Tewster's Traveling Circus 2018 (planning stuff)

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

  1. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Thanks for the input. I'm gonna do some test and report back.
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  2. LookingHard

    LookingHard Adventurer

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  3. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    Good information but its not for me. My guard works great. I have had no problems with mine and several times it might be responsible for not letting damage occur.

    KR
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  4. gpax

    gpax 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650 DL650A

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    I think I’ll head up to Quebec in May. I’ll do Montreal and Quebec City before going over to New Brunswick. I’d like to visit PEI and Labrador and Newfoundland before doing the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. Heading south through Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and upstate New York.

    I am looking at 2019 to try Alaska again. My plan is to take the ferry Prince Rupert - Ketchikan - Juneau - Haines with a day or two in each port on my way up.
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  5. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    You gonna ride or drive?
  6. gpax

    gpax 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650 DL650A

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    2014 v-strom 650 all farkled up ... as far as I know. If the wife goes it will be towing the bike up north somewhere to where ever she wants to go. Kind of like the California thing. We have friends in New Hampshire and relatives in NY.


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  7. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    Well, my son gets married today and while it's a joyous occasion, it's also one of those expenses that will now be behind me. The Dakar is stripped and knobbied out for some serious off-roading on ATV trails here in northern WI. It's both fun and allows me to get an intimate feel for the bike so as to when one of those "oh shit" moments occurs, I can more immediately, out of instinct and knowing how the bike will react, can hopefully avoid tragedy especially far from home. As we've seen too many times, one false move can turn a trip of bliss into a trip of agony. I know there are no guarantees, but hopefully a little extra rider training can mitigate a more disaterous situation...plus it's fun and such a blast concurring terrain while taking in the beautiful fall colors up here.
    I'm getting my stock seat redone at the end of October which will enhance my off-road touring excursions, I don't know how it will be for long distance road trips? I have a Corbin for those, but I dislike being locked into one seating spot especially when on the dirt. Otherwise things are going well with bike prep and I'm glad I'm not last minute rushed and either skipping over or forgetting the little and not so little things that go into making for a successful trip.
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  8. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Two weeks prior to departure on any long ride I'm DONE....no more purchases, bike's serviced, new tires installed, money stashed in my secret place, and my head is shaved....I'm ready to go :ricky
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  9. Rutsref

    Rutsref Been here awhile

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    I don't think my GS was that clean when it was NEW, don't know how U do it...
  10. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    haha...patience....and quality time cleaning with toothbrushes :lol3
  11. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    After installing the Fastway Adventure foot pegs the distance from the front of the peg to the shifter was a bit too short. Had to adjust my foot evertime I went to shift. So....Ebay to the rescue. A nice adjustable lever from China....$50....looks pretty well made and fits precisely. Folding tip too. If it does the job, I saved about $100 over the other offerings from the big "Adventure" companies. We will see.....

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  12. Rutsref

    Rutsref Been here awhile

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    You obviously have WAAAYYY too much free time on your hands!:lol3
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  13. gpax

    gpax 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650 DL650A

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    Not going back to Alaska until 2019. I will go to Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in the 2018 summer. I am bribing my bride with a Hawaiian Cruise in December 2018. Already picked out a balcony cabin and laid down a deposit. Then I have clearance to finish my Alaska trip up the Dalton in 2019. I want to take the ferry stretch from Prince Rupert to Haines with stops along the way either coming or going. Got to stop in and see my crew along the Yellowhead Highway.

    I've been doing well in Cardiac Rehab and have my liberty card to go within a day's drive from home.

    Leaving for Natchez, Mississippi on October 18, 2017. I'll make my way up the Natchez Trace to the Ribfest Adventure Bike (BMW and GS Giant) gathering in Centerville, Tennessee. I expect to arrive on the 21st and leave for home in Pensacola on Sunday the 22nd. I'll ride home with guys from my bike club in Pensacola.

    2017 Adventure Ribfest
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 to Sunday, October 22, 2017
    Waggoner Farm Centerville , TN
    United States
    35° 51' 46.44" N, 87° 25' 58.08" W
    Tennessee US

    Then I'll take a day trip to 17th Annual Thunder Beach Autumn Rally October 25th - 29th, 2017 in Panama City. I'll wait until a get a weather forecast before I decide on the day. I like looking at the HD freaks, the souped up bikes and the concessions.

    Then Friday the 3rd of November I go to Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, Florida for three days. I'll follow my wife. She will drive the RV. https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Florida-Caverns

    Ain't retirement great! .... Until you have a heart attack.

    Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
    Old Time is still a-flying;
    And this same flower that smiles today
    To-morrow will be dying.
    The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
    The higher he's a-getting,
    The sooner will his race be run,
    And nearer he's to setting.
    That age is best which is the first,
    When youth and blood are warmer;
    But being spent, the worse, and worst
    Times still succeed the former.
    Then be not coy, but use your time,
    And, while ye may, go marry:
    For having lost but once your prime,
    You may forever tarry.
    written by English Cavalier poet Robert Herrick in the 17th century
  14. AK_Hoff

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    Glad to hear the rehab is going well. Take care mon ami.
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  15. Tewster2

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    Well the experiment with the Chinese shift lever is done and the eval reveals it's a piece of shit. Doesn't clear the engine case to allow upshifting. Tried to bend it out a little and thing broke...threw it in the trash and ordered a B-52 bombing strike on the factory....all is well :thumb
  16. SavannahCapt

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    Wow, you saved me $50. Thank you. :lol3 If we ever get to meet in person, the Senior Coffee is on me.
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  17. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    IMG_0481.JPG The folding tip steel shifter off a Honda XR650L should work. It's longer and since it's made of steel can be "adjusted". It worked on my Dakar when I installed Fastway pegs.
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  18. Tewster2

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    Great! I'll order one tonight, thanks for the info.
  19. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    I didn't want to say anything regarding the shifter lever but it looked like a POS..........:lol3 Hope all is well Tim! :thumb
  20. Tewster2

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    I liked the design and the way it could be adjusted. Just didn't clear the clutch cover when upshitfing and metal was too brittle to bend it slightly. Oh well.