Alaska to Argentina on a Grom/R3

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by GromWayRound, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. GromWayRound

    GromWayRound n00b

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    Hi all,

    My name is Doug. Apologies for taking so long to create this thread. My buddy Mike and I left Stillwater, OK on a trip up to Prudhoe Bay. After that, the plan is to head on down to Ushuaia. I'm on a Grom, Mike is on an R3.

    I chose a Grom primarily for comedy value and uniqueness. It's also light, cheap, and very easy to work on. The biggest disadvantage is that it's slow. I think Ed March is probably my biggest influence for choosing an extra small bike for long distance travel.

    I'm doing my best to capture the trip with photos/videos.

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    Grommy still holds about 55 mph on a flat as long as there isn't a headwind. The acceleration is certainly hindered, but not as much as I thought it would be. We're avoiding interstates as much as possible, sticking to smaller highways and back roads.

    Mod list:

    · Custom steel luggage racks
    · Custom steel crash bars and skid plate
    · Seat Concepts comfort seat
    · Coleman seat cover
    · YSS rear shock w/ adjustable preload
    · 30wt fork oil
    · ProTaper Honda mini bars
    · Rox 2 inch bar risers
    · Michelin Power Pure tires
    · DH Motoring ECU reflash
    · Cat delete
    · Intake rad hose mod
    · LED bulbs in everything
    · Fiamm Freeway Blaster horn
    · Dual charging ports
    · Amazon windscreen
    · Amazon "handguards"
    · Rotopax 1.5 gallon aux tank
    · Amazon/Seeu tank bag
    · DeWalt tool bag
    · Ortlieb 89L waterproof duffel
    · Seahorse hard case (camera gear)

    I'm a skinny 145 lb and my kit combined weighs less than 100 lb - well under the weight limit of the Grom. I haven't weighed my luggage rack/crash bars but that probably puts it just over 100 additional pounds. Handling suffers but the YSS shock and heavier fork oil make it bearable. It's still more bearable than my DL1000 in my opinion.

    We left on 7/21/19 and have so far made it about 750 miles to Alamogordo, NM (visiting Mike's parents before we head north). The most eventful happenings - I dropped the bike in an RV park that for some reason was paved with smooth stones, and my horn bracket broke on the highway in New Mexico. Other than that it's been slow :D, but smooth.

    Next destination is Albuquerque tomorrow, then it's Taos, Pikes Peak, Sturgis, Banff, Whitehorse, Fairbanks, Deadhorse (out by early September - I know, it snows. It snowed in Yellowstone in late June too.). Wrapping back down the West Coast, back to OK for a bit, then Mexico and beyond.

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    Been getting between 80 and 90 mpg so far. Will likely carry a small container extra for longer stretches with no fuel. Mike is carrying 2.5 gallons additional as well.

    If you're interested, check out @GromWayRound (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) or www.gromwayround.com. I'll try and keep this thread updated somewhat but I'm dealing with so many platforms it's difficult to keep up with at all.

    Thanks for reading!
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  2. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    Yep, you're insane, which I like! Good luck with the trip!
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  3. GromWayRound

    GromWayRound n00b

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    Yeah, I think I'm a little bit insane too. :-) Thank you!!
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  4. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    The Icefields Parkway will be fun but pretty well every other road up here will have a 100 km/h (62 mph) limit that most people consider to be the minimum.
    Good luck, take pics and keep us updated.
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  5. GromWayRound

    GromWayRound n00b

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    Thanks for the info! I'll be extra vigilant when it comes to looking in my mirrors. I've been trying to stay as far over as I can. I pull off for extra aggressive people. Mike does a really good job of watching my back, I'm happy to have him as my wingman.
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  6. ADVDucs33

    ADVDucs33 Been here awhile

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    It's going to be good!!! In & good luck!
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  7. MYUMPH

    MYUMPH 'Ol Timer Supporter

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    Fellow small bike owner here-"In" as well.
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  8. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Wow, this is going to be an adventure! Safe travels and keep posting :thumb
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  9. TropicalDale

    TropicalDale The Adventures of Peter Pan

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    This should be really fun. The Grom looks great.
    Could you go into a little more detail on the luggage rack and crash bar design?
    I'm trying to figure out how to do something like that on the Honda Monkey. Thanks
    I will be following along.
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  10. GromWayRound

    GromWayRound n00b

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    So far have made it to BC, Canada. Hanging out with @GISdood in Prince George waiting on the oil I'm shipping to myself. Also getting some heated grips and bar mitts installed - tired of numb fingers :-)

    Mike (R3) and I are traveling separately at different paces at this point. I'm putting miles down because I have limited funds and I feel like I need to move with a purpose to make it to Prudhoe before it gets too nasty.

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    I'm up to just over 5000 miles on the trip so far, with the only issues being more or less my fault.

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    In southern Colorado, near Fort Garland, GPS took us up a nasty 4x4-type trail on the side of a mountain.
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    I didn't realize how much I was abusing the clutch and totally fried it. Got the bike towed to Strictly Powersports in Pueblo, CO, over-nighted some clutch disks, and was back on the road in a few days.
    A couple of my chain links started kinking so I went ahead and replaced it. I was lubing it every other day, but now I'm sticking to daily :clap Lastly, I just got a leak in the rear tire a few days ago so I'll have to plug that up. Other than that, I haven't had any issues, knock on wood.


    Here are some interesting places I've been so far:

    White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, NM and El Paso, TX:
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    The gypsum sand here is close to white in color and is cool to the touch even when the sun has been on it all day. Very cool


    Pike National Forest near Colorado Springs:
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    Devil's Tower in Wyoming:
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    Cody, WY (just outside of Yellowstone):
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    Glacier National Park in Montana:
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    Banff National Park in Alberta:
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    Tons more pictures I'll post later. Hoping to get going toward Whitehorse once my oil arrives. Excited to get into some of the more remote parts of the trip! Super glad I stopped in Prince George to prepare myself and the bike for this part of the trip.

    More to come.
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  11. Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz Just riding

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    This is amazing and you guys are totally crazy :clap (In the better way possible !)

    Count me in for this one and if Buenos Aires are in your plans, lets meet! Beers on me...
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  12. 08StangGT_CS

    08StangGT_CS Adventurer

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    Wow. I'm in!
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  13. DirtPoorOverland

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    That is crazy! I'm IN!
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  14. motokeith

    motokeith Been here awhile

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  15. MYUMPH

    MYUMPH 'Ol Timer Supporter

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    Nice seat mod you got there!
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  16. Northstar Beemer

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    I'm in. The wheel size on the Grom will be interesting on the Dalton if they're doing road work
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  17. mekros

    mekros Adventurer

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    Cool ride, keep up the reports!
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  18. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Any Grom report - I'm in.
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  19. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    :lurk
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  20. GromWayRound

    GromWayRound n00b

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    Last week -

    I made it to Fairbanks a few nights ago. Waiting for tires to arrive to do the Dalton. Met a guy who just made it to Deadhorse on an R6 so I'm pretty sure I can do it!

    Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, YT:
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    From where I dumped the bike in B.C. :
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    Met this couple from Spain in Teslin at the gas station. They were on the last leg of their RTW trip.
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    The countries they visited were on the pannier. We exchanged stickers as well :smile6
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    Update incoming, I posted this late. I need to go to sleep so I''l just leave this here for now:

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