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Offline datsaxman@hotmail.com

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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2012, 12:13:37 am »
ZG, there were two guys that went farther than I did in 72 hours...a little.  My riding partner bailed out and got a nap in the middle of it, but he wasn't on schedule to make it to the end of the rally any more, so he just rested up a while and went home instead. 

A full tilt run like that requires a lot of concentration, and the willingness and awareness to pull the plug on it if you are not up to it that day.  It is the hardest thing to know and do.  I had an excellent run, no terrible times with fatigue or anything like that.  A whole lot of stuff has to go just right, all at once.

That stretch included half a dozen side trips for bonus collecting, fuel, food, and all that.  Heat.  Rain.  A cold night hauling the mail through Colorado, Wyoming, and into Utah.  And a fair amount of doing what the Concours does best.  I run a 2 Litre Camelbak, food in the tank bag, and a 3.5 gallons aux. fuel tank.  I like to twist it, but at absolutely NO TIME was I going fast enough to get into serious trouble with the law.  Just a a matter of staying on the bike and staying alert.

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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2012, 06:51:07 am »
^^^^nice  :D

Its great our bikes eat miles!

I'm going up to Maine for lobster (excuse to ride backroads and twisties of canada and new england) and I'll do 1100 miles first day just to get out of the area I always ride.

And again, 1100 miles a day on these C14 behemoth bikes "ain't braggin' rights" be any means =)
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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2012, 12:59:23 pm »
Yes, the Concours is a real mile eater.  Had two early GWs, a BMW K100, Guzzis, a HD, three Buells, and some other stuff.  But this Kawasaki is the best for chewing up all kinds of road terrain.

Mine is a C10.  Not as fast, but I like it.  I don't seem to be able to find a road where I can actually ride as fast as the bike can go.

 
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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2012, 02:27:00 pm »


My longest day came at the end of a three-day rally.  4286 miles in 72 hours, so over 1400 miles each day and 2020 miles the last 30 hours.  Pretty tired after that one...but not really sore.  Corbin seat on the Concours, bike shorts, etc.  Slept it off and then did another 650 miles to get home the next day.  Having a goal/destination/deadline seems to help, at least for me.  Bicycling helps too.  Makes me appreciate the MC seat!!

 :hail: I did 870 miles from Austin TX to Monument CO on Friday. That was enough for me.

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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2012, 03:13:42 pm »
  :yikes: 54yrs old  :yikes:  My god Doug did they even have motorized bikes when you were younger  :deadhorse:  :stirpot:
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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2012, 05:19:36 pm »
  :yikes: 54yrs old  :yikes:  My god Doug did they even have motorized bikes when you were younger  :deadhorse:  :stirpot:

All right. That's about enough from the peanut gallery.


What up Chris?  Got your emails. We gota talk, been awhile.  ;D
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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2012, 10:24:25 pm »
snarf...

You might be outnumbered by the 54 year olds here...and no, we had to push 'em back then.  It was tough gettin' them stone wheels round enough to roll decent, lemme tell ye...
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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2012, 05:39:19 am »
snarf...

You might be outnumbered by the 54 year olds here...and no, we had to push 'em back then.  It was tough gettin' them stone wheels round enough to roll decent, lemme tell ye...
LOL I respect my elders with the highest regard  :hail:
Thats just a joke between Doug and myself.  Besides I did some checking and found that Doug did actually ride when he was younger.

As it would turn out he has been riding damn near his entire life
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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2012, 06:51:25 am »
LOL I respect my elders with the highest regard  :hail:
Thats just a joke between Doug and myself.  Besides I did some checking and found that Doug did actually ride when he was younger.

As it would turn out he has been riding damn near his entire life


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I was going to intervene on the subject but it makes for such a great story...........if you haven't had the pleasure to meet Chris then you'll never get it.

And yes, I've got a few miles under my belt ;D At the age of 17 I bought a brand new 1976 KZ900 off the showroom floor.  That bike taught me a few lessons. ;)
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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #24 on: June 20, 2012, 06:55:37 am »
:rotflmao:
I was going to intervene on the subject but it makes for such a great story...........if you haven't had the pleasure to meet Chris then you'll never get it.

And yes, I've got a few miles under my belt ;D At the age of 17 I bought a brand new 1976 KZ900 off the showroom floor.  That bike taught me a few lessons. ;)
Like how to scream in fear! ;)
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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2012, 07:14:54 am »
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At the age of 17 I bought a brand new 1976 KZ900 off the showroom floor.

Are you sure that wasn't 75 or earlier?  I bought a brand new 76 KZ1000 off the showroom floor, which was the first year for that model.  It replaced the KZ900.  I also learned a few things about power when I twisted the grip on that beast.

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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #26 on: June 20, 2012, 07:36:16 am »
Are you sure that wasn't 75 or earlier?  I bought a brand new 76 KZ1000 off the showroom floor, which was the first year for that model.  It replaced the KZ900.  I also learned a few things about power when I twisted the grip on that beast.


Oh yea.  Never forget your first. ;)

"The original generation of  Z bikes ended in 1975.
 
The next year, Kawasaki retagged the bike KZ900, and while it was much the same machine as its Z1 predacessors, the bicentennial edition featured some modest changes. Tuning alterations and smaller carbs shaved a few watts off the powerplant in an effort to refine the bike's raw grunt, but riding a KZ900 today precipitates a case of adult-onset deja vroom."

Here's the review in it's entirety:
http://www.motorcyclingmag.com/1976_kawasaki_kz900
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Re: 350 Miles yesterday......................
« Reply #27 on: June 20, 2012, 11:08:42 am »
Well, I stand corrected.  I was thinking my KZ1000 was a 76, but now I realize it must have been a 77.  When I think about it now I realize it had to be a 77 since I bought it my second year out of college.  I went from a KZ400 to the 1000.  I quickly realized you can't grab a handful of throttle in a corner and just let the rear wheel drift a little bit like on the 400.    :yikes: