eastern UP and Algoma district

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

  1. Bigbob1

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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

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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

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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

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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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  10. luftkoph

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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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    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.!
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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.
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    The wife and I rode 2 up on my Africa Twin in that area one day during the July 4th holiday.

    We rode east from Grand Marais on H58 over to Muskallonge Lake. Made a quick stop at the Blind Sucker Flooding.

    We then jumped on to CR410 and headed further east. We swung by the mouth of the Two Hearted, and then continued east past Pike Lake and over to CR500. Went south from there out to M-129.

    It was drizzling off and on, so the sand wasn't too bad.

    Lots of neat roads and trails in that area...along with a bit of sand here and there! :lol3
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    Rt 66 to Sturgis and beyond to the Suwannee, Say what?

    Good bye to this for a few Weeks

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    Headed out Wednesday bout 11:00 crossed the Mac picked up 66 in kalkaska and rode it to Indiana, it was hotter than a popcorn fart, glad I bought that motojug with a gallon of ice water in it.
    Just too hot and humid for pictures, besides it's all corn, soy beans and beets.
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    Left Sturgis, and the classy slippery 8 motel this Thursday morning, and right off the bat had to start try to out flank the many thunderstorms brewing.

    Made it to the iron pony in Columbus Ohio, hey I needed some new gloves, I'm sure a lot of people are jaded and think nothing of a place like this, but an old Kmart turned into a motorcycle store is a treat for this yooper rube.
    The old valk hamming it up with a panam, first one I've seen, smaller than I thought it would be.
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    So fine what what a nice looking bike, no not the HD the Duc

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    Tomorrow meeting up with an old friend in east Ky and we're going to head down more or less towards the Cumberland gap. Going to have to keep a weather eye on Ida as I move further south
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    they opened a cycle gear in Novi and J & P cycle opened in Taylor also
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    I was pretty excited to see the J&P store in Taylor several weeks ago, but it was still vacant then. Nice, I'll have to check it out!
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    they had been open just a few days when i stopped in and not fully stocked. my friend Chris stopped in a few days ago and said the shelves were fully stocked
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    Pulled out of Worthington oh10 at 5:30 to get ahead of the rush into town, stopped around Lancaster for some grub but all I could find was this.

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    Turned south thru Hocking hills SP, I haven't been thru here in 40+ years, forgot just what a beautiful patch of woods that it is, didn't stop to gawk, when I'm on the bike it's mostly all about the road.
    Met up with Tim on his victory cross country in Lloyd ky, at the Greenup locks and damn on the Ohio river, just around the corner is the house I lived in when I worked for Floyd S Pike working on a 765 kv line , just reminiscing around the area for a bit, 46 years things have changed, even the land looks different than I remember in my mind's eye.

    So much for the past, we headed down ky7, damn it was getting hot,I wished someone would have told me it's warm riding these things.

    Down deep into coal country we went then east over to Grundy VA. then hwy 83 to War WVA, nice road but it had rained and the road was dirty, I had my front tire step out one time, Tim said his did more times than that. IMG_20210827_175345073_HDR.jpg slid into tazwell va after 13 1/2 hours of riding, I'm tired, no iron butt awards for this guy. Finished the day off with a too large of a stromboli in tazwell, could only eat half so you know what's for breakfast. IMG_20210827_192413327.jpg Good and friendly service at the Italian village restaurant.
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