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PostSubject: 2,650 mile round trip   Wed 14 Sep 2016, 21:56

Arrived back Sunday from our eight day round trip to South Dakota with a little Wyoming thrown in.Two 400 mile days there and two 400 mile days back and another two of about 375 miles.
Traveled mainly on Route 20 out to South Dakota. A little of I 90 cumming back. Yes we visited Sturgis
in my opinion a waste of time. We had rain about 50% of the time. Started out most days with 56 deg weather.We visited places like Mount Rushmore,Custer State Park,
Devils Tower the Badlands,Spearfish and Deadwood. In the Badlands
herds of Buffalo would block the road and would come so close  you could touch them. The little ones are cute but the larger ones are ugly. No one said but we avoided eye contact and kept our scooters running. A lot of animals do not like eye contact.
The S/W ran flawless but my friends Burgman did not like traveling  up hill at 20 mph following a procession and had to pull over a couple of times. I did notice the S/W needed a little more stooping distance with me and a total of 348 lbs. All in all it was a great trip but at 79 I do not know how many more of these I have in me.  Howard
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PostSubject: Re: 2,650 mile round trip   Wed 14 Sep 2016, 23:17

Howard,

I didn't know you were 79 !! that is great you can do this since it takes a lot of energy with all these long days. I know I would be really tired and I'm only 57. I'm glad you had a good time and glad the SWing did you good. It doesn't rain here much but that is one of the things I really miss about my SWing..the great wind protection all over my body. Thanks for posting.
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PostSubject: Re: 2,650 mile round trip   Thu 15 Sep 2016, 08:18

All thumbs up from another 79 er. Ride on down to our hills and curves and I'll tour you Smile Many many miles when we were younger but now days not so much Sad
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PostSubject: 2,650 mile round trip    Thu 15 Sep 2016, 10:55

We have been in the Southeastern part Of Ohio several times and I agree there are some nice roads down your way. I also like the scenic roads down in Kentucky. As long you are not a arrogant Yankee the people are great. Howard
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PostSubject: Re: 2,650 mile round trip   Thu 15 Sep 2016, 11:25

Nice trip at 79......me at 77 not far behind....as many of forum members are old, too. Somethings, I have learned and followed for 61 years.

1. professional quality riding gear to cover all temps waterproof boots/rubber boots/waterproof gloves/mitts. Electric stuff does not work for me, same with mesh junk


2. comfortable, light helmet.....getting harder to find...Arthur Fulmer good source as their info includes actual helmet weights.

3. comfortable throw away ear plugs. I go thru at least 2 sets a day on long trips.

4. machine in good shape and fresh tires. I find tire replacement in middle of trip s pain in butt.

5. Ride alone---that way you are on own schedule. Keep gas tank up.

6. Quit when you are tired----following pre-set schedule can kill you.

As Air/wind management not really that good in SilverWing-----can be tiring in its self

I find as now fully retired, there are 200 mile days and then there can be 500 boring mile days.

Eat well.

Take a nap on side of road if you get really sleepy----try to hide, as some people will call Police, I know happened to me many times.

If you think riding skills are declining...take a course. One thing also, many older riders were never very good when young......that's one reason you see so many GoldWing Trikes.
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