New Zealand to Oregon then Alaska on a KTM 500exc and now.....

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Aaron.S, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. BLucare

    BLucare Ambitious, but rubbish

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    Awesome report so far, man :thumb I've followed along roughly as it has gone on, and these last ten-ish pages have been the best so far. It's always sad when a journey comes to an end. But hey, it just means you'll have to take another one :ricky
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  2. Thumpin'round

    Thumpin'round n00b

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    Brilliant RR, Spend way to much time reading it at work :jack
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  3. Touge

    Touge Adventurer

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    Awesome ride report! Makes me want to drop everything, pick up a nice 500exc and start an adventure!

    Apologies if already mentioned. Curios about your riding protective wear (besides the obvious). What did you decide to go with for this trip?
  4. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Great question. I am going to keep ticking up the hours unless I think it's going to be another big ride and I'll be remote.
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  5. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I'm in Portland at the moment. I have trouble saying this word but I actually worked today. Okay it's not a permanent job so message me if youare in the area and we can try meet up.
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  6. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I have been using the Klim traverse Jacket with the D30 pads. KTM pants with knee pads and for the last stint down the divide I wore knee protectors. I have used Alpinestars tech 7 boots and they are the most comftable boots I have ever owned and that's including my snowboard boots and I've had quite a few of those. The Alpinestars wet weather gear I used held up well in Alaska. I've always been a fan of Alpinestars.
    I don't wear as much as other people I have seen though. no neck brace etc.
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  7. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks and trust me the brains ticking and the feet have hardly stopped and are feeling itchy. The logical choice for me is a expensive one though so still trying to talk myself into it.
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  8. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    That might mean you are just spending to much time at work :rofl
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  9. juno

    juno Long timer

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    It has been awesome following along Aaron! After it is all over please check in once a while!
  10. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Thank you. And I will. I'll still be riding while the weather is fine and I'm looking forward to a weekend of riding and camping with the Giant Loop crew and more over in Bend at the end of the month.
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  11. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I did try to go down to Crater lake for a few days this week and the stars didn't seem to align.
    I packed up my bike on Monday after a few days off it and plugged in my phone and no charge. Ughh I go through lots of cables so thought that it would be it so I unloaded and put another one on to find out that wasn't it but it was the USB adapter. Oh well I thought I will head to the shop and get one but forgetting it's a Monday I turned up and the shop was closed. Doh.
    I then thought I would head to Cyclegear and on the way I noticed my clutch slipping. Shit. So I went over to a friends place ( Cody he came down to Colorado with me 20170912_163219.jpg 20170912_175413.jpg ) and we opened it up and the plates didn't look great.
    I had put a clutch in before that leg of my trip so I guess I only got 100 hrs out of it and that's it. I must of been using it a shitload I guess.
    The next day I went to Gresham KTM in Portland and they had the plates in stock so I threw them in and all was good.
    Credit where credit is due Jeremiah and the guys down there at the Gresham KTM have been really awesome to deal with and super helpful.
    With the new clutch in and all packed I took off to head to Diamond lake as my plans changed due to loosing a day and that work thing was coming up on Thursday but about a couple hours out there was a road block.
    The road was closed due to fires. Ughh the only way around was to head a long way back and go back around and I wouldn't really have time so I thought I would head to hwy 26 through some forest roads. Well I got sidetracked at a few different lakes and ended up having a great time but in the back of my mind I was rolling my eyes thinking damn rookie that's two days and not making it to your destination.
    The lake in the picture is Timothy lake and then I rode up to Timberline Lodge.
    It' always makes me a tad sad seeing Mt Hood in the summer without the snow but it'll be coming and I'll be ready.
  12. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    Really fantastic stuff Aaron, bravo!



    You wore waterproofs over the traverse ? Isn't it waterproof?
  13. Touge

    Touge Adventurer

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    Awesome! Very helpful. Thanks Aaron!
  14. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I did. No it isn't . If it's a shower or short term storm it dose pretty good but in a constant down pour for hours riding I still need a outer shell waterproof jacket. I like the Jackets design and material but it has 3 pockets and 2 of them I can't use because the zips failed and now the main zip is starting to go as It's getting stuck at the bottom.
    Admittedly I have pretty much lived in that jacket over the last year so it's had a hard time.
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  15. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    Thanks, that's valuable info. I was considering getting one as my all around rain coat, seeing as though I live in the rainiest part if california I have now reconsidered. :lol3
  16. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I would get another one. Some of the water can be coming down the neck or up the sleeves etc so I find the extra layer helps with that.
  17. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    Honestly I think no matter how waterproof a garment is , on a motorcycle it's good to have back up. Agin, great report buddy!
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  18. Hohmie

    Hohmie Long timer

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    My wife and I will be at the GL camp as well, hope to meet you and hear a couple more of your adventures, I'll be the odd man out with Alt Rider bags on a KTM (450) of course.
  19. kiwial

    kiwial Allweatherrider

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    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/need-main-zipper-replaced-in-my-klim-jacket.1090838/

    This dude had his 3 year old Klim jacket zip replaced under warranty.
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    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/klim-warranty-and-support-for-my-badlands-jacket.1224105/

    A more up to date one...2 people with even older jackets and zip problems...no worries.
    (You need to wash the jacket first...or they might charge you 50 bucks)

    https://zipperrescue.com/
    Some Zip's can be fixed.
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  20. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Great see you there !