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Old 02-27-2013, 01:14 PM   #361
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Hey Rich, glad to know there's another Radian lover out there!

As far as I'm aware, there were and are no issues with my bike causing it to suck gas. Even today, as when I got it, I can get about 120miles on a tank of gas.

On my trip however, yes, I averaged 80miles. In the beginning I played around with fuel. I tried premium and mid-grade but neither seemed to change anything, so i ended up sticking to regular.

What I did find, and I didn't realize this until the Denali Highway when I made it almost 150 miles on one tank, is that my gas consumption depended completely on how much I used the throttle.

Earlier in my trip I was on highways cruising at 85 mph and I would get only 80 miles to a tank. But if islowed down to 65 or 70 I could get 90 to 100 miles on a tank. On the Denali Highway, I averaged 15 mph and got almost 150 miles.

As for elevation, I never really felt that impact the performance of the bike until I was above 7000 feet in California.

Hope this makes you feel a little better about our loyal iron horses we've committed ourselves to. If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me.

By the way, I still need a fender if you know where I can find one ;)
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Hey there Anna,

Thanks for getting back to me.

First, I would like to congratulate you on your choice of an '86 Blue...I am a bit partial to those.

I see what you are saying about the decrease in mileage due to an increase in speed, and it is tempting to chalk it all up to aerodynamics...an unfaired Radian is about as aerodynamic as a brick, and I could see where the addition of a windshield may exacerbate the issue.

However, I just want to throw something out there that may also be a part of the issue. I will PM you, as most folks reading this thread will not be interested.

Thanks for posting this awesome RR, I am enjoying the hell out of it :)

Peace,

Rich
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:43 PM   #362
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"Mr. Anderson, here in Canada if you go 30 kmh over the speed limit (80mph in the 100/kmh zone) we WILL seize your conveyance and you will wait to see the magistrate to get it back. Now that would put a damper on your ride wouldn't it? Just want you to know so you will have a pleasant time in our country."

You should have replied "My NAME is NEO!"
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:29 PM   #363
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I was weeks earlier and had way better weather.. colder but with sun. I met Anna in the Yukon on the way down on her way up. You can't plan the weather. Its a crap shoot. Roll your dice and go.
An examination of weather patterns is a heck of a lot better than rolling the dice. This is especially pertinent when going into high elevations and heading into the north country.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:22 PM   #364
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best report I have read.The Va connection first got my attention. Are you still riding in the Va area?

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Old 02-27-2013, 06:58 PM   #365
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Each report is a challenge to write and has been taking me longer and longer to finish.
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Communicating has been a struggle in my life, and writing this is helping me overcome that.
Wait, you mean it takes hard work to compose a totally awesome ride report?

Just found this one today. Know that you have made my work day very unproductive. Anna, you rock.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:51 PM   #366
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An examination of weather patterns is a heck of a lot better than rolling the dice. This is especially pertinent when going into high elevations and heading into the north country.
Ronin moto went in May, Anna went in June, I went in July and a friend of mine went in August. We all got rained on, a lot. It is very green up north because it #@$%*$! rains a lot. You go when you can and hope for the best.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:43 PM   #367
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Ronin moto went in May, Anna went in June, I went in July and a friend of mine went in August. We all got rained on, a lot. It is very green up north because it #@$%*$! rains a lot. You go when you can and hope for the best.
I was created and grew up in Fairbanks Alaska +25 years up there. The pattern for rain in the interior at least, is typically - the earlier, the drier. It is one reason why (besides the short growing season) certain plants don't do well, but for example, cabbages do very well because they grow very fast in the wet late summer. It is also the reason most of the forest fires are early, but by August and September, it is raining, raining, raining until it snows...

This is a great/wonderful ride report. My father, long time Alaskan, passed away in 2008. Last summer I sprinkled his ashes out the door of a Super Cub bush plane, over his favorite hunting grounds near the Tanana River. I understand loss and also understand how the solitude and beauty of Alaska can help the healing process. Thank you Anna, for your report.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:44 PM   #368
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #369
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Ronin moto went in May, Anna went in June, I went in July and a friend of mine went in August. We all got rained on, a lot. It is very green up north because it #@$%*$! rains a lot. You go when you can and hope for the best.

Hmm, I went in June of '07 and with the exception of BC, near Fort Nelson(?) didn't rain a drop.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:44 PM   #370
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Anna,
What a brave and determined young lady you are.
Thanks for taking us along with you.
If I had a sister, I wish she had your spirit.
Have a wonderful life.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:51 PM   #371
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Every installment has been worth the wait.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:09 PM   #372
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Fantastic story, thanks for taking the time to share it... my first "real" bike was a red '89 Radian. Fresh out of high school and it seemed like a rocket to me!
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:53 PM   #373
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Hi Anna,

Just wanted to echo the sentiments of others on here--what a great ride report! I've read so many, but never one with so much emotion and adventure all tied up together. I admire your drive and determination for such an awesome ride.

As I look forward to my own long motorcycle adventure this year I hope to approach it with such a great attitude as you carry!

Can't wait to read the rest of the journey--and hoping our adventures cross someday!
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:42 PM   #374
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Anna,

I just read through the whole thing. What a fantastic trip and report.
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:59 PM   #375
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A Kick Ass Ride Report! .... Thanks for taking the time and effort to share your experiences, both inner and outer!


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