Hello I'm from Texas. I've had my 2003 R1 for about a year I bought her crashed from col and build her back to amazing! I love my bike I've only really been riding her for the last five or six months. I've rode her from Austin, TX to Monroe, LA and then to baton rouge a couple times. The first time I rode her to Louisiana I crashed. laid her down coming in a corner to fast and broke most of the new cosmetic stuff put on her so I took her back to storage. I drove my car and fixed her a few weeks later. Then made the trip. I'll tell right now if the weather was always nice I would give up my car and just ride her all the time I love it!