Going north makes my bike go south.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by hardwaregrrl, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. grnKLR650

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    Hey looks like it was a great trip even though the bike had it's issues.:clap

    Of course you made me feel gulity for not submitting a report from my RAC.
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  2. ringo

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    Hey Jenna did you get the poopy pants while on the bridge? Awesome trip, nice write up. The new tank and other mods look great on the ST.
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  3. K75STER

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    Nice RR, What helmet are you using in the self portrait-looks like an internal retractable visor thingamajig

    How do you like it??
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  4. hardwaregrrl

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    Hey all, thanks for the support. never have done one before. had nothing to write about, "went to work, some dude almost rearended me, gave him a dirty look, drank beer" Ohh, exciting!!! K75, Arai XD3, no visor just my beautiful black ass hair. Poopy pants just reminded me of being a hooligan kid again. just made me smile. I did get a little pee pee pants in excitement!!! TMI thanks all!!!
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  5. hardwaregrrl

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    Got up around 4.30am to take my morning S&S, then I remembered I forgot to bring a towel...yeah quick dry socks!!! I am a moron, I only learn from my mistakes. Had a spot of tea and oatmeal to rearup for my IronButt!! Got to the crotchy lady's gas station, bought a can of spagettios, and asked the guy behind the counter to be my start witness. he didn't hesitate, wished me luck, and told me to be very careful around the lake...Okay?

    So for my first real trip, and my first try for an Iron Butt, I was given the best weather to do it in!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/2969550450/" title="38degrees by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3288/2969550450_f0362058d1.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="38degrees" /></a>
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    It was 38 and a steady drizzle. f'ing great, really nice, thanks for that, yes i am a big baby

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/2968712573/" title="iron by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3166/2968712573_2a9b46fa2e.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="iron" /></a>
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  7. hardwaregrrl

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    Took me about 45 minutes to cross the border into CA. Sault Ste Marie was pretty hectic compared to hwy28 in the UP. Hey did you know that if it's rainy and cold in the states and then you cross the border into Canada, the weather is the same?! Now you do! It was so beautiful and just barren on the kings hwy17, you have to have some thick skin to live and work up here, even canadian moose are bad ass!!!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/2968714431/" title="moose by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3241/2968714431_4cfda53f48_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="moose" /></a>

    So, about 350miles into my journey i noticed my battery meter kept kicking up on my IMO. WTF!? 11.7volts!! Shit, this can't be good. The display began to fade so I pulled over here...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/2968716305/" title="ob1 by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3236/2968716305_2222c94b5f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="ob1" /></a>
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  8. hardwaregrrl

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    Now, I am no dumb ass but basic electrics just don't want to stay in my brain. I've changed the Rotor in my /5 but that was because someone else with knowledge told me to. I hadn't brought a voltmeter with me anyway, and I was in the middle of nowhere, 'bout 126miles to the next gas station. So I did what I knew...I removed all the bulbs and turned the IMO off, cleaned the terminals and bump started the bitch...now I need a nap. Hauled ass to the next town, Terrece Bay, and she died on me right there coasting in to the parking lot of the citgo. Not sure what to do since T-mobile sucks and there was no payphone around, I went inside, put my sad face on and asked the clerk for a battery charge. No such luck...back outside. Then I had a great idea, I could ask someone for help!!! I am stubborn... So the first guy I see is wearing dark grey dickies head to toe and a pair of georgia boots. I liked the looks of this dude, so I asked him for a jump. So he gave me one, it lacked style but he got a good 8 inches of height off the ground...smart ass.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/2969188285/" title="tony by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3207/2969188285_2d999cb276_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="tony" /></a>
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    Tony...that dude saved my ass. He was a union pipefitter that was removing a sprinkler system in a plant down the street that had closed. He was staying down the street at the Norwood hotel where the tenents were either working on the plant or shooting moose. I followed him back there and hooked the bike up to the van for an hour...I'm not going to make it, the iron butt is over, oh well, now its a real adventure!!! No rooms at the norwood, but Tony fixed that.. He got Pat the manager to call the other rooms being held and one guy was still 6hours away from his room, so I got it for the nite!!! Ahhh, warm shower with a towel, clean clothes, and Tonys got a drag racing buddy down the street with a battery charger, sweet.
    The Norwood Crew
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  10. hardwaregrrl

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    Otto
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    Dude posed for this one!!! He had some hoped up mid 80's mustang that he was selling the motor out of, they talk cars and drag racing for a bit, he offed us some puff, and wished me luck. We talked Urals with BMW motors in them and how in the hell are you supposed to change the oil filter?! Otto rules, he's in Terrace Bay if you need him, Birkenstocks and all...thats why they call it dope. Yee haw!!!
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  11. whitewater18

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    great ride report!!!! :lurk
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  12. hardwaregrrl

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    thanks whitewater
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    Had some weird Canadian take on chinese food. Tony warned me it wouldn't be quite what I expected, but the Molson hit the spot!! Hooked the old girl up on trickle for the nite and slept like a rock.
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    So the plan was for me to head to Thunder Bay and find the Excalibur crew to see what they could do to get my ass home...I woke up to a newspaper clipping with the address, hope I can make it!!
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    Dang this place is beautiful!!
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  14. GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB

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    Howdy neighbor. Really enjoying the report. :lurk Please finish it. :thumb
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  15. configurationspace

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    Photo from almost the same place, but 5 years ago.

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    Once you get to Manitoba the Chinese-Canadian food starts to include pierogies.

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  16. hardwaregrrl

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    I just can't stress enough how gorgeous it is up here on the northern end of lake superior. Just breathtaking, and the people never let me down. I had so many people asking me questions every time I stopped. No one even looked at me in the states, and the funny thing about the Canadians, they thought I was nuts to be riding at this time of the year!! I'm not staying, just passing through.!! Maybe it was because I'm a woman and I'm by myself, but that didn't feel like the reason, I just think they thought I was nuts. But boy, they kept me company, I never felt like I was alone will in Canada. Anyway, I made it to Thunder Bay and found my way to Excalibur. Those guys were on it straight away. I explained the situation and that I needed to get home under my own power and not a U-Haul. Well, they are pretty limited in BMW airhead knowledge, but made up for it in a McGuyver way!!! Larry, the owner, welcomed me with open arms and then had to leave to play hockey. You Crazy Cannucks!! And Billy and his service boys came up with this crazy idea...<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/2972153448/" title="battery by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3193/2972153448_cd6d2f7556_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="battery" /></a>
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    Anybody need a battery for you boat? Only used for 3 days. Well, they got me back on the road with just enough daylight left to make it to Duluth MN. I bought a battery charger and Billy figured I could ride with no headlights for about 8 hours, then an overnite charge should keep me going till I hit Atlanta. So off I went ... Didn't get pics of the boys at Excalibur, but heres me leaving...<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/2974805484/" title="excalibur by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3003/2974805484_8053b7526f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="excalibur" /></a>
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  18. hardwaregrrl

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    So off to Minnesota, you betcha!!! It was a bit off a scary ride for me. Having that extra 60lbs strapped so high just made the bike pretty hard to handle. As it is, I am only 5'4" and I can barely reach the kickstand to get it up, so everytime I parked I had to strategically place myself parralel to a curb so I could weight my right foot enough to reach the stand. Well I decided to take a little break north of Duluth, just outside of Grand Marais at Cascade River State Park. And wouldn't you just know it, I put a bit too much weight on the kickstand while I dismounted and it bent!!
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    Awww shit...this isn't going to be fun. Glad I just filled my tank with a gazillion gallons, oh look, it's purging itself for me..! Now it'll be eaiser to pick up?
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    Now, I'm not one to usually ask for help. I am pretty pigheaded and I really can throw my small size around pretty good. Been in construction for 15 years and I can hold my own with the best of them. But shit, I was really tired and came pretty close to breaking down. Can you believe 5 people drove by me and didn't stop or even call out the window to see if I was okay?! Is this what cagers expect to see out of a motorcyclist, or are they all as blind as we suspect. I got to a little argument with my sister about health insurance while I was visiting in Michigan. She constantly bitches at me about getting ins. I try to explain the costs are staggering and I'm not married to someone who works in hospital that provides their employees wonderful health insurance. I also stated that until I get a straight answer about coverage in the event of a motorcycle crash by an insurance agent, I'm not going to pay upwards of 400$/month if it isn't going to do dick for me!!! She doesn't blame them a bit for denying us coverage. She actually stated this: "When I see a 'biker' going 80mph on the highway, I think he's asking for it! So I don't blame Insurance companys one bit for not covering you!!" I really hate ignorance. I knew I smelled something.
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    So i finally flagged somebody down and asked them for help. His response: "what do you need?". Really, you don't notice anything weird about my bike?! God, people can be really stupid. Anyway, he helped me get it back on the stand, and I reloaded. On to Duluth. Man, that highway system through Duluth is nuts!! The exit and entrance ramps are all decreasing radius curves and they are super short. It was quite a job finding my way to the Aerostich factory. And it seemed to be in a pretty seedy part of town. But I was glad to be there. Got myself a Wolfman tank bag, some ear plugs, and helmet speakers. It was cool to see where my suit was made, you couldn't pry this thing away from me. I love it. Here's a bad pic of the bike out front.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/2971298225/" title="aerostich by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3224/2971298225_f6eda6154e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="aerostich" /></a>
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