Okay folks I took a little liberty with the grandiose title to this thread but it sounded better than a couple of days camping and riding up to the Grand Canyon here in Arizona.
I really wanted to clock up some miles and give the bike a shakedown after this Summer's modes, so without planning anything just jumping on the bike, threw my tent/sleeping bag in my panniers and headed out, not knowing were I was going. Ended up at the Grand Canyon (haven't been there for over a decade). Some terrific riding and if any of your chaps get the chance, it really is quite something to see. First time for me doing it on a bike but won't be the last, loved it.
As for my mods? Well I have to say all went well. Love the convenience of the hard panniers. The belt-drive rand flawlessly. The sprung seat and Wilbers soaked up those pumps and I was especially grateful when hitting those unexpected dips or potholes. Comfort of the seat was cracking, easy to spend two or three hours with almost (stopping for gas) non stop riding.
Bit of a fright though. Out camping in the forest in the early hours I was listening to the beautiful sound of the coyotes yelping and then suddenly heard a bear growl within a 100 yards or so of my tent
. I can tell you, I've never been so happy to have my little S&W .357 next to me. A good reminder to this Englishman I'm not camping up Wales! Took a while to get back to sleep though.
But that aside all went splendid and I must say my little Triumph ran as smooth as silk, what a corker.