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    Heading to The Dragon

    Starting a five day trip from DFW to The Dragon early tomorrow morning with five other guys. Plan is to reach Madison, Alabama by tomorrow night where we have rooms booked. Yeah, no camping for us old guys. LOL... Long stretch, for sure!

    Thursday is a short one from Madison to Robbinsville, NC for two night in there. After checking into the hotel, we'll head on over to Dragon and ride it maybe once or twice. Friday is flexible day and plans call for at least some stretch of Blue Ridge Parkway, maybe Wheels Through Time museum etc.

    On Saturday we'll start to head back west and overnight in new Albany, MS. Potential places to see along the way are Dragon again, Cherohola Parkway and maybe even one certain place in Lynchburg, TN.

    Sunday will then be just somewhat boring ride back to DFW.

    Altogether we're probably going to hit about 2500 miles when this thing is done. We'll see how the oldie but goldie oilhead will fare in the company of newer Hondas, HD's and a 2016 K1600GTL. I'm sure she'll hold her own.

    Changed oil and filter this past weekend even though they weren't due yet. Still need to do a few more checks tonight and she should be good to go. This will be by far the longest trip I've ever taken with a bike and I'm not even as much concerned about the bike than I am about the driver. Or his butt. LOL... The factory seat is not known to be the most comfortable one in long trips, but not much I can do about that now anymore.
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    If you come across a bike store, may find a Airhawk pillow that would help.
    Also a Alaskan sheepskin does wonders, both are great, with sheepskin over the
    pillow. Maybe next time...
    Good luck on your trip! Pictures are expected...

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    Watch out for the cruisers on the Dragon. They all think they can ride, but.............
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    Thanks, guys! Looking forward to the trip, that's for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortythorne View Post
    Watch out for the cruisers on the Dragon. They all think they can ride, but.............
    For sure. And the guys with bikes with number plates off-loaded from their trailers and itching to have a go at it. These folks mixing with the cruisers on a weekend day are truly scary. Weekday should be fine. I would not go back on Saturday. There are too many better roads around that area to waste time on the dragon on a weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Weekday should be fine. I would not go back on Saturday. There are too many better roads around that area to waste time on the dragon on a weekend.
    Yup. That's the reason we planned the trip so that we'd be there already Thursday to hopefully be able to avoid those certain guys out there and maybe get even couple of runs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsuintx View Post
    Starting a five day trip from DFW to The Dragon early tomorrow morning with five other guys. Plan is to reach Madison, Alabama by tomorrow night where we have rooms booked. Yeah, no camping for us old guys. LOL... Long stretch, for sure!

    Thursday is a short one from Madison to Robbinsville, NC for two night in there. After checking into the hotel, we'll head on over to Dragon and ride it maybe once or twice. Friday is flexible day and plans call for at least some stretch of Blue Ridge Parkway, maybe Wheels Through Time museum etc.

    On Saturday we'll start to head back west and overnight in new Albany, MS. Potential places to see along the way are Dragon again, Cherohola Parkway and maybe even one certain place in Lynchburg, TN.

    Sunday will then be just somewhat boring ride back to DFW.

    Altogether we're probably going to hit about 2500 miles when this thing is done. We'll see how the oldie but goldie oilhead will fare in the company of newer Hondas, HD's and a 2016 K1600GTL. I'm sure she'll hold her own.

    Changed oil and filter this past weekend even though they weren't due yet. Still need to do a few more checks tonight and she should be good to go. This will be by far the longest trip I've ever taken with a bike and I'm not even as much concerned about the bike than I am about the driver. Or his butt. LOL... The factory seat is not known to be the most comfortable one in long trips, but not much I can do about that now anymore.
    I have done a similar trip this May from Austin on my R1200R, however had a bit more time (9 days), did 3,000 mls and went up to Ashville, NC. It was amazing! Northern Georgia is also fun. Enjoy!
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    Robbinsville in dry county

    Make sure you stop and buy your beer before you get to Robbinsville, dry town!!!

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    Be sure to ride the Cherohala Skyway while you are in the area.
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    If you still have the stock seat setup (gasp!), have you tried a spacer inserted between the front mounts and the frame? This decreases the tilt that imperils the tender bits. You'll also need slightly longer screws. Some people just stack a few washers in there; you can also use 1/8" or 3/16" thickness depending on your personal need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snotty54 View Post
    Make sure you stop and buy your beer before you get to Robbinsville, dry town!!!
    Yup. Beverage stop is planned before Robbinsville.

    Quote Originally Posted by BMW_Ken View Post
    Be sure to ride the Cherohala Skyway while you are in the area.
    Will be done, for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    If you still have the stock seat setup (gasp!), have you tried a spacer inserted between the front mounts and the frame? This decreases the tilt that imperils the tender bits. You'll also need slightly longer screws. Some people just stack a few washers in there; you can also use 1/8" or 3/16" thickness depending on your personal need.
    Thanks for the tips. I'll have to look into the modification after we get back. Still have the stock seat and after 700+ miles in one day I can say that at times it wasn't much fun... I have it at the highest setting and it was much better than the middle setting I used in the last trip back in May.
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    Great day! Cherohala Skyway was freaking awesome!

    Had a bit of extracurricular activity along the Cherohala Skyway when the Valkyrie of one of our guys just quit on him in the middle of a curve. Not a fun thing to happen when you hit the gas in order to make that big thing straighten itself after the curve.

    Turns out that the battery was dead and that was caused by a faulty alternator. No warning signs at any point. It just up and quit. With the help of one guy in our group who is driving a replica Caterham kit car with Honda S2000 driveline, we managed to get him a new battery so he could drive the Valkyrie to the nearest town, Robbinsville, NC.

    And lo and behold, the local shop even has a new alternator ready to go and will be installed in the morning.

    All this and a couple of other things made us late in the schedule, so we had to skip Dragon today. Will be there tomorrow (well..., today, actually...) afternoon. Before that we'll head over to Blue Ridge Parkway for a bit.

    And before heading to the dragon, I need to get a new front tire. Today's spiritied and sometimes somewhat high-speed riding caused the right side to wear quite considerable and I don't feel comfortable to do the dragon with it and then consider riding it home another 700+ miles.

    We'll see in the morning what kind of tires, if any, the local shop has. Beggars can't be choosers at this point, I guess.

    It was kind of amazing to see how fast the tire went downhill with the spirited cornering. Oh well... Live and elarn...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsuintx View Post

    And before heading to the dragon, I need to get a new front tire. Today's spiritied and sometimes somewhat high-speed riding caused the right side to wear quite considerable and I don't feel comfortable to do the dragon with it and then consider riding it home another 700+ miles.

    We'll see in the morning what kind of tires, if any, the local shop has. Beggars can't be choosers at this point, I guess.

    It was kind of amazing to see how fast the tire went downhill with the spirited cornering. Oh well... Live and elarn...
    What brand/type tire was on the bike that seemed to wear so quickly?
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    Rode about 40 miles of Blue Ridge Parkway this morning and Dragon once both ways.

    Blue Ridge Parkway was awesome! Weather was a bit on the cool side, but not too bad. Afternoon runs at the Dragon were done in pretty much perfect weather. The word "perfect" can't be used to describe some of the other people over there, though...

    First run was great and had to pass only a couple of people who nicely moved over, anyway. Coming back was a freaking pain!

    I got stuck behind this man and a woman on their fancy new and obnoxiously loud Harleys with their stereos blasting, all of the chrome, all of the HD gear etc. etc. Other people let them pass, but they just couldn't slow down or pull over to let me pass. I tried riding pretty close to the lady to sort of nicely to ask her to move over, but to no avail and I didn't want to start taking any risks with them and pass them otherwise.

    And the lady couldn't even ride that well. She was constantly missing shifts, veered to the opposing lane etc. It was like watching a train wreck happening live in front of me.

    Okay... Rant over... Excellent day overall!

    P.S. Trying to add pics, but for some reason my iPad and the site don't seem to see eye to eye hoe things work. Grrrrr.......,

    Tomorrow we will unfortunately have to start the trek back to DFW, but we will start it by riding the Cherohala Skyway once more, so that'll ease the pain a little bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    What brand/type tire was on the bike that seemed to wear so quickly?
    Old one was a one year old Michelin Road Pilot 2 w/about 10K miles on it. After thinking about it, I think I might have had too low air pressure in it. I had it at the factory recommended 32psi, but probably should've had it a bit higher.

    Anyway... A new Road Pilot 4 GT was installed by the local shop today and air pressure set at 38psi and what a freaking difference it made!!! The bike feels so kuch more responsive than before. But that is not to say that it was a POS before, either. But damn it's so nice to ride now. Just need to get the rear tire at some point after we get back.

    Cost of the new tire was only about 20% higher than what I would've had to pay if I bought it online at home and had it installed by a friend of mine. I'm okay with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsuintx View Post

    I got stuck behind this man and a woman on their fancy new and obnoxiously loud Harleys with their stereos blasting, all of the chrome, all of the HD gear etc. etc.

    And the lady couldn't even ride that well. She was constantly missing shifts, veered to the opposing lane etc. It was like watching a train wreck happening live in front of me.

    Okay... Rant over... Excellent day overall!
    That is just like trying to ride Spearfish Canyon anytime around the time of Bike Week in Sturgis. I call it the "Great American Wobblefest".
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