So, I finally took my '01 Sprint ST from the SF Bay Area out over Donner summit via highway 50 to Ely, NV and back via highway 6/Yosemite yesterday and today. All I can say is, wow.
For those who haven't spent time on the highways of rural Nevada, it's just incredible. Miles and miles of beautiful roads, some with 10 mile straights, with almost no traffic, few animals, and just this incredible sense of vast openess. That's the good part. The bad part is that it's mostly at about 6,000 ft., so motor vehicles tend to be poklier than at sea level.
Had the opportunity to cruise for miles at 100 MPH+, spending about 5 minutes of quality time at 130 this morning. The bike would very reluctantly pull up to an indicated 9,500 RPM in 5th or about 8,700 in 6th, for what should be about 145. Overall the bike was pretty darn good. Great passing power in 6th even at 8k ft, the usual no wiggles/wobbles and fabulous braikes, and the usual 50-60 MPG.
While there were a few times where owning a ZX 14 or a K1200 S did cross my mind, all in all the Sprint was great. Oh, my body is more or less intact. Even with the sheepskin cover and the Aerostitch underwear, the seat was no longer my friend after 10 hours in the saddle today.