We left our luggage at the motel and went out to play on the playa! Woo hoo! This was a big highlight of the trip. Riding on the playa is a very unique motorcycling experience. You’d think “big, flat, scenic, kind of a novelty, boring after 15 minutes.” Oh but it’s so much more! The surface is unlike anything else I’ve ridden on. It’s kind of silty sand with a thin, hard crust on top. This makes for amazing traction and crazy lean angles. Because of the huge size, you can turn forever! There’s no setting up for the turn, no braking points, no apex, no exit, none of that. It’s all TURN. This led to doing really huge circles and esses while power sliding at 50 mph. At first that seemed like the limit, and then after a while I was sliding at 70 and felt totally confident! The back end only steps out a few inches, but when you’ve got it leaned over and on the gas it’s magic. I think we did this for about 2 hrs. It was addictive! At one point, while doing about 75, the back stepped WAY out suddenly and I almost high sided. I decided I had found the limit and it was time to slow down and continue the trip. That’s the old guy in me talking.
After the playa fun we headed home. We did some of the same roads and a few new ones and ended up back at Boca. Then a long haul home in the dark on 80 - not much fun… That was a long day.
Yikes! The luggage!! When I first loaded all this stuff on my bike I was absolutely horrified. I thought “It’s UNRIDEABLE.” I really tried to pack light, yet this is what I ended up with. Fortunately it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as it looks. With some extra preload on the rear it actually handled just fine on fast dirt roads. I had to slow down for the really rough stuff, but could still ride some pretty challenging terrain with it. I made the mount for the water jug to keep the weight low. I also made some carbon fiber tank guards, the GPS mount and the tank bag with huge map case.
Here's my dashboard. I did the navigation.