2020 Florida -> Alaska Again

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  1. Motomantra

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  2. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Time for install of the skid plate.

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  3. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Ride often, Pray Hard. Supporter

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    when i installed mine, i left everything loose, then tightened them all up once i had the last bracket/bolt installed. Much easier with the bike up on the center stand too!
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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Put Rita on her center stand. Was working on the bracket in the rear. The exhaust bracket and skid plate bracket were not lining up inside so I could get the original bolt reinstalled. A friend came over and I put on pause until morning. I guess overnight helped because it lined right up this morning. I am still fiddling with the front support bracket. The horn attaches to it and I have a huskier horn to replace the OEM horn. No hurry. The seat doesn’t arrive until Friday.

    Rita topless (no seat). Ready for the skid plate install.

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    Huh?
    I thought topless was with no tank
    Bottomless was no seat
    With neither it is naked

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    Reminds me of the story about the fund raiser topless carwash held behind closed doors at the quarter carwash for a $20 donation.
    They had beautiful girls in bikinis collecting the donations who mentioned that for $50 it could be a stark naked carwash if they didn't tell anyone...
    The guys were lined up down the street with each car and truck packed with boys of all ages. :yikes


    Of course the topless car washers were guys :imaposer
  6. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Ride often, Pray Hard. Supporter

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    Hey G, those crash bars and the racks sure turned out nice!! :{)
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    Looking good

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  8. Bigbob1

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    We rode up to Deadhorse this summer. North of Atigun Pass DOT has been doing quite a bit of work in recent years. In spots they have put down loose rock. Until the trucks pack it down it's like riding on marbles. South of Wiseman a lot of the road is paved but If its wet in the dirt areas it will be snotty.
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  9. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    I am easy to side track. My skid plate is still not finished. Drop in friends and a birthday party yesterday. Sixty nine is might fine! I know ... a week early but we went out with six friends to Peg Leg Pete's on the beach. Vendors setting up for Thunder Beach ... Panama City Beach is out for this year so they moved over here for a temporary move until Panama City gets a chance to fix the storm damage. So Thunder Beach motorcycle rally will be at Pensacola Beach this year.
  10. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Remember in Pirates of the Caribbean when Barbossa says “The code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.” Well ... my plan is more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules. My son, Alex, is graduating from nursing school (BSN) on the 4th of May at the University of West Florida so I had to change my ticket home to the 2nd of May rather than the 6th. The flight back to Portland and the Alaska leg remain unchanged (guidelines not rules). So I need to adjust my PCH leg. But not today. I have plenty of time.
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  11. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    My original plan for this trip was for myself (alone). So if you look at my schedule (guidelines not rules) I had two nights in Coldfoot / Wiseman and no nights in Prudhoe Bay. That is because I thought I would turn around at Galbraith Lake. I didn't see a real need for me to ride solo to Deadhorse over questionable roads. But now that a group is forming I am going to rewrite my plan accordingly. Just haven't done it yet since I remain flexible.
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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    The skid plate is almost finished. I am upgrading the horn which mounts on the right front bracket before I mount the plate. I start off slow and then ease off. The seat and Kaoko throttle friction (poorman's cruise control) are due in today. I am leaving the handlebar installation to my local shop. Oxford Heated Grips, Kaoko, Rox risers and Barkbusters. They may need to lengthen cables, trim my windscreen and shave my throttle. I drop Rita off on Tuesday and they will work her in. In the meanwhile, I have Loretta and Ruby to ride.
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  14. oldgrizz

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    Any schedule change is good with me.
    I have an open ended hall pass from the boss.

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Skid plate finished.

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    Looks good.
    One step closer to getting her complete.

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Received my seat from Russell. Unwrapped it and placed it on the bike. I’ll mount the seat tomorrow. I’ve got an old fashioned “crick” in my lower back. I’m in day two. My pain lasts about four days. I emptied a bottle of Tylenol.

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Untimely cold front. Temp dropped to 43 degrees F overnight after the rain passed. Hope that does not put too much of a damper on Thunder Beach.


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    Now that looks darn comfortable.


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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Tusk Side Cases -37 liters- come with hardware loose. Watched football and installed latches. I’ll mount the cases later.

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