I think ALCAN, I think ALCAN - 47 Days & 16,300 Miles

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by DataDaddy, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing Super Moderator

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    With the stars aligned and the kitchen passes in place, let the adventure begin. Since I have good high speed access at this point, I will jump right into the report. The back story and other information will be added...

    First leg is Starkville, MS to San Diego, CA. I have a conference there and it's basically on the way, sort of :D

    Day One rolls around with the bike mostly reassembled and me mostly ready to go:lol3 Found that I had forgotten to put the tankbag straps back on the bike :bluduh

    Got that fixed...
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    and here is our intrepid adventurer about to head off into the <STRIKE>sunset</STRIKE> Mississippi summer at noon...
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    rolling bags make great wheelie bars :deal

    The first day's goal is Dallas, TX and the home of Trip. The start was about 2 hours later than I wanted it to be, but what's a couple hours in the grand scheme of things....

    Here is the new cockpit layout...
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    and here is the starting odometer reading, just for the record.
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    Let's go find Trip... Dallas HO!
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    Everyone always finds interesting things to see and beautiful landscapes to capture. This really adds to the ride reports. I found some cool stuff as well...

    These are pine trees :norton Saw a lot of them at the start of the ride.
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    I ran across Mississippi on Hwy 82. There is a pretty cool part of that road when you drop down out of the hills onto the delta. Maybe 100ft change in altitude, no much but pretty dramatic. You go from rolling hills to board flat in about a half mile...
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    Once on the Delta, you see lots of cotton...
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    and catfish ponds. Eat Mississippi Catfish :spam
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    Waited for a train and thought of GasPipe :wave
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    mobile art, an added feature of today's modern railroads... :lol3
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    The Mississippi Delta is rich with history. Much of the history of the blues has its roots here. There are blues tours, clubs, and museums throughout the Delta. The home of one such legend is Leland, MS. Many of you know him, he was a pretty well known banjo player.
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    Ol' Kermit hangs in this crib
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    The museum has a big collection of Muppet collectibles and photographs. Jim Henson was born here...
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    I tried to talk Kermit into going on the road with me, but he refused to ride the KLR... Later dude...
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    Next up, the mighty Mississippi... they are getting started on a new bridge.
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    a tow headed up river...
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    Welcome to Arkansas :clap
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    A lot of times on the road, I see military vehicles parked out by a VFW. This VFW had a tank you could actually get close to without driving on their lawn... :clap
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    They saw everything is bigger in Texas, well these folks were in Texarkana, Arkansas. This was a BIG grill. It was about 25-30ft long and had 10-15 openings on the other side :eek1
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    Welcome to Texas :clap squint, squint
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    Making my way across Texas.
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    Texas Sunset...
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    I forgot my reservation confirmation for HotelTrip, so I got a little bribe for the doorman:evil Perfect mounting spot :deal
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    So, I arrive at CasaTrip around 11pm.

    Day one 558 miles 10hrs 36min... :ricky
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  2. Stretch67

    Stretch67 Mad Scientist

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    Before my Grandparents died a few years ago, I used to visit them in southern Arkansas three times a year, by way of Hwy 82 as you've just described.

    I've seen those sights many a time, but not lately (no reason to go there anymore).

    Thanks.
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  3. Beer Goggles

    Beer Goggles Been here awhile

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    Hey DD......Have a safe trip and tell Mostro Snady sez hi when you see him.

    :wave You boys have fun!
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  4. Roadhound

    Roadhound Adventurer

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    ...will feel right at home up there. GSs and KLRs abound. I guy up in Alaska told me the KLRs are like cockroaches you just can't kill 'em. Have fun!

    Ride Safe
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  5. Rustic

    Rustic Pass the gas.

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    :lol3 "Hey, ya'll, watch 'is!" :lol3



    This is gonna be good.

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  6. jmetteer

    jmetteer Filler...

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    See ya friday!!:1drink

    Later,
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  7. Trip

    Trip Unkempt

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    Yo Jay, it was great havin ya drop by. Sorry I wasn't a better host. Work nights suck. Glad you made it to Sandy Eggo. Wave at my daughters in Oceanside when you ride by. :thumb


    I'm sure there will be a few other KLR's on the Alcan. I doubt many will have been ridden there. I'm SURE none will have been ridden as far as you will travel to get there.

    You da man !!!! Crazy, ADV man. :lol3
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  8. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    . GO DADDY! GO DADDY!
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  9. TomN

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    Are those 30mm ammo cans?
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  10. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing Super Moderator

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    bedliner spray can...
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  11. Wayne Weber

    Wayne Weber why are we stopping?

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    I heard this thread would pop up....

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  12. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing Super Moderator

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    bet you're involved somehow too... :augie
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  13. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Yeup, me too.

    Waiting for that popping sound, as this thread exceeds "Toxic Britney"!
    Go get 'em DD.
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    Q~
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  14. bpeterson

    bpeterson I just tweeted it

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    looking forward to reading this one! :lurk

    have a great ride!!
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  15. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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  16. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    What Norton said--Too bad it doesn't pop in front of his in the great Norton tradition.

    Good to meetya Jay.

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  17. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing Super Moderator

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    :lol3 Here is some back story, while I load up pictures....

    Read G-Dog's "Dragon Insurance" thread and am getting lots of help with my own current troubles...

    So, I figured that I would share...

    Many months ago as I finished my MSF course (Mar 05) and pondered my first motorcycle (purchased Apr 05), I dreamed of riding off the ferry into Cordova, AK to visit my friends. The dream didn't include any details about how I got there, but it was just a dream after all :norton

    Because of circumstances, fortune, understanding wife, understanding employer, and some configuration of stars, I am getting the opportunity to achieve that "moto" dream of mine.

    Yes, this guy
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    is doing the ALCAN 5000
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    This trip includes a loop through San Diego and maybe CroMags if I can make it :deal No truck or trailer, just me and the KLR :ricky The trip details will be documented here.


    anyway, here's the hook :spam

    My ride is all paid for and I wanna give something back, so I am making my ALCAN a charity ride.

    I am raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Copper River Watershed Project. Funds raised will be split equally between the groups. More information is available at my Alcan page (see link below). I would like to raise at least $2,000 (goal reached, let's keep going).

    I have circulated this to my family and friends and figured I'd run it here with my friends and internet family :D

    I have met a number of you and look forward to meeting more as this trip progresses and time marches on :freaky Thanks for the ear

    If you wanna help CLICK HERE
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  18. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing Super Moderator

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    So, since I was going to do this big trip, it was time to do some maintenance on the KLR and some upgrades. :deal

    The bike was purchased new in Apr 2005. It had 18,600 something miles on it.

    For the trip I made a bunch of changes.

    Progressive Springs
    Gold Tech Valves
    Over-sized Front Brake Rotor
    Rear Works Performance Shock
    New foot pegs (larger)
    Stainless, braided brake hoses front and rear
    Radiator Protector
    New sealed battery
    re-wire battery connections and fuse box (remove all glass fuses from the bike)

    Did some maintenance

    Oil change
    Air filter
    Fork seals
    New brake pads
    New brake fluid
    Check Valves
    Check oil screen

    Here is the operating room
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    the patient
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    without legs
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    Draining the forks...
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    all new legs :thumb
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    then I put this on...
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    it's bigger than the original disk :deal
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    In the final stages of prepping the bike for the ALCAN, and found something a little disturbing... It was hidden under some wires...

    I found it right here.
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    Close up, it looks like this...
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    Crack looks like it's a third of the way around the tube... Maybe this is why Kawasaki designed the sub frame bolts to shear, to protect the sub frame :lol3

    I pulled the sub-frame to get welded.
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    ALCAN departure in 5 days :huh well at least it was easy to put my new rear shock on :deal
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    this shock :lol3
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    installed :evil
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    the oil screen with a bit of trash :huh
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    torn down as far as she would go...
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    the weld and paint... once the sub-frame is covered in black it will be time to replace it :lol3
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    starting to look like a motorcycle again...
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    One or two more days of work and the bike was ready to go.

    ALCAN, HO!
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  19. Rustic

    Rustic Pass the gas.

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    Well done on finding that when you did. No dragonslayer wants to find his steed has gone lame right in the heat of the battle.

    :lurk
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  20. GB

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    Lookin' good :thumb

    There's a subframe upgrade kit for the KLR where you drill right across it and attach a super big ass fastener kit. Big Cee used to sell it, but I think Dual-Star still does.

    Best wishes on your trip and keep the ride reports comin'

    :lurk
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