Solo Chick livin' a Dream: North Rim Grand Canyon loop Via Sedona

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by nicomama, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. nicomama

    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    Dudley,

    I will be at the show on Saturday, Dec 5th, passing out DRZ rack ads and wearing a Rugged Rider t-shirt. Look for me. I'd love to meet you guys.

    Here's my daughter Alana at the '07 show. An adventure rider in the making...

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  2. Dudley

    Dudley Been here awhile

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    If you remember, stop out at the demo area, we will be providing demos for Victory motorcycles. We go from 8:30 till 4 or so.
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  3. snowbilly

    snowbilly Been here awhile

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    Your kids are sweethearts - can't fathom where they got the cute looks! :lol3

    Thanks for all the details, it really helps the rest of us with planning. We've been camping for years but usually with the luxury of a canoe to carry stuff in. So your detailed lists and assessments are very useful.

    Back to the 8" headlights (someone asked earlier, but I didn't see a response). What are these and who supplies? My wife and I may get DRZ's in a year or two and I really like the idea of lots of lighting. We're riding BMW 1200's now - comfy but not so good for single track. If we do we'll sure be planning to get your cool tail rack; nice design!

    A tip on the shoes - dryer sheets overnight; just stuff one in each boot. Along with the foot spray/powder it's done wonders for us. The dryer sheets take zero space, we just bring along a few in a zip lock. Another thought - they make fairly cheap food dryers that work of electric wall power and run a fan over the warm food. Not too expensive and faster than a long bake in an oven.

    Your RR was really fun and the pics outstanding. Thanks again and I'm already anxious for the next one. (Good luck with the wrist.)

    rw
  4. nicomama

    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    RW,

    Thanks for the compliments and great boot tips. I'm gonna pm ya about the 8" Baja Designs Sol Tek headlight.

    I actually had one of those electric food dehydrators that I got from Target. I prefer the oven, though, because you don't have to mess with those slotted trays and can easily stir the stuff around in a large pyrex baking dish. Plus, it doesn't take up counter space.

    As for the wrist, it's improving every day. But, in the beginning right after the trip I couldn't accomplish fine motor skills at all. I definitely need to go get the solutions that you guys posted on this thread before my next trip.

    Cheers!
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  5. xymotic

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    Please don't PM, I'm very interested in who makes the windscreen as I'm sure others are as well.

    Is it a secret?:huh

  6. nicomama

    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    No secret here. This was already discussed on page 7. If there are any other questions about it I'd be happy to give further details.

    Glad you guys like it. It's the perfect size for me. Plus, as I jerry rigged the attachment brackets there was some play in adjustment for higher or lower location.

    Here are a few other DRZ windscreen set ups that I found in my search to settle on the Dart flyscreen for the Triumph Scrambler...

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    Wish I could give photo credit, but only kept the photos archived on my computer without names. Hey, at least I have these that might help out a fellow DRZer find a great setup.

    ADV and Thumpertalk had some good threads on this.

    Good luck.
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    :doh sorry I missed that. I've been trying to be patient wondering why you hated me! Lol

    the thing I really like about that setup is it can go on almost any bike. It looks dang sharp:thumb

  8. cooneyr

    cooneyr terra firma rider

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    Cool thread. I've been reading over the last couple of nights. I know who the DR650's owner is, Junk Man Joe from down here in New Zealand.
  9. GypsyWriter

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    The old Honda "Guzzi" thing you described (with the transverse twin engine) was likely a CX500. Good bike, I use the touring version of the same engine.Nicomama, still loving this report. Had no idea we'd been in Vegas at the same time in our trips, would have been cool to meet you. I'm having some tendonitis in my thumbs (mostly my non-throttle hand, oddly enough) so perhaps it's par for the course? Doesn't help that I'm still commuting to work on my bike though.Wish I could be as organized as you but I admit there's a modicum of adventure to half-assing it some. ;)I'm glad you did an epilogue, always good to get ideas for future travel purchases. Hope the hand gets better soon!
  10. nicomama

    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    Hey Mama,

    Where are you on your trip? Are you back home safely yet? Boy, I would love to hear about your adventures. Did you make it to any of the same spots I hit? Great to hear from you. I was thinking of you out there this last week.
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  11. Tigercat

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    Hi nicomama,
    Really enjoyed your RR.

    Here's another possible solution for your sore wrist.

    I use a 1/4 inch diameter "O" ring rolled into the groove between the throttle and bar end weight. It adds enough resistance to the throttle springs to hold the throttle, not enough to keep you from rolling off or adjusting. Good on long straight slabs.

    If the O ring is to large, slice a piece out and glue together with super glue.

    Look forward to your next adventure.

    Cheers,:beer
  12. nicomama

    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    Hey Tiger,

    Your solution to cruise control is just my cup 'o' tea...the backyard fabricator. Think I'll try it. Thanks.

    Cheers, :beer
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    WIthumper The 610 guy

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    Excellent ride report nicomama! Thanks for taking us along and the time to pull together the details of the ride report. Very helpful stuff.

    It's very obvious that you are super organized and took many hours in deciding what and how to pack for your ride. Looking forward to your future adventure reports!
  14. Tigercat

    Tigercat F7F

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    Most large hardware stores or plumbing supply stores sell O ring material by the inch. Surprisingly, the super glue will weld the ends together stronger than the rubber itself. You'll probably have to experiment to get it just right.

    Cheers,:eyes
  15. Gizmo

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    Very nice RR Nicomama. Glad I waited till the end to read it all, not sure i could have waited for your next post. And what a lovely family you have, I wonder if a side car rig is in your future?
  16. cfernandez

    cfernandez Adventurer

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    Great ride report, hopefully when my 1st bike arrives (soon) I will have great trips like yours.

    I am a noobie when it comes to motorcycling, but I have 12 years experience as a wildlife biologist with very smelly feet. After stinking out my friends in tents after pulling the old boots off at the end of the day, get yourself thin liner socks made with silver threads. Silver has the natural property of preventing bacterial growth, which produces that characteristic aromatic odor from our feet.

    Anyways, go to your local REI, outdoor store, army surplus store etc and get them to wear under your normal socks. Because they are liners, they also prevent blisters and typically wick away moisture, keeping feet both dry and therefore warm. The brand that I have been using for 10 years is the Fox River X-Static Liner Socks.

    I have backpacked the Sierras for 10 days without a change in these socks. They were stiff at the end, but not very smelly at all. My tentmates stayed tentmates! Ciao.

    Cy
  17. nicomama

    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    Cy,

    What an absolutely great tip!!! For all of us that ride in waterproof boots, with no breathability, this tip will keep us from passing out when the boots come off.

    Off to REI soon,
    Nicole
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  18. nicomama

    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    Just wanted to make sure I covered all the deets on the Baja Designs 8" Sol Tek headlight that I love. I've been coveting this thing for a long time, and with my patience, I scored one off of Craigslist for $20. It was scratched in the frame, and ended up being a truck light, but it was still so worth it. So, I contacted Baja Designs and had them send me a new dual sport frame (with no scratches)...

    https://www.bajadesigns.com/NET/P-613230/Soltek+Lapaz+Halogen+Spot,+Black+100w

    Here's the light on the bike again...

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    And here's a close up of the light...

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    The guys at Baja Designs were great and very helpful in answering questions.
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  19. quota

    quota Been here awhile

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    I used to use this method until I learned about Cocona and tried it. Cocona is a fabric derived from the leftovers of fibers from the coconut plant. More clothing is starting to be made from Cocona.

    Anti-microbial and wicking properties are excellent. Anti-stink properties seem to be considerably better than my old silver socks. I'm comfortable going 4-5 days without washing them, but some people go twice that. Setting the socks in the hot sun seems to do a lot to kill what little odor you may experience. Anything with heat works, so a clothes dryer or hair dryer will work.

    After washing them at in the evening in a motel sink, Mcdonalds sink, at whatever else you can find, they tend to dry out quickly.
    Comfort is top-notch.

    I've worn coconut socks for over a year now. Finally got a coconut t-shirt that is helping me pack lighter as well.

    www.roadgear.com sells both the silver and coconut socks, and no, I don't work for them or Cocona. Just a very happy customer as well as a DRZ rider that likes to travel light.
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    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    Quota,

    We scored with your reply, hands down! Thanks to Quota, here are anti-microbial socks made from Cocona/coconut for $19.95 from Road Gear...

    http://www.roadgear.com/index.php?page=Product&id=113

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    What is really fantastic is that us Westerners are finally learning of coconut's very healthful properties, a fact that islanders have known for eons...

    Quoted from Coconut Research Center:http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/

    "Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called "The Tree of Life." Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers."

    I happen to cook with coconut oil, because of its healing properties and yummy flavor. It doubles as body lotion for me, too.

    Now, thanks to Quota, I will be wearing it, as well.
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