A Gentle Bimble Across Canada

Discussion in 'Canada' started by wianbiggar, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. wianbiggar

    wianbiggar Been here awhile

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    Just before the ferry at Fauquier P1040406.JPG and the road after the ferry, up from Needles towards the Monashee Pass - oh that my clutch was not slipping!!!
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    And out the other side into farming land! _1040434.JPG
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    Beautiful country _1040449.JPG _1040446.JPG Or in glorious technicolour IMG_0906.JPG IMG_0897.JPG
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    And now for something completely different!! IMG_0885.JPG
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  4. Biggardrum

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    Nearly there, congratulations. Hope last stretch goes well. Our trip up to Laurie Arms, Willow Tree at Palnackie and then back to Dalbeattie seemed quite an effort the other day but pales into insignificance when compared to your efforts. You should be "fair chuffed". Anne here for lunch on Monday so looking forward to that. See you in October. Cheers H
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    Funny you should mention the last stretch H as I'm now stuck in Vernon BC (there could be worse places) as the clutch has finally died. I got to Vernon Motosports as they sounded like a helpful bunch of guys and they let me take the clutch apart and do all the things that Mick at CCM had suggested (taking all the plates apart, cleaning them and roughing them up and then putting them back together - kind of a last resort) and when I tested it up and down the street it worked but when I got on the Hiway to Kamloops it was really going nowhere so I elected to come back rather than risk getting stuck in the middle of nowhere. We tried taking it apart again and shimming it to put extra pressure on it but it was too much and I'm not sure we can find anything thinner. At this point may just be better to get one from the UK and hope it gets here soon.
    It would appear the BMW clutch is tiny compared to everything else available even the kids bikes so maybe not the best choice for long distance travel? BMW kind of disowned this engine when they realised the G450X wasn't going anywhere for them so in fact the BMW name means nothing. They (BMW) could get me a clutch but it would have to come from Germany and take 7 - 10 days as they no longer consider this engine part of their "family"!!
    Typically there is an over 55 something or other convention just starting today so hotels/motels very hard to come by. Consequently I'm in a rather plush place for tonight and then it's camping until the clutch gets here which probably won't be til early next week. Bit of a bugger but it wouldn't be an adventure..........
    No photos today - too busy getting my hands dirty!
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  6. Bayner

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    If you want company to break up the boredom just let me know where you're camped out.
    Or we could trailer your bike back here and you can stay at my place if you have trouble finding a suitable spot in Vernon. (If you have to wait a while, might as well be comfortable.)
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    The CCM/BMW engine is a little different from most other engines as it has the clutch directly on the end of the crankshaft, so it runs at the full RPM of the engine. Other bikes have some gearing before the clutch.
    As the clutch is spinning faster, there's less torque but more rotations to give the same power transfer.
    Less Torque means smaller clutch plates are required, all part of BMW building a light and compact engine.
    While it works, it seems to be fine, but when it slips then you get the same energy being dissipated in a smaller clutch, more heat in to the oil, and the engine already has a small oil capacity, so hotter oil leads to less clutch lubrication.
    The heat may also activate the anti-friction particles in certain oil types that would normally only occur inside the piston, leading to further problems.
  8. wianbiggar

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    Bayne - thanks for the offer - am in the Cedar Falls Campground on the edge of Vernon - very nice and quiet and right beside a very photogenic stream with some water in it but not a lot so quite happy to be here and this is a beautiful part of Canada after all. I thought I was going to have trouble with accommodation as the over 55 Games have just started here and a lot of the cheaper hotels were all full up but the campsite is fairly quiet and I'm enjoying it.
    Waiting for the clutch which is on it's way via UPS and should arrive Tuesday. So here for a few days at least. The youngish guy running the campsite (Jonathon) is from Red Deer and also works as a photographer - although I hadn't met him before turns out we know a lot of the same people including the friends I just stayed with in Kaslo - it's a small world indeed!
    Turning colder at nights now - certainly chilly last night - colder than normal the locals are saying - but it is September and the seasons are slipping by for sure!! (Note the colloquialisms creeping in there eh!)
    Iain - your right about the clutch and I think I was probably lucky it went when it did as I could've been stuck in the middle of nowhere if I'd carried on. Sometimes an enforced stay somewhere can have a happy outcome which is the case so far - tho I might have to dig out those extra clothes I've been moaning about carrying and not needing - until now!
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    Some photos in the meantime - oh boy, do I love water and rocks! _1040461.JPG _1040480.JPG _1040482.JPG _1040491.JPG
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    Well, according to the tracking system, the clutch is in BC and should be here on schedule. Whether that means I get to fix the bike on Tuesday late or Wednesday morning remains to be seen but at least it's almost here. And that's good as I'm in a tent and it is definitely getting colder. And it gets dark by eight o'clock which means I'm in bed shortly after that for a good 12 hours. May explain why my back is feeling slightly stiff...... Sometimes an enforced stop is not a bad thing and I've certainly lucked out here as the campsite is great (clean and with hot showers, a laundery room and a wee shop) and I found the photogenic stream and waterfalls which I can spend (and have done) lots of time in getting to know. I could photograph more but would almost need some rain to make a really effective photo of all the tree roots growing along the surface. Very Angkor Wat.
    Meanwhile on with the humdrum activities of daily living - the laundery. Which is well on its way to making my clothes all nice and clean again. A guy can only go so far before..... Down to my last set of clothes so definitely time.
    And catching up with ride reports. Not so humdrum. Has to be done if for no other reason that to remember everything that you forget later on! Some more snaps of the stream and waterfalls. There is a link on the Cedar Falls Campground site to a YouTube video of what it was like this spring when so much water came down and caused so much damage. At the moment it's just a trickle and I can get anywhere I want to. It must be truly amazing when a volume of water is coming down. Pretty unpredictable. P1040549.JPG P1040752.JPG P1040751.JPG P1040748.JPG
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    And I had lunch - this one's for Jo - with a couple of the locals :- _1040761.JPG P1040779.JPG P1040787.JPG P1040826.JPG
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    And some others. Thank goodness I have an interest in photography - I'm not sure what I would have done here otherwise. P1040553.JPG P1040566.JPG P1040681.JPG P1040688.JPG
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    And yet more - at least if I lose this card I'll have a lot of the photos up here!! These from an overview point not far from the campsite. _1040528.JPG _1040534.JPG Looking down to Vernon and Okanagon Lake. _1040535.JPG _1040542.JPG Oh to ride horses out here!
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    And finally (maybe!) P1040802.JPG P1040789.JPG P1040707.JPG P1040723.JPG Would be great to see this stream after some rainfall but maybe not on this trip although I am unlikely to be back.
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    Okay - so on the road againand now in Cache Creek heading for a motel in Lilooet as I'm fed up of being cold - 3 degrees last night and freezing now and trying to snow. Think I may see more of the white stuff before it warms up in a coup,e of days!
    More later - must get on!
    Ian
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    Ah well!
    Counting is good, yep, you counting on friends and friends counting on you, counting your change (just to make sure) counting on something turning out, yep, all good. Even down to counting those pesky rings that exist in your clutch, you know, those friction rings and those metal spacer rings, yep, especially when you're changing those rings. Yep, counting is good. So, why didn't I count the rings when I was changing the clutch? I have to put it down to being a beginner mechanic?Certainly gave the guys at Vernon Motorsportsa good laugh. Once we'd found the reason the clutch wouldn't release that is! And removed the extra friction ring definitely hiding at the bottom of the clutch basket! Very well disguised. You learn something new all the time and that's a mistake I won't make again. Thanks Chris. And Mark, Kyle, Jim, Ryan and all the other good people at Vernon Motorsports. Did I mention VERNON MOTORSPORTS. Really good people who help travellers in trouble. Enjoy the beer!
    It was cold, cold, cold today. And then it started raining so stopped in Cache Creek in a warm motel for the night. Hope it's warmer tomorrow.
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    Good you're on the road again. Might as well plan to sleep in as it's forecast to be a chilly morning.
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    Damn - was hoping for an early start! Thanks for the info Bayne.