Solo Rider's Southeast Travels

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by SoloRider73, Jun 1, 2021.

  1. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    [mention]Raptorman[/mention] I saw DJ Tiny in the video below. He is riding in the scooter cannonball run. His exhaust is aftermarket and really loud, so I would hate to ride behind him.

    #21
  2. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    I picked up my Moto Guzzi V7 last weekend from the dealer after a rear drive repair and new tires. I hadn't been able to ride it due to weather and work. On Thursday after work I did a 120 mile ride to try out my new tires and the rear drive fix that was performed.

    [​IMG]

    I purchased the Continental Road Attack III tires that are favored by many who ride Moto Guzzi V7s. The loop I took put me on a freeway first, so I had the opportunity to try out the tires at high speed first. The Conti tires make the bike much more nimble than the Sport Demons they replaced. When I first entered the freeway, the tires felt twitchy at high speeds. I was getting worried that they might be too twitchy. I then rode on some curvy roads where they performed much better than the Demons due to feeling more nimble.

    I only stopped once during the loop and chose to stop on the mountain at the Skyline gun range. I'm certain this is my Guzzi's first trip to a gun range.

    [​IMG]

    The dealer detailed my bike, so I hated to get it dirty. I don't think it had been that clean since new.

    [​IMG]


    On the way back, I hit the freeway again and the twitchiness was not as noticeable. I suspect the twitchiness was due to the old tires being so slow to turn and me not being used to the new tires. Overall I think I'm happy with the tires. Hopefully they will last many miles.

    The other item I was checking out was a rear drive that has been weeping since new. The dealer replaced the rear seals a while back, but it didn't fix the weeping. The oil weeping was more of a mist. After I took it to the dealer, they called me to tell me they thought it was the seals. I told them to look harder as they had already replaced the seals with no resolution. A few days later they called back and told me they found the issue. The hub had a small hairline crack allowing oil to pass the seal. I suspect the crack was from the manufacturing process, since it has leaked since new. The crack was in item 16 below. After the trip, I didn't see any oil on the rear drive. In the past I would have seen some oil mist around 100 miles. I'm going to ride it several hundred more miles before I call it fixed, but it's encouraging that no oil mist was found.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #22
  3. Chethro

    Chethro Confidence is High

    Joined:
    May 11, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,841
    Location:
    NW WV
    I hope it cures your leaking issue. :thumb
    #23
    SoloRider73 likes this.
  4. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    I went on a group ride Saturday 7/24 with some others from the Motorcycle Alabama forum. The ride started in Gurley AL and meandered through Alabama and Tennessee to our destination, a waterfall in Altamont TN.

    [​IMG]

    Five of us started at Hardee's and we picked up a sixth at the nearby gas station. The fifth motorcycle was on the other side of the restaurant.

    [​IMG]

    We initially rode some roads nearby where we stopped on a one lane bridge for a photo opportunity.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    From the Gurley area, we rode up to Skyline trying to stay on mostly backroads. We came out in Cowen TN where we saw a lemonade stand on the side of the road. Why not? It ended up being the most expensive lemonade I've ever consumed. When I asked the cost, there was no cost, just a donation to a local charity.

    I took the opportunity to take pictures of all the bikes. We had a range of bikes for this ride.

    [​IMG]

    Frank's sweet BMW. Only ridden to church on Sunday's.

    [​IMG]

    Greg's FZ1 which has somewhere north of 140K miles. It also has more off-road miles than some dual sports.

    [​IMG]

    David's Vstrom 1000. The Vstrom is fast as he could pull away from most of us with little effort.

    [​IMG]

    Randy's new to him CB500X. This one replaced his most recent one that had an encounter with a ditch. I really like the white color on this bike.

    [​IMG]

    Next is my MG V85TT. It has ~ 5000 miles on it now.

    [​IMG]

    Finally is John's Yamaha Vstar 1300 aka his Dad Bike. It looks comfortable to ride.

    [​IMG]

    Next stop was Altamont where the waterfalls are located. There were a lot of cars in the park parking lot. The sign stated the falls were a 0.5 miles from the parking lot. I mentioned to the group that I had grew up nearby and most falls / swimming holes were at the bottom of gulfs below the bluff line. So the 0.5 mile hike might be vertical. Well I was right. The hike might have not been so bad if we had more appropriate boots and it wasn't so hot. I did find out that I was more out of shape than I thought.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Nice of them to place some stairs to get over the bluff.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Lots of people swimming.

    [​IMG]

    Frank stripped off his pants on the way out, which was funny because his shorts were shorter than his shirt, so everyone though he just pulled his pants off. Of course, it was much harder walk out given it was up hill.

    After the falls, we had lunch at a local BBQ restaurant. I decided to peel off and head home as I had something to do that night and it was already 3PM. So I headed back and missed the turn at Huntland. I ended up going to Fayetteville TN, which probably didn't save me any time over what the group rode.

    Overall it was a good ride and I had fun. I generally don't care where we are going as long as I get to ride my motorcycle.
    #24
  5. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    Oddometer:
    18,847
    Location:
    Huntsville , Al
    Thanks for the writeup and pics. I would have liked to go on this ride but just came back from a 5 day trip to Maggie Valley. I have never been to Altamont. I'll have to check it out sometime. Might make for a good Fall ride when it's cooler and the hike won't be so hot.

    Glad ya'll had a good ride.
    #25
    Thinwater and B10Dave like this.
  6. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    Looks like Maggie Valley was fun.

    I know some of the roads between Altamont and Dunlap, so I might do some exploring and try to stitch some roads together for a loop ride. It's a bit of a haul up there, but getting to run up Sewanne makes it worth it.
    #26
  7. Raptorman

    Raptorman Retired Raptor Keeper

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Oddometer:
    79
    Location:
    Blue Ridge, GA
    I had the pleasure of living in Winchester and working in Decherd for 2 years back in the early 80s. :beer Use to ride my '71 TS-185 in the Franklin Forest and around Tims Ford when the lake was down. :ricky
    #27
    Thinwater, SoloRider73 and klaviator like this.
  8. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    I decided to get out early today to beat the heat. I rode my Moto Guzzi V7 III through backroads in Tennessee.

    [​IMG]

    A couple of tunnels under railroads.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I ended up riding my nice clean V7 on several gravel roads today.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I saw a herd of goats hanging out.

    [​IMG]

    Campbell Station Country Store which always seems to be closed these days.

    [​IMG]

    An abandoned build next to the road. The house was also abandoned, but I couldn't get a picture.

    [​IMG]

    The mill on Wilburn Mill Rd now has a gate to prevent anyone from driving through.

    [​IMG]

    My V7's first creek crossing. It's shallow with a concrete bottom, but you have to start somewhere.

    [​IMG]

    Early in the morning, the ride was enjoyable, but as the day went on, the heat got unbearable while riding slow.

    I didn't go out intending to ride gravel and muddy roads, but the bike and the new tires handled it without issue. Also, I didn't see even a speck of oil on the rear drive, so I think the new hub fixed the leaky drive.
    #28
  9. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    I've been pretty busy (aka lazy) this week and hadn't written up my weekend ride.

    My rear brake lever arrived at Sloans in Murfressboro last week. So my plan was to ride up, pickup my part and kick some tires of new bikes. I noticed on Wildguzzi.com that a Moto Guzzi meet up and ride was occurring this weekend as well. So I decided to check it out.

    [​IMG]

    I started in Huntsville AL and took Hwy 231 to Murfressboro TN. I ran off without my small camera, so my pictures are from my phone. It's not very convenient to take quick pictures with a phone while on a motorcycle. Brian who I have ridden with on other Moto Guzzi rides was there on his big block Breva.

    Sloans had one of the Honda Cubs with a full seat. This is the first one I've seen in person. I should have taken a closeup picture of the Kawasaki KLX230 in the background. It had 145 miles on it and a bad case of road rash. We were theorizing that someone likely bought it as a first bike and wrecked it in the first few days with so few miles.

    The last time I was at Sloan (about a month ago) they had very few Japanese bikes but plenty of European and Indian bikes. This time they were down to four Indian bikes. Most of the bikes in the background are either used or Chinese bikes.

    [​IMG]

    Several people showed up but didn't go on the ride. They just wanted to swing by and say hi. We ended up with four riders.

    My V85TT

    [​IMG]

    A Stelvio

    [​IMG]

    Brian's well sorted Breva

    [​IMG]

    Being a poor camera man, I didn't get a picture of the other bike which was a V85TT Travel.

    We rode from Sloans to Sewanee TN taking Hwy 41. Our ride leader apparently had a girlfriend in college who went to the University of the South. He was very familiar with the campus and the buildings. I've ridden all around the campus but never been on it. We were going to look around at some of the buildings, but students and parents were there and it was crowded, so we moved on to some other sites.

    There is a giant Cross that overlooks the valley. We stopped here and BSed for a while.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    We had lunch at a restaurant next to campus. During lunch one of the guys was talking about the Templeton Library. I ride in this area a lot and had never heard of it.

    John Templeton who was born in Winchester TN was an early Wall Street fund manager. While he didn't live in Tennessee as an adult, he built his own personal library. It's not affiliated with the University, it's just sitting on the mountain.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Templeton

    The door was locked, but there were some women on the back porch chatting. Notice the two guys trying to break in. Evidence if anything is missing. :lol3

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Nice Views

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    From the library, I broke off from the group to headed back to Huntsville. The rest of the guys live in Tennessee, so they were headed back toward Sloans.

    I took AL Hwy 65 back toward Huntsville which is a mainstay of riders in the Huntsville area.

    Overall, I had a good time and met a couple more riders in the area.
    #29
    popscycle, MadRider777, dp064 and 5 others like this.
  10. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    Last week when I rode from Huntsville to Murfreesboro to Sewanee, I saw a sign for Lake Normandy. When I was a teenager, I fished a bass tournament at Lake Normandy. I remember the trip really well because the game warden lived at the boat ramp and threatened to give me a ticket. At the time, the limit for bass was 15 inches. I only caught one fish that met the limit. The game warden measured my fish and said it was 14.5 inches. I told him it was 15 inches when I caught it. He wasn't buying it, so I made a joke that I could step on it and make it 15 inches. He was not amused and threatened me with a ticket.

    I thought I would go explore Lake Normandy and swing back by Timsford Lake. I guess it was a lake tour this weekend.

    [​IMG]

    Why would anyone ride toward a black cloud? I got lucky and only hit some sprinkles, however the road was really wet, so I think I missed the hard rains.

    [​IMG]

    I found some nice roads around the lake.

    [​IMG]

    Lake Normandy

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Should I turn down this road on my street bike. Why of course I can't pass up and interesting road.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The road wasn't that bad, but it did have some big mud holes.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I came around a corner and saw these guys blocking the road. They didn't seem concerned about me on a motorcycle. I sat here for several minutes watching them stand in the road. Usually when I see turkeys, they exit the road as fast as possible.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    About a half mile down the road, I ran into another flock of turkeys. You will need to zoom in to see them. These were quicker to exit the road.

    [​IMG]

    This is Woods Reservoir on Arnold Air Force Base. Luckily, the road is open through the base and they don't have any gates on the recreation areas.

    [​IMG]

    Timsford Lake

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Lots of fawn deer out. One didn't make it across the road and was a snack for some buzzards. This one was near the lake with his mom.

    [​IMG]

    Lots of people out fishing today. I remember from my days bass fishing that Timsford's water is very clear and deep for lakes in Tennessee.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Of course, I took the curvy AL Hwy 65 back to Huntsville.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    It was a good ride and I found a few roads that I could ride in the future. I think I will go back and try to find more roads that I can stitch into a good loop around the lakes and back to Huntsville. I like to ride loops where I get a mix of roads.

    Also, I have about 600 miles on my rear drive repair without any leaks. Finger crossed.
    #30
    popscycle, klaviator, Chethro and 3 others like this.
  11. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    Over the holiday weekend, I was only able to ride Sunday. Initially I was planning to ride a forrest service road near Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee that another rider had told me about. However, when I woke up Sunday morning there were storms moving across Tennessee. I decided to implement plan B and go south. Looking at the map of Alabama, I decided to ride around Lake Tuscaloosa. I found an interesting road on the map called Watermelon road that appeared to be dirt / gravel.

    [​IMG]

    Tennessee River in Decatur Alabama

    [​IMG]

    Bridge Over Smith Lake

    [​IMG]

    Some of the roads around Lake Tuscaloosa

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    This is the start of Watermelon Road. It's a really strange road because it switches back and forth between gravel and pavement.

    [​IMG]

    My trusty Guzzi

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    There are a few of these pumps around. I'm not sure if this is a water or oil pump. It doesn't look like it has been used in a while.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    More Dirt and Gravel

    [​IMG]

    There are a few boat docks along the road.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    At the end of the lake is a spill way. This is also only a few miles from what native Alabamians consider hallowed ground. Bryant-Denny stadium at the University of Alabama. Not being a native Alabamian, I didn't bother to ride over and take a picture.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I always wondered what my bike would look like with a slight hint of Alabama red clay dust.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    An abandoned building on the way back.

    [​IMG]

    Heading back through Bankhead forrest.

    [​IMG]

    I stopped in Eldrige AL to get gas on the way back. While pumping gas, someone came up behind me and said "Holy Hell a Moto Guzzi in Eldrige Alabama, that's probably a first". I told him it wasn't true as I had been through there a few months ago. He was a nice guy and was riding a spotless Harley. He also told me he liked all motorcycles and wasn't a Harley snob. It bugs me when Harley riders do that. I like Harley's and don't make a judgement when someone rides up on one especially if they are nice enough to come over and chat.

    I checked when I got home and Eldrige has a population of 130.

    Watermelon road was an interesting road and I would ride it again. The problem with Watermelon road is that most of the side roads had no trespassing signs, so the side road exploration is probably limited.
    #31
  12. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    I left on Friday for the Georgia Moto Guzzi campout at Two Wheels of Suches.

    [​IMG]

    I rode through Fort Payne AL and they were preparing for a concert. I didn't see any signs for when it would occur, but assumed it was this weekend.

    [​IMG]

    Some type of power plant in Cartersville GA.

    [​IMG]

    One of the roads near TWoS.

    [​IMG]

    I wasn't expecting many campers with the chance of rain, but I was pleasantly surprised with the number that showed up. It rained for about 10 minutes on Friday, so no issues getting camp setup. I didn't do any local riding on Friday. One rider whose red Norge got frisky pinned him to the ground. Luckily a couple of guys were nearby to pull it off him. He thought he had a bad sprain, but the next day he took a ride to the emergency room for a broken leg. He came back 5 hours later with a cast and crutches.

    One of the Guzzi crew was trying to light a fire when the camp dog decided to join us and take his chair. He was a small puppy last year.

    [​IMG]

    The ambulance that picked up the Norge rider. It's all fun and games till the EMTs show up.

    [​IMG]

    Some of the bikes.

    Green Griso

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The next one is my favorite. The rider's name is Guy and this is his Lemans with side car. He has owned it since new in the late 70s.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Joe's MGX

    [​IMG]

    Rob's BMW

    [​IMG]

    Honda Cub with a wooden box.

    [​IMG]

    V11

    [​IMG]

    A nice looking Indian

    [​IMG]

    It started raining around 7PM Saturday night. Lucky for me I had a leak that caused drip at the top of my tent. Since it was at the top, it didn't always drip in the same place which made it hard to stay away from it. I guess I'm going to seal my tent before the next trip.

    On Sunday, I left early to try and beat any rain. It started raining when I got to Chattanooga and didn't stop for the next 2.5 hours home. I gave up on rain gear years ago, so I weighed around 40lbs heavier with the wet riding gear when I got home.

    I had a good time and met a bunch of new interesting people.
    #32
    bomose, augerdin, dp064 and 3 others like this.
  13. UncleMike

    UncleMike How'd that happen?

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2009
    Oddometer:
    77
    Location:
    Cumming, GA
    Hey SR73,

    Nice reports, thanks for sharing. I live about 40 mins south of Two's and ride the area quite a bit for my bike therapy time. I grew up in Huntsville, AL and my folks live outside of Decatur, AL so I make the same treks as you've shown, by bike and car 4 or 5 times a year. Menton, Ft. Payne, Guntersville, Little River Canyon; all good stuff to see on the 3.5 hour ride from here to there.
    Keep riding!

    MJB
    #33
    Thinwater and SoloRider73 like this.
  14. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    You have some good road and dual sport riding that can be done within a day's ride. Hit me up if you are ever in HSV and want to ride.
    #34
    Thinwater likes this.
  15. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    @klaviator setup a dual sport ride on Saturday. I considered attending, but I don't currently have a proper dual sport motorcycle. My V85TT's last dirt nap cost me almost $200 in parts, so I decided not to partake. I'm in the process of building a house, so a dual sport purchase must be post house purchase. I sold my previous house earlier this year when someone wanted it waaaay more than I did. After seeing the ride report, I'm glad I didn't go as my V85TT doesn't have very good tires for off-roading. Below is a link to his ride report.

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/full...the-rocket-city.647784/page-261#post-43054727

    I had ordered some parts for my motorcycle at Sloans and they had come in the week before. I have two windshields for my V85TT. The problem is the rubber grommets have to be moved between the windshields. So I ordered grommets for the second windshield.

    [​IMG]

    I started at Sloan's. Their inventory was similar to last time. Very few Japanese bikes, but plenty of Italian motorcycles and Vespa scooters. After a quick stroll through the showroom, I picked up my parts and headed to Coolsprings. A dealership in Coolsprings appeared to have a CRF300L in stock. So I decided to swing by and take a look at it. When I got there, the sales guys were smitten with my V85TT. I spent about a half hour chatting with them about Moto Guzzi. Apparently they weren't aware that a dealership sold them 20 miles away.

    It was a bust getting to see a new CRF. They told me that dual sports never lasted more than a day or two on the floor. Their showroom was similar to Sloan's. No dual sport bikes, only sport bikes and cruisers. After leaving the dealership, I though I would take Hwy 31 back to Huntsville. This was a big mistake. It was bumper to bumper traffic on Hwy 31. When I made it to Spring Hill I had enough and jumped on the Interstate.

    On Sunday I was invited to a kids birthday party. But I declined because I "had to" visit my parents in Tennessee. I rode the Moto Guzzi V7 for this trip.

    [​IMG]

    From HSV, I rode up Hwy 65 into Tennessee.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    A quick photo with a vintage train in Cowan TN.

    [​IMG]

    When I started up Daus Mountain Road, I stopped at a road I had ridden hundreds of times as a kid. We rode it on motorcycles and four wheelers as kids. When I pulled off the road, I quickly realized it was really sandy. The V7 does not like sand. I had no intention of riding through as it is a rough road, but I couldn't even get more than 50ft off the road. The road splits about a half mile from here. One road goes to an abandoned farm that still has an apple orchard. We would pick the apples when they were ripe. The other road travels along the top of the mountain with some giant mud holes.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I headed down Daus mountain into Dunlap where my parents live.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    After a visit with my parents, I headed back by exploring some mountain roads that I had not been on in probably 20 years. One area that had been mostly forrest and trails is now a gated community.

    The weather was nice and I was able to ride both days, so overall it was a good weekend.
    #35
  16. Samspade

    Samspade Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2015
    Oddometer:
    346
    Location:
    East Tennessee
    Late to the party, but enjoying your rides. One bit of trivia (if anyone cares), the Templeton Library is actually an apartment building.
    #36
    Thinwater and SoloRider73 like this.
  17. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    I saw some ladies sitting on the back porch, but didn't realize it was an apartment. I didn't even realize it was there and I've ridden by there many times. Learn something new everyday.
    #37
    Thinwater and Samspade like this.
  18. Thinwater

    Thinwater Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2018
    Oddometer:
    238
    Location:
    Heart of Dixie
    T
    Thats getting the good out of them.
    #38
    SoloRider73 likes this.
  19. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    Still no riding for me for at least another week. I officially move in my new house next week. The best part is the garage. I’ll have plenty of room for motorcycles.


    IMG_0296.jpg







    I did notice someone at work is commuting on a Grom.

    IMG_0300.jpg
    #39
    N-Id-Jim, Pepperlady, jwwr and 6 others like this.
  20. SoloRider73

    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Alabama, USA
    I sold my Suzuki DR650 last year because I purchased my Moto Guzzi V85TT. At the time I could only have two bikes in the garage at once with two cars. Six months after selling the DR, my wife convinced me to sell our house and build a new one. My house sold for cash before it even went on the market due to word of mouth with the realtors. So we had to move out fast and figure out where we were going to build. I told my wife that my only criteria for a new house was a three car garage and she could specify the rest. If I had known at the time, I would have kept my DR and just put it in storage. But alas I didn't know that I would be selling one house and building another.

    My original plan was to use the V85TT for my off-roading since I don't really do anything too hard. Unfortunately parts are way too expensive for the V85TT to risk dropping it. I've been looking at dual sport motorcycles but as everyone knows new motorcycles are hard to find and older ones seem overpriced. I spent some time looking for one of the new 300cc dual sports, but most dealers have already sold their MY22 allocation. Some said they would take a deposit with no clear commitment of getting one within the next year. I'm not sure that I really wanted a 300 as I tend to ride my motorcycle everywhere instead of hauling it. I'm not sure how comfortable they would be on longer trips. So I scratched the 300s off the list. I considered buying another DR650, but the dealers that had them in stock were trying to make up for sales in fees. One dealer who I got a quote from wanted $850 in prep, $1200 in shipping and $600 in documentation. When you add tax on top of it, it would bring the cost near $10k. Not happening, I like DRs, but they are no where near worth that much money. My wife was asking me why I would buy the same bike again. You should buy something new and different. So I went to Nashville and looked at Royal Enfield Himalayans. Most people seem to either love them or think they are dogs. Owning two Moto Guzzi's I understand the mentality. I just want something that is fun to ride and won't cost a paycheck to fix if I drop it. I wanted to buy one from the local dealer here in north Alabama but when I spoke to them, they didn't have any in stock but were expecting three 2021s sometime before the end of the year. Apparently RE told them they had three bikes for them and all were gray and they wouldn't get any more bikes until next year. I told them to give me a call when they came in.

    Well last week, the new bikes came in and I went over and rode one. It ended up coming home with me. I haven't purchased a motorcycle from All Sport in over 10 years, but I now remember why I like them so well. Shipping fee was $350 and prep was $100 that's it.

    So over the weekend I took the bike out for it's initial ring out. I took it on some roads in southern Tennessee that I ride with the Motorcycle Alabama crew.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]








    Hey it's a dual sport, it must get its first mud hole before it hits 100 miles.

    [​IMG]

    I guess I'll need to save this pic for the abandoned places thread.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    It has almost 200 miles on it, with another 100 for its break in period. I don't generally follow the break in procedures. I just try not to rev it close to red line in the first few hundred miles but mostly just ride it normally.

    After putting 200 miles on it, I get why people like the Himalayans. It reminds me of the Moto Guzzi, but with less power. I rode it all day Saturday and it felt comfortable even though initially it felt cramped. It also weighs more than my DR650 but its weight is so low that it feels lighter.

    My only complaint is it's more cold blooded than my DR650 and both of my Guzzi's. It really needs to warm up for a few minutes before taking off riding from cold. Apparently there are some simple changes to the idle and TPS that can be made to help this. It seems to lean at idle so I'm sure it's due to emissions.

    So I'm the proud owner of two Italian made and one Indian made bike. I guess I need to ride with a buddy on a Japanese bike just in case. :rofl
    #40
    B10Dave, popscycle, jwwr and 6 others like this.