Coast to Coast (and back?) with an Italian Supermodel

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. musicman

    musicman Been here awhile

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    looks like you ran into my buddy Alex in Austin. he's on a bit of a road trip too.
  2. rico2072

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    Death Valley!
    Really want to see it.
    I'm hopping to make it out there too.
  3. AntiHero

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    I'm a cyclist.

    Will get to DV, but still have to post Scottsdale and Vegas!
  4. BenZvan

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    Yeah... I don't trust motorcyclists... any bloke who likes getting their leather on is automatically dodgy in my books...
    Weird people motorcyclists. Weird people.
  5. Mr Head

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    I'm a cyclist, or was prior to my induction into the Fat-Bastard league.:poser
  6. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recovering Speedfreak

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    Greetings AntiHero,

    I just wanted to congratulate you on a brilliant trip and a very fine RR, which I have really enjoyed reading, after one of my customers turned me on to it. I also wanted let you know how proud I am that you selected Kriega gear for the ride. Your 'pack light, point the bike down the road and just keep going' style of travel is precisely what we're all about.

    Bravo!

    The only unfortunate part is that I just discovered your story... a matter of days after your departure from Kriega USA's hometown of New Orleans.

    Bugger!

    That said, I am glad you met he lads at TTRNO, who are truly excellent at what they do, not to mention good mates of mine. Still, it would have been great to show you a few of the city's countless hidden gems, introduce you to JT Nesbitt [designer of the Conferdate Wraith, among many other amazing contraptions, whose workshop - which you could have easily walked right past without realizing - is just around the corner from my shack] and shot the shit over a Sazerac or seven. However - judging by those wonderful photographs - it appears that - naturally - you got along just fine on your own.

    Nevertheless, if you are ever passing back through this way, feel free to hit me up. Mi casa es tu casa... Plus, we really do need to get you sorted out with a decent backpack. :wink:

    Keep 'er lit, fella!


    Cheers,



    Michael
  7. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    IDK

    Mr. Kriega when I ride I want nothing on my back, but to each their own.

    Anti if it works for ya, GB

    for moi - its called Givi

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  8. AntiHero

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    Hey Michael,
    I'm pleased you've been following along. I wish we could have met up in NOLA....meeting Nesbitt would have been awesome (esp. if there was a Confederate around!). It's hard to not find interesting things in New Orleans--we'll have to sync up next time I do this. ;)

    As for the backpack--I actually have a Kriega 10L inside my backpack to keep everything dry. :)

    Regarding saddlebags--they're great when you're with your bike, but my stuff is too valuable (and necessary) to leave sitting on a bike luring thieves. And lugging saddlebags is a pain, as is fitting the PVC I'd need to keep it from getting sucked into the tire. Backpack goes where I go and keeps my hands free (to carry my helmet and the 20L).

    I can say first hand to anyone thinking about scoring luggage/bags that Kriega makes top notch stuff. Only one suggestion, Michael--that 20L bag would be even better if it had a dedicated handle! :)
  9. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recovering Speedfreak

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    Each to their own, chief!
  10. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recovering Speedfreak

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    Yeah - JT's a good lad and quite a character. Funnily enough he doesn't actually own a Wraith, but there is one of the other models (I forget which) kicking around. Along with a super hotted-up KTM Duke, Bimota SB8R, '42 H-D Knucklehead (fascinating, yet hideous to ride around the lunar landscape, they call NOLA city streets) and various other 'bitsas'. Plus, the Stinkin' Lincoln (Katrina flood-damaged Mark VIII, gutted and reworked, then forced to go 200mph at Bonneville a few years back).

    Not mention this little beauty:

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    The Magnolia Special: entirely hand-built by JT and powered wholly by compressed natural gas. Amazingly, it drives just like it looks. Jay Leno wanted to buy it, but JT didn't want to sell.

    And finally, the bare bones of his latest labor of love. Named The Bienville Legacy, the engineering behind it has the potential to be something of a game-changer. I'll just say 'supercharged Motus V4' and 'leaf spring', then leave it there:

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    Links in the pics, if you'd care to click.

    Good to know you're liking your US-10 and 20 packs. And I hear what you're saying about backpacks being ideal for your kind of travel. Not to get all spammy or anything, but you might want to take a look at our R series packs (specifically, the waterproof R30) - the harness system is unique and removes any stress from the shoulders / neck area. Plus, you can quickly strap your US pack (which will have come with an included shoulder strap) on to any backpack for carrying off the bike. That said, we might well be adding a carry handle to the US packs in future. In the meantime there's a solid workaround using one of our Haul Loops that I'd be happy to share.

    And, as you don't seem all that enamored with the license plate assembly on the Duke, a set of our US Alloy Hook Straps (which are now standard on all packs) might enable different mounting options (including across the seat, as well as in-line as you have it right now), so you wouldn't need to Photoshop that incongruous chunk of cheapo black plastic out of any more photos. :D

    Hopefully you don't think any of the above is some kind of thread-jacking hard sell - I just tend to get a tad OCD about luggage (kinda goes with the territory!) and figured those few suggestions could help lighten your load. I know it's a little late in the ride, but feel free to shoot me a PM if you'd like fixing up. No charge.

    Either way, like I said, gimme a shout anytime if you feel I could be of any assistance whatsoever.


    Keep up the good work and enjoy the ride,



    Michael
  11. SnowStorm

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    Hi Antihero,

    awesome, just awesome road report. I didn't know about this forum previously but joined as a result of being given the link to your thread from a member of a different forum I'm a part of. I gotta say it's very encouraging to read through it. I spent a little bit of time every day over the last week going through it. You are a champ for taking that Panigale in some of the off road/dirt tracks you found.

    I commute about 80 miles a day to south San Jose on an R1 and have ridden much longer distances on it, so I get the reasoning behind your choice of machinery. However I am writing that from the comfort of my apartment not having actually riden across the country on a sportbike...hats off to you!

    I gotta say, i think you've probably gathered a bunch of fans by now. Have you considered having a welcome home party in SF? If you pick a bar/restaurant in SF and coordinate your travel so that you officially end your trip at the location, you would probably get quite a few people coming out. I live in the East Bay and I would make the trek out to the city.

    Just a thought. Either way, good on ya, looks like you had the trip of a lifetime.

    Cheers
  12. Tepi

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    I have the non waterproof R-25 and whilts I've never actually had it soak through, I was wondering would it be wise/ok to treat it with nixwax cotton proof or textile spray to make it even more waterproof?
  13. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    I can vouch for the Kriega stuff. We used the Kriega Backpacks and I also used the US-20 tailbag during our trip from the SF Bay Area to Victoria, B.C. and back. I also used these during a few trips we did when we lived on the east coast and went from Miami to WV and back. We went through some absolute torrential downpours during those rides and not a drop of water got into any of the bags. I actually washed the bike a few times WITH the tail bag on the bike and everything stayed bone dry.
    On this last trip I used the R20 backpack with the US-20. The US-20, along with some eagle-creek packing cubes, let's me fit a crapload of stuff (always think unpacking looks like a clown car unloading).
    I'm with AH as to leaving stuff on the bike. All valuables (ipad, etc) are in the backpack with me.




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  14. f1addict

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    Kreiga makes well designed products, however hope you never have any problems with their products and have to rely on their "warranty". Received an R20 backpack, and noticed there was a cut in it. They wouldn't take it back or replace the product. VERY disappointing as this wasn't my first Kreiga product.
  15. Sgt93

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    Police have better things to do, believe me. The majority of law enforcement arrests due to YouTubes are from high media coverage where the majority of the investigative work has been done by them already, also leaving them no choice but to intervene. Anyways, refer back to my first sentence, they stay pretty busy :D
  16. Sgt93

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    :rofl That just cracks me up, love it.
  17. nick2ny

    nick2ny Been here awhile

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    PMs are the way around thread-jacking hard sells :clap
  18. BenZvan

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    Okay, so I'm not a fan of margaritas that are blended with ice, but you could do that with this one if you really wanted to. Unfortunately, avocado isn't a really strong flavor, so it's more of a subtle element here, which means go easy on the chipotle unless you want to drown out the avocado.

    1/4 of an avocado worked well for texture and flavor, so one avocado will make you four drinks.

    1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and quartered
    8oz fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4-6 limes)
    8oz Sauza Reposado tequila
    4oz Cointreau
    2 or more dashes chipotle tincture, depending how much you like heat *
    Blend until smooth.

    Cut a garlic clove in half and rub the cut side around rim of glass, squeezing a bit, then dip rim of glass in salt. If the salt doesn't stick, you didn't rub the garlic hard enough. Add ice. Pour in margarita. Garnish with lime wedge and a cube of avocado on a toothpick.

    * To make chipotle tincture, break up .5 ounce of dried chipotle peppers and place in a 1 cup canning jar with 4 ounces vodka over night or longer, then strain into a hot sauce bottle with a shaker top. It's great in margaritas, tequila tonics and anywhere else you want a little heat and smoke.
  19. Pepemoto

    Pepemoto Road-slicer

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    Best thread ever.

    Yoo-hoo, Ducati, read this thread!!

    Don't stop, man!

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  20. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recovering Speedfreak

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    Think I remember this one. PM sent.

    Ahaha! Fair point.

    Tepi and GP1152 - thanks for your kind words. PMs coming your way too.

    With things now definitely veering rapidly towards the realms of inadvertent threadjackerry :shog, there'll be no more business chat from me here... unless, of course, AntiHero needs anything. Please direct any questions (or complaints, even!) to this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=778304.

    So, it's back to just being plain old amanlikemike enjoying an epic RR. Apologies for the disruption. Normal / awesome service will now be resumed...

    Kriegaman OUT! :rofl