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Old 07-28-2014, 11:15 PM   #16
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Been in the road two weeks. Rode roughly 1200 miles before getting to Cortez, Co where I rode the COBDR and an awesome 675 miles off road. Finished the route today and now my bike is acting up... Staying in Craig, Co and hopefully figuring out why its making this horrendous knocking sound. A couple riders think it's my water pump... Been an epic adventure. Wish I could upload photos from my phone.

27 riders started the KLR rally and so far only 8 have finished.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:35 PM   #17
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I'm doing the opposite: leaving Albuquerque in the next couple months and moving back home to Washington state. We should compare notes.

Where in NM will you end up? There's lots of good riders here and year round riding in the dry.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:06 AM   #18
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I'll be just outside of Albuquerque, in Rio rancho. I got a small taste of the riding in NM on my way to Cortez from Dixon. Blew my mind. I had met a rider who also informed me that Rio rancho was right on the edge the desert with some pretty awesome riding. Looking forward to solving my issue with the KLR so I can get down there and start working...
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:48 AM   #19
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here are some photos of my 2,000 mile journey. Washington to Idaho, Montana, Idaho again, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, back to Colorado and back to New Mexico. My bike ran damn near flawless about 90% of the route until the last stretch. still figuring out whats wrong with it.


















I'll be working on a ride report sometime in the future...
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:29 AM   #20
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Good start Roach.
I will have to read back through re the bike probs, & the big yellow bag you've had to add along the way...it's just you on the bike right?

Good luck with the bike issue.
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:53 PM   #21
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The yellow Wolfman are clothes, chef coats, shoes and other things I need for the move to NM but not for the KLR rally and such. So glad I didn't have it with me climbing the 10,000 ft passes hahaha
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:34 PM   #22
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started my ride report today ...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...0#post24832790
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:18 PM   #23
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The yellow Wolfman are clothes, chef coats, shoes and other things I need for the move to NM but not for the KLR rally and such. So glad I didn't have it with me climbing the 10,000 ft passes hahaha
Yeah i have 1, great bag but sits high. Any way that you can send contents on to your destination in a box, maybe you use it along the way for occassional work...
I suppose the saddle bags (boxes) keep most weight down low.

So are you scanning the KLR websites for guidance on the engine prob?
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:37 PM   #24
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Yeah i have 1, great bag but sits high. Any way that you can send contents on to your destination in a box, maybe you use it along the way for occassional work...
I suppose the saddle bags (boxes) keep most weight down low.

So are you scanning the KLR websites for guidance on the engine prob?
I was able to unload and leave the 35lb Wolfman bag at another riders house in northern new Mexico for the rest of the ride. Put the front tire on down there and also had rear tire waiting for me there as well. Mt21 front and d606 rear were a great combo for the off reading in NM and CO.

I've searched and searched and asked about the noise the engine makes but no luck. I have to tear into the bike to know for sure. Im too chicken shit and I dont have any gaskets or cash to take it somewhere. Gotta find some work. Which sucks cause I need the bike to get to and from work when I find one lol
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Old 10-18-2014, 12:35 AM   #25
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:40 AM   #26
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Guess the bike's running ok? Did you ride it til it broke (the easy way to figure out what a weird noise is), or manage to diagnose it?
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Old 10-18-2014, 02:36 PM   #27
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Guess the bike's running ok? Did you ride it til it broke (the easy way to figure out what a weird noise is), or manage to diagnose it?
Still don't know exactly what happened, but the bottom.end bearings pooped out on me. Luckily, I was able to ride all the way to new Mexico still do the COBDR with 30 other KLRistas before the bottom end started with a nasty knocking sound on the very last day of the COBDR.

A rider I met along the way and rode with for the COBDR had a donor motor back in California and when he got home he shipped it to me.

I did the swap myself. And im still amazed I was able to do it. The back has been running since about mid September. I made it to Albuquerque and I'm working again, which is awesome.

The riding down here is just ridiculous. Its still 70 degrees and blue skies and I love it.

I'll be working on my ride report when I get to a computer. Lots to update.

I miss the PNW but I'm so glad I decided to do this journey. Step 1 of 3 complete...
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:01 PM   #28
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Nice, Roach!
Good Luck, and keep posting pics until you get that RR sorted
Colorado's 13,000+ ft Imogene Pass. Gotta go someday....
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:34 AM   #29
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Old 10-19-2014, 11:24 AM   #30
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Wow, intense! Grats on doing the swap; pretty much anything on the bike is like that, seems impossible but you just do it step by step until you're done!
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