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I’m Planning Another Ride – Over 4,000 Miles!

Posted in California, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Helmet, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, National Parks, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Trip Planning, Yellowstone National Park on June 28, 2017 by DRF

I’ve decided a route for this years summer motorcycle trip.

Over 4,000 miles, 6 National Parks and 8 States. (I can hardly wait!)

I plan on taking my 1 man tent and sleeping bag this trip.  Lot’s of state parks, etc. along the way.  At the end of each day I’ll look for a campsite to stay at.  I’m sure I’ll also get a hotel room a few times along the way.  I just don’t want to make reservations all along the way this time, that just means I have to be at a specific place each night.  So if I want to stop several times along the way to relax, take photos, or whatever!  I won’t feel rushed.  I’ll just play it by ear.  Only 1 specific date to be somewhere this trip.  I’ll need to be back home to go back to work (that’s a 4 letter word!) when my vacation is over.

I plan to start in Arizona with a ride to California and ride up the Coast along Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).  A landslide along the highway has closed a portion of it, so I’ll probably start somewhere near Monterey.  I’ve ridden the highway south of this point before, so that won’t be too disappointing!  I’ll ride through the Redwood National Park in Northern California before heading into Oregon and Washington along the PCH traveling through Olympic National Park just NW of Seattle, WA.  Then I’ll ride East through Washington, Idaho and into Montana to visit Glacier National Park (GNP).  Then on the way back home I’ll ride to Wyoming through Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.  Then on through Utah and Zion National Park.  After that I’ll enter Arizona and ride just North of the Grand Canyon North Rim (see my last post for this ride) before arriving back home.  I’ll travel through 9 states and over 4,000 miles.

In preparation for the trip, I’ve attached my microphone and speaker set to my new motorcycle helmet.  I’ve had the mic/speaker set for years and never used it.   I haven’t tried it before, but I’d like to try using the CB Radio to talk with a couple other guys while riding.  I’ll be meeting up with my best friend (over 40 years now! Wow!) from high school in CA who will ride with me for a while along the PCH.  Then when I get to WA I’ll meet up with my brother and we’ll ride to GNP together.

motorcycle helmet

Harley-Davidson
Mens Aura Ultra-Light Half Helmet, Size XL.  Part #98210-16VM/002L.
This is NOT a paid endorsement, it’s just for your information.

I just got this new helmet a couple of weeks ago.  It’s Harley-Davidsons new light weight model.  Fancy huh?  I didn’t realize how loose my old one was until I put on this new one.  The padding inside the old one had deteriorated and compressed over the years.

I’ve ridden through Yellowstone a couple years ago, but I’ve never been to Glacier National Park.  If you’re interested in what it looks like, just Google “Glacier National Park” and look at some of the photos.  I can hardly wait to see it in person.

Of course I’l be posting photos of the trip here on the blog.  So stay tuned for more…

Pre Planning for another Motorcycle Trip – A Lot of Snacks!

Posted in Camping, Camping Gear, Energy, Food, Harley-Davidson, Harley-Davidson Dealers, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Cargo Trailer, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, Trip Planning with tags , , , , , , on May 5, 2014 by DRF

It will be a few months before my next (9 day) motorcycle trip, but that’s not stopping me from getting prepaired!  After all, part of the enjoyment (at least for me) is the preparation, planning, figuring out the route I want to take, etc…

I’ve decided NOT to put a hitch on my new Tri-Glide and pull the Bushtec cargo trailer like I did with the Ultra Classic.  After talking to the person at my local Harley-Davidson dealer that deals with warranty issues, I’ve decided to wait on installing a hitch.  He told me when a Harley-Davidson comes in for service and they notice a hitch has been installed, they have the ability to tag the motorcycles VIN number in Harley-Davidsons computer system effectively voiding the warranty.  This “tag” would be in the H-D system for all dealers to see.  If if you’ve purchased an extended warranty, it will be voided as well.  For those who’ve purchased the extended warranty, you know it wasn’t cheap.  He said some dealers may do it, and others may not.  I got the impression this dealership would do it if it was noticed. He wouldn’t say one way or another.  I don’t want to risk looking my warranty right now, so I’ll just keep the trailer in storage for now.

Anyway, I said all that to say I need to reduce the amount of things I’ll take on my next trip and reduce the size of some of the items I want to take.

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I’ve made a few purchases in the last few weeks for my next motorcycle trip.  I think I purchased most of these items at REI.  They have a good selection of quality items and an excellent return policy if you’re not satisfied.  I’m not affiliated with REI, I just like the store.  Some items are a little expensive, but if your a member you get a 10% rebate each year which helps.

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A Kelty Trailogic 2 Person, 3 Season Tent.  This tent complete with the poles weighs 4 lbs 13 oz and packs down to 14″ x 11″ x 3″ in the included bag.

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Marmot Maverics 40F/4C sleeping bag that weighs 2 lbs 3 oz.  It opens up to 6 ft in length and packs down in the included bag to about the size of a 1 litter soda bottle.

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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core (sleeping pad).  In the bag it measures 8″ x 4 1/2″ and folds open to 20″ x 72″ x 2.5″.  Weight is 1 lb 10 oz.

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Cocoon UltraLight Air-Core Hood/Camp Pillow with premium synthetic fill.  Ultra small, 4″ x 2 1/2″ in the included bag and weighs 3.5 oz.

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REI Flexlite Chair.  Size folded up in the bag is 14″ x 3″ and weighs 1 lb 11 oz.

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SeaToSummit Drylite MicroTowel.  Size folded in the bag is 5″ x 5″ and opens to 36″ x 19″.  Weight is 4 oz.

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An of course a motorcycle trip wouldn’t be complete without taking along a few snacks!  Some Electrolyte drink tabs to put in my water bottle to stay hydrated, and various snack bars, etc…  for my trips.  These all have expiration dates good for several months and will be good for my next trip.  I’m not sure if they’ll all make it that long, I may need to sample a few of them!

My old tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bad, pillow and chair are still perfectely fine, the new ones are just smaller in size and easier to carry on the motorcycle since I won’t be pulling the trailer.

 

Run Out Of Gas? Not Me!

Posted in FLHTC, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Accessories, Motorcycle Safety, Motorcycles, Trip Planning with tags , , , , on September 17, 2013 by DRF

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photo2Another addition for the motorcycle.  A REDA Gas Can (holds about 1 gallon).

On more than one occasion on my longer motorcycle rides, I’ve come close to running out of gas.  Due to trying to stretch it out to the next town, or by just not paying attention as much as I should have.  I’ve never ran out, but it was too close for comfort.  I discovered these REDA Gas Cans a while back and decided to purchase one.  It does take up valuable space in the saddle bag, but it may just be the best purchase I’ve ever made for the motorcycle if I ever do run out of gas.  For peace of mind if nothing else.

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