A sad goodbye to a fine machine which has been flawless. Why is it moving on? Because a low mileage R1150GSA has finally been found, and although down on power and less advanced, it fills the same niche. However, the power and balance of the R12GSA will certainly be missed....
A visit from neighbor Forrest leads to a 5 hour loop through north central PA. A great day for a ride into Elk country and down around the tributaries of the Susquehanna river. We stopped for lunch in Renovo, where the Sportsmans Restaurant had a surprisingly good Reuben sandwich. The lovely flowing river road down into Lock Haven was incredibly free of traffic. Then east again, before resorting to the highways for the trek home. A great day of riding.
It looks like the GSA has been lying idle, but that is just a lack of blog entries rather than miles. Now that there is decent riding weather, it has been doing commuting duty. A bunch of highway miles combined with some B roads. This would be fine if street or touring tires were mounted, but it is shod with dual sport tires which are surprisingly durable, if not smooth and quiet. The bike also went in for the fuel tank recall, and is fully sorted. Ready for a couple of planned long trips later in the summer.
Exploration doesn't have to mean a 3 month trek to Antartica, or even a multiweek trip across the country. It can mean going as far as you can toward an unfamiliar destination within hours, or within a single day. Such was this saga to points north and west, but within 3 hours of the starting point. And what did I discover ? Some great roads, some interesting roads to go back and try, some interesting historical sites, and a great place for a Hoagie. I'll be back....
Great time on the 7 mountains ride. Gravel, sand, rocks, you name it. Here is a shot of me emerging from some deep woods and some rocky single track. It was no picnic on the big bike, but it made it through..
Suddenly, and without warning, my wrists began to ache after long hours in the saddle. Actually, they began to ache after a decreasing number of hours. After a period of denial, this resulted in adjustment of the stock bars (twisting really) to adjust the angle more than the distance. This did not make much difference, and I began to search the forums. Despite many interesting alternatives, the most positive reports were from installation of the Rox Risers. I ordered a set. These are very simple but clever billet aluminum devices that allow for the adjustment of height, distance, and angle. The first trick to installation is making sure that they are even and level. If not, you have handlebars that are not straight. I used an angle level to get them right. The second trick is to reroute the throttle cable so that it is not stretched too tight. It will seem fine straight, but not at full lock. The solution involves disconnecting the cable at the handlebar and then reconnecting it underneath. Once complete, I had two more inches of height/reach adjustment, and the same amount of angle adjustment as before. Changing the reach/height also impacts seating position more than you might think. While I am still experimenting with the ideal position, this was a simple and easy change to comfort.
Two hours of light remaining. Thick thunderous clouds to the west. Temperatures dropping. This combination might suggest a warm dry evening at home. Not !! Suit up, make sure the rain gear is packed, fall gloves, gas, hit the road. This engine always sounds great to my ears, and the performance is even better. I headed northwest, skirting the thick clouds and running in and out of patches of sunlight. The roads over the mountains are twisty and clear of traffic. I have not seen lean angles like this on the GS since the tail of the dragon run. Fantastic. Yogi waves from the top of a wooded mountain. All too soon, light begins to fade, and I make a beeline for the interstate to get back. Just a few hours and a few gallons, but worth every minute and every penny. I am restored.