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Old 08-08-2014, 02:57 PM   #1
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Alaska, life lessons, and 'good' friends.

Update 8/15/2014: Link to my Spot tracker

The trip hasn't even happened yet (I leave for Alaska next week) yet the adventure is already a month old!

The Plan: Houston to Alaska and back. going to cheat and skip the first 2500 miles buy shipping the bikes to Seattle. This was an acceptable cheat in our minds, all of us have done the TX > WA> TX at least once by bike. Then toss in the time frame of only 2 weeks, it just made sense.

So, a little over a month ago, i did the final bit of maintenance, new tires, fresh oil, and loaded the bike up and vid bon voyage!

June 30th 2014.


that's my bike on the rear, a Silver 2002 Yamaha FZ1.

Things were going great.... then i got this txt message on July 8th, 2014...


Robert: man, your bike got damaged.





brakes, we don't need no stinking brakes!


Short Short version, trailer hit guard rail, rear straps broke, bike upside down on its nose with only the front straps holding it.

well crap, now what! You cant keep a good man down!
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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Holy Crap!

Sorry to hear man! I am contemplating shipping mine and reading up on it now! :(

Hopefully they do you right and fix it up fast!

Best of luck!
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:05 PM   #3
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Well that sucks, man. Best of luck getting it back on the road. Cant wait to see the RR
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:29 PM   #4
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Date: July 9th. Days till trip, 38..... your bike just got destroyed! It's in Seattle, your in Houston.

options...
  • Repair bike
  • Replace bike
  • Cry like a pansy

option #2 is the logical choice.

ok, replace the bike, your objective find a good enough gen 1 FZ1, so you can part swap and still save the trip! and you only have 2 - 3 weeks.

No Problem!

craigslist, ebay, local to Houston (400 miles), local to Seattle? Texas options are all... not good candidates, or too damn good and get sold before I can straighten out finances. Seattle options, way more expensive vs their Texas counterparts!

tick tick tick....

July 12th, Saturday, the FZ1 prospects are looking slim, start looking at "other bikes" FJR1300 bubbles to the top of the list. Ebay, craislist....looking looking looking.

July 19th! 2007 FJR1300


While this bike has plenty of extras, needs different windshield, hwy pegs, a tail bag. It's Christmas in July with all the packages and amazon boxes showing up! I put a little over 400 miles on the new bike, address any final service needs, new tires and bolt on some creature comfort stuff, add my GPS.... it's busy over the next few weeks

27 days and counting..... Little did I know that the forecast was for some rocky weather heading my way.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:37 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear about your misfortune.

I'm traveling with a couple of buddies to Alaska next summer, and our plan is to ride up and then ship the bikes back back to SoCal. There are generally lots of empty container coming southbound.

There was discussion about shipping the bikes up and then riding them back, but we decided that if they got damaged it would be better to happen on the return trip! Sad to see that it actually happened to you.

I rode up there in '96 and dropped the bike off in Anchorage with all the camping gear and things I had bought. It worked out great.

Have a safe trip.

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Old 08-08-2014, 10:13 PM   #6
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OK, I'm in.

I mean, what else could go wrong?

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Old 08-11-2014, 12:41 PM   #7
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so, were was i?

ahh... days till trip. 27...

July 21:
I start hearing through the grapevine that one of my long time riding buddies is upsetup that my new to me 2007 fjr1300a, is the exact same bike as his, and this has made him upset...

July 21st to July 28th

Yup, one of the guy going on the trip is upset at me, because I have bought the same color bike and everything just like his, and this has upset him to no end. He is talking about not going, riding solo ... Meanwhile I have been busy getting the new bike ready for shipping to Seattle.

July 28th I call my friend, and we talk, and work things out.

Aug 1st, Shipping bike #2!


Yes things are going well!

Aug 3rd........ Motorcycle faux pas?

days till trip 12!
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:33 PM   #8
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wow... i go on motorcyle trips to get away from "drama"
you're friend was hurt that bad because you bought the same bike as him while in a bind?

you better give that delicate flower a participation medal up front to let him know everybody is a winner.



You should suggest matching riding suits too.



Sorry about the FZ1
I'm in... just to see what else happens...
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:54 PM   #9
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My first thoughts when seeing the pic of the bikes on the trailer were: They're shipping them like that?!!! On the kick stands? With no wheel chocks? From TX to WA state?!!! The trailer looks tired, with banged up fenders. Oh, this does not look good.

All of that was before scrolling down to learn you had a problem in shipping. Not trying to kick a guy when he's down, but that had mess written all over it before they even pulled away from the curb.

Kudos to you for finding a way to make your trip still happen. Bad Juju to your "friend" for being upset you bought a matching motorcycle to his. Do you really need people like that in your life?
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:00 PM   #10
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July 21:
I start hearing through the grapevine that one of my long time riding buddies is upsetup that my new to me 2007 fjr1300a, is the exact same bike as his, and this has made him upset...

July 21st to July 28th

Yup, one of the guy going on the trip is upset at me, because I have bought the same color bike and everything just like his, and this has upset him to no end. He is talking about not going, riding solo ... Meanwhile I have been busy getting the new bike ready for shipping to Seattle.
That's the most ridiculous thing ever.
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:11 PM   #11
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free wifi on the plane!!

Seattle Bound!
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:12 PM   #12
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Ok, this might be my last update for a few days!

made it Seattle and picked up the bike!



Internet access will be unpredictable over the next few days.

Tomorrow I enter Canada heading north!

To my other friends in the area, have fun! and enjoy the ride!
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:16 PM   #13
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:20 PM   #14
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had a 20min layover in Vegas baby! *

just enough time to loose $5!
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:01 PM   #15
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we demand pics of friend being angry at the fjr!!!

haha, looks like the ride is getting going
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