Upon turning 60, I decided it was time for an adventure - something different but not out of this world crazy.
I had just sold my big a** Yamaha Silverado 1700 a few months ago, and needed something to ride and the Swing appeared out of nowhere. Rode it for a month and decided it was up to task.
This will be a ride report on how the Swing did 2 up - and some of the roads and sights on our trip.
Rider - I'm 60 and I've ridden and raced motorcycles since I was 17. Previous to the Swing, my bikes were VMax, Ducati SR2, Kawasaki ZRX, GSXR 600 and the Roadstar 1700. I still race mtn bikes, so my fitness level and reflexes are decent.
Passenger - Wife who has been a passenger on many short trips but never one over 100 miles. 300 mile days for 8 days would be a new challenge.
We were not going to do any camping and decided we needed to pack everything into the storage areas and a very small rack bag. Its amazing how much room the bike has! and how easy it is to access stuff.
Day one - Short ride from Nanaimo to Victoria (70 miles) and a ferry ride over to Port Angeles, Washington. Ride is always a rock and roll affair and this ride had the bonus of seeing a pod of killer whales.
The ride from Port Angeles to Astoria is beautiful with lots of time along the seashore, some nice tight turns to keep things interesting and a big bridge to cross over into Oregon.
Dinner was in Seaside, which is a great little town. A special treat was the main street car show. For those who have never been to Seaside, it has one of the best beach for skim boarding.
Hotels along the coast are expensive so we opted to stay in Tillamook that night.
Stay tuned for day 2...