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 Post subject: New Brunswick to Tennessee
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 1:11 pm 
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Motorcycle: Rebel 250 plus a few others
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City: Fredericton
Just arrived in Franklin Tennessee after an epic 2 day ride on the 2003 BMW K1200GT. 2588 kilometers.
This run had a little of every kind of weather from +3 C cold on the first morning out of Fredericton to 90 deg F heat in Knoxville. Steady cold rain to start day 2 in Harrisburg Pa, followed by just cloudy wether and 3 separate thunder storm cloudbursts finally giving way to beautiful sunshine and summer heat.
So many horrible drivers on the interstates down here don't seem to understand the concept of a passing lane. It is not unusual to roll up behind a travelling roadblock of a slow guy in the right lane and a gaggle of 3 or 4 in the passing lane running right alongside and blocking anyone from passing. it is so simple when there is a car behind you in the passing lane to just finish your pass and get into the right lane again to let the guy behind go. Why are so many drivers oblivious to this simple idea? I know from my brief experience driving in Germany that such people would be found alongside the autobahn the next morning having been taken out by a sidewinder from a Porsche or a Lamborghini pilot :D
Anyway, the Beemer ran like a champ the whole way. Now has 95,000 km on it and just nicely run in. I'm planning a side trip over to Charlotte, NC to visit family before heading back north sometime in June.

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 Post subject: Re: New Brunswick to Tennessee
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:02 pm 
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I've been reminded of a couple of pearls of wisdom for any aspiring long distance riders out there and even to remind you veterans that already know this.
First, you should always remember that your intelligence and your motorcycle skills gradually wither away to a fraction of their normal values after a very long day on the road, so that you need to be extra careful and vigilant as you approach the end of the day's ride. This can be made worse if you are looking for an address in a strange place where you don't know your way around. As pilots say, "the flight's not over til the airplane is parked and chocked." The end of the day is particularly dangerous because you feel like you've accomplished a lot and now its almost over, so the tendency is to let down your guard a bit at this very dangerous time when you are physically and mentally weaker than normal.
The second observation is kind of related to the first, but that motorcycle that you are so used to riding, feels quite a bit heavier and has a higher 'C of G when packed for travelling. Perhaps this is not as significant with lighter bikes like a Rebel, but the K1200 is a svelte 650 pounds on a good day, and with bags and a top box it is heavier and more awkward to manhandle around than normal. All of which calls for some extra care and caution when travelling.

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 Post subject: Re: New Brunswick to Tennessee
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 5:17 pm 
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Country: USA
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That's some svelte for the small bike crew.

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 Post subject: Re: New Brunswick to Tennessee
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 10:30 pm 
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:D Yeah she's a slug... Harleys weigh a lot more though and have less power.

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