@RootinRedPig (Russell) and I have been friends for ~13 years. He actually first introduced me to motorcycles back in middle school on his TTR 125. Many years, bikes, and a wife and baby later for me, we find ourselves at opposite ends of the eastern seaboard with a woeful lack of shared trips despite our extensive riding experience. Having just moved my wife and I (and now 4 month old) to Charleston SC from San Diego, we've made it a point to get together more often as Russell lives in NYC. The stars seem to have aligned and we're set to spend a few days riding around the Northeast at the beginning of September. [Previous trip shown for anatomical reference - Russell is the one that looks like the Pringles Guy] Rewinding a few years, my wife and were hit by a negligent car that totaled our F650GS in San Diego. Having been a long time fan of the LC8 platform, we used the generous insurance money on a 2007 990 Adv. Probably the perfect bike to have out west. After a few years of riding and rock climbing, we decided to fire up the old biologic replacement protocol and try to make it back east closer to family. Things lined up great and we landed in Charleston where we just had our first son. Fast forward to a few months ago, Russell and I were planning this trip - him on his GSXR and me on my Aprilia Futura - when he decided he should do a handspring over some teenagers hood on a shakedown ride in anticipation of the trip. Being the athletic and resilient individual he is, Russell landed on his feet and finished with a roundoff (just kidding). He was fine but short a ride so I started wooing him with tales of the big twin. Somehow I convinced him that European motorcycle ownership was a good idea and he ended up with this 2007 950 SM. It already has a water pump leak . My abuse of our 990 has turned me into a fairly competent LC8 mechanic so I can at least guide his wallet to the most reasonable parts vendors. Anyhow, the plan is for me to leave from NC, ride up to Newport RI for a work engagement, after which Russ will join me. Items on the punch list are The Hampster, White Mountain National Forest, Acadia National Park, West Quoddy Head Maine (eastern-most point in the US), Portland Maine, and maybe some time in Canada. Perhaps most importantly, my vote for trip theme song is "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" by Mr. Dylan. Russell has yet to submit his theme song input. The goal of this RR will be to document our trip, share some media, and probably get some video of Russell eating something out of a toilet or something like that. Here's our last big trip together in NC a few years ago.