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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rofon, Jun 11, 2016.
You are hitting it hard! I am glad to see the bike has been holding up to your abuse of it!
From Alma to... Alma
Yes today was my first day completely off biking! I've stayed with my friend and gave him a hand with his boxes, he's moving for his first job next week. We made an oil change and wash my bike, drank beers and shared stories!
From Alma to Forestville
Hey guys so this morning we took lunch, me and two friends, then we planned to ride together until I hit the trail again, but the rain made then change their mind. They don't have waterproof gear...
So I took the trail in Falardeau, then pass a section or two with big rocks, then hit the gravel for 200km. It was a nice ride, fast but still a lot of curve, like Ontario it is hard to have good pictures since trees are right on the side of the trail!... So I think I also got something against Quebec pictures but anyway...
It's been moment now that my clutch was sliding when I was gasing hard to drift, well this morning it was sliding even to maintain 110km uphill... So changed to route again and went to Forestville to have it looked.
So this morning (day 28) I'm in a Timis while my bike is on doctor table to look If it can be quickly fixed. If it's just the discs I'll be good to have them ton, jobber, if I.need more it may be the END of this adventure... Because ktm is not able to deliver before Monday!
I'll have new soon so stay tune to see if we'll make it all the way!
Haha almost made it!
Every time that someone is surprise or whish me something the opposite happen haha! This time with the clutch and last time with flats tyre! Haha anyway part of the adventure now I can deal with it better, yesterday I was about to trow my bike in a truck and call a buddy to bring me home! But I can't do that that close!... Moral is going up and down!... It is rough to be alone when adventure get rough, but it does get better when you get back on track!
Dude, your Delorme page is getting better and better... what a ride.
Not sure what your options are, but if you can add a new/used clutchplate to your current set, you should be set to go. Easy bushfix, if there's a clutchplate available.
First suspects would be cable malfunction, clutch discs wore out of spec, or springs shrunk out of spec (in that order). Usually not a big deal to pop the cover and check disc and spring specs if you have a caliper and the specs, but like you said, availability of parts???
Keep us posted.
On the road again!!!
Lâche pas....tu vas y arriver!!!!!!!!!
From Forestville to Sept-iles
Hey guys! Like I said I'm back on route! The clutch was not worn, so we had to figure out what was the problem, a ktm dealer told us that sometime just bleeding the clutch oil, in the lever, was all it take to make it work again. We tried it and exactly it worked! So the clutch is showing some worn, so it was sliding, but I saved it so now I can go on!
So today was a stressful day for maintenance and followed by a boring rode of pavement in the rain. Yes rain again haha
I'm im Sept-iles even if it is not on the trail because I need a new.tyre before going North! Honestly their is not much in here, so I should have bought one In Saguenay or order one here,but I can live with what they'll offer me :)
So I found a camping spot on the beach, and I'll get to a Honda dealer tomorrow to get my tyre.
Then NORTH! I'll be going 250km directly North, and then make a detour from the TCAT to visit Manic5. If you don't know what is Manic5 look in here tomorrow for pictures and description, otherwise their is also Google hahah
I had the same thing happen last year on my long trip. Drained a bit of oil from the clutch master cylinder and all was well. Clutch plates were barely worn, well within spec.
I'm riding out to Tadousac from Saguenay tomorrow and could bring a new TKC80 21" front with me. I have a new TKC80 rear as well but I think KTMs run 18 and mine is a 17. I could give it to a trucker on the ferry and tell him it's for a damsel in distress on an orange bike
Haha thanks but I'll be ok with the tyre they got here!
I bump into 2 guys from Irland tonight in Halifax. They just start there TCAT trip and going toward you from east to west. 2 KTM 990 Repsol branded.
From Sept îles to manic 5
So this morning got up after a 30minutes rain, juste enough to get my tent wet. Went to the dealer to get my new tyre, then got on the road to port-cartier to get back on the TCAT. Took the trail, and ask on the park entrance if we needed to pay, no they said, but where you going? So I explained my route and they told me that they tough the route is closed. So they called a colleague that said it was passable. A bridge is down. So I'll give it a shot, so later on stopped a another entrance for fuel, told me again that the road is closed, and that 4 motorcycles groups turn around this summer. But the gardien of the place, let's call him mister smile... Told me to speak with the train rail worker 4km down the road that they may know.
So I went to their camp their is probably 10 boards on the way that said private... Bla bla bka... So... I went and knock on the door, no answer, the door is unlock so I went in found someone, speak with them. One of them ride a KLR and he told me that the rout is down but their is a way to go around!
So happy I took the trail, found the missing bridge, did the detour on the right (pretty obvious and easy), and got back on the trail with a 2 minutes delay.
Hardest section of the detour
Then got to Relai Gabriel, fuel, and went South. I decided to visite Manic 5 the biggest water dam of that type. Unfortunately I was there 20minutes late for the last visit.
So I went to the nearby hotel, ask if they had a place for me to change my tyre. So I was allowed to changed my tyre in the garage, nice no, mosquitoes and bo rain.
During my tyre changed I've remark that my rear sprocket is worn, I mean he's done. So after looking online and in my map found a couple of bike shop in Labrador city. I must get there on tomorrow!
Then I grabbed lunch and gas and went camping in the water dam observatory. Their is so much small black flies!!! But overall it was a very good day!
Long exposure of the dam at night:
Stay tune for pictures update
From Manic5 to Church Chill Lb
This morning got up after 30 minutes of intense rain.... I think it means good morning in here!! Haha
But anyway broke off camp in a little rain, got to the visiter center and waited under their porch, it was dry, until they open. Then I did the visit, it really worth losing halft a day. The visit is only 2h, and it's an hour from the trail. I went into a dam and on top of it.
Then got back on the bike, sunshine, finally. Drove up to relais Gabriel, got lunch and got in my way to Fermont. The route from the relais to Fermont is mostly paved, except the last 75km of hard pack dirt.
Then I moved into Labrador!! Made a stop in Labrador city to buy a sprocket, they didn't have any in the bike shop, but one customer had a ktm dirt bike. So went to his place and bough his sprocket.
Got on my way from their to Churchill falls without changing the sprocket. Big mistake I guess, my chain got out twice, then I tighten it and was good for the last 60km.
Got it the small town find a place to eat and then to sleep, ending up building my tent jn the dark, well almost, so much light in town. It is getting cold, should be lower than 5C tonight, glad I bough a very good bag before leaving!
Stay tune to see the sprocket adventure
From Churchill Falls to Port-hope
Got up early, breakfast then time to change the sprocket. Flip the 690 on the side, like for a tyre change, try to fit the new sprocket on, won't match!! Well ok, I did 60km last night without problems I guess I can do 275 challenge accepted!! Thrust me I'm a engeenir
So on my way I go, slowly but steady around 95-100. Stop twice to thigh the chain, but all went perfecly. Got in Happy-valley Goose-bay, found THE bike shop in town. Explain my situation, they let me in, gave me a diegringder and 30 minutes later the new sprocket was ready to fit on the bike!
install the new sprocket on the bike, put the wheel on, pretty stoked of my work!! DUMP the old sprocket, so worn it wouldn't be of any use... Or so I though!
So the next town is 410km away on the hiway, 90km of pavement then gravel. So I got two windshield washer can, filled them of gas, filled my two rotopack, and got on my way.
I was worried about missing fuel, but I had enough! About 275km in my chain start slapping around. So I stopped to see what was the problem. The rear sprocket doesn't have any more grip. WTF!!!
So what... I just did 450km with one similar. So I bend the chain and start, slower. Then it got more and more slippery. At one point it was worthless
Got of the bike, it was not even to carry his own weight. So I've stop, I won't walk 100km Anyf***way!!
À couple cars and trucks passed on the other side, stop but they couldn't do anything for me, I needed a lift to get in town. So car passed on the good side, but a car, so couldn't do much either, same for the jeep that came 45 minutes later.
So after 1h30 a young couple from Quebec stopped in their eurovan, going in the wrong side. So we spoke for 15 minutes then I decided to go find a camping spot with them, 1km backwards. Took my tow cord out, attached it to their van, then we see lights from a car comming. No it is not a car it is a truck! It is now 7:45.
John from Labrador city picked me up, so we've putted my bike on the side in his truck, only for 100km we said! Then speaking with him I figured that he was going on the ferry next morning, so I've ask him if he would mind bringing me with me!
Stay tune for more bike/truck adventure
I'll finish it even if I got to walk the rest of the ride! I'll do it!
Go go go Rofon! Tant que tu avances tout est possible! Au pire gosse toi un sprocket dans une bûche!!! Ça c'est de la vrai aventure!!!!
That is quite possibly the most HORRIBLE sprocket I have ever seen....
Hi rofon been your following your posts I am on TCAT going west We must passed each other when you were in Manitoba I broke down as well had to be hauled to Vancouver
Question are you steel sprocket or aluminum ?
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