Western CT & New England on a F800R

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by xxguitarist, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    63
    Location:
    southwest CT
    A little history here. I packed up my life into my car & moved out to OR from RI a bit over two years ago for a dream job. There, I picked up this motorcycling habit as a function of being an engineer for an electric motorcycle design and development company.
    While out there I met my wonderful girlfriend, who recently got her chance at a dream job. We packed everything back up, this time into two cars, and moved to CT.
    It's great being back within reach of old friends, the environment where I grew up, but I had the itch to get back on a bike.
    We went up to the BMW dealership on a rainy day, looked at a few bikes, talked price a little, and the sky cleared enough for some riding. The F800R isn't what I was looking for, but it fit me perfectly.
    A week later, we went back to pick it up, left the car at the dealership, and set off on a semi-planned 160 mi, 5 hr ride through northwest CT. The story starts here!

    The bike, all ready to go!
    [​IMG]

    Picturesque Litchfield CT, where we had lunch at a cute outdoor pizza resturant.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Abandoned/closed bridge, and waterfalls

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Continued and found one of the several wooden covered bridges in CT. Nearly toppled off the bike as I was putting it on the sidestand here- the stand found a leaf-obscured hole to drop into!
    [​IMG]

    We saw signs for a state park & waterfall, so we stopped there too.
    [​IMG]

    Great two-up ride, came away even more in love with the bike.
    More to come!
    #1
  2. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    63
    Location:
    southwest CT
    Mounted a GIVI B-47 "Tech" topbox to the F800 a few days ago, which has made life lots easier for riding to work, and it'll also serve as a backrest for my girlfriend.

    [​IMG]

    Brought the camera on the way to work today- Lighting wasn't ideal, but it's still a beautiful section of road.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #2
  3. adventurelounger

    adventurelounger Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Oddometer:
    131
    Location:
    Republic of New England
    Welcome back¬ógot my F800GS from Max (actually, lightly used on consignment from them) and have ridden many of the same incredible Western CT roads. Love the Cornwall Bridge! If you're at all interested, check out some of my Ride Reports below (in signature).

    Watch out for wet leaves! DANGER WILL ROBINSON!
    #3
  4. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    63
    Location:
    southwest CT
    Happy to be back!
    Will check out your reports, I'm always looking for new destinations.

    Skipped riding today because of those wet leaves that we've got in the forecast this evening.
    #4
  5. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2011
    Oddometer:
    2,033
    Location:
    Central MA
    Looking forward to hearing/seeing more from you. Welcome back to NE!
    #5
  6. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    63
    Location:
    southwest CT
    Do I need the winter jacket today? Eh. Ought to be OK with the liner in my leather jacket. Don't want to take the time before work to move the back protector from one to the other.
    [​IMG]

    BRR! I didn't think that through quite far enough.

    Stopped on the way to work to grab a few shots that I'd been wanting to get- The Housatonic river gets steamy on cold mornings, I've seen it much more intense than this before.
    [​IMG]

    This place is always packed with cars in the afternoon.. Great view from here too. Will have to return at some time other than 8:15 AM.
    [​IMG]

    Mental note.. Must get wider lens, have been considering Nikon's 18-200, but haven't thrown the cash at it.. Currently using a D70 with an offbrand 28-90.
    #6
  7. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    9,181
    Location:
    San Antonio
    Nice. I'm from West Redding, and have been all through there :freaky
    #7
  8. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    63
    Location:
    southwest CT
    I'm enjoying it. Both the bike & learning a new area. I grew up just off the other side of CT in southern RI.
    #8
  9. AndytheElder

    AndytheElder Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Oddometer:
    35
    Location:
    Connecticut
    I live one river valley over from The Lake House. Ride on 34 and up into Litchfield County often. Lots of great riding there for sure.
    #9
  10. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    63
    Location:
    southwest CT
    Seems like there are a lot of us in the general area.

    Today, one from the commute in, and two from a little urban decay exploring on the way home.
    Looking down the Housatonic again, at a rail bridge.
    [​IMG]

    Old mill building, mostly abandoned.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #10
  11. Luckyguy

    Luckyguy n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2013
    Oddometer:
    8
    Location:
    Houston
    Great pictures! I was born and raised in Danbury and spent a lot of my childhood at Kent Falls and Mohawk. I left 25 years ago and live in Houston now and miss the scenery and would love to ride those roads from my childhood now. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    Lucky
    #11
  12. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    63
    Location:
    southwest CT
    Thanks Lucky! It's encouraging me to get my camera out a bit more often, and I'm enjoying it.

    Hope to get out for some longer adventures in the upcoming week or two, before it gets too cold.
    #12
  13. ktrout01

    ktrout01 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2009
    Oddometer:
    766
    Location:
    Bristol, CT - Home of ESPN and not much else
    Nice pics and welcome back to NE. I commute from Bristol to Trumbull on RT 8 and while it only take me 45 minutes to get to work in the morning, it can sometimes take me 2-3 hours to get home. Depending how lost I choose to get in the Litchfield hills. There are many awesome roads to explore. One of my favorites is on the west side of Bear Mountain is Salisbury. You'll have to check it out.
    #13
  14. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    Oddometer:
    6,004
    Location:
    Clearwater, FL USA
    I love this thread
    photography is my other love is most people around here no and you nailed some terrific photos to show us and I really appreciate that
    I was just in the New England area last weekend to see my daughter take part in the Head of the Charles regatta, in Boston
    I was not on any two-wheeled vehicle, unfortunately

    thanks for sharing with us
    #14
  15. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    Oddometer:
    6,004
    Location:
    Clearwater, FL USA
    before moving to Florida in 1972, I grew up in New Milford. Kent Falls was someplace we went quite often... brings back great memories just hearing you mentioned that place
    #15
  16. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    63
    Location:
    southwest CT
    Got out again today for a ride without any real destination. Out the door, down the road, and generally north. I have a GPS hardwired now, so I can get as lost as I want, and still find my way home. Took 2.5+ hours on the way out, but it worked out to only be a 40 minute ride home. Must have wandered a bit.

    Found this little guy on the way to the garage.
    [​IMG]
    Considered it good luck, and continued on my way.

    Saw this view just a few miles down the road. Hadn't been along this side of the river before.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Indian well state park, still towards the beginning of the ride.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    And looking over about as much elevation as I've seen in CT, Lost somewhere northwest of Oxford, I think.

    [​IMG]
    #16
  17. ohenry

    ohenry Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    482
    Location:
    GA
    Nice pics the trees are so full of color! How do you like the bike? Lots of twisty roads up in CT. My dad lives up in Norfolk and you can hear bikes all the time screaming up the hills. Fun!

    Ohenry
    #17
  18. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    63
    Location:
    southwest CT
    Thanks!
    I enjoy being back out here, and fall is the best time for it.

    The F800R is great. Easy to ride for medium-long days, even two up. Plenty of power, while still doesn't require full attention to the right hand. The engine has a little dip in power around 5k, which is also the switchover point in feel from torque to power.

    Mine has a bit of a head shake at 40 mph, which I need to talk to the dealer about. I'm sure they can resolve it. Might just be tire balance.

    Lots of good roads around here for sure, I need to just find some more of them. So far, setting out at random has worked well!
    #18
  19. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    63
    Location:
    southwest CT
    Trapped behind the "barred" windows at work.. Bike calling to me. Looking forward to the ride home, and maybe some detours.

    [​IMG]
    #19
  20. xxguitarist

    xxguitarist Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    63
    Location:
    southwest CT
    Little change of pace- No motorcycles in this one, sorry!

    Took the bicycles out to Block Island for the day on Saturday. Had initially planned to take the BMW, but it was a cold morning & I didn't have extra tie-downs to make sure it'd be safe on the ferry. Hope you'll enjoy the photos anyway.

    Leaving the harbor in Pt Judith.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Ride across was a medium swell, enough to get your attention, and enough that inside the breakwater there was someone playing..
    [​IMG]

    Arrived to a beautiful day

    [​IMG]

    Rode up to the north lighthouse, hiked past it, and spent half the day on this secluded section with a bottle of wine :freaky

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Made a few more stops on the way back to the boat

    [​IMG]

    And headed back in the same direction as the swell, for a much calmer ride home. Red sky at night.. sailor's delight

    [​IMG]

    Pulling into the harbor shortly after dusk.

    [​IMG]
    #20