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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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So, Charles, mind if I ask what seat you have on that Bonnie? Also, what was disappointing about the tour?

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We did the tour two-up on the flat T100 seat. But, we have modified the seat. I ride on Bead Rider beads, and Nina sits on an Airhawk pad.

What was disappointing? When you buy the National Parks Passport, it comes with a map showing all their sites. It isn't a big map and it covers the 48 lower states, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, but it gives you a pretty good idea of where the sites are for planning. On the back of the map is some visitor center information which tells what state the sites are in. This is handy since many are near or on the borders of states. The trouble is that for many visitor centers, they give a post office box number. It is often a lot of trouble to find the actual visitor center and we gave up on some. Furthermore, we went way out of our way a few times for a stamp and then passed another visitor center for the same park that was right on our route.

The rangers at the visitor centers were very nice to us -- with one exception -- and they are proud of whatever site they were managing, but someone near the top of the National Parks system evidently doesn't want GPS coordinates listed on their websites or on the literature they supply. This seems needlessly stubborn and the rangers told us that many people complain about it.

Another disappointment is that at a few sites, we felt like we needed to get the stamp, move on, and make some more miles. Some of our parks get thousands of visitors a day. Others get a couple of hundred in a month. It was very hard not to spend time with the people who really want you to show an interest in their site. We left a few sites feeling bad about that.

I think there is a rush about most or all of the IBA rides and that's what's kept me from doing them. The National Parks tour took us to many places we might not have gone and that was fun, but we still felt pressed sometimes.

All in all, it was a lot of fun and it is surprising how many sites they manage. There are probably battle sites, historic sites, or recreational areas near you that you don't know about. There might even be a National Park. We collected our first stamp in Greensboro which is only about 25 miles away.

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I read the ride link that you provided and had wondered about the time constraints. But at least you did it! Congratulations again.
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I think there is a rush about most or all of the IBA rides and that's what's kept me from doing them. The National Parks tour took us to many places we might not have gone and that was fun, but we still felt pressed sometimes.
A criticism I often get from non-riders, or at least those who don't do long distances, is "you'll never see anything at that pace". That's a fair comment in the sense that I don't stop to spend two/three hours looking around a cathedral during an iron butt ride but I do get to see way more than I would see if I didn't do the ride or if I'd planned a site-seeing ride. Frequently I notice things on an IB ride that I wouldn't otherwise have noticed and I then plan a separate trip especially to go enjoy the novelties.

I've never done speed-dating but I imagine that it's a similar experience. Maybe I'll like the cute blonde and want to spend more time with her but I wouldn't have even met her if I'd gone on a regular date with the first girl.

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Congrats! I keep wondering if a Thrux/Bonnie/Scram could do two hour jaunts on the freeway.

Goes to show its more rider than machine.


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Congrats! I keep wondering if a Thrux/Bonnie/Scram could do two hour jaunts on the freeway.

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Great effort. Do you have a picture of your Bearshark? any special mods? what would you change on your bike if you had to do it again?

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It's not the seat that concerns me but(t) the fuel tank capacity.

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Great effort. Do you have a picture of your Bearshark? any special mods? what would you change on your bike if you had to do it again?
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I'd like to put Race Tech cartridge simulators in the forks, but they haven't been very helpful about which springs I should use so I haven't gotten anywhere with that.

Other than that, we're all set.

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I have done 650 miles in a day on a 05 black bonnie with a stock Thruxton seat.Towards the end of the ride I was ready to get off of it.
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