Tewster's Traveling Circus 2018 (planning stuff)

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Tewster2, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile

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    You have said you were cheap. I think you are convincing us.:-)
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  2. leftleg

    leftleg Been here awhile

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    I can second this! I picked up a nail on a trip, and thanks to this tire repair kit, I wore the tire slick... Thanks for the recommendation Tewster2!!!
    Glad to hear your place came thru the storms! Lets ride soon!
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  3. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Don't be so sure that you can easily get parts for a BMW while travelling north. How many BMW dealerships did I see on my ride all the way across Canada up to Alaska this summer?

    Zero.

    Saw enough Japanese d.ships to give a small peace of mind though. The 2 lads I met in Smithers bought the parts they needed at Canadian tire and they were good to go.

    That's the difference between riding a Honda vfr and a BMW. You barely need a tool kit for the Honda and the Beemer you practically need to carry an assortment of spare parts and a compliment of special tools

    Before you get all shirty on me.....I ride a f650gs twin. And yes,I had a electrical issue in Whitehorse and no help to be found. I really like my bike but I'm under no illusion that I will be able to find a dealership with parts actually in stock.

    I cannot afford a long layover waiting for parts to be shipped from Germany to some far flung northern outpost.

    FYI. ..the Honda dealership there is not interested in anything BMW. Tip.....go to the Suzuki d.ship on the south end of town,east side of the road.

    Second tip.....the hi country rv park at the junction going down to Whitehorse is very good. Awesome bathrooms and laundry facilities. Hot hot free showers. Load up your site with fellow riders. 5 bucks per extra person.

    Walk around and pick a good site. There are a few that are good to tuck your tent into. The rvers there are very nice and no,the generators aren't going all day and night,it was ac tually pretty quiet there.

    Sites are cheap as well. Nice little area to sit and read in the warmth with a book exchange.

    I stayed one night at Robert service campground. Too many transients ,people wandering through who weren't campers and a few sites where homeless had dug in their heels and had set up encampments complete with several large tarps everywhere.

    Pay showers. Tired bathrooms. Non potable water. But it's where all the cool kids go so if that's your bag you might like it.

    Back do the BMW thing...the upside of my ele trial issue was that I was forced to become even more self relient and I learned how to do a bit of work on my bike on my own and it was very empowering. I was popping out bulbs,checking fuses and using a multimeter with aplomb. So not all bad BUT I was lucky it wasn't more serious. Again,I really,really like my bike but riding it far from home is like riding with a tiny dark cloud over my shoulder.

    I never had that feeling on any of my Japanese bikes.

    The ride from Stewart crossing up to Dawson is beautiful. The road is deceptively washboard with some pretty good whoops. A rider this past summer had a fatal on that road. Ride with caution and awareness.

    The bridge at teslin gives riders fits but I love it. Relax. Enjoy the ride.

    I may go back next year but perhaps on a Japanese bike....that I don't own yet. Lol. Got one in mind though....:wink:
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  4. Brucester

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    Tim, I see you went with the Rainier; it looks like it fits great. I may have to reconsider the Explorer Lite I was considering.

    Ben
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  5. Tewster2

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    I may have mentioned in the past that I probably wouldn't be carrying any extra gas this time. Fooling around in the shack today and discovered my little one gallon Rotopax fits perfectly on top of the pelican case between my footman loops.

    Empty it weighs practically nothing...full it only weighs about 7 pounds....so I may take it. We will see. If I do decide to take it I'll attach the Rotopax mount on the case instead of using the Rok straps.

    I'm gonna ride around for a few days to see if the gas can makes me look cooler :super

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  6. Tewster2

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    from riding around with it the past few days I think I'm gonna like it just fine. And as usual the quality is awesome.
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  7. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    All good points. There is a really nice BMW dealer in Calgary though. Also in Fairbanks and Anchorage.

    BMW has gotten a bad rap the past few years and I've been one of the outspoken ones too complaining about the final drive issues and the over abundance of electric stuff. But....since I started riding them in 1976 I've never had a problem on the road...but that's not to say my 700 won't blow up out on the tundra next year :lol3
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  8. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Well let's hope that won't happen! And it won't I'm sure. Another great trip in the planning.

    Loved the bunkhouse by the way. Uli and crew are awesome.
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  9. theshnizzle

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    And yes I shared a room after to many mornings of zero and minus one in the am with no where warm to go. Then a storm came through and tossed my site .....and I was done camping... lol
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  10. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Tim, and fellow Circus performers.... I leave in the morning to ride south.... first down to Russell Day Long seats....to have them build seat #12 for me.... this one on my '17 Wee Strom XT.

    Then ride farther south to Mariposa, CA for the Horizons Unlimited gathering.

    Funny thing.... now that I have this '17 Wee Strom all kitted out.... I have more storage bags/panniers/devices with much more capacity....than I ever had before on any of my larger Adventure bikes.

    In total....13 places to store things. Yet everything is kept LOW, and light weight.
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  11. ShineySideUp

    ShineySideUp Been here awhile

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    HeidiHo - see you at the HU gathering. Safe ride :D
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  12. CaptUglyDan

    CaptUglyDan Been here awhile

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    Boom!
    Nailed it, I've done the ride North 10 times now, and yes on my BMW airhead, every ride I've come across at least 3 or 4 newer BMW's stuck on the side of the road everytime. I was at Watson lake with a guy 2 yrs ago bad fuel pump on a brand new week old f800gs while he was waiting for BMW Calgary to come get him.
    A couple final drive issues, but most were fuel pump/electrical issues.
    Of course I'm not immune to breakdowns either, I remember being stuck between Chicken and Dawson with a bad output shaft bearing, Drained the box, filled it with 180w motor honey, Then rode it to Skagway and ferry to Bellingham to get home.
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  13. djroszina

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    You guys are killing me. I'm riding down on my 03 1150GS with 68k on it to look at a 09 1200GS with 36k. My 1150 has never left me stranded or needing any significant repair. I will be looking real close at the final drive looking for previous work done and for any movement while on the centerstand. I'm still taking the 650GS to AK next year, the 1200GS is for lower 48 with no serious off pavement and 2 up riding. Any thoughts or things of concern?
  14. theshnizzle

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    The part I left out that I won't forget is on my first trip north I stopped at the gas station at the junction of the cassair,with the sign...north to Alaska. It had been raining the whole way down and the road looked like it was getting ready to flood in spots.....anyway....

    I rolled up to the gas station to putter about with a couple of things and there was a guy there with a new BMW gs 1200 that was having some sort of problem, I'm going to lean towards a charging issue. He had wires and plugs and all kinds of paraphernalia around his bike trying to either get it going or keep it running, I can't remember.

    I actually felt guilty riding away and leaving him there. I didn't really have anything to offer him, he had all the tools and stuff but I won't forget how frustrated he was. Funny, what sticks in your head after all that time. For some reason every now and then I wonder how it turned out for him.
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  15. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    I traded the 1150 for the 1200 and the added cash price made it right within my budget. I'll miss the 1150, but its time to start a new chapter. I also upgraded for a 2 year unlimited mileage extended warranty. That's it, case closed, you can all come out from hiding now...
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  16. Tewster2

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    Very nice! Everyone I've ever talked to that has one of the newer 1200's loves it.
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  17. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    Well, it's not so new, it's a 2009 with 36k on it...but it's new to me!
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  18. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    IMG_0459.JPG I got me some goodies from Australia for the 650 Dakar. One is a case saver countershaft sprocket cover, the other is a bracket to relocate the voltage regulator into the air more and above the bash plate. The last piece reinforces the front fender making it more resistant to breakage. The final project is modifying a KLR aftermarket skid plate.
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  19. Tewster2

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    A buddy left my place to ride home yesterday on his 2017 700 (like mine). He has the 38/45 Touratech panniers and a tall windshield so lots of drag.

    He said at 75 mph in 94 degree heat, the radiator with the RG Racing guard couldn't keep up with the heat generated by the motor. When the temp gauge climbed past 220 degrees he stopped and took off the guard. When he continued on at the same speed and ambient temp the readout on the dash never got above 205 degrees. Hmmm....

    This year coming back through Canada we had temps around 100 degrees and didn't see temps on the dash over a steady 219...but we were only running about 60 mph. I'm gonna do a test....more after the break.
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  20. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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