The storms passed through overnight and by the time I left at 8:30 this morning, the rain had stopped. It was 68 degrees with overcast skies when I resumed my western route on I70. Once I reached Kansas City, the sun came out making for a beautiful day for riding. The rest of the day was perfect for riding – sunny and 70.
As I crossed the Missouri River, it looked like it was on the verge of becoming a real flood risk. It was muddy and in some spots, it appears to have overrun it’s banks.
The majority of the day was just a matter of setting the cruise control and battling the wind. For most of the day, there was a moderate to strong crosswind that had to be dealt with. While not the worst wind I’ve ridden in, it was enough to ensure that I was always holding on to the handlebars and making corrections as the gusts came and went.
The BMW K1600 handled the wind at 80 mph quite well – much better than the Harley. At times, it almost seemed as if it was leaning into the wind all by itself with minimal input from me. Other than the fuel mileage dropping from the high 30’s down to the high 20’s and low 30’s, the bike had no problems pushing through the wind as I cruised along in 6th gear. This bike is definitely better in the wind than the Harley.
As far as comfort is concerned, the Electra Glide is more comfortable for me on these long rides. The foot position on the BMW gets to me after a while. Even with the highway pegs, my legs feel cramped and I don’t seem to be able to find a good comfortable position that lets me just sit back and relax like I could on the Harley.
After riding through Missouri, Kansas, and eastern Colorado I finally spotted the some mountains on the horizon as I left I70 and turned on to route 20 towards Colorado Springs at around 6:00 pm. It was nice to get off of the interstate highway and ride on some secondary roads. I arrived in Colorado Springs a few minutes after 7:00 and found a room for the night.
Tomorrow, I’ll spend the day enjoying the BMW riding through the Colorado mountains.
Miles today: 727
Total miles: 1,890
States: MO, KS, CO