Down the Road A Piece

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Solarmoose, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Our trips are each a little different in vehicle complement and places to go. Some are just
    motorbike round trip; some are motorbike then store bike, airplane home, airplane back
    and ride home; some are motorbike out and truck/trailer back; and then this one:
    truck & trailer, ride bikes, and truck & trailer home.

    No best travel mode mix. But including the truck & trailer adds to the complexity.

    This trip will be 10 weeks and include 6+ weeks on the road with the bikes from Oregon
    to the northeast to southeast (for Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival) and back to
    Oregon with lots of stops along the way.

    At home in Fairbanks AK loading dead Honda '79 CBX engine to take to buddy in
    Oregon who has kindly offered to lend his expertise in repairing. It broke a cam chain...
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    truck is loaded
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    Bikes are tied down in the trailer and we're ready to roll.
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    Story continuation will be slow in coming as we truck through Canada and try to
    avoid the nasty fire season they are having in BC. Next stop is Seattle area.
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  2. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    Have a great trip!
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  3. NCMtn

    NCMtn n00b

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    Sounds awesome!! I hope you get a chance to hit the Blue Ridge Parkway while in the S.E.
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  4. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    Looking forward to reading about your trip and repaying a wee little bit of the hospitality you've shown us on one (or both) of your jaunts through Colorado. Safe travels my friends! :beer

    (And the area in NH where my folks live is Sanbornton, NH...see if it falls along your path, I'm sure they'd love to meet you two)
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  5. KHuddy

    KHuddy Survivor

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    See you later this month. Safe travels.
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  6. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Monday Aug 14 9am and down the road. Temps were cool and it was raining, hate to admit it,
    but I was glad we were in the truck. Monday night we stopped near Bear Summit south of Kluane
    Lake on the Alcan. As usual the road surface from the border to Kluane had lots of dips and heaves
    making for slow going towing. About 500 miles today. Good thing we have a camera in the trailer
    to watch the bikes with from in the truck.
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    Tuesday Aug 15. We turned off the Alcan and onto the Cassiar hiway. It has sections that are narrow and twisty
    requiring close attention for towing but a lot of fun if you are on a bike. We rode it on the bikes on our way to
    BMW MOA rally in Billings MT in 2015. Not sure I'll want to tow this road when we go back north in the early winter.
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    Cee making dinner in the trailer's small galley. We stopped for the evening after another couple hours still on
    the Cassiar highway. 600 miles today.
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  7. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Wednesday Aug 16. A long day in truck. Starting from our campsite on the Cassiar hiway (37), then east on
    the Yellowhead (16) to Prince George and beyond. We turned off 16 onto 5 west and stopped for the night
    just outside Valemont, BC. Over 600 miles today and now 1777 miles total since Monday morning.
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    Thursday Aug 17. We crossed the border into Sumas Washington mid-afternoon. Wait time at the border was
    about 15 minutes and pleasant.
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    We rolled into my brother Ralph and his wife Gloria's home in Woodinville just in time for supper.
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    Friday Aug 18. Unloaded the bikes and removed the wheels for new tire install. I had new tires already ordered
    so we took the wheels to Seattle Cycle Center to mount and balance. Its a good shop and we've used them before.
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  8. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Saturday Aug 19. My bike's (2016 BMW R1200 GSA) saddle is pretty good but I'm not sure I'll like it for the
    10,000 miles we'll be on the bikes. I had heard of Rich's Custom Motorcycle Seats and gave them a call to set
    up an appointment for today. Up at 0600 and on the road shortly thereafter to catch the Edmonds to
    Kingston ferry for an 0830 appointment to build me a custom saddle. First time using the BMW/Garmin
    Navigator V GPS in Seattle and it works well though it said I was off course twice when I'm quite sure I took
    the recommended turns.
    On the ferry.
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    Nice shop and they rolled my bike in right away. Check out the beautiful Ducati in front of my bike.
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    The Man at his "art."
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    Finished product. Fits much better than the stock seat . Looking forward to even better fit after 500 miles of "break-in."[​IMG]

    After I got back to my brother's house we went on a boat ride with a friend on Lake Washington and for dinner
    at Ivar's Salmon House on Lake Union. Nice evening!
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    Sunday Aug 20. No work today (other than this report) and enjoy a nice sunny day.
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  9. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Cool. Looks and sounds like a great trip! Say hello to Ralph for me.

    "10 weeks" and you're calling your return "early winter?!?" :yikes :lol3

    Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
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  10. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    We've been in Woodinville at my brother's home. Its been a very nice time with family here.
    I'm taking the truck/trailer to Bend OR tomorrow to begin the CBX engine tear-down for the
    next five days. Will be fun! And then we start the moto part of the journey!! yay.

    Cee took her Guzzi Norge to Moto International today for some repairs and maintenance. They
    called this evening to report they fixed the high idle problem and will start on the intermittent
    starter problem tomorrow. Cee is staying here (in Woodinville) to spend time with her mom and
    will ride down to Bend later this week.

    Moto International has always taken good care of us. Great dealer.
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  11. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Wednesday Aug 22 - Left Woodinville WA for the southbound truck drive to Bend OR
    where it will stay parked until we return in Oct.
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    It got very smokey after I crossed into Oregon. I arrived at my friend, Dave Pauliny's,
    home in the late afternoon. Happy to be done with the first half of the truck drive.
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    Thursday Aug 23 - We unloaded the crate with the bad 1979 Honda CBX engine.
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    And started the tear down
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    Head is off.
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    Cylinder is off.
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    It didn't take long to discover why the cam chain had broken, a bolt that attaches the
    cam chain sprocket to the cam had broken and damaged the cam. The bolt then
    jammed the chain causing to it to snap. This resulted in many bent valves and
    several broken valve guides. But all repairable and parts were ordered today.
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    We'll be here for the next couple days exploring the local roads around Bend on the
    bikes with Dave P as our guide. Its a beautiful area.
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  12. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Friday Aug 25
    This is what bent valves from the CBX engine look like. The broken bolt on
    the right is what caused all the damage.
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    Dave took me for a ride around the countryside on some beautiful roads.
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    Cee rolled in from Woodinville just a few minutes after Dave and I got back from our ride. The Guzzi is running
    much better after its time at Moto I.

    Saturday Aug 26 - Today we organize our gear for departure tomorrow, Sunday, and head for Helena MT.
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  13. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Sunday Aug 27 - Finally
    We left Dave and Loretta's place in Bend this morning on the bikes to begin our cross-country ride. Felt good.
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    We headed east on US26
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    Taking break from the sun behind the gas station in John Day OR.
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    It was hot all day staying in the high 90's most of the time. Temp is shown on the dashboard in lower right corner.
    I think it hit 100 a couple time but it doesn't register over 99.
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    We stopped in Ontario OR thankful to be out of the sun. Tomorrow we will go north toward Salmon ID and maybe
    find a dentist along the way to look at a tooth of mine that is aching since Saturday night.

    We're having fun despite the heat.
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  14. Mrs Mayhem

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    That first day on the bike is the best. Glad to see you two on two wheels!
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  15. KHuddy

    KHuddy Survivor

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    Get used to the heat. It is going to be 90 or better all week in Montana.... and smokey, cough, cough :hair
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  16. QCORider

    QCORider Colorado Rider

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    It's supposed to be in the 90s here in Colorado too this week. I thought we were past that kind of weather this year.
    ...Glad I won't be around for most of it, at least this week.

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  17. Gham

    Gham Long timer

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    Nice start,good luck with the CBX,they deserve saving.
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  18. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    I agree. I've had CBX's since '93 and hope I can get this one back on the road. Great bikes. My '81 for was the main
    ride for several years.
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  19. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Monday Aug 28 - Not as Hot

    We left Ontario OR about 0830 and headed east on I84 in 70 degree temps.
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    And got off I84 just past Boise and went north on SR21
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    The road got very twisty as we rose in altitude, and cooled off to low 60's. It was wonderful.
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    Many signs like this with lots of switchbacks, up and down and up and down and...
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    We stopped in Stanley ID for gas and lunch.
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    We stopped in the shade about 20 miles from Salmon ID for a break. It had warmed up to mid 80's.
    We rolled into Salmon about 3:30, found a dentist and got that sorted out. Checked into a motel and had
    dinner at Bertrams Brewery. Excellent place for food and beer. Tomorrow Helena MT. (and more smoke)
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  20. sundog406

    sundog406 Adventurer

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    I'm enjoying following your journey. I know it's a pain to stop and take all the pics, but thanks for taking the time. Looking forward to tomorrow's photos of the ride over Lost Trail Pass. Helena's been smoked as hell lately. Hope it clears a little for you. Travel safe.
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