GS trans-plant ride 2006

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AnnieGS, May 23, 2006.

  1. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    It all started out innocently enough...a PM to Steverino, a tank of gas, gear for eight days, parts en route to VA via UPS, and a map. My departure on Sunday (5/14/06) was a little damp.

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    My new gearbox awaits...
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  2. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    I made a quick trip into town for coffee and breakfast with my friend George (he's 73). After finishing my poached eggs on toast with a side of sausage, George took this parting shot as I headed back home to pick up the few items that I forgot to stuff in my tank bag. Sigh.

    The start of this journey was also marked by an unsolicited diatribe offered up by a stranger cautioning me about the deathly risks I was taking and a description of his wife's horrific MC accident that took her leg. Thanks, dude. That's just what I needed to hear before I hit the road. :bluduh

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    Dammit. I forgot the blue bucket.
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  3. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    Intermittent showers persisted through the morning as I headed south to meet up with my brother in Bloomington. 20 minutes of rain followed by 20 minutes of sunshine followed by 20 minutes of rain...

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    visor up, visor down. visor up, visor down. visor up, visor down.

    Jonh's room-mate captured our departure and giggled as he watched me climb up on top of the GS. He even offered me a milk crate to use as a step.

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    Now my brother John and I are very similar creatures; stubborn, crabby, downright surly at times, you name it. We haven't exactly gotten along well in the past, but time and distance seemed to be on our side and I asked him if he'd like to tag along with me for an ADV-style week on the road.

    I figured our trip together would either last 8 days, or an hour and a half.
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  5. Hair

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    Annie every time that you go on a trip try to pack one less item.

    From the looks of things it's still going to take some time for you to get down to the "stuff that you really need". But what the heck. You may as well give it a try.


    It’s great to see you riding that thing.
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  6. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    Now John is a pretty smart guy. He's finishing his PhD on the History and Philosophy of Science, with a math minor. He also works on transcribing Isaac Newton's alchemy notes. Really. Seriously. The kid is a brainiac.

    So I was telling him about the official back-up plan if everything went to pot with the bike work.

    "Worst case, we'll just grab a U-haul, stuff the bikes in the back, and head for home."

    John replied:

    -"Wouldn't the existence of a back-up plan imply that we had a plan to begin with? "

    Smart kid.


    We left Bloomington via Columbus and took US 421 south to cross the Ohio river at Madison, IN. Rain had caught up with us and it started pouring seconds after we left the bridge. We took cover underneath the bridge for about 30 minutes as we waited for the really heavy stuff to quit.

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    Bank parking. As opposed to riverbed parking. :dunno
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  7. Gummee!

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  9. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    We rode south in the rain along some roads lined with old Kentucky farms - mile after mile of low flatstone fences, mile after mile of drizzle. The rain got heavier and wetter into the late afternoon, so we called it quits in Georgetown.

    I really did have waaaay too much shit (read: clothes) with me.

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    The next morning brought overcast but dry skies and we pressed on for VA. via US 460 . Three girls in the lobby of the public library took great interest in John as he donned his rain gear in the parking lot but the rain kept them inside as he girded his loins.

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    The route was beautiful but damp -- we did have to wait out a brief hail storm (!) as we crossed the KY/VA state line. Thankfully, the skies dried up again as we continued into VA.

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  10. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    There's a little behind-the-scenes story that some of you might not be familar with. Last May I got the surprise of my life when dizave offered me an interesting project. The RT had already made it into his stable when he asked if I'd like to give his old GS a home. There's a whole thread about this saga - if you're interested, you can find it here.


    Now I knew that a 'free' bike would probably cost me a little scratch and a lot of work for a while, but I jumped at the chance and started tending to the details. One such detail was a hairline crack in on the right side of the transmission, just underneath the footpeg mounting bracket. The achilles heel of this era of GS -- a deeper crack will take out the swingarm pivot. Dizave had smacked it about 50,000 miles earlier and zip-tied the shifter-lever back on since the threads were blown out by the impact. That zip-tie had certainly served him well, but I really wanted to do it right. While the bike still ran and shifted smoothly, Steverino pointed to a nice used transmission that turned up in Flea Market and offered to assist with installation. This all happened last July when my time and money were scarce. Let's just say that Steve was generous and held a friendly lien on the tranny for a while until my sewing business picked up. Thanks, dood.

    In the mean time, I was waiting for the break in my schedule for a trip to VA to do the dirty work. August turned to November and I couldn't manage to get out of town. Winter came and went. I spent my time farkling the GS and gathering my courage to take a long trip that would encompass the installation and perhaps a stop at the Eastern Gathering in Hot Springs. The plan was finalized in late April with remarkably sparse communication.

    "Dear Steve: I can be there the week of May 16th - will your lift be free?"

    "Sure."


    Sure. So I gathered the parts list and preparing for the worst-case (read: bad main seal, yadda yadda), I went shopping.

    Cha-ching.
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  15. AnnieGS

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    We got to Christiansburg around 6:00 and pulled into the gigantic 'World of Fumes' gas station at the first C'burg exit. Unbeknownst (izzat a word?) to me, my power outlet fuse had blown sometime earlier in the day and my GPS batteries had gone south. So much for PhilSpace's handy waypoints. Sigh. I called Steve and he rode out to retrieve us. I could hear the sweet growl of the KTM's Remus long before I saw orange.

    We rode the last few blocks to Steverino's Bed, Breakfast, and Home for Wayard BMW's. I pulled into the garage, dismounted, and started to pop the GS up on the centerstand. I must have been a little nervous because my lizard brain took over and tried to push the fully-loaded beast over on the right. My girlish screams drew Steve and John's attention and they saved me from even more embarrassment. After unloading (the poor thing looked like an over-burdened pack mule), the GS got parked on the lift where it would remain for the next 48 hours.

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    Gwen and Johnathan pulled up about five minutes after our arrival - introductions were made and hugs were exchanged. We had about 45 seconds of chit-chat before Steve fired up the compressor, started thumping his chest and grunting, and began tearing stuff off the bike. The time was 6:30 pm.

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    Now I'm that person that has the masking tape, the sharpie, the muffin pan and the pre-labelled egg carton placed neatly on the white tablecloth on the workbench, marking every part and fastener as it is removed and placing it carefully in the order of disassembly. I was beginning to write out a label when I heard more grunting and ratcheting and the sound of metallic objects crashing into one another. Let's just say that Steve and I have slightly different work styles. My OCD was screaming as Steve clipped zip ties and flung nuts and bolts over his shoulder into a pile. Literally.

    Steve made fun of me as I removed the rear wheel with the tool-kit lug wrench. I had just broken the last bolt free when he comes around to my side of the bike with a gi-normous breaker bar. Well.

    Footpeg brackets, airbox intakes, clamps, tubes, wires, spaghetti....it was all coming off. The flurry of activity slowed as we worked the exhaust clamps loose to remove the cat. Some four-, eight- and even a few twelve-letter words were uttered as the clamps were not eager to yield. A little PB break-free, a little hammer action,and finally the cat slipped free.

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    Congratulations, Steve. It's a boy!!!
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    Great seeing ya, Annie :deal

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  17. ilmostro

    ilmostro Under Da Sea

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    Gear for 8 days? :huh

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    Maybe for a high school foot ball team. :razor

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  18. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    Half of that stuff was for my toilette du matin and pour mettez dessus le maquillage.
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  19. Gummee!

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    I ain't met a girl YET that could pack light. :nah ALLATIME its 'ohmydoGIhavetohavemyhairdryer!' and 'Ijustcan'tleavewithoutTHESEcutepants!' :baldy

    Good thing you weren't trying to ride TWO UP!!

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  20. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    OK, gear-whore defense mode on.

    • Top case: nearly empty, as I needed to carry some of John's camping stuff (poles, thermarest, yadda yadda) since he doesn't have any luggage on the VFR.
    • Side cases: held the road-trip tool kit, spares/some parts, extra gloves and jacket, lots of room left for campsite incidentals (read: beer).
    • AnnieBag (big black roll-top): tent, sleeping bag, thermarest, pillow
    • BMW drybag: clothes/toiletries
    • Tank panniers: set of rain gear on one side, bike cover on the other.
    • Tanbk bag: tank bag stuff.


    I certainly brought more clothes than necessary but everything else was used on the trip. :fitz
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