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Old 04-02-2012, 07:43 AM   #31
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Re: The Southwest: Demenshea meets the Versys

What was the speed limit on 12? Looks like it should be a least a double nickel. No heated gear....
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:49 AM   #32
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What was the speed limit on 12? Looks like it should be a least a double nickel. No heated gear....
Utah has a way of taking the fun outa riding. The speed is 55 (some 65) EXCEPT when it's twisty and then they lower the limit to 35mph. Nice...

Oh ya, a powerlet is my first mod to be added upon my arrival home. I'll never not have my heated gear again. I'm still sitting in my motel room in Beatty waiting for the temps to get to 45 degrees. Sheesh....
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:16 AM   #33
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This makes me think of Radiators Springs from the Cars movie.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:40 AM   #34
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Leaving Cedar City was best described as chilly at 47 degrees but I truly had no idea just how cold I was about to be. Even the GPS seemed confused wanting to take me north to Beaver before heading west and I'm sure it too was too cold to think. I combed over the maps and decided that the best route would be going through Ely and across NV via Hwy 50. By the time I reached Panaca, NV I had changed my mind knowing that Ely is one of the coldest places in the state of NV and I was already vexed from the cold.

The winds were just starting in Panaca with a fairly strong breeze but nothing overwhelming like the day prior. But the cold was another matter. I left Cedar City figuring the temps could only rise, well I was wrong. It was 47 degrees when I left and in Panaca it was a bone chilling 42. Ok, time to head south and maybe go over the ET Hwy 375, surly it couldn't be as bad! I headed south to Caliente only to have the winds gaining in strength. When I got to the cut off, I decided Vegas would be the warmest decision. So off to Sin City I went.

Beautiful but COLD!


Just west of Caliente.




Now this is truly the beauty of traveling solo. There is never anyone to confer with regarding direction!



In this case my decision was not the best scenario as little did I know that sin city was battening down for a horrid record-breaking wind storm. Yes, it was warmer, but the wind created the such a challenge I became all too aware of the spot on skills needed to keep the bike upright. When I stopped for gas, I was told that they were expecting gusts over 60mph and the current gusts were blowing 40-50. If that was the case, I definitely wanted to be off the road before they became 60mph! I headed into the heart of the city and found a room.

A neon zoo would be the best description of LV.


I believe he and I are thinking the same thoughts.






I spent the better part of the afternoon and evening hanging in Vegas people watching. Truly one of my least favorite cities, Las Vegas is a Disneyland for adults with all the insanity of crazed children standing in a queue. I was really quite ready to be home. The weather report was for gale winds not only that day, but the following. I was disappointed, but knew it was probably for the best to stay put, however after a decent nights sleep, the warnings didn't stop me from trying to leave.

Sitting outside at the Tropicana, watching the winds blow!


You can see that I am the only one braving the elements. I asked the waiter if anyone had ever died from the sun screens blowing down. He replied, "not this year."


Now those are some gams...i guess those shoes definitely build some calves! I don't believe I have ever seen as many platform shoes since the 1960's.


With a leisurely morning start, the wind just didn't seem so bad, so much improved over the previous day that I altered my route and thought it would be warm and lovely in Death Valley. Well, that change in route was my nearly swan song. I had filled my bike in Baker, CA and by the time I reached the intersection of Hwy 95 in Amargosa Valley, I was down to one blinking bar's worth of gas meaning I had 9/10 of a gallon left. I had ridden only 95 miles in extreme headwinds and my mileage had taken the toll.

I stopped in Baker, NV at the Mad Greeks for a quick coffee and Baklava.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:42 AM   #35
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Luckily there was gas at the intersection and I didn't have to cross fingers while making my way to Beatty which was only another 30 miles. Nevertheless the wind made for a dicey ride. Those 30 miles to Beatty were filled with deliberations and I decided I simply couldn't keep going, as I was tired of fighting the machine and the elements. It was just too cold, too tiring and too dangerous. I had not seen another motorcycle since I had passed through Shoshone, where a group of BMWs where all parked and laying low. There were no other fools out on April Fool's Day.

When I got to Beatty, NV and the winds were so extreme that I just got a room and hoped for the best the following day. I always stay at the Atomic Inn which is reasonable, comfortable and quirky and as much as I wanted to get home, this felt very inviting





The room interior





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The following morning when I arose it was 37 degrees. I waited until the temps rose to 45 and then braved the lesser winds and headed toward home. This was to be the day fraught with brutal cold temperatures, medium winds, and almost zero focus. I felt lucky to have made it to my friend's home in Carson City and there I called it a day. It was 4:30 pm and I had ridden my very favorite road Hwy 266 and Hwy 168 like a new rider. I was FREEZING, unfocused and just plain tired of fighting the elements. It was sad to not be able to enjoy one of my favorite roads. I was even passed on this road by a FedEx van. Yep, I was tired.

After nearly 350 cold and windy miles, one night with friends made up for all the nights alone. I had a wonderful home cooked meal, sat outside under heat lamps and looked to the starry sky. It was lovely. We listened to music, drank wine and spent hours talking. At the end of the evening, I slept like a baby.

The final leg was only 130 miles, but the forecast was for cold temperatures and possible snow over the summit. My friend Mike who is also a rider, had a motorcycle trailer and suggested that he take me and my new Versys home. After about a moments deliberation, I said, "let's do it". So I trailered my bike the last run home. I was thrilled to be both warm and wind free.

Now hows that for a final leg?? I've had my new bike for 10 days and I have 2800 miles on it!

Ahhhh....there's no place like home.


Truly...


The route to Carson...
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:11 AM   #36
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What an adventure.
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I love hwy64 and every sunday morn they have a breakfast buffet in the room behind the dining room all you can eat for $10.00, we did this at least twice a month and than rode Cumbres Pass and back over hwy64 when I lived in Bayfield Co.
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Very nice effort. Thanks for taking us along.
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Hey D,

Cold or not, it was a fine ride and a good adventure. Colder than that Harley broad you spoke to in Sackatchewan? I suspect that journey was a doddle really considering you only needed my winter gloves to keep your hands warm.

Okay, outside being cold and some high winds - what do you think of the bike?
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Cold or not, it was a fine ride and a good adventure. Colder than that Harley broad you spoke to in Sackatchewan? I suspect that journey was a doddle really considering you only needed my winter gloves to keep your hands warm.

Okay, outside being cold and some high winds - what do you think of the bike?
Bill, I gotta say, i thought fondly of those gloves on more than one occasion!! Once my hands go, my brain is soon to follow.

The bike is awesome. It's really a testament to all things well tweaked on a cross-over type bike. It's got plenty of power. I had it cruising at 90mph, and the throttle was never pinned and it seemed fine with power to spare. It wasn't vibrating me to death like many have insinuated. I would like hand guards on it, to protect me a bit more from the wind also heated grips are a must.

The lightweight flickable nature is wonderful for twisties but not so good in the high winds on big straight highways. I definitely missed the Bandito's weight in this area. I can't wait to get it up in the twisty sierras when my mind is not on pause. When I rode Hwy 168, I just couldn't do it justice, as I was off game from the cold. I believe it's a plenty mean machine when the rider is connected. It runs the twisties low geared and high rpms. That's its sweet spot. You can feel it respond to you at about 6000-7000 rpms in third gear dropped to second if it's really tight. Engine braking is your friend when riding this type of road. I'll know more as i get off the straights more. This last trip was plagued with many a straight road or a silly pointless low speed limit.

I believe we are formulating a bond. It's quick and it's ever so GREEN. I like that no one can possibly miss me on it.

I think what we have is the best of both worlds now. Gary is riding the Bandit, but it shares a garage with the Versys, so we can switch off now and again. I'll put the Dmnshea plates to rest and just get a regular plate on both bikes, so Gary can ride either without feeling silly, like he has been riding the Bandit with it's personalized Donna plate!!

Ask me that question again in about a month, Bill. I'll probably be more able to respond.

Oh ya, and that stock windscreen...who the heck's idea was that. It's just silly. That will also be replaced. The seat...damn if it isn't comfortable for my arse. Don't know why no one likes them, but it fits me well. It's still a bit tall. 31.5 even lowered. I think I'll be looking at some platform boots!
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