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Thought I'll start a thread mainly for keeping my head straight with what I've done with my bike. It's name is Pidan (mandarin for century egg/thousand year egg coz it used to be black and yellow) Also really kicking myself that I did not get an UE instead but whatever.
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Here's shortly after getting her for the first time in all her stock glory.
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Then the 3D printed badges + mugello seat.
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SW-Motech foot pegs and side stand enlarger.
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Ride Report: Solo Ride through Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Did a test run for some of my gears as I'm planning a cross country in August (fingers crossed). Attended t he Fox Run from Friday - Sunday. It's an all women moto camping event near Lancaster, PA. I don't have much pictures of the event. Rained pretty much the whole time and the 1mi road leading into the campground was all muddy. I can see those on cruisers and sport bikes struggling. A few girls dropped their bikes in those muddy conditions. The Scrambler, with full luggage, performed great. Stock tires too.

Sunday
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Leaving camp at 9am. Rain stopped temporarily as I was packing up. Thank goodness. As you can see my luggage situation is not ideal. Decided to bring the Redverz tent as I knew I was gonna be spending a lot of time in the rain but it proved to be too big for this bike. Not much difference in ride quality, just tying everything down was a pain.

I was planning to be at Seneca Rocks, WV by the end of the day. Only made it half way. My right waterproof boot decided to leak and became a water bucket. My old cellphone GPS is not waterproof and I kept missing turns. 6hrs of rain riding later I was only halfway there. Then I slipped (boots had no traction), dropped my bike, broke the clutch lever and bent the shifter. Holy smokes. Why am I even on this trip. I just wanted to go home. Checked into the next inn I came across (holiday inn) and spent the night blasting heater and drying everything.

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My bike is so small parked next to the big GS's.

Monday
The original plan was to head down to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN but yesterday in the rain, and more forecast of rain Thursday/Friday made me decide against it. I will just spend 3 days riding the area instead and head back before it rains again. My rain gear is not working. Why push it?

Made a stop to Triumph Harrisonburg to see if they can help me with my clutch. Robert, the guy running the shop and Jeff, the mechanic was super friendly. Jeff banged my half a lever back straight and adjusted my shifter and they did not charge me a dime coz they knew I was solo traveling. Super sweet folks!
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They suggested I take Route 33 saying a lot of motorcyclists travel here to take that route and so I did. Route goes from Virginia to West Virginia cutting through George Washington National Forest and the mountains.
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Finally. Seneca Rocks.
After some time at the rocks, I saw a looming rain cloud over the horizon. No!! Threw on all my gear in a flash and spent the next two hours racing the rain cloud. I was able to stay ahead of it in the sun until the end where another rain cloud formed in front of me and started drizzling. Well played, mother nature. Well played.

Stopped for gas and lunch and the big rain cloud caught up. Luckily it only rained for about half an hour and the cloud passed and I was able to continue on while staying dry.

Route 39 back to Virginia. Another beautiful road following a winding river.
 

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Tuesday
Woke up to a morning fog. Mother nature is really throwing all sorts of weather situation my way knowing I'm gear testing. Plan of the day is Blue Ridge Parkway northbound followed by Skyline Drive and hopefully be in Pennsylvania by the end of the day.
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As I got on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I can see the fog I was just in earlier. It's my first time on the BRP. It's as beautiful as people say it is. Amazing road.

I hear Humpback Rocks have an amazing view. Just a short 0.8 hike to the rocks and so I stopped and decided to tackle the hike wearing full motorcycle gear. Bad idea. The hike though short, was pretty much a straight shot upwards. Not before long I was sweating in all my gear. But hey! ATGATT, amirite?!
Kept meeting other hikers along the route and they all assured me the view was worth it. And so I pushed forward. Gosh dang it, this hike is no joke and I'm so out of shape! The view? Definitely worth it.
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Had some nice people take a photo for me. Victory photo!!
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Pushing on. Skyline Drive i actually didn't enjoy so much. It was nice in the beginning but got repetitive quickly. And it seems like I'm always stuck behind a car doing the speed limit of 35mph. It was taking too long to complete the drive. I wanted to be in PA by the end of the day otherwise I'd need to push a lot of miles to get back to Brooklyn the next day. Bailed on the Skyline Drive about halfway. By 7pm I ended up in Gettysburg KOA.
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Wednesday
Not much to say. A straight highway shot back to the city. Though I did stop by Revzilla in Philly on the way to look at better boot options. Everyone there is super friendly and helpful. Now I just need to make a choice on which boot to get.
 

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Looks great!
I was going to purchase the UE front fender to have a almost similar look to yours, but not sure how it would look

Do you notice much less spray from the front?
To answer your question now that I spent some time in the rain.. No. Everything is still spraying pretty badly. My feet were wet just from wet roads, not even rain. But the fork protectors that comes with the UE mudguard does a pretty decent job keeping the fork clean.
 

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Ichitz what brand of pants are those? Speed and Strength Dogs of War? Regardless of the brand do you like them? I really like the look.
 

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Ichitz what brand of pants are those? Speed and Strength Dogs of War? Regardless of the brand do you like them? I really like the look.
Those are the UglyBros Motorpool. I like them a lot due to them being very casual looking and the knee armor are exterior inserts so you could get to a destination and just pull them out. They also make kevlar versions in blue jeans.
I recently met someone in the Dogs of War pants. Looks solid also.
 

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Fun travel log, you tell a good story! Can you say more about Fox Run moto camping event? I'll check it out online, but would you recommend it in better weather?
 

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Enjoyed your narrative. How did you find the bike? Tires, brakes, mileage etc.
Any problems with the bike except the repair you needed?
 

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Great shots there. Really great shots. Looks a blast. I have ridden with a similar pile of teetering luggage and had to keep checking it was still there every ten minutes. Thanks for that I enjoyed your journey :)
 

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Thanks everyone!

Fun travel log, you tell a good story! Can you say more about Fox Run moto camping event? I'll check it out online, but would you recommend it in better weather?
For sure! It's an all ladies motorcycle camping event Fri-Sun. It's mainly camp Friday, short ride on Saturday, pack up Sunday. Would definitely be better had it been better weather but I still fully enjoyed it. It's nice to see all types of female riders come as one community. The website may seem to advertise to a younger hipstery crowd but there were ADV girls, dirt bike riders, the sport bikes, the Harley crew, everything in a broad age range.

Enjoyed your narrative. How did you find the bike? Tires, brakes, mileage etc.
Any problems with the bike except the repair you needed?
Bike runs like a dream! And luckily I got the SB suspension rear shock before the trip which made the ride more enjoyable. Tires still look good at 3k miles currently. I get about 52mpg out there so I could prob just fuel up at lunch and end of day but I'm paranoid. Plus I needed bathroom breaks so why not top off at the same time :p
One little thing though. 6hrs of highway home made my hands slightly numb for two days. I probably need bar end weights. Though I don't plan on riding highway much, sometimes it's just unavoidable.

Great shots there. Really great shots. Looks a blast. I have ridden with a similar pile of teetering luggage and had to keep checking it was still there every ten minutes. Thanks for that I enjoyed your journey :)
Ha! Me too! Sometimes I see it hanging from the mirror and go "uhoh. now i have to stop"
 
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