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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? :wtf: :confused: 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! :mad: 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!
 

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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. :teeth
 

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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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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? :wtf: :confused: 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! :mad: 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. :teeth

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

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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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Robert_W said:
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? :wtf: :confused: 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! :mad: 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!

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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. :boom:
 

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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?
I was surprised to read about your CA experience. I have lived here (north/central) 10 years now and I know I will miss it if I ever have to move again. Motorcycle heaven. In fact, I'm so used to filtering that riding in other states is really frustrating. For me, filtering makes traffic is a non-issue in CA. Don't know which roads you chose to ride but there are so many that don't fit with your experience.
But...there's no such thing as a poor bastard in California...you know what I mean! ;)
 

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Milkman, there are some damn fine roads in the state, and I think I've ridden most of them at one point. Unfortunately though at some point you have to deal with some sort of traffic, unless you stick to the fringes and then it's not so bad. I went from Alturus, to Redding, over to the coast on 3 and 36 through Hayfork. Awesome road BTW. Then down the coast and back through wine country to Sac for new tires and such. Then up and over 50.

Rebus, nothing would make me happier than if there were a lot more of you that actually though you had a "fine state".....AND STAYED THERE! I'm quite happy with my fine state thank you. Californians are routinely hated and stereotyped, and in many cases rightfully so, through out the north west. First it was Oregon, the Washington, now they are coming to Idaho and Montana in droves. Not such a bad thing if they would just leave it the way they found it. However they inevitably want to bring with them all the attitude and BS that they left behind. In Montana it is better to tell people you are from New Jersey than California!

Big Dave, GMack, thanks for the ideas. I will investigate.

jfritz_drfritz, yes, laptop. I put it in the 49 liter topcase. 15.4" screen in a padded case fits just fine with lots of room to spare for other stuff.

And yeah, no intercom. Just good in ear headphones. Shures but I forget which ones. They are light years ahead of helmet speakers.

Right now I'm National Park hopping. Great Basin, Zion and Bryce Canyon tomorrow. One things for sure though. Our country has pretty much given up on them. Think a lot of it has to due with how sedentary our youth has become. More important to play video games than it is to enjoy the outdoors. At least 80% of the people that I've been running into are foreign. A lot of Europeans, German, English and even some Russians. I would say that our never ending plummeting dollar has a lot to do with it too.

Alright gentlemen. Signing off. Have a great evening!
 

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sorry about your experience. i guess i am just used to it, the high costs, traffic, but i never get used to the rudeness.

i live right off of 50 in the foothills of the mountains. there are some great roads. usually weekends are unbearable. i usually pleasure ride during the week.

i am making plans to leave the state when i retire in 15 years. i hope i don't miss it. there is so much good here, but the bad just keeps growing. i think the Liberals will eventually drive me out without ever looking back.
 

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Robert, you are probably already familiar with this road, but just in case.......about 2 miles north of Moab, Hwy 128 or Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Hwy, runs north east for about 20 mi. The first 15 miles or so are some of the most picturesque desert river road sites that exist, IMHO, and the road is GREAT too! It is almost as good as Beartooth Pass, in a totally different way. If you can work this into your ride, I assure you, you won't be disappointed. I have ridden it a few times, and am heading back there in June.
 

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Re: Cali traffic - when you hail from one of the other really congested areas in the US, California is just another day. Probably better since they implemented HOV, ramp singaling, and other clever traffic controls long ago and at least here in GA they just give lip service. They put in ramp signals over a year ago during the last major GA-400 upgrade and they are still not in use. And then there's lane splitting. I'll do it anywhere if it's hot & miserable enough and no LEO in sight. Problem is, everywhere but Cali the other drivers think it's their God Given Right to obstruct your path in any life (yours) threatening manner to hold their position in the queue. the only exception I've found is the Texas drivers that will swerve onto the shoulder to let you by on the secondary roads. Amazing!

Weekend warriors and posers? Now you know why m/c dealers are closed on Mondays. Same thing happens in the Blue Ridge foothills about 50 mi north of me.

Two thumbs up on the Mixit 2. I use one for the very reason you want to. Difference is I'm using helmet speakers tied into a Chatterbox. Audio for XM and RD are piped through the Mixit into the single audio input on the Chatterbox. The RD is in the priority socket and overrides the XM when it goes off.

Sounds like you're having a great trip despite a few minor nits. Good luck on the rest of your trip!
 

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Hey Robert,

You started this thread by saying that you use to live in California then I assume you went to Montana. Now you tell people in California to stay put, hmmmmmm.

And its not Californians who are responsible for whats happening in the neighboring states. Its people coming from the other states and the rest of the world here that either a) drive the natives out, or b) the ones who once they arrive here can't make it so they move out to say Oregon or Washington.

Now it aint perfect, and its been degrading over the last 20 years, my father in law claims the last 80 years, but there are reasons that people do come here, most recently Silicon Valley, before that the Flower Children, before that hollywood before that escape from the dust bowl, before that gold.....

I use to travel a lot for work and I have been to most areas of the country with exception of upper New England, and I can tell you while lots of places around this country are nice it would be hard to imagine me living anywhere else, even Montana. Something about those September snow storms......

Oh yeah now lets talk about the weather........




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Milkman, there are some damn fine roads in the state, and I think I've ridden most of them at one point. Unfortunately though at some point you have to deal with some sort of traffic, unless you stick to the fringes and then it's not so bad. I went from Alturus, to Redding, over to the coast on 3 and 36 through Hayfork. Awesome road BTW. Then down the coast and back through wine country to Sac for new tires and such. Then up and over 50.

Rebus, nothing would make me happier than if there were a lot more of you that actually though you had a "fine state".....AND STAYED THERE! I'm quite happy with my fine state thank you. Californians are routinely hated and stereotyped, and in many cases rightfully so, through out the north west. First it was Oregon, the Washington, now they are coming to Idaho and Montana in droves. Not such a bad thing if they would just leave it the way they found it. However they inevitably want to bring with them all the attitude and BS that they left behind. In Montana it is better to tell people you are from New Jersey than California!

Big Dave, GMack, thanks for the ideas. I will investigate.

jfritz_drfritz, yes, laptop. I put it in the 49 liter topcase. 15.4" screen in a padded case fits just fine with lots of room to spare for other stuff.

And yeah, no intercom. Just good in ear headphones. Shures but I forget which ones. They are light years ahead of helmet speakers.

Right now I'm National Park hopping. Great Basin, Zion and Bryce Canyon tomorrow. One things for sure though. Our country has pretty much given up on them. Think a lot of it has to due with how sedentary our youth has become. More important to play video games than it is to enjoy the outdoors. At least 80% of the people that I've been running into are foreign. A lot of Europeans, German, English and even some Russians. I would say that our never ending plummeting dollar has a lot to do with it too.

Alright gentlemen. Signing off. Have a great evening!
 

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You know I saw something about you coming this way a little while back, but I blew it and didn't PM you the proper invite!!!

I live just 30 minutes from Napa and Sonoma, and would have been honored to put you up for free!!! Also, the girlfriend works in Sonoma for a hotel, so we could have gotten you set up if that was what you wanted!

The offer stands for (most) of the rest of you even while I'm kicking myself for not getting to host Robert while he was here.

As to lane splitting, I'm with Milkman. I couldn't live without it!
 

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Right now I'm National Park hopping. Great Basin, Zion and Bryce Canyon tomorrow.

If you read this in time: Do not miss 12 from Bryce to Torrey...one of the great ones, especially the 'hogback'.
 

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Well todays riding was about NADA. 35-40 mph sustained winds with gusts over 65. Some reports of 90+ in the higher terrain. Yikes! Got into the park this morning. Now I'm holed up in a hotel waiting for the front to pass. Absolutely insane riding at a 25 degree angle and fighting the wind. Just sucks! Scared the begeezus out of me enough to just say screw it. Park the bike out of the wind and read a book. Some times you just got to know when to say enough. High wind warnings out all over the four corners region. Couldn't ride out of it if I wanted to. Mid 80's today. Now it's supposed to be 15 degrees in the morning! Ah the Joys of riding huh?

Highway 12....yup....been there done that planning on it again.

And Hazard....work took me to California in the mid 80's. I grew up in a small town outside Buffalo NY. But I do love the terrain in your state. And your right about one thing, as far as riding goes your weather / season definitely beats mine. But that's why I get out of dodge for a week or two at a time. Makes up for cabin fever.

BeniciaRT, thanks. If I ever get to wine country again who knows. As to lane splitting though, maybe on a different bike. The GT width kind of freaks me out a bit. Especially when I don't do it every day.
 

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Those winds can suck the air right out of your new airbox!

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Well todays riding was about NADA. 35-40 mph sustained winds with gusts over 65. Some reports of 90+ in the higher terrain. .
Welcome to Kansas, Toto.

It is only 45-50 mph here.


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