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Concours hasn't been every where, yet (2yrs old)
« on: June 14, 2017, 04:31:13 pm »
2 years ago today, on June 12, 2015, I rode out of the Modesto dealership on my brand new 2015 Concours 14.
Since then:


35,910 Miles

7 Rear Tires: 1 OEM - 2 Conti Motions - 4 PRGT4s (& I think 5 fronts)

Highest temp: 111F  -- Lowest temp: 26F
During a single trip:  High 105 -- Low 30

Minimum of 4 snow storms, too many lightning storms, numerous rainy days and countless perfect days

Number of times 2up: 0

1 deer strike

1 Gravel Parking lot drop and 1 side of the road feet-no-touchy drop

12 states so far (see signature map)

19 National Parks or Monuments (there may be more, I count bad) and a ton of state parks

5 trips over 3K

7 COG overnighters (but no nationals yet :-(

3 color schemes (and currently, back to black)
Black (1st ride straight off showroom floor)
Black and Copper
Black and Green

Modifications & Farkles
    helibar 2" risers with ram ball
    RAM clutch side handlebar dual ball mount
    Grip puppies

1 valve check and plenty of other service

3 mediocre motorcycle washes and the above mentioned rainy days

19 National Parks or Monuments (there may be more, I count bad) and a ton of state parks

Untold sweeps and twists
My favorite in each state so far (based on a big mix of criteria; curves, scenery, nostalgia)
   CA - Hwy 49 (Coulterville to Mariposa) [so many, but this is only 30 minutes away)
   OR - Hwy 126 and Hwy 242 to Sisters
   WA - Hwy 101 around Olympic National Park
   ID - The road to Elk City
   MT - State 93 near Sula
   WY - State 414 & 412 (I just nicked the corner of WY)
   CO - Hwy 550 including the Million Dollar Hwy part
   UT - State 12 and 24 - Bryce to Torrey to Hanksville
   NV - Hwy 50 (Austin to Ely on the non-snow day)
   AZ - Devils Hwy - was Hwy 666 now Hwy 191
   NM - State 104 - Las Vegas to Tucumcari (really the only variance from Hwy 40 I made)
   TX - A series of back roads including State 84 between Austin TX till crossing Hwy 20

Number of meals with Chorizo: ZERO

Tumbles on rocky hill near Lolo pass 99 winding miles sign: 1

Runs through valleys full of killer bunnies: 1

Performance awards: 1

Many memorable food stops and lodging establishments (and not always because they were good), but just as many that were forgettable.

The perfect amount of new friends


25 Wallpapers from the first 24 months + purchase day


« Last Edit: June 22, 2017, 11:21:39 pm by WANDRNG »

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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 10:12:14 pm »
Nice stats, but why ZERO chorizo? :017:

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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 10:16:14 pm »


Number of meals with Chorizo: ZERO
 :D
Really, i slaved at that stove to cook your chorizo... :great:
I even found Keith friendly Chorizo.. :))


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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2017, 07:45:47 am »
All those colors schemes look great, but I really do like that black and copper look.  That is sharp.  Great picture too.  I always enjoy your wandering photos.  I hope to get out west this July (just a few weeks away) and see some of those sights in person. :great:

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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2017, 08:36:57 am »
Awesome stuff! This is moto madness  :motonoises: 💯⚙️🏍💨


All those colors schemes look great, but I really do like that black and copper look.  That is sharp.  Great picture too.  I always enjoy your wandering photos.  I hope to get out west this July (just a few weeks away) and see some of those sights in person. :great:

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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2017, 12:11:00 pm »
You really have a gift in the art of photography.

All these pics could be on magazine covers.
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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2017, 02:27:28 pm »
The copper was my fav  :great:
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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2017, 09:55:48 pm »
Nice stats, but why ZERO chorizo? :017:
'cause some o' the "nice" people of the NW subjected  my eyes to things that should not be read.

Really, i slaved at that stove to cook your chorizo... :great:
I even found Keith friendly Chorizo.. :))
Yes you did to both statements. With me "working" right beside you, watching the stirring of the chorizo after, I'm pretty sure it was you that made me read. Existentially, if the chorizo is missing the offending words, is it really still chorizo even if it's labeled chorizo?


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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2017, 09:57:19 pm »
All those colors schemes look great, but I really do like that black and copper look.  That is sharp.  Great picture too.  I always enjoy your wandering photos.  I hope to get out west this July (just a few weeks away) and see some of those sights in person. :great:
Thanks.
When you make it out this way, PM me and I'll join up with you somewhere for good roads and good food!

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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2017, 10:06:34 pm »
You really have a gift in the art of photography.
All these pics could be on magazine covers.

Awesome stuff! This is moto madness  :motonoises:

Thanks Gents

The riding and the photos are easy with the Concours

The Conours looks great from all angles - so my secret photography trick is, ride the Concours to someplace beautiful or cool, stick the Concours right in front of it, snap pic -   waalaa, Art!

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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2017, 10:08:56 pm »
The copper was my fav  :great:
I am pretty partial to the copper color too. I may go back to it at some point, and do a better application job so it looks better and lasts longer. I do have something else in my first, when I quit being lazy busy.

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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2017, 03:31:57 am »
That would be great if you could show the around the area a bit.  I plan on leaving right after the 4th of July weekend, which is the 2nd of July.  Heading to Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, into Canada, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and Utah.  I don't think I left anything out.

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Re: 2 Years Old - Today
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2017, 11:22:25 pm »
That would be great if you could show the around the area a bit.  I plan on leaving right after the 4th of July weekend, which is the 2nd of July.  Heading to Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, into Canada, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and Utah.  I don't think I left anything out.
Let me know when you plan to reach CA and we'll see what we can set up. :great:

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Re: Concours hasn't been every where, yet (2yrs old)
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2017, 12:18:47 am »
Come to New Hampshire, I know some great photo-op locations.  ;)
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Re: Concours hasn't been every where, yet (2yrs old)
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2017, 03:23:22 pm »
Come to New Hampshire, I know some great photo-op locations.  ;)
I'm working my way east, so don't be surprised when I take you up on that and you're leading a photo expedition  ;D

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