Tewster's Traveling Circus 2018 (planning stuff)

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

  1. AKSapper300

    AKSapper300 Adventurer

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    Take a LOOOOONG look at the ferry schedule for Southeast Alaska. It no longer has those frequent sailings that you might be planning on. Sometimes almost a week before the next one in the same direction. The Alaska Marine Highway System has become a mini-cruise line (without a bar); it is no longer for the residents of SE AK.
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  2. LookingHard

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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. "


    Tewster2

    At least you found the problem in the relative comfort of the southeast and you didn't break it on some back road out in east nowhere..........



    LookingHard
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  3. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile

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    Tim,

    Please PM me the number for Bomber Command.

    Thanks,

    Ben.
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  4. 68vette

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    Hey Tim
    I'm still out west riding the FJR was going to head back today but the weather in MS,Al looks bad so I'm hanging out in Austin
    My wife is asking what to get me for Africa Twin as a Christmas gift
    Do you recall which tubless rim Anthony got for his Twin and where he purchased it
    I want to change the rear before I head out next year to AK
    I think you posted somewhere but I'm old and forgot where.
    Hope all is well with you
    Jeff
  5. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Hey Jeff, man I wish I was on the road instead of at the house!

    Anthony had Woody's Wheels make him a complete rear wheel. Cost around $1300....it's a work of art!

    If your wife wants to get something really nice how about a Russell Day Long seat :thumb:thumb
  6. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    IMG_0496.JPG Getting my farkle on. The 650 Dakar was treated to a new heavy duty skid plate, a vr relocation bracket for cooler running, my SW Motec crash bars, and billet countershaft sprocket cover. I'm ready for the woods this next week...but while up there I'm "looking" at a 2009 BMW G450x.

    Hey Tim did you solve your shifter problem?
  7. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Looking good! I'm gonna order a xr650l lever and all will be well.
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  8. Dan Lorenze

    Dan Lorenze Adventurer

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    Hey Tim... Followed your last RR, big fan big fan... My Dad and I are planning a BC/Alaska ride next July leaving from Seattle adjacent. After reading several RR's in Alaska I've read quite a few comments not saying the most favorable things about Deadhorse as a destination, yet you continue to ride there. The way I figure it from Fairbanks to Deadhorse round trip is almost 1000 miles and four days. Is the Dalton hwy too beautiful to miss? Or is it just one of those things to to say you did? Thanks... :)
  9. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    You're gonna have a great time in Alaska.

    The folks that say Deadhorse is not a great destination are right....but they're missing the point completely.

    The beauty of the Dalton is not Deadhorse.... it's the Dalton Highway with its desolation, landscapes (Atigun Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the world), the challenge of the ever changing road conditions, the camaraderie of the folks you meet along the way, and the excitement one gets after you realize how far away from home you are.

    Most of the time you're really on your own and have to take care of yourself. Most folks are not able to do that comfortably.

    Around the world every adventure motorcyclist always talk about riding three roads.... Road of Bones in Siberia, the Ruta 40 in South America, and .....the Dalton. Nobody talks about riding them because of what's at the end of each.

    The vast majority of people who make motorcycle trips actually never leave home so to speak. They want nice food, motels, good roads, help never more than a few minutes away....when you look at the map on the wall at the Prudhoe Bay Hotel THEN you realize yes, I actually did leave home :lol3

    Here is a link to a post by my good friend Jack (Alcan Rider)....it shows perfectly why I will continue to ride up the Dalton every year....

    The Lure of the Dalton

    Give me a call anytime you'd like to talk about the ride...PM me and I'll give you my number. I can't post it here because of all the ex girlfriends trying to find me :-)
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  10. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    "The beauty of the Dalton is not Deadhorse.... it's the Dalton Highway with its desolation, landscapes (Atigun Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the world), the challenge of the ever changing road conditions, the camaraderie of the folks you meet along the way, and the excitement one gets after you realize how far away from home you are."

    Right you are!!!!!



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    Mike
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  11. Dan Lorenze

    Dan Lorenze Adventurer

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    Thank you Timmy, (and mike)... Ok, good enough.. I've read several posts by Jack but I'l check that one out.. Please continue to share your routes on next years ride, I'd be interested to see where you pick to ride this time around. It looks as though I'll be missing your group by about a month. Best of luck hiding from all the ex's, they just love clean, white BMW's and the guys that ride them. Back to your trip planning..
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  12. LeMaitre

    LeMaitre Been here awhile

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    You sure it is that and not because you failed to praise their pies. :lol3

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  13. Tewster2

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    Haha they had good pies.....maybe I didn't eat enough....:-)
  14. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    I love pie especially for breakfast. It's like breaking all the rules and you don't get sent to jail...or your room.
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  15. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Life...........is uncertain.

    Eat Dessert First
    . :-)
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  16. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    IMG_0498.JPG So, I'm experiencing a slight dilemma. This getting setup for AK is getting expensive. In an atttempt to reduce costs I'm considering eating some bring along meals. I like the microwaveable heat and eat soups and chilies, but the space needed for a stove is too much for my carrying capacity...and the plastic container melts. My question is, does anyone have access to small spent nuclear fuel rods? I'm figuring I could carry it in a lead tube and when needed just put it in the container like a straw, boom and I have a nice warm meal. Anyone have any leads on some old nuclear fuel just laying around collecting dust?
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  17. Tewster2

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    Haha. In the past I used to bring along some cookable food items but have since found I wasn't saving that much and the hassell of carrying cooking stuff was just not worth it. I can find breakfast for about $2 (Maccas senior coffee and an eggamuffin)...lunch less than $5 (banana/apple/nuts/granola bar/Snickers...and a nice dinner at a sit down for around $15.
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  18. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    I agree...Ha ha. While your question was mostly facetious.....I have to wonder if you already knew what my previous occupation was ???? :hmmmmm
    Retired Nuclear Physicist (blah blah blah....yadda yadda yadda) There's an MD thrown into the mix with a couple Ph.D.s, but.....you get the idea. :y0!
    I am irradiated enough...just allow me to hold the food container for 30 seconds, and it will heat up. :knary

    As Tim, the Ringmaster of the Travelin' Circus, has already stated, on the road meals can be had for a budget, if one watches where they buy, and what they buy. The extra weight and hassle of carrying food preparation equipment is not worth it....ON a motorcycle.....where you are moving from one location to another location every day.

    Tis' better to eat a decent late morning meal....carry snack items for on-the-road during a late lunch time...then have a decent meal for dinner.
    That is why Tim has that new Rainier tankbag from Wolfman. He can carry enough trailmix and beef jerky to last the entire trip :jack

    Now, to be serious, and forthright about this subject matter, I believe it is very well accepted by other riders in your small group, and incumbent upon you to tell them....your dining budget is slim, and you would prefer to not be put in the situation where others suggest hogging down at the most expensive steakhouse on the trail. Willingness to communicate a fact like this, is what also brings riders closer together, as they feel more comfortable that someone was willing to be "honest" about it.
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  19. twowings

    twowings Comfortably Numb...

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    Remember, Tim lives on donuts, coffee, and free wifi...:D

    Until you get into the bush country, grocery stores/delis and Subway are your friend...you'd be amazed at what nutritious meals you can put together with a little imagination and a willingness to let healthy choices be your guide!

    AND once away from civilization, ANY food items or anything that remotely resembles food (toiletries, candy, sugar packets) will attract curious and hungry wildlife and must be isolated from your sleeping area...that means extra hassle and containers to utilize...

    Trust in Tim and treat yourself to one extravagant meal per week so you don't feel cheated...:thumb
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  20. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    You forgot about PIE.....Tim loves to eat PIE.

    Breakfast pie with scrambled eggs and bits of bacon in it.

    Lunch pie with Marionberry and Blackberry mixed.

    Then dinner pie (aka a Shepherds Pie) :imaposer
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