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Performed the 1000 mile service on the Road Glide Special and the 10,000 mile service on the Nissan Frontier.

Got the Trailer rigged out with E-Channel along the floor on both sides and my Harbor Freight wheel chock in the nose. The Road Glide Special will be locked in with the Biker bar but I wanted options in case I find something interesting on craigslist during my travels.

The loaded weight of the trailer came in at 2590 lbs with 14.3% of the weight on the tongue. That is 200 lbs more than just the bike with the biker bar. I can live with that.

The bike tucked away nicely in its garage on wheels.


Ready to roll.


The truck is rated to tow 6500 lbs so it had the power to tow the 2590 lb load. At interstate speeds it would barely ever upshift into 5th gear though. It averaged 12 MPG during the first 1200 miles with a low of 9.8 MPG and a high of 16 MPG. Empty the Frontier will get 21 MPG. My worst mileage was while using cruise control to give my leg a break. The cruise would downshift and run the revs up to almost 4000 to maintain speed. If I manually drove the throttle and let the truck slow down so that down shifts never put the RPMs above 2500 I could get decent mileage between stops.

I took US 82 over the Sacramento Mountains in New Mexico. It is the monsoon season so I drove in rain from Snyder, TX to Alamogordo, NM. The roads aren't very good in the rain. They tend to puddle in the tire tracks and have spots where water is across the roads that you have to slow down for. The ABS kicked in a time or two when slowing down for lights, or gas stops.

Took a break coming down from Cloudcroft with an elevation of 8668 feet. It was nice and cool up there as well with mid day temps in the upper 50s. Coasted in 2nd gear off the mountain.

Looking towards White Sands National Monument
 

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I had the weekend off so I headed up into the mountains on the Road Glide. The temps when I left the hotel in the morning hovered around 84 degrees. The temps dropped as low as the high 50s when I reached 8000 feet and above while in still shaded areas.

The sun was pretty blinding while climbing.


Yes, I was wondering where the trees were as well. They were further up the mountains.


Looking back west at around 7000 feet.


This little guy was on the wrong side of the fence. Had to get a photo to send to my wife.


If someone only drove north on 54 from El Paso, TX through NM without detouring up into the mountains they would only think desolate desert and would miss this.


and the trees.
 

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East side of the tunnel heading down to Alamogordo from Cloudcroft.

When in Alamogordo, you should stop in at McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch for some amazing Pistachio treats.

They have samples to try. My favorite is the Atomic Hot Pistachio Brittle.

Here are some screen captures of the mountain roads from my GoPro. Sorry for the not so clear images.
The cattle guards could be very bumpy so I recommend slowing down for them even though some were smooth crossings.




I did stop in at Weed, NM. I was there too early in the morning to hear any bluegrass.


The camera focused on some weeds in the foreground, but I liked how the photo of the bike turned out.
 

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Nice trailer. And truck. On the other hand, several of us from SoCal actually rode to SW7 (near you). Both ways. Not trying to be a hater, but bragging about your trailer and truck?
 

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Nice trailer. And truck. On the other hand, several of us from SoCal actually rode to SW7 (near you). Both ways. Not trying to be a hater, but bragging about your trailer and truck?
Those that have been on here a while know why I am now trailering. Just glad I was able to ride all over this great nation when I was able. I used to scoff at people trailering or triking or parking in the handicap spot. Not anymore.

I am also currently on a work trip at a location where I wouldn't be able to ride the bike back and forth every day. I have over 300,000 miles of riding so I have nothing to prove anymore. Just glad I have not had to give it up entirely yet.
 

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I am also currently on a work trip at a location where I wouldn't be able to ride the bike back and forth every day. I have over 300,000 miles of riding so I have nothing to prove anymore.
What kinda work you do?
I get to play with drones. Fun, but with a lot of responsibility.
 

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big drones or little ones? i have a relative that used to work on the predators and reapers before they retired. traveled all over the country to fine tune them, mostly edwards afb.
Air, Land, and Sea. Large and small.

Here is my current work site.
 

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VERY HAPPY for ya man; get to make SW and get paid for the trip! How sweet is that. Enjoy!!

Won't be the same without you there. We need to meet up in Kentucky some time.
 
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