Monday, August 10

Travel glitches resolved—and hearing the call of the road…

 

Hello family and friends,

I am Arkansas bound! After visiting friends in Little Rock, I will head to  McGehee, Jerome, and Rohwer, AR, to do some research (more on that later). From Little Rock, I will go west to San Diego, CA. First, I’ll pick up Rt 66 in Oklahoma and take that as much as possible. I have no firm plans and I want to keep it that way. I’ve packed maps for each state I will enter, a gps, and a ton of enthusiasm.

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Took Jesse Jr. out for a test ride with the Twisted Throttle Dry Spec waterproof luggage set mounted. I must confess, I wasn’t “feeling” the bags as I prefer my Givi hard shell luggage. But so far, no solution on how to get the Givi V35 on the F800GT. I kept the Givi bags from the sale of the F800ST but now it might be that Givi doesn’t make a rack to fit the V35 bags on the GT. Very frustrating. Forced to make a quick order of the Dry Spec trio. Took some time to figure out a satisfactory mounting approach but with the help of the husband (I can no longer get the bike on the center stand with my damaged shoulder) we were able to get the luggage mounted straight.

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Took the fully loaded bike out for a test ride . Smooth motoring. Returned and the bags were tight and secure. I’m now “feeling” the bags. Still love my hard bags but looks like this will do the trick—and being “dry bags,” supposedly waterproof there are no annoying “rain covers” needed. Did that before the hard cases and don’t want a repeat of that. I can hear the call of the road…

The countdown begins…

4 comments:

Richard M said...

The call of the road is very loud. I start heading north tomorrow morning after a month in Oregon. I figure about 10-12 days to get back to AK.

Looking forward to your ride report!

SonjaM said...

Also heard the road call me. Well be on the other side of the pond for a month's long trip through Eastern Canada soon. Nice dry bags. I have Kriega's and they never failed me.

Sojourner's Moto Tales said...

Richard, thanks. Aww...a month anywhere sounds wonderful! Sounds like some grand riding ahead for you still. I'll start following...

Sojourner's Moto Tales said...

Hi SonjaM--Thanks so much for stopping in! Have a great ride. Looking forward to catching up with your tales. The DrySpec are doing well. Those Kriega's are nice! I looked at those also. For me, I shall reach RT 66 today in Oklahoma!