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Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Follow-up

For those who are still subscribed to this thread and might find the follow-up story interesting... the result of the engine noise and metal fragments was that the KTM dealer diagnosed a bad...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-21-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,531
Posted By birdcool
Truck Parking

Mike, You can use my house to park your truck in Spokane. We should be able to take your wife to the train station too. email me if you want to confirm.
Forum: Americas 06-12-2014, 10:39 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,288
Posted By birdcool
"Certainty is the enemy of Adventure". We are...

"Certainty is the enemy of Adventure". We are just as likely to meet at the ER in poky as we are to meet according to plan. But I look forward to it.
Forum: Americas 06-12-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,288
Posted By birdcool
Sic, Gameyogi here on ADV has that as one of...

Sic,
Gameyogi here on ADV has that as one of his optional start dates. PM him for updates. Most have not publicized or starting earlier. I will meet you on the trail or sleep in the same town with...
Forum: Americas 06-12-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,288
Posted By birdcool
Hope you got the electric airpump for that...

Hope you got the electric airpump for that comforting pitter patter sound on lonely nights.
Forum: Americas 06-05-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,288
Posted By birdcool
Thats like hauling a bag of quicrete across the...

Thats like hauling a bag of quicrete across the country. You are up to it though with the skills and mainly the attadude attitude.
Forum: Americas 06-04-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,288
Posted By birdcool
Did you weight the total travel kit? Sent...

Did you weight the total travel kit?

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using Tapatalk
Forum: Americas 06-03-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,288
Posted By birdcool
Camping Gear

Looks like a nice upgrade from a trash bag and pushups to get thru the night.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-31-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 313
Posted By birdcool
Its not obscure but far enough from population...

Its not obscure but far enough from population that fewer have ridden this national recreation quality trail called Windy ridge trail from 4th of july bridge to lolo motorway....
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 02-25-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 5,360
Views: 271,494
Posted By birdcool
Im not far from there. If you want to haul it...

Im not far from there. If you want to haul it home, PM me and we will set up a meeting time.

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Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 02-09-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 5,360
Views: 271,494
Posted By birdcool
I think garmin with quadrifiler helix antenna...

I think garmin with quadrifiler helix antenna will never need external...see garmin 60csx or 62 series. Garmin montana is not as solid but has never lost overage in the tree yet, and the master of...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-27-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,531
Posted By birdcool
Yep. On my run, I had those detours pre-routed on...

Yep. On my run, I had those detours pre-routed on my GPS ... just in case. Contingency planning reduces stress. Your 2012 ride report was an excellent part of my pre-ride research. Thanks for the...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-27-2014, 02:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,531
Posted By birdcool
I have ridden Devils Gulch several times, which...

I have ridden Devils Gulch several times, which branches off Mission Ridge by my navigation. You will encounter these "more difficult" level of trails on the T1 a few times a day, but there will be a...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-26-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,531
Posted By birdcool
I finished the T1 in 2013. I understand the...

I finished the T1 in 2013. I understand the ambition to add more trail fun to the route and I love (and have ridden) some of the trails suggested. But every part of this route has to be a study in...
Forum: GPS Tracks - Rockies 09-26-2013, 11:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,200
Posted By birdcool
Glad the backside of the lake suggestion worked...

Glad the backside of the lake suggestion worked out for you. That shortcut hill I had routed in was an accident. Just tried to draw on basecamp where I've ridden. When I ride thru there on dirt bikes...
Forum: GPS Tracks - West & PNW 09-26-2013, 09:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,261
Posted By birdcool
Yeah, I agree that looks more like Top 3 in the...

Yeah, I agree that looks more like Top 3 in the nation even though I have not ridden any of them. Maybe even #1 in my book if I can find more single track loops and end with the ToI. And I am not...
Forum: GPS Tracks - West & PNW 09-26-2013, 11:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,261
Posted By birdcool
Thanks. I think this track will be one of the top...

Thanks. I think this track will be one of the top 10 long US rides. Very impressive work. I am hoping it is more rugged track than a BCDR, TAT or CDR.

I had downloaded and previewed the tracks...
Forum: GPS Tracks - West & PNW 09-25-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,261
Posted By birdcool
Gwt

Amazing work, Jerry.

Would you say it is ready for a mexico to canada run using the logs provided? How much of the trail is "smaller" dirtbike grade toughness like the Highline trail section I...
Forum: Ride reports 09-25-2013, 02:36 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
My pleasure Just Paul. It was valuable for me to...

My pleasure Just Paul. It was valuable for me to relive it by writing as well as bring others along, in a way, since I did it solo.


Just another Joe
Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2013, 10:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Gee, Thanks guys. It was the biggest adventure I...

Gee, Thanks guys. It was the biggest adventure I have ever attempted. I hope I can stay healthy enough to do more like this because I was livin the dream when I was out there.
Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2013, 04:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
it took a couple iterations on tie down design...

it took a couple iterations on tie down design but ended up solid and leak free. i would relieve expansion pressure at times though. The short pour spout i slid over nozzle was key for no spill...
Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2013, 10:29 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Bike Update

The KTM shop now reports that the main bearing and all specs are fine in the engine. They tore it down and found an extra half washer floating around in the transmission that goes under the thrust...
Forum: Ride reports 08-17-2013, 03:52 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Thanks, Ralph. It was a significant life goal for...

Thanks, Ralph. It was a significant life goal for the last 9 months so it is a bit odd now that it is over. I hope to do it again next year with others, but add some new challenge level. Either my...
Forum: Ride reports 08-15-2013, 10:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Follow-up tips

I wanted to offer a few more tips for those attempting this route.

Condition your body for endurance before you make this run. Too much of it is not a dirt road dual sport ride if you attempt the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-12-2013, 10:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
LOL. Well said. You could sell luxury outfitter...

LOL. Well said. You could sell luxury outfitter tickets for a tour like that.
Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2013, 09:58 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
thanks pdx alamo. I did the T2 also as a...

thanks pdx alamo. I did the T2 also as a shakedown ride and it was great for scenery and how to make long miles days in the outback. Just not a riding difficulty test nor a physical test except for...
Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2013, 09:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
thanks for the comments, proud highway. Most of...

thanks for the comments, proud highway. Most of the guys who made it this year were on similar KTM tech with no similar damage that i have heard. we can only speculate about root cause but my...
Forum: Ride reports 08-10-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
My TID tested and recommended parts list is: ...

My TID tested and recommended parts list is:



Renazco Racing Seat (www.renazco.com/ (http://www.renazco.com/)):...
Forum: Ride reports 08-09-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
yeah, as you read, I took the slow way for the...

yeah, as you read, I took the slow way for the rest of day 3 and I got delayed starts most every day after we met. Did you guys get to Canada? Is any of your group doing a ride report?
Forum: Ride reports 08-09-2013, 10:55 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Wazzu, Your T1 ride report was the reason I...

Wazzu, Your T1 ride report was the reason I pushed for, and ran Mefo Bibb Mousse tubes based on DaveRMS's recommendation as well as Neduro comments. No flats and still roughly 10psi pressure hardness...
Forum: Ride reports 08-09-2013, 10:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Dunlop D952 made the entire run with good...

Dunlop D952 made the entire run with good traction and almost no chunking. Im sold on these now. Thanks to idahoman and gunslinger1 for that tip.
Forum: Ride reports 08-09-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
The Devil Gets His Due

I just got the call from the KTM mechanic. I have chunks of main bearing material on my magnetic oil drain plug. I told him to dive in and fix it.

My bike had less than 200 hours on the OEM meter...
Forum: Ride reports 08-09-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
One Final Dance

Day 7. Wallace to Canada and out,

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-xdtqMpLIuQw/Uf8X6SVXPYI/AAAAAAAABRk/gdwavPsrwao/s800/T1D7%2520map.jpg



This day was planned as a mostly dirt road day...
Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2013, 10:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Real Gone

Day 6: Lowell to Wallace

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_pdOyTTWKmM/Uf8X8B-zKII/AAAAAAAABRs/-i8TvaW98a8/s800/T1D6%2520map.jpg

While eating breakfast snacks at the 3-Rivers convenience store...
Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Dancing with Fire

Day 5, Salmon to Lowell:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-YK3xhDfHldU/Uf8X9riqggI/AAAAAAAABRw/a7tWrARLpQk/s800/T1D5%2520map.jpg

I bled my brakes again the next morning after cutting the brake...
Forum: Ride reports 08-07-2013, 03:01 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Born To Be Wild

Day 4, Old Sawmill to Challis to Salmon.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-noeQ7xmk3jA/Uf8X_GpJ7QI/AAAAAAAABR4/6RlUhY_wAEs/s800/T1D4%2520map.jpg



After a nice hot breakfast at Old Sawmill...
Forum: Ride reports 08-07-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
You got me pegged on that one. I did more bike...

You got me pegged on that one. I did more bike preparation for this ride then normal though and what-if planning. But I wanted to avoid as much pre-running as possible to leave open the experience...
Forum: Ride reports 08-07-2013, 10:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Yay, the Day 3 post passed review and is now live.

Yay, the Day 3 post passed review and is now live.
Forum: Ride reports 08-06-2013, 09:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
I've got day 3 submitted, but it is stuck in...

I've got day 3 submitted, but it is stuck in moderator review process. I guess I'm too much of a noob to mega-post without review.
Forum: Ride reports 08-06-2013, 06:20 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,924
Posted By birdcool
Dancing on Massacre Mountain

Day 3, Arco to Old Saw Mill:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-j5CPPbnlZnU/Uf8YA8-JIfI/AAAAAAAABSE/7CgmckYKWIs/s800/T1D3%2520map.jpg




I scrounged water from these people after spending...
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