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Old 08-02-2008, 04:14 AM   #46
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So on the final leg of my journey I rode from Fletcher NC which is near Ashville and not far from the Dragon to Naples FL which is in the south west corner of FL. I took nice curvy backroads from NC down to about the middle of GA where things started to get hot and boring. At that point I hopped on the slab and cruised. For some reason I didn't take any pics untill I started to get bored on the slab in FL....



Brian from TLzone and his lovely GF met me for dinner. I see why he never posted a pic of himself before



The shadows were getting long as the day went on


The clouds were nice and puffy and well defined. Would be an absolute blast to fly around
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:15 AM   #47
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And I thought my packing was a bit haphazard and overloaded:scared

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Old 08-02-2008, 04:16 AM   #48
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More storms, I was in and out of rainstorms all the way from NC to my destination. No worries though as the avons stuck wonderfully and the weather was warm. I had used rain gear a bit though Iowa, but decided it wasn't all that comfortable and didn't keep me entirely dry anyway. Also, the jacket is getting to where it blows up like the Michelin man and causes a ton of wind drag on my arms and shoulders which I found to be quite tiring, so the rain gear stayed stowed and I got wet:)




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Old 08-02-2008, 04:16 AM   #49
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The last 30 minutes or so of my ride were in very hard rains, so I was good and soaked when I pulled into my parents' garage. I returned the bike just a tad dirtier than when I left with it:laugh
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:43 PM   #50
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and are all I have to say.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:48 AM   #51
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Thanks, it was loads of fun. I highly recommend riding in CO, some of the best dirt and street riding I've experienced!
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:16 AM   #52
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Seat?

Hey BikePilot. Looks like you had an amazing trip. I'm going to pull off something like that one of these days.

So, what's the deal with your seat cover? Is that a gel pad? I just took a half day trip on my 03 niner and now, more than ever, I realize the seat is sub par.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:02 AM   #53
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Its the infamous ultra-cheap wallmart foam pad. Its not gell, just foam. It did make the seat a tad taller which gave me a little more leg room. I wouldn't rank it as terribly wonderful, but it was a small improvement and I had it laying around so I figured I might as well toss it on. I've not found an aftermarket seat I really like for the 919, but even if one existed the time between acquisition of the bike and my departure was so short (and budget so tight) I wouldn't have been able to get one. I've ridden a 919 with a corbin seat and its nicely shaped, but even shorter than stock which is far too short imho. I've a scheme to carve up a buel uly seat to fit the 919 pan, but we'll see if and when that happens if it will work.

Spencer in FL is said to be quite good at modifying the stock seat and his prices are extremely reasoanble. Its probably the best route for most folks.
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:44 PM   #54
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Great report! Glad I could be a small part of your adventure!

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About 40% through the ride now, having a blueberry bagel in my favorite shady spot. The realization that I am a 46 year old dude on a tanklike DRZ and BP is a young gun on a CR250 has thoroughly sunken in by now
That has got to be a typo! There is NO way you're older than me.

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Old 08-22-2008, 07:55 AM   #55
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very awesome

couple questions

why no windscreen? at least the oem honda would have been nice!

how'd the tire wear?

how was the vibration at speed? did u have stock sprockets? did you change the bars?
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Old 08-31-2008, 06:50 AM   #56
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Alan, I may have left the quotes out there - that section was written up by my riding buddie, I'm 26:) I edited the post to be clear on that - I'd pretty well botched it lol



Martin,
No wind screen because I don't like windscreens and find clean airflow most comfortable. I haven't tried a flyscreen on this bike, but I supect it would serve mostly to cause turbulence. As it was I was quite happy and comfortable doing long days without one

Tire wear wasn't bad at all. I started out on partially worn, lousy quality conti's that came with the bike and put 5.5k miles on them (4k of that was slab). By that time they were getting fairly worn, though not terribly so. I wasn't sure they'd make the final leg of the trip and really didn't like them to start with so swaped them out for some sweet Avon Storms. The Storms totally transformed the handling of the bike and made it feel drastically better. I suddenly needed higher rearsets with them;) I put 3.5k on the storms and they were showing only very minimal wear.


Vibration was sorta weird. None at all in the bars (which were totally stock), seat, tank or engine directly. For some reason the left footpeg had a painful harmonic buzz between 4 and 5k rpm that literally hurt after a while (and I'm used to riding big twins so not too picky about vibs). I experimented with a 17T front sprocket and used one for most of the trip. It didn't really make a difference on vibes, but did make the bike feel a tad more relaxed at highway speed. I eventually got where I couldn't stand the buzzing footpeg and wire-tied a 2" trailerhitch ball to the back of the rearset. That must have changed the frequency because the vibes were gone. For the record, I did check all the bolts I could think of (rear set bolts, chassis bolts, engine mount bolts etc) and none were loose. If I put my left foot directly on the engine case I felt no real vibration. The rearsets are perhaps of the worst design I've seen in a long time. They are very long, thin, flexy aluminum and have the rear footpegs intergrated, but have no support other than at the front like a typical sport bike rearset. This long flexy aluminum beam seems almost desinged to amplify vibration tremendously at certain harmonic frequencies. Honda should know better.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:40 PM   #57
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Great ride report!

I enjoyed your pictures!
The dirt riding looks great!
That ledge is something else!!
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:17 PM   #58
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Fantastic ride report! NC looks like a great place to ride from your photos.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:52 PM   #59
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Thanks! KY/TN/NC does have some great riding. Overal I'd rank colorado higher, but there are a few really nice tight roads in the Smokey Mountians. the trouble is the east is much more crowded with both cops, cages and squids. Out west there's more room to roam and better views. Also a lot more altitude changes. The Smokey Mountains might be better called Smokey Hills when comapared to the Rockies, but still are very fun to ride and I've not ridden a public road quite as curvy as the dragon
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:49 PM   #60
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Wow!! what a summer. Really enjoyed your trip report and your various modes of motorcycling and other adventure transportation! Thanks for sharing it!!
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