Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: South San Diego
Ok guys, I tried to post a photo from the trip but I haven't got 50 posts yet so I was barred. My brother did a day by day ride report on his blog (google motoaway and you'll find his blog). I'm also going to try to do a write up on the adv site where I was given a lot of advice and feel obligated to contribute.
Thanks for the offers to hook up and ride- if I'm heading that way again (and I know I will because we just scratched the surface of Utah) I will contact you all- and if you're ever down here in SD please contact me if you'd like to go for a ride. I'm always up for a piece of pie in Santa Ysabel.
Just wanted to say a couple things about the ride:
1. Utah is kind of mindblowing- I had no idea it had that much to offer in terms of riding and outdoorsy stuff. I'm a California born surfer through and through- but I have to say, if I wasn't chained to the ocean I'd probably seriously consider that state as a new home.
2. The Vstrom is an amazing bike. The range, fuel economy, comfort and capabilities of it continually put a smile on my face. And the thing is a mule! I packed it up and it just kept asking for more. I'm really happy with my choice.
3. Getting out on the road and meeting other riders was a bonus that I hadn't expected. There truly is a nice brotherhood (and sisterhood) of riders out there- we met all kinds of riders on all kinds of bikes who wanted to stop and chat and share road advice. I'm new to all of this and have to say that there are some great folks out there and it was a pleasure to make my introduction into the riding family.
4. Finally- of all the mods I put on the bike I have to say that my favorites were the following: Alaskan Sheepskin seat cover (so comfortable- warm on cool days and cool on warm days... weird but true), Givi tank bag with the locking ring (held all kinds of stuff and was a snap to take on and off), Madstadt windscreen (It just worked for me- nice clean pocket of air to sit in- I wear earplugs so noise isn't an issue- I didn't experience buffeting). Oh and for camping- get the JetBoil that thing is awesome.