Originally Posted by kk3an
Minor damage to the bike, and none to me. Had I not been 12-13% ahead on time at that point, I'd probably not have decided to do this again.
My comment on the GS was in reference only to the stock plastic fuel tank for this one very specific ride. It was my own inexperience at high-speed in the dirt that led me to believe my rear-mounted fuel cell would pose no problem, but in reality I was fighting a near-continuous front-end wobble almost the whole time in the dirt, and to a lesser extent on blacktop if I hit any irregularity in the pavement. Aside from that, I couldn't let the bike slide gently through corners in the dirt because the rear end was just too planted on the road.
And on the blacktop the bike was just far too rear-end heavy. I was using Hyperpro shocks adjusted to MAX preload and several times I felt both foot pegs hit the road at the same time due to bottoming out. Again not the bike per-se, but the placement of the fuel I feel was a contributor to that.
So plan B is taking shape for 2014 or 2015....the next run will be with a single, front mounted fuel tank with 13-14 gallons. I'm going to have to pull some tricks out of my hat to make such a tank look at least somewhat stock and keep the bike ridable.
Dan, et al,
Sorry your first attempt at John's record ended prematurely.
I was living in FL at the time John did his record breaking UCC ride so made time to ride out to meet him as he was pulling into Key West.
John told me that he'd had two failed starts, once because he crashed on the Haul Road, and the second time due to a rock smashing a hole in the sump of his FJR. He had some locals in AK build him a custom sump guard.
It's interesting to read that you felt both your pegs touch the road a few times, on a GSA, John was carrying a comparable amount of gas on an FJR, albeit in that "super" custom tank of his.
From memory I believe you both lucked out with the weather conditions on the Haul Road, but of course a road bike like the FJR could never compete off road with a purpose built ADV bike like the GSA, despite John's great skills. I suspect that most other riders would not have been able to come anywhere near John's time on the Haul Road on a fully loaded road bike...
Best of luck on your next attempt, looking forward to the ride report.