A pharmboi in fenics...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by humvee, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. humvee

    humvee Long timer

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    Just spent 2 days aboard a rented GS toodling around Pheonix. Ride report to come.

    must sleep and get back to shovelling snow. :rofl
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  2. GermanPickle

    GermanPickle Been here awhile

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  3. humvee

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    It started so innocently.

    Stay 2 nights, get a free night to use from August - January. It was free to sign up. I figure at the very least, We'd stay a night at the local Holiday Inn with a pool and let the kids have some fun.


    But the value-driving guy that I am, I had to find the nicest Holiday Inn resort that was in a warm place, within an easy/cheap flight of Winnipeg.


    And well...

    I have two of these things.

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    ...and one on the way...


    So maybe it'll just be the two of us. The Nanny and in-laws can take care of the kids for a few days....

    ...right?

    And maybe I'll surprise the wife with a couple spa treatments, she'll like that.

    Ya, this is a great idea. I'll book it! and so I did.
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  4. humvee

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    So we're off to Scottsdale, AZ. for a few days...just as Winter take a hold of the place I call home. (in fact, we got our first snow while we were gone)


    But I don't golf. :baldy

    What am I gonna do? :dunno

    Surely not spa treatments :rolleyes


    But I do like to ride bikes :ricky
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  5. humvee

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    Back in January I rented a bike in Vegas through Eaglerider. Lo+Behold, they have rentals in Scottsdale, Booyah!

    I make my reservation for 2 days, click onto ADV for some ride ideas and googlemaps my way to a couple daytrips. :clap
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  6. humvee

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    GPSs play a large part of my vacation in PHX, so let me start talking about them now.

    My GPSMAP60C has the problem of intermittent power loss while on batteries. It can be so sensitive that a slight tap will turn it off (known issue to these series).

    Knowing that I will be on battery power for the rental period, I smartly dismantle my GPS and follow some online instructions to solder 2 points together.

    Solder gets everywhere, I can't put the GPS back together because of all the solder. I pull out the solder and wires and put it back together. I turns on, but then off. After 30 seconds I go to pull out the batteries to try again and they almost sear my palm they are so hot.

    Hmmm. that didn't work out well. :lol3

    4 days before the trip and I ruin my GPS. I go onto the Costco site to order a new one, but after ording I realize it won't arrive on time. Bummer.

    Next I try to order one from gpscity.ca, as my brother-in-law is coming to Winnipeg and can bring it in for me. Sadly, they are out of stock. Bummer.

    I see a nuvi in the CDN fleamarket and snatch it up. The seller agrees to ship it 1-day priority and it arrives in time, saving a lot of bickering in the car. However, I still need one for my motorbike travels.

    My good friend GermanPickle is pretty handy with electronics and offers to see what he can do.

    The man is magic with his Pricess Auto soldering tool.

    First he superglues a crack in the case.
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    Next he solders the wires like I tried to do.
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    Thanks GP!
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  7. humvee

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    We we were shopping at the mall, one gal asked us where we were from. My wife, who enjoys making people think, said "Winnipeg".

    The worker gave me one of these :huh , I smiled, and told her, knew "Manitoba" would get the same reaction, and hoped for the best when I said "Canada".

    I then admonished my wife for making the gal have to think, and told her the Canadian rule is to just answer with "Canada" anytime you're more than 1 state from the Canadian border.



    A few other comments to the fine folks of PHX about Canada.

    Yes, we have Thanksgiving on a different day than you.

    Indeed, our Christmas's are on exactly the same day. :deal

    and you'll have to be more specific if you ask what time it is in Canada right now, or you'll get one of these back :huh


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  8. GB

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    Good move to break up the winter which hasn't even started.. still riding here!!

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  10. humvee

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    Enough text, I know you want visuals.


    Btw - I didn't mean to slam the locals or 'mericans...Scottsdale was super nice. The food was great, the people friendly, and the town very pretty and clean (I mean, when you actually got to see something besides gated community walls...what's up with that, and why hasn't that caught on in Canada?)

    I digress. The sister store to the BMW dealer is a Honda dealer who offers discounts on SIDI gear in the ADV Vendors section. I popped in there first to get my new On-Roads, then headed to the BMW dealer to pick up my GS. Although it's just behind the Honda dealer, I got lost along the way and it was pretty dark when I picked up the bike.

    I followed my wife back to the hotel and went to bed.

    Here she is the next morning, ready to go riding.

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  11. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    I never had much luck running my 60csx on batteries. You can put a foam earplug under the battery cover and it will help some. Hardwired to the bike is best. :ricky
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  12. humvee

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    Yep, it helped, but yes, hardwired is the best and how I run it at home on the KLR.


    Day 1 started out wonderfully. My original plan was to head north, and best case scenario, get to the Grand Canyon. You see, where I come from the roads are straight and it's easy to estimate where you'll be at a certain time. Here in the hills and curvy roads, that doesn't seem to be the case.

    Day 1 started around 7am, it took 2 hours to get to Wickenburg, and that's when it started to get fun. I got home at 4pm, this being the eventual route. A total of about 500km.

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  13. humvee

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    Let's get to the pics, shall we?


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    Breakfast in Wickenburg
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    hehe, clever.
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  14. humvee

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    For lack of a RAM mount like I use at home, I thought I was pretty smrt for using the belt clip on my wrist velcro strap.

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    This will prove to be an expensive choice on tomorrow's ride...However it was working perfectly until that point.
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  15. humvee

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    The scenery and roads just got better and better. It also got much, much colder. I think 54F was the coldest I saw this day.

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  16. humvee

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    I don't often yell in my helmet, but after this series of twisties I just couldn't keep it inside. Hooyah! Wheeee!

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    We don't have these at home.

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    or any of this...
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    RIP, looks like someone blew a corner.
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  17. humvee

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    An interesting little town along 89a is Jerome. I have since learned it's an old mining town, but at time I thought to myself, who the heck builds a town on the side of a mountain, then lets it go into disrepair, and THEN gets a whole bunch of tourist money for everyone that stops.

    btw, there's a nice KTM990 on someone's back porch in the town...that's a nice looking bike in black.


    By now my butt is really really sore. I didn't find the GS very comfortable at all. The seat forces you to stay in one spot, and that spot was too close to the handlebar for me.

    It was a great excuse to go for a bite in Sedona (nice town btw). I highly recommend Angel's Mexican Restaurant.

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    I think it was 1:30 when I finished dinner. Do I continue ahead or head for home. I headed for home (the hotel) by the most direct route.

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    That night we did the ArtWalk...and I saw a glorious inspiring piece done by a most insightful artist.

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  18. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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  19. humvee

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    Day 2 started out beautifully too. Today it's time to get off the beaten path and find some dust.

    At first I was going to take some more off-road trails that I found here on ADV, but after riding the bike on day 1, it is just really heavy and long...and was shod with street tires, that I really didn't want to risk damaging anything, myself included.

    Here's today's actual route.

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    It's gonne be a great day, let's get going.

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    after some gas...
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    The GPS did the trick and led me perfectly out of town.
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    Great scenery, you just can't get tired of the desert.
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    I had stopped to take some more scenery shots....
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    Climbed a hill to take some glamour shots of the GS.
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    As I climbed back aboard the bike.....

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    OH CRAP!! :eek1 :cry
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  20. humvee

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    So start retracing my steps, beginning with the hill where I was taking photos. I made about 3 loops, climbing up and back down. Nope, couldn't find it.

    I recalled looking at it within the last few miles, so I got back on the bike and rode slowly back a few miles to see if I could spot it on or around the road.


    Well looky there, it's a miracle!

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    I check traffic (none) and do a u-turn behind my GPS. I park the bike on the side of the road, and think to myself, hey, I should document this for ADV and my buddy who fixed it in the first place, they aren't going to believe:

    1) It seems to have survived a drop at 50MPH.
    2) It hasn't been stolen.
    3) It hasn't been run over.
    4) I actually freakin found it!

    I pull out my camera and point it at the road. At this point I notice a car is coming. Oh well, what are the chances he'll actually run over it?:norton

    Hmmm, he's moving over......
    oh, oh, he's on the centre line (trying to be nice by giving me room on the site of the road).

    KAPOW!!!

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    MOTHER!! :eek1 ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

    Nothing salvagable...even the batteries are crushed.

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