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  1. #11
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    In addition to my normal haunts nearby I'm planning on two medium distance trips. One of them depends on CalTrans completing work on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH-Highway 1) so that I can ride between San Francisco and Ventura without deviation. It looks like the roadwork, which now has the PCH closed won't be finished until late summer. I'm planning on riding from the Sacramento area to S.F., then down the coast to Monterey, Santa Barbara and into Ventura. From there, I'll head east to the desert going through Mojave and then home on Hwy 395 going through Lone Pine, Bishop and Mammoth Lakes before taking one of the mountain passes near Lake Tahoe back over the Sierra to the Sacramento Valley. That'll be 1200 miles. The other trip will take us up into Oregon for a trip to Crater Lake. Then it will be up to the Washington State border for a cruise along the lovely Hood River before heading through Portland and out to the Oregon Coast. That trip is also around 1200 miles. Both trips will be done two up with my wife.
    We had such a good time visiting Virginia City last year that we'll repeat it this year. Same for our tours of Lassen Park and the tour we did of the Redwoods and northern California coast. These tours are so darned beautiful that they just keep calling me back.

  2. #12
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    Getting a new Goldwing Tour and going to do some LONG trips... Keeping the CTX however, for a buddy who rides but currently - because of his housing situation - does not have a bike. And yes, the new GW will be a DCT model...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodswoman View Post
    I love the N model in silver. Wish it had been offered the year I got mine! Looking sharp, prof.
    Thanks Woodswoman. That 700N of yours is a great looking bike.
    Professor

    Current ride: 2015 Honda CTX700N DCT ABS

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyDave View Post
    Mutazu has a rack that will fit most top cases. Order directly from their website.
    It can be a bit difficult to install since it is a cheap Chinese knock off of the OEM. However drilling out the holes with the next size up drill (or "reaming" them out as I did) and leaving the four upper assembly bolts loose until the four lower assembly bolts are screwed down secure will go a long way to ease the pain.

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    On the bike I'm putting spot driving lamps in. Otherwise, mods to this bike are just about done.

    Personally, I'm going to retire June 1st. Then I'm riding out to see Custer battlefield. Nothing there really but a long ride. Maybe a couple of buddies will go with me. If not, OK. I'm still going.

    Point is when I was I grade school in NY, and heard the story, I just couldn't imagine the emptiness those soldiers found themselves in I just always, all my life, wanted to experience that feeling of being so screwed. Next year, one never knows, health may turn south. Who knows. So I decided to do this right away. Why not, with what I know? Can't control what I don't. Also, I'd really like to lap Kentucky with pony et al. I love lapping states.

    I've got a good gig. My wife is working with me on this. We've got two dogs we have to deal with. And it's not fair for her to deal with all of this when I have my freer time. So we're making it work. I'll take so far a week or so at a time. I think that will work. Hope so because I'm doing it. I'd rather be south for 3 or 4 months, but that isn't going to happen.

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    DaddyDave: I'll do my best to get the light to cooperate in my attempts at photographing our tours. Funny thing, but it seems the light is always better on my wife than on me!

    Shanghai Dan: I'm kind of with DaddyDave on the Goldwing but for different reasons. I drool over the new GW daily. What I find so attractive is the comfort for my passenger and the extra power when riding two-up. But, the added bulk of the GW for a rider like me is quite intimidating.

    My CTX does duty as my daily ride through the twisties in our local mountains, gets me to the store and back and takes my wife and I on adventures that we would not otherwise have. It's a bike that at times requires compromising ones expectations, while being a bike that can get a two-up team through tours in rigorous terrain. The compromises have me continuously looking for the upgrade of my dreams while the capabilities of my CTX700 make me pleased with how it has performed at the end of every tour we have ridden it on.

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    Planning a larger fuel tank. First step was the removal of the air box and installation of a K & N RC-2400 air filter modified to accommodate the CTX700 air temp sensor and breather. Pics will be forthcoming.
    Fred

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    I'll keep plugging away at my CTX FF conversion in the hopes I might get to ride it at some point this year (I only had the one last year after I bought it and then immobilized it to start fiddling). I've already made some progress this year with some CNC brackets and I've been playing with some CAD models to see where I want to head on the next bits. I got the NC-spec Ohlins on the back and a Matris cartridge conversion in the forks last year so the suspension mods are done.

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    Bah, bulk shmulk... When you're 320 pounds of solid meat, an 800 pound bike is just something to toss around!


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    My how quickly my plans change. I have been asked to be the support driver for a team of 2018 Scooter Cannon Ball Run riders. They wanted me to ride it but just don't have the desire to do it. Plus I don't have a scooter any more, same friends just no scoot.

    The SCBR starts on May 26th in Morro Bay, CA and ends on June 4th in Virginia Beach, VA. It is ~4000 miles and goes through some very scenic vistas, national parks, and several historic points. If you are interested in the route take a peek at their web site http://scootercannonballrun.com/. Scroll down the page to look at the map. The red pins are the daily stops and generally are 350 to 400 miles apart. Some, like Dan, plan a cross country tour and this looks like a good one. I may try to work in a group ride this fall with some folks just for the fun of it. I will definitely have the time and ability to take more than a few pictures.

    For our California friends I would like to invite you to come out and send the group out with a big bang. The starting point is located at Main Street and Morro Bay Blvd. in Morro Bay, CA. I don't know when the start time is, but if it as usual, teams will leave in 10 minute spacing starting somewhere around 8:00 AM.

    Getting there is going to be a busy week due to a group ride event with the Southeast Gathering Riding Group. We have plans to meet on May 17 -20th in Monteagle, TN. We will have four days to meet in Nashville, TN to assemble the team, supplies, and scooters, get it all loaded in a trailer and be in Morro Bay for a rider team meeting on the 25th of May. It's doable - but a close time schedule.

    Oh well, now I can resume my regularly scheduled activities.

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