Towards the end of June, I started thinking about going to the KatRiders Rally in Robbinsville, NC. This quickly grew into an idea for a trip that would take me along the eastern coast into Canada and around the Great Lakes before heading home. To keep costs down, I would camp in a tent most of the way, except in a couple cities where I'd stay with friends. After some preparation, I left Wichita, KS on the afternoon of July 17, and returned 16 days later on August 2.
It was a great trip, and the Katana proved to be a fairly comfortable bike for distance riding. Although sportbikes are typically seen as forcing the rider into an aggressive tank hugging posture, I usually sat up straight with one hand on the bars during straight highway driving. The luggage rack helped me carry all my tools and supplies for the trip. I had a few problems during the roughly 6000 mile trip, but they were mostly, if not entirely, my fault :)
Some things I learned along the way...
KR Rally 2009
Blue Ridge Parkway to Washington, DC
Pennsylvania to NYC
Maine and Acadia National Park
Calais, ME to Sydney, Nova Scotia
Quebec and Niagara Falls
Heading back home
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