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Went down Kentucky 7 to 9 to 1 to 23 to Norton Va. 7 and 1 were decent sportbikey roads, but a lot of thin lanes and big drop offs. 9 is a highway. 23 is a highway, but in southern tucky it is somewhat scenic with a lot of big gentle sweepers that keep things interesting.

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Next day took Va/Tennessee 70 over to 11 to Johnson city. 70 was a fantastic piece of pavement, though one part up in Va threw me. The road V'd back on itself with another part going straight. No stop signs anywhere in any direction and no signs that I noticed to warn of the dastardly change in direction. Just glad no one was coming the other way. Next, it was up to Bristol and across 421 "The Snake." This was 30 something miles of great switchbacks only interrupted by someone occasionally leaving their property or school buses that haul pretty good ass around the corners. This road leads to Boone NC.

From there is was down the BRPW and across the dragon to Alcoa. I rode with a guy and his son for a lot of that bit. The old man was on a Guzzi ST of some sort, the son on a BMW 1200GS Adventure. At the end we stopped for gas and the father came over and said that some friends had tried to get him to ride a Victory but he didn't think a bike that big would be any fun. After he followed us around for awhile, he said I changed his mind...

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Finally, it was up to Cumberland to spend a final night up the street from the falls.

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Along the way I met a couple guys on Harleys who expressed interest in my bike. I told them it has 18k miles with nothing required besides oil and tires. They seemed to think that was groovy.

I saw 3 Visions on the BRPW going north and a Vegas running up I-75 in Kentucky. I'd say the most popular thing these days was adventure bikes. Seems everyone was on those things. I do envy the tall people nowadays...



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Sounds like a good time, Saddle , you got a nice looking bike there too... I like that tour pack on the back....

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Sounds like a good time, Saddle , you got a nice looking bike there too... I like that tour pack on the back....
It's a trunk from a Kingpin with a bag for rain liners extra gloves etc strapped on top. My bike came with a lock set that fit that box with minimal drilling around, so what's really nice is it opens with the ignition key and my cats didn't fall out.




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It's a trunk from a Kingpin with a bag for rain liners extra gloves etc strapped on top. My bike came with a lock set that fit that box with minimal drilling around, so what's really nice is it opens with the ignition key and my cats didn't fall out.
I like that setup too and would like to try to find something similar. Do you have any pictures from another angle...or a close up? Where did you find the KP trunk?

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I like that setup too and would like to try to find something similar. Do you have any pictures from another angle...or a close up? Where did you find the KP trunk?

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I think I got the the brackets from a place called Vic Only, but IIRC, other online shops sell the same thing. Mine were a scratch and dent sale. I didn't care because I knew I was going to drop a trunk on it. I don't recall who makes the brackets. Anyway, it's just a fancy chrome luggage rack that has a place for four small bolts. I bought the trunk from the dealer and drilled 4 holes in the base plate and this is the result:

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I think I got the the brackets from a place called Vic Only, but IIRC, other online shops sell the same thing. Mine were a scratch and dent sale. I didn't care because I knew I was going to drop a trunk on it. I don't recall who makes the brackets. Anyway, it's just a fancy chrome luggage rack that has a place for four small bolts. I bought the trunk from the dealer and drilled 4 holes in the base plate and this is the result:

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Dang you Saddle. Sometimes I envy you riders who live on the right coast and this is one of those times. We also have some great and technical roads here on the left coast, as you know, but I do miss those ma and pa backroads cafes you can stop at out there that have the most wonderful foods designed to kill ya.

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Dang you Saddle. Sometimes I envy you riders who live on the right coast and this is one of those times. We also have some great and technical roads here on the left coast, as you know, but I do miss those ma and pa backroads cafes you can stop at out there that have the most wonderful foods designed to kill ya.
Ya Ric , Like delicious fried scallops right off the boat in Gloucester MA . The serving size at the Seaport Grille are so big the wife and I have to share and still cant finish them off! Home made tartar sauce too, great stuff to keep your arteries clean!

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Ya Ric , Like delicious fried scallops right off the boat in Gloucester MA . The serving size at the Seaport Grille are so big the wife and I have to share and still cant finish them off! Home made tartar sauce too, great stuff to keep your arteries clean!
Oooh, you're hurting me. Next you'll be taunting me with tales about lobster dinners and lobster rolls.

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Where is your GPS mounted?? It looks like in the pics in the middle in front of the speedo??

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