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That's a good ride, both over and around the lake. A group of us rode the Badger back from a rally in Green Bay to places further east.
 

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Well, I haven't read all the comments here, has anyone suggested a Gold Wing? Wonderful for touring (can't imagine anything better) and I've seen women lift them up using Hondas recommended method.
 

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Well, I haven't read all the comments here, has anyone suggested a Gold Wing? Wonderful for touring (can't imagine anything better) and I've seen women lift them up using Hondas recommended method.
I'm sure a Gold Wing is a great machine. However, myself (as the OP) thinks a Boulevard is going to solve all my problems -- not that I have many.

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The Yankee Rally is a great time !
 
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It's on the calendar!
You'd be most welcome, KorKoro!

A tip about making a reservation: Phone the place and tell them you are with the Volusia Riders to get the group discount. Their web site isn't the best.

Hope you decide to join us. :)
 

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The C90 is 695lbs with a full tank of gas and fluids. Once you load up with travel kit, extra fuel, luggage, etc you're going to be closer to 900lbs. I ride a CTX1300, which about 30lbs heavier than the C90. When empty, if it goes down, I cannot lift it by myself, no matter what I try.

You need to find a bike closer to the 400lb range, such as going back to the KLR or BMW 850GS, which even though it has laced wheels, runs tubeless.
Not sure what your travel kit consists of, but 200 lbs. is a lot. On both my trip to Alaska and Newfoundland my kit was right around 50 lbs. I think it comes from my background in backpacking and sea kayaking. My last backpack trip my pack was 27 lbs. It would have been two lbs. lighter if I didn't take my "luxury" 2 lb. chair.

If it's true that the c90 weighs in around 695 lbs. I should be around 750 with the c90 with my traveling kit. The c90 will have a much lower center of gravity. I'll let you know how it goes after my first drop. (Hopefully never!) The lower center of gravity should help even though the c90 is 140 lbs. heavier.

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Calendar set -- Route planned.https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Traverse+City,+Michigan/Angola,+IN/Delta,+OH/Clearfield,+PA/Red+Ranch+inn,+New+York+32,+Catskill,+NY/@42.7041747,-84.3453586,6z/data=!4m34!4m33!1m5!1m1!1s0x881e32b2d7da29dd:0x47bfdc3f3f745621!2m2!1d-85.6206317!2d44.7630567!1m5!1m1!1s0x88162623a7a6f7bf:0xd1878475af633463!2m2!1d-84.9994088!2d41.6347726!1m5!1m1!1s0x883c436dfff8f68d:0x8eb432c2d8946746!2m2!1d-84.0052235!2d41.573663!1m5!1m1!1s0x89cc42823e1e4571:0x9db217a913fd4e02!2m2!1d-78.4391876!2d41.0272796!1m5!1m1!1s0x89dda52653bb9e5d:0x9936952aaa562c22!2m2!1d-73.9858995!2d42.1860013!2m1!1b1!3e0
 

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Not sure what your travel kit consists of, but 200 lbs. is a lot. On both my trip to Alaska and Newfoundland my kit was right around 50 lbs. I think it comes from my background in backpacking and sea kayaking. My last backpack trip my pack was 27 lbs. It would have been two lbs. lighter if I didn't take my "luxury" 2 lb. chair.

If it's true that the c90 weighs in around 695 lbs. I should be around 750 with the c90 with my traveling kit. The c90 will have a much lower center of gravity. I'll let you know how it goes after my first drop. (Hopefully never!) The lower center of gravity should help even though the c90 is 140 lbs. heavier.

KorKoro

When i travel, in addition to my clothes I carry a rain suit, thermal top and pants, basic hand tools, tire patch kit, battery operated tire inflator, engine oil, extra gas in MSR bottles, emergency rations, medical kit (trauma kit), emergency blanket, GPS, folding solar panel to charge my cellphone and a spare helmet. It all adds weight to the bike, which needs to be accounted for if you plan on levering the bike up by yourself.
 

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KorKoro, Hope everything works out as planned. Have a safe trip & have a blast !
 

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Here are pictures of the bike at home. I rode for a couple hours today. I've got to get used to the slow rpm's of a cruiser and the turn in speed.

Things I like were the comfort of the bike, the windshield (quieter than I expected) and the low torque, less shifting nature of the bike.

I didn't like the volume of the exhaust (especially when the "popping" noise when down shift). Also, I didn't like the heel shifter. I think it may have been adjusted for a higher heel because I couldn't get it into 4th or 5th using my heel. It was owned by a lady previously and she may have been wearing high heels. Also, I would come to a stop and leave it in first, but any slight touch of the heel shifter would put it in neutral without me knowing it. Another thing I didn't like was the rider's back rest. Riding with it put me a little to close to the handle bars. Without it, my position was just right.

I'll be starting another thread to get suggestions for, either, buy the Vance and Hines Super Q Quiet Baffles, or trading for some stock pipes. I'll also be selling the rider back rest.

By the way, you'll notice the extra fuel tank is off. It's set up so if I ever make a run up to Alaska I'll have the range to make some of the long miles between fuel.

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There are covers on either side just below the seat. I've got the originals that have the "c90t" emblem. They've been replaced with chrome. I'd like to put the original back on. What do you call these covers?

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I put quiet baffles in my V&H Straightshots on my C50, it toned them down enough to not be as annoying.
 
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