Touring Utah on a 1980 Honda CB900 Custom

Destination: 2010 Bonneville Vintage GP

| November 2010

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    Steve Solko stopped to take a picture of a his 1980 Honda CB900 Custom at the Utah/Colorado state line on his way to the 2010 Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Part in Tooele, Utah.
    Photo by Steve Solko
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    At the 2009 Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
    Photo by Steve Solko
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    Steve Solko at the 2009 Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
    Photo by Steve Solko
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    At the 2009 Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
    Photo by Steve Solko
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    At the 2009 Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
    Photo by Steve Solko
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    At the 2009 Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
    Photo by Steve Solko
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    At the 2009 Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
    Photo by Steve Solko

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After reading about the 2009 Bonneville GP in Motorcycle Classics, I said to myself “Next year I’m going.” Invitations were issued to siblings and friends to come along, even offering to drive instead of ride-but no takers. Undaunted, I said to myself, “I’m still going.”

During the cold of winter, solace was gained from reviewing map routes, looking for a new rear trunk, checking out the event website and daydreaming of a warm ride across the eastern Utah desert from my home in Grand Junction, CO. Then finally, the day of departure arrived.

On the road 
The trusty steed for the journey is my 1980 Honda CB900 Custom purchased a year ago from my younger brother. He needed to thin his herd after picking up a 2005 Triumph Black. Sporting a new rear trunk, all fluids are topped off, side bags & rear trunk are packed and away we go. Since Grand Junction is situated on the western edge of Colorado, it is only 30 miles west on I-70 to the Utah border and the obligatory stop for the “Welcome to Utah” picture with the Honda prominently featured. This portion of the trip is both desolate and beautiful. I shudder to think about having to hoof it out here for any distance. I’m sure the pioneers thought the same thing as they traveled west. This is no place to have your horse give out on you.

Ninety seven blistering miles later I pull into the little oasis of Green River, UT. Gas at every stop is not a necessity with a petrol tank that holds over four gallons, but I top off anyways. I once ran out of gas near the Colorado/Nebraska border and I ended up pushing my Yamaha 650 Maxim over 3 miles. That experience is not one I intend to repeat. Ever.



Drinking water while riding has presented itself to be a challenge so every stop is a major hydration event. I lament the discovery that I neglected to bring my iPod. I resign myself to the fact that, audibly, the trip will consist of listening to the motor scream and the wind howl.

With both rider and ride refreshed, I start off on I-70 but only for a few miles before turning off onto Highway 6 towards Price. Nothing like the excitement of turning onto a road you’ve never taken before. I’m happy that the rest of the trip is split into sections of sixty five miles or so.



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