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  • Offline Plane Dr

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    It Passed the Test
    on: Oct 11, 2017, 06.34 pm
    Oct 11, 2017, 06.34 pm
    Since I don't see a ride report thread I figured I'd throw this out here.

    I just wrapped up a road trip on the beast and I have to say it did exceptionally well.  So Dallas Tx, to Huntington Beach Ca, San Diego, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Moab, Durango, Dallas.  3990 miles in 12 days.  1 sore ass and 1 set of tires dead.

    I left Dallas at 6am Friday and shut down about 10 pm Phoenix time.  Just under 18 hours and shy of 1100 miles.  Slept on the floor, got up and knocked out the remaining 450 miles to Cali.  Elapsed time 33.5 hours for 1500 miles.  The bike was awesome It just really didn't care, 90-95 through the desert loaded like a rented mule.  I have the 48l Givi outbacks and 40l(?) tailbag then a dry bag with tent etc.  I am also of superior dimensions.

    The Scorpions started wearing funny just outside Fort Worth and were really toasted by Phoenix.  But I pressed on to Cali ordering PR4T's to be drop shipped in San Diego. I "worked" there a couple days and a buddy from Vancouver rode his Harley down to meet me.  We drank a lot of beer and headed to San Diego to get the 3rd guy on an FZ07.

    I had the tires swapped and hit Lyon's Valley road.  Better than the Dragon in my opinion.  Then did the Midway carrier tour and headed to Old Town for Mexican (margarita's  :031:).

    The next day it was a long winding ride to camp in the desert north of Joshua tree.  Then a daily trip to Hoover Dam, the the Grand Canyon and up to Arches Nat Park in Moab.  We did between 250-350 miles a day.  Tented, hoteled, drank copious beer.  We separated at Moab and I headed to Durango via Ouray, absolutely OMG beautiful.

    I was planning on staying in Durango a couple days but the weather came in so I pressed on to Sante Fe.  Santa Fe to Dallas was 660 miles 640 in the rain and cold (50F).  Hey it's cold when the temperature jumped 30+ degrees literally in 10 miles when I cleared the rain.

    So the factory heated grips, suck.  But they functioned way better than not having them.

    Suspension, not fantastic better seemed better sorted loaded.

    Seat not bad for 8-9 hours but by day 6 I had a Walmart memory foam cushion added.  I'd like to bash the seat but I don't think my ass has ever found one up to that level of endurance.

    Engine, wow, just wow.  My favourite for this duty to date.  Getting to like the "growl"!

    DCT, awesome.  Pulling into LA stop and go and go traffic after 1500 miles and some 24 ish hours of saddle time, it was a life saver.

    So 7 months 9500 miles I think it may be a keeper.  :305:
    Bikes are like women.  What you want and what you think you want change after the first ride.

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    Re: It Passed the Test
    Reply #1 on: Oct 11, 2017, 09.39 pm
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    Brilliant write up. Good to see two things come together. A good bike and great scenery. Makes my 1000 miles in France last week look a bit lame.
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    Re: It Passed the Test
    Reply #2 on: Oct 11, 2017, 11.33 pm
    Oct 11, 2017, 11.33 pm
    I would rather do 1000 in France!  Looking to have my cousin in England buy 1 for me come ride for 3 weeks then sell it!  Maybe next year!

    Here high miles are given Dallas is not interesting.  If I was closer to anywhere I likely would have gone with an AT.
    Bikes are like women.  What you want and what you think you want change after the first ride.

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    Re: It Passed the Test
    Reply #3 on: Oct 12, 2017, 06.28 am
    Oct 12, 2017, 06.28 am
    Excellent and enjoyable write up, thanks  :028:
    Bill

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    Re: It Passed the Test
    Reply #4 on: Oct 12, 2017, 09.35 am
    Oct 12, 2017, 09.35 am
    The site should consider starting a register of international Crosstourer riders who may be willing to swap bikes/locations for vacation purposes. So for example you could borrow a CT in Europe and the guy who loans you his bike can travel to the states at some stage and borrow yours. Done some of the roads you mentioned and the scenery is stunning.

    Let's start the list.

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    Marcopol           ireland/Meath             South West USA.                               DCT


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    Re: It Passed the Test
    Reply #5 on: Oct 12, 2017, 10.00 am
    Oct 12, 2017, 10.00 am
     :047: a great write up Plane Dr, glad to hear that you and the CT are developing a lasting, loving relationship with the occasional "pain in the arse" feeling, just like the women in our life's :164:

    Nice idea marcopolo, just not sure how insurance company would think to the prospect, I can just imagine the reaction  :005:......!
    Last Edit: Oct 12, 2017, 10.03 am by Dave56
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    Re: It Passed the Test
    Reply #6 on: Oct 12, 2017, 10.02 am
    Oct 12, 2017, 10.02 am
    Wow! Sounds like some ride!  :047: hats of to you fella, my arse was in bits when I did a thousand mile run around Scotland a few weeks ago  :008:

    On this run I found the clutch quite stiff, (especially when you are shifting up and down the gears going up and down mountains) and the stock seat was comfy for about 100 miles or so then it starts to hurt (but maybe thats my fat arse  :008:).


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    Re: It Passed the Test
    Reply #7 on: Oct 12, 2017, 12.34 pm
    Oct 12, 2017, 12.34 pm
    3990 miles in 12 days.
    I feel unworthy....

    Great write up.

    I found the clutch quite stiff
      whats that? :164: