The Mobius Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.

  1. Nichelob

    Nichelob Been here awhile

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    Wow, you're welcome. Wouldn't it be cool to have the whole list do a reunion TAT trip?:evil You have taken ride reports to a whole new level :eek1 Major props, keep 'em coming.
  2. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    David & Francine,

    I'm just glad I could help you out in your time of need. I happened to be sitting at the computer looking at this very RR, looking for a "real time" update WHEN YOU HAPPENED TO CALL. Call it Divine intervention if you will. After we hung up, the only thing I could think to do was post a "real time" update. Sounds like it was a good thing after all. By the way, I live in REDMOND OR. Bend is south of me ~20 miles.:thumb

    Stuart
  3. sallydog

    sallydog 80 miles a day for 41 months

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    Dave, your RR is great. You're so fortunate to have such an adventurous better half and ldf, you are truely a hero as far as partners are concerned. :freaky
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Well, Steve & Roy discovered a potential liability in the DRZ design, which is the internal oil screen that sits between the frame reservoir, and the sump. It requires a 24mm deep socket, which I purchased from the AutoZone.

    The screen was clean :thumb.

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    Next, I discovered a stone that had wedged below the chain in the lower chain-guide. It had been scored by the chain:

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    otherwise, didn't seem to be doing any harm, although the chain didn't have quite as much slack.

    I salvaged the case guard from the stator-side cover,

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    Then it was time for an oil change for HoneyBee.

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  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Grants Pass is really spread out.

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    Everything is arranged along a strip... there's a small downtown, but it's really quite far to walk. Like many towns, the design optimizes transportation by automobile. What will it take to shake this obsession / addiction? I mean, wheelchairs also are available so you don't have to walk... but nobody's fetishizing those.

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    Hey, left-rear turn signal is busted. :brow
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    A colorful lady:

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    And another:

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    She was going to the P.O.

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    Sky scraper:

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    I have a collection of faded signage on brick walls:

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    Dinner was at a local brew-pub. I'd rather have been riding / camping... No offense to Grants Pass intended.
  7. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    >"Everything is arranged along a strip... there's a small downtown, but it's really quite far to walk. Like many towns, the design optimizes transportation by automobile."

    No design or planning was involved. :1drink Like so many other towns, GP just grew along a highway. A flat spot + intersecting highways + river = town. 40-odd years ago there wasn't much to GP. The little downtown section between the 'It's the climate' signs was the whole marianne. Now in the summertime they often have gridlock through the downtown section. Too late to do anything about it.
  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We slept in.

    Today's big project was to rewire Blueberry's tail assembly. But first, I recharged both batteries by taking laps up and down the strip. I didn't want to ride too far from the motel, in case I stalled the bike before the battery was charged.

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    riding stats for the day... 18.7 miles! :lol3

    There were seven wires, and because I was going to re-route the harness so it wouldn't happen again, I needed more slack, which meant 14 splices. :bore:snore:twitch

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    I bought a spool of wire from the AutoZone, I would have used the cable I'd salvaged in CA, but on closer inspection, the insulation was old and cracking.

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    Testing... 1,2,3...

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    Yeah, baby! :super

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    who was staying at the motel stopped by to chat. Joe was riding a 2-stroke Suzuki R6 Gamma sport bike, obviously not available stateside. He offered assistance and encouragement.

    All our maintenance and repairs (except for the big one) completed, we whiled away the hours poolside,

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    Where we ate lunch and discussed how we might catch back up with our route in the event that we could get Blueberry running again.

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    When evening came, our dining choices were limited 'cause it was sunday, so we settled on the Sizzler across the street.

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    On the way back to our room, I saw our friend Joe's bike parked...

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    I hoped he'd have a use for a 24mm deep socket that I didn't want to be schlepping... just so he'd know who it was from, we left a calling card:

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  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Waiting for FedEx... I had Honeybee packed, Blueberry disassembled, tools out...

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    Checking the FedEx web page for tracking updates every 10 minutes...

    Pacing back and forth in the parking lot... Popping into the motel office for free coffee refills... :twitch

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    My stomach was in knots. :puke2
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    I went into my focus zone... It's showtime! :evil

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    I handed LDF the camera, and got to work.

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    It was already 10:45, and at this point, even if everything went perfectly, it was going to be a crapshoot making it to Port O by nightfall.

    Steve thought of everything... RTV gasket, disposable gloves... whatta guy! :thumb

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    New (used) and old (dead):

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  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    it didn't go without a hitch... there was a shim/washer and bushing missing from the case Steve sent me, so I decided to use that case and stator, with all the other bits from Blueberry's original, but I was struggling to get the starter clutch gears to mesh and the case to seat properly.

    At one point, one of the washer / shims dropped, and for the life of me, I couldn't find it. It was like it evaporated. I hadn't heard it hit the ground, so I spent 5 minutes looking in all the rags, and my pant cuffs, and all over the parking lot, until eventually, laying my head on the ground, I looked up and found that it had been sucked into the rotor and was stuck to the magnet on the inside, underneath.

    :becca

    The starter clutch gears meshed easily once I swapped the original for the one that came with the new case... I don't know if they are matched to the case, or if it was just co-incidence. :dunno

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    Locktite all around:

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    Then I waited 90 seconds for the RTV to cure... :ddog That's plenty, isn't it? :evil

    Poured the oil in, reconnected the battery and all the plugs, and...

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    :cry:dog:kboom:becca:baldy

    Now what???

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  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Back into troubleshooting, diagnostic mode. :deal

    Fuel? check... petcock on. Air? check... Spark? hmmmm...

    Well, if I was going to pull the plug to check for a spark, I may as well take the opportunity to change it. So I unscrew the shrouds, and loosen the gas tank to get exposure to the spark plug...

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    and the fuel line cracks and gas starts to spill out of the petcock. :(:

    I realize it would be quicker to have LDF pop over to the autozone and buy a new piece rather than dig through my bike to find the spare piece I had packed. While she was doing that, I changed the plug,

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    and sure enough, there was a strong spark. By the time she returned, I had the bike buttoned back up, and was ready to try again:

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    :cry:dog:kboom:becca:baldy
  14. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and we've attracted the interest of the Motel 6 maintenance crew who were taking their lunch break. When Blueberry's battery started to fade from all the attempts, they overheard me say to Francine that I would jump her from Honeybee. Immediately, the guy who owned the truck parked next to us (at least I hope it was his :lol3) volunteered a jump from his battery, and even offered to supply the cables, so I wouldn't have to unpack mine. :bow

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    I don't know what did the trick. My plan was to mash on that magic red button until one of the following occurred: 1. the bike started, 2. the starter motor fried, or 3. the monster truck battery died. :eek1

    My money was on #2. But instead...:

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    :brow Not exactly roaring to life. Idling rough, died when cracking the throttle... Hmmm.

    Over the next few minutes, she was able to sustain a smooth idle, and after another minute or so, I could crack open the throttle and rev with only a few misfires, and after another minute, everything seemed perfect.

    We disconnected the jumper cables, I checked the output to the battery and it was 13.36v at 5000 or so revs. :scratch Barely spec, but should be good enough.

    (I checked again the next day, and it was 14.1v, but it doesn't go straight there... it takes a minute or two to climb up there with sustained revs. :dunno
  15. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    this was the same way Honeybee woke up in Reno after her long sleep. Now, Honeybee's rectifier and CDI were in Blueberry (I hadn't switched them back after testing Blueberry's in Honeybee).

    It was almost as if the CDI had to relearn where in the cycle to fire the spark. I mean when I was first trying to start it, there was nothing... then with many more starting attempts, the occasional backfire, then a rough idle, then rough rev's, and then everything was fine... :dunno

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    then filled up with gas, and hit the interstate to return to where we left off. I had my fingers crossed that the problem was solved.
  16. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    Hi Sallydog. Thanks for the compliment but hero I am not so sure about. I look at that towing incident now and think WTF. It was just plain crazy on both of our parts.

    LDF
  17. MeanStreaker

    MeanStreaker KLR > Pee-wee's Bike

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    I just wanted to say that my wife (not an ADVer by any stretch) sat down next to me last night while I was re-reading your latest updates about the breakdown, tow, and problem solving. We shared a little sappy moment at seeing you guys overcome your ADVersity together. :D

    She just started riding a scooter this year, now has maybe 100 miles under her belt, and is starting to read this RR from the beginning. I'm hoping LDF will become her new hero as she witnesses the maturing of her riding and adventure skills over the life of Mobius.

    (and for the record, both of you are MY new heroes!) Way to take this problem in stride and accomplish the mission!
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    and back up into the hills was uneventful. I figured that would fully recharge both batteries, LDF was scared to turn off her bike for fear that it would not restart. At least it kept her mind off the bear threat. :rolleyes

    It was nearly 3pm by the time we got back to the scene of the crime... almost precisely the same time we broke down here...

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    It was still going to be a toss-up whether we'd get to Port O by nightfall... it all depended on the ratio of transit sections to special sections. :deal
  19. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    I think y'all are way cool! :clap :clap :clap

    Donnie
  20. Rectaltronics

    Rectaltronics Barned

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    I recall me getting towed outta that fire road upstate and rather than "WTF" I think "awesome!". All is well that ends well...