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Old 04-23-2012, 11:13 PM   #1
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The Banks Tour Return - North To Alaska

This journey started 7 months ago. The first part was recorded in a
separate thread, The Banks Tour - Fair to Outer. We had a great time
traveling across the US from our home in Fairbanks and then stored the bikes
in Woodinville Wa to fly home in November.
Tomorrow morning (Tuesday) we fly back and get the bikes out of storage,
hook up the batteries, and do some repairs on Cee's Moto Guzzi Norge.


I had installed an aftermarket electronic cruise control on the Norge
and it started acting up as the trip progressed. Over the winter I've
been in contact with the manufacturer and they have a plan of attack
for the repair. They've been great to work with and I expect we'll knock
this problem down quick. Then its new tires at both ends for both bikes.

This trip will take us down through southern Idaho after leaving Washington,
and then to Bozeman MT to witness our son and his wife graduate from MSU!
We'll spend some time in Montana touring and visiting before going east to
South Dakota to see Mt Rushmore and Crazyhorse Memorial. Next down
to Denver to see another son and family, wander a bit around Colorado
before starting a wander north to Alaska.
So stay tuned and I hope you enjoy our continuing story as much as we enjoy sharing it.

Wheels down, lets ride!

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Old 04-24-2012, 04:05 AM   #2
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Been looking forward to your trip home. Stay safe!
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:12 AM   #3
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Good luck and enjoy!
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:45 PM   #4
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Day 1 04242012 - Reunited

It was a pleasant flight from Fairbanks to Seatac and brother Ralph picked
us up and took us to the storage facility to get our bikes. We felt almost
giddy with excitement, like we were going to meet a dear old friend as we
were walking to the room where our bikes were stored, what would we find?
Would they be as we left them?

Is this the One?


This is the One!


After fiddling with the door latch for several minutes trying to get it open
we finally get inside and find:


Just as we left them last November! Yay!


So its time to hook up the batteries and see if they'll start, Yes they both
start right up and ready to go. But first we have to put some air into Cee's
back tire before we can roll them to the elevator to take them outside.


Soon both bikes are outside and we suit up for the short ride to Ralph's
house. Wow. That felt really good to be back in the saddle.


I wondered how I'd feel getting back on the bike but in the first few
minutes we both are right at home and ready to blast around the corners!!!

and I did.


Tomorrow we start work on repairing Cee's cruise control.

I'm ready, I mean really ready to ride again! "Me too," says Cee!
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:46 PM   #5
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I'm in early on this one.




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Old 04-25-2012, 05:55 PM   #6
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Repair Day

Today we're riding up to Marysville to see a tech who supports MC Cruise
electronic cruise controls and hope we can nail this problem to the ground!
The Moto Guzzi Norge does not come with an OEM cruise but Cee made
that a mandatory item when she was looking for a new bike last year.
MCCruise sells a specific kit for the Norge which I installed last year. It
worked well for the first week but became intermittent to full-on fail as
the eight week ride progressed. We tried a few things that helped but did
not resolve. So this spring I contacted Tony and Frank, who are MCCruise,
and they directed me to Mark Reis of MR Communications in Marysville
who is an authorized install and repair station.

We arrived at 10 and Cee began removing the side panels.


Mark made a repair to the vacuum system and started going through the test sequence






Testing complete I take the Guzzi out to I5 for a test run. All systems are go!
Cee is pretty happy that the cruise control is working again.

Now I must confess that this problem was self-inflicted. I made a deviation
from the very detailed install directions regarding the hook-up of the vacuum
feed to the cruise actuator by using an available vacuum port on a T fitting
on a throttle-body balancing line instead of using a dedicated vacuum port
from the right-hand throttle body. This resulted in poor to low vacuum
pressure available for the actuator and further caused excess fuel wetting
of the vacuum check valve and solenoids which contributed to loss of
vacuum. This came to light after Tony called me several weeks back,
they are in Australia, and we discussed the symptoms. I made note of the
install change I had made and he felt that could easily explain the
symptoms we were seeing as they had seen this before.

So fix was easy, I feel like a dope for causing the problem but Tony and
Frank of McCruise were extremely helpful in resolving this and even sent
a complement of parts to Mark to cover any eventuality. They build an
excellent and well thought-out product and if you're in the market for a
bike specific electronic cruise control they are the best!

I'll also say Mark Reis is a very competent technician and is a recommend
if you need motorcycle electrical work in the Seattle area. He knows his stuff!

Hopefully this will be the last issue with this.
Tomorrow we get new tires shod.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:32 PM   #7
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Been looking forward to your trip home. Stay safe!
Hey Rok, hope you've had success getting on the road too. Its good to hear
from you again. We've been patiently (not) waiting for the past six months
for this to come and to finish what we began. But we're not in any hurry to
point the front tire north so I'm looking at places I've never been before.
Its too easy to pick familiar roads. Glad you're along. SM


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Good luck and enjoy!
Hey Nanuq, have read some of your stuff too and enjoyed it. Thanks for
the comments.
SM
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:47 AM   #8
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Hey Solarmoose -

We are on the road and have been able to get out every month for a few days of riding for the past year - a record for us in the Northeast.

I hope you find some new and exciting, twisty roads to explore and I can't wait to read about them!

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Old 04-26-2012, 05:48 PM   #9
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Day 3 04262012

Tired

We wake up to a rainy but pretty morning.


Its a work-on-bikes day so we don't care. First we take the wheels off the bikes:


And take them to Seattle Cycle Center to have new tires mounted and balanced


It takes about an hour or so and all four are ready to go


Back to Ralph's garage and put them back on


Now bikes are ready to go. We'll be here visiting family till next Monday and then start our
eastward trek. But in the meantime we'll scuff the new tires in on the local twisties.

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Old 05-02-2012, 08:03 AM   #10
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Day 7 04302012

Monday Launch

We've spent the last couple days visiting family here and now the time has come to get on the road.



Hope we don't need chains, but its cooling down and raining


We stop for a break after going through Snoqualmie Pass, it was raining
and temps in the high 30's. The cameras didn't come out during that.


Fortunately the rain stopped after the pass and it warmed up to the high 40's




We get wet again






Today we're going to see some Alaskan friends who are fixing up a place
in Idaho, its a nice road down to their place




Hey Nathan, the gates locked


So we hang out for a few minutes and enjoy the sunshine.




Our bikes get bunked into the shop and we work on Cee's center stand.
It had broken in half today and had parts hanging down that we tie-wrapped
up to continue. So we removed the broken part. We'll call ahead and
order up some parts.
Cee could hear something making noise so I rode beside her to see what
was wrong. Not serious since we caught it before it could cause real trouble.


They have a beautiful place


A good first day back on the bikes. Wet and cold but the gear works and
we stayed warm.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:27 AM   #11
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Day 8 05012012

Tuesday - Ride South

We wake up to cold temps and threatening clouds, we wait for it to warm a
bit and then pack up. Its sleeting as we ride away. Was great to see the Powell brothers
Bill and Nathan. My brothers and I get together with these guys to ride sleds
in Alaskan mountains, and sometimes faraway places. Good friends.


Not long into the morning and a warning light comes on my bike's dash.
The brakes work ok so I'll hook up the code reader later and see what is
causing this. The pad-wear light comes on in the afternoon, that indicates
the brake pads are worn. I know they're ok and this is more likely a
failure in the delicate wire that runs to the brake caliper.


Cee waits while I check out the warning light


We ride through beautiful countryside


Snow isn't far above us and is beside the road in several places.


I stop to take some pictures of the Payette river






Today we stop in Boise for the evening


Tomorrow (Wednesday) we'll ride to Craters of the Moon

Where's my rocket pack?

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Old 05-02-2012, 01:13 PM   #12
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I enjoyed your last trip and RR. i'm watching this one too. ride safe!
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:15 PM   #13
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Gald you are out enjoying what brings a smile to your face (and keeps your helmets on).
Have fun and be safe!
Look forward to following along.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:01 AM   #14
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I enjoyed your last trip and RR. i'm watching this one too. ride safe!
Hi kitesurfer,
Glad you enjoyed that RR, we'll try to make this one as interesting too.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:05 AM   #15
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Gald you are out enjoying what brings a smile to your face (and keeps your helmets on).
Have fun and be safe!
Look forward to following along.
Paul
Paul,
It was great to meet you last winter. Hope your travels to the woods were fun.

oh, and Helmets are what keeps my head warm!
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