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Old 10-26-2013, 06:42 AM   #18571
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Well I know my trip is a ways off but I'm too excited to hold it in so here goes. I have had the ever increasing need to wander for awhile now due to life circumstances, amongst them is an upcoming 6 month deployment. I've talked to my wife who luckily is very supportive and knows what riding does for my psyche. So while most think it would be crazy to return from a long deployment and suddenly leave their wife and child behind for another month to explore the country seems irresponsible and selfish, I have decided to do just that. I'll be looping the US from NJ to the west coast and back in the span of a month starting in July '14. I will be posting a ride report for all to see and for fellow scram owners to take notes. I have been very inspired by RicoAJP's video to say the least so thanks for that! I plan to stick to rural routes and stealth camp as often as possible. I had contemplated taking my speed triple but I think the scram will give me more of an emotional journey which is what I'm after rather than watch the country go by in a blur...so, fellow long distance scram riders, I'm asking your help for suggestions on what has worked well for luggage, gear, bike setup etc...thanks for any input and I look forward to hearing your ideas!

Thanks for your Service -- Enjoy your trip -- you've earned it !!! And hats off to your understanding wife too!!
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:26 PM   #18572
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:35 PM   #18573
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Old 10-26-2013, 05:39 PM   #18574
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So scrambler guys whats the general opinion on riding a scrambler 2 up? I will be renting a scrambler the week around xmas in Florida, and want to take the wife along. I have the option to swap it to a Bonnie, but I have always wanted a scrambler, and really want to do the extended test ride on it.

How does the high pipe effect the passenger seating? I don't want to be constantly worried about inner thigh burn for the wife. She is an experienced rider herself, not a noob on pillion by any means. Looks like there is a factory heat shield that should be pretty effective, we will be doing easy back roads and light hard packed county roads.

Can't freaking wait!

Wife and I have been two up a lot on my 06. Today was the first time she rode since I changed the exhaust from stock high pipes to a Zard low cross. She didn't say a word, so eventually I asked her what she thought and she hadn't even noticed

She's not prone to complaining though
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:55 AM   #18575
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Autumn in Tuscany
Fantastic area Shining, visit the Montalcino a short while ago and tested brunello wine :-) thanks for sharing
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:18 AM   #18576
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Autumn in Tuscany
Nice, whe are not far one too each other.
What's that exhaust?
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:40 AM   #18577
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Nice, whe are not far one too each other.
What's that exhaust?
Ya, what is the exhaust pipe, I like it.

Great photo.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:34 AM   #18578
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To 2T2,
For me, the Ventura system work well and I appreciate that it's off in 2 minutes.
Don't tell me about windshields. I'd tried on my R80G/S then buy a RT BMW. Always bad experience with buffeting and so. I ride with an open face helmet and googles and that's just perfect (to me). It makes you ride slower and appreciate odors, wind, rain, sun etc..
Have a nice ride and don't forget to give us the link.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:04 AM   #18579
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Ya, what is the exhaust pipe, I like it.

Great photo.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:39 AM   #18580
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Finally took some new photos of my 2012 Scram. Still waiting for some black levers in the mail.











I know this is over a year old but I'm really liking this Bitubo fork kit and thinking about going with there shocks too. Wondering how it held up for the couple guys I saw that bought it? Any concerns with using Bitubo living in the US?
I'm really liking the scrambler and plan on having it for awhile so trying to do quality upgrades to it that I will be happy long term.

On shocks, I know some have said it's a bit overkill on the scramblers but I really like the looks of the piggyback shocks, and going mostly with the black and silver theme on my 2013. I should have took better notes but what models numbers are you using for YSS, Ohlins (36pl was one I found), and Works. Thanks

Oh I've been mostly a sportbike guy for the last 22 years, with some cruisers, sport-touring. I have almost no dirtbike/offroad experience but plan on a 50/50 mix with the scrambler. Chasing some DR650 friends around.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:28 PM   #18581
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I love that bike, that look is perfect.

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Old 10-27-2013, 04:57 PM   #18582
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The Ventura rack/pack works real well for me. Have also carried a duffle, and a tent. Pretty simple. Pack light. Have the stuff you need regularly in a tank bag.





Going on longish trips, I find it hard to leave my fly rod behind...

Regards, Guy
Great pics M700, I'm thinking that the Ventura system with a rotopax, dry bag for camping gear and a tank bag is looking like the way to go. Thanks for the input!
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:00 PM   #18583
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To 2T2,
For me, the Ventura system work well and I appreciate that it's off in 2 minutes.
Don't tell me about windshields. I'd tried on my R80G/S then buy a RT BMW. Always bad experience with buffeting and so. I ride with an open face helmet and googles and that's just perfect (to me). It makes you ride slower and appreciate odors, wind, rain, sun etc..
Have a nice ride and don't forget to give us the link.
Take care.
Thanks! I'm gonna give my dart screen a shot as it has helped on some of my highway rides...if I don't like it after awhile ill just take it off and throw it in a bag. I'll definitely post the link for the RR I plan on doing here.
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:03 PM   #18584
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Fall Scrambling.
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Hey goodcat, your scram is looking great! I'm thinking a thruxton gel seat is in order for my bike as well as powder coating the wheels black.
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:11 PM   #18585
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Hey, I'm so glad the video had that effect on you! I can understand why you want to take the trip, one of my reasons was I had just finished a two year stint in the police in a bad part of town. Dealing with negative people in negative situations everyday took its toll on myself and my relationships. The roadtrip and the people I met really helped restore my spirit. On that note, thank you for your service, I can only imagine the sacrifices you have made and pray for your safety during your deployment.

With regards to advice, make sure your bike has some form of windscreen. Initially I was going to go without it, but a fellow inmate and scrambler rider (Rayman) advised against it and i'm so thankful he persisted. It made the ride so much more comfortable. As for luggage, I borrowed a ventura rack from a friend and used a bunch of Kriega luggage -R30, US30, and a US20 acting as a tank bag. It was a pretty good setup, definitely proved to be waterproof which i'm thankful for. My US30 straps snapped during the trip for reasons unknown, however the service I received from Kriega was A*. They offered to find the nearest dealer on my route and get a 1-1 replacement, or even mail it to a hotel I had planned to stay at in Vegas. In the end I made due with extra straps and got it replaced in Toronto. The only negative thing I have to say is they get kind of tedious to pack and unpack everyday. If money is no issue i'd go for a pannier set up -at the time happy trails had not released their scrambler set up and all that was available was the metal mule system. And most importantly, take your time. The bike is a real joy to ride, and it attracts so much attention you end up spending so much time talking to people who walk up to admire it. I can't begin to tell you how many great conversations i've had with people who walk up to take a look -lots of them old souls who used to own 69' bonnies, they have the best stories.

Writing this is really making me wish I was still out on the road.. Well I hope that helps, i'm looking forward to your future ride report!
Thanks Rico, I'm sure your video has inspired more than just myself to get out and explore, leave the world behind for awhile. I'm definitely going with the Ventura system and maybe supplement with some kriega gear. I'm going to have my dart flyscreen on as it helps quite a bit. I can easily detach it if need be. I really appreciate your input and look forward to meeting people on the road that want to chat about bikes, adventure and life in general. Thanks for the kind words and hopefully you get to go out on the road again soon! Lastly, my apologies for not cutting down and multi quoting in a single post. I can't figure out how to do it reliably on my iPhone lol
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