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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Tropic-Of-Canada, Jul 31, 2013.
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weather forecast is looking good this week.
Non-Emergency SPOT message from Tropic-of-Canada:
He's on the main road on the edge of Dease Lake.
Is there anybody else in this area that could look in on him and see what kind of trouble he's having?
GPS location Date/Time:08/14/2013 20:08:56 PDT
Message:Broken down, out of gas, or un-mobile. Pls send someone my way! check advrider.com for someone who can help.
Click the link below to see where I am located.
If the above link does not work, try this link:
The word is it's a breakdown. We'll see what news the morning brings.
I've been on the Stewart-Cassiar Hwy, although a very long time ago. There is a lot of beautiful scenery but no services for great distances.
There is a fair amount of traffic on the road: mostly logging trucks. This time of year there are probably several bikers a day going up or down.
When we get info on the situation, maybe we can help figure this out.
What kind of bike is he riding?
Sorry - just realized he's on a DRZ.
Tough spot for a breakdown. Luckily there are a lot of pickups and traffic on the road if he is on the stewart cassiar and not detoured.
About a vehicle an hour on the road according to Tropic. He's going to see if he can get the bike going himself in the morning. If not, he'll get in touch with me via the SPOT and I'll phone the nearest towing company. As luck would have it, they're only 22 km away.
Thanks for the input Motopsycoman & chris73.
22km! That's just a short walk on that road. Glad to hear he's doing okay. If I'll check in later today.
Any more news? Is he in the town of Deas lake now? Waiting on parts?
Hope to hear something soon.
Looks like he's calling in the cavalry, Boots no Bike will call the towing at Dease Lake.
Not a terrible place to be stuck if the weather is OK!
I called Chuck's Tow, he's heading out and he or Tropic will phone me once they get into town. Whew. Ask me how much I love the internet, Google maps & the SPOT thingamajig!
Thanks for the update. A few of us at the shop have been following along and seeing 10 or so "breakdown" spot messages had us wondering what was going on.
Yeah I was wondering too - I found out it's automated: you press the button once and it sends out emails/text every few minutes for an hour:
"Once activated, SPOT acquires your location from the GPS network and routes it along with the HELP message through the SPOT satellite network every five minutes for one hour or until cancelled. Your contacts will receive an SMS text message including coordinates, or an email with a link to Google Maps™ showing your location."
So where's the betting pool on what broke?
Rear shock? Subframe? transmission?
Looking forward to the stories and photos!
I just did a smiliar ride a couple months ago. The stretch up the Dempster from Dawson is pretty long with no gas options except for Eagle Plains. It's a little over 408km or 253 miles.
How many contacts get the HELP messages? I only get the good stuff apparently.
What's the least expensive on your breakdown list MJ? Counting shipping. : /
Ran out of gas, filled from can, wouldn't start....Probably sucked up some water, Charlies Towing got me going!
cranked it a bunch, sprayed some ether in the filter, got her going! He gave me a bottle of something similar to methyl hydrate to get rid of the water.....$140 and I'm rolling again!!
Having a burger in Dease Lake, then I'm outta here!!
All is good.
I just got a phone call from Dease Lake & something from an operator about trouble with long distance calls from pay phones.. So I phoned Chuck and they got the bike into town. "I fixed him up and he's on his way down the road. He didn't phone you, eh?" Apparently he tried.
just a minute, incoming email :
"Charlie in dease lake got me going! looks like bad fuel, probably sucked up some water into the carb...he gave me a bottle of methyl hydrate, should be good to go."
Glad it wasn't more serious. Maybe buy some gas drier (methanol) when you hit a town (Stewart or somewhere with a gas station). Keep a bottle with you until you get home then drain the tank.
SPOT report from Tropic-of-Canada:
GPS location Date/Time:08/15/2013 23:39:33 PDT
Message:All is Good, Safe for the night.
Looks like with a good start in the morning he should be arriving in Prince George in the early afternoon.
Back on the grid... maybe he'll upload a couple of photos!
The mechanic gave me some gas line antifreeze and said add a tablespoon or so per tank, then drain, like you say. No problems so far....
At one point I did get some gas that was a bit on the green side, and it didn't smell all that well......gassy....more of a sweet solvent smell, but not diesel like.... I double checked the pump and it definitely said gas, and it seemed to burn just fine. That was before I even hit the dempster, so I feel very lucky indeed!
I knew I had spark, had air, but no fuel was reaching the cylinder....A whole bunch of cranking and a shot of ether spray to the air cleaner was all it took. and of course money, but at least I got a good lesson on carb diagnostics, and what to do if I'm not getting fuel flow...So is a can of ether to go on the equipment list?? Dangerous stuff!!