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Forum: Ride reports 12-20-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Day 23 Water Crossing

Crossing a nasty runoff stream that was scattered with large loose rocks underwater. I crossed in the shallowest spot and it was still pretty deep. Ended up filling the fuel pump up with water,...
Forum: Ride reports 12-20-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Day 15 and 16 clips

Some clips from trying to get from Colorado Springs/Rainbow Falls to Denver without using roads. I did actually make it. The trails were all decomposed granite, which is a lot like riding on coarse...
Forum: Ride reports 12-20-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Thanks for all the comments, guys :clap. I'll...

Thanks for all the comments, guys :clap. I'll definitely have to do another trip out west sometime, and yes, I do have a decent amount of savings earmarked for the next trip. It will happen. Might be...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 12-18-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 17,858
Views: 1,177,686
Posted By gearheadE30
I pay a little less for the same thing for my...

I pay a little less for the same thing for my 950, and I don't have much of a credit history and am 23. No tickets wrecks. I ride all year. So it doesn't sound out of line to me at all, but most of...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 12-16-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 17,858
Views: 1,177,686
Posted By gearheadE30
Nice! you back in indy now?

Nice! you back in indy now?
Forum: Thumpers 12-16-2014, 06:11 AM
Replies: 4,863
Views: 690,956
Posted By gearheadE30
Wow, that's....involved. Sounds to me like you...

Wow, that's....involved. Sounds to me like you have a float that is sticking a bit, and kicking/starting the bike creates enough vibration to unstick it. You shouldn't have to do the whole tip it...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-15-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 570
Posted By gearheadE30
My symtecs work pretty well and are plenty warm...

My symtecs work pretty well and are plenty warm for me. They get hot enough to be uncomfortable, but if it's really cold out, the backs of your hands will still be cold. That said, having heated...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 12-15-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 17,858
Views: 1,177,686
Posted By gearheadE30
How is LCRP?

How is LCRP?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-14-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 889
Posted By gearheadE30
Springs are easy. Swapping valve shims is easy,...

Springs are easy. Swapping valve shims is easy, but getting it right is hard.

I had SE springs (0.59, if I remember right. It's been awhile) with stock damping, and they overwhelmed the stock...
Forum: Ride reports 12-05-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Equipment

For those of you who were wondering, or who are planning a trip of your own, here are some pictures of what I carried with me.

Everything that was on the bike, minus panniers. The bag on the...
Forum: Ride reports 12-05-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Some final thoughts

I think there will always be more for me to say, and more that I want to write about. An experience like this is really too big for words, and for someone of my average writing talent, so I never...
Forum: Ride reports 12-05-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Cry Day 83 - the last day...

Well, today was the last day.

I made sure to take as much joy as I could in it. I don't know if that makes sense, but it's the best way I could think of to say it. I wanted to remember everything...
Forum: Ride reports 12-05-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Day 82

I woke up to a beautiful sunny day, and to the prospect of returning home way too early. Since I wasn't in any hurry to head out, I decided to hike around in the woods some.

The campsite:
...
Forum: Ride reports 12-05-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Day 81

It rained all night, and only stopped about an hour before dawn. Even though everything was pretty wet, at least I wouldn't be gearing up, tearing down, and riding in the rain.

There's something...
Forum: Ride reports 12-05-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Day 80

On Monday, Trevor headed off to work and I hit the road, heading southeast so that I could hit the TART and take that north all the way through Arkansas. Things got interesting early, since the door...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-05-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 696
Posted By gearheadE30
Yep, it's from a combination of fuel and oil from...

Yep, it's from a combination of fuel and oil from the crank vent system. Those carbon deposits are normal, and fuel passing through the intake generally will keep them to a minimum as long as you...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 12-03-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 17,858
Views: 1,177,686
Posted By gearheadE30
Only place I can think of is RevSport in...

Only place I can think of is RevSport in Bloomington. Been awhile since I've been over there, so I'm not sure what their shelf selection is like.

The KTM/Kawasaki/Yamaha dealer up in Westfield...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-03-2014, 06:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 448
Posted By gearheadE30
Check part numbers over at KTMtwins off the fiche...

Check part numbers over at KTMtwins off the fiche or something? They're likely very similar, but offhand I would guess some of the head tube geometry is different, and same for mounting tabs for the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-02-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,182
Posted By gearheadE30
Last time I went through deep water, probably 2.5...

Last time I went through deep water, probably 2.5 feet deep, it filled up the fuel pump (Dr. Bean modded) and it went into limp mode. That was fun... Otherwise, they do pretty well. Make sure you've...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-02-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,713
Posted By gearheadE30
YAY!!! I've been away from OC for a long time...

YAY!!! I've been away from OC for a long time because of all the cross-platform muddle. It's good to be back. :freaky
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-02-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,812
Posted By gearheadE30
Holy thread resurrection.... I took my SW...

Holy thread resurrection....

I took my SW Motechs off awhile ago, and they are very similar to the HBs. They just make the bike too wide down low on the kind of trails I ride, and I kept catching...
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4,863
Views: 690,956
Posted By gearheadE30
I wonder if the stock housing could be modified...

I wonder if the stock housing could be modified to take the H4 easily. I know a housing designed for the bulb would always be better, but I don't have an XT anymore and my KTM takes the same goofy...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Day 75-79

Thanks for the comment! Always good to hear that people are enjoying reading through it. :clap Hopefully it can be an inspiration for others thinking about diving into the whole adventure trip thing...
Forum: Thumpers 11-24-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 4,863
Views: 690,956
Posted By gearheadE30
Manual says 1400 for idle speed, for whatever...

Manual says 1400 for idle speed, for whatever that's worth. As long as you're in the neighborhood, you should be fine.
Forum: Ride reports 11-23-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Day 74

I woke up the next morning and started packing up. Got everything together and rode back into Boise City to see if there was an AT&T store nearby, and to look at the TAT route a little more closely. ...
Forum: Ride reports 11-23-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Day 73

Since I had gone to bed early the previous day because of rain, I woke up earlier than usual. As I rejoined the world of the living, I decided I was thirsty and went to grab a water bottle from one...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 11-21-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 17,858
Views: 1,177,686
Posted By gearheadE30
Now that is something I want to see.

Now that is something I want to see.
Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 32,002
Posted By gearheadE30
Day 72

It's amazing how much I can remember from the trip just from looking at the pictures. Going through each day, I can remember almost everything that happened. A camera might be one of the most...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 11-18-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 17,858
Views: 1,177,686
Posted By gearheadE30
I've ridden on a set of them before. They're okay...

I've ridden on a set of them before. They're okay if you're on hard, dry dirt, and they're quite good on pavement, but if it's wet, muddy, or sandy, they suck. They did better on gravel than I...
Forum: Thumpers 11-14-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 4,863
Views: 690,956
Posted By gearheadE30
My old XT just popped up for sale on craigslist...

My old XT just popped up for sale on craigslist again....kinda makes me want it back. I get way too attached to my vehicles...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 11-14-2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 17,858
Views: 1,177,686
Posted By gearheadE30
What I'm hoping that means is that those drones...

What I'm hoping that means is that those drones start getting cheaper...I'd really like to get one to play around with.
Forum: Thumpers 11-13-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 4,863
Views: 690,956
Posted By gearheadE30
a braided brake line makes a huge difference on...

a braided brake line makes a huge difference on these bikes. The rubber doesn't seem to hold up very well and starts to expand when you squeeze the lever, a lot of your hydraulic mechanical advantage...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 11-12-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 17,858
Views: 1,177,686
Posted By gearheadE30
Looks familiar. :D. Definitely jealous; I would...

Looks familiar. :D. Definitely jealous; I would love to be back out there. There is just so much good riding, and it's so easy to get to. That said, I'm not missing the cold; the 40 degree weather...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 11-07-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 17,858
Views: 1,177,686
Posted By gearheadE30
Hey, this is the internet. Everyone is an expert...

Hey, this is the internet. Everyone is an expert here, remember? :rofl

My take: you can definitely get more power with the 3x3 mod. Any change that makes the engine run leaner and requires a rejet...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 11-07-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 17,858
Views: 1,177,686
Posted By gearheadE30
Volumetrically, it shouldn't have to be exactly...

Volumetrically, it shouldn't have to be exactly 3x3. It's not like you're getting any kind of resonance benefit from the remaining plastic, and at that point the filter is likely more of a...
Forum: Thumpers 11-06-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4,863
Views: 690,956
Posted By gearheadE30
That will make it leaner, but I doubt it's your...

That will make it leaner, but I doubt it's your starting issue. Riding off road builds up a lot more heat in the engine than riding on the road ever will, so, if anything I would think that your bike...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-05-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,328
Posted By gearheadE30
Plated 200 xcw for the nasty stuff and the 950...

Plated 200 xcw for the nasty stuff and the 950 adv for everything else, from commuting to long trips. I really don't feel the need for more than that, not that it stops me from perusing CL all the...
Forum: The Garage 11-05-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,590
Posted By gearheadE30
Over the summer, I carried between 6 and 9 liters...

Over the summer, I carried between 6 and 9 liters of water depending on where I was. 3 in a camelbak (which is what I use for shorter trips and day rides as well) another 3 liter pouch in one of the...
Forum: The Garage 11-05-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 808
Posted By gearheadE30
I'd just spray some oil in there, or drip it in...

I'd just spray some oil in there, or drip it in the spark plug holes, and turn it over a few times. Wouldn't hurt to re-apply every few months if it will be sitting a long time. I've had stuff sit...
Forum: Equipment 11-05-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,002
Posted By gearheadE30
I honestly wouldn't be too worried about it. You...

I honestly wouldn't be too worried about it. You can see the lights on the tow vehicle just fine, which is good enough for me unless you're in the dark or crappy weather a lot. It would be easy...
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