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Old 03-22-2014, 08:39 PM   #166
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No shims and I haven't looked into different main jets yet.

I'm definitely preparing myself for the power loss at altitude. I've previously posted horsepower loss calculations.

I'm definitely not going to be in that big of a hurry and I'll be off the beaten path quite a bit. The bike's range means that I'll be stopping in almost every little town I pass through once I enter North Dakota, which I don't see as a bad thing. While currently living in a suburb of Chicago, I grew up in a town with a population of only 1700 people. My definition of a bigger town is one that has it's own grocery store. Based on my Google and GasBuddy research, I shouldn't have a problem going from town to town, it's when I start playing with more interesting routes that I start pushing my range.

Pretty much everything you said you'd do is my plan. Traveling as light as possible.


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Route: E Montana
Route: M Montana
Route: NW Montana
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Old 03-23-2014, 02:03 PM   #167
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I picked up a KE100 a couple months ago, looking forward to seeing how this plays out!
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:06 PM   #168
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KrazE100 riding through North Dakota - July 11-19, 2014

Because I am the foolish sort, I'm riding my Kawasaki KE100 from Chicago to Bow, WA where my wife will be working on a tree farm. It's not the fastest of bikes, but it's fun. Current plan is to mostly use US-2. I also have an affinity to ride roads where "Old" has been added to its designation. The bike currently has a range of about 75 miles before hitting the reserve, but I'm working on extending it through tuning, bigger tank and maybe a extra fuel can.

Looking for suggestions to make my trip a bit more interesting. Dirt, gravel, weird things everything's open.

Here's my current route with focus on fuel stops.
Route: North Dakota

The main trip planning thread is here KE100 - Slow ride Chicago to Pacific Northwest.
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:06 PM   #169
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:56 AM   #170
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One thread per trip, please.

Merged into your trip planning thread.
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:44 PM   #171
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In the plains states where most of the country is a mile-square grid of roads, you can parallel the highway a mile or two away on gravel and still hit all the towns. Even more than you have mapped out. If you get tired of the slab and traffic. I've also made use of railroads and other frontage roads to stay off busy highways.

I hope all the gas stations that you are counting on are actually there. A lot of the little towns are getting closed down and boarded up. I discovered one time on a ride across west Texas that what looked like decent towns on the map were often just tumbling tumbleweeds. Cut it very close a couple times pushing a headwind that made me use more gas than usual. And that was on a bike that has twice the range you have. I probably passed some gas stations that I wouldn't have if I knew that the next couple towns were deserted. But I figured I could always start knocking on doors and buy a gallon from somebody if it came to that. -al
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:56 AM   #172
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I'm using GasBuddy.com to locate the gas stations. Zooming the Gas Price Heat Map in so the scale is set to 2mi and changing the time limit I can see where active stations are located and which ones I should call before attempting to reach them.
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:34 AM   #173
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I'm using GasBuddy.com to locate the gas stations. Zooming the Gas Price Heat Map in so the scale is set to 2mi and changing the time limit I can see where active stations are located and which ones I should call before attempting to reach them.
Enter "gas stations" in the Google Maps search block. Lotsa little red dots show up where you might not expect. I've run across other gas stops that don't show on either GasBuddy or GM.
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:37 AM   #174
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Yeah, I've been doing the Google Map thing too.

gas near:Saint Mary, MT

I've been verifying locations with the satellite view and ones the I don't see updates for I try Street Level to see if it still looked in use when they drove by.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:43 AM   #175
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Looks pretty good so far.

Chicago / Mississippi River / N Dakota
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:20 PM   #176
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Looks pretty good so far.

Chicago / Mississippi River / N Dakota
If you'll catch Stagecoach Trail at Lena, IL and take that to Warren, IL and catch County W just north of town, across the state line, it will put you on U.S. 151 on the far north side of Dubuque.

You'll spare yourself some heavy truck traffic by doing that.

I'd also suggest bringing IL 72 across from Genoa, IL towards Freeport, as well.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:56 PM   #177
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Dubuque started to be looking out of the way and the roads just North of it aren't that close to the river.

Till the next good suggestion....
Chicago / Mississippi River / N Dakota
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:17 AM   #178
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Are you going to take the TWAT route to Prairie Du Chein?
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:33 AM   #179
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Sunday's looking good for the first practice ride.

Elgin to Dubuque
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:42 AM   #180
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Are you going to take the TWAT route to Prairie Du Chein?
That would be a cool idea. The TWAT is a good ride!
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