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Old 01-28-2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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KE100 - Slow ride Chicago to Pacific Northwest

My wife primarily works as a school photographer, as such she's laid off for a couple months each summer. In 2012 and 2013 she's taken this time to fly to Alaska and volunteer at some farms in exchange for room and board. I was fortunate enough in 2013 to drive one of my vans up with my Husky chilling on the floor next to me, pick her up in Homer, cruise Alaska for a week and drive back, van-camping the whole time.

In 2014 she's made plans to volunteer at a Chestnut tree farm in Oregon and an artisan lumber farm in Washington this time driving her expedition prepped Jeep Liberty to the farms. Originally we talked about me flying out and driving back together, but then my own adventure bug bit me. Why don't I ride my motorcycle out? My wife can take the motorcycle hitch carrier with her, allowing us to return together. Brilliant!!

The trip West is planned to start after work on July 11th and hopefully not take over a week. I've never ridden a motorcycle that far, my longest being a one day trek just over 200 miles. The KE has a top speed of roughly 55 mph and seems to cruise happily at 50 mph, has roughly 1.75 useable gallons in the tank and has averaged 42 mpg for me thus far. That means without carrying extra fuel it has a range of roughly 70 miles. The KE is a self metering 2 stroke, so I'll need a ready supply of 2 stroke oil as well. I really should start keeping track of it's oil usage as well. Knowing the miles per quart will definitely be helpful in the planning.

Last night using DeLorme Street Atlas and Google maps I started planning my route. Eliminating interstate usage, both agreed with primarily routing me along US-2, giving me a route of roughly 2200 miles. This route will have me pass through Glacier National Park on the Going to the Sun road. I truly enjoy the Glacier area and this will be my third time through, and knowing my wife, my forth time through will be on our way back.

Since fuel will be a big issue for me, I'm taking a close look to see the distance between towns and searching for fuel stops in those towns. Based on the overview, North Dakota and Montana will be the states that will give me the most trouble, so they are the states I'm starting my research with, Montana first. East to West I've researched about halfway across the state so far. I've found sections of road labelled "Old US Hwy 2" that I may just have to take and so far no distances between stations that I shouldn't be able to make without fuel to spare. I'm also taking into consideration that fuel stations actually close outside of metropolitan areas. Not sure if that will affect Sunday travel plans.

For sleeping, I'm torn between bringing lite camping gear or couch surfing. Camping will let me not have a set daily destination, which is how I've primarily traveled the past several years. Couch surfing will mean less to carry and most likely shorten the daily miles covered to ensure making the destination, but will increase interaction with locals. My KE currently has no provisions for carrying gear.

So, there's the plan so far. Feel free to make suggestion of things to see and do, planning and gear tips, offer me places to stay, etc.....
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:36 AM   #2
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Oh, Aaron.. you're a braver man than I.

See your screen name up there, IHateMyBike? You're likely to like it much less about 400 miles into this excursion.

Then on the other hand, people do it with scooters... more power to ya... I'm IN!
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:48 AM   #3
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This is just another odd-ball trip for me. I've done Route 66 in a well used Astro with over 300k miles that I bought for $250, stopping to play in Moab, UT on my way to Santa Monica. It's an AWD van, close enough to 4x4 for me. I've done several beatermobile road rallies from New York to New Orleans.

ihatemybike, has roots in my BMX freestyle riding as I've been told it appears that I hate my bike the way I ride it. Not sure how I'll feel about my little ZomBessy during or after this trip, but I enjoy the heck out of it currently.
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:52 AM   #4
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It certainly is an interesting challenge. Please take pictures, I am subscribed!!

If you drift as far south as Las Vegas, I have a couch with your name on it!!
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:00 AM   #5
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I'll definitely have a camera with me, might even step up to a smart phone for the trip.

Thanks for the couch offer, hopefully I don't get that far off course though.
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:51 PM   #6
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Love me sum crazy bastard ride reports!!!! I'm a first gen' BMX'er so feel free to post up some flatland pics!!! Didn't Peter Eagan do some distance work on KE 100?
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Old 01-31-2014, 02:04 PM   #7
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Definately looking forward to hearing about his journey.... Hope my info on gas tanks that i PMd you helps you out!

As for usb charging... All the typical chargers do is use some sort of reaistor to bleed off excess volts to get down to the usb 5v standard... Not an issue for 6v systems... Just bleeds off 1v instead of 7-8...
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Old 01-31-2014, 03:56 PM   #8
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As for usb charging... All the typical chargers do is use some sort of reaistor to bleed off excess volts to get down to the usb 5v standard... Not an issue for 6v systems... Just bleeds off 1v instead of 7-8...
The ones I've seen use some sort of switching requlator which apparently requires some "overhead" volts to regulate.

I grabbed one and measured the output. It was steady at 5.25 volts at 14 vdc. As the input was reduced it was steady until the input got down to 7.5 volts at which point the output started to drop. At 6.0 vdc input the output was about 4.7 volts with no load.

While it might power a device I think there could be a problem actually charging a battery.

Some testing of the devices you have is in order I think.
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:06 PM   #9
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Assuming the sun ever returns...

How about a solar USB device?
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Old 01-31-2014, 02:08 PM   #10
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Oh one question.... How much oil are you going to carry on your person? Not all gas stops will have 2t oil...granted you can go more than one stop on an oil tankful, its somewhere around 2:1 oil to gas tanks for me... But i wouldnt want to run out of oil... I usually try to top off the oil every fillup just to be safe LOL
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:46 AM   #11
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Also, i am the one with the vapor... Everything is up and running, and makes for a much nicer dash than stock... I cant find pics right now but i will post up some tonight hopefully ... Its a fairly straight forward install...
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:48 AM   #12
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Nevermind...LOL i found my youtube vid of it...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9hz...e_gdata_player
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:17 PM   #13
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All i had to do was high strength epoxy a magnet to the front hub and mount the sensor, Not terribly hard to do...as for cold weather riding, i pretty well park my bikes in the cold, because i dont have cold weather gear... However, if i can get some decent stuff im not opposed to it some time...lol
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:08 PM   #14
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As for the oil situation...LOL i just refill it at 2:1... I probably get about 3-350 miles off one tank of oil, i just dont want to run it down that much due to the graduated nature of the oil tank the bottom half goes much quicker than the top...i dont think i have ever run it past 2/3 empty on the oil tank... Not fond of dropping motors oit of bikes due tonlazy oil refilling...LOL
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Old 02-06-2014, 02:08 AM   #15
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I agree mate. No point in destroying a good engine just cause been too lazy to check.

I check the window on every first daily start. My bike sits higher due to `upgraded` suspension for more ground clearance. (TC has an under frame pipe, which I have very softly ground out twice. No dents, just scratches!) So it leans more on side stand, and bubble appears even though there`s about a third of tank left.

I also check the gearbox oil level every 2-3 days religiously. It has a blown seal on the shaft which controls the high/low shifter. It`s also N.L.A. So it leaves nice puddles where ever parked overnight, and a few drips when out n about. It`s not all bad, in almost 2000 miles I`ve only changed oil once 200 miles after I got it, can check the condition by looking at the puddle, and I`ve NEVER had to lube the chain!

Best part is, I use this 41 year old bike near every day, the oil leak means i`m always cycling it with fresh, clean gearbox oil!
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