasons I cannot readily explain, there is a total lack of wind blast on the RK at speed running sans shield. I can comfortably cruise at 80 mph with just my right hand on the controls, and don't have any significant windblast on my torso to contend with. I think it may be the fact that you sit so low in the bike.

I've had a few motorcycles over the years (I've been an avid rider since 1965), some American (this is my fifth Harley), some Japanese, and one German. The RK is at or near the top of the list as the most comfortable bike I've ever owned. The stock seat is perfect (right up there with the stock seat on my former 1000 V-Strom, and that's saying a lot), and the ergos fit me to a T (I'm 5 feet, 8 inches). My knees are battered from years of manly abuse, and on the RK I can stretch my legs out and give them the break they deserve at my age.

The factory floorboards are the bomb - there are so many different positions you can get your legs and feet into during a long ride - altho the hit you take in reduced cornering clearance is an issue when you're trying to keep your sport bike-riding friends honest.

I'm VERY happy with this motorcycle, and unlike the other four Harleys that I sold off for various reasons over the years (IDIOT!), this one is a keeper.

A few more pix here in just a bit.

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Old 10-08-2009, 08:23 PM   #14
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These pix are from some of the early shakedown rides I took on the bike in '06.

This was taken on Sawmill Road near Isabella Lake. I dug the yard art.


This is way up on the side of Greenhorn Mountain in Kern County. This is a pretty little road that probably doesn't see many Harleys.


This was taken looking out a window in an old abandoned farmhouse on Granite Road in Kern County, between Bakersfield and Glennville. I thought it turned out pretty good.

Granite Road is about 20 minutes of the best pavement riding you'll ever do, highly recommended.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:48 PM   #15
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First off, great thread idea and great pictures. Its always refreshing to see fine American machines being used as they were intended (i.e. not bar hopping).

Fast Ferris, any pictures of that sled fully packed? I'm trying to fathom what a clean Road King looks like stuffed with a tour pack and tank bag. I cant quite picture it, but I'm pretty sure I'll like it.
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