I got the idea last year after doing 1,300 miles in 3.5 days that I wanted to go out west......... so I planned a ride and everyone except one person backed out last minute (of course). The plan was to take a week of vacation, ride to colorado and back friday-sunday and use labor day (monday) as a back up/just in case day.
I took over 2,000 pics and we saw SO MUCH STUFF.
The main purpose of the trip was to go to Pikes Peak, so that was the first thing we did. While at the top, my friend dropped his Triumph in the 4" of slush right next to a Harley. The guy on the Harley had done the same thing, and we all formulated a plan to get out of the slush and off the mountain. It took all 3 of us to get each bike turned around and out the road. The Harley guy then scrapped his plans of going to Moab and rode around with us, which was fine because splitting a hotel room 3 ways is cheaper than 2!
The trip basically went like so:
-3.5 hrs Canton, Ohio to Cincinnati to sweep my Triumph friend, across I-70 to Colorado
-Pikes Peak to Florence, CO
-Florence to Durango, CO and ran Million Dollar Highway up to Grand Junction
-Visit to Flyin Miata in Palisade
-Glenwood Springs for Hot Springs
-Up through Steamboat Springs to Estes Park and through Rocky Mountain National Park
-Loveland up to Wellington on backroads with 2 other local Harleys leading us
-Into WY, over to SD into Black Hills and ran Needles Highway, saw Mt. Rushmore
-Through Wind Cave National Park/Custer State Park
-Over 90, down into Badlands and back to 90
-Split at Sioux Falls, I took the Northern route through MN/WI/MI UP/Lower MI back to Ohio
Here are some pics!!
There are more pics in here:
Out West Trip 8-2016 by J P | Photobucket
Haven't had a chance to sort everything out and dump the pics to my google drive yet.
I ran Pirelli Rosso II's for the trip and after the front feeling kind of vague and slippery, it actually did wash out once in the middle of a 15mph switchback. I'm going to try and mount an old Corsa Rosso on the front and see how that combo is. Satisfied with the life of the Rosso II rear so far, considering how square it is currently due to so much highway on the way out (6000 miles on rear so far).
-SW Motech Saddlebags
-Kriega 30L tailbag w/Panigale specific mount
-Generic bungee net to hold spare jacket, shoes, etc.