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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Two Moto Kiwis, May 8, 2012.
Full pics or the build in the next coupla days .... doing a RR update of Phoenix first.
So glad to see you guys back on the road!
Phoenix ... Where To Start
Friends of friends helped us when we needed help... not sure what we would have done without them to be fair.
They have become a very large part of our trip and have seen the highs and lows of changing out bikes and equipment to bike and equipment....the very stressful part of RTWing to be honest.
Also seen first hand some jealous people hacking on us about the DRs and blatantly lying as well as using a lot of elastic to better their story without facts then laughing about getting the KTM, thank you to those people and one of these days you will find out the truth if you chose too but don't let the truth stand in the way of a good fabricated story!!.
The lows became very heavy to the point I was ready to pack it in due to being ripped by the seller of Maya which was very low to say the least, nothing that money and time cannot fix.
On a positive note we now have new friends for life, their generosity and warmth when we were down was something they provided us and I know they werent prepared for what was to happen with Maya etc.
Post Maya the shitty drama that followed it was 3 steps forward and 10 back daily, one by one we clobbered the problems and issues and finally we are prepared with some minor adjustments to do.
While in Phoenix and wanting to do a shakedown test run on Maya we did a local loop recommended by Dillon at Zen Motorcycle using local knowledge, this was great for shaking the shit out of the bike and testing my two up riding ability on ice .... in Phoenix!!
Clocked over 2000 miles
The purpose was to do about 180 to 200 miles, combo of shingle and offroad with a blast on the tar as well to check on fuel milage too see indicatively where she is at.
To our surprise Maya did 37 mpg on the small amount offroad and shingle road and 48.75 mpg on the open road, on the motorway we specifically sat around the 60 mphr on the speedo which is our open road cruising speed given we want to look out the window, 60 mphr on Maya is 56-57 mphr corrected on the GPS and this is what we have done all the way down on the rest of the trip on the DRs.
On our return to home base in Phoenix we took the tank off Maya and pulled all the filters and screens to check her heath.
Apart from a few dregs leftover from the sump cleanout they all came up ok, hoping now the new waterpump fitted at Zens has seen the last of issues at least for a good while, period maintenance would be cool now.
Dry sump screen
Next mission was to luggage up, initially we set out to go Wolfman complete however this would mean leaving hiking gear behind and a few big other compromises, one up it would have been fine but two up was leaving too much behind and taking away the hiking aspect of our trip which is a big part of it for us to take the place in and look around.
Given the SEs are known to have weak subframes this was going to add a lot of extra work to it, enter Al Jesse of www.jesseluggage.com engineer extraordinaire.
We presented our wish to Al, after some sitting around in his workshop sitting on panniers and chewing the fat for a coupla hours Al said no worries .... we can do it, build a separate subframe to transfer the weight to the main frame .... simple.
Al set to and created a bolt on subframe taking up two main frame mounts and connecting to the passenger footpeg mount all within a beautifully fabricated triangle mount, the rest is cantilevered off that thus taking the load totally off the original subframe.
The top case has load dividers transferring the weight again back to the new subframe as well as a wingframe which does the same.
It passed the fat bastid test in this photo there are no top mounts or anything in place, just the front!!
Finished ... looking very poofy
The man himself
The secret location
All in all it worked out very well and we are very happy, so now we have a combo of Jesses with two small Wolfman tank panniers on the top of each pannier.
This has enabled us to retain our hiking gear, we have sent our Hilliberg Keron 4 GT home and bought a smaller Hilliberg Nammatj 3 without the big vestibule but we still have full camping gear complete.
Yesterday 9th January 2013 we finally set off to Ramona, a 350 mile day which was nearly twice what we normally do but we needed to cut the milage, during the day I started feeling crook with sore throat and stuffed nose ... I think the stress and long hours working on the bike(s) finally caught me up and took it out on me.
We took in this Rock garden which was cool!
We did a fuel milage check to see where Maya is at as well, she did 222 miles and used 4.69 US gallons so 47 mpg, or 5L / 100 km for us metricheads we had a combo of flat, hills, rolling, traffic lights and a variable cross and head winds so a reasonable cross section of a slightly easier than average day but we are in the right ballpark of running correctly, HUGE thanks to Spencer for setting her up very well indeed.
On the way to Ramona we climbed to 4000 feet, the temperature dropping down to 3 degs C .... it was just cold enough especially while I was feeling off shade.
Arriving at Ramona we were greeted by fello ADVers Arnie and Christie, originally we were only staying the one night but with me being crook they insisted we stay another night and my arm was easily twisted, for me feeling like shit this was very welcoming, the weather also turned, the road we came over through Julian had 8 inches of snow over night!!
Today 11th January we are heading back to Mexico .... that is for next round.
Just to finish, there are so many people that helped us in Phoenix in one way or another, support when needed was absolutely fantastic and proved although there are some who will blatantly rip you there are also plenty more who will help and go the extra mile to makes things right.
You guys have accidentally become a huge part of trip now and to be honest I am not sure where to start and given my non thinking head cold .... well you guys know who you are, specific mention given to Bevan and Clare who hosted us and helped us get sorted out, Craig and Sharon who constantly gave us shit and some good KTM advice and lifted our spirits, Spencer for first class mechanical work and advice, Dillon at Zens for the repairs to Maya and Mark for map and travel info on a 950 SE.
Thanks to all, onwards and downwards .
That's the update I've been waiting for, good to see your finally on the move again... You've really cleaned up the ride, looks good, let there be many trouble free miles out of her so the proper bonding can take place...
The 40+ fuel mileage sounds very good for all the weight the 950 is carrying and is one example where running one bike instead of two represents a savings... I guess your next example will be the savings at the ferry crossings and not to mention all the great photos your passenger can take with 2 free hands and a free mind...
Nice post, very envious of the milage - 33 is about all I get out of my 990 and 950 before that.
Maybe I need some of that uber slim Jesse Luggage
Keep well - what ever doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.
Glad to see you's up and running again, nine fifty looks good.
Hopefully Murphy is off ya back now
Keep the rubber down and enjoy
Andi & Ellen,
Although it was probably not your intention, but you just gave us all an excellent lesson on it's not so much what happens in our lives, it is how we deal with it. As you suggest - as long as one has their health, pretty much everything else can be solved with time and cash.
Good on you both for staying in the fight - thanks for the lesson in separating the wheat from the chaff.
Respect and Hugs,
Gary & Deb
PS - I see you didn't waste any time getting a Heidenau on the rear.
glad to hear everything is working out. too bad you had to leave so quickly, we were about to rile the entire san diego adventure riding population for a night at the frys'. wish you fair winds and following seas.
Andy,nice upgrade you have worked there on the fly,lemonade from lemons.Best of luck for you and you co pilot.Hope you keep meeting the nicest people heading south
Vince in a very sunny,45c Sydney.
Andi & Ellen, great to hear you're back in the saddle.
Giddy up One Moto Kiwi's
Hey guys, glad your on the up !
Thanks for the air filter kit and other bits. Got it on and happy. Glad it helped you out a little too. Good luck to you both from now on !
Your bike looks awesome now.
Good to see you guys are back on the road , ye haa , I get bored and restless when you havn't reported progress. I would also like to thank all the good people that have helped you out with everything when it wasn,t going to plan . Good people in Phoenix , I remember arriving there in 2005 and only half my luggage arrived , the lady at airport was so helpfull and it was delivered to me the next day as she said it would be . My friends at bottom of Baja Peninsula are in Mexico City so I will msg them and see when they are home . Ride safe Toddy
looks like yer bedded down for the night. That must have been a great day.
In your face adversity!!! Great to see you guys have pushed and persevered to get back on track, surely by now you have exhausted all possibilities and probabilities of encountering any more bollocks.
Roll on the good stuff
Have been hanging out waiting to see some more little orange dots appearing on your 'where are we now' page. And now they are coming thick and fast! VERY good to see. Great you are finally back on the road guys :)
Nice series of photos showing the work that has been done on Maya to ready her for what lies ahead.
howdy guys from sunny wanaka glad to see your back on the road ! its been trying times since we seen you both in edmonton ! hopfully the 950 completes your dream as we dont want to see andis ugly mug back here to soon ! all is good over here lookin forward to our north island ride , keep rubber to the road hope to chat soon ! dickie
Leg humper 1 checking in!!!
Good to see some miles under your belt.
But what I really wanted to post about was!!!!!
Look what we found when showing Mackenzie where you guys are from and where you are traveling to on her IKEA atlas.
Even the Swedes know all about you South Island Kiwis.
Now we know why the All Blacks are so quick to the ruck.
It's the blond mullets. They do it every time.
I see you've reached Guerrero Negro. Squares off the tires a bit doesn't it. I had a fantastic sea-food cocktail there once. Street vendor style no problems later either. WiFi must be getting scarce now.
Good luck and happy trails.