Originally Posted by F800ekelley
How was the ride out of the valley which route did u feel was safer? Was the wind blowing in palm springs area? How did the bike fair, planing this ride in a month any notes tips?
I skipped going through the Palm Springs area and went around the south side of the Salton Sea on the 78 west from Blythe to Ramona. But the winds in Palm Springs and along the 10 can be bad at times. Rode through there once on my SV650 last year with 40+mph gusts and it wasn't pretty.
This was the first long ride I have done on this bike and I was very happy with it. Plus it was the first time to try out my new luggage and the new Seat Concepts seat that I got a few months ago. And I must say the seat was a 1000x better than the stock seat. The factory seat was an ass breaker on 300+ mile days and the Seat Concepts was great for a 425 mile day followed by a 325 mile day.
Where are you going and coming from on your trip? I'm sure many here could give some tips.