2.5 Bikes, 2 Riders, 9 wheels

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by stewy (Aus), Jun 4, 2013.

  1. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Look forward to you guys making it out here, you might even find a surprise or two waiting for you when you get here.

    :eek1

    :deal
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  2. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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  3. kvsoldseca

    kvsoldseca Been here awhile

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    in for the awesome.

    Kudos to you sir (and the wife) for embracing life and making the best of the cards your dealt. :clap
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  4. stewy (Aus)

    stewy (Aus) searching for a ride

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    damn post lost.....will retype:baldy
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  5. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    :clap
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  6. RxRick

    RxRick Seeker of Trout

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    This looks like the coolest story ever. Definitely subscribed.

    I live in Long Beach (part of the L.A. megalopolis, about 25 miles south of LAX). I have a spare bedroom (downstairs) if you don't already have arrangements. You're welcome to it.

    --RxRick
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  7. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Sarah

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    This is weird, I'm getting Grrrl's posts in my inbox but none of them are showing on the thread. Is she somehow blocked from posting?
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  8. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    I can see her post in this thread.
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  9. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a great adventure for sure! Looking forward to the ride! Of course, what a great BIKE!
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  10. stewy (Aus)

    stewy (Aus) searching for a ride

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    thanks for the feedback guys, heres hoping we get a chance to meet and share either a bit of road with you guys or at least a beer or 3 .

    So the KTM is where most of the questions are. So will give a quick run down.

    It's been custom built to suit Lenna, like other para's everyone wanted to throw her on a can-am, after trialling her on one and I also tested it we came to the decision (not offense to anyone that owns one, but it just wasn't for us) that all they did was take the worst parts of a car and combine that with the worst parts of motorcycling. For us it the way a motorcycle corners that truly make them unique. It was then that was when I we decided if we were going to do it, it would have to include the best things about riding and for us that thrill was cornering.

    Where the can am makes hard work of cornering fighting the nature of force a motorcycle works nicely in this manner and therefore works much better for a rider with limited torso strength.
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    [FONT=&quot]Can am I believe are working on something similar but when I contacted them a few years ago about it, it was a bit of a pipe dream, and we couldn't wait, looked into what else was available when we found the trike conversion though it wasn&#8217;t suitable for a paraplegic so we designed a system that would work for her.[/FONT]

    It's not a one size fits all, everything from the seat base (which you can't see) to controls are all custom built to suit Lenna needs.

    Does it have its limits? It's sure does, you can only lean it so far before you run out of lean angle.

    So their are challenges that we face on rides, like blind turns that tighten, if Lenna reads the entry to the turn incorrectly and get in hot, she can't shift her weight to the to the inside to tighten the her line and once she hits the bump stop that is as tight as she can turn.

    One way we found to get around said problems was to use com's between the bikes, (we had a friend loan us bike to bike com's recently where we could talk between each other in live time), and found this gave her quiet a increased safety margin as I could give her for warning on road conditions, turns, and corner layouts (blind approachs etc) sort like giving her rally type notes/markers on each approaching turn allowing her to enter turns with confidence that she wasn't going to run out of turn.

    This then left us with a question mark as to should we run com's on the trip. The budget was getting a bit tight and most allocated but felt these com's where a must for our situation.

    We approached RocketMOTO (Adam who is a vendor on this site and offers discount to ADVriders) about getting a set of Sena SMH10 to run between the bikes and after explaining the story above, Rocket MOTO offer to donate a set to the cause. Wow, what a generous offer. I can't thank Adam and RocketMOTO enough for his offer to help a fellow rider return to road riding and also making it as safe as possible for her.

    Since then we have discovered that other riders running the Sena headset will be able to join us in conversation (upto 4 I think) while riding with us, so if you keen to meet up with us and wanna join us for a spin and have a chat to us as we cross the country or if you want to point out the sights or just join in on our game of I spy along the way (which Lenna is crap at by the way, you have been pre warned) please drop Adam a line at Rocketmoto.com and grab a Sena headset, from the quick trial run we had using them here in Australia, these should make for a super fun and entertaining banter or if your lucky you might hear Lenna get a bit carried away and start singing lalalala for the 10 weeks. Either way it changed our riding/touring, some argue it takes your attention away for us, it's certainly makes things safer for Lenna and gives her more time to react/prepare for upcoming hazards. So if you wanna get in on the fun please support a Vendor that is willing to help out other riders.

    Again thanks to the team at Rocket MOTO for supplying us with a set of these headsets.


    Can't wait to get this trip underway


    Bikes left yesterday and we leave tomorrow... there is a bit more to the story of the bikes going, will post that story up soon
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  11. guitstik

    guitstik Been here awhile

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    Frigging awsome. I had often wondered what I would do if I were in Lenna's situation, don't ask I'm just strange that way. It is wonderful to see her living life on her own terms and not letting a little hick-up change anything.

    When you get to Arkansas you must check out the roads around Eureka Springs. I have ridden them and Deals Gap and I like ES better. While you are there you will have to go for a soak as well they are supposed to have magical healing powers, I don't know if it's true but it sure feel's good after being in the saddle for days on end (pun alert).

    When you get to Memphis give me a holler and I can put you up and feed ya barbecue for a few days. God speed and safe travels.

    P.S. our home is wheelchair friendly with wide doors and plenty of room to move around in and a black lab to handle your every need as long as your only need is to rub a black labs belly.
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  12. A.S.F.

    A.S.F. Adventurer

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    Might I suggest :evil, Mad River to Weaverville and then over hwy3. Just stunning in parts. Also in that area, the Gazelle Callahan Rd. is much more scenic than going through Etna.

    Also if you need a place to stay in the Medford area, I have a big back yard(camping) or and extra room, that your welcome to.
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  13. stewy (Aus)

    stewy (Aus) searching for a ride

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    We're excited to finally be in Los Angeles and enjoying the sunshine, it's much nicer than the weather we left behind in Australia!Anyone want to catch up with us for dinner? Either tonight or tomorrow night we are free.You can message or call us on: 3235575291
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  14. stewy (Aus)

    stewy (Aus) searching for a ride

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    We're excited to finally be in Los Angeles and enjoying the sunshine, it's much nicer than the weather we left behind in Australia!Anyone want to catch up with us for dinner? Either tonight or tomorrow night we are free.You can message or call us on: 3235575291
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  15. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    Location:
    Tampa Fl
    I would, but I'm in the wrong side of the country. lol
    Glad you made it, hope you enjoy your trip and make sure to take lots of pictures.
    #35
  16. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4,099
    Location:
    Glendora, Ca
    We since the OP has not updated this in a few days thought I would share with the collective.

    So the bikes got to my garage on Monday, after they spent the weekend exploring the marvels that are LA :huh

    Willingly I might add...

    Over the weekend the trailer arrive from MotoMule.

    As usual his stuff is top notch, I was done with my work on the 990 and since the tools were already out...

    From this

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    to this

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    So Monday the bikes are at the garage and Stewy discovers there are electrical issues with the 690

    [​IMG]

    Turns out he was using a thermal switch as a distribution block for the hot side. It was old and due to the age causing it to trigger when power was applied. Think of this as a resettable fuse that is thermally activated.

    Well we got that SOB out of there.

    [​IMG]

    After doing some more investigating the wiring was very complex but the connections were sub-standard.

    So we spent a couple of hours with the soldering gun and got it all sorted, after soldering all the connections we heat shrunk them, applied dielectric grease and buttoned it all back up.

    At this moment they are on their way to Las Vegas, saw them off this morning in the AM before work.

    [​IMG]
    #36
  17. Shooby

    Shooby Anti-Cager

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,014
    Location:
    San Diego
    :clap
    #37
  18. Bluebone

    Bluebone straight to hell

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2012
    Oddometer:
    4,329
    Location:
    Haysville, KS
    i'm definitely not missing out on this one!
    #38
  19. RokLobster

    RokLobster Far from sanity

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2011
    Oddometer:
    86
    Location:
    New Harbor, ME
    Incredible....you are awesome Lenna! :clap:clap

    Looking forward to following your journey. If you change your path and end up in Maine, give a shout out - would love to ride with you!
    #39
  20. stewy (Aus)

    stewy (Aus) searching for a ride

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2008
    Oddometer:
    46
    Location:
    Melb. Victoria
    Hi guys been a long couple of days yes we are finally on the road well atleast for the day, had an issue with the the ktm today spent a couple of hours trying to fix it roadside, got it good enough to limp about 120miles intod a machinist in las vegas to make up some shims now though......

    As dave has already posted we bought a motomule from mike, beautiful piece of equipment and tows nicely behind the dl650, considering how much longer then stock I had it made to hold the wheelchair.

    To dave as has been said in other threads, this bloke is just truly amazing, we can't thank you enough for the help getting everything sorted, a place to stash stuff and for just opening up you home to complete strangers and helping us live our dreams.

    Anyway of to grab some grub, will upload some pictures of the last couple of days after that
    #40