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First Road trip

Tourmeister

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Cool report

Howdy,

Well that was entertaining hehe. Last Oct/Nov I was gonna make a run up the West side of the state and end up in Mo. to visit a fellow VFR lister. I made it as far as Mena and it was about 45 F and raining. Now I've ridden in the crap before, but for some reason, this time it was just more than I thought I could take. So I stopped, considered Plan B, running to Kerrville for the HSTA Hill Country Rally, called the wife to let her know I was switching to Plan B and hit the road. I thought it would get nicer and warmer as I got farther South... :lol: For the next nine hours it was 50F and either incredibly foggy or pouring down rain, all the way to Kerrville. And then it rained all weekend :x We just camped out in front of the huge fireplace in the hotel lobby and swapped stories over beers, hehe.

The stopping every hundred miles or so is a great thing to learn. This is really the secret to riding long distance I think. I stop at least every 100 miles and spend a minimum of five minutes off the bike, even if it is just walking around the bike in circles. I can go all day doing that. Longest day was 760 miles to Northeastern Alabama in the rain :lol: Oddly enough, those crappy rides are often the ones that really stand out in your memories. Especially when you share them with friends. It's a real bonding experience.

Don't feel bad about dropping the VFR. My first trip to Hot Springs resulted in some offroad experience :shock: Now we have a blue VFR :lol: Glad yo had a good time. I am heading back up there in May for one of my tours if enough people sign up for it.

Adios,
 
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Yep...it's pretty amazing how much a 5 minute stop can rejuvinate ya. I have a pretty messed up back so a quick stop every hundred miles or so is essential to a tolerable ride for me.

I was hoping to go back to AR before the summer rolls around. The TSBA is going in April and I'll probably do that.
 
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Last HSTA kerrville rally

Wow, Scott, small world of Texas....

I had just joined the HSTA and decided to go to the Kerrville rally, at least for 1 day. Of course, I hit the same drizzle-to-steady-rain that you did. Wound up doing 365 miles, 99% of it wet. My brand-new Aerostich got pretty wet in the crotch, no fun. :angryfir: (since remedied with a lot of seam seal and Scotchguard). I slept like a dead man for something like 14 hours (hopefully I'm not the only one who gets Worn OUT concentrating on riding in inclement weather? :shrug: ). Still, it was kind of fun. Did I mention I started the run on brand new tires (i.e., I basically broke 'em in on the rain)? No worries, though; the D220s were solid as a rock the whole day...
 

Tourmeister

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New tires in wet

Howdy,

. Did I mention I started the run on brand new tires (i.e., I basically broke 'em in on the rain)? No worries, though; the D220s were solid as a rock the whole day...
Yeah, I had just put new tires on my bike right before leaving for Ar. I run a Pirelli Dragon GTS front and a BT020 rear. I was really hauling across Texas trying to make Kerrville before it got to dark (didn't make it). The tires felt great the entire time, never a pucker moment the entire time.

I really like the Dragon front, it seems the most resistant to tread cupping, has excellent grip wet or dry, and lasts a long long time. They are about $100-115 depending on where you get them. Well worth the money. The jury is still out on the longevity of the BT020. I have been running the D205 on the rear for a long time and liked them. I have not yet tried the new D220. Thing looks kinds funky :|

Adios,
 
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