Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
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Epic First Ride
Not sure where to start but I guess I'll go with saying we purchased my wife's first motorcycle this weekend, the lovely R3 ABS. Got a lightly used one with 2,000 miles on it for $4,300 OTD, and the cheapest price I could get from 8 dealerships around Seattle on a new one was 4,999 OTD. So we got a 2017 and saved $700.
Anyway, bike purchased on the East side of the Cascades here in amazing WA state. We live on the wet, West, side. We happened to be going over to what we locals call the "dry side" anyway and ended up buying this bike from a dealer over there. Anticipating this, I had brought all my riding gear.
What followed was 470 miles of the most epic new bike ride I can imagine. I drove the wife's bike (it's hers but she hasn't ridden since taking her BRC so we are going to ease her into it) first from near Pasco, WA to Pullman, WA. That was a lot of dark, cold, rainy riding on two lane country roads. Pullman is where Washington State University is, but it's on Mars as far as being in the middle of nowhere. Because the R3 is new, and not my fully outfitted Concours 14, I had no heated grips, heated suit, or big windscreen. Needless to say, despite all my clothing efforts, I was cold, wet and worn ragged by the time we got to Pullman some 3 hours later.
The next day we had to ride/drive back to Seattle. Along the way I experienced every possible riding condition one can have on a street bike. We had sun and warmth at the beginning. Then we entered several hours of howling windstorm. By wind I mean 50 knots of wind in the Columbia Gorge and nearby terrain. It was so incredibly windy that the little R3 was getting tossed sideways like a toy. I was gripped for hours. There was a full on dust storm during this time.
A little later, leaving the worst of the winds behind, we begin our climb up to Snoqualmie Pass, the pass I90 goes over to Seattle. It started pouring rain. POURING RAIN. We climbed up to the 3,000 foot pass in a deluge, with the rain and spray obscuring visibility to nothing but the lights of the car ahead.
After an hour of rain, we dropped down to Seattle where it was sunny, dry and warm.
On this 470 mile first ride, I had sun, rain, day, night, storm force winds, a dust storm, warmth and cold down to 42 degrees.
The R3 is a grand little bike, and I've bonded with it. But I was sure wishing I was on my Connie. I should mention by way of credibility that I am an MSF certified instructor and a year round commuter. I know wild weather on bikes.
Nice to join this forum, and I do most all work on our machines myself. Keep the rubber side down y'all.
2017 R3 ABS Matte Black and red accents. The faster one.