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Discussion in 'Canada' started by ZZR_Ron, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    One little thing you might want to mod on your bike...drill a 1/8' hole in your airbox, and carry a can of starter fluid. (with the tube) Old Fart at Play came up with the idea, it's saved our asses a few times.
  2. FINNDIAN

    FINNDIAN Mine goes to 11

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    Does a klr start in the cold or are you going to have a way of sheltering it and warming it up

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  3. bwokentoof

    bwokentoof Pollyanna Man

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    The airbox hole is genius. I was planning on putting in a primer bulb but drilling the airbox/starter fluid idea would be a great double backup. I took the YTX5L battery off my 530 and set it out in the open (wired parallel) with heavy gauge alligator clips for boosting if necessary.

    Paul is my hero. Been following his exploits since day one. That being said, I've spent a bit of time north of 60 on a bike and have a pretty good handle on what my body can take outdoors at -35.

    As far as starting good old Agatha at those temps....well....when I can't boost her I'll light up the sternos/Coleman and cook up some oatmeal under her skirt :evil


    Ya, a GS would be sano but I'm just a poor country mouse doing this solo on a shoestring. Wishful thinking.....

    Finnidian - she's the same bike you saw me trash at Dacre and yes, she burns almost enough oil to call her a diesel.
  4. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    There is no worse feeling than having the cold take your options away, one by one...

    -35 was considered a warm day up there, when I was up that way. I have enough of a hard time dealing with the temperatures at the mining camp where i work, now.
  5. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Ron here's a photo to warm up by[​IMG]
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    We are close to Oaxaca now.
  6. Lappeman

    Lappeman He's Down Again!

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    bwokentoof, those 530 batteries suck, probably be dead when you need it and not a lot of cranking power. The EVO battery has tons of staying power and cranking amps, although quite a bit more expensive, might be a better backup...or even a primary.

    Sounds like a crazy trip :eek1 I wish you luck!
  7. Lappeman

    Lappeman He's Down Again!

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    Hekto, was a high of minus 17c plus windchill out here in Lappe today. Went for a ride on the sled...at least I was out :huh

    You waiting til spring to come back :evil
  8. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    The hardest part was leaving. Hacking away all the tentacles of modern day living until the last one is severed and you are free. Being On the road day to day is easy and seems to come natural. We were riding for 2 months during the summer, so when this current journey finally began, we just fell right into much accustomed patterns of ride, eat, sleep, repeat. We only had to add the foreign country/ language element to our solid foundation of riding history. Not being rushed is the key. Somedays are barely 200km.
    Like I say, leaving is the hard part. Or is it coming back home? Heh ... Really enjoying this run.......[​IMG]
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  9. Lappeman

    Lappeman He's Down Again!

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    Looks like you are...thanks for the photos, looks like nice country side
  10. Lappeman

    Lappeman He's Down Again!

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    Not too bad of a day to get out and ride, -17c plus windchill...any colder and I probably would've gone out. Wanted to run the sled as it's for sale. Seems to be enough snow out there, could use another dump since the trails are getting packed now. Anyway, let me bore you with a video of the ride. BackRoader...you don't have to watch it, since it will give you chills :evil

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  11. BackRoader

    BackRoader Life Is A Hiway, Ride It.

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    Great photos Hecto. We came within 30 miles of the Mexican border yesterday.
    We were on I 10 yesterday and all the traffic was detoured through a large truck weigh scale facility, which also acts as a kind of customs facility. The US border services apparently do road side checks... Not used that !!!!
  12. Lappeman

    Lappeman He's Down Again!

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    Stay safe down there Hekto, lots of crap going on, explosions, bombings, killings...stick to the riding :evil

    BackRoader, stay clear of the fence...they might mistake you as a fence hopper and put you back over...guess you could always hook up with Hekto and ride :lol3 Hope your enjoying the warmer weather....back to minus 35c here tonight! :eek1
  13. canuckAME

    canuckAME Been here awhile

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    Won an all expenses paid trip this week:huh

    You get to go to

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    And you get to drive there

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    Lot's of snow up here.

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    And you get to keep this going in the -35C

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    Had one bad morning. At -35 with a breeze blowing the A Star wasn't really happy about being woken from her frigid sleep in the morning. Some TLC was in order before flying.

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    With luck it will warm up a bit and there'll be no more problems:rofl
  14. PiffleMaster

    PiffleMaster Long timer

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    Don't miss it at all. :D
    Some flowers are out here in Vancouver...
    Leaving for Victoria tomorrow, then southbound to the Mexican border next Friday.
    Looking forward to Jack and Greg's +25C temps in Phoenix. :clap
  15. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    I was in Pickle Lake YESTERDAY!! Bloody fucking cold! Spent the day at the Bed and Breakfast. Nicest accommodations in the north.

    Ron, how goes the recovery? Taking a whack of time off from the mine? Spring's just around the corner. Look out the window.....isn't it obvious?
    Lyle
  16. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    I'll be flying to Hamilton on Feb 7th, operation on Feb 8th.

    the temperatures at the mine usually don't affect me very much, 90% of my work is indoors or underground.

    I don't expect to be back there until so-called "spring", which means it will only be -20 :rofl
  17. sturgeon

    sturgeon Long timer

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    Lived one summer in Pickle Crow many years ago as a kid. My dad was a teacher, worked the assay office summers to pick up some extra dough. I thought it was a great place. Nice change from Favourable Lake and McKenzie Island :lol3:lol3
  18. BackRoader

    BackRoader Life Is A Hiway, Ride It.

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    No snow here in Gilbert...

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  19. Lappeman

    Lappeman He's Down Again!

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    CanuckAME, you should've had one of those heat hose going to your jacket! I'm jealous you get all these paid for trips to such great places...stay warm!

    Ron, good luck with your operation. You'll do fine and be back up and around in no time!

    BackRoader...there better not be any free chocolate chip cookies there or I'll be pissed that I missed out :evil
  20. DrydenRider

    DrydenRider Sun Seeker

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    My daughter was up there doing Caribou surveys this week. She was probably flying with you folks