It is usually tagged "Breakfast in Ephrata" so we should leave early. I would suggest about 7 am.
I would suggest slabbing a portion to get closer and take the side roads in. I have no looked up a route as of yet. Return trip would be side roads. So if you know the area, I will take your suggestion
Weather right now looks a little iffy. Long rides in the rain are not alot of fun.
I don't mine other brands. I have a BMW with my Duc and I have owned Suzukis, Kawasakis, Hondas, and Yamahas as well. I think the only brand snobs are some of the Harley folks.