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Riding the West

along with my amigo, Greg, recently returned from a 3750 mile loop of the west on our Roadsters. I have to say from the get-go that we have both been riding for well over a half a century and have multiple motorcycles in our garages but we figured that it would be a blast to take the Roadsters, so we did. Our route took us through the backroads of Oregon, Utah, Arizona, California & Nevada, there are a lot of long stretches out here without gas stations so we both carried an extra gallon of gas with us. Additionally, we had to figure out how to carry our camping gear, clothing and tools with us, we sorted that out with throw-over saddlebags and duffel bags (Ortlieb for me).
On our fifth day out, Greg's rear tire was shot, we were both surprised that it lasted only 3450 miles, we found a tire in Flagstaff and got on the road again. A couple of days later Greg's Roadster wouldn't start, we finally got it going but it was running on one cylinder, after a few minutes the second cylinder kicked in, so Greg headed to Kingman AZ, the Harley dealer diagnosed the problem and replaced the ECU under warranty. I had no major problems with my roadster, I did burn out both taillights and replaced them with standard 1157 bulbs, I had to file down the dual contacts on the bottom of the bulbs for them to fit though. I also had to zip tie my battery cover but that was it, I limped back to Oregon with a worn out rear tire. I love my Roadster but will admit I'm irritated by the speedometer, it's impossible to see in the bright sun. I now have a little over 5000 miles on my Roadster and have made some modifications, I'll post those photos soon.

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