Two wheels is enough.
The ride itself was Nashville to Ocean City MD, then Hwy 50 to Sacramento CA and back to Nashville. I went with the understanding "I don't know how many 500 mi days I can string together". As it turns out I managed a total of 1893 mi in 5 days (A strict schedule as working people have to get back to work).
Spark plugs: easy and cheap. I thought about Iridiums, but the standard plug works fine and I got the new ones at a local auto part store.
Oil: The first time I've changed my own. Got some of the recommended Shell oil and K&N filter. Not too bad; cleaned the screen also which means getting the exhaust disconnected. My Scrambler has never lost, burnt, or dripped a drop of oil. I've owned a lot of air cooled bikes, and cannot say the same for the others.
Chain: at 12000 mi the original chain had several miles left in it, but I've made a mistake of expecting too much of a chain on a long trip. Installed an EK and a new drive sprocket. Ran perfect and smooth.
I bought an aux 1.75 ga tank and carried extra gas but didn't make it to where lack of services was expected. I didn't weigh the gear, but it wasn't light.
It rained 3 days out of 5. Real gushing, standing in the road, cars pulled over rain in Virginia. The Scrambler wasn't phased at all. We only stopped to put on rain gear and then motored through weather as it was. The AV55/AV56 Avon tires never twitched over wet tar snakes and wet washboard pavement in West Virginia and were predictable and competent in all cases. The Scrambler consistently gave 55mpg whether going 5+ on I-40 and I-81 or winding through Maryland and West Virginia back country at a brisk pace.
The ride was great fun, but I knew at the end of a long 500 mi day that I needed rest. The next planned day was 550 mi. The Scrambler would easily do it, but the old man couldn't so I said farewells and headed to the house.
The time to ride is now. The weather was beautiful and googlemapping I found a good looking road I hadn't ridden before (hwy 135). Also got to visit my "favorite name" towns of Defeated, Difficult, and Nameless. Over 200 mi I guess. Didn't set the odo. A great day of riding.
Every time I thought about putting on the new rear tire, the weather would be nice and I'd ride some instead.
UP and I were out for a ride and the thing scared both of us.
So, UP was busy with sickness, surgery and such stuff, so I took the wheel to Sloan's. They are fast and high quality....and you pay for it.
Anyway, the tire is on an everything is working great. There is a recall for the Scrambler to fix/change the side stand bolt, so I'm going to get over to Bloodworth's tomorrow or the day after (depending on predicted rain).
Once that's done...think I'll do a little riding.
I've been riding a lot of local, short stuff. There's been plenty of good weather (above 40°F and dry) this winter. So fun when usually there is none.
In October had to replace the heat/cool unit at the house. It came with an internet enabled thermostat. And, you can add a lot of other devices like an outdoor camera.
At least makes for some fun:
The Blue Ridge Gathering is an annual riding get together set up by ST-Owners Group and, principally, Uncle Phil. This year, being retired (among other things) I was able to do the whole thing.
The 3 principal objectives:
1) Ride great roads
2) Eat great food
3) Talk about it.
All three were done in large proportions.
The weather was about as perfect as it gets: Mild but not cold temps, no rain and mostly clear roads. Camping in those conditions was pretty sweet.
Three unusual challenges: 1) cows in the road 2) skate boarders in the road 3) an extremely slow apple truck.
The regular challenges of gravel and sand in corners as well as extremely slow traffic in spots were there as expected.
My challenges were 1) Packing camp gear on the Scrambler 2) Remembering (as it had been three years) how to set up the tent. 3) Doing all this withe the carbon fiber leg.
It all worked great. There were riders from Florida, Texas, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Canada. And probably others. Around 40 total.
Best of all - no drops. Everybody controlled their speed urges and stayed rubber down.
Next year is already planned. Note the miles in the pics.
I've been riding more and writing less. That's a good thing. Mostly just roundabout stuff, but, there are two notables.
The first is riding to meet Sarah and Doug in Kentucky to see the only other Scrambler that I've seen away from the dealer. They are real riders and do a big trip every year. Some pics
The second is a visit to the ET Wickham Sculpture trail. First a little explanation of what it is:
A lot of great roads through pretty remote country and a fascinating look at the sculptures.
Some good riding and good fun.
I figured that, today, I had to do some miles. So far, since the SUV thing, I've been getting back to fun roads. Hwy 141 has been closed just before the dam and twice that thwarted me from going all the way to the end of 141. Today I was going to take 264 as a go around, but the morning air was comfortable enough that I missed the turn. But, whatcha know ... 141 is open!
Also checked out Watson Hollow Road which quickly turned into a logging road. Enough of that. Ran Buffalo Valley Rd which is good fun.
After 10:30 had to go with the evap vest. Works..I40 coming back was HOT 102 (actual 97) per the bike. Scrambler ran perfect. The new tire feels good. We'll see how long it lasts.
Laid off; sorta coordinated that with retiring; spending a month in Ireland; now its HOT.
So, less riding than I want. Did get a new tire on the back. It's a sticky AVON I got at a very good price and Uncle Phil helped me get it installed. I have a replacement for the front. Probably do that in a few weeks.
Did get out this morning with my "water jacket" and had a really pleasant ride. Even checked out a new road. Two hours is about all the "water jacket" will do without reloading.
The AirHawk2 cushion helps immensely. The last time I was out a bit less than today I actually was bruised on the behind.
GPS from Uncle Phil's bucket full of GPSs works fine. As usual, daylight makes it hard to read, but the way I use it that's OK.
Weather ever hotter tomorrow, so extensive riding may not be in the cards right now. Still have to organize packing for camping.
A great few hours of riding today. Perfect riding, little traffic...life should always be like this;
A biker on the bridge recognized the Scrambler and gave a big thumbs up.
Slipped down to Woodbury for a V8. Talked another biker, Terry, who had been riding his bicycle for a year because him KTM was down for expensive repair. People tend to love talking motorcycles.