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Old 01-28-2013, 07:07 PM   #151
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Sweet!!!

Does she have a sister????

Glad you made it to SD, whats next on the plan?
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:38 PM   #152
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Oh my, I shouldn't have checked this thread just before bedtime. Now where did I put the Ambien?
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:13 AM   #153
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Hey good choice on the bauble from Palomas. Looks great on her.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:53 AM   #154
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I'm curious as to your current and future tire choices for the Tiger. (Will you go more "off-road" oriented when you replace the current tires.)

I am a little nervous about exploring the Rockies this summer on my stock tires....
Hey king,

As I'm sure you're figuring out, the stock 800XC tires last forever! But are limited in off road traction. The front and rear on mine actually wore out about the same time. I put TKC80's on it to do the Trans Wisconsin Trail in 2011. They worked great for that ride. Stick way better on pavement than a knobby has a right to and do good off the pavement. They are noisy though. I swapped back to the stockers when I got back and kept the TKC's for future dirt-focused rides.

When the stockers finally wore out, I wanted something that would strike more of a balance between on and off road. Shopped around and read some reviews and went with Shinko 705's. I've been really happy with them. Fairly cheap (can get rears for around $90). Good traction everywhere (but haven't had them in sand or really deep mud... yet). I've probably had the front on for maybe 7000 miles and it still has good life left. I put a new rear on before I left Iowa and I'm approaching 5000 miles on it now and it's toast. I'm confident I'll get better than 5000 out of them around Iowa though. The roads in the south I've been riding are all a chip-seal asphalt that I think is a little harder on tires than the concrete and blacktop back home. Plus I've been running loaded up and higher speeds as well.

I've been seeing more and more of them on adv bikes. buls4ever has them on his Wee.

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Old 01-29-2013, 10:11 AM   #155
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I'm sure the Texas chip seal brought about an early demise to the Dunlops that I put on just before my last Texas trip. I got 10 grand instead of the normal 15. The roads in Texas are nice and smooth though compared to Michigan. Faster also with the 70mph limit on back roads.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:09 PM   #156
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Sweet!!!

Does she have a sister????

Glad you made it to SD, whats next on the plan?

She has two sisters actually... and no offense to the family, but I'm sure I got the best of the litter!

After San Diego, I'm planning to make my way more or less back to Iowa... I'd like to see the Grand Canyon in person, so might try to swing up through the South Rim area if the weather will allow it. I'm not going to beeline it back, but will be headed that general direction and try to find a good weather window at some point to strike north.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:20 PM   #157
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I'm curious as to your current and future tire choices for the Tiger. (Will you go more "off-road" oriented when you replace the current tires.)

I am a little nervous about exploring the Rockies this summer on my stock tires....
How about instead of tire choices, more gratuitous cleavage shots ?
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:59 PM   #158
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WNWT Day 20

Saturday morning in Tucson, AZ. Raining since the middle of the night with periods of hard rain. At least some of the mud is getting washed off the Triumph. The heat wrap worked great and my back actually felt better in the morning than it did before going to sleep.

Speaking of sleeping. I've been sleeping great on this trip even though I'm generally in a different place and a different bed every night. Full days of wandering make you tired I guess. I'm also not much of a morning person but I've been waking up at 7-ish (now 6-ish with the time changes) and feeling good-to-go. I've had a few moments when I wake up and have completely forgotten where I am... that makes your mind race for a bit. Which way to the bathroom???

There was a Denny's in front of the place I was staying so thought I'd run up and get a late breakfast, early lunch... "brunch" if you will. As I walked over, I noticed a Yamaha Super T in the lot on the other side of the motel. As I was getting seating, I notice a tall, older gentleman with a Wolfman luggage ball cap on. After I ordered my Pancake Scramble breafast meal, I went over and asked if the Super T was his. Of course it was. He was from Idaho, had trailered to southern Utah, and had been Avoiding Winter mostly in the southeast... which of course had been very wet the last couple of weeks. "Been pretty dry in Texas and New Mex" I sez. Cuz I like rubbing stuff like that in. He was now wandering around Nevada and Arizona waiting for weather to clear for him to get back north to where he left his truck and trailer. I got the gist that his wander hadn't been as nice as mine. Good chat though.

When my Pancake Scramble (pancakes, eggs, bacon substituted for the sausage) came, it looked like this:


Umm, these aren't pancakes... I quickly deduced that the gal that took my order was in training and the caca was about to hit la ventilador because this might not have been her first screw up. I'm a nice guy and said it was fine... and actually, the French Toast was very good so everything really was fine. I bet that gal apologized 20 times. I did get a free milk refill out of it.

Breakfast conquered, I did a check of the weather. Raining harder than ever but radar looked promising. Got a late checkout for 1:00pm and decided I'd head out then.

Cleaning lady was coming by as I packed up the bike and looked puzzled... then she said, "I ain't never seen a Triumph like that. I thought they all had them high handlebars, at least that's how I remember them".


I decided not to get into the vagaries of describing exactly what an "adventure bike" is...

My late departure worked out good. Roads were just barely still wet. Temps were ok in the 60's. I jumped on 1-10 an headed west. Jeff and I had originally discussed that I should take 86/85 from Tucson to Gila Bend to stay off the interstate and maybe see some prettier country. Well, I was getting a late start and wanted to get to Yuma before dark and was actually a bit concerned about all the water crossings that tend to be on the two lane roads and the amount of rain that had been falling so decided to just buzz down the I-10.

Ended up being a good choice. Light traffic. And I saw heavy water running across the frontage roads. A few areas of the desert looked like shallow lakes with the water sitting. Ran through some spots of heavy mist, some fog, some light rain, but nothing dreadful. Just dreary.




I stopped for gas, not sure where, but they had a large area of outdoor ornaments... how many sleeping mexicans can you find in this pic?


And I think if you buy the monkey in the straw hat you end up on a list maintained by the government someplace. You've been warned.

As strongly as I was tempted by the multitude of sleeping mexicans, but with limited luggage capacity I pressed on, my ultimate goal in mind:


Rolled into Yuma after 252 miles and found a place to stay. Much to the dismay of buls4ever, I went and washed off the bike. Yeah, washing the bike off removed the adventure street cred, but I've got an appointment with Rocket Motorcycles in San Diego to get an oil change and new rear tire and I just wasn't going to make them work on a muddy bike.

One more short day's ride and I'd make it to San Diego...
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:14 AM   #159
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Looking forward to the Wander back east and more GF pics. May Mother Nature be kind and forgiving.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:42 AM   #160
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Street/ADV cred ruined by a Yuma, AZ quarter wash? Time to look at your PMs also Stay off those damn Interstates..........you can do those on a GoldWing/ StreetGlide.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:18 PM   #161
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WNWT Day 21

Sunday morning in Yuma... sunny and high 50's. Looking great for the final leg into San Diego. Pieced together a breakfast of fruit and a bagel from the motel spread and got ready to roll. Triumph was looking all sparkly after it's bath the night before. Hello sunshine and palm trees.


Three miles and I was into Cali. Arizona, I'll be back...

Well, the weather quickly turned to crap as I left Yuma. Cloudy, foggy, and heavy mist. I was expecting warm and sunny like Yuma so plugged in my jacket liner, set it to 'cozy', and pressed on.

Rode by the Imperial Sand Dunes (Glamis)... have driven by several times before on the trip down to Baja. I checked the top trunk, but apparently I didn't pack my sand paddle and flag. Really need to make it down and ride them sometime. Several people out on the dunes and met lots of vehicles hauling bikes and quads with paddle tires as I made my way west.


Rode through El Centro, which was our last US stop in 2008 before heading down through Mexicali and starting pre-running. Saw the hotel we stayed at back then. Kept riding through the mist and fog... then popped out of it right before the mountains at Ocotillo. Really hard to describe what I saw. The sun and blue sky made everything so brilliant and crisp it looked like I was wearing 3D glasses or looking at the landscape through a Viewmaster. Really surreal.

Then started up into the mountains. Anyone that's did this stretch of I-8 knows what I'm talking about. Very scenic for an interstate stretch. Several passes at around 4000 feet. Very windy as I went through. Didn't really give me good opportunities for pictures, which is unfortunate because it really is a cool stretch. Got colder and colder and then back up into the fog and light rain. Overall pretty crappy riding conditions but the road and scenery were good.

Kept watching the miles count down and was surprised at how much elevation I was still sitting at with only about 20 or so miles into San Diego. Finally came down out of the mountains, re-entered mostly sunny skies and felt the temps rapidly warm up. Cruised through Mission Beach and found where our condo was and first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean for the trip.


Then found a place to stay on the east side of Mission Bay. I'd made it. Now just needed The Girlfriend's flights to get her here.

Rode down and had some dinner at the Cass St Bar and Grill, in a cool area at the north end of Mission Beach. The Girlfriend and I will have to come back up here. Very respectable salmon and pasta dinner.


Another milestone in the trip met. This is as far West as I'll be going. 21 days and 4,741 miles for this wander.


Rear tire is about shot.


Have an appointment to have Rocket Motorcycles in San Diego do an oil change and put a new Shinko 705 on the rear. The service manager used to work at Baxter in Marne, IA... seems like good people from talking to him on the phone.

Still not sure "what next"... but really have been thinking about it. Sure would be nice to join all these snowbirds each winter.

I'm not planning to do a daily report on my week in San Diego but will share some highlights at some point. The Girlfriend did make it. Smooth flights, right on time. She really knows how to take care of me...


We're enjoying our place and having a great time... one of The Girlfriend's favorite views from the condo:


One of evomx971's favorite views from the condo:


San Diego from Coronado Island:


On hiatus, but the Wander isn't over... will have to get back to Iowa some how...
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:15 AM   #162
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awesome! glad you both made it there safely! Now enjoy your time with your lady and then we get more reporting!
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:51 AM   #163
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Nice view!!

Enjoy the scenic delights!
And the well deserved break

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Old 02-02-2013, 05:47 AM   #164
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Awfully quiet on here.....waiting,waiting,waiting
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:23 AM   #165
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Awfully quiet on here.....waiting,waiting,waiting
I think the guy has better things to do than ride Jeff.
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