NomadGal's Year on the Road

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by NomadGal, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Floyd111

    Floyd111 Adventurer

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    Well, good news on this side, so far..
    If the shocks of the Tengai and your KLR are about the same length (400MM), I can get the job done in time. I checked designs and parts lists, and we can build that shock completely from Ohlins parts, and all these parts are in stock. We could ship all these parts to Taiwan 10 days from now.
    It's not a small deal, i just found out; This design is an exact version of an Ohlins prototype for the Tengai, that Sweden never made available to the public(!) Much time and money was spent on development, after which it was shelved due to other priorities.
    This would mean you would be the only one to have this unique shock, that cost a small fortune to develop, done by the world's foremost suspension R&D department.
    And, by the looks of it..in time.
    I would however insist you stick a few Ohlins stickers on your hippy bike to keep the people in Sweden happy!:D
  2. NomadGal

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    Awesome! If you include the stickers, I'll stick them on!
    Prototype eh?? Any test runs done on it? LOL. I'll try them. If I get stranded in the middle of nowhere I'll cal you!! :D
  3. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Thanks dryden_rider_54. I had already seen the weight options.
    Not sure if I should go with the 6.6 or 7.4 yet.
    I'm 120 with my jacket and boots on. then I have about 100 and so lbs of stuff on me plus a full tank. I think the 7.4 is the safest option, it just makes riding without gear very stiff.
  4. DrydenRider

    DrydenRider Sun Seeker

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    Your choice but even at full load you are below the 6.6 weight limit and I am sure there is a "safety margin" built in there somewhere.

    Personally if I were you I would go with the 6.6. How about this, if it does not do what you want, I will trade you even for my 7.4
  5. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    I do like the color of the 6.6 spring better! :lol3
  6. Floyd111

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    Nomadgirl is still a girl.. Spring color over spring capacity?:D

    Anyways, without wanting to make this a debate, I would not choose a regular spring rate if you normally drive with such heavy luggage and riding gear.
    Always set up the shocks to the standard of the most common use. -heavy load-
    It is OK to ride a rigid shock once in a while when riding light.
    It is never OK to ride heavy on a light shock.
  7. Floyd111

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    Just saw a detailed photo report from Lucky Six. It is clear these 2 tengai and KLR650 shocks are identical.
    I am ordering the Ohlins parts today!:clap
  8. NomadGal

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    Thanks Stan, I'm curious to see how the shock will do!
    :deal
  9. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    I learned/discovered something new today!
    Did you know that green onions blossom????
    I saw this trick about putting your green onion stumps in a jar with water to grow more green onions, just cut them down when you need them and they'll grow right back.
    So I've had a never ending supply of green onion.
    Today I looked at them in front of the window and what did I see????

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    Amazing!! Absolutely gorgeous. :deal

    After getting home from work I spent a few hours sewing the tupperware bags. They are awesome!
    The tank is going to get a new tank bib with an attached tank bag and those tupperware bags in front.
    Hard to explain, but I'll take a picture when I'm done!

    I'm counting the days till I leave. 51 days and 35 of them at B&N. It looks like I only have 2 classes right now, so not many hours at Joann's. Even though I'll miss the extra money, it's nice to have more time to work on Spirit.
  10. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Sarah

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    Ooh I did NOT know that about green onions! Nifty!!

    Sounds like you're getting prepped and eager to go, best of luck! Lol I remember just yesterday I was reading about you arriving in Alaska. Keep living the dream!!!
  11. just jeff

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    Hi Nomad Gal!
    On a similar note I heard that if you took the top cut off a live pineapple and put it cut side down in soil it would re-root and grow a new pineapple. I was thinking that being from Hawaii you might know if that is true?
    Regards....justjeff
  12. NomadGal

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    Yep, that is indeed true!! But it needs lots of sun!!!
    :D
  13. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    I am trying!!!
    But building my hobbit home one day is also a dream! My place to come home to after riding for a while :D
  14. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Remember this picture from when I just moved in?

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    This is the view now
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    The melting snow is leaving puddles and little lakes everywhere, but the sun is doing a good job at drying everything out.
    It's supposed to get up to 69 degrees by the end of this week :D

    The locals tell me that in two weeks it will all be green! Hard to imagine!!

    It is getting harder and harder for me to go to work……..
    Hats off to all of you that do this day in and day out!! I don't know how you manage that without getting totally depressed and agitated. Think I need a sick day tomorrow!!
  15. DrydenRider

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    Hey u have less snow than we do. Here is. Pic from my front yard this week [​IMG]
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    Wow!!! Yeah Fairbanks doesn't get that much snow at all!! It just gets really cold so the snow that fell from November on just stays until springtime.
  17. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    I have just discovered that shipping tires to Alaska is not possible!!! :huh:huh:huh:huh:huh:huh
    What's up with that???
    Anyone knows of a company that does ship to Alaska?
    I am looking for a Shinko 705 140/80/17
    I'll go google Alaskan tire places and see how much they want for them. Mainland price about $65.

    Never mind!!!!
    I called Dan at AKTracks and he told me about Jakewilson.com.
    He didn't have the 140, so I ended up getting the 130 again.
    Funny thing……..
    Standard shipping $39.65
    2 day air shipping $39.93


    Hmmmm, which one shall I choose???? :rofl
  18. just jeff

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    The locals tell me that in two weeks it will all be green! Hard to imagine!!

    It is getting harder and harder for me to go to work……..
    Hats off to all of you that do this day in and day out!! I don't know how you manage that without getting totally depressed and agitated. Think I need a sick day tomorrow!![/QUOTE]

    Hi NomadGal!
    Who says we DON"T get depressed and agitated??:rofl What you are feeling is called "cabin fever" :deal and most people get it every spring. Ever see Canadians flocking to warm places in the winter? Now you know why.:clap:clap
    Regards....justjeff
  19. NomadGal

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    Naaah, I think I am just allergic to work :rofl
    or at least allergic to working every single week for days on end until I die.
    Trying to find my balance, but no, no cabin fever I think.
  20. just jeff

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    Overwork intensifies cabin fever. This is often seen in oilfield and customer service workers. Symptoms include irritability, irrationality, lack of patients with people (especially coworkers and customers) excessive desire to see sunlight, misjudging outside temperatures(thinking it is warmer than it is), a craving to eat GREEN salad at every meal,becoming joyous at the sight of ANYTHING green (including mouldy bread), jumping in puddles for fun and becoming depressed when it snows again just when you think winter is all over. :cry
    If you have just ONE of these symptoms it could be CABIN FEVER!!!

    Summer will soon be here!!....Regards....Jeff