Just got back from a three day trip to Agua Caliente Springs down in San Diego County.
We ran down the 405/5 to Ortega Highway, then down 15 to 76 into Julian, then out 78 to S2 and The Great Southerland Route of 1849 to the campground. Coming back out, we retraced our route back to Julian, then took 78 to Ramona, then 67 into Poway and a bunch of local roads over to the 15, up a few miles and caught 78 again to San Marcos Blvd to El Camino Real, and more local roads to the 5, then a a quick blast up the 5/405 home.
Best gas mileage was 47.3 (rather heavily laden and bulky, as usual) and worst was 43. The trip was a good combination of highway and back road twisties. Highway speeds were ~75 and steady, while the back roads were limited to "lightly scraping" the foot boards on the C90. Moving average was 48mph, with a high of 84.
Stuff I learned:
Motowizard pre-load adjusters are good things! I owe thanks to Tim for turning me on to these. first off, they are of the best build quality. functionally, they are easy to install and easy to adjust. I am plagued by winds on the KLR and nearly got blown down in sweepers twice this morning by realllly heavy, gusty winds. Recovery was effortless and without drama, unlike similar situations in the past. I felt the front end was more firmly planted with a bit of pre-load (remember, I'm running 240 lbs all by my handsome self, and usually run with quite a load of crap on the bike) at the front end. They did show up how poorly the back end is set up, and I'm waiting for some fix on that from Cogent. Consider these, if you weigh more than about 150 pounds. Worth every penny.
My home-made seat was really comfortable. With the stock seat, I'd be squirming after 45 minutes, and after an hour and a half I'd do anything to get off the bike. And stay off, if possible. After two and a half hours in the saddle I was perfectly comfortable and stopped only to put more gas in the C90. The big Zook gets thirsty when approaching 150 miles, so we seldom went more than two, two and a half hours before stopping. Do yerself a favor - get a seat, any seat, it's gotta be better than that butt-hatchet the guys at KHI gave you.
I thought about gearing up for this trip, as it was all paved. I wish I had, and will be gearing up for my next road trip. Hanging out at 5000-5200 rpm is a bit buzzy. I'd like to drop that to 4600 or so. I'll be looking for a combination of 16 tooth counter sprocket and rear sprocket to do that.
Caliente Springs is a bit different from my usual haunts. It's family oriented, with modern restrooms, showers, an outdoor pool, and a heated indoor pool. We hung around the pool and worked on our suntans most of the day. Probably won't go back, but it was a good trip. A side trip up the 79 shows potential, though...