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Old 10-11-2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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LA to Mississippi on an Amazonas

Ever since I decided to get rid of my KLX 3 months ago, I’ve been looking for another street bike. I really like my V-strom 650, but I wanted more power, and for some reason didn’t want to go for the DL1000. I was thinking about a BMW F800ST or a Multistrada 1100S, but every time I found a good deal on one it didn’t work out. Plus, all the local inmates have been buying BMWs lately and one has a Multistrada, so I needed to do something different. Then I saw this pop up on the flea market. Someone had jokingly suggested something similar a while back, but when I saw it again and the price was right I jumped on it. I think I’ll be pretty screwed if I need parts or service, especially in hurry, but here it is:



2008 Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazonas

I got the OK from the wife, sent the deposit and started planning the trip. This would be the first time I’ve ever gone farther west than Dallas, and definitely the longest I’ve ridden, but I was ready.

I hate getting up early, but I had a 7 AM flight, so we were up at 5 so she'd be able to get me to the airport on time. The flight was pretty uneventful. Saw some mountaintops poking through the clouds as we got closer.


Sideout picked me up at the airport. We went back to his place to do some paperwork, then I loaded up and was on my way. This bike is TALL. I can get the ball of both feet down on the VStrom, but on the Amazonas I can barely get both toes down. Oh well, who needs to touch the ground anyway. I stopped after about an hour to get some gas, check on my bags and take some pictures.





As I was leaving, I had a little trouble getting a toe down during a too-slow U-turn and dropped it! Shit! I picked it up (forgot to take a sleeping shot) and started checking for damage. The only thing I could find were the left hand guards were a bit scratched and the shift lever bent and the knob broke off.



I didn't have any tools, and this bike has no toolkit, so no repairs for me today. It was a pain in the ass, but I was still able to get my boot under the lever to shift so I continued on to Buffalo Bill's hotel & casino in Primm, NV, just across the state line.



The view across the street:


The next morning getting loaded up:


Had to take a moment to do some repairs on my GPS mount since it was also a casualty in the drop. With the zip ties, scratches & broken pieces it's starting to resemble a KLR more than a Benelli.


Stopped at another casino about 20 miles down the road to grab breakfast.




Then I made my way to Hoover Dam to take a break and walk around.











I guess this is the new bridge that bypasses the tourist parts of the dam, but it wasn't open yet.


Loaded up and ready to go again





Maybe 10 minutes past the dam I ran into this construction traffic and had to stop for about 15 minutes





I rode on down to Kingman, AZ, then got on old Rt 66 for about 80 miles to Seligman, AZ. Better scenery than on I-40 I think.























After I hit Seligman I headed north to the Grand Canyon. I stopped at the visitor center for the first viewing point. Saw a deer grazing about 15 feet from the sidewalk on the walk to the canyon.



The canyon was, well, grand. Just really, really big. Not sure if pictures do it justice, but I took a few anyway.











I went on to the next viewpoint, but it was almost dark so didn't get as many pictures.


I headed on about an hour down the road to the Cameron Trading Post to stay the night. This was the view from the hotel, I think it was the little Colorado River Gorge




I went into the restaurant to grab a bite before I headed out. Indian fry bread.





After that I was planning to head north into Utah through Monument Valley and to 4 Corners, but at this point I was ready to get home, so I headed south. The wind was pretty bad coming down 89 into Flagstaff and was worse on I-40. I stopped for gas and a break from the wind in Winslow, AZ, where I ran into Stu (MOTOvation).





We stood around and complained about the wind for a while, but couldn't come up with any better solution than to just ride slow and deal with it. After an hour or so the wind died down a bit and we started making decent time. Stu was headed the same way as me, so we rode together to a little past Albuquerque where I had a room reserved.





We got some rest, ate some continental breakfast and hit the road again. Half an hour later he was headed south towards Roswell and on to Austin and I was still droning along I-40. At Amarillo I headed down 287 and stayed in Allen, TX (near Dallas). The next morning I made my way to I-20 and took that all the way back to the Jackson, MS area. After 5 days and 2000 miles I was finally home.

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Old 10-11-2010, 04:21 PM   #2
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That's a hell of a fly and ride! How ya liking the bike, other than the height? I can't wait to see it in person. I bet it sounds as sweet as it looks.
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:40 PM   #3
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How cool

Nice ride report. The Benelli is a really nice bike (but then, all the Italian bikes are cool) and it's also unique. I think you'll really be glad you got it. We need to get some of the other retrobates together all plan a trip back out that way and hit Hwy. 666.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:51 PM   #4
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Now THAT is a fly and ride. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:32 AM   #5
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Good stuff Crash. Glad you enjoyed the trip.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:59 PM   #6
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cool bike

I got to see that Benelli up close. Really a good looking bike, a head turner, unique and sounded great. The cross winds were really bad there in N.M. for a while. It was really fortunate to have another ADV asylum member to white knuckle with.... Bet you won't see another Bennelli in Mississippi for sure. Hope you really dig it. Don't forget the wee though...I will post my ride report soon. WOW, what a ride!
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:49 AM   #7
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Excellent ride, report and pics!! Thanks for the sunny pics
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:43 AM   #8
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I got to see that Benelli up close. Really a good looking bike, a head turner, unique and sounded great. The cross winds were really bad there in N.M. for a while. It was really fortunate to have another ADV asylum member to white knuckle with.... Bet you won't see another Bennelli in Mississippi for sure. Hope you really dig it. Don't forget the wee though...I will post my ride report soon. WOW, what a ride!
It was good riding with you Stu, really helped not dealing with the wind solo. I'm switching it up, riding the Benelli some days and the Wee others. I had fun on the wee yesterday riding to work, but after a week on the Benelli I could definitely feel the power difference.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:48 AM   #10
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Cool

Still digging the scooter?
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Cool

Still digging the scooter?
Yeah. It's way too tall for me but it's a blast to ride :)
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I was just liking that it wasn't normal.... Perfect
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:18 AM   #13
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Good report

Crash D,

Nice RR. Nothing better than being mounted to a new machine and making miles cross country.

You were probably one of the last lucky few to drive across the dam. The bridge is open now.

Thanks for posting and have a great new year.

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Old 01-01-2011, 09:32 AM   #14
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Thanks for the report!

I may be the only one here that got excited to read about the 2 liter V-W powered monster , made in Brazil, The Amazonas.
My bad ,Benelli wasn't even on the radar. I'm sure the Benelli version is superior in every way to the Brazilian version.

I'd venture to guess now that you've been out west , it won't be the last time.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:25 PM   #15
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Great read, live in Clinton, let me know when. I would like to meet you and see the bike. Got a Wee as well and planning a MS-AK-MS trip this July. ic
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