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BonusVFR last won the day on December 22 2016

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    99 VFR
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  1. Ventura rack question

    Here Here is the other Ventura 5th Gen version. Not quite the best "action" shot but my best to show the design. I still use this rack with my hard bag setup. With Hard Bags.
  2. Tire change mid trip in CO.

    Yes the long tour tire dilemma! Change the tire before the tour or hope for a fast change somewhere mid tour? I just went through this on a long tour to Montana from San Diego. Whatever you do ........make sure you bring wheel change tools so you do not pay the exorbitant fees for pulling the wheel off the bike. Tire shop folks typically make no differentiation between and conventional and SSA tire mounting setups. And since they know they have got you they charge accordingly! A couple of other thoughts about the process: Have you ever run that tire before to really know how many miles you have left? It is a real bummer to have chord showing 500 miles before your well planned and theoretically scripted stop!! Are you certain you will be in Colorado Springs on a day certain. I have never had a tour go exactly according to plan to include a tire fiasco. If it slips to the weekend you could be Dead in the Water for a few days. Think Labor Day Holiday in the USA! Some tire shops require that the tire comes from them not some less expensive Internet outlet Generally it is faster to get the tire changed if you bring the wheel in (see note about bringing the right tools to do that) Based on my experience I would change the tire before the tour and keep the old one as a spare. But I have a tire changer at home!!
  3. But it is a dry heat....really!

    Well I managed to survive another tour and massaged the HEAT fairly well. The Blythe forecast above really scared me. I had three options take the VFR to the Sierras or the WSBK races. My hottest choice was to take the big bike to Glacier and Montana with a lot of slab work. This NOAA forecast below convinced me at the last moment that I had a window of time and could avoid (hardly) the brutal heat so I headed North East on the blue corridor. Hottest point of the Trip was coming back at 102 in Ridgecrest California and coolest arrival temperature for any day was 77. And it was balmy San Diego on my last day...yes we are spoiled here!
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    From the album Misc VFR

    NOAA Predictions
  5. Misc VFR

  6. Well done for your first "tour"! Pretty ambitious to put in that many miles on your initial trial by fire. No matter how many trips you take you will add new items to the "lessons learned" list. Trailering is a good option to save tire wear and to beat the heat. You are in prime country for baking and slogging across the slab to destinations can beat the hell out of you especially if multiple days are involved. I wrote up "dry heat" if only I had known sheet last year....... http://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/topic/83875-but-it-is-a-dry-heatreally/& I just got back from another long one and added more to my list....oh well you never stop learning. I really like the looks of the 8th gen and OEM bags.
  7. Ice vest. Make or buy?

    Not sure this would be a great idea on a VFR as where do you put it and can the electrical system handle the load. After one seriously hot tour I considered this: http://www.veskimo.com/body-cooling-vest-products.php And I already carry too much stuff on tour! But most of the time I would not need it as in my experience one can hack a few hours of heat. Multiple tour days of hot running is what really does me in. My cooling kit as described in my "But it is a Dry Heat" thread is a evaporative cooling vest which I charge in a ice bath in my soft sided cooler. This does triple duty as ice chest for cool drinks for riding and in camp. My vest lasts at least an hour. Drink, drink and drink too!
  8. SumSum 4 Scouting Trip

    Just got back myself from a tour of the area up to Canadian border/Glacier to include the Black Hills etc. I ran the Lolo Pass on the way back. No crowds! No sure what you are exactly scouting for? Lolo Pass a few years back! Great VFR road!
  9. But it is a dry heat....really!

    It is all about the camping and comfort. And I still enjoy that too. Frankly you do not see many VFRs out and about with loads of camp gear. I used to spartan camp so a tad less crap. I manage with the VFR but my camping needs have grown proportionally with age. I think I will stick with the bike as long as I can with an occasional derivative bike/truck/trailer trip when circumstances dictate. Cooler today so I am off soon. I hesitate to post up a shot of my Wing fully loaded! But it will have a big jug of ice water for my sorry old body in addition to a cooler to bath my cooling vest in ice for that "air conditioner" feel (for an hour maybe).
  10. Truck guys

    Helps distribute some of the weight from the rear tire to the bed plus more importantly it allows me to "roll over" (when loading) my folding cover latch which is on the tailgate.
  11. Summer Tour August 2017

    Looks like a great route. I am traveling to many of the same spots soon. Watch the heat!. In honor of your naval service I am taking my CV bike.
  12. Creede Colorado

    A very cool hole in the wall place. I went once. Have to get back to Colorado!
  13. But it is a dry heat....really!

    Well I am about to start off on another tour and this happens. I may have to head to the Sierras again instead of hitting the slab and heading to Spearfish SD & Montana. When you hit this the only thing that really works is your truck! Great VFR trip to the Sierras about a decade ago......Sonora Pass and it just opened finally.
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    From the album Misc VFR

    Blythe again!
  15. I went with a Wing for the second bike. Turns out that you are right the Wing's ass is smaller than a VFR with bags. Took me a while to suppress the big bike bias and decide on buying one. I actually rode one instead of just reading comments from folks who had never even done a spin on one. After all it is a second bike and different from the VFR...that is the point right? And it splits fine. Actually in some ways it is better than my VFR as the riding position is more suitable for visibility and the "whiskers" mirrors let you know you can get by.