I took Gerris, my 2002 XR650L dual-purpose “dirt bike” and she was a lot of fun. Now that I have accrued some serious hours in the saddle, the hours at 70-80mph on VA 66W to I-81S was fine and not exhausting. I plugged in to music using my last set of Etymotic ER6i headphones and jammed. She was happy to arrive at Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs, Virginia, and into the woods where she belongs.
It was a church retreat so you’ll see an actual Bible right behind the gas tank. Here’s my set-up for the travels — on the back I have Wolfman Beta Plus Rear Bag strapped on — and it works great, though in this photo I had it way too close.
On the way back I put it all the way back and it propped right up on the turning signals — so it was better. On the seat I have a fabric seat top with a pocket on either side called Sweet Cheeks:
Sweet Cheeks is a temporary support device for Dual Sport riders wanting added comfort on the way to the trail. A simple, yet effective design. Sweet Cheeks is a seat cover that utilizes 2 liter soft drink bottles for added support; it widens the seat area and supports your upper thighs. Our support system offers you needed comfort, while folding small for easy transport. Easily replenished for the ride home.
I bought the seat-based fuel bottle holder from advice over on the Adventure Rider forum. It was my first time out on it and it was seriously awesome! It took the pressure off of my butt from the very narrow XR seat and made a 3 hour tour at highway speeds easy (on me if not the bike).
In addition to making the ride super smooth and sweet for my cheeks, I keep two MSR fuel bottle wrapped in chopped-up yoga mat and it’s nice, though a little awkward. It’s funny to watch me mount the bike with both the tail bag and the bottles on.
And then the real reward: I didn’t return via 263 to 11 to I-81 to 66 but took 263 to 11 to 211 and then ended up on the North section of Skyline Drive, around 33.5 miles of twisties and beauty and scenic overlooks. It was lovely and I need to spend more time in Shenandoah. And, I have video to prove it: