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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-29-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 10,589
Posted By ibafran
I read in a bike mag long ago that an Americam...

I read in a bike mag long ago that an Americam moto-journalist who spent a lot of time in europe looked into the differences. Both sides of the pond had a wide range of bikers into a wide range of...
Forum: Ride reports 11-23-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Danomite45 Thanx for the post. Yep, we were...

Danomite45
Thanx for the post.
Yep, we were basically confused riding into Deadhorse in the arctic sea fog. I felt damn lucky that I didn't ride into a guard rail or post or some other obstruction...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-23-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 16,057
Views: 793,620
Posted By ibafran
Thanx, all, for the feedback. We went to...

Thanx, all, for the feedback.
We went to Duffy's Tavern in Utica arriving about 10:30 well before the 'crowd' and had a good time for not too much $. The Cajun Connection is in the trip notes for...
Forum: Equipment 10-18-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 10,354
Posted By ibafran
I used a small camp hatchet to pound out a dinged...

I used a small camp hatchet to pound out a dinged wheel for a tubeless tire bead seat. Some sheaths will leave the hammer side bare. Build or cut the sheath if you need to. Be careful about the...
Forum: Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-18-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 16,057
Views: 793,620
Posted By ibafran
Doing a color ride on pavement to Starved Rock...

Doing a color ride on pavement to Starved Rock State Park with 5-6 riders on a sunday.
Need good lunch places in Utica or Ottawa?
Have been to the fancy brunch at the Park Lodge several times and...
Forum: Ride reports 10-08-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 695
Posted By ibafran
No Tips -

But also curious about your route and experiences!

Subscribed!
Forum: Ride reports 10-01-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Hey Doc -

[QUOTE=the_doc;25184347]Oh boy, is there going to be another series of posts from Thomas' point of view starting from the beginning again? Just trying to wrap my head around the timeline. :D

...
Forum: Ride reports 10-01-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Alaska, 2014, Epilogue

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Riding the bike for my daily travels after I returned home proved that there was...
Forum: Ride reports 09-30-2014, 01:34 PM
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Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Still more from Thomas

As Bryan and Fran may have mentioned I have some Army experience....well ah um about 30 years worth...I think that counts as some doesn't it :-) Been there, done that, have the tee shirt and hat for...
Forum: Ride reports 09-30-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Thomas's update...in stages we presume

Ah, the story is only beginning :-) I'm sure I cannot match my colleagues prose...but the Irish in me can spin a yarn.

Thomas
Forum: Ride reports 09-30-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 23 - The Prince of Darkness reappears..and stays

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g96/Beemer10/princeofdarkness_zps9b125414.jpg (http://s54.photobucket.com/user/Beemer10/media/princeofdarkness_zps9b125414.jpg.html) The Prince of Darkness...
Forum: Ride reports 09-30-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 22 - Badlands, Wounded Knee, bad weather and wind...

Only 2 days from home and although the mileage is long, it is paved slab and do-able. I can’t ‘smell the barn’ yet but I can see it from here. There is a cool breeze blowing in our last mountain...
Forum: Ride reports 09-29-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 21 - Out of Canada and...camping next to a Honky-Tonk

Arise at my usual 5am and crawl out of my tent hoping to see something of note. Didn’t see anything but heard a good sized splash of something hitting the lake. Ran over to the water in hopes of...
Forum: Ride reports 09-29-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 27,644
Posted By ibafran
There are two?

Reminds me of the Monte Python bit on the twin peaks of Kilimanjero.

Nice report!
Forum: Ride reports 09-28-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 20 - Camping next to a rail yard by accident....

Arising with plenty of time to pack the bike and do some maintenance, I noted that my tent was nicely in the warming and drying sunlight while the rest of the site was mostly in the shade. It was...
Forum: Ride reports 09-28-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 19 – Lucas, Again Prince of Darkness (and wild horses) appear

It was 38F degrees, sunny and no wind at my usual 5am alarm. Bry sleeps in a bit - The 38 degree temp drives me out to a sunny spot next to a campground building with a park bench. The micro-climate...
Forum: Ride reports 09-25-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 18 - Out from Hyder and Fran meets the Prince of Darkness

We arose at 6:30am in our end of the world motel. For whatever reasons, my back was killing me… One would think that camping after a long day in the saddle would wrack these old bones and body...
Forum: Ride reports 09-25-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 17 - The Cassiar Highway

Arise at 8:30am to a drizzly day, cool-ish too. There was a horse feed shed out back that I investigated for staying dry while changing out my knobby. Drat, it was too miserable to suffice. Bry arose...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-24-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,057
Posted By ibafran
So far, so good. MCNews, Oct, 2014, page 42:...

So far, so good.
MCNews, Oct, 2014, page 42: Ken Condon, "Proficient Motorcycling" recommends a viewing of Shane Watts' "DirtWise" DVD.
Getting some good pointers and some good practice should...
Forum: Ride reports 09-23-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 16 - Panic on the Alaska Highway

Because we were going to have a light riding day, my 5am alarm was canceled and a 7am alarm was chosen. Sleeping in was going to be a delicious moment for me. The effects of 2 weeks of hard travel...
Forum: Ride reports 09-23-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 15 - Earthquakes and random road encounters

I arose in our buggy campsite at my usual 5am moment. Hell’sBells but it was coolish! Staggering over to my bike carefully avoiding thebear poop, my temp gage read 32F. But, blessedly, there was no...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-22-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,057
Posted By ibafran
Naturally, I don't think that you got enough info...

Naturally, I don't think that you got enough info for a first-timer?

Try learning in a very good locale first. Like nice big empty parking lot or maybe a park lawn.
Ride around doing some nice...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
The Denali Highway - Fran tries moose herding

Arise at my usual 5am after a 3.5 hour sleep. I noshed on V8 juice and mini-wheats packed as a lunch back in Deadhorse. I left a can of V8 for Bry knowing that if he awoke as hungry as me, having...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 13 - back from the edge

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g96/Beemer10/Daltonhighwaymap_zps259ac833.png (http://s54.photobucket.com/user/Beemer10/media/Daltonhighwaymap_zps259ac833.png.html) The Dalton Highway

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Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 12 - a ride to the end of the world

We arise at 5AM and pack our essentials on the bikes. Breakfast consisted of what? I do not remember and didn’t think to note it. Left over pizza? I think not. We were pretty hungry last night and I...
Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day 11 - Top of the World and the largest rock garden in America

We arose in the camp after sleeping in till the luxurious hour of 8AM. After such a strain of the last few days, I really needed the sleep. The weather was cool-ish and I wore my Stich while packing...
Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 26,648
Posted By ibafran
Luv the Ride Review. Hope that you add to it...

Luv the Ride Review.
Hope that you add to it as the memories pop up.
Forum: Equipment 09-20-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 2,668
Views: 1,036,193
Posted By ibafran
They do if they work on their bikes with the...

They do if they work on their bikes with the tools that are carried on their bikes and consequently find out that a fastener requires a deep well. Thus, the normal socket in that size might be...
Forum: Ride reports 09-19-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day Ten - Separation anxiety

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We...
Forum: Ride reports 09-19-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day Nine - Pear shaped day and the Arctic Circle

We left our intrepid travelers camped out on the road, literally, some 30 miles south and short of Eagle Plains. With the rising sun lifting above some distant clouds, the day warms appreciably. I...
Forum: Ride reports 09-19-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day Eight - Disaster on the Dempster

Well, after yesterday’s adventure, waking after a comfortable night’s sleep was dang near amazing. Sure, I was a little sore and stiff but I didn’t need OTC medicinal help to prepare for the day. And...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,857
Posted By ibafran
ALL: Yokohama, 195/45R17 85W from Tire Rack. I...

ALL: Yokohama, 195/45R17 85W from Tire Rack. I ran this tire because it fit on the bike. A 205 tire did not because it rubbed the edge of the tire on the swingarm. Pulling the tire back far enough...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,857
Posted By ibafran
ALL: FWIW, I took a car tire to Alaska this year...

ALL: FWIW, I took a car tire to Alaska this year and had it unseat firstly due to a bent wheel. Pounded the wheel out enough to have the tire seat for the next 3k mikes. Then had the tire lose seat...
Forum: Ride reports 09-18-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day Seven - Chaos on the Campbell

My daily 5AM cell phone alarm went off and I arose to pack my bike. Due to the convenience of the motel sleepover, I didn’t have much to pack beyond my toiletries. With so much spare time, I...
Forum: Ride reports 09-17-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Ok, thanx. Sort of amazing to me is how much bio...

Ok, thanx. Sort of amazing to me is how much bio on my mates I did not have prior to the trip. Thomas I did not know at all. Bry and I have done a little bit of time together. Usually, trips like...
Forum: Ride reports 09-16-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day Six

We are now so far north that the daylight is much noticeably longer. My 5AM alarm and arising shows that it has been daylight for a hour already and sundown isn’t until well after 10PM. And it is...
Forum: Ride reports 09-16-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day Five

I arise an hour early as my cell phone alarm did not account for the time zone change till later in the day. Sigh, the wonders of technology. And I woke up my biker buds too. Riding away from camp,...
Forum: Ride reports 09-16-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Thanx for the feedback. Sorry to hear about...

Thanx for the feedback. Sorry to hear about 'intimidating" and I could use some clarification on the matter. I am not a writer and most of my schooling didn't "take". I may re-write the whole dang...
Forum: Ride reports 09-16-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day Four - Into Canada

Once again, it rained over night. So my tent fly had to be packed wet again. I examined it for flowering mold and didn’t find any. Examined the interior of my munchies pack where the wet fly has been...
Forum: Ride reports 09-16-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,518
Posted By ibafran
Day three - To Flathead Lake State Park

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