|07-14-2013, 02:46 PM||#11|
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Garden City, Michigan
Thursday afternoon a friend from work and his Ducati Monster joined me on a ride.I was going back to Pittsburgh to spend the night and be at the finish Friday morning of the Iron Butt Rally.
He has been wanting me to go with him to All Seasons Motorcycle Dealer in Wooster, Ohio so we went there first, then he headed home and I went east to Pennsylvania.
As you can see in the picture I installed the top Caribou Case along with the side cases for the first time to see if I liked it, as I usually just strap a dry bag on the back rack.
It does come in handy being top loading for items you use often.
The side loading cases have alot going for them except that they are side loading.After using top loading panniers in the past I prefer them and feel they are much easier to load.
While at All Seasons we test rode quite a few bikes including a Moto Guzzi, which is why Jamie has been wanting to go here.
They didn't have a demo Stelvio unfortunatly so we could only ride the entry level V7 Stone.It was very nice but too small and cramped for me, but fit him.
I really liked the Super Tenere except for the Dirty air and Buffeting from the windshield.That would have to be dealt with.
Next up I rode the new BMW 1200 GS water cooled.Excellant bike with ALOT of power and excellant clean air from the windshield vs. the Tenere.
They also had a used ST1300 that I rode since I always wondered about them and was very impressed with.What a marvelous mile eating road machine.
I couldn't ride it but they had the new 800 GS Adventure sitting there on the floor on the center stand.Now that bike will seriously talk to you.It is alot more impressive in person then the pictures.If they were not so expensive and (I feel) have so many issues it would be hard not to take that one home. Lol.
I had a good time at the Rally finish talking with other members and the Rally riders themselves after following another exciting 11 days.I think there were more DNF's(did not finish) this time than ever.
Then I hammered the Turnpike home, once again impressed with how well this thumper has been chewing up the slab miles lately.
But I hear the North Woods calling and think I may spoon some knobbies on the KLR and get off the pavement for awhile and see how this Road Warrior does on the Dirt and Gravel roads and Two tracks of Northern Michigan and maybe the UP.
One thing I want to modify, but I will probably wait till winter, is the footpeg location.
I am going to fab up some brackets that lower the pegs about an inch and move them back about an inch to facilitate a much better standing position.
2008 KLR 705
2001 GAS GAS 321
IBA # 23,716
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