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Old 06-03-2015, 01:09 PM   #1
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Sonoran Hope and Madness

Give me hope. Ah, sweet madness.
Struggle, volcanoes, and iron and sadness.
A dusty place to kiss the ground.
An empty place to cry out loud.

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The AZBDR has been calling me home long before it ever existed.
I cut my teeth on moto-adventuring during my grad school stint in AZ 03-08.
Been aching to get back, and now is the time.

This trip is planned to have two phases- Group Ride and Solo Ride.
Two fellow OK riders and I depart Tulsa, OK on Saturday June 6th with a truck and 3 bikes.
We will ride the AZBDR S to N and part ways after completion.
Then I will do some solo bumming/exploring in AZ, MX, and NM before heading home.
Trip planning has been minimal, but we have maps, tracks, and a will to survive.
Let's see how this goes...

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OkieTrailBoss - Burt - DRZ400E
FatBob - Bob - TE610
DirtyDog - JD - 520EXC



We'll be documenting some highlights here during the trip and may post some helmet cam videos upon return home.

Track our progress here with my SPOT Tracker-
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* Note, the dynamic map has now been replaced with a static image showing the coordinates of all our SPOT messages.
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Old 06-03-2015, 01:37 PM   #2
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:02 PM   #3
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I don't think I've ever expended this much effort, $, or time prepping for a ride. Not even when I did the TAT solo.

Although we've had this trip planned for months, a few short weeks ago, my bike motor grenaded (camshaft bearings failed). It has been a scramble to get done, but tonight I finally put the last pieces together making it run and idle. I have ridden it yesterday and today, but I felt that the carb needed cleaning for a proper idle. Now she purrs.

I've rebuilt my KLR and KDX, but this bike was new to me since winter and I hadn't really done much wrenching on it. Well, I jumped into the fire this time- it's a comparatively complex machine. Complex enough that I had to leave the beer in the fridge.

I was about to split the case when I finally located ball bearings #13 and 14 in a location I hoped to find them based on the schematics.




They (and #'s 1-12) didn't do much damage aside from the top end.

Here's a list of all the shit I have had to do over the past few weeks to get this bike ready.

Engine
Remove motor and find loose ball bearings
Stage-1 Hot Cam
New cam bearings + cam chain link
New water pump seals
New tappet
Install motor and reassemble all peripherals
Adjust valves
Engine oil, filters, and screens (2x)
New air filter and sparkplug
Clean carb
Remove/replace countershaft seal

Frame
Remove/replace swingarm bearings
Clean and seal airbox
Weld cracked subframe and add gussets
Install skid plate

Drive
Mount new tires
Remove/replace wheel bearings
Balance rims
Install new chain (and sprockets)
New brake pads

Gear
Design and sew soft luggage harness
Weld harness mounts

Burt is a machinist and has helped me with some of these critical components. I also owe a big thanks to Crash217 (Jon) for being a wealth of KTM repair knowledge.

From what I've heard from Burt and Bob, their prep is down to the wire also, although not as critical. Burt was still fabbing his luggage racks last night and I think Bob just finished his over the weekend.

I'm sure we'll be ready to roll Saturday morning.
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Old 06-03-2015, 11:13 PM   #4
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My racks are finished now just change a tire and oil and ready to go
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:54 AM   #5
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Old 06-04-2015, 07:15 AM   #6
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:06 AM   #7
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:26 AM   #8
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:05 AM   #9
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My cousin and I completed the AZBDR two weeks ago. You guys are riding smaller bikes and should have no issues.
Good luck with your trip
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:12 AM   #10
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My racks are finished...
Looks great, Burt.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:18 AM   #11
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Have a great ride!

DirtyDog et al,
I will be travelling from Arizona to Colorado on the 5th of June and riding my Yamaha up to Carbondale,CO to leave it for the summer. I sure would have liked to have been around to hook up with you guys somewhere and see you. Be safe and have fun! I will check in on this thread for updates. Take care! Mike
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DirtyDog et al,
I will be travelling from Arizona to Colorado on the 5th of June and riding my Yamaha up to Carbondale,CO to leave it for the summer. I sure would have liked to have been around to hook up with you guys somewhere and see you. Be safe and have fun! I will check in on this thread for updates. Take care! Mike
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:14 AM   #13
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IN!... Let me know if you need anything. I have spare soft luggage and soft rack mounting system amongst other crap for living off a bike. I know how to do some damage with a wrench too if needed, but looks like you got that already.
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You see. Chopper Copper makes and appearance and all of a sudden we get a visit from the NSA!



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Old 06-04-2015, 11:46 AM   #15
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IN!... Let me know if you need anything. I have spare soft luggage and soft rack mounting system amongst other crap for living off a bike. I know how to do some damage with a wrench too if needed, but looks like you got that already.
Thanks, Johnny-come-lately.

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You see. Chopper Copper makes and appearance and all of a sudden we get a visit from the NSA!



He's a snitch.

Hey, Mike. Sorry we'll miss you.
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