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Spent a couple nights there. A few observations.

1. Kentucky 587 is a very nice road to play on.

2. Mexican food better in Ohio.

3. BYOB. Dry county.

4. 2011 XR does not appear to have the latest in Victory cruise control enclosures. Rained like a sumgun last night. Forgot to remove the GPS. Neither worked this morning. About halfway home, the GPS started working again. No luck with the cruise control yet.

5. College aged wimin are beginning to look like 13 year olds to me.

6. My new Bridgestones (704/709) worked very nicely rain or shine.
 

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Yea been down that way a few times, last time was about 3 years ago. Forgot all about the dry county stuff until I tried to find a few to have afew and the smoking in the restaurants. Always nice country tho especially now that in live in North Dakota probably the flattest land known to mankind.
 

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Just put new shoes on my XR a couple months ago, went with the E3s again...keep hearing good about the 'Stones...getting a little buyer's remorse.

I have not had an issue with my cruise control at all. Anyone know what the fail point is?

Surprised me a bit when you said Ohio has good Mexican food. But then I caught myself because southern Idaho has good Mexican food too, and no one expects that, either.
 

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You write like you been in Tuky to long.
When you can the two wires that hook up to the return cable for the cruse pull them put some dielectric grease on them. Not much you can do with the switches its all printed circuit in there.
Was stuck down there for three days driving semi and yup no drink had to travel 75 miles to get one
 

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Yea been down that way a few times, last time was about 3 years ago. Forgot all about the dry county stuff until I tried to find a few to have afew and the smoking in the restaurants. Always nice country tho especially now that in live in North Dakota probably the flattest land known to mankind.
Smoking was prohibited in the historic hotel restaurant we ate at. Don't know if it was allowed at the Mexican place, but I didn't notice anyone smoking there either. They did allow smoking at some of the gas station/diners along the way.

Speaking of gas, I'd say about every other place we stopped was 87 only. You guys with timing wheels better be carrying some octane booster if you find yourself out there. The big name places, Shell, BP, Marathon etc, all had high octane, there just were large areas where those brands ain't found.
 

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Just put new shoes on my XR a couple months ago, went with the E3s again...keep hearing good about the 'Stones...getting a little buyer's remorse.
I wouldn't get too down. I think the E3s are just fine too. The Stones are a bunch cheaper though. I have had that disconnected feeling on wet roads with the E3s. And it's weird because they don't always feel like that. I think it's either due to rain not fully washing oils off the road or maybe just a different asphalt in different places.

As to the Stones, when I originally got them I just put on the rear tire and it seemed to follow irregularities in the road a lot and break loose in tight corners too. As it's got some miles on it, it seems much better now. It did slip around a couple of times on wet tar snakes, paint, oil or something, but in general, they inspired a lot of confidence.

One thing that is different about them is the wear. I used to wear the front E3 out to the edges, but there was still about a half inch chicken strip at the edges of the rear. The Stones wear just the opposite and more like every sportbike tire I've ever used. The rears wear to the edge, but there is still about a half inch of untouched margin on the front tires.

In either case, there seems to be plenty of grip for the lean angles the bike is capable of achieving.

I do think the E3s were a little more confidence inspiring on high speed sweepers. The Stones feel like they just move around more. Not that "on a rail" feeling that is so desirable. Not mortifying, just not as good. Wouldn't stop me from buying them again though.

I have not had an issue with my cruise control at all. Anyone know what the fail point is?
Before I left, I thought someone had said that Vic had waterproofed the enclosure. If mine don't come back tomorrow, I'll be taking it in for an extended warranty repair. I'll report what I learn, should I need to go that route.

Surprised me a bit when you said Ohio has good Mexican food. But then I caught myself because southern Idaho has good Mexican food too, and no one expects that, either.
No puerco! What kind of self respecting Mescan cook don't make the puerco!
 

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You write like you been in Tuky to long.
When you can the two wires that hook up to the return cable for the cruse pull them put some dielectric grease on them.
If it magically starts working again, I'll do that. Otherwise, I'm gonna try and get some use out of the freebie 4 yr warranty they threw in with the deal.
 

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Oh shoot, I forgot one of the most interesting parts.

Out in front of the historic hotel my friend's were staying at was a newer looking Road King with a Louisiana 30 day tag. When we all walked out the guy and his wife were there. My friend made some greeting and when the guy replied, it was obvious to me that he wasn't from "around these parts." So I inquired where he was from. "Germany." I asked if he was renting the bike. Nope. Turns out the man had a dream.

He sent money to a friend of his in New Orleans who purchased the Harley for him. He and his wife flew in and proceeded to take a true dream road trip. From NO, they rode the southern US to Southern Cali, then took the coast up to Seattle. Took a trip up to British Columbia to see a friend in Kamloops. Rode down thru Glacier park in Montana and thru Yellowstone via the Bear Tooth pass. Then took a long trip thru everlasting corn fields.

He had 14k miles on the bike and it was still on its 30 day tags!

I noticed he had an electrical outlet mounted on his side cover and I asked him about it. He said he hadn't used it yet, but being from Germany, he thought it might work to power a beer cooler.

We told him about Deal's Gap and Cherohala and told him that was a must do to complete the American dream ride. Especially as he was so close. He seemed up for it. He said the Bear Tooth pass ride came from another motorcyclist suggestion that he met along the way.

I'll have to dig thru the Killboy glamour shots to see if he made it down there.
 
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