Three Days, 1183 Miles & Wet Notebooks
Friday, September 24, 2010
1183 miles. That’s what the trip-meter said when I pulled into the office this morning after our three-day sport-touring testing run. The trip included myself and two of our test pilots from last year’s comparison, long-time MCUSA BFF and photog Tom Lavine and his riding buddy Donald. The three of us hopped aboard the all-new Triumph Sprint GT
, as well as the Kawasaki Concours 14 and Honda VFR1200 and headed north from our Medford, Oregon HQ.
Washington's SR 112, the best riding of our 1183-mile tour (top)
and the world's largest Sitka Spruce (bottom left) and then
seafood buffet at the oceanside scenic turnout (bottom left).
Our route included plenty of I-5 freeway miles en route to Washington, boring stretches but an ideal place to identify shortcomings like hard seats, uncomfortable touring ergos and inadequate wind protection. Then it was on to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where we looped around mainly on the US-101 highway, but with a notable run on State Route 112.
Here’s a couple things we noticed during our ride: there are a lot of trees in Washington and it rains up there… a lot. The countryside up North is awash in green, with Olympic National Park home to actual rain forests. They get upwards of 12 feet of rain a year there. That’s feet not inches. In other words, it averages almost a 0.4 inches a day! Amazingly, we managed to avoid a drop of rain the first two days, but Day 3 was a different story.
Now we’re back in the office. My notes are drying out and I’m deciphering the smudged ink. Judgments are forthcoming... Stay tuned for the full review mid-October.
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