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Discussion in 'Canada' started by BOBMUNZ, Jun 6, 2009.
Shhhh. We don't want to scare. Have to break her in gently.
Well, I decided to be an optimist and perform an over due oil change now instead of waiting for freeze-up. Who knows? Might get a few more thousand K on it......of course the back tyre is just about shot right now too and I'd rather leave that until spring.
Sooooooo..... I'll need some oil again in another month or so I guess. Anyone seen any good prices about town on 10W40 MC oil? It was on sale at CT the last time I bought it.
Fun times doing my first change too. Had to run out to Princess Auto for the 8mm allen socket that I wasn't aware that I needed**, then finish up after sun down in the piss poor lighting of the garage. Mad props to those bloody germans for requiring of us 3 different tools to get the skid plate off too (and to make it more interesting one stud came out of the case).
Just shy of 15,000km now. Not bad for mostly commuting. Unless someone has a great suggestion for a new long-lasting back tyre I don't see a lot of point in switching away from the Metzeler. It's worn flat now (hardly surprising), but it's made 15,000 k
** as compensation on the way home I saw someone going down Portage on a yellow sport bike in Biker Scout armor (star wars). I could not get a picture of this awesomeness.
I over balanced and laid my bike down while getting it up on the centre stand to check my oil. A semi controlled drop into gravel and the only thing to touch was my folded up highway peg and one corner of a Vario. I was impressed by this. No damage whatsoever.
Not nearly so hard to pick back up as I thought it might be.
So Esel finally took a dirt nap.
Now if this damned rain would move on I could get going to my afternoon work site. I didn't bring a suit, based on the forecast.
I had to pick up my Goldwing this summer when it fell over on a strangely angled parking lot. Good thing I had help.
I laid down the KLR on my lawn just to see if I can pick it up myself. No problem. Other than the brown spot on the lawn from gas dripping....
A tip over is a scary thing when you are alone, especially when you are under it!
Pride is damaged tho, or? Happens to all of us, and I think we all feel dumb about it afterwards. A few years back I was lying on the ground beside my GL1500 Gold Wing trying to slip (push!) on a new replacement muffler. I accidentally pushed it off the center stand and it fell (Thank God!) to the right away from me. Almost wore 880 lbs of mc :eek1 - No damage other than a scratched mirror (in typical Honda fashion the mirrors fold back), and my pride of course, but it sure scared the crap out of me!
After one similar event, I now tie or strap the center-stand to the front wheel when doing work that requires muscle. :eek1
Clever hint, will try to keep that in mind.
I heard an old local guy from Saskatchewan tell me there is an ancient Native Medicine wheel ( rock circle ) up in the hills in Moose Mountain . One more place I never got to go explore. The local natives may know where it exactly is.
Everything I've read recently indicates that Parks Canada intentionally is not actively "advertising" these aboriginal heritage sites as they're worried about vandalism... and I'm guessing sensitivities. I'm all for checking out this kind of stuff, if able. I know Chief Sitting Bull and his tribe fled across the border and took refuge in Cypress Hills after the massacre at Little Bighorn in Montana - you think the site of their camp would be known and marked!? Am always surprised this stuff isn't more accessible. Little known fact - at Pilot Mound one of the larger (largest?) battles was fought... 597 Indians massacred by approximately 1500 buffalo hunters. Alongside the highway is a very carefully (ambiguously) worded sign marking the spot. More on that here: http://www.pilotmound.com/history.shtml,
and here: http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/hrb/plaques/plaq0923.html
Worth checking out, but not much to see...
I have the Backroad Mapbook for southern Saskatchewan, and there is lots of info in it. Thats how I found most of the better roads and other things. The photo is of the buffalo jump site....
I am not a big history buff, but its cool to stop and "know" what you are riding past. From a distance the sea of blue almost looks like water...
Theres some cool riding in the prairies. The photos below are south of Oxbow, where the Souris Valley route begins,past the old house before dropping into the hidden valley.
Great photos Karri.
Great scoop on the Sherpas. Here's the nice one Thorne scored from Wpg.
Priceless! Great pics. I have the MB mapbook, bought the Rockie Mtn .pdf mapbook, but should get the SK & AB ones too. They allow you to do graveltravel confident that you won't dead end in the middle of nowhere!
There are a lot of Sherpas out there.... Kind of like Unicorns though, not seen very often.
A few more pics:
The previously mentioned low-level crossing when it's passable.
And when it's not:
Souris valley west of hwy 9
The Moose Mtn roads : the water takes forever to evaporate, there's no drainage. I contemplated this section, when a quad side by side came out and said its a lot worse the further in you go
The Coulee near the buffalo jump site
Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing!
There's enough season left to go explore before winter sets in....
One more photo then I'll shut up ( for a while) ! Looking down at 2 KLR & the tent from Castle Butte
The photos make me want to load the bike up & head out ( but not gonna )
Back to your reg scheduled program....
Nice photos Kari. Looks like fun.
I am so very glad that Karri has the eye to appreciate the subtle beauties of our prairie landscape...Great photos Karri...
I personally just got back from doing my "Late September Fall Colours Tour to Hadashville Manitoba"...I saw lots of red gold grains, yellow and orange trees, lots of variations on the colour gray; rode about 8 kms down a gravel road rapidly turning into a slurry, and thoroughly washed my jacket in the process. Did I mention that for some reason I did not see another biker in the 212 kms I put on this afternoon?
Bunch'o'coffee-shoppers in this province, or what? Wusses, for sure...