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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-17-2017, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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KC to Utah 2800 Miles

I have to admit, I haven't been much of a rider in the past ~10 years that I've had a bike. If asked, I would consider myself a commuter with the occasional longer ride. A couple of friends at work convinced me a trip would be fun and on and on it went the prep and whatnot. I can't say that I bought the FJR for the trip but I can say that it played heavily into it. I could have probably done the trip on the old BMW but it would not have provided anywhere near the power to keep up. The FJR is a workhorse below 4k and absolutely entertaining above it. The stock seat killed me. I will be sorting that out very soon. It's good for 2 hours tops and it's on the firm side not soft side. I had some highway pegs mounted on my T-Rex engine guards but the right one twisted on me so I couldn't use it. The solution to that problem will be visited soon.

While at Dead Horse state park in Utah, another 2016 FJR owner arrived. He said he was from Wisconsin and he let me sit in his Russell day long seat. WOW, great seat. Definitely going to go that route.

I have to say that everyone we met on the trip was super helpful and very sincere in helping us get where we needed to go. I can't emphasise that enough, lots of bikes in Utah and Colorado.

Here are some pics and video's if anyone is interested:

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I know 2800 miles is nothing to a lot of riders here. If I could do more I would...not retired yet.

I hope everyone enjoys their summer and has a safe ride!

Brent
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The stock seat is nothing more than a 2x10 with some vinyl sewn over it...


I opted for the Seat Concepts seat, and have not regretted it......by no means am I trying to talk you out of the RDL, but there are good options out there for 1/2 the cost.


Thanks for sharing the ride ! ! ! The wife and I had been planning a trip very similar in routing to yours for next month, but other things got in the way......so maybe next year !!
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The stock seat is nothing more than a 2x10 with some vinyl sewn over it...


I opted for the Seat Concepts seat, and have not regretted it......by no means am I trying to talk you out of the RDL, but there are good options out there for 1/2 the cost.


Thanks for sharing the ride ! ! ! The wife and I had been planning a trip very similar in routing to yours for next month, but other things got in the way......so maybe next year !!
Yeah, I'm toying with doing it myself. Due to cost etc. The other issue is that the seat height grows really quick when you go that route and I'm 5'9" and some change. I'm on tip toe's right now and don't need a taller seat...

Seriously, if you have the time and inclination to head west, Utah is hands down the most scenic and enjoyable way to go. Just take lots of water with you and fill up at any gas station you come across because those items get pretty thin out there...

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Seriously, if you have the time and inclination to head west, Utah is hands down the most scenic and enjoyable way to go. Just take lots of water with you and fill up at any gas station you come across because those items get pretty thin out there...
Have to agree on Utah. Start inthe Petrified Forest which I think is in Arizina then wind uo through Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, then Zion. Lots of other little spots along the way and to many to mention.

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You chose a great destination and nice pics. I love riding Colorado and Utah. Will be leaving Tulsa in August and heading west first through Colorado and Utah then on up to British Columbia. Thanks for the great pics, reminded me of past trips and made me want to leave now........

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Heck, after 2600 miles on that stock seat, your butt should be almost broken in to sitting on a brick. Actually, I can imagine that your trip was almost miserable with that stock seat.
I was over at Dead Horse last year as well. Quite the canyon. I was glad that we got lucky that it was only about 90 degrees the say we went through there.
Thanks for sharing the pics. of your ride.
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