PreLife Father/Son Ride of a lifetime.

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by URBAN-ERT TACTIRIDER, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. URBAN-ERT TACTIRIDER

    URBAN-ERT TACTIRIDER Getting There!

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    Barkbuster Hand-guards.*
    We both have them and they always protect your levers in get offs as well as your hands from branches. *They work really well to protect your hands from the cold along with the heated grips.
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  2. URBAN-ERT TACTIRIDER

    URBAN-ERT TACTIRIDER Getting There!

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    Touratech Zumo 665 mounting system. *This mount really mitigates the vibration that would go into the GPS which I'm almost certain is not good for any electronic devise. *
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    URBAN-ERT TACTIRIDER Getting There!

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    Garmin Zumo 665
    Besides the occasional lockups and shutdowns, and Bluetooth connectivity issues, it got us where we needed to go and accepted the UTBDR tracks and kept us on point.
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    URBAN-ERT TACTIRIDER Getting There!

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    RAM Roller Mounts for the GPS Map62s and the Spot Connect. *You won't have to worry about loosing your devises with these mount/cradles. *These really secure them to the bike.
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    URBAN-ERT TACTIRIDER Getting There!

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    Garmin GPS MAP62S
    Flawless.
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    URBAN-ERT TACTIRIDER Getting There!

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    Spot connect.*
    *No issues.
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    Didn't quite take the hits. *One fracture from vibration on the way to the offroad sections, and one fracture while on the trail. *Both at critical spots of the bars.
    Right side shows the new hairline fracture with rust coming out. *These are only 2 years old.
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    Left side where we had it welded in Missouri.*
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    MFW Vario Mastergrip Highway pegs.
    One fell off on the way out to Utah. *The pivot pin failed. *Not to mention once sand gets into the hinge, even after cleaning and oiling, they are gritty.
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    Giant Loop tank loop bag. *Kept all of Michaels gear dry, and stayed put. *Great for carrying extra items that you don't want to have to keep getting into the panniers for like chain lube, gorilla tape, etc..
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    Eagle Mikes KLR-650 Fork Brace.
    Michael said that there was a very noticeable diffence in the handling especially offroad.
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    KLR -650 TKC-80 tires.
    I have used these on my bike, and like them, but they don't last long. *I purchased a brand new set of these for Michael's KLR specifically for this trip, and they did not fare well at all. *We were very strict about checking tire pressures for on and off road riding. * The front tires cupped really bad. It burnt every other lug down to nothing. * Here are some photos with a new set side by side.
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    The rear tires faired better but wore down flat to block the tire.*
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    Heidenau K60's
    These also preformed flawlessly. With minimal wear on the front and a slight flattening on the rear, almost certainly from the weight, *I had no issues on dry pavement, snow, rain, dirt, or sand. *We didn't hit any mud, but the lugs on these tires seem equivalent to the TKC-80's. They handled on the readjust like my Tourances'.*
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    I just rode my bike the other day without any of the gear, so it was about 100 pounds lighter. * This was my first opportunity to ride on these tires without the weight. They perform on dry pavement like my Tourance tires did. They grip really well in the corners. My TKC-80's would wash out a little letting you know when you were about dump it. The k-60's seemed to just stick better. *I will be sticking with the K-60's.*
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    Held Airstream Gloves from Revzilla
    These really do a good job of keeping your hands cool with all of the ventilation. *Very comfortable and form fitting.*
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    BMW Prowinter 2 Gortex gloves.
    Without heated grips, no glove is really ever going to maintain the heat in your hands. *With heated grips, these gloves perform. *They also do an excellent job on keeping your hands dry.
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    Shuberth C3 modular helmet. *I have had this for a year now, and it is by far the quietest helmet I have owned. *It is very comfortable. *I have the Bluetooth SRC system in it. *With only occasional connectivity issues, it was worth every penny. *I just keep the hard wire plugged in while riding. *This way if it has Bluetooth issues, its already connected to transition. *The bluetooth connection provides louder audio from the GPs than than the hardwire does for some reason. You would think the hardwire would be louder. *Michael asked me why I always listen to music or to talk radio while riding. *I told him later as I thought about *it. *It is because when I'm working or running my business, I am always switched on. *Always racking my brain and thinking, analyzing, contemplating. When I ride, I don't want to think about anything. *I just want to ride and enjoy it. *And actively listening to something gives me that solace. * That peace.*
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    Sidi Adventure Gortex boots.

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    These boots were comfortable right out of the box and very flexible. *I do find that Sidi boots run about a half size to small though. *Michael and I both wear 10.5" boots. Our Sidi Rain boots that we got last year for the Tennessee trip were 10.5" size and are a little tight. So I ordered size 11" for this adventure.*
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    Good thing too, because these boots properly fit are the cats ass. You feel very protected in them. They are indeed very nice for offroad adventure riding. *They kept our feet warm as well as completely dry. *The Sidi Rain boots also keep your feet dry and warm, however are more of a light offroad commuting boot.*

    From the looks of the two, the smaller Sidi Rain boots (right), seem like they would be easier to get on and off, and the larger would be harder to get off and on. *
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    This is absolutely not the case. The Rains are difficult as the large Velcro flap is awkward to position and you have to have your ankle and leg positioned as you are standing to properly close the flap. Then you ratchet the cheap plastic latch down. The ratchets also break too easy and have had to be replaced at a cost of $30.00.*

    The Sidi Adventure Gortex boots are very solid (left), and once adjusted go on and off as easy as slippers. There is ample protection as well. The top of the boots meet the bottom of my knee pads in my Revit pants. This gives me full frontal leg protection.*
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    Now, once the boots are broken in, and it doesn't take long to do, they squeak at the hinge points when you walk. *Not a big deal at all on the trail or when riding, but in restaurants they do draw some attention. *This is a non factor to me as I don't care what others think of me. *I would strongly, strongly recommend these boots.
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    BMW-R1200GSA.
    Takes the hits, goes far, easy to work on, worth every red cent.*
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    *The stock crash bars I believe are made by Touratech. Not sure though. *But they took the hits.
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    Probably the last time you ride with your son. He'll be moving on like most do, so it was a good thing you got the trip in. I am surprised you tackled the Rockies this time of year but it all worked out for a memorable adventure.

    You'd probably fair better without most of the stuff you carry. :D My typical long range kit is about 30-40lbs including all my tools and camp gear. I learned in 2005 that those UT and AZ dirt roads are pretty soft for the tires and weight you were packing. It's a good thing they were dry!

    I tried the Scout tires on my KTM 950 through the Yukon and AK. A 7200 mile trip with plenty of bad weather and dirt roads. I tried them because I knew the Conti's wouldn't make it. They lasted the trip, but the front was terrible in the mud and I am sure not up to much sand. They were good in hard pack and gravel, though. In the future I'll use a knobby front with a Scout of Mefo Explorer rear. Hopefully I'll get 7k miles range with a better chance of getting through tough conditions.

    Thanks for the report. Good luck to your son for the next phase of his life.
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    It definitely won't be the last ride we take. We are really close.
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