West Coast Ride Report
This report may be a little too honest. But, I'm so pumped about this bike. Omaha, NE to Reno, NV in less than 36 hours to qualify for my first Iron Butt. Meet up with my brother (rides a GS) than was on to the best curvy roads that Central and Northern California had to offer. Plus a little Western Nevada and Southern Oregon. 5,500 miles in seven days.
First the Bike Alterations:
"Motor Man" break-in.
Autocom, with XM, Phone, with "Big Ear" Ear Plugs.
GPS, older Garmin.
Air Hawk with Sheep Skin cover.
Cotinental "Sport Attack" Tires with "Innovative" ceramic beads and Nitrogen in the tires.
Large Top Case and Side Cases "over loaded" (over 130 extra pounds).
"Pirate" tank bag.
Started the trip with just over 4,000 miles.
Normal Interstate driving 85-90 MPH. I-80 and I-70.
Than the FUN began on Hwy 50 "The loneliest Highway in America". Cruised at "GT speeds" with a couple of 100 mile sections with the numbers 015 (different order) on the speedo.
In the Mountains a lot of tight curves and some medium sweepers. At 1.5 to 2.0 times suggest corner speed.
Most roads good to fair conditions. But because I was riding with a GS, about 300 miles on broken up black top and some dirt roads.
Temperature from 48 to 108 degrees.
Absolutely the best ride I have ever experienced. This bike was built for this kind of trip. Long distances, long hours on a bike, lot's of luggage capacity, lot's of rider comforts, solid in the corners, power to handle the mountains and speed. I sold my 2002 RT to buy this GT, and the bike "feels" lighter, faster, and stays cooler. I can ride longer (even with the stock seat). The Cotinental tires were smooth at high speeds and sticky in the corners. I had the tires installed without balancing them, instead I put in the ceramic beads...smooth as silk. No oil was added. Gas mileage ranged from 35 to 49 MPG. The higher the altitude the better the milage. With nearly 10,000 miles I only get more and more excited about this bike.
In the words of eljeffe "What a Bike".