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You're not using a tank bag as well?
Unfortunately I don't have one for this bike yet. Another one of those "DOH!" moments. I honestly didn't think I'd have any issues fitting everything up until last night.
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Got out of work a bit early..... I'll make it to my campsite with daylight to spare (hopefully) Last minute checks and we're outta here

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Some jitters as I headed out. It was hot and sunny and I was sweating from getting all the gear on. The bike felt like it was sagging a bit with the extra weight on the tail so I stopped at the dealer. They firmed up the rear shock and the bike felt a lot better. It took a little time to get used to the gear on the bike and I had a little more weight in my backpack than I wanted. I had a few moments of panic about the whole trip!

Once I got on the road the jitters went away. 10 minutes out and I’m already on rural back roads. Getting away from a city is instant calm. Its like walking out of a room where the music was blaring. Focus is easier and it can feel like you’re mind only then began to even work again. It’s a great feeling.




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Yesterday I was having all these zen moments and was stopping every 10 miles to take pictures of the bike. The ride so far was super peaceful. Basically a bike photoshoot that just happened to be moving north. Since I don't have gps that I can see, I travel by memorizing the next three turns and then stopping to check for the next three after that. It’s a double edged sword in that its adventurous but also a gigantic pain if you get lost too many times. It definitely doesn't work well if you want to get somewhere quickly. I wasn't in a hurry exactly but getting to the campsite w daylight left was a nice thought.





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After the 10th wrong turn of the day I stopped to check google maps again and re-orient. The tail pack was strapped down perpendicular to the pillion seat and one end was sticking out further on one side than the other. This kept making me think it was slipping off one side so I kept adjusting it and cinching it down when I’d stop. So I cinch it down this time and turn to look down the road. As I’m turning I hear a noise and turn back towards the bike to see it now laying on the ground.


I’m confused and angry and stunned all in the same moment. I’m sure people handle it differently but I was devastated. It’s definitely an intense feeling of failure. I picked it up still in shock. The mirror casing got ground up a bit, the clutch lever got clipped, the fairing got ground a bit and the cover on that side got a few scratches. Nothing seemed major but in my mind I’d just destroyed it. The first intense emotions didn’t last long. I know bikes get dropped all the time and the parts are all replaceable and that people all just make mistakes sometimes but it didn't feel good……

Then it started raining…..

Then I hit fog…..

Then I hit a traffic jam where people were actually standing outside their cars…..

Then I passed my exit…..

Then turned around to come back in the traffic jam the opposite way……

Then I reached the lovely Shenandoah Valley Campground……

At night…….

7 hours for a drive that's listed as 4…..

(no pictures yet of the damage, it’s still too soon)



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Not a lot of space in the tent but slept like a rock. It was the weirdest feeling when I finally laid down and closed my eyes. It felt like I still had all my gear on and I had the sense of motion. A pretty disorienting feeling. Not a ‘bad’ feeling but nothing I’d experienced before. Felt good that the idea of camping at all with the bike was actually working!



Woke up to a clear morning. After climbing out of the tent I saw a couple rabbits. Didn't think much of it until I saw a few more. And then a few more. And then a few more. They were all over the freaking place. There must have been 100 rabbits running around this campground. Rabbit apocalypse is coming to Virginia (a fitting post for friday the 13th)







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Another set of firsts for this morning. I went back to the road where I first laid down my first bike for the first time. After my bike falling over the day before I’ll admit my confidence was shaken. I was also running late to get there and still make VIR for volunteer registration.

As I mentioned my first long trip was about 4 years ago and was also 3 months after getting my moto license. I was following my friend (the same one who happens to be headed down this weekend) through the VA mountains. He was on a Multistrada and I was on a Bonneville. I had built up enough confidence on the bike to get it pretty well leaned over and I was excited for some serious twists and turns. About an hour after setting out the first morning we hit some intense switchbacks. They changed elevation and camber and had decreasing radius (radii? - whatever). Oh, and many were blind too. My friend was cruising through them and I was keeping up. At one turn it was a bit tighter than the others and I was pushing harder than my skill limit. I started to scrape the peg and freaked out. I had no idea pegs were built to scrape and that I should have held the turn and let it scrape. Instead I stood it up a bit. Then I was crossing the centerline so I leaned back in. I started scraping the peg again and stood it up again. At this point I was headed straight for the side of the mountain. I dumped the bike at maybe 5-10 mph. All this happened in the space of maybe a few seconds. We checked the bike out and ended up doing another 4 days on it. The damage was really cosmetic but my hip got a nice chunk of skin torn out of it (at the time all I wore were jeans). Two massive lessons learned that day. #1 ride at YOUR own pace. #2 Jeans are like wearing nothing at all when they hit asphalt.

Anyway, so I’ve wanted to go back to that road for a while and I was heading out for it. A little nervous reminding myself of the basics in my head as I got closer. I kept thinking ‘you’ve got 4 more years of experience and a ridiculously better bike for these roads’. I assumed it would ‘feel’ better going through those turns the second time around…..

Well, it did and it didn’t. The bike is perfect for it and I’m really glad I went. It was a beautiful morning and the view was amazing. But the turns were still REALLY gnarly!!

I was surprised how intense they still were. I’ve been studying riding techniques fairly obsessively and have felt more comfortable than ever but I think there's still a next level of riding to come. I’d love to do some things like Cornerspin and CA Superbike School and eventually put the 6 on track. Anyway, it’s off the list and it was a gorgeous ride. Now gotta book it to VIR!!
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This is a great read. The pictures remind me of being back in North Carolina for the ZX6R meetup at Deal's Gap. Even though I live in CA and there are some absolutely beautiful roads here, I will openly admit that the Dragon AND the Cherohala (sp?) Skyway were phenomenal rides. A buddy and I split off from the group and did a little ride through some other roads as well and all of it was beautiful.

Stopping for pictures does drag out the trip a little longer, but it is so worth it in the long run when you look back on the experience.

As for the bike falling over: it sucks but when it comes to adventure riding, it's par for the course. I think that's a universally accepted part of the experience. If that's the only thing that happens, you're in good shape. It just sucks when it happens on a beautiful sportbike.

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Started making my way to Virginia International Raceway. Hit some more rain and at one point saw a flashing sign for fog coming up. Rode into this really light fog as the sun was also coming out. Surreal mix of fog and sun and I thought it was amazing and actually thought ‘why would you need a warning sign for this?’. 5 minutes later visibility was about 10’. Only lasted for a few miles thankfully. 3 turn memorization was working well and I was making good time. At one point I was supposedly right near the track and I wasn’t seeing any signs for it. I thought for sure I was on the wrong road. Pulled over and got out my phone to check. As I look up I see this:



Not the biggest sign on earth but I arrrived
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Riding into the track was sensory overload. Crossing over the track there were S1000RR’s screaming under it. California Superbike School was on track. This was the first time I’d seen a motorcycle track live. The sound of the bikes wide open is incredible. The size of the track isn't something you think about watching it on tv but it's huge. There are two courses that can run at the same time. The north course is 2.25 miles and the south course is 1.65 miles. So the land it's sitting on is huge. Apparently at one point it was closed and used as a farm before eventually re-opening for racing.

Getting into the north pit area there were already massive tractor trailer setups from the big factories (well, Yamaha, Suzuki, KTM and Aprilia). Not sure what I was expecting but it was more exciting than I’d imagined. Just thursday and there was already tons of activity.

I found the other volunteers and luckily they hadn't started anything yet. Found out I was gonna do tire control and not tech control. Sort of bummed at first but we all hung out in tech control the first day. Incredible to see all the bikes rolling in full race trim. Because I was late I didn't have a chance to find out where camping was. When I asked nobody knew at first so I spent the entire first day in riding gear! I was roasting!!!

Tire control ended up being awesome!.... and freaking STRESSFUL.









I swear I thought I was smiling in this picture!

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So…. tire control. Tire control (I’m sure many on here already know about this) is setup to track compliance with tire regulations. Dunlop is the supplier and each rider, depending on class, has an allotment that they’ve gotta use for each weekend (and I think only that weekend). Not awesome on paper but it meant crazy access. The first day we went around to all the teams who’d already passed tech inspection and gave them their tire stickers for the weekend (one for each allotted front and rear). We were walking through the ‘garages’ of each team and just hanging out around all the bikes being put together. Unbelievable to be next to the bikes and the mechanics. The bikes are absolutely gorgeous (even just halfway put together).

Bobby Fong’s ZX10R (part of it anyway - one of only a couple Kawasaki’s in the series, and I think only running in superstock and not superbike - wake up team green!)



Toni Elias’ Suzuki



Danny Eslick’s R1



“Kid in a candy store” is a pretty good analogy for how I felt!
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