Here's the final route I took:
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Timing was pretty much as indicated by Google, also the mileage is pretty accurate. I had a few more miles from taking a wrong turn one time and also going to a restaurant for breakfast at Lake Tahoe.
Overall it was a pretty decent trip and a very good test of the long distance capabilities of the R1200GS which are, to sum it up, very good.
Things to mention:
- The vibrations can get annoying after long times on the faster highways.
- The installed Metzeler Tourance EXP like to follow "tar snakes" (repairs made to the road with bitumen).
- The stock windshield together with the Adventure Winglets gives some coverage up to 45mph when I put the seat in the low position. It's still very noisy though, but it didn't give me headaches.
- The bike used some oil on the trip (200ml).
- Starting it on Sunday morning was a bit of a hassle, the R had a really hard time. Probably during the 600 mile service it didn't get the best oil for around 0 Celsius (30 Fahrenheit).
- Putting a plastic water bottle with water under a net on the rear seat can burn a (fortunately small) hole in the seat's vinyl. Argl!
- Earplugs are worth it!
And lots more not worth noting here ...
Some pictures from the trip though:
|Packed and ready to leave|
|Church in Modesto|
|San Pedro Lake (if I recall correctly)|
|Still Caples Lake|
|On the way back: adding oil|
|Mono Lake, coming from the North|
|Half Dome in the Haze - just to prove I was there!|
It was a pretty awesome trip, I'm still a bit sore on my rear and the knees (from having the seat in the low position pretty much all the time), but it was well worth it.