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KamikazeKLR 04-16-2013 12:18 PM

The Long Way Back
 
This will serve as a pre-trip report for the preparation, training and any other things that come up before departure as well as an on-going Ride Report during the trip.




And so it begins...

Chris (my boyfriend) and I (Mel) are taking on an ambitious trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba to St. John, Newfoundland. This adventure is sure to take us to places we never new existed and through all the best and worst times of my first real motorcycle adventure. This is an approximate route.
Expected departure: Wednesday, May 8th 2013


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We are on two Kawasaki KLR650's. His is a 2000 and mine is a 2002 (should be green but I've painted it)

http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/...s3fc93eab.jpeg

Preparing for ourselves is just as important as preparing the bikes and the gear. Having never ridden this long on the bike, I wanted to make sure everything was perfect. My first course of action was to get my ride in as best a condition as I could get it. I had a lot of help from the Winnipeg ADV community. The guys here really supported the idea of this trip and gave me plenty of tips and tricks, what not-to-dos and things to make it more enjoyable.

I started by... well trying to get the bike started. A month from our launch and I was having carb issues.
Turns out I had an ant and a mal-adjusted float.
http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/...s382bb92b.jpeg

The bike came roaring to life right after fixing that issue. Got back in the saddle and tested the reins after a long, cold, miserable winter.
http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/...s34909258.jpeg

The bike was running, yes, but there were more thing to be done. I had a list:

- Carb vent T-mod
- Check valves
- Wheatwhacker mod
- Install my tool tube
- Install 12v outlet
- Make a dash
- Check the Doo
- Get a new rear tire (might just pick one up along the way)
- Double up my clutch line
- Get a throttle lock (optional)
- Finish my seat
- Check that every nut and bolt is correctly tightened
- Order a Wolfman Tank bag

Some things on this list are now done. I will take pictures of the finished product.
Next I had to test my new riding gear to see if it all works well together. Turns out, it does. Very well, in fact.
I had a more experienced rider than myself take me out for a ride so I could feel more at ease.
http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/...ps25bd53ef.jpg

Every day that draws nearer to the start day is a day that I am working on the bike. I got myself some good rear racks from DirtRacks.com, had a welder make me some custom panniers and started installing the farkles that are slowly trickling in.


I am excited and nervous and cautious and can't wait for it to start. We will be camping, and therefore not restricted to the slab, but will have the freedom to explore and experience real adventure touring like the way it is meant to be.

To be continued.

RoadCapt 04-16-2013 12:24 PM

Go for it !!! I'm in... :thumb

ShadyRascal 04-16-2013 12:32 PM

:lurk

KamikazeKLR 04-16-2013 12:32 PM

I should also mention that Chris' bike is going to also get worked on but he is away for work. I have made a nice shop area in the garage so when he gets back we can spend our free time getting both bikes in the best shape possible. Since he is away, I have been doing a lot of work on mine.

KamikazeKLR 04-16-2013 07:40 PM

Mel's funny little adventures
 
I think I might invest in some tires early.
I went to go do a little bit of off-road practice but on the pavement on the way there was where I had problems. Hit the slightest bit of sand and the back end got all squirelly.

I'm thinkin' some good Heideneau 50/50's otta do it. Good wear on slab but good traction off road.
http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/...psce1c7586.jpg

Lappeman 04-16-2013 07:52 PM

:lurk

BackRoader 04-16-2013 07:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KamikazeKLR (Post 21203795)
I think I might invest in some tires early.
I went to go do a little bit of off-road practice but on the pavement on the way there was where I had problems. Hit the slightest bit of sand and the back end got all squirelly.

I'm thinkin' some good Heideneau 50/50's otta do it. Good wear on slab but good traction off road.
http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/...psce1c7586.jpg

Yup, the Scout will be good, I had them on me F800 and my KLX

KamikazeKLR 04-16-2013 08:03 PM

Perfect.

In the next days I hope to accomplish:

- Getting the new tire
- Adding the rest of my decals
- Drilling and installing my new panniers

http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/...psb9543e1c.jpg

Asked for aluminum but got stainless steel. Yeah, don't ask me why, I don't even know. It was a nightmare to deal with this welder.

Either way, they're a good size.

2whlrider 04-17-2013 05:26 AM

:lurk

KamikazeKLR 04-19-2013 09:10 AM

Many things have been done in the past couple days, mostly small cosmetic things and patching up my exhaust. At this point I am just sitting waiting for better weather, more tools, and for parts to come in the mail.
Taking a break from all the wrenching, I decide to do a bit of off-road training with GreatWhiteNorth and Mark-II.

http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9d2ea3a6.jpg


Despite the snow shown in this picture, it was actually a nice ride and the gravel was clear of any snow or ice.

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gslf 04-19-2013 01:59 PM

Let's read and see ( lots of pictures please ) the rest of the story.

The Fonz 04-19-2013 02:50 PM

:lurk

KamikazeKLR 04-20-2013 05:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gslf (Post 21225176)
Let's read and see ( lots of pictures please ) the rest of the story.

I promise I will post many pictures. Also, every time I think my bike is too tall for me I remember you trying to get back up on your beemer at every green light :lol3
It's inspiring.

gslf 04-20-2013 06:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KamikazeKLR (Post 21229204)
I promise I will post many pictures. Also, every time I think my bike is too tall for me I remember you trying to get back up on your beemer at every green light :lol3
It's inspiring.

The bike is never too tall, we are just to little. But we ride what we want, right?:ricky

wheatwhacker 04-20-2013 01:21 PM

Good luck on your trip.
I see you have my mod (wheatwhacker mod) on your list of things to do. Get it done, it makes a huge difference.


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