eastern UP and Algoma district

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by luftkoph, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Three days of rain around here, but today, blue skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies do I see, also I see the fedex man with a new clutch cable for the motosaki,

    Thought I'd try to get to a place called
    White House landing on the Tahqumenon, but as the trails head into the lower ground towards the river it gets damp, then swampy, got turned around a few times on account of big mud holes, I have another angle of attack on it, might try latter, but as the sun angle gets lower and less heat, with more moisture in the air it might be next July, with a dry summer before I have a chance of success in getting there IMG_20180906_163723851.jpg

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  2. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    KLR is lookin' right at home up there. Right in her element. Hey, did that mushroom happen to possess any magic ?
  3. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Not sure if the shroom is magic, I'm riding my purple stripped unicorn thru the sulphur mines of Jupiter, and the birds are leaving turquoise ruts across the velveeta sky,
    I'll let ya know when if ever I get home.
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  4. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    So yesterday I tried a different tack to get to Whitehouse landing.

    When the bike was purchased it came with some extras, one of those was progressive springs, so those were slid in with fresh Honda 10w, finally got the sv 650 front brake and 320mm rotor sorted out, nobody mentioned that these sv's had many variations in the same year, the caliper I bought had 30mm pistons, seems most have 27mm, well I sent the 27's back to Toledo East Honda (great place to buy online) and then stared looking for info on the differences, struck out on that so going thru Suzuki numbers for sv's I spotted one that was unique, took a chance and ordered it, got lucky the seals are 30mm IMG_20180909_100213772.jpg


    Then spooned these on, Shinko E805, thanks to everyone who recommended these, the cheapskate klr is starting to rub off on me, not really I'm a natural born tightwad.

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  5. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    What a glorious day in the north woods

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    A lot of these to go thru, or around

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    Not much info on this place, a timber baron named Cullhane had a rail grade to run timber down to the Tahquamenon most likely 1890's to 1910's.
    the grade is pretty steep for a rail not sure how it was done. Hard to tell from picture here but this section is well elevated maybe 30 feet or so, in other places they made a cut to keep it straight.
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    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    There isn't much at the old landing, just a small clearing, some unnatural formations in the ground off in the woods, probably an area to hold timber and equipment, some small buildings who knows it's all lost to the relentless march of time.

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    A small stream that runs by where they must have had a shop set up, or just tents, hard to tell over the last 100 years or so the woods have reclaimed most of it.

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    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    Your not cheap ... just frugal. There's a definitive difference.

    Have you ever compared pricing with Ron Ayers and Bike Bandit ? They have good pricing also.

    Don't recall if you ever mentioned mileage on your KLR; how many miles does it have on the odometer ?

    What are your early impressions on the Shinko E805 ?
  8. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Swung by the shore on Whitefish bay on the way home,

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    Looking across north to Batchawana bay Ontario, you can just see it on the horizon, about 35 miles away.

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  9. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Yes I've checked those places, price is all pretty consistent among all of them, I have used Toledo East for years now and I like when there is a back order or something they always get in touch to see what you want to do, or you can call them and actually talk to a live human, also Rocky Mtn atv/mc is a favorite of mine.

    19k on it now

    I like the tires, a whole lot better than the k750's, the Dunlops spun up too easy, and the back end would try to swap ends, well it still does not near as much with these.

    Can't say much about pavement since I'm hardly on it.

    On gravel roads it's all the same, at least to me, I think a road racing slick would feel the same as the most knarley knobby on gravel, lets face it your riding on marbles pretty much, some folks that bothers them, some folks not so much.

    Some of the extras also are an Eagle Mike doo, and a top gun rear spring, waiting for RM/atv/mc to get them cheap tusk gaskets back in stock then I'll do the doo
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    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    On the big Beemer, I feel ALOT more stability and grip (and am more comfortable with carrying more speed) on MOST gravel roads with the knobbies versus a street oriented tire. Where there is less of a difference (as you suggest) is when the gravel is very deep. In my opinion and on the really big bike.
  11. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    I didn't have much time today, got up a little late, more on that in a bit, but I just wanted to get out and ride while I can, this weather won't stay like this much longer. Not a picture day a little over 150 miles in about 4 hours, the kickstand was deployed only once, secondary reason today was to check out some roads west of Paradise.


    Watch out for them falling trees, that one would ring your bell

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    The gravel expressway I use to head west, much better than tarmac.
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  12. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    The reason for getting up late today was the truck show in St.Ignace sat.

    I've been driving trucks off and on since I was a teenager, mostly on, and at the end of the day I slam the door shut on them and don't look back till the next day, but sometimes it's cool to look at other trucks especially old ones, ones I used to drive,although the ones I drove were not even close to these restored models.





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  13. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    359 pete with a 8v92 Detoliet Diesel DSCN0778.JPG

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    359 Pete with a 3408 crankapillar, now that's a proper motor. DSCN0791.JPG


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    Cabover row



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    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Luftkoph, you're the best! I love the U.P., just returned from a few days up there (Marquette, Big Bay, Craig Lake, L'Anse; H-58 from Munising to Grand Marais, and then checked out Seney...) on my V-Strom. Perfect timing, your posts make me feel all warm and fuzzy. :D The bike is no longer the filthy pig it was when I arrived back home, but if you were to look, I'm sure there's still mud on it somewhere from my ride out to Point Abbaye! :ricky

    By the way, what do you think of Bessie's in St. Ignace, for pasties?
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    I have always wanted to catch the truck show but the timing doesn't work. I have seen the car show several times on my visits.
  17. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    If Jimi had a truck


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    I heard them say 600 hours in that paint job.
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    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    I used to drive one of these 1979 w900 kw's and no it was not anything as nice as this one.

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    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Jeez this guy has his doors on backwards, mechanic my ass

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    That ought to be enough wood to keep me warm for a month or two


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    379 pete, well it was at one time, you could spend a long time looking at all the small details in this machine, 12v71 Detroit. DSCN0839.JPG

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