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I've always been interested in riding motorcycles. On this page you will find information about my rides, my road trips as well as other information pertaining to my world on motorcycles.


As a child and young adult I rode with my friends in the neighborhood that had bikes. We rode all types of bikes, from the Honda Dream down to the moped powered by a Briggs & Stratton lawn mower engine.

In October of 1997, I bought my first motorcycle that was actually mine and
States visited on a motorcycle are indicated in red. To date, estimated travel on a motorcycle: 132,000+ miles.

after receiving my license and putting a lot of test miles behind me, I've had the priviledge of traveling the United States and experiencing motorcycle riding that have far exceeded my expectations.

Many ask why I ride. If you don't ride, it's difficult to explain. For me, riding is therapeutic. I consider myself a motorcycle purist, one that really enjoys the freedom, the wind, the smells and the excitement of seeing the USA externally from a car or truck.

When I ride, I can easily ignore all of life's issues and simultaneously focus on my passion; the challenges of skillful riding, the intense rush of being at one with the bike and the corner in the road. It's in that setting that I find myself relaxed and content.




"Cisco" - 2006 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 (Audio/Comfort Package)

Owner: Robert "Trip" Hilliard
Purchased February, 2015 - 9 years old with 25,000 miles
Pictures taken August 26, 2018

Added Accessories:
• Kuryakyn Foot Pegs     • Garmin 660 GPS     • National V-Stream Windshield     • Honda Riding Lights 
• Billet Aluminum Chrome Luggage Rack     • Honda Front Fairing Bra     • Kuryakyn LED Turn Signal Mirror Lights
• Honda Bags & Trunk Carpet    • Honda OEM Voltmeter    • USB 2-Port Power Outlet    • Aluminum Belly Pan

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2006 Honda Gold Wing Specifications:


Engine Type: 1832cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder
118 horsepower
123 ft lbs of torque
Bore and Stroke: 74mm x 71mm
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Valve Train: SOHC; two valves per cylinder
Carburetion: PGM-FI with automatic choke
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
Transmission: Five-speed including overdrive, plus electric reverse
Final Drive: Shaft

Suspension
Front: 45mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system; 5.5inches travel
Rear: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with computer-controlled spring preload adjustment with two memory presets; 4.1 inches travel

Brakes

Front: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with LBS three-piston calipers
Optional ABS
Rear: Single ventilated 316mm disc with LBS three-piston caliper
Optional ABS

Tires
Front: 130/70R-18
Rear: 180/60R-16
Wheelbase: 66.5 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 29.15°
Trail: 109mm (4.3 inches)
Seat Height: 29.1 inches
Dry Weight: 822 - 838 pounds depending on option packages selected
Fuel Capacity: 6.6 gallons
Colors: Dark Red, Gold, White, Titanium, Black
Exceeds 2008 CARB emissions standards


Robert Hilliard is a member of the following associations,
clubs, groups and forums:



American Motorcycle Association
Member since 2018
Member #3539665


 




Blue Knights Texas Chapter 34
Member since 2008
Member #59055
 

Vulcan Bagger Association
Founder and Member since 2007
Member #00001



Riding Ranch Road 335 in the Texas Hill Country. November 25, 2017.



Riding Hwy 2 between Antlers and Clayton, Oklahoma. An excellent road for cruising. October 7, 2017.


Announcing the debut of... Trip's Compass
tripscompass.com


Trip's CompassAre you a motorcyclist that takes trips and would like to document your trips for others to read about and refer to? If the answer is "Yes" then you should apply and be a member of Trip's Compass. It doesn't matter what type or brand of motorcycle you travel on, Trip's Compass should be your primary place to document your trips.

Trip's Compass allows the registered member to post as many as 50 pictures in each post as well as allowing 50,000 characters for your trip report. All videos can be linked from YouTube. And Trip's Compass features a vast number of GPX files for upload into your GPS and Trip's Compass is free of charge.


Riding the Wilderness Loop, South Dakota, June, 2018.



Riding Iron Mountain Highway in South Dakota. June, 2018.



Trip and Cisco riding the tunnels of Needles Highway, South Dakota, June 2018.



Current Trip Reports and Videos on Honda Gold Wing
(February 2015 to Present)

Trip Report - Antlers, Oklahoma
Antlers VBA Fall Rally - 10th Anniversary

October, 2017
  Video - Talimena National Scenic Byway
Spooky Ride On The Mountain

November 4, 2017

Trip Report - Texas Hill Country
Riding from Black Friday to Cyber Monday

November, 2017
  Video - Riding the Texas Hill Country
Ranch Road 337

November, 2017

Video - Riding the Texas Hill Country
Ranch Road 336

November, 2017
  Video - Riding the Texas Hill Country
Ranch Road 335

November, 2017

Video - The Texas Hill Country
The Twisted Sisters

November, 2017
  Video - The Poyner Byway
Highway 315, Chandler to Palestine, TX

March, 2018

Trip Report - Custer, South Dakota
Riding the Black Hills

June, 2018
  Video - Riding the Black Hills
Custer, SD

June, 2018



Past Trip Reports and Videos on Kawasaki Nomad
(June 2005 to December 2014)

Texas Hill Country
Mustang Island - "Plan B"
- September, 2005
  North Carolina
Deal's Gap/Natchez Trace
- October, 2005

Texas Big Bend
"Quest for the River Road"
- May, 2006
  Arkansas
"The Hog Days of Summer"
- July, 2006

Arkansas/Missouri
"Running The Ozarks"
- October, 2006
  Texas Hill Country
"Just Get's Better!"
- April, 2007

Texas Dyass Air Force Base
"Up Close with a B-1B"
- August, 2007
  Utah/Arizona
"Grand Array Of Beauty"
- October, 2007

Texas Hill Country
"Two trips to HC!"
- Sep/Oct, 2008
  Custer, South Dakota
The KawaNOW National Rally
- June, 2009

Texas Hill Country
The Texas HC with KawaNOW
- April, 2010
  Maggie Valley, North Carolina
The KawaNOW National Rally
- June, 2011


Trip Reports and Videos on Honda Magna's
(October 2001 to April 2005)

Texas Hill Country
"The 3 Amigos Tour"
- October, 2001
  Arkansas
"You're in ARK - IN - SAW"
- June, 2002

Texas Hill Country
"We Ride Again"
- September, 2002
  Texas Big Bend
"Riding the Texas Top Ten"
- May, 2003

Colorado
"Roadway To Heaven"
- August, 2003
  Oklahoma/Arkansas
Talimena Highway
- October, 2003

Arkansas
Riding the "Pig Trail"
- May, 2004
  Arkansas
The "Pig Trail" REVISITED
- June, 2004

Colorado/Wyoming
"Yellowstone Experience"
- September, 2004
  Oklahoma/Arkansas
"The Run For Eureka Springs"
- April, 2005


GPX Files
(Note: Be sure to right-click on the desired gpx link below and "save as" or "save link as")

Arkansas
Pig Trail Scenic Byway
  Arkansas
Western Grove Hwy 123

Oklahoma
Talimena Honobia Loop
  Oklahoma
Talimena Scenic Byway

South Dakota
Badlands Loop Ride
  South Dakota
Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Ride

South Dakota
Devil's Tower Ride from Custer, SD
  South Dakota
Mt. Rushmore, Keystone, Iron Mountain Road, Needles Hwy Ride

South Dakota
Needles, Custer State Park Ride
  South Dakota
Needles, Mt. Rushmore, Iron Mountain Road Wildlife Ride

Texas
Alpine , Big Bend Loop
  Texas
East Texas Forest Ride

Texas
East Texas, Jefferson Loop
  Texas
East Texas Lake Fork Loop

Texas
East Texas, Poyner Byway Loop
  Texas
Ft. Davis Loop

Texas
Hill Country, South and East
  Texas
Hill Country, Twisted Sisters

Texas
Hill Country, West
  Texas
Hill Country, Willow City Loop

Texas
River Road Loop
 


Videos



Robert Hilliard's Website of the World Youtube Channel






Yellowstone Experience / 4:10
When our annual trek to Colorado was in the planning stages for 2004, immediately it became obvious that 8 hours to the north of Colorado lay the most beautiful area that could make you swear you were dreaming.
 
Trip Montage / 4:47
This video is a compilation of several trips made by myself, Dale McCorkle, Rodney Lee and Gary Brooks. Much of it centers around the Natchez Trace and the area down to the Mississippi/Louisiana border as well as the Cherohala Skyway.
Utah 2007 Trip / 3:31
In 2007, several friends of mine and I went on a 9 day motorcycle trip covering Utah, Arizona and everything in between.
 
Fast Forward / 3:31
This video chronicles a trip a group of us took to Arkansas. Only this video steps the action up a notch. I decided to produce a trip video in fast motion.
Running The Ozarks / 2:25
There's two things that go together like peas and carrots and that's motorcycles and the state of Arkansas. I've made many trips to Arkansas and this video chronicles one of my trips several years ago.
 
Meet In Big Bend 2008 / 3:21
One of the motorcycle riding club that I'm a member of is the Texas Vulcan Riders Owners Club (TXVROC). Several years ago we planned and executed a trip to Big Bend National Park in Texas.
Best Of It / 2:30
Many times I'll jump on my motorcycle and ride to neighboring Oklahoma. Believe it or not, Eastern Oklahoma is a beautiful area to ride through. This video chronicles my ride on the Talimena Skyway.
 
Arizona Ramblin' / 4:04
This video is a compilation of roads that a group of us traveled while we were in Arizona and the Grand Canyon. The video was sped up on this one too.

Deals Gap (Dragon's Tail) / 2:37
In 2005, several of us planned and executed a motorcycle trip to Deal's Gap in North Carolina better known as the "Dragon's Tail". Our travels also took us along the Cherohala Skyway. On our way back, the Natchez Trace.

 
Life Is A Highway / 4:31
This video is a compilation of photos taken at the first major get-together of the Texas VROC in Waco, Texas.



KawaNOW Rally 2011 / 3:07
Every other year, KawaNOW (now known as The Vulcan Bagger Association) has a nationawide rally. This video chronicles the KawaNOW National rally held in Maggie Valley, North Carolina in June of 2011.

 
KawaNOW Rally 2009 / 3:20
Every other year, KawaNOW (now known as The Vulcan Bagger Association) has a nationawide rally. This video chronicles the KawaNOW National rally held in Custer, South Dakota in June of 2009. This was out very first National rally for KawaNOW.
KawaNOW Rally 2008 / 3:29
KawaNOW also has regional rallys held every other year in between national rallys. This video chronicles a regional rally held in 2008 that included Mesquite, Nevada... Eureka Springs, Arkansas... and Elkins, West Virginia.
 
I Can Fly / 5:19
A video I produced illustrating how riding a motorcycle can be a lot like flying. It includes various video shot at various places I've ridden to and visited.

HCBB Tour / 4:00
Stands for Texas Hill Country/Big Bend Tour. This video chronicles my trips to the Texas Hill Country over the years as well as trips to Big Bend. Kept the wild sound on this one.
 
Going For A Ride / 2:49
Another video produced showing some of my rides, but this one has a theme around taking a day ride and the beauty and splendor that can be derived from it. I have a quote at the end that sums up how I feel about riding.
Freedom Of The Saddle #1 / 1:56
First in a series of videos highlighting many of my motorcycle trips. Includes various photographs and videos of being on the road.
 
Freedom Of The Saddle #2 / 1:36
Second in a series of videos highlighting many of my motorcycle trips. Includes various photographs and videos of being on the road.

Freedom Of The Saddle #3 / 2:55
Third in a series of videos highlighting many of my motorcycle trips. Includes various photographs and videos of being on the road.
 
Looking Back On Antlers / 3:33
In October 2017, the VBA held it's 10th Anniversary Antlers Fall Rally. This video is a look back at previous rally's.



Riding Hwy 1 (Talimena Highway) in Eastern Oklahoma. October, 2016.



Jefferson, Texas at Auntie Skinner's.
 
Kathy and Trip getting ready to leave on a ride around
Lake Fork in East Texas.


Riding at the
Antlers, Oklahoma Rally, October, 2015.
 
Trip taking pictures after buying Cisco.



I get by with a little help from my friends...Three Gold Wings in succession... L-R, 2005 Gold Wing, 2006 Gold Wing and 2007 Gold Wing.
 
Trip and his granddaughters on Cisco.
Proud moment for Papa.



Casual ride around Lake Fork in Eastern Texas.



Boots lined up on a fence in the Texas Hill Country. Highway 39 near Hunt, Texas along the Guadalupe River.


Trip at the Grand Canyon.


Information and Articles

Trip's List Of Top Ten Texas Roads - What I consider to be the top roads to ride in Texas

Trip's List Of Top Five East Texas Roads - Best roads to ride in East Texas

Trip's Links For The Texas Hill Country - Links to specific areas for the Texas Hill Country

Trip's Motorcycle Trip Checklist - The basics to bring on a motorcycle trip

Trip's Camping List - If you're not trailering your motorcycle

Trip's Camping List - If you are trailering your motorcycle


Riding Maps

 Riding Map - Arkansas         Riding Map - Colorado      Riding Map - Mississippi

 Riding Map - New Mexico      Riding Map - Oklahoma     Riding Map - Tennessee/N. Carolina

 Riding Map - Texas


Enhance Your Defensive Riding Skills

Tips on how to subconsciously become a better motorcycle rider
By Robert “Trip” Hilliard

So, you’ve been riding motorcycles for a number of years. And you’ve more than likely taken the motorcycle safety course and read all the articles on becoming a better rider. You also wear a helmet, the proper riding gear and you do your best to follow all the rules and tips that you’ve read about proper motorcycle speed, turning and handling while riding on roads alone as well as in traffic. That’s great! But, have you committed everything to your subconscious?

Utilizing the Subconscious

Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve ridden or how much you’ve read and educated yourself concerning motorcycle riding, unless you can commit it to your subconscious and practice without really thinking about it, chances are you won’t be an effective defensive rider.

New drivers entering our streets today are not nearly as trained in driving and handling their vehicle. Add the fact that more and more drivers are added to our streets everyday as well as distractions such as cell phones and you can quickly deduct that the road atmosphere for you and me on a motorcycle is getting crowded with less trained, distracted drivers that really don’t watch out for other vehicles.

To combat this, we as motorcycle riders learn a number of skills to help us become more defensive riders. But more importantly, have we committed these practices to our subconscious?

It’s no secret that the subconscious is a huge memory bank. Its capacity is virtually unlimited and rarely used. The function of your subconscious mind is to store and retrieve data. Its job is to ensure that you respond exactly the way you are programmed as a motorcycle rider. Your subconscious mind makes everything you say and do fit a pattern consistent with your self-concept. Your subconscious mind is subjective. It doesn’t think or reason independently; it merely obeys the commands it receives from your conscious mind. As an example, your conscious mind can be thought of as the gardener and your subconscious mind can be thought of as the garden, or fertile soil, in which seeds germinate and grow.

What better way to store and use riding skills than with the subconscious? However, in order to store our motorcycle skills into our subconscious, we must use these skills over and over. That is the key!


Enhance Your Skills

I’d like to go over some additional riding skills that I’ve used over the years that have helped me develop an edge while riding in traffic that may not be written elsewhere. These tips have proved themselves over and over. Some are somewhat untraditional, but if practiced, will help you navigate effectively in traffic.

1. Have the attitude that ALL vehicles are out to get you
This is not meant to be a negative statement but a paradigm that we might want to live by while riding. Every vehicle on the road has the potential of hurting you and sometimes we must go into riding with the attitude that everyone is out to get us. It’s the only way that we, as motorcycle riders can heighten our mind and senses to the possible negative actions of others.

It also keeps us from becoming complacent when we ride. It can give us that touch of fear that might keep us alert and possibly alive. Realize that when you ride, ALL vehicles around you are possible enemies. Increasing your “paranoia” in this area can help in burning this into your subconscious.

2. Get ahead or get behind
You’ve always known about the blind spot, right? Well, let’s take this a step further. The blind spot seems to have widened for many people and that’s because they don’t really look before they make a move.

When you’re riding in traffic, if you can help it, don’t ride in the next lane anywhere near a car or truck. Don’t ever assume they know you’re there. I have always practiced the technique of getting ahead or behind. In other words, speed up and get ahead so that they can see you and know you are there or slow down and get behind them so that if they cut into your lane you won’t be hit.

This is especially true for 18 wheelers. Commercial truck drivers are usually well trained and have a lot of hours behind the wheel. Trying to keep up with the location of where an 800 pound motorcycle is, in and around a huge trailer can be daunting. Best practice dictates that a rider stay as far away from an 18 wheeler as possible. Do not ride anywhere beside an 18 wheeler. Pass them rather quickly and get ahead of them or slow down and get farther behind.

If you find that you are forced to ride in the next lane to a car or truck, keep an eye on the front tire and fender comparing the distance they have to the center strip. If that distance shortens and they come close to the center strip, it’s time to take action.

3. Learn to scan… Always have an out
When you ride, do you scan all around with your eyes? Learn to scan not only ahead of you, but behind and to both sides as well. Know what’s going on around you… at all times. When you come up on an intersection, don’t assume that because you have the green light that no one will pull out in front of you. Pre-scan the intersection before you get there. Quickly look at the movements of all the vehicles. Slow down in speed and realize that some of the vehicles may not be watching or be aware of your presence.

Always have an out. Try to plan a way out or a path that you can take to get out of a situation. You might choose to get in a median if someone cuts you off or you may see that a quick shift into the next lane might be the best move if someone pulls out in front of you. Try to find some extra real estate that you can utilize to get yourself into a safe place. Never assume that anyone sees you. Try to have a plan in case you have to take evasive action.

4. Learn to Countersteer
Chances are you don’t live in an area where there are switchbacks or sharp turns in the roads and learning the art of countersteering hasn’t been a priority. My advice is to learn countersteering anyway. Why? Countersteering affords the rider a quick and decisive way to turn.

Deliberately countersteering a motorcycle is a much more efficient and effective way to steer than just by leaning. Even if you live in an area where the roads are all straight, learn as much as you can about countersteering and practice it.

There are numerous resources that can teach you how to countersteer, so I won’t go over them here, but learn the mechanics of countersteering and practice it. It will come in handy one day when you need to make a quick and effective turn.

5. Passing traffic with a group
Let’s say you’re leading a small group of motorcyclists. As a group, you come upon a slow vehicle that you want to pass. As the leader of the pack, you check and find that there’s plenty of road ahead with no traffic. The road ahead is level and there’s no double stripe in your lane. Since everything looks good to pass, do the following to help your riders behind you.

Turn on your blinker and start your pass. Once you get past the slow moving vehicle, stay in the left lane (all the while keeping an eye for oncoming traffic and watching your group in your rear view mirror), until all of your group gets around the vehicle and safely in the right lane, then move into the right lane yourself. This technique gives the riders in the pack an opportunity to pass vehicles quickly and not have to concentrate on oncoming traffic since you’re doing that for them.

If you’ve chosen an area to pass that’s got plenty of room and no oncoming traffic, it won’t be a risk for you, the leader, to stay in the left lane. This shows the group that you’re keeping a watchful eye on traffic for them. It helps in camaraderie. If you move into the right lane before all of your group passes the vehicle, this is a sign that the remaining group should not pass. If this technique is done correctly and safely a group of motorcyclists can pass vehicles very quick and effectively.

Make it automatic
Adding these tips to the protocol you already exercise as a skilled rider will enhance your skill set. Committing everything to your subconscious might ensure that these skills are utilized all the time while riding. Yes, it’s a lot to digest, but that’s the beauty of your subconscious. If you practice these skills over and over, you’re subconscious can help in remembering and implementing these skills. It’s almost as if it will become automatic.



Additional articles written by Robert Hilliard





Trip riding through Utah near Mexican Hat.


Trip and friends riding the Talimena Highway (Hwy. 1 and 88) in Oklahoma and Arkansas.



Trip (far right) and riding friends at Mt. Rushmore. June, 2009.



Trip at Mt. Rushmore. June 2018.



Trip riding in Badlands National Park. June, 2018.