eastern UP and Algoma district

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  1. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    In Hiawatha NF south of Wetmore

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    Rode around down there for awhile then back up to M-28 east and across the stretch, went into Newberry to get some E free gas, while leaving town I spotted a whole bunch of Valkyries at a motel, hooked a u-ee to see what it was about.

    seems they where having a UP rally, some high millage bikes from around the country.

    North of Newberry to Paradise and then along the big lake back home, just short of 400 miles.

    Haven't rode the X much so took it out for a spin near Raco today, they've been doing prescribed burns out there, still smoldering IMG_20190815_142019768.jpg

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    The burn is by the pin drop just NW of the test track

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  2. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    This is an area that was burned a few years ago, good for blueberries and the bug population seems to be low IMG_20190815_135812211.jpg
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  3. B10Dave

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    Mmmmmmmm; wild blueberries. Slightly tart and soooooo much tastier than the cultivated variety.
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    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    I didn't see any, strange, and this weekend is the world famous Paradise Blueberry festival.
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  5. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Out putz'n around the last couple days.
    McNearny lake fire tower

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  6. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    I'm sure this bike is made for these roads, or these roads are made for this bike. IMG_20190822_154628619.jpg

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    Seen this old can in the bushes, the steel was almost returned to earth, but the Aluminium was looking stout.

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    Lookie here a pre hipster pull tab PBR

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  7. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    How do you like those Shinkos ? Can't wait to put another set on the GSA.
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    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    There not bad, not sure if you can tell, but I put a tire groover to it and cut the center knobs up a bit, hoping for a little bit more lateral traction
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    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    Thought so, was going to ask, as It was hard to discern from the angle of the picture. For the money, and the fantastic on-road manners, and the longevity, they are pretty hard to beat. Especially for a big mile eater like the GSA; in that regard it's a fantastic compromise - such as traveling to and from a BDR and riding the BDR. In your case though, if your KLR is going to pretty much stay local, I'd run a much more aggressive tire.
  10. Sned

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    Luftkoph, I've got a place north of Newberry and recognize most of the places you've visited. EUP has some great riding! I'll be up most of September, PM me if you want to take a spin,
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  11. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Yeah it's getting that time of year to get some winter tools ready, going to see if I can get another year out of the S-10 blazer plow truck, last season the plow was acting up a bit.
    those are the compartments that the cables go into to actuate the hydraulics, nasty eh? put all new o rings, gaskets and a new lift ram, should be good for another 10 years

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    Go ahead and laugh, this little POS has pushed a lot of snow, and before I got it it was a rural mail route carriers car, not sure whats holding it all together, could be rust welding and bedliner together, radiator sorta floats around had to trim the shroud years ago cause the fan would rub every time I lifted the blade, I think all the rubber doughnuts on the body mounts are gone, it's stuck in 4low, not a thing since it never leaves the driveway.
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    Sahweet interior, non smoker to boot, except for the burning oil off the engine that filters thru all the holes in the body.


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    Minimal amount of typical U.P. rust, low miles for year 199k hi-way miles (practicing up for my craigslist add)

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    All back together and seems to be working as it should,keeping my fingers crossed.
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    Since I bought that Valkyrie back in April I've put about 6000 miles on it, and sometimes I IMG_20191019_210506623.jpg smell a faint odor of gasoline from the top side of the motor, yes where those 6 lovely carburetors live.

    In the end it was, well I lost track but 84 O rings, 6 bowl gaskets, 6 air horn gaskets, 2 little stainless bearings, 6 new air cut hoses, 6 new pilot jets, new fuel line, 1 new fuel rail T, 12 new dowels and some more I can't recall.

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    They were a bit of a bear to get them all sepaerated

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    In between these carburetors are fuel rails and air rails, all of the O rings on the fuel rails were less than good looking, dry, brittle and they had that yellow funky stuff on them.
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    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Into the basket my pretty.

    A mild solution of simple green HD at 50c for 18 min.

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    what did I get myself into
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    new bearings for the throttle cross linkage.

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    Fiddly, little 90 degree needle nose pliers helped

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    And springs everywhere.
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    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Trying to get the carburetor work done before it's to cold out, and the other things I want to do to her won't be so bad if it's a bit chilly in the workshop.

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    All cleaned up and going back together.

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    Carbs on cables finally working correct, I had to take the whole carb rack off again, the throttle wasn't free enough, then get all the hoses hooked up and put the airbox on, I've heard all kinds of stories how difficult it is to get the airbox on, and all the intake tubes seated on the carbs, it was easy, if you have ever done an airbox on an in line 4 this was a walk in the park.

    Filled the bowls up with some VP non - corn syrup gasoline, looked for leaks, none found, engaged the fuel enrichment valves, thumbed the starter button and bang, she fired right up.

    I bench synced them but this weekend I hope to do it with the engine running.
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    For sure no more riding till next spring, anymore around here I think when Sept. hits I might as well put the bikes away, I always have projects I put off all summer that need to be done NOW and the days are short, wet and cold in Sept.

    Of course there is this, so it begins another 6 months of snow started this week, say good bye to the grass probably won't see the ground again till late April

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    Dashing through the snow... in a rusty Chevrolet..... ha ha.
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  16. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    I don't know about that dashing part, but we got the rusty part covered. IMG_20191110_174855733.jpg
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    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Got the carbs all synchronized yesterday, getting the carb work done before it gets cold out was my #1 goal on this bike for winter maint.-mod. now the other stuff I can do at my leisure, clean,re-spring and fluid change in forks, find some decent shocks, clean the calipers out and new seals, maybe SS brake lines, probably pull the drive shaft and see how the lube held up, I have trust issues with this whole drive shaft stuff on a motorcycle.

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