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Old 11-06-2012, 09:23 AM   #1
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Three Sisters ride report and 12 Voyager 3k mile review.

I took my first trip on the VV; it was a small trip to the Texas hill country.
I am going to make this a bit of a review for the bike too.

I left Fort Worth around 2:30 Friday; with the side bags packed pretty full. I bought the side bag liners and give them a neutral rating. All I had in the top case was a couple of cold weather jackets, gloves, and a pair of half chaps (just in case). There is a lot of storage for a bike; I could have used it more efficiently but I can tell on longer trips I will be doing laundry on the road.
I was disappointed with only getting 31 MPG on the way down. (Yes, John I was exceeding the speed limit); fully loaded, riding 2-up, into a significant head-wind and the cruise set at 75GPS (79indicated) burns a lot of fuel. I now have an appreciation for sixth gear, but still think I could get by without it.

We arrived in Kerrville at late dusk. This time of year you always need to watch out for deer; but when the shadows start getting long and the temps drop its most dangerous. I only saw a few living deer during the whole trip but they all were a little before sundown. I did see about twenty dead ones in the ditch.

Five hours in the saddle with a few breaks isnt too bad. A little stiffness in my back and neck and my backside being a little numb all wore off by the time I checked in and unloaded my bags. I gotta give a thumbs up to the stock seat; it could be better, but it could be a hell of a lot worse.

Saturday morning was overcast, and we headed to the sisters late in the morning. I took TX39 to US83 to get to Leaky; and wondered how the sisters could make for a better ride. I think as long as you get off of the major highways, you cant pick a bad road.

The order I took the roads was RR337, 335 then 336.

I could enjoy the views a little more on 337 and it was the best of the three in condition.
I think 335 had as nice of views but the twists took a little more of my attention; there were a couple of places where I did not like the camber and a couple of curves that looked like someone purposely kicked gravel into the road.
336 was my least favorite, it was still fun; maybe the warning sign for loose livestock and several cattle guards had me riding in more of a defensive mode.
With all complaints considered; it is still a GREAT ride. There were several stretches on each road where I wore that kid on a roller coaster grin for miles.

Everyone on two wheels (and there was a lot) were polite, and quite a few were eager to start up a bike conversation. I got many compliments on the Voyager. She is a looker!

We reluctantly headed home Sunday morning and got a little better mileage without the head-wind and sense of urgency on the throttle.

I put 25lbs of air in the shocks and set the rebound to three before I left. I think this was a good set-up for me; I would recommend getting a few miles in on any suspension changes before tackling a challenging road.
I am happy with the power of the 1700; but think I would like the extra kick from letting her breathe and getting a PCV.
Kaws decision to only put the liquid cooling in the top end results in a hotter engine and oil. Experimenting with the lower vents can get some cool air flowing, but I think I will look at some cooling fins for the oil filter and changing to full synthetic for the summer.
I wish the Ipod cable kit did not take up the entire left glove box, and I wish there was a USB or additional 12v charger in the trunk.
I am content with the Radio; but it is not so good for my passenger. I think I will need to upgrade the speakers.

I also recommend Garmin over Magellan for GPS; I don't have the Zumo, but the Nuvi with a handlebar mount works great.

Now for the Pics; (below)

Scott
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:27 AM   #2
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My beauties; and a morbid yet accurately named cemetery.


little stonehenge (WE ARE SPINALTAP!)

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Avon grips with Rays Throttle Mod
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Power Commander V
Cobra Tri-oval slipons
Wrapped headers
Corbin Dual Touring (w/Comfort foam)
Wolo Bad Boy
Glove compartment keyless mod
Can-am antennae
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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Avon grips with Rays Throttle Mod
Thunder BAK for stock covers
Power Commander V
Cobra Tri-oval slipons
Wrapped headers
Corbin Dual Touring (w/Comfort foam)
Wolo Bad Boy
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #4
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:33 AM   #5
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:35 AM   #6
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Hella Nice Scenery! And youre right, she's a looker for sure
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I wish I could have got to see some of this country when I was down in FW earlier this year. about all I got to see was what was along 35W and the 820 loop. Not much to look at other than business and construction.

Nice country and nice scenery though.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:42 AM   #8
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Hella Nice Scenery! And youre right, she's a looker for sure
Thanks Rob.

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I wish I could have got to see some of this country when I was down in FW earlier this year. about all I got to see was what was along 35W and the 820 loop. Not much to look at other than business and construction.

Nice country and nice scenery though.
Not ALL of N. Texas is as ugly as 35 & 820. LOL
But you do have to look a little harder for the sweet spots.

The three sisters are about 300 miles from Ft. Worth.

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Old 11-06-2012, 10:46 AM   #9
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Not ALL of N. Texas is as ugly as 35 & 820. LOL
But you do have to look a little harder for the sweet spots.

The three sisters are about 300 miles from Ft. Worth.

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Old 11-06-2012, 11:35 AM   #10
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Very nice! The bike looks great and it looks like a fun place to ride. Thanks for taking the time to post everything.
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