Riding across the country with YT Dave on his W650

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tom c, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. navjetmech

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    Ended the day in Williams AZ. 471 miles. Disappointing.... too much shopping for motorcycle oil and and the stupid stop at Winslow. We will try to do better next time.

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    Dave gassing up the W. The K75 only needs filling every other stop.

    Dave has decided he’s got enough miles on the BMW and is now riding his W650. I doubt if I will ever ride it again this trip.... :(

    Now in the Pacific time zone!

    Daves got a time constraint so we’ll be going for some mikes tomorrow.
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    677 miles ridden today. We started in Williams AZ at 7AM, rode through Death Valley NP, up and down a bunch of neat mountain passes (Route 90), then a cold ride in the dark on Route 395 ending at 10pm in Bridgeport CA. The best day of the trip for us both I would say. It started cold at high altitude in AZ, we rode with heated gear until Needles CA, the opened all the vents up on the KLIM gear at Baker, it got hotter as we went through Death Valley below sea level, then as we climbed up to over 8000 feet on the Eastern side of the Sierras we had to put the heated gear on again and turn it up to 11!

    Some pics:
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    Dave at Death Valley

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    The W650 gets so many comments whenever we stopped.

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    I’ve grown to like the K75.

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    We had to be mindful of the W650 range.

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    More later.

    Tomorrow we’ll travel northwest towards Portland where I’ll split off to spend some time with my daughter, Dave will head back to Gig Harbor. I’ll drop the K75 off at Dave’s next week when I fly home.
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    18 degrees this morning. Hopefully warmer at lower elevations. We are at 6400 ft here in Bridgeport CA.
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    Really enjoyed this thread. Proof positive that you don't need a cruiser to enjoy a trip, helps though, and an older bike well maintained can take you wherever your imagination wants to. Too much emphasis put on having a new(er) low mileage bike in my mind. Good on both of you. Enjoy the rest of the trip. Cheers
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    OK, Day 6 - the final day of our epic ride!
    For me, Bridgeport CA to Portland OR - 690 miles
    For Dave - Bridgeport CA to Gig Harbor WA - 838 miles!

    Again, the ride started cold (really cold) and ended cold with moderate temperatures mid-day.

    Departing Bridgeport at 7:45 AM, the 18F temps kept us riding relatively slowly until we reached Carson City where we had our usual coffee and breakfast at Mcdonalds, our go-to destination for quick stops for coffee and meals. Once 395 turned back into a major highway we bombed past Reno to Susanville, then made our way to Mt. Shasta on Rt 44 and 89, nice two lane roads through redwood forests with frequent views of the snow covered mountain, finally to I5 North, which has some fun fast twisty sections and even more long flat boring sections. I took exit 303 in Portland and arrived at my daughters' house at 10:15PM - 690 miles in 14:45.
    Dave soldiered on, arriving home in Gig Harbor WA at 1AM. 838 miles in 17:15 - that man sure can ride!


    My thoughts on the Journey:

    Here's my entire trip on Spotwalla:
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    And here's Dave's entire ride:
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    For me, the trip was a great experience, I would never had considered such a ride solo, it was great to be able to tag along with Dave, an experienced long distance rider. Over the course of six days we got to know each other, both personally and in terms of riding style and behavior. It wasn't too long into the trip, mostly following Dave, that I could anticipate his lane changes and make my move accordingly - we had a good flow going even after my Sena failed and we could no longer talk on the intercom. This made riding the long dull stretches of interstate much more enjoyable for both of us. I'm grateful that Dave took a chance on having me as a riding companion for the journey. I hope he enjoyed the experience as much as I did.

    It makes me wish that some of my ADV friends would get off their asses and retire - I need more riding companions for such trips of epic proportion!

    In the meantime I'll keep in touch with Dave, who has already suggested a future trip to Alaska through the Yukon Territories. Perhaps I can find myself a "West Coast" bike to store in Portland with my daughter. Or what the heck, now that I know I can ride cross country on a W650, I can ride the Tiger out! It's a way shorter trip in warmer weather when a more direct route is possible. Who's with me?

    I'll post up more pics from the trip in a bit.

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    @tom c Thanks for taking us along ! :thumb

    You should just go ahead and buy your next project bike out there and ride it back home.

    That way you can continue the RR. :deal
  20. tom c

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    Good photo of Dave on the W650 somewhere in AZ. Or perhaps NM.

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    Dave selfie as we rode through the Mojave Desert

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    Back before Dave could no longer stand watching me ride his new bike. Who could blame him?

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    Dave making a move on the road to Mt Shasta.

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    Dave’s K75. I kinda liked this bike! Especially the wind protection when it’s chilly.

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    Pointing up to the sea level marker at Death Valley. Man that was an excellent diversion. It took us up and down a few nice passes. I’m glad that Fave decided that we needed to do that.
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