On the 4th of July, 2011 I had planned to make a loop, starting from Walla Walla, up and over tollgate, down to Elgin, then over to La-Grande, then up and over the mountain again to Arrow Head, and finally home. About a 200 mile loop.
I started the morning getting the bike ready, I attached an American flag
This is a motorcycle made by a Japanese company (Yamaha) The cargo cans are made in Italy, and the flag is probably made in China. So we can argue about putting an American flag on a foreign made Bike, or we can simply move on.
After lunch, I headed up and over Deadman Pass. Its a curvy freeway, with
slow moving Semi's it can get a bit spooky on a bike.
Despite some spooky situations with the slow moving Semi's, there are some scenic views along the freeway.
Finally and on the downhill side of the pass, again its a bit spooky with
the slow Semi's going 10 MPH around every blind corner.
This is the first motorcycle I have ever owned with street tires. Today, I learned you can feel every crack, pebble, and piece of tar on the road with these tires. Its a good thing, and a bad thing at the same time.
I finally got to the bottom of Deadman Pass and pulled into the ArrowHead
fuel station and got filled up. 136 miles and I burned 3.3 gallons of fuel,
41.2 MPG. not bad!
After a short break I geared up and headed home.
Overall, it was a great ride. 200 miles, perfect temperatures, the bike ran great, no break downs, all of the gear worked great.It doesn't get much better then this.