Wee2 and Scrambler 900 to Colorado
Did what's turning out to be a yearly cross-country of 4000 mi, 2 week ride to Colorado. I have a 2013 Wee2 that is at 18000 after the trip. I would call mine a 'medium' accessorized version, I have a Russell seat, givi airflow windscreen, pro taper mid bars, acerbis hand guards, lowered pegs, sliders, givi 36L panniers, generic trunk....that's the important stuff. We travel off hwy on secondary routes mainly - probably did 200 miles hwy on this trip. We had zero rain in 2 weeks which is the first time ever for me - that was awesome having sunny day after sunny day the whole time. The mid-west winds through missouri/kansas on the way out were mild and through New Mexico/OK were medium on the way back. Oh, I have been keeping with stock Trailwings - getting around 10K a set. We mainly travel around 300-350mi per day and stay in hotels. This was a 'high school buddy' trip. The guy I traveled with lives in PA, so we met in WV to start the trip. We were going to visit another high school buddy in Durango, CO. The guy I traveled with, Dave, is big on social media. You can see some stuff from our trip on 2wheelsround.com
On the way out, we met in WV and mainly took US60 to US400 (Joplin, MO) to US 50. After Pueblo, CO we went north through Independence Pass, Aspen, down to Montrose. The most awesome biking day started by touring Black Canyon of the Gunnison, including a 3 mi RT hike and hanging on the edge of the canyon for awhile. Then it was back on the bike for lunch in Ouray, CO. After lunch the fabulous ride on the Million Dollar Hwy to Silverton where we hung around for an hour. Than through Molass Pass to our final destination of Durango, CO. The aspens were changing so it was quite beautiful! On a clear, sunny, warm day! We then spent 3 non-riding days in Durango.
The way back went through Taos, NM and mainly took US412 all the way to Tennessee. Parted ways with my riding buddy there. My last leg from Tennessee took me right by the Dragon and Cherihola pkwy, but I took a new way through just because it was new. So that was 12 riding days and just over 4000 miles.
There were 2 things I didn't like about my Wee2. There were a lot more things I did like about it. The bike is always comfortable, reliable, enough power, nothing funky about how it drives, good brakes, etc. The 2 things I didn't like were the givi airflow windscreen and no cruise control. I found over time at high speed that having the screen higher caused to much buffeting and eventually a sore neck. Somewhere in Missouri I lowered it and that's where it stayed. There were some times when I wanted more protection, so I am going to re-mount an older single piece givi screen i had on old wee. The cruise control think is just about my sore thumb joint that takes a beating. I have used a throttle rocker for a long time, but it seems less effective pain-wise than it used to be.
Like many of us, I often lust after another bike for some stupid reason. My friend Dave has a mainly unused 1996 BMW K1100LT sitting in his garage looking for a new owner (he had to get a K1600GTL to keep his wife happy). I'm going to do a fly and drive next weekend and bring it home. Those are pretty cheap these days and it has been well cared for - it appeals to my frugal nature that these particular bikes have a history of lasting, have great forums with tons of info, and can handily be maintained by the capable owner......plus it has a power adjustable windscreen! .....not planning to sell the Wee2
BTW - check out Dave's bike he took on the trip....A Triumph Scrambler 900!!! He wanted to go minimal on this trip. It is a 2013 - he got lots of compliments from old guys on the trip. 2wheelsround.com