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Some road trip blathering.....and such. For your reading pleasure!

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.

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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.

Depending on what intercom you have, that is dooable, but the constant beeping gets pretty annoying for some. You could just get a radar screamer, I think Grif posted pics somewhere.
Have fun on your trip, and be safe. I,m heading out Wednesday for Big Bend.
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I don't think Robert runs an intercom, but I think he would like the helmet speakers after modified with the Radio Shack deals.

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?I'm guessing you carry your laptop on the road? What do you fit it into?
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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.

Hasty Lavista!
I have to agree with you totally about California. I was born there in the 50's and lived there until 1989. My parents and sister and her family still live there along with other family members and friends. I cannot stand the place anymore for all the reasons you stated and a couple more. Yes, they do have some pretty roads and very good wine but thats about it. I never knew how much better it was outside of California until I left for good. The CHP was never allowed to use radar until a few years after I left. Now its laser and radar.
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Escort 9500 is pretty quiet for a detector. You can block out noisy areas like shopping centers and their K and X band door openers.

Plug all the stuff into an Autocom Pro AVI (with a couple of their ground-loop isolators for good measure: one for Zumo and other for the detector) and you're set. If you want helmet speakers, they make a converter cable that has the mini-stereo jack for those on the cable. I just run an mini-stereo extension lead off it up to the dash where I can plug my in-ear phones into it. Works pretty well.

Not a fan of Bluetooth. Got it, but had interference while at some stop signs from others with Bluetooth. No doubt when hands-free becomes law in CA July 1, all the yabbering Bluetooth car drivers may get more noisy. Besides, the constant charging - and waiting hours for it to charge - became more of a pain in the @ss than plugging in the earphones.

Sorry about the highway patrol thing. They go all monkey-nuts when they see the GT. I had one jumping all around in his seat trying to get the instant on to take hold on some really slow windy mountain road. I was behind a slow pickup when he came around the corner. Turn was maybe 15 mph at best, but he was determined to make a big deal out of it.

I've had them ping me from behind by nearly a mile. I move over and follow the semi-truck until they pass me. Then they play the little "get-out-of-site game," turn around, and play shooting radar again head-on. Gets to be annoying at times. Now I follow the mantra, "If you don't see a rabbit, you are the rabbit" - or I set a rabbit up by waving a potential speeder around me.

Gets annoying not to be able to keep the cruise-control set at 129 mph.

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Robert, you might want to give the Mix-It2 (http://www.mixitproducts.com/) a look, I run my GPS with XM radio and the radar detector thru it, it works great. I have been through all kinds of headphones and IMHO the best type hands down are the 'in ear' type. I have tried a couple different speakers mounted in the helmet, and they work ok, up till around 70mph, then the wind noise takes over, and I spend a LOT more time on the heavy side of 70mph than I do the other!
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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.

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For those of you that have such a big problem with California, there is an easy solution that will work for you and decrease the congestion in our fine state - I'll let you guess what that is!

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For those of you that have such a big problem with California, there is an easy solution that will work for you and decrease the congestion in our fine state - I'll let you guess what that is!
Sorry Rebus. For everyone of us that leaves your fine state ten illegal mexicans take our place. Its a lost cause your traffic and at least I had insurance.
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