Tewster's Traveling Circus 2018 (planning stuff)

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  1. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    For those of you interested in this stuff here's my complete camping set up....

    Eureka Mountain Pass 2XT tent....100% waterproof, two large vestibules, and plenty of room inside for my gear. I always bring my boots and riding gear in the tent to keep the errant spider out of them.

    Cheap tarp ground cloth....walmart

    Nemo Sonic 15 degree sleeping bag....850 fill goose down, super quality and warm

    Thermarest Neopair sleeping pad....folds small, great quality

    100% cotton fitted cot sheet....25x72 inches, fits on the sleeping pad perfect, when it's hot sleeping on the cotton sheet is wonderful.

    Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow....super comfy and packs small

    Helinox Camp One chair....a luxury because I'm precious

    That's it...everything weighs about 15 pounds
  2. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    My tent roll;

    Sierra Designs Baku2 single wall tent.

    REI 2.5” thick, 25” wide self inflating sleep pad.

    Mountain Hardware 32 degree conduit 850 down fill sleeping bag

    Full size pillow

    This all fits in my large, waterproof Otrlieb roll top bag. The tent is single wall and I can set up in the rain with minimal water intrusion and none once setup. Too bad it’s now discontinued, I would buy a 3 person version in a heartbeat. The sleeping bag has a breathable waterproof shell that is seam taped for added insurance. My pad is air and foam, a little heavier and bulkier but it stays inflated as temps drop overnight and insulates much better than the air and down filled or primaloft filled pads. My big luxury item is a full size pillow that I hug at night or cover my head at night when the bogieman is just outside.
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  3. ShineySideUp

    ShineySideUp Been here awhile

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    Some of my favorite moto camping memories are sitting in the camp chair with just the sights and sounds of nature all around me.
  4. Ol Man

    Ol Man Been here awhile

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    From a thread in the Equipment forum I purchased this chair

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Long-Moon-...caf491e&pid=100005&rk=2&rkt=6&sd=322379428020

    I also have the Helinox and this one is pretty nice. Have used on a number of trips and like it a lot.......decisions on long term use. Will see. I would recommend buying and see what you think. It is only money and we all know that we motorcyclists have infinite disposable income.
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  5. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    We had a nice day for this time of year in WI and I thought I’d put the bike together and see how she will look for AK. 1F422D4D-B6F2-4804-8C40-E21517FD2A2A.jpeg
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  6. ShineySideUp

    ShineySideUp Been here awhile

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    ^^^^ That's fun to do :D
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  7. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    I don't think there's a rider alive who doesn't do this...multiple times.
  8. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    Yea, I’ve got some rider maintenance in just over a week. I’m having my second round of carpal tunnel surgery and trigger finger release on all four fingers on the left hand. Right was done a year ago. I won’t be doing much work on the bike for several weeks, but if the schedule of recovery is the same as last time, the bike will be ready by the end of February and I will be 100% by April/May. My right hand was miserable for several years while riding the bike, pain , burning pin and needles and cramping numbness. Now after the surgery the right hand has no issues... hoping the same for the left. At least the left didn’t get that bad yet, but it was headed there.
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  9. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    May I offer....I say..."may I offer"...a few observations of things that need to be done or added ??????? :-)

    Front fork gaiters/boots. They will save the front fork seals. And, a ScottOiler for the drive chain. :-):-)

    And.....rear brake master cylinder protective cover. :-)
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  10. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    That looks comfy!
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  11. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Nice clean setup....I'll agree with HeidiHo about the fork gaiters :thumb
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  12. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    I have the gaiters and a new fork brace from Happy trails. It provides added clearance for the fork boots. I’m dropping the forks to install the items when I get my new front tire for the trip. I’ll also adjust the steering head. I replaced the steering head bearings about 500 miles ago and rebuilt the forks and installedGoldValves and stiffer springs along with new bushings and seals.
    Some type of Oiler will be installed when I address the rear tire install.
    Dave.
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  13. worncog

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    You're not alone. Between the carpal tunnel and the trigger fingers, I have to perform a morning and night hand stretching routine on long multi-day rides. Typically on or about day three my hands will wake me in the middle of the night with unbearable burning and pain. Stretching has mitigated these symptoms and I have good nights now. I thank my chiropractor for his suggested routines. Getting old is not for pussies.
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  14. Tewster2

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    Last year myself and my two friends from OZ, Gary and Kaye, bought three new 2017 F700s....they were and are perfect....had a great time.

    I've since gone in a different direction. I now want to ride more gravel on my journeys, thus my change to the DR for next summer. (the 700 is too nice to beat up) I sold mine and it's going to a new home in Nashville TN.

    Kaye and Gary feel the same way and will be downsizing further to smaller bikes....so....their two 700's will be for sale. Kaye's is the factory lowered version and Gary's is standard.

    I believe Kayes bike will be sold soon as a prospective buyer is in contact with her. I will have a detailed ad placed in the "Bikes for Sale" forum regarding Gary's bike soon.
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  15. djroszina

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    To equal the playing field where you’ll be able to keep up with the princess, you better hope she decides on a Grom, or maybe a Ruckus.
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  16. Tewster2

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    Hahaha you are so right!!!!
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    Re the Scot oiler. I use a oil less dry PTFE lube on my KTM500 and have had no probs. Of course, i never ride it it the rain, so. Is an oiler something i should ne looking at for my Adv bike, which will be in the rain/crap ?
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  18. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    @migilito , to be honest with you, a Chain Oiler is one of those controversial things, much akin to brands of oil, and pressures in tires.

    I am an adamant Chain Oiler user.....to the point of addiction. (is there a 12 step program for riders addicted to chain oilers ?)
    I use the ScottOiler on ALL of my chain drive bikes, and all of my wife's chain drive bikes. That is just me. There are 1000's of riders out there that will argue to the contrary...no need for a chain oiler at all, if you do the maintenance program that THEY use. But that is them, and this is MY choice.

    I will not even try to convince someone to use a chain oiler. That is their choice. But I can tell you that I have had phenomenal success using ScottOilers, and have the data to show that my bikes (and wife's bikes) get much higher mileage out of a set of sprockets, and the drive chain, using a ScottOiler....so...it works for me.

    My '17 Wee-Strom XT has one on it now, so I can show it to you in Alaska/Yukon, if you are up for D2D in Dawson City.
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  19. migilito

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    Yes, i will be at D2D and Tuk. I have a brand new cb500 x that I'm farkeling for adv travel. Ill probably replace the new sprockets and chain with JT or similar, stepping up in strength, so, ill have a baseline. leave it to me to find contraversy in a chain oiler!
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  20. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    The CB500X is a great bike, and has a lot of farkles available for it from the aftermarket companies. I did a ride earlier this year, where the other 3 riders in our group of 4 all had CB500X bikes, all dressed out in the Level 3 Rally Raid kits, and I was on my '17 Honda RALLY 250. One of the riders was Jenny Morgan, of Dakar Rally fame, and a sponsored rider from Rally Raid.

    If the CB500X fit me better, I would have bought that bike instead of my Wee-Strom XT.

    Question: Why are you changing the sprockets and chain "before" the ride to D2D and Tuk...rather than "after this ride ????

    My '17 Wee-Strom XT will only have about 10,000 miles on it when we land in Watson Lake, Yukon, to begin our 4,000 mile ride of Yukon, NWT, & Alaska, so my plan is to change out the original sprockets and chain "after" this ride.....when they will have approx. 14K miles on them, and have been through the dirt/mud/chemicals of the Great Roads of the Far North.
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