Okay, I'm back! After flying from NJ to Vegas and my 19 day, 6,132 mile Fly-n-Ride trek through UT, NV, CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, SD, MN, WI, MI, OH, PA, and finally back home to NJ, I can report that my "faith" in the Seller (as questioned and noted above...) and the bike were well founded.
I was right. The Seller, and his family, could not have been nicer. They picked me up in Vegas on their way back from San Diego to their BEAUTIFUL home in St. George, Utah. We went over the bike, installed the rear wheel that we picked up from having the new rubber installed, balanced, etc. by the local Kawi dealer, hard-wired my Garmin 590, and figured out how to load up all of my camping gear, etc.... After a great dinner, a few cold beers, and a good amount of general MC BS, I hit the road early the next morning.
106*, and once or twice at 110mph, across "The Extraterrestrial Highway" in the NV desert was a great way to test out my new-to-me bike, right??? My excitement about the new bike, the trek I had ahead of me, the loneliness of the vast and hot desert, apparently made me brain-dead, as I was thinking of a 55mpg'ish type range, which would/should have been fine. But with about 35 miles to go to the next gas station, and thanks to my heavy-handed throttle, I noticed the "low fuel" flashing on my dash. I had NO idea of how long it had been on, how much fuel might be left, how many miles I could go, etc. so I quickly dropped from my 90+mph rate (speed limit was 80, so it's not like I was going crazy or anything...) down to a plodding 35mph and limped into town... I have to dig out the receipt, but I believe I put 4.7 gallons into her. After this little episode, I was MUCH more conscious of my throttle, distances, fuel stops, etc.
Anyway, enough of the details... Suffice it to say that she performed beautifully, over the course of a pretty long, and pretty hard-riding trek, across deserts, up the West Coast and then across the country, with LOTS of mountain passes, winding, twisting, sweeping backroads and riding along rivers, etc. Yup, snuck in Yosemite, Crater Lake, Glacier, Yellowstone, and the Badlands. Not to mention TONS of other SPECTACULAR sights along the way --- riding both south to north, then turning around and riding it again north to south, over Bear Tooth Pass just after exiting the northeast entrance/exit of Yellowstone, quickly followed up by Chief Joseph's Hwy and Dead Indian Pass was clearly one of my TOP Riding experiences of my life! Oh, and if you ever get the pleasure of doing this ride, BE SURE to immediately continue on through Cody, WY over Hwy 14 over The Bighorn Mt's and on into Sheridan, WY --- WOW!!!!!
Well, my new little 650 handled the cross-country trek JUST FINE!
Thanks, Guys, and it's good to be a new part of this Forum.....