3 States, 3 Days on a 20-Year-Old VFR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by zer0focus, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    You realize that we expect pics of said pie, don't you?

    Have a great trip on the new to you VFR. It looks to be a well cared for example and should give you plenty of smiles per mile, as my '00 continues to do for me.
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  2. zer0focus

    zer0focus Adventurer

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    Now, to give you all the summary of the final bits of the trip. I am home safe and sound, and the bike has a shiny Colorado tag.

    After a night with not a whole lot of sleep, I was checked out and on the road by 8:00 AM Central Time (7:00 AM Mountain Time). My goal was to get to Mount Rushmore early so I had some time to tool around and do the tourist thing, and then get to pie as soon as they opened. After a 3 hour ride, I arrived at Mount Rushmore. The ride to Rushmore was chilly. I ended up having to put on a sweatshirt and my heavier gloves when I stopped for gas. The cloud cover was thick, and the wind was pretty constant. However, once I arrived at Rushmore, it was suddenly sunny and HOT.

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    I only needed about 30 minutes there to grab some pictures, look through the museum, spend my life savings at the gift shop, and drink some water before heading towards the Purple Pie Place.

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    I came back to find that my bike had made friends with some Harleys.

    The Purple Pie Place in Custer is about 30 minutes from Rushmore. I got there right when they opened and was the first one in the door, which was good since the place filled to the brim about 10 minutes after opening!

    I ordered a chicken pot pie (because you have to eat every kind of pie at a pie restaurant), and tried to order the raspberry rhubarb jalapeno pie, but they were out :becca so bumbleberry was the next best option. The pie was yummy. However, I ate too much too fast and ended up feeling a little wonky.

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    Obligatory pie pictures.

    Moving on, I didn't have much of anything planned after this. I wanted to ride some of the twisties in the Black Hills, but I had already been riding 3.5 hours and needed to knock out at least 2-3 more to feel comfortable about making it home on Monday. I would much prefer my travel to have no deadlines!

    So, I plugged Cheyenne, WY into my GPS, and began to head that way. At this point it was brutally hot. My thermometer was reading 93. I stopped at a gas station to fuel up (right around the SD and WY border), and was going to stop for a bit for some water, but I noticed a male/female motorcyclist couple on two BMWs who were gearing up to leave. They waved at me, and as I finished fueling my bike I thought to myself that maybe I could ride with them awhile. Both of their bikes were decked out with panniers, and it looked as though they were traveling too. Sure enough, we all seemed to be going the same direction, and as I fell in formation behind them, I noticed their Colorado license plates, one rimmed with a BMW of Denver tag holder. This seemed to strip my weariness away instantly.

    I don't have many local friends who ride, so I was hoping to chat with them at the next stop to see if we lived near each other. Well, a little way down the road, they pulled off into a lot so one of them could check their phone (I assume to plug in directions). I had to make a choice....be creepy and pull off with them, or keep riding and hope we link up again. Creepiness won, so I pulled off behind them, dismounted, and went to chat with the female rider. I asked her if they were riding back to Colorado today, and she said yes. I told her I lived in Castle Rock, and she invited me to join them. Of course, I obliged.

    The next time everyone pulled off to stop for gas (early, seeing as they wanted to accommodate my bike's thirst for gasoline) we went through the obligatory introductions. They introduced themselves to me as Shawn and Renae. They recently moved to Westminster from another part of CO. Renae is from South Dakota (not too far from Watertown), so they were there visiting her relatives. We ironically seemed to be doing an almost identical ride. We decided to exchange contact information and excitedly talked about planning future rides together.

    Riding with them helped to take some of the dullness out of the highway as well as distract me from the airport temperature, which was now at 102. Unfortunately, we got no pictures together for my RR, but are having dinner together on Wednesday.

    I made it home with a few hours of daylight to spare around 6 PM (Mountain Time), putting me on the road Sunday for approximately 11 hours, minus the quick stops for tourism, gas, water, and food. I don't think I have ever felt so tired in my life! However, having the day off of work today has proved incredibly useful. I was able to clean the mass of bug entrails off the front of the bike, get my VIN inspection done, hit the DMV for tax, tags, title, and registration, and relax a bit before going back to work tomorrow.

    I thought I'd want a break from riding for a few days, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to take the bike for a quick spin around some twisties close to my house on the way back from my errands. The VFR is amazing. I don't think I'll ever be able to part with it. It has incredible amounts of lean, endless power, and is relatively comfortable to ride. My partner took it for a spin Sunday evening. Hopefully quoting him accurately, he called me and said, "You didn't want this bike back, did you?"

    Given the opportunity to do another fly and ride, I will instantly say yes without hesitation. What an awesome journey, despite being so short.

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  3. zer0focus

    zer0focus Adventurer

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    Huge shout out to @Hank.SD for making this whole transaction go as smoothly as possible. Thanks for selling me such a fantastic motorcycle and easing the process for me. Between pick up from the airport, installing some extras on the bike to make the journey more doable, and giving me recommendations on where to ride, I felt comfortable and well cared for. Hopefully our paths cross again one day!
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  4. Scott Parish

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    New bike, new friends, great ride = awesome. Thanks for sharing. BTW - I never think it is creepy when a fellow rider joins in and stops to introduce themselves. Most times it leads to a cup of coffee and a new friend.
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  5. zer0focus

    zer0focus Adventurer

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    And that is exactly what is so awesome about the motorcycling community! I feel the same way!


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  6. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    Well done & congrats on the new bike! I hope you felt the stop for pie was worthwhile. :beer
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  7. zer0focus

    zer0focus Adventurer

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    It absolutely was! I can NEVER pass up the opportunity to travel by stomach...
    Thank you for the great recommendation!!
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  8. Hank.SD

    Hank.SD Jet Measurer

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    Thanks for the report! It was nice meeting you and I'm glad you had a smooth trip home.
    I'm happy to see the VFR (great bike) go to a good home too!
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  9. mitchapalooza

    mitchapalooza Rider is Air-cooled

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    Accurate.


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  10. 03rubicon

    03rubicon Been here awhile

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    I have a 2000 ( yellow ) and I still love the bike, I can never see selling it.
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  11. zer0focus

    zer0focus Adventurer

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    That's how I feel already! I love the yellow 2000 model. Came very close to purchasing one, but someone else beat me to it!
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  12. 03rubicon

    03rubicon Been here awhile

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    I believe it was " Bike of the year " in 98 in one of the magazines. I have had zero issues with mine. You made a great choice and will serve you well.
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  13. locopny

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    ahhh, now I think I understand why Hank was missing from the Rally.

    Glad you had a great ride. Hope you missed the hail that hit me two evenings in the Hills.
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  14. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    Good looking garage!! My VFR was yellow, and I'm very partial to that color.
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    It seemed so smooth, shifting gears felt more like an electronic shift rather than mechanical. I added a fan switch so I could turn on the cooling fan whenever I thought I was gonna get stuck in traffic and the bike would heat up.

    Oh, I forgot to mention, my girlfriend's brother lives in Castle Rock. We visited him there 2 years ago, and we walked downtown to have breakfast. Can't remember the name of the place, but it was fairly big, and full of people. Real good down home food.

    If you're ready to stretch your legs again, you should join us... a bunch of us are meeting in Montrose to ride that whole area this weekend... we'll be riding Friday through Sunday, staying at the Montrose KOA cabins. We're leaving from Las Vegas tomorrow morning and arriving there Thursday evening, but other riders are coming in from all over the country... Minnesota, Oklahoma, Atlanta, and even one guy flying in from Ireland that stores a bike in the US. It's gonna be a fun weekend of riding!

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  15. zer0focus

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    Thank you! I saw no precipitation of any form my entire trip. Glad I missed it....
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  16. zer0focus

    zer0focus Adventurer

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    Yeah, I definitely love the yellow. I came across one on my search that had less than 500 miles on it. It had been owned by a collector and garaged the last 18 years. It was a bit outside of my price range, but I definitely drooled over it for a bit. Mint condition, essentially brand new.

    Thank you for the invite! This weekend has me volunteering to marshal a race on Saturday. Please keep me in mind next time you go! Also, if you end up coming into Castle Rock again, feel free to hit us up :beer
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  17. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    I've never been through this area on a bike before, but a Montrose local is showing us around on several day rides.
    Looks like Saturday will be our wet day- chance of thunderstorms in the morning, but maybe it'll help with the fires. But Friday and Sunday are looking great.
    I get one good summer trip if I'm lucky, and I'm already in the planning mode for next May, riding to the coast and the Redwoods in northern California.
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  18. zer0focus

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    Awesome! Enjoy! Both trips sound fantastic. I'll make it out to the redwoods at some point...to do it on motorcycle would be even better.
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