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18 days on a Versys

I am a lucky man. Kids are young adults now. My wife is an angel. And I get 5 weeks vacation. I am a lucky man.

The mountains were calling so late August early September I pointed my Versys west. Left Wisconsin at 5 PM on a Friday. I do enjoy the hell out of long rides and cant live without them. I call it my "recalibration time".



Somewhere in Minnesota my fuel light came on. I ran 15 miles with it flashing. I found out one can get a little more than 5 gals in the V.



Drove all night and when the sun came up was in South Dakota.



Glad I didnt take a catnap here.

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Nice trip siyeh, you do get around. How is the V for travelling compared to the VTX ?
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Looking forward to the complete ride report.

I also read your trip to AK.
What would say of the same trip on the Versys?

I've got it planned for next June on mine, all the way to Prudhoe Bay.

Kansas - Eleven curves in three hundred eighteen miles...

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The miles flew by. click click click Dont get me wrong. I like the Dakota's but there's no mountains.







I had a goal to reach. A co-worker of mine was staying in Wyoming at a campground in the Bighorn's. He said stop by for a free place to pitch my tent.
So after 24 hours and 1109 miles I called it a day.

Sibley Lake in the Bigs.



My bud's campsite.



We split a 6-pack and called it a night.

In many places there was road construction. And I was horrified to see bama money was "fixing Hy" 14A in the Big's. It's a great motorcycle road and I hope they dont wreck it.





Outa my way missy. I'm coming through,,,,,



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Compare the V to a VTX?

I do think Honda's build quailty is better. But I am very happy with this little bike. Nothing 1500$ couldnt fix. I like getting 50MPG-that will not happen on a VTX. I test road a Versys in May right before my Alaska trip? I knew then this was my next bike. But I was unsure if I could farkle it it time for my July Alaska thing. In hindsight I wish I would have. The trip would have been much better on the V. Tons of gravel up north and this bike eats gravel roads.
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Dont miss the Chief Joe and Beartooth Highway's if you are in the area.
Beartooth was tore up but still fun.







Can you say switchback's? A fuzzy GPS shot.



I got tired and took a nap @ 9000 feet.

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They just closed the Beartooth this week for the winter. I hope they got most of the paving done on the Wyoming side before the snow fell. You all will have to wait till next summer to take a nap at 9000 ft.
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They just closed the Beartooth this week for the winter. I hope they got most of the paving done on the Wyoming side before the snow fell. You all will have to wait till next summer to take a nap at 9000 ft.
Not true, I just took one, but I was in a plane. Never mind. I'm farkling mine over the winter for my usual spring/cabin fever ride.
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Compare the V to a VTX?

I do think Honda's build quailty is better. But I am very happy with this little bike. Nothing 1500$ couldnt fix. I like getting 50MPG-that will not happen on a VTX. I test road a Versys in May right before my Alaska trip? I knew then this was my next bike. But I was unsure if I could farkle it it time for my July Alaska thing. In hindsight I wish I would have. The trip would have been much better on the V. Tons of gravel up north and this bike eats gravel roads.
There will be no 100+ MPH days on the Versys however and sometimes you need them.
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There will be no 100+ MPH days on the Versys
Um,,,, with all due respect blipco,,,, the Versys handles 100MPH quite well. Coming across Wyoming on the slab I guarantee I saw 100+ more than a saw 70. I do have a right wrist problem.



Once I hit Ranchester Wyoming I vowed I would never ride another interstate till I left for home. So when in Montana I sought backroads. I ended up north of Columbus on dirt.









I had to make my way to Helena to meet hipshot so the Martinsdale cut-off looked sweet.





A view from my "campsite" in downtown Townsend.



My "campsite".



Looked like a photo opp.

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Hipshot from this page agreed to lead this flatlander on some of his fav roads. Punched his location in the GPS and he was waiting for me.



We flew down some amazing roads. Tight and twisty. Flesher Pass (where we met a cop).



We stopped in Lincoln at the ranger station to view a non-breathing 837# griz.



Found a little dirt on Skalkaho Pass in the Bitteroots by Hamilton.



And the Falls.



It was pretty country. Thanks again for the tour Rick!! And lunch!!

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South of Sula Montana found a road that wasnt on my map. But it was on the GPS. I took it to Gibbons Pass. It wasnt easy, it had rocks the size of bowling balls that I tried to avoid. It was one lane to the top.











Once at the pass proper the road became two lanes.

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The pitcures & trip were great! Can only hope to someday have a chance to ride a trip like that.

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Great report and that's good news about the V's capabilities. I traded in a ZZR1200 for the V and wasn't sure about what it would do on a long haul. Between you and guys like jdrocks I'm feeling much better. Ride safe.
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jdrocks? You are sooo right about The Dalton. One can be flying along at 70 on outstanding concrete-like gravel,,



,,then BOOM no warning this snit pops up. Pucker factor alert.



And whenever you see a grader there is always a water tanker nearby. That calcium crap they lay down up there to keep the dust down is evil when wet. Pure snot.
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Montana is full of unpaved roads. Dont fear them on this Versys. This bike shines on gravel. From Gibbons Pass I took mostly gravel down to Lemhi Pass. I wanted to camp there. Until I saw this sign.



There were signs all over "stay on roadway-private land".

Lemhi Pass area.











Since I couldnt camp there I headed for Idaho.



I went over Bannock Pass.





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Some of my friends have elk hunted near Leadore Idaho for many years. They told me about the steaks at The Silver Dollar Saloon on the south side of town. Well, I got there too late, it was dark. Bartender said sorry pal grill is closed. While I was drowning my sorrows about another powerbar supper two cowboys decided to have a go. The fists came up over a quarter. One guy claimed the other stole his last quarter on the pool table. They started to dance I was ready to duck if need be. Bartender threw an empty beer can at them said "take it outside boys you'll scare the tourist". That be me.

Things quieted down and I was almost ready to leave when said bartender comes out of back room and throws this at me.



What a nice guy. Best meal I had all day. This thing kept watching me as I was eating.



Found the Leadore City Park where for 3 bucks you can camp.



A view from my tent the next morning.

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i am loving your report. wish i would have found you at the slimey crud.

where did you get the pegs for your sw motek bars. twisted throttle had a different style when i got mine.
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