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Hi Folks, I have been on Thumpertalk for years and saw Brian post up about XLADV. I figured what better way to document my trip that I am planning then right here. I have always been into motorcycle riding and racing since a little kid. Now in my Mid 40's I feel the urge to take my Midwest Adventure while I still can. So what I decided to do is buy a XL Adventure bike I liked and start planning a trip. My trip will take me from My house in Northern Ca up through Idaho, Montana, a quick jaunt up to Lake Louise in Canada then back down to Yellowstone and the Tetons, then into See Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse before heading back through Colorado up to Pikes Peak then through Utah to see the sights.. I will head back home through Nevada. I am going to take a month or so to do the trip and figured I would hit a motel every few nights to actually be comfortable and clean up. I picked up a new 2016 vfr1200x to do the trip. I know it is not too much of a off road oriented bike but it has a few characteristics I really like. I wanted a shaft drive, Tubeless wheels, Dependable, comfortable decent power and so on. I ended up finding a decent price on the new VFR1200x up at Sierra Motorsports in Grass Valley Ca.. I picked it up yesterday 7/8/17 And decided to take the long way home to start the break in. I headed up through Downieville and passed under the Sierra Buttes on my way back home in Butte county. Perfect first ride and I indeed have a couple things I will modify slightly but so far so good. So tune in If you so desire for the planning and prepping for this trip as I outfit my bike and condition my butt over the next year getting ready for a long trip like described above. I figure I will need a few good tune up trips to work out the bugs and prep. Thanks