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MTF is putting on its regional SS1000 rides Saturday Sept 10th. They are a great group of riders and do very good job of orgainizing IBA rides. All the hassle is taken care of, all you have to do is show up ready to ride and have a good time. Here is a link if you are interested: http://www.mctourer.com/rides/2011/Regional_SS1K/Tucson.html

Now cut to the chase. The AZ regional ride had two rides one an easy one on mostly Interstates and one for folks that had already completed an IBA ride over mostly secondary roads and totally instate AZ. I thought "self, that instate ride looks interesting, bet it would be even more interesting if I did it on MsBubba's Vulcan 500LT".

I rode the little Vulcan to work today to get the feel of it, first time on it in about a year and all I can say is 12 miles and my butt hurt, my back hurt and I was ready to get off. Ain't no way in hell I could do a 1000 miles on it. Then I found out I have to work that Saturday. Damn I'm Lucky, work rescued me from myself.
 

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.....and all I can say is 12 miles and my butt hurt, my back hurt and I was ready to get off. Ain't no way in hell I could do a 1000 miles on it.
That was the Wing putting a hex on you.

The wife has a Honda Shadow 600 that she rode frequently the first couple of years of ownership. She parked it for the winter a couple of years ago and just never started back in the spring. I keep the battery topped off and run it pretty regular. I had been jokingly shaming her for not riding it anymore and neglecting it. At the beginning of the summer, I took it out for about a 75 mile loop and I've never been more anxious to get back home from a ride. The feet-forward thing transfers to much of the load to the tailbone and the seams in the road seemed like a jack-hammer. On the interstate it tachs hard at 70-75 mph and I felt like I had a target on my bike on the little bike.

I've since shut my mouth about "her" bike and will just continue being the maintenance man.

I ride a bunch of different kinds of bikes but I'm in my comfort zone on the Wing in more ways than one and everything else seem foreign and sub-standard for serious or semi-serious riding. I'm sure there are people out there that the little Shadow is there pride & joy and in my youth, I would have wrestled an alligator for such a bike but these days, they aren't worth a pinch of 5hit to me. They are all about the "look" but not much substance. I'm, now, to the point to where I don't want to leave town, even for a day, on anything but the Wing. I wanted to say I'm spoiled but mainly just comes down to the fact of wanting to ride the best on the market and nothing less.

It was a hard and torturous path leading me to a Wing and I resisted but now I just know it was meant to be. I know you'll understand what I mean when I say the GoldWing has improved the quality of my life. Worry-free miles.

Hope you're doing well, Bubba1.

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Well last month I rode the wing in the Good Bad and Ugly rally in Montana it was a 32 hour rally. I rode just over1300 correct miles. They set up routes for new to the sport that would allow you to earn a SS1000. They had 3 different ones that you could could ride clock wise or counter clock wise. The good mostly slab, The bad some slab a lot of nice two lane and the Ugly which was a whole lot of 2 lane twisty roads mountain passes etc. Well I chose the Ugly because that is the way I like to roll. I completed the required 1000 miles in around 20 hours.

But I felt like a wimp there was a guy that road a honda NX 250 see his finishing results below for the new to the sport below. That guy was crazy


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MTF is putting on its regional SS1000 rides Saturday Sept 10th. They are a great group of riders and do very good job of orgainizing IBA rides. All the hassle is taken care of, all you have to do is show up ready to ride and have a good time. Here is a link if you are interested: http://www.mctourer.com/rides/2011/Regional_SS1K/Tucson.html

Now cut to the chase. The AZ regional ride had two rides one an easy one on mostly Interstates and one for folks that had already completed an IBA ride over mostly secondary roads and totally instate AZ. I thought "self, that instate ride looks interesting, bet it would be even more interesting if I did it on MsBubba's Vulcan 500LT".

I rode the little Vulcan to work today to get the feel of it, first time on it in about a year and all I can say is 12 miles and my butt hurt, my back hurt and I was ready to get off. Ain't no way in hell I could do a 1000 miles on it. Then I found out I have to work that Saturday. Damn I'm Lucky, work rescued me from myself.
Thanks for the memories, Ken.
I had a Vulcan VN750 when I met my bride. It was my daily driver, rain or shine and we have lots of great memories together riding it.

But as fun as the rides were, the thought of riding farther than an hour was almost as uncomfortable as actually doing it! And that was 20+ years ago....

Yep, we're sure spoiled by the Wing!
 

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That was the Wing putting a hex on you.

The wife has a Honda Shadow 600 that she rode frequently the first couple of years of ownership. She parked it for the winter a couple of years ago and just never started back in the spring. I keep the battery topped off and run it pretty regular. I had been jokingly shaming her for not riding it anymore and neglecting it. At the beginning of the summer, I took it out for about a 75 mile loop and I've never been more anxious to get back home from a ride. The feet-forward thing transfers to much of the load to the tailbone and the seams in the road seemed like a jack-hammer. On the interstate it tachs hard at 70-75 mph and I felt like I had a target on my bike on the little bike.

I've since shut my mouth about "her" bike and will just continue being the maintenance man.

I ride a bunch of different kinds of bikes but I'm in my comfort zone on the Wing in more ways than one and everything else seem foreign and sub-standard for serious or semi-serious riding. I'm sure there are people out there that the little Shadow is there pride & joy and in my youth, I would have wrestled an alligator for such a bike but these days, they aren't worth a pinch of 5hit to me. They are all about the "look" but not much substance. I'm, now, to the point to where I don't want to leave town, even for a day, on anything but the Wing. I wanted to say I'm spoiled but mainly just comes down to the fact of wanting to ride the best on the market and nothing less.

It was a hard and torturous path leading me to a Wing and I resisted but now I just know it was meant to be. I know you'll understand what I mean when I say the GoldWing has improved the quality of my life. Worry-free miles.

Hope you're doing well, Bubba1.

Z
Thanks for the memories, Ken.
I had a Vulcan VN750 when I met my bride. It was my daily driver, rain or shine and we have lots of great memories together riding it.

But as fun as the rides were, the thought of riding farther than an hour was almost as uncomfortable as actually doing it! And that was 20+ years ago....

Yep, we're sure spoiled by the Wing!

Life is really good out here in the desert, BTW, I hope to run up for a day of your trailer get-together....I'm older than dirt and my memory is about the same so let me know when you head this way.

The Wing does spoil...I still look at other bikes with lust in my heart (I would love a Concours) but when I step back and think with the big head it always comes down to the Wing does what I do on a bike better than any other bike made. It may be old and fat and I wish a little faster and handled better out of the box but once set up there is nothing even close to providing a platform for LD rides.
 

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I rode the little Vulcan to work today to get the feel of it, first time on it in about a year and all I can say is 12 miles and my butt hurt, my back hurt and I was ready to get off. Ain't no way in hell I could do a 1000 miles on it. Then I found out I have to work that Saturday. Damn I'm Lucky, work rescued me from myself.

:p When I sold the Honda Magna 20 years ago I read the "hype" of the 1500 Vulcan which said that it has "ground pounding torque and "with the 4" thick seat, rides like a 53 Buick".

All of the hype was true but I rode it 375 miles one day in around 6 or 7 hours while shifting side to side every 30 minutes. :p

2 years ago I bought a bunk bed for our granddaughter's dorm from an ex marine and, of course, we started talking about motorcycles. He told me that he had done a "saddlesore1000" on his Harley and my eyes got as big as saucers at the thought of such incredible endurance (while remembering the pain of the Vulcan 375 mile ride).

That is what sparked my interest in the IBA and the Wing has made it possible as well as a day pleasure while doing 1000 miles or more.


This is our 89 Vulcan 1500 on the Blueridge Parkway over 20 years ago:




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:p ....of the 1500 Vulcan which said that it has "ground pounding torque.....

All of the hype was true but I rode it 375 miles one day ......
.....and you were about 15 minutes from your 4th fuel fill-up. More of fighter escort than a long-range bomber.

My 1500 Nomad (bagger, mind you) will go 134 miles at 70 mph from full-to-the-brim to bone-dry/coasting to the shoulder. It's for people that like to tour the outer boundaries of their county or cities, in some cases. It does ride like a '53 Buick and feels about as heavy. Minimum horsepower @ maximum fuel consumption. If I take the windscreen off and ride naked, I can milk 34 mpg out of it on level ground. I think the parasitic drag from the counter-rotating counter-balance is just too much for it to perform effeciently.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming....

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BTW, I hope to run up for a day of your trailer get-together....

Bubba1,

I heard that you were older than the railroad but dirt...never would have figured that. Just because I just turned 31 doesn't mean I can't have older friends.



I'm going to post over at the trailer section and see if I can get some specifics. I've been thinking mid-September for months but guess I better start trying to narrow it down. The best way for me to ruin a trip is to have a narrow schedule...seeing how I'm such a free-spirit and all. I do better designing on the fly.

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:p When I sold the Honda Magna 20 years ago I read the "hype" of the 1500 Vulcan which said that it has "ground pounding torque and "with the 4" thick seat, rides like a 53 Buick".

All of the hype was true but I rode it 375 miles one day in around 6 or 7 hours while shifting side to side every 30 minutes. :p

2 years ago I bought a bunk bed for our granddaughter's dorm from an ex marine and, of course, we started talking about motorcycles. He told me that he had done a "saddlesore1000" on his Harley and my eyes got as big as saucers at the thought of such incredible endurance (while remembering the pain of the Vulcan 375 mile ride).

That is what sparked my interest in the IBA and the Wing has made it possible as well as a day pleasure while doing 1000 miles or more.


This is our 89 Vulcan 1500 on the Blueridge Parkway over 20 years ago:




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Larry,

I rode a Vulcan 2K before the Wing....what a great bike it was and in some ways more comfortable on long rides than the Wing because the floor boards came back enough to allow an almost "standard" riding position. It had great power in every gear and would hit the rev-limiter in each in a heart beat. The V2K was stable as a freight train on the slab and could keep up with a stock Wing on most roads. Its fatal flaws were few but....no reverse, you only made the mistake of parking nose in one time, no locking hard bags, not a big deal for me but was for MsBubba, heat near the heel of your right boot on hot rides and reports of engine problems after 50,000 miles (don't know if they were true or not). I traded for the Wing at a little over 30,000 and there were a couple of things about the Wing that were disappointing, all but one have been remedied mostly by doing the full monty and riding enough miles to break the seat in.

Bottom line, once the Wing was Traxxioned and farkled there is not a better LD bike on the road. If I can some how manage to get the 10th off I will do the MTF instate SS1000 for grins but it will not be on the V500LT :).

BTW, the dealer I traded the V2K for the Wing still has the V2K and a couple of months ago I made a run at getting it back....again luck prevailed and the dealer didn't really want to play. Saved from myself, I've always said it's better to be lucky than good.
 

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Bubba1,

I heard that you were older than the railroad but dirt...never would have figured that. Just because I just turned 31 doesn't mean I can't have older friends.



I'm going to post over at the trailer section and see if I can get some specifics. I've been thinking mid-September for months but guess I better start trying to narrow it down. The best way for me to ruin a trip is to have a narrow schedule...seeing how I'm such a free-spirit and all. I do better designing on the fly.

Z
Sounds good, I'm on vacation the mid two weeks of Sept., the only thing planned is some finish work on the kitchen. A run north would be a welcome break. BTW, I can't plan much or maybe a better way to put it, I enjoy it a lot more if I don't plan every detail, have some place in mind to eat, preferably BBQ or a good hamburger, is reason and detail enough for a ride. BTW, that drives MsBubba up the wall :).
 

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Larry,

I rode a Vulcan 2K before the Wing....what a great bike it was and in some ways more comfortable on long rides than the Wing because the floor boards came back enough to allow an almost "standard" riding position. It had great power in every gear and would hit the rev-limiter in each in a heart beat. The V2K was stable as a freight train on the slab and could keep up with a stock Wing on most roads. Its fatal flaws were few but....no reverse, you only made the mistake of parking nose in one time, no locking hard bags, not a big deal for me but was for MsBubba, heat near the heel of your right boot on hot rides and reports of engine problems after 50,000 miles (don't know if they were true or not). I traded for the Wing at a little over 30,000 and there were a couple of things about the Wing that were disappointing, all but one have been remedied mostly by doing the full monty and riding enough miles to break the seat in.

Bottom line, once the Wing was Traxxioned and farkled there is not a better LD bike on the road. If I can some how manage to get the 10th off I will do the MTF instate SS1000 for grins but it will not be on the V500LT :).

BTW, the dealer I traded the V2K for the Wing still has the V2K and a couple of months ago I made a run at getting it back....again luck prevailed and the dealer didn't really want to play. Saved from myself, I've always said it's better to be lucky than good.

Bubba: I had the same experience.




In 2005 when I saw this 2005 Vulcan 1600 on the showroom floor of Motorcity powersports I just had to have it. So I bargained the sales guy down 5%, put it on Visa, and rode it home. In Mi the dealer can give a temp plate paper and all the necessary paperwork. I even called my insurance agent from the dealer. Came back that day with grammawinger to pick up the cage. Paid the Visa off the next month.

It took her over 2 or 3 years to convince me to sell it and get a big ugly Wing that I believed would do nothing but trap me behind a large fairing on a hot day. The floor boards and heel/toe shifter were wonderful and fit me perfectly.

The Wing is still ugly but has a wonderful personality and I love her.:p

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Bubba: I had the same experience.




When I saw this 2005 Vulcan 1600 on the showroom floor of Motorcity powersports I just had to have it. So I bargained the sales guy down 5%, put it on Visa, and rode it home. In Mi the dealer can give a temp plate paper and all the necessary paperwork. I even called my insurance agent from the dealer. Came back that day with grammawinger to pick up the cage.

It took her over 2 or 3 years to convince me to sell it and get a big ugly Wing that I believed would do nothing but trap me behind a large fairing on a hot day. The floor boards and heel/toe shifter were wonderful and fit me perfectly.

The Wing is still ugly but has a wonderful personality and I love her.:p

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I've always worked on the the "it's better to beg forgiveness than to go against direct orders" way of buying new toys. When I showed up with the Wing Ms.Bubba said "Take that ugly thing back, I want my pretty bike". We were leaving on a 7000 mile road trip in a couple of days, Tucson to Texas for the ROT, then up through NM, CO, WY, MT, ID, WA, and OR before returning home. Once she sat on it and I showed her the trunk and bags she reluctantly agreed to take it on the planned road trip. Sometime later she commented that she might not have been able to do that long a trip if it had been on the V2K. She still thinks it's ugly :).
 

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.....and you were about 15 minutes from your 4th fuel fill-up. More of fighter escort than a long-range bomber.

My 1500 Nomad (bagger, mind you) will go 134 miles at 70 mph from full-to-the-brim to bone-dry/coasting to the shoulder. It's for people that like to tour the outer boundaries of their county or cities, in some cases. It does ride like a '53 Buick and feels about as heavy. Minimum horsepower @ maximum fuel consumption. If I take the windscreen off and ride naked, I can milk 34 mpg out of it on level ground. I think the parasitic drag from the counter-rotating counter-balance is just too much for it to perform effeciently.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming....

Z

Z:

Sorry, I did not see your post and must appear rude for not replying. My favorite thing about the 1500 was the 4 speed tranny and not constantly shifting while riding in the Blueridge Mountains twisties. It had the largest displacement V-twin engine in the world at the time and had a counter balanced crankshaft which meant that the mirrors were vibration free and it rode smooth as glass on new highway as long as the tires were properly balanced. It was much lighter than our 1600 and made riding 2 up at parking lot speeds easy and a pleasure.

Bubba1 is correct about the engine problems. Even though it was water cooled it started using oil at 22,000 miles and I had to replace the clutch plates at 10,000; probably because of the huge torque and my habit of giving it the gas at the bottom of a hill in order to see how fast it go at the top.:p The oil was changed every 3,000 miles.

I sat on a Nomad the day I bought the 2005 Vulcan and felt that it was far too top heavy for someone of my stature.

One rider rode a Nomad during the Gator1000 and called it his xxxxtanker....forgot the prefix that he used.

Tell mr. Rush that I said hi.

Gramps
 
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