Just after sunrise on the morning of June 9th, Kenley Steck, the proprietor of Notom Ranch B&B in rural Notom Utah, heard a knock at his door. Upon opening the door, he found an unlikely visitor with swollen knees and ankles, seeking a ride into town. He quickly greeted the needy stranger with water, ice-packs and vitamin-I (ibuprofen). After hearing the story of his harrowing 13 mile walk out of the desert the night before (due to his foolish decision to ride alone off road, and get into terrain above his skill level), Mr. Steck drove him 30 miles into Torrey, dropping him off at Tracy and Wendy Potter's Wonderland RV park and campground. There, kind Strom-troopers Andreas, Jude and Steven recovered his bike and got him to the medical clinic in neighboring Bicknell. [end 1940's narrator voice]
Details and pics in post 278 and following of this thread: https://www.stromtrooper.com/events/3...9-11-a-28.html
So after arriving late to the party in Torrey due to an interesting detour in the desert, followed by towing bills, medical bills and a flight home for two months of physical therapy, I arrived in Vegas this past Saturday AM to pick up my bike. Prior to storing the bike I added "Startron" fuel additive to help with stabilize the fuel, since it had ethanol in it. I gave the bike a T-CLOCS pre-ride check and noticed a dry blue spot on the garage floor below the radiator about the 1-1/4" in diameter. It was some of the Suzuki long life coolant. I didn't see any place on the bike evidencing the source of the coolant leak but will continue to watch it. All of the fluid levels were fine, everything on the bike worked, but both front and rear tires were about 5 psi low. After inflating the tires to the right levels for a near max load (33 psi front / 41 psi rear), I rolled the bike out of the garage. It started right up like it had only sat overnight rather than for two months.
The next morning, I left for Phoenix before sunrise to enjoy a beautiful ride with the temps in the 80's until The last hour and a half into Phoenix.
I "disparage the 650 for power (and economy)" in post 148 of this thread. https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650a-2...-power-15.html
My route back to Alabama will take me through Payson in the mountains east of Phoenix and up to Hwys 555 and 50 in Colorado before heading east back across Kansas and through the Ozarks in southern Missouri / northern Arkansas. I may be able to fit in a ride on the Talimena Skyway before my last leg home.
Pics to follow.