So I pulled out of the driveway about 3 or so with the air temperature\nreading 93 on the bike, and headed out 290 - Destination - The\nWatering Hole, Snook, TX(Cold Beer, Free Advice). The Watering Hole,\nSnook, TX(Cold Beer, Free Advice) is apparently the sister tavern to\nYankee's, and I am not the type of person who won't check out\nsomeone's sister.\n\nPulled off the road at the Brazos River bridge to snap a coupla pics\nof the mighty mighty Brazos churning her way to the coast.\n\n[URL]http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/biffb816/txmoto/?action=view&current=DSCF1013.jpg[/URL]\n\nNot the greatest view, but I think you can get a sense of her awesome\npower.\n\nStopped in Chappel Hill and bought some dried sausage at the little\ncountry store there next to the Chappel Hill cafe. I swear if I ever\ndecide to hike the Appalachian Trail, or kill someone and have to go\non the lam, I'm taking a backpack full of dried sausage and some Gold\nBond powder, 'cause that's all a man should ever need to survive.\n\nUnfortunately I am not as good at taking pictures while riding as\nLouie, but I did stop to take a picture of this interesting road kill\nI saw.\n\n[URL]http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/biffb816/txmoto/?action=view&current=TrophySquirrel.jpg[/URL]\n\nOk, I didn't really see that, but I wish I had! So anyway, I didn't\nreally take any more pictures until I got to The Watering Hole, Snook,\nTX (Cold Beer, Free Advice), but I did enjoy the company of my Pioneer\nportable XM thingy, and didn't find music to be nearly as distracting\nas I thought it might be. In fact, the earbuds kinda drowned out some\nof the road noise, making it somewhat easier to hear. The first song I\nheard was "F*ck Like a Beast" - Iron Maiden, and then I think I heard\ntwo Rush songs on the way there and back. Damn Rush has some long ass\nsongs.\n\nWound my way thru the back roads(towards Independence, Washington,\netc, then over), and eventually ended up in Snook just in time for\nSnookfest or whatever it is they called the little celebration they\nwere having today, parked the bike, and went in to The Watering Hole,\nSnook, TX (Cold Beer, Free Advice).\n\n[URL]http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/biffb816/txmoto/?action=view&current=DSCF1018.jpg[/URL]\n[URL]http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/biffb816/txmoto/?action=view&current=DSCF1017.jpg[/URL]\n[URL]http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj46/biffb816/txmoto/?action=view&current=DSCF1016.jpg[/URL]\n\nThe beer was indeed cold, but I cannot recommend the advice. Also, be\nadvised, they do not have burgers like at Yankees. I learned this the\nhard way. Fortunately, I had about 20 pounds of dried sausage in the\ntrunk of the bike.\n\nRode on back home.\n\n@ 200 extremely satisfying miles, or as you people call it "a quick\ntrip for a coupla beers"\n\nObservations\nThe ST1300 heats up the back of your foot/leg pretty well at low to\nmid-range speeds, but this is easily alleviated by dropping your toes\ndown a little to draw some air up.\nPlenty of pulling away grunt, even in 5th gear at 80+mph.\nNo sign of the rumored "speed wobble" at speeds accelerating to 105\nwith the Pan Euro trunk on back, but I had empty sidebags and the\nwindscreen in the all the way down position. Did get some semi-\ninteresting wiggles at a steady 85 with traffic turbulence and some\ncross wind, but I pretty much blame that on traffic turbulence and\ncrosswinds, and it wasn't anything even remotely scary, even for a\nnoob like me.\nAt low speeds in town, it seems better to be in too high of a gear, to\nprevent lurching from poor throttle control/touchy throttle.\nBrakes are damned solid, and very little front end dive under braking\nlike the Connie had.\nPretty much like this bike even better now that I've had some ass time\non it than I did when I brought it home.\nNo pinky/ring finger numbness like the Connie, but some minor wrist\npain due to poor conditioning.\nSeat seemed comfortable enough, but tight pants have no place on a\nmotorcycle. Or maybe the pants were tight from the erection caused by\nthe awesomeness of the ST.\nI need earbuds with a longer cord.