Looks like it is already tomorrow
. Let me just describe in short my journey back from Bulgaria to Germany.
The weather was not so nice. It was raining almost the whole time, so I got pretty soaked up. I had to stop a couple of times just to drain the water from my boots :smile: . I do not mind driving in rain, but my clothes were definitely not up to the task of taking me through 30 hours of rain. Well, I did learned my lesson and this year I was equipped much better.
Except for the rain, I also had another problem. Shrotly after filling the tank at a gas station in Serbia, my bike started behaving strangely. It was fine up to 30km/h but when i tried to give more gas, it started choking and if I continued pulling on the throttle the engine eventually died. Pulling out the choke lever let me get to around 50-70km/h depending on the slope of the road
. This problem appeared and disappeared a few times during the trip, which was certainly annoying but since I could not find what was causing it after a couple of hours of looking around (circling around the bike and screaming at it :mrgreen: ) and I could not find an open repair shop (it was a Sunday), I had to continue. Shortly after I finally arrived in Germany it disappeared for good. Go figure... I guess it was caused by some dirt particles in the gas.
Despite these small problems, the whole trip was a great experience and I certainly enjoyed it. I was also very pleased with the Savage, which had no fault whatsoever for the minor glitches and behaved very manly for a small, one-cylinder bike.
If I have to summarize the most important things I have learned from my limited riding experience so far regarding long trips, here is the list:
1. Drive safe. Do not hurry. Hurrying makes the trip less safe.
2. Enjoy the ride. Do not hurry. Hurrying makes the trip less fun.
3. Wear the right riding gear.
4. Make sure the bike is absolutely comfortable for you. Engine vibration, handlebar position and size, saddle shape and softness and pegs location are critical. What might cause just a slight discomfort after a 2-hour ride could be killing you after a day-long ride.
5. Have all the necessary instruments with you. On one occasion I had to call for road assistance just for screwing a loosened battery screw behind the battery cover because I did not have a screw driver with me.
6. Learn a bit about the bike you drive. Otherwise all the instruments in the world can not help you if God forbid something happens. I was amazed when I meet a motorcyclist (a great, interesting and funny guy btw) this summer who did not know how many cylinders and how many gears his Eliminator 600 had. "Well, I just shift up until I cannot shift anymore" is what he said. And that's after countless trips in Bulgaria and a couple outside of the country during the past two years.
Well, that's all from me for this evening. Please let me know about the things that are still missing on my list.