As mentioned in an earlier post (squeaky seat) I mentioned I went to my first rally in about 12 years.
Packing the scooter, tent, sleeping bag, thermarest and a few odds and ends under the seat. My cooler and personal goods in the top box. Simple nothing on the outside of the scooter. The truth is you do not need a lot of stuff.
Getting there, if I rode the highway it would have been 2.5 hours and that is not what I bought the scooter for. I set my gps for motorcycle and to avoid highways and toll roads. The total distance only 40 miles more but the time frame 2 hours more for a total of 4.5 hours. That is what I am looking for. Where I am there are very few twisties, an okay number of sweepers and a lot of farmland. Not my favorite riding but much better than the slab.
The seat, need I say more. Actually the seat is very comfortable for the first 2.5 hours then the hotspots start. You want to find more room so you can move your butt around, the backrest is as far back it goes.
When I started going to rallies in 1987 through to 2000 then sold my last k75. I grew up with a lot of the same riders as we all met at the same rallies.
At the rally I had the only scooter and very few had ever seen one and only a few had interest in it.
As for the rally 12 years later, the people there were the exact same people that were there 12 years earlier. There were very few younger people and less older people. The overall population was down. Is this common.
People are still buying bmw bikes.
When I had my k75 in the 80's and 90's I had a Russell daylong saddle I did a lot of long days as I was a rally rat as some people would say. I had 200,000 miles on the daylong. I just can't justify $900 as I saw in another post. If I decided to rally 10-12 times a year, yes then