First Adventure Ride / Holy Cow now I have to ride all the way back home.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Subcool, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Subcool

    Subcool Adventurer

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    I bought the 2008 KLR650 brand new and spent a few years adding farkles and luggage as money allowed.

    After drooling over photos of other members ride reports, it was time to take a trip.

    I live in Toledo, Ohio and decided that a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan would be a great first trip.

    I set my departure date (after receiving permission from my wife). I was leaving on June 9th and would return on the 16th.

    I serviced the bike and checked everything, I then added all of the Wolfman dry bags and had a sleepless night waiting for morning to leave.

    I decided to check the tire pressure one more time before mounting up and looked with horror at a crack in the sidewall of my rear tire that was just replaced the previous summer. EPIC FAILURE TO LAUNCH

    I spent all day on the phone with no tire to be found, I hit the internet and ordered a set of MEFOs to be delivered the next week.

    My boss also a motorcycle rider was nice enough to let me reschedule my vacation from work.

    This is me ready to leave on June 17th.

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  2. Subcool

    Subcool Adventurer

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    I left the house in good spirits with my wife waving goodbye. (I think she may have been counting how much life insurance I had)

    I hit I-75 North bound and twisted the throttle. I was going to overnight at my sisters house just north of Flint Michigan.

    My longest ride to date had only been 90 miles so I thought a run of 130 miles would be a good first day.

    I only stopped about 10 times to check my luggage and tighten some straps.

    I made it to my sisters house with no issues and she made me a great dinner and I played with my nephews.

    Tomorrow I plan to make it to the bridge. woohoo
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  3. Moparmanpete

    Moparmanpete The Cracken has risen!...maybe? NOPE

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    :lurk
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  4. Subcool

    Subcool Adventurer

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    I pulled out of my sisters house in good spirits and once again headed North.

    I was making great time humming along thinking life doesn't get any better, and now its raining, bummer.

    I stopped under and overpass and put on all of my rain gear and pulled out again, kept the speed down to about 60 not having much experience with the new MEFO tires.

    The bridge was 220 miles away, this was going to be a long ride for me, especially if it didn't quit raining.

    The sun came back out and then I found that the expressway was grooved, Added grooved road to my list of things that suck.

    I took a couple breaks and before I knew it I could see sign that I was approaching the bridge.

    Warning signs were also saying that a high wind warning was in effect on the bridge.

    I wheeled in to the KOA at the base of the bridge and set up camp for the night.

    Happiness is setting up a tent under the stars.

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  5. Subcool

    Subcool Adventurer

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    Day three I woke up appreciating the fact that I had set up my tent on high ground as my neighbors were hanging up dripping sleeping bags. It had rained all night.

    I packed up the bike and headed for the bridge.

    I started across and was in the paved lane, moments later I ran into the construction barrels and was forced over onto the grated lane.

    Legs spread wide, I slowed to about 5 Mph and wondered if I would fall first, or die of the heart attack that I could feel coming on.

    I made it to the other side but made a note to bring more clean underwear if I did this ride again.

    I headed into St. Ignace to start my adventure into the Hiawatha State forest.

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    I have ridden some dirt with this bike before but never loaded with all of the luggage I had on board.

    I started slow and just enjoyed the ride.

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    This is awesome !!! I am never going home.

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    Just up past this area I was splashing puddles and a big doe jumped across the path about 6 feet in front of me.

    Next time I need to have a video camera mounted on the bike!!!

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    Do the canteens make my butt look too big?

    Time to find a camping area I have been riding all day and I am ready to shut it down for the night.

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    Small state park camping area with just a dozen spots. I was the only occupant.

    Kind of spooky at night. Good think I was packing heat.

    Do they have Zombies in the UP?
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  6. Subcool

    Subcool Adventurer

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    No bears or Zombies it was a good night.

    More riding in the forest today and then I am going to drop down onto route 2 and ride along the coast back toward the bridge.

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    The bridge is showing up in the distance and I dread riding the bridge grates to get back home.

    I am going to cross the bridge and try to get a 100 miles in before finding a campground for the night.

    The crosswind on the highway was suck factor 10 so I only made it 75 miles before finding a campground.

    I was worn out from the gusting wind.

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    Set up for the night in a KOA and cooking dinner.

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    Yummy chicken and rice my own recipe.

    In the morning I am back on the road to my sisters house to overnight.
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  7. Subcool

    Subcool Adventurer

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    I packed up my campsite and headed south.

    It was another windy day on the highway and it was work to keep the bike upright.

    I was racing a rainstorm that was coming from the North West.

    I made it to my sisters house without having to break out the rain gear.

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    My nephew Jack trying on the gear.

    He cant wait until his mom lets him tag along on one of my trips.

    We are going to stay up late and watch movies. Woohoo

    Tomorrow its back to Toledo.
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  8. Subcool

    Subcool Adventurer

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    I packed up the bike after breakfast and mounted up for the ride to Toledo.

    I was sad that the week of riding went by so fast, but it was a great time.

    Next trip North I need more time.

    I had a great ride back to Toledo without and crosswind.

    Things I learned on my trip:

    Grooved road sucks

    Bridge grates suck

    Carry more drinking water - I had my camelback and two canteens. I made sure to fill them every chance I got.

    I had a bunch of spare parts along and needed nothing:

    Spare tubes for front and rear
    Tire Irons
    Spare chain
    Master links
    Spark plug
    Headlight bulb
    Tail light bulb
    Tire air pump
    Hand tool assortment
    Engine oil - I did use some of this
    Clutch cable
    Shift Lever

    Never look at the sign that says "you are here" it scared me in the UP when I realized how far from home I was.

    And best of all- The whole tripped rocked and I cant wait to take a longer one !!!

    Trip total mileage 1150 miles

    The KLR performed well I was very proud of it.


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    Thank You all for reading my first trip report.
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  9. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Great report. Welcome to the ASYLUM or addiction,or whatever. It sure looks like you were well loaded. Anyone ever suggest that a motorcycle trip is "just a packpacking trip on 2 wheels"? I keep cutting down on the stuff I take, and making do without. Seems like most of the junk I didn't need anyway. So where is next?
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  10. Moparmanpete

    Moparmanpete The Cracken has risen!...maybe? NOPE

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    Very nice! :clap
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  11. ThumperStorm

    ThumperStorm Long timer

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    Thanks for sharing your report. Seems like you took it all in stride and had a great time.:thumbup
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  12. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Thanks for the report. Nice to see that you skipped the hotels and camped instead... A much more enjoyable experience IMO. When and where is your next trip going to be?
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  13. rockinrog

    rockinrog Long timer

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    Thx for sharing. Enjoyed your RR.
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  14. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    Very cool and thanks for posting .Where are you going next? These reports are fantastic - I keep plugging in spots that I have to see in the US and that I have to ride - next year maybe!!!
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  15. Fasnacht

    Fasnacht Been here awhile

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    Enjoyed your report...Nice job.
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  16. 0theories

    0theories Enthusiastically Skeptical

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    Great report. Bet if feels great to have the 1k+ mile ride under the ol' belt :evil Before you know it you'll be hitting other countries, then continents... Have fun!!
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  17. laughatmyvanagon111

    laughatmyvanagon111 Wet Side of the Mountains

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    Tacoma, WA and Williamsburg
    Nice RR, enjoyed reading it as I"ve never been up that way.

    That bike looks really loaded, for a second there I thought you were going on a longer trip! :evil All joking aside though packing is all part of the process. As someone else said, you figure out what you need and what you can do without as time goes on.

    Great looking bike and make sure to post up your next adventure. :clap
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  18. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Nice adventure.

    About cracks in the sidewall of tires. I do not worry much about them. What you are seeing is the thin rubber coating on the outside of the sidewall that has "weather cracks" they do not effect the over intergraty of the tire. In fact I have had brand new tires show cracks after one year. I have pulled tires off of bikes that have sat in the desert sun for many year with tons of cracks in them. Not only in the sidewalls but along the knobs. Threw them on my bike and rode the piss out if it over rocks on the highway... That might not have been the best idea. But 2 year old tires with a little side wall weather checking. Ride on brother JOHN.
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  19. hoebster

    hoebster Been here awhile

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    good to see new people taking their first trips. i am from the Toledo / Bowling Green area, and took lots of trips around the country from there. It doesn't take much to see that Toledo really has nothing but humidity and flat land. Venture south my friend. Even SE Ohio has some awesome roads, woods and scenery. Then, keep going south towards the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and you will be drooling. You may have to take the wife there, she shops during the day, while you ride....you get my point.

    Enjoy!!!!
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  20. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    SoCal
    Great RR. Love first adv ride reports. Yours was exceptionally child like. I mean it was like listening my children's first bus ride ever to their first day of school ever.
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