- the Coquilallah should be renaimed the CokeIhaulass, going 200 kph is not unsafe by anymeans (not that I would go that fast alone - I was following a guinea-pig Mustang)
- crosswinds affect you less at higher speeds
- My riding range was not fuel limited but rather butt limited, or rather by the degree of soreness.
- Motorcycles have to be the ultimate highway tool. There is almost no guessing whether or not its safe to pass a slower vehicle. It either is or it isnt. Most vehicles can be passed without a second thought.
Passing lines are designed for cars. Bikes can pass in 1/3 of the space/time.
- There is no such thing as a "steep ascend" when riding a V-twin litre bike on a highway.
It simply means that you have to open the throttle about 10 degrees more. Same goes for decents too.
Just close the throttle by about 10 degrees and let the wind resistance and perhaps even the engine braking do the work for you.
- A throttle lock is mandatory. Your wrists will still suffer (mine are sore), and its worse the taller you are
- At night, youd be wise to let a fast vehicle lead the way. This helps you see better at night and possible avert a collision with animals. I let an Audi S4 lead me all the way to Calgary from the mountains at 150 kph at night. I need to get HID's.
- Speaking of fast cars, I managed to keep up with an agressively driven SL55 AMG on the Banff park Highway #1 (with saddle bags and all). The young Asian couple (why does that not surpise me??) gave me a wierd look as I pulled up beside them at 190.
- You will find a speed at which youre most comfortable and relaxed (when untucked). I found this to be generally around 110-120 kph on my VTR in 6th gear idling at 4000 RPMs, sipping the unleaded.
- I cannot belive that I only saw 2 cops during the whole entire trip.
- Bow valley parkway (highway 1A), coming back from Calgary. An unbelieveably nice road.
I was coming up to this straight stretch of pavement with a bunch of pylons in the middle of the roadway. There was only one vehicle around. Hmmm......slalom anyone? One of the workers took exception to me riding in this manner (probably after I knocked one over) and when I stopped at the flag person a few minutes later (for the oneway section of traffic) he pulled in front of me, demanded to see my licence and gave me a lecture. I put on my "Finnish tourist" accent and I got away with a mere verbal warning. I believe that was one of the wardens I was talking to, better to play nice.
- Coquihaulla, coming down towards Hope (where the speed traps are typically located), I was cruising downhill at 120. This black Cavalier (of all things on the Coq) flys by me. I turn on the jets enough to keep him in my sights. We were at this time, still on the relatively straight downhill sections. I didnt want to pass him until we passed the common trap areas. As we approcach Hope, the turns begin.
We dueled for a bit, I wasnt pushing it at first but then I decided to actually TRY.
I must have been doing 160 (wasnt looking) when I passed this guy on one of the long high speed corners.
I get into Hope, and, just out of curiosity look at my tires, and they were shredding .....moreso on the side that I took the long highspeed corner on. Ooops