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Forum: Americas 12-22-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By mammal
Wow, great suggestions so far, and I'm still six...

Wow, great suggestions so far, and I'm still six months away! I'll probably be using a hammock tent (worked great in the Rockies last summer), sounds like I should probably improve the insulation...
Forum: Americas 12-19-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By mammal
Thanks for the great tips, this is all very...

Thanks for the great tips, this is all very helpful! I hadn't considered stealth camping, but that sounds like a good option to keep open should campgrounds be filled. Sounds like maybe mid-late...
Forum: Americas 12-17-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By mammal
I'll be on a 800-1000cc upright, like an 800gs or...

I'll be on a 800-1000cc upright, like an 800gs or a Hyperstrada. Maybe a Multistrada. Figure mostly pavement, dirt roads here and there, but not looking for anything too gnarly.
I'm still early in...
Forum: Americas 12-17-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By mammal
Touring/camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains

I'm starting to plan what has become my annual "Big Ride," and for whatever reason the Sierra Nevada range had grabbed my fancy. I typically do about a three week ride, camping as much as I can along...
Forum: Road warriors 12-16-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 8,738
Posted By mammal
If you're coming from a cruiser, probably best to...

If you're coming from a cruiser, probably best to avoid the Panigales. I would guess the Monster ir about as aggressive a riding position as you'd want. The Diavel is considered "Ducati's cruiser,"...
Forum: Road warriors 10-29-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 445
Views: 65,244
Posted By mammal
Actually a Termi exhaust (of course, it's a...

Actually a Termi exhaust (of course, it's a Duc!), but otherwise...Yep!
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 10-02-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 200
Posted By mammal
Perfect, much appreciated! I haven't had much...

Perfect, much appreciated! I haven't had much time to check area maps for good roads, so your suggestions are a big help. Now I just need the weather to cooperate.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 10-01-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 200
Posted By mammal
Good roads near Morehead, KY?

I'll be camping out this weekend with my stepfather in-law and hoping to get in some good riding (if the weather holds out). Can anyone recommend some good roads in the area? Just looking for...
Forum: Trip Planning 09-04-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,625
Posted By mammal
Since I have a job that only requires an internet...

Since I have a job that only requires an internet connection and a laptop, I take one long camping "working vacation" a year. I'm actually on the road back to Ohio from this year's trip. I have hard...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 09-02-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 513
Posted By mammal
Closest town with services to Great Sand Dunes NP

I'm circling back to CO on my Colorado-New Mexico tour and I'm thinking of camping at Great Sand Dunes tonight. But, I need a nearby town that has a place with WiFi where I can work during the day. ...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-26-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 480
Posted By mammal
Shout to El Moro in Durango

I'm not someone who normally gives props to restaurants, but I've got to make an exception to the guys at El Moro. While on my current CO/NM tour (well, OH/IN/IL/MO/KS/CO/NM, if you include the way...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-25-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,847
Posted By mammal
I'm from Ohio, leaving Durango for Pagaso Springs...

I'm from Ohio, leaving Durango for Pagaso Springs (on my way to ABQ), so thanks for asking this question! Sounds like I've got a new route for today!
Forum: Road warriors 08-23-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,509
Posted By mammal
Having owned a 620 Monster, a Multistrada 1000,...

Having owned a 620 Monster, a Multistrada 1000, and a Sport 1000, I completely agree. Generally, once the valves "settle" (typically after 10,000 miles), a check is all that's needed. Belts these...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,066
Posted By mammal
Hmmm, tough call. If you link to swap bikes,...

Hmmm, tough call. If you link to swap bikes, maybe not, only because of how it will impact resale. If you ride it until the wheels fall off (which should be about when your own fall off with this...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,066
Posted By mammal
I'd go with the 1100s, given those choices. The...

I'd go with the 1100s, given those choices. The suspension improvement is noticeable, even at your weight. I weight about 175, and now have a 1000 MTS with an Ohlins fork. The stock 620 I had can't...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,066
Posted By mammal
The 620 is a pretty durable engine. I had one...

The 620 is a pretty durable engine. I had one for a while, and loved it. Nice light bike, more torque than I expected from a 620 twin, and handles great. At 5000 miles it's not quite ready for its...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-12-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 250
Posted By mammal
Another route review request

So I think I've got my route from Colorado Springs to ABQ set. I'm trying to strike a balance between scenery, camping, and services, since I need to work along the way (which requires an internet...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-06-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By mammal
Ah, thanks, that looks perfect! Now I just need...

Ah, thanks, that looks perfect! Now I just need to find some good spots between Co Springs and Telluride. Looks like there's a good selection.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-06-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By mammal
Hmm...yeah, I'm looking a little closer at the...

Hmm...yeah, I'm looking a little closer at the map, and it might be better to be further north, anyway. I'm meeting up with the wife in ABQ Wed night, so trying to figure out route that allows...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 08-06-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By mammal
Camping in El Malpais with a road bike

I'm planning my route for a 2-3 week trip (On a 2010 Multistrada) from Ohio to Colorado and into New Mexico. I'll be working on the road (just need an internet connection), and camping when and where...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-25-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 925
Posted By mammal
Thanks Bartimus! I just found out one of the...

Thanks Bartimus!
I just found out one of the "details" determining my schedule has been resolved. Unfortunately I've also been picked for jury duty (which here means I may just sit in a jury pool...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-25-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 925
Posted By mammal
Much appreciated. After thinking it through a...

Much appreciated. After thinking it through a little more, I realize I'll probably be flying in and out of ABQ, so this would make the most sense.


Helpful, and yet a little sneaky...I feel...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-24-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 925
Posted By mammal
Thanks to both for the offers. I'm not sure yet...

Thanks to both for the offers. I'm not sure yet how things will work out. I may be able to get the time to just ride out without storing the bike. If I do need to store it, my preference would be...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-24-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 925
Posted By mammal
Sure, let me guess.."Oh that? Well, see, the...

Sure, let me guess.."Oh that? Well, see, the higher altitude here makes the odometer read 1000 miles more after it sits a few days...sure, yeah, that's it!" :D
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 07-24-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 925
Posted By mammal
Where to stash a bike for a few days in Denver or Santa Fe?

So I'm sorting out the details of my annual "Let's see if I survive this one" ride from Ohio to wherever. This year, I'll be meeting up with my wife and some friends who are flying in to Santa Fe...
Forum: Road warriors 07-14-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 316
Views: 86,011
Posted By mammal
Don't think it's been asked here, but can anyone...

Don't think it's been asked here, but can anyone share their impressions on long (like 2000 miles/week) rides? Thinking of going from a 2010 Multi to a HS, but will need something that can handle...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-07-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,469
Posted By mammal
I've done three fly n rides, two with bikes...

I've done three fly n rides, two with bikes bought from a dealer in Portland, OR, one from a private sale in Denver. I was happy with all three experiences, but I also had alternatives in mind if I...
Forum: Road warriors 06-09-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 65,244
Posted By mammal
Ducati scrambler? 2015?.

(Just to be clears, not directed to BP's comments just above, just grumbling.)...Eh, what makes it a hipster bike, anyway? That it's aimed towards people with no grey in their beards (asked by a...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-31-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By mammal
Did the 63/209 route to Hot springs, then 25 to...

Did the 63/209 route to Hot springs, then 25 to 251 back to the BRP, and wandered north for a while. Now, beer time! Thanks for all the suggestions. Will have to check out 421 next time.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-30-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By mammal
In LAB right now, testing the local wares. Will...

In LAB right now, testing the local wares. Will check out that route tomorrow. As far as the suggested game...sheesh, that could take the rest of the weekend!
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-30-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By mammal
Nice, thanks for the tip!

Nice, thanks for the tip!
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-30-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By mammal
In Asheville, now. What next?

In keeping with my practice of hurling myself in a general direction and then asking "What should I do while here?" I've landed in Asheville for the weekend. I've managed to drag a poor unsuspecting...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-30-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,153
Posted By mammal
I remember reading a James Bond short story "From...

I remember reading a James Bond short story "From a View to a Kill" that described many of the sensations of riding fairly well. Bond investigates the murder of a spy working as a motorcycle...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 03-27-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,721
Posted By mammal
Funny, I just talked to my wife's friend who was...

Funny, I just talked to my wife's friend who was in Santa Fe earlier this year, and she suggested 10,000 Waves. Sounds spendy, but a good way to make sure Mrs. Mammal has good memories of the trip....
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 03-26-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,721
Posted By mammal
Great stuff! Much appreciation for the food and...

Great stuff! Much appreciation for the food and site tips, and for the altitude reminder. I've been to through the Rockies before, but always good to keep the effects of the altitude change in mind.
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 03-25-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,721
Posted By mammal
Thanks, these are all great suggestions. Never...

Thanks, these are all great suggestions. Never heard of the Earthship before, looks pretty cool. The spa sounds like a great idea. One half of the couple that may come along is an esthetician and...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 03-24-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,721
Posted By mammal
Meeting up with the wife in New Mexico...where to go?

I'm starting to plan my annual two week "big ride" (thinking August/Sept) and I'm adding a twist this year; I want to meet up with my wife (she will fly out) and spend the weekend with her, and...
Forum: Americas 02-12-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,601
Posted By mammal
What about selling your current ride and doing a...

What about selling your current ride and doing a fly 'n ride from somewhere much closer to your starting point? I've done this the last couple of years, picking up a bike in Portland, OR and riding...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-30-2013, 09:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By mammal
Thanks for the link. I actually found your site...

Thanks for the link. I actually found your site through another post and have checked it out a few times. Looks nice!
I'm switching it up a little and staying in Lewisburg the weekend of the 11th....
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-19-2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By mammal
Thanks, I'll check it out, sounds like a chance...

Thanks, I'll check it out, sounds like a chance for the type of odd road trip photos I like to take.
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