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07-14-20 22:14
whimmel
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Originally Posted by bobs675 View Post
Cool trip, the Daytona is a wonderful bike but I don't think I could make the mileage. Oh to be young again.

Quick question -- so you put in earplugs and were able to listen to music. How did that work? I find that I need earplugs but haven't found a way to get music/etc working.

thanks and congrats on an awesome trip.
I use Etymotic noise isolating earphones. They cut the noise as well as filter-type ear plugs and also sound really good.
07-10-20 22:58
TheRedSlayer43 that looks like it was a blast, it was in MT when there was nothing out there, one of those fluke things where the last gas station I filled up at I believe and didn't really notice until it was the 'oh F**K' pull in the clutch to hear the bike just die out... it could have been real bad.
07-10-20 19:32
Campbell
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towards the end, it was just getting off the bike and being done with the ride. I meet up with someone at the end of the second day, trying to tempt me into popping a wheelie. To which I just shook my head, tail bag on the bike, WAY TO MANY MILES gone past, and I was not about to put fate into the hands of some place I didn't know as beat as I was. That might be part of the reason that I bought a cruiser, so when it comes to putting miles down, I can do it in style now...

not and exact map of the route that I took, but most of the stops I slightly remember being at... I did run outta gas at one point, which could have been real shitty, but it was just a quick push to the pump that I costed up to.
Yeah I bet. I completely agree with your decision too, there's no way in hell I'd be trying wheelies after so many miles haha. I can definitely see myself getting a cruiser down the line so I can enjoy those long trips in greater comfort!

That's a nice route by the way! I'd imagine seeing your gas gauge going all the way down to empty was pretty nerve-wracking. Lucky that you were so close to the pump! I made sure to look out for gas stations once I got down to a quarter tank, so I would never be in a position of cutting it too close, although in the end there was never a stretch of road that had wildly long distances between gas stations.

I didn't even think to post my route, so here it is for the most part. I made a few detours that I couldn't fit in one map, but this was the main course I took:



Once I got home I actually ordered a map of the US that shows the major roadways so that I could trace out my route with sharpie and plot my major destinations with pins. I plan to add future trips as well so I can have a physical representation of where I've gone on the Daytona!
07-10-20 06:13
TheRedSlayer43 towards the end, it was just getting off the bike and being done with the ride. I meet up with someone at the end of the second day, trying to tempt me into popping a wheelie. To which I just shook my head, tail bag on the bike, WAY TO MANY MILES gone past, and I was not about to put fate into the hands of some place I didn't know as beat as I was. That might be part of the reason that I bought a cruiser, so when it comes to putting miles down, I can do it in style now...

not and exact map of the route that I took, but most of the stops I slightly remember being at... I did run outta gas at one point, which could have been real shitty, but it was just a quick push to the pump that I costed up to.
07-10-20 01:05
Campbell
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That was a great write up of an amazing trip. It's almost sad that you didn't get the ride back, but I can not say that I blame you. Your story reminds me of when I tried to make it from Sturgis to Tacoma in two days. (That was about 1485 on an 06 Daytona...) Unlike yourself i didn't plan it at all, and after one day of high country highway miles, I couldn't take it and had to find something with some turns in there. If you make it back out to Colorado there's many roads that you missed taking the 80 over to SLC that you would love to ride on now that the weather has melted 'most' of the snow and we're still locked down.
Thanks! Yeah I was heavily considering doing the ride back, but I was feeling somewhat burnt out on long days in the saddle and wanted to be home after a couple months away. And wow 1485 miles is no joke! I don't think I could do that in two days honestly. My 600 mile day was more than enough.

For sure! Colorado was beautiful, and I'd love to make a trip out there again sometime in the warmer months to check out some of the mountain roads. I bet it would be tons of fun!
07-09-20 06:21
TheRedSlayer43 That was a great write up of an amazing trip. It's almost sad that you didn't get the ride back, but I can not say that I blame you. Your story reminds me of when I tried to make it from Sturgis to Tacoma in two days. (That was about 1485 on an 06 Daytona...) Unlike yourself i didn't plan it at all, and after one day of high country highway miles, I couldn't take it and had to find something with some turns in there. If you make it back out to Colorado there's many roads that you missed taking the 80 over to SLC that you would love to ride on now that the weather has melted 'most' of the snow and we're still locked down.
07-09-20 02:09
Campbell
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Originally Posted by bobs675 View Post
Cool trip, the Daytona is a wonderful bike but I don't think I could make the mileage. Oh to be young again.

Quick question -- so you put in earplugs and were able to listen to music. How did that work? I find that I need earplugs but haven't found a way to get music/etc working.

thanks and congrats on an awesome trip.
Thanks! Yeah so I have a Cardo comm system, which has small speakers that sit right next to my ear in the helmet. When riding in the city with no earplugs, I can hear the music totally fine without even turning the volume up too much. However on the freeway, when I put my earplugs in I need to turn the Cardo up to full volume. Then I can hear the music play at a low/medium level while almost completely cutting out the wind noise. Perhaps if you have a comm system your volume is too low? Otherwise if you use IEMs, foam tips can help cut out a decent amount of wind noise but don't provide as good of a seal as foam earplugs. But that's just been my experience.
07-08-20 19:26
bobs675 Cool trip, the Daytona is a wonderful bike but I don't think I could make the mileage. Oh to be young again.

Quick question -- so you put in earplugs and were able to listen to music. How did that work? I find that I need earplugs but haven't found a way to get music/etc working.

thanks and congrats on an awesome trip.
07-05-20 21:02
Campbell
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Originally Posted by MGFChapin View Post
First off, great writing. Do you write for a living?

Glad to see you chose the perfect tire for the trip. Do you think a taller screen, Heli-bars, gel seat etc would've made it more comfortable? Or would it not have mattered considering the massive distances covered?

I noticed somewhere in California you got around to cleaning the bike. What's it like cleaning 3700 miles of road grime & bugs? Did you ever diagnose the oil leak? It never got worse, I'm assuming?

You're right, you'll probably never get a chance to do this again and you'll be glad you did. Even smarter that you took excellent pictures of the whole thing. I did a full day of highway on my old 675 14 years ago and I still remember it well. That was enough of an adventure for me; 7 days straight just blows my mind a little.
Thank you! I write...code for a living, so not quite the same haha.

Absolutely, those tires were awesome, and there wasn't much noticeable wear even after all those miles! Perhaps a taller screen would've helped reduce some wind fatigue, but I think since I was basically laying on my tank bag for the majority of the trip it wouldn't have been night and day. Likewise for the heli-bars. I've heard gel seats can be awesome, but for me the stock seat ended up being fine, so I can't say whether it would've made a huge difference.

And yep, I cleaned the bike once I got to Berkeley since I had some time to relax for a few days. Cleaning all those bug guts and road grime off was honestly almost cathartic. It was great to get everything clean and shiny again. Part of that cleaning included removing the engine case covers on the alternator side, to get all of that leaked oil cleaned off, and after reinstalling them the leaking seemed to have stopped. My guess is one of the bolts was pinching the gasket and pulling it out of place or something. Still not entirely sure, but seeing as it's stopped I'm not too hung up on it.

Nice, that's great! Long days spent on the bike are always more memorable. I can't wait to do another road trip, although it'll probably be quite a bit shorter!
07-05-20 12:55
MGFChapin First off, great writing. Do you write for a living?

Glad to see you chose the perfect tire for the trip. Do you think a taller screen, Heli-bars, gel seat etc would've made it more comfortable? Or would it not have mattered considering the massive distances covered?

I noticed somewhere in California you got around to cleaning the bike. What's it like cleaning 3700 miles of road grime & bugs? Did you ever diagnose the oil leak? It never got worse, I'm assuming?

You're right, you'll probably never get a chance to do this again and you'll be glad you did. Even smarter that you took excellent pictures of the whole thing. I did a full day of highway on my old 675 14 years ago and I still remember it well. That was enough of an adventure for me; 7 days straight just blows my mind a little.
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