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Another long ride

Another long day of riding – From Cincinnati to Monroe, Wisconsin.  I am far enough north to find cooler weather.  I took some side roads.  At this shady spot by a corn field, the only car that passed by stopped to talk.  I like the countryside.   I found a simple campground and set up camp for the night.  It was nice except for the mosquitoes. I fixed a nice dinner of Cuban Mojo with Portuguese Sardines. 0

The adventure begins

I start my trip today.  July is often one of the hottest times of the year along my route. I’ve been watching the weather forecast closely as it calls for showers.  I am awake early and the weather radar currently is clearer than expected.  This weeks shift in the jet stream should result in cooler temperatures where my journey begins. Today’s ride should take me as far as Cincinnati.  This is longer than I normally ride, but I’d like to … Read More

T-1 Croatia Family Vacation

We enjoyed our family vacation in Croatia.  There are many great motorcycle adventures waiting for me here – definitely a place to return. For our first visit, we spent time in Split and Dubrovnik.  There are many sites to see, places to relax, and side trips nearby.  We enjoyed day trips to Mostar,  Krka National Park, boating around some islands, and Game of Thrones/history tour. Food has also been a high point of the trip.  The tasting menu with paired … Read More

Representin’ #ATLUTD

With the miles ahead of me (and a day with nothing planned), I updated my bike to a five-stripes theme.  I think an Atlanta United decal on each of the panniers will round it out.  

Installing a Motech Center Stand

I bought the Motech Center Stand for V’Strom DL1000 as an impulse purchase.  The fitment is perfect and generally easy to install (even though there are cautions for DIYers),  The only challenging step was the installation of the springs (a spring installation tool is extra and not included). I used a small length of 1/2 copper tubing to pry the end of the larger spring in place. The smaller spring was easier to install using vice-grip pliers.  Tying up the … Read More

T-3 Final Touches

I leave for family vacation next week.  This is my last week to get the bike ready for the road. The new tires are installed and seem to ride fine.  Some reviews indicated that the Tractionator GPS tires are noisy and that the TXC-70 front handling isn’t ideal.  So far, I don’t see any concerns with handling or road noise. I opted to install the Rotopax gas tank under the left pannier.  This should keep the weight lower and more … Read More

T-4 Putting it all together

In spite of a few minor setbacks, the bike is home and ready for final assembly.  The electrical connection for the heated jacket was much simpler than anticipated. The Rotopax gas tank is proving more difficult to mount. I don’t like the solution of mounting under the panniers as I often use the panniers as a chair.  I need a smooth base when detached from the bike.  The back rack seems to be the best place, but I’m going to … Read More

T-5 Finished my last week of work for a while

With my last week of work completed, I’ll now be able to focus more on trip preparation.  The V-Strom Engine Control Module (ECM) has been replaced.  The 11,000 mile maintenance is complete, with the exception of a new air filter.  The tractionator gps front tire was been on backorder, so I opted for a Continental TKC 70 for the front. The Klim Lattitude jacket arrived with a better fit.  The heated jacket is on the way.  I will need to … Read More

T-6 Bike Maintenance

The new tires are ordered (decided on Motoz Tractionators). The bike is in the shop for 11,000 mile maintenance and ECM replacement (Suzuki recall). New fluids all around, thorough chain and engine inspection.  I will add electrical connection for heated jacket liner and Rotopax spare gas tank. A few mail order items are being exchanged for a better fit. All should be here for an on time departure.  I enjoyed a call today with my friend in Vashon, WA.  Looking … Read More

T-7 Online Shopping Completed

Watching Adventure Rider Forum Threads to insure I am well prepared for the trip.  Critical items arriving now include Klim Hi-Viz riding jacket, warm base layer, 12V tire pump, Moto-Skivees, RotopakX Gas Tank, and mosquito net.

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