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Old 07-02-2012, 05:53 AM   #46
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You guys have fun and stay safe!
Looking forward to e-riding with you
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:03 AM   #47
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So Dave and I go to check the weather and see this.....




Pretty cool.

BTW it's a race to see who gets the picture up first.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:04 AM   #48
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There is a reason I don't contribut much to ride reports. I just drove 2,300 miles, and only have 5 pictures to show for it, and all five are of BBQ restaurants for the Smoke Chasing Grand Tour I am participating in.... but the five were in states I hadn't gotten yet.

The one thing I will mention is that the last three days is the hottest and sweatiest I have ever been on a motorcycle. Brutal temperatures all the way across the U.S. and ironically enough, the last 600 miles crossing Texas was the coolest day of the trip. I experimented with various forms of dress so that I could figure out how to safely ride long distances in the heat. I suspected going into this that the "not so widely accepted" IBA wisdom would be correct, but I had to prove it to myself. Above 93-95 degrees, mesh and venting at interstate speeds makes it worse. I went with high tech wicking long underwear and skull cap (all made by LD Comfort) underneath a Gore Tex shell. I left the cuffs wide open and a few vents open on the shell. Every couple of hours, I would soak the long sleeve shirt and skull cap in cold water, which would keep an air conditioning effect going on while at speed. If the temps dropped down closer to 90 degrees, I actually started to get chilly. I also made sure to drink tons of water and take electrolyte replacement pills throughout the day. Although I needed a cold shower, I felt great every night when I stopped riding.

On the way West I decided to check out the Natchez Trace Parkway which is a road run by the national park service that goes from the Nashville area to southwest Louisiana. I had been told that this was one of the must ride Harley destinations, but I decided to risk it anways. Even though it was Saturday, the traffic was light (probably due to the heat) and I was able to keep the speeds up for the 400+ miles i stayed on it. Speed limits are 50 most of the way and it is very similar to the Blue Ridge parkway, minus the elevation changes and tight turns. The scenery was enjoyable (I'll bet its much nicer in the fall) and a great break from the interstate.

The remainder of the time I stayed on the interstate in order to make good time. I'm in El Paso today to get fresh tires put on the bike and plan on checking out Antelope Wells tomorrow enroute to Deming.

Enjoy,
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:04 AM   #49
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Nice cool morning....even saw a couple hot air happiness when we looked out the front of the hotel...

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Old 07-02-2012, 06:05 AM   #50
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Another BuckFitty of joy.

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Old 07-02-2012, 06:07 AM   #51
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Nice cool morning....even saw a couple hot air happiness when we looked out the front of the hotel...
I think every year in the October timeframe there is a hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque. Last time I drove by it on launch day, I saw hundreds and hundreds of them taking off at the same time.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:39 AM   #52
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Notice how he makes that 990 look like a 450. Dude must be tall.
This guy was super nice, he not only stopped and chatted with me because Dave's bike stopped about a 1/2 mile behind me, but he got off at the next exit and was going to go back around to give Dave a hand. We got going again so he just got back on and caught up and chatted with Dave about his problem...I didn't get a name but he was headed to Santa Fe....THANKS!!
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:12 AM   #53
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Day 3 scenery shots

Here are a few shots of Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico country side. Since I grew up in the SE corner of Wyoming (Saratoga) I really enjoy the wide open spaces...some find it ugly and desolate but I find it relaxing....enjoy!










As everyone else has said it was way hot!! The great thing is that we all had a slightly different twist on how to keep cool. I was wetting my shirt down and closed all my vents except my rear exhaust vents and with the wind coming up my sleeves I stayed pretty cool. I tried the ice down the back of the shirt trick and it worked pretty well but I decided to stick with the shirt wetting trick. The temps were usually in the mid 90's by 10:00 and usually by noon it was over 100 degrees and stayed that way until late in the day. When it got back into the mid to low 90's we were pretty happy. All the motorcycle shops are closed today so we have to wait until tomorrow to get our tires changed out. That's OK though since it will give us some time to tidy a few things up before the push starts. So far we are on schedule and even with the few problems we had we were still able to stay on track.
Temps stayed in the reasonable range until we came into Albuquerque where it spiked.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:13 AM   #54
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My loaner bike while my tires are being changed, a 250 rebel. It is so short I feel like I am on a big wheel.



And some tex-mex breakfast food porn, love those fresh tortillas.

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Old 07-02-2012, 10:53 AM   #55
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Great RR everyone! Keep up the good work.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:08 AM   #56
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So got a bit of maintence done this morning. Adjusted and re-routed the fuel venting lines and flushed the radiator and added some cooling addative.

Erik was quite helpfull with his surgical skills trimming the plastic for the hose routing

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Old 07-02-2012, 11:24 AM   #57
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My new tires were put on faster than I could go out to eat breakfast. If you need work done in this part of the country (vicinity of El Paso), I highly recommend RPM Cycles. Richie is a one-man show, but call him beforehand and he will tell if he can do it. Reasonable price, no BS and friendly advice from an experienced dual sportier and mechanic.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:07 PM   #58
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On the KTM tank issues - I did the CDT about 2 years ago on a 950 and when the temp started getting up there my fuel tank started playing up - the ventilation that evened out both tanks started . . .. well not evening the tanks - so it would force the fuel from one and into the other and then start to spill (under pressure) out the filler cap -

Long story short - I tried Flapendectomy on it and it seem to sort things out
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http://www.ktm950.info/how/ktm_950_issues.html


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Old 07-02-2012, 05:33 PM   #59
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What, the accomidations didn't have a sink?
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:48 PM   #60
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Day 4: "D" is for Day off

Miles today: 0
Miles total: 1914
Final location: Albuquerque, NM

Today, we had a nice leisurely day around Albuquerque. At first, I was sort of mad that so many cycle shops are open on Mondays, and we probably could have easily found a place to stuff some tires on. But later in the day, I was really happy not have thrown a leg over the bikes today.

First things first, when traveling with two germans, one should understand their point of view. So, here's today's primer on germans:


We had some more pressing issues to deal with. First things to tend to, a Katoom canistorectomy re-plumbing.

Semper Gumby staging his tools:


Dave has completed his feild canistorectomy bypass:


He also changed out the coolant




Apparently, it might also need a flapendectomy, but that will have to wait for home.

Patrick is also doing the CDR. He's on ADV a bit, and we'll probably be playing leap frog with him:


This about the third kid that has glombed onto J4S. I am begining to think he's got some 'splaining to do, as they all call him "daddy".


First, we stopped by a KTM dealer for another 18" tube.

Saw some nice sleds






Never seen this many Katooms in one place


Maybe they secretly want to convert:







This KLR had a nice attachment for the the rear bags


Then after a quick stop at Target, off to ride the Sandia tram



Tram wheel house:


Ride up








The two trams are actually powered/counterbalanced mostly by eachother:










Dinner on the hill was fab. Relaxing atmosphere:


A bit of food porn






The tram line top:




The ski museum:

American invention:




TTRU prototype prodder:


J4S has this fortune in his wallet. I guess I am only scared that his Medjet assist is right behind that saying!


Lakota and Jarlie have rondezvoused with us. Only missing character is RFlagg. Tomorrow, off to get new skins on the bikes and head to Deming. We are all well rested and looking forward to the coming days. However, the weather forecast may not hold out:
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