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Okay, maybe not so little. @Scott7d on this forum posted about riding Iron Butts, which got me motivated to do one (been thinking about for a while) along with riding buddy Kenny (@mjsdouble). So we decided to ride up to Corning California from Glendora California for lunch, and then ride back. Roughly 1,030 miles (a little more for Kenny). Figured Earth Day would be the perfect choice to burn up some dino fuel and maybe wave at John Kerry's jet as we traveled, so off we went. Left at 4:30 am and rode straight up Interstate 5; had lunch and then rode back, getting to our starting spot at a little before 11:00 pm. I gotta say, the Road Glides performed flawlessly; 80'ish for speed for the most part and a little Red Bull to keep these old eyes open. Back rest, highway pegs, cruise control and XM radio; BAM. These bikes are made to cruise!
Don't get me wrong; it was a long-ass day, but the RGs did great. Kenny and I were fine (a few aches and pains, but that's just being old). We had another buddy of mine join us and he was on a Honda ST1300 sport touring bike. I kid you not; after 300 miles he was doing calisthenics (on the bike) and trying to stay comfortable any way he could (he's the same age as me). Stretched at every stop and I could tell he was hurting. And, wait for it, the only mechanical issue we had was with the HONDA (blown headlamp fuse, and what a PIA it was to just get to the fuse box on that thing; see attached pic), not any problems with the Harley scoots. Props to him for joining us AND for finishing, but he was ready to bail near the end. No ride like a Road Glide.
If you haven't done an IB, it's a challenge worth trying. Photo of the fuel-up is at the end, but it looked the same as at the start. LOL.
Thanks for the motivation @Scott7d!