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Hello all! Just ripped off a 5,000 mile tour of the West with my brother and his wife, new bikers both on their beautiful 1800.....

I wanted once again to thank Rudy and those others who helped me through my belt change. My '96 1500 purred like a kitten throughout the trip, some of which included 106 degree days! The mesh jacket over a t-shirt soaked in ice water worked like a charm, however, and we were really never truly uncomfortable. And my heat gauge never went over half-way! We camped every night... on the plains and in the Rockies it cooled immediately when the sun went down. Great time!

Honda seems to be losing American market share to Harley. Never saw so many of the Motor Company's products out there. They can't run as fast in the heat as our Wings, however, and we sucked them up regularly.....

Time and time again, I remembered on of Rudie's posts: "you'll ride in wonder of the machine under you......." And I did, constantly.....

Thanks again, crew! The 1500 will be ready to go again in a week or so! Long live the American inspired Goldwing, the best motorcycle ever made!
 

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:clapper::clapper::clapper: Sounds like you guys had a great time. And you owe it to yourself for the work you did to maintain your own fine machine.

I was thinking the other day about the Harley phenomenon and it occurred to me that it is not unlike the Windows phenomenon.

Harleys are the Windows of motorcycles. Lots of flash, not a lot of reliablilty, needing service and trips to the shop often. Goldwings are like Mac's. Very reliable and faster, but more specialized, and not as much market share or acceptance.

Linux? It is the free version of Mac with the features of both of the others.

Just like motorcycles (all bikes) the OS's are all very similar with some important but subtle differences.

Sure wish someone would come up with a free Goldwing like they did with Linux. :grinner::goofygrin::grinner::goofygrin::grinner:
 

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An awesome trip Cousin Jack. yes, it is nice to ride a machine that pretty much just goes and goes to paraphrase a certain bunny rabbit.

Lots of those HD riders out there, but I would venture that not so many that make extra long pilgrimages like you just completed.
 

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Goldwings are like Mac's. Very reliable and faster, but more specialized, and not as much market share or acceptance.

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You must be on a Mac.
Me too.

If Windows users only knew what they were missing.
Much like a HD compared to a "Wing like you say.

Hands down without a doubt there are most definitely more HD's out there but I kinda like it that way. It kinda put's us 'Wing owners in a class all our own.
 

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:toast:to your safe trip. Really nice picture by the way. Where is that? Sorry, but I've neverbeen west past the Mississippi River.
 

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Hi, Iraqi!

The picture is of The Badlands National Park in South Dakota.....

This is ironic, you being from Chicago! We started our trip by taking I-90 east to Madison, Wisconsin, and then Hwy 12 to Spring Grove, Illinois where my brother lives, him being a Chicago beast!:D We watched his son get married, and then all four of us mounted up, rode Hwy 11 to 34 (?) The Great River Road which we rode north to Lacrosse and headed West on I-90 again, which is one of the most scenic freeways in America. You could do a lot worse on a cross-country route. West on Highway 2 is good, too.

If you decide to go West of the Mississippi, the following route might do you well: I-90 to Wall, South Dakota (be sure to visit Wall Drug -- damndest drug store in the world!), then tour the Badlands National Park. Continue on to The Black Hills and Custer State Park. Ride every road there, including especially Iron Mountain Road, The Needles Highway, The Wildlife Route through Custer State Park (watch out for buffalo!), the Spearfish Canyon road, and be sure to visit Mt. Rushmore, Leadville, and Sturgis. Get back on I-90 and go to Devil's Tower, Wyoming. Camp in the KOA and put up your tent so the Rock fills the back window. In the morning, watch for the first light striking the tower. Will make a believer out of ya!

Get back on I-90 and head west on what was once the Bozeman trail... If you are an old West Buff, visit the sites of old Fort Phil Kearny and the sight of the Fetterman Massacre. Then go on to the Little Bighorn Battlefield Monument. Ride the road along Last Stand Ridge after listening to the Park Rangers describe the battle. Visit Reno's hill and gaze at the meagre trenches the soldiers scraped out with pocket knife, canteen half, and tin cups, and try and imagine how that was....

Go on to Red Lodge, Montana, and wait for a clear morning and then ride Beartooth Pass and Chief Joseph Scenic Byway into Cody. You'll never be the same. Leave Cody, and enter Yellowstone N.P. (heavy construction at the beginning of the park tour), ride around it and exit South to The Grand Tetons. Again, you will be changed forever...........trust me!

At Jackson's Hole, say good bye to whoever you are with, and get home to Chicago however you can. Then box everything up, sell it, and move to Red Lodge as we are thinking of doing! Whew! Sorry, didn't mean to get carried away! But to tour the American West on a Goldwing is a possible dream -- a dream unavailable to most of the people in the world. Do it! Do it now!

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