Me, a blonde, 2 Ducati's....3,000 miles (and then some)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by GP1152, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. OkieGman

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    WOW - that's beautiful!

    Bike's not bad either:rofl
  2. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Man if I had a dollar for every time I heard that ;)


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  3. AntiHero

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    Awesome Ride Report.

    "I'll end by saying this: (and not to sound like Ferris BuellerÂ…..but) If you have the means, I highly recommend getting out and seeing what's out there. Doesn't matter what you ride. It could be an adventure bike or a naked one. Or if you want to rough it like we did (just kidding) or if you want to go posh. Just do it. You'll be amazed at the places you'll see and the people you'll meet. Take the time to do it without hurrying through it even if you're on a bike that'll chew up the speed limit AND the sign it's printed on and spit it out. You'll be glad you did. We sure are."

    Perfectly stated.
  4. L.B.S.

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    Great RR! Just stumbled across it now, so it feels a bit weird commenting on something that happened months ago, lol...

    For what it's worth, this seems to be "luck of the draw" with Border Guards in or out of the different countries.

    21 years ago, a buddy and I were going down to Texas on our bikes (me: CX500Turbo, him: CB900F) and we pull up to the Washington State border, going south from Canada.

    The previous car leaves the booth, and buddy and I start our bikes and begin to both go forward. The dude in the shack *SPAZZES* and literally shrieks out the window: One at a time! One at a F*cking time!
    :eek1 :eek1 :eek1 :eek1


    He looks like he's going to shoot us, and sits there livid, with a finger pointing at my buddy all the while he's trying to waddle his bike backwards all loaded up with 3 weeks worth of luggage and tents 'n crap :lol3

    Who knows, eh?
  5. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    No worries. Glad you found it and enjoyed it.

    Yeah, as you read, that's pretty much the experience we had going into Canada at the Washington border. I didn't get it. If we were at the airport and were traveling together we'd go up to the customs agent together, not separate. Guess its a big deal to them there. Who knew. Actually have video of it. It's pretty funny. Halfway up you see the red light go off and the lady jamming her hand out the window in a "Stop" motion. From there I backed up and let Stephanie go first. Ohhh those crazy Canadians.


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  6. L.B.S.

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    Heh heh, we were thinking: *gulp* "Hope all Americans aren't like this guy, all the way to Galveston!" :huh

    Fortunately, every single last USA'r was awesome the whole trip :D :freaky
  7. ducnut

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    I don't know if every Arai model is like my Profile, but, mine has channels in the padding for my glasses to slide into. I don't have the problem Stephanie is having with her glasses. My GF's KBC doesn't have the channels, either, and she's stated her next helmet will be an Arai. IDK, but, it'd be worth checking out.

    Excellent RR, BTW. :thumb
  8. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Thanks a lot ducnut. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Yeah the Shoei doesn't have those channels. I had the Arai profile before and I remember it was nice to have that for my sunglasses. But the Shoei seems to fit both of us better so I guess you take the good with the bad. Besides, don't say anything but she's getting a new Shoei rf100 to go with that fancy new bike of hers :thumb
  9. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    lol, especially in Texas where they very well MIGHT shoot you!!!
  10. Tgpatrsn

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    How do you go about planning your trips? Do you use a specific website? Do you plan to travel a certain distance every day? Sorry for all the questions. Your trip was awesome to read about!
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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    I use google maps at home to plan the trip beforehand. We usually start by looking into how many days we'll have free and where we want to go. For this trip we knew we wanted to go to Victoria, B.C., so that would be our halfway point. We had been there some years back and it might seem silly, but I thought it would be neat to go there and be able to take the ferries back and forth with the bikes. I knew we wanted to take the coast all the way up, so once the final destination of Victoria was established I pretty much start dividing the miles up into manageable distances. Typically, we're doing 250 miles per day. Back east, where you're averaging higher speeds, we were doing about 350 miles per day.
    Along the coast the riding is slower going during some legs of the trip, so I had to look at each leg individually. You can't just look at the miles. With google maps you can see what sort of drive time it gives you. For example; Mendocino, CA to Crescent City, CA was 227 miles and about 4.5 hours. But Crescent City to Florence, OR was 4 hours to go a 181 miles. Not a huge difference, but when you start looking at lodging options, the next stop with hotels might be a much longer way down the road, making the leg not-so-manageable. And before you think, " oh 4 hours is nothing", keep in mind the stops along the way, a couple of meals, gas stops, photo ops, etc and that 4 hours turns to 8 real quick. We'd stop for lunch and meet someone and next thing you know your meal took and hour and a half. But that's the beauty of a trip like this. So anyway, We would typically roll into wherever we were going around 5-6 o'clock, which was fine because the "trip" for us is the ride every day. That's the attraction for us. The places where we explored a bit off the bikes was in Seattle and Victoria, where we stayed a few nights in each. And not to keep repeating myself, but I can't stress enough what a difference it will make when you make it a point to stop every 50 miles. It breaks each leg up into portions you will enjoy and forces you not to PUSH through the trip. The idea is to enjoy it, not hurry thru it. And this has nothing to do with speed, it has to do with a mindset of taking everything in. If you want to enjoy a quicker pace, great. That's different than speeding because your hurrying to get there. I remember the first long trip we ever took. I'd want to stop and take a picture and thought, "nah, forget it....all these stops will make us get there too late". Never again. We stop all the time and that's one of the best part of the trips.

    Unfortunately we didn't have the luxury that antihero had of unlimited days. We were also traveling during some peak travel months, so hotels would have to be booked ahead of time. That's also easy now with all the different travel websites. We tried to find places that seemed to have good parking and also made sure we stayed somewhere every few days that offered washers and dryers (pretty key in order to pack lighter).

    As far as planning which road we'd take: the coast is self explanatory. Hwy-1 and 101 all the way up, pretty much till we headed to Seattle. The rest required A LOT of planning using google street view. I always try and stay away from the highways and stick to back roads, so after I pick the next destination I start zooming in on the different roads that could get us there. It's so easy nowadays with the street view, reviews, satellite views, etc, etc. I takes a lot of time, but its SO cool to ride along on a road that you already "saw" and find that it surpasses your expectations. This was definitely the case with most of the roads we came across. I'll also remind you that I use a Garmin GPS (pictured below). I know a lot of people like to map it out "old school", but honestly I'd rather enjoy the ride and not have to worry about going the wrong way. Trust me there's plenty of other things that will go somewhat wrong (as you read in the RR). Being lost and having our ride run into the night isn't one of the things I want on that list.

    Hope this helps.


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  12. pumpe3

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    I'am glad to read al your tips and trix on how to make the trip happen :thumb:thumb:thumb
  13. ducnut

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    Geez! The Italians totally understand finishes. I've loved all my bikes, but, when comparing to current Ducatis and MV Agustas, no one else gets it.
  14. Tgpatrsn

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    Thank you for your awesome reply!! That really helps. Thanks again!
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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    The fit and finish of the Ducati is great. Love the bike. With that being said, the fit and finish of the brutale I had was a notch above even that of the Ducati. That's a product of producing 4,000 (hand-made) vs 40,000 bikes per year. The lack of dealer network/support and availability of parts is a real killer for MV. That to me is where Ducati is MILES ahead of MV.


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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    btw, that screenshot of the google street-view was of this area:

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    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    Christmas..... Bike still on the way, but thought this was funny. This is how you know you've found "the one". Here's Stephanie with one of her Xmas gifts (akropovic exhaust for her new SF848):
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  19. Yoyodyne

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^Too funny^^^^^^^^

    Looks like it's a beautiful baby boy. I bet the other pipe's a beautiful baby girl. Twins!

    I bet they scream and holler.

    /I'll stop now
    //:lol3
  20. ducnut

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    Ahhh! A woman who appreciates only the finest in exhausts. :thumb