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Just got back from doing 2366 km/1470 miles.
Spences Bridge! My favorite paved area to ride in all of BC, crazy landscape. Just rode through there on my way to Fort Saint James/Vanderhoof on Thursday.

2000 km 4 day weekend myself. Cold, wet, and smoky for half of it but good times no less.

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Yeah it was a fun road to ride though there was a small rock fall just around one bend and of course one oncoming car when I went through. Had good and hot weather all through my trip which was a plus.
 

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Touring mileage?
Last week I rode at least 300 miles per day for three days in a row and was home every evening.
Actually at my age, I prefer to put our Scouts into the Toy Hauler and drive to a distant campground in some other State. Then use the Toy Hauler as a base camp and take day trips from there.
We do rallies and other events and come back to an air-conditioned trailer and a crock pot meal. In my younger days,....well I camped in pup tents, dome and mountain tents and an occasional hotel/motel.
When we take our vacations, we only average about 200 miles per day. And that is just fine with me. But it is our interpretation of "touring". And when we go to Florida in March, (about 1200 miles one way) we can feel somewhat refreshed when we arrive and more importantly on the return. That's because my wife still works (I'm retired).
 

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I travel tour NTX area. Dallas,Denton,Red River county roads on out and into Oklahoma. I usualky start early. Ill ride from home to Denton,then west to small towns via county roads. I try to stay off tbe main routes and state highways because theres so much cool stuff to see. The Scouts at home pacing county roads of cotton,corn or random patches of huge sunflowers and fields of horses an cows. I get on state highways sometimes going to Amarillo then to the panhandle. I try to fill up on a half tank because it gets random and desolate. I come across dead towns,old general stores,monuments and more. These rides are therapy. I cover at times 300-400 miles a day. We are blessed. Texas is big. I do it all with no windscreen,my old diddy bag from the Merchant Marines and on a tractor seat. I spring up at times and I take breaks to enjoy the quite,nature.....an yes occasional bbq because asI said were in Texas.
 

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WOW.......the pictures from the road with the Scout 60 are iconic!!! they remind me of so many all inspiring motorcycle pictures from the past. Every riders pictures represent ultimate freedom....riding without or just enough all to experience the most within. They all have that "Easy Rider" feel......I love them. Keep the inspiration coming.
 
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My wife and I just got back from a weekend get away. We ride a 2018 Indian Scout, we don't do this often but had a good time with no real complaints. We rode 510 miles, 75 mph like it was nothing," viking bags" work great and are a fourth of the most of indian bags. I would highly recommend them. BUT, order the extra large bags, . we ordered the large and need more room.
 

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Here are some multi-day trips I've done over the past year on my wonderful S60 with just a few minor upgrades for comfort and storage.

Avenue of the Giants
572 miles (day #1: 292, day #2: 280)
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Bay Area to SD to AZ
1,902 miles (day #1: 320, day #2: 274, day #3: 525, day #4: 784)
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Death Valley NP
1,089 miles (day #1: 393, day #2: 689)
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Western Nevada
1,437 miles (day #1: 509, day #2: 636, day #3: 292)
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Kings Canyon NP
1,142 miles (day #1: 432, day #2: 215, day #3: 496)
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Hope Rally
676 miles (day #1: 237, day #2: 164, day #3: 275)
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Gold Country 49er Ride
474 miles (day #1: 260, day #2: 215)
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So I would say this bike is more than capable to take on touring. The one thing you always need to be mindful of is the lack on range between fuel fill-ups (anywhere from 130-150 miles). I've had to change my route since I wasn't sure there would be a fueling station on my original route. That said, I carry 0.5g of fuel for those "just in case" moments.
I want to ride to the avenue of the giants and ride back to OC by Hwy1
 

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With Hwy 1 finally open on both ends, this would be a fantastic time for that ride. During my ride, Hwy 1 was closed near Stinson Beach but that just meant I got to ride more of the Mount Tamalpais hills before finally reaching Hwy 1.
784 miles in a single day is impressive. I would be complaining about that amount of mileage in my car that drives itself (Tesla). I tip my hat to you sir.
 

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When the summer heat and storms starts to abate here in Florida late next month I have a couple of trips planned, one up around the panhandle to visit a few historic sites, and then mid October central and NE Georgia. To get the scout ready for that I added some DIY saddlebags, and I will temporarily remove the pax seat and put in the Indian luggage rack. The one other major change I am having mean city motorcycles modify the stock driver seat with their iron butt package. Am looking for a good waterproof duffle to carry a few things and load on the luggage rack.
 

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I just finished the 4 corners tour riding my 60. I ran no windshield, added floorboards, 1920 saddle, rear rack and bags. The bike ran flawless and I usually had someone coming over to talk and look at the bike. Lots of good reviews, people liked the look.
 

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I just did a couple of 430-mile days on my Scout fitted the same as BR’s above but without saddlebags. Last Thursday was the first one, and I was soaked to the bone 50 miles in, and it finally quit 300ish miles later. The return trip was yesterday, and it was a lot easier in beautiful weather!

While away, I put about 50 miles on a V-Star 950, and I couldn’t believe how “easy” it was. A backrest is next on my list as a result, and if I can’t figure out a way to make it fit with the 1920 seat, the stock seat is off to MeanCity.

I’ll tour on my Scout because it’s what I have and I love my bike, but if I wanted a touring bike, it wouldn’t be on the list...
 

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Forty to fifty years ago people toured on 650 and 750cc size motorcycles. Many added windshields and saddlebags but the Vetter Fairing kind of revolutionized touring back then.
Yea, started turning riders into gliders.

And yet, they laugh at glamping.
 

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I've toured on an RD350LC in the '80's, a '78 'Wing, BMW KRS and R1200RT. I guess this was a return to the beginning. Two wheels and a motor...
 

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Here are some multi-day trips I've done over the past year on my wonderful S60 with just a few minor upgrades for comfort and storage.

Avenue of the Giants
572 miles (day #1: 292, day #2: 280)
View attachment 421934


Bay Area to SD to AZ
1,902 miles (day #1: 320, day #2: 274, day #3: 525, day #4: 784)
View attachment 421936


Death Valley NP
1,089 miles (day #1: 393, day #2: 689)
View attachment 421938


Western Nevada
1,437 miles (day #1: 509, day #2: 636, day #3: 292)
View attachment 421940


Kings Canyon NP
1,142 miles (day #1: 432, day #2: 215, day #3: 496)
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Hope Rally
676 miles (day #1: 237, day #2: 164, day #3: 275)
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Gold Country 49er Ride
474 miles (day #1: 260, day #2: 215)
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So I would say this bike is more than capable to take on touring. The one thing you always need to be mindful of is the lack on range between fuel fill-ups (anywhere from 130-150 miles). I've had to change my route since I wasn't sure there would be a fueling station on my original route. That said, I carry 0.5g of fuel for those "just in case" moments.
I like the bags, nice look
 

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We (wife and I) tour differently these days. We have a toy hauler that we put our Scouts in, then travel to an area with great roads. The toy hauler becomes our "base camp" and we explore as many roads as we can each day. When it rains we have a dry and warm bed each night. When its hot, we have an air conditioned respite. We use a crock pot to make stews in the morning for our dinner that night. And if the weather is truely uncooperative, then we take our truck and usually find a place of interest to visit (motorbike museums, caverns, and Indian dealer's for T shirts, etc.).
We used to start out from our house and ride the entire trip, but bad weather and physical disabilities have us rethinking our recreational escapades.
OK,......I admit to getting old, Damn it!
 

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We (wife and I) tour differently these days. We have a toy hauler that we put our Scouts in, then travel to an area with great roads. The toy hauler becomes our "base camp" and we explore as many roads as we can each day. When it rains we have a dry and warm bed each night. When its hot, we have an air conditioned respite. We use a crock pot to make stews in the morning for our dinner that night. And if the weather is truely uncooperative, then we take our truck and usually find a place of interest to visit (motorbike museums, caverns, and Indian dealer's for T shirts, etc.).
We used to start out from our house and ride the entire trip, but bad weather and physical disabilities have us rethinking our recreational escapades.
OK,......I admit to getting old, Damn it![/QUOTE

Sounds like a good way to do it.
 

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Rode from indiana to LA California and back during past two weeks. Ride in Kansas made me think about a fly screen or shield. The Scout was flawless. Did need to replace a Kindra tire in UT (spl thanks to the HD dealer for having the right size). No changes to bike other than boards.
 
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