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post #1 of 13 Old 06-22-2015, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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1st long ride

Not much of report really just wanted to mention a couple of things.

Took my first long(ish) ride on my new to me 2012 Gen 2 DL650.

2200 miles from California to Laramie, WY. (and back!) that's the longest ride I've done a bike. I know it's not epic but my butt thought it was.

Returning home I needed to get back in a couple of days so I took I70 across Colorado and Utah. 75 mph limit in Colorado, 80 mph through Utah. Oh yea hot (+100) and windy much of the way. 650 miles that day mostly flogging my bike. 90 mph to get by trucks! 450 miles the next day across Nevada's hwy 6 (great road to ride!).

Got home and checked the bike over. Oil level hadn't dropped at all! I was concerned about the extended higher speeds and meant to check it on route but didn't.

Oh yea I'm buying a centerstand. It was a pain to lube the chain on the side stand on the trip.

Camp 1st and last night. About 50 miles west of Delta, UT. right off hwy 6.
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-22-2015, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Forgot to add this pic.

View from camp looking north west. It's a big country out there.
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-22-2015, 06:15 PM
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Have a Terry Adcox seat? Wish I had it last year on 17 day, 7k mi. trip!
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post #4 of 13 Old 06-22-2015, 10:15 PM
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Epic's relative.

You learned bunches from that ride...will build on it, and was more than many will ever attempt.

The camp view shot's outstanding!

Centerstand..yup..that's on the short list.

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post #5 of 13 Old 06-22-2015, 10:39 PM
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Sounds like you had a great time. I love that spot you camped in. Those are the memories you won't forget. I remember riding through the Badlands at 95 full ATGATT and sweating bullets. I'll be in Phoenix at the end of August and will be riding in prolly 100+ Just remember to keep drinking! Now it's time to plan another trip! Be safe and enjoy! Thanks for posting!

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post #6 of 13 Old 06-23-2015, 10:50 AM
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The boonies are a nice place to be. I've done hwy 6 and 50 and 80 across Nevada. Great scenery . My Air Hawk is a butt saver for me.
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-23-2015, 04:33 PM
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So how far could you go between stops in the 100 degree windy weather? I had to come back through Oklahoma panhandle in low 90s humid, windy weather and it was pretty miserable. Were you running the stock seat?

Looks like a nice trip. Going to Laramie I'm sure you went through Snow Range Pass. Been through there in a car and is one of the nicest places I've ever been to.
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post #8 of 13 Old 06-23-2015, 04:49 PM
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Great pic, was the one pic in Marble canyon? Its amazing how these things handle heat, it was 103 here the other day and I was flogging mine, I about died, felt like I was in a blast furnace. The bike just kept chugging along like nothing. I thing the Glee is a bike that will get you home when you are unable to get yourself home.


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post #9 of 13 Old 06-23-2015, 05:10 PM
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I80 from Laramie to Evanston sucks, with all the trucks. Driven that in a cage many times when I lived in Casper. Sounds like it was a great break-in ride. Did you use Saddle bags?, don't see any in the pic. I don't think you could have picked a better place to camp.

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post #10 of 13 Old 06-23-2015, 05:27 PM
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I too did my first longer ride last week to Boise from Lynden, 600 freeway miles almost the whole time. I agree, the Strom just "does it". In Idaho the speed limit is 80 mph and my first real thriller on this bike was getting around a cattle truck doing at least 80. With the Adventure bags and luggage I had strapped on, I thought I was going to meet my maker because of the wind. Those bags catch a lot of wind beside the truck, especially once you get close to the front. I'm sure the trucker had a smile.
MapQuest calls it a 10 hour trip, but I took closer to 11.5. A LONG time in the saddle, even though I have a custom seat. Riding from start to finish I put on 1,700 miles. I do have an Airhawk, but left it at home.
Next time, I'll probably drive a car and put the Strom on my new Droptail trailer.
Oh yeah, I left Boise at 3:00 am and in the Oregon Blues it got down to 42*. I was trying to beat the afternoon heat by leaving early.

The V-Strom - it really took it all in stride, and I got 45 mpg average too.
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