950 S-new look, new mods, new year

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by cjracer, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    For us 950 ADV rider that need a little extra storage space, replace the rear fender piece and license plate holder plastic from pieces off of the 990 ADV.

    Rear fender under seat panel runs about $30 for unpainted black and the license plate holder piece is about $13.

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    Not sure what's going in there yet.

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    Where did all that dirt come from????

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    rear fender, under seat pan #

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    The under seat storage space on the 990 ADV is used to hold the ABS unit, some trimming of extra plastic to clean up the area is required.

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    The shiny piece is a plug I made to fill the hole for the stock drain plug. The 2into1 pipe runs right there and would have melted it. I moved it to the other side by drilling a new hole w/ a spade drill bit for wood.

    Drilled two holes to mount the seat release as the new side panels do not have tabs for that. Good eye and luck are required to get them in the correct place.

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    Some plastic spacers from ACE (to save weight :D ) and it mounted up pretty well.

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    Reinstall all the original grommets, hopefully you drilled the holes the correct size before painting.:thumb

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    Put on some stickers to finish it off.
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    I'm too cheap to by a new 990S, so I made my own version.
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  2. judjonzz

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    Nice work, CJ. Are you coming up to the cities on Saturday?
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  3. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    Great ride report and I am Lovin' the way your bike's commin' out! :clap Very trick stuff. Homegrown 2 into1, see-through clutch cover, too great! You Sir, are the man! :bow
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  4. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Jud, What are you doing up?

    It's way past your bed time.:lol3

    Sure am. :thumb

    Katie and I are heading out in the morn. Was hoping to take the bikes, but w/ the snow, rain coming, I don't want her to kill me.
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  5. judjonzz

    judjonzz Beastly

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    That was a good time. My ass is beat. I'm sure glad i don't have to drive to M'waukee today.
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  6. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    That was a great time,:freaky Nice to see the gang again. We just got home a little bit ago, Need to take a load off. Ride w/ you soon.

    CJ
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  7. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Sun Feb 10

    It's 60F at 7:30am and sunny when we get ready to head out.
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    This group will be split up again.
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    (Group pic taken the day before on the beach before lunch)

    Jud was having issues w/ an ill running bike and Marty had proven that a scooter can be ridden through Copper Canyon so he would head back via pavement w/ Jud.

    Katie would be staying back for a few days and take the train solo to Creel.
    It's always an odd feeling saying goodbye to her there. She's got a great head on her shoulders and knows Spanish much better than many in the group, but none the less I still worry. What if.....????

    Everyone on bikes meet up at the corner gas station to top off, ready for a long day of unknowns and adventure. No one in this group had done this route into Sinforosa Canyon before. I think 3 of us had GPS tracks from Charlie. I was leading and Craig O was tailing to keep track of everyone.

    I'll be bumming pics from the group as Katie had the camera for the next few days.

    Heading East from El Fuerte was a nice climb back into the foot hills. The roads snaked along passing through small villages every once and awhile.

    Everyone must have been having a great time as there were not many pics of this section.

    Snack break in the shade of the Pine tree forest.
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    The info from the Dec group had this posted as a 7.5 hr ride, about 85 miles from El Fuerte to Tablon. We made it there around 1:30 pm. About 2.5 hrs ahead of schedule. Must have been the dry road conditions, as it was very wet when they came through in Dec.

    The town before Tablon was Las Lajitas. If you need to stay someplace stay there, NOT Tablon. We rolled into Tablon around 1:30pm looking for food and maybe a place to stay as the next leg of our trip was to Baborigame (another 85 miles and 8hrs away on our log).
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    We stopped in a small square and found a nice little tienda for some food.
    Andrew found a friend immediately.:D
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    As we sat in the cafe and ate, things outside started getting odd.:scratch
    There were way too many new F250 LOBOS, crew cabs, nice rims and big tires doing laps around the block. One stopped in front of the cafe and the young driver was on a his satellite phone. He sat there and just watched us while we ate. Andrew kept a keen eye on the bikes and informed us we should move on asap.
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    It was too bad as the food was great and you could tell the cafe owner was not happy. The lady serving us food was very nice and appreciated the business. I had 2 beef and cheese barritos $3.:thumb

    2:20pm
    We mounted up to head out of town, w/ a 3 truck escort taking up the rear.:huh We stopped about a half mile out of town for a pee break as we moved faster on the roads than the trucks. Checked to make sure everyone was still there and Andrew was not around.

    He tagged behind while we all left and noticed the trucks. He has stopped discretely next to a building to see what was going to take place when a truck pulled up and said in short "Leave, I'm the Sheriff" in English. :scratch

    Andrew met up w/ us up the hill and told us of this and said we should keep moving and look out for more trucks along the road. I was a bit uneasy, but all you can do is ride.

    We kept at a brisk pace, then we passed 2 trucks parked on the side of the road about 10 miles up, both guys had satellite phones. When we passed they may have told the town that we were gone, must have been crop security.:jose

    A short time after we came across this great rest spot on top of a very large rock, reminded me of pics of Moab I've seen.
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    We decided to head to Pandura, the next town on out map. See what we could find there. Maybe someplace safer to stay?

    Pandura was nothing more than a few houses at a "T" in the road, but one guy had a sign for gas so a few filled up. I was fine.:evil We had done 102 miles so far and it was 4:15pm.
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    We would continue on to Morelos, heading north. We had no tracks for this section so we used "Our best judgement", dumb luck, to get us there. You could see the dot of the town on our GPS maps and it would say X miles away as the bird flies, you'd look at the roads and all the switch backs and all you could do is guess how far it was.

    We arrived at Morelos at 5:30pm, 123 miles total, hoping to find a place to stay and maybe find the rest of the group. They had departed from Bato, we had planned to meet in Baborigame the next night.

    Our group heads down the main drag and found the others.:freaky
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    Cold beers ready for the drinking. What a great group to travel w/.

    Next we need to find a place to crash.:eek1 :huh :jose :dunno :scratch
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  8. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Morelos is not a place of Luxury, but it gets the job done.

    There were two options for hotels, both were $20 a night.

    1) a room w/ a bathroom in your room and no hot water

    2) a room w/ no bathroom in your room and a group shower w/ hot water.

    I took #1 as I could skip the shower, who do I need to impress.

    After we helped them put light bulbs in the rooms and hall way:scratch we set off for some food.
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    The early group had arranged a dinner at Martin's house/Restaurant. (He's the local doctor)
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    $10 got a great Hamberguesa and fries, w/ a few tacos.

    Hamburguesas are Hamburgers w/ a slice of Ham on it too. Very good actually.

    After dinner Martin pulled out some great Tequila, so we stayed around and enjoyed the company of his family.
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    Richard Approves.:freaky
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    Tomorrow we head into the Sinforosa Canyon.:ricky
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  9. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Feb 11 Mon

    I slept well (in my cloths). Like I said this place was shady, but it got the job done, I left the windows open to get some air as I had no option anyways. One pain was busted out. Woke up to exhaust and diesel fumes from the truck running below. I was on the second floor.

    It was sunny and 65F at 8am, but was warming up fast.

    I changed my filter skin and it was in fair condition, I was leading most of the previous day though. I had 5 gallons of fuel left in my tank, plenty good to get me through the canyon to Baborigame. Today's log showed we had about 110 miles, over 8hrs of riding. There is a Pemex here if you need it though.

    Bill and I chatted as I got ready for the day. He would be staying back w/ Dean, Charlie and Arturo. Charlie had a bad burrito the day before and was not up to riding so he took another days rest.
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    Al had a flat tire in the morn so he go that fixed, I used my electric tire pump to air it back up, only to find out the KLR electrics were not wired to take that kind of load. :baldy Popped a fuse and snagged an extra one from Richard. Glass tube fuses are not always easy to find in these areas.

    Ready to roll.
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    We would be back tracking South for the first 20 miles or so them East to the canyon.
    Once we got on top we waited to make sure everyone made it out Ok.
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    We left around 10:15am, made it back to Pandora around 11:20. So about 1 hr for 20 miles. Very fun roads.:ricky

    The group back to Creel would be:

    Mark, Craig O, Al, Bryon, Richard, Andrew Chuck, John C, and Me.

    After a few hours of riding through lush pine forests We had our first issue. Al's break lever had broke off his KRL 650. We are at about mile 56. into the 80 mile day. No one in this small village has a welder so they tell us to go up the road about 10 miles to a small mine and ask for help. Al hops onto Craig O's DRZ and we head off. We finally find the mine they are talking about after backtracking many miles. (mile 60 from Morelos) It ends up being an old motor home w/ a dump truck parked on a very steep incline. A young man pops out from over the hill side and I do my best to describe what needs to get done. I wait down by the bikes as Al walks up the cliff side to the generator and welder to do his best stick welding to fix it. After a few hrs we get back to his KLR and reinstall his lever. Off we go again around 3:50pm. The rest of the group had passed us on our return. They would get into Baborigamie before dark and find a place to stay for all of us if we came in late.

    We get there around 4:50pm and gas up at the Pemex. I top off at 36 litres $7.05 pesos/lt I made it 243 miles on that tank.

    today we did 91.2 miles. It was 65F at 5pm.

    I split a room w/ Mark $25 for a room w/ 2 double beds. It was a nice place but cold at night. We had no heat, they don't see many "tourists" during the winter. The owner made us a great Beef and rice meal for $10 and we all pitched in for beer. $5 got you all the beer you could drink for the night. Thanks Bryon.
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    Very nice lady (Rosa?). She had been to Alaska a few years ago so was interesting hearing her take on it.

    The place to stay is the Hotel "Sierra Grande"
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  10. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Feb 12 Tue.

    Woke up a little chilled from the night sleep, got a hot shower and ready for breakfast. Ham and eggs w/ beans. $5

    Started to load up the bike and noticed the ground under the bike was wet.:scratch
    My skid plates was dripping something too, I didn't hit anything hard that I remembered, touched and smelt it to find out it was gas.:baldy I had topped off last night and it looked like I had lost maybe .5 gal.

    I pulled the skid plate to find that it looked like my fuel filter was leaking where it pressed into the fuel line. I had updated the Facet Fuel pump and reinstalled my ACE brand paper lawn mower filter w/o hose clamps so I needed to do surgery it would be an easy job. (I went w/ the clear filter so I could see if the pump was getting gas, no issue in the last 5,000 miles until now) I pull it off completely and put in my double ended barbed fuel line connector. Good to go. Put everything back together, pumped the front tire up to 37.5 psi (12 galls of fuel on a 500lb bike riding at speed, less chance of a pinch flat). I tightened up the chain 5 flats and headed out w/ the sun ablazing at 10:30 and 75F. It was going to be a warm one.

    It was about 15 miles to the start of the decent into the Sinforosa Canyon.
    Through the pine trees you could start to see this line across the opposite canyon wall.
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    As we kept going we realized we'd be climbing that back up.:huh
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    We were at about 8100 ft. Roads were in fair condition, w/ some places very rutted up from rain erosion.
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    After about 15 miles of decent and 5,800 foot drop we arrive at the Rio Guerachi Bridge. The decent is very rocky in sections, it was slow going for me, as the large rocks would send me off my line and there is no room for error here.

    They built a very nice bridge, it even has a walking/bike lane. They must be anticipating lots of development.
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    Andrew and the bridge.
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    Me and John C
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    The snack shack w/ cold soda and hot food.
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    Around 1Pm,
    Once everyone joined back up and was re energized. Andrew headed out first, w/ Me and John following. This sections was graded much better than the decent but still had lots of loose gravel. Soon into it the climb turned into a race for the top. Andrew fell behind after his KLR started getting hot in the 80F+ temps, I got around and had a blast trying to stay ahead of John on his KRL 650. John pack very light and is a really good rider. I would gain ground on the straight, but he would be right back on me as he could take the corners faster.:ricky :ricky We both pulled off at an overlook and just laughed and smiled. What a great ride. I think John was having too much fun to look down and see if his KLR was about to blowup or he just didn't care at the moment.

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    We would be doing some more suspension testing later that day too.:evil
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  11. willnevergrowup

    willnevergrowup Long timer

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    This just looks like a lot of fun!!:clap

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  12. RXV_Poor

    RXV_Poor Been here awhile

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    +1 I'm with you on that.
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    WIsixfitty ceiling unlimited

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    wowzers. +2
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  14. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    I'll have to finish the Mexico trip some other time.......

    Katie and I hit the road this morn at 4:45am on our way to Happy Valley Goose Bay than loop through NF Land and Nova Scotia and where ever else the wind may blow us.

    We are just East of London, ON staying in doors tonight to get away from the rain. Katie is doing great. We did 518 miles today stopped riding at 6:15 when the lighting storm cought up w/ us.

    We plan to head to N. Falls on Sun to see it from the Canadian side then continue East.

    The bikes are doing great, Katie has been using her new Highways pegs and has allowed her ride a bit longer between stops. We tend to stop every 160 miles or so to fill up her tiny 5 gallon tank. ;) We are both getting around 40 MPG fully loaded. so that pretty good at 70-75MPH.

    The newly modified 04 Dakar shock is working great and making the bike much more stable.

    No pics for now so I guess this will have to do.
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  15. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    All is well,
    We stayed in Kingston last night, very neat town.

    We are in Trois Rivieres heading N. East this morn. Had a bit of a scare yesterday with the BMW but its all sorted now. It`s finally sunny out and we have about 350 miles to go today. Toronto and Montreal Traffic was very bad, and i`m surprised how very little English is spoken in Quebec.

    Katie is doing great and we look forward to getting out of the cities.:ricky

    cj
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  16. adiablolex

    adiablolex Lost again

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    Dang CJ,
    can't believe you're right in my back yard and didnt come in for a brew or two.
    If you guys need accomodations or a garage in your travels, PM me and we hook up.
    I'm about 1hr NE of Torontontonot:norton
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  17. Q-dog

    Q-dog Adventurer

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    Glad to hear you both are doing great so far. :clap Good luck on the rest of the trip.
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  18. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    KTM Needs parts. We are in Goose Bay now. Getting on the ferry this evening.

    My 950 needs :(

    -16 tooth front sprocket
    -42 tooth rear sprocket
    -Chain
    -New side kick stand.

    If anyone in NFland has any contacts to where I may be able to get these that would be great. :ear

    I contacted Coastal Marine in St Johns, we'll see if I hear back. Not sure who is a 950 Dealer in these parts. I need them some time w/ in this coming week. They are in very bad shape, I never thought that these would be bad already. Otherwise the 950 is running great. 37,000 miles.:ricky

    Later, CJ


    Update from Katie yesterday:

    Hey all-
    Just wanting to give an update... For those who didn't know, Craig J and I are on out honeymoon, bike trip to Labrador and Newfoundland. We took a month off of work to do so, with it being so many miles to conquer. Well, all was well for the first few days, we just encountered a lot of rain along the way. Once we get to eastern Quebec, Baie Comeau, we headed north on what was mostly dirt road. then, from Labrador City, we have more dirt to the coast and a ferry.

    What with me being somewhat of a novice in the dirt, this has been a challenge, however, I was feeling pretty good. Yesterday, I thought, yeah, 150 miles to Churchill Falls, no sweat. the sun was out, it was a great temperature outside, this will be a great day! Well... the road got pretty dodgy with a lot of loose gravel. One thing led to another, I was going too fast, started to fishtail, and down I went, going about 45 miles per hour. Landed on my Left side, jaw first, then shoulder, ribs, and left hip.

    All I pretty much remember is flying off the bike and landing, just screaming/crying. However, much to my luck, all of my parts were moving. My left shoulder was pretty sore and painful but with full range of motion, I got a pretty good bit of road rash on my L hip where my jacket came up, and my jaw hurts a bit. The only damage to the bike was a pretty screwed up handlebar and both rearviews gone. Craig bent up the handlebar as much as he could safely, and at that point, it was 75 miles back or 75 miles to the next town. We chose to press on and made it a few hours later to churchill falls. It's tough riding a lopsided bike with a messed up shoulder, but we made it.

    Luckily we met this guy before we left in Lab city, chatted, real nice dirtbike rider on a KLR (aren't KLR riders the best!?), who ended up exchanging names, addresses, phone #s, etc. His departing words were: it's good to know people around here, you never know when you might need some help. Somewhat prophetic. And I'm not terribly religious, but I always take some tokens for luck, including the St. Christopher and our Lady. This guy's name was Chris... I think it's divine intervention...

    Anyways, we got a hold of him when we got in, to get a new handlebar; there was nothing in this town. He has what we need, and Craig is now heading back to Lab City to meet him somewhere along the way to get a new handlebar.

    Anyways, just wanted to update y'all about our adventures. Hopefully Craig gets back soon with a new handlebar and then tomorrow we'll head to Goose Bay and to our ferry. Otherwise, our bikes have been holding up decently, I lost my horn somewhere in Quebec and Craig's supertanker's kickstand no funciona... That's a bit of a pain- we have to get the bike on the centerstand whenever he stops. We met some nice travelers going the same way who are taking some of my gear to lighten up my bike.

    Well, we'll keep you posted if anything else terrible happens, but there's only 2 more days of dirt, then we're done- I am ready to be off the dirt, my body is too sore...

    Perhaps we should have gone to Cancun like other newlyweds... I could be sitting on a beach now, drinking a margarita served by a hunky cabana boy... But would that have been memorable? I don't think so- I'm ok here in Labrador getting bit up by black flies and breaking my body :)

    Take Care- Katie

    Chris, if you're reading this thanks alot. You sure saved us. I got back to CH Falls at 2 pm like I said and spent about 3 hrs getting everything straight and fitted ready for the next day.

    Katie and I made it to Goose Bay yesterday after 9hrs on the road. She's a bit sore, shaken and less confident, but we made it together.

    The Supper Tanker pumping system has come to the rescue 2X so far.:thumb

    Thanks,
    cj
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  19. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Next time.:wink: You're only 1.5 days away.

    We were a bit strapped for time and the exposion in Toronto set a back few hrs. Sad to hear about that.

    thanks,
    cj
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  20. judjonzz

    judjonzz Beastly

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    CJ, just out of curiosity, is that an aluminum sprocket? I'll never tour with one of them again.

    Katie, sorry to hear you are hurt, glad it's not worse. CJ, you got yerself a good'un there.

    All the best,
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