The Saga continues: Longer Trips.... Larger Bikes
Riko and his wife Diane approached the equipment upgrade a little differently. Diane was an accomplished motorcyclist herself back in the 70's riding her Honda 360 everywhere, even the Blue Ridge Mountains (check out the 78-79 Blue Ridge trip link in Past Barrel Bikes). So once the touring started in earnest, she wanted to return to piloting her own machine. Her first mount was a 1982 Suzuki GS450T, which was great for letting her get used to riding again, allowed her to get her motorcycle license, and worked fine for shorter trips. But once the "Return to the Blue Ridge" trip was planned, it was obvious she'd need a larger, more comfortable mount to cover the longer distances. In the spring of 2004, Riko found a 2001 Triumph Legend TT for Diane. This 900cc triple is unique for it's low seat height of 27.5 inches (Diane is only 5'4") and standard controls (not forward facing like most bikes with a low seat height), while not looking like every other cruiser on the road. She loves her Triumph and it's a perfect choice for those who like the classic motorcycle look and are inseam challenged. Riko used his Suzuki 850 for all trips until 2005 when he purchased a 1996 Triumph Adventurer (he still uses the 850 for commuting to work) for touring duties. He had admired the Legend's handling, and great looks (Diane's bike always drew admirers at gas stops & alike), so when he found the Adventurer in mint condition with saddle bags and all the extra chrome bits added on, it was a done deal.
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Remembering the past while riding into the new millennium...
The other portal takes you to "2000 and Beyond". This link will send you to our continuously evolving travelogues of current adventures we've taken since our return to motorcycling in 2002. Not only will you find a summary of each journey, but a photo slideshow of great images: beautiful scenery, twisty roads, good food and of course great times. Many travelogues (2003 and beyond) will include links in the text to hotels, restaurants, and things to see that we enjoyed while on our journeys and recommend. When possible, maps of our traveled route will also be linked in the travelogue. These routes used as reference, many excellent internet sites dedicated to finding and listing the best roads for motorcyclists to ride (curves & scenery) in the areas we traveled. We hope that besides enjoy our travelogues, they can be a resource to other bikers who are looking for some trip ideas & related info in the mid-west. Our departure point for these adventures is Channahon, IL. just off of US Route 6, about 45 miles southwest of Chicago. So please, browse around and check out all the many adventures, past & present the Barrel gang have enjoyed on two wheels.