Hans and Franz Pump Up Alaska

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Project Mayhem, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    Many, many thanks to @bobfab for letting me ride his '82 GS1100 yesterday :rayof...I had such a huge grin on my face when I got back to work! Just a little bop around town but it was really awesome to be riding again- first time since my fall on the Denali, a bit over 7 months ago. :dunno
    I wanted to hug him, but much to everyone's relief I managed to contain myself.
    Yesterday we got our one-way tickets to Fairbanks for July's 'restart' so it's all coming together!
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    Really glad to see this.
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    Happy to see you're back in the saddle!!!!
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    WOW.....hang in there mate!

    Following this one to the end.

    HF :thumbup
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    Good luck on your restart.:thumb
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  6. Project Mayhem

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    Hannah and I got back yesterday evening from a 'quick' trip to Fairbanks...two days of travel for two days in Alaska.
    Inmate @Solarmoose and his wife met us as we were picking up our rental car at the airport and took us to dinner at an Italian place in downtown Fairbanks. Good food, good conversation & we were treated to a live jazz trio with one of their friends on drums. After which we headed back to their place to get settled, have a look at the shop and get to know each other.

    Hannah and all the gear we were dragging up there waiting for the bus to the airport.
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    The view we were forced to endure.
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    We got started fairly early on Saturday morning- Rolled Hans out of the ConX and into the shop and started tearing him down. The windshield & headlight cover were trashed (already known) as was the left side Zega Pro case (38L). The new windshield was there waiting for us and we brought the new can and headlight cover with us. (sidenote: with a handle of some sort the 38L Zega Pro made a pretty good carry-on bag)
    David and I continued to strip Hans down, pulling Denali Highway rocks & dirt out of various places as we went. Tank- Off, front fender & associated bits- Off...and so on. What it really came down to was this: The bracket which holds the oil cooler/headlight/gauge cluster & windscreen in place was smashed (so was the idiot light unit). One of the little mounting tabs on the side of the fender was broken off, the rear subframe is ever so slightly tweaked, the left side pannier rack is badly bent, and the right can (45L) had a small dent (mostly solved with a mallet)- everything else was just pushed around a bit (bars, driving lights, etc.), scratched and dirty. All in all, not too bad.
    Meanwhile, Hannah and Cee rode to town and ran errands on their bikes. Hannah was so very happy to be riding her beloved Franz again...10 months away has been hard.

    We figured out the part numbers for the bracket (technically called the 'front panel carrier') and idiot light unit then got things put back together. After which we got him fired up to make sure everything sounded normal. (which it did)
    I checked the play on the front and rear wheels and all seemed good there- no movement and they both spun as expected. All four of us then hopped on bikes- David on his K-bike, Cee on her Norge, Hannah on Franz and me on David's '16 1200GSA, and rode down to town for dinner at Lemongrass Thai- Tasty! I loved that GSA...I need one. Badly.
    When we got back I hopped on Hans for a quick spin down the road for an initial assessment. I only rode the ~1 mile down to the paved road and back but all seemed and felt normal (aside from the headlight/gauge housing being held in place with a stout bungee cord). This made an already good evening even better. :-)

    On Sunday Hannah and I drove the ~150 miles to Cantwell to check on our friend's cabin and see if there was any gear that we had left there.
    (the 'main' cabin & yours truly)
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    Mission accomplished we turned around and headed back to Fairbanks. It was overcast with spotty rain for most of the drive but it was still quite pretty and much nicer than the last time we were on that road (Parks Highway). We tried to stop at 49th State Brewing for lunch but it wasn't open yet (as in not open for the season) so we ate at Healy Thai Food which is between 49th State & the gas station- pork Drunken Noodles & Massaman Curry with tofu. Not as good as Lemongrass, but still quite tasty.
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    I do love good Drunken Noodles
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    The curry was hot, both thermally and spice-wise, and the tofu & potatoes were like lava...but it was excellent!
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    That last evening was spent consolidating & packing the gear we were leaving, moving Hans & Franz back to the ConX, and cleaning up the mess we had made in David's shop. (followed by a tasty dinner with our hosts of course)
    4:30AM Monday morning we were on our way to the airport and we got home right about 6PM. We now know the status of my bike (additional parts have been ordered) and have made some new friends. David and Cee are an excellent example of the ADV community and an illustration of how close & helpful our little world of like-minded moto-crazy mile munchers can be.

    We're headed back to Fairbanks on the 25th of July with the last of our gear for a couple days of wrenching/packing/shake-down before embarking on our return journey...I can hardly wait.
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  7. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    Glad to see you back on the bike....
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    Congrats to being reunited!!!

    Ps: the correct spelling is connex :)


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  9. Project Mayhem

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    It was great to meet you two in person and glad you could sort out your GS's issues to get her back on the road.
    See you in July!
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    Awesome to see the comeback!
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  13. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    You know it Tim...we'll be following your upcoming adventure and if there's anything we can do for you & your friends while you're in our 'sphere of influence' just let us know.
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    Awaiting the resumption of your adventure. Good to see that Hans is fixable without too much fuss. Have a great trip.
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  15. Bugzy

    Bugzy 2014 VStrom DL1000a

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    Bring a steering stabilizer with you to install, it will help prevent that tank slapper.
    Cudo's for even contemplating finishing that trip after what you went through, amazing stuff.
  16. Project Mayhem

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    Thank you and I've thought about it. Dampers for the 1150 are hard to come by- From what I've found it's either the RallyeMoto unit, which is quite pricey (but not out of the question), or figure out & fabricate a mount for something more moderate. I'll reexamine it as I think you're right in its possible (probable?) utility. :thumbup

    We just had a storm come through and dump about 30" of snow at our place- will be a muddy mess for a while as all that melts. Funny, to me at least, that it's nicer/warmer/less snowy in Fairbanks than it is in northern Colorado at the moment.
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    So I guess I won't be riding by you anytime soon! You have to send me your addy for next time I'm in the hood!!


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  18. Project Mayhem

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    I was looking at the maps we have on the wall with our intended routes highlighted and thought to go over my fuel records. Here's the breakdown for Hans:
    3,759 miles as of the last fill in Delta Junction, AK
    Average distance between fuel stops- 131.6 miles
    Shortest distance between fuel stops- 52 miles
    Longest distance between fuel stops- 209.7 miles
    Total number of fuel stops- 30
    Volume of fuel consumed- 91.466 gallons (52.527 gallons (198.55L) consumed in Canada)
    Average fuel economy- 41MPG
    Total fuel cost (US $)- approx. $323.42
    Average price (US $)- US: $2.91/gal, Canada: $4/gal
    Highest price paid (US $)- US: $3.49/gal in Chicken, AK (87 octane); Canada: $4.53/gal in Liard River, BC (87 octane)
    Lowest price paid (US $)- US: $2.63/gal in Red Lodge, MT (91 octane); Canada: $3.44/gal in Hinton, AB (91 octane)

    I need to find @Mrs Mayhem 's fuel sheet and see what the fuel used & mileage looks like for Franz. I know she *usually* gets better mileage but out on the wide open stretches I think it evens out some since Hans doesn't have to work as hard to maintain the sustained higher speeds.
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  19. BMWBUD

    BMWBUD Cancer SUX, Life is Good

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    Great to see your update. Nancy and I are in Highlands Ranch for our grandson's HS graduation. Supposed to be at 9 on Friday, was held at 9 on Saturday.

    Took a short ride up to Echo Lake today. Enjoyed seeing the snow in the high country.

    Best of luck on the upcoming "We're Back" ride!
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  20. BishopRL

    BishopRL Pass Bagger

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    Vic, nice meeting you Saturday at Performance Cycle's bike night. Best to you and Mrs. Mayhem as you continue your Alaska adventure in July.
    My cousin and I are finalizing our plans to ride to Hyder, starting on August 13.
    ... Randy B
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