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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-01-2012, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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New Years ride to Death Valley

And thoughts on my first long trip on the Versys. Actually compared to some of you guys, 316 miles in one day is nothing. I've never done it before on any bike.

The Motorbike group I'm involved with took a trip to Death Valley today. It was a great day for a ride. It was 46 when we met up, and it was in the 70's when we got to DV. The V did a great job. A couple things I learned:

Heated grips would be nice.

My modified OEM seat was very comfortable until the last 100 miles, then it turned instantly into a rock. I should have put the Airhawk on at my last fuel stop.

I'm ordering Speedy's mirror extensions tonight. I mainly use the bike as a commuter. With cars on my butt all the time, I can see them fine. On the open road, all I saw were my shoulders.

The Go Cruise throttle control was invaluable.

Is this thing on?

My Go Pro camera died before we got to the good stuff. I'll do better next time. This was my first outing with it.

316.0 miles on 5.9 gallons of fuel: 53.5mpg.

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Looks like you had a good time. The GoPro is a great camera for capturing rides.
I stayed in Lone Pine one night and then got up early thinking I would beat the heat. Man, living in Florida, I never knew how cold the desert can be at 4:00am. I just wanted to across the Valley before the heat came up in the middle of summer. I think I was better off with the heat than the cold.
Very good ride and I envy everyone that lives in California and gets to ride in so many diverse areas.

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