Africa Twin Shakeout Ride

Some people fly by the seat of their pants.  I don’t, possibly because I want to maximize my knowledge of the area I plan on visiting.  Maybe this is part of why I’ve been called “the most prepared”.  When confronted with a task mentally I walk it through and then test it.  Our upcoming Key West to San Diego motorcycle ride is a prime example.

First I needed a new bike after selling my 2009 BMW F650GS with close to 43,000 miles.  Where to purchase the new bike?  I tried Florida first.  Two separate dealers sounded real good but, when it came time to close the deal they both sort of backed out.  Possibly because of some hidden fees or cost?

I purchased my 2017 Honda Africa twin locally at Malcolm Motorsports Riverside.  And two days from today she ships from LA to Ft. Lauderdale at the cost of $655.00.  But, what this allowed me to do was to get the break the bike in, get intimate with it and add the  accessories to really make it mine and comfortable for an upcoming 3800+ mile ride.  A full dress rehearsal is what the photos above represent.  A ride out to Meadview, Arizona to visit a friend and road trip to the Grand Canyon.

The first time I saw the Grand Canyon I was less than 30 days from entering basic training and today I am retired.  I’ve ridden many motorcycles since then but, truly this one at this time feels just right.