OK, I'm kicking back after strafing Nevada and thought I'd share a few kudos, rants and bitches.
First off......California. Damn. You poor bastards that live there. (I did over 20 years ago) Man you've got some beautiful country but how the hell do you deal with all the BS?
Traffic, rude drivers, cost of living, taxes, laws, hoidy toidy snobs, gas prices!!! Wow! $4.20+ for premium in some places. Oh yeah, and the f'ing highway patrol!
At least he only wrote me for 10 over.
I hate that crap. Out in the middle of now where not a sole around. BAM.....here he came round a blind corner. Ah well. Maybe I need a Radar Detector. I've put off buying one for years but it might be time. Just pisses me off for such a useless victimless "crime" when there are endless worthless drivers all over the place. Anyway I hit the coast then Napa valley. Just about went broke on a hotel and dinner in Sonoma though. And the weekend warriors and posers. Wow there's just an endless supply of them. Some of the routes that looked great on the map were, but they were literally endless bumper to bumper traffic and bikes. Saw 2 blown and dead Hogs in the heat and traffic. One guy on a fat boy splitting lanes, something else that freaks me out, lane splitting, not guys on fat boys.....anyway it was low 90's and 5 miles down the road on his bike was literally spewing oil and burning up. Not as bad as the guy who was picking up his broken down bike with a trailer today half way between Austin and Eureka NV on highway 50. Man that's gotta suck. Repeat after me..... "I love my BMW."
Before I forget about it I want to give a BIG thumbs up to A&S Cycles. Absolutely a first class operation. Called another dealer, Sierra, days before for new tires and and oil change and was informed that only if it was an emergency could they get to my bike within 3 weeks! Jeezus! What happened to the BMW on the road thing? Anyway I decided to give A&S a call. No problem. When do you want to come in? Great experience from the moment I walked in the door. Would recommend them to any one out on the road. The only problem is that you have to deal with CA traffic!
Grif, on your review I went with a pair of PR2's after chewing the shit out of a set of Z6's coming through Oregon. They throw down gravel over the passes when it snows and I had a couple of days of scary weather. The Z6's looked like studded tires with dozens of pieces of rock stuck in them. Not to mention the holes left from the pieces that fell out. So far so good on the PR2's though. Like all new tires though they feel great. Fall right into corners, corner and hold well. At least to my ability and pucker factor anyway. We'll see what kind of mileage they get. So far so good but they were a bit spendy. At least while on the road at retail. But if I get even an extra 2k out of them it's worth it.
Some one was asking about the Zumo 550. Well, if you're reading this I'll tell you that I love mine. I have the XM and it works great. Nothing like killing the hours crossing the west with some good tunes or a ball game. Also the traffic info is wonderful in the cities. It's got me around more than one tie up already. Well worth it. I wish I could figure out a way to integrate a radar detector with the Zumo so that it could be heard....with GOOD headphones. Not helmet speakers.
Alright I've rambled long enough. I'm off tomorrow to get my National Park Passport stamped at a couple of the more obscure places and put some more miles on the machine. Thought about heading farther south into souther AZ, NM, and TX but the forecast now is for middle to upper 90's or 100's in some of those places. Nah. I'll stick to NV, Utah, and CO. New tires and mountain roads you know! Besides, it's still crappy weather back home in MT.