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    Sadly - i got home last night. had to deliver to a client this afternoon.

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    The rally was interesting with informative talks, demo rides, motorcycle exhibits, live music, food trucks and under the stars crowd camping. Several riders rode from 2 and 3,000 miles. A guy in his late 70s rode his r60/5 from scranton which took him a week and another guy win his early 60s did Boston to Salt Lake City in 3 days!



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    My favorite talks were on travel of course.
    http://www.imtbike.com/ - talked about the joys of riding in Spain, France, Italy and the subside of Corsica and Sardinia. An organized tour looked super but so did a self guide tour too!



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    Here is the bike ridden from Scranton PA. 1971- r75/5.

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    A very intriguing talk was the shipping and riding of one's own motorcycle to Europe. Stefan is the real deal and very nice too. I would trust him at his word and his stellar reputation is renown within the whole biking community. His insights were terrific. He is based out of Heidelberg Germany. His warehouse already holds 300 bikes from touring americans.

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    Bikes I saw at the rally. The one directly below is prepped for the cannonball rally.







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    There were at least three different side car riders. each one carries his dog and does lots of camping. It's a thing!

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    I received a phone call on late Friday. It was one of my good clients and needed to be home by Monday (today)... I quickly purchased a new inexpensive helmet to replace the broken one (thank god as i couldn't breathe or even get sunglasses on!) for a show price of $124 saving a hundred off the retail price.

    So on Saturday morning - we got up and were out of the rally by 7am. Obviously the yellowstone portion of the trip was cancelled but a ride back a different way was the compromise to a disappointing turn. I was determined to minimize interstate riding only 25 miles of the superslab and make the most of the trip even at speed.

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    As we passed through Ely making good time, my camelbak ice cube and water bladder valve broke releasing all the water down my jacket. Luckily it was hot and i needed the cool down. I stopped into the hunting store to pick one up. Hundreds of guns and was told millions of rounds were available to me there. Since on a bike i only picked up a valve.

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    Did stop for a good ice cream in Austin Nevada. It was 108 and i needed to get out of the sun. I drank 4 16 oz of ice water in 30 mins.



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    We made Fallon by 5pm. This time we stayed at the Comfort Inn. New motel with breakfast and a great cold indoor pool and hot tub. I thought 97 a night was reasonable for the only other motel stay and a good vietnamese Pho was had next door to boot.
    Note: The heat from the road melted the taped bag which is revealed as broken as it was over 110 degrees in the low desert parts and nearly 70 at 8000 feet.

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    The route I chose was going to be a big finish to a wonderful day in a great week of riding. Highway 50 to 95a to 395 to 208 then to the famous 108 to the 4 and home via the delta roads.



    Have any of you ever driven or ridden the 108 Sonora Pass. It was epic yesterday!

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    Nearly got high enough to ride the clouds.





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    From the top of the Summit i was able to ride 11 miles down without turning on my motor and no cars in front or behind me.
    I soared in quiet rush and barely making the bumps and rises along the route. It was truly one of the best rides ever!




    I came to a stop at a turn in the road after my coast at this bend in the river.
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    I rolled into Sonora, it was already near 100 and ordered breakfast fit for a lumberjack. As i ate - i became grateful for the ride and the time I took to do this. It doesn't get better than this really.



    I had another 90 miles to go before I got home. It got hotter as i fueled up in near Escalon and for the delta levy ride home.



    When I got home there was my wife and son happy to see me. She was just about to take him to work. I took off my hot suit and unpacked. Put on my bathing suit and jumped into the pool.
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    Great thread, Ted. Thanks for sharing your trip journal. I like the stripped-down functional look of the older BMW bikes. One can be forgiven for experiencing culture shock when traveling in the rural inter-mountain West. It's like being in an entirely different country. Maybe it is.

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    I'm so buying another road bike! But I need a new set of sails too. Lots of miles in hot conditions there Ted, but it sounds like you and your buddy had a good time of it. Pity you had to rush home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    I'm so buying another road bike! But I need a new set of sails too. Lots of miles in hot conditions there Ted, but it sounds like you and your buddy had a good time of it. Pity you had to rush home.
    It is just as well. brought home some extra cash i had stored away. will finish fixing up the boat. I just was happy to used something of mine that wasn't a big project.

    New sails? are you racing? As for a road bike - I am beginning to understand the idea behind of the cruiser after so many years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    It is just as well. brought home some extra cash i had stored away. will finish fixing up the boat. I just was happy to used something of mine that wasn't a big project.

    New sails? are you racing? As for a road bike - I am beginning to understand the idea behind of the cruiser after so many years.
    No not racing. My sails are old, poorly shaped and too small, as a result the boat really doesn't sail all that well.

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    Got me looking at the Honda ST1100. They are getting old and cheap, (like me) but seem to have a great reputation as a bulletproof blacktop cruiser with good 2 up capability. Pretty much a Japanese equivalent of the BMW R1100RT I used to have. But cheap, seem to be advertised from A$2500 up around here. Not bad for a full on sports tourer I'd say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Got me looking at the Honda ST1100. They are getting old and cheap, (like me) but seem to have a great reputation as a bulletproof blacktop cruiser with good 2 up capability. Pretty much a Japanese equivalent of the BMW R1100RT I used to have. But cheap, seem to be advertised from A$2500 up around here. Not bad for a full on sports tourer I'd say.
    That seems like a fair price for that model and would make a fine rider. The ST1100 had a good record. The bikes got lost in the retail shuffle as adventure touring took hold, the cruisers tried to capture the rest with the upstarts on sports bikes.

    I discovered this past week that my long distance miles per day have been shortened. I am good for around 300 miles or 500 kilometers. Handlebars and saddles now have become more important that style statements. I never cared to look at other choices. Old and cheap seems to be a world wide phenomena for those who have seen a thing or two.

    Truthfully speaking - today i am sore from riding. Butt hurts. shoulders and wrists ache a little and i did take advil.
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    Classic case of helmet hair in this shot!

    Looks like a fantastic trip. I'd love to ride out West someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Got me looking at the Honda ST1100. They are getting old and cheap, (like me) but seem to have a great reputation as a bulletproof blacktop cruiser with good 2 up capability. Pretty much a Japanese equivalent of the BMW R1100RT I used to have. But cheap, seem to be advertised from A$2500 up around here. Not bad for a full on sports tourer I'd say.

    280 kg !!! Wow !
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    280 kg !!! Wow !
    Yeah I know. But all the reports Ive read say they are surprisingly nimble, a delight to ride, smooth as silk, run forever, need barely any maintenance, and are easy to work on when they do, the only weakness is the alternator on the early ones.....

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    Just don't put your foot in a grassy hole on your travels, I've done that a few times on my ST. Mine weighs 210 kg and she's a good lift back up. 280 would be way too much, but you're young and strong !

    It's also a matter of how far over she goes and that's one place a boxer shines . They stop at about 40 degrees of heel. Not right down flat.
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    Good thread, nice ride... thanks Ted.

    Big Hondas eh?

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    Thanks for this.
    As I have said before....the thing I like most about the WBF is seeing places I know that I will almost certainly never see in person.
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    Ted, how do you keep from burning up wearing leathers in hot weather?

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    Great thread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    Ted, how do you keep from burning up wearing leathers in hot weather?
    I did burn a bit. I wore an ice pack (a packed cambak) on my lower back. Drank the water from the pack and stopped every hour and half for refills and a few minutes of cool down. I was concerned if I took a spill in one of those lonely sections of roads and my other suit would not provide me with the protection i may need. The areostitch suit i usually wear has gotten big and puffy too - which played into my decision of being well protected and comfortable. The ride consisted on 21 mountain passes over 6500 feet. The temperatures up there would be in the high 50s and 60s at altitude and the other low runs as high as 108 for a long minutes. Cold drinks and ice cream stops were heaven. I would drink pedialite (yucky) at least once a day too.
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    How did your mate with the heart worries get on?

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    How did your mate with the heart worries get on?
    He made it home and in one piece.

    Sadly - He and I drifted apart this ride as he had no patience for me stopping to take photographs and enjoying the moment a bit longer. He was worrying about little things and unable to relax. To me, the little things made the journey. Talking to folks who I wouldn't have run into except for the motorcycle trip. Discovering a great cup of coffee and fresh local milk in the middle of nowhere. Getting into the american west history that I love. The last time I saw him was when we were near the summit of the last pass among the snow - he never even slowed down to take in the spectacular view and road straight down the hill. I texted him once i made it down to Sonora to share a late breakfast before we parted but he didn't answer. I sent him a second text saying I hoped he made it home safely and thanking him for joining me. His response was thanking me for the invitation and that was all.
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