Since buying my humble pile of parts more than a year ago, I have been working to improve and enhance "Matilda" in preparation for a ride to Canada this Fall with my son. This effort has consumed no small amount of time and money, but I think she is about ready to go.
Of course I needed to find out for sure, and then there are the questions about the rest of the gear, not to mention the rider. So to this end a trip was planned. It would take two days and cover a little under 600 miles here in the southeast. I planned to ride the slab to Augusta and get on 28 and go to Cashiers, camp on Black Rock mountain (good place for summer camping in these parts because it's 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding lowlands). On day two I was to go ride the Cherohala and then return home.
North of Wallahalla I ran into rain. No problem, it was warm, the rain felt good, I'd get through the shower, would dry off and all would be good- NOT! By the time I reached Black Rock Mountain- great steep, twisting, low-gear ride to the top, I had been in the rain for several hours and was beyond drenched. The "monkey butt" was becoming quite annoying by this time also. From the top of the mountain, I looked at all points of the compass. The only place it wasn't raining was there and to the south.
Staying in a tent on top of a mountain when thunderstorms were likely, just didn't appeal to me, especially when my dry bed was only 2 1/2 hours to the south. I cut my trip short and went home. It only took another hour and half of riding in heavy rain to get there.
As far as a shake down cruise, it was mostly successful. Here are a few things I learned:
The bike runs fine in the wet, even for long periods and in torrential down pours.
My rain gear will go under my mesh riding gear.
Turn-by-turn directions will not come through my Blue Tooth headset from my smart phone.
The bike is really running good!
Gas mileage really goes to pot when riding 75mph on the slab.
When lightning strikes really close to the gas pump you are using the will shut off.
I can ride 400 miles in a day if necessary.
Wet cotton underwear causes monkey butt.
The bags I'm using to store my sleeping stuff needs to be more water proof.
None of the saddle bags on the bike leak.