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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by EOD3MC, Mar 15, 2012.
Shall we say 0830 at Waldorf then
Works for me...see you there tomorrow at 0830.
Dave-O....I am probably going to start pulling the DRZ down this weekend. The plan will be to swap out the rear wheel bearings, lube rear linkage, change oil, install new throttle cable, set preload on rear shock, and start putting the Tubliss in so I can get some miles on them. So you are more than welcome to come by and watch/help if you want to.
Thought about heading up that way tomorrow, but I ain't riding that bike when it's 20 degrees out. Pussy, I know.
Better than dumb!
Well Marty, Dana , and I got together this morning to discuss the trip and some route stuff....we actually got a lot accomplished. The trip experience is paying off and making things much easier so this should really be fun!! I will try to get a planning thread started this weekend so we can start collaborating and work through some of the other details like sites to see on the way up/back. Looks like Mt. Washington is on the list and so is Niagara Falls.
OK, back to the garage.
Sorry I missed out on the company Bruce.
On a side, I'm starting with the farkling of the bike. I just paypaled an inmate for a renazco seat! The ride last weekend was about as long as I could take in the saddle. My fookin' ass was killing me.
Now to get the fuel issue resolved...
Of course this project may have to wait a couple of months as I'm well beyond broke at the moment. In fact, I've got to sell my xmoto seat to recoup some of my money to pay for the renazco.
You put your hinny comfort before life-giving fuel! No worries about the timeline, Rome wasn't built in a day and maybe you'll run into a killer deal in flea market before spring.
In other news, Marty was a riot this morning. Apparently, when he ran into the border patrol guys last summer in NM, they knew quite a lot about us. They knew there was 1 KTM and at least 3 Beemers in a group which was approx. 1 hr ahead of them. What's really curious about this, once we left the tarmac, we never ran into a vehicle (nor anyone) until very late into the day.
Wonder if they were using their Aerostat Blimp or binoculars...Who says Big Brother isn't watching :huh
So I got the DRZ up on the lift and decided it was a perfect time to increase the footprint of the kickstand just a bit. For all the effort maybe I should have made it larger but then again I didn't want anything huge.
So I started with a big washer that I picked up at Tractor supply.
Then cut it out with the plasma cutter and dressed it up with a die grinder and welded it on from the bottom.
Then took the angle grinder to it and made it flat again.
Sandblasted it a bit to get the burned up paint off and then shot a little semi-gloss black on the bare metal...I will install it later.
Have you scoped out the rest of the N00B friendly tracks, and plotted the remainder of the season for us yet?
that body of water is James Bay...no Saint.
named after Captain Thomas James
saltwater, if ya happen to dip your toe in.
we're currently mapping several million acres on the western side of the Bay.
Do you have linky to your St James RR? Any good words of advice or tasty side excursions?
the boreal forest is prone to lightning strike fires in season, in which case the roads can be closed, or travel limited. have a plan B.
don't go there in bug season.
no enforcement on the Baie James, but if tempted to push the sound barrier, the road is full of frost heaves including the curves. so if you unload the suspension on your fully loaded ADV bike at speed and leave the road surface, basically, you're dead. vehicles can come up behind you running 100 and using the whole road to jog around bad heaves, watch your mirrors.
besides radisson, there are only two 100% reliable fuel stops once you get north. while possible to get fuel at others if open, be prepared for a 350 and 400 mile stretch between fuel.
the Trans Taiga can be fast and smooth, or alternately, one of the most treacherous gravel roads of it's type you'll find above the border. many variables, but it was the least traveled of any of the big northern gravel roads i've been on...less than 20 vehicles in over 800 miles, and half of those were near the Baie James.
many of the curves on the TT are blind and banked. vehicles may be coming at you very fast, especially Hydro Quebec, and will attempt to use your travel lane. don't get surprised.
Right on. Thanks JD. I also realize I should click on your footer....all kinds of info there !
Since 2014 is booked with Alaska, here's 2015...
RaidVenture--Quebec via dirt roads..
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Do you need a check beforehand, or just pay when we show up?
On the same topic of medical preps, Medjet assist is offering a nice discount though BMW MOA. Lakota indicated that for all the services he received last year, not a single document to deal with. What a stand-up company!
Without MOA discount:
With MOA discount:
Pay on the day!. If any one is interested sign up . We are going to sell out!
If your not a BMW MOA member, this link from globe riders will get you the same discount.