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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, you can Tour on a 2018 Speedmaster

I just completed my first tour on a 2018 Speedmaster and the trip was great. I added a Corbin Solo seat, no it didn't rub against the shock, and also added a Wehope Seat Air Cushion pad since I knew I would be going through some hot weather. The seat was very comfortable and made my typical 250 - 300 mile days easy. The bike ran perfect. Only maintenance was lubricate the chain and check tire pressure. I loved the solid torque available at just about any speed. 80% of my trip was secondary roads but on major highways I easily cruised 70-80 MPH at 3,000 RPM.

I drove from Santa Cruz, CA to the Bonneville Salt Flats to help a friend do time trials with a 1955 Indian. After 5 days on the salt, I headed to Salt Lake City, UT and then south to Highway 12 through Utah. IF you visit the southwest of the US, you have to do highway 12,great ride for a bike. Visited and hiked in Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Antelope Canyon in Page AZ. Then took our famous Route 66 across Arizona. Across Arizona it was HOT, 100-111 degrees F. The SM never overheated but, in stop and go traffic that engine does out out a lot of heat. I then headed to Riverside, CA to visit my son and grandson and then back to Santa Cruz. Total trip was 18 days of which 13 days of riding. I met some great people and people on bikes are the friendliest. I even had 4 Harley bikers one morning gather around me to see what I was doing and was amazed that I was lubricating my chain, a little bit of fun harassment.

If I had it to do over again I would get a better baggage system. Would definitely get bag bars for the saddlebags. Dart windscreen worked fine but I did hit rain and I felt all of it on my helmet. Best decision I make was NOT to camp. After a long day of riding and hiking it felt REALLY good to climb in a real bed. Overall the SM was a solid bike and I am planning another trip next year, haven't discussed this with the wife yet.

The stats:
Total Miles: 2,785
Avg. MPG: 57.2 MPG, over the entire trip
Longest day: 427 miles

Dave (I already miss the trip)
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-12-2019, 02:41 PM
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Thanks for charing your journey on the forum. I now feel encouraged to join a longer trip myself. I really like my Speedmaster but I have only done day trips so far.

Ride on
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-15-2019, 01:06 AM
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Hi, tunza from Oz, I just purchased a SM yesterday, delivery next week. Im hoping to do a bit of touring. I bought the "Comfort" seat.. Im hoping that this is good to tour on, I traded my T100 Bonneville, with the ironing board seat. Am wondering why you bought the Corbin Seat?.. What did you have on the SM originally?.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-15-2019, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, tunza from Oz, I just purchased a SM yesterday, delivery next week. Im hoping to do a bit of touring. I bought the "Comfort" seat.. Im hoping that this is good to tour on, I traded my T100 Bonneville, with the ironing board seat. Am wondering why you bought the Corbin Seat?.. What did you have on the SM originally?.
I also traded in my 2014 T100 for the SM. The original seat just about killed my back so I did purchase the Comfort seat but found it not much better so sent it back. Then I got the Corbin seat and it is very comfortable with the back rest. I had two 400+ mile days and had no problems at all. However, given the amount of gas the SM can hold you need to stop anyway, I typically stopped about every 80 - 100 miles. At first I was going to also change out the beach bars but I found the beach bars allowed me to lean back a bit against the back rest and it was very comfortable. I like the beach bars now.

I think you'll find the SM a great bike and I am already planning a longer trip next year, need to convince the wife this trip was a PRELIMINARY trip. May add the floorboards for the next trip as I have heard they are very comfortable riding long distances.

Congratualtions on your purchase. ....... Dave
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2019, 02:01 PM
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Nice ride I just finished a three day fall roundup camping trip on my 2018 speedmaster. I have owned better touring bikes but the speedmaster gets it done. I have the comfort seat, windshield with the 1" up and 1" back risers which made a difference in comfort. My gas light comes on at 130 miles but I can do 160 miles to 180 miles and still have a bit more fuel left in the tank. I am out at 198 miles. I have never owned a bike that I ride around so much with the fuel light on. Just turned 5,500 miles and counting. No problems
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Nice setup with your bike. That's one lesson I learned, have a good luggage system. I used Cortec bags I had on a previous bike and it was a pain to pack up every morning. Good to hear about the mileage you got out of a tank of gas. I carried an extra 1.5 liters of fuel with me but never used it. Looking forward to another trip next year and I may install risers. The SM performed perfect for me and I enjoyed the whole trip.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 12:27 AM
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Great looking Speedy!! Could you tell me what luggage you have mounted and how did you mount them? Also what brand of windshield extension is that? Looking forward to lots of rides on my Speed as soon as I get it set up properly. Thanks!! Mark

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 12:18 PM
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Great looking Speedy!! Could you tell me what luggage you have mounted and how did you mount them? Also what brand of windshield extension is that? Looking forward to lots of rides on my Speed as soon as I get it set up properly. Thanks!! Mark
The luggage is made by Edge and they are great. The brackets are easy brackets and work very well. The windshield extension was purchased on ebay
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-...UAAOSwKHtc8QB4
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-13-2019, 08:35 PM
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Nice bike and great trip! How did your Speedmaster in the curvier stuff? Have enough clearance?
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-14-2019, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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The SM really holds the curves well,the big front tire helps. I was cautious in the curves but I did scrape the foot pegs a couple of times, I hate that sound. I wish it did have more clearance as you need to be aware of bumps or anything else you're going over.

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