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Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2012, 05:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,579
Posted By bigvern
So what if its Fugly......

Ok so its fugly, but form is supposed to "follow" function :deal

To explain....first, no I am not 7 feet tall, I'm "only" 6' 6", a height I consider to be perfectly normal - most everyone else is...
Forum: Day Trippin' 07-18-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 767
Posted By bigvern
Yes it's orange but I try not to look at it....

Maybe its the camera angle, or maybe it the very small rear tire I had on the bike for that ride, but does the new bike make my arse look fat ??? :rofl

So black is supposed to be slimming but...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 07-03-2012, 12:44 PM
Replies: 1,113
Views: 186,601
Posted By bigvern
Home.....(not the Texas one) ...

Home.....(not the Texas one)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8167/7496320100_d623a293e5_h.jpg


Hancock Pass Colorado - just clearing the tree line
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Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 06-28-2012, 03:25 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 31,944
Posted By bigvern
Fogcutter Bar - Haines Alaska

Cool idea for a thread combining two of my favourite things....Motorcycles and Pubs :beer

My humble contribution - the Fogcutter Bar in Haines Alaska...

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Forum: Thumpers 05-31-2012, 11:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,939
Posted By bigvern
My solution to the same problem....

Interesting thread to read someone else's perspective on the same problem I hope I've just solved.

I too have an XR650L and although I think it's a great bike, after a trail ride in the Ozarks I...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-26-2012, 12:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,644
Posted By bigvern
Sunday: Part 2 – See how much trouble we can get in to in Big Piney….

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Well you...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-23-2012, 05:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,644
Posted By bigvern
White Boots....

So it appears that maybe it is just me that has a problem with white boots.......surely this can't be true :scratch

Never the less over the weekend, in some futile attempt to justify his choice...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-20-2012, 04:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,644
Posted By bigvern
Sunday: Part 1 - Ozone for lunch….

The plan for the morning was to ride down to Ozone for lunch and after checking the maps over breakfast we came up with…<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-19-2012, 11:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,644
Posted By bigvern
Saturday: The wrong trail and the river crossings….

County Rd 5500 out of Ozone is a pretty easy run – just a regular fire road, but that skinny little track that joined 5500 to 1409, well that was something completely different. <?xml:namespace...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-18-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,644
Posted By bigvern
I have the next installment ready to go - I'll...

I have the next installment ready to go - I'll post it tomorrow.

It's just taken some time to explain why you were spending so much time "in" the river :rofl




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Forum: Day Trippin' 04-18-2012, 06:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,644
Posted By bigvern
No, I really really really don't want a pair of...

No, I really really really don't want a pair of those white boots.

In my book the only things that should be white are washer / dryers and that's it. Apple has a lot to answer for convincing...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-18-2012, 10:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,644
Posted By bigvern
The Gaerne's are fine - it's the colour I have...

The Gaerne's are fine - it's the colour I have issues with - white boots - seriously? . I appreciate that Phil is....how to say this politely..."senior", but that doesn't mean having to be stuck in a...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-17-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,644
Posted By bigvern
Saturday: Lunch then the rivers….

The ride down to Oark was fun - County Rd 5 in particular is a great run down to Hwy 16 – as long as you know where it is – remember no signs :lol3
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Forum: Day Trippin' 04-13-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,644
Posted By bigvern
Saturday: Oark for lunch followed by the trail that wasn’t really there and 4 rivers

The plan for the day sounded straight forward enough.
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Ride to Jasper for breakfast, get gas,...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-12-2012, 12:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,644
Posted By bigvern
Friday: Just get there and ride

The day started early - bloody early and it was dark and foggy when the guys picked me up. Still we (or rather they) got my bike loaded - did I mention it was early and pre-coffee - and we hit the...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-11-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,644
Posted By bigvern
Just how hard is it to cross a river in the Ozarks??

Time to get this ride report started of a recent trip to the Ozarks to run some of the trails and as it turned out more river crossings than any of us ever planned to do, or even wanted to do :rofl
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Forum: Orange Crush 04-19-2011, 12:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,938
Posted By bigvern
The part number for the seal is: 0760091862...

The part number for the seal is: 0760091862 (http://javascript<b></b>:showPart2('153318','2003','','CLUTCH%20LC8'))

My bike is a US '04 (basically an original '03) but the part #'s look like...
Forum: Orange Crush 04-19-2011, 11:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,938
Posted By bigvern
OK I've just checked and the pin is a separate...

OK I've just checked and the pin is a separate part # - 0402031780 (http://javascript<b></b>:showPart2('153317','2003','','CLUTCH%20LC8'))

I don't remember ordering it as 2 items but maybe I did...
Forum: Orange Crush 04-19-2011, 11:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,938
Posted By bigvern
My new pushrod came with a new pin - not sure if...

My new pushrod came with a new pin - not sure if they can be ordered separately?

I'd re-check the packaging that the pushrod came in to make sure its not still in there.


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Forum: Orange Crush 04-19-2011, 11:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,938
Posted By bigvern
Although the seal doesn't need to come out, it...

Although the seal doesn't need to come out, it might not be a bad idea to consider changing it while you're in there. My pushrod was shot but I also had a small oil leak from the seal that initially...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-08-2011, 08:51 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 66,619
Posted By bigvern
The main resaon was we just didnt have enough...

The main resaon was we just didnt have enough time - its a big place up there in Alaska and we had a fixed schedule to work with.

We also didn't have quite enough gas to make it with a...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-08-2011, 11:00 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 66,619
Posted By bigvern
A few random pictures from last years ride - late June 2010

Cool thread so I thought I'd share some pictures...

Full Ride report (shameless plug): :evil
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=590535

We only went up as far as Galbraith lake just...
Forum: Ride reports 07-29-2010, 09:23 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
The total mileage on the GPS of over 9300 miles...

The total mileage on the GPS of over 9300 miles was a bit of a shock, but at the time my body definitely felt like we'd ridden that far. :lol3

The only weird behavoir we'd noticed when we were...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 12:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Radium Hot Springs to the border / Columbia Falls...

Radium Hot Springs to the border / Columbia Falls - last ride of this adventure...

Broke camp early'ish - well for us anyway and started the last leg of this adventure. The weather was good,...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 12:44 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Jasper to Radium Hot Springs After the...

Jasper to Radium Hot Springs

After the drama of the previous day, today was going to be a pseudo day off. The plan, do some laundry, check the bikes, take a walk around Jasper and then have a...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 12:37 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Smithers to Jasper (via Prince George) and the...

Smithers to Jasper (via Prince George) and the incident at Moose Lake....

After the missing bolt, the oil leak and the rough road, the first job for the day was another more thorough check over...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 12:27 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Bell II to Stewart / Hyder and the onto Smithers ...

Bell II to Stewart / Hyder and the onto Smithers

The road down to Stewart / Hyder after you turn off the Cassiar is great with mountains either side and a few good fast corners.

Mountains......
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 12:06 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Phil's "hobo boots" finally succumb to duct...

Phil's "hobo boots" finally succumb to duct tape...

Today was also the day Phil's nearly 20 year old boots fell apart to the point that duct tape was needed to keep them in one piece.

It had...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 12:01 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Watson Lake to Bell II with a short detour almost...

Watson Lake to Bell II with a short detour almost to Telegraph Creek....

Actually managed to leave Watson Lake "almost" early for our start down the Cassiar. The top section of the Cassiar is a...
Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2010, 11:32 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Time to get the ride report finished....... ...

Time to get the ride report finished.......

Skagway to Watson Lake

After reluctantly leaving the Fogcutter bar in Haines we got the 10pm ferry round the corner to Skagway. Only an hour trip,...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-21-2010, 01:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 654
Posted By bigvern
Here's the link: http://www.ktm950.info/ ...

Here's the link: http://www.ktm950.info/

Completly invaluable IMHO for anyone with a KTM Adv.

Enjoy....especially putting the tanks back on :lol3
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2010, 08:07 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Looks like we're a dollar short and a day late on...

Looks like we're a dollar short and a day late on this one as we left Skagway yesterday morning.

Kind of a "foggy" ride out until we hit the border and we could only see maybe 30ft max. Once it...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2010, 01:40 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Haines and Skagway..... The road down to...

Haines and Skagway.....

The road down to Haines is a good ride through the mountains and very scenic.


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4798444694_592a4b5bc9_b.jpg


Stopped at a...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2010, 01:33 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Gakona to Haines Junction.... To continue...

Gakona to Haines Junction....

To continue the weather theme we started the day in the cold and wet. The ride up to Tok is probably a really scenic ride but when its raining and all covered in low...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2010, 01:29 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Back on the bike - Valdez to Gakona...... ...

Back on the bike - Valdez to Gakona......

Riding down to Valdez I had time to consider my binding front brake problem. My theory - it has to be Dalton dust so the caliper has to come apart to...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2010, 01:26 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Valdez.... So the day didn't start as good...

Valdez....

So the day didn't start as good as it could. While checking the leaking fork seal situation and trying to free up the binding front brakes we noticed that my front wheel was on the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2010, 01:17 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Maintenance day in Fairbanks.. OK time to...

Maintenance day in Fairbanks..

OK time to try and fill in some of the gaps and get this report "nearly" up to date.

So, after coming off the Dalton at about midnight, the next day we had a...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2010, 02:59 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Top of the world - Bike problems - Dalton - More bike problems - Valdez

Finally got internet access again so I thought I'd better post an update...

After our down day in Dawson it was time for the next leg of the journey to ride the "Top of the World" highway to the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2010, 01:01 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Yeah so we didn't go all the way to Deadhorse -...

Yeah so we didn't go all the way to Deadhorse - but we did go as far as the lake just past pump #4 on the north side of Atigun - basically where the mountains open up to tundra. This was the point of...
Forum: Ride reports 06-26-2010, 06:08 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,411
Posted By bigvern
Alcan Hwy to Dawson and D2D. Haven't had a...

Alcan Hwy to Dawson and D2D.

Haven't had a chance to post an update in the last couple of days as we've only just been able to get back on line, so what have we been doing....

The first part...
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