Three straight days on the RC51
I finally got to put all my sport touring mods to the test, three days all over northern California. My brother was on my VFR, and my dad on his R1100RT for a total of just under 750 miles and 17 hours on the hourmeter. We had two hours of riding in the rain on the first day, but excellent weather otherwise. My brother and I had fun in the curves and my dad caught up on the straights where we took it easy.
On the RC51 the Givi topcase rack was solid, the new handlebars I made and Corbin seat allowed me to ride all day. The Garmin Zumo 550 made navigation along some pretty detailed routes a snap. With the big buttons I was able to find lunch and gas stops very easily.
On day 3 we went to take a side road I had programmed into the GPS. As I turned off the highway it looked like a driveway climbing up into the woods. After about 200 feet I ran into the sign shown in the last pic. Recalculating!
Overall the VFR is still more comfortable of course, but the sheer fun of being on an RC51 on Highways 70, 89 and 49 more than made up for the slightly less comfortable riding position and more frequent fuel stops.
I can't wait for the next trip in October!