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    Typing Computer 4600 miles/10 days on a GSXR750 K8

    Here's the report!

    Just broke the new bike in, and I wasn't sure if this trip would cripple me.

    This trip is an extension of my 2007 trip in which my previous
    bike opted to sit on the back of a Ford F150 up the coast
    instead of on its own 2 wheels.

    For 10+ years I have wanted to ride PCH - primarily the
    California coast, and I finally got to do it.

    With new wheels and gear I took a shot at the coast
    once again.

    My only goals this year were to ride the coast, and get home safely.
    What this trip ended up being far exceeded my expectations.
    Here's a bit of a recap.

    Enjoy!

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    Day 1 - Edmonton, AB to Vernon, BC
    June 22, 2008
    600 miles, some rain, mostly sunny


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    As you can see from the map, I planned to go through the
    Ice fields via Rocky Mountain House, but got turned back by
    rain. Not wanting to chance getting into snow, I opted for
    the Banff/Lake Louise route.

    No pics - just a day to get miles on to get close to the
    coast, as we are situated quite a distance from Seattle.

    My clips for my rain pants managed to chew a small hole
    into my A-Stars jacket, other than that it was a great day.

    Day 2 - Vernon, BC to Port Townsend, WA
    June 23, 2008
    550 miles clear(ish) skies all day.


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    Heading out early, I by-passed most of Kelowna by heading
    around the west side of Okanagan Lake. This super twisty and
    challenging road, with some construction stops for land slides
    made it interesting.

    Got to the U.S. border around lunch, and COOKED on the
    tarmac until they opened the 3rd line and whisked me through
    without a hassle.

    North Cascades was a little dreary, but still quite scenic.

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    Re: 4600 miles/10 days on a GSXR750 K8

    I'm looking forward to the rest of the report. It's great to be able to tag along. Be safe!

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    Re: 4600 miles/10 days on a GSXR750 K8

    I too am looking forward to more.
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    Re: 4600 miles/10 days on a GSXR750 K8

    Hey Matthew, looks like the start of a great ride and even better photos! I like the sport-touring setup of your bike, looks sharp. You stayed in my old hometown of Vernon . Keep posting.
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    Re: 4600 miles/10 days on a GSXR750 K8

    Great looking report! Good to see a fellow sport rider out adventuring.. :P

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    Re: 4600 miles/10 days on a GSXR750 K8

    Is that one of those Wolfman bags you have on the seat? Looks like they hold a ton.

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    Re: 4600 miles/10 days on a GSXR750 K8

    Looks like you're having the time of your life, and lots of fun, too. Keep the photos coming and do ride SAFE always!!!

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    Re: 4600 miles/10 days on a GSXR750 K8

    Outstanding pictures. Keep em coming.
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    Re: 4600 miles/10 days on a GSXR750 K8

    Great pictures. Oregon coast is great. Rode from Washington to California two years ago on the coast. That time was with 3 friends on bicycles. I look forward to doing the coast with the wife on our motorcycles.
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    Re: 4600 miles/10 days on a GSXR750 K8

    It holds 100 L I think, 1 piece bag with 4 tie down points. 10 days of gear and was more than enough. Lots of outside pockets, 2 small saddle bags worked well - I used one for the rain gear, and the other for tools, tire patch kit, chain lube. Waterproof inside bag keeps everything dry.
    Straps down well, but it does require small adjustments through the day.
    Main thing is it's one piece and I had 45+ lbs in it and it was like it wasn't even there

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