GS / ST Trippin', Trials and an Evolution !

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  1. GAS GUY

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    Snake River in Idaho - just a few miles from the Oregon state line as we were approaching Hells Canyon Recreation Area.

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    Looks like Idaho 71? Out of Cambridge, ID. You're probably half way home by now, but there are some amazing roads right around you. Keep it up brother!
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    We inadvertantly landed in Sturgis for the Black Hills Motorcycle Rally. It was not planned at all. It's interesting how things can come together. Figured I'd better snatch up a poker chip for Brother Fang.

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    Looks like we are getting up early tomorrow morning and Iron Butting it home - cause Kenny needs to be home by Friday night. Guess why ? He has to go on another week long vacation ! Tough life he has.
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    We made it home last night sometime around 1:30 am. Murdo, South Dakota to Detroit. Basically, Sturgis to Detroit. About 1,050 miles in the vicinity of 18 hours for yet another Saddle Sore 1000. Ran into some construction and congestion on I-80 between Chicago and the Michigan border.

    As usual, when possible, I'll get some pictures and details together. I'm so behind. Still haven't got past the Moki Dugway on the Easter ride to the Southwest. Now a ride to the Northwest to digest. Winter is coming. Maybe the thread can be caught up then.

    Switched over the plate backers to the versatile GSA. This "Cammer" has proved it can run. Three Iron Butt rides in 7 days; starting out with an extreme Bun Burner Gold. It's LD career may be short lived though. Retired from the interstates, for awhile, hopefully. Hoping to shod it with some more aggressive tires next year and wander the north woods of Michigan and the hills of Southern Ohio. It'll be odd seeing a mile muncher like the GSA in the bush sporting a BBG plate backer. But, the more you come to understand life - the clearer the realization that it is just one huge paradox.

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    The 2017 no roses smelt tour.

    Boy o boy a couple hard asses, I mean that in a good way, I think:-)
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    You would be surprised. We cover a lot of ground, but we still see a lot. Maybe faster, but we see it. :lol3 The alternative would be to not see the western side of the country at all.

    On this ride, we may not have smelled the roses - but we did smell the wild Jasmine !

    Down a dirt road in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area of Idaho, we came across tons of wild Jasmine growing along the hill sides. One of my favorite smells. Jasmine incense is killer.


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    Wow, great ride Jeff and Kenny!
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    Those long and fast rides make for short oil change intervals. Before departure on the great Northwest mile scorcher, I'd changed the oil and filter. Seven days and 5,000 miles later, it's time to change it again. I've been running Mobile 1 full synthetic 15/50, so I can run more miles on it if needed, but I would rather over service than under service my machine. Plus I don't get hung out on a ride needing an oil change. You never know what might transpire.

    The Continental Trail Attacks are wearing well. So far, there are 7,500 miles on this set. The rear has 3 to 4 32nd's of tread depth left. The front has 4-5 32nd's left and is showing incredibly little chop.

    The front tire I'm running is 100mm wide instead of the stock 110mm. Kenny and Scott bought a pile of front and rear combo's at a blow out price a couple of years ago, so I'm helping them use em' up.

    The narrower tire may be better on the street. Not sure. But it works very well. They are cheaper also. We got them free with a back tire purchase at the time.


    Ken has another set available if I want them ... but, I'm really chomping at the bit to try a set of Shinko 804/805 Big blocks and/or Mitas E-07's.

    During the Iron Butt portions of the ride, at every fuel stop, I took the time to write down all of the pertinent information from the board computer. So eventually I'll do a write-up with some intricate ride data. Those kind of details are interesting to occasionally visit. Not my average (normal) fuel mileage, considering the speeds and climbing in elevation while running into the westerly wind.

    Kenny is still on the fence with his 2015 FJR. He bought it new, but still has not fully bonded with it. Not like he did with his prior Harley or his current GSA. It's a great bike, but it just does not stir his soul.

    We had a discussion about this one day during our ride, and I said to him, "If you are talking that way in the middle of an epic ride like this, then you will never bond with it." Plus, we did the Key West ride also; him on his FJR.

    I told him he should just sell it, and recommit to his 2009 GSA. Or, sell them both and buy a new GSA. He is the type of guy who likes to buy a bike new, and keep it for many years. He bought his GSA new.

    The last couple of years I've mentioned wanting a change of landscape - and feeling the urge to blast into some states west of the Mississippi River. Mission accomplished. This year I've rode in every state west of the mighty Mississippi, except North Dakota.

    And now I've rode in every state in the lower 48 except maybe three, over the years - on various motorcycles.

    I love it out west, but now I'm going to make a push to slow it down a little. At least for awhile. There is a lot of good riding in Michigan and Ohio that I'd like to focus on. Not to mention, the Road King needs to get out and ridden more often. It's almost dialed in. The King is my Ohio bike. Maybe Vintage Days at Mid-Ohio next year. Ohio roads are nice and smooth. The country culture laid back and friendly.

    As much as I dig knocking down big miles and seemingly transcending time at a frenetic pace, I'm tiring of the interstates. Because of the construction and congestion. And the lights at night. The light pollution from bright headlights; the reflectors along the side of the road and in the construction areas; and the painted lines in the roads; they all combine to drive my weakening eyes batty at times - as I'm flying by it all for hours on end. I'm not saying I'm done, but a change of pace would be nice for a year or two.

    I'd like to start spending alot more time on two-lanes on the Road King - then seek out dirt and gravel on the GSA. I've been dreaming of this for years. But I need to calm down and relax more. Too often I feel like a psychotic dog that needs to be run down in order to relax - and then only for a moment.


    One night recently, as I was sleeping on the couch, I dreamt of a large snake coming out from under the cushions towards me. I flew backwards off the couch and onto the floor in a split second, as I was waking up. As I was retracting from the couch and partially waking - my mind saw the snake. It seemed so real, so vivid, that I had to check around under the cushions. WTF !

    When we arrived in Sturgis for bike week, after parking and dismounting our bikes, I said to Kenny, "Now look at this sea of Harleys. Wave after wave of bikes lined up as far as the eye could see. As we walk around, tell me if you see another Road King like mine." Nope. It would be cool to ride the King out to Sturgis via two-lanes someday.

    One of many highlights during this last ride was Rattlesnake Pass in the southeast corner of Washington State; through 104° desert. Actually, I'm pretty sure it is technically considered semi-arid steppe. It is one of America's top motorcycle roads. Absolutely incredible !

    The Salt Flats were surreal too. And Beartooth Pass ....


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  19. GlennJ

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    re: "It would be cool to ride the King out to Sturgis via two-lanes someday"
    I have about zero interest in the rally, but would be happy to bomb around there with y'all on the two lanes. US-2 is today what Route 66 was famous for in it's heyday. And then there is the TransCanada Highway...
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    Hey Jeff, I've been wondering how did the two bikes compare? You started the year with an IBA ride on the St, now with the GSA. Curious minds want to know.
    Looks like it was another awesome trip!
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