Quick trip to Shasta Lake, CA
A quick background note as to why this trip was necessary. Over the years of motorcycle riding I have tried and bought several motorcycle seats trying to find one that would keep my butt from hurting at the end of a days ride. The 4 or 5 that I tried over the years did not do the job. One that I had not tried, because of price, was the Russell Day Long Seat. It was time to bite the bullet and see if this was the seat for me. It is a seat that many "Iron Butt" riders have raved about. One of the Iron Butt rides is to ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours.
So in June of 2013 Sandy and I loaded the Goldwing Trike into the trailer, hooked up to the GMC pickup and headed west to Shasta Lake, CA to have one installed. Gotta have a reason for a road trip. HA HA. It was the best $1,000 I've ever spent on a motorcycle accessary.
My friend Dale put one on about 3 years later and loved it. My brother, Joe, got tired of of listening about how Dale's and my butt were not hurting after a day's ride and said "I give up. I need to try one of these." Upon contacting Russell he found out he could send his seat out and have on built on his seat pan but it would be about a 3 week turn around. Not wanting to be without being able to ride for 3 or more weeks, Joe asked when the next ride-in appointment would be. If you ride-in they will build the seat in one day and send you on your way. They gave Joe a May 30th date which he took.
Guess what -- "ROAD TRIP." We left June 25th and rode out in 4 days. On the way out Joe wanted to stop every hour to rest his rear end. I did my best to remember. Sorry Joe. We actually got there on the 28th so on the 29th we were going to ride around in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I suggested we stop at Russell before we left to see if by chance they could get Joe in a day early. We must have been good boys on the ride out because after some checking they could do Joe's seat that day. With his seat done we headed back home on the 30th. Going back we wanted to do a little sight seeing so it took us six days with us riding through,
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Arches National Park by Moab, Utah.
Now tell me, now did this stay up there, or is this a commercial for Super Glue?
We were also going to ride through Rocky Mountain National Park, but it was 34 degrees when we got up in the morning and that was the expected high up in the park. Knowing that ice was melting up there we decided we did not want to chance coming around a corner and find frozen patches on the road. We both have been there several times, so it was hit the throttle and continue on home.
It was a good 11 day, over approximately, 4000 mile ride. Joe was even able to ride from gas fill to gas fill for about 3 hours, on the way home. He's loving the seat.
Until Next Time,