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« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2015, 02:03:52 am »

This should help but one time I was up there the road was closed due to a landslide but it opened by one pm.  Make sure to get the best Huckleberry milkshake around at the Park Cafe just north of the east entrance.  To me, riding east to west is best so I ride around the park and come in thru East Glacier up to St Mary to cross.

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« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2015, 07:04:40 pm »

I'm looking for recent riders who have camped around Glacier Park.
I've been watching the NPS webcams to see if the Forest Fire Smoke is hazy and accuweather.com for extended weather report.
I don't want to camp in the rain if possible.
I'm going to camp 4 days, mostly on the East Side.
Many Glacier should never be bypassed.
I will ride the Sun Road from both directions.  I always see things I miss the first time.
Photos, Photos, Photos.
I read that Glacier's visitation is up 33% over last year and June was a record month.  Lower fuel prices help.

When I was in the Army I would stop anywhere and just cover up with a Poncho.
Having a tent and sleeping bag is a bonus.
I figure just camping 3-4 days pay for all my camping gear.  Staying in a motel is not cheap, especially in the Summer.
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« Reply #22 on: July 15, 2015, 07:14:36 pm »

Cool pics!  Was it 71/72?  How far was your round trip on those smokers?
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« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2015, 07:38:49 pm »

1971, I got drafted into Military Service.  After Boot Camp at Ft Leonardwood, Missouri, I was stationed at Ft Eustis, VA while attending US Army Transportation School-Helicopter Mechanic.  I bought the Bike used for $500 in April, my first motorcycle.  I wanted a new Suzuki 500cc Titan but it was $850.  I could not get a loan for the difference; no Credit Cards back then.  I rode all over the Eastern Area.  A Buddy and I rode to Washington DC on this tiny Bike for July 4th weekend.  I graduated in August and rode the 350 Suzuki back to my home in Kansas.  I strapped my Duffle and plotted my route on a map.  The fuel tank held 3 gallons.  The Bike's top speed was 75 mph.  I slept on the Bike in Charleston, WV; I slept on a picnic table at a rest area in KY; I spent 1 night in a motel at Cynthiana, IN; I slept at my Brother's place in Lawrence, KS and finally made it back to my Parents' Farm in central Kansas.  I left my Bike on the Farm and flew to DaNang, Vietnam and was stationed at Marble Mountain Army Airfield. 
My younger Brother rode my Bike to college.
After my return alive, I decided to get a new motorcycle.  My older Brother was a salesman at a Kawasaki/Triumph Dealership in Lawrence, KS.  He sold me a new 1972 Kawasaki 500cc Mach III (held back the commission-thanks Bro!) for $850.  My next duty assignment was Ft Campbell, KY.  I towed the Mach III behind my Car (1962 Studebaker Daytona) from the Farm to KY.  I remember I got to Ft Campbell with $10 in my pocket-remember no credit cards.  I slept in the car to KY.  I rode the Mach III just like I do today's motorcycles-everywhere.  If I rode at 90 mph I got 19 mpg, but if I rode 65 mph I got 35 mpg. 
My Daytona was equipped with a 4-speed, V8, posi-trac and bucket seats from the Factory.  I met a fellow soldier who painted cars and he painted my Studie for $50, I paid for supplies.  Ft Campbell had a Paint Booth that I used.
I've been riding motorcycles for 44 years without an accident and only 1 speeding ticket.

A couple more trips before I hang up my helmet.

 
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« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2015, 08:49:03 pm »

Me and you are probably pretty close in age. Man, the good old days!!!!!!

My 750H2 got better gas mileage than my 500H1. Only one ticket? What's the matter your ZX14R not running?
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« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2015, 03:44:34 pm »

Not enough police.  I had an Escort Radar detector in 1982 to combat the 55 mph speed limit.  Young guys today cannot imagine traveling at 55 mph on an Interstate.  Back then the police were thick.  I remember when 55 mph went into effect.  A fellow driver got a ticket for doing 58 mph!  No warning tickets back then.
On a new stretch of Interstate (at night) I got it to 155 mph and it was pulling hard.
I've got a 03 FZ1 and it pulls hard at 140 mph.
I bought the Big Ninja for traveling.  I had a 1986 C10 Concours (700 lb.) and  wanted a lighter Bike and less vibrations. This has 2 counter balancers and the fuel injection is spot-on.  Kawasaki fixed all the problems with this last edition.
  Its balance is great even with a full tank of fuel.
I like the seat it allows for movement.  Many new Bikes you are locked into position.
I bought this Bike in 2012 while I could still appreciate it.
My physical condition is not good.
My next Bike will be lighter and not fast.
I'm surprised the US Gov't has not stopped the HP wars.  There was talk when the 1990 Kawasaki ZX11 came out.  It went 176 mph.
If you are a HP junky, better grab one for your collection.
Another push by DOT will be Emission Testing and noise compliance on motorcycles.


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« Reply #26 on: October 31, 2015, 04:21:55 pm »


Hwy 2 from the east all the way across northern Montana and NoDak has 3 curves in 1500 miles.  Lol Wink


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