[ Posted By: Gerwin on 12/8/2009 9:41:11 AM ]
Well, I made it back safe and sound from my brief yet entertaining road trip to North Carolina. Throughout the majority of the preceding week, I was subject to a great deal of stress fearing I would forget something important. Itís a bit of an ongoing joke, but there are stories of fellow riders who have embarked on similar journeys hundreds of miles away, only to discover theyíve forgotten their Bikeís key. Not a good way to start your vacation.
At approximately 10pm Thursday evening, Flash was loaded down with two motorcycles, a toolbox, two coolers, a few different luggage bags, among other items required for a comfortable camping trip. So needless to say, I was concerned that my truck might struggle at highway speeds with so much weight in the back. I am of the understanding that if you have too much weight, itís a good idea to leave your transmission OUT of overdrive to prevent damage to the clutch plates. But throwing caution to the wind, I tightened the last strap down and got some rest for the long drive ahead.
Waking the next morning to the always-pleasing sound of an ear-splitting thunder clap overhead, I loathed the day ahead of me. Driving down the interstate in a thunderstorm is not the best way to reach a destination, especially with an extra 800lbs of gear in the bed. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that downshifting was kept at a minimum during the majority of my jaunt. Only when I got into the Great Smoky Mountains did I find a need to by-pass the overdrive to get into the meat of the engine. And the gas mileage you ask? Iím happy to report that I had an overall Interstate MPG of 16.7 after traveling 300+ miles and stopping to refuel. Consider that in contrast to the stock mileage of just over 17 MPG. I have no doubt this was the result of the Magnaflow Exhaust modification in conjunction with the Airaid Cold Air Intake.
So after setting up camp Friday, we fired up the grille and had some burgers and cold-ones and waited with great anticipation for the rain to taper off. And as luck would have it, it did! Early in the morning Saturday we were met with cloudy skies, but dry roads to which we managed to cover well over 200 miles of the best roads in the United States. Shot some great pictures and better video. The trip home was relatively uneventful, and yielded about the same gas mileage. A great trip to be sure, canít wait to hit it again next year!