From a three week leisure tour through the Rockies. We started Carbondale, Colorado, and kept close to the Continental Divide north to the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone NP to Glacier NP. On the return trip we headed south through Idaho into Moab, Utah, to ride the White Rim Trail at Canyonlands NP and check out Telluride and Animas Forks at Silverton.
Take 5 days off at work with your brother, head out to Colorado. Drive down with bikes in the back of the truck, straight through, trading off drivers for the 25 hour drive. Unload bikes from truck, load them up with all your camping gear, tools, clothes, and gadgets... And embark on a 7 day adventure.
This is the "bite size" take on that adventure. [TASF]Overkill (Tan bike, metal boxes) and MaverickH1 (Black bike, side bags) are here to share this trip with you.
A huge thanks to Steve Jablonsky for making this beautiful piece of music. Title is "Arrival to Earth", from the Transformers soundtrack.
Only two cameras were used for this. A standard point and shoot digital still camera and a GoPro Hero HD.
This is the first of hopefully many releases by the brothers.
Coming upon an unexpected car in his path, this rider goes wide to avoid it, effectively turning this into a decreasing radius, downhill, right hand turn. He has almost completed the turn when he gets nervous and pegs the rear brake, sliding out of his lane to the opposite shoulder.
He made a series of mistakes, compounded by fatigue and an unfamiliar bike. He should have used both brakes to slow to a speed he was comfortable with before getting in the corner. He would have felt more stable and confident had he shifted his weight to the inside of the turn. Again, this should be done before entering the corner. He should have stayed off the rear brake once in the turn, relying on the front brake to control his speed. And he should have looked through the corner towards his intended path of travel. Instead he fixated on the opposite shoulder and he went directly there. The fact that the bike didn't slew around and the skid mark is relatively straight suggests that he actually was steering towards the curb when he locked the brake.
This is probably the most common scenario for serious accidents involving sidecars: going wide in a right hand corner. Turning towards the sidecar tends to cause the sidecar to come up. Even when the sidecar wheel stays on the ground, this can be very unnerving for a novice rider. Combined with the fact that you do not countersteer a sidecar, this gets many riders in trouble, especially those with lots of 2 wheeled experience but little experience on 3 wheels. That is why we have the S/TEP classes. Even with the classes it takes lots of practice and saddle time to ingrain the reactions needed to avoid this type of mishap.
Sidecar instruction is available through Adventure Sidecar
The cross-country motorcycle journey lasted five weeks and was 9521miles/15250km long. We rode Virginia's Skyline Drive and parts of the BlueRidge Parkway to meet up with the Trans-America Trail in Tennessee. The TAT is 4,700 miles long and consists of mostly dirt roads, forest roads, farm roads and 4x4 Jeep trails and mountain passes and ends on Pacific Ocean at Port Orford in southwestern Oregon. Riding solo after reaching Colorado's San Juan Mountains I decided to veer from the TAT some in order to see Mesa Verde and Arches National Park and Canyon Lands in Utah, then checked out a stretch of the Pony Express Trail into Nevada and returned to the TAT until I reached the beach at Port Orford. The return trip included a little stretch of Rt 101, Wyoming's historic Original Green River Rendezvous site, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone and Big Horn Mts, and South Dakota's Black Hills, Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore monuments, Badlands and Pine Ridge Reservation.