I’m a random person, therefore please bear with me, this will be a random ride report. The silver lining behind this randomness is my love of twisties at high, although morally legal speeds mum, and trolling of forest roads, while of course on top of my Ugly Duck (UD), aka an ‘07 Versys- one of the elusive burnt orange ones <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> I had a plan for this ride, but, as usual, I didn’t stick to it. I shall start by saying sorry to Mike from Tellico Outfitters for not going back to him- instead of sticking around I had to head back home sooner than expected after I checked my emails. So, this trip was a blitzkrieg of sorts, an exploration of the best roads in the Eastern US. For the number oriented ones, this was a 7 days, approximately 500 miles/day ride- very little 2 lane highway, mostly backroads and the alleys of those backroads. The total was about 3500 miles, with the last day totaling about 800 miles. Not in the Iron Butt territory, although I’ve been there before- that was when I realized that a comfortable seat is a must have. Here’s how it goes, I’ll post pictures, lots of them, and short descriptions accompanying those pics. Unlike my previous rides, this time I took lots of pictures- I guess the older I get the more props I need to remind myself of what I’ve done or not done yet, of where I've been or not been yet... <o></o> <o></o> What might become obvious at one point or another, is that this report is also an unapologetic advertising campaign for this bike . I think that is one of those great products still waiting to be discovered, at least for those looking for one bike to do it all. I set-up mine the way I like it, which means I shaped the seat, numerous times, still not perfect, but close, plus the regular farkles- crash bars, auxiliary lighting, handguards, windshield, headlight, gps holder, sockets, etc etc. I installed a 150/70 Conti TA on rear, instead of the 160/60 that comes with the bike. I love this setup, of TA on rear, and Distanzia on front. Although I would’ve liked the better mileage of the regular Distanzia, the SM compound saved my ass this ride. Perfect for street riding, good enough for off tarmac <o></o> <o></o> While rolling down on BRP, I waited to make sure that this guy made it safely the other side of the road <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> Some of the goodness out there. Out Out there was around BRP, the Nantahala forest- declared by myself as the best area I’ve ever been riding through- when price of gas, people, type of roads, and traffic at this time of the year, end of May 2010, were considered, random places in Tennessee, N. Carolina, W Virginia and Virginia, Pennsylvania, and that’s about it, I think. Surprisingly enough, although I’ve been through Lebanon, Transylvania, and some Northern countries on my trip through US, Pisa was not a city/region I remember <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> <o></o> As I mentioned, this bike is able to do things its owner is not quite equipped for. There will be a picture, and explanation, about how I blinged Ugly Duck, it sports now a chrome part, thanks to the awesome guys from Logan motorcycles, who opened their store during Victoria Day weekend.