This thing began a few months ago with a promise to to drive the moving van to where ever my girl and son-in-law to be chose to settle and then ride back. The northwest? Colorado? It turned out to be Northern Virginia - only 1500 miles - No problem, as good a place as any, right? The wedding is set to take place the middle of January and the move 2 weeks later. I planned a fantastic route to the east coast and down to the Chesapeake, through the Smokey Mountains, Blue Ridge Pkwy, The Dragon, etc. Fine so far, right? A minor snag in the ride plan presented itself in December in the form of a knocking smoking motor. Ebay to the rescue: I clicked buy it now on a 2,000 mile 2006 Katana complete kit and popped it in the old Bandit the first week in January. Kinda cutting it close but the bike runs fine. January 27th I finish the side case install, pack my gear and head for College Station TX to load 'er on the truck.