“I Can’t Afford Not to Go!”

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by braveteacher, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2004
    Oddometer:
    28,199
    Location:
    Allen, Tejas. Blissful state...
    Bravo!!

    :clap
  2. Mtns r blu

    Mtns r blu Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2013
    Oddometer:
    146
    Location:
    Mississippi gulfcoast
    Thanks! been fun following along!!!
  3. Gripsteruser

    Gripsteruser Got a handle on it

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    1,380
    Location:
    N. Colo
    .
    braveteacher likes this.
  4. RiderRick

    RiderRick Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2013
    Oddometer:
    271
    Location:
    Southeast Minnesota
    Excellent , Thank you for taking the time to share.
  5. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2004
    Oddometer:
    3,463
    Location:
    O-lando
    More "stealth camping" is definitely on my radar from now on... I was mostly a rest area, campground tent'r. Inspiring! thanks!!
  6. braveteacher

    braveteacher Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2015
    Oddometer:
    272
    Location:
    Orlando FL
    I thought the Bonnie did great. She ran at 75 and 80 all day long with no issues. If she was a 1200, I would not ride faster than 75/80 so I am happy. The gas tank was a bit small with 3.5 gal but I was getting 65 to 70 MPG with her so no complaints there either. My Parabellum windshield was a must. I can not imagine doing it without a windscreen. The seat was hard as a rock but the Airhawk worked like a charm...no way without the Airhawk. Overall, the Bonnie did great and every stop someone came up to me and talked about the Bonnie they had back in the good old days...so that was fun. If you dont like talking to people, go on a different bike.
  7. FlatlandKSBrett

    FlatlandKSBrett Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2014
    Oddometer:
    508
    Location:
    Salina, ks
    Cool trip. Cool bike. Thanks for sharing the numbers with us. It's nice to see what is cost to have an adventure.
  8. Allroads

    Allroads Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Oddometer:
    34
    Thank you BT for the wonderful adventure. It was really well presented and a joy to follow.
  9. bodine003

    bodine003 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2015
    Oddometer:
    1,526
    Location:
    Melbourne Florida
    I have an 03 I bought new and it does everything pretty good. I did change the gearing for less RPM on the highway and in the GA.& NC. mountains 3rd/4th gear keep it right in the power band and crz's in 5th on the highway nice. Great solo bike. At the end of Sept. it goes in the van and we are spending a week in Shady Valley Tenn. to ride the snake hwy.421 and around that area. Camping at Switchback Creek campground. new area for me, been all around N-GA & West NC. Thanks for the great ride report I think you win "the what I did during my summer vacation" essay/show and tell!!! PS I e-mailed the Triumph store and gave them my 2 cents about your treatment. I was in the 2 wheel industry in Melbourne from 1998 to July 2015 and riders from out of town and travelers always got priority and help ASAP. During Bike Week and Biketoberfest what ever it took to get those in need back on the road.
    braveteacher and Trip Hammer like this.
  10. 230Rocket

    230Rocket Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    77
    Location:
    NSW Australia to McKinney, Texas
    Just stumbled across this report as I do many times, what a great trip, very inspiring especially the northern expanse states. Like the way you tackled the stealth camping, let's hope Walmart don't catch on and start charging us! Your gear set up looked spot on and the boxes on the Bonnie worked a treat. Out of interest what helmet are you using? It looks to have a very deep chin bar...

    Great trip, better start planning the next one.

    Ride far
    Dean
    braveteacher likes this.
  11. BoneDigger

    BoneDigger Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Oddometer:
    110
    Location:
    Oxford,GA USA
    Great RR. Thanks for taking the time to share it.
  12. braveteacher

    braveteacher Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2015
    Oddometer:
    272
    Location:
    Orlando FL
    Icon Airmada...not the best. Next time I want a two piece so I can drink without pulling the helmet off.

    James
  13. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Oddometer:
    793
    Location:
    Oregon
    Enjoyed your pics and storytelling :thumb
  14. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2005
    Oddometer:
    19,286
    Location:
    Villa Maria Sanitarium, Claremont, CA. USA
    Thank you for taking the time to do this report. It's not an easy task. Great ride, great bike. Love your camping spots.
    Gary Malloy likes this.
  15. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    May 11, 2014
    Oddometer:
    732
    Location:
    Charleston, SC : Bath, Me
    Great job with text and pics.

    Thanks for making the effort.

    B
  16. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Oddometer:
    20,662
    Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Simply terrific! Thanks so much. :clap
  17. 08StangGT_CS

    08StangGT_CS Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2018
    Oddometer:
    95
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX and Beyond
    Makes me want to pull the trigger on a T100. Great report.

    Thanks,
  18. 72 Yamaha RD350

    72 Yamaha RD350 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2017
    Oddometer:
    579
    I know I started reading this rr months ago but lost track of it somehow. Thanks for writing it up. Some great pictures. I've been thinking this week as I've been listening to the Elvis channel that I need to get myself down to Graceland.
  19. Racerlarry

    Racerlarry n00b

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2018
    Oddometer:
    8
    Location:
    Tulsa Ok
    Thank you. I really enjoyed your RR.
  20. wetwider

    wetwider Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2016
    Oddometer:
    91
    Location:
    northwest
    A most excellent report, BT, enjoyed it a bunch! I also tour on a Bonny (my eighth bike) 28,000 miles touring out of 33,000 total on the Triumph - and love it! No troubles (knocking on noggin) with the bike though it did need suspension upgrades, 19 tooth front sprocket, memory foam under sheepskin on the seat, different bars to my liking but few farkles. Gotta find a more cammo bike cover and tent fly to better stealth camp. I like your bike cover! You are indeed an educator! Thanks.