Go West OFWG

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by drdubb, May 29, 2016.

  1. HPPants

    HPPants Been here awhile

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    Dale, my friend. I encourage you to accelerate your plans, and do it quickly. You've done well. You've taught and coached and mentored and led thousands of young men and women for decades. You've been a good husband, a great father, and a wonderful friend. Those are all beautiful accomplishments and could be enough for any selfless man of this world.

    But it doesn't have to be. There are no rules to guide us here. You are an adventurer and a wanderer like most of us. You've earned the time to give to yourself without pride nor prejudice. Like any good promotion, it's a limited time offer and the devil is in the details. We don't get to decide the terms and conditions, here. None of us can afford a miscalculation. "A few years" seems too way distant. The time is now (or relatively soon) and I implore you to consider that.

    I'm heading in the direction of Mo's September 18-ish for about 10 days. Let's meet at the campground and share a couple beers. Ride on, OFWG - and do it soon!
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  2. DragonJoe

    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know Supporter

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    I got a Puig wind screen. Givi crash bars with highway pegs. Just installed a centerstand. A Shag seat that I have additionally modified to raise front mounting to reduce forward slope. I also use an Airhawk seat cushion. Rox bar risers that really helped ergonomics. Next a tail rack, some saddle bags. Have to take a look at the power distribution set up. I really like riding the back roads and found myself taking the NC where it didn’t belong. I agree that the suspension needs attention. I added a 2013 DR to the arsenal a few weeks back and really enjoying it. A different animal for a different environment.
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  3. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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    Pants man,

    Thanks for the encouragement, but my wife’s need for care puts restraint on my “freedom”. My own health is has been a problem, too.

    I’d thought about coming up to Mo’s. Thought I’d trailer up just in case. I have some days off first week in Oct., but I’ll see what I can do for sept.
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  4. ljurgens

    ljurgens Adventurer

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    Great ride report - I am curious about your thoughts on the NC and its power? I have a big bike now, but am thinking about going to a smaller bike and really like the idea of the NC. I am 6-1 225lbs.
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  5. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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    The NC is not powerful, but it pulled all of the mountains without problems. Ok on the interstate. You might have to downshift to pass rather than just twist the throttle. It does have a nice flat torque curve. The engine has a 270 crank so it performs like a v twin.

    Pretty good review.

    https://www.rideapart.com/articles/253751/2013-honda-nc700x-review/amp/

    The 18’s are 750’s and I like the new color schemes much better.

    Check Tewster 2 build of a 750 on this site.
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  6. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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    Forgot to mention that i’m about 250lbs
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  7. wadethewanderer

    wadethewanderer To infinity and beyond.

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    Just "found" this report and this reignites my desire to make the sojourn out west. I've been to a lot of places featured in your RR while I was working in the Oil and Gas exploration business in the early 80's but I'd like to do it on 2 wheels with no time constraint. Hey Dubb, I make my way up to Holly Springs at least once a month, would like to buy you a cup of coffee and talk about traveling. Enjoyed the RR and photography.
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  8. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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    Be glad to. I’m fully retired now, so I have some time. Although, it’s amazing how busy one can be even without a job. Currently living just inside Durham near the RDU airport.
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  9. wadethewanderer

    wadethewanderer To infinity and beyond.

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    I'll PM you next trip up.
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  10. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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    I was looking for something in an old notebook and stumbled across my daily mileages for this trip. Thought I'd add it.

    Day 1 - Raleigh to Smyrna, Tennessee 572
    Day 2 - Smyrna to Willow Springs, Missouri 419
    Day 3 - Willow Springs to Liberal, Kansas 584
    Day 4 - Liberal to Chama, New Mexico 417
    Day 5 - Chama to Cortez, New Mexico 342
    (via Durango and Silverton, Co. )
    Day 6 - Cortez to Page, Arizona 282
    Day 7 - Page to Cedar City, Utah 410
    Day 8 - Cedar City to Blanding, Utah 414
    via Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef
    Day 9 - Blanding to Moab, Utah 314
    via Canyonlands
    Day 10 - Moab to Gunnison, Colorado 410
    Day 11 - Gunnison to Silverthorne, Colorado 310
    Day 12 - Silverthorne to Pueblo, Colorado 334
    (via Rocky Mountain National Park)
    Day 13 - Pueblo to Wichita, Kansas 472
    Day 14 - Wichita to Poplar Bluff, Missouri 441
    Day 15 - Poplar Bluff to Sevierville, Tenn. 511
    Day 16 - Sevierville to Raleigh 347
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  11. wadethewanderer

    wadethewanderer To infinity and beyond.

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    Wow, Dubb! That's some impressive totals.
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  12. Louisiana Rider

    Louisiana Rider Adventurer

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    Dang what was the hurry?
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  13. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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    I don't know why I moved so far each day, I just rode and stopped at what seemed appropriate places. I actually planned the ride for 21 days. I was awake before dawn each day and just got busy. Heck, when I arrived in Moab, I was there by 1:00 and that was after spending the morning exploring Canyonlands.
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  14. Louisiana Rider

    Louisiana Rider Adventurer

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    It's all good,fast or slow....just glad you enjoyed the trip.
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