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Old 05-05-2017   #1
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2up Touring from TX to KY

Did my second fly-and-ride a few weeks ago for yet another Tiger 1050, love these bikes.

G/f decided she just "had" to go with me. With no where to put my duffel bag with my tent and stuff she would be wearing a backpack containing several things that wouldn't fit in the tiny OEM cases.

Long story short - we bought the bike in San Antonio, attended MotoGP in Austin, toured New Orleans, camped on the beaches of Pensacola, FL, hit the Barber Museum in Leeds, AL, toured all over the Smokies and Deals Gap, then rode home in the rain this past Sunday!

She was a trooper and barely complained even with us skipping showers 2 days at a time and sleeping on pool floats instead of fancy sleeping pads - we were in a pinch and couldn't buy her one quick enough so I left my Klymit mat at home too.

COTA is pretty awesome and clean/fancy, but my personal opinion is that I enjoyed Indy better and wish they'd come back. Indy has that entire infield/back straight for general admission viewing and while COTA offered lots of difference areas, they all took forever to walk to and were not as good for viewing the action turns where things happened. We ended up sitting on a stretch containing turns 3/4/5 but it was pretty boring there. Most of the action was happening at 12-16 and with General Admission you couldn't get good sights on those areas.

We camped on Pensacola Beach and toured all the different batteries/forts like Fort Pickens. It was really neat.

For anyone who hasn't yet been to the Barber Museum, it's an INSANE experience. Tons of super high quality bikes that are impressively kept, very well organized and spotless environment full of tons of cool and unique bikes.

When touring the Smokies and Deals Gap for what I think is my 5th time, I've still yet to encounter this "circus" that everyone says exists are the dragon. It's always been a pleasant experience for me, and 2 up at a decent pace meant we only got passed once and I had to wave the guy by since he was modest enough to wait behind me for a turn or two. I could ride 28 leaving the store a million times and still wanna go again.

I'd link my pics but I haven't gotten done uploading them to Photobucket.

Had an awesome time though, and flying to TX to buy a bike with 5,000 miles on it was cool but parking it in my garage 10 days later with 8,000 miles on it was even more rewarding!
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Re: 2up Touring from TX to KY

I told her she's "famous" now that she has proof of riding the dragon... lol

**Had a link to the us129photos but it doesn't work**
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Re: 2up Touring from TX to KY

The grandstands between T15 and T16 are the best viewing we've found at COTA and just about worth the money. Sections 16 and 17 are particularly decent. This year we had Spanish fans in front of us and French fans behind us. The Spanish were split between Rossi and Marquez, and the French were split between Rossi and Zarco. With Zarco's strong qualifying we had some good extra entertainment.

I agree about Indy, I always liked that race. Laguna is a joke. But COTA this year was the closest I've seen in the US to a European GP in terms of overall attendance and quality. The corner workers even seemed to kind of know what they were doing.
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Old 05-05-2017   #4
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Re: 2up Touring from TX to KY

Sounds like a great trip! I'm still one who hasn't made it to the COTA for any race let alone a Moto Gp which is definitely high on the list!

Barber is awesome no doubt and you'll have fun stories /memories to tell for many years! Ride ON!!
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Re: 2up Touring from TX to KY

What I thought was cool about Barber - cause I'm all about exclusivity dontcha know - was they had plenty of modern bikes in all different shapes and sizes including things ranging from the R1200GS to GSXR's but not a single Tiger was found, not even the old stuff from the 60's.

Made me smile when I stepped out of the museum to suit up on my "new" '08 model.

They did, however, have both modern Speed Triple and Street Triple.

Bunch of cool stuff through really - some of my favorites were the Wankel Rotary bike, customized Guzzi stuff, the "we only made 50 so we could race" stuff from the big manufacturers, a TZ750 (4 cylinder) 2 stroke drag bike, laying eyes on several Bimota bikes, the 1938 Zundapp K800 was a spectacle, and of course several Vincent Black Shadows!
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Re: 2up Touring from TX to KY

You better hang on to that GF if she will do that much riding and camping off the Tiger too! Loved that motor but my 28" inseam was a issue. Finally sold it this spring and replaced it with Versys 1000. It's a lot easier for a short guy to get on and off it.
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I'm not sure how it's possible, but the Barber museum just keeps getting better. At this point it should be considered a national treasure. Hopefully they can keep it going.
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Nice report!
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