Too much to see and not enough time, Notacop. Only had seven days, and had a lot of ground to cover. Mt Evans will give me another reason to go back....All y'alls make it to Pikes Peak but did you also do Mt Evans? it's actually higher and doesn't cost to get there.
If you look hard on a clear day you can see Ohio from there!
It's never too early to think about riding!
I only have the 2015 DL1000. The 650's have been gone for a while now. The DL1000 has 159,473 km or 99,091 miles when I last gassed it. (I may have done a little bit of riding since.) Unfortunately there has been too much ice and snow on the roads around my place over the last few weeks to ride it.
I had issues with wiring harness (twice) and both were covered by Suzuki. The hydraulic clutch slave cylinder is a week spot and has caused me some issues (some self inflicted) and I had an issue with the stepper motor that operates the valve in the exhaust system (It is why 'FI' is displayed in the photo showing the temperature and appear to not be an uncommon issue on many different vehicles.)Tom,
Has your bike been pretty reliable? You have some serious miles on yours so I am hoping you have had no troubles other than routine maintenance.
Hey Keith nice to hear from you!!! How are you doing?Happy New Year, Tom! Thank you very much for the fine report, and the wonderful photographs.
Clearly, you had a fine time, and I reckon you rolled over invisible tire-tracks I laid down while out west
in 2006 and 2008 and a couple of times in 2010. Heck, you probably crossed my route hundreds of times.
I hope to see you in 2019's summer.
Best wishes to you and yours.
Thanks for the comments!Tom, awesome trip man....that kind of mileage is right up my alley. It's all about seeing the sights and having fun. Back in 2000 I rode from Ft. Lauderdale out to Sturgis and did Needles, Black Hills, Crazy Horse, Devils tower, Rushmore, etc on my RoadKing....fantastic area!
You missed the Little Big Horn Battlefield....I had always wondered what happened to Custer and how he let himself get in what must have been a bad tactical position despite the overwhelming number of Indians. When you stand where Custer fell, you understand...it was an eye opener. Anyway, i want opt go back and see that area again,...on my DL650
1070 miles is a big day, especially if it is in the middle of a trip! (Tip of the hat back to you!) I'm going to the Ironhorse meet up this spring. If my wife doesn't come I will slab down there in one day to save a bit of vacation time for bigger rides later in the year. (She rides her own bike and if she comes I wouldn't expect her to ride that kind of mileage so would take two days.) it would be my furthest single day.Wow, V-Tom, excluding the days you were working and the days at your daughter's, I figure you rode an average of more than 500 miles per day. That's a lot of time in the saddle especially when taking in all the sights. I rode to the east coast and back and put in one day of 1070 miles but what you did would be tough. Hats off to you!
Thanks!That was a great ride report. Incredible ride you did. You must be really comfortable on your bike to be able to do a ride that big. Thanks for the story
Actually there was 12 days of riding and 5 days where the bike sat. Two of those days were training and three days were spent at my daughter's. I averaged a bit over 800 km per riding day but a few days were just over 1,000 km. I'm at the point now where (on solo rides) I can plan on 1,000 to 1,200 km days if slabbing and the bike is setup well for me so slabbing is no biggy. (My personal record is just short of 1,600 km.)Nice ride report.
17 days and 10k km .....oddly that's almost exactly my pace this last June