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My Favorite Bike

When people find out that I have three bikes, they inevitably ask me which one I like best.  This generally results in me having  to explain that I really don’t have a “favorite” bike.  Each bike is different and is used for a different purpose.

The Electra Gide is comfortable and generally quite relaxing to ride.  The Rinehart true dual exhaust and amplified stereo ensures that everyone hears me coming from afar.  The Harley is a motorcycle that has a classic feel to it that makes it a great bike to ride.  With 68K miles, my 2006 Electra Glide has been 100% reliable and has never leaked a drop of oil.  It’s definitely not fast, corners poorly compared to my other bikes, and the brakes are just OK.  This is the bike I ride when I just want to slow down, relax and enjoy the scenery.

The Street Triple R is my sport bike.  It’s the bike I’ve been riding the most lately because its lightweight, powerful, handles great, and has terrific brakes and is an incredibly easy bike to ride.  While long rides are not out of the question, the Triumph’s suspension is firmer and  focused on performance rather than comfort.  In short, it’s everything that the Harley is not.  Its’ the bike I ride when I just want to have fun.

The BMW K1600 has to be the star of the bikes I own.  Every time I ride the BMW I marvel at just how good it is.  It’s fast, comfortable, corners great, stops brilliantly, and has every electronic gizmo you could imagine.   The 6 cylinder motor is amazing – very good low-end power with amazing high rpm power as well.  Sure, there are more powerful engines, but when you can go from 35 mph to 135+ mph in 6th gear on a 750lb motorcycle, that’s impressive.  The suspension/handling is equally impressive and amazingly flexible due to the ESA.  The electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) allows you to have a very soft and plush ride on the interstate highways and then, with a couple of button presses, switch to firmer settings to handle the twisty roads.  Really, the only downside to the BMW that I can come up with is that it’s heavy to move around in the garage and parking lots.  I ride the BMW when I want the comfort, weather protection,  and storage of the Harley with the performance of a sport bike.  It’s got to be one of the best all-around bikes ever made.

So there  you have it. Three bikes for three different riding moods.

 

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Out for a Ride on the New Ultra Classic Limited

Well, the weather is starting to turn nice so I got out and rode the new Limited this weekend. I rode up to McDermott’s Harley Davidson to order some accessories for the new bike. After leaving the dealership, I decided to take Rt 4 home. It was actually a nice ride and the temperature was in the mid to high 40’s.

I’m really liking the new bike. It handles better, has more power, and the lower fairings and heated grips help a lot when riding in cooler weather.

New Ultra Classic Limited

Over the winter, I decided it was time for a new bike. I had pretty much settled on an Ultra Classic and was thinking of getting a leftover ’09 when I saw the new 2010 Ultra Classic Limited. After a couple of days of research, I decided that was the bike for me. So, about a week later, I went ahead and bought a Vivid Black/Black Ice Pearl Limited.

The color takes some getting used to – I actually prefer black over most colors. The Black Ice Pearl color has a lot of metal flake in it and changes between blue and purple as you move around the bike. The more I look at it the more I like it.

I haven’t ridden it much yet, only a couple of hundred miles, but so far I really like the 103 motor, 6 speed tranny and heated grips. I also bought a heated jacket liner for those days when it’s cold outside and transferred some of the accessories from my ’06 to the new bike.

This new bike should be nice when I go for my cross country ride this summer – I just need to figure out what route to take on the way out to California.

Day 15 – 8/13/09

I left Fort Collins this morning and headed north to Cheyenne Wyoming where I turned east on I-80. I’m on my way home now and expect to be back sometime Saturday. I didn’t take any pictures because the only thing around is corn – lots of corn. I made to just past Des Moines Iowa before stopping for the night.

States: CO, NE, IA
Miles Travelled Today: 741
Total Miles: 6,214

Day 13 – 8/11/09

When I started out this morning, I was thinking of heading east across New Mexico.  However, when I got to Flagstaff, I decided to turn north towards Colorado and spend a couple of days riding through the Rocky Mountains instead.  In order to get to Colorado, I had to spend a few hours riding through the same desert I had visited last week.  Fortunately, it was only 90-95 which is actually quite comfortable in the desert.

As I was riding on Rt 160 not far from the Four Corners (a spot where the borders of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico touch) I saw Highway Patrol car.  I checked my speed and I was going 65 which was the posted speed limit.  Just before he passed me he turned his lights on and I though he was going to turn around and stop me.  As I looked in my mirror, I saw that he had turned his lights off so I breathed a sigh of relief and continued on down the road.  Then, I saw why he had his lights on – there was a herd of goats grazing on the side of the road.  Apparently, he was just warning me about the goats.

A view from 10,000 feetAfter stopping in Cortez, CO, I headed north on Rt 145 towards Montrose CO.  This took me through the San Juan National Forest and up into the mountains.  The Colorado Rockies are beautiful.  Much of the ride took me through a valley with steep mountains on both sides.  There were lots of small ranches down in the valley near the river/creek that was at the bottom of the valley.  Gradually, the road climbed up higher into the mountains until I reached about 10,200 feet above sea level.

Telluride Lodge As I started decending the mountains, I stopped in Telluride to see the ski resort.  Telluride is a nice small town that is obviously inhabited by people with money. The town has very nice houses and shops along the main street, bike paths, and its own Visitor Center. There were quite a few on/off ride motorcycles on the streets so I’m guessing that there are trails throughout the hills.

After leaving Telluride, I headed to Montrose where I found a motel and had dinner. Tomorrow, I’m thinking of going up Mt Evans – the highest paved road in North America.

States: AZ, CO
Miles Travelled Today: 457
Total Miles: 5,059