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Forum: Americas Yesterday, 12:58 PM
Replies: 931
Views: 146,509
Posted By MikeS
There HAS to be a good story about this, way more...

There HAS to be a good story about this, way more interesting than the "call the corruption police" approach. I suspect several of us can learn something from the details of the scenario. Sounds like...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... Yesterday, 12:42 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 416,149
Posted By MikeS
So absolutely true! After two weeks in canyon...

So absolutely true! After two weeks in canyon country with a riding buddy, while heading home after riding that included plenty of gnarly goat trails, I said to him, "I actually rode this whole trip...
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2015, 05:57 AM
Replies: 8,292
Views: 2,324,914
Posted By MikeS
I have a Russell on my F650GS, and I do ride both...

I have a Russell on my F650GS, and I do ride both gravel and blacktop with it. It works fine on gravel that the majority of riders consider off road, and also on more challenging roads than that. The...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-18-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
Not only that, but there are no good paying jobs....

Not only that, but there are no good paying jobs. You usually have to drive far for work ($$$). Things always break in winter; your car, your furnace, your marriage. The cold, long, and dark winters...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-18-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
I had one of those jackets for my winter riding...

I had one of those jackets for my winter riding jacket in the late 1960's. The fleece on it was thicker than any I have seen since. It worked fine to slightly below zero. I would ride 80 miles to see...
Forum: Latin America 01-17-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 8,552
Posted By MikeS
Have you seen this detailed information? ...

Have you seen this detailed information? http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1024041
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-10-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
What town are you interested in basing yourself...

What town are you interested in basing yourself from?

Camping: What's your taste? Bush camp, remote established camp site, developed site in the woods or on a lake with latrine/water, camp near a...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-09-2015, 05:04 PM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
Trestle Pine Lake: That's part of the...

Trestle Pine Lake:



That's part of the railroad trestle from the tracks of the Lima Mtn. Grade. They connected to tracks all the way to Rose Lake. To the west and south, behind you on the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-04-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 4,698
Views: 833,917
Posted By MikeS
I replaced the magnet only when I did my first...

I replaced the magnet only when I did my first tire replacement, and broke the magnet ear. The magnet slips out of the speedometer sensor, and is only friction fit. If there's grease in there, that's...
Forum: Americas 01-04-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 26,870
Views: 2,251,061
Posted By MikeS
When are you traveling? I'm crossing the border...

When are you traveling? I'm crossing the border at Reynosa around March 2 with another riding buddy, heading to the Yucatan, Belize, and Guatemala. Mayan cities, Belize drum music, and snorkeling are...
Forum: Americas 01-03-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 26,870
Views: 2,251,061
Posted By MikeS
If I enter Mexico on a US passport card, not my...

If I enter Mexico on a US passport card, not my passport, then I have no entry stamp. Is it a problem then if I enter Guatemala on my passport? Possibly this is a way to avoid having to cancel my...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 01-03-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 1,599
Views: 430,905
Posted By MikeS
January 1, 67th annual I-Cycle Derby, St. Paul,...

January 1, 67th annual I-Cycle Derby, St. Paul, MN

http://www.kare11.com/story/entertainment/events/2015/01/01/motorcycle-rally-new-years-day-roys-kocyr-erbes-james-wanchena/21165631/
...
Forum: Ride reports 12-31-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 663
Views: 190,006
Posted By MikeS
You are posing answers to the question, "why we...

You are posing answers to the question, "why we ride", or even why we adventure. All motorcyclists who have traveled solo and far, and even other long distance travelers, ocean sailors, athletes in...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 12-29-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
I'm not totally satisfied with my Nuvi, because...

I'm not totally satisfied with my Nuvi, because of the plug only. It's maps are great and the screen is big. It also has a micro-sd card plug, which is critical. The map on the Nuvi is amazing, with...
Forum: Americas 12-28-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 26,870
Views: 2,251,061
Posted By MikeS
Fels Naptha bar laundry soap. It's a brown bar of...

Fels Naptha bar laundry soap. It's a brown bar of laundry soap.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-26-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 1,599
Views: 430,905
Posted By MikeS
Did you ride this trip or are you bringing our...

Did you ride this trip or are you bringing our attention to this video on you-tube? Paul Mondor is very inspirational in terms of pushing the normal "comfort zone" of riding a moto.
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 12-21-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
Pro: * It was initially designed by John...

Pro:
* It was initially designed by John Penton, and carried his namesake.
* It's not a KLR, so it is fully farkled out of the box.
* The foot peg doesn't fall off when you're heading down the...
Forum: Americas 12-15-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 26,870
Views: 2,251,061
Posted By MikeS
So Donnie, when someone in Mexico asks you, "How...

So Donnie, when someone in Mexico asks you, "How much does that KLR or R1100 cost?" what do you answer? The real question being asked is, "How rich is that gringo?" With my $3000 BMW-650 and my $2000...
Forum: Americas 12-11-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 146,509
Posted By MikeS
Got back from Mexico last month using the Guia...

Got back from Mexico last month using the Guia Roji atlas plus gps. I found a larger map bag for the atlas and bungee corded it to my tank bag. The atlas is more durable than the folding paper maps I...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 12-07-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
Panama, that's the mantra to repeat. Further...

Panama, that's the mantra to repeat. Further temptation is the new ferry around the Darien Gap, so a quick jaunt to the Irish Pub in Colombia could be in order too.

This trip motivated a trip in...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 12-06-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
Talking about cheating, and riding. I added about...

Talking about cheating, and riding. I added about 3000 miles to the F650 recently. About half that in Mexico, riding mostly blacktop in the mountains, above the Gulf side of Mexico in the hacienda...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 12-02-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
I have a "Bikes, Blues & BBQ" shirt from...

I have a "Bikes, Blues & BBQ" shirt from Fayetteville, although I never went to the event. In addition I rode through some of the back roads of Arkansas, Alabama, and Georgia and have some very fond...
Forum: Canada 11-30-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10,502
Views: 717,200
Posted By MikeS
I rode to the Ontario HU event two years back...

I rode to the Ontario HU event two years back now, and had a great time. Some of the presenters are excellent story tellers, with slides, and were very interesting and entertaining. It's like having...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 11-24-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11,706
Views: 1,417,912
Posted By MikeS
So for someone who has not purchased a Montana,...

So for someone who has not purchased a Montana, what do you guys recommend for a unit that can follow routes? How about the Zumo?

I simply need something I can load OSM maps to, use for routing...
Forum: Canada 11-24-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 10,502
Views: 717,200
Posted By MikeS
And at the same time, riding smaller motos....

And at the same time, riding smaller motos. Lappeman can handle his klr equally well as I can my KL250. My F650GS currently has 80/20 street tires on it. Two motos minimum serve me well for around...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 11-13-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
well, I,m thinking about riding. It,s not hot in...

well, I,m thinking about riding. It,s not hot in xlilita mx but no snow. We are sitting out rain. Experienced one of those random and fun events. Got a tour of a museum of local history in Spanish,....
Forum: Ride reports 11-01-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 322
Views: 52,362
Posted By MikeS
This is so kool! I'm planning to start exploring...

This is so kool! I'm planning to start exploring SA in a year, with the same 4 to 8 week travel strategy, stretched out over several seasons. My thoughts are to purchase a SA moto and store it when I...
Forum: Ride reports 10-27-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,862
Posted By MikeS
Here's some information I've bookmarked: Buy...

Here's some information I've bookmarked:
Buy moto process in Bolivia: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=896123
Chile and more inside information/experience, although dated:...
Forum: Americas 10-25-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 26,870
Views: 2,251,061
Posted By MikeS
When in your situation I've taken off the half...

When in your situation I've taken off the half worn tires and put new ones on. If you can make the whole trip starting with new tires, then start with the new tires. Leave the old ones in the garage...
Forum: Thumpers 10-25-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 8,292
Views: 2,324,914
Posted By MikeS
I keep wondering myself why the SS did not sell...

I keep wondering myself why the SS did not sell enough to keep it in production. I surely like mine a lot. The low saddle height is a huge attribute for me with my short inseam. It's an incredibly...
Forum: Thumpers 10-24-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 8,292
Views: 2,324,914
Posted By MikeS
Your wind screen looks different on the top half,...

Your wind screen looks different on the top half, compared to my TCI screen. It doesn't have a lip on the top to project the wind higher. I'm happy with my TCI, which is a little over 1 year old. I...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-22-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 35,306
Posted By MikeS
Ya, riding here almost every weekend. What are...

Ya, riding here almost every weekend. What are you looking for? High speed gravel, bumpy logging roads, brushy small bike dead end roads? How heavy a moto are you riding? It's looking to be a good...
Forum: Americas 10-22-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 26,870
Views: 2,251,061
Posted By MikeS
I've been to Mexico on all three motos in my...

I've been to Mexico on all three motos in my signature. All three I've ridden to Batopilas. The lighter it is, the more fun it is on the rougher stuff. Gas & tires cost less with a smaller moto, so...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-19-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
That image must be from the old 3M granite...

That image must be from the old 3M granite quarry, and the tower is at Taconite Harbor, my guess. OR is that the new Verison tower going up in Tofte?

I've never gone up to that quarry, although...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-19-2014, 06:40 AM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
Where is this, somewhere above Taconite Harbor? ...

Where is this, somewhere above Taconite Harbor?

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-yWdFM8tIbO0/VEMKWad-M3I/AAAAAAAAD7w/8yguBg8fb0s/w1597-h499-no/20141018_171544.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 10-18-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 4,698
Views: 833,917
Posted By MikeS
Not looking for anything right now. I haven't...

Not looking for anything right now. I haven't worn out or broken anything, yet.

I like your sidecar collection. My last rig was a Goldwing GL1100-EML outfit.
Forum: Thumpers 10-18-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 4,698
Views: 833,917
Posted By MikeS
I had a 05 SS appear in my town for sale, with...

I had a 05 SS appear in my town for sale, with 800 km on it, and I had to buy it. It looks exactly like GWN's moto. I sold my 01 SS. The 05 is a Canadian model, since the later years were not...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-18-2014, 06:37 AM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
I have just the spot, Jean Renkin's old home...

I have just the spot, Jean Renkin's old home site, AKA the spot during the Beargrease where the tent and musher checkpoint is.

Mike
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-12-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
Too late for me. I went out and rode 250cc trails...

Too late for me. I went out and rode 250cc trails from here to the Grade/Sawbill intersection. It's good a DNR or Forestry employee wasn't with me at one point, because I think I was somewhere that I...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 10-12-2014, 06:07 AM
Replies: 3,807
Views: 222,724
Posted By MikeS
Now that sounds good to me. Trail Center is now...

Now that sounds good to me. Trail Center is now making their pie home made. I had blueberry yesterday, and both the crust and the filling are excellent. Cost less than $10 including pie, whipped...
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