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Old 10-12-2008, 05:48 AM   #166
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Nice Report

Pick a time Place and bar maybe we can all give you an ADV salute in person and hear your tales of wow in person!
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:35 AM   #167
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Final Trip Stats

Hello All.

I've been home for a day now, and have had to give Beastie a good bath, washed my riding gear, cleaned up all my camping gear, and had a chance to calculate some Total Trip Statistics for the trip.
I'll get around to taking care and cleaning up myself later...
(If I took care of myself the way I take care of my equipment I'd be a lot better off.)

38 Days.
Total Miles, 11,674
Beastie consumed 220 gallons of gas at a total cost of $840
Average MPG 48.5
Oil and filters for three oil changes cost approx $80.
(Again Beastie gets only the good BMW oil and filters.)

I consumed $475 worth of food, so Beastie ate better than I did.
Camping cost approx $420 and we stayed at quite a few KOA for the WiFi.

Another expense, that was well justified, was the Annual Pass for the National Parks. It costs $80 but gets you into all the National Parks. Some parks charge as much as $25 entrance fees, so the pass pays for itself very quickly.

At this point I would like to thank again all the great ADVriders who gave me "Tent Space" and often fed me. .

So those of you who have wanted to do a trip like mine, it's not that expensive. Total costs were about $1735, excluding tires.

So get out there and ride - before it's too late.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you out on the road.

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Old 10-13-2008, 11:45 AM   #168
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Fantastick RR!

I've been reading since the beginning!!

Great trip. I look forward to being in a position to do this once a year here shortly!
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:06 PM   #169
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I have very much enjoyed reading about your trip. Your RR has been very informative and it is obvious from reading it that you really enjoyed yourself. You've really inspired me to start planning for a similar trip, though from the Left Coast. Thanks for sharing and keep on !
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:20 PM   #170
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I have very much enjoyed reading about your trip. Your RR has been very informative and it is obvious from reading it that you really enjoyed yourself. You've really inspired me to start planning for a similar trip, though from the Left Coast. Thanks for sharing and keep on !
Excellent!
That was always part of the plan - to inspire others.
Get out there and see this awesome country of ours.

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Old 10-15-2008, 08:59 AM   #171
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It's been fun tuning in... from the cubicle!

Nicely done

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Old 10-15-2008, 03:49 PM   #172
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What a really cool RR!

Home with the flu-bug today. Decided a good RR would make me feel better. It did.

Just read your entire report. What a grand ADVenture you had. You have a great style and narative. I could really feel your excitement for the "Atomic Attractions". As a poster above stated you have ignited a passion to see this great land. North America is such a grand place.

You covered a lot of miles and weather on your journey and put your gear to the test. I have a couple of questions if you would not mind.

ATGATT: BOOTS AND CHEST
* I thought I was the only person who "toured" in SIDI MX boots. Are yours the Crossfires and did they work good for you?

* I noticed a chest protector under your RP jacket. BMW? Did you modify the RP?

GSA: BOXES AND TIRES
* How did the panniers hold up in the rain/dust?
I purchased a new 09 GSA last weekend (yep - pinch me) and the dealer discounted the boxes greatly to sweeten the deal. I really like the one key fits all approach.

* What tires did you use and did they treat you well?
My bike came with the Conti Attacks. Have never used a street tire before. Only known Nobbies.

Thanks again for taking the time to write your report. I enjoyed every word and picture. Glad you and Beastie are home safe and sound.

Jed.

PS, This is great.....shoulder of Orion.....
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:10 AM   #173
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I have a couple of questions if you would not mind.

ATGATT: BOOTS AND CHEST
* I thought I was the only person who "toured" in SIDI MX boots. Are yours the Crossfires and did they work good for you?

* I noticed a chest protector under your RP jacket. BMW? Did you modify the RP?

GSA: BOXES AND TIRES
* How did the panniers hold up in the rain/dust?
I purchased a new 09 GSA last weekend (yep - pinch me) and the dealer discounted the boxes greatly to sweeten the deal. I really like the one key fits all approach.

* What tires did you use and did they treat you well?
My bike came with the Conti Attacks. Have never used a street tire before. Only known Nobbies.

Thanks again for taking the time to write your report. I enjoyed every word and picture. Glad you and Beastie are home safe and sound.

Jed.
Hello Jed.

Answers to your questions:
- The boots are '06 Sidi SRS Flex Force TA. They were no problem, and I wore them eveywhere, including the side hikes. They are the predecessor to the Crossfires, and might not be as stiff. They have thick leather lowers that flex at the balls of the feet, and an agressive outsole, as opposed to being all plastic.

-The Chest / back protector is the BMW Back Protector 2. It fits fine under the Rally II jacket, even with the armor still in it. However, I am not able to zip the jacket to the pants, but the extra protection is worth it. I have a fear of the top box landing on top of me if I ever flip the bike forward and go over the bars or get hit from behind. Spinal cords are delicate.


The Cases - The BMW cases worked great. They hold a lot of stuff, and are air tight. The only "problem" I had was that they would vacuum seal themselves closed if I went from high to low elevations. Sometimes I could almost lift the back of the bike while trying to open them. When they did open you could hear the vacuum seal break.

Tires - While I prefer to run Continental TKC's, I knew they would not last long on the highways, so I switched to the Metzler Tourance. They're great tires too, especially in the rain, but they are not as good in the mud or sand. For the hard pack dirt, and paved roads they are a good comprimse, and I bet I'll get 15K miles out of them.

I'm glad you enjoyed the Ride Report.
I enjoyed taking the trip.

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Old 10-16-2008, 04:26 AM   #174
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It's been fun tuning in... from the cubicle!

Nicely done

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Old 04-02-2009, 02:35 PM   #175
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Props to you

Great report

Good to see you back in one peace along with Beastie.

Great of you to share and what lays ahead,,,,work or ridding?
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:37 AM   #176
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This one popped to the top, so I clicked on it... great ride. Interesting about the reflective vest on the base.

One quick question. At the beginning, you indicate that you had no set timetable to be back, but it seemed clear through the trip that you had a specific itinerary, and you were pushing the miles a lot. Did you have a deadline you were trying to make it home to? Or maybe I just read a little too much into it.

The missile sites, especially in SD was very cool. I looked through the NPS site and Wikipedia. I'd love to go up there and see it.

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Old 04-03-2009, 09:39 PM   #177
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:27 AM   #178
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Hello JamieZ.

I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to planning. I'm trying to break that habit.

But for the National Parks tour, I had to be at Glacier before they closed the "Highway to the Sun" road" on September 15th.

Then I had to be home by the end of October before my drivers license expired.

But I agree, it is important to take it easy - you meet more good folks that way.

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This one popped to the top, so I clicked on it... great ride. Interesting about the reflective vest on the base.

One quick question. At the beginning, you indicate that you had no set timetable to be back, but it seemed clear through the trip that you had a specific itinerary, and you were pushing the miles a lot. Did you have a deadline you were trying to make it home to? Or maybe I just read a little too much into it.

The missile sites, especially in SD was very cool. I looked through the NPS site and Wikipedia. I'd love to go up there and see it.

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