Well i just finished a bit of a ride around , I said to the wife last week i'm going to go for a ride i'll be home in a week .
Well it started off good , i had every intention of going from Adelaide , to Geelong approx 1000 klm along the Great Ocean road , from there i was to head over to Bairnsdaile and do the Alpine road , and head back to Adelaide , covering approx 3000klm . Time was not an issue so a big day and a small day depending on the mood was in order .
So i starts off , my bike has the rox risers , a must for me , and the lowering links , and footpeg lowering thingy bobs . .
A couple of things i put on the bike a few weeks ago were the givi airflow screen and the 2 brothers exhaust , along with a set of anakee 3 tyres
So I set off , and one of the best mods to this bike without a doubt was the screen , it just cut out all the horrible loud , and irritating wind noise , it really quietened the noise down , buffetting was never an issue for me just wind noise , I have it on the lowest setting , BUT i did try it on a higher setting and got buffetting , On lowest setting its perfect
Now the exhaust leaving home , i hit the hills and spent 45 minuites just amuzing myself listening to that amazing growl that came out has i went up and down the gears , it was better than music ,
But and theres always a but , on the straight road sitting on a constant 100-110 kl/p/h , it was annoying , the screen quieting down the wind allowed the exhaust to take over and it was to loud for constant travel . but it was easy fixed , i put my earplugs in .
When i hit hills and twisty stuff in adelaide , and the ocean road , i listen to the exhaust , when on the open road i put the earplugs in .
Now i started off and done 500 klm stopped for the night all good except a bit butt sore , i'm used to long journeys on my rocket tourer which is an armchair compared to the v strom ,, 2nd day i get to Geelong , and after 250 klm i was squirming in my seat it felt like a brick , so i put my air hawk on , it was a bit better but not much , i don't paticular like them , i just brought it in case .
Now i'm at Geelong had a good 2 days ride and reaccessed everything , i had made 2 gigantic stuffups
Stuffup num 1 , was i asked my wife while i was packing to jump on the net and look up the weather for the Great Alpine road , mountains area ,, she informed me , it was going to be rain and storms , , so no worries .
Stuffup num 2 , based on that info i choice my waterproof jacket with a liner, and waterproof pants with liner , plus a pair of kevlar jeans for riding in . ,
Anyway after 2 days , riding , its getting hotter , once in Geelong i get on the weather its getting hotter it was 38 degrees and i was roasting ,
I reavaluated and thought this is not enjoable its 2 hot i've got the wrong gear on , and this seat is like a brick .
So i change plans i head 100klms away to ballarat and visit my sister , got there on the friday morn and just chilled out talking shit with the brother in law, good guy wev'e been mates since we were 12 , .
Anyway it got hotter and hotter , and i decided to call it a day and head home , only 700 klm and something i would normaly do easy in a day , but the shorter way was also the hottest , and it was horrible , travveling in 40-42 degrees on long horrible straight roads, i found myself cursing the seat , and thinking of ways to torture my missis for the false info on the weather
Now when i asked her what she was on about , rain and cold , she explained they said there was a cyclone coming that way ... Er derr , i said thats in Queensland 2000 klm away , Oh she answered , is'nt that part of the Alpine road .. Now if you know my missis , you would imagine her , pissing herself laughing at how hot and uncomfortable i was
End result bike was flawless , it was all anyone would ever need , but for me , its not a long distance bike , i know i can get other seats , but the lower seat which i have is even worse for comfort , a seat like the russl day would suit but bring the bike back to being to tall . So the Vstrom is going to be relagated for trips less than 300 klm , but it was a worthwhile excesise , i now know its not a comfortable tourer , (for me ).
Plus because i never finished it , the wife said lets go do it on the rocket in a couple of weeks . So now i get to go back in comfort