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Ride report: buying a used 1260S and riding it 800+ miles back home

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Hey y'all - just wanted to say thanks to the folks that have added their thoughts and advice on a 1200 vs a 1260. In the midst of doing the research you suggested I ran across an ad for a used 1260S in Las Vegas that was just too good to pass up. I gave the seller a call and did a video walkthrough of the bike, and got a really good vibe from him so I made arrangements to fly to his location and inspect the bike. I was fully planning to fly back if it wasn't as described. I got all my documents and a road toolkit together, and jumped on a plane.
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View from the jet - still plenty of snow in the eastern Sierras!
Atmosphere Sky Mountain Cloud World

I usually drive to Vegas from socal - I had no idea they had slot machines filling up all the empty space in baggage claim o_O

I made it to the seller's house and I'm happy to say it was better than described - 5k miles, service history, tires/chain in good shape, perfect paintwork and both side boxes and a top box as well, plus a Puig screen and keyless gas cap added. Pretty much how I'd want to do it up, though I think I'll also look at crash bars.

We went to my bank to finish the transaction, signed over the title, and I was off! The seller was a super awesome dude. MT, if you're on here thanks man.

Total time spent in Vegas: 2.5 hours.

As I was leaving the city I started to see signs for White Castle - I thought "there's no way I can't stop for White Castle!" so I did, which was tasty at the time, but as the temp climbed well into the 100s, I realized that riding in these temps with a belly full of sliders kinda sucked.

I stopped in Baker (yes, the home of the world's largest thermometer) to regroup and soak my head, and I didn't realize how much heat exhaustion had been building up - almost lost my balance when I finally pulled into a parking spot! The rest stop in Baker was a life saver, I had a chance to refill my camelback with ice and a little water, and fully soak my 'cooling towel':

Speaking of gear: I had my Rev'it Tornado 3 suit with really good air flow, and whenever I had a chance I'd get the cooling towel dripping wet, wrap it around my neck like a scarf, and let the water soak into my mesh jacket and dri-fit shirt. Was supremely comfortable for the first 40 mins of riding through arid heat. Gloves are Rev'it Sand 4 (pretty decent flow) and boots are 梅Sidi Performer Air. Honestly I wish they flowed a little better, and I am still looking for the right socks for these. Also I highly recommend a camelbak full of ice for any ride through hot country, unless you're in your early 20s and full of vigor and grew up on the surface of the sun.

I made it from Vegas to Kramer Junction (in the middle of nowhere) with 2 mi remaining range on the display. I have no idea how conservative this is but that last stretch of desert road was pretty stressful.

The rest of the ride to a family member's place in the high desert was uneventful.

I decided my normal fun route to come back (the lost hills highway to points north) would be too hot, so I left early to head back via 395 and the eastern sierras. The first leg from the CA high desert to Lone PIne was pretty uneventful, but it gets really pretty from there. Temps were in the mid 70s with plenty of snow all around...

This pic below isn't mine - I was having fun and unwilling to stop, but it was a lot of stuff like this:

Another fun fact: if you have a 1260 and fill up in Lone Pine, you will have JUST enough gas to get to Walker, CA. whew.

After that it was the normal ride from the Tahoe area to back to Sactown, which was a bit more exciting because I could barely see through my visor and the windscreen as both were covered with bugs.

Funny anecdotes:
  • the previous owner said "make SURE you don't ride off with the keys still in the luggage." I did that once.
  • I find myself double checking the kickstand every time - it's a lot easier to engage on the Hyper.
  • I'm still merging onto every highway a good 10-15mph faster than on the Hyper - this thing gets to the triple digits way too fast!
  • Total mileage on the trip including a few detours: over 800
  • If you're registering an out of state bike in CA: Turns out they moved the VIN stamp from 2017 to 2018. I had looked online for "multi DVT vin location" before the appointment, and it was on the head stock until 2018. I was sweating profusely when the inspector said "well, worst case you'll need to take it to a CHP inspection station" :cry:. Turns out it's on the trellis frame now (but on the bottom of one of the tubes)... and when I told the inspector that I found the new location in the ahem USER MANUAL I received a well deserved epic EyeRoll.
Now it's time to prep the Hyper for sale - I'm going to miss the light weight and agility (and ease of parking!) but the big Multi just feels so darn smooth and effortless it'll make my occasional touring trips a lot more enjoyable than on the Hyper.

Thanks for reading!
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That is a dream buy. A few hours with the due diligence and then 800 miles to really find out what you bought. I can't remember buying anything but new cars that easily.

Too me that is a very interesting ride. To be able to get heat stroke and have a snowball fight on the same ride isn't possible here anytime of year.
Heh - It was a ride full of contrasts :p But a really great ride - definitely let me get a feel for the bike and let me make some good mental comparisons with the Hyper.

One "fun" experience on the trip: there were quite a few places where the melting snow was causing water to flow over the roads. At the start of the trip I was trying to go slowly to avoid getting mud over my suit and luggage. Then at one crossing a local dudebro coming the opposite direction in a truck went flying through the water in the opposite lane, thoroughly soaking me and the Multi... and that's when I gave up on trying to keep my suit clean :LOL:

(I thought I could hear the guy laughing inside his truck, but that was probably in my mind 馃ぁ )
I did this type of buy too...except mine was a Triumph Sprint ST that I flew into Tampa Bay, FL for and rode back to Fargo, ND. A great time! 2,000 miles in 6 days.
2000 miles in 6 days!! That is a hell of a first ride on a new-to-you bike. Was it the old 955 or the 1050?
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Congrats on the new bike and fun ride report! I have ridden around out in the NV area when I was living in Las Vegas. I always enjoyed the fact that it rarely rains (compared to Florida where I live now) but the middle of the day heat can be draining and the brutal Winds can be hazardous!
I think it was a good part of the reason for the sale - 鈥渋鈥檓 just riding this thing through the desert!鈥 Luckily I missed out on any crazy winds but you鈥檙e not kidding about that heat o_O
And for the non mathematicians.: 1/postwhore is the reciprocal of a postwhore. i.e. the inverse of a postwhore... ok, for fuck's sake... the opposite of a postwhore dammit!!!

I think I know what you鈥檙e saying, but I鈥檓 going to assume this makes more sense after a few good shots of aquavit :p
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I thought that out of state had to have 7,500 miles? Bought a 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 from Vegas. Back to Los Angeles. The Federal sticker on the swingarm was very worn and my fear was that they would not accept the worn sticker. Once a bike is a nogo in California you can't try again. (What I heard anyway) So in the manual they have pictures of all the stickers. So I scanned the federal sticker and printed it on sticky plastic and stuck it under the pillion seat. Rubbed it a bit to make it look old. Showed the DMV the "new" federal sticker and all passed. Nice having a bike without all the California stuff. No Vapor canister etc. Anyway nice bike. Great buy.
This is a good point to call out - if any of you folks are bringing a bike back to California and it has less than 7500 miles, it must have a 50-state federal emissions sticker on it. Though honestly this shouldn鈥檛 be an issue on any modern Duc but if you鈥檙e looking for anything a little more esoteric, please keep an eye out for the mileage or ensure that it鈥檚 50-state fed emissions sticker is either visible and in good shape, or (ahem) you might need to get creative like nalla57 there :cool:
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