Pacific Northwest with an Italian Supermodel

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Ironzie: Feel free to PM me a list of places to watch and camp--along with any other information you think would be helpful.

    Mart'n: Absolutely, positively must get to Denmark. A Sofa and Gin sound stupendous.

    Rico: very little in the way of Police. And btw, in NV, speeding tickets can be reduced to parking violations for a fee.
  2. YetiHunter

    YetiHunter 2 Wheels & Flyrod

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    Some things are meant to be, some are done by force of will. I'm looking forward to your RR. Should be epic....
  3. Eagletalon

    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    I'm sure it has been asked before but what are your plans? Are you going straight to Europe or do you plan on heading south? Please tell me Ducati is going to sponsor you and the Duc.

    Later
    John
  4. flyinturbo

    flyinturbo Been here awhile

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    Please tell me that no one is sponsoring your ride.

    With 'assistance' comes requirements. I'd much rather see Dennis wander on his own with the writings and photos to follow. I'd rather not see sponsor stickers on this ride, know what I mean?
  5. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Plans? Fly myself and my bike to London probably. Maybe Ireland. That's my only plan (other than getting to the TT). I will land without so much as a reservation at a hotel.

    As for sponsorship, it's a little too soon to go into any details (because there aren't any). I will consider sponsorship from a company I believe in. Safe to say that nobody will see "Microsoft" on the side of my bike. Nor will I take on a sponsor that has a say in what I say or do. Having to tweet, "Man, I sure love these new Lemon Scented Fish Sticks from Panda Industries" once a week would kill the experience for me and for anyone following.

    However, there's a great opportunity for a company (start-up, high-tech) who is looking for worldwide exposure or for a company who makes the gear I'm using. Being that I'm working on finding things like a tent, sleeping bag, a watch I can trust, extraction insurance, health insurance, riding gear, new laptop, a GoPro drone to follow me around, etc., a sponsor could really make a difference and be mutually beneficial. But it's still all about things I believe in, like HENDRICK'S!

    Speaking of gear and the expenses associated with this trip prior to even leaving, I bought another camera for the trip:

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    It was a hard bullet to bite, but seeing as though I'm going to places I've never been and places I most likely won't see but once in my life, I figured I'd go with the best I could buy, despite the bend-over-and-cough price tag. Sony would be a nice sponsor. They never replied to my email. Hell, it'd be nice if they fixed the dirt-on-the-sensor issue my RX100 has had since I bought it (vs. charging me $250 for it, which I won't do).

    As for Ducati, make no mistake, they do realize the importance of my R/Rs to their brand, but that importance all but evaporates if they were a sponsor. For them, it's a double edged sword. The value of my trips to them lies in the fact that they're NOT backing me. Best I can hope for is another COTA like trip at the end of mine + a big suitcase filled with money so I could host a party in Death Valley for anyone who's followed along!!!!

    Course, if any web developers want to put up a "why did you purchase your Ducati" website with a survey that has "MotoGP, World Superbike, Magazine Ad, Twitter, or Antihero" as the options, it sure would be cool to track and see just what really sells bikes on Monday these days....
  6. Litemup

    Litemup Been here awhile

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    Nice choice on the new camera. Looking forward to your upcoming shenanigans and tomfoolery.
  7. NoSoup4U

    NoSoup4U Adventurer

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    Dennis, this is getting so exciting!!!! You may want to think about some durable luggage. No matter how great the Kriega backpack is, there'll be times when even the jacket feels like too much to wear! I swear by the Ventura Rack for my bike ('I'll see if I can find a pic). Yes it looks somewhat ungainly, especially if you use the combination pack as I do. But the luggage absolutely does not move and is easy to take off for the night. It is less weight than the smallest passenger and the weight ‘disappears’ after a day or two of riding. I call it my "Stoner on the back". You'll also need a spot gps device or such, in case you're stranded in the wild with no way out. I am sure many people here would be happy to be called upon in an emergency, myself included!
    Clemens
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  8. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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  9. Duflul

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    Not sure what I'm more jealous of, the trip or that camera :)

    Might be a worthwhile investment to get some sort of gps device with advanced route planning options. I've noticed that the road numbers change a lot more over here, than in the us. Probably because a lot of the first roads where just based on old wagon trails and they added new "better" road incrementally over time a lot of times.

    Other than that I can't wait for the trip to start and to start reading along.
    And I hope to bump into you when you make it out to my neck of the woods.
  10. jackalsour

    jackalsour Xennial

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    Yea in the US/Canada you can usually just "avoid highways" and take the secondary routes, but in Europe there are a million ways to go. I never liked the GPS routing that much until I found Tomtoms "Winding roads - Maximum"! on smartphone. Otherwise Michelin maps!

    I love my quick-connect SW Motech tankbag. The only shortfall is that if it really rains you need to put its rain cover on, but the quick-connect and quality is worth it. If the problem with the Kriega pack was rain, I use the Kriega dry packs inside it. ADAC is great insurance to have in Europe.
  11. No_Good_ID

    No_Good_ID Adventurer

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    Looks like Valley of Fire to me.
  12. NoSoup4U

    NoSoup4U Adventurer

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    Fixed the pics, should be there now.
  13. travelR6

    travelR6 Been here awhile

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    +1 on the sw motech tankbags. quickconnect is really handy and the 14-21l has a lot of storage possibilities. the raindcover is mounted really fast and then its 100% waterproof (from everything from above).

    i also have a sw motech cargobag. it is really roomy and has a lot of possibilities to mount stuff upon the bag. also the nets on the sides are really handy for mounting something that has to be quickly accessible without going through your whole bag. the downside is, that the material it is made of is nylon. if it rains, it gets wet. in the maincompartment there is a huge sack inside made out of plastic, so that is the only waterproof space if you don't plan to put something rainproof above the bag.
    and another anoying thing is that the bag moved on my r6 - don't get me wrong, it holds really good (200km/h on the autobahn was not the problem) but not so much on when you ride passes kinda fast downhill. when you brake hard the back moved a bit and sometimes needed a readjustment - but as i said i was kinda overloaded on the back of the bike and the back of the r6 is really small and not really friendly to mounting stuff on it. just something to consider before buying a cargobag from swmotech :)

    camera choice is interesting. for this kind of money there would be quiet interesting alternatives out there, but i guess the size and the fullframe sensor sold you. i'd take the fuji x100 or the new xt-1 with a small prime lense any day over the rx1, but thats personal preference (would not go without a viewfinder).
  14. AntiHero

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    Trip planning thread is up: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=23621387#post23621387

    Clemens: that rear bag is HUGE!

    TravelR6: Smallest full framed sensor is what sold me. There are some decisions for this trip that can't factor in financial considerations--a camera was one of them. It also uses the same batteries as my RX100, meaning I only need one charger/one spare set of batteries.

    Squawk: thanks for the recommendations and the +1 on the SW Motech.

    Duflul: will be looking you up when I get to Amsterdam!
  15. Scott916

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    I'm in!

    I've been lurking through the first two RRs. As an 1199s rider myself, you've got me looking at doing some longer rides this year for sure! I'm interested in potentially buying an "artifact" or two, but it doesn't look like you've got anything on your site as for sale right now. PM me with what you've got available!

    I actually discovered Coast to Coast while recovering from a nasty crash back in July, I hit a piece of road debris that I just didn't see that put me on my head. I broke a couple of ribs and my left clavicle, but was otherwise okay thanks to full gear. Reading your report definitely kept my spirits up while I was waiting to be fit to ride again. It also helped me not wuss out of 1k miles in 48 hours two months later with my clavicle still not entirely connected! :D Thanks for the inspiration!
  16. 7days1shower

    7days1shower Been here awhile

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    AntiHero,

    Very cool! Ive read your past threads but don't think I have ever commented but looking forward to your next adventure.

    Have great respect for your approach of self-funding (with select sponsors if possible) rather than looking for handouts left, right and centre

    Will follow your trip planning :)

    Am a fan mainly because I have been trying to do similar to what I think is your mind-set; that is, I have been trialling touring on my supersports around Aus to see if I can accomplish my dream of an RTW on it next year.

    In the mean time (to build up my 'riding portfolio' I am also planning to visit the States, buy the same bike I have here and tour a bit more) Unfortunately seems you will have left by then.

    All the best.

    Edit - Would love to hear why you are having 2nd thoughts on the Kriega backpack.

    My luggage at the moment is 2 US30 and one US20 with a tank adapter
  17. AntiHero

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    Hey Scott, good to have you out of the shadows and good that you're still with us after your crash. 48 hours and a separated clavicle? Something tells me you're not phased by much. Great stuff.

    7 Days: Perhaps we should just swap bikes and continents. Hope my view of the US tempts you to get here than sooner than later. It's far better than anything I could represent. I started thinking earlier today how much I'm going to love getting back to the states after the rest of the world. Though I expect it to really blow me away, this is a fantastic country and you'll love it.

    As for the Kriega pack: It wouldn't take much to make it perfect. It's a shame, too, because it wouldn't take much. I offered to provide feedback to make the improvements that it needs to be a backpack you can really live out of, but never heard back. I'd spell it all out here, but I'm meeting next week with a bag manufacturer in SF to discuss. We shall see. I'm used to an imperfect world, but still f'in baffles me when obvious solutions are so obvious, yet so far away....

    Speaking of, the company I worked for was acquired by a Goliath of a company 14 months ago and I have great news: just today I received new business cards! FOURTEEN MONTHS LATER!!!! That's how a fucking billion dollar company operates, motherfuckers. So badass. I sure am going to miss this kind of decisive perfection when I'm out on the road.
  18. 7days1shower

    7days1shower Been here awhile

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    What an offer but sadly all I have to offer here is my GSXR. But yeah, I have always had a fascination with the South. Since Im headed to Vegas for a bucks figured I may as well do a little bit of exploring :)

    Look forward to your luggage choices. I have all these Kriega packs but never really trialled them all yet. Being a backpacker at heart, I still stick to keeping it ghetto with my pack.

    [​IMG]
  19. BenZvan

    BenZvan N7

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    That right there is going to sell a lot of Tomtom apps.
  20. BenZvan

    BenZvan N7

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    And people complain about government inefficiency.