Welll i made it!! Just under 1800 miles and well worth the ride.
I was the only triumph.
this will be a long response, and i will have to upload pics this weekend.
Friday i left work early to meet with 9 other people. We left the chicago area just a little after 1pm. That was about a 5 hr ride with stopping for gas. We mainly took rt 65 south.
Saturday, started nice and early, stands up by 8. There were 16 of us total. just after a half hour or so of riding one person ran into problems, gsxr 750. His over flow melted and was leaking anitfreeze on the exhaust, bellypan, and rear tire. he had a home made over flow, it was an onsite fix from the same trip last year. He never actually fixed it. the anitfreeze looked like it had oil mixed in it too!! Headgasket problems!! so that cut his trip short and he went back to town, someone from IL came to pick him up.
So now we were down to 15 people. We started to hit up back roads, and immediately you were able to tell the more advanced riders, to intermediate, to beginners. After a few curvy roads, and about 2 hours later we had a crash. Some of us up front were at a gas station/main road and waiting for the rest of the group. After a while and no one was coming, we knew there was a problem.
I guess this guy wasn't getting off the bike for turns, more stying straight and tilting the bike. But he bumped a guard rail and pulled away from it, and target fixated and low sided. So now you have a person down and the bike in the rest of the lane, the person behind him was to close and had 2 choices. Run over the person or the bike, and he went for the bike. He flipped...
about an hour goes by and they were able to ride due to quick onsite repairs.
first guy that went down, bent his rotor, so they took off that one and he was able to ride atleast with one rotor. peg broke, used passenger peg up front for gear shifter. walked away no problem.
second guy, high beam headlight/fearing/mirror broke off, and peg. we think he fractured his finger, and definately bashed/bruised his knee. limped away. one of our riders is a nurse in the ER, so she was able to help them right away, and had drugs to give them (right away and at end of day at hotel). All 15 of us regrouped for lunch.
1st guy that low sided was scared now, and decided to ride home. Second guy just wanted to go right to hotel, and avoid back roads but keep going.
12 of us left and hit up the dragons tail/ deals gap, rt 28, and other roads. we ended at cherokee, north carolina. 3 other people and me got seperated from the group and were first to the hotel, just a little after 7pm. half hour later the other 8 arrived. Surprisingly enough the guy that flipped his bike just got to the hotel around 8. Someone road with him and they hit up all the roads we did but just a little bit slower. Champ!!
Sunday, stands up at 8am. There were 12 of us and we immediately hit up blue ridge moutain. Great roads and it was empty! good way to start the morning. we also went on rt 209, "the rattler", that was good too.
we hooked around through tennessee, kentucky, virgina and then finally, west virgina. No major issues, and people were giving advice to the people at the back of the group and you can tell how they progressed because we didn't have to wait as long for them. we arrived at the hotel around 8pm and all ready to relax. We went to a habichi place across the street, i guess it is tradition to go there.
Monday, stands were up by 7. It didn't help that i was up till midnight. A roommate came in and said i had 20 minutes to get ready or i was going solo. I dressed, packed, and was ready to go by 7... hung over.
we stopped for gas about an hour later, and a bike had run into problems. A rectifier on a 600rr....
everyone looked at me and said they have had problems with this on Tirumphs usually on past rides. I just smiled and side, this it newer, i am all good.
so i ate and drank something and sobered up while we waited. They switched batteries from another 600, and disconnected her headlights, and push started it. We hit up some curvy, newly paved roads. We got to Indianapolis and stopped to eat. Some people took different back roads home but most of us stayed together and took 65 back.
This is when the stock seat really started to get uncomfortable. There was traffic but it was moving, never stopped. It was more because a semi-truck was trying to pass another semi-truck. Then we were behind an ambulance for a couple miles. That was great, it was like all the cars were moving for us.
we were down to 9 people and stopped in merrillville, IN for gas/food. and you can see a storm coming. some people left and cannonballed it home because they were north of the city. Others live in the city and hurried home. Me and one other person flew on i80 and 355 north. You were able to see the storm behind us. We even got a light mist of rain for a few minutes and you could see how some of the roads were wet.
but i got in the garage at 5:50 on monday and at 6:30 it was down pouring. I was releaved and glad it was over!!!
already look forward to doing it in the fall or again next year.