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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Jul 18, 2012.
Boy I'm in on this one!!
What happened to the Honda? Abandoned in Utah? ;-)
Ok Paul, I am also along for the ride I check this report every day.
Great Photos, keep them coming
My wife is going to be ticked. Are you still on the computer?
But this guy's ride is awesome sweetie, gotta read.
Great ride. Great pics. Subscribed for the rest of it!
What he said ^^^^
after the fourth day, he was done, not prepared, not enjoying it, on the fifth day we went seperate ways, me to the north, and he stayed put for one day the did a quick ride to the pacific, then east to get his truck, on his way (i guessing riding too fast in too high temps) blew his rear shock and ceased his motor...i'm guessing he got it too hot, no oil check and pulled the studs partially so his was stuck with no compression!!!!
he is now loaded in a uhaul and headed home...me i'm still on the road
good to have you along i didn't know you camer to this corner of the web
lots more to come - once i stop for more than a few days i'll contact you for some routing options in Columbia and Venezuela
i can add a photo of a flower or two if it helps your cause
Headed out of San Fran on Skyline and got to Alices for breakfast, as it was mid week there was only one other bike there so quick service and an excellent breakfast sandwich, after a cool ride on a twisty portion of slab
the rest of the day was up and down, past the Lick Observatory
on a road that climbed passing cyclists in their 70's…it was hard work on my bike wearing full gear. When i got to the top i was told a man that was 80 was doing this ride a while back and had a heart attack on the climb…it is that steep in parts, if you haven't ridden it
Coming down the other side the heat increased with each mile and every few hundred feet i lost altitude…
not knowing this road i passed a few riders heading in the opposite direction i soon found out where they had been - The Junction - but again i was the only one there
Once almost down to sea level it was farm country
and then finding a place to wild camp in the Stanislaus Forest
Out of the forest in into the National Parks, Yosemite, Kings and Sequoia…
i could have spent weeks taking photos, but after being nearly rear ended 20 times in 15 minutes by cagers looking more sideways then in front of them, i just wanted to get out of the place…people have go so lazy, they don't want to park and walk, everyone only wants to take photos from their car!!!
i headed to Wilsons in Fresno and a new front tire
Wish I'd known you were in the area, I'd have come out and said Hi! (we're in Hanford) Glad you enjoyed the Central Valley, look forward to more of your journeys!
Ha! And that noob did Great! Admit it!
Well until the XR took a crap!!
...and the noob did good, right up to the point when we hit pavement for the first time in 12 hours...perfect timing for his bike to really run out of gas just as he got hit stress level back to normal all he heard was a spinning motor but no fire, then the tow rope came out - quite a day
Well I'm finally home now, what a ride. Nothing like riding the Harley. Could never have seen the things we seen riding a street bike! The Honda will be fixed and physically I'll be prepared next time! I can't believe I did 3000 miles! And some of those passes were crazy!! But I never looked back and pressed forward!! But I was whipped after the whole 103 miles of the White Rim, then the rear shock blew out!! It was time to stay on pavement, and a little alone time. The pacific coast and hwy 1 was awesome!! I did something I've always wanted to do! Paul I thank you so much for this opportunity, couldn't have done it without you!
And for the motor!! I just had the oil changed 2 days before. I wasn't pushing it to fast and even stopped and waited for dusk to cross the desert to Vegas. Things happen.
i rolled into Vegas, i had an invite to stop by and see Don at Ricor (www.ricorshocks.com) he fitted some front fork valves and vibranators (vibration eliminators)
the fork valves are for the following: (from their website)
Increased stability in turns
Increased cornering ability
Reduced brake dive
Smoother riding over the bumps
Less wallowing in turns
Reduced softness at slow speed
Less harshness over bumps
Reduced bottoming out
Better bike control
i got to find out how much difference they made only one mile from the shop...some guy in an SUV decided to hit his brakes hard for no reason right in front of me , which in turn made me have to do the same, i can say definitively i had more control in a hard braking control situation
as for the vibranators - reduced hand vibration thru the bars on a thumper, i could feel the difference in a matter of minutes...
i had a few days in Vegas with Family and friends, riding thru i spotted this...usually there is nothing that can shock you in Vegas, but this hit a nerve with a few people and even made national news before it was removed
i decided to head out early to avoid the summer desert heat
heading north to Zion thru the canyon first
Zion early in the day was still busy, and as soon as i went thru the gates the weather started to turn from clear blue for the worse
after leaving the park the clouds came in thicker and the rain was iminent but somehow i avoided it most of the day
out of my tent in the morning and this was the view of the Dirty Devil River area i wild camped
most of the day riding 5000-11400 feet out of UT into CO, cold and wet not too many photos to day...
now heading to Kansas to hopefully meet "Mr. Zumo" and get my unit fixed...
Great eye and fantastic imagination.