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b dash rian 08-25-2012 07:46 PM

GSPD Fly and Ride
Whelp... figured this would be a decent way to introduce myself.

Been riding airheads since I was a kid with my dad. Did lots of 2-up trips on his '71 R60/5, then even more on his '95 R100R Classic. When i turned 16, i got to ride the /5 behind him, and we put even more miles on.

here's a terrible (though the only one i have) pic of the /5. The bags are "enduro" bags that were molded specifically for the /5 (originally bought by a friend for his /2, but alas, they didn't fit).

After school, i moved back to the east coast (went to school in Colorado), and decided I needed a bike of my own. So i bought an airhead, of sorts:
2002 Ducati Monster 620 dark. "The Ugly Duc" Its fun, but not exactly a high mileage machine... i've done 400+ mile days, and you know it the next day.

So this summer, i decided to add to my fleet, and found a KTM 250 XC-F. And promptly caught the dirt itch. Raced a few WNYOA hare scrambles (got properly wrecked in the first one). After a few more long weekends on on the Duc, a new bike was decidedly in my future.

enough with the background, now on topic:

The R100GS PD.
Found this on Craigslist

83k, well maintained, circlipped. Called the current owner, turns out he's the father of a guy that used to work with me. Small world right...

So the bike's in Denver, CO, and i'm outside of Watkins Glen, NY. The only thing that seems reasonable here is fly out, and ride it home. Of course, if you've ever driven through the plains states, you know how horribly flat and straight everything is (sorry plains people, it really is boring).

To make the trip a bit more interesting, it only seemed right to make New Orleans be a destination on the way home, thus making an even better excuse to check off some states i've not been to yet. Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee will make 47 states for me (with solid plans to make AK number 50 next summer, another reason for the GS)

I fly to Denver tomorrow! Of course with this threatening, route changes may need to be made, but only time and weather will tell for those.

I'll be updating when i can, otherwise, i'll be back on Tuesday after Labor day!

princess jamaica 08-26-2012 06:55 AM

Looks like a plan!Have fun,ride safe.

hardwaregrrl 08-26-2012 07:15 AM

Looking forward to this!!! :lurk You've got a lot of airhead friends in and around Atlanta if you need a hand (beer or place to stay)....ride safe!

camgregus 08-26-2012 09:45 AM

call if you need a ziptie
or something more oddball
GSlike when you go through

b dash rian 08-26-2012 10:10 AM

Safely in Denver. On the bus to Golden to meet some college friends and have a fresh cold one at Coor's Lab!

Other than the standard "the guy in the sear next to me is taking most of my seat as well," flights went just dandy!

b dash rian 08-30-2012 08:12 PM

Hotelling it tonight in Athens, Alabama. 1540 miles in the last 3 days. Headed for Deal's Gap tomorrow! Still on my phone, so no photos yet, but the load is certainly ADV worthy; knobbies included!

Clay Spinner 08-31-2012 02:23 PM

Have a fun ride!

hardwaregrrl 08-31-2012 02:34 PM

Sweet, can't wait to see photos and hear cattales!

red bud 09-02-2012 06:14 AM


b dash rian 09-02-2012 07:05 PM

Almost home! At the 'rent's lake house for the night. I'll see if i can get some pictures up. I didn't take too many, but got a decent amount of video.

Rode through a LOT of rain today coming north from Seneca Rocks, WV. WV 72 south of US 219 is a terrible roadway in torrential downpours... though it could be worth a second look in sunny weather (even if the sun never shines on the road. its that buried in the woods).

Total right now is 2700+. Don't remember the exact number.

Started to lose oil from the head gasket on the right cylinder in Tennessee, but kept an eye on it, and added oil when i needed to (only an ounce or so a day). Not super stoked on that, but it's been running just fine, humming along!

Deal's Gap was amazing! Got GoPro of it, which i'll have to upload at some point. You can see that GS suspension getting its work out. There are pics on some of the "dragon photo" websites, late afternoon on the 31st.

more to come!

villageidiot 09-02-2012 07:17 PM

thats the stuff dreams are made of right there

hardwaregrrl 09-02-2012 07:47 PM

b dash rian 09-03-2012 05:59 AM

Hey! Thats me!

hardwaregrrl 09-03-2012 06:08 AM


Originally Posted by b dash rian (Post 19507824)
Hey! Thats me!

Yes it is! Couldn't find you on Killboy, must've been too fast for them! I can't post the pic without buying it.

b dash rian 09-03-2012 08:27 AM

I was stuck behind a suburban that was all over the road, and wouldn't pull over when i went by the killboy tent/sign. Lame

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