Well, that’s that. Got home all safe and sound. It was a hell of a trip.
Before I started this trip I was looking hard at a bike upgrade. I rode a road king, couple of fat boys, an Indian super chief and an Indian scout. All great bikes. But after this adventure, I think I’m sticking with my boulevard. She performed amazingly. Whatever I asked of her.
I still go looking for 6th gear all the time (probably why I snapped that clutch cable), and she doesn’t have enough ass to run the interstates, but I kind of love that. It forced me to see the country from the backroads, which made everything better. She’s fast enough for me. The only other complaint I can think of is bike luggage turns her into a sailboat. The Nebraska wind had us all over the damn road on a 70mph state highway. With a 35mph headwind & luggage, we were lucky to get to 70. It sure wasn’t safe at that speed. The other drivers were not amused. 🤣
Love the fact that with a minimal tool kit that fits in my saddle bag, I can completely disassemble the bike to handle any repair short of a transmission, engine block or drive shaft. I did it twice in a hotel parking lot. It was a pain in the ass, but preferable to what Harley owners go through with the smallest of things. Immediate 3 weeks in the overpriced shop.
So glad I got a Boulevard. She ain’t fast, but damn she’s pretty and dependable.
Thanks for following along with me on this madness. I’m most certainly doing it again. There’s more stickers to be had.