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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-06-2019, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Roy's Grand (Canyon) Adventure..!

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.

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Sounds like a grand adventure! By the way, how did those Avon Cobras handle the loose dirt? I don’t find them very confidence inspiring off asphalt.
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I have to agree,

One reason I stick to the hard stuff.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-06-2019, 11:58 PM
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Hello Roy, nice adventure. Sleeping in a tent in the middle of nowhere is gutsy🦾 even with a sidearm.🐂 How were the temps this time of the year?

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Thanks mate,

T-shirt for riding in the day but bloody freezing at night, should have packed another layer.

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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-07-2019, 12:19 AM
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Hi Roy, I just rode the 5th leg of my around the world ride and shipped the Enfield from UK to NY.
I’m going to ride it home from NY in Spring through Deep South, Texas, Arizona, then far west to California and north to home (British Columbia).
I could have used so many of your mods even on the Enfield!!!
After seeing your pictures, I’ll absolutely doing the Canyon!
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Hi Roy
Nice to have a .357 isnít it.
Make sure you donít have Ďthe wrong trousersí. See what I did there. ;D
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Roy, sounds like a great ride . . . all except the "camping". I don't do that anymore.

Jaymz, Oh heck no. I'm not riding on the side of a mountain with goats.

I admire both of you for tackling new adventures. By the way, one of my favorite books is Long Way Round by Ewan McGregor.
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Thanks! I’m 80% finished but I sure would have preferred Ewin’s BMW to the Enfield. I’m always inspired by people on this forum. It’s a true community
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Nice trip! Yah, .357 nice to have in those situations, and very glad you didn't have to use it!
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