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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DynastySS, Apr 15, 2014.
Damn fine trip. Now write more so I can have a break from studying for finals.
Congrats guys, that was amazing!
Good stuff and I'm glad to hear that both bikes made it OK
This has been one of my favorite ride reports. If you ever make it up to the greater Portland area I'll buy you beer, wine, or even scotch.
Hey I've been looking at the Air N Dry gloves. How do you like them?
I am definitely going full GoreTex this year.
Glad you guys (and your bikes) made it safe and sound to the lefft coast.
I thanked Jay via PM, but let him know I really appreciated his input on the Kriega gear you two used. He took an inordinate amount of time explaining things to a perfect stranger on the internet.
I appreciate you taking me along for the ride!
Great job! its been a great read.
Thanks for bringing us along.
I've done 5 coast to coast rides of various types. All on old airhead BMWs back in the day (i.e. pre-computer, gps, cell phone).
Now I just want to do it on a Aprilia Scarabo or the XL-125 in the basement, low and slow.
Or maybe I'll just crank up the old R100RS and point it west...
Thanks for the report and the dreams they inspire!
Would love a recap on your thoughts on the Panigale.
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Per the suggestion of another 899 owner, we left Bakersfield on highway 58. What a great little road! It runs up a mountain and dumps you into some rolling hills. Absolutely lovely stuff.
DSC_0186 by DynastySS, on Flickr
At this point we are on Highway 1. I figured it would be a great thing to show Jay and maybe could snag some good photos. Boy did I forget how slow and painful that road can be. My wrists were on absolute fire from crawling at 25 MPH for that long of a stretch.
IMG_20140504_124824 by DynastySS, on Flickr
No doubt it is a scenic route, and I am glad Jay got to see it, but hell if I ever do that again on a Panigale.
I would love to say it was a smooth ride from that point on, but that would be a lie. I am sure most of you could guess what I am about to say, but Jay's bike went into limp mode again. At this point we have no clue what is wrong with his bike. He has had a multitude of sensors go off, and we are thinking that there is a faulty ground or a short somewhere in his system. He left this morning for LA to see an Aprilia specialist. Hopefully he gets that figured out!
Despite the limping, we made it to my parent's home by 7:15 and were sitting down for dinner at 7:30. My mom made a lovely risotto and I can safely say it was the best meal I have had in the past two weeks. Nothing beats home cooked food.
Over the course of this journey we experienced rain, hail, sand storms, fog, ice, snow, tornado like winds, incredible heat and bike adversity. Yet I could not have had a better time. It was a blast to explore the country and I learned a lot about myself in the process.
More importantly, I gained a new perspective on America and how a lot of this country is still struggling. Although no one from the Bay Area or NYC would care to admit it, inherently we all have a pretentious attitude regarding the rest of the nation and the so called "fly over states". I was (am?) equally guilty of this. Even going into this trip, I remember thinking that West Virginia was going to be some Deliverance remake and that the South would be riddled with hicks and white trash.
What I experienced did not always match up with my preconceptions. West Virginia is a stunning state and Tennessee is full of the some of the nicest people I have ever met. People all over were always excited to hear our story, lend a hand or recommend the best local restaurant. I never felt in danger or worried that my differing political, economic or religious views would cause strife.
Often strangers on the trip would remark how much they liked California or NYC, and many even expressed envy. I understand their points, but I think they have a lot to be proud of their respective states and I hope that isn't lost on them.
One eye opening part of the trip for me was the realization that a lot of this country is going through true economic hardship. It is one thing to read about poverty, or ingest mind numbing stats, and it is another to see it first hand. That isn't to say what I witnessed was incredibly foreign to me, but rather the sprawl of struggle was difficult to fathom. It seemed that for a large stretch of our ride that money was tight, and that better days were a distant memory. I think living in a city robs you of that perspective, and selfishly speaking it was good to be grounded a bit.
On another note, I am very proud of my little Duc. Despite the oil and clutch issue (both of which I think are not actually real issues), she worked like a champ. It is not comfortable and it is way too hot for a lot of this country, but what a dream to ride. The power is addicting, the handling is superb and the looks are to die for. I think Jay was most likely more comfortable than I was, but I may have had more fun in the corners.
Overall I am so happy that I took the plunge and made the trip. I am also grateful that Jay was able to join me and make it the whole way on his junker! On my next trip I hope to ride through Utah and Colorado, since we had to punt that one on this trip.
Congrats! Awesome report. Great adventure for sure!
Congratulation on well done trip. No drama . Just pure fun. Had you been riding a Harley, you would have exploded the tranny more than once, or the engine...
What a great trip/story. Thanks for sharing!
Congratulations on the trip, an open road perspective is always a good thing to have under your belt.
Thanks for sharing and some great pictures of that gorgeous 899.
Enjoyed that read and view of the pics! Props on the 899 and T cross country! Thank you for sharing
Very Kewl! Thanks for the ride report. They're not all that easy to do.
Great ride report and thanks for taking us with you!
Thanks for taking us along for the ride.
Great to meet you guys. I'll look ya up when i come to your respective towns!