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What a good horse!!!

This thread ties in with my post about my extended trip. I actually started Thursday April 3. But first let me give a little background. I am 68 and just retired. I bought my V in January, a new, left over 2012. Over the past year I had only done one ride over 200 miles. I had big expectations from the V.

After driving 250 miles in my truck to get the bike, I was happy to just get away. The first day I made 220 miles, many in windy conditions. No complaints. The next was a little chilly so I layered up and got away a bit earlier. I needed to take the long way around to avoid construction and wound up with 290 for the day.

I spent a day visiting friends and attending short track races that evening. Grass roots racing at its best.

Yesterday I got away early and made my way across the remaining California dessert and into Arizona. I was cautious with fuel and had no problems. Wind was a factor again, with flags sticking straight out. I made about 400 miles in 6hrs 40min. Very happy with my progress so far.

My bike is almost stock. It does have a 44 tooth sprocket and frame sliders. Of course the panniers. I have no problems with the seat. I learned years ago to keep my hands relaxed and move around as best I can. Get off the bike and stand for a bit while fueling. I move my feet on the pegs often from heals to the balls to the toes. I put my feet on the passenger pegs at times. I take care of my body.

The bike is great. I couldn't ask for more. I fondly patted her a few times along the way and told her she was a good horse!!!
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It is a good horse. I tell my wife that I'm going to ride Iron Horse. These days I use an Inreach SE so she can keep an eye on me, then she's not worried when I'm way out of cellphone reach since it updates the map every ten minutes.

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I think it was the second day out that I realized that it was the mature man in me who earned the money, put the plans in motion, kept all the things moving forward, and took care of all the details. All so that the little kid in me could go play!

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I thought this was going to be a story about a horse. Oh well.

Enjoy your new found freedom. The west coast is on my bucket list. Riding and touring New England this spring/summer.

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