Fly and Ride: MN to NH to MN in two days a.k.a. ST1100 Dreaming

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by transalper, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    I've been jonesing for a two-up bike for a while. Looked at GSs for a while. Decided on this sweet, sparkly, midnight black ST1100.

    Location of new bike: Southwestern New Hampshire

    Location of new owner: Saint Paul, MN

    My Plan: Depart MSP Internation airport at 5am Saturday morning, fly to the general vicinity of the bike, get picked up by current owner (thanks in advance!), and ride it home over the weekend. Simple concept. Lots of miles. Around 1300 miles to be exact. I hope to be in my bed Sunday night and get to work on Monday. Temps look like they will be in the 50s maybe 60 tops so I plan to hit a hotel Saturday night (very late - hopefully near Erie, PA).

    I've done big mile days many times before, but nothing quite this big. And this is my first big solo tour. I'm really looking forward to the time in the saddle!

    I'll try and post pics along the way. Wish me luck. :)
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  2. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    Good luck, and :lurk
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  3. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    I'm packed and prepped a day early. Helmet in the pack. Lots of layers. IPod and spare battery. Route planned. Etc etc.
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  4. Gadget Man

    Gadget Man Out in the Garage...

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    Good Luck, Be safe.
    I'm in Elk River MN
    I'll be watching your ride.

    Gadget Man
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  5. Hennepinboy

    Hennepinboy Have battery will travel.

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    Ride safe and have fun.
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  6. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    445 am on the plane. I decided to bring the wolf man tank bag as a carry-on. Hopefully I can mount it to the St in my allotted time. :)

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  7. Gadget Man

    Gadget Man Out in the Garage...

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    So, did you buy this bike on E-Bay or something?
    I bought my 97 BMW f650 on E-Bay about 3 years ago
    From a guy in North Carolina. I spent $525. To have it
    Professionally shipped to Minnesota. I could not have
    Driven there and back with my trailer for that, so it was a
    Great deal for me.
    I admire your determination to go pick it up and ride it home.
    What a great first story to go with your new bike, plus a nice
    Quick mini vacation tour.
    I hope you have a few Red Bulls in your tank bag , you may need them.

    Safe travels.
    Keep us posted.

    Gadget Man.
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  8. RoadGrime

    RoadGrime Been here awhile

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    ...looks like a 'not too bad' weekend coming up. Have a great time!
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  9. chivalrous1

    chivalrous1 n00b

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    Best of luck Trans. That oughta be challengin' and rewarding
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  10. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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  11. 8ner

    8ner Adventurer

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    A cool bike and a pretty cool new owner and a kinda bummed out ex owner who got his finger in the way of the photo. Sorry about that. Anyway picked up Transalper at the airport got him safe and sound through Boston and Metro Boston traffic. I think I only got him nerved up once :D about 2 hrs later get him to NH to meet his new steed It took him and the bike about 20 mins to get aquainted. and he was ready to roll. I was his wing man riding my DR 350 for about 25 miles to get him on the right track . It was great to meet you man and good luck on your trip ! Im gonna leave now and go cry in my Beer. Why the Hell did I sell that bike again :cry .
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  12. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    You'll make that schedule easy. :D

    Welcome to New England and I hope you enjoyed the ride west aboard your new scoot. Great country, eh?
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  13. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    Thanks 8ner, I'm loving the ST! It was a pleasure meeting you. Thanks for everything.

    The twistiest in new England were beautiful. Then I hit new York. ;)

    I made it to Erie. It got a little cold the last hour tonight. Tomorrow morning will be a cold ride as well.
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  14. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    Cleveland.

    I got a little late start this morning. Temps started in the 30s and are now in the 40s. Roads are pretty quiet. St is running great. 65 MPH is crawling on this thing. It just wants to go 90.

    Oh yeah, happy Easter!
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  15. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    Flat repair west of Cleveland. :)
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  16. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Sweet. :thumb
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  17. fishwich

    fishwich El Borbah

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    Flat repair sounds like a DIY on an Easter Sunday. Good luck and be safe on your trip.

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  18. 8ner

    8ner Adventurer

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    Which tire? front one is always kinda easy. Rear not so much.
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  19. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    Rear. Plugged it. I'm in cheese land so its held! :)
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  20. transalper

    transalper Been here awhile

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    Got home about an hour ago. That was a fun ride. I accomplished a lot of personal bests. Longest solo ride (1356 miles). Longest single day (860 miles). Longest sitting (276 miles).

    Bikes are getting acquainted.

    I dig this ST!

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    I have a fun story to share. Kind of a Zen moment. I'll write it up tomorrow.
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