Larryboy and I had worked out a deal to swap bikes. He would ride his KLR 685 up from Sacramento http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49825&page=232 And I would ride my Bandit 600 from Hood River and we'd meet near Grants Pass to do the trade. I spent the week prior working on the bike. I had been using it for classes and had set it up for slow speed handling. This made it a handful at freeway speeds. To prepare for the long slog down I-5 I lowered the front end by slipping the fork tubes up in the triple trees and putting a lower profile tire on the front. I changed the alignment, adding toe in and a bunch more lean out. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=329873 I was pleased with the test rides: the sweet spot moved up-handling was neutral above 50mph Friday I left after work to head to the southern end of the state. It was beautiful day, the first hot day this year. No wind. Perfect day for a ride. I went to Dallas and spent the night with my friends, Rob and Sandy.