Aussie Hodgo & his 950SE does USA Alaska Canada & anywhere else he can find.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Hodgo, May 30, 2013.

  1. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Was the big SE running a bit crap up that high?

    Or just Hodgo? :lol3

    Don't forget Sept 14th or they will be waiting at the airport for you! :evil
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  2. Hodgo

    Hodgo TWIN Cylinder ADV

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    Well a few more pictures of the San Diego boys.
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    They are a top bunch of blokes that just love their bikes & adventure.
    Heres one for Seano & Wez. Remember whats done in the US stays in the US.
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    The bike gathering outside.
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    Bit of San Diego from on top of MT helix
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    I stitched this on the back of my Dri Rider so people can make allowances for my slow riding.
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    Few more pictures at eds place for another catch .
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    Heres me old mate Rad just before i was setting of back
    to LA
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    & cody the wonder dog
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    Then i got to Temecula & pulled the clutch three times & it was rooted.
    Tried putting baby oil in it in front of a grocery store with no luck.
    Mind you the pharmacy was not keen on giving me a syringe until he worked out i didn't need the needle. After that had been clarified he was more than happy to help me. So no luck bleeding the clutch & after i pulled off the slave cylinder i found that it was very ovalled.

    So i put on the spare that Dave had lent me & still no dice.
    So i luckily took Daves advice on becoming a aaa member so i phoned them for a tow. Old mate rocked up 20mins after in his truck to pick me up.

    Whilst i was pushing the bike up onto the tilt tray i slipped on oil that was on the tray & 400 pounds of bike nailed me good and proper to the tray. I was stuck. As it was in a busy car park people came out of the woodwork to help lift the bike off me.
    Heres the bike on the truck.
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    So 70mile tow back to Daves house & a saving of $8.00 per mile for being a triple a member.
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  3. Hodgo

    Hodgo TWIN Cylinder ADV

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    Dave miraculously had managed to order a new slave cylinder from recluse. It arrived Sat morning.

    A big thanks to Kurt from black dog cycle works & CJ racer for their help too.

    We installed it very efficiently. Being clean freaks we used a rather liberal amount of break cleaner to get rid of the baby oil. Plus the dumb aussie rider thought that flushing the lines out with petrol would be a good idea too.

    It turned out that the break cleaner had ran down the choke cable all the way to where the cable splits to both chokes.

    Inside is a piston that connects the one cable to the two cable y piece.

    The brake cleaner had melted the outer tube & bonded it to the piston inside. Result being no choke. So bike now has carbies off it & hopefully i can order new choke cables today.

    Shit happens.

    So today my XD4 should arrive. My wolfman bags are just awesome too btw.
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  4. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Yes shit happens but why is it happening now, on the other side of the planet from whence you came, and in my garage?

    What you cant break shit in your own country before shipping it off here to break?

    :lol3

    Seriously we were totally dumbfounded by the melted plastic, I used the same procedure on my bike a number of time since I use UV Dye in the oil to find the leaks. I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined that the issue we had with the choke cables could have happened.

    :fpalm

    Good thing he is stranded with a bike half apart in my garage otherwise he might be pissed at me...

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    So you find that part yet? And NO you may not use my bike for parts either.....

    :fight
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  5. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    I think Hodgo likes your place in California and doesn't want to leave, so he's sabotaging his own bike so he doesn't have to leave.
    (It's the oldest trick in the book...)

    So stop being so nice to him and showing him such a good time and he might move on. :lol3

    In short - stop hogging the cool Aussie guy!

    Q~

    P.S.
    If Hodgo ever shows up in Idaho Falls, I'm going to hide my SE.
    I need all the parts on it where they are.
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  6. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    SH!T

    That is what I was thinking too...time to get out the shotgun. He is starting to be more like a Kiwi every day...

    :lol3


    (I don't know why but was told that was the proper thing to say)
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  7. Hodgo

    Hodgo TWIN Cylinder ADV

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    So no one has a choke cable on stock. Waiting for burts to open at 10am & will call them. To get one overnighted costs an extra $40 _ $60

    Man i should be an overnight postman.

    Seriously who opens a motorbike shop at 10am.
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  8. Sean-0

    Sean-0 straya carnt

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    Kiwi ..fuck me them there's fighting words

    hey the lass looks alright ...pretty hot looking chick to BTW
    hodge ya need some going out gear ..walking round dressed as a pumpkin aint gunna get ya ol fella wet ......
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  9. Hodgo

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    Im hearing ya Seano. But im traveling light so the attire is somewhat restricted.

    So i ordered the cable from Burts who called back quoting a different part number than what i gave them, So i hope the clown orders the right cable.

    So Dave kindly showed me around the hills towards Big Bear Lake & Lake Arrowhead.

    Definitely not used to such high altitudes but the SE handled the twisties pretty well. Even my Kenda $59 rear tyre was good to lean over a bit.

    Heres some pictures.
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    This Helmet is absolutely killing me. But Younggun640 gave it to me to wear till my Arai XD4 shows up.
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    Following along behind DSM8
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    great scenery. But i get a bit of motion sickness following behind on the twisties. So have been trying to look further in front, but doesnt seem to work. Backing off till nothing is in front seems to work. Im just not used to this type of riding with so many twists & turns at altitude.
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    More good shots.
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    Then i saw this massive train coming through the mountains with locos in front & behind.
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    The forest fires here in California certainly are burning in a few places.
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    Dave & Myself.
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    This bloke truly is & incredible man for putting up with me & showing me around the traps of CA.
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    And finally at Big Bear lake.
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  10. Sean-0

    Sean-0 straya carnt

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    Great shots mate .......ya better harden up tho .. them yanks will start to think we're all poofs if ya keep getting sik


    been pissing rain here all day .....that helmet suits ya :D
    whats the fuel like ...the kato liking the the low octain
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  11. Hodgo

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    Ive been putting in the 91 fuel here but apparently its calculated different here and its equivalent to our 95Ron.

    Bike seems to be running fine, apart from some wiring issues that are partly contributed to me.

    LPG is not common here at all compared to Aust. When you fuel up most people use there plastic cards. If you use a credit card it asks for your postcode instead of pin number. Seems its part of a security measure for Credit Cards. Strange if you ask me & a pain in the arse as it only accepts five digit post codes which dont exist in Aust.

    So ive been using cash & having to go into the station to get old mate to turn the pump on then get change when im done.

    Fuel is about $4.00 per gallon for 91oct.

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  12. Young-Gun

    Young-Gun KTM Tragic

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    Bugger.. don't forget to switch the sticker over to your XD4 before binning mine :evil
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  13. Trail bandit

    Trail bandit Random adventurer

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    Not heard of the zip code thing. Midwest seems to be just pin code and pump. I remember having trouble with Ozzie cards though. More often than not they would not work at pump but would work at cashier. Also, I'd find debit card would work if I pushed credit.
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  14. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Might make sense to get one of those prepaid debit cards that way you have a US based account for travels. Treat it like a credit card at the pump or something like that. I don't know just farting out ideas...
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  15. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Hodgo we stuck our money into Wells Fargo and got two debt cards, they do ask for ZIP code when out of state so we had to organise that so they would not stop our card.

    Some ask for you 4 digit pin and some ask for your 5 digit ZIP.

    Hope this helps mate, if not too bad :D
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  16. Hodgo

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    So today i went out to riverside to Malcom Smith motorsport for a look.

    Had a look through Malcoms museum. Sure was some cool bikes there.
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    New boots anyone.
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    Malcoms first bike.
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    Nice old Matchless 500
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    The elsinore story.
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  17. Sean-0

    Sean-0 straya carnt

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    Prick :ear
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  18. Hevy Kevy

    Hevy Kevy ADDRider

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    I'm Canadian and ran into the same issue at the pumps on a recent ride. Only thing I could think of was the tv show Beverly Hills 90210.....and it worked. Never did watch the show....honest!:
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  19. Trail bandit

    Trail bandit Random adventurer

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    I was just thinking what a dumb idea an 8 speed transmission was "way back when" then I read the text. Hi/lo range 4 speed.

    That would fix the eternal dilemma on big adventure bikes. Crank her into low range and onto the trails.

    After reading about your clutch drama it prompted me to order the rekluse semi auto clutch kit. My 990 2007 has 25,000 miles and no idea of its service history and I'm new to KTM world but bloody impressed so far!

    Seems eventually the master and slave are going to give trouble and I keep reading good reports on the rekluse.

    You've dealt some of the other main issues yeah? Water pump and fuel filter. I'm in the geographic center of the country just about on the i80 so PM me if you ever want parts mailed where you can pick them up.
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  20. Hodgo

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    Thanks trail Bandit for the offer much appreciated.

    So if anyone is cleaning oil off their clutch master cylinder DONT use brake cleaner.

    So today was spent hassling Burts megamart for my choke cables, but no dice.

    This evening i went to the local church yard where once a month they have a collection of food trucks selling their take away foods.

    So i placed my order and waited, and waited, and waited. It turned out that the wind had apparently blown my order slip away.

    Old mate was very apologetic and offered to give my money back for waiting so long. Plus he still honored my order.

    Yet another example of how genuine the American people are.

    Ive said it before but ill say it again. This trip will probably be more about the people than it will the places.

    Will take some pictures of my Wolfman Rocky Mountain bags. Man are they good quality gear.