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post #1 of 11 Old 11-18-2010, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Riding out of Florida.......

Been riding my new toy around the state and came to the realization that we're pretty much isolated on this sandy peninsula. It's a days ride (at least) out of the state and another back. Secondary highways double your travel time. Due to wind buffeting and light weight the Wee's weakness is high speed on the stupor slab. It's not that it can't do it, but it's not enjoyable being bounced around @ 75mph and isn't enjoyment why we ride? The time and effort involved to reach the upper 48 is wearing on me. This may be sacrilege but if I'm planning a ride other than Florida, I'm loading it in my truck and driving north to a starting point. Anyone else do this or am I a certifiable weenie?
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-18-2010, 04:04 PM
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I canceled a North Carolina trip a couple times this summer because it was too damned hot to do even the slab for a full day each way. Next year I plan to drive and have my bike shipped up there for the summer.

You are right. For the most part, Florida is flat, hot and straight, but there are actually some decent twisties east of the Flying J at (I think) the Rte 52 exit. I think some of the guys are working on another Dam Diner ride, which would take you through that general region.
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-19-2010, 07:49 PM
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A day is a day is a day ...

Well, in one day on I-75 you can get to Chatanooga, by two wheels or several.

If you do that by truck, and do it again on the way back, you need to load and unload the bike twice and still drive those 720 miles. Meanwhile you are paying for gas for the truck and needing to arrange a place to stash the truck while you are riding. Furthermore, you are tied to the place where you stash the truck.

Meanwhile, there are lots of short scenic detours you can take to relieve the monotony of a day on the slab. US 41 parallels I-75 for a considerable distance, and it can give you a break from the monoxide canyon and the trucks therein.

I have had several days in a row exclusively on Interstate Highways, and they were not a lot of fun. But they were more fun than sitting at this dumb computer and typing this crap.

I'm outa here. I'm going for a ride.

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Been riding my new toy around the state and came to the realization that we're pretty much isolated on this sandy peninsula. It's a days ride (at least) out of the state and another back. Secondary highways double your travel time. Due to wind buffeting and light weight the Wee's weakness is high speed on the stupor slab. It's not that it can't do it, but it's not enjoyable being bounced around @ 75mph and isn't enjoyment why we ride? The time and effort involved to reach the upper 48 is wearing on me. This may be sacrilege but if I'm planning a ride other than Florida, I'm loading it in my truck and driving north to a starting point. Anyone else do this or am I a certifiable weenie?
Have you done something about the stock windscreen? Replaced it? Madstad bracket? It will change the way you see your bike and your trip.

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-20-2010, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Yep, have the Madstad bracket and windshield lip but the buffeting is unavoidable. Maybe a hot babe on the back will add the necessary weight for stability.

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There must be some other aspect such as your height or something affecting it. I'm a relatively new rider, the buffeting from stock was deplorable. I was skeptical at the over priced solutions such as new screens and Mad bracket but pulled the trigger on just the bracket and left the stock screen and I was damn surprised at how well it worked. The bike is now a pleasure to ride at any speed. I was ready to resell the bike otherwise. Now you couldn't take it from me.

I'm 5'11" @ 225lbs.

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I had read a lot of horror stories about the stock screen, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got my Wee. I'm using just the stock screen in the highest position and the buffeting isn't bad at all. Even after my previous bike which had superb protection and no buffeting, I don't find the Wee objectionable. I have my GPS mounted on the left bar near the mirror and that didn't make any difference. When I put some Saeng bar-mount mirrors on though, they did raise the buffeting a lot, so I removed them. I suspect my nicely aerodynamic Shoei 1000 helmet is a factor.
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I have a Shoei 1000 helmet too. In addition to finding some good ear plugs I cut some velour type material and put it in the helmet lining where the void around the ear is for a speaker system. It seemed to help with the booming effect.

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Zep, you have 45# on me, probably makes a little difference. Don't get me wrong I love the Wee, just not on the interstate.

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The last time I rode my Strom in Florida It was trailered, the reasons were complicated and involved an end-of-life wish fulfillment for my Father-in-law. Previously, it was just for a group ride.

No disrespect to South Florida and it's fine inhabitants, but trailering bikes there from Western North Carolina seemed pretty pointless.

I'm currently visiting friends and family in SoFlo and we rode the bikes this time. We took only backroads and plenty of time and it has been quite an enjoyable trip so far. Some of the secondary, tertiary and forschuary roads were wide open and in great condition.

Maybe you shouldn't be in such a hurry to get out of the state.

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