Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: 2018 Triumph Speedmaster
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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.
Total Miles: 2,785
Avg. MPG: 57.2 MPG, over the entire trip
Longest day: 427 miles
Dave (I already miss the trip)