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Old 02-20-2011, 05:07 PM   #31
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Will miss seeing you tagging, but will be following your adventure here.

Good luck in your travels.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:24 PM   #32
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I'm pretty sure you must have looked at them half a dozen times during your plotting, Skierd, but the Giant Loop Coyote will take everything you have in those bags and that duffel and hold it nice and low and close to the bike.

And... the whole thing will come off in about 15 seconds.

You have a place to hang out if your travels take you to this part of Montana. Given the current weather and snow, I wouldn't want to be arriving anytime soon, however...
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:31 PM   #33
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I think I'm going to wear out my Goldwing's foot pegs before I wear out the tires...
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:33 PM   #34
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+1 on the giant loop coyote. I just completed a trip like yours for similar reasons, and next one I go on all that is coming is my giant loop. good luck bud.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:42 PM   #35
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Off the road again...just can't wait to get off the road again.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:42 PM   #36
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Do me a favor and ride like the wind. I am married with two great kids and a job I Fing hate. I am in a life rut. I am currently looking into switching jobs to a company who has been pursuing me for the last 10 months. Once i make the transition I hope to be able to take vaction more frequently. I will get a month of vacation a year to start not a week a year after 10yrs of making the man serious cash.

Go and do it!!!!!!!!! Post up if and If you need help I will gladly support you.

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Old 02-20-2011, 06:15 PM   #37
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Ride safe Skierd. I'll be tuned in.
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:19 PM   #38
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I've looked at the giant loop multiple times, but at this point I 1)don't want to spend any more money on gear and 2) something about the GL setup doens't click with me. Can't put a finger on it. I think I'm going to be happy with what I've got going right now. Or I'll live with it and make do regardless.

Edit - And a massive thank you to all of you who have offered assistance or advice already! It means a lot to me.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:04 PM   #39
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First, best of luck in your venture!

re: carrying tubes on the WRR - I am very happy with the number plate bag from dirt-bike-gear:

Much, much more secure than a front fender bag for tubes (I tried using a fender bag for a front spare tube, but it bounced around way too much). Now I just keep light stuff in the front fender bag: mainly first aid, some spare duct and electrical tape, etc. Always out of the way, yet always there...

Give me a shout if you're near Charlotte NC & need anything - plenty of ADVers here who'd be glad to help out!
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:36 PM   #40
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I'm in

Skierd, know the feelings from when I was young, had the travel bug bad all my life, and got out there all over the world. Go man go!

If you're up in the Seattle area, PM me. You can borrow the BG fuel carrier I got from you, for going up to Prudhoe Bay, AK...
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:10 PM   #41
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This is going to be good.

Looking forward to reading more. I just found out that Wolfman has a new system called "Rolie" that is sort of a modular version of the Giant Loop bags. Kinda cool and not as expensive.

Ride on!
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:26 PM   #42
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:34 PM   #43
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Get it! When you get to southwest Colorado I'll be here if you need something

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Old 02-20-2011, 08:49 PM   #44
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:29 AM   #45
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Best of luck to you Dave! Going to miss you on the Md TOR. Glad you got a skill that can be used to make a few bucks when needed. I know another teacher who is now working with horses, simply because it's where his heart went.
Call if you want any equipment fab'd before leaving.
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