A couple of xt225s on the long haul.

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  1. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Yeah email is still the best way. That unlike my last website did not disappear into the ether
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    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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  5. gbacque

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    Putting the stove inside the pots will protect it from getting banged around. Things get banged up pretty bad riding on a motorcycle (falls or no falls). In fact you should wrap up those tools in something or they will eat a hole through the bottom of your bags. Tool roll or one of those simple tool bags from Ace will work. Anything metal needs to be wrapped or stuffed into a secondary bag to prevent damage to the bikes bags. My friend put a single tire iron in the bottom of his bag thinking the weight of the things above it would prevent it from shifting around too much. It wore a hole right through the bottom of the bag. No crash or anything just the metal pressed against the material with the addition of vibration.


    Very interested in how the mighty xt does on this trip. I also have an xt and plan on making some extended trips on it.

    Good luck on your trip.
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  6. tuna101

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    Hey Matt, I'm glad you got that wet suit in double dry bags, wouldn't want it to get wet!!!:rofl
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  7. Robidob

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    Sounds like an awesome adventure guys!!! good luck with everything!
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  8. gbacque

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    I might be mistaken but I think wet suits get wet when you use them. [​IMG] At least if you are doing it right.

    Now if you need to save space in the big dry bag you could forgo the dry bag for the wet suite and strap it to the outside of the bags. That way it gets dry (kinda) and will be less likely to mildew while saving a bunch of space.

    Can you slip the wet suit over the end of the board? :hmmmmm
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  9. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    The wetsuit is in a dry bag so it does not wet everything else in the bag. Once I make the board racks stronger I can leave it in the board bag. But at the moment the racks are not strong enough to support the weight. a wet 5mm suit is kinda heavy.
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  10. gbacque

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    Agree. Just thinking in the future.

    Oh yea if you do put the stove inside the pots, make sure to wrap it in something so it doesn't scratch the Teflon (if that's the kind you have). Again, vibrations are a bitch.
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  11. ridelimousin

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    Nice thread - these Serows are tough little machines!
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    Oldone One day at a time!

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  13. PPCLI-Jim

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    Excellent reporting I had an 03 XT225 I did the Z1 mods to it and they helped with a little more power then stock. I foolishly sold it when I got the DR 650, thinking back I should've never sold it. I like the DR 650 but it gets to be a handful picking it up 3 or more times a day.
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  14. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Well after ten days down time due to falling off a bridge, then having a piece of wood crack me in the back of the head. I am finally starting to feel like myself again. It is looking like we are just going to take the Coho Ferry over to Port Angels and stick to the coast for the most part. Although anything is possible. Stay tuned for pictures to follow.
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  15. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    After a long two weeks of laying around, due to a concussion from a log laying the smack down on me, Wally and I are finally back on the road.
    Taking the old faithful Coho ferry back over to Port Angels in Washington proved to be the first head ache. (Not involving a log.) The U.S customs official took a disliking to me and tried her best to end the journey before it had even really began. She made a phone call over the water to the U.S to inform them I was on my way, to get them ready for the shake down. She then told me, "best case scenario is a night in jail then turned around back into Canada".
    On arrival to Port Angels I shakily rolled up to the Customs man, I could not believe it when he did not even ask for my passport, only asking me a couple of standard questions, then telling me to have a safe fun trip. God bless America! I am back in the land of the free, home of the brave and loving life. These colors may not run, but I am, as I only have 20 days here. So my normal routine of moving at a snails pace is going to take a shake up this time.

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  16. NitroRoo

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    Very cool report guys! As a guy who rides an older smaller bike, I'm really liking this one! Dig the surfboard mount too - just make sure you only crash to the right :lol3
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  17. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the kind words. Funny thing is the board rack is a little close to my left foot. So I have dropped the bike a couple of times on the board. But it is holding up.
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  18. afewsketchymoments

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/9130836067/" title="Wet day by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2856/9130836067_925fc6556c.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Wet day">

    Portland to Coos Bay, proved to be very wet today. Not much else to add.
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  19. tuna101

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    Matt, Just got back from N. Ca. and Oregon. I saw you guys N. of Brookings, and yes it was pouring. I mean afterall a XT225 carrying a surf board? It had to be you.

    Were in my GMC with the truck camper and my XT on the front. I doubt you saw us with the ammount of rain that was coming down. To much to turn around and chase you down, just kept truckin.
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  20. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Hey Tuna. I did see you. But did not even clue in that it was you. Was thinking this guys got the right idea, having the XT on the front of a dry warm car. Haha
    Jim from Canada told me that it was you.
    I am back in Australia working for a couple of months working to top the funds back up. Hope to be back over there and heading south in a couple of months.
    Hope your well.
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