Thanks for asking Meese,
On October 19th 2008 I rode a 2006 BMW 1200GT a total of 1,532 miles starting in Omaha, NE continuing on to Greeley, Colorado, Rawlins Wyoming and Salt Lake City, Utah ending in Reno, Nevada.
I left at 12:00 midnight after attending a wedding of a friend. (This was perfect for me because this broke up the night hours). The first problem came when the gas station I was trying to get a start time receipt from was broken. Lesson learned was to pre-scout the start gas station.
At the intersection of I-80 and I-76 was were my headlight stopped working after a gas fill up. I had installed a aftermarket HID light (from the group buy). I decided to keep moving instead of tearing the bike apart, although I had the stock bulb under my seat. My first police cruiser wasn't spotted until I reach Greeley, Colorado when it was almost daylight. I know lucky.
I was reinvigorated after dawn with uneventful riding until Rawlins, Wyoming where a gas station ran out of receipt paper at the pump and I had to stand in line 15 minutes to get a receipt.
During my first attempt at the Gold Burner Gold, I learned to only drink protein shakes and water from the tank bag at every gas stop (while filling the tank). This accomplished two things (1) save time (2) eliminate having to go number 2 during potty breaks. I also learned to check air pressure most stops. Dress in layers. Bring a change of gloves. Bring good music and ear plugs. Plan trip in Spring or Fall when the weather is cooler.
In Salt Lake City, Utah I learned why a GPS would of been nice. I-80 dumped us onto an alternate road without good detour signage, I probably went 30 miles (that didn't count) out of my way.
The GT is the perfect bike for a Long Distant ride like the Bun Burner. Electric windshield, heated grips, heated seats, great breaks and plenty of power and plenty of amps for the plug ins. What a bike.
I had about four hours of night riding into Reno, NV. Knowing that the trip was almost over gave me a second wind to handle the fatigue. Plus my headlight started working again after entering Nevada. I know I was lucky. The next morning replaced the HID bulb with the stock bulb.....I was in motorcycle paradise and had a entire week to play.
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