Thursday, June 03, 2010

Resume - 14 Days on the bike and a bit over 3500 Miles in total

after traveling over 3500 Miles on the bike in 14 days, it's time to reflect and see what would need to be changed to make it even better next time. I truly enjoyed every minute on this trip and I'm amazed how much you can do and how little you need to be happy.

But changes would be:

I need a different bike, quite honest the only way that I ever attempt such a long journey again in such conditions and different climates would be with a different bike. I'm most likely going to take the R6 up to yellow stone this summer/fall. But not sure yet.

So what would I need in this case?

  • enough space to take my shorter half with me :)
  • no chain if avoidable
  • off road able
  • heavier
  • more leg space
  • less pressure on my wrists
  • more torque in the lower rpm range
  • at least a 5 gallon fuel tank
so looking at this list, I can't have it all. But it would boil down to any of these three bikes. If we only remove one point.

Off Road/touring - has all of these points

BMW 1150GS, this would be the perfect bike, but way to pricey. Even used, but incredible reliable and lasts well over 100k miles.

Off Road Touring - with chain drive and limited off road use

Suzuki 'I am ugly' V-Strom

somewhat affordable, since the price starts at 6500$ new, problem is they are in so high demand that they can't be found use in my area. Chain driven, but can be equipped with a center stand and so easier maintenance. They are known to last 100k+ miles.

Touring with no off roading capabilities

There are lots of bikes in this area, but most likely it would be a used cruiser or goldwing or fjr.

This would be most likely a used shadow, since they are very reliable and cheap to pickup

a late 90s goldwing

or the 1300 FJR

So at the end of the day it will be most likely a shadow or vstrom or FJR. Depending what I can find and get away with. I know I will love the V-Strom and FJR, I have driven both. On the shadow I don't know if my back agrees, but it's the cheapest and can be found for under 3000$. It would give me the chance to share some parts of my hobby with Ashley. I'm also not going to be able to get more than like 2-3k for the R6 anymore, since I now have to drive it till it falls apart. 

It has over 26k miles on it, which is very unusual for a sportsbike, but nothing for a cruiser or tourer.

Other things, not motorcycle related
  • warmer sleeping bag, mine is way to cold
  • spotting scope, to much wildlife around me
  • 18-200mm VR,  missed out on so many great pictures, because my 200mm lens is to big and had to stay home
  • a sturdier knife, my fixed blade promptly bend...
  • a fishing pole
  • a skillet


Derrick Lee said...

The FJR would be my first choice of the cheaper options... Goldwings are for fat midwesterners, the V-Strom is neither here nor there. On the other hand there is this older GS in SF you could consider:

Gert Wohlgemuth said...

kinda agree with your statements. But I realy like the practicability of the vstroms.

We will see, first I need some money, so give it a year.

BMW is out of the question, the premium is to high.