eastern UP and Algoma district

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

  1. Bigbob1

    Bigbob1 Rain Rider Supporter

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    It's good to get the belts changed, one thing less to be concerned down the road. What about the alternator? brushes original? Can you put a compufire alternator on a valk?
  2. luftkoph

    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    Now why would you say that, you’ve got my paranoia up now, but with 20k I’m hoping that Sir Lucas is looking down favorably at my brushes. Yes a compufire from a gold wing will work, the body has to be clocked a few degrees and part of the frame cut, so no bueno for me.
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  3. Bigbob1

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    I wasn't sure if that Alternator would fit a Valk. With only 20k I don't think you have anything to worry about.
    We have had our brushes fail as low as 34k but usually around 55k with our past GL1500's For 20 years of riding that vintage I carried spare brushes on every trip to the lower 48. Once I installed the Comufire's we did not have anymore alternator issues and we could light up a small city with 90 amps.
  4. luftkoph

    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    I read someplace and now can’t find it, but at some point the hitachi alternators started being manufactured outside of Japan and subsequently the quality went down.
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  5. Bigbob1

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    That doesn't surprise me. I put mine on about 1999 and my wife's a few years later.
  6. luftkoph

    luftkoph Long timer Super Supporter

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    Been so busy with things I haven’t had much opportunity or desire to ride much, first Gus the dog ruptured his acl and had to have surgery, and then watched like a hawk so he didn’t mess up all the work they did. But he’s running around like a pup now.
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    Then for some reason I went and bought another Valkyrie, this one is a one owner and he spent entirely too much money on it, so how could refuse to not buy it.

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    So a few weeks ago took the KLR out and almost immediately my left hand started to hurt, I’ve had it before and can usually just shake it off and or move it in a different position, not this time, 20 miles and I called it quits, so the next day I rode the Valk, no pain, only went 100 miles or so but something about the position of my wrist on the KLR.

    Naturally I went to google to see what I might be able to do, to remedy this problem, been doing stretching and wearing a brace at night, so is it doing any good you ask.

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    Much better it is.

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    Flat Creek
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    Red Creek rd.
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    Just putzing along and some thing in the bush caught my eye.

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    I suspect that the unfortunate young lady was killed in a snow machine accident

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    I also stumbled upon what could be best described as an igloo made from what looked like styrofoam coolers, maybe if I go back there I’ll snap a photo, it was kinda weird.


    Back towards Superior it was looking like it might rain and a cold fog was blowing in, time to head to the barn.

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  7. B10Dave

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    Glad you found relief for your wrist. Would hate to have only paved road route pictures from you.Nice second Valk. As to the memorial; I know you get loads of snow in the UP but I can't imagine there still being enough to snowmobile in May; unless perhaps she was injured earlier and hung on until May.
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    Awesome thread. Being from the midwest myself and having family in the UP i try to make it out there as much as possible. Might need to plan another trip around the lake!
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  9. luftkoph

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    I didn’t even think about the date, shot my idea to hell.
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    Canada is saying the border will be open the 9th of aug. if you have a vaccination record
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  11. luftkoph

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    Pig rastling or riding the KLR in sand for today, the atmosphere was a bit clearer today, but not the way it should be with all the wildfires going on, still kind of a brassy tone in the sky.

    Went to the area that had a big wildfire, to our standards anyway, not like in the west, 21,000 acres including the rainbow lodge burnt to a crisp in 2012

    Stopped here at the west Betsy river Rd to air down.

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    Looking over the burned out forest, mouth of the Two Hearted river at Lake Superior just at the top edge of the picture

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    Most of the county roads are wide and fairly hard, a few soft spots here and there, but get off the main gravel and it can be a real chore riding the ole swamp donkey, a few of these I had to bail out and go back. It doesn’t look too deep on this two track in the picture, but in a lot of places I was pretty much out of control.

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    Two Hearted river near the Reed and Green campground. More high smoke filtering in now

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    CCC camp Superior ( camp forgotten)

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  12. RedEX

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    Man, all that sand is a b!tch! I was trying to get to Crisp Point lighthouse a few years ago, on a fully-loaded DL650. Scary business. But as I was sitting there stuck on the shoulder and up firmly against the dirt berm, where the sand had magically led me, an old station wagon rolled on by, all easy-peasy. I was both pissed and jealous all at the same time. But I do love the U.P.!
  13. luftkoph

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    HaHa yeah and it’s gotten worse in the last 10 years since they’ve fixed up the lighthouse and more people go there, that sand really gets chewed up, I used to go there two up on a Buell Ulysses, don’t think I’d try that nowadays.

    I was going to go over to Grand Marais, but Friday afternoon cottage people where already getting too much, and a close call with a sidexside on a no orv route told me it was time to get home.