Back in PDX
1,366 DL650 miles
22 Rubicon trail miles in the jeep
40 extra miles in the Jeep
21 Hours on the Strom
Departure time from PDX on 7/25/07: 5:40PM
Arrival @ Robbs Resort(Near Georgetown, CA): 4:40AM
Departure Time from Robbs Resort, CA: 10:00AM
Arrival PDX: 8:00PM
Total travel time: 21 Hours
Average MPH: 65
Average MPG: 48
The night run out to Tahoe was interesting. By the time I got to Shasta, it was dark, cold and the critters were out.
The Vstrom ran perfectly. The only thing that I know of so far that came loose was the two screws that hold down the seat latch. The entire latch came off with the seat and when I lifted it.
Other than that, It was a great first long trip on my bike. I didn't find the stock seat to be that bad. Pretty comfortable overall. I had the Givis full of gear and clothes. Even with the additional luggage / weight the bike still had plenty of pull on the uphill stretches of highway.
I really liked having the Icon reflective vest. It made people in front pull over and people behind give you a lot of extra room.
I wish I could say that I obeyed the speed limit and was a responsible citizen, however, I can't. I shadowed a few fast moving vehicles and found my speed to be 100 on the dial (93 actual) a couple of times. The bike didn't feel like it was working even though it was reaching it's limits.
I learned to hate the top vents on my new Shoei RF1000. Can we say "loud"? I plugged in the Zune and that helped a lot. I did enjoy the airflow when the temps were baking hot in CA.
The Rubicon was a blast. There were about 200 Jeeps out there. Plenty of booze, music, craziness, history, laughter, breakdowns, good food, etc.
I had an awesome time. If you ever get a chance to take a Jeep or other 4x4 out to the Rubicon, do it. It's a hoot.
Now, I am going to hit the sack.
I'll post some pics later.