I thought I'd ridden all the back roads (paved) within a 100 mile radius of Houston. But I was wrong again. I rode my new '09 Street Bob on a 6 1/2 hour, 230 mile tour to the back roads around Bellville and Cat Spring. Good thing it was a solo ride since I was lost 50% of the time. And part of that "lost" was a nasty stretch of gravel road about 5 miles long.
I didn't plan that.
After I got back home, it took me about an hour to figure out where I had been on Google Map. Here is a screen shot of my road trip, some planned, some not planned.
Bridge over dried up river along Cat Spring Rd.
Same bridge, same motorcycle.
This ranch with lake was along New Ulm Rd. Looks like they have their own private park, lamp posts and everything.
FM 949 and Hwy 36. Stopped to take off rain gear.
Same spot, same motorcycle.
The rain started when I got to Columbus, but it never rained very hard. Not enough to slow me down except in the curves. Mostly riding 75 to 80 mph. Still had good traction. I did notice a significant reduction in gas mileage when I increased my cruising speed to the high 70's. It dropped from my normal 42 mpg down to 39 mpg. At 2,500 miles, I figure I'm still in the "new engine" period where tolerances are tight and the bike is running "stiff". Another 2,000 miles and I hope things "wear in" a bit where I get that advertised 53 mpg. Does anyone get 53 mpg on a Street Bob?
The stock H-D saddle works just fine on rides less than 350 miles and today was no exception. If all my rides were 350 miles or less, I wouldn't have ordered the new Mustang Wide Vintage seat with driver backrest. If that arrives (UPS) by next weekend, I will give it a test run up to Rusk and back. The details of the Butt Bruiser 350 are in my thread: